GLAD WE DIDN’T TAKE PART IN TRAYVON HOODIE PROTEST … NILAN-MOORE RUMBLINGS … NUCIFORO SLAMS NEAL’S PAYMENTS TO SON …
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012) — We’re not sorry we haven’t fallen for the Trayvon Martin overreaction. The teenager lost his life, prematurely, and for that we are sorry. We will not, however, join the mindless herd in wanting to turn this unfortunate boy into a political cause. As racial flash points, this case is serving up seconds, but the knee-jerk variety of the false concern saddens us more than any other aspect of this story.
The Other Side of the Story
Lost in all the knee-jerk tumult over the Martin’s shooting is the story of the shooter, George Zimmerman. You probably haven’t heard Zimmerman’s side of the story, how, according to a statement given to police, Martin knocked Zimmerman down, repeatedly smashed his head into the ground, and tried to take his gun.
That account of the vicious assault allegedly perpetrated doesn’t fit with the Trayton Martin, Saint and Martyr scenario, and so those who wish everything to be neatly black and white dismiss it. We have found this to be a characteristic of those who cannot handle the refutation part of debate: Dismiss everything that doesn’t conform to your pre-existing world view.
You also probably did not hear of the eyewitness testimony of Austin Brown, 13, who told police he saw Zimmerman on the grass moaning and crying for help only a few seconds before Brown heard the gunshot that killed Martin. And did you know why Martin was staying in Sanford, Fla., at the house of his father’s girlfriend? He was there because he had been kicked out of Krop High School in Miami, Fla. School officials tossed him after they found what they said was a bag of pot.
When you take a closer look, the Martin boy isn’t the innocent victim he first appears to be.
Now we got The Rev. Al Sharpton milking the case to revive his flagging public profile and Travon’s grieving mother filing for trademark protection on the sayings “I am Trayvon” and “Justice for Trayvon.” DVDs, CD, books, T-shirts, and other merchandise are said to be in the works. That’s enough for us to make us proud of the fact that neither we nor anyone we knew took part in the ridiculous “Hoodie” protest at Park Square, Pittsfield recently.
NILAN-MOORE SOURCES ADD TO INTRIGUE
With the Nilan-Moore Case now in the recesses of judicial bantering and not set for an official court appearance until early May, we are hearing the same sensational tidbits that you are, the ones that seem determined to add a soap opera aspect to a case that doesn’t need it.
So we will leave the amorific mutterings to the gossipers and present, rather, these items:
* DNA MATCH — According to sources familiar with the investigation, the Massachusetts state police conducted the forensic investigation of the 2001 Suburu Forester SUV before the car was repaired. Police found fibers and other evidence on the vehicle that matched Peter Moore’s DNA, according to the source.
* ALL NEW, LIKE NOTHING EVER HAPPENED — Shortly after the accident (just how soon we don’t know, but in a mighty hurry), the Nilans had the vehicle repaired, sources say. All front end damage was fixed, and the tell-tale windshield, with its head-sized hole, was replaced, according to sources. In fact, it appears that Meredith Nilan is using the repaired vehicle to this day. One would think that the vehicle in question would have been impounded by authorities and preserved in its original, damaged condition, for possible forensic evidence and for use in future court proceedings, but apparently that is not the case. It appears that the Nilans retained or were given control of the vehicle, and it looks like they didn’t waste much time in getting the signature signs of body trauma removed. Now don’t that beat all?
* IS NO SHOW STONEWALLING COPS? — Why is the office of Clerk Magistrate Christopher Speranzo stonewalling the police department on even its most routine requests? We hear from police sources that is what No Show is doing. If this is true, at what point, if any, we wonder, does his action become obstruction of justice? The question still looms: How difficult should it be for the police to get a copy of the audio tape of the Nathan Byrnes show-cause hearing? And what of the missing papers, cited by Nilan attorney Tim Shugrue in his initial motion to have the case dismissed? What was missing? What was the chain of evidence? Exactly what kind of security for evidence does the Pittsfield court maintain?
* MYSTERIOUS PHONE CALL — And did Meredith Nilan place a phone call to Berkshire Medical Center on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, inquiring into the status of Peter Moore’s health? Our sources, familiar with that part of the phone logs, are claiming that such a call occurred. Sources say Nilan made the call sometime prior to her 11 a.m. meeting with police on Dec. 9. If this is true, it would seem to indicate (a) that she knew she hit a human being and (b) she knew she hit Peter Moore.
NUCIFORO RIPS NEAL FOR PAYMENTS TO SON
Andrea Nuciforo, congressional candidate, is calling out his opponent, longtime incumbent Richie Neal, for past payments of nearly $30,000 to Neal’s son during campaigns in which Neal went unopposed.
In a statement released yesterday, Nuciforo is claiming that Neal paid his son, Brendan, $28,500 from his campaign treasury during the 2008 primary and general elections. Neal ran unopposed in that race.
Nuciforo said, “While I have no reason to doubt Brendan’s skills as a proxy to his father, Neal’s donors deserve to know what contribution ‘an invaluable surrogate’ provided during two election cycles in which his father ran completely unopposed. I think he owes his voters and donors an explanation.”
Nuciforo concluded, “I couldn’t agree more with the report [released by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics]: This is the kind of campaign finance behavior that causes voters to lose faith in their elected officials. Look, the $28,500 Richie Neal gave his son pales when compared with the $5,474,147 Wall Street big banks, insurers, and PACs have given his father over the last 24 years.”
WE BID ANON FOR NOW, BUT WE INVITE YOU TO CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. TO OUR CRITICS, WE SAY THAT THE WANDERING FIRE THAT HAS WARMED MY TENDER SOUL MUST NO MORE MY FRAME INSPIRE. CHIN UP, THOUGH …
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.