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Via TPM, video of CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewing Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman:
Cuomo: If you could go back and do it again, you had said you would have stayed home that night.
Zimmerman: I would stay home.
Cuomo: So that both of you would still be alive today.
Zimmerman: That’s a presumption I can’t make, I don’t know what would have happened. I could have gotten in a car accident when I left, you know?
Cuomo: But you wouldn't have wound up killing Trayvon Martin if you had your way?
Zimmerman: He probably wouldn’t have ended up attacking me either if I would have stayed home.
In other words, had he stayed home-- or even stayed in his car-- Martin wouldn't have had to defend himself against a stalker carrying a loaded gun.
George Zimmerman also seemed to have trouble articulating exactly what he might say to Trayvon Martin's family, given the opportunity. When asked, he was literally tongue-tied.
He did say this, however:
"No, I certainly was a victim when I was having my head bashed into the concrete and my nose broken and beaten, I wouldn’t say I was not a victim."
Zimmerman went on to talk about "the miscarriage of justice that happened to me." Yes, him, because, you see, Georgie's the real victim here. Not the unarmed teenager who was gunned down, nor the dead teen's grieving family. You, you, you, it's all about you:
Zimmerman: The fact that two law enforcement entities stated that I had acted within the laws of our nation, in self defense.
Cuomo: You don't think it was about the law?
Zimmerman: I know it wasn’t, yes.
Cuomo: And what does that make you?
Zimmerman: Like a scapegoat.
Cuomo: A scapegoat for?
Zimmerman: The government, the President, the attorney general.
Cuomo: They would be scapegoating you, why? Just to show that they're taking a position on something that matters to a lot of people?
Zimmerman: I don’t know what they’re thinking or why they’re thinking it, all I know is that is that they’re doing it. I don’t know what agenda they have.
They're after me because, Benghazi!!!!!
Here's one comment I noticed under the TPM post:
7 Minutes Ago:
In what can only be described is a cracker fight promoter's wet dream, the boxing match to rival Ali-Frazier or Ali-Forman, has been set. Get ready to hear "Ladies and gentlemen. Let's get ready to rrrrrummmble!"
In a match that is worthy of the 'Duck Dynasty' crowd, the two combatants have been set. In one corner is teen boy killer George Zimmerman:and in the other, rapper DMX.
The tale of the tape from TPM:
That George Zimmerman charity boxing match is really happening, and now he has an opponent.
Celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman said in a news release that he picked rapper DMX out of a pool of 15,000 e-mailed requests to participate. "The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time," the release read, as quoted by CNN.
In the interest of fairness, this bout is for charity. And the idea for this fight I'm callin 'A Simmerin' on the Zimmerman' came from none other than the boy killer himself.
Zimmerman previously said the match was his idea, and that he had been training since "prior to the incident." [incident?]
In case you were living under a rock and didn't know about this "incident," George Zimmerman was acquitted in 2012 in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
So, it looks like there's going to be a lot of trash talk about this bout. In DMX's case, it's already started:
DMX was pretty fired up for the bout. He told TMZ he was prepared to break every rule in boxing "to make sure I f**k him right up."
In case you were wondering where the proceeds were going to be shared from this bout, here's the report in a different post from TPM:
Zimmerman didn't confirm or deny to Radar whether he would be taking a cut of the proceeds from the match. He also declined to say exactly where the proceeds would be donated, beyond that is was an animal rescue.
Animal rescue. It does lead you to ask why? Is that the way he looked at Trayvon -- as an animal? Couldn't he have taken a step and chosen some humanitarian cause to share the proceeds with? With this fight going pay-per-view, we can only imagine the money and the interest this bout is going to generate. Those are sure to be some lucky animals when the gate receipts and PPV revenues are divvied up.
Seminole County chief deputy: Zimmerman's girlfriend claimed he pointed shotgun at her, pushed her out of Apopka, Fla., home - @ABC
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) November 18, 2013
UPDATE via a CNN email alert:
Zimmerman was charged Monday with aggravated assault, battery -- domestic violence, and criminal mischief, after an incident at his girlfriend's home, said Dennis Lemma, chief deputy with the sheriff's office.
Hey kids, what time is it?
Why, it's George Zimmerman's in Trouble O'Clock!
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Trayvon Martin killer, Shellie Zimmerman Combative Ex, George "Neighborhood WatchThug" Zimmerman was arrested and on his not so merry way to the Seminole County Jail.
