As #CrackerGate seemingly came to a close during today’s edition of the George Zimmerman murder trial, star witness Rachel Jeantel told the defense lawyer during cross-examination that it is the norm within her local community to call white people “crackers.” The derogatory term for white people had become a focus of the Zimmerman defense team after Jeantel told the court on Wednesday that the late Trayvon Martin had referred to the defendant as a “creepy-ass cracker” shortly before his own death. Defense lawyer Don West continually grilled Jeantel over various questions related to Martin’s use of the word, ultimately culminating
I´m watching full coverage of this trial. I actually felt sorry for Rachel this morning when she had to admit that she can´t read, or write, cursive. She is 19, and will be a Senior in high school next fall. This is sad!
I think the defense did a great job punching holes in the prosecution´s case. The JUDGE did everything in her power to keep them from doing that. Very obvious that the judge either is afraid for her life, or in the pocket of the State!
The most stunning to everyone, including the legal commentators, was the fact that the first time Rachel was interviewed by the State, she was interviewed in the HOME OF Trayvon´s MOTHER. The mother sat next to her during the whole interview. Some think this will be grounds for a retrial. ALL of the attorneys interviewed said they had NEVER heard of anyone ever allowed to do this! Talk about BIAS!
Of all of the lies that Rachel/Dee-Dee has told --and they are numerous, the biggest of all was when the Defense attorney pointed out the difference in her attitude today in contrast to yesterday; he asked her if anyone had talked to her last night, and she answered --in her demur, respectful way, "No, sir."
You can bet she was not only talked to, but she was talked to by more than one person, and I can guarantee you, it wasn´t pretty.
She couldn´t fog a mirror in a 4x4 bathroom, so there should be no worry about notoriety from the trial keeping her from a MacArthur grant or Turing Prize.
#7: For the most part, you could delete "ghetto" from your observation.
#8: Considering her "educational accomplishments," her school district might as well take $20 bills from the taxpayers and dump them on a bonfire as keep Jeantel in the classroom.
Speaking of which... one must wonder if, indeed, the left tail of a certain Bell curve might violate the requirement for a left limit of zero. Can a person owe IQ points? Or is that question answered [affirmatively] in the asking?
#15: No kidding. If they required college students aspiring to take up the teaching profession to sit and observe in a government school for six weeks, there wouldn´t be any more teachers after the current crop retired.
As far how this woman is perceived by the jurors, does anyone really think that the all-female jurists believe that she is being truthful? Tough crowd to convince, IMO. She´d have better luck with male jurors, but I´m sure the women jurists are more attune to the veracity of her testimony.
Florida natives are referred to as ´crackers´ because they cracked a whip when they drove their cattle, but I don´t think TM and Ms. Jeantel were referring to that kind of ´cracker.´
Also, she said she heard ´get off ...´ a comment by one watching the trial said the black urban dictionary or something said ´get off the gate´ means go fight. Wonder if she didn´t hear the rest of what TM said. Jack Cashill did an excellent article on TM´ last hour maybe back in March. I saw it referenced today and actually re-read it. Worth a read.
Remember the classic SNL word association sketch with Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase? This video was taken with a picture phone and the picture quality is minimal, but the words are comprehensible. In this day of rigidly enforced P.C., I doubt if such a skit could be done. "Dog?" "Tree."
Oh man. Brother and sis in law that live in Sanford called me today to say hi. I asked if they were going to feel safe, they said if Z got off there might be riots, but they think they will be ok. As long as that horrible murderer Zimmerman spends the rest of his life in prison. ACK ACK!!!! My dear but liberal brother. MISLED!!!!
The only reason this trial is happening is to try to keep racial peace. But it never works. No matter what the evidence shows, no matter how rancid the prosecution´s case, the ghetto gonna explode if Z walks. Innocence doesn´t matter, only racial guilt, and racial guilt says the white/whitish person is always wrong even if right.
The 16 year old girlfriend who wasn´t 16 also not his girlfriend probably wasn´t talking to Martin at the time either.She seems like a plant after the act. When I was a little girl the black community designated they be called Negros---meaning black. They demeaned that by calling their own people N-words. How do we eliminate all the racial and ethnic labels? Simple Drop all of them and use only one --- Americans. No past nationality added. This minority group will not do that because their politicos glean too much unearned money pushing them. Black persons are being used.
