George Zimmerman. An Open Letter from an Ordinary Citizen

George of the Neighborhood

What?!  Hey, I'm standing my ground.
What?! Hey, I'm standing my ground.

Using my right to freedom of speech

Getting right to the point is an acceptable habit and usually an appreciated gesture. In this case, I don't feel a need to include an introduction nor do I feel compelled to provide an explanation as to why I'm writing to Mr. George Zimmerman.

If you've chosen to read this, it's safe to assume you know who he is due to the news stories that placed him in the headlines everywhere. You're aware of how his name, and the name of Trayvon Martin became household topics of discussion for quite some time, not too long ago.

I have not spoken publicly about this tragic event and may never have, had George Zimmerman not popped up once again in the headlines, due to yet another little newsworthy incident quite recently.

This being said, I share here with you an open letter written directly to George, stating my opinion of this tragic incident.

WHO....ME??
WHO....ME??

Yes George, I'm addressing YOU.

Dear George

At this point and time, you must have received tons of mail since the fatal shooting of young Trayvon Martin occurred. I refer to the shooting death of a teenage Florida man whose life you snuffed out. You shouldn't be surprised to receive yet another letter from someone feeling the need to communicate with you. I'm sure you've come to realize this sort of tragedy has a knack for following someone for a very long, long time. I mean, even a slight political controversy can maintain a life of it's own over decades. Surely this unnecessary death can be given the same attention of human interest.

Lest I forget my manners George, let me tell you who I am. Basically to you, I'm just an ordinary everyday human being who keeps up to date on local and National news via various media outlets. I read, listen and follow those stories I feel are of importance to me, as well as to the vast majority of the public in these current times. The George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin story was most surely one of these stories.

You see, George, I am also a mother to four adult sons, a law abiding citizen, and a retired but active woman. You are younger than my youngest son, George. I vividly recall when each of my sons were teens as Trayvon was. I could relate. Quite sadly, I could also feel my heart break into a thousand pieces for Trayvon's mother. Losing a child is the ultimate in unbearable pain, which lingers a lifetime.

When the shocking and lethal event took place and was first exposed via TV news, there wasn't much information and of course details were sketchy. Suffice it to say that it seemed like any other crime on the streets, between two individuals, with one being slightly injured and one pronounced dead at the scene. You, who had a gun,quite obviously were not the dead person. The dead person was Trayvon Martin. He was armed with a box of Skittles candies.

I can't imagine what was whirling wildly in your head at the precise moment you realized what you had done, nor what you said once law enforcement arrived on the scene. I wouldn't want to imagine.

You see George, when the strange and complex story began to unfold, exposing all it's various explanations and a few ear-witness depositions became public knowledge, I knew I needn't hear one more word.

Allow me to explain please. I won't bore you with ver batim statements by dozens of people, the time elements or results of the investigations. There was a continual stream of opinions and conjecture. I don't even need to discuss your arrest, trial or shocking verdict. It all may have made for in-depth reporting and allowed the public to be privy to all segments of the saga, but to me it was purely insignificant.

You took a few knocks.

OUCH!  Trayvon swung a few times we see.?
OUCH! Trayvon swung a few times we see.?

A simple but hard core FACT

Please bear with me George, as I back up a bit. I understand that you were very active in your "Neighborhood Watch," group. This is commendable. All Communities should establish these watch groups as concerned citizens and responsible parents. It is always advisable to be alert and aware of any possibility of danger or potential crime that might occur in or around our homes. We have the right to feel safe and secure.

As I recall your version of how the evening went down, you were driving in your truck, on your way to the store, or were returning home from the store? Again,this is simply not important, wouldn't you agree?

At some point in your drive, you took notice of a young man walking in your neighborhood. A few things about this young man seemed to trouble you.You then stopped your truck to focus better. You did not recognize this young man as belonging in your neighborhood, he was not following the provided pathway or sidewalk and he was wearing a hoodie. You became immediately very suspicious and decided this young man was more than likely up to no good. You did not move your glare from this person. He wasn't making any noise, he hadn't been creeping around like a stalker or peeping Tom, nor did he break a window or cause any property damage. However George,you were sure he intended to do exactly this.

Because you had this terribly uneasy feeling about this young man, you did the right thing for your neighborhood and called the police. After all, there had been recent break-ins at one or two of your neighbors and you were justifiably concerned about this stranger in the hoodie. Well George, this is fine. This is what a member of the Neighborhood Watch group should do. Call law enforcement asap.

We came to learn this young male stranger in the hoodie walking between the buildings was Trayvon Martin. By the time you had made the call to the police, Trayvon had also noticed you, staring at him intently and following his every move. We cannot know what he may have been thinking, but even that is not important. You had been assured the police were on their way. You were specifically told by the dispatcher to remain in your vehicle and await the arrival of police.

However, as soon as Trayvon was beyond your sight, you were compelled to get out of your vehicle to track him and keep your visual on him. This is where you lost me, George. What part of the words, Neighborhood WATCH do you have difficulty in understanding? Perhaps you are deaf and did not hear what everyone else heard via audiotape from the Police Dispatcher who specifically warned you, "Do not get out of your vehicle!" Was that your problem George? You're deaf?

Let's try to imagine the very probable sequence of events had you simply remained in your truck, waiting for law enforcement to arrive. After all, you were safe and you had your phone. When law enforcement arrived, you could have given a description of Trayvon and point the police in the direction you last saw him walking away. This would have been simple and appropriate.


Allow me to help you figure this out. Had you taken heed of the dispatcher's instruction and remained in your vehicle, you and Trayvon would not have encountered one another. There would have been no confrontation, no conversation, no scuffle. Trayvon would have eventually wandered off to his father's home, which was his destination in the first place. You could have given the police a report and the evening would have simply concluded as most evenings do. You'd have dutifully fulfilled your Neighborhood Watch responsibility. Bravo, George.

Yes, these are the real facts of the matter. When you insisted upon stepping out of your vehicle, you clearly set the deadly scene in motion that led to the death of Trayvon, your subsequent arrest and the rest of this tragic,unforgivable travesty.

