TRAYVON MARTIN CASE

Good Morning- April 30, 2012- Time to vent.

If anyone has been keeping up with the news of late, I sure you know about the Killing of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. It’s a case that has made the headlines throughout the world.  It is a troublesome several fronts. One, it involves race. Two, there’s right of people to protect themselves from harm. Three, what were the actions of the police investigations?  Four, why the local prosecution’s original decision not to seek charges? Finally, the media role in trying to get the facts correct.

All this is leading to a scary scenario that hasn’t been seen since the Rodney King Beating in the early 1990’s. If the Trayvon Martin Case isn’t handled correctly, there will be consequences that will weigh heavily into the future of race relations.

Let’s start off with the facts. Trayvon Martin is a seventeen year old teenager who is African American male.  He was shot to death by George Zimmerman a twenty-eight year old Hispanic American. There’s no dispute in that. Realize that there are no witnesses to the actual shooting. The only word we have is Zimmerman’s.

Zimmerman is a volunteer neighborhood watch captain. So he goes around keeping an eye on things within the gated community he also lives in. Zimmerman also has a license to carry a concealed firearm. Trayvon Martin is unarmed. He was staying with his father
and his fiancée at her home. On the night of February 26,  he goes to a store  to buy some candy and a drink. He returns only to be confronted by George Zimmerman.

Around 7 P.M. local time, Zimmerman sees Martin. Zimmerman calls the Sanford Police and tells of a suspicious person in the community namely Martin.

Now, this is where it gets very questionable. Zimmerman  confronts Martin. According to Zimmerman, it was Martin who attacked him.  Apparently, some type of fight breaks out between them. The result is Zimmerman shoots Martin and claims self-defense. For his role the Sanford Police take him in for questioning. After several hours he is released without being charged.

Police believed there was insufficient evidence to dispute the self defense claim despite the lead homicide investigator recommended Zimmerman be arrested. The State Attorney was actually the one who made the decision not to arrest and charge Zimmerman.

This leads to a very angry African American community, who see this as another case of racial injustice. I don’t think this is the case. However, this is a tragedy.  A teenager
with his life ahead is gunned down before he has a shot at his dreams. Before we get to the part about black vs. white, do realize that Zimmerman has some Hispanic ancestry.

Here’s my take on the incident. I believe Zimmerman saw something he perceived someone was up to no good. Being the volunteer watch captain, he felt duty bound to confront that individual. Now, he did call the police and told them what was going on.
The audio tape of that call can be accessed via any of the news site, so I won’t go in entire detail. But here’s the thing. Zimmerman says he following Martin. The police dispatcher tells him “we don’t need you do that”.  Instead of waiting for the police, Zimmerman
for some reason  he continues to follow Martin.

Let’s look at Trayvon Martin’s viewpoint. He goes to a store to buy some candy and drink. He comes back and gets on his cell phone to talk to his girlfriend. According to the girlfriend he mentioned that he is being followed. To me it sounds like Martin was concerned that someone was stalking him. Martin may have been trying to defend himself.

Whatever the case, I don’t believe race had anything to do with it. However, I don’t think Zimmerson is completely innocent either. He did apologize for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin. It would be up to Martin’s parents to accept and forgive, which that isn’t going to happen.

There’s a new prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey, who is trying the case for second-degree murder. Zimmerman did turn himself in. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. He is in hiding while wearing an electronic monitoring device. There’s controversy on that concerning whether he actually had the money for bail or not. People from around the country had been sending him money for his defense.

Now about the Police and the Prosecutor take. Remember, I said the original state’s attorney didn’t think there was enough evidence to charge Zimmerman. Zimmerman had said it was in self-defense. The State of Florida does have on its books a ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

It reads as the following:

Use of force in defense of person. 776.012—A person is justified in using force, except
deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably
believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another
against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is
justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:

(1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent
imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to
prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or

(2)Under those circumstances permitted pursuant to s. 776.013.

Home protection; use of deadly
force; presumption of fear 776.013 of death or great bodily harm.

(1)A person is presumed to have
held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to
himself or herself or another when using defensive force that is intended or
likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:

(a) The person against whom the defensive force was used was in the process      of unlawfully  and forcefully    entering, or had
unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or
if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that
person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and

(b)The person who uses defensive force knew or had reason to believe that
an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or
had occurred.

