On Vacation For 3 Days – Open Discussion

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

butterflies_peace_sign_framed_tileIt’s not a real vacation such as leaving town and not having to cook and clean.   Some personal business is calling my name and I can also use some rest.  Don’t worry, because I’ll check in for the administrative stuff, such as checking on comments in moderation, and embedding photos when links are in comments.

Before I sign off temporarily, I want to thank our new subscribers.  I look forward to visiting their blogs in the near future.  If anyone else is interested in doing the same, check under “likes” for their gravatars and click on them.  Their blogs are listed on their profiles.

butterfly thank you 1Lately, the children gone too soon have been on my mind.  My heart continues crying out for them because no matter the law, trial, verdicts or even suicide by their killers, man does not have the power to resurrect.

Trayvon Martin 5

Trayvon Benjamin Martin. He’s still smiling.

Associated with this is my goal to finish reading Lisa Bloom’s book, Suspicion Nation.  Along with some other subjects, I plan on writing more about her book.  It has certainly raised the hairs on the necks of some Trayvon Martin haters.  Speaking of which, one thing about his killer that is never talked about among those happy that he took Trayvon’s life, is how he spent donations to pay off his personal debts that occurred before the evening that he killed Trayvon.

It was because of that money that George Zimmerman’s bond was revoked.  Ultimately, over the telephone from jail, he directed his now estranged wife Shellie to transfer money and pay bills.  At his first bond hearing, Shellie misrepresented her knowledge of that money while George sat in court like, (as Judge Lester described him), a “potted palm.” Shellie eventually confessed to being wrong and took a plea bargain that prevented her from doing jail time.

We’ve not heard anything about Shellie since her car accident, and I personally wish her the best.

Pending Trials :

Theodore Wafer

Michael Dunn

Marissa Alexander

Ongoing Federal Investigations:

The death of Kendrick Johnson

George Zimmerman

News has it that former Officer Ramos, who was acquitted of murdering Kelly Thomas, is under federal investigation.

blue butterflies

What I want the most right now is for everyone to be inspired.  Know that nothing you do for the good of others is ever too small.

The following video is amazing.  It has English subtitles.  Hope that you enjoy it.

What’s on your mind?

 

 

 

Posted on 04/09/2014, in open discussion and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 88 Comments.

  1. I wish it was a ‘real’ vacation for you Xena, you deserve one. My thoughts are with you and everyone who seeks justice for those gone too soon. (((((Xena)))))

  2. Thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the stabbing victims in PA.

  3. So wonderful! Touched by kindness:

  4. “IL House approves measure preventing voter suppression”

    http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/il-house-approves-measure-preventing-voter-suppression

    The Illinois House has approved a proposal to add protections for voting rights to the Illinois Constitution. IPR’S Brian Mackey has more.
    Listen
    0:59
    The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan himself. In explaining why he thinks it’s necessary, he recalled the federal Voting Rights Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to “modify” parts of that law.

    “And that modification by the Supreme Court has apparently brought on efforts in other states to enact legislation that some of us would consider to be voter suppression,” says Madigan.

    Madigan says that includes voter ID laws. The speaker, who presides over a large Democratic majority, acknowledged he’s not aware of any Illinoisan being denied the right to vote because of his race or any other characteristic.

    “Some might say: ‘Well today in Illinois, you don’t need this. Voter suppression wouldn’t happen in Illinois.’ Well we don’t know that. We don’t know what the future holds.”

    The measure passed the House overwhelmingly, 109 to 5. If approved by the Senate, voters would have the final say on whether to change the Constitution at this fall’s election.

  5. Joseph Norton

    Honorable ANGELA B. COREY extension assignment to March 22,2015

    http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2014/14-89-zimmerman.pdf

    • Good morning, Joseph :)

      Thank you for this link.

      I don’t have a legal background to understand what this is about. What is at work here? What does this imply.

      • Joseph Norton

        Hola Xena,you welcome,I lack too a legal background to grasp the whole issue concerning the extension assignment,probably meaning isn’t over until is over, the appointee helping the federal government officially?

