The fact of the matter is we are faced with difficult challenges in life.
However with a strong determination and a will to succeed we can overcome any situation.
By SERGE F. KOVALESKI
A Florida judge on Friday revoked the bond of George Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, after state prosecutors argued that Mr. Zimmerman, with the help of his wife, had misled the court about his finances.
During an afternoon hearing in Sanford, Fla., a Seminole County Circuit Court judge, Kenneth R. Lester Jr., ordered Mr. Zimmerman, 28, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who himself aspired to be a judge, to surrender to authorities within 48 hours.
Judge Lester made his ruling shortly after an assistant state attorney, Bernardo de la Rionda, asserted that Mr. Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, during a bail hearing on April 20, had “lied” and “were very deceptive” about assets available to them. That hearing cleared the way for Mr. Zimmerman’s release from jail on $150,000 bond. He had to put up 10 percent, or $15,000, to make bail.
The judge determined that Mr. Zimmerman, who has been in hiding because of concerns about his safety, had engaged in “material falsehoods.” At issue is the roughly $200,000 Mr. Zimmerman raised through a legal defense Web site, which Mr. Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark M. O’Mara, said he learned of several days after the bond hearing.
In an interview, Mr. O’Mara said: “Was it a misrepresentation? Possibly. It looks like they should have told the judge about the money. But they did not take the funds and run. They only used $5,000 towards the bond and, more significantly, when I found out about the money and suggested that they turn it over to me to put in trust, they did so immediately.”
Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Martin family, said, “Judge Lester’s decision is the most important ruling in this case so far because it focuses everyone’s attention back on the credibility of George Zimmerman, which is the crux of the matter in this case.” Mr. Martin, 17, who was unarmed, was killed on the night of Feb. 26 after an encounter with Mr. Zimmerman that turned violent.
Mr. Martin had been walking through the gated community in Sanford, where he was staying and where Mr. Zimmerman lived. The case created a national uproar after the police initially did not arrest Mr. Zimmerman, raising questions about Florida’s broad self-defense law and racial profiling.
Patrick Donahoe the Postmaster General apeared on C-Span on how the Postal Service can streamline the process of operations. There seems is agreement that the new Senate bill will be helpful and with changes along the way, the postal service can find optimal distribution points across America.
The postmaster general expressed concerns about postal employees frustration not knowing what will happen in the future? In addition he said postal employees are people with families that are concerned about where will their kids go to school? Will they have to relocate? In addition people who use the postal service are concerned about having to drive drive a longer distance in order to submit their mail for delivery.
The postal service is losing 3 to 6 Billion dollars a year. This is a tremendous amount of money that the postal service is on the losing. There needs to be a resolution to the postal service’s problems, there are no easy answers. It seems that the senate and congress needs to come together to collectively come to solutions.
The United States Postal Service will cease operation in most of the country if Congress fails to keep it afloat. The Senate has already passed a bill that will keep the service working, however the fear is Congress will not act to save the Postal Service.
How did we get in the present state? By less than responsible Congressional leaders, mostly Republicans who created this mess. The agency is a vital core of our financial system as our small businesses rely on the service each and everyday. There is nothing wrong with trimming government fiscal fat, however not at the expense of the middle class and the benefit of the the rich.
Self defense laws that allow individuals to defend themselves against bodily harm are being instituted across the country. In most cases black men are being murdered in so called Stand Your Ground efforts of self defense. The most publicized case is the Trayvon Martin case, however there are other cases that are surfacing across the country, where black men are being shot, supposively with no racial intent.
This appears to be a legal assault against black men. Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalittion stepped in to protest shootings in Oklahoma and called for an investigation into recent shootings. This law allows unstable and irresponsible people the lawful ability to carry and use guns at their discretion and apparently the ability to target black men.
These laws are a step backward in the fight against racial profiling which seems to be the result of the passing of the law. Excuses in defense of the those arrested for shooting black men run the gamut and it appears to be open season.
This country has suddenly taken a step back in terms of racial profiling and generally racial ugliness that has surfaced since President Obama was elected President. The popular thing now is to deny any racial intent, and pass off any assault either verbal or vilolent as anything but racial. Until these laws are examined and called what they are, open season for lawful racial profiling, more of the same will occur.
Governor Dannel Malloy helped Connecticut repeal the death penalty. He felt very strongly that as a society that this is something that we should not be doing. At issue is how the death penalty is applied. Governor Malloy believes that the death penalty violates the Supreme Courts prior decision to outlaw the death penalty.
Today, there are sixteen states that have abolished the death penalty. Many Governors across America have agreed with the decision to abolish the death penalty. There are some concessions made for people who have committed unthinkable crimes, they should suffer more, the Governors have agreed, short of the death penalty. This is a little known movement in many states who increasingly see the law as inhuman.
The Stand Your Ground law needs work, lots of work. It was ill conceived and ill responsible of law makers to pass this law. This is a hot topic of conversation around the country. This law needs to be re-examined, particulary what happens when you are no longer acting in a neighborhood watch role but become a pursuer of someone in your neighborhood as George Zimmerman did in kiling Trayvon Martin.
It is time to comment on the injustice of the murder of Trayvon Martin. We all know what has happened so far and the system seems to be working. The concern is what does this say about the Stand Your Ground Law? The murder of an innocent person was bound to happen when guns are lawfully in the hands of irresponsible and sometimes unstable people who are authorized by law to carry them.
That is the issue. We in our zeal to protect the public elect questionable people, elect irresponsible officials, pass incorrect laws, and generally make bad situations worse via bad judgment in passing laws, now an innocent person is dead because of the law designed to protect.
Since you cannot determine who is “stable” and who is not, why would you ever pass a law that would raise the possibility of this happening? I believe it is common sense to think about the possibility that some unstable person could take considerable license and in their mind believe they are right and become more than a neighborhood watch volunteer but a gunman.