Massive Zimmerman Document Dump

Hey folks:

I was almost ready to fall asleep (I’m exhausted) when Justice for Trayvon Martin slid this across my Facebook feed. It’s an almost 300 page document dump from Florida authorities. I couldn’t go to bed without getting it out to you.

People’s analysis of it is still shaking out, but there’s interesting stuff in here about why Zimmerman’s ex wife left him…and his relationship with his mother. Among other things…

Happy hunting!

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President Obama’s Speech @ Nerdprom

The annual White House Correspondents Dinner (AKA NerdProm) happens at the Hilton in DC. It’s a time when the President gets a chance to talk to the best of the Beltway and non Beltway media. In President Obama’s case, it’s also time to crack a few really great jokes.

Folks who watched the 2011 NerdProm may remember the way he cracked on Donald Trump for being so self serving and nosy about his birth certificate. Well, I think this year’s NerdProm speech is even better!

No need for me to keep talking…here it is!

Zimmerman Prosecution Affadivit

For anyone who wants to see it, here’s the papers the prosecution submitted today giving some proof for their claim to charge George Zimmerman with the 2nd degree murder of Trayvon Martin.

 

Update: Republic Missouri School Rape Case Settled

Ok, I’m a couple of weeks late to this party, but looking at the searching my readers are doing, y’all want an update to the horrendous story of that poor girl who was forced to apologize to her rapist down in Republic Missouri when her school refused to believe she was raped. So I wandered the web for a while, and here’s what I found.

The case has officially been settled. The settlement is sealed, and according to the News-Leader, the paper that covered it, they can’t get any confirmation about monetary payout despite sunshine laws. (Sunshine laws require government folks to disclose payouts).

Well, it looks like they’re going to try to keep it ALL under wraps. The News-Leader reporter is still on the trail, and the school district is hiding behind a court order that they say binds all the parties to complete secrecy in all pieces of the settlement. Read more about it here.

Personally, I don’t like it one bit. I totally understand the girl’s parents not wanting to subject her to more public humiliation and an open trial. After all, they have to live there, the rest of us don’t. But when it comes to the school…

I don’t think the school should be allowed  to settle with a gag order for the whole thing. They humiliated this young woman, made her write an apology note and hand deliver it to her rapist. Then, because of their bad action, her life became the focus of national attention.

They should be made to stand up in front of a bank of microphones and read a public written apology to this young woman, her family, and the rest of the country for what they did. Every single person who was at all complicit in this whole situation should have to come forward, say their full name and address, and exactly what their role was.

Public shame should work in every direction when a group of people so blatantly contribute to rape culture.

Picking Apples And Other Washington Jobs

Hi folks:

A few people are hitting this website looking for information on the apple picking jobs here in Washington state.

Can’t say I blame you. I found a ton of articles, but figuring out how to get the actual work took some digging. It’s almost like they’re saying “We’re DESPERATE for people to work…but only if you can crack the code and find the buried treasure!”

Here’s the link for the apple picking openings if you want to look at it: http://www.wa.gov/esd/farmworkers/farm_jobs.htm

This got me thinking: since the economy is as messed up as it is, I should post other jobs at least once a week. So from here on out, Thursday shall be jobs day here at Your Info Linc.

Let’s get it rolling!

Here is the City of Seattle’s job site: http://www.seattle.gov/personnel/employment/default_neogov.asp

If you want to work for an LGBT rights organization, look here: http://lgbtjobs.org/

Here’s Wenatchee World’s online classifieds: http://jobs.wenatcheeworld.com/

A list of temp agencies in Washington State with online work listings: http://www.washjob.com/empaglz.htm

Rat Race Rebellion has verified online and freelance work opportunities: http://ratracerebellion.com/

Tired of slogging through Craiglist? Search it instead!! http://www.allofcraigslist.com/

 

That seems like a good start, hope it helps someone!

Washington State Wants You to Pick Apples

According to this article, the fruit industry in washington state is in trouble because of  immigration crackdowns. It’s getting to the point where farmers are offering *gasp* halfway decent wages for pickers! In some spots, the pay is still hovering around minimum wage with little to no housing provided. Other farms are going as high as $30/bin (totaling incentive pay) and adding housing to the mix.

I find this part of the article interesting:

“The governor returned home Friday after leading a 15-member delegation of farm group representatives to the nation’s capital. They urged members of Congress to oppose a Republican bill that would force employers to use a federal database called E-Verify to determine whether their employees are eligible to work in the United States. Gregoire criticized anti-illegal-immigration rhetoric prevalent in Washington, D.C., saying Congress should instead be focused on ways to get more foreign workers to help with harvesting.”

This bothers me for two reasons:

1) It confirms, in my opinion, that the unstated reason wages for picking are going up is because farmers know they have to make it worthwhile for WHITE PEOPLE to do this job.

2) By asking Congress to bring in more foreign workers, I believe Gregoire is saying, in that coded way white people do when we talk about race, that our lawmakers should know by now that “certain (white) folks” are just not going to do some jobs.

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