(2)The presumption set forth in subsection (1) does not apply if:

(a)The person against whom the defensive force is used has the right to be
in or is a lawful resident of the dwelling, residence, or vehicle, such as an
owner, lessee, or titleholder, and there is not an injunction for protection
from domestic violence or a written pretrial supervision order of no contact
against that person; or

(b)The person or persons sought to be removed is a child or grandchild, or
is otherwise in the lawful custody or under the lawful guardianship of, the
person against whom the defensive force is used; or

(c)The person who uses defensive force is engaged in an unlawful activity
or is using the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle to further an unlawful
activity; or

(d)The person against whom the defensive force is used is a law enforcement
officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who enters or attempts to enter a
dwelling, residence, or vehicle in the performance of his or her official
duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any
applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known
that the person entering or attempting to enter was a law enforcement officer.

(3)A person who is not engaged in
an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has
a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her
ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she
reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily
harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a
forcible felony.

(4)A person who unlawfully and by
force enters or attempts to enter a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied
vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act
involving force or violence.

(5)As used in this section, the
term:

(a)“Dwelling” means a building or conveyance of any kind, including any
attached porch, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent,
mobile or immobile, which has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed
to be occupied by people lodging therein at night.

(b)“Residence” means a dwelling in which a person resides either
temporarily or permanently or is visiting as an invited guest. (b)

(c)“Vehicle” means a conveyance of any kind, whether or not motorized,
which is designed to transport people or property. (c)

Immunity from criminal
prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force. 776.032

(1)A person who uses force as
permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such
force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of
such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement
officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his
or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in
accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably
should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in
this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining
in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.

(2)A law enforcement agency may
use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in
subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless
it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was
unlawful.

(3)The court shall award
reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and
all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought
by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution
as provided in subsection (1).

Use of force by aggressor. 776.041 —The justification described in the
preceding sections of this chapter is not available to a person who:

(1)Is attempting to commit,
committing, or escaping after the commission of, a forcible felony; or

(2)Initially provokes the use of
force against himself or herself, unless:

(a)Such force is so great that the person reasonably believes that he or
she is in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm and that he or she has
exhausted every reasonable means to escape such danger other than the use of
force which is likely to cause death or great bodily harm to the assailant; or

(b)In good faith, the person withdraws from physical contact with the
assailant and indicates clearly to the assailant that he or she desires to
withdraw and terminate the use of force, but the assailant continues or resumes
the use of force.

It’s pretty long winded but that is the statue for the State of Florida concerning self defense. I can see where and how George Zimmerman could claim self-defense. But remember, it was Zimmerman following Martin in the first place. Another fact, that the incident didn’t involve a house, car, or any property. As best I can tell, both Zimmerman and Martin had the legal right to be in the area.

Let’s look at the news media involvement. I don’t think there was much wrong doing. Their job is to report the facts. However, there were some unethical presentations of the case when both NBC ‘Today’ show and its local Miami WTVJ NBC6 ran segments
that merged parts for Zimmerman’s 911 call to police making sound like they
playing up the race card. A couple of producers ended up getting fired.

Another thing I see is perceptions. When I first watched on the news I saw the pictures of Zimmerman and Martin. Looking at Zimmerman, I’m thinking he’s got to be a 200 pounder. Good size. They mention Martin was 150 pounds. A 200 pounder
vs. a kid whose only 150 pounds. There mismatch if I ever saw one, right? As I
was researching for this writing, I’m using Wikipedia’s data. Wikipedia stated
that Zimmerman is about 5’8” and 185 pounds. Martin on the other hand is listed
(depending who you talk to) 6’0 to 6’3” between 150 to 160 pounds. I mention
this because a taller person might intimidate a shorter person. It is possible
that Zimmerman might have had addition fear because of this.

A case of this type ends up being so sensationalized, justice go out the window. People not involved in the case are already making judgments about George Zimmerman. It turns out Trayvon Martin may not get the justice he deserves. And Zimmerman doesn’t get a fair trial. Where does this end up. Think of the riots after the acquittal of the Los Angeles Police officers in the Rodney King beating trial. That would be very unfortunate.

I leave it at this point. It looks like it will be next year before a trial gets started. What ever happened to the right to a speedy trial?

