Apr 212012

George Zimmerman Tells Trayvon Martin’s Parents ‘I Am Sorry’

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ABC News has released a new photo of the back of George Zimmerman’s head, taken just “three minutes after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin.” His head is brutally bloodied. As the image above shows, there’s blood all over his head, at least two gashes, and a large bruise forming at the top of his head.

Zimmerman’s contention all along has been that Martin was bashing his head against the pavement, which is why he was forced to shoot him. The media – especially ABC News — initially attempted to discount that story completely, releasing video of his booking at the Sanford police station that were not well-pixellated, and thus did not show the gashes on the back of his head. It took several days for ABC News to release an enhanced version of the video that showed that there were gashes on Zimmerman’s head. In the meantime, the media had a field day reporting that Zimmerman had shot Martin essentially in cold blood; Martin’s family claimed that Zimmerman was not injured; members of Congress, without any evidence, attempted to pass a resolution labeling the killing a racially-motivated crime

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– featured image George Zimmerman appears before Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester Jr. Friday, April 20, 2012, during a bond hearing in Sanford, Fla. Lester says Zimmerman can be released on $150,000 bail as he awaits trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin. He claims self-defense. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool)

Apr 212012

The office of the Los Angeles County coroner has completed its investigation into the death of Andrew Breitbart on March 1, and has confirmed that he died of natural causes, namely heart failure.

Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told Breitbart News that the final autopsy report would be released next week.

A press release issued by the Department of Coroner (below) notes: “No prescription or illicit drugs were detected. The blood alcohol was .04%,” a negligible amount.

The press release concludes: “No significant trauma was present and foul play is not suspected.”

Apr 212012

Vetting Richard Trumka

All this while Trumka enjoys life in the 1 %, let the communist party back into the unions in 1996, and has said he was one step above a socialist. All the while stealing money out of 40% of members who vote Republican.

October 12, 2010:

A partial reversal from his previous position, Trumka today admitted that the DISCLOSE Act — which the AFL opposed, and which failed in the Senate because of a GOP filibuster — would be an improvement over the status quo.

As he said fine, so long as we get FULL disclosure on Trumka. Don’t the Occupiers know a thing? They have heroes they do not realise that these icons are exactly who they claim to rail against?! Well, being we love to expose JUST this thing:

As president of the United Mine Workers (UMW) union, Trumka led multiple violent strikes. Trumka’s fiery rhetoric often appeared to condone militancy and violence, especially against workers who dared to continue to provide for their families by working during a strike. As a Virginia judge ruled in 1989, “violent activities are being organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”

Later, as Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, Trumka pleaded the Fifth Amendment before Congress and a court-appointed election monitor over his role in an illegal fundraising scheme to benefit the Teamsters president Ron Carey’s re-election. Trumka has remained in his position ever since despite an AFL-CIO rule (adopted in 1957) which held that union officials who plead the Fifth have “no right to continue to hold office” in the union umbrella organization.

FACT SHEET of Incoming AFL-CIO President. Richard Trumka: An Ugly History of Violence and Corruption

By Michelle Malkin • September 3, 2010

Free speech not only means the freedom to voice your political views, but also the freedom from being forced to pay for someone else’s. U.S. Supreme Court precedent established by the D.C.-based National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation guarantees the right to full financial disclosure from a union and a right to challenge the figures in court if they disagree. Spread the word.


In Illinois, Trumka told UMW members to “kick the s**t out of every last” worker who crossed his picket lines, according to the Nashville (Ill.) News. And as the National Right to Work Foundation (pdf), the leading anti-forced unionism organization in the country, pointed out, other UMW coalfield strikes resulted in what one judge determined were “violent activities … organized, orchestrated and encouraged by the leadership of this union.”

And now, Trumka is spearheading a Democratic Party get-out-the-vote campaign by far-left groups — publicized in the revolutionary Marxist People’s World — to “energize an army of tens of thousands who will return to their neighborhoods, churches, schools and voting booths to prevent a Republican takeover of Congress in November and begin building a new permanent coalition to fight for a progressive agenda.”

Take those as literal fighting words. The bloody consequences of compulsory unionism cannot be ignored.

