I don’t have any time for the New York Post, but at least they got it right today.


Morning everyone, UT will be along a little later with Rise and Shine.

71 Responses to “Morning”

  1. 1 Melanie
    July 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

    It certainly feels like “they always get away.”

    • July 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Good Morning Melanie. I still can’t wrap my head around this. I was in the store the other day…yes here in Blue Palm Beach County, when a man in line called the cashier a “crack head” to her face when she did not properly bag his items. It was a shock to me. She quit after her shift that night. I have never seen such a look of grief in my life.

      • 3 arkluvspbo
        July 14, 2013 at 11:05 am

        Oh my goodness, that poor girl!!! What the HELL are people thinking. What an angry angry person to say that to someone who didn’t do exactly what he wanted…guess he figured she was his servant to yell names at.

    • 4 99ts
      July 14, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Good Morning melanie – I have no words at all – my brain does not understand why shooting an unarmed teenager is not a crime.

      • July 14, 2013 at 8:37 am

        I’m with you 99ts, woke up this morning and honestly thought it was just a bad dream.

        • 6 99ts
          July 14, 2013 at 8:42 am

          Despite we knew this would be the verdict – I kept hoping those six women would understand – it it NOT OK to shoot someone who is walking down the path towards their home.

          Pierce has all the words


          And, of course, this was Not About Race because nothing is ever About Race. The prosecutors even told us that it wasn’t About Race. The defense won its case because this was Not About Race. The sharp guys and pundits will spend all weekend explaining how Race was an element of the events that night, but that the case, ultimately, was not About Race. And because this case was Not About Race, nothing out of our history counts, because our history, here in the land of the free, is Not About Race, either. Because our history is Not About Race, a few weeks ago, when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, what happened on the Edmund Pettus Bridge was not relevant.

          • July 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

            Ah, Pierce gets it right just about every time. Thanks 99ts, still bewildered like you all.

          • July 14, 2013 at 8:59 am

            For the Record…It has always…and Remains about race….”folks” have gone out of their way to convince blk folks that it is not about race…that we are too sensitive…that it is all in our head…or that we need to get over it…

            The March towards Freedom…Continues

            • 9 99ts
              July 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

              So true prettyfoot – and I do realize you have to live it to understand it. Perhaps the best way I can partially understand is by looking at the anti-woman legislation, which is all about controlling women

              The hate on minorities and women has increased dramatically since President Obama was re-elected. This is how the GOP repays those who dared to vote for the blah guy in the white house.

              • July 14, 2013 at 10:07 am

                Using PBO is the right’s way of bolstering the racism that afflicts our country…the larger goal is to divide and conquer in order to maintain power…

            • 11 nathkatun7
              July 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

              On and on it goes, Prettyfoot! If predominantly ( though not all) Black jury rules for acquittal in which the defendant is Black, the verdict is condemned by pundits as being all about race and people are even ready to pronounce the jury system broken. But when an all white jury returns a “not guilty” verdict in case where a white man guns down an innocent Black child the pundits are quick to declare that the verdict is not about race. One reason racism is so entrenched has a great deal to do with denial. For the right wingers, racists are people who decry the existence of racism.

    • 13 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 8:55 am

      This picture is the only thing that stops me from screaming at the top of my lungs right now! God bless Trayvon’s family and the whole American family! All in God’s hands….

    • July 14, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Why did I look at that picture? Crying now, dang it!!

  2. 15 WilTal
    July 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Good morning everyone,

    My heart is shattered. With this verdict, injustice continues for our black boys/men. The jurors, as mothers, don’t have to worry about their sons being profiled. Their sons can go anywhere, at anytime, and dress as they please without fear (white privilege). George Zimmerman is a cold blooded murder…he never showed any remorse from day one! I hope that he is tormented for the rest of his life.

    “To be black in America is to be in a constant of rage,” James Baldwin

    • 16 WilTal
      July 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

      Correction… “To be black in America is to be in a constant state of rage,” James Baldwin

    • 17 pkayden
      July 14, 2013 at 8:59 am

      And his attorneys just had to spike the ball last night during their press conference. They could care less that a young man’s life was ended prematurely by their client.

  3. July 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

  4. 19 Bill
    July 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I have been through Sanford, FL, and the media cannot report as such, but it is a very red neck town. I can only picture the jury.

    • 20 pkayden
      July 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

      I don’t think it matters where this trial was held. An all-White jury would have done the same thing anywhere. Remember the Rodney King trial in the blue state of California?

      • 21 Bill
        July 14, 2013 at 9:02 am

        Sanford is 80% white which made it easier to have a white jury of racists.

      • 22 Jeff
        July 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

        many parts of California are very racist and almost Southern in feel. Washington is the same.

