Last year Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson sent minions to South Central Los Angeles on the anniversary of the 1992 L.A. riots to protest and fundraise (but mostly fundraise) against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. It didn’t matter that the controversy in question was all the way across the country or that California doesn’t even have a Stand Your ground law, the threat had been made: If George Zimmerman doesn’t go to jail, L.A. will burn.
Around the same time of Sharpton’s rally, in March of 2012 another high profile incident happened in Northridge in northern Los Angeles: The kidnapping and rape at knifepoint of a 10 year old girl by Tobias Dustin Summers and Daniel Martinez who received lesser charges. Summers, who is white and afiliated with the California skinhead Peckerwoods gang, and an extensive criminal record. He had been let out of prison early under California’s prison realignment law, intended to save California money even after Governor Jerry Brown had signed a sweetheart contract with the state’s prison guards. Summers was eventually apprehended in Mexico and has been charged with 36 counts of sexual assault, felony burglary and kidnapping.
I bring this all up because this post was originally going to be a long rant about how nobody really cares about Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman and this whole flap is about people advancing their own interests. You know, like I’ve been doing for the last two days. But Stacy McCain wrote a post today about the national news media and crime reportage, in which he writes,
Some victims of crime are more equal than others. Some crimes are ignored by the national media and some crimes are not. These decisions are made by TV producers, and by political activists whose agendas have very little to do with justice (or with peace).
This week there was violence and protests in multiple cities across California over a jury verdict that happened in Florida, with the media and “civil-rights” hucksters fanning the flames for over a year before the trial even happened. Meanwhile, news about Tobias Dustin Summers has gone silent. As I mentioned earlier, aside from the fact that Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law was not invoked in George Zimmerman’s defense, California has no Stand Your Ground law. The law does not effect California at all. What does effect California is letting inmates out of prison early and back on the streets. A responsible media would be howling about this, but instead outfits like the Los Angeles Times can never be bothered to ask “What does it all mean?” when the answer might look bad to a Democrat governor and a legislature with a two thirds majority of Democrats. That might cause some real needed change.
No more Trayvon. I promise.
International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) are planning protests in Southern California to protest the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and Zimmerman’s acquittal. Organizers claim that the demonstrations will be peaceful, unlike the chaotic events that took place in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Victorville earlier this week.
NAN has named Saturday “Justice for Trayvon National Day of Action,” and is planning protests in Los Angeles, Riverside, Anaheim, San Bernardino and Palmdale. Occupy Oakland has taken a cue from Sharpton and is also planning protests under the same banner in the San Francisco Bay Area. NAN is attempting to pressure the Justice Department to bring federal civil rights charges against Zimmerman.
International ANSWER, which emerged as a protest arm of the Workers World Party in the initial stages of the Iraq War, is planning a demonstration at Anaheim City Hall on Sunday. ANSWER was also behind a march on July 16 from Los Angeles City Hall to the LAPD’s headquarters downtown. Mike Prysner, a member of ANSWER in Los Angeles, said that ANSWER’s protest will not turn violent because “we’re a very experienced militant – but disciplined – organization,” and that earlier demonstrations that turned violent “have been grass-roots efforts by people who have never protested before.”
The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once again clearly demonstrated the unwritten, but systematic racial discrimination against racial, religious, and ethnic minorities in the US society[.]
Seventeen “youths” were arrested in Victorville, CA on Wednesday while carrying out Trayvon-related crime. Spirited protestors reportedly stole items from a Chevron station, attempted to storm the Mall of Victor Valley and stomped on cars near the Red Lobster.
If you’ve never been to Victorville, I’ll spare you a disappointing visit. This quaint burgh is located 45 minutes from the bankrupt city of San Bernardino, and is best known as that town in the middle of nowhere that people drive through on their way to Las Vegas from L.A. The last time I went to Victorville was for work a few months ago, and the first thing I really remember about the place was watching two men cross the street to buy beer at 8:00 AM. I had spent the previous night in neighboring Hesperia, which is basically a meth lab with a gigantic strip mall and a Golden Corral.
Here’s the thing I remember most about Victorville, though. I have this coworker who I’ll call Jack, for lack of creativity. Jack is about 6’4″, probably around 300 pounds, and looks like he came out of Central Casting for Scary Inmate Number 5. And as Jack and I sat at Carl’s Jr. and ate our burgers, Jack said, “Man, this place creeps me out.” That’s really all you need to know about Victorville.
Regular Right Guy beat me to this one, which I heard about this morning on the radio. Apparently a pack of “youths” figured out that the LAPD was too busy in Crenshaw with the rioting and the fact that it’s Crenshaw, so they headed to the world famous dingy tourist trap at Hollywood and Vine and made general nuisances of themselves.
The problems began shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, when 911 dispatchers started receiving reports of problems on Hollywood Boulevard near Vine Street — a stretch full of restaurants, clubs and shops. A group of a few dozen young people, callers said, was running in and out of traffic, knocking people over on the sidewalks and snatching their belongings. Some stole food and souvenirs from stores as they went.