Michelle Malkin

Also See: WH Guest List for Big Jobs Speech: Trumka

Frances Fox Piven and Richard Trumka Join Forces

Mob Rule – Trumka and other Union Thugs

American Thinker ~ Look For The Union Libel

I know no better way to close then this:

– featured image: Soda Head

Apr 212012

John McCain’s 2008 campaign staff allegedly had evidence that Democrats stuffed ballot boxes in Pennsylvania and Ohio on election night, but McCain chose not to pursue voter fraud, according to internal Stratfor emails published by WikiLeaks.

In an email sent on November 7, 2008, and titled ” Insight – The Dems & Dirty Tricks ** Internal Use Only – Pls Do Not Forward **,” Stratfor vice president of intelligence Fred Burton wrote:

1) The black Dems were caught stuffing the ballot boxes in Philly and Ohio as reported the night of the election and Sen. McCain chose not to fight. The matter is not dead inside the party. It now becomes a matter of sequence now as to how and when to “out”.

In an email sent two days earlier and titled “Insight – McCain #5 ** internal use only – Pls do not forward **,” Burton wrote:

After discussions with his inner circle, which explains the delay in his speech, McCain decided not to pursue the voter fraud in PA and Ohio, despite his staff’s desire to make it an issue. He said no. Staff felt they could get a federal injunction to stop the process. McCain felt the crowds assembled in support of Obama and such would be detrimental to our country and it would do our nation no good for this to drag out like last go around, coupled with the possibility of domestic violence.

The Nov. 7 email also contains allegations that Democrats made a “six-figure donation” to Rev. Jesse Jackson to silence him on the topic of Israel after an October 2008 interview in which he said Obama’s presidency would remove the clout of “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades.”

Burton, who appears to be friendly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote:

2) It appears the Dems “made a donation” to Rev. Jesse (no, they would never do that!) to keep his yap shut after his diatribe about the Jews and Israel. A little bird told me it was a “nice six-figure donation”. This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

The email also refers to an accusation that Obama’s campaign took money from Russia, recalling memories of Bill Clinton’s 1996 presidential campaign when the Justice Department uncovered evidence that China sought to make direct contributions to the Democratic National Committee.

Burton wrote:

3) The hunt is on for the sleezy Russian money into O-mans coffers. A smoking gun has already been found. Will get more on this when the time is right. My source was too giddy to continue. Can you say Clinton and ChiCom funny money? This also becomes a matter of how and when to out.

If true the allegations prompt questions of how the fallout has affected the politics of Obama’s current administration and how it will effect this year’s presidential election.

Burton is a former Deputy Chief of the Department of State’s counterterrorism division for the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). The DSS assists the Department of Defense in following leads and doing forensic analysis of hard drives seized by the U.S. government in ongoing criminal investigations.

Stratfor provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

WikiLeaks has published 973 out of what it says is a cache of 5 million internal Stratfor emails (dated between July 2004 and December 2011) obtained by the hacker collective Anonymous around Christmas.

~ Expect THIS to become an issue the Obama administration ‘brings’ out for election 2012, being we know full and well how nasty they will be:

Mitt Romney is also facing allegations of voter fraud in Massachusetts as he cast a ballot for Republican Scott Brown in January 2010 in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy but didn’t own property in the state at the time.

~ So Mitt, when this is brought up against you, remember the beginning of this piece for fuel against Obama.

Business Insider

Apr 212012

Robert Westmore of Southern California designs websites for a living — but he was shocked to learn that he had designed a new homepage for the reclusive North Korean regime.

“I had no idea,” he told FoxNews.com in an interview. “Honestly, I didn’t even know North Korea had a website.”

An official website promotes the culture and society of North Korea — and it was designed with a $15 template created by a South Californian designer.

While the notorious totalitarian government continues to spend hundreds of millions on failed rocket launches, North Korea skimps in other areas, notably web design. Indeed the country spent just $15 redesigning its national homepage, korea-dpr.com — a fact accidentally discovered by an unsuspecting college student.

Fordham junior Michael DiTanna was working on a class project about Korean propaganda when he noticed the country’s “flashy” new redesign, which DiTanna estimates to be only a few months old. A computer science major, DiTanna quickly realized the site was based on Westmore’s $15 Blender template.

“Right away I saw that the site was produced through a purchased theme,” DiTanna told FoxNews.com. “They just did a really sloppy job of cleaning up the source code,” he added, leaving clues to the site’s origin.

