Why People Should Be Outraged at Zimmerman’s ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict

“George Zimmerman, the Floridaneighborhood watch‘ volunteer armed with a gun, has been acquitted of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed African American teenager, Trayvon Martin.

This verdict is at once so shocking and so expected to me that without a doubt it exposes the lie at the heart of the American ‘criminal justice‘ system. We do not have, especially where African Americans are concerned, a “justice” system. It is often an injustice system that results in unequal treatment.”*

George Zimmerman was found “not guilty” of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But is this right? Is this justice? There were many, many times after the moment of Martin’s death that were not handled properly, and now we as a people must deal with the implications the “not guilty” verdict sets forth.

Anonymous Strikes Again! – Shuts down Florida Family Association website that targeted TLC’s show “All America Muslim”

Once again Anonymous proves it’s point by showing how vulnerable hate-mongers truly are.  A Conservative Christian group called The Florida Family Association, is being targeted by the international Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous for fear and hate mongering.  The FFA and other groups have apparently pressured Lowe’s and 65 other companies into pulling advertisements from a television program about American Muslims. Although some companies listed by the FFA as being part of their effort, have denied pulling ads from TLC’s show. On Monday, a hacktivist identified as ih@zcAnNONz , working under the banner of Anonymous and LulzSec issued a Pastebin release with email and IP addresses of Florida Family Association members who receive newsletters.  The Hacktivist also posted a sample of members credit card information which was offered  as concrete  proof of the hack.

As a bonus, Monday afternoon the Florida Family Association website was not available for some time, presumably because it was under siege, a victim of a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack conducted by sympathetic Anonymous enthusiasts.  Could Lowe’s be Next?
The following is an excerpt from that Anonymous Pastebin release:
Florida Family Association…Your hatred, bigotry and fear mongering towards Gays, Lesbians and most recently
Muslim Americans has not gone unnoticed!Anonymous will not stand for hate and divisive vitriol to be spread across our country and whenever we can…we will stop it…
FFA you managed to use your power to influence Lowe’s to follow you into your racist stupor and they too will answer for that…
For now, you will answer to it… as well as your unfortunate followers having personal information shared with the world so everyone can know how racist and hateful you all are.
I am going to assume most of the people who receive your newsletter, email you and make donations are potentially part of the 99%. They are likely lower middle class people who have been mislead by all of your bullshit and god talk…therefor they too are unwitting victims. So I will NOT share all of the Credit Card information I got.
I am though reading the emails and getting information on those who did donate to make sure they are not worthy of the scorn of Anonymous as well…if i find information such as anyone being a part of other hate groups such as the Klan or anything similar all bets are off for those people.
I want all of your followers to know though their information is NOT SAFE in your hands until you address your security issues.I AM ALSO GOING THROUGH ALL OF YOUR EMAILS RIGHT NOW…YOU SEEM TO GET AS MUCH OR MORE HATE MAIL THAN GOOD MAIL…HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL???
The News is Spreading fast across Cyberspace

Florida Family Association shuts down website, claims it was hacked

(Eric Deggans – Tampa Bay Times) When the conservative Florida Family Association helped persuade home improvement chain Lowe’s to drop ads in the TLC show All-American Muslim, the Tampa-based advocacy group saw pushback from a Muslim-centered civil rights group, a California state senator and actor Kal Penn.

But on Monday an FFA official said a computer hacker who claimed association with the infamous hacker group Anonymous forced them to shut down their website, amid concerns sensitive data could be stolen.

David Caton, executive director of the Florida Family Association, said his group shut down its website Monday night, leaving a simple text message for anyone visiting FloridaFamily.org protesting that the attack is “destroying our free speech.”

Caton said the hackers worked through 15 levels of security to achieve a small breach into their online systems, prompting their webmaster to shut down the site to avoid further incursion.

Since news broke nationally that Lowe’s pulled its advertising from the program, Caton has been inundated with media attention, providing interviews for NPR, CNN, ABC News and Fox stations throughout Monday.

But the executive director said he has also gotten a death threat, and the group received an anonymous email about 12:30 p.m. Monday alerting them their site would be attacked.

“In a country that supposedly embraces free speech, those that oppose our position have no qualms about destroying our free speech,” said Caton. “This is the worst I’ve seen any group respond.”

A Twitter user with the handle @ihazcAnNONz posted messages Monday taunting the Florida Family Association, claiming to have downloaded information from their servers.

For weeks, the Florida Family Association has asked people to send emails to sponsors of the TLC show, asking companies to drop their commercials from the show.

The Florida Family Association’s email alerts denounce the program as “propaganda” that “hides the Islamic agenda’s clear and present danger to American liberties”; the show focuses on five Muslim families in Dearborn, Mich.

But the decision by Lowe’s drew criticism from rap impresario Russell Simmons, Harold and Kumar film star Kal Penn and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, among others.

“The show is about what it’s like to be a Muslim in America, and it touches on the discrimination they sometimes face,” California state Sen. Ted Lieu told the Associated Press. “And that kind of discrimination is exactly what’s happening here at Lowe’s.”

Liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org created a petition asking advertisers to stay with the show and Lieu called for a boycott of Lowe’s, even after the company apologized for the controversy on its Facebook page.

The Florida Family Association Executive Director David Caton came back with a normal Fear and Hate Mongering response, which now appears on their website……..