No, I don't want to know about your damned history. I most definitely do not want to hear of Trayvon's background nor adolescent transgressions. It's not at all important to know if his parents were divorced or what sort of marriage you and your wife had. Who the hell cares?

I need to know why you didn't simply keep your damned aspiring-cop ass in your truck. I demand to know why you pulled your gun against an unarmed young man who may or may NOT have attacked you as you claim. You see, I simply don't believe your tale about the struggle over your gun. I imagine what that tells you is you're lucky I wasn't a member of the jury. I could not and would not have agreed to let you completely off-the-hook for the murder of Trayvon.

Nonetheless, like the rest of the public, I felt this story had begun to fade away and that George Zimmerman was no longer a source of profile news. I didn't think about you one more moment.

The problem is, you kept popping up in the news. You had no clue what it means to count your blessings and lay low. You ignored the fact that it may have been advisable to tend to your self and family while maintaining a peaceful, law abiding life. Did the OJ saga teach you nothing??

We read of your DWI speeding and the nonsense story that went along with it. The police received a domestic disturbance call from your wife, who in fact, divorced you fairly soon after the trial. You had become violent and abusive. Another domestic 911 call, this time from a girlfriend, claiming physical abuse and broken glass. Tsk tsk, George. Can you not behave yourself?

It's claimed that you George, have serious anger issues. Anger issues yet you still not only own a gun, but carry it always. Since your trial you have used your temper while weilding your gun to intimidate. These are reported facts.

Then again, just last week, you were chased in your car and shot in the face by a man who allegedly had issues with you. There appeared to be several individuals who had issues with you. I haven't listened to the details on this latest fiasco. I don't care what it's about.

All I know is that incident is what prompted me to finally decide to write this letter to you.

Now you can put a match to my letter for all I care, George. You certainly have a habit of starting a number of damaging fires in your life. What are you all about George Zimmerman? You killed an innocent,unarmed young man. You shot him dead. Good God Man, face your demons.

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fpherj48 7 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey special lady....I'm not surprised you mention our little friend, Casey. I thought about her only a couple of days ago. Can't begin to imagine what she's doing....working? What's going on between George & Cindy, Casey & Lee....the world's most dysfunctional family....

Amazing how they just keep breezing through life with the blood of a precious innocent child on their hands.

Reality is tough to face, but IMHO, they all played their own twisted part in that baby's ultimate demise. Thanks SFAM.....Love you.


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Sunshine625 7 months ago from Orlando, FL

I wonder what George is up to these days, he's been very quiet, he's bound to hit the local news once again since as we know, George doesn't know how to lay low like Casey does.


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fpherj48 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh how sweet blue, you still care! I've been around, just not as much as usual.

Yes, that's true. No one really cares to be covert about anything. Just a clear indication that boldness is spreading & it's now up to the victim to prove wrong doing by the perp. In your face challenging has grown popular......Thanks for touching base. I will get around to checking your site. I think about you. I see "Jason" (is that his name?) writes a lot like you, or at least some of the same topics. I've read his work. Like you, he's a brainiac! Love, Paula


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somethgblue 9 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

I thought for sure something may have happened to you or you were on vacation because I hadn't seen any of your comments lately, good to see your still vacillating on a regular basis.

I was just thinking about how the Government in the past would simply eliminate the witnesses in the cases where they're clearly wrong, such as Waco and Ruby Ridge, while not exactly the same scenario . . . now they don't even try to hide their injustices.


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fpherj48 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

diane....Yes, despite selectivity during voir dire, there can never be assurance on the objectivity of jurors. A jury panel is no place for a weak-willed nor uninformed person.

Too bad this in itself was not the worst issue with this case.

Thanks for stopping by. Peace, Paula


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dianetrotter 9 months ago from Fontana

It's unfortunate that reasonable people were not selected for the jury. It's sad how one juror can manipulate the juror.


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fpherj48 9 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

moon......Hi there. Yes, we've had a few too many GUILTY be allowed to remain free & unpunished. It's a painful thing to witness and too shocking to understand.

I'm glad you brought up the "Avery" case. That story in it's entirety is one that is enough to blow our minds. I am impressed that you are confident in your opinion. I stopped reading, listening and looking so deeply into this insane tragedy! I had to or I'd have imploded.

I vacillated every hour on the hour. No high profile case I've ever followed has caused me such frustration & doubt. I'm uncomfortable suspecting that my struggle can be explained by the miscarriage of justice that occurred so many years ago. I want to believe my ability to reason is stronger and smarter than that.

I would LOVE to have someone like you around to discuss this back & forth until I am as clear cut convinced as you!! Peace, Paula


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moonlake 9 months ago from America

I don't know what is wrong with jurors in our country. They let people like George Zimmerman and Casey Anthony back on the streets.

Now this thing going on about Steven Avery. That man is guilty.


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You must be looking in the mirror when you say that!!! LOL


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dianetrotter 11 months ago from Fontana

Same to you. You are beautiful inside and out!


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fpherj48 11 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Diane....I am flattered to have you as a follower. It takes a whole lot for me to lose my cool. This case nearly blew the top of my head off. It warms my heart that the vast majority of Americans see this as it is.....the way I have described in my letter. Of the many comments here, all but ONE are in complete agreement. As for the ONE denier.....I took care of him with my right hook!

I take just so much nonsense & ignorance and then I POUNCE!! "Happy New Year to you & yours!!" Peace, Paula


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dianetrotter 11 months ago from Fontana

Paula, I love you! I woke up, read your comment on my Hub, laughed and looked you up.

It is obvious. Those who want to villainize Black people will believe anything they hear to the point of defying logic. Even though they see the evidence, they thing there is a conspiracy.

I am most surprised at some of the people I have communicated with, and agreed with, on HP. God is not a racist. He is just. Discussions like this take the cover off bigots.

Thank you for writing this. I am now "Following You!"


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

True, Dana.....getting away with murder, bigotry, theft, rape, savage acts of terrorism....just about any disgusting and criminal act possible.

We will never come far enough as long as even one small group of human beings exist, who insist THEY own and control the world.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your input. Peace, Paula


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Dana Tate 14 months ago from LOS ANGELES

It seems that no matter how far we have come, we still have a long way to go. It's sad that in this day and age people are still getting away with murder.


