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Monday, April 30, 2012

Stephen King Says To Government

Raise My Fucking Taxes Already!


Novelist Stephen King has joined billionaire investor Warren Buffett as a member of the uber-rich who is attempting to have taxes raised on America’s richest citizens.

In a more “colorful” approach than that offered by the Berkshire Hathaway CEO the horror book writer this week proclaimed “Tax Me, for Fuck’s Sake.”

King then goes on to write for the Daily Beast:

“The majority would rather douse their dicks with lighter fluid, strike a match, and dance around singing ‘Disco Inferno’ than pay one more cent in taxes to Uncle Sugar.”

King goes on to note that while he and his wife give out more than $4 million per year to charity, many of the countries uber-rich pay out their taxes and then sit on their “dough.” King writes:

“And hey, why don’t we get real about this? Most rich folks paying 28 percent taxes do not give out another 28 percent of their income to charity. Most rich folks like to keep their dough. They don’t strip their bank accounts and investment portfolios, they keep them and then pass them on to their children, their children’s children. And what they do give away is—like the monies my wife and I donate—totally at their own discretion. That’s the rich-guy philosophy in a nutshell: Don’t tell us how to use our money; we’ll tell you.”

As Stephen King so rightly points out, America’s richest men and women wouldn’t have their riches if it wasn’t for America, they should therefore be protecting their investment by remembering which country’s citizens needs their help and made them rich in the first place.

King goes on to dispel the “job creators” myth, pointing out that investments are largely made in overseas company’s because of “anti-American” job practices set forth by the US government.

Check out the full King post at the Daily Beast and you might just find his scariest true-to-life piece of literature yet.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tea Bagger Commandments


Thou shalt not employ, support, or protect those who have come to your nation seeking a better life legally, for they are illegal, and therefore enemies of Christianity and America.

Thou shalt maintain and Army, and arsenal capable of destroying the entire earth, and frequently test capabilities on communist, Muslims and other non-Christians.

Thou shalt maintain many personal weapons, in order to quickly kill communist, Muslims, and criminals who manage to infiltrate our streets.

Thou shalt not support a government which uses taxes to provide free medicine to the sick, and food to the poor. For republican Jesus does not bless those that do not assist themselves.

Thou shalt grow your Army and arsenal. while shrinking the government which controls it for larger government is more vulnerable to infiltration by communist and Muslims, and power should be consolidated in the hands of the few.

Thou shalt exalt those with little education, for he represents the plight of the common Christian, without the burden or disease of knowledge of diversity of experience, and of questioning faith.

Thou shalt speak only and do business only with those who speak English, for its has replaced Hebrew as the tongue of God.

Thou shalt oppress homosexuals and others that would destroy the 1950's image of the American Christian family, but a man can take as many wives as he so chooses, but not all at the same time. He must marry, divorce, and move on to remain in Gods favor.

Thou shalt hate those among you who would destroy these commandments, to include liberals, socialist, communist, gays, Muslims, minorities - but do not research or learn the definitions of these words, because you may then become tempted.

Only by voting republican, shall you be allowed in Gods kingdom.

Staff Writer
Steve "Damn Nazi Liberal" Chevapravatdumrong

Saturday, April 28, 2012


Or are you just ignorant?

The big fight in Congress recently has been over a proposed student loan bill that passed in the House today despite a veto from the White House and almost certain defeat in the Senate. The Republican backed bill manages to make sure that interest rates on federal student loans don’t double in coming months. They did this by going into the new health care law, finding some women’s health funds that were sass-talking too much, and slapping them in the face. Metaphorically speaking that is. Unsurprisingly, Democrats have seized on that, arguing that Republicans would rather cut money for women than raise, say, raise payroll taxes for corporations and those with high incomes (which a competing Democratic bill in the Senate is proposing). These Democrats found a sympathetic ear in Martin Bashir who agreed with this thinking on MSNBC yesterday.

Bashir was joined by Democratic Congressional Reps. Donna Edwards of Maryland and John Yarmuth of Kentucky and he lofted up lay ups for them to attack Speaker John Boehner’s claims that it was “silly” to make this about a fight on women. They jumped right at it with Edwards accusing Republicans of making American women decide whether to go to school of have health care.

Everyone was in such agreement that Bashir couldn’t fathom why the Republicans would engage in such “perilous politics” or how anyone couldn’t see it as such.

“Why then do they all deny that there is a war on women when they would rather deny women access to important health care provisions but keep subsidies for their friends in the oil industry? I mean, if there isn’t a war on women, most of us must be ignorant then because it seems that way.”


Friday, April 27, 2012

Zimmerman’s Website Garner’s 200K

George Zimmerman's attorney said his client's bail might have been set higher if a judge had known about $200,000 raised by a website and that only came to light this week.

Mark O'Mara said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 that he only learned about the money Wednesday and will inform a judge at a hearing Friday.

 Zimmerman, was released from jail this week after paying 10 percent of $150,000 bail.

 The lawyer for Martin's parents, Benjamin Crump, said Friday he has asked the prosecutor in the case to request that the judge revoke Zimmerman's bail for not disclosing at the original bond hearing last week how much money he had.

 "This is a bombshell that was dropped," Crump told The Associated Press. He said the parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, were "offended" that Zimmerman failed to inform the court of the money the website raised.

 O'Mara told CNN late Thursday the money was raised by a website that Zimmerman set up for his legal defense.

 Friday's hearing was initially scheduled to deal with several media organizations, including The Associated Press, asking the judge to unseal documents from Zimmerman's court file.

 The website used to raise the money has since been shut down, but O'Mara said he'll likely start a new defense fund for Zimmerman.

 The website was created almost two weeks ago by Zimmerman's family to thank his supporters and to receive donations from anyone who wanted to help with his legal defense.

 The 44-day delay in Zimmerman's arrest spurred protests nationwide and inspired a national debate about racial profiling, equal justice under the law and Florida's self-defense law. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is from Peru.

Zimmerman has gone into hiding since his release on bail. Under terms of his bond, he has to wear a GPS ankle bracelet that authorities can use to track his location round the clock.

 With Zimmerman’s history of failure to remember things, or better yet, his late disclosure of much information is certainly enough to revoke this man’s bond.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lessons Learned


A sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the Pentagon's policies about social media and its limits on the speech of active duty military personnel, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.

