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Zimmerman ‘Road Rage’ and NPD Thread

The full AP story:

Matthew Apperson had TWO run-ins with Tugboat. After the first, the cops told him they didn’t have enough to make a case. Apperson declined to press charges.  Two days later Apperson spotted GZ parked in his truck outside Apperso’s work. He called the cops who questioned GZ. GZ offered them a lame excuse. The AP doesn’t say whether the cops changed their opinion of a case against GZ in light of the 2nd incident, but Apperson again declined to press charges.  I don’t know if I blame him for wanting to stay as far away as possible from the Zimmervortex.

The Mashable page with audio of the 911 calls and video of the cops talking to GZ is here.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A driver says George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, threatened to kill him, asking ‘Do you know who I am?’ during a road confrontation in their vehicles, a police spokeswoman said Friday.

The driver, 35-year-old Matthew Apperson, told Lake Mary police officers that a passenger in a truck stopped at a light next to his car on a busy street in the Orlando suburb on Tuesday, rolled down his window and yelled, “Hey, what’s your problem? Why you shaking your finger?”

Apperson said he was listening to music with his windows rolled up at the time, and that the passenger’s yelling was unprovoked.

The truck’s driver then asked Apperson, “Do you know who I am?” according to a police report. Apperson said he believed it was Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for fatally shooting the 17-year-old Martin, a case that drew international attention and spurred national discussions about race and self-defense laws. Martin was black and unarmed.

“George Zimmerman was the driver, and they were threatening to kick my ass and to shoot me,” Apperson told a police dispatcher in a 911 call.

Apperson told the dispatcher that he pulled into a nearby gas station to use the phone since he didn’t have his cellphone, and the truck followed him. Zimmerman drove the truck up to Apperson’s car, blocking him in, Apperson said.

“He almost hit my car and he said he would shoot me then,” said Apperson, who told the dispatcher that he never saw a gun in Zimmerman’s truck. “Both of them were threatening to shoot me and kill me.”

Apperson called police from the gas station, but the truck was gone by the time officers arrived. Apperson, who has a concealed-weapons license, was carrying a firearm at the time, according to the police report.

Officers told Apperson that without other witnesses or clear video identifying the driver as Zimmerman, it would be difficult to make a case, the police report said. Apperson said he didn’t want to press charges.

On Thursday, Apperson said, he saw Zimmerman in his truck outside the disability benefits business where Apperson works.

“It seems like the guy is sitting there, waiting for me,” Apperson told a dispatcher in another 911 call. “It’s disheartening to see him lurking around here.”

Officers who responded to the call confirmed the truck driver was Zimmerman. In a police car video of two police officers questioning Zimmerman, an officer pulls out a gun from Zimmerman’s waistband. Zimmerman shows him what looks to be a license.

Zimmerman told officers that he had an appointment at the address, according to the police report. Also located in the strip of businesses are a psychiatrist’s office and a Christian counseling center.

Apperson declined to press charges again. When reached by telephone Friday, he declined to comment.

Zimmerman’s divorce attorney, Howard Iken, didn’t return a telephone call from The Associated Press on Friday.

Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer, said he shot Martin in self-defense during a confrontation in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.

Relatives of Martin accused Zimmerman of racially profiling the teen and instigating the fight. Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

Since his acquittal, Zimmerman has had several brushes with the law:

— Last year, he was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief after his then-girlfriend said he pointed a gun at her face during an argument, smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house they shared. Samantha Scheibe decided not to cooperate with detectives and prosecutors didn’t pursue the case.

— Earlier that year, Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman initially told a dispatcher her husband had a gun, though she later said he was unarmed. No charges were ever filed because of a lack of evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers.

— Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic violations since his acquittal.

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Do the descriptions below sound like anyone we know?

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From The Mayo Clinic

Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. Those with narcissistic personality disorder believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings. Narcissistic personality disorder symptoms may include:

• Believing that you’re better than others
• Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
• Exaggerating your achievements or talents
• Expecting constant praise and admiration
• Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
• Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
• Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
• Taking advantage of others
• Trouble keeping healthy relationships
• Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
• Setting unrealistic goals

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From Wikipedia

People diagnosed with a narcissistic personality disorder are characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance. They have a sense of entitlement and a strong need for admiration, but lack feelings of empathy. Symptoms of this disorder, as defined by the DSM-IV-TR, include:[1]

• Expects to be recognized as superior and special, without superior accomplishments
• Expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement from others
• Is preoccupied with thoughts and fantasies of great success, enormous attractiveness, power, intelligence
• Lacks the ability to empathize with the feelings or desires of others
• Is arrogant in attitudes and behavior
• Has expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic

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The following is excerpted from a discussion of narcissism created by the late Joanna Ashmon:  “I’ve written entirely from my own experience and personal interest; I’m not a therapist or counselor, have no relevant credentials.” She had a narcissistic parent and apparently had several other relationships with narcissists in her life. Though this is a personal reflection by a creative writer, it seems pretty consistent with the definitions by the medical professionals, and to flesh them out a bit.

The most telling thing that narcissists do is contradict themselves. They will do this virtually in the same sentence, without even stopping to take a breath. It can be trivial or it can be serious. When you ask them which one they mean, they’ll deny ever saying the first one, though it may literally have been only seconds since they said it — really, how could you think they’d ever have said that? You need to have your head examined! They will contradict FACTS. They will lie to you about things that you did together. They will misquote you to yourself. If you disagree with them, they’ll say you’re lying, making stuff up, or are crazy.

Narcissists lack a mature conscience and seem to be restrained only by fear of being punished or of damaging their reputations — though, again, this can be obscure to casual observation if you don’t know what they think their reputations are, and what they believe others think of them may be way out of touch with reality. Their moral intelligence is about at the level of a bright five- or six-year-old; the only rules they recognize are things that have been specifically required, permitted, prohibited, or disapproved of by authority figures they know personally. Anyhow, narcissists can’t be counted on not to do something just because it’s wrong, illegal, or will hurt someone, as long as they think that they can get away with it or that you can’t stop them or punish them (i.e., they don’t care what you think unless they’re afraid of you).

Narcissists are envious and competitive in ways that are hard to understand. They are constantly comparing themselves (and whatever they feel belongs to them, such as their children and furniture) to other people. Narcissists feel that, unless they are better than anyone else, they are worse than everybody in the whole world.

Narcissists are generally contemptuous of others. This seems to spring, at base, from their general lack of empathy, and it comes out as (at best) a dismissive attitude towards other people’s feelings, wishes, needs, concerns, standards, property, work, etc. .

Narcissists are (a) extremely sensitive to personal criticism and (b) extremely critical of other people. They think that they must be seen as perfect or superior or infallible, next to god-like (if not actually divine, then sitting on the right hand of God) — or else they are worthless. There’s no middle ground of ordinary normal humanity for narcissists. They can’t tolerate the least disagreement. In fact, if you say, “Please don’t do that again — it hurts,” narcissists will turn around and do it again harder to prove that they were right the first time; their reasoning seems to be something like “I am a good person and can do no wrong; therefore, I didn’t hurt you and you are lying about it now…” They can’t see that they have a problem; it’s always somebody else who has the problem and needs to change. They don’t want to change — they want the world to change. There are usually a favored few whom narcissists regard as absolutely above reproach, even for egregious misconduct or actual crime, and about whom they won’t brook the slightest criticism. These are people the narcissists are terrified of. Narcissists just get worse and worse as they grow older; their parents and other authority figures that they’ve feared die off, and there’s less and less outside influence to keep them in check.

Narcissists are grandiose. They live in an artificial self invented from fantasies of absolute or perfect power, genius, beauty, etc. Narcissists’ fantasies are static — they’ve fallen in love with an image in a mirror or, more accurately, in a pool of water, so that movement causes the image to dissolve into ripples; to see the adored reflection they must remain perfectly still. Moreover, they don’t see these images as potentials that they may some day be able to live out, if they get lucky or everything goes right: they see these pictures as the real way they want to be seen right now.

Grandiosity can take various forms. Narcissistic men are more likely than women to get hung up on their intelligence or the importance of their work — doesn’t matter what the work is, if he’s doing it, by definition it’s more important than anything you could possibly do. Narcissists I’ve known also have odd religious ideas, in particular believing that they are God’s special favorites somehow; God loves them, so they are exempted from ordinary rules and obligations: God loves them and wants them to be the way they are, so they can do anything they feel like — though, note, the narcissist’s God has much harsher rules for everyone else, including you.

Narcissists ordinarily have spotty memories, with huge and odd gaps in their recollections; they may say that they don’t remember their childhoods, etc., and apparently most of the time they don’t.

Narcissists are totally and inflexibly authoritarian. In other words, they are suck-ups. They want to be authority figures and, short of that, they want to be associated with authority figures. In their hearts, they know they can’t think well, have no judgment about what matters, are not connected with the world they inhabit, so they cling fanatically to the opinions of people they regard as authority figures — such as their parents, teachers, doctors, ministers. Narcissists stick to people they know personally, since they aren’t engaged enough with the world to get their authoritative opinions from TV, movies, books or dead geniuses/saints/heroes. If they get in trouble over some or another opinion they’ve put forth, they’ll blame the source — “It was okay with Dr. Somebody,” “My father taught me that,” etc.

Normal people work for a goal or a product, even if the goal is only a paycheck. Normal people measure things by how much they have to spend (in time, work, energy) to get the desired results. Normal people desire idleness from time to time, usually wanting as much free time as they can get to pursue their own thoughts and pleasures and interests. Narcissists work for a goal, too, but it’s a different goal: they want power, authority, adulation. Lacking empathy, and lacking also context and affect, narcissists don’t understand how people achieve glory and high standing; they think it’s all arbitrary, it’s all appearances, it’s all who you know. So they try to attach themselves to people who already have what they want, meanwhile making a great show of working hard. Narcissists can put in a shocking amount of time to very little effect. This is partly because they have so little empathy that they don’t know why some work is valued more highly than other work, why some people’s opinions carry more weight than others’. They do know that you’re supposed to work and not be lazy, so they keep themselves occupied. But they are not invested in the work they do — whatever they may produce is just something they have to do to get the admiration and power they crave.