        In another news >POS killer is MIA and may be Professor Leatherman could explain AC extension assignment.

        • Joseph,

          Yes, GZ is MIA. Think any divorce proceedings are going on that we are not hearing about?

          • Joseph Norton

            Yahtzee,

            Probably more than that(divorce) his 1/2 tutti rutty was “gloating” about vacationing in some place but POS remains MIA. :)

          • GZ will always be a societal outcast with an odor that won’t go away.

      • towerflower

        I’m not a lawyer either but from what it appears it is merely an extension of time/authority in the Z case since it is not fully over with yet. Remember she said she would fight his dropping of the misconduct charges against her office. She might have needed this extension to continue it.

        • Joseph Norton

          towerflower,

          I think the judge dismissed/settled the issues,AC can’t appeal her decision.
          I think are others issues that we aren’t aware.

        • yeah it sounds like the issues w.the sanctions. but a girl can dream…
          although i don’t even want Trayvon’s name coming out of AC’s mouth, she doesn’t deserve to say his or his family’s name!
          she shld be indicted by the feds for conspiracy to obstruct justice for her shitty job at fake justice seeking for a murdered boy.

  6. “Media argue they never agreed to be left out of courtroom during Michael Dunn jury selection”

    http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2014-04-07/story/media-argue-they-never-agreed-be-left-out-courtroom-during-michael-dunn

  7. “Obama Honors LBJ’s Rights Legacy That Led to His Election”

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-04-10/obama-honors-lbj-s-civil-rights-legacy-that-led-to-his-election

    Excerpt:

    President Barack Obama pays tribute today to former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose civil rights legacy made Obama’s presidency possible.

    Obama is the keynote speaker at a three-day civil rights summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. He’ll be joined by first lady Michelle Obama in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Johnson’s role in enacting it….

    The Civil Rights Act, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, “helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans,” according to the LBJ Library.

    Together, this triumvirate of laws would ban discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin.

    “Because of LBJ’s commitment to civil rights, he is a very important president to Obama,” said Bruce Buchanan, a presidential historian at the University of Texas in Austin. “The meaning to Obama is both professional and personal — hugely personal.”

    The nation’s first black president has often credited the Civil Rights and the Voting Rights acts with widening opportunities for people of color.

    “I might not be here as president had it not been for those who courageously helped to pass the Voting Rights Act,” Obama said at a press conference in Senegal, during a trip to Africa on June 27, 2013.

    Civic Milestone

    The social unrest of the 1960s, and the civil rights laws that followed represent a “milestone in the history of race relations,” Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University, said in a telephone interview.
    Zelizer said Obama used the power of the civil rights and voting rights laws to form an electoral coalition in the 2008 and 2012 presidential races.
    “Without the Voting Rights Act, those would not be votes that existed, because African-Americans were disenfranchised,” Zelizer said. “On both fronts, there’s a direct line connecting what happened in Johnson’s presidency and the president we now have.”
    The president also recalled the potency of Johnson’s legacy during a speech on Aug. 28 marking the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.

    ‘America Changed’

    “America changed for you and for me, and the entire world drew strength from that example,” Obama said in remarks at the National Mall in Washington. Along with voting rights being secured, he said, educational opportunity was advanced, city halls were opened to all, “and yes, eventually the White House changed.”

    Last June, a divided U.S. Supreme Court threw out a core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, rolling back a landmark law that opened the polls to millions of Southern blacks.

    Obama denounced the top court’s decision, saying the Voting Rights Act has ensured that “voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.”

    • President Johnson’s speech before Congress on Voting Rights:

      • Lyndon B. Johnson-Remarks on the Signing of the Voting

        President Johnson explains the significance of the long overdue passing of the Voting Rights Act, allowing all people, regardless of color, to vote.

        • This video is the President’s speech after President Johnson Signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 one year before he signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act

    • From the today’s article I posted above:

      Last June, a divided U.S. Supreme Court threw out a core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, rolling back a landmark law that opened the polls to millions of Southern blacks.

      Obama denounced the top court’s decision, saying the Voting Rights Act has ensured that “voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.”