Sgt. Gary Stein will get an other-than-honorable discharge and lose most of his benefits for violating the policies, the Corps said.

The San Diego-area Marine who has served nine years in the Corps said he was disappointed by the decision. He argued that he was exercising his constitutional rights to free speech.
"I love the Marine Corps, I love my job. I wish it wouldn't have gone this way. I'm having a hard time seeing how 15 words on Facebook could have ruined my nine-year career," he told The Associated Press.

Gary Kreep, an attorney for Stein, said he would pursue administrative appeals within the Marine Corps but anticipates the effort will fail. He said he planned to file an amended complaint in federal court.

"As long as he wants to pursue this, we will be supporting him," said Kreep, who is executive director of the United States Justice Foundation, an advocacy group.

The Marines acted after saying Stein stated March 1 on a Facebook page used by Marine meteorologists, "Screw Obama and I will not follow all orders from him." Stein later clarified that statement, saying he would not follow unlawful orders.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo, the commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, said in a brief statement Wednesday that evidence supported an administrative board's recommendation to discharge Stein.

Tom Umberg, a former Army colonel and military prosecutor, said Stein persisted even after being warned.

"The Marine Corps gave him the opportunity to think about his actions, yet Sgt. Stein continued to undermine the chain of command," said Umberg, who was not involved in Stein's case. "I think his purpose was to leave the Marine Corps in a dramatic fashion in order to begin a career in talk radio or what have you."

Umberg believes the decision to discharge Stein will have limited impact because the vast majority of Marines would never consider such postings.

"I think 99 percent of the soldiers and Marines currently on duty understand the duties of supporting the chain of command and understand their rights of free speech are limited," he said. "To that 1 percent who don't know their rights to free speech are limited once they take the oath, this is a loud and clear message."

During a hearing, a military prosecutor submitted screen grabs of Stein's postings on one Facebook page he created called Armed Forces Tea Party, which the prosecutor said included the image of Obama on a "Jackass" movie poster. Stein also superimposed Obama's image on a poster for "The Incredibles" movie that he changed to "The Horribles," military prosecutor Capt. John Torresala said.

At the hearing this month at Camp Pendleton, Torresala argued that Stein's behavior repeatedly violated Pentagon policy and he should be dismissed after ignoring warnings from his superiors about his postings.

The military has had a policy since the Civil War limiting the free speech of service members, including criticism of the commander in chief.

Pentagon directives say military personnel in uniform cannot sponsor a political club; participate in any TV or radio program or group discussion that advocates for or against a political party, candidate or cause; or speak at any event promoting a political movement.

Commissioned officers also may not use contemptuous words against senior officials.

Show boating for his fellow tea baggers on Facebook cost him his career! Good riddance asshat, and don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you!

Roger West

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hospital Trolling?

Hospital Debt Trollers

Imagine going into an emergency room or maternity ward and being greeted by a debt collector telling you that you won't receive treatment until you agree upon terms to pay an outstanding bill.

Its real, the next time you’re at the hospital, be on notice: The person taking down your information and admitting you for treatment might not be a hospital employee but a staffer from a debt-collection agency.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson filed suit against a debt-collection agency called Accretive Health in January after an employee left a laptop containing personal information about for 23,500 patients in a rental car last July. Swanson’s lawsuit alleges that Accretive Health’s access to patient records violates federal privacy laws.

The case brings attention to the little-known practice of hospital companies embedding debt collectors in their facilities, the New York Times reports.

Americans are being subject to increasingly harsh tactics by debt collectors seeking to recoup money for their clients by using tactics including threats, insults and lies, recent research shows. Lisa Lindsay, an Illinois woman recovering from breast cancer, endured an arrest and a brief stay in jail over an unpaid $280 hospital bill that wasn’t even hers.

Hospitals are under increasing financial pressure as health care costs escalate and payment rates from Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurance companies become smaller. And largely because of a decades-old federal law requiring hospitals to provide emergency medical care to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, hospitals take on tens of billions of dollars in bad debt each year. In 2010, hospitals were stuck with $39.3 billion in unpaid bills, which amounted to 5.6 percent of their total expenses, according to the American Hospital Association.

Cash-hungry hospitals aren’t the only obstacle to patients’ getting the health care they need. Health insurance premiums continue to rise even as benefits get more meager, joblessness and the sluggish economy are causing many Americans to go without medical care or become uninsured, and the size of hospital bills themselves can be impossible to predict.

Anxiety about dollars and cents has driven hospitals into the arms of aggressive debt collectors, according to the Times:

As a growing number of hospitals struggle under a glut of unpaid bills, they are turning to companies like Accretive. To win promised savings, all hospitals have to do is turn over the management of their front-line staffing — ranging from patient registration to scheduling and billing — and their back-office collection activities. Accretive says it has such arrangements with some of the country’s largest hospital systems to help reduce their costs.

Accretive Health works with dozens of U.S. hospitals, including Fairview Health Services and North Memorial Health Care in Minnesota, according to the Times and a press release from Swanson’s office. Debt collectors are instructed to ask patients for credit cards or checks when they arrive at an emergency room seeking treatment, the Times reports.

Hospitals across the U.S. are trying new methods of avoiding unpaid bills. HCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain, and other companies have started demanding upfront payments as high as $350 from people in emergency rooms, Kaiser Health News reported in February. In 2011, about 80,000 people walked out of HCA emergency rooms before getting any medical care because of the company’s $150 fee, according to Kaiser Health News.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Transvaginal Bob Despises TSA Pat Downs, But Still OK With Invasive Ultrasound

The One And Only "Transvaginal Bob" McDonnell

Transvaginal Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) signed a mandatory ultrasound bill into law last month, which will require all women who have an abortion in the state to have an ultrasound first, after backing off his earlier support for a more far-reaching version of the bill that would have required a more invasive ultrasound.

Despite his opposition to “invasive” TSA pat-downs, McDonnell still agreed with requiring women to undergo an additional medical procedure because they “have a right to know” all available medical information before making a decision.