I suppose that any excuse I can make the next time my girlfriend wants to go to Hollywood is helpful. “But dear, we can’t go to Grauman’s. There might be Trayvon riots.” I’m also a little bit surprised that a bunch of punk kids weren’t instantly torn to shreds by the out of work actors dressed as superheroes that take pictures with tourists for tips. What’s bad for tourism is bad for the bottom line, and that bed bug infested hotel room isn’t paying for itself.
But enough with the cracks.
RRG touches on something that I want to take a little further:
For the politicians George Zimmerman is about guns. Tuesday night’s mischief was about straight-up pissed-off fun. It takes an on-the-make First AME Church pastor to make it anything else.
Now, I figured I should write what I’m going to say next, because I think it’s true and I haven’t heard anyone else say it. If the reason for that is that it’s blindingly obvious, apologies in advance.
Apart from Trayvon Martin’s intimate circle, no one cares about Trayvon Martin. I don’t. You don’t. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson don’t. The thugs who made messes in Hollywood and Crenshaw don’t. The Armenian guy who drives the dilapidated bus around showing tourists Lucille Ball’s house doesn’t. The celebrities in Hollywood don’t. Everyone talking about this, myself included, has an agenda.
I promise that Pretty Girls on a Thursday is still on the schedule.
I know this happened last night, but after my completely wrong prediction that the Trayvon flap was over, I figured I should mention it. Here’s what the brave warriors for social justice were up to in Crenshaw last night:
Young vandals who entered the Wal-Mart stormed in, threw merchandise on the ground and yelled, shoppers told a Times reporter. Some tried to break open the jewelry glass displays. The disturbance in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles caused about 350 LAPD officers to swarm the area, leading to at least 13 arrests.
If I could pull the strings at Walmart for one day, I would go Galt and shut that store down just to teach the thugs a lesson. Either that or refuse to accept food stamps.
Update 2: Linked at Valley of the Shadow. Thanks!
Update 3: Re-blogged at That Mr. G Guy’s Blog. Sweet.
Well thank God that’s over. And it is over, and you know what I’m talking about. My lefty hipster friends on Facebook stopped talking about it by Sunday night, and the unhip hangers-on stopped talking about it this morning, so it’s safe to say that this whole kerfuffle has pretty much petered out. A few broken windows in Oakland on a Saturday night is pretty standard procedure, so MSNBC will have to go back to reporting alien abductions or whatever they talk about.
Linkfest, suckas. Then it’s time for my nap.
Janet Napolitano bailed from the Department of Homeland Security to run the University of California. The jokes make themselves, but Regular Right Guy helps the process along.
Texas hands out a demoralizing defeat to Democrats. Thanks, Robbie at UrbanGrounds. Sometimes I need to live vicariously.
Via Mike G., you just have to see this one. Some people in Georgia tweaked Lindsey Graham something good.
According to the Weekly World News, Casey Anthony is dating that dude that I’m not going to mention in this post. No, not Michael Jackson’s ghost.
Gingi at Domestic Geek Girl has a recipe for citrus and strawberry sangria. She’s drinking the non-alcoholic version. Congrats!
Puppies are cute when they’re angry.
Becca Lower reminds us that Piers Morgan is a tool. Not that we don’t already know that.
Via Starless at The Necropolitan Sentinel: Washed up Star Trek actress pulls a Jim Carrey to revive her relevance; fails.
Via Donald Douglas, delusional idiots in California protesting the result of a trial in Florida that had nothing to do with them.
Finally, Stacy McCain’s American Spectator column was read on the air by Rush Limbaugh today. Dude, nice work.
What’s more cute: angry puppy or angry kitten?
Have a great week everyone.
Definitely not by Robin Abcarian
July 14, 2013 | 11:00 AM
As I watched CNN on this warm Sunday morning while sipping my third mojito, I had a sudden revelation: the Los Angeles Times does not pay me enough to write this column. Between the emotional distress of writing about that evil racist George Zimmerman and the plaintive guitar chords played over Cory Monteif’s memorial, I will be unable to leave my couch for the remainder of the day. While this will not interfere with my job as a journalist for the Times, it does mean that I will be unable to go to the bathroom, feed myself or refill my drink.
As if my job wasn’t difficult enough, after I gently chided some rube on Twitter yesterday I was ruthlessly mocked by an unwashed horde. There was a time when the masses understood that a hard-working journalist commanded a certain amount of respect. Do these people comprehend how many hours I read TMZ before coming to the agonizing conclusion that Alec Baldwin is a swell guy? Or how many Daily Kos diaries I read before concluding that Christians are backward and stupid? The work that I perform makes Woodward and Bernstein look like hacks.
Due to the stress and difficulty of my job, I can only conclude that the Los Angeles Times is taking part in unfair labor practices. Therefore, I am going on strike from watching Piers Morgan until the Times offers me higher compensation and hazard pay. When I became a journalist, I never signed on to dealing with real people.