      • 23 PamfromCalif
        July 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

        During that time CA wasn’t as blue as today. The trial Rodney King trial took place in a very red part of CA, Simi Valley. Simi Valley is where R. Reagan has his Presidential Library.

  5. July 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Good Morning Chipsticks, TODers…Everyone

    The Zimmerman verdict is yet ANOTHER wake-up call that this country is not where it needs to be when it comes to human rights and equality for all. Racism and discrimination may have been “slightly?” subdued, but it was always there, hovering. Now it is overtly on display in all its ugliness.

    We are learning that change is a process that needs constant nurturing. Change will become stagnant and may even regress if not given continuous attention. To progress, change requires active involvement.

    I am praying that we all hold on to our faith and remain emotionally strong and mentally fit…that our anger and hurt does not lead to reckless and destructive actions…that we will not allow the constant setbacks to break us…that instead it help us to lose our complacency and renew our resolve to continue to work for the change that this country needs…that it will cause us to reach inside and put aside our inhibitions and know that what we do, no matter how small it may seem, can make a difference…that we will realize that what happens to one individual somehow affects us all, whether directly or indirectly…that we will remember that no one is an island and learn to reach out to each other; be there for each other.

  6. 32 Layla
    July 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I am in dire need of one of HZ’s prayers.

      • 34 HZ
        July 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

        GM to my TOD family and our beautiful Chips. Layla and tnmtngirl, our hearts are very heavy with pain, grief, disappointments, and a sense that all is upside down within our spirits. Understandable to a degree. We have been through a long, long race these past months and years.
        Our pain is tremendous because we see an injustice to the very form of our being, “our breath, our life.” So we cry, we yell out, we bend over in anguish with our thoughts and we stay in the gateway to enter and beg that our prayers will be heard by that Higher Power that each of us may have chosen in our lives to give us a peace and a sincerity that passeth all understanding. So we go to our ‘center’ and try to tune it again and again until we find and hear that perfect pitch for our circumstances.

        I had to go to my ‘center last evening and again this morning. I had to feed it with those things that I felt was needed to give my center that needed adjustment to allow me to function and carry my load of cares that I picked up last evening and have carried throughout my life because I am a strong woman who speaks with firmness; I am a black woman who is trying to live in a tainted swirling array of ugliness of a nation that tells me daily that I have rights, and can use my freedoms freely. But that is not totally true when I look at the soles of my shoes and see where the dust of very ugly and evil particles of my brothers and sisters have stained my shoes daily because of my gender status, my pigment of skin status, and my strong and outspoken personality when I see, feel, or hear of wrongness in this nation.

        So where do I go? I go to my center and take precious quiet moments to make sure it is where I have chosen to keep it to get me through these dusty, vile, and evil roads of life. I stay there in my own creative mode, until I have examined the cause of my unrest within; the hurt and pain that is shaking my center. Have to adjust it, because it is my core. The core that my faith strengthens everyday.

        I began to realize that the sole purpose of evilness is to not to just appear on the scene and destroy the body, or to disrupt a community, or a home with a beautiful family inside; but the honest and real target of evilness is to so bent on really corrupting my spirit and be so determined to pass on a contagion within my spirit that is so disruptive that it will get inside and cause a mixture that is so potent that it is capable of breaking into pieces and destroying my ‘wholeness within my spirit;. That is the work of evil when it targets me and all of my brothers and sisters in this nation and across the world. So what do I do? I go to my center and adjust it, because when this targetness happens, it leaves nothing to work with or from within. The well is dried up; and thus left to waste away. Sadness sets in for those around us then.

        This is our notification now: This evilness should and must not be allowed to rest on any of our porches of a sweet life; any of our streets where our young men walk daily; any of our schools where our children go to expand their love of knowledge; any of our lovely parks to run, eat, and, laugh with our friends and family; and even our places of worship where we go to recharge our friendships and minds with good fellowship.

        So we must all try as much as possible to move forward and not allow this evilness in our world to continue to move from without to within. Our children’s spaces should be sacred spaces where they can move in and around freely with respect from other., We all cherish this sweetness of the fair and untainted vessels in our spaces as we try to live, And we should never forget the commitment that we all have in sameness for our brothers and sisters lives. ” Enough now.” This is when we are overcome by these targets of evilness.

        No, we must pray: Almighty, let me dip my cup down into the beautiful wells of beauty that is for all human beings let me wrap my heart around , the pillars of deep kindness;let me press my heart up against the millions of beautiful minds of the sensitive souls so that I may feel their hurt, their struggles, and their everyday pain; allow me and each of my fellow citizens into the space of the Almighty’s freely flowing wells of strength, healing of spirits; and abundant cupboards of love where we each can reach daily into as we move into that quiet place to renew our bodies, minds, and spirits.