Narcissists are impulsive. They undo themselves by behavior that seems oddly stupid for people as intelligent as they are. Somehow, they don’t consider the probable consequences of their actions. It’s not clear to me whether they just expect to get away with doing anything they feel like at the moment or whether this impulsiveness is essentially a cognitive shortcoming deriving from the static psychic state with its distorted perception of time.

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  1. wordsalad2009
    September 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Thanks for the new GZ incident thread, Perfesser whonoze!

    If Apperson is on the level, I feel sorry for him because the released police report doesn’t redact any of his private information.

    However, that lack of redaction did reveal one ‘interesting’ factoid: the listed birth date doesn’t match the listed birth date in the mugshot linked by nettles18 on twitter.

    (BTW, I put a link on the other thread for a new St. Louis Post-Dispatch article which has some new details about the Brown Homicide, one of which satisfied my curiosity tooth.)

  2. 2dogsonly
    September 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    That may be one of the most well written blogpost I have ever read. Deep and powerful with research cited. Devoid of personal opinion and shows a tremendous effort and knowledge.
    Thank you for this.

  3. 2dogsonly
    September 13, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Do I have your permission to post this to my FB page? And twitter ?of course, will credit Whonoze.

    • September 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Sure, repost as you like. But I’ve just cut-and-pasted some stuff. If it’s powerful, that comes from Ashmon’s prose, and it’s important to note (not nec. on Twitter) that Ashmon is NOT a trained psychologist and her comments are very much “personal opinion” based on a small ‘sample’ of people she knew personally, not any formal clinical study.

      The thing is, her description of NPD is more extreme than the skeletal definition in the DSM, and thus more restrictive than the DSM. Thus, if an individual seems to fit Ashmon’s profile, they would seem to fit under the DSM as well. However, ‘amateur psychologists’ obviously shouldn’t be making definitive diagnoses. The most we can say is, “Hmm. Looks to my amateur eye like there could be comparison.” I’ve probably been guilty of framing what can be no more than an analogy on my part in ways that appear too literal.

      And certainly Ashmon is more judgmental than a professional psychologist would be. She was clearly hurt very deeply by her experiences with the people she considered narcissists. Her emotions are more of hurt than hate, and I think that’s an important ‘part of the story.’ But her takes on her narcissists could be specific to that group of people.

      On second thought, I should put some of this qualification in the body of the post, so give me some time to edit it before linking it elsewhere, OK?

      • 2dogsonly
        September 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        Of course, Whonoze. I just. Retired as a LCSW and her post fits tubs to a t. I will wait for your heads up. And big thanks for this.

  4. 2dogsonly
    September 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    About that information nettles posted and Xena added, I said on xena’s post many people have the same name, In fact, I remember when people thought tub’s and Robert had gotten employment as realtors up North? But it was Just two brothers with the exact same names but were highly successful. Poor guys, can you imagine having the exact names and being brothers with the Sanford ones?
    How often they have to explain they are not THOSE guys.!

  5. wordsalad2009
    September 14, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Hat tip and kudos to “towerflower” at the blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for noticing in the video of the interaction between GZ and Lake Mary PD the location of GZ’s firearm (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

    blackbutterfly7 at wordpress

    towerflower | 09/13/2014 at 7:19 pm

    Notice where his gun is…..not on his hip but on the back area. You stay with a place where you like a gun, just how did TM see his gun?

    Indeed.

    What I want to know about this alleged road rage incident (among other things): who was the passenger in GZ vehicle? Per Apperson, it was the passenger who first spoke to him.

  6. 2dogsonly
    September 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Unitron, tusbs already claims that LAMD, aka narcacisstic disorder . I don’t think Appleson filing a fake police report falls under LAMD because he could get actually get charged with filing a false police report. And apparently only tubs gets to do that. I think he called dibs first. 😉

    Sorry, I posted this under Mike Brown’s page. Just trying to play with Unitron.

    • wordsalad2009
      September 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      @ 2dogsonly,

      Sorry, I’ve been skimming rather hastily of late due to personal responsibilities, and missed this on the Brown homicide thread:

      2dogsonly
      September 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM
      …And the audio where they did stop tubs to question him, said just call us first so we can get your side…

      That’s very interesting. It sounds like at least one member of the LMPD might be sympathetic to GZ. Not Chief Bracknell, of course, unless he’s had a dramatic change of heart.

      And of course, GZ not calling the police about the incident suggests that he’s guilty guilty guilty. OK, I just had to get that out of my system. };-)

      Actually, had GZ called, then there would be a related report, and the identity of the passenger in his Honda Ridgeline might have been suggested if not revealed outright.

  7. wordsalad2009
    September 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Speaking of LAMD (Look At Me Disorder), GZ has a new begsite, I mean website (gmz1776 dot com) , and to publicize it, he gave an interview to TheTrialFile:

    thetrialfile 20140917

    An except I’m sure everybody will ‘enjoy’ (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

    The Trial File: We have to ask: You just made headlines recently from someone stating you threatened to kill them over a road rage incident. Is that true?

    Zimmerman: Of course, that is not true. There was a verbal exchange; however, I did not threaten to kill anyone. I never have and never will.

    Yah. Try to sell us something else, Sonny Zim. Oh, wait you are. You’ve got another ‘painting’ for sale.

    • wordsalad2009
      September 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Oh, and just a word to the wise: while one can indeed leave a comment at GZ’s new website, one must supply an email address to do so. More importantly, in commenting one would be putting one’s IP address in the hands of a killer.

      • 2dogsonly
        September 18, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Also the trial file is not legit. I think it’s run by Vicky pate. The real legitimate one is the trial files( with an s). Damn it’s all I can do not to put a sarcastic comment.

        • wordsalad2009
          September 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

          @ 2dogsonly,

          Also the trial file is not legit. I think it’s run by Vicky pate.

          I was wondering why the “About” pick didn’t tell me jack-squat. All it does is offer you the ‘opportunity’ to comment, and of course if you do, the web admin will have your IP address.

  8. 2dogsonly
    September 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    And for some good news. The Dunn trial starts Monday and judge refused defense request to show something that wasn’t accurate saying :” juries are inclined to believe that what they are shown is accurate”. Yes, they do tend to believe what is demonstrated. We were witnessed to that many times in Trayvon’s murder trial.

  9. wordsalad2009
    September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    @ 2dogsonly,

    And for some good news. The Dunn trial starts Monday and judge refused defense request to show something that wasn’t accurate saying :” juries are inclined to believe that what they are shown is accurate”. Yes, they do tend to believe what is demonstrated. We were witnessed to that many times in Trayvon’s murder trial

    Good. No way should that kind of weasel stuff be tolerated.

  10. wordsalad2009
    September 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Today’s jaw-tightening quote comes from GZ at a gun show (Saturday September 20, 2014 at Gander Mountain Academy, 3750 Flagg Lane, Lake Mary, FL 32746):

    Orlando Sentinel 20140920

    (Boldface font my edit for emphasis):

    The odd celebrity and media attention aside, Zimmerman describes himself as a regular, free citizen and tries to live a normal life. He said people have told him to use aliases, but he said “I’m not able to lie.”

    Really? Not able to lie? That would be a significant change.

    Zimmerman said he is constantly on the move, spending no more than a month in one state. He often flies to California, Texas and Virginia for speaking engagements and meetings with lawyers.

    ‘Good’ to know, because I always want to know where GZ’s armed, reckless, homicidal behind is.

    • 2dogsonly
      September 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      Man, he flew under the wire w/ that. And what’s with the OS lovey dovey crap quotes from the mouth of the biggest bser ever? Invited to parties and barbecues , flies cross country to give speeches?
      Right after the run in with Lake Mary’s finest. And one month after planting his fat ass behind one of his last supporters thereby ruining his run for mayor.

      I smell a fake especially after no mention of his Benghazi paintings. Either it’s a fake plant or OS is as crazy as tubs.

      Tomorrow is beginning of Dunn’s re-trial for actual murder. He’s locked away forever anyway but more power to Jonathan’s parents for having the strength to face that crazy, as crazy if you look at his past as that guy who killed his grand kids in that tiny Fl. Town.

      • wordsalad2009
        September 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        @ 2dogsonly,

        I smell a fake especially after no mention of his Benghazi paintings.

        Actually, it does, at the bottom (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

        He recently launched a website to give himself a platform to speak freely. One of his posts discusses a series of portraits he has painted honoring the four Americans killed in Benghazi, Libya.

        Zimmerman said he plans to give the original paintings to the families of the four people killed but will sell replicas and donate all the funds to various wounded veterans’ organizations.

        So GZ allegedly will donate any proceeds he gets from selling copies of the paintings…

        Inquiring minds want to know where GZ gets the money for basic subsistence (not to mention travel, pay lawyers, etc.) these days.

    • 2dogsonly
      September 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Well, Shellie’s attorney will be thrilled to know he has speaking engagements. Sure, tubs.
      I posted this to marinade Dave on FB. He’ll know if it’s a plant or not. Btw, where was Rene Saltzman. Doesn’t she write all things zimnut for OS?

      • wordsalad2009
        September 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        @ 2dogsonly,

        Well, Shellie’s attorney will be thrilled to know he has speaking engagements.

        Thanks for pointing out the “speaking engagements” bit. That could indeed be a source of income for the despicable worm.

        Btw, where was Rene Saltzman. Doesn’t she write all things zimnut for OS?

        Yeah, I found it a little interesting that neither Stutzman nor Weiner had a byline on the article. I wonder if it was just that Dineen happened to be assigned the job of covering the gun show, and coincidentally found GZ there, or what?