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Special Thanks for Wikipedia and CNN for material provided for this writing

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Mike Wallace

Good morning, It’s April 16, 2012 the day before the dreaded TAX MAN. How are we today? If you haven’t heard by now we lost a great news journalist in the past week. I talking about CBS 60 Minutes correspondent, Mike Wallace. Many regard him as one of the toughest reporters on television. You can say he was the Jack Webb of newsmen. “Just the facts”. And don’t you try to weasel out it either.

What’s the most memorable interview? He done so many it’s hard to pick one. His career goes back decades. Whether it’s a politician, a certain issue, or even a celebrity, his style was always inquisitive and probing. But there was a gentle, dedicated, and even honest man behind that steely toughness.

We think of him as TV journalist. However his career included being an actor, radio annoucer, game show host, ad spokesman, and stint in the navy during WWII.

In 1968, he and Harry Reasoner along with executive producer Don Hewitt, created the great news magazine 60 Minutes. Every Sunday evening for past 44 plus years, it brought interesting stories to an American Audience and Mike Wallace was there for most of it.

It wasn’t always pretty. There were times that it really nearly wore him out. The aftermath and fallout with the interview of General William Westmoreland nearly destroyed his career and himself. The interview alleged that the General mislead the American People about the efforts in the Vietnam War. Westmoreland fought back and sued Mike Wallace. The suit was so troubling that Mike Wallace considered suicide. But he managed to bounce back and keep plugging away. The last interview he did was with Roger Clemens and issue of his alleged steroid use in 2008.

He will be missed. He gets to meet up Harry Reasnor, Ed Bradley, and Andy Rooney. They could be doing 60 Minutes in a far better place. Thanks Mike for your efforts.

Mike Wallace 1918-2012

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Radio Bully- Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh: Courtesy Wikipedia   

 

Sandra Fluke-Courtesy C-Span

 

Radio Bully- Rush Limbaugh

DBN here. It’s March 4,2012. It’s time to rant and rave.

 

In Washington D.C. there’s been talk about contraceptives. The issue has been on the minds of a lot of people. The reason, President Obama had trying to get certain religious
affiliated businesses to offer free access to contraceptives as part of his health care program. Of course, those same businesses aren’t happy with the President’s decision. They simply believe it shouldn’t have to provide contraceptives on moral grounds. I don’t agree with their views. That’s fine I understand.

So with the controversy, the U.S. House held hearings on the subject. Only thing is they
invited men, no women, to testify. Democrats objected and decided to hold a special panel and invite a 31 year old Georgetown Law student by the name of Sandra Fluke to provide testimony since she was denied the opportunity to speak at the original hearing.

Ms. Fluke gives
testimony to the panel explaining the importance of why women need to have
access to free contraception. She explains basically that it is matter health
and finances that women need free contraception. You could read her testimony
here; http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/…sandra-fluke…/408191. This is a well written article by Washington Examiner commentary staff writer Charlie Spiering. Okay so no problem. Right? Person comes in front of Democratic House members and gives an honest view of one side of the issue. It is dignified and respectful. Here’s where the the title of this article comes in. Rush Limbaugh on his radio show decides to open his mouth and make another controversial opinion. This is what he said on his show on February 29, 2012:      

      “ What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex—what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”

He wasn’t finished. On next day’s show on March 1, 2012 he added this:

    “ If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

      This is shameful. Why did he need to call her names like that? Sandra Fluke is a law student trying hard to become an attorney. Most would believe a noble profession in trying to help others. This testimony serves as an example of her commitment and dedication to an important women’s health issue. I see in her future becoming a candidate for political office.

Unless I’m mistaken, Rush Limbaugh has never met or even talked to Ms. Fluke before he made his comments. He make a statement without any evidence. However, he sums her up as slut and prostitute, trying to be humorous.

Now, it’s okay to be conservative. Express an opinion and give your reasons for your side of the story. Simple right? No Rush Limbaugh to really spice things up by angering
a lot of people (mostly women), the Speaker of House (John Boehner), Georgetown
University President (John J. DeGioia). Even President Barack Obama called Ms.
Fluke to express his support.

This is being a bully, pure and simple. What does he do? He starts name calling. What purpose does serve? Those words hurt. He didn’t need to do it. It seems he likes creating controversy to create ratings for his radio show. Strangely enough he probably has.