The attack has been extremely mean spirited. In a country that supposedly embraces free speech, those that oppose our postion have no qualms about destroying our free speech. Yet, these same folks claim the Internet should not be restricted in any way. How the two conflicting postions can be reconciled in their minds is beyond comprehension. 

Because of our real concern for the terrorism that is a way of life for some folks, we ourselves have become victims. Because we urge others to be vigilant, we become the targets. Don’t let it happen folks, take a stand before it is too late. Please support Florida Family Association.

Well Davy boy, if you can’t stand the heat, what the hell you doing in the kitchen?

When Hate Consumes Reason:The Fox News “Hate-a-Thon” against Occupy Wall Street

Stacey Hessler is a 38-year-old mother of four from Florida who was so inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement she moved to Zuccotti to join the protestors.

I’m starting to think that Fox News hates the Occupy Wall Street movement almost as much as they hate President Barack Obama, and that’s really saying something.  One does not have to think hard to find examples of the anti-liberal vitriol that oozes from this cable news channel on a daily basis.  What amazes me is the lengths that the Fox News channel will go to,  just to discredit the fledgling Occupy Wall Street movement.  Their latest example came just this morning when they tried to demonize a woman from Florida named Stacey Hessler, who is participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest.  Stacey isn’t someone famous, she’s actually just a normal American citizen, exercising her right to Freedom of Speech.  The creepy thing is, Fox News did a background check, and research into their Expose’ of a normal American, in their overreaching effort to stigmatize the entire Occupy Wall Street movement.  Watch this Fox News segment entitled ” From Mom to Mob”.

As if the Fox News segment on Stacey Hessler wasn’t bad enough,  another Rupert Murdoch/NewsCorp entity, The New York Post, also jumped into the fray attacking Stacey Hessler in their own expose, calling her a “middle-aged flower child”.  The New York Post writes…….

The Florida mom who ditched her banker husband and four kids to live in Zuccotti Park squalor is a hippie homemaker whose neighbors are horrified by her latest antics — but are hardly surprised that she flew the coop.

New York Post:Neighbors ‘not surprised’ ‘hippie’ left family to join Wall Street protesters

The Village Voice ran a story regarding the attack on Hessler……..

​Stacey Hessler is a 38-year-old mother of four from Florida who was so inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement she moved to Zuccotti to join the protestors. Hessler made the trip almost two weeks ago and has been living in the park ever since. The New York Post reports she “ditched her banker husband and four kids, ” but would the paper turn Hessler into some sort of caricature? Why, they would never do that to the “Flower-power flake,” as she is described in the headline that graces the top band of the Post‘s website when you open the story.

The most incredible part of all of this, according to people who find all of this incredible, is that her husband is a banker. The odds! Fox News, who picked up the Post‘s story, says that Hessler is “keeping herself warm at night with the help of a young waiter from Brooklyn. ”

The following are a series of colorful terms and adjectives from the Post article used to describe Hessler, who will clearly inspire your wife to leave you and live in a park with a Brooklyn waiter:

  • Hippie homemaker”
  • “Self-described ‘vegan freak'”
  • “Into dreadlocks, roller derby and ‘unschooling’ her kids”
  • “Acts like a self-obsessed college sophomore”
  • “Middle-aged flower child”
  • Boasted of “California-style beliefs.”

California-style beliefs, we assume, are beliefs about cucumber, crabmeat, and avocado.

The Post reports that Hessler describes herself on her Facebook page as a “radical unschooling mom of four, midwives assistant, roller-derby queen, rock-star musician, activist, dreadlock princess, African-bee keeper, organic vegan freak and a surrogate for the second time.”

“I’m not disgusted she took off [to protest] — because I’m not surprised,” a neighbor apparently “seethed” to the Post. “She’s very bizarre,” another unnamed neighbor added.

Should you have sympathy for Stacey Hessler, this roller-derby freak who “ditched” her kids to, as Fox News says, “become part of the raggedy mob in Zuccotti Park?”

Lauren Napoli, Hessler’s friend, told the Post that Hessler and her family are “one of the most amazing and beautiful and loving families that I’ve ever encountered.”

“She had been following this movement on her own through Facebook and YouTube and whatever, and she decided she wanted to come up to New York. And her family said, ‘Go, mom, go. This is what you want to do,'” Napoli said. “From what she said to me, she said, yeah, her family supports her.”

Hessler’s aforementioned Facebook page also features a post  from her on her wall dated October 15th:

I have a plea for my friends. I need your help and support. I want to stay occupying wall st. I feel my presence is very important in the support of non-violent communication and sanitation(keeping the park clean) I am willing to work tirelessly on these efforts. I need help with getting my kids to activities and stepping up with the things I help lead, such as one small village, jr roller derby, …

Friends responded to her request and offered help and assistance. She appears to have a network of support and, according to Napoli, Hessler’s husband and kids are fully behind her.

And that Brooklyn waiter who is supposedly “keeping her warm” at night? “It’s not like that,” Napoli says, “everyone who’s there, we’re trying to support each other, and when it rains you need to be under a structure.”

Typical ditch-prone hippie flake.

The scary thing about this is…everyone who is participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests, are part of a family.  They are your neighbors, your co-workers, brothers, sisters,  sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers.  Today it’s Stacey Hessler getting demonized, tomorrow……..it just might be you.

by Richard O. Emanuel Jr. (Occupy Cyberspace/Reclaim America from the Lunatic Fringe!)