Treyvon Martin’s death

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The case of Treyvon Martin has always fascinated me. Being an African-American mother, the story has been close to my heart. I always felt that race and other factors overshadowed the facts of the case. Being that I know just as much about the case as everyone else, I will state the facts that I do know minus race, age, or economic status.
       A man on neighborhood watch witnesses a male who is wearing a hooded sweatshirt walking around the area. The man called 911 and alerted police of a suspicious male walking nearby. The police tell the watchman to wait for police. “Somehow” the neighborhood watchman and the hooded male end up in the same place. The male who is on the phone with his girlfriend, alerts the teenage girl that someone is following him. Next there is a physical altercation between the two males. Police arrive to find a young man dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. It was confirmed that the hooded male was carrying an Arizona tea and a pack of skittles. Surveillance photos show the watchman with a bloody head getting into the police car. Later that night the man is released with the findings of no wrong doing. Phone records later reveal sounds of the two men struggling. One of them is heard in the back ground screaming “help”, later determined to be the hooded male,Treyvon Martin. The watchman named George Zimmerman admits to shooting him, but in self-defense.

Now, with the story in mind, I will give my own account of what I think happened.

George Zimmermann, a neighborhood watchman sees a male walking in the neighborhood. He feels that the male is up to no good and calls the 911. The police tell him to stand down and wait for them to arrive. Zimmerman feels like the police won’t arrive in time to stop the young man from committing a crime. Zimmernan arms himself just in case anyrgung should happen and begins to trail the young man. Once he catches up to him, he ask ” what are you doing here?” (heard in the phone records). The young man tells his girlfriend that someone is following him. He runs from the man and a chase begins. Once Zimmerman catches him they both fall to the ground where they are involved in a fight. The phone is dropped to the ground. During the scuffle George Zimmerman’s head is slammed into the ground either by falling or as a result of the fight, causing bleeding. Upset about being injured and perhaps about losing the fight, Zimmerman shoots the young man in the chest. Treyvon was shot in his chest and killed.

If I left any undisputed facts out please notify me. Now if I’m right, Florida’s stand your ground law doesn’t apply. The law ,basically saying, if you feel like you’re in danger, you have the right to use deadly force. George Zimmerman clearly saw Treyvon Martin from a distance. Yet somehow, they ended up in the same place. How could this happen? Lets say that Treyvon attacked Zimmerman. How and why would he? surveillance shows Treyvon at the local store. He didn’t appear to be looking for trouble. Why would Treyvon happen to attack the very same man who call 911 earlier. That would be a hell of a coincidence. Is it not obvious that Zimmerman followed Treyvon? Apparently not to everybody. if he did follow him, then he clearly does not feel like he’s in danger and he is breaking the law, especially since he was told not to follow him. I would not approach a man if I thought he may harm me. So let’s put these theories aside for now. What about the phone records. Zimmerman called 911. Last I heard, you only call 911 is there is a medical emergency, is a crime in progress, or if there’s a fire. Many people have faced charges for calling 911 when there was not an emergency. It is clear that at the time of the phone call there was no emergency. This fact has been overlooked. What about the phone call where Treyvon Tells his girlfriend that someone is following him? There was some speculation that the man following Treyvon was not George Zimmermann. if anyone sees why this speculation is defensible, please elaborate. How about the voice screaming for help in the background? George Zimmermann claimed it was his voice. Even the 911 operator (who spoke to Zimmerman said she beehives the voice to be Treyvon’s. In this case, it seems Zimmerman broke another law ,obstruction of justice, also overlooked. Why would Treyvon be screaming for help? Zimmerman claims Treyvon is the aggressor. Let’s test this theory. Let’s say a man attacks a woman, yet, the woman is stronger than he thought and is beginning to overpower him. Would he normally scream for help? Remember he is in the middle of committing a crime, so screaming for help would not interest him. He would only hope to get away quietly. So why would Treyvon scream for help if he was attacking Zimmerman? In so many ways Zimmerman’s story doesn’t add up. While listening to Rush Limbaugh a caller stated that if it had been a white girl killed, there will be no outrage from the black community, and he’s right. There would have been worldwide outrage. There would be no checking of her background or school records. And the shooter would be on his way to the chair. There is an echo in Americas mind that says If a young black man is killed in the streets he must have been doing something wrong. A man on Facebook quotes ” I’m glad Treyvon is dead. Zimmerman stop him from committing yet another crime. I have not heard 1 thing about any previous crimes but only about being in trouble in school. That made me think.When a black child is killed,all logic will escape ,and the image of a no good gang member will appear.