  11. wordsalad2009
    September 27, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    As the Brown homicide investigation seems at least temporarily at a standstill, and the Dunn retrial is almost too much for me to bear following, my mind turns back to killer-boy GZ and his latest image rehabilitation strategy.

    GZ is doing ‘paintings’ of the four U.S. personnel who died in Benghazi, Libya, donating the originals to surviving family, and any proceeds from prints to veteran organizations.

    Whose idea was that, I wonder? His own, his therapist’s, or brother RZJR’s?

    I tend to doubt that it was his own idea (I don’t think he’s sufficiently smart or self-effacing). It could have been his therapist’s idea, but somehow my gut says brother-boy.

    The subject matter of the ‘paintings’ is shrewd because it’s at once political (the relatively recent events in Benghazi are controversial, to say the very least) yet almost unassailable from a criticism standpoint (people who died in service to their country).

    In case anybody missed the political subtext, the name of GZ’s new website (gmz1776 dot com) subtly reinforces it. Sounds to me like a conservative dog whistle.

    Somebody should have clued in the brothers Z that the dot org domain would have better conveyed a sense of non-profit than dot com. Eh, the domain names have long since lost any credibility with regard to intent…

  12. wordsalad2009
    September 29, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Hat tip to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the heads up about the new GQ article on the family Z:

    GQ 201410

    There’s plenty of puke-worthy stuff in there, and at least one thing that seems downright wrong (exactly how are the Z’s taking care of Gladys’ elderly mother who insofar as I can recall is dead?), but this, this is priceless (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

    The Zimmermans seized on their brief stint of subsidized luxury. They ran up a big room-service bill, cleaned out the minibars, got their clothes laundered, made several trips to the spa, treated a party of ten to dinner at the hotel restaurant, and bought swag—from bracelets to bath fizzies—at the gift shop.

    Toward the end of their stay, according to Robert, a manager presented him with a bill for $3,600. He says he called CNN, outraged, only to have the producer accuse them of splurging shamelessly on CNN’s dime. “You and your brother are evil!” he remembers her screaming.

    Um, yeah, what was your first clue?

  13. wordsalad2009
    September 29, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Wonkette’s take on the GQ article:

    wonkette 20140929

  14. wordsalad2009
    September 30, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Dear, oh dear. GZ seems to be upset:

    the ‘real george z

    George Zimmerman ‏@TherealGeorgeZ

    Amazing, things I never said can some how b attributed 2 me. Shoot at LE 4 arresting me? Yea, that’s Y I ALWAYS voluntarily turned myself in

    …3:10 AM – 30 Sep 2014

    I ‘assume’ (yeah, I know) that he’s alluding to this in the GQ article (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

    “He’s worried,” Bob says, “that if FBI agents come and kick in his door, he’s probably gonna shoot a few of them.”

    GZ probably should have gone to the GQ interview himself and told his own lies.

  15. wordsalad2009
    October 1, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Wow, that was quick. Hat tip to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the news that Michael Dunn has been found guilty of murder in the first degree for the shooting death of Jordan Davis:

    blackbutterfly7 20141001

    Now the sentencing can proceed.

    I’m not sure what, if any, kind of redemption there is for somebody like Dunn. Based on my readings about him, he comes off like an arrogant, abusive person who is probably only sorry that he didn’t ‘get away with it.’

    Davis’ family won’t get Jordan back, but at least they’ll get some closure.

  16. wordsalad2009
    October 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Kudos to “yahtzeebutterfly” at the blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for transcribing the responses of Lucia McBath and Ron Davis after the verdict of murder in the first degree for the killer of their son Jordan:

    blackbutterfly7 at wordpress dot com 20141002

    They are models for us all of grace under pressure.

  17. wordsalad2009
    October 5, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Whoops, I almost forgot; GZ turns thirty-one today, October 5, 2014. Trayvon Martin would have turned nineteen on February 5th 2014, but because of GZ killing him on February 27, 2012, he will be eternally seventeen.

  18. wordsalad2009
    October 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Oh my:

    BBC 20141008

    Tommy is 26. He lives alone behind a trailer sales park in upstate New York. His hobbies include watching cartoons.

    He is also a chimpanzee. And now Tommy is at the centre of one of America’s more curious legal battles.

    A lawsuit submitted by a group called the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) seeks to have Tommy recognised as a person under law.

    It’s a case with potentially radical implications, challenging as it does human society’s very understanding of rights.

    The quality of his accommodation is a matter of dispute. A 79-page legal brief submitted by the NhRP claims that the chimp is kept in a “small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed”.

    The NhRP’s petition argues that New York law does not limit legal personhood to human beings. The state has previously conferred legal personhood status on domestic animals who are the beneficiaries of trusts, the campaign says, as well as extending rights to non-human entities such as corporations.

    I think Tommy should be moved to a chimpanzee sanctuary. Oh, and the ‘personhood’ of corporations should be revoked…

  19. wordsalad2009
    October 9, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    One of the team of scientists who discovered and named the Ebola virus speaks about the history thereof and the current crisis:

    The Guardian 20141004

  20. wordsalad2009
    October 10, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    A thoughtful piece by writer Kathy Sierra on Internet trolling/stalking and her own terrible experience with it:

    wired dot com 20141008

    One thing Sierra doesn’t mention that I remember reading from another source is that Andrew ‘weev’ Auernheimer admonished a group of hackers who had hacked a epilepsy-support website to make it ‘flash.’ Auernheimer more or less told them that hacking people with ‘unpatched’ brains wasn’t ‘cool.’

    I hadn’t known at the time that Sierra herself had epilepsy, but after I learned that, I wondered if Auernheimer’s stalking of Sierra wasn’t in some part the result of a maladjusted adolescent crush on her.

    For those unfamiliar with the (failed) federal case against Auernheimer they tried to burn him for what was basically ‘doctoring’ links.

    Many people have done that. For instance, one tries to follow a link, it fails and in analyzing it, discovers that with a little minor tailoring, one can get it to work.

    Auernheimer used a variation on that technique to gain access to sensitive information at poorly-designed website.

    The federal case against Auernheimer was really doomed to fail, and that’s too bad, because based on the other things he himself has admitted to having done, he needed to spend a long, long time cooling his heels with no computer access and some intensive counseling.

    I don’t think Auernheimer’s matured or repented, and I wonder whether he ever will.

  21. wordsalad2009
    October 11, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    I can’t tell if this guy is serious or not:

    The Blaze 20141007

    There Is No Such Thing as Marriage Equality

    In the end, we find out that I have worded my own arguments wrongly. It’s not that gay marriage isn’t equal to straight marriage, it’s that gay marriage can’t exist, no matter what words we use, but ‘traditional’ marriage does, no matter how progressive we all are.

    Then the question becomes: should the government grant any special protections or acknowledgments to the ‘traditional’ marriage institution? Should it be given a special status, or should Uncle Sam just stay out of it?

    Obviously. Obviously marriage should be both recognized and, to some extent, protected by the State. The only other options are for the government to pretend it doesn’t exist, or to pretend that it’s something other than what it is.

    No matter what the State does, the essence of marriage cannot be changed, and marriage will still be a sacrament bestowed by God through a husband onto his wife and a wife onto her husband.

    Obviously, this guy is trying to present his opinion as logic-based, but that little “God” bit seems like a real deal-breaker to me. He can believe that if he wants to, so long as he doesn’t try to codify it into law for everybody.

    I don’t know exactly how traditional marriage began, but at a guess, it was a way of protecting ‘propity’ (as in, “Get offa my propity, dang you!”) and inheritance.

    Unfortunately for women, they used to be property. The legal beagles in the United States who formulated the laws regarding the ownership of black people didn’t have to look very far for a model. A white woman who was getting married was essentially being transferred as property from her nearest male relative to a new male relative (a husband).

    Eleanor of Aquitane was the most eligible woman of her era because of her considerable property. She knew that once her marriage to the king of France was dissolved, she had a limited amount of time to find herself a new husband, or one would be ‘found’ for her (as in, the first warlord who could waylay her).

    The annals are full of examples in which marriage was used as a way to ‘settle’ property issues.

    The prophet of Islam married numerous women for a variety of reasons.

    Some historians think that Madame Juliette Récamier was actually the illegitimate daughter of her husband, who married her as a means of protecting and providing for her.

    Ultimately, it looks to me like marriage was originally about property (wives, children, livestock, real estate, etc.) and was subsequently ‘solemnized’ by religion and codified into secular law. (And no, I’m not gonna provide a million links to support my tiny opinion.)

    I can only be grateful that (a) black people and women are no longer property in the United States (b) marriage isn’t mandatory. Well that, and a whole lot of other things.

    But given that marriage already exists as a legal concept in this country, why ever shouldn’t gay people be allowed to engage in a secular version of “With all my worldly goods I thee endow” like anybody else?

  22. wordsalad2009
    October 16, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Thanks to the various contributors to the blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for informative links about the Ebola situation:

    blackbutterfly7 at wordpress 20141015

    I think the thing to do is a variation on the famous British WWII motto “Keep calm and carry on.”

    I think it means we need to improve our state-side protocols and increase our help to the African nations suffering from Ebola.

    If we’d helped them more earlier, perhaps the virus would not have gotten so out of control and we’d have a better understanding of it by now.

    But that’s water under the bridge at this point.

    Keep calm but step up your game.

    • wordsalad2009
      October 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      Here is Layperson Lesson Number One:

      Yahoo dot com photos

      It’s really sad to read some of the captions accompanying the pictures of Liberian Ebola survivors because while the survivors are subsequently immune to the disease, many of them have been ostracized out of ignorant fear.

      However, this particular survivor now works for Medicos Sin Fronteras/Doctors Without Borders (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

      Ebola survivor Lassana Jabeteh, 36, smiles before his shift as a nurse’s assistant at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola treatment center on October 12, 2014 in Paynesville, Liberia. He said that he previously worked as a taxi driver and that he thinks he caught Ebola when he transported a sick policeman who vomited in his car on the way to the hospital. MSF hired Jabeteh after he recovered in their treatment center and he now counsels and comforts others stricken by the disease.