Today March 4, 2012, I read Rush Limbaugh has apologized for his comments on his official website. It may be a case of too little too late. Six radio sponsors have pulled radio ads before the apology. Another sponsor pulled their ads after the apology.

There is some talk of a movement to make other sponsors to pull their ads. There’s
possibility that Ms. Fluke might file a lawsuit against Rush Limbaugh. Even several Republicans have denounced his comments including Presidential Candidates Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.  Personally, like to see old Rush tossed off the air. Unfortunately that won’t happen.

A least I hope he learns from this. But if history is any indication, he made apologies for other bad on-air comments. Does anyone remember the one about Former Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins quarterback, Donovan McNabb. I haven’t forgotten it. Haven’t forgiven him for it either.

Last thing. I strongly believe in freedom of speech. It’s what made our nation great. So
people have the right to say what’s on their minds. But remember you have to use tact and be fair about it as well. If you use too many insulting hurtful words you could end up with someone doing something very violent. Stop being a BULLY,  Rush! 

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I’M BACK

Hello everyone. DBN here. It’s February 29, 2012. Happy Leap Day you All!!  I am back. Back to give my comments, thoughts, advice, or whatever. I got a blog and I’m not afraid to use it.

Sorry to be off the air for so long.

I made a big move
from Sunny Southern California, to the burbs of our Nation’s Capitol. You know,
that funny little place with the monuments, museums, executive mansion,
government buildings, and all those places that use the alphabet more than
soup. Of course it’s Washington D.C. You figure it would be cold. It’s colder
than California, strangely enough the weather here hasn’t been all that bad.
We’ve only had less than 2 inches of snow. As I speak, the Washington area is
on pace to be the third least snowiest in history. For me great, don’t have to
worry about slipping and sliding all over the place. The temperatures have
actually been above average.  We have
quite a few days that have been in 50’s and 60’s.

So far the winter here has been absent. I heard on the weather that the upper Midwest is getting hammered with cold weather today. Just hope it doesn’t come here.  It’s supposed to get to 70 on March 1, Coming in like a lamb. Just our luck that we get a late season Arctic blast that dumps eight inches of snow. At least I got some salt for the sidewalks and a shovel. What I don’t use for this year, there’s always next year.

 

Couple of side notes:

Just before this year’s Grammys we lost a musical icon. Whitney Houston. Her voice has been silenced at the age of 48. Her golden voice left an impression that you would
never ever forget. Remember the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV. The New York
Giants beat the Buffalo Bills on a last minute field goal and her rendition of
the ‘Star Spangled Banner went gold. Wow. It’s unfortunate that she herself had
some personal demon within her life, but thankfully we have her CDs and DVD of
her performing both as a singer and actress. The last movie she completed will be
coming soon. I think a lot of people will see it.

 

Whitney Houston –  1963 to 2012
‘I Will Always Love You’ –

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in the month of February, we lost another musical icon. The man who created a forever classic ‘Soul Train’, Don Cornelius. He had an unmistakable velvet smooth voice
who as host introduce the world some of the greatest acts in the Black Music
World. I was a teenager in the 1970’s and I remember those great shows. One
show comes to mind of Joe Tex doing ‘I Gotcha’ and the dance moves of his were
amazing.  Don was 75. Thank you for a great time.

Don Cornelius –  1936 to 2012

“As Always, we wish you love, peace, and soul!”

 

 

 

 

That’s all for now. See you in March

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Heading East

DBN here. Sorry folks for being absent. A lot has been going on with me. I got a bit of news to tell. I going to be making a big move to the east coast. I shall leave California and head for the Nation’s Capitol. You know the city with all those politicians on Capitol Hill who can’t seem to agree on anything.  Good old Washington D.C. Home of monuments, Presidents, museums, and Redskins (who are currently having trouble trying to win a game).

It’s a home coming for me as well. My parents and sister live in the area. I also have few other relatives in city as well. It’s a place I am quite familiar with. Come on November 28th, I will be loaded with a truck towing my beloved Firebird, ( the same one that graces the headline of this blog). It will be a loooooooonnnnng drive. I figure I should be in Washington on December 2nd.