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

ps...Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. There have been so many "incidents" of this nature in the past year, it has become a serious National concern.

All we can to is hope they tone down the rhetoric, keep the communications peaceful & constructive & bring about results.

It's a real disillusionment to know that racism has reared its ugly head after decades of progress. How did this happen during the administration of a black President?

I guess we all know that answer.

Thank you again ps......Peace, Paula


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

blue...I'm back my love ad I brought the whipped cream....:)

At the end of the day, it's incidents like this that encourage people to look deeply, mostly into ourselves.

What you present here is worth serious consideration by anyone trying to understand. To close our minds to any and all possibilities is a mistake. The creation of fear, hatred & paranoia is a game that's been played for centuries.

The originators could not have expected that enough human beings would evolve into "independent thinkers," who have awareness. I would agree with you however, that there are not near enough of the thinkers!

Thanks blue......Love ya, Paula


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pstraubie48 15 months ago from sunny Florida

This whole incident kept us on edge waiting for more hatred and violence to erupt...it saddens me so much that so much turns into a media circus and the truth is twisted and often never known.

The only ones who ever really know what happens is those directly involved and usually one of them is not here to tell us their side.

Wishing and hoping for more peace and thoughtful consideration on all sides of any issue....perhaps that really is just wishful thinking but I remain an eternal optimist.

Thank you for sharing this with your candor and carefully chosen words, Paula.

Angels are headed your way this morning ps


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

blue, my love....thanks for your nice long comment. I'll be back to comment when I have more time. You know how much I adore spending time with you......Forgive me. Grandchildren duties!!


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fpherj48 15 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Big E....While I can appreciate your opinion, I am not of that belief. What happened (I don't believe for one moment ) had anything to do with George's "color," but rather the "person" he is.

Even IF a black man, George would have his issues and delusions of grandeur. Even as black, he'd be stupid, unstable & "looking for his claim to fame."

His refusal to sit back and let the law handle his report and his INSISTENCE to ignore what he was told BUT to pursue Trayvon was based solely on his self-created and unwarranted zealousness. He imagines himself a "Marshall Dillon." He's a simple nut case with a GUN!! It really is that simple AND TRAGIC.

We all have our own opinion and way of looking at situations. I truly appreciate your input. A lot of people certainly would agree with you.

George hasn't been in the headlines lately.....maybe someone bound him and shoved him a basement somewhere! We can only hope.

Thanks & have a good day......Peace, Paula


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somethgblue 15 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Although the act itself was reprehensible regardless of skin color, the travesty was the so-called 'trial' and 'investigation' that followed.

Clearly there was some bias being represented and I for one do not believe this was just a coincidence or product of our society.

The manner in which the investigation and trial unfolded showed their was an agenda to create controversy and scandal, this was dog 'n' pony show for the public to incite hatred, confusion and fear and it worked.

All of these so-called black on white police shootings are just what the doctor ordered for race riots and they work, with a little help from George Soros (he spent 33 million of the Ferguson riots) to help encourage the old Cabal tactic of divide and conquer public opinion.

The public is being played like a cheap banjo (remember the Confederate flag issue?, I live in the South and no one cares down here, except the few truly ignorant).

Manipulating public opinion is sooo incredible easy when the majority of Americans have been dummied down to the sixth grade level.

Remember the show Are You Smarter Than A Sixth Grader, The Cabal is literally rubbing America's face in the fact that they are being taught to be ignorant and to embrace and defend their ignorance.

Most people don't believe in conspiracies because they have been conditioned to embrace 'contempt prior to investigation' and ACTUALLY prefer to have their Television do their thinking for them.

The Cabal knows that the majority of America will NEVER investigate anything on their own and have created sites like FB to promote rumor, gossip and speculation based on ignorance and hate.

IF GEORGE ZIMMERMAN WERE BLACK, is exactly the kind of tripe that The Cabal wants to hear and it wouldn't surprise me to learn that the comment was made by a Government Paid Troll.

Murder is murder, pure and simple and the color of your skin changes nothing.


big E 15 months ago

My issue is if George Zimmerman was black when he approached Trayvon Martin there would not have been a fight most likely.

Robert Downey Jr, John Griffin, and Rachel Doezel showed the world it is possible for a white person to change their appearance to black. I think it would help if they took all the white cops and security and have them go undercover as black cops and security. Black skin would have been a security guard for George Zimmerman the security guard.


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well, by Golly...I'd say we are all 3 .. in excellent company!! Shall we call it "The BULL Ring?"......LOL


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Randy Godwin 16 months ago from Southern Georgia

I was including myself in the mix along with you guys, Paula. :)


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I honestly don't know whether you're referring to Daniel.....or to me?

Not that we BOTH don't have our share of BULL......I'm just wondering. LOL


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Randy Godwin 16 months ago from Southern Georgia

Now there's an actual example of authentic bull$hit if I've ever seen it! :P


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Nice to hear that in the future, you WILL resist & refrain from sharing your bovine reference...which does not qualify as humor, dear blue.....especially while I am starving off the 10 lbs I have gained over the summer Bar-B-Que season!! "Touchy, touchy topic" for any woman. Men place their very lives at risk attempting humor of any kind in these circumstances.....

Should you be interested, I have an official list of words and/or phrases for all men to avoid when conversing with women, to include the corresponding times and topics. I'm all for helping men to live longer...........(smile)


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somethgblue 16 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Sorry I couldn't resist, I will refrain from sharing my bovine humor with you.


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You mustn't fall out of your chair, my love. How saddened I would be if you injured that gorgeous specimen of the male anatomy before I am afforded the opportunity to ravage it.

Of course, one more subtle mention of "heffers" and/or "mooing" and you shall be rendered the lone bull in the pen with absolutely nothing to do.........Such an udder tragedy...............Hugs, Effer


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somethgblue 16 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Speaking of shocked, I nearly fell out of my chair when I read you had absolutely nothing to say.

Granted most of the time your comments are insightful, deep and bordering on genius but for you to be utterly speechless and lacking of coherent thought boggles the mind.

