B-37 Claims She Didn’t Know How Much People Cared About Zimmerman Verdict

Juror’s long-planned book plans fall through

Juror B-37 has lost her publisher. A juror in the Zimmerman trial, she states she planned from the beginning to write a book. Her ex-publisher says that B-37 contacted her within 24 hours of the verdict.

She planned to write a book before the trial even began.

She contacted the publisher on a Sunday afternoon.

She appeared on Anderson Cooper on Monday night. (Anderson, I’m disappointed in you. I know it’s your job, but still…)

Now–it’s Tuesday–juror B-37 claims she’s withdrawn her plans because she didn’t know how much the public cared about the George Zimmerman trial or the verdict that exonerated him from any responsibility in the shooting/killing of Trayvon Martin. If she didn’t know how much people cared, she wouldn’t be writing a book. She wouldn’t have contacted the publisher within 24 hours.

B-37 wanted to get in first, because she evidently believes the five other jurors are also chomping at the bit to earn money and fame from the murder trial of a 17-year-old boy.

How can anyone believe she didn’t know what kind of uproar there was over this case?

B-37 “didn’t know”. Bullshit. She had plenty of time to find out how much attention people were paying, how much press the verdict was getting, and to decide to ask for her book deal ASAP. 37 didn’t call this publisher first, though–she was “recommended” by a “high-ranking producer of one of the morning shows”.

As an added bonus, and to get ever more press and hurt even more people (to get even more press), she let the public know (via Anderson Cooper) that George is “a man whose heart was in the right place”.

His heart was in the right place when he killed a 17-year-old boy. His heart was in “the right place” when he followed him, late at night, through the streets. While I’m not certain how that applies to the verdict, which isn’t about the location of his heart, I see “publicity” written all over it. Maybe a guilty verdict wouldn’t have garnered as much media attention, since there wouldn’t be the same level of anger or disbelief, and Zimmerman would be behind bars. That’s not such a good place for your main character to be, publicity-wise–you need him front and center.

She’s done a great job, however, of making a bad situation even worse. It was vicious when OJ wanted to write a book called “If I Did It” (same publisher, by the way), years after he “did it” (yes, my opinion). But for a juror to plan her book before a murder trial even began? Is there any way she didn’t have a plot line in mind through the whole damn thing? No.

The juror was planning to write it with the help of her attorney husband.

The publisher has withdrawn her offer. She never should have made it.


Gabrielle Giffords: Dem Congresswoman Shot In Arizona

You’ll read four people’s words here, and three of them are serious. It’s the first one who gives me hope, and the last one who pulls most of it away. Not all of it, though. I still hope, and I’ll share some hope with you. Let’s be hopeful that we’ve reached a turning point in hate-politics, and work on turning that corner.

My thoughts are with all of the victims in this horrible situation.

Emphasis mine. 

The sheriff blamed the vitriolic political rhetoric that has consumed the country, much of it centered in Arizona.

“When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

Giffords expressed similar concern, even before the shooting. In an interview after her office was vandalized, she referred to the animosity against her by conservatives, including Sarah Palin’s decision to list Giffords’ seat as one of the top “targets” in the midterm elections.

“For example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list, but the thing is, that the way that she has it depicted has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they have to realize that there are consequences to that action,” Giffords said in an interview with MSNBC.

In the hours after the shooting, Palin issued a statement in which she expressed her “sincere condolences” to the family of Giffords and the other victims. [NOTE from ccDiane: Sarah Palin endorsed Jesse Kelly, who we hear from next.]

During his campaign effort to unseat Giffords in November, Republican challenger Jesse Kelly held fundraisers where he urged supporters to help remove Giffords from office by joining him to shoot a fully loaded M-16 rifle. Kelly is a former Marine who served in Iraq and was pictured on his website in military gear holding his automatic weapon and promoting the event.

“I don’t see the connection,” between the fundraisers featuring weapons and Saturday’s shooting, said John Ellinwood, Kelly’s spokesman. “I don’t know this person, we cannot find any records that he was associated with the campaign in any way. I just don’t see the connection.

Stupidity is NOT  an American value. Hate is NOT an American value. None of the people who want to be our Founding Father would have liked the job. Other than Washington, who was in the military, they were a  bunch of eggheads and peaceniks. They’d have enjoyed meeting Barack Obama. And they wouldn’t have killed him.

Gabrielle Giffords Shot: Congresswoman Shot In Arizona (LIVE UPDATES)

The bullet hits the target, and the tragedy begins

This is what the Conservatives swore wouldn’t happen. Sarah-PAC–run by Sarah Palin, she of the “don’t retreat, reload” response– represented the vulnerable districts under a target and cross-hairs. That was in March of 2010. You can see a picture of it here. You can’t see a picture of it here: not anymore.

What is this? Well, if you’re just lifting your head out from under your pillow from a long winter’s nap, I’ll give you a pass. Pull up a chair, Santa, and grab some coffee. Once more, life as we know it has ceased to exist. 9/11 was more of a slap in the face. This is just putting up with the neighborhood nuts, over and over, not believing they’d go that far…after all, this IS America.

You see, Santa, a Democratic Congresswoman, an Arizona member of the House of the Representatives, is fighting for her life. According the the doctor, the bullet going “through and through” is better than other ways it could go.