      That’s not only nice, it’s smart.

  23. wordsalad2009
    October 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Wow, thanks to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the link to the news that Michael Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Jordan Davis:

    News 4 Jacksonville 20141017

    It’s just sad all the way around: a 17 year-old who’ll never grow up to enjoy his right to the pursuit of happiness and a 47 year-old who threw away his own right in that regard for the momentary, visceral pleasure of murdering somebody who ‘disrespected’ him.

    I don’t know where McBath found the strength to forgive Dunn.

    Oh, I know what the experts say about the benefits of forgiveness to those who give it, but I find that some things are just not forgivable. The most I’d be able to muster is to try not to take it too personally because the twisted transgressor probably would have done the same thing to another person who just happened to be in their path.

    I very much doubt that Dunn will ever find redemption, so I can only hope that his sentence sends a clear signal to other people like him: don’t do it. If you can’t stop yourself from murdering somebody because it’s wrong, stop yourself because you’ll be throwing your own life away.

    This incident was interesting:

    Just before the judge handed down the sentence, there was a disturbance in the courtroom. Bailiffs hauled out an older man who stood up and wanted to make an oral motion about the trial.

    He apparently wasn’t an officer of the court, so he was out of order and the bailiffs did their job.

    If he doesn’t like the way Dunn’s case was handled, he can follow procedure–or take his frustration to the Internet. I doubt I’d be persuaded to agree with his viewpoint, but it would still be his right (and hey, there’s always the outside chance that somebody else on the Net could persuade him to change his mind).

    • 2dogsonly
      November 2, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      If you want to watch dunn’s trial and others, croakerqueen123 post them and edits out side bars. Dunn was never getting out of prison, he had been found guilty of 3 attempts at murder and 1 shooting into a car. Total of minimum 75 yrs. just hadn’t been officially entered and Judge entered the maximum. The second trial is worth watching on you tube as they bring Ken, Dunn’s neighbor, up to testify. Remember all that puppy concern from his first trial…turns out Dunn asked Ken to watch puppy while they came up to wedding. Ken barely knew Dunn, said he wished he had never met him, and prayed with Jonathan Davis’s family.

      There was plenty of vacant spaces at this small mall ( I live about one mile) so it had nothing to do with rap music and John Guy should never have opened with that. Dunn’s history is full of horrible events…last time he saw his son or rather tried to see his son his plane was escorted down by military as he flew over NASA protected airspace. That was his son’s HS grad.listening to their court calls is so much like tubs, Dunn asks nothing about how his son felt, long silences.

      I never felt it was about music or race but being disrespected maybe at his son’s wedding ( he left before cake cutting) and then pulled in beside a car playing loud music ( looking for a fight). It was a spree killing just not successful. He unloaded his gun in a busy shopping area on Black Friday. And left, hoping no one could ID him. There was a traffic cop with lights on right across the street, Dunn drove past him. There was a BOLO issued that night due to a homeless guy memorizing his tag.
      SWAT got him at home. And Jax. Detectives did a great job, even used a helicopter to search the shopping center roof.

      John Phillips said he just left last week for prison. I guess he’s been in Jax. City jail these last two years. He is in for a rude awakening. Welcome to your new life Michael Dunn.

      • wordsalad2009
        November 2, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        @ twodogsonly,

        Ah, see, I am missing stuff all over the place. I only just now saw this post of yours:

        If you want to watch dunn’s trial and others, croakerqueen123 post them and edits out side bars.

        I know croakerqueen123 posts a lot of YouTube videos of various trials, but there are only so many hours and my personal life has ramped up in the last few months.

        Dunn was never getting out of prison, he had been found guilty of 3 attempts at murder and 1 shooting into a car. Total of minimum 75 yrs. just hadn’t been officially entered and Judge entered the maximum. The second trial is worth watching on you tube as they bring Ken, Dunn’s neighbor, up to testify. Remember all that puppy concern from his first trial…turns out Dunn asked Ken to watch puppy while they came up to wedding. Ken barely knew Dunn, said he wished he had never met him, and prayed with Jonathan Davis’s family.

        So, Dunn is so well-loved that he couldn’t even get a neighbor to watch his puppy for him. Poor little dog; I wonder what’s become of it.

        There was plenty of vacant spaces at this small mall

        Oh yes, I looked at it in Google Maps.

        ( I live about one mile)

        Gack! Still, nobody is totally safe, especially because I suspect we have so many armed assholics like Dunn in this country.

        so it had nothing to do with rap music and John Guy should never have opened with that.

        Well, all’s ‘well’ that ends ‘well.’ So to speak.

        <

        blockquote>Dunn’s history is full of horrible events…last time he saw his son or rather tried to see his son his plane was escorted down by military as he flew over NASA protected airspace. That was his son’s HS grad.listening to their court calls is so much like tubs, Dunn asks nothing about how his son felt, long silences.

        <

        blockquote>

        Jaysus, what a jackass. I read about one of his ex-wives and it really forced me to rethink my stance on ‘mail-order’ wives.

        A lot of U.S. women used to be very upset at the number of U.S. men who would pursue that method of ‘match-making’ and my thinking was that they (the U.S. women) weren’t missing a thing.

        I still think it’s true that U.S. women aren’t missing out on anything with these guys, but foreign-national women are possibly going from bad to worse by putting themselves at the mercy of a potentially abusive spouse. It seems like yet another form of slavery.

        I never felt it was about music or race but being disrespected maybe at his son’s wedding ( he left before cake cutting)

        He didn’t even stay for the cake-cutting? Yah, something was going on there.

        and then pulled in beside a car playing loud music ( looking for a fight).

        Spoiling for one.

        It was a spree killing just not successful. He unloaded his gun in a busy shopping area on Black Friday. And left, hoping no one could ID him.

        Yup, guilty, guilty, guilty. However, I still think there was a racial element. Dunn was spoiling for a ‘fight,’ but targeted a car full of black teenagers–because, hey, they were ‘thugs’ who didn’t deserve to live anyway, right?

        There was a traffic cop with lights on right across the street, Dunn drove past him. There was a BOLO issued that night due to a homeless guy memorizing his tag.
        SWAT got him at home. And Jax. Detectives did a great job, even used a helicopter to search the shopping center roof.

        Yup, the JAX crew did well.

        John Phillips said he just left last week for prison. I guess he’s been in Jax. City jail these last two years. He is in for a rude awakening. Welcome to your new life Michael Dunn.

        Once again, I’m not doing a dance of glee just because an obviously guilty, unrepentant person is going to prison. Dunn is only one of many, I suspect.

        The question is, how can we prevent the formation of people like him? I don’t think that he was born evil. What made him the way he is? From what little I know about him, it seems like he was over-indulged in his youth. What is the rest of his family like?

  24. wordsalad2009
    October 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Once again, as with the Wafer trial, I’m not doing a dance of joy because Dunn was found guilty; however, I do feel relieved, and maybe even a bit hopeful for the future.

    The Zimmerman case really opened my eyes, not to the fact that we still have racism in this country, but to the degree.

  25. wordsalad2009
    October 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    To Xena and the other contributors at blackbutterfly7 blog, here’s my contribution to being happy, Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line.”

    YouTube

  26. wordsalad2009
    October 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Hmmm (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

    Orlando Sentinel 20141030

    October 30, 2014, 333PM
    A federal grand jury will meet in downtown Orlando Wednesday to hear testimony about whether Trayvon Martin’s civil rights were violated when Neighborhood Watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot him in the chest, according to court paperwork.

    A U.S. Department of Justice attorney from Washington, D.C., Mark Blumberg, has issued at least one subpoena for Wednesday in the case.

    Blumberg would not comment on the grand jury session, but the federal panel is to meet at 9 a.m. at the federal courts building on Central Avenue in downtown Orlando to hear evidence in the case.

    It’s not clear how many witnesses have been ordered to appear, but at least one, Frank Taaffe, Zimmerman’s former neighbor and longtime defender, has been.

    I think GZ targeted black males in general because he thought that they were what his desired ‘in-crowd’ feared and loathed.

    I think GZ was at a particularly bad place in his personal life on February 26, 2012: a stalled education, no money, recent humiliation in his capacity as Neighborhood Watch coordinator, and fresh from an argument with his estranged wife.

    I think GZ ‘needed’ some instant gratification/validation that evening and there was Trayvon Martin: young, male, black–and outdoors at the Retreat at Twin Lakes, talking on his phone.

    I don’t think GZ originally meant to kill TM, but he stalked him, thus provoking the confrontation that culminated in fatal shooting.

    That should have been manslaughter at minimum, but the little weasel walked.

  27. 2dogsonly
    November 2, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Was just getting ready to post this!!! Yes, Taffe has been subpoenaed to appear Feb 5 th before a Fed GJ. I believe it’s a serious prosecutorial offense to lie to a Federal Grand jury. I believe it had much more to do with serious civil rights title 7 HUD violations plan to force AA out of the HOA. There was a guy who interrupted the courtroom with this and I am always slow to go too theoretical. But there was too much exposed as to targeting AA, one said he quit walking due to tubs following him ,and other incidents ( reporting bike theft by resident who was AA and man had to show proof it was his)following only Blacks with his lights off. You can hear Jennifer’s husband say he said he would shoot him. There is that Mark Osterman bank pix taken right outside of TTL.
    Jennifer’s husband was never called to testify and Mark Osterman was never questioned about being there that night.

    There is a new book called Neighbors At War by Ward ?( see comments on Amazon) In it, there is a chapter called Zimmerman Rogue board and what happens to an HOA when there is a board like the one at TWTL. His book is about the real life experience of living in an HOA but this chapter specifically details how residents are on the hook when there is a rogue board. They had cancelled their 1 million dollar policy but were able to get it re-activated to pay out the Martins. So, residents were covered but if the law suit had gone to trial for more than the policy limit, the residents would have been charged as tubs was listed on the newsletter to contact for NW issues. As fortunate as they were, due to this out of control board, property values dropped from 250k in 2005 to 60k. Some of that was due to recession which was particularly extensive in central Fl. But it was greatly exacerbated by this rogue board which let a renter with no law enforcement training, scare and eventually murder an AA teen.