But his focus on a woman’s right to know ignores that the bill adds an unfunded, unnecessary burden for women seeking an abortion. In an interview with Bloomberg’s All Hunt, McDonnell stood by his “right to know” line without addressing if the law was a mandate:

The additional requirement throws up another barrier for women who want to have an abortion in Virginia. This invasive law, along with burdensome and expensive state regulations on abortion clinics, are Republican lawmakers’ attempts to limit women’s access to abortion procedures by making it difficult or forcing clinics to close.

Twenty of Virginia’s 23 abortion clinics affected by the new regulations that have gone into place reported that they already meet or will comply with the standards, such as larger hallways, bigger parking lots, and certain health and cooling controls. But complying with the standards was expensive, costing the clinics between $150,000 to $3 million apiece. “These are difficult economic times,” Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington, told the Washington Examiner. “To put more onerous regulations on health care providers that are not necessary seems very counterproductive.”


Monday, April 23, 2012

Zimmerman Out of Jail

George Zimmerman has been released from a Florida jail after posting $150,000 bond as he awaits trial for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman exited the John E. Polk Correctional Facility (JEPCF) at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office at approximately midnight on Monday. The 28-year-old posted bond and was fitted with an electronic monitoring device prior to release, according to a statement from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

The GPS device, which can give immediate identification of an offender's whereabouts at any given time, will be monitored by the SCSO and Seminole County Probation.

At a bond hearing on Friday morning Judge Kenneth Lester agreed to allow Zimmerman, who is charged with second degree murder, to post a $150,000 bond to get out of jail. The prosecution had argued that Zimmerman should be denied bail or that it should be set at $1 million.

Zimmerman is being held on charges of second-degree murder for the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, 17, which could carry a life sentence if he is convicted.

George Zimmerman stunned a Florida court Friday by taking the stand and apologizing to the parents of Trayvon Martin, who were sitting in the courtroom during Zimmerman's bond hearing.
"I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not," Zimmerman said addressing Martin's family directly.

Zimmerman told police the night he shot and killed Martin that he acted in self-defense after Martin punched him and pounced on him. Zimmerman told police that Martin then bashed his head into the concrete sidewalk during the altercation that took place in the tidy middle-class development of the Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Fla.


Sunday, April 22, 2012


Where are the women?

The Secret Service sex scandal in Cartagena, Columbia has women wondering whether the mostly-male bodyguard team might benefit from a few more female figures. On This Week with George Stephanopoulous today, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) discussed Paula Reid, the woman brought in to clean up the scandal, and how the secret service would have behaved if there were fewer men with a “wheels up, rings off” mentality.

Maloney was left asking the same question she asked during the contraception debate: “Where are the women?” As it turns out, there aren’t many. According to Maloney, only 11 percent of the Secret Service are women:

There is no reason women shouldn’t qualify for the Secret Service. According to their application requirements, nearly all requirements are of mental acumen, not physical strength. The only physical requirement is “applicants must be determined physically fit by an authorized government physician to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties.” Certainly, there are plenty of women who are fit enough to make the cut.

This 11 percent figure differs from a 2010 Equal Opportunity Employment Commission report that 25 percent of the Secret Service were women, leaving questions about whether the report or Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan gave accurate information.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Trayvon Murderer In Court

George Zimmerman spoke at his bond hearing Friday morning, answering questions about whether he had given an apology or expressed regret over shooting Trayvon Martin in a Sanford, Florida neighborhood back in February. His attorney, Mark O’Mara, told the court that his client wanted to make a statement:
I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I did not know if he was armed or not.

“I’m sorry, sir, you’re not really addressing that to the court. You’re doing it here for the victim’s family, is that correct?” asked prosecuting attorney Bernardo De La Rionda.

“They are here in the court, yes,” said Zimmerman.

“I understand. But I thought you were going to address your honor, Mr. Judge Lester, not — So that’s really addressed to the family and where the media happens to be, correct Mr. Zimmerman?” asked De La Rionda.

“No,” said Zimmerman. “To the mother and the father.”

“I felt sorry that they lost their child, yes,” Zimmerman told the prosecution, referring to Martin’s parents.

“Why did you wait so long” to tell the teen’s family he was sorry, asked De La Rionda, repeatedly questioning Zimmerman as to whom he had expressed his apologies for the shooting of Martin and why he had waited some 50 days to so.

“I was told not to communicate with them,” Zimmerman responded, adding that he had told his attorneys to give his apologies to Martin’s family.

De La Rionda then asked Zimmerman about contradictions in his statements to authorities, while Zimmerman maintained that he had “absolutely not” altered his story. He was also questioned about his cell phone records, as well as whether he had sent a message referring to Martin’s father.

Zimmerman’s wife, Shelley Nicole Zimmerman, testified over the phone. She said she understood that the court’s concern is that if a bond was issued that Zimmerman could be a flight risk. The court is also concerned that a bond, which could be in excess of six figures, would be excessive for the Zimmerman’s to afford. Zimmerman’s wife conceded that she is a nursing student and is not working and they do not own their home. She further asserted that there is no asset that her family could liquidate to make bail.

Mrs. Zimmerman said that she had “no concern whatsoever,” that her husband was a “danger to the community.”

The prosecuting attorney, Bernardo De La Rionda, examined Mrs. Zimmerman and she agreed that her husband was accused of a violent crime but that he did not have a “violent history.” When the prosecution outlined his history of violent crimes, including battery of a law enforcement officer and obstructing justice, she conceded that Zimmerman had informed her of those crimes.

De La Rionda further outlined an incident and read testimony from a woman who claims Zimmerman slapped her in the mouth. Mrs. Zimmerman countered that he filed an injunction against that woman. She reasserted that Zimmerman is not a threat to the community.

De La Rionda brought up a website established to fund Zimmerman’s defense. Mrs. Zimmerman conceded that Zimmerman left the state while he was “in hiding.”

The prosecution highlighted that both Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman felt like they were in physical danger and Mrs. Zimmerman said she received “hate mail” which she would turn over to the attorney. However, she admitted that mail contained no threats.

O’Mara asked Mrs. Zimmerman to qualify the assault on the police officer. She testified that the officer in question was in plain clothes at the time and was in the process of helping a “friend” who he believed was being assaulted by the officer. O’Mara asked if law enforcement identified themselves as such, as the report on the incident makes clear they did. Zimmerman’s wife said that was “not true.” She did, however, concede that Zimmerman had to attend anger management courses as a court order.