If in the future that ever happens again, might I suggest 'mooing' until you get your voice back . . . just a thought.


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

LOL....a little anger never scares me.....especially online! we're pretty safe that way! Thanks Randy....


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Randy Godwin 16 months ago from Southern Georgia

Thanks Paula, I didn't comment before because I was so pissed off at the time I was afraid I would comment too adversely about Zimmerman. I did vote this hub up and interesting at the time. :)

Got your email just now. :)


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fpherj48 16 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

You READ my hub long ago and didn't COMMENT? Hmmm...I've done that only once in 4 years and I think it was because I had absolutely nothing to say, which shocked me into a semi-coma.

You needn't publicize your email......My private email is no secret at all....it's fpherj48@aol.com......You can send me yours...and I'll proceed to contact you. Thanks so much!


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Randy Godwin 16 months ago from Southern Georgia

Paula, I tried to send you an email via your fan mail as you did on mine. I wondered if this aspect is still working now.

If it isn't I will give you my email address here and you can remove it after jotting it down.

Great hub, by the way. I read it shortly after you published it here. :)


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

MT......But as you can see.....this story is long gone and forgotten. Only Trayvon's loved ones are left to grieve and miss him. George is free to carry on like the crazy idiot he is. One day his Karma will come.


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Minnetonka Twin 17 months ago from Minnesota

Nice job writing this letter to George-I have to guess it was a healing process. This story really tugs at my heart. That poor little boy had no idea that there was a monster in the neighborhood that night disguised as a neighborhood watch person. Just tragic!


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh my blue....I wouldn't expect you to have my back if you don't agree with me!.....But you're a doll. (big sloppy kiss w/ lots of tongue action......OMG.....correction: naughty doll.

What you suggest is not at all a stretch to believe. I'm so ready & willing to believe "THEY" are capable of any and all dastardly planned and staged events. I have Zero trust at this point......myself and an ever growing vast number of people who are paying any attention at all.

Yes nicomp....We forgive you. You may rejoin the group now... LOL


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somethgblue 17 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Effer, I will always have your back even if I don't agree with you.

I think their just might be much more to this story than either one of you realizes. Haven't both of you noticed how the police are being used to create racial tension in this country . . . they want anarchy, riots and chaos, so they will have an excuse for Martial Law.

George Soros spent $33 million dollars to pay for the riots and demonstration in Detroit and Baltimore, both police actions very similar to the Zimmerman vs Martin event . . . its almost as if they are staging these events to elicit a response by the public.

Oh and I found the quote by the eye witness that said they saw one of the men straddling the other grounding and pounding MMA style but it was mixed in with eye witness testimony from witnesses that were changing their story every other day.

Hopefully it would be a big sloppy kiss with lots of tongue action . . .

Uncle . . . that is good and humble, a quality not many possess ,perhaps I was to harsh, I have been known to get like that.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

(sigh)......My HERO, Blue. Chivalry is not dead... I became so upset and frustrated, I simply wasn't going to print another word. Thank you so much. This is worth a drive to Tennessee to give you a ..KISS!

nicomp......I don't think you hollered "Uncle" loudly or meaningful enough!


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nicomp 17 months ago from Ohio, USA

Uncle.


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somethgblue 17 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

and another story in Yahoo.News has the four witnesses changing their story like most people change their underwear.

Here is a link to that story . . .

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/trayvon-martin...


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somethgblue 17 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Here is an interview by Anderson Cooper that completely destroys nicom-poops story.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/anderson-cooper-intervi...

On Tuesday’s AC360, CNN’s Anderson Cooper spoke with two witnesses, Mary Cutcher and her roommate Selma Mora Lamilla, who were at the scene of the gated community, The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford, Florida, the night Trayvon Martin was shot to death by George Zimmerman.

“So you heard some sort of whining, some sort of commotion outside?” Cooper asked.

“We were in the kitchen, with the window open and the blinds pulled. So we had complete view from outside,” Cutcher explained.

Cooper asked her what was the first thing she saw.

“By that time, you hear like a shot — like some other noise,” Lamilla described.

“You heard the gunshot?” Cooper interjected.

“Yeah, I run away from my backyard and when I just get into the point of my — like my screen, it stopped me, I look at the person on his knees on top of a body,” Lamilla elaborated.

RELATED: Lawrence O’Donnell On Zimmerman 911 Tape: ‘I Believe What We Have Here Is Evidence Of A Police Cover-Up’

“So you saw Mr. Zimmerman on top of Trayvon Martin?” Cooper questioned.

“Trayvon, exactly,” Lamilla said.

“When you say on top of, how so?” the CNN anchor pressed.

“Straddling him,” Cutcher replied.

“His legs were straddling him?” Cooper followed up.

“One on each side, on his knees, with his hands on his back. I immediately thought, okay, obviously if it’s the shooter, he would have ran,” Cutcher detailed. “I thought he’s holding the wound, helping the guy taking a pulse, making sure he’s okay. When she called to him three times, everything okay, what’s going on? Each time he looked back, didn’t say anything and then the third time he finally said, ‘just call the police.'”

“But at that time it was so dark,” Lamilla added. “I just saw this person. When she started calling the police, I saw Zimmerman walking with — touching like his hair, like kind of like confused back and forth to the body.”

Lamilla and Cutcher described Zimmerman pacing around the body, following the shooting, and disputed that there was any indication of a fight.


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somethgblue 17 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Here is the first part of the article nil-comprendhe is referring too

The shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman and the investigation leading up to the murder trial has spanned 16 months and many legal bombshells.

NOTICE NO MENTION OF TREYVON SITTING ON MR. Z's CHEST . . . this is called disinformation a common troll-tard tactic.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/george-zimmerman-trayvon-...

Here is a recap of how the case has unfolded:

Feb. 26, 2012 – At about 7:17 pm George Zimmerman shoots Trayvon Martin as the 17-year-old is walking back from a convenience store in Sanford, Fla., Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, had called 911 about the "suspicious teen" and allegedly followed him. He immediately told police he shot Martin in self-defense after a scuffle. He is taken into custody but released that night. No charges are filed.