I know it´s late in this thread but "Ass Cracker", as Rachel actually stated, means "pervert in my culture." If you listed to her testimony the first day she and Travon were talking about this Creepy, Ass Cracker who was maybe a rapist. This made absolutely no sense until her statement about "Ass Cracker" meaning pervert.
Check out the urban dictionary and Rachel´s testimony, reliably posted by YouTube´s "thecount"
Christmas miracle or sickly sweet PR stunt? Either way, it´s unlikely these WestJet passengers care after they had their wildest holiday wishes granted during a flight across Canada. Travelers pitching up at Toronto Pearson and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airports for flights to Calgary were surprised when a virtual Santa Claus asked what they wanted for Christmas. A promo video sees a variety of passengers telling Father Christmas their dream gift.With their wishes made, the footage shows them merrily taking their place on the aircrafts.
Sen. Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, is under investigation for child pornography. The Republican Senator from Tennessee revealed Wednesday that law enforcement officers are searching Loskarn´s private residence. “I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned,” the Senator said. Alexander, 73, made the announcement on Wednesday, indicating he "was just informed by the United States Senate legal counsel’s office" of the search. The staffer has been placed on administrative leave without pay.
RENO, Nevada- A couple and four young children missing in frigid weather since they went on an outing to play in the snow on Sunday were found alive in a remote mountain range in Nevada on Tuesday huddled in their overturned vehicle, a sheriff´s dispatch supervisor said. The couple had taken their two children and the woman´s niece and nephew, who range in age from 3 to 10, to an abandoned mining camp in the Seven Troughs range of northwestern Nevada, Pershing County dispatch supervisor Sheila Reitz said. The six were found in good condition and were treated for exposure
The troubled son of a church pastor who is a spiritual advisor to Barack Obama has died in an apparent suicide. Father-of-three Isaac Hunter, 36, had been battling problems since resigning from a Florida megachurch he founded after admitting to an affair with a staff member last year. A judge also granted his wife a domestic-violence petition after claiming his erratic behavior and alcohol abuse had left her ´fearing for my life and the lives of our three children.´ According to court documents, Hunter had written an undated suicide note saying: ´I have become what I never wished to be,
A federal judge said General Motors Co is not required to pay $450 million to cover medical benefits for retirees, in a defeat for the United Auto Workers union. In a 36-page decision, U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn in Detroit said on Tuesday that the current GM did not assume any obligation for the payment, which the automaker had contracted to make two years before its June 2009 bankruptcy filing. The payment had been part of a June 2007 contract between the old GM, its former Delphi Corp affiliate and the UAW. It was not, however, included in a different
MOSCOW— A Russian Cabinet member says Moscow has reserved the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a conventional strike. Wednesday´s comments by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin carried by Russian news agencies reflected Moscow´s concern with prospective U.S. weapons. Weapons that have been developed in the U.S. under the so-called "prompt global strike" program would be capable of striking targets anywhere in the world in as little as an hour with deadly precision. Russia, which has lagged far behind in developing such weapons, has described them as destabilizing. Without naming the U.S., Rogozin said that those who "experiment
Pleasantly surprised and a bit shocked, I enjoyed religious Christmas carols playing in the elevator of a major hotel. Progressive bullies are relentless in their quest to repeal the celebration of Jesus´s birthday, Christmas, declared a federal holiday in 1870 by President Ulysses S. Grant. Illustrating the effectiveness of the progressives´ intimidation, anonymously, signs are being stealthily posted in public areas: "It´s OK to say Merry Christmas." The progressives´ assault on Christmas leads me to MSNBC-TV host Martin Bashir´s degrading and disgusting punishment suggested for Sarah Palin (i.e., that someone defecate in her mouth). While watching the deplorable MSNBC segment,
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2013–The fourth season of “Duck Dynasty” has already ended. But rejoice! We will get one more dose of the Robertson clan tonight when their Christmas special airs at 10 p.m. on A&E. This Christmas episode, cleverly titled “O Little Town of West Monroe,” will feature the camo clan performing a live Nativity scene for their local church. There will also be a lot of discussions among famkly members about choosing the right Christmas presents for each other. But for a family worth 83 million dollars, you can bet those presents will be piled high under their various
FALFURRIAS, TX — U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana Monday at the Falfurrias Checkpoint on U.S. Highway 281 North. During an inspection at the checkpoint, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics in a tractor-trailer. Agents used a mobile X-ray device to scan the vehicle, which revealed the marijuana hidden inside crates. When the agents opened the crates they found concrete benches and bundles of marijuana. The marijuana, which has an estimated value of more than $1.7 million, was seized
