How is Clearwater Beach? I sold a couple of properties from there about 8 years ago. I was sad to see the big properties take over. You ever go down to pier 60?<quoted text>
I go to Bush Gardens in Tampa every once in a while.
They got elephants and giraffes and rhino's there and I hear/tell they gonna get some pygmies too!
It's a real jungle out there!
Social media has put the spotlight on the story Trayvon Martin , an unarmed African-American teenager who was shot to death last month by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida.
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#43321 Dec 6, 2012
#43322 Dec 6, 2012
George Zimmerman sues NBC over Trayvon Martin reports
Lawyers for George Zimmerman filed suit today against NBC Universal Media over a well-publicized editing error that portrayed their client in racist terms in his pursuit of Trayvon Martin on a drizzly evening in February.
NBC saw the death of Trayvon Martin not as a tragedy but as an opportunity to increase ratings, and so to set about the myth that George Zimmerman was a racist and predatory villain, states the civil complaint in its opening salvo against NBC.
NBCs editing of the 911 audiotape in the Martin case became a public fixation after the media-monitoring Web site NewsBusters.org noted editing oddities on a Today show broadcast March 27. Heres how NBC News portrayed the audiotape:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like hes up to no good. He looks black.
The full tape went like this:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like hes up to no good. Or hes on drugs or something. Its raining and hes just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
Zimmerman thus didnt volunteer a racial profile of Martin; he was asked to provide it, a point that the lawsuit makes in colorful fashion:NBC created this false and defamatory misimpression using the oldest form of yellow journalism: manipulating Zimmermans own words, splicing together disparate parts of the recording to create illusions of statements that Zimmerman never actually made.
The suit against NBC alleges four other instances in which NBC-produced shows aired false and defamatory versions of the same events. Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge in the case.
The botched edits, charges the suit, were far from innocent mistakes:Defendants pounced on the Zimmerman/Martin matter because they knew this tragedy could be, with proper sensationalizing and manipulation, a racial powderkeg that would result in months, if not years, of topics for their failing news programs, particularly the plummeting ratings for their ailing Today Show as well as for the individual defendants to make their mark for reporting a [manipulated] story such as this. Individual defendants are Lilia Luciano and Jeff Burnside, NBC employees involved in early cases of Zimmerman mis-editing.
Following a public uproar over the tape-doctoring, NBC News issued a statement on the matter saying this:During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.
Such contrition didnt impress the Zimmerman camp.Only after the defendants malicious acts were uncovered and exposed by other media outlets did defendant NBC apologize and terminate some of those in its employ responsible for the yellow journalism identified in this Complaint. Zimmerman himself never received an apology from the defendants, according to the suit.
The suit doesnt specify a dollar amount of damages that Zimmerman is seeking.Thats showmanship, says James Beasley, the Philadelphia-based lawyer representing Zimmerman in the suit.
Beasley declined to comment on whether hed already had any discussions with NBC.I dont want to talk about that. I cant talk about that. But lets just say I dont think its going to get settled.
On that question, at least, Beasley and NBC appear to agree. When asked about the complaint, NBC Universal issued this statement:We strongly disagree with the accusations made in the complaint. There was no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly. We intend to vigorously defend our position in court.
#43323 Dec 6, 2012
Maybe we should turn prisons into colleges.
That ought to rehabilitate the criminal element.
I bet nobody would show up.
Maybe the thugs would become law abiding citizens.
What thug wants to go to school?
Better to be stupid and law abiding than to be stupid and locked up.
Since: Apr 12
#43324 Dec 6, 2012
I criticize murder, no matter who commits it.
Since: Apr 12
#43325 Dec 6, 2012
Woop De Doo! You "have GZ's statement."
The statement of a killer trying not to face Justice. Woop De Doo!
Having GZ's statement is nothing to be gloating over. What else you got? Dog crap?
#43326 Dec 6, 2012
I've been to the pier, Clearwater Beach is a great place.