March 8, 2012 - Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the teenager's parents, create a Change.org petition calling for Zimmerman's arrest. Within 10 days it would have 200,000 signatures, and would swell at the pace of about 10,000 signatures an hour for several days.

March 9: Two weeks after Martin was killed, Trayvon Martin's family attorney Benjamin Crump demands that police release the 911 tapes or make an arrest. Police declined to comment at the time, but told ABC News the tapes would be released the following week.

March 13: Sanford Police Chief Billy Lee said there is no evidence to dispute Zimmerman's assertion that he shot Martin in self defense. That same day the lead investigator on the case Chris Serino files an affidavit recommending Zimmerman be charged with manslaughter.

March 16: Martin's family first hears 911 calls made the night of the shooting. The cries for help send the boy's mother screaming from the room and prompted his father to declare, "He killed my son," a family representative tells ABC News. In a letter a day earlier Zimmerman's father insists it was George's voice crying for help. Tracy Martin's account is later disputed, when a police officer quotes Martin as saying the voice crying out was not his son.

March 19: The U.S. Justice Department announces it will investigate Martin's death.

March 22, 2012 – State Attorney Norm Wolfinger recuses himself from the case, does not provide an explanation. Sanford police chief Bill Lee announces he will resign "temporarily." Rallies calling for George Zimmerman's arrest start taking place across the nation.

March 23, 2012 - President Obama comments on the case, saying he thinks the shooting should be investigated and telling reporters: "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott appoints state attorney Angela Corey as a special prosecutor to look into the case. He also creates a task force to look into the state's "stand your ground" self-defense law.

March 26, 2012 - Martin's family confirms that Martin had been in Sanford visiting his father because he was suspended from school after school officers found a plastic bag containing traces of marijuana in his backpack.

March 28, 2012 – ABC News obtains surveillance video from the Sanford Police station showing George Zimmerman in police custody and without significant visible injuries approximately an hour after the shooting is released. Later, enhanced video show marks to his head and a swollen nose.

April 3, 2012 - The FBI announces it has opened its own investigation into the Martin shooting.

April 9, 2012 - Zimmerman launches TheRealGeorgeZimmerman.com, replete with a paypal account for donations for his legal fund.

April 10, 2012 – In a bizarre press conference, Zimmerman's attorneys, Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner, announce they have lost contact with their client and no longer represent him.


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somethgblue 17 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

By all accounts, research and intuition, I would have to say that is exactly what we are dealing with here. Either an incredibly insecure intelligence or a child, I'm leaning toward the latter.

So far I have read six articles (picked at random) by this writer 'nicomp' and they all follow the same pattern, the immature wit of an adolescent mind trying to be clever, while essentially saying absolutely nothing.

I kept hoping as I read the meaningless banter, weak rhetoric and incessant raillery that it would actually lead to a point but it never did.

The problem I have is this seemingly innocent act of being confused and not understanding, it is the kind of defense you would expect from a six year old.

If we are dealing with someone that is mentally impaired it would be understandable but the entire point of your article is if Mr. Z never leaves his truck and allows the police to do what our tax dollars pay them to do, no murder takes place, at least not by Mr. Z.

A common troll-tard tactic is to agree with you and then bring in disinformation to the story, or some theme that distracts the author from the main point.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if 'nil-comprendhe' was a paid troll, these are classic troll tactics. Notice they didn't make one comment on any of my hubs related to the information in the article.

Notice they introduce disinformation to the comments section here that wasn't part of your article, so in affect compelling you to defend a position not even a part of your article.

Personally I think Hub Pages does the serious writers on this site a disservice by allowing these trolls to spread their disease but hey they don't consult me when making policy.

Great Article Effer, keep up the good work.


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nicomp 17 months ago from Ohio, USA

If you can use Google, abc news covered the trial and documented the testimony of the two witnesses , on abcnews.com, i think. I found it in a few seconds : you should be able to do the same. OK?


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

nicomp.....OK, unfortunately, I'm beginning to totally "understand" what Blue says about the games you play w/ everyone. You continue to discuss an issue that I am quite sure is NOT a fact. As in, it's not TRUE. Therefore, anything you say from that point is simply moot. I ASKED you to provide your proof of this. You ignored my request. This does not automatically make what you SAY to be a fact in this case.

From DAY one the reports from the POLICE was that there was not a single "eye witness" to the altercation between Trayvon & George.

George may have fabricated that tale....but again, he has proven himself a compulsive LIAR...not to mention the fact that he gave 4 DIFFERENT scenarios, one after each time the investigators made it clear that according to ALL evidence, "It could not have happened the way GZ claimed it did." How DUMB can anyone be?

If "eye witnesses" SUDDENLY came forward, there should not be a shred of doubt that this was 100% Prosecutorial misconduct.....(if you don't KNOW that this occurs every single day in the Courtrooms of this Justice System of ours, you are sorely lacking Judicial knowledge.)

"Under oath" oh excuse me......yeah, what the hell difference does that make to a Liar that has been coerced and protected by Prosecutors......

Aside from this BULL......had Trayvon such an advantage that you describe......George gave him opportunity to do so by leaving HIS TRUCK AND APPROACHING TRAYVON. I do not need to repeat this again. YOU need to understand and STOP blaming the victim....the BLACK victim. You may as well tell me outright that you are a racist and will repeat any old crap just to blame it on the black dude.

In no report, official document nor transcript is there testimony of what you claim. "On his back being pummeled!!"

What is truly SILLY is you continuing to INSIST that Unarmed means something other than what it MEANS in plain, accurate English and most unequivocally in a Court of Law!!!! You insult my intelligence. Shame on you.

You can argue law with me until you're green in the face, but without knowing what you're saying, it will not get past ME.

The POINT here is if you did in fact agree with everything I said up to the part about Trayvon being "innocent & unarmed"......you actually did not agree with anything else I said. Because my opinion leads directly to the fact that GEORGE WAS TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERY LAST OCCURRENCE THAT NIGHT INCLUDING THE MURDER OF AN INNOCENT UNARMED YOUNG MAN.

