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George Zimmerman Signs Autographs At Orlando Gun Show

Zimmerman Signs Autographs at Gun Show

George Zimmerman, gun enthusiast and killer of teenager Trayvon Martin, made an appearance at an Orlando gun show over the weekend, smiling and signing autographs for visitors. Only in Florida… and perhaps some other trashy southern states.

Last month George Zimmerman complained in an interview about all the media attention he’s been getting post-trial and expressed his desire to have a normal spotlight-free life. Zimmerman AutographSo naturally Zimmerman agreed to be the featured guest at a central Florida gun show where he autographed photographs of him posing with his dog for fellow gun lovers/black teenager haters. I guess he had a lot of time on his hands after his celebrity boxing match was cancelled.

The poster boy for Florida’s Stand Your Ground law spent six hours on Saturday signing autographs and snapping photos with fans. And by fans, I mean the fewer than 20 people who lined up to see the man famous for killing an unarmed black teenager.

Zimmerman previously said that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and wears a bullet-proof vest because he fears for his life when out in public. So logically making a controversial appearance in a room full of guns seemed like a good idea to the Florida man. But Zimmerman doesn’t think his appearance at a gun show should be viewed as antagonistic.

“I don’t worry about people that say it’s antagonistic,” he said. “To be honest with you, like I said, the importance was to support the people that supported me.”

“I’m willing to talk to everyone and try and answer their concerns or questions, and [have] them realize there’s no need to be angry,” he said.

The appearance was controversial enough to nearly derail the show. The New Orlando Gun Show was originally supposed to be held at a larger venue, but the location’s managers canceled at the last minute after the backlash over Zimmerman’s planned appearance.

“They told us they canceled for community pressure,” organizer Mike Piwowarski said. “They were getting phone calls and backlash, and didn’t want that kind of person there.”

Well the good news is that at least one person in Florida has an ounce of common sense. That’s one more than I thought!

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George Zimmerman Was The Real Victim In The Trayvon Martin Shooting (Says George Zimmerman)

Zimmerman VIctim Trayvon Martin

Almost two years after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman is still doing the media rounds, claiming that he was the real victim in the situation.

Over the weekend, the man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin gave two interviews – one with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, and other one with the Spanish language television network, Univision.

During the Univision interview Zimmerman claimed he is “totally homeless”, $2.5 million in debt from legal fees, suffering from PTSD and is still receiving death threats. Because of his constant fear of death, Zimmerman says he wears a bullet-proof vest and takes precautions when he goes out in public. Takes precautions? As in carry a gun? I think that’s the reason he’s in this situation in the first place…

Over on CNN, Zimmerman was quick to remind Chris Cuomo that he was the real victim.

“The victim was Trayvon Martin,” Cuomo said. “You know that.”

“No, I certainly was the victim,” Zimmerman replied. “When I was having my head bashed into the concrete and my nose broken, I was a victim. So I wouldn’t say I was not a victim.”

In addition to Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman blames his victim status on “unfair” media coverage. Basically everyone is to blame for his situation except for him. Zimmerman even blames Obama for his misfortunes, accusing the president of trying to get more votes in the 2012 election by saying Trayvon Martin could have been his son. Thanks Obama!

Zimmerman also said he resents the media attention regarding the series of domestic violence allegations against him.

“Honestly, I [would] love to live a calm life without being in the press. I’d like [to be treated like] any American citizen, to [get] a ticket for going at high speed or having an argument with his wife, if the police come and not have everyone aware,” he said.

Well the first step to living a life without the press is to stop giving interviews to the press. But on the bright side, at least his celebrity boxing plans were nixed.

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Nazi Art Owner Refused To Give Up Loot… And Other News

Nazi Art Collector

Who knew Nazi art owners would be difficult to deal with?