Thursday, April 19, 2012



Since we've been discussing Ted Nugent lately, this seemed a good time to bring up Nugent's draft dodging. It's well known that Nugent claims to have gone to great lengths to flunk his Draft Board physical. What's not so well-known is that he got a student deferment at the same time he was touring with his rock band, putting in an average of 300 shows a year. How was he going to school and touring that much at the same time?

One of our readers sent me a copy of an extract of Nugent’s Selective Service records, obtained via a FOIA request (copy below).

As you can see, Nugent received student deferments in 1967 (1-S) and 1968 (2-S). But according to the Internet Movie Data Base website, Nugent has been “performing professionally since 1958, non-stop yearly touring since 1967, averaging more than 300 shows per year '67-73.” Hmm, that would include the two years he was supposedly too wrapped up in his studies to be serving his country.

Like the presidential candidate he has endorsed, Nugent managed to avoid service in Vietnam, employing both familiar rhetoric, and describing his clever plan, in a 2006 interview with the Rutland Herald out of Vermont back in 2006:
“… if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed, or I’d kill all the hippies in the foxholes … I would have killed everybody,” he told the Detroit Free Press in an interview published July 15, 1990.

Fortunately, for our hero, Ted didn’t go to Vietnam. And how Ted managed to avoid the draft makes President Bush look like a war hero.

In that 1990 interview with the Free Press and from information collected from the Chickenhawk Web site, Nugent told about how he avoided the draft:
“He claims that 30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days he ingested nothing but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical, he stopped using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside his pants caked with excrement and urine. That spectacle won Nugent a deferment.”
It says volumes about the character of a man who calls himself the Motor City Madman. The Detroit native went out of his way to avoid the defining experience of his generation, then has the gall to talk about how eagerly he would have killed, “if” he had served.

Nugent on Dana Loesch's Radio Show

What a douche bag! Below Nugent being a racist.

But wait, there’s more: Ted the Family Guy

He has had two wives and has eight children, including three out of wedlock in two liaisons almost 30 years apart.

 In the late 1960s, prior to his first marriage, Nugent fathered a boy, Ted (Mann) and a girl, whom he gave up for adoption in infancy. In 2005 Nugent was involved in a legal battle for not paying enough child support.

In 1978, Nugent began a relationship with a seventeen-year-old Hawaii native named Pele Massa. Due to the age difference they could not marry so Nugent joined Massa’s parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian, an arrangement that Spin magazine ranked in October 2000 as #63 on their list of the “100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock”

But of course, he’s an all around good American, and the arbiter of who is, and who isn’t, a patriot…Ole Nug, he is the epitome of a sleazy, disgusting, radical tea bagger!

So the 63-year-old douche bag, who says he’ll be “dead or in jail” this time next year if President Obama is re-elected, wasn’t man enough to answer his country’s call during the Vietnam draft. That’s so Napoleon Bonaparte...even he thought he was being patriotic!

RELATED: Below is a great blog (CAUTION LANGUAGE):


Roger West

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Radical Governor Backs Nugent

Embattled rocker Ted Nugent continued his radio tour on Wednesday with an appearance on the Mike Huckabee radio show. Following the interview, Huckabee defended Nugent’s controversial comments about Democrats and President Obama, saying that they were “really not threatening at all.” The former Arkansas governor also took a swipe at the Secret Service, saying that they have their own “issues” and some agents may need “inoculation from a little Colombian Cat Scratch Fever.”

Huckabee introduced Nugent as “my hunting buddy and good friend who found himself in just a little bit of hot water after this weekend’s comments.” When asked by Huckabee to explain his comments, Nugent seemed to place blame on the government for overreacting to his content.
“The level and increasing corruption and abuse of power in the federal government is off the charts – everybody knows that,” said Nugent. “Unless you’re part of that abuse of power and then you just stand by and you take advantage of that because abuse of power corrupts absolutely.”
Nugent went on to attempt to indict the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder for the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal.

“We all revere the sacrifice and dedication of law enforcement, but when you have the U.S. Attorney General illegally running guns to Mexican drug gangs and bringing about the death of another law enforcement hero, we kind of cry tears of blood that we’re so heart broke,” said Nugent. He went on to cite the Solyndra energy loan scandal, the unfolding General Services Administration scandal and the Justice Department’s failure to prosecute members of the New Black Panther party as examples of government corruption.

Nugent also went on to indict the federal government for enforcing provisions of the Endangered Species Act in Michigan and cited the actions of hunters in Texas for reviving the Scimitar-Horned Oryx population.

When finally asked to explain his comments over the weekend, Nugent professed that he is a “non-violent guy.”
“I never threatened anyone’s life in my life,” said Nugent, repeating a phrase he used on the Glenn Beck radio show hours earlier. “I wouldn’t threaten the life of the president, or anyone in public office or anyone anywhere.” 
Nugent said that he is having a meeting with Secret Service agents tomorrow as they perform their due diligence to, as he put it, “respond to the lunatic fringe in the Congress and in the Senate and the White House, where they have to investigate or at least do a interview regarding the preposterous, outrageous, deceitful, dishonest claims that I threatened anyone’s life,” said Nugent. “I respect their duty to do so.”

Nugent said that he was subject to a politically motivated investigation in California before because he had several non-operational riffles on stage with him at a concert that could have been a model that was illegal in the state of California. “So this has been going on because I have the audacity to use the First Amendment, Mike, and they want to shut me up and it ain’t gonna happen.”

As we stated yesterday, remember a win for Obama -  equals asshat Nugent in jail.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rocker Ted Nugent In Secret Service Cross Hairs

Radical Teabagger Hard Rocker Ted Nugent

Move over Charles Manson, someone’s taken over as the engineer of the Crazy Train and has already run it off the tracks. In fact, Ted Nugent is now under investigation by the Secret Service for a peculiar comment during a speech supporting Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.
According to a report on Think Progress, rocker Ted Nugent is in the Secret Service’s crosshairs after making comments about President Barack Obama and members of the Democratic party up for election in 2012.

The ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ guitarist / singer spoke to the crowd at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention on Sunday, April 15. “If you don’t know that our government is rubbing its ass with the Constitution, you’re living under a rock someplace. And that there’s a dead solider an airman or marine, a seaman, a hero of the military that just got his legs blown off for the U.S. Constitution, and we got a President and Attorney General who doesn’t even like the Constitution.”