        Almighty, you are in the space where we want to visit with our spirits centered on your goodness. Please grant us your favor in these times to meditate on what is good, loving, sincere, and powerful enough to help save our young men and young women from all of these targets of evilness in our nation. We need you wisdom to work for a better, fairer, and set us just laws to make this Justice System in our nation to work for all of our brothers and sisters. Raise up great lawyers, great and kind spirits sitting on the bench in our courts, and let justice roll down like sweet living waters to All citizens. We ask humbly this day our prayers, our meditations. Amen.HZ

  7. 37 amk for obama
    July 14, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Read it.

    • 38 WilTal
      July 14, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Thanks Amk. I remember this case…and these guys where on his property to boot! It’s Sunday and I am trying not to curse…

    • 40 99ts
      July 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

      From the link

      “This situation was never about race, and we hope this verdict finally dispels the notion that any racism was involved,” he said. “The defense wanted to play the race card, and there was nothing there and the jury saw through that.”

      Will they never stop saying that!

  8. 42 dotster3
    July 14, 2013 at 9:03 am

    One encouraging tidbit I have noted this a.m.——in all the film I have seen of all the protests—-in Chicago and around the country, the crowds look to be a 50/50 mix of black and white——all young. I still have confidence that this young generation will bring the needed change—–they have a completely different, more enlightened, more empathetic, more equitable mindset than the older generations which are currently in charge and have failed us in so many ways.

    • 43 Lynn
      July 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      From your keyboard to the ears of…., dotster.

    • 44 nathkatun7
      July 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      “I still have confidence that this young generation will bring the needed change—–they have a completely different, more enlightened, more empathetic, more equitable mindset than the older generations which are currently in charge and have failed us in so many ways.”

      This sounds good, but I distinctly remember the same thing being said about the 1960s-1970s generations. Yet many of the political leaders making these laws and taking this country backwards are from the 60s generation. I won’t be around but I hope what you said of this young generation will continue to be true for most of them as they reach middle age and after. I suppose the only encouraging thing is the changing demographics that will compel people of all ethnicities to work together if they want the country to survive.

  9. 45 JER
    July 14, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Good Morning Everybody. My heart breaks for the Martin Family.

    In Memory of Trayvon:

    1. I will NOT spend any money in Florida nor visit nor vacation in Florida;
    2. I will NOT purchase anything grown in Florida (Here is a list of a few – http://localfoods.about.com/od/searchbyregion/a/floridaseasons.htm);
    California and other states grow a lot of produce.
    3. I WILL NOT purchase anything made in Florida;
    4. Send anyone to college in Florida; they might not return.


  10. 47 Bill
    July 14, 2013 at 9:14 am

    David Gregory on MTP brought up to Reverend Al that PBO had “weighed in on it”. That is a favorite rwnj talking point.

  11. July 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

    From 2007…the difference…the shooter was a black man…… the victim was a white teen………


  12. July 14, 2013 at 9:20 am


    “Trayvon Martin is dead—and so many young men like him are dead or in prison—because in America it was his responsibility to take it. It was his responsibility to let a stranger with a gun follow him at night in his own neighborhood and suspect him of wrongdoing. It was his responsibility to apologize for being a black kid who scared people. It was not George Zimmerman’s responsibility to let a boy get home to his family.”

  13. 55 Jovie
    July 14, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Orin Hatch agrees with the Verdict…

    • 56 Layla
      July 14, 2013 at 9:36 am


      Hatch is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although he was born in Pennsylvania, his parents had been raised in Utah and he had ancestors who were members of the LDS Church in Nauvoo, Illinois. Hatch served as a Mormon missionary in what was called the “Great Lakes States Mission” essentially covering large parts of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Hatch has since served in various positions in the LDS Church including as a bishop.[

  14. July 14, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Can I just say I am mighty impressed with this Maya Wiley. She’s been on UP with Steve Kornacki this morning and yesterday, I think it was MHP’s show she was on. She’s another WOW analyist, much like Joy Reid.

  15. July 14, 2013 at 9:29 am


    “Since it was Zimmerman who stalked Martin, the question remains: what ground is a young black man entitled to and on what grounds may he defend himself? What version of events is there for that night in which Martin gets away with his life? Or is it open season on black boys after dark?”

    • 59 theo67
      July 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      These are good questions for that jury and the racist prosecution (and those celebrating the verdict). It’s sickening how many people defended that murderer because they thought it was fine for him to kill a child after that murderer started something he couldn’t finish, except at the barrel of a gun.

  16. July 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Because I was so convinced that the Jury was going to come back with a “Guilty” verdict for Manslaughter, when the actual verdict was read. I was stunned and shocked. I was in tears as I felt so let down by Justice System.