Checking the weather, looks like it will be clear and sunny for the most part. Cooler as I move eastward. I got to make sure I got the right clothes on. Today in Hemet, Califonia,  the temperature was in the upper 70’s and sunny. They are having a warm spell back east. They suppose to have temps in the 60’s tomorrow then cool back off by the time I get to Washington on the 2nd.  Once in Washington, I won’t see 70’s until April, maybe late March. (just in time for Cherry Blossoms Festival)

What will I be doing in Washington? Well one, look for a job and two continue my writing career. I going to make a better effort to make more time for this blog. But I got to eat too.

Thoughts on leaving California. I like the weather here. Where else can you find short winters, have snow in the mountains yet have 70 degrees on the coast in January? Well, I won’t have to worry about wild fires or earthquakes. Wait a minute! Didn’t Washington have a 5.8 a couple of months ago? I just hope the winter weather won’t be like it was in 2009-2010 when they had three major snowstorms of 15 inches plus. I can already feel the pain of my back thinking about having to shovel snow.

As I mention before, it homecoming for me. Except for the weather, I’ve always like Washington D.C. It’s a city you never can be bored with. There is always something to do. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With my family there, I’m excited to be going home. I’m also nervous about the drive. I just want to make it in one piece. So if you see a U-Haul pulling a white 1988 Pontiac Firebird. Don’t hit me. It’s just me trying my best to get home.

Peace on Earth – Happy Holidays to you all.

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Al Davis

Al Davis Owner Oakland Raiders: Photo courtesy - footballnewsnow.com

DBN here. As I write this piece on Sunday October 9, 2011, I going to take time to remember a NFL iconic figure. Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders passed away at the age of 82 years old. He was an owner whose mavervick ways irritated fans, former players, coaches, and included former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle. But whether you liked him or hated him, there’s one thing you can’t deny, he was a winner.

In 1963 he was hired as head coach of the Raiders. Before he took the helm, the Raiders were lousy. What Al Davis did was turn the Raiders in one of the most dominant football teams in the then American Football League (AFL). The dominance countinued when the AFL merged with the National Football League (NFL) in 1970. Under his watchful eye, the Raiders won  three Super Bowl Titles.

Amazingly, he had the habit of taking castaways from other teams and giving them a second life with the Raiders.

George Blanda, the ageless wonder. He was performing miracles well into his forties.

Jim Plunkett, he was washed up with the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. He came to the Raiders as a backup quarterback and led them to two Super Bowl wins. The second one was against the Washington Redskins. I’m still bummed by that one.

I’m hoping for the same success  for Jason Campbell. He’s currently the starting quarterback for the Raiders after being with the Waskington Redskins.

I must admit, I not a fan of Al Davis. The reason; he moved the Raiders out  of Oakland in favor of Los Angeles in 1982 after legal battles. A lot of Raiders fans weren’t happy about that. He wanted a new stadium. That was a wasted effort when he couldn’t get a stadium deal finalized in Irwindale (suburb of L.A.), he moved the team back to Oakland. Shouldn’t have left in the first place.

But despite his legal battles with the NFL and his outspoken way of doing things, there is one thing he deserves great praise for. He was the first owner to ever hire an African American Head Coach in Art Shell in the modern NFL era. Al Davis paved the way for guys like Lovie Smith (Chicago Bears), Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals), Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers), and a few others. Currently, the Raiders have Hue Jackson as their head coached just hired in January of this year, also an African American.

Love him or hate him, he was unique. As we watch football this Sunday afternoon, one seat will be empty. I believe the Raiders will use this a rallying point to propel themselves into the playoffs.

Al Davis’ motto -  Just Win Baby.

Al Davis — 1929-2011

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Raiders managed to beat the Houston Texans 25-20. Al Davis  is smiling.

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STEVE JOBS

Steve Jobs - Photo courtesy Apple

There is some sad news out Silicon Valley. Steve Jobs, creator and co-founder of Apple Computers passed away at the age of 56.

What Henry Ford did for the automobile, the Wright Brothers for the airplane, and what Thomas Edison did for the recording industry, Steve Jobs did for the computer.

With his partner Steve Wozniak, he took the computer from a mainframe entity to desk
tops Macs to iPads and iPhones that anyone can hold in his or hers hands. He put the word ‘PERSONAL’ in personal computing. Steve Jobs was the body and soul of innovation. Innovation was ‘Job One’. (Apologies to Ford for the pun). He made us think differently.