It is easy to accuse someone of playing the race card or being biased. It would be better if we all examine the facts rather that to believe what is most pleasing to us.

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Attack of the cellular device

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I’ ve noticed something kind of funny I thought I’d share. Have you ever been at a concert and people where watching the act their camera phone?It’s really ridiculous when you think about it. You pay $70, $100, maybe $200 for a ticket to the concert, only to end up watching it on a small screen like everyone else at home. There is something wrong with that. Usually, people capture these videos in order to upload on YouTube. However, if you look at the YouTube videos, of concert performances, you’ll see that they are of poor quality. They are usually shot from a distance, so you can’t see the performer. The audio is nothing more than screaming fans. Android and iPhones have genetically altered our lives and compromised our common sense. Over a year ago, a fascinating app was introduced to iPhone users, called Siri. It was the voice of a woman who completely freed us from thinking. She knows everything, such as: where to eat, where to shop, even where to learn( not that we would need to anymore). There was a little controversy about Siri, because sometimes she would give people illegal and shocking information, such as; where can I dump a dead body? where can I molest a child? or where can I buy heroin? I thought to myself, if she knows so much, she should know when to call the authorities when necessary. It’s inconceivable that we as human beings would rely on a small device to remind to do important task that we didn’t need help to remembering just fifteen years ago. I remember a time when I could count over 100 phone numbers just by memory. Today I know… maybe three. The rest are stored on my phone. Somehow I’ve been convinced that my brain cannot hold this information alone. Though it wasn’t true before, it has become true. Our brains can’t hold the information that it used to.
Thanks to our multi-use devices we have become anti-social and inverted. I recall a few instances where I walked past a person who said “hello”. When I replied with a hello of my own, the person pointed at the bluetooth in their ear to let me know that they were not speaking to me. I thought “how rude”. A friend told me about an embarassing incident where she used a public restroom and thought that the person in the next stall was talking to her but was actually on the phone. After she told them that she was really uncomfortable about talking at that moment the person became agitated and reveled that they were on the phone. My friend felt stupid, but I thought, “how is this stupidity on her end”? The person in the stall didn’t make our very clear that they were on the phone. If you are alone with only one person in a room and the other person is speaking it is only reasonable to assume that they are talking to you.Throughout the nineties, if a person walked past you and said hello, they were taking to you. Yes, there was a time (for those of you who don’t know) when people would walk past you and say hello and smile at you, even if they didn’t know you. Today we all look down into our devices. Even as some of us try to cross the street we can’t seem to look up. We are completely consumed with these tiny devices. We even get them for our kids, knowing that there is unlimited pornographic material for them to see. Are we so consumed with these devices that we are willing to jeopardize the wellbeing of our children? Some of you would argue that this is the only way to keep in touch with your children . To those parents, I say ” give me a break”. We all are aware that a child can have a simple phone that will allow them to call you when needed. We must go over board and get the kids technology that is so advanced, that we parents can’t figure out how to use them. Consequently, some of us are aware thay our kids are sexting, cyber bullying looking at unlimited free porn or talking to potential predators but are powerless to anything about it because the devices are simply too complicated. We also are afraid of bring prying parents. We are afraid to put our foot down and set rules so that we can monitor their activities. So in the end, we are completely powerless and the cell phones win. (frightening)