Ted Nugent "Cat Scratch Fever"

What put Nugent on the radar of the Secret Service however, was sparked by the following quote about President Obama:

“If Barack Obama becomes the President in November again, I will
 either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

As an anonymous Secret Service agent tells New York Magazine, “We are aware of [Nugent's comments], and we’ll conduct an appropriate follow up.”

With the Secret Service’s entry into the scandal, it is unlikely that Romney will escape the gravity of this snowballing controversy without having to comment on it. Romney will be asked to repudiate the endorsement, but given the former Massachusetts governor only recently secured the Republican presidential nomination and still faces residual resentment from within his party’s base, it will be politically challenging for Romney to throw Nugent under the bus.

Watch the offending remarks below:

Regardless of whether you support Romney or Obama in the 2012 election, one must admit that Nugent’s decision to air that comment in a public forum wasn’t too bright a decision. Although the quote in question doesn’t have a definite meaning as to why Nugent feels like he would be dead or in jail, the Secret Service isn’t taking any chances.

Remember readers: A vote for Obama is a vote to send Ted Nugent to jail.

Roger West

Monday, April 16, 2012


Miami-Dade Fire Captain Blames Trayvon Martin Killing On ‘Shitbag’ Parents Of ‘Urban Youths’

The Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department opened an investigation into a racist post on one of its captains’ Facebook page. According to The Grio, Brian Beckmann, a captain in the Miami-Dade fire department, posted a rant on his Facebook page suggesting that Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman was unjustly accused and that Martin’s killing can be blamed upon poor parenting by “urban” parents who are “welfare dependent”:

Words of Fire Capt Brian Beckmann

For the record, Trayvon Martin’s mother is a program coordinator at the Miami-Dade Housing Authority. His father is a truck driver. So neither parent is “dependent” on welfare.


Sunday, April 15, 2012


Once An Asshat Always An Asshat "Sean Hannity"

Now that the Trayvon Martin story has become a bona fide court case, the focus of the tale shifts from why George Zimmerman is free despite having committed homicide (lawful or otherwise) to what the results of the trial will be. Earlier this week Sean Hannity expressed relief that the system was now taking its course and support for Martin’s mother in her composure throughout the effort, and offered his prediction on what would happen: either Zimmerman would plea guilty to manslaughter, or manslaughter would be included in the trial.

Hannity’s panel– reporter Shannon Butler, attorney Crystal McCrary, and radio host David Webb– opened the discussion with what potential evidence the prosecution could bring to trial. Butler, who interviewed a witness early in the story who claimed Martin had attacked Zimmerman, confirmed that “there were at least two witnesses” saying Martin attacked Zimmerman, but the prosecution is rumored to have found some that saw the interaction between the two sooner, and perhaps saw Zimmerman provoke the encounter. She notes that “it was the girlfriend on the phone that really helped the prosecution on the case.”

Hannity argued that “this is why I kept saying nobody should rush to judgment,” and reiterated that it was possible a “horrible accident/tragedy” happened, as it is “possible that those two mindsets [Zimmerman's and Martin's] did not read the situation correctly [and] conflicted.” McCrary noted that she understood the racial elements of the case “as a mother of an African American son who has been profiled because he is African American,” but that “you can profile somebody and not be racist.” Webb countered that the problem with the racial element was that the case “isn’t about empathy, this is about empirical evidence,” and the media’s rush to judgment had been “the biggest deliberate tragedy” in the case aside from the family’s suffering.

Hannity concluded offering a prediction: “either they’re going to plea down to manslaughter… or it goes to trial and I think it would go down to a manslaughter.”


Saturday, April 14, 2012



Blog brought to you by Addictinginfo's Stephen D Foster

Conservatives are so easy to anger these days. Even the most insignificant statement can set off their tempers. If you want to enrage a conservative, I suggest saying the following:

1. A Socialist wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.

 2. Jesus healed the sick and helped the poor, for free.

 3. Joseph McCarthy was an un-American, witch hunting sissy.

 4. Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee were traitors.

 5. The South lost the Civil War, get over it.

 6. The Founding Fathers were liberals.

 7. Fascism is a right-wing trait.

 8. Sarah Palin is an idiot.

 9. The Earth is round.

 10. Reagan raised taxes eleven times as President.

 11. Reagan legalized abortion as Governor of California.

 12. Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency.

 13. Ronald Reagan supported gun control.

 14. Global warming is real.

 15. Republicans hate illegal immigrants, unless they need their lawns mowed or their houses cleaned.

 16. The military is a government-run institution, so why do Republicans approve the defense budget?

 17. The Cold War is over and the Soviet Union no longer exists.

 18. Paying taxes is patriotic.

 19. Republicans: Peddling the same failed economic policies since 1880.

 20. The Republican Party began as a liberal party.

 21. The Presidents’ full name is Barack Hussein Obama and he was born in the United States of America.

 22. George W. Bush held hands with the King of Saudi Arabia.

 23. President Obama saved the American auto industry, while Republicans wanted to destroy it.

 24. Hate is not a Christian virtue.

 25. Jesus was a liberal.

 26. Republicans spend MORE money than Democrats.

 27. Tea parties are for little girls.

 28. Public schools educate all children; private schools are for indoctrinating children.

 29. The Constitution is the law, NOT the Bible.

 30. Sharia law doesn’t exist in America.

 31. The President is NOT a Muslim.

 32. Corporations are NOT people. People are people.

 33. Fox News isn’t real news, it’s just a racist, sexist, hateful, right-wing propaganda machine.

 34. The Federal Reserve was a Republican idea.

 35. Women are equal citizens who deserve equal rights.

 36. Women control their own bodies.

 37. Abortion is a relevant medical procedure, just ask Rick Santorum.

 38. Please use spell-check.

 39. It’s “pundit”, not “pundint”.

 40. Social Security is solvent through 2038.

 41. Health care is a right, not a product.

 42. Roe v. Wade was a bipartisan ruling made by a conservative leaning Supreme Court.

 43. G.O.P also stands for Gross Old Perverts.

 44. The donkey shouldn’t be the Democratic mascot because Republicans are the real jackasses.

 45. Barack Obama ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden. It took him two and half years to do what Bush couldn’t do in eight.

