Monday, March 18

Trayvon / Zimmerman Update -

George Zimmerman's Defense submitted a motion for the court to reconsider the deposition of Benjamin Crump. And it's worth reading.

# Nearly a third of U.S. adults have stopped turning to a news outlet because it no longer provides them with the news they were accustomed to getting, according to this year's Pew News Media Report.

# When a reporter is assigned to do a project he knows nothing about, he usually does some homework first to prepare for his assignment.

But when reporter Craig Rivera is assigned to interview a woman within the campus of a condo complex, he demonstrates that he knows nothing about condo complexes, how they operate or how they finance their expenses.

Younger viewers may not notice anything amiss with Rivera's performance, but viewers who are in the 55+ empty nest category will, because they are more apt to be familiar with how these communities operate.

After Rivera has passed through the gates of the Retreat at Twin Lakes which bear conspicuous signage warning that you are now entering Private Property, he doesn't seem to believe the signs. He is seen on camera declaring that the communal concrete path he is using is a Public Walkway.

It is not.

The maintenance of the common facilities of condo complexes is financed by the condo owners who pay a special fee to have the grassy commons mowed, the clubhouse cared for, and whatever other amenities the community may offer, such as swimming pool, tennis courts, etc.

Brandy Green says that she has lived in the RATL for four years and has never heard of any crimes happening there. What about reports of a rash of thefts within the estate? She says she doesn't believe the reports.

Her denial absolves her of any responsibility to help her neighbors, who she refers to as "they."

She describes the communal concrete walkways thusly: This is where they walk their dogs. She does not use the word "we," which implies that she is a transient renter who has nothing invested in the community and that she doesn't identify with her neighbors.

This points to the crucial reason why many condo owners are strongly opposed to other owners in their community being allowed to rent out their units to transients.

Many gated communities are enclosed by high walls, but this one was not securely enclosed. According to news reports, there were gaps in the enclosure which allowed intruders, marauders, and trespassers to enter.

Among the more sensitive areas of an apartment complex or condo community is the mail kiosk.

Thieves may loiter about to ask residents what time the mail is delivered, because they may want to intercept the mail person in order to steal the master key for the mail kiosk.

Once they have the master key, they may be able to steal checks from the residents' mail. And much trouble can ensue from such events.

Thus, it is crucial for residents to report anyone loitering near the mail kiosk, especially at inappropriate times.

Although younger viewers may watch this video and not question what they are seeing, more mature and experienced viewers may have second thoughts after watching it.