If you pulled that crap in court in front of a Judge about stating Trayvon was "ARMED" with his fists.....you'd get one Judicial admonishment & if you said it again, you'd be charged with contempt and hauled away.

If your intention is to reply by repeating the sheer nonsense...please understand this discussion is over. I will not waste my time with an adult behaving like a child just telling the same lie over and over.

OH, but it's been such fun, nicomp! Have a good evening!


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nicomp 17 months ago from Ohio, USA

The characterization is silly because TM pummeled GZ and probably would have permanently injured or killed him with his (unarmed) fists.

When someone is sitting on your chest bloodying your face, they are not unarmed.

And there were witnesses. The prosecution called two people who, under oath, testified that GZ was on the losing end of a fight. One of them testified that GZ was on his back being pummeled.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

HUH??? Says WHO? Precisely from Where or what did you get this scenario of George on his back & Trayvon pummeling him??

There was not a single person around to view any altercation.....& only 1 or 2 who claimed to have heard anything.

By the time the police arrived...TRAYVON LAY ON THE GROUND, DEAD.....WITH MIGHTY MORON STANDING THERE LOOKING AS STUPID AS HE IS.

I'm afraid I would insist on proof of the garbage you've repeated.

Actually I WISH that were a true story. At least we could be assured Trayvon got a few good punches in before his last breath!!

Excuse me nicomp, but WHY is "unarmed" a silly characterization? Because you think so? Tell us please.....how do you refer to an individual who is not in possession of a weapon??? The term is UNARMED. Nothing silly about it! Please don't try to divert with me. I don't budge easily. A fair & respectful debate please!


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nicomp 17 months ago from Ohio, USA

GZ was on his back, TM sitting on him, pummeling him in the "ground and pound" style of MMA fighting. Unarmed is a silly characterization.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

nicomp......Either agree, disagree or a combo of both, as in your case....are A-OK with me. I have 2 comments in response.

1. George has been proven numerous times to be a LIAR....therefore I place no credence in anything he says about having been attacked. Maybe he was, maybe he's full of crap. The other party is dead. This gives me the right to think what I feel is more credible.

2. In the possible scenario Trayvon DID attack Jerkoff Zimmerman, a.) When one is approached after dark by a total stranger, confronted with questions in a show of authoritative, obtrusive attitude, self defense is understandable. Please do not ignore my central point! GZ set himself up to be attacked by GETTING OUT OF HIS FRIGGING TRUCK. I'm becoming a bit annoyed at some readers who are going above, beyond and around the whole point of my opinion....WHICH IS: NONE of the tragic activity happens that night if George the pathetic wanna-be-cop A$$hole STAYS IN HIS TRUCK. That's the CRUX...the whole point! Period the end!

The human body ("FISTS").....is/are not lethal unless one is a master at one of the Martial Arts. You are smart enough to know this....please don't grasp at nonsense straws. Trayvon was in fact..unarmed! ALSO, at the time he was INNOCENT....what do you believe he was guilty of?? Walking? Talking on his phone? Crossing lots? Carrying skittles? BULL CRAP!

Zimmerman is mentally deranged!

Thanks for reading and also for the follow. I have read one of your hubs and see some others I'd like to read. (I'm sorry blue was so rude to you.....I've known him a long time. He must be in a negative cycle.) He's normally a nice guy.......I was a little surprised. You took it well.


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nicomp 17 months ago from Ohio, USA

I was with you up to "innocent unarmed." Zimmerman was attacked, his attacker was not innocent and was armed with fists.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

FA......Some of the high profile defendants in recent History have been clever enough to lay low and try to get on with some form of life while avoiding the ire of the public.

Then there are the self-absorbed idiots like OJ, who apparently kept insisting that he get locked up, because he finally IS. Linda Sue tells me she read somewhere that Casey attended a "MOTHER'S DAY" event......Yes, you read correctly. Casey, "Mother of the Century."

It's enough to baffle us!


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FlourishAnyway 18 months ago from USA

This makes me think that it'd be interesting to see a hub on famous cases in which the defendant was found not guilty (or otherwise escaped punishment) and what happened to them afterwards. OJ, Casey Anthony, Ted Kennedy, etc.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Au fait Whether 2 cents or beyond, your comments are priceless. I for one appreciate opinions, especially from wise,rational adults. I too feel the Stand your ground law is valuable, when used in it's appropriate way. However, as you presented so well, WHO is to judge the fear perception of the potential victim? Always the "but" we must consider. I DO recall the incident of the Japanese exchange student. Sad.

Will have to search for the NYC subway story. That's one that got past me. Sounds interesting.

Mr. Zimmerman I'm afraid has written much too much on the wall, both prior to and certainly since the Trayvon Martin tragedy. I so agree with you, C.E........some people have way too much time on their hands and nothing creative nor productive to do with that time but snoop and stalk under the guise of "justice."

Thank you so much for your much appreciated input!


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas

Definitely a frustrating issue and there have been many in the news the last several months. Sometimes hard to know what really happened because all witnesses saw something different.

I didn't hear about George getting out of his car against advice from 911 dispatchers. He definitely should have followed those orders and none of these other things would have happened. If George was merely taking it upon himself to investigate what he considered to be a suspicious person, he just shouldn't have done it. It's above his pay scale.

I always think it's sad that some people must cause problems for other people simply because they have no life of their own. You know, the busybodies, the wannabe cops, and all those perfect people who want everyone to be perfect just like themselves. They get a hair caught crosswise over some pretty ridiculous things that shouldn't even warrant being on the radar. Who doesn't look suspicious sometimes? And by whose judgment are they looking suspicious?

I understand the stand your ground law. We've had it here in Texas (but not called by that name) since before I moved here 32 years ago. Without a doubt it is abused sometimes, but I do think a person should have the right to protect and defend themselves. Up north where I'm from, if someone wants to rape or kill you, you must allow it and all but assist them, because if they are killed in your effort to save yourself YOU will be the person doing to jail.