Since 2000, the site has served as the officially sanctioned face of North Korea to the outside world. It was built by Cho Son-il, who told FoxNews.com he is an honorary citizen and an authorized North Korean spokesman. The site claims to receive an average of 12 million hits per month.

Son-il built the site, he said — along the way paying that $15 to Robert Westmore, a freelance web designer from the West Coast who had posted the template for general consumption on ThemeForest an online exchange where designers can show off their wares.

~ Snippet:

North Korea, a country infamous for its strict censorship policies and propaganda programs, created the site not for its own citizens — who mostly lack Internet access — but “for the people outside DPRK, to have basic information and a direct connection point with the country,” Son-il said.

Apr 212012

The Surfrider Foundation has released its preliminary “State of the Beach” study for the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s ongoing Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Sadly, things aren’t getting cleaner faster, according to their results. The Corexit that BP used to “disperse” the oil now appears to be making it tougher for microbes to digest the oil. I wrote about this problem in depth in “The BP Cover-Up.”

The persistence of Corexit mixed with crude oil has now weathered to tar, yet is traceable to BP’s Deepwater Horizon brew through its chemical fingerprint. The mix creates a fluorescent signature visible under UV light. From the report:

The program uses newly developed UV light equipment to detect tar product and reveal where it is buried in many beach areas and also where it still remains on the surface in the shoreline plunge step area. The tar product samples are then analyzed…to determine which toxins may be present and at what concentrations. By returning to locations several times over the past year and analyzing samples, we’ve been able to determine that PAH concentrations in most locations are not degrading as hoped for and expected.

Corexit® dispersed oil residue accelerates the absorption of toxins into the skin. The results aren’t visible under normal light (top), but the contamination into the skin appear as fluorescent spots under UV light (bottom). Credit: James H “Rip” Kirby III, Surfrider Foundation

Worse, the toxins in this unholy mix of Corexit and crude actually penetrate wet skin faster than dry skin (photos above)—the author describes it as the equivalent of a built-in accelerant—though you’d never know it unless you happened to look under fluorescent light in the 370nm spectrum. The stuff can’t be wiped off. It’s absorbed into the skin.

And it isn’t going away. Other findings from monitoring sites between Waveland, Mississippi, and Cape San Blas, Florida over the past two years:

* The use of Corexit is inhibiting the microbial degradation of hydrocarbons in the crude oil and has enabled concentrations of the organic pollutants known as PAH to stay above levels considered carcinogenic by the NIH and OSHA.

*26 of 32 sampling sites in Florida and Alabama had PAH concentrations exceeding safe limits.

* Only three locations were found free of PAH contamination.

* Carcinogenic PAH compounds from the toxic tar are concentrating in surface layers of the beach and from there leaching into lower layers of beach sediment. This could potentially lead to contamination of groundwater sources.

The report states: “Toxicology studies to determine effects of Corexit® dispersant on dermal absorption rates of carcinogenic PAHs through wet skin are needed to assess risk to human health and safety.”

The full Surfrider Foundation report by James H. “Rip” Kirby III, of the University of South Florida is open-access online here.

- source

h/t Alex Higgins

Apr 212012

~For those unfamiliar with my old friend Sami, I bring you some background. Sami was a personal pet project of mine that I’m proud to say was a a successful investigation/research and how/when I met Steve Emerson.

A bit of a background on Sami:

Former professor at the University of South Florida

North American head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Active in the Islamic Society of North America, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the American Muslim Council, the American Muslim Alliance, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations

Co-founded the World and Islam Studies Enterprise

Created the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom

Former Chairman of the Islamic Academy of Florida

He’s been on house arrest for nearly four years, but the inability to be in the spotlight may constitute cruel and unusual punishment for Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) operative Sami Al-Arian.

A website called The Islamist posted what it says is the complete text of a statement the former University of South Florida professor and PIJ governing board member made via Skype Wednesday. In it, the man who created and ran the “active arm” of the terrorist group in North America and sheltered its current leader, decries his “persecution” and laments the plight of others convicted of supporting terrorist groups such as Hamas and al-Qaida.

* Fawaz Damrah

The speech marks “my first public address in the U. S. in over nine years,” he says, and comes despite attorneys’ advice not to make public statements. “Nothing short of our very survival as free people living in a free and democratic society is at stake,” he says, casting America as a security state in the wake of 9/11 law enforcement actions.

