Wednesday, 26 June 2013

TIM TEBOW: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO OBLIVION...

Ken Berwitz

It's funny how things sometimes work.

Less than a month ago, nobody appeared interested in signing Tim Tebow.

Tebow, who spent the last season languishing on the New York Jets' bench, in one of the most imbecilic displays of miscommunication between a general manager (Mike Tannenbaum) and coach Rex Ryan) I have ever seen in my life, barely played at all.   If I were team owner Woody Johnson, this would have resulted in the summary firing of Coach Ryan. (GM Tannenbaum was, in fact, fired, but apparently for more than the Tebow mess). 

Then, on June 11th, the New England Patriots took a flyer and signed Tebow, either as a quarterback or possibly a tight end.

Today, the Patriots' starting tight end, Aaron Hernandez, was arrested and charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player. 

The Patriots did not wait for a trial, he was immediately released.

Now, guess who suddenly might be the starting tight end...with a little quarterbacking on the side....(or vice-versa), for the always-competitive Patriots?

The suddenly very important Tim Tebow.

Like I said, it's funny how things sometimes work.

free' I am already imagining some of the plays they can run if Tebow can settle in as TE. Could be very exciting. (06/26/13)


THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Today we had the "pleasure" of hearing from Rachel Jeantel, AKA "witness #8" - the young woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just prior to the incident in which George Zimmerman shot and killed him.

Jeantel testified that, while on the phone with Trayvon Martin, he referred to Zimmerman as a "creepy ass cracka", and complained that "this nigga is still following me".  She also testified that she heard Martin say "get off, get off", suggesting that Zimmerman was on top of him instead of the other way around.

Now, what does this testimony mean?

Since there is no physical proof that Ms. Jeantel's account of the telephone conversation is accurate, in order for the jury to believe her, she would have to come across as an unimpeachably credible witness.

And that is a problem.  A very, very major one.

-Jeantel is the one who said, under oath, that she did not attend Trayvon Martin's funeral because she was in the hospital at the time, except that it turned out she was lying and was not in the hospital at all.  Please keep in mind that this is not simply my take on what happened:  defense attorney Don West was forced to admit that "In fact, she lied";

-Jeantel is also the one whom Trayvon Martin's attorney, Benjamin Crump, told media to lay off because she was a minor, except she was not.  (Crump subsequently claimed he was misinformed about her age. You decide whether to believe him).

How could the prosecution possibly trot out a witness with as little credibility as Rachel Jeantel?  Well, here is the explanation of Natalie Jackson, another of the Martin family's lawyers:

"I don't think a jury will reject her testimony.  I don't think that has any bearing on what happened on that night

Translation:  In the world of Natalie Jackson, the fact that Rachel Jeantel has already lied under oath in this case will not affect whether the jury believes her.

If that isn't a trip through fantasyland, I give up.

In the silly but well-acted movie "As Good As It Gets", Melvin Udall (played by Jack Nicholson) reacts to what he considers a bizarre comment from another character by telling her to "Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here".  I can't help wondering what Melvin would say to Natalie Jackson.

Isn't this trial, with its trumped up, ridiculous charge of second degree murder, bizarre enough already?  Do we really need to overstock it with more?

Zeke .... ..... An excellent analysis of each day's Zimmerman trial is done by attorney Andrew Branca at . . legalinsurrection.com . . . . (06/26/13)

(Anon) .... ..... Branca analyzes each and every aspect of each witness' testimony and offers opinions on the strategy of Zimmerman's counsel. .... ... .... At this point, assuming the jury doesn't OJ the verdict, the only thing Zimm has to decide is Burger King or Mickey D's. ...... (06/26/13)

Ken Berwitz Better than mine? I'm crushed..... (06/26/13)


DOMA? AROMA.

Ken Berwitz

Today the Supreme Court is expected to rule on "DOMA" - the so-called Defense Of Marriage Act.

Personally, I call it "AROMA" - the Arbitrary Restriction Of Marriage Act.  Because it stinks.

Ostensibly, DOMA  was created to defend marriage between men and women.  But it cannot do that because, with or without DOMA, men and women are perfectly free to marry.  

What it does do is prevent marriages; marriages between same sex couples. 

Why does DOMA exist?  Because there are people - a great many of them - who find homosexuality disgusting, perverted, sick and a bunch of other, equally unpleasant, adjectives.

Are they entitled to these feelings?  You bet they are.  This is the United States of America, and people are free to believe anything they want. 

DOMA, by contrast, is not the exercise of freedom, it is the restriction of freedom. 

The issue is whether people who are against gay marriage can force gays not to marry - in other words, it is about one group imposing its moral and/or religious standards on others, which is absolutely odious. 

A question:  how do you feel about Islamic fundamentalists roaming the streets of Muslim countries, demanding that men grow beards, women wear burqas and no one pray to any god but Allah? 