    I now believe that former neighbor who burst into the courthouse screaming this and was promptly removed. It is exactly what he also said at the HOA meeting and was escorted out.

    The subpoena for Taffe is posted on twitter by bigboi and she says it’s for real. It certainly looks legitimate and FT wrote on his FB he had been in touch with Feds. This was so long ago and with the latest news there would be no civil rights indictment against Darren Wilson and Holder’s recent resignation, I had accepted there would not be one in Tub’s case.

    I have hope there will at least be an investigation into Trayvon’s and other AA residents of his HOA.

    • wordsalad2009
      November 2, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      @ 2dogsonly,

      I believe it’s a serious prosecutorial offense to lie to a Federal Grand jury.

      It may well be, but unfortunately I suspect that like many offenses, it’s ‘discretionary’ as to whether it will ever be prosecuted.

      I believe it had much more to do with serious civil rights title 7 HUD violations plan to force AA out of the HOA.

      You could be right. That ‘Red Yankee’ blogger had a lot of interesting insights on the subject. However, if the feds turn up anything in that area, a lot of heads would have to roll.

      There was a guy who interrupted the courtroom with this and I am always slow to go too theoretical.

      I don’t remember this one; could you elaborate?

      But there was too much exposed as to targeting AA, one said he quit walking due to tubs following him ,and other incidents ( reporting bike theft by resident who was AA and man had to show proof it was his)following only Blacks with his lights off.

      I remember the guy who finally quit jogging at the Retreat because GZ so persistently folllowed him. That’d definitely be somebody the feds should interview. Again, I don’t know if it’s so much that GZ is an unmitigated racist asshole as he is a narcissist who tries to please his desired in-crowd: those in power.

      You can hear Jennifer’s husband say he said he would shoot him.

      That would be for the audio experts to say and I don’t know that any of them will be willing to go out on a limb with regard to things heard in the background of the 911 recordings.

      There is that Mark Osterman bank pix taken right outside of TTL.

      That picture of the big, bald guy at the drive-through window at the bank? It would be interesting to learn whether that really was Osterman.

      Jennifer’s husband was never called to testify and Mark Osterman was never questioned about being there that night.

      There was a mountain of stuff that never was explored during the trial.

      There is a new book called Neighbors At War by Ward ?( see comments on Amazon) In it, there is a chapter called Zimmerman Rogue board and what happens to an HOA when there is a board like the one at TWTL. His book is about the real life experience of living in an HOA but this chapter specifically details how residents are on the hook when there is a rogue board.

      Sounds like an interesting read.

      They had cancelled their 1 million dollar policy but were able to get it re-activated to pay out the Martins. So, residents were covered but if the law suit had gone to trial for more than the policy limit, the residents would have been charged as tubs was listed on the newsletter to contact for NW issues. As fortunate as they were, due to this out of control board, property values dropped from 250k in 2005 to 60k. Some of that was due to recession which was particularly extensive in central Fl. But it was greatly exacerbated by this rogue board which let a renter with no law enforcement training, scare and eventually murder an AA teen.

      Yeah, we may never know the whole story with regard to GZ being allowed to head up the re-activated Neighborhood Watch at the Retreat. My guess is that it would be multiple reasons, but one of them would be a GS factor (Give a Shit). People are busy with their lives and don’t want another headache. Of course, Murphy’s Law came into play and the Retreat residents ended up with a huge headache.

      I now believe that former neighbor who burst into the courthouse screaming this and was promptly removed. It is exactly what he also said at the HOA meeting and was escorted out.

      Oh, that person. I sure hope the feds talk to them.

      The subpoena for Taffe is posted on twitter by bigboi and she says it’s for real. It certainly looks legitimate and FT wrote on his FB he had been in touch with Feds.

      I think it’s legit, although why Uncle Frank wants to publicize it is an interesting question.

      This was so long ago and with the latest news there would be no civil rights indictment against Darren Wilson and Holder’s recent resignation, I had accepted there would not be one in Tub’s case.

      They haven’t announced the results of the grand jury investigation in the Brown homicide yet, have they? As the immortal Yogi Berra would say, “It ain’t over until it’s over.”

      As to Holder and his resignation, I don’t know what motivated that. One thing that lingers in my memory is that little health episode he had a few months back. I’m sure he’s under enormous stress and he’s no spring chicken.

      I have hope there will at least be an investigation into Trayvon’s and other AA residents of his HOA.

      I have some hope there as well.

      I also have some hope that the HTML in my reply won’t completely blow up in my face, seeing as I’m not having a particularly good HTML day. OK, maybe that’s too much to hope for.

      BTW, the reason I tend to format my replies with a targeted “at” plus username and block quotes is that I find the way wordpress is supposed to work to be confusing on a busy thread, so I try to disambiguate. Sometimes it blows up in my face when I have a bad HTML day. };-)

      • wordsalad2009
        November 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        HOOAH!

  28. wordsalad2009
    November 2, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Kudos to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for this eye-opening post about the Kendrick Johnson case:

    blackbutterfly7 at wordpress dot com 20141101

    The linked WCTV article is interesting, but hopefully the journalist will correct this confusing sentence therein:

    According to the Lowndes County District Attorney’s Office, autopsy reports, unlike autopsy photos are not included in public records, which are available to anyone. If obtained illegally, that office says the family could seek legal action in the civil court.

    I think what they meant to say was:

    <

    blockquote></According to the Lowndes County District Attorney's Office, autopsy photos, unlike autopsy reports are not included in public records, which are available to anyone. If obtained illegally, that office says the family could seek legal action in the civil court.blockquote>

    It must be awful for a grieving family to find autopsy photos of their loved one online.

    • wordsalad2009
      November 2, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Crap, I muffed the HTML on that last post. I blame the time change. Yeah, that’s it…

    • 2dogsonly
      November 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      I clicked link…You didn’t muff it. It was released by Vicky Pate’s anonymous “news site” Re-newsit. Vicky Pate is one of the last remaining supporters of tubs, totally racist. FBI is investigating.

      • wordsalad2009
        November 2, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        @ 2dogsonly

        I clicked link…You didn’t muff it.

        Yeah, the basic link works, but I muffed the HTML on a quote from the WCTV article. Oh well.

        That Pate chick is a piece of work, isn’t she? As if Johnson’s family doesn’t have enough heartache already with a dead child.

  29. 2dogsonly
    November 2, 2014 at 9:39 AM
    • wordsalad2009
      November 2, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      @ 2dogsonly,

      Good for Cook.

      It’s really past time for all decent gay people to come out. (I say “decent” because like any other demographic, the gay community has its ‘problem children.’)

      Decent gay people need to come out to show the fearful that there really isn’t anything to fear (except fear itself).

      Olly, Olly, Oxen Free.

  30. wordsalad2009
    November 2, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    A twitter photograph of Frank Taaffe’s subpoena to appear before a federal grand jury November 5, 2014 (I wouldn’t link it if I thought it was something that had been hacked, but apparently Uncle Frank himself has been passing it around):

    Jason Goodman at twitter 20141030

    I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high, but maybe the feds will look at all the evidence. That is to say, GZ’s phone records, witnesses who’ve been harrassed by him, etc.

    I think GZ, like the rest of his family, is very conflicted about race, but the really appalling thing to me about Trayvon Martin’s homicide is the number of unmitigated racists who came out of the woodwork to defend the obviously lying killer.

    We have a lot of work to do in this country.

    • 2dogsonly
      November 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      I was shocked too. Just substitute man with gun for teen with no gun and I thought that made it obvious…even my son-in-law saw pix of tub’s ” injuries” and immediately assumed he was in the right. ( oh, my son-in-law is Jewish) O’Mara was allowed by Fl. gov. Scott to release any ole crapola he wanted to.but even so, it uncovered a predisposition of deep racism that I thought we had over come when we elected an AA president.

      When I really realized it was after the verdict, when high level AA, former GOP spokesman and neighbors who were head of northern districts told me and we saw one after another speak about their experiences on various talk shows. Mark Zuckenberg wears a hoodie, a Black teen wears a hoodie. What is the difference except skin melanin.?

      • wordsalad2009
        November 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        @ 2dogsonly,

        I was shocked too. Just substitute man with gun for teen with no gun and I thought that made it obvious…even my son-in-law saw pix of tub’s ” injuries” and immediately assumed he was in the right. ( oh, my son-in-law is Jewish) O’Mara was allowed by Fl. gov. Scott to release any ole crapola he wanted to.but even so, it uncovered a predisposition of deep racism that I thought we had over come when we elected an AA president.

        When I really realized it was after the verdict, when high level AA, former GOP spokesman and neighbors who were head of northern districts told me and we saw one after another speak about their experiences on various talk shows. Mark Zuckenberg wears a hoodie, a Black teen wears a hoodie. What is the difference except skin melanin.?

        I strongly suspect that GZ never would have stalked a white, ‘anglo-saxon’ male teenager doing what TM was doing that fateful evening (wearing a hoodie and talking on a cell phone outdoors at the Retreat), but GZ will never in a million years admit that.

        • 2dogsonly
          November 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

          He did admit it, remember” fuckin coons or even punks” and ” these assholes always get away”? Very simple to connect the dots. What assholes, tubs?
          What assholes always get away? Because the only assholes you reported to 911 were all Black. Every single one.
          If FBI means to look into civil rights violations, it doesn’t get much more obvious than that. Only out and out spray painting something is more obvious.
          If they’re just doing this for show, why interview Taffe? They could have just let it slide off into obvionion.

  31. wordsalad2009
    November 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    @ 2dogsonly,

    He did admit it, remember” fuckin coons or even punks” and ” these assholes always get away”? Very simple to connect the dots. What assholes, tubs?
    What assholes always get away? Because the only assholes you reported to 911 were all Black. Every single one.