“We, as a community, are at the forefront in the fight to reclaim the foundations and principles that established this great country.”

Al-Arian still faces a criminal contempt indictment issued in June 2008, after he repeatedly refused to testify before a federal grand jury investigating terror financing in northern Virginia. His argument that his 2006 guilty plea to providing goods and services to the PIJ meant he would never have to provide information to the government, be it voluntarily or under court order. The judge who sentenced him in Tampa, along with a separate judge in Alexandria and their respective circuit courts of appeal, all rejected that claim.

His attorneys have never produced any written evidence backing up the claim. It is not mentioned in his plea agreement, and when asked at in a hearing whether his plea was based on any additional promises, he said, “I don’t recall anything else.”

“You think anybody has attempted to trick you?” the judge asked.

“No,” Al-Arian said.

The case has been frozen in limbo, however, by U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema’s refusal to rule on defense motions to dismiss the contempt case despite repeated promises to deliver a written order as far back as the spring of 2009.

~ Snippet:

To Al-Arian, they remain “Innocent people [who] are targeted and their families are suffering because of their beliefs, opinions, associations, and advocacy. All first amendment activities- supposedly guaranteed by the US constitution.

President Obama said if he had a son he would have looked like Trayvon Martin. Let me tell you, all our sons look like Ahmad Abu Ali, Ziad Yaghi, and Tarek Mehanna.”

Read on…

Rashid Hussain, Sami Al-Arian & the OIC

Feb 23, 2010:

Frank Gaffney on Fox News with Daveed Gardenstein-Ross of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies discussing the controversy surrounding Rashid Hussain, Obama’s Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Fox News, Politico and others have unraveled the story of Hussein’s vocal support for convicted terrorist-fundraiser Sami Al-Arian. Even more troubling, however, is Hussein’s writing; in a paper for the Brookings Institution, he promoted staid Muslim Brotherhood deceptions and dissembling with regards to Islamic law, Shariah and the Koran.

Sami al-Arian to be deported April 17, 2006

Guest: Steve Emerson, terrorism expert

The Factor previously investigated the suspected terrorist ties of Sami Al-Arian, a former professor at the University of South Florida. Al-Arian was acquitted on eight counts of aiding terrorists, but the jury deadlocked on nine other charges. He has now agreed to plead guilty to one count and will be deported, which terror expert Steve Emerson proclaimed a victory against a serious threat. “This felony count shows that Al-Arian knowingly provided assistance and services to Palestine Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group. He deposited money into bank accounts associated with the group, and this gives lie to the denials he has been issuing all these years.” Emerson praised The Factor for bringing Sami Al-Arian to national attention. “He was associated with bringing the top level terrorists into the United States. He wasn’t a low level guy, and you should feel very good about yourself.”

Also See:

By Andrew C. McCarthy September 3, 2008: Willful Blindness: Sami al-Arian Released on Bail

September 3, 2008: Al-Arian Is Freed, but More Charges Await


Sami Al-Arian indictments and trial

Apr 212012

“Mark Twain,” a river measurement meaning “12-feet-deep,” was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who died APRIL 21, 1910.

Growing up on the Mississippi, Clemens left school at age 12 when his father died. He became a printer’s apprentice, then piloted steamboats till the War between the States suspended river traffic.

Samuel Clemens joined the Confederates, but after 2 weeks got discharged to work for his brother Orion, who was secretary to Nevada’s Governor.

After an attempt at mining, Clemens became a reporter in Virginia City, Nevada, using the name “Mark Twain” for the first time.

He moved to San Francisco, sailed the world, then married Olivia Langdon.

His attempt at publishing failed and he paid off debts by lecturing across America.

Mark Twain wrote: Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, Prince and the Pauper, Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur’s Court, and Joan of Arc.

His later success was unfortunately offset by nearly all his family dying before him.

Mark Twain talked Ulysses S. Grant into writing his Civil War memoirs.

Answering Bible skeptics, Mark Twain said:

“If the Ten Commandments were not written by Moses, then they were written by another fellow of the same name.”

Silent film footage taken in 1909 by Thomas Edison at Stormfield (CT) at Mark Twain’s estate. Twain is shown walkng around his home and playing cards with his daughters Clara and Jean. The flickering is due to film deterioration, but this is the only known footage of the great author.