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ABC George Will says single moms are the biggest impediment to black progress…really?

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Van Jones Says Trayvon Martin Case Makes Him Fear For Sons’ Lives

By George Stephanopoulos / @GStephanopoulos
Apr 1, 2012 1:18pm
After 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead, in part, for apparently looking suspicious in a hooded sweatshirt, former Obama administration adviser Van Jones said he now feels like he has to dress his sons to the nines every day for their safety. “I think I’m going to have to go broke dressing [my sons] in tuxedos every day so they can walk down the streets to buy a Snickers bar or Skittles,” Jones said today during the “This Week” roundtable discussion. The story of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, hoodie-wearing black teenager who was shot dead in Florida by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, has erupted across the country, sparking protests, walkouts and calls for Zimmerman to be tried for murder. Jones, a father of two boys, said the case makes him fear for the safety of his own family. “As a black parent, I don’t know how to protect my sons,” the former White House environmental policy adviser said. “When you are a victim of a crime, if something happens to your child, the only upside is that the police are going to be on your side. If your child dies at the hands of somebody who’s armed — until now, here I am as a black parent … I don’t know if the cops are on my side.” ABC’s George Will said the case had been blown way out of proportion because “The New York Times rather infamously now decided that Mr. [George] Zimmerman was a white Hispanic,” making the case about race. “This episode has been forced into a particular narrative to make it a white-on-black,” Will said on “This Week.” “The root fact is, though, Mr. Jones, that about 150 black men are killed every week in this country and 94 percent of them by other black men.” Under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman was within his rights to use deadly force against Martin if he was acting in self defense. ABC’s “Nightline” anchor Terry Moran, who has been following the case extensively said the Florida law “makes it very difficult to trust our system, trust the jury, let them find the facts and do justice.” But conservative commentator Ann Coulter said the case has “nothing to do with the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.”
“That is completely wrong,” she said on “This Week,” arguing that there are two plausible stories, neither of which gave Zimmerman the option to retreat. “It is only is relevant if someone had an opportunity to retreat,” Coulter argued. “In one case, you have Zimmerman, the white Hispanic, tracking down the suspicious looking kid, just because he’s black, blowing him away. The question is, did he have to retreat? No, he’s the one doing the stalking.” In the second scenario, Zimmerman is “on the ground being beaten up by Trayvon Martin,” Coulter said. “There’s no possibility of retreating when you’re on the ground.” “This is simple self defense on — at least George Zimmerman’s [part],” Coulter concluded.

Conservative George Will says Republican Leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh

When I have criticized Republican leaders for not speaking out against Rush Limbaugh I have been told they are not responsible for what he says. They point to Bill Maher and ask are the Democrats responsible for the vile words he spews. In both cases the parties can not control them, but they can and should speak out against them when they go off the deep. A couple of years ago Bill Maher called Sarah Palin the c-word, and I spoke out against him in this blog. To call a woman that name is not only inappropriate it is vile and unacceptable. When Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut that is also beyond inappropriate and this is the word John Boehner used to describe the Limbaugh situation. So no the Republicans are not responsible for the words that Limbaugh says, but they should not be afraid to speak against him. Yesterday George Will made that point watch the clip and tell me what you think.

George Will Says Maybe Cheney Should Have “Dithered” Before We Invaded Iraq

This week former Vice President Cheney accused President Obama of “dithering” on whether to send more troops to Afghanistan, Cheney is more of a shoot first ask questions later kind of guy. Obama thinks before he leaps and he also seeks expert counsel before he makes a decision. Obama has ended the Lone Ranger mentality that has us knee deep in this quagmire. Conservative columnist George Will came to Obama’s defense and went after former Vice President Dick Cheney this morning , saying the Bush administration could have used some “dithering” before they invaded Iraq. Conservative columnist George Will said the Bush administration could have used some “dithering” before they invaded Iraq. Will went on to say “A bit of dithering might have been in order before we went into Iraq in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction.” Will said “for a representative of the Bush administration to accuse someone of taking too much time is missing the point. We have much more to fear in this town from hasty than from slow government action.” Well said Mr. Will.

Do the Obamas Love Themselves A Little Too Much?

 George Will wrote an article  today for the Washington Post entitled An Olympic Ego Trip. In it he criticizes the president and his wife for the speeches they delivered to the Olympic committee regarding the Chicago bid for the 2016 Olympics. Will said “both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about . . . themselves. Although the working of the committee’s mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport. In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences. Still, 70 times in 89 sentences conveyed the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago’s case compelling.” *I initially thought that Will was completely off base, but I had to really look at the point he was trying to make. Barack and Michelle Obama are symbolic of what is good about America. They are proof positive that if you set goals and work hard you can achieve the impossible. They both have freely shared their stories on the campaign trail and their life history has been covered extensively by major media. Now they risk the backlash of familiarity. Even when someone has a life story that is incredible if you have heard dozens of times it starts to lose its impact. I believe the Obamas mission was to do a good thing for the country and I do not believe narcissism cost Chicago the games, but I do believe the Obamas now need to become more selective in sharing their stories because by now we along with the rest of the world have heard it.

*Washington Post