Why? Or should I be asking, "Why this time?" Well, in this latest kerfuffle, nobody's really clear on the details, but Sheriff Don Eslinger confirms the arrest and promises more details are coming:
WESH-Channel 2 reported that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend.
The Sheriff's Office, in a short news release, reported that the agency had arrested Zimmerman after being called to a disturbance on Topfield Court in western Seminole County near Apopka.
What?! Georgie was *gasp!* violent (allegedly)?! Who could have imagined such a thing (allegedly)? Anyone think a gun might have been involved (allegedly)? Just wondering, based on previous (alleged) incidents. I mean, it's not like domestic violence is a recurring theme (allegedly) with this fine upstanding paragon of law abiding respect for all, or that has a history of run-ins with the law or anything.
Looks like Georgie skated... again. This time, because he destroyed his estranged wife Shellie's iPad, the video she took with that iPad of that incident was unable to be retrieved. His violent actions damaged the evidence beyond repair, so he's free to toddle along on his merry way.
Lake Mary police on Thursday announced that they could not salvage video from an iPad George Zimmerman tore up during a dispute with his estranged wife and thus he will face no domestic violence charges. [...]
Police on Thursday released their final 30-page report on what happened. It says they do not have enough evidence to prosecute Zimmerman on a charge of domestic violence.
Shellie Zimmerman had video-recorded the altercation with her iPad, but George Zimmerman pried it open, tore it apart and threw it on the ground, something captured on a security camera at the house.
Police sent the parts to a computer expert with the U.S. Secret Service in Tulsa, Okla., hoping he'd be able to recover video, but the report released today makes clear that the damage was too extensive.
On the lighter side, a major advantage of having a Twitter pal like the wonderful Lalo Alcaraz (@LaloAlcaraz) is that he generously shares his work with us. And in a previous comic strip, Lalo zeroed in on Trayvon Martin's killer, the very same Gun-Toting George. As you may recall, Zimmerman's Criminal History Includes Alleged Violence and Temper (Audio and New Documents).
Not that I want to devote another minute even thinking about Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, but these two reports were fascinating.
Think Progress posted about how his own hometown is now banning guns for Neighborhood Watches:
Around the time of the shooting, other neighborhood watch members trashed Zimmerman for his actions on that fateful night. “In no program that I have ever heard of does someone patrol with a gun in their pocket,” the Executive Director of Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade told theGrio. A neighborhood watchman added in a Wall Street Journal editorial, “George Zimmerman gives neighborhood watch volunteers a bad name.”
That's a welcome step in the right direction.
Georgie, however, seems to have taken another step in the wrong direction. RadarOnline:
The soon-to-be ex-wife of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, discovered a used marksman target riddled with 17 bullet holes nailed to the wall of the home the estranged couple once shared, after he was forced to move out. [...]
“This is the photo that Shellie sent to her lawyer and said, ‘Look at the subliminal message George left me,’ following their showdown in September,” a source with intimate knowledge of the situation revealed. “What else could a bullet-riddled marksman’s target mean?”
Charged another source: “It’s really not that subliminal. A not-so subtle message, I think. It was clearly a threat... tacked up on the wall of their home office, right between the garage and the kitchen where the domestic incident took place.”
RadarOnline has the exclusive photo and more details, so link over if you'd like to take a peek.
A major advantage of having a Twitter pal like the wonderful Lalo Alcaraz (@LaloAlcaraz) is that he generously shares his work with us.
In a recent comic strip, Lalo zeroed in on Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman. As you may recall, George Zimmerman's Criminal History Includes Alleged Violence and Temper (Audio and New Documents).
Lalo takes it from there:
Speaking of Shellie Zimmerman, she went on the Today show:
"I didn't see a gun, but I know my husband. I saw him in a stance and a look in his eyes that I've never seen before. His shirt was half-way unbuttoned and he was putting his hand in his shirt and saying, 'Please step closer, please step closer.' So I think that just logically I assumed he had a gun on him."
"This person that I'm married to and that I'm divorcing, I kind of realize now that I don't know him and I really don't know what he's capable of."
"After standing by him, he kind of left and I guess kind of went on a victory tour without me. I thought I was living a life with him and that we were going to kind of rebuild after all this, and he had other plans for me."
"I'm conflicted... Anyone would doubt that innocence... I have doubts. But I also believe the evidence."
"He did not profile Trayvon Martin."
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