He had a big influence in Hollywood as well. Working with Walt Disney Entertainment , he turned Pixar into major movie studio. Think ‘Toy Story’, ‘Cars’, and ‘The Incredibles’.

Think back to January 22, 1984, Super Bowl XVIII. As a Redskins fan, I remember the shellacking the Raiders took to the ‘Skins’.  That’s a different story.  But within that sporting event a commercial aired that got America thinking. The commercial was based on George Orwell’s book ‘1984’. In it, a large audience is being lectured to by ‘Big Brother’ on a giant television screen. Big Brother is talking ‘newspeak’ while a young female athlete is running into the auditorium with a sledgehammer. She is being chased by the ‘thought police’. At the last second, she tosses the hammer into the screen causing it to shatter into an exploding light. Two days later the world was introduced to the Apple Macintosh. That open the door to home computer for the masses. Life in America would never look the same.

That was nearly twenty-eight years ago, my how time flies. Think for a moment, before Apple only commercial institutions like banks, government departments, or universities had access using computers with large mainframes that took up entire floors. Buying such a computer was not in most people’s budget. Steve Jobs changed that. Today pretty much anyone could access just about any information via a keyboard. The pathway to the internet had been opened.

I myself do not own an Apple product. As I type this, I am using a PC. (Toshiba if you are curious) Even as a PC user, whether Apple, IBM, HP, Sony, etc…, his influence is within every personal computer ever made in the past or will be made in the future.

What a shame to lose a great genius. He will be greatly missed.

STEVE JOBS – 1955-2011 RIP

Live Long and Prosper

 

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Sarah Palin- The Rogue book.

 

Author- Joe McGinniss- courtelclearpolitics.com

 

Presidential Candidate? Sarah Palin- courtesy news.lalate.com

The Book in Question: Due out 9/20/2011 -- courtesy - shelflife.ew.com

DBN here. Okay, let’s get this out of the way. I am not a Sarah Palin fan. I would not vote for her if she was the last person on Earth. However I am somewhat troubled by a book that’s due to come out on September 20 next week. Joe McGinniss has written an unauthorized biography about Ms. Palin that does not make her look too good. The book’s title is ‘The Rogue- Searching for the Real Sarah Palin’.

Excerts of Mr. McGinniss’ book have been making the rounds on the internet. The comic strip ‘Doonesbury’ has been reading a few lines from the book for the past week. Now, myself I don’t know if I will ever read the book. I didn’t read Ms. Palin’s ‘Going Rogue’ book. However the sense I getting is that some of the allegations may have some truth to it.

Understand Mr. McGinniss is no fly by night hack author. He wrote the book ‘The Selling of the President’ about the 1968 Presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. In 1983 also wrote ‘Fatal Vision’ about the Jeffrey McDonald murder case. Both books were best sellers, so we have a person of literary note. Mr. McGinniss is also the same person who rented some property next the Palin’s property to start research on his book. That didn’t make Ms. Palin too happy.

I could understand that Ms. Palin didn’t want some out of town reporter snooping around for dirt on the former governor and vice presidential nominee. Who does? Of course be aware that Ms. Palin and her husband Todd did not give any statement to Mr. McGinniss for his book.

But looking at this it makes you wonder if any of this is true or not. I feel amusement and at the same time troubled. One of the episodes mention is the encounter with former NBA star Glen Rice. According to the book Sarah and Glen had an intimate night together. (I’ll leave it up to your imagination). Mr. Rice did acknowledge having that encounter and call her “respectful” and “a sweetheart” ( his words supposely). From the book it mentions that “Sarah and her sister had a fetish for black guys”.  That’s interesting.

Now as I understand, Ms. Palin history race relations is nothing to crow about. A article written by Earl Ofari Hutchinson that appeared in New America Media dated September 23, 2008 mentions a meeting between Gwen Alexander and at the time Governor Palin. Ms. Alexander at the time was the President of the African-American Society of Alaska. The meeting on April 29, 2008 took place for Ms. Alexander to voice a concern about minority hiring in Alaska. According to Ms. Alexander, Ms. Palin said she didn’t have to hire blacks and had no intention of doing so. This is a charge that Ms. Palin and her staff denies. But think of the implications. Remember, this was before John McCain tapped her for the VP job. Also, you can’t forget that in 2010, Ms. Palin came out in support of Dr. Laura Schesinger after the Doctor said the n-word multiple times on her radio show. That is surprising considering that she did an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009. I’m amused at this because Glen Rice is African American. It just makes you wonder.

