Monday, July 22, 2013

Media Hypes Trayvon Martin Rallies – 99.999% Of America Ignores False Story

Media Hypes Trayvon Martin Rallies – 99.999% Of America Ignores False Story…

Over the weekend all of the news programs repeatedly showed footage of the “nationwide” Trayvon Martin rallies.  The real story though, is that despite wall-to-wall coverage of the trial, followed by the self-serving “I am Trayvon” words of President Obama, and the all-in attempts by MSNBC to ignite the Zimmerman trial as some kind of revisiting of the Civil Rights Movement in this country that took place over fifty years ago, the vast majority of Americans ignored the story, ignored the protest rallies, and just went on with life…

(MSNBC threw a racism story party – but American just didn’t bother to show up…)
Check out these facts regarding the non-event Trayvon Martin rallies via PJM:
According to Reuters, in New York a grand total of 2000 people showed up Saturday to protest in favor of Trayvon Martin in the George Zimmerman trial. That’s .00024257 of the population of our most populous city. More New Yorkers show up for pizza at Ray’s between 6:00 and 6:05 in the evening. (Well, who knows? But you get my point.)
In our second most populous city, my hometown of Los Angeles, the results were even worse, according to the Los Angeles Times. A measly 400 people demonstrated. The totals in Miami, closest big city to the event, were 300.
In other words, the turnout was somewhere between minuscule and puny — maybe, at best, fifteen thousand people nationwide in a country of 314 million. (You do the math on that one…. Okay, I’ll do it. That’s .00005 of the population.)
…So what are we to make of this astonishingly low attendance after non-stop coverage on cable news and elsewhere, as if this trial were the only serious issue confronting our country?
Could it be that the citizenry, including African-Americans, supposedly so greatly injured, have seen through the media hype (what I earlier called media pornography) and themselves realize this case is simply an accidental, anomalous one-off and not that big of a deal?
I certainly hope so, because what we have been going through is a form of national nervous breakdown, taking us rapidly backwards on race relations, something that has improved consistently in our country over the last fifty years.
What we do not need now is a “national conversation on race.” That’s like taking a scab that’s slowly healing and, just when it’s about to whither away, scratching it as hard as possible until the wound comes back.   LINK

Rubio Didn't Know His Own Bill Allows Someone to Forge 2 Passports Before It's a Crime

July 19, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Marco Rubio, Charles Schumer, John McCain
Senators Charles Schumer (D.-N.Y.), Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.), John McCain (R.-Ariz.)
( -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)--a Republican member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” who co-sponsored the Senate immigration bill and was one of 14 Republicans who ultimately voted for it--was unaware that his own bill allows a person to forge up to two passports without penalty.“Under the Senate immigration bill, how many passports can someone forge before it becomes a crime?” asked Rubio Thursday on Capitol Hill.
“How many--you can’t forge any passports,” Rubio replied. ”That’s a federal crime now.” “It’s actually a part of the bill that it’s up, that you can do two, and three and on it’s a crime. Why would that be a part of it?”
Rubio: “Well, first of all, I think what you’re talking about is the way the law is described vis-a-vis, umm, waivers that people can get. And as I said, I mean, there are elements of that bill that continue to be, need to be improved, and I myself have disagreements about the way the waiver structure was put in the bill, and my hope is that it can be improved through the House process when they do their own bill.”
However, Section 3707 of the immigration bill (S. 744)  is titled, "Reform of Passport, Visa and Immigration Fraud Offenses." It makes no mention of any “waivers," but it does specifically amend Section 1541 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, which currently requires criminal penalties for issuing “any” unauthorized passports. As amended by S. 744--the Senate immigration bill Rubio co-sponsored--a person would not be dealt criminal penalties until they forged "3 or more passports."
Printed on Page 777 of the bill, the language says: "SEC. 3707. REFORM OF PASSPORT, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION FRAUD OFFENSES.
"(a) TRAFFICKING IN PASSPORTS.—Section 1541 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows: § 1541. Trafficking in passports (a) MULTIPLE PASSPORTS.—Subject to subsection (b), any person who, during any period of 3 years or less, knowingly—(1) and without lawful authority produces, issues, or transfers 3 or more passports; (2) forges, counterfeits, alters, or falsely makes 3 or more passports; ‘(3) secures, possesses, uses, receives, buys, sells, or distributes 3 or more passports, knowing the passports to be forged, counterfeited, altered, falsely made, stolen, procured by fraud, or produced or issued without lawful authority; or (4) completes, mails, prepares, presents, signs, or submits 3 or more applications for a United States passport, knowing the applications to contain any materially false statement or representation, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both." (See S 744.pdf)
The immigration reform bill passed the Senate June 27 on a 68-32 vote. All 52 Democrats, 2 independents, and 13 Republicans besides Rubio voted for passage, including Senators Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Jeff Chisea (N.J.), Susan Collins (Me.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), John MicCain (Ariz,) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
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