A tense exchange erupted during a congressional hearing into the problems associated the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance exchanges. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) probed Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius over whether the ACA’s payment and enrollment systems are functioning, given reports which indicate they are not. He let out a heavy sigh when Sebelius insisted that “The [Federally-Facilitated Marketplace] hub has worked beautifully from start to finish.” Burgess quizzed Sebelius about a private accountability report she commissioned six months prior to the website’s launch which indicated that the ACA exchanges website was going to experience a number of
Nicolle Wallace played the quintessential DC insider on today´s Morning Joe, proclaiming herself a "groupie" of both conservative Senator Tom Coburn and liberal partisan David Axelrod, while also saying she was "inspired" by Paul Ryan´s leadership in forging a budget compromise deal. But the Sooner senator wasn´t letting the inside-the-Beltway bonhomie blunt his criticism, saying the budget deal "sells out" what needs to be done, and gives up "core values." View the video after the jump.I´ll be back with the transcript. Note: Axelrod arguably had the best line. When Wallace said he was smiling because of the internal GOP rift
Pope Francis has been named 2013 Person of the Year by Time magazine - edging out NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden into second place. Pope Francis, 76, who was elected in March to lead the world´s 1.2 billion Catholics, was announced as the winner this morning by Time magazine editor Nancy Gibbs on the Today show - no doubt bringing a sigh of relief to those who feared that singer Miley Cyrus of twerking infamy could be propelled to first place by a swell of internet votes. The other five final contenders in the running for the prestigious honor
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
US President Barack Obama may have moved the masses attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service with his stirring eulogy, but it was his grinning "selfie" with the Danish and British premiers that set social networks abuzz. In a candid moment captured by a photographer, Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt can be seen holding up her smartphone, with Obama lending a helping hand, as they pose for a picture with David Cameron, all three of them smiling broadly in their seats at Soweto’s World Cup stadium.(Snip)Mashable, the news and technology website, ran the photograph under the headline: ‘‘Dear Obama: Funerals are no place
On his way to the podium at the memorial ceremony for former South African president Nelson Mandela, President Obama walked down the line of dignitaries, greeting other leaders there to pay their respects. Among the hands shaken: that of Cuban leader Raul Castro. Obama neither made a special effort to shake Castro’s hand nor to avoid him. A snub might have been awkward: In his speech, Obama praised Mandela’s “greatest gift” as “his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by
The Obama State Department has finally released a second round of photos revealing the harrowing devastation wrought by a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. The new photographs depict rampant damage to the consulate. They show charred walls, smoldering fires, Arabic graffiti defacing exterior walls, and scattered debris throughout. The extent of the damage would lead any reasonably serious person to conclude that this was a cold, calculated attack, carefully coordinated to mark the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately for the American people, the Obama-Clinton-Rice cabal that led to the Benghazi cover-up was
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
A black fashion student says he was brutally attacked by a gang of Hasidic men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while he was walking through Williamsburg after a night of partying, the Daily News has learned. Taj Patterson, 22, was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when he says more than a dozen ultra-Orthodox Jewish men began assaulting him on Flushing Ave. and yelling, “Stay down, f----t!”
A “presidential selfie” featuring President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service began making the rounds this morning, but it’s the person not included in the frame who caught everyone’s attention: As anyone with two eyes and a Twitter account has noticed, Michelle Obama does not appear amused. Of course, though a picture says a thousand words, not all of those words are necessarily true. FLOTUS might not have even known the photo was taking place. Or she could disapprove of funeral selfies. Either way.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
Barack Obama has arrived in South Africa to lead the American delegation at a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. But his party is reportedly stuck in traffic and he is said to have arrived late at the stadium for the ceremony. [Snip] But Mr Clinton, Mr Carter and his wife Rosalynn have all traveled separately to the event. According to reports, Mr Obama and his delegation are stuck in a lines of traffic caused by tens of thousands of people making their way to the event. Mr Obama is among the foreign leaders who
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The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters: