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Published on: August 25, 2013 02:53 PM
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Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, speaks at the podium in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, with Rev. Al Sharpton, left, Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, second from right, and Jahvaris Fulton, brother of Trayvon Martin, right, during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the of the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, speaks at the podium in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, with Rev. Al Sharpton, left, Tracy Martin, father of Trayvon Martin, second from right, and Jahvaris Fulton, brother of Trayvon Martin, right, during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the of the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Washington - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the jury verdict that freed the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was “questionable.” But he isn’t sure it will have staying power in the public consciousness.

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Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, Powell said cases like Martin’s “blaze across the midnight sky” and are forgotten.

The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and first black secretary of state, Powell says America has come a long way toward racial equality 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.‘s “I Have a Dream” speech. Powell recalled being refused service when trying to buy a hamburger before the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Minorities have many more opportunities today, but Powell says King would still demand work on education, housing and economic opportunities.


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 Aug 25, 2013 at 03:56 PM honestbroker Says:

While we should all be grateful to Col. Powell for his service to our country,
He lost all credibility with me ,when he was the first politician to endorse Barak Obama. Actually he wasn't completely off base by calling Obama a "transformative figure", Obama actually did do some transforming of this country. He transformed it into a clone of the EU. By the time he is done we will have been transformed into a third world banana republic.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM BarryLS1 Says:

Race issues seem to breed mental illness.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM monalisa Says:

Was 27 year sentence given to SMR "questionable" as well, Mr. Racist DoJ?

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Good soldiers do not necessarily make good politicians
He was wrong about Obama in 2008, he is wrong again today

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 04:13 PM Anonymous Says:

"Minorities have many more opportunities today, but Powell says King would still demand work on education, housing and economic opportunities. "

Now for the truth: Minorities have full access to every single privilege, and are not victims of discrimination. They can achieve everything according to their abilities, and those who exert the effort at excelling in anything are as likely to accomplish their goals as anyone who is not black. It is fictional to point to the proportion of blacks in jails as reflective of discrimination. They got there because their antisocial behavior earned them sentences. Had they chosen to stay in school, stay away from street thug activities, drugs, etc., they could accomplish much. What is deficient in some minority communities is the value system founded on:

* Working for a living, not dependent on handouts and entitlements
* Criminal behavior is unacceptable and leads to punishments
* Family values involve intact families, not casual relationships which change constantly
* Fairness is determined by what is, not what someone wants
* US has a black president - proving beyond doubt that anyone can aspire to leadership

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 04:20 PM TexasJew Says:

If Powell was white he wouldn't say this. He's a racist like the rest in the pictures.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 04:26 PM LEEAVE Says:

Didn't know he is still around, good he is most of the time quiet!!

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 06:03 PM lipa21 Says:

why is it always "questionable" when a black gets killed by a white or hispanic.

just like they changed stop & frisk to be called "racial". Look at the numbers of who the killers are and who the victims are - statistics show over 85% blacks.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 06:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
monalisa Says:

Was 27 year sentence given to SMR "questionable" as well, Mr. Racist DoJ?

no, not at all. why do people like you keep bringing this up?

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 06:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
monalisa Says:

Was 27 year sentence given to SMR "questionable" as well, Mr. Racist DoJ?

surprised that someone I respected as much as I did would say something so stupid.

He was not in court, did not hear the testimony, and has the chutzpah to call the verdict "questionable".

If hte verdict were questionable, why wasn't anyone associated with the prosecution or defense making the same claim? Doesn't Powell respect the power of a jury trial verdict to put an issue to resat, unless there is an appeal (and there doesn't seem to be one, does there?).

Worst, he call it questionable without giving a good reason - no, without giving ANY reason.

Lastly, it is nice that in his long, distinguished career, this is the first "questionable : verdict he has ever come acress, and therefore sees fit to
question it.

I finally have to agree with the opinions that call this trial racist.

it is.

virtually every critic of the jury verdict is black, and appears to know this was racially motivated. People like Ass Sharpton yell that civil rights were violated. how does he know? And what would happen if someone suggested that Trayvon martin were posthumously prosecuted for assaulting Zimmerman, thinking he was white?

racism lives on. it is prepetuated by the black community

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 07:05 PM Reb Yid Says:

What's he running for?

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 07:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
monalisa Says:

Was 27 year sentence given to SMR "questionable" as well, Mr. Racist DoJ?

It was not at all questionable, and why do you ask, seeing as it has nothing to do with this article?

it is interesting that all the SMR apologists have moved on from claiming SMR was innocent to now simply arguing that his sentence was very harsh (which admittedly, it was).

But he was a convicted felon who was guilty of the charges and refused to negotiate or take a plea, and was arrogant to the court, pi**ing off the sentencing judge. He rolled the dice and lost. what happened to him was not illegal, it was a bad break thta he insulted a tough judge who threw the book at him.

If this was so unfair, why didn't you and your friends warn him not to take a chance and take the plea?

Is it only now that you have "gambler's remorse"?

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 08:21 PM peretz2 Says:

Reply to #1  
honestbroker Says:

While we should all be grateful to Col. Powell for his service to our country,
He lost all credibility with me ,when he was the first politician to endorse Barak Obama. Actually he wasn't completely off base by calling Obama a "transformative figure", Obama actually did do some transforming of this country. He transformed it into a clone of the EU. By the time he is done we will have been transformed into a third world banana republic.

Bush Jr and Cheney turned the US into a banana Republic not that President Obama is a savior

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:45 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #1  
honestbroker Says:

While we should all be grateful to Col. Powell for his service to our country,
He lost all credibility with me ,when he was the first politician to endorse Barak Obama. Actually he wasn't completely off base by calling Obama a "transformative figure", Obama actually did do some transforming of this country. He transformed it into a clone of the EU. By the time he is done we will have been transformed into a third world banana republic.

"Obama Transformed USA into a third world banana republic" Stock Market doubled, Interest rates lowest in History, Housing recovered, Unemployment lowest in 4 years, Healthcare for everyone (All Yidden) Israel is strongest than anytime in the last 50 years etc I LOVE Banannas.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:58 PM ayinglefunadorf Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

surprised that someone I respected as much as I did would say something so stupid.

He was not in court, did not hear the testimony, and has the chutzpah to call the verdict "questionable".

If hte verdict were questionable, why wasn't anyone associated with the prosecution or defense making the same claim? Doesn't Powell respect the power of a jury trial verdict to put an issue to resat, unless there is an appeal (and there doesn't seem to be one, does there?).

Worst, he call it questionable without giving a good reason - no, without giving ANY reason.

Lastly, it is nice that in his long, distinguished career, this is the first "questionable : verdict he has ever come acress, and therefore sees fit to
question it.

I finally have to agree with the opinions that call this trial racist.

it is.

virtually every critic of the jury verdict is black, and appears to know this was racially motivated. People like Ass Sharpton yell that civil rights were violated. how does he know? And what would happen if someone suggested that Trayvon martin were posthumously prosecuted for assaulting Zimmerman, thinking he was white?

racism lives on. it is prepetuated by the black community

"Doesnt Powel respect the power of a jury trial" like the jury who were dancing with the killer of Yankel Rosenberg after they find him innocent. Right? Lets face it a jew will never have a chance with a black jury (This guy had a knife with Yankel Rosenberg blood on it) thank Hashem the feds got him later. It very possible maybe even likely that an all white jury will look at a black man (and tomorrow at a Yid) the same way. I hope the Feds will investigate this.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

surprised that someone I respected as much as I did would say something so stupid.

He was not in court, did not hear the testimony, and has the chutzpah to call the verdict "questionable".

If hte verdict were questionable, why wasn't anyone associated with the prosecution or defense making the same claim? Doesn't Powell respect the power of a jury trial verdict to put an issue to resat, unless there is an appeal (and there doesn't seem to be one, does there?).

Worst, he call it questionable without giving a good reason - no, without giving ANY reason.

Lastly, it is nice that in his long, distinguished career, this is the first "questionable : verdict he has ever come acress, and therefore sees fit to
question it.

I finally have to agree with the opinions that call this trial racist.

it is.

virtually every critic of the jury verdict is black, and appears to know this was racially motivated. People like Ass Sharpton yell that civil rights were violated. how does he know? And what would happen if someone suggested that Trayvon martin were posthumously prosecuted for assaulting Zimmerman, thinking he was white?

racism lives on. it is prepetuated by the black community

"Racism lives on" You are right, it does. We have a black President who took Office in the worst depression in 75 years, Doubled the Stock Market, to all time high. Reduced unemployment 30%, lowest interest rate in USA History,has more jewish, some orthodox in the cabinet than any President ever, more cooperation with Israel than ever, Less Yidden died in Israel from terrorist than any time in the past 65 years, etc Now: Read the Posts and you see that YOU ARE RIGHT Racism lives on.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM hershel Says:

There are no white people in that picture. Racists!

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM Mark Levin Says:

With all due respect General Powell but it is very obvious to us all that because you were a general doesn’t make you the smartest person in the world. In fact, this comment makes you look like a REAL unintelligent person who as we saw with your endorsement of Obama, only sees things in black & white.

YOU are part of the reason race relations are in the toilet!

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 11:26 PM Mark Levin Says:

Reply to #14  
ayinglefunadorf Says:

"Obama Transformed USA into a third world banana republic" Stock Market doubled, Interest rates lowest in History, Housing recovered, Unemployment lowest in 4 years, Healthcare for everyone (All Yidden) Israel is strongest than anytime in the last 50 years etc I LOVE Banannas.

So please tell me, what flavor is your low information voter kool aid? Because you sure high on it!


NOTHING you mentioned as the OMG good things is actually good. ZERO PERCENT interest rates from the fed to banks is NOT good!!!!!

Unemployment... Those numbers ARE SOOOOO MADE UP!! Give me the real numbers of at least 20-25% un or underemployed and you will be correct. Far to often they report minimal numbers of hires and the number drops dramatically. Thats bull & its a shame you cant see it! We had unemployment numbers almost consistently in the 4% range under Bush and the lamestream media was reporting it as a depression. If that was a depression, whats this? Oh, its great because obama is black.

Healthcare for everyone.... I dont know what world you lived in, but here in Realville, there was NO SUCH THING as not getting healthcare. You are perpetuating a lie if you say anything else. ObamaDoesntCare wont change that!!

Israel the strongest? I guess you are blind there too. Obama attempts to embarrass israeli leaders especially Natanyahu at every opportunity.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 11:46 PM my- opinion Says:

I use to have much respect for this gentleman.

But now we see, a ex US rep ( former Secretary of State) to bash on the US judicial system is just a shame! Just as bad as the president did. Judging without having all evidence and facts in this case in front of him, to state his opinion..

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 Aug 26, 2013 at 12:04 AM RobertS Says:

When did Powell find time to graduate from law school and get appointed to the judiciary?

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 Aug 26, 2013 at 01:16 AM monalisa Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

no, not at all. why do people like you keep bringing this up?

Like me??? Pray, exactly what does that mean?

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 Aug 26, 2013 at 01:22 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

It was not at all questionable, and why do you ask, seeing as it has nothing to do with this article?

it is interesting that all the SMR apologists have moved on from claiming SMR was innocent to now simply arguing that his sentence was very harsh (which admittedly, it was).

But he was a convicted felon who was guilty of the charges and refused to negotiate or take a plea, and was arrogant to the court, pi**ing off the sentencing judge. He rolled the dice and lost. what happened to him was not illegal, it was a bad break thta he insulted a tough judge who threw the book at him.

If this was so unfair, why didn't you and your friends warn him not to take a chance and take the plea?

Is it only now that you have "gambler's remorse"?

Firstly, I don't know him personally, so how could I "warn" him of anything? You imply I knew what was going on in a plant G-d knows how many miles from Brooklyn. Regardless, 27 years for a white collar crime is outrageous, especially when you consider sentences of 5 years given to drunks who kill children with their cars. But you don't care about those sentences. And for the record, what I do know of the case, having volunteered my time & efforts to help him, he IS innocent.

You know what your problem is? You are fine with seeing a frum Yid rot in jail but you have a problem with a Black thug being killed by someone defending himself. Reverse racism.

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 Aug 26, 2013 at 02:58 AM killed the economy Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

"Racism lives on" You are right, it does. We have a black President who took Office in the worst depression in 75 years, Doubled the Stock Market, to all time high. Reduced unemployment 30%, lowest interest rate in USA History,has more jewish, some orthodox in the cabinet than any President ever, more cooperation with Israel than ever, Less Yidden died in Israel from terrorist than any time in the past 65 years, etc Now: Read the Posts and you see that YOU ARE RIGHT Racism lives on.

OK, Obama made the economy look better by robbing from some to pay others. By flooding the markets and banks with free money he enriched banks and weakly jumpstarted the economy. The same act caused US Government debt to rise to banana republic levels that we will be paying forever. This caused retirees that planned to live off interest of savings (or perhaps they sold their lifelong home) to get zero interest. Instead of 5% or at least 3% it is 0.3 with luck. This is another example of stealing from those with money to support others/

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 Aug 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

"Racism lives on" You are right, it does. We have a black President who took Office in the worst depression in 75 years, Doubled the Stock Market, to all time high. Reduced unemployment 30%, lowest interest rate in USA History,has more jewish, some orthodox in the cabinet than any President ever, more cooperation with Israel than ever, Less Yidden died in Israel from terrorist than any time in the past 65 years, etc Now: Read the Posts and you see that YOU ARE RIGHT Racism lives on.

let me get this straight:

You are trying to posit that Obama is a GOOD president?

your right to vote should be revoked. Your right to walkacross the street alone should be revoked. An you mus thave had someone write this comment for you , as it is clear that you are too stupid to live.

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 Aug 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #22  
monalisa Says:

Like me??? Pray, exactly what does that mean?

people who cannot get over that SMR is guilty and got what he deserved.

First you claimed he was innocent and being railroaded.

when he was arrogant and unrepentant and pissed of the judge, he refused a plea bargain thinking he'd roll the dice and win.

He didn't.

now you cry that that the sentence was harsh! well, boo hoo! he's a convicted felon who rolled the dice hoping it woulkd come up good for him. it didn't, and that was the chance he took knowing it could come out this way..

And what's what's your connection linking trayvon martin and SMR?

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 Aug 26, 2013 at 08:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Anonymous Says:

Firstly, I don't know him personally, so how could I "warn" him of anything? You imply I knew what was going on in a plant G-d knows how many miles from Brooklyn. Regardless, 27 years for a white collar crime is outrageous, especially when you consider sentences of 5 years given to drunks who kill children with their cars. But you don't care about those sentences. And for the record, what I do know of the case, having volunteered my time & efforts to help him, he IS innocent.

You know what your problem is? You are fine with seeing a frum Yid rot in jail but you have a problem with a Black thug being killed by someone defending himself. Reverse racism.

you are an idioit, and you don't even understand that SMR admitted to some of the charges, so you are defending something that was provably true.

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