I like the stand your ground law and it may be the only redeeming quality Texas has. At the same time I have heard of times it was abused here, and in neighboring states as well. The problem comes in when we have to decide if someone was truly in danger when they killed someone. Sometimes it seems painfully clear that in fact the killer was never in any true danger, however we can't get inside their head and the law says if a person feels or senses in some way that they are in danger or threatened, they can use lethal force to protect/defend themselves. That is the most important part of that law because when we start second guessing people we basically nullify that law. Different people feel threatened under different circumstances and that's the risk people take when they do certain things.

Frankly, I'm surprised anyone ever tries to burglarize a home or business in Texas. No telling what they'll find on the other side of the door or window or whatever, that they break in through. Citizens inside have the right to drop them right there, no questions asked, and that has been the law for a long time. Every resident who has lived here for very long must surly know it, so why put oneself in danger? Don't even go to a house whose occupants you don't know and knock on the door. Here all through the South there is the danger you will be shot dead just for moving towards someone's house. Just for stepping off the public walk onto their private property with one little foot. So don't do it.

Remember the Japanese exchange student who was killed? He and a friend were on their way to a Halloween party, NOT in costume, and they accidentally went to the wrong house. The Japanese kid was walking away from the house and back to the car he came in when the homeowner shot him dead. How wrong was that?? He presented no risk walking away from the house, yet that home owner got off free saying he and his wife felt in danger.

When in the South you really must be careful because not everyone is responsible in utilizing the stand your ground law. There are some very dull people (talking IQ here) who are extremely dangerous with that law and a few other things that are legal here.

I think people need to have the right to protect themselves, but I don't think that always applies. George, in this situation, purposely put himself in possible danger by pursuing someone he should not have pursued and did so against the advice of the dispatch authorities. I think that's different than George walking along minding his own business and is unexpectedly attacked by someone, or George stopped at a traffic light, again minding dis own business, and someone walks up and starts trying to break into his car while he's stuck at a red light.

George should never have gotten out of his vehicle. Just as I don't believe the guy in Louisiana was in any danger from the exchange student walking away from him towards his own vehicle, I don't believe George would have needed to defend himself had he done the right thing in the first place. In fact I think the argument for Trayvon 'standing his ground' could be made, since it was George who followed him and presented a threat to him for no obvious reason.

You'll be glad to know that our Texas Legislature, just Saturday in special session, passed an open carry law that applies not only everywhere generally, but to college/university campuses. Yes, students, professors, anyone at all licensed to carry a gun in the first place, can now do so. They can strap on a holster and carry a loaded gun on our campuses just like in Gun Smoke and Paladin. I don't know about you, but I feel safer everywhere I go already. (I'm being facetious, for those people who don't understand sarcasm.)

A lot of unfortunate sad events where people are being killed who shouldn't be. I think we should hire a few of those cops who were visiting from, was it Sweden? The ones who settled a fight on the subway in New York City without killing anybody. Remember hearing about that? Just 2-3 months ago or so.

Well, enough rambling for today. Think I've gone beyond 2¢, maybe all the way to a quarter.

Well done on a subject that needs the awareness and discussion of the public. Voted up and sharing with followers. Also pinned to Awesome HubPages.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Maria.....as much as I believe in our American Judicial System, I am also often appalled at the many unacceptable games that are played at the expense of the public and too often, the "victim."

Defense Attorneys are fiercely driven to transform the accused into the "victim." Depending on what twists & turns, lies and cover-ups they utilize, juries find themselves backed into corners with their minds having been poisoned. This is what it is. O.J.? Casey Anthony?? Can we not clearly see the miscarriage of just these 2 blatantly outrageous verdicts?

Thanks for adding your response to my letter. I always appreciate your input....Peace to you dear Maria.


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marcoujor 18 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

OMG, effer...I read this when you first wrote it and was too !@#$ to leave a comment.

I am agog at a jury system that would allow that man to continue to be in the news today.

Your letter is amazing. I agree with your last comment but feel so skeptical still.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

DEE.......I hope the people who were biased and/or foolish enough to have supported Zimmerman in any way...to any degree, have come to terms with how very very WRONG they were.

You're correct....George is not quite done making his mark in Society....he could have easily been shot to death just recently.....

If he has any brains whatsoever, he will move far away, live a quiet, peaceful life and stop trying to be something HE IS NOT AND NEVER WILL BE.


Deeonlee1 18 months ago

I wonder what all the people who broke their necks giving this man money to defend himself feel like now. So many of them made Zimmerman into a hero and argued at length how he was right to do what he did that night. They tore apart Trayvon's life as if to prove what a degenerate he was. Whatever he did as a youth was not justification for his death. I believe that we have not seen the last of Zimmerman. I also believe that he will kill someone else and all the people who argued that he had no choice but to do what he did on that night will maybe then see what kind of person he is and always has been. Too late for Trayvon and his family however.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

I know GF......once we fall in, it's all over!


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York

It's more than a crack Paula, it's a chasm!


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Comfort.....So nice to meet you. All we can do is make sure our children are well aware of the dangers of "spooky" people who are bent on continual paranoia and vigilantism......There seems to be no such thing as feeling safe or free any more. How sad that our kids have to learn: TRUST NO ONE!.......Paula


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Til...Thank you so much for your interesting and heartfelt comment....Since this tragic incident, I've thought to myself, "I wonder how many times any of my sons may have cut through lots, late at night, with their hoods up (IT GETS COLD HERE !) on their way home from being with friends or coming home from a sporting event?"

A mother should have to worry that her child may be shot dead because he doesn't look familiar and is wearing a hoodie???? And if some strange, spooky looking man approached them out of the blue, knowing my boys, you'd best believe they would DEFEND THEMSELVES!.....They should never arrive home safely?

There is an enormous crack in our system..................God help us.


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ComfortB 18 months ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

It's amazing how tragic events like this shapes and changes our thinking and way of life.

We live in a slightly rural area of Georgia, way in the woods. And, yes it's sometimes chilly with gnats all over your face and all. And many whites, blacks etc. wear hoodies for this reason alone.

But, soon after this tragic Trayvon event I told my teenage sons they can no longer wear their hoodies in public. We already have our share of subtle discrimination. The last thing I want is for anyone I love and care for to become another statistics.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York

I have to say GF you hit this nail square on the head! What didn't he get about WATCH? Unfortunately sometimes neighborhood watchers turn into vigilantes.