 46. Waterboarding IS torture.

 47. 9/11 happened on George W. Bush’s watch, therefore he did NOT keep America safe.

 48. Republicans invaded Iraq for oil, so Iraq should be allowed to invade Texas to get it back.

 49. Separation of church and state is in the Constitution, it’s called the First Amendment.

 50. Muslims are protected by the Constitution, just as much as Christians.

 51. Barack Obama is the first African-American President, get over it.

 52. The Oval Office is NOT a “whites only” office.

 53. America is a nation of immigrants, therefore we are all anchor babies.

 54. The white race isn’t disappearing, it’s evolving.

 55. God is a particle.

 56. Evolution is real.

 57. The Earth is 4.54 billion years old, not 6,000.

58. The Founding Fathers did not free the slaves.

59. The Revolution was NOT fought over slavery.

 60. Paul Revere warned the Americans, NOT the British.

 61. Federal law trumps state law.

 62. The Civil War was about slavery, NOT state’s rights.

 63. Corporations care more about profits than they do about people.

 64. Getting out of a recession requires government spending.

 65. Glenn Beck is a nut-job.

 66. Republicans: Paranoid since 1932.

 67. Republicans don’t want to pay for your birth control, but they want you to pay for their Viagra.

 68. Republicans actually NEED Viagra.

 69. Fox News is owned by an Australian and has a Saudi prince as an investor.

 70. Republicans complain about immigrants taking American jobs, then freely give American jobs to foreigners overseas.

 71. Republicans hate communism, so why do they refer to themselves as red states?

 72. Labor unions built this country.

 73. Republicans hold America hostage as a political strategy; the temper tantrum throwing kind of political strategy.

 74. Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian.

 75. When Republicans see black, they attack.

 76. Inside every Republican is a Klansman or a Nazi waiting to bloom.

 77. Republicans only care about children BEFORE they are born.

 78. Republicans are hypocrites, they’re just too stupid to know it.

 79. The Christian-Right boycotts movies that have violence, and then promotes guns and insurrection.

 80. I think therefore I am NOT a Republican.

 81. Republicans that oppose gay marriage are most likely in the closet themselves.

 82. Churches should stay out of politics, or be taxed.

 83. People are too poor to vote Republican.

 84. Democrats think for themselves, Republicans form think tanks to do it for them.

 85. Republicans hate education because they couldn’t hack it in school.

 86. Greed is one of the seven deadly sins and Republicans wallow in it.

 87. A little socialism on the Left is better than a little fascism on the Right.

 88. The current corporate tax rate is the lowest in 60 years, so stop whining about it being too high.

 89. Republicans: Anti-Gay Marriage, Pro-Lesbian sex.

 90. Republicans: Terrorizing the American people since 1981.

 91. Republicans have their own terrorists, just look up Timothy McVeigh.

 92. Republicans love outsourcing, just ask the Chinese Communists.

 93. The Republican answer to the oil spill was to apologize to BP, a foreign oil company.

 94. Democrats will be working hard to bring jobs to Americans, while the Republicans tea bag each other in the middle of the aisles.

 95. Voter disenfranchisement is immoral and un-American, that’s why Republicans do it.

 96. Republicans would let your house burn down unless you pay them to put it out.

 97. Democrats want to take care of the sick. Republicans take their credit cards and then deny them medical attention.

 98. Republicans say teachers are union thugs, then proceed to rape and mug the entire middle class on behalf of corporations.

 99. Republicans think rape isn’t a crime, but miscarriages are.

 100. Republicans are idiots and arguing with them is a waste of time!

Bottom line? If you want to anger a conservative, tell them the truth.


Friday, April 13, 2012

Stand Your Ground Law

States In Yellow Have Stand Your Gound Laws

The most absurd moment in the Travyon Martin stand your ground killing came on March 13, when Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee stated that he could not arrest George Zimmerman because there were no grounds to disprove George Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. And that was the moment anyone in their right mind should have concluded that stand your ground laws are ridiculous. When you get to kill the other guy, claim self defense and walk, solely because you claimed self-defense, we know we have a problem.

The fact that Zimmerman carried, and used, a firearm while serving as a neighborhood watch volunteer should have been enough for Bill Lee to make the call that maybe something was amiss here. The fact that Lee didn’t even test Zimmerman for drugs or alcohol, while Travyon Martin’s body was tested, should be enough for any observer to conclude the presumption of innocence afforded under law has been breached by the stand your ground laws that are now found in more than two dozen states.

Why We Should Repeal Stand Your Ground Laws?

1. They require “law enforcement officials to prove that a suspect did not act in self-defense. [NYT] ” This burden of proof is a bridge too far on the presumption of innocence continuum. You cannot prove motive with confidence on the basis of circumstantial evidence when the other guy happens to be dead.

2. They protect shooters from civil suits, where the burden of proof for a civil judgment is lower. This means that when the state doesn’t press charges, no civil options remain to the victim’s family.

3. Many of the victims have been unarmed (12 of 13 studied in a recent Orlando Sentinel investigation).

4. Police chiefs do not understand the laws, and thus abrogate their duty to investigate fully in the first crucial hours following an incident, allowing vital forensic evidence to be destroyed.

5. Dumbass gun owners, like George Zimmerman, who are inclined to ignore or misunderstand regulations regarding use of a firearm, will falsely believe they have rights that they do not, in reality, possess.

6. They encourage vigilantism by codifying a set of assumptions that magnifies the real degree of threat posed by “suspicious” persons possessed of unknown intent. This effect is exacerbated by racial profiling, as well as outright racism, and further fueled by the now well-known “hoodie effect.”

7. They represent an attempt to “normalize” the use of firearms in situations where the standard of proof is that of “feeling threatened,” a standard that is not codified with objective criteria under the laws.

8. People under investigation for having committed a crime involving the use of a firearm already possess a presumption of innocence.

9. They serve to reinforce the brutality of American society, driven by a paranoid sense of threat experienced by some armed civilians.

10. They represent a license to kill. And, as I have said before, it’s not gun nuts who bother me, it’s nuts with guns. I agree with Chattanooga, Tennessee gun enthusiast Sally Peterson who told WRCB TV,"You can't approach a person and draw your gun. I just think there are too many wannabe cops.”