    What I meant was, GZ would never admit that he wouldn’t stalk a glow-in-the-dark white person attired like TM and doing similar things (‘terrible’ things like being outdoors after sundown and talking on a cell phone).

    I certainly believe that GZ said “fuckin’ coons,” even if he’ll never admit it. I think Serino might have offered him a way out by subtly suggesting to him that he’d said “fuckin’ goons,” but GZ was too stoopit to pick up on the hint. Then GZ tried to reinforce the highly improbable “fuckin’ punks” meme on Sean Hannity.

    He’s so freakin’ stupid and yet he walked. That’s because he had the support of a veritable army of people with various agendas that had little or nothing to do with GZ per se.

    If FBI means to look into civil rights violations, it doesn’t get much more obvious than that. Only out and out spray painting something is more obvious.
    If they’re just doing this for show, why interview Taffe? They could have just let it slide off into obvionion.

    I don’t know, but they may be talking to more people than just Uncle Frank. The only person we know about is Taaffe because Taaffe himself advertised it, either because he’s in a twelve-step program and truly wants to change, or because he has Look At Me Disorder.

    • 2dogsonly
      November 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Yes, I would think they are speaking with more. Others such as Joe Manola have written about what happened that terrible night.contradicting tubs completely. Jeramy also completely retracted what he said and published it as did Mark Osterman and let’s not forget Shellie may have a lot to say. They are not just interviewing Taffe. Remember, he said people needed to push DOJ as he had contacted them and they expressed no interest ( this was last year). It’s about time, even if they decline to open a case. At least they are interviewing people.

  32. wordsalad2009
    November 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    @ 2dogsonly,

    Yes, I would think they are speaking with more. Others such as Joe Manola have written about what happened that terrible night.contradicting tubs completely.

    I would hope they’d talk to Jonathan Manalo if only because he’s the one who claimed that GZ once answered his door with a drawn gun to a UPS colleague. That incident seems worth exploring to say the least.

    Jeramy also completely retracted what he said and published it

    Did Jeremy ever talk other than his initial statements to authorities? Yeah, I think the feds should really question him and his wifey closely.

    as did Mark Osterman

    In his own special way, Osterman seems as messed up as GZ. How long before he kills somebody, I wonder?

    and let’s not forget Shellie may have a lot to say.

    She may have quite a lot to say these days (she made public comments about how many lies were told during the case). I wonder how the divorce is progressing.

    They are not just interviewing Taffe.

    We don’t know that for a fact, but we can hope.

    Remember, he said people needed to push DOJ as he had contacted them and they expressed no interest ( this was last year).

    I think just about every thing Uncle Frank says needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but the idea that the DoJ wasn’t ‘interested’ is a bit discouraging.

    My hope is that, at the very least, GZ can be disarmed. The guy will kill again, if perhaps only himself.

    • 2dogsonly
      November 2, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Frank said DOJ wasn’t interested last year but there is interest now because they could have just let it fade away so I really think there is honest interest as opposed to calming people with a pretend show of interest. The media is much more focused on Ferguson and they aren’t going to pursue civil rights into Wilson.

      I’m sorry to hear Holder resigned due to health issues but I don’t believe he resigned due to a fainting spell. His resignation happened so soon after his trip to Ferguson. But I am just guessing there was a parting of ways between what he saw as needed and what Obama wanted.:-(

      I am very cynical now and don’t believe one word put out by any politician but even if it’s just a “show” of we do care about AAs, I’ll take that. Tubs is sweating bullets and that brings pure joy to me. If it dies away, so be it. He will be sweating bullets till then. He has been allowed to get away with any little mayham he stirred up. Wherever he lives, the citizens give him wide birth as does LE. This may reign him in and keep local citizens safe.

      • wordsalad2009
        November 2, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        @ 2dogsonly,

        Frank said DOJ wasn’t interested last year but there is interest now because they could have just let it fade away so I really think there is honest interest as opposed to calming people with a pretend show of interest.

        Well, I wonder what changed between last year and this to make them interested in talking to Uncle Frank.

        The media is much more focused on Ferguson and they aren’t going to pursue civil rights into Wilson.

        You could be right about the feds not pursuing a civil rights case against Wilson, but I have to wonder how they can ignore the fairly obvious civil rights abuses that have gone on in Ferguson for decades.

        I’m sorry to hear Holder resigned due to health issues but I don’t believe he resigned due to a fainting spell

        Fainting and shortness of breath can indicate cardiovascular problems. While Holder is fit-looking, he’s 63 years old, and younger and more fit people than him have died from cardiovascular problems.

        His resignation happened so soon after his trip to Ferguson. But I am just guessing there was a parting of ways between what he saw as needed and what Obama wanted.:-(

        Hard to say. Well, hard for me to say. My personal life has been taking up too much of my time of late. }:-)

        I am very cynical now and don’t believe one word put out by any politician but even if it’s just a “show” of we do care about AAs, I’ll take that.

        Oh, me too.

        Tubs is sweating bullets and that brings pure joy to me.

        I can’t say the idea of GZ sweating bullets gives me joy, but there is a certain grim “You didn’t quite make a completely clean getaway, did you, you lying asshole?” satisfaction in it.

        If it dies away, so be it.

        I struggle with it. On the one hand, there would be a certain symmetry in him killing himself. On the other, I don’t want to get into a habit of wishing death on people.

        He will be sweating bullets till then. He has been allowed to get away with any little mayham he stirred up. Wherever he lives, the citizens give him wide birth as does LE. This may reign him in and keep local citizens safe.

        I wonder. GZ made a point of disowning that remark in the GQ interview about him ‘having’ to shoot LE if they came for him, but where does something like that come from?

        I have a hard time believing the journalist just pulled it out of a body cavity. It was supposedly something GZ’s old man said. Did he just pull it out of a body cavity? shrug

  33. wordsalad2009
    November 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    With regard to Attorney General Holder, here’s a tidbit I missed (I’m missing stuff all over the place these days):

    eurweb 20140926

    Attorney General Eric Holder’s out-of-the-blue announcement that he intends to step down was reportedly initiated by his wife’s concerns about his health, Politico reports.

    Holder was rushed to the hospital in February after feeling faint and having a shortness of breath. Doctors gave him the okay to return to work, but soon after the incident, rumors began swirling that Holder could leave the Obama administration before the end of the year.

    Politico Magazine reported Thursday that “under pressure” from his wife Sharon Malone, an obstetrician and gynecologist, Holder decided to make the jump now before Republicans potentially take over the Senate in the Midterm elections and make it too difficult for the president to replace him.

    So there ya go.

  34. wordsalad2009
    November 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    This is an interesting take on why the mid-term elections went the way they did:

    Daily Beast 20141106

    Voters be crazy.

    Just kidding, I presume, because the author goes on to conclude:

    In other words, perhaps the greatest irony of this election is that Republicans ran as Democrats—and voters endorsed Democratic ideals both in voting for those masquerading Republicans, and in backing liberal ballot measures. For progressives, that—plus the fact that, thanks to these ballot measures, thousands of hard-working Americans are going to get a much needed basic raise—is about as silver as the lining on this election is going to get.

  35. wordsalad2009
    November 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Equally interesting is this look at the last thirty years of conservative thinking:

    Vanity Fair 20141106

  36. wordsalad2009
    November 11, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Kudos to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for this post about race (and racism):

    blackbutterfly7 at wordpress 20141110

    I think the best definition of race I’ve ever read was in a book on biology that described it as a temporarily isolated gene pool.

  37. wordsalad2009
    November 11, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Oh, and before it gets any later, Happy Veterans Day/Remembrance Day. Here are some pictures of the ceramic poppy installation (888,246 — one for every British Commonwealth soldier that died in WWI) in the dry moat at the Tower of London:

    Syracuse dot com

  38. wordsalad2009
    November 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Sweetheart! Baby elephant wards off an attack by a large group of lions:

    You Tube 20141111

    I couldn’t even have borne to watch something like that except that the accompanying text assured me that the baby elephant got away.

    Caveat: ignore the comment section on the video because there are impertinent, racist remarks therein.

  39. 2dogsonly
    November 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Frank Taffe’s you tube interview from yesterday.
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?sns=fb&v=fN0QxDoF_dk

    • wordsalad2009
      November 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      @ 2dogsonly,

      Thanks. Did I hear right? It sounded like Uncle Frank was waffling a bit because he said that while his Caller ID showed GZ’s name, it could have been ‘anybody.’

      Yeah, I suppose that, theoretically, some hacker could have spoofed GZ’s caller ID, but how soon after the homicide was this call?

      It took a while for GZ to make himself an internationally-hated turd; that didn’t happen overnight.

  40. wordsalad2009
    December 19, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Hat tip to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the news that GZ’s internal Look At Me timer apparently went off and he called in to a radio station (Armed American Radio) on December 14th:

    blackbutterfly7 at wordpress 20141218

    Judging from the quoted excerpts I’ve read, it sounds like he’s still in “poor me” mode.

    The truly pitiable people would be his therapists. Imagine having to listen to that asshole for an hour at a stretch. Whatever they’re being paid, it ain’t enough.

  41. wordsalad2009
    December 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    An excerpt from the Raw Story article about GZ’s phone chat with Armed American Radio:

    Raw Story 20141218

    …he said the media’s power was overwhelming, and he encouraged other gun owners who kill someone and claim self-defense to keep a low profile.

    GZ should take his own advice.

    If he’s not going to man up and admit that he needlessly killed an unarmed seventeen year old, then he should shut his pie hole.

  42. wordsalad2009
    December 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    blackbutterfly7 at wordpress dot com 20141220

    Two sides to a story | 12/20/2014 at 1:16 am

    Does anyone know exactly what hour on these shows that GZ called in? I hate wading through these but would like to hear his entire spiel! http://armedamericanradio.org/show-archives

    For those who want to listen to GZ BS, I believe Armed American Radio said that he called in during the second hour of their December 14, 2014 show.

