Man Arrested for Sending Ricin-Laced Letters Released

Paul Kevin Curtis was released after FBI cleared him of being involved in sending ricin laced letters to President Obama and a Senator. The FBI are currently investigating an associate of Curtis, this is unfortunate for Curtis as I can only imagine the affect on his personal life this accusation had.

So far it doesn’t seem like Curtis was holding any ill will towards the Feds for the mistake as he seemed happy to be going home and getting back to his dog and family. At least the Feds admitted to their mistake and didn’t try to cover it up.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

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President Obama calls the Boston Marathon bombings acts of terror

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President Obama has officially stated what I think we already knew, that the Boston Marathon bombing was an act of terror.

From Politico Breaking News:

“This was a heinous and cowardly act and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror,” Obama said at the White House. “What we don’t yet know however is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or whether it was the act of a malevolent individual.”

Obama said he had just been briefed by his national security team, but information about those responsible and any motives was still coming in. He promised continued briefings on the situation throughout the day.

“We will find whoever harmed our citizens and bring them to justice,” Obama said. “We also know this: the American people will not be terrorized.”

It’s important for people to remain patient while the facts are being determined, too many rumors and wild stories of Facebook pages for the victims being created 2 days before the bombing floating around.

***At 1st I hesitated in adding the link about the Facebook page being deleted, but then it’s important to at least see the rumors flying around.  In no way do I endorse the Facebook story!***

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Militant Mondays – Trayvon Martin

By now you have heard the story about the senseless death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  Trayvon was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman while patrolling his neighborhood.  Zimmerman acting as a wannabe cop suspected Trayvon to be a shady character in his neighborhood and felt the need to take matters into his own hands.

Against the orders of the 911 dispatcher, Zimmerman carrying a legally concealed weapon pursued Trayvon and what we know some kind of altercation occurred which led to the shooting death of Trayvon at the hands of Zimmerman.  Since that tragic night Zimmerman has claimed self-defense….

Ummmm, yeah so Zimmerman is going to claim self-defense when HE was the one pursuing someone he referred to as “a real suspicious guy”???

Up until recently the story was suspicious, but once the city of Sanford (Florida) released the 911 tapes from that night it became clear that Zimmerman’s self-defense was not adding up.

“This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something,” Zimmerman told the dispatcher. “It’s raining, and he’s just walking around looking about.” The man tried to explain where he was. “Now he’s coming towards me. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male…Something’s wrong with him. Yup, he’s coming to check me out. He’s got something in his hands. I don’t know what his deal is…These assholes, they always get away.”

After discussing his location with the dispatcher, Zimmerman exclaimed, “Shit he’s running,” and the following sounds suggest he left his vehicle to run after Martin.

“Are you following him?” the dispatcher asked. Zimmerman replied: “Yep.”

“Okay, we don’t need you to do that,” the dispatcher warned. (from Mother Jones)

So how can Zimmerman even claim self-defense when it looks like he initiated the event?

In Florida there is a law called “Stand Your Ground”; enables people who perceive a threat to use deadly force without first trying to retreat from a confrontation.  This law was meant to protect citizens, but due to what I believe are flaws this law seems to lead to more of a vigilante mentality.

Without a doubt we want citizens to feel safe, but this is not the Wild Wild West!

A very good point was made by several commentators concerning this shooting…  If this was a police officer involved shooting, more than likely that officer would be removed from duty or place on administrative duties (desk jockey) until further investigation.  In this case Zimmerman is still allowed to walk the streets with his legally concealed weapon; what makes Zimmerman better than cop???

Nothing!!!

Thanks to the work of people like this case has been brought to the national stage.  The Department of Justice and the FBI just announced that they will be launching a probe into what happened in Sanford.  The “Stand Your Ground” is dangerous and according to reports there are 16 other states with a more lenient interpretation of the law.

Something needs to before we lose another Trayvon Martin….

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

WTF/WTH Wednesdays – While y’all were Shucking and Jiving to Dip and Pitts…

The FBI announced that they found a backpack bomb along the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Washington.  The backpack was discovered about an hour before the parade by 3 city employees.  The bomb squad was called in as the parade route was changed to protect the celebration of MLK.  According to the FBI the bomb if exploded would have caused injury and potential death; this is Domestic Terrorsim!

The timing of this incident plus the history of racial events in the Spokane area you have to believe this was racial motivated.

  • Aryan Nation leader Richard Butler gathered racists and anti-Semites at his compound for two decades. Butler was bankrupted and lost the compound in a civil lawsuit in 2000 and died in 2004.
  • In 1996, white supremacists placed a pipe bomb outside City Hall. The bomb exploded, blowing out a window and sending nails and screws across the street into Riverfront Park. There were no injuries. Two men arrested for the blast said it was part of a plot to spark a revolution and set up a whites-only nation.
  • In December, a man in nearby Hayden, Idaho, built a snowman on his front lawn shaped like a member of the Ku Klux Klan holding a noose. The man knocked the pointy-headed snowman down after getting a visit from sheriff’s deputies.

These are stark reminders that a Black President doesn’t mean that racial divide no longer exists; we have made significant strides since legal segregation but we are still some ways away from MLK’s dream.  So while we enjoy the silliness of Derwin and Melanie or who Malik is f*#king (The Game) let’s try to keep one eye open on the reality of LIFE!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!