      This is what Rep. John Lewis had to say about the gutting of the core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by the U.S. Supreme Court:

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  9. “Utah Gay-Marriage Appeal Seen as Supreme Court Rehearsal”
    By Andrew Harris and Joel Rosenblatt Apr 10, 2014

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-10/utah-gay-marriage-appeal-seen-as-supreme-court-rehersal.html

    • I love Yahtzee’s comments and ability to keep up with different topics. I have plenty friends on twitter and also have a blog that I won’t name or my real handle, but no one would ever know that from the looks of my blog because no one ever comments. I wish I had someone like Yahtzee to man my blog so I can take vacation though from the looks of my blog my mind is always on vacation even when I write LOL. You have a great blog and I admit being jealous.

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  11. APRIL 10, 2014

    50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, President Obama

    President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at a Civil Rights Summit hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. 

    2014 marked the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?318484-1/civil-rights-act-50th-anniversary

    • At timestamp 31:00 of the video at the link above, President Obama begins his speech.

  12. Published on Apr 9, 2014 by PBS NewsHour

    Marian Anderson, the legendary African-American contralto, sang at the Lincoln Memorial exactly 75 years ago after she was refused a performance at Washington’s Constitution Hall.

    On Wednesday, young people gathered to commemorate Anderson’s effort to strike out against racism through the power and beauty of her voice. Jeffrey Brown reports.

  13. roderick2012

    Enjoy your ‘vay-cay’, Xena.

  14. “Nicaragua Feels Second Strong Earthquake In Less Than A Day”
    April 11, 2014

    http://www.wunderground.com/news/61-magnitude-earthquake-rattles-nicaragua-20140410

    Excerpt:

    Less than 24 hours after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua, a second earthquake shook the country Friday.

    The 6.6-magnitude quake struck near the city of Granada at 2:29 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. People rushed into the streets after the latest quake, but there were no immediate reports of new casualties of damage.</em?

  15. Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes. I’m catching up on some blog housekeeping this evening. I’ve missed not taking part in discussion.

    Miss You Puppy

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  17. “Dangerous Storms to Threaten OKC, Little Rock”

    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/palm-sunday-violent-storms-to/25553810

    Excerpt:

    The risk of damaging thunderstorms, including a few tornadoes, will return to the Plains on Palm Sunday.

    The severe weather has the potential to develop into a dangerous situation. The storms may not only foil outdoor plans and disrupt travel in part of the Central states, but could threaten lives and cause significant property damage in some locations.

    A large area spanning from Texas to Illinois and Michigan will be at risk for severe weather on Sunday.

  18. i didn’t check if someone posted this already but i just read it and it’s just shocking.
    it’s part 1 of a very long investigation into the changes to Chicago’s crime reporting practices to the FBI and why. CPD’s focus is reducing the stats of certain high crimes by re-classifying them; for example instead of calling them murders, even obvious ones, the CPD classifies them as death investigations thus changing the actual numbers in recorded murders.

    http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/

    • Shannon, thanks for the link. I read up to the “plunge” part. It comes as no surprise. As reported in the article about Illinois’ conceal carry law, Chicago has a reputation for “street justice” and the police do not classify those crimes as crimes. Favoritism and judging victims often dictates how the CPD proceeds or do not proceed in cases — that’s part of the reason for “street justice.”

  19. Thank you so much Yahtzee for keeping everyone up to date while Xena is on vacation. I love the way that you support Blackbutterfly7 even for us lurkers.

  20. Oh my, you are such a dear to appear and say such a kind thing to me. Thank you so much OY VEH!

    I wonder how many wonderful lurkers there are like you out there in the cyber world.

    I love Xena’s Blackbutterfly7 blog here and all of the wonderful participants and community readers!!

  21. Benjamin Crump, Esq. ‏@attorneycrump 57m
    Join @SybrinaFulton (mother of Trayvon Martin), Lucy McBath (mother of Jordan Davis) and I on @PoliticsNation tonight at 6pm EST on @msnbc.