  43. wordsalad2009
    December 31, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Hat tip to “yahtzeebutterfly” at the blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the link to an interview with GZ’s brother RZJR:

    Washington Times 20141231

    If you can’t suppress your gag reflex long enough to read it all the way to the end, there is this:

    …it appears all but certain that Zimmerman and his family will leave Florida without looking back.

    If true, good for Florida (but not so good for wherever they go).

    Had he never run into Martin, there’s no telling how bright Zimmerman’s future would have been.

    Oh honey, please.

  44. wordsalad2009
    January 10, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Hat tip to the crew at the blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the news that GZ has been arrested yet again, this time for assault on an unidentified girlfriend (not Samantha Scheibe, apparently):

    blackbutterfly7 at wordpress 20150110

    I know I shouldn’t laugh, but old Dapper Don (West) who apparently is again acting as GZ’s attorney was quoted in a News 13 piece as saying:

    It’s clear he hasn’t been very lucky with the ladies

    The really good news in all of this is that GZ will have to surrender his firearms by Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Even better news would have been, “Surrender your firearms now, assclown!”

  45. wordsalad2009
    January 11, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    This is ‘interesting’ (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

    Mediaite 20150110

    Not long after the trial, Zimmerman was charged (and later acquitted) of assault in a case of road rage (directed at a neighbor of his, no less). A few months later, he was back in court again…this time for stealing a satellite TV signal. A judge fined him a whopping $25,000.

    Mediaite didn’t provide a link for the satellite TV signal theft incident.

    • wordsalad2009
      January 11, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      All right, this looks like a case of sloppy reporting.

      When I couldn’t find another reference for the GZ-steals-cable-TV-signal incident, I searched instead for O.J. Simpson and bingo:

      KDSK 20050727

      Not only that, the allegation that GZ was charged and acquitted of assault in a road rage incident is a bit ‘inflated.’

      However, Mediaite’s assertion that with this latest incident (allegedly throwing a wine bottle at somebody) GZ is now officially O.J. Simpson 2.0 probably isn’t too far off the mark.

      A major difference, though, would be that prior to being tried for and acquitted of murder, Simpson was a celebrity for legitimate reasons.

  46. wordsalad2009
    January 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    I found this observation by “crustyolemothman” at the blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog interesting:

    blackbutterfly7 20150111

    crustyolemothman | 01/11/2015 at 11:58 am

    Something to think about. With the knowledge by the DOJ of the possibility of a violent reaction should the FBI have to make an arrest (using the words of Z’s father about the gun fight if they attempted to arrest him) and the sudden appearance of Ice Cream Man in the court house to defend him in this case. Is it even remotely possible that an indictment has been issued or about to be, and this case has been set up as a way to prevent a blood bath? Of course, does anyone actually think he will surrender “all” of his guns? No, a coward like Z has to have his little steep penis with him at all times to actually feel like a man!

    While it is ‘dangerous’ to enter conspiracy theory territory, the circumstances of GZ being arrested for assault in this particular case do seem a bit hinky.

    Apparently, the alleged girlfriend didn’t call 911 at the time of the alleged assault (let’s see: how many times can I use “alleged” in a single sentence?), she was stopped some days later for a traffic infraction and ‘somehow’ the information came out as a result of that incident. The pertinent Lake Mary police officer initially couldn’t find GZ and then had a couple of days off. Ultimately, GZ didn’t get arrested until a full week after the alleged assault.

    How ‘normal’ is that?

    • wordsalad2009
      January 11, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      Ah, this is starting to make sense. Okay, as much sense as anything in GZ’s messed up universe can make.

      For starters, the alleged assault and the traffic stop probably took place on the same day (Monday, January 5, 2015).

      “Annie Cabani” at the blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog summarizes a theory put together by a group at Fred Leatherman’s blog:

      blackbutterfly7

      Annie Cabani | 01/11/2015 at 5:26 pm

      Hey, guys – over on the Leatherman blog Malisha started an excellent theory of what probably “went down” on Monday night. Dave and I added to her theory. Here’s the gist, as I see it now:

      1. Zimmerthug and foolish female were drinking. Zimmerthug gets abusive and ends up throwing a wine bottle at foolish female, who then sensibly leaves his house for her own safety. (Maybe she even said she’d report the incident to LE.)

      2. Zimmerthug calls the cops, to get his phoney story on record first. He tells the cops that SHE threw a bottle at HIM (or whatever story he settles on) and/or tells them that she’s been drinking and is driving home. He gives them her tag number and her likely route home.

      3. So foolish female gets pulled over by the cops on her way home. She tells the cops what really happened, and that probably makes a lot more sense than Zimmerthug’s story.

      4. But by the time the cops try to interview Zimmerthug, he’s long since bolted from mommy and daddy’s house – no blood alcohol test for HIM, thank you very much. He then makes himself scarce for several days, frustrating the cops’ efforts to “contact” him.

      Doesn’t that make perfect sense, knowing Zimmerthug’s ways?

      It does indeed. It’s GZ’s MO all over.

      What still puzzles me: who is this witless, tasteless female that wants to hang out with an unemployed, homicidal pariah?

  47. wordsalad2009
    January 12, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Hat tip to “Joseph Norton” at the blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for a link to a PDF copy of the police incident report:

    WESH

    At a glance, my favorite bit:

    Mr. Zimmerman’s account of events holds little weight.

    • wordsalad2009
      January 12, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      Per the police report, the unidentified girlfriend said that she’d met GZ 8 or 9 months ago.

      I decided to take a little stroll down memory lane and see what might have been going on in GZ’s life back in April or May 2014 and found this:

      Samantha Scheibe ‏@samantha_khope

      @JodiPetersen1 yes. I’m just done lying and pretending!

      …11:09 AM – 24 Apr 2014

      So that was right about the time that Scheibe was checking out. GZ had to get himself a new girlfriend. Heaven forfend he should, you know, spend some time alone examining his life.

  48. wordsalad2009
    January 13, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Another little factoid from the police report: On page nine, GZ’s marital status is identified as “D[ivorced].”

    I wonder whether that’s true. If so, the girlfriend got out just in time. Well, not quite. Because she became involved with a notorious a–hole, her identity will almost surely become publicized eventually.

    Not to mention that GZ’s parents probably aren’t too well-pleased with him. Their house is plastered all over the news again because it was the site of the altercation between Sonny Zim and his alleged girlfriend. That doesn’t bode well for their lawsuit against Roseanne Barr. Not that I thought they had a prayer in that department…

    • wordsalad2009
      January 13, 2015 at 8:56 AM

      Oh, and GZ’s race was identified as “O[ther].” I wonder whether that was his own choice of description. It should be, considering that he tried to play the “my great-grandfather was black” sympathy card during the Martin homicide case.

      The report also lists “U” for “Alcohol Related” and “Drug Related.” I wonder whether they did toxicology testing on him. Probably not. After all, if Florida doesn’t do toxicology testing when a suspect kills somebody, why would they do it on a ‘trifling’ assault allegation?

  49. wordsalad2009
    January 13, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Per Wikipedia, Florida is not one of the states that recognizes common-law marriage, so the ‘girlfriend’ lucked out there (well, assuming that GZ was free to contract another marriage of any kind).

    Even if her identity does become known, she should probably count herself lucky and chalk up any negative consequences of her association with GZ to hard “lessons learned.”

  50. wordsalad2009
    January 14, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Bay News 9 20150113

    A Seminole County judge gave Zimmerman until Tuesday to turn in his guns as a condition of his release on bond.

    We checked earlier Tuesday with his attorney, Don West, who said Zimmerman surrendered his firearms to him on Saturday, shortly after his release.

    West said he then gave the guns to a third party for safe keeping.

    Who pray tell is this “third party?” Unless it’s some licensed, bonded entity that won’t give them back to GZ without a court order, it’s a farce.

  51. wordsalad2009
    January 14, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Salon 20150112

    During a Saturday court appearance, Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault and ordered to surrender his guns.

    But as I’ve written before, about none other than George Zimmerman, being ordered to surrender weapons is not the same thing as being barred from posessing weapons. Aggravated assault is a felony in Florida, meaning that if Zimmerman is convicted he would be banned from purchasing and owning guns. But if the case falls apart, Zimmerman, a man with a documented history of lethal violence and multiple allegations of nonlethal force, will continue to be able to buy, carry and conceal firearms in the state of Florida.

    Because under a bizarre patchwork of state and federal gun policies, Zimmerman remains a model gun owner. At least on paper. “When people talk about gun policy, you keep hearing this phrase ‘law-abiding gun owners,’ as if everybody who is legal to own a gun is law abiding,” Dr. Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told me on Monday. “I think we need to disabuse people of that notion.”

    “The way we have made laws related to gun possession, we have generally always given the benefit of the doubt to the gun owner rather than the public safety,” Webster explained. “A George Zimmerman kind of case is the classic example of this. He doesn’t fit a clear disqualifier, but you look at his record and you ask yourself, ‘Is it a good idea to let this guy have guns?’”

  52. wordsalad2009
    January 18, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Just idly wondering about one of Junior’s recent snarky tweets.

    On January 9th, he tweeted “#lol ! You know who you are sweetheart,” along with an old-fashioned picture of a family group captioned “I’m glad you recognize how terrible your life would be without me.”:

    Junior at twitter 20150109

    The time stamp on it is 20:50. Twitter being SMS that should be Pacific Time, so that would have been 23:50 Eastern Time.

    His brother had been arrested around 22:00 that same night.

    Was Junior laughing at GZ’s ‘girlfriend’ — or GZ?

  53. wordsalad2009
    January 29, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Former journalist Christi O’Connor will be on “Dr. Phil” today, January 29, 2015:

    Entertainment Tonight 20150128

    Former journalist Christi O’Connor went from winning three Emmys and living in a million-dollar home to becoming homeless after her drinking resulted in multiple arrests. Wanting to make a change, she turned to Dr. Phil for help.

