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George Zimmerman: "I certainly was a victim," Obama administration's "scapegoat"

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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:

it's not all about youCuomo: What was the miscarriage of justice?

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:

alyoshakaramazov
7 Minutes Ago:

George,
STFU.

Sincerely,
God

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VIDEO: New trial for Marissa Alexander, a Florida mom serving 20-year term for shooting at wall

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Back in July, I posted "Judge would've had more flexibility in sentencing Marissa Alexander if she'd killed her husband rather than shoot into a wall."

In that post, I covered the Stand Your Ground law, Trayvon Martin's death, the denial of Marissa Alexander of a Stand Your Ground defense, and an L.A. Times piece titled, "Marissa Alexander case emerges as symbol after Zimmerman verdict":

Under these laws, it’s in a person's interest to preserve the appearance of self-defense rather than mitigate the violence of his act, Newburn said. In theory, that could lead a person to kill in order to eliminate eyewitnesses.

Yours is the only story being told if the other person is dead,” Newburn said.

Even a judge’s sentencing discretion expands in cases involving death because manslaughter doesn’t automatically trigger Florida’s “10-20-Life” provision. Newburn said the judge would have had more flexibility in sentencing Alexander if she had killed her husband, rather than shoot into a wall.

I ended the post with, "A young man (Trayvon Martin) is basically convicted of his own murder..." And a young woman in fear for her life is sentenced to twenty years for shooting a wall.

As you can see, controversy and discrimination are not limited to race; gender is right up there, too.

But today, there is new hope for Marissa Alexander, who was clearly overcharged and has already served 16 months of her original sentence. Remember, nobody was hurt. She did not shoot anyone.

Via The Raw Story:

A Florida woman will get a new trial after she was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot in the wall during a dispute with her ex-husband.

The 1st District Court of Appeal ordered the retrial after ruling a judge had not properly instructed the jury that convicted Marissa Alexander.

But the appeals court decided the judge properly blocked Alexander from using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law in her defense.

It's mystifying that Alexander still can't use SYG for her defense, but at least she's getting another chance to make her case. Per her attorney, Faith Gay who is speaking on MSNBC's Politics Nation as I write this, Marissa is "ecstatic."

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Group finds that ALEC falsified signatures on "stand your ground" letter to Sen. Dick Durbin

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We've posted about ALEC a lot here at TPC. For example:

ALEC  (American Legislative Exchange Council) is an organization of state legislators which favors federalism and conservative public policy solutions. They literally write legislation for Republican Congress members, who then do whatever they can to pass it. The Nation:

Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: it gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding.

And as ALEC Exposed explains:

ALEC bills would privatize public education, crush teacher’s unions, and push American universities to the right. Among other things, these bills make education a private commodity rather than a public good, and reverse America’s modern innovation of promoting learning and civic virtue through public schools staffed with professional teachers for children from all backgrounds.

Now we have this, via Think Progress:

This week, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) sent Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) a letter that claimed the Senator’s investigation into ALEC’s involvement “Stand Your Ground” laws was a form of “intimidation.” The letter was supposed to have carried the clout of about 300 state legislators who signed onto it, but, according to an investigation by progressive group by ProgressNow, many of the signatures on that letter were falsified or duplicated. [...]

The group said it was signed by 293 elected officials. But, ProgressNow found, 55 of the signatures are “blatantly invalid.”

ALEC itself is "blatantly invalid," yet it still dictates legislation on behalf of Corporate America. Let's hope this tarnishes ALEC's image and helps more people to become aware of how they operate, eventually leading to its undoing.

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What I will not write about today

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Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

Today's first link (from my pal Mark Karlin at BuzzFlash) comes with a bonus video!

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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George Zimmerman vs. Trayvon Martin: The rescues

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My good pal @Anomaly100 wrote this post at FreakOutNation yesterday: It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Zimmer Man! But his reported rescue of the car crash seems to be falling to pieces:

Newsball continues, “The plot thickens as there is NO mention of Officer Rehder meeting George Zimmerman at the crash scene anywhere on his facebook, despite the July 17th incident being sandwiched in between continual support of George Zimmerman both before, & from the aftermath of the trial.”

Who else did not mention the accident? The people involved in the accident. Also, there are no pictures or videos of said accident. And the mother involved in the supposed crash deleted her Facebook page after being asked about the authenticity of the incident.

Anomaly just added this in Comments to skeptics:

...Perhaps you should research the police department in question. They have a dubious past: http://www.motherjones.com/pol...

If in any way, the police department or one of their police officers is complicit in staging this heroic rescue, then I'm going to be all over it. This is not acceptable. Remember, they did not want to press charges against GZ for months.

Please read the whole thing. I'll let Anomaly's post speak for itself, and I will let Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, speak for himself, too, via the Los Angeles Times:

“I always say that Trayvon was my hero,” said Martin. “He saved my life, and not to be there in his time of need is real troublesome.” When he was 9, Trayvon pulled his immobilized father from a fire that started in their kitchen and called 911. [...]

“I am hoping today when we leave this room we leave with the commitment that these boys are not to be feared, they are to be loved, they are to be lifted up and made to feel proud,” Wilson  said. “Trayvon’s murder has brought this to the forefront.”

Trayvon was nine years old when he pulled his dad from a fire, when he saved his life. Nine years old. To my knowledge, the facts of that heroic deed were never challenged or questioned.

And Trayvon Martin never killed anyone.

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#Trayvon Martin’s father to speak on Capitol Hill + The whole problem with #Zimmerman case in one graphic

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The One Simple Graphic that Sums Up the Whole Problem with the Trayvon Martin Case

The Hill:

Trayvon Martin’s father will speak at Wednesday’s inaugural hearing of the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.

Tracy Martin will give the opening remarks at a hearing called “The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature into Strong Men.” The newly formed caucus is chaired by Reps. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.). [...]

Member of the Congressional Black Caucus are also drafting a number of bills including anti-violence measures, efforts to scrap stand-your-ground laws and prohibitions on racial profiling. 

Three others will also speak.

Of course, we all know this will get very little media attention as long as there is something like a royal door that the media can focus on:

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VIDEO snarkitude: "George Zimmerman's Vigilante Training Academy"

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One of my Twitter pals, @ChrisMcGuire, aka Schlepp Films, tweeted me a link to his new YouTube. It's chock full o' snarkitude.

My Twitter stream has been filled with vile racists and hate-filled tweets since the verdict, and it's abundantly clear that there is no such thing as a "post-racial" America. It's as disheartening as it is disturbing. Let's hope that, as President Obama suggested, younger voters really do get it, and that they'll soon change this country for the better.

As my name says, GottaLaff... or you cry.

SchleppFilms:

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Thomas Weaver as 'The Instructor'
Jacob Berger as 'Student #1'
Teddy Kalin as 'Student #2'
Ken Jacowitz as 'Student #3'
Stefan Robert as 'The Thug'

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