Twenty threes states have the "stand your ground" law.

Click on the state to see its law.





Illinois (The law does not includes a duty to retreat, which courts have interpreted as a right to expansive self-defense.)









North Carolina


Oregon (Also does not include a duty to retreat.)

South Carolina

South Dakota




Washington (Also does not include a duty to retreat.)

West Virginia

These laws are very problematic, and it's the police and public interpretation of the law, which makes it even more dangerous. Moreover, in nearly all cases, you have two dead and one holding the gun. Ultimately, the murderer can always claim stand your ground...without anyone alive to dispute his claims.

Perhaps stand your ground laws, also known as “Shoot First” laws, should be called "The Last Man Standing Laws", because the last man standing in a fatal altercation calls the shots, so to speak. And it seems to me that the last man standing in a Zimmerman-Martin type situation always claims self-defense. The expansion of this presumption of innocence creates an impossible situation for prosecutors when there are no witnesses, which plays nicely into the hands of those who would commit murder, intentional or otherwise. While it has always been a goal of those so inclined to avoid witnesses, under stand your ground laws they really do have a free-shot zone.

One way to ensure that we put pressure on these law makers and the NRA is to to reach out to the more than one million signers of the petition calling for George Zimmerman’s arrest to sign a petition calling for the repeal of the laws nationwide.

If ever there was a bad idea, bad law, this is the one. These laws lay the groundwork for a shoot-first, think-of-a-defense later environment. These laws expand the danger zone to threats within the personal space that exists in public arenas.

What's' next, too many items in the express checkout line? An attack of road rage? An argument with an umpire at a kid’s baseball game? A sideways glance from a street person?

In such an atmosphere how long will it be before citizens began arming themselves as they left the house in the belief that they would need to protect themselves from fellow citizens who logically would be doing exactly the same thing?

There’s a good reason why we entrust public protection to police officers who are trained in the use of deadly force and have the experience of what do in stressful situations.

The last thing this country needs is a return to the Wild West when disputes were resolved by who had the quicker draw. Having more guns in public with a legal shield to use them is a very bad idea, especially in the hands of the galactically stupid.

Roger West

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Zimmerman Getting A Taste Of His Future


Which is behind bars!

Forty-seven days after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in a Sanford, Florida, neighborhood, a solemn George Zimmerman made his initial appearance in a Florida court overnight for his second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, as the high-profile case entered its pre-trial phase.

At the brief hearing, a handcuffed Mr Zimmerman was dressed in a grey jump suit and indicated he understood his rights.

Mr Zimmerman spoke only twice, responding, "Yes, sir", to Seminole County Judge Mark Herr.

Judge Herr scheduled a May 29 court date for Mr Zimmerman to be arraigned on the charge and transferred the case to Seminole Circuit Judge Jessica Recksiedler.

His lawyer, Mark O'Mara, had previously declared he would seek Mr Zimmerman's release on bail today, but he said following the hearing that he had changed his mind because it "might only increase the fervour" surrounding the case, which has sparked emotional protests about perceived racial injustice.

The affidavit below in its entirety.  


"It just didn't make sense where the case is now," Mr O'Mara said, adding that he eventually planned to ask for a bond hearing but had not decided when he would file his motion.

Mr Zimmerman is currently being held in protective custody at the Seminole County Jail in Sanford, Florida.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey first announced Mr Zimmerman's second-degree murder charge yesterday, after Mr Zimmerman voluntarily surrendered to authorities.

Overnight, Judge Herr placed witness records in the case under seal upon a request by Mr O'Mara.

After the hearing, Mr O'Mara briefly addressed rumours that Mr Zimmerman was having psychological issues.
"He's in a good place but does not want to be here (in jail)," Mr O'Mara said, adding that "any diagnosis like that should be done by those who know how to do it".

Overnight, Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton said on the Today show that she believed the shooting was "an accident" but she later retracted her comments.

Mr O'Mara, who is currently working for Mr Zimmerman at no cost, said he did not plan on using Ms Fulton's initial characterisation as part of Mr Zimmerman's defence.
"We're not talking about using the words of the mother of a deceased child" against her, Mr O'Mara said.
This case takes on a plethora of issues, like neighbourhood watches, and what is their job, should they just observe and call, or carry weapons and take the roll of the local police - "stand your ground" laws - what constitutes "I feel threatened"? Right now, two crack heads in Florida carrying weapons, or two rival gang members could shoot up the town and then invoke "I was threatened" and get off Scott free - without a punch or threat even laid. Just the word [my life was threatened] of the one whom survives the gun shot wounds - which is just completely ludicrous!

This law in States that have it, should be required to pull the plug on it. If ever a law required judicial review, this one deserves a thorough scrubbing.

All things have consequences, right to free speech, right to bare arms, right to be an idiot, all have consequences, these rights should not be free reign entitlements to overdose on stupidity. Americans are well known for pushing envelopes are far as they can go without going over the line. "Stand your ground" is a dangerous law in the hands of life forms on terra firma. With the George Zimmerman's of the world,  [and believe you me there are boat loads in America] many shall invoke "I am standing my ground", whether they truly are or not!

Roger West

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Finally, some 45 days later someone within the confines of the State of Florida gets it right!

George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder.

Trayvon Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman is currently in police custody and will be charged with murder in the second degree, a more serious crime than the manslaughter charge many analysts speculated Zimmerman might face. Under Florida law, second degree murder is defined as the unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual.”

Zimmerman’s new attorney Mark O’Mara conceded in an interview last month that some people have called Florida’s “stand your ground” law a “license to murder” statute “because it doesn’t require actions to avoid the confrontation.” O’Mara will likely be asserting that defense on behalf of Zimmerman in a court of law.

Trayvon Martin’s family watches the announcement of a second degree murder charge against George Zimmerman.

Trayvon Martin Family
If Zimmerman is convicted of 2nd degree murder the Florida sentencing guidelines are:

Maximum of life in prison; Minimum of 25 years if firearm is used, otherwise a minimum of 20.5 years under sentencing guidelines for a person with a clean record.