    • wordsalad2009
      January 29, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      Well, that’s however many minutes of my life that I won’t get back again (I recorded the show so that I could zip past the commercials).

      For those who didn’t (or won’t) watch the show, the short version: O’Connor is a complete mess. Of course, anybody who’s ever watched an episode of “Dr. Phil” probably already knew that.

      His show is very popular (yeah, I don’t really understand that) and has made McGraw rich so he can throw very expensive assistance resources at guests. That is, he’ll do that if the guests (a) abase themselves by appearing on his show (b) ultimately admit that they are a complete mess (c) ultimately agree that Dr. Phil is totally right.

      Hopefully, now that the ordeal of the show is over, O’Connor is getting some real help.

      It’s really too bad that O’Connor is such a mess and not just for her own sake and that of her family, but because she involved herself in news coverage of GZ that was critical of him.

      Now GZ supporters will say, “See? Who would believe anything coming from somebody like that?”

      You know, ignoring the ample evidence that GZ himself was a complete mess even before he stalked and killed an unarmed teenager.

      • wordsalad2009
        January 30, 2015 at 10:05 AM

        Well, now that I’ve gotten myself into a slightly better frame of mind, let me say this about Dr. Phil:

        Whatever else he’s done wrong in his life, I can’t really fault him for having a television show. He wouldn’t have one if people didn’t watch it and I personally have been party to that myself (however infrequently).

  54. wordsalad2009
    January 30, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Hat tip to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the link and news that GZ will not be charged in his most recent domestic incident:

    Orlando Sentinel 20150130

    I can’t say that I’m overly surprised by the recantation of the accuser, but I am somewhat surprised that she’s been identified. Maybe she lost the protection of anonymity when she recanted.

    Now that she’s been identified, the GZ ‘warriors’ will attempt to ferret out every shred of unfavorable information about her (I wonder if she knew that was going to happen).

    They ‘have’ to do that because it’s the only way possible to make GZ look better.

    Is GZ’s former accuser dysfunctional? Probably. Why else would she take up with somebody like GZ?

    Dysfunction attracts dysfunction.

    • wordsalad2009
      January 30, 2015 at 11:11 AM

      Oh, and for anybody who thinks GZ might be celebrating: maybe, but he’s probably doing it in a puddle of flop sweat.

      He dodged talking to the police about his latest domestic incident as long as he could because he knew that, at minimum, his parents would be furious with him over having their home in the headlines again.

  55. wordsalad2009
    January 30, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Hat tip to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the link to another Orlando Sentinel article, this one containing a link for the police body can video of the ‘girlfriend’ the night of the domestic incident:

    OS 20150130

    I ‘like’ this:

    The day before the blowup, she said, she had told Zimmerman that she was leaving, he became suicidal and took too many pain pills.

    Um…haven’t we (allegedly) seen this behavior from GZ before? Threatening to kill himself when somebody wises up and tries to leave? coughsuicide chump cough

    I wonder what kind of pain pills these were. Hillbilly heroin? Baby aspirin? Flintstones chewable vitamins?

    “The man needs help. He should be Baker Acted,” she said.

    He does need help, but he’s unlikely to get what he truly needs because he doesn’t really want to get well. The first step would be to man up and we know that ain’t gonna happen.

    “For the benefit of this neighborhood, watch this guy,” she said.

    He needs a dedicated Neighborhood Watch detail. That would be some interesting karma, wouldn’t it?

    And this this gal is allegedly GZ’s dental hygienist? The guy doesn’t have a job, but he’s got a home in an upscale suburb, a therapist and a dental hygienist. Yeah, he’s really suffering.

    Item Z (insert the non – redeeming personal trait of your choice) on blackbutterfly7 poster racerrodig’s list: grifter.

    Item AA (because a single run through the alphabet isn’t enough): projectionist.

  56. wordsalad2009
    January 31, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Gack! Hat tip to Xena at her blackbutterfly7 wordpress blog for the link to the police car video of GZ being transported to the police station when he was arrested on January 9, 2015:

    WESH at YouTube 20150130

    At around the eight minute mark, GZ suddenly starts talking about his ‘girlfriend’ having gone to the home of her “ex,” but he didn’t want her back (and the cop politely more or less suggests that GZ shut his pie hole until they get to the station).

    What a horror story. A cursory search of the Net reveals that there are indeed resources in Seminole County for women who need a place to stay, etc. What one should never, ever do is expose one’s five year old child to somebody like GZ.

    • wordsalad2009
      January 31, 2015 at 10:46 AM

      Will wonders never cease? (That’s a rhetorical question.) I see that there are people still trying to defend GZ (from the WESH YouTube video of GZ):

      Joe Black
      11 hours ago

      Yep, along with MANY others (some of them famous). To those of you who hate this guy, don’t you understand? This could be YOU! You could find yourself in a situation and then the next thing you know you’ve got most of the entire COUNTRY hating you. From nearly all the media, to countless “celebrities”, to professional race baiters, to politicians… all the way up to the White House. Do you even KNOW why you hate George Zimmerman? All the guy did was care about the well-being of his neighbors (yes, some BLACK!), and try to keep an eye on a dude he thought might be a burglar…. and guess what? Trayvon WAS a burglar. And what else did George do that night? He had the nerve, the NERVE to defend his own life when some thug was on the verge of killing him. That’s right! Had Trayvon lived that night, you know where he’d be right now? Very likely sitting in prison after being tried and convicted of attempted murder… or possibly murder itself, had he not been stopped.

      Do. You. Even. Care?…

      I don’t even feel like unpacking every falsehood and distortion in that comment, so I’ll just address the the attempt to create empathy:

      GZ as a well-meaning Everyman caught in a terrible situation? Oh, hell no.

      Somebody please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe GZ was making suicide threats as far back as when he was with Veronica Zuazo (2005).

      The guy was a mess way before he killed Trayvon Martin, yet he’s still free to pack heat.

      Do I care? Sure.

      I’ll admit that I wouldn’t be too upset if GZ actually succeeds in committing suicide — unless he ‘engineers’ it so as to make somebody else kill him.

  57. wordsalad2009
    January 31, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Ah, did I say? (boldface font my edit for emphasis):

    The Guardian 20150130

    After the decision on Friday not to bring charges, Jeanne Gold, the chief executive of SafeHouse of Seminole, a domestic violence refuge in the county, said she wished the girlfriend had called her before deciding to drop the accusations against Zimmerman.

    “We could have kept her safe, we could have given her support, legal advice, information, helped her with a plan. We still could. Even our windows are bulletproof. I’m not surprised this happened but I’m sad, it’s tragic,” she said.

    Still, I tend to agree with those who think GZ is more likely to use other methods of ‘persuasion.’ Especially since these days he has his smarter (but not necessarily any nicer) brother Junior to advise him.

    No, I think the so-called ex-girlfriend’s last chance to make a truly clean getaway ended once she moved in with GZ. It’s too bad, especially considering that she has a five year old son. This is the world in which he has to live.

  58. wordsalad2009
    February 2, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    It’s difficult to discern what GZ’s so-called girlfriend looks like from the police body cam video other than to say that she seems relatively svelte, but I wonder whether it was just her physical charms that attracted GZ.

    Dental hygienists can make a fairly decent living:

    Dental Career Guide dot com (May 2009)

    No wonder GZ allegedly wanted to take their relationship to the “next level.”

  59. wordsalad2009
    February 5, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    I realized earlier this morning that Trayvon Martin would have turned twenty today had his life not been cut short at barely seventeen by a mess of a so-called man.

    Rest In Peace, Trayvon. Your life mattered to me.

  60. wordsalad2009
    February 8, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Just doing some thinking about those comments GZ made while in the back of the patrol car:

    New York Daily News 20150130

    “Sergeant, she went to her ex’s house and her ex didn’t want her there anymore, but he never harassed her, that I know of,” Zimmerman says at one point in the 15-minute clip.

    Just like that, out of the blue, eight minutes into the sixteen minute clip.

    Did GZ know that he was being recorded and he was trying to get some spin on the public record?

    Maybe that’s why the cop told him this:

    “Why don’t we have our conversation once we get to the jail,” the officer responds.

    I think the cop might have shown a lot of professional restraint with that suggestion. It occurs to me that the reason the officer wanted to be the one who personally handled the arrest is that he thinks GZ is a criminal assholic who needs to be in prison.

    I wouldn’t go so far as GZ supporters who speculate that the police are watching GZ closely and waiting for him to make any kind of mistake (like modern day versions of the cop in “L.A. Confidential” whose partner told him that he was like Santa with that list of his — except that everyone on his list was naughty).

    However, whenever GZ’s name crops up in relation to some incident, there may indeed be officers who say to themselves, That freakin’ guy again!” They won’t buy GZ’s BS and they’ll do everything by the numbers to maximize the chances for conviction.

  61. wordsalad2009
    February 24, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    New York Times 20150225

    On Tuesday, officials from the Justice Department and the F.B.I. met with Mr. Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, in Miami to inform them about the decision not to bring federal charges.

    “The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy,” Mr. Holder said Tuesday in a statement. “It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country.

    “Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man’s premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface. We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”

    Now that the official federal scrutiny has ended, how long before an emboldened GZ will finally do something to land himself in the slammer? I can only hope nobody else gets hurt or killed in the process.

    Eh, life is too short to watch an assholic like George Michael Zimmerman.

  62. wordsalad2009
    February 24, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    In parting, here are some eye-opening historical tidbits about the state of Oregon:

    Smithsonian dot com 20150218

    When Oregon was admitted to the United States in 1859, it was the only state whose state constitution explicitly forbade black people from living, working or owning property within its borders. Until 1926, it was illegal for black people to even move into the state.

    The whole piece is definitely worth a read.

  63. wordsalad2009
    February 24, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    And last but certainly not least, thanks for everything, Perfessor Whonoze.

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