Skip to main content

This is NOT the same Trayvon Martin as the one George Zimmerman killed!

The picture above (and several similar ones) were taken from the Facebook page of somebody named Trayvon Martin.

But NOT the Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman killed.

The pictures have been circulated widely all over the internet, and I have used them in this blog. I have no idea whether the confusion between the two Trayvon Martins was  was an honest mistake or not. Yes, I, too, am frustrated by the complicity of the media in the deceit that Trayvon Martin was a "child" (he was seventeen years old), or some kind of model citizen (he had a number of scrapes with authority which do not paint him in a favorable light, but which have been largely ignored). But that does not justify those who are concerned about that in manufacturing evidence of their own.

I, too, amd frustrated by those pictures of Martin as a twelve year-old which are incessantly run by the media, and by the apparent decision by many in the media and outside them that because Martin was African-American and George Zimmerman is white, Martin must have been completely innocent and Zimmerman a stone cold murderer. But two wrongs do not make a right.

I am endeavoring to add a disclaimer or remove all posts on this blog using these and the other photos of the other Trayvon Martin. And it seems to me that anybody concerned about justice being done in this case will want to do the same as regards any use of these photos for which they might be responsible.


Popular posts from this blog

Jan Chamberlain's rhetoric is too strong. But the stand she has taken is right.

I do not share the religion of Jan Chamberlain. I don't even pray to the same god. But I can't help but admire the integrity of the woman who quit the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rather than sing at Donald Trump's inauguration.

Ms. Chamberlain, like me, voted for Evan McMullin in November. Like me, she holds no brief for Hillary Clinton or her agenda. But she cannot, as she put it, "throw roses at Hitler."

As I've said before, comparing Trump to Hitler strikes me as harsh. I believe that Trump is a power-hungry narcissist who exhibits disturbing signs of psychopathy, like Hitler. Like Hitler, he has stigmatized  defenseless minorities- Muslims and undocumented aliens, rather than Jews- and made them scapegoats for the nation's troubles. Like Hitler, he has ridden a wave of irrational hatred and emotion to power. Like Hitler's, his agenda foreshadows disaster for the nation he has been chosen to lead.

But he's not going to set up death camps for Musli…

Neither Evan McMullin nor his movement are going away

Evan McMullin has devoted most of his post-college life- even to the point of foregoing marriage and a family- to fighting ISIS and al Qaeda and our nation's deadliest enemies as a clandestine officer for the CIA. He has done so at the risk of his life.

He has seen authoritarianism in action close-up. One of his main jobs overseas was to locate and facilitate the elimination of jihadist warlords. Evan McMullin knows authoritarians.

And when he looks at Donald Trump, what he sees is an authoritarian like the ones he fought overseas. He knows Donald Trump. After leaving the CIA he served as policy director for the Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives. He tells about his first encounter with The Donald in that role in this opinion piece he wrote for today's New York Times.

In fact, when Mitt Romney and Tom Coburn and all the others who were recruited to run as a conservative third-party candidate against Trump and Hillary Clinton backed out,  McMulli…

Huzzah! Once again, 45 does something majorly right!

First. he appointed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and now 45 has- at long last- initiated a sensible space policy, with a plan to promote a "rapid and affordable" return to the moon carried out by private enterprise by 2020.  Afterward, it will be onward to Mars and beyond.

This is a great idea for three reasons. First, private enterprise is the future of space exploration, and as far as I know we will be the first spacefaring nation to put most of its eggs in that basket. Second, it's nice to have eggs! Since the Obama administration canceled the Constellation program to develop the Ares booster and the Orion crew vehicle (though it subsequently reinstated the Orion part of the program), the United States has been twiddling its thumbs while China has taken great leaps toward the moon and other countries- including Russia, India, and Japan- have to various degrees intensified their own space programs. It would be both tragic and foolhardy for the nation which first…