Does it trouble you?  I hope so, because what I just described is one group imposing its moral and/or religious standards on others, which is absolutely odious.

Get the point?

I will not end by telling you how I hope the Supreme Court will rule.  I'm sort of guessing you already know.


THE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Today we had the "pleasure" of hearing from Rachel Jeantel, AKA "witness #8" - the young woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin just prior to the incident in which George Zimmerman shot and killed him.

Jeantel testified that, while on the phone with Trayvon Martin, he referred to Zimmerman as a "creepy ass cracka", and complained that "this nigga is still following me".  She also testified that she heard Martin say "get off, get off", suggesting that Zimmerman was on top of him instead of the other way around.

Now, what does this testimony mean?

Since there is no physical proof that Ms. Jeantel's account of the telephone conversation is accurate, in order for the jury to believe her, she would have to come across as an unimpeachably credible witness.

And that is a problem.  A very, very major one.

-Jeantel is the one who said, under oath, that she did not attend Trayvon Martin's funeral because she was in the hospital at the time, except that it turned out she was lying and was not in the hospital at all.  Please keep in mind that this is not simply my take on what happened:  defense attorney Don West was forced to admit that "In fact, she lied";

-Jeantel is also the one whom Trayvon Martin's attorney, Benjamin Crump, told media to lay off because she was a minor, except she was not.  (Crump subsequently claimed he was misinformed about her age. You decide whether to believe him).

How could the prosecution possibly trot out a witness with as little credibility as Rachel Jeantel?  Well, here is the explanation of Natalie Jackson, another of the Martin family's lawyers:

"I don't think a jury will reject her testimony.  I don't think that has any bearing on what happened on that night

Translation:  In the world of Natalie Jackson, the fact that Rachel Jeantel has already lied under oath in this case will not affect whether the jury believes her.

If that isn't a trip through fantasyland, I give up.

In the silly but well-acted movie "As Good As It Gets", Melvin Udall (played by Jack Nicholson) reacts to what he considers a bizarre comment from another character by telling her to "Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here".  I can't help wondering what Melvin would say to Natalie Jackson.

Isn't this trial, with its trumped up, ridiculous charge of second degree murder, bizarre enough already?  Do we really need to overstock it with more?

Zeke .... ..... An excellent analysis of each day's Zimmerman trial is done by attorney Andrew Branca at . . legalinsurrection.com . . . . (06/26/13)

Ken Berwitz Better than mine? I'm crushed..... (06/26/13)

(Anon) .... ..... Branca analyzes each and every aspect of each witness' testimony and offers opinions on the strategy of Zimmerman's counsel. .... ... .... At this point, assuming the jury doesn't OJ the verdict, the only thing Zimm has to decide is Burger King or Mickey D's. ...... (06/26/13)


PAULA DEEN AND AL SHARPTON

Ken Berwitz

A week ago or two ago Paula Deen was on top of the world.  Now the world has come crashing down on her.

Why?  Because in a legal deposition last month - May 17th, to be exact - she spoke candidly about her use of racially derogatory language in the past, and admitted to telling/hearing racially offensive jokes.  She also made it clear that she was not proud of having done so and does not use such language anymore. 

You can read the key parts of her deposition transcript at huffingtonpost.com.  But here is a segment that, I think, frames her current outlook pretty clearly.  Please pay special attention to the part I have put in bold print:

Deen: I'm sure I have (used such langage), but it's been a very long time.

Lawyer: Can you remember the context in which you have used the N-word?
Deen: No.

Lawyer: Has it occurred with sufficient frequency that you cannot recall all of the various context in which you've used it?
Deen: No, no.

Lawyer: Well, then tell me the other context in which you've used the N-word?
Deen: I don't know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me.

Lawyer: Like a joke?
Deen: No, probably a conversation between blacks. I don't -- I don't know. But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the '60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.

For her candid admission of using such language - and obvious contrition about having done so - Ms. Deen has been tossed by The Food Channel (the success of which is, in no small part, due to her presence there), at least one key endorsement deal, and has generally been condemned as persona non grata among the PC driven media crowd.

Is that fair? 

Before you answer, please consider al sharpton.  sharpton is a career racist, homophobic, anti-Semite and Black supremacist, who has been involved in the hate business for decades.  Yet, knowing this, MSNBC had no problem putting him into their lineup as host of a daily cable show - where he remains, without a peep of protest from the same people screaming bloody murder over Paula Deen.

This is the state of media, and of racial politics in our country today.  How do you like it?

Zeke ..... The Issue is NOT "The Issue" ..... The Issue is . . P O W E R . . It is very difficult to be a privileged elitist if you do not have POWER. .... .... One way of being in Power is to toss others under the bus - - George Zimmerman, Paula Deen, Richard Jewel (Atlanta bombing), . . . . . . . . (06/26/13)


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