A federal judge was shot and killed. A nine-year-old kid was shot and killed. As far as we currently know, four others are also dead. 12 to 18 are wounded. Most are critical.

Keep an eye on the Huffington Post. They’re updating live and have links to more info coming  in all the time.

Israel says “Let them eat cake”

Israel has decided to throw a few crumbs to the Gazans–literally.

(From the Huffington Post:) Facing growing international criticism over its botched raid and the painful price Gaza’s 1.5 million residents are paying for the blockade, Israel has been attempting to show some flexibility.

Palestinian official Raed Fattouh, who coordinates the flow of goods into Gaza with Israel, said soda, juice, jam, spices, shaving cream, potato chips, cookies and candy were now permitted. He said Israel rebuffed Palestinian requests for construction goods, raw materials for factories to operate and medical devices.

Sounds like Israel is trying to look like the good guys, and failing miserably. Perhaps they just don’t get it? Or maybe they don’t think the rest of the world is intelligent enough to see the difference between giving kids junk food and giving them medical care?

Israeli officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were discussing internal policymaking, said their goal in allowing more goods into Gaza was to defuse pressure for an international investigation of the sea raid.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said his country is committed to ensuring that “the civilian population of Gaza will receive civilian goods,” but Israel is concerned that items like cement “if given to Hamas will be used first and foremost for their military machine in creating bunkers and fortifications.”

What are “civilian goods”, Mr. Regev? Candy and soda? The kids can eat the junk food, their teeth will rot, they’ll get fat, they’ll get diabetes, and they’ll die. Sounds like Israel is planning ahead.

A Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said Israel’s gesture was not worth commenting on.

I agree.


Man with weapons, map of military base arrested – CNN.com

During the struggle, officers noticed that Woodson was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an assault rifle in his coat.

Officers searched Woodson’s hotel room and found another assault rifle, a grenade launcher, a police scanner, another bulletproof vest, a map of a U.S. military base, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and a Middle Eastern-style headdress, the statement said.

I’m glad they caught him before anyone got hurt, and I’m very interested in seeing what this turns up. I see this as someone planning to go on a massive killing spree and pin it on an Arab terrorist. (Because all Muslim terrorists wear distinctively Middle Eastern clothing when they attack on foreign soil.) If he actually wore this stuff, he’d have been wearing it. Instead, he decided to wear a military-style coat over his assault rifle. In a convenience store. Did he want to get some quick cash for his getaway?

Evidently he was planning to get away, leaving only a false description to go on.

But why? Possibilities:

  • Maybe he wants the government to ratchet the wars up a bit?
  • Maybe he lost someone to a real Arab terrorist? (And lost it, and bought tons of weapons, and decided to kill other military members/government employees. Umm…not.)
  • Or maybe someone hired him to put pressure on the DOD? Because that’s an awful lost of expensive weaponry for a man stupid enough to do this. I mean, really–an assault weapon in a convenience store? The headdress? No Koran?

Curious, though, as to who the other bulletproof vest was for, if anyone. I’m very interested in seeing what else comes out about this crime, and seeing if the media follows or squashes it. I’m thinking they might. The feds aren’t going to treat it as a foiled terrorist attack? Planning to attack a military base is a federal crime. If Woodson isn’t an Arab terrorist, but intended to pin it on fanatical Muslims, that’s still terrorism. Terrorism does include an attempt to force policy change by force and subterfuge.


Man with weapons, map of military base arrested – CNN.com

Healthcare provision seeks to allow Christian prayer treatments

The healthcare bill would include a provision encouraging insurance providers to consider allowing Christian Science treatments to be covered. In other words, a “pay for pray” coverage. This doesn’t surprise me, because TRICARE–the insurance program for military members, retirees, and their families–already has the “pay for pray” provision.

This is not only the government financially supporting not just a religion, but one particular sect of a specific religion. That means your tax dollars would pay for prayer treatment.

Worse, this is a “treatment” that frequently winds up in court–when kids die because their parents insisted prayer would heal them.

Healthcare provision seeks to embrace prayer treatments — latimes.com


In Texas, then-governor George Bush approved REAL death panels in 1999

What really gives me chills is Dr. Fine’s "it does so many neat things". [brrr…] How about you keep the useful parts–advance medical directives and honoring living wills–and remove the part where you pull the plug despite the family’s wishes?

While critics call the Texas law extreme and restrictive, doctors and hospitals describe it as useful and unique. Among other things, doctors say, the law enacted in 1999 when George W. Bush was governor addresses the details of advance medical directives and holds medical officials accountable for honoring patients’ living wills.

"We knew it was a groundbreaking statute. It does so many neat things for patient care," said Dr. Robert Fine of Dallas, who favors the existing system and testified against Hughes’ bill. He represented the Texas Medical Association and Baylor Health Care System.

The provision that gives a terminally ill patient’s family two days’ notice before a hospital ethics committee meets then 10 days before the termination of treatment, unless a court intervenes, is rarely used, hospitals say. [emphasis added]

What on earth is wrong with people? Doctors are supposed to "do no harm". Dealing with a family that’s hurting is part of their job.

And you know an "ethics committee" would be a deathly phrase if Obama used it.

Indystar – Critics try to undo futile care law