The worst bff

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Are you your kids friend? Does your fourteen year old daughter need a thirty-five year old friend? Today it is becoming more trendy to become your kids pal.  There may be more consequences than benefits for this for this new trend. Let’s face it. If you are your kids friend then who’s going to be their parent? The roles somewhat reverse when their school chums become their parents. If you don’t believe me, look at who has the most influence on your kids. Do you think they would rather wear the clothes that you,ve pick out or the ones that were selected by their friends? How about music? Do you think that your teen would listen to the music of your choice over the music of their peers? If you say yes would like to congratulate you but chances are you are in denial or are just delusional. Speaking as a mother, There were many times I wanted to just make my daughter happy. If she wanted something I would hesitate when the time came for me to tell her no. But after thinking about it, I realized that it wasn’t my job to make her happy. My job is to keep her healthy and strong both physically and mentally. I can’t count the times that I went to visit someone and I was shocked by how disrespectful there kids were to them. My friend says to her daughter “I need you to wash dishes before we go” the daughter replies( with a disgruntled look on her face) “no, I washed them yesterday, It’s your turn.” The mother replies “oh ,ok let’s go to the mall.I wanna check out the new Jordans.” I thought to myself “What the hell is going on here?” We as parents have simply lost our minds. Every child needs a parent? Kids need structure, not someone to uses them to cling to the youth that they once had. I hear so many parents today say, “my kids keep me young.” I”m sorry, but if your kids are keeping you young, they are also keeping you stupid. With age comes wisdom. Your years should benefit your children. Imagine if grandparents acted like they were in their twenties. There would be no kisses, hugs, and treats from the elderly people who can’t wait to see their grandkids, but rather people who are concerned about looking good. My bottom line is your kids need you to be their parents. There will be plenty of friends in their life time.

The college scam

Does our government want college students to provide a secure future for this country? Do they love this country as much as they say? There is one thing you can count on in life besides taxes death, and that”s rising tuition. It is becoming more and more difficult to achieve the american dream. As a little girl, I thought that people who went to college would be well off one day and not have to worry about money. As time has moved on, I’ve met people who had college degrees but they didn’t appear to be “well off”. Not that they were necessarily poor, but they could not afford anything extra. They clipped coupons, shopped at second-hand stores, and had a vehicle that was old or didn’t work. I thought to myself, all those years of school and what do you have to show for it. Don’t get me wrong. They had money. But it seemed to be just enough to keep them a tad above the poverty line. After talking to them, I noticed they had one thing in common…student debt. In some cases, they said their student loan payments were higher that their mortgage. With those things in mind It makes me wonder, ….”Why its the cost of college so high?” While I understand that education is an excellent investment, I find it hard to believe that any college student would spend an extra 8,10 or 12 years in school so they can barely escape the poverty line. I know this may sound controversial or maybe even ignorant, but this might explain why so many people are on welfare. Look at it this way. A young woman, for example, receives welfare, lives in subsidized housing, has free healthcare and other benefits, while another young woman have a bachelor’s degree in teaching. The first young woman doesn’t have to worry about food or rent. Also, she doesn’t have to worry about insurance premiums or being at work on time. On the other hand, the young lady with the bachelor’s degree has to pay for her own rent, utilities, car note, gas, food and different kinds of insurance in addition to student loans, which in turn leaves her in the exact place as the welfare case. Who are we trying to motivate here? We all know teachers don’t make a very good living. It’s a shame that men and women who vow to change the world and educate our future presidents, bankers, lawyers & doctors hold one of the lowest paying professions in this country, But that’s another blog. What are we doing to motivate the first young lady to get off of welfare and go to school? How can we encourage the second young lady to stay in school not give up. Certainly not by driving her into debt. By the time she is able to pay off the debt she is middle-aged. We all dreamed of being finished with college by twenty-five and making $60,000 a year. College students don’t spend one minute thinking about how long it will take to pay off loans, and our government knows that. So, not only does a student rack up debt in loans but also in credit. So why do they do it? This is clearly compromising the future if this country. We complain about being surpassed by China and India yet we continue to make it nearly impossible to obtain higher education. If someone is diligent enough to crawl past the Warfield to see graduation, the economy is waiting there to snuff them out. Doesn’t this explain why less than 2% if this country’s population is considered rich. It may also explain why over 46 million are living in poverty. Maybe going to college us just too expensive. And if you achieve it, it’s not worth it. Lets say (for the sake of argument) that each college course cost $100 (i know that is ridiculously low) so a full-time student classes would be $400 plus other expenses totaling no more than $1000 a semester. If these numbers were realistic, how many more college students would there be? Would there be as many foreclosures? Could the foreclosures we’ve been hearing about be the result of student debt? We really want to stick our noses in the air, and say they’re lazy. Do you really want to believe that someone would choose to live in poverty? I’m sure there are people who are contempt with living a mediocre lifestyle. However, my bet is that college campuses would be a lot more crowded if college was a little more affordable. I’m not pointing fingers and I don’t claim to have all the answers