    Perhaps I was naive, but now I know better. There is no justice for Black people. This horrible law Stand Your Ground is a license to murder, and the Zimmerman Trial has ok’d the murder of black teens.

    I don’t know how Black Parents of little boys will ever be at peace, knowing their son could be taken away from them. What kind of freedom is this? And yet the emoprogs will insist idiot hipster doofus like Edward Snowden are the oppressed ones. It’s too much.

    I’m still crying as I write this, and while I know we have to act and mobilize, a cynical part of me wonders “what good will it do?”

    I never believed that we were post racial, with the election of President Obama. But I did think it was possible to make progress on racism. But with the intense hatred towards President Obama in these past 4 years, more and more I’m convinced, it’s not possible that racism will ever go away.

    It’s too ingrained into the cultural DNA. In fact studies have shown in a study on pain and empathy, that people tend to be less empathetic to darker colored skin.

    Every day more and more black children will be killed by gun violence, their deaths ignored by the media and American Citizens. Education and support for Black families will continue to be lacking, Health concerns for Black people, will not be tackled as aggressively and Prisons will continue to have disproportionately more black men. Crime and Infrastructure in Black neighborhoods will not be addressed, neither the quality of schools and resources for kids. Black teens have a 29% unemployment rate, and their prospects as an adult likely will not improve, especially if they don’t have a college degree. For Black adults, the unemployment rate is at about 14%, double the national unemployment rate.

    In every aspect, health, education, economics, opportunities and resources are not being deployed to really address root problems and actually make a significant difference.

    For now, there’s nothing more that I can do, except to pray for Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin and their families. I can also continue to work towards electing Dems to overturn evil laws like Stand Your Ground, but it will not be enough for those living in the present, and it may never be enough, and that’s what makes me depressed most of all…..

    • July 14, 2013 at 10:01 am

      I appreciate this.

    • 62 a4alice
      July 14, 2013 at 10:32 am

      Quote: “This horrible law Stand Your Ground is a license to murder, and the Zimmerman Trial has ok’d the murder of black teens.”

      That’s exactly right, PB. This law. Now this court decision. The evisceration of the Voting Rights Act, the promotion of gun rights, conceal and carry etc are all things that tell me that there are people who want this country desperately to go backwards.

      And in another arena the state by state systematic stomping on women’s health are all actions which is only going to lead to one thing and that is: bringing up Roe vs Wade to a supreme court that has too many conservatives in it. Confiscating women’s personal hygiene products is only meant to humiliate.

      I am afraid for what is happening here in our country.

    • 64 WilTal
      July 14, 2013 at 9:50 am

      Chips, had this been the case, GZ would have been shot dead upon arrival of the Police. Once the police realized that a white kid had been shot, they would’ve concocted a story that GZ was reaching for something.

  17. 65 jackiegrumbacher
    July 14, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I am ashamed of my country. I was ashamed during the sixties when good men–inspirational leaders–were assassinated and I’m ashamed now when justice has been assassinated. This is a dark day in the history of the US. We have just announced to the world at large that we are a racist, hate-filled country that is incapable of treating people fairly. The two-time election of PBO stands out as one of the most astonishing things that has ever happened in our history. We don’t deserve him. But for two brief, shining moments enough of us rose above the poison of hatred that infects the heart and soul of this country and elected this wonderful man. Now we’ve fallen again into the ugly abyss. May God have mercy on the souls of the people who were part of this atrocity. May every decent minded human being in this country vote, vote vote. Vote out the legislatures that pass idiotic Stand Your Ground Laws, and promote the proliferation of guns and the humiliation of women. Vote, vote vote them out. We have just a little time left to reclaim this country and we either do it or cede the whole sorry mess to the haters.

  18. July 14, 2013 at 9:53 am


    “The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial came down moments after I left a screening of “Fruitvale Station,” the film about the police shooting death of Oscar Grant four years ago in Oakland. Much of the audience sat quietly sobbing as the closing credits rolled, moved by a narrative of a young black man, unarmed and senselessly gone. Words were not needed to express a common understanding: to George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, the seventeen-year-old he shot, fit the description; for black America the circumstances of his death did.”

  19. July 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Is anyone else having problems connecting to the NAACP’s website?

  20. 69 Anjo
    July 14, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Every black American who refuses to take an interest in their community, who refuses to vote IN EVERY ELECTION are just as guilty as those jurors in making sure that things remain the same and justice as always is just for the white and privileged…GET UP AND GET OUT AND VOTE the lives of your sons depend on it

  21. 70 Anna Luc
    July 14, 2013 at 10:12 am

    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

    My heart still aches with sorrow and anger over Trevon’s murder. But the acquittal of Zimmerman only focuses my anger and strengthens my resolve to continue the struggle for justice and equality in the USA. I will pray for comfort and peace for Trevon’s parents and family.

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