  22. “U.S. Justice Dept faults Albuquerque police on excessive force”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-newmexico-police-20140410,0,156422.story

  23. Uploaded on Mar 17, 2011 by CanteOhitikaHoksila
    A brandnew Day is on its Way
    that’s what the old people say

  24. “Time to Eliminate, Not Expand Stand Your Ground Defense”
    Posted: 04/10/2014

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-kurlander/stand-your-ground_b_5120453.html

  25. You know, as I watched the Nepalese ladies weaving, I began thinking of a weaving analogy:

    Bright and Warm Community Blanket

    Creating community through weaving bright colors

    of thoughtfulness
    of support
    of compassion
    of soul uplift
    of encouragement
    of kindness
    of outreach
    of acceptance
    of appreciation
    of sharing
    of connecting
    of inspiration
    of LOVE

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  27. ” Chief of Bull Shoals, Ark., Police Department Arrested for Use of Excessive Force

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/April/14-crt-351.html

    Excerpt:

    The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arkansas and the FBI announced today that Daniel Sutterfield, 35, Chief of the Bull Shoals Police Department, was arrested yesterday on charges related to his use of excessive force in the arrest of a Bull Shoals resident and a related false report.

    The complaint and complaint affidavit were unsealed today after Sutterfield’s initial appearance in court this morning before Magistrate Judge James R. Marshewski at the U.S. District Court in Harrison, Ark.

  28. For you, Xena:

  29. Yahtzee. Bless your heart. I love the video.

  30. “Our Fight for Justice, Truth, & The Future of Civil Rights: What You Need To Know And Do Now”
    Apr 10, 2014 By Tamika D. Mallory

    http://newsone.com/3004306/our-fight-for-justice-truth-the-future-of-civil-rights-what-you-need-to-know-and-do-now-the-lookout/?omcamp=sf_N1TW

  31. oprah
    4 days ago
    Another one of my favorite photographers. @PeterLik. Don’t cha love this shot?

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  33. “Solomon Islands hit by second strong earthquake”

    A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 has struck off the Solomon Islands hours after a 7.6 tremor, the US Geological Survey says.

    A tsunami warning had been issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said on Sunday evening.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/solomon-islands-hit-by-second-strong-earthquake-20140414-36lx2.html

  34. 2 adopted foxes and the ‘stepmom’ dog

  35. “Philadelphia mother seeks teens who helped disabled son”

    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9503591

    NORTH PHILADELPHIA – April 14, 2014 (WPVI) — A group of young Good Samaritans helped a disabled teen who got lost in North Philadelphia and the teen’s mother is hoping to track them down so she can formally thank them.

    It was Saturday afternoon and Eula Sims had sent her 18-year-old son Taheem to North Philadelphia to visit with family.

    A few hours later Eula had received a phone call from her sister saying Taheem was tired and wanted to go home.

    Eula was just about to leave when her sister called again.”Less than two minutes later, she calls me back and said, ‘Your son went out the door and I don’t know where he is,” said Eula.

    Eula was terrified because evening was approaching and Taheem, who has Down Syndrome, is extremely limited in his ability to verbally communicate.

    Taheem ended up wandering the streets of North Philadelphia, by himself, for eight hours before a group of local teenagers found him, took him in, and called the police.

    “They did a wonderful thing,” said Eula.

    The problem is that by the time police returned Taheem to his mother, the Good Samaritans who helped out had gone their separate ways and their identities remain a mystery.

    Eula is looking to reward them in any way she can.

    “I want to give them something for doing that for my son,” said Eula.

    Meantime, people who live in North Philadelphia are saying this proves that while there are some people out there causing trouble, there are many more who are looking to do the right thing.

    “I just think that what the teenagers did was a blessing to the disabled child,” said Zane-Na Jones.

    “There are people more than willing to do the right thing and step in,” said MacKenzie Bell.

    “Well, it’s the City of Brotherly Love. You got a few bad apples in there but it’s still the City of Brotherly Love, and it comes around when it needs to,” said Damon Johnson.

  36. What a wonderful story!!!! It deserves its own blog page.

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