Mom and Pop Motels and small businesses are going to be a thing of the past out here on the beaches pretty soon.
Between taxes and insurance and the recession it's not like it was 20 - 30 years ago.
Taxes and insurance alone are enough to bury you out here, throw in a recession and some inflation and its all over.
Weekly, monthly and seasonal rentals are down 90% at some establishments.
The next generation won't even have a fraction of the opportunities that we had.
#43327 Dec 6, 2012
lol! Well gee son! You sure have been to a lot of places.
Maybe one day you can visit "reality."
But I don't really think it's your cup of tea!
#43328 Dec 6, 2012
That's the time of the morning that you want to be packing. If somebody approaches your vehicle and tries something then you got a fighting chance.
Liberals are afraid of that.
They don't want anything standing in the way of kidnapping, rape, and murder. It's a lot easier when the victim can't fight back.
#43329 Dec 6, 2012
Yep, I bailed and go to the keys. Spent 25 years visiting, but it just changed too much for me. Clearwater was a jewel for a long time.
#43330 Dec 6, 2012
You are right.
#43331 Dec 6, 2012
TALK ABOUT SPECULATION YOU PUT THE S IN THE WORD.
THE LAST REPORTS OF A WHITE LITTLE GIRL BEING ABDUTED,WAS BY A WHITE MAN NOT A BLACK MAN. THE HOOD WAS ON HIS HEAD CAUSE
IT WAS RAINING, HE WAS WEARING SWEATS AND IT HAD A HOOD ON IT OH MY GOD WERE DO THESE PEOPLE COME FROM. WHAT'S UR IQ(0)
ZIMMERMAN ACTED LIKE A RACIST FOOL, AND YOU SOUND LIKE ONE.
THIS CASE IS NOT BASE ON WHAT IF, ITS BASE ON FACTS ZIMMERMAN KILL THIS MAN COLD BLOODED KILLER WHICH SHOULD BE FIRST DEGREE PREMEDITATED, HE DESERVES LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE OR THE DEATH PENTLY! FOR YOUR STUPIDITY YOU NEED TO BE MADE TO PULL THE SWITCH
ON THE DEATH PENTLY THAT WILL KILL ZIMMERMAN! STUPID, NOW THAT JUSTIC!
#43332 Dec 6, 2012
I hope Sharpton is next.
#43334 Dec 6, 2012
You can keep your sheet hole. I cancelled day's and left early for Maui. Hanauma Bay was ok for the day, except for the guy that drown. Went out around the big coral piece and got caught in the wash. Kinda creepy how much people know huh? You can keep Baraka. Rumor has it that the first couple is seeking to buy a $35 million estate in Hawaii, move-in date, Jan. 2013. Will the first couple really leave Chicago behind?
#43335 Dec 6, 2012
Zimmerman won't serve another day!
You talk like you'll be in the slam before the week is out.
#43336 Dec 6, 2012
lol! Not really son. So... you were a tourist?
And this is supposed to scare me... how?
#43337 Dec 6, 2012
lol! Is that how you know how it's like?
#43338 Dec 6, 2012
I used to drive over to Clearwater just to look at all the old wooden ships and yachts that were docked down there. That was over 30 years ago, before the Scientologists occupied the place.
They all used to walk around downtown with their uniforms on, it was freaking weird, they're some sick people alright.
There was only about 8 million people in the State back then, now there's over 20 million.
#43339 Dec 6, 2012
We're so sorry about uncle Junior son!
We had no idea he was anally abusing you!
#43340 Dec 6, 2012
lol! Not me son, you! Something about getting some "beffalo meat" and not caring how it was cooked!
#43341 Dec 6, 2012
He wasn't trying to scare you son.
He was just commenting on the "small world concept", you know, the Six degrees of Kevin Bacon thing.
Dog, you need to 86 that fat bag of stinkweed you been smoking out of and go out and get yourself some of that "paranoid free sh!t"!
Don't think about uncle Junior, chill!
You'll be alright.
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