As an observer, the one thing I did notice and noticed it since she come into the national spotlight is Sarah Palin is very thin-skinned. If somebody critizes her, she does not take it well. Just look at the interview she gave Katie Couric. The book seems to reenforce that.

If the book is true then Joe McGinniss has done a good thing. If the book is false, then Sarah Palin has to come out swinging and denouce it as lies. (At this point, hubby, Todd Palin has just done that). Also Mr. McGinniss has already appeared on the ‘Today Show’. I checked it out, Joe McGinniss is nobody’s fool.

I take it with a grain of salt whenever I hear an unauthorized biography of some person of note. Why do they do it? To make a quick buck? Sometimes there’s something to it. But here we have a person that has the potential to be the next President of the United States. Once in office, that person is given license to screw around with the lives of the citizens. It could positive or it could be negative. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

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Remember September 11, 2001

DBN here. On Sunday September 11, 2011 will mark the 10th
anniversary of a day that changed the United States forever. It was a day
that terrorists commandeered four airlines. Two of them were slammed into the World Trade Center in New York City. A third plane went into the side of the
Pentagon in Washington D.C. A fourth plane crashed in the fields of
Shanksville, Pennsylvania. ( It is speculated that the
fourth plane could have been used to attack the White House or the Capital, but
thank to the heroics of the passengers that did not happen.)

I remember the moment it happened. At 530 AM California time, I turn on CNN Headline News. I’m eating breakfast getting ready to go to work. About fifteen minutes later, the anchors break in with the news that there is a fire at the World Trade
Center. They are showing scenes of one of the towers on the mid to upper floors on fire. Suddenly without warning the second jet strikes the second tower right on live TV. I am
totally stunned. The only thing I could say was ‘What the Hell is going on?’

The scenes show of people who were in the building jumping off to escape the flames. We
see the heroic firemen and policemen trying to rescue the victims, then only to
find some of them being buried by debris. Lastly, the unbelievable happens,
both towers collapse in a massive pile of rubble. In all, nearly 3000 people
lost their lives. Their lives were snuff out by selfish ignorant men on some
type of religious mandate.

Empire State Building and World Trade Center: Courtesy - toptenz.net

This tragedy would affect the entire nation and world. I was working for a major
hotel chain in their reservations call center. Right after the incident every
airline in the U.S.was grounded, thus effecting hotel reservations across the world.  Baseball,football, and Nascar events were postponed. The economy took a nosedive. No one was immune from this event.

Pentagon shorty after attack: Courtesy - globalsecurity.org

The results from it meant extra security procedures, especially at the airports. Now it’s
long lines, take your shoes off, go through metal detectors and body scanners.
If you look or act funny, TSA guys pull you to the side and say ‘hey we want to
talk to you’, and if you miss your flight, tough toenails. If anyone violates
the airport rules, the airport get evacuated and more delays for the flights.

Flag Plant U.S. Flag at Ground Zero: Courtesy - blog.timesunion.com

The other result is people of the Islamic faith are being unfairly scrutinized because
they share the same faith as the hijackers and their Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin
Laden. I ask myself what would Muhammad (peace be with him) the founder of the
Muslim religious say? As I understand it, he was a man of peace, I think he
would have been thoroughly sickened by the lost of life. It seems somebody
forgot his message of peace. Because of that, on May 1, 2011, Osama bin Laden
was turned into fish food by U.S Navy Seals. I don’t relish the thought of
taking another person’s life, but I am happy to see him gone from this Earth.

I mention the buildings collapsing. People were running in the streets of New York when it
happened. The same thing happened in Oklahoma City in April 1995. It reminds me of those horror movies where a giant creature from the sea comes to terrorize the city. Turns
out, the real monster is human trying to get his point across.

It makes me wonder with all this violence are we ever going to get to the 22nd
Century intact.

In memory: Courtesy - crystalcomments.com

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An Apology

DBN back again. I have to say I sorry. As the admin and as well as the main thinker here, I was neglecting the site. All the the sudden I gotten stuff on this site that have nothing to do with. In response trashed a lot of junk. In doing so, I blocked a lot of people trying leave a honest comment on my thoughts. Well, I’ve opened it up again, so your comments are welcome. So start talking.

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