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Legend said...

There are actually two cases unfolding in Florida where this Stand Your Ground rule is being played out. Used as a means to justify the shooting and killing of an unarmed citizen. One the victim was going to assist someone he believed to be in distress, involving a child and a skateboard. The other thought he was being persued by an assailant and was at least initially trying to get away from his assailant. One, the victim was a white Air Force Veteran, shot in the heart. The accused, African-American, was initially arrested, charged, had to post bail and is facing a potentially 30 year prison sentence for possibly aggravated manslaughter.. He is using the Florida Stand Your Ground rule as a defense. The judge is presently looking into that law. In the second tragedy there was no arrest. The subject involved was never charged. No evidence was ever gathered. The accused never had his weapon confiscated or tested. He was never tested for possibly drugs or alcohol. The victim is a 17 year old African-American male. In the earlier above mentioned the victim was doing what many Americans do every day. Being a good samaritan. He lost his life trying to help someone in what should have turned out at the most to be an argument maybe, and if a few punches were thrown, a handshake afterwards. Instead he was shot point blank in the heart in front of his then 8 year old daughter. She's presently under going treatment for what she witnessed. In the second tragedy, the subject disobeyed 911 advice and pursued someone he believed to be potential criminal casing the neighborhood. It turns out that wasn't case. He lost his life while holding only a bag of skittles and a can of iced tea on him on his way back from a local store. Nothing criminal about that, is it? Both of these are senseless avoidable tragedies. It is false when they say an armed society is a polite society. A heavily armed society is actually a more crazed society. One that is more like than not to settle its difference with a bullet rather than a few cuss words, a punch or two thrown, and the next day everyone will be shaking hands and buying one another a beer. Hopefully, lawmakers will take a second look at this STAND YOUR GROUND law. As it stands it's a license to commit murder, and that's what some law-abiding Americans are actually doing. Then running to hide behind the STAND YOUR GROUND law afterwards.

If you remember nothing else about this Stand Your Ground law and America's obsession with guns, remember these two names: Air Force Veteran and Iraqi War Vet David James and 17 year old Treyvon Martin. There are many others like these two that have taken place since this Stand Your Ground has been signed into law. Many ruled justifiable homicides. There will be many more like these two to come if lawmakers refuse or fail to act. I am Air Force Veteran/Iraqi War Vet David James, I am Trayvon Martin and so are YOU!!

March 27, 2012 at 8:47 a.m.
Legend said...

Howard also boasted of a course architect class and blueprint. In fact, most all the colleges classes presently taught at vocational, trade and two year colleges such as Chattanooga State were once taught by professionals at Howard.

Howard students built some beautiful homes as class projects around the city that still stands to this day.

March 3, 2012 at 2:31 p.m.
Legend said...

rick1, you forget that mandate requiring citizens to have medical insurance or risk paying a fine came from the republican side. They claim that was the only way they'd support the Bill. My greatest disappointment in the president was that he caved in to their demand without realizing they'd use it against him as a weapon to attack in order to get elected. He specifically stated he was against that part of the Bill, and actually fought it for at least a while, before caving in.

In fact, the only state(Massachusetts) that presently requires all of its citizens to carry medical insurance or pay a fine was created by a Republican Governor by the name of Mitt Romney. Like requiring everyone to carry car insurance or face a fine, my concern is anything you can be fined for at some point you can also be arrested and thrown in jail or prison for. Can anyone imagine someone being rushed to the emergency room after a traffic accident, and after they're patched up they're arrested and hauled off to jail? Just look at many of the present arrest records and see how many individuals have been arrested for a lack of financial responsibility. That means they didn't have any proof of vehicle inusrance.

Under Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, the uninsured are being forced to make deicisions between buying medical insurance, paying a fine or eating and even buying medication.

February 26, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.
Legend said...

@I was struck by this story because we in Chattanooga have many opportunities to show our hospitality to foreign guests every year

Chattanoogans are too busy attacking one another. They can't show respect to their next door neighbor, let alone someone from a foreign country.

February 19, 2012 at 5:41 p.m.
Legend said...

@ Mr. Nave, Washington's nephew, Robert Lewis, said he witnessed his private devotions and prayer both morning and evening and on those occasions he had seen Washington kneeling with a Bible open before him and believed it was his daily practice.

Prayer back then didn't have the same meaning as prayer does today. Back then when they prayed, it wasn't to some divine source, Mr. Nave. They were praying to the church of England, of which America still had close ties and dependence.

February 19, 2012 at 5:37 p.m.
Legend said...

Hidden behind the BP oil spill on the Gulf Coast lie another oil spill in Yellstone National Park. Where a pipeline ruptured spilling barrels of oil into Montana's tourist attraction which led to a mass evacuation. They haven't yet gotten that oil spill under control either. But the repubs still want to DRILL BABY DRILL!

@Boehner's Bad Bill: >It would also expand oil and drilling along the East, West and Florida Gulf Coasts and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The legislation also would effectively end useful environmental reviews of proposed road and highway projects

February 19, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Legend said...

Is this the intended outcome of the one from the prior administration who said: *"Why wait for armageddon when you can make it happen?"

{jes' curious II}

February 19, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.
Legend said...

The values and principles of the American democracy are defined and enshrined in the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Mr. Taj, you should have realized by now that American Constitution is nothing but a "damn" piece of paper, according to Bush. What's on paper and in theory is not practiced in reality in America. America has its own share of human rights violations and other ills you've mentioned.

February 5, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.
Legend said...

moon4kat said... Thank you, Cliff Ling, for an excellent letter. I, too, long for a newspaper with integrity. The right side of the political spectrum might have some ideas and policies with which I could agree; but the blatant dishonesty, distortions, ignorance and lies from that quarter make me suspicious of everything they say.

Count me in. I agree 2000%

February 2, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.
Legend said...

@Livn4life said... Wow, John Dunson,(this coming from a Conservative with a Master's Degree)

Just goes to prove a Master's Degree doesn't guarantee intelligence, no more than standing on an airplane runway makes you an airplane. Or hanging out at a truck stop makes you an 18 wheeler. LOL

February 2, 2012 at 3:21 p.m.

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