Roger West

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

 What we know now:  

Zimmerman's attorneys announced they have "lost contact" with Zimmerman and are withdrawing as counsel.
Attorneys say they still believe former client is innocent and acted in self-defense.
          Engage in heated discussion with the press, say Zimmerman is "victim" of press attacks.

In a highly contentious press conference, attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhrig announced they have withdrawn as counsel for George Zimmerman, who remains under intense scrutiny for the killing of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin.
"It's no so much that we are resigning. It's that we cannot continue to represent him until he comes forward," said attorney Craig Sonner.
Sonner and Uhrig say they have been unable to contact Zimmerman since Sunday, when he stopped returning their phone calls.
"He's not returning my message not returning my texts not returning my emails. He wont' even give me a collect call," Sonner said.

However, both attorneys said they would be willing to resume their representation of Zimmerman if he contacts them directly.
"He's got to reach out to us," added co-counsel Hal Uhrig.
The press conference than took an unusual twist, with Uhrig essentially trying the case before the gathered members of the press. Both attorneys stressed that they continue to believe Zimmerman acted in self-defense, while Uhrig criticized both the press and Martin himself.
Going after the press directly, Uhrig said, "If you don't believe this has been crouched in racial terms, you're not watching the same media, the same TV, reading the same blogs." In an unfortunate choice of words, Uhrig added, "I'm taking a shot at the press when I say this."
Martin then directed criticism at the now-deceased Martin, alleging that his own actions were to blame for Zimmerman shooting him.
"Whoever decided to turn it from a war of words into a war of fists does so at their own peril," Uhrig said. "We frankly believe the correct decision will be to not charge him [Zimmerman]," Uhrig said.
"The first person that swung, as far as we can tell, was Treyvon Martin," Uhrig said. "The crime    was battery against George Zimmerman."
"People are saying, how can you shoot an unarmed man? You know what, an unarmed man can kill you if he keeps doing what he's doing," Uhrig said. "I don't care what one investigator thought. They're often wrong."
The attorneys say they know of Zimmerman's location and have access to his personal phone number.
"We've been able to handle the case by phone up this point," Sonner said. "But there were face-t0-face meeting scheduled."
Attempting to justify working on the case without direct, physical access to their former client, Uhrig said:

"George can't go out and buy a Diet Coke. There's a bounty on his head."

Both attorneys repeatedly refused to reveal Zimmerman's location but insinuated that he is no longer in Florida:
"You can stop looking in Florida. look much further away than that," Uhrig said.

 It is reported the Zimmermans has had one on one phone conversations with Faux News' Sean Hannity.

Rogue in killing Trayvon, rogue in avoiding justice. Indict this asshat now!

Roger West

Monday, April 9, 2012


George Zimmerman Launches Website, Features Vandalized Black Cultural Center

According to NBC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo, George Zimmerman has launched a newwebsite:

On the website — — Zimmerman solicits donations to support his “living expenses and legal defense.” He also features a photo of a vandalized black cultural center at Ohio State University.

Zimmerman alleges that other purported legal defense funds are not actually providing him with financial support.


A grand jury will not look into the Trayvon Martin case, a special prosecutor said Monday, leaving the decision of whether to charge the teen's shooter in her hands alone and eliminating the possibility of a first-degree murder charge.

That prosecutor, Angela Corey, said her decision had no bearing on whether she would file charges against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has said he shot the unarmed black teen in self-defense. Corey could still decide to charge him with a serious felony such as manslaughter, which can carry a lengthy prison sentence if he is convicted.

A grand jury had been set to meet Tuesday in Sanford, about 20 miles northeast of Orlando.

Corey has long had a reputation for not using grand juries if it wasn't necessary. In Florida, only first-degree murder cases require the use of grand juries.

Corey's decision means she doesn't have to rely on potentially unpredictable jurors, said David Hill, an Orlando criminal defense attorney.
"Let's give her the benefit of the doubt. Maybe she knows there isn't enough for first-degree murder but she wants to maintain control and charge him with something else," Hill said. "What does she need a grand jury for? She cuts out the unpredictability of the grand jury. She goes where she feels she has more evidence."

Corey took over the case last month after the prosecutor who normally handles cases out of Sanford recused himself. That prosecutor, Norm Wolfinger, had originally called for the case to be presented before a grand jury.
"From the moment she was assigned, Ms. Corey noted she may not need a grand jury," said a statement from Corey's office.

Prosecutors sometimes use grand juries to avoid the political fallout from controversial cases. But Corey was elected by voters more than 100 miles away in the Jacksonville area, so political problems are less of an issue for Corey, Hill said.

Martin was killed Feb. 26 during a confrontation with Zimmerman in a gated community in Sanford.

Zimmerman has claimed self-defense, and Florida's self-defense law gives wide leeway to use deadly force and eliminates a person's duty to retreat in the face of danger.

Zimmerman's attorney, Craig Sonner, said he didn't want to comment on Corey's decision.

An attorney for Martin's parents said in a statement that he is not surprised by the decision to avoid the grand jury and hopes a decision is reached soon.
"The family has been patient throughout this process and asks that those who support them do the same during this very important investigation," said attorney Benjamin Crump.

The case has led to protests across the nation and spurred a debate about race and the laws of self-defense. Martin was black; Zimmerman's father is white and his mother is Hispanic.

In Georgia, a civil rights activist is challenging that state's so-called stand your ground law. The Rev. Markel Hutchins said he sued Monday in Atlanta in response to Martin's death. The lawsuit claims the law leads to the unnecessary use of lethal force.

On Monday, one protest led to the temporary closing of the Sanford Police Department offices to the public for most of the day as about a half dozen student activists blocked the building entrance.

Police officers took no action to remove the protesters, who were part of a group of students who marched from Daytona Beach to Sanford over the weekend.

Citizens wanting to do business with the police department were directed to City Hall.

Calling themselves "the Dream Defenders," the protesters demanded Zimmerman's arrest; a special investigation into the Sanford Police Department; a community meeting; and the firing of the city manager and the police chief who temporarily stepped down after Martin's death, Bill Lee. Darren Scott, a 23-year veteran of the Sanford Police Department, was named acting chief. Lee is still employed with the department and receiving his salary.

After meeting with six of the protesters, city officials agreed only to a community forum next week.
"The city certainly is committed to justice for Trayvon Martin," said City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr.