Right Wing Wackos: Breathtaking Dishonesty and Stupidity

August 31, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Good morning:

Congress has not been in session this month. Our elected representatives and senators have returned to their districts and states. Many, especially those who will be seeking reelection next year, have been attending town halls where voters get a chance to let them know what they are concerned about.

According to this article, Republican voters are determined to impeach President Obama for a wide variety of sins. Republican Senator Tom Coburn from Oklahoma said,

President Obama is “getting perilously close” to meriting impeachment this week, joining the growing group of conservatives who are flirting with pushing out the president to appease radical fringes of the party.

“I think those are serious things, but we’re in serious times,” Coburn said when asked about impeachment at a town hall. “And I don’t have the legal background to know if that rises to ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ but I think you’re getting perilously close.”

“I am fed up. I am frustrated,” Coburn said to the cheering crowd, echoing his last Morning Joe appearance when he called Congress the “kindergarten of Washington.”

With Congress on August recess, Republican congressmen are flirting with birtherism and calls for impeachment as they respond to furious, polarized constituents.

I think the birthers are right wing wackos who are as stupid as stupid can get. I also harbor no doubts that right wing wackos are unapologetic racists and loud and proud to be stupid. Does anyone with a functioning brain cell not realize that the real reason they want to impeach President Obama is because he is black?

I do not understand why anyone would take pride in being stupid.

The Republican Party made a serious mistake when it courted the right wing wackos. They have been losing credibility ever since.

Now we have another exhibit of their stupidity to marvel at. I am referring, of course, to their claim that the Chris Lane murder in Oklahoma is a reverse Trayvon Martin case. They wonder why President Obama, Reverend Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have not spoken about his case as they did about Trayvon Martin.

Since the cases have nothing in common, I cannot imagine why they would ask such a stupid question.

Their unrivaled stupidity begins with a willingness to make shit up, pretend that it’s real and assume everyone will agree and not ask questions.

MSNBC reports:

Twenty-two-year-old Christopher Lane, a student at East Central University, was shot dead in Duncan, Okla., on Aug. 16. Lane’s death has drawn national attention because the teenage suspects allegedly told police that they shot him because they were “bored and didn’t have anything to do.” Many Australian press reports have focused on the easy availability of firearms in the United States.

Conservative media, however, have honed in on the argument that the three suspects are black and the victim is white. In fact, one of the suspects is white, an official from the Stephens County District Attorney’s office told MSNBC Wednesday. “That is not the case,” the official said when asked whether all three suspects were black. “One is black, one is half-black, half-white, the other is white.” Conservative media appear to have relied on an erroneous report in the Australian media about the identity of the suspects. Right-wing outlets have since singled out tweets from one of the suspects that include derogatory language aimed at white people.

Local officials have not presented evidence yet that the killing was related to or based on race, but for many conservative outlets, the assumed race of the suspects was proof enough that Lane’s killing was racially motivated. National Review posted a since-uncorrected summary to an Australian news site wrongly identifying the suspects with the headline, “Three Black Teens Kill White College Student; Racial Grievance Industry Silent.” As Mediaite columnist Tommy Christopher noted, Fox News aired a Fox and Friends segment Wednesday morning erroneously identifying all three suspects as black and asking why Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama hadn’t spoken out.

Breathtaking dishonesty and stupidity.

I do not understand why anyone in the mainstream media pays attention to these lying jerks and their willing followers who are too stupid to pound sand.

Open Thread Discussion

August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Good afternoon.

We posted an article a few minutes ago to start a discussion regarding what a person should do, if they are involved in an abusive relationship.

This thread is for discussion and comment regarding other matters.

One possible subject was just raised by Secretary of State, John Kerry, who asked the American public to review newly unclassified documents about the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons to kill and subdue its own people. What should our government do about it, he asks.

Another possible topic is the article by investigative journalist Christi O’Connor who posted an article titled, ANOTHER TRAYVON ATTACK IN SANFORD, FLORIDA?

What’s on your mind today?

What should someone in an abusive relationship do to get out of it?

August 30, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Good morning:

Great comments on the Shellie Zimmerman thread.

With a few exceptions, seems like a consensus has been reached that Shellie is an abused wife who has not been emotionally, and perhaps financially, supported by her husband and his family. Their absence at her plea and sentencing certainly indicates a lack of emotional support. That absence speaks volumes about who and what they are, particularly since she obviously committed the lie to benefit him.

Some believe she is every bit as much a grifter as he is and her apparent abandonment by him and his family is just another scam the two of them are running with a possible tell-all book/movie project in the works.

Some of you caught her in the lie about her nursing education. The lie would be apparent to anyone with a background in nursing. That is, her absence of clinical experience would negate her claim because one cannot get to where she claims to be with only on-line classes. She appears not to even realize that her lie would be instantly discovered.

That lack of awareness on her part indicates that she was never serious about becoming a nurse.

If she was never serious about becoming a nurse, what is she serious about?

If, as I suspect, the answer is George Zimmerman, she has a lot of growing to do before she breaks free from his grasp.

I noticed in the comments that several of you have been involved in abusive relationships and successfully disengaged from them.

Assuming Shellie is involved in an abusive relationship and is seeking to break free, what do you believe she should do?

I realize that this is a complicated subject that I know little about and I do not want to pry or open old wounds, so no one should feel like they have to participate.

Let’s simplify and take Shellie out of the discussion, since we do not know for certain what her situation is.

The question for discussion: What should someone in an abusive relationship do to get out of it?

I’m going to create an open thread for those who want to discuss or comment on other matters.

One possible subject was just raised by Secretary of State, John Kerry, who asked the American public to review newly unclassified documents about the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons to kill and subdue its own people. What should our government do about it, he asks.

Do you trust Shellie Zimmerman?

August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Good morning:

We have been left dangling by ABC News, which reported yesterday that Christi O’Connor, an investigative journalist in Florida, contacted them and, after disclosing that she had interviewed Shellie Zimmerman

said that during their “stunning” hourlong interview, the acquitted killer’s wife said that her husband has “beaten down her self-esteem,” but she is “looking forward to getting her life back.”

Shellie Zimmerman told O’Connor that she left George after an argument and went to her father’s house on Saturday, the night before the shooting. She said she was not at home on Sunday before the shooting.

If we assume she is telling the truth about that, then we can confirm our suspicion that George lied when he told the police that he and Shellie mentored kids at their house on Sunday afternoon before he started out intending to go to Target to do their weekly shopping. The trip to Target never made any sense anyway, since he only had some change and maxed out credit cards.

Due to excellent work by Tschoupi, Marinade Dave, and LLMPapa we already knew that George lied about spotting Trayvon at Frank Taaffe’s house as he was on his way to Target because Trayvon was sheltering from the rain beneath the roof at the mailboxes and talking to Rachel Jeantel on his cell phone before George even left his house. Either the prosecution never figured this out or they decided not to exploit his lie at trial.

She refused to disclose what they argued about or whether they are still together. When asked if she was disappointed that he did not support her by accompanying her to court for her plea and sentencing, she said, “I always want my husband’s support.”

She said she believed his claim of self-defense and did not believe he profiled and murdered Trayvon because that is “not his way.”

O’Connor knows how to tease:

O’Connor, who is working on a book about the George Zimmerman trial, also hinted that there was evidence that was mishandled, saying that during the sensational trial, “there were so many untruths told.”

“What the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict,” she said.

My take: Since Shellie has not decided whether to move on and get a divorce, I think we need to take most everything she says about George and their relationship with a grain of salt. With the exception of her criticism of his photo-op visit to the KelTec factory, which even O’Mara’s office criticized, her careful choice of words appeared to me to betray a desire to avoid saying anything that might offend him or implicate him in any criminal wrongdoing, including the perjury.

I could not help but feel that I was watching an elaborately scripted performance, from her expensive makeover and bright slash of moistened magenta lipstick to her careful navigation around potentially damaging subject matter.

She remains under his toxic influence and for that reason alone, I cannot accept what she says as true absent independent verification.

What do you all think?

She is an admitted perjurer.

Do you trust Shellie Zimmmerman?

Today’s news: Shellie Zimmerman gets a slap on the wrist for perjury and Major Nidal Hasan commits slow motion suicide

August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Good morning again.

Shellie Zimmerman is going to plead guilty to a misdemeanor with a 1 year probation recommendation from the prosecution.

Not surprising, given the acquittal of her husband, but this “deal” will do nothing to dispel suspicions that the acquittal was a prearranged outcome.

My comment: She committed perjury, the prosecution can prove it, and this is not even a slap on the wrist. Ridiculous outcome.

In other news today, the New York Times has a good article today on the ethical dilemma that Army lawyer, Lt. Col. Kris R. Poppe, is suffering through as he is forced to helplessly watch his former client, Major Nidal Hasan, commit suicide in slow motion by insisting on representing himself, which he has a right to do, and then doing nothing except passively watch the proceedings inevitably end in a death sentence.

After the judge allowed Major Hasan to represent himself, she told his former Army lawyers to remain his standby counsel. They offer him procedural guidance in navigating the military court system, but cannot supply him with legal advice. They remain by his side in case Major Hasan or the judge seeks their return.

The odd role — to sit by his former client while prohibited from actually representing him, and to watch him purposefully inch closer to a death sentence — has posed an ethical dilemma for Colonel Poppe, 50, a lawyer from small-town Ohio with more than 30 years of military service who has been working on Major Hasan’s case since May 2010. He has argued in court that assisting Major Hasan in any capacity was helping him reach his goal of a death sentence, and that such an arrangement violated his and the two other former lawyers’ professional and ethical obligations. He asked the judge to limit their role, but the judge ordered them to remain as standby counsel.

I feel for him. I have a pretty good idea what he is feeling. It’s a waking nightmare from which you cannot escape, an awful situation to be forced to helplessly stand by and watch, especially when you know that you might be able to change the outcome, if only you could speak.

No matter what happens, he will never forget this and he might even retire and abandon the practice of law in horror and disgust much as I eventually did.

Just another day’s work in America’s criminal justice sewer.

“I Have a Dream:” 50th Anniversary

August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Good morning.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s great speech, “I have a dream.”

In case you missed my Saturday post, here is a youtube video of the complete speech:

Please take 17 minutes to watch, listen and recharge your batteries.

Mark O’Mara will be billing the State of Florida $200, 000 to $300,000 for costs in Zimmerman case

August 27, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Good morning:

The Orlando Sentinel reported late yesterday:

George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer who killed Trayvon Martin, plans to ask the state of Florida to cover $200,000 to $300,000 of his legal expenses, his attorney told the Orlando Sentinel Monday evening.

Because Zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all his legal costs, minus the biggest one: the fee that goes to his lawyers.

That includes the cost of expert witnesses, travel, depositions, photocopies, even that animated 3-D video that defense attorneys showed jurors during closing argument that depicts Trayvon punching Zimmerman.

Florida Statute 939.06 provides:

Acquitted defendant not liable for costs.–No defendant in a criminal prosecution who is acquitted or discharged shall be liable for any costs or fees of the court or any ministerial office, or for any charge of subsistence while detained in custody. If the defendant shall have paid any taxable costs in the case, the clerk or judge shall give him or her a certificate of the payment of such costs, with the items thereof, which, when audited and approved according to law, shall be refunded to the defendant.

(emphasis supplied)

The Orlando Sentinel is correct. The statute does not authorize reimbursement for attorneys fees.

I do not doubt that the costs are substantial, but the statute limits them to “costs or fees of the court or any ministerial office.”

O’Mara will have to submit a cost bill itemizing the costs and fees that he has paid or owes to others and the Judicial Administrative Commission will decide how much it will pay.

In most states the cost bill is submitted to the trial judge for approval and then presented to a state judicial commission that decides how much it will pay.

I imagine that the JAC has well established rules and guidelines regarding what it will pay and how much it will pay.

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