The German art collector found to have a Nazi art trove in his Munich apartment says he isn’t willing to return any of the looted art to previous owners, including pieces taken from Jews. 80-year-old Cornelius Gurlitt’s wartime stash, comprised of 1,400 works – many of which were believed to be destroyed – is thought to be worth $1.35 billion. Gurlitt’s father was a Nazi art dealer who sold art that had been confiscated or bought by the Nazis – but apparently he kept quite a few for himself and passed them down to his son who now refuses to give them up. “I won’t freely give anything back, no, no,” Cornelius Gurlitt, 80, said to German weekly Der, “When I’m dead they can do with them what they want.” Well, that shouldn’t be too long from now. Wall Street Journal

PAris GunmanThe manhunt is on – Paris style – after a gunman opened fire at a newspaper office, shooting a photographer’s assistant twice. The gunmen then fled the scene and forced a motorist to drive him to the Champs Elysees. Another gunman – or very possibly the same gunman – also opened fire at the bank Societe Generale, but there were no injuries reported. In another incident on Friday – which may or may not be related – a gunman broke into BFMTV on Friday and threatened journalists with a gun before leaving. Either this guy’s been really busy over the last few days or a lot of people in Paris hate journalists. BBC News

Shocked LionsLion on lion violence at the Dallas Zoo! Every cat owner’s worst nightmare happened at the Dallas Zoo on Sunday when one of the lions attacked and killed a lioness in the exhibit. A 5-year-old lioness was bitten on the neck by one of the male lions and died after about 10 minutes. Zoo officials are baffled over the incident, which occurred in full view of zoo visitors. “I would have to think something caused the males to react that they don’t normally see every day,” the zoo’s vice president of animal operations and welfare said. “Lions can be aggressive, but they don’t kill each other.” For now, officials say the male and female lions will be placed in separate exhibits until they can figure out what the problem was. USA Today

Zimmerman ViolenceSpeaking of domestic violence, Neighbourhood Watch’s Poster Boy George Zimmerman has been arrested in Florida on domestic violence charges after allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend. The incident, which took place at his unnamed girlfriend’s home in central Florida, isn’t the first time police have been called in to settle a Zimmerman-related domestic dispute. Earlier this summer police investigated a domestic dispute between Zimmerman and his wife Shellie Zimmerman after she filed for divorce. Quick temper? Check. Reckless use of a gun? Check. No jail time served? Check. Sounds like Zimmerman! CNN

Rob Ford Knocks Over CouncillorToronto Mayor Rob Ford has issued another apology – this time for knocking over a City Council member and giving her a fat lip. As the Toronto City Council debated limiting the cracked-out mayor’s powers even further in the wake of the ongoing crack scandal, Rob Ford bulldozed into Toronto City Councillor Pam McConnell, knocking her off her feet. Ford wasn’t rushing over because someone was waving around a crack-laced Big Mac as many first assumed. No, he was rushing over to help out his brother, Doug Ford, who was apparently in an altercation/shouting match with a heckler. “It was a complete accident,” Ford said. “I sincerely apologize.” NBC News

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Halloween Update: Blackface, Still Not Okay

Trayvon Blackface

Blackface for Halloween is still in poor taste – especially when you’re depicting the murder of a 17-year-old boy.

Two Florida men are experiencing the wrath of the internet after a picture of their controversial Halloween costumes went viral over the weekend. The two twenty-somethings were dressed as George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman sported a neighborhood watch T-shirt and a finger gun while Trayvon sported blackface and a bloodied hoodie. Trayvon Blackface 2The pair forgot to include the Arizona ice tea and skittles though – key props to any costume depicting the high-profile case. If you’re going to go controversial, at least put some effort into it! This guy knows what I’m talking about ———->

Anyways, the photo was posted on Facebook and Instagram by the women in the middle with the caption, “Happy Halloween from Zimmerman and trayvon :)” Soon after, the photo was picked up by news websites and the backlash began.

Some were outraged over the use of blackface, calling it racially insensitive.

Julianne Hough BlackfaceOthers were totally cool with the blackface part and didn’t even mind Julianne Hough’s rendition of Crazy Eyes from Orange is the New Black. Although to be fair, it looked more like orangeface than blackface. But what many did take offense to was the fact that the two Florida geniuses chose to mock a 17-year-old boy’s death.

While Florida men dressing up as … well, Florida men, is bad, it’s still not nearly as creepy (or WTF) as Sexy Ernie and Sexy Bert. There go my childhood memories.

Ernie and Bert

Via: NY Daily News

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George Zimmerman to the… Rescue?

Zimmerman to the rescue

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted earlier this month of murder and manslaughter in the death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, helped rescue a family from an overturned vehicle in Florida last week.

Four days after the verdict, Zimmerman, with the aid of another man, helped rescue a family from an overturned SUV. A blue Ford Explorer had run off the road and rolled over with a family of four inside. When the police arrived on the scene the two men had already helped the family out of the SUV. There were no reported injuries and the rescued family’s identity and race were not immediately known.

Well I guess this makes the verdict ok now. Although, Zimmerman could have orchestrated the whole thing as an elaborate PR stunt, setting up the crash so he could come across as a national hero instead of a national disgrace.

Nice try Zimmerman, but the police aren’t buying it. When asked if Zimmerman was being called a hero, the police spokeswoman said: “We’re not going that far.”

Back into hiding you go!

Via: USA Today

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Zimmerman Prostests Turn Ugly, Bill O’Reilly Sums Up Protesters

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In an unsurprising turn of events, the George Zimmerman verdict protests are turning violent.

In Los Angeles 150 people broke away from a peaceful demonstration on Monday night and began attacking people, stomping on cars, breaking store windows, and setting fires. Fourteen people were arrested amid the Zimmerman related vandalism and assaults as 350 LAPD officers swarmed the Crenshaw district to control the riot.

The city’s police chief said his officers would adopt a tougher approach to any further disturbances and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged protesters to remain peaceful.

“The trial that we saw in Florida has ignited passions but we have to make sure that it will not ignite the city,” Mayor Garcetti said.

“We are a better city than what we have seen tonight in the hands of a few people, and we will make sure that the community here in South Los Angeles is safe on its streets.”

But just who are these protesters? Well, those who are upset by the George Zimmerman verdict can be classified into two groups: those who “simply hate America” and those who “believe the country is flat-out racist” and “suffer a victim mentality” – in Bill O’Reilly’s mind anyway.

After discussing some of the protests that began after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder, the Fox News host explained how everyone who disagreed with the verdict was basically a sore loser.

“So the anti-American folks are using the acquittal of George Zimmerman to vent their hatred,” O’Reilly said. “America in general had nothing to do with the death of Trayvon Martin. It was a calamity, not a product of policy.”

“Now the second group of Americans emotionally invested in the demise of George Zimmerman are those who believe their country is flat out racist. That blacks and other minorities don’t get fair play from the justice system, the economic system or the social system. Many of these Americans are nursing personal grievances. Others are victims of the victim mentality.”

O’Reilly’s list of people who “hate America” grows pretty much anytime anyone does anything he disapproves of, but this time it seems legit. If you’re upset with the decision of six jurors you clearly hate America, but if you’re upset with the decision of millions of Americans who voted for Obama, you clearly love America. Makes total sense.  

Via: BBC News

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Zimmerman Trial Juror B37 Speaks Out!

Juror B37

After the all-female jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, one member of the Jury, Juror B37,  is speaking out.

Quick to bask in her 15 minutes of fame, Juror B37 from the Zimmerman trial is going all out doing the media rounds.

Juror B37, who is described as a white middle-aged woman, spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night, insisting that George Zimmerman had good intentions but used poor judgment.

“I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart is in the right place but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done,” she said. “But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong.”

Cooper asked the juror if she believed Zimmerman was guilty of anything.

I think he is guilty of not using good judgement,” she responded.

Bad judgment is drunk-dialing your ex at four in the morning, stalking and shooting down an unarmed teenager qualifies as a little more than bad judgement. Unless skittles are considered a weapon. Maybe Zimmerman was diabetic?

Juror B37 also revealed that the jury had been split at first, with three people wanting to acquit, two interested in manslaughter, and one person backing second-degree murder. In the end they decided both parties were to blame.

“I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into,” said Juror B37. “I think they both could have walked away.”

Fun fact: 24 hours after the verdict was read Juror B37 jumped on the offer to write a book about her experience. Trying to make a quick buck off of a tragedy? Now, that’s using bad judgment.

Via: Miami Herald

Update: Juror B37 has now had a change of heart about the book deal and nixed the idea. I guess she learned a thing or two about good judgement since the trial.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: George Zimmerman

Current Event Cat - George Zimmerman

If you think it’s a crime to shoot an unarmed black teenager to death, then clearly you are not living in Florida because George Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTYYYY.

On Saturday a six-woman jury found George Zimmerman, a former neighbourhood watch volunteer, not guilty of second-degree murder in last year’s shooting in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman was all smiles when the verdict was read, which cleared him in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He is now a free man – minus the freedom from public scrutiny and the freedom from living in constant fear of an attack.  Zimmerman’s family and representatives have said they are afraid he could fall victim to revenge attacks and his brother has already reported frequent threats on social media. On second thought, he might be better off in jail – it’s a little safer in there.

Case in point: the angry protests that erupted over the George Zimmerman verdict. After the not-guilty verdict was announced late on Saturday, protests broke out across the US – including in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Boston, San Diego and Atlanta. While most demonstrations were relatively peaceful, demanding justice for the family of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and questioning the fairness of the justice system, others decided that throwing rocks and D-cell batteries was the way to go.

President Obama released a statement telling everyone to calm the f*ck down and accept the verdict:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. 

Lessons learned: always carry a gun while in Florida and never wear a hoodie.

Via: Current Events Cats & BBC News

Knock-Knock Jokes, Murder Trials… And Other News

Knock-Knock

Knock-knock jokes do not go over well in murder trials.

George Zimmerman’s defense lawyer, Don West, learned this the hard way after his knock-knock joke during his opening statement to the jury in the Trayvon Martin case was met with silence.

“Knock-Knock,” West said.

“Who is there?”

“George Zimmerman.”

“George Zimmerman who?”

“All right, good. You’re on the jury.”

Cue awkward silence… Still, a little lighter than the prosecutor’s opening: “Good morning. F*cking punks. These a**holes always get away.” The prosecutor was using George Zimmerman’s own words in an attempt to paint Zimmerman as a “loose-cannon vigilante”. Should make for an interesting trial! Fox News

Obama Climate ChangeNeeding to distract everyone from the NSA scandal (among others), President Barack Obama has laid out a package of measures aimed at curbing climate change. The plan involves regulating carbon emissions from both new and existing power plants and calls for renewable-energy projects on public lands and federal facilities, as well as infrastructure improvements designed to prepare the U.S. for severe weather. Obama told the audience at Georgetown University, “As a president, as a father and as an American, I am here to say we need to act”. The President also pledged to “lead the world in a co-ordinated assault on a changing climate”. But what about those Republican climate change deniers? Obama: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society!” New York Times

Cherokee ChildThe U.S. Supreme Court threw out a lower court order requiring a South Carolina couple to give Native American Dusten Brown back his biological daughter the couple had raised since birth. The Court ruled the young girl did not have to be returned to her biological father simply because he was an American Indian. Brown had argued that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, which was written to prevent many Native American families from being split up, entitled him to custody of the girl, who was 3/256th Cherokee. Not much – but still more than Justin Bieber! The Supreme Court didn’t go so far as to grant the couple an adoption, but threw out the South Carolina court decisions awarding custody to the father. Reuters 

Moscow AirportWhere in the world is Edward Snowdiego? Part 2 of …many? According to Vladimir Putin, Edward Snowden is hanging out in a Moscow airport but since he is in the pre-immigration area of the airport, he is technically not yet on Russian soil. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Russia to “do the right thing” and return Snowden. But Putin doesn’t care. The Russian president said the NSA leaker will not be extradited to the United States because he hasn’t committed any crimes in Russia. And the Cold War 2.0 begins. BBC News

SCOTUSLet the voter discrimination begin! The Supreme Court has been busy striking things down left right and center – and today was no different. SCROTUS SCOTUS struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated which regions with a history of racial discrimination had to get federal approval for changes in election law. By a margin of 5-4, the Court said ‘no thanks’ to section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and ruled that an updated formula was needed to decide which jurisdictions’ election laws need monitoring. Obama was not happy. In fact, he was “deeply disappointed.” He said in a statement, “Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.” CNN

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