I cannot imagine the horror of hearing your son has been shot, for nothing! Losing a child is the worst thing that can happen to a parent, I don't care who they are or what color they are.

Unfortunately in our free society the jury makes the decisions. Sure they hear things we don't, but there is nothing and I mean nothing, to explain this verdict!

Good old George continues to show his true colors. I think you're right, karma may very well catch up with him.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

P.S. I really wish they'd do something with the buttons to share...the print is so darn small and my eyes are old ;)


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Jeannie &

Ruby

Hi ladies.....good to see you. I too believe in the true power of Karma....but in George's case, just as with his fellow moron OJ, karma can stand back and just watch George trip over his own stupid feet!

Thanks for stopping by girls!! :)


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always exploring 18 months ago from Southern Illinois

I couldn't agree with you more. He is a danger to society and should be in prison. Great letter. I hope he reads it...


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Jeannieinabottle 18 months ago from Baltimore, MD

I believe in karma and one day he is going to get what is coming to him. At least everyone knows he is someone that can't be trusted since his face is always on the news. If I ever see him coming down the street, I will run the other direction.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello again Mike, you dear sweet man......The sociopath has become so prevalent these days, it ceases to shock me. The excuses and labels and loopholes to evade responsibility however, enrage me.....

The abuse excuse, "in defense of God," permission to slaughter, the blame game, and the addiction distraction. Anything to justify all manner of egregious behavior and activities....even murder.

Despite all the sputter, legal games, rhetoric & semantics....I'm ever so grateful for clear thinking and common sense....a bit of knowledge in human behavior with a splash of compassion.

This makes it so simple to SEE the ulterior, albeit private motives of those who grapple to defend the undeniably guilty. Thank you for your support. I know why everyone loves you! :)


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mckbirdbks 18 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Certainly the term 'killer' applies. Now, wait, isn't that one of the commandments.

A person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience. This seems to fit it is the definition for sociopath.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Oh Thank you! My days are always great. Best wishes to our resident member of Ekklesia., "the smuggest think tank of Christiandom"...what would the world do without a few? Shhhhh...it's a secret.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

There there now little graceinus.....calm yourself down a bit. You might soil your diaper. I left your comment visible for all to enjoy your opinion. Just as I shall allow all to see the hysterical and child-like rant you've just posted.....tantrums can be interesting. I sure do hope you feel all better now. You get a gold star and a big warm Teddy bear fuzzy for stomping your foot real loud!! Hurray for you!

(I'm afraid all further rants will be trashed due to my attempt at litter-control.) My best to your idol, George................


graceinus 18 months ago from those of the Ekklesia

fpherj48- Oh, I see, I never realized that being an expert in ALL areas of American law is based solely on one's entire family roots which allows or permits one to write an article that strongly implies or suggest that a certain individual who was not found guilty of murder in a court of law and paint him as a cold blood killer now and possibily again at a later date who, without any degree of concern for human life, tracked down his victim, and then shot him down without blinking an eye. Your article should have been a dead give away that you are the most perfect jurist that ever walk the grounds of America. How could I have missed this. Hummmm

And by the way I only made the suggestion only to provide one "possibility" as to why Zimmerman "might have" acted the way he did that lead up to the shooting of Mr. Martin. But hey, who cares right, your family relationship made you an expert on law.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

graceinus....How lovely of you to make a suggestion. BUT:

My late husband was an Attorney, one of his brothers & this brother's son & daughter are Attorneys....son-in-law a City Court Judge. His youngest brother a NY State Supreme Court Judge. My 2 Uncles and 6 cousins are law enforcement Officers and my best friend's husband works for the F.B.I.

I could go on, but I doubt this is necessary. Instead, I will simply return your favor of suggestion. It may help YOU to understand the clear and emphatic gist of my letter to George. I certainly hope so. When you understand that, you will realize your comments are MOOT. Thank you and God Bless.


graceinus 18 months ago from those of the Ekklesia

fpherj48- It may help you understand more on this issue if you research " Citizen's Arrest in the United States." You will be surprized at what you find. 95% of Americans are not even aware of the "LAW".


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Catherine....Thank you for your seriously thoughtful comment. I have come to believe that (other than hard core racists...who deserve no consideration) the VAST majority found this tragedy AND ultimate travesty to be yet another pox on the face of our Country. I quite boldly & intentionally left color completely OUT of my letter. color has no bearing whatsoever.

Of the numerous comments here, only one attempted to "make a case" for Zimmerman-the-wanna-be-cop. This ONE individual totally ignored the blatant gist of my letter....and that is that the entire incident would NOT have occurred but for George's intention to hunt down a human. Based on this, the discussion goes no deeper into the incident.

Therefore I simply refuse to respond to this person. NOT because of his lame effort to support George..he has a right to do that....but because he ignored the the crux of my letter.

Again, thank you for visiting Catherine. I literally feel your justifiable concerns. Peace, Paula


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CatherineGiordano 18 months ago from Orlando Florida

This story haunts me as it does you . I also have a son who was once a teenager. He has brown skin. I now worry about him because of men like George Zimmerman. I first noticed this story because in 2012 when the incident happened because at that time I was doing a found poetry project that I wrote about in my hub "Found Poetry." I did a poem a day based on the news. I ended up doing about 8-10 poems on this incident and it's aftermath. Like OJ, Zimmerman will eventually end up in jail for another crime. He can't seem to help himself. He'll have to be in isolation because the other prisoners will want to administer a little justice of their own. Voted up++


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Martie.....I'm afraid you speak the truth of this reality we all must experience. We're left to defend and protect our loved ones from the pathetic and misguided fools of this world.

Those we need to fear the most, are the snakes who smile and live amongst us, carrying anger within.

It's good to see you my dear Aries friend. I've missed you....Peace, Paula


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MartieCoetser 18 months ago from South Africa

Dear fpher, this is one of too many sad cases on this planet. Lunatics and trigger-happy people should not have guns. Sadly they will find another kind of weapon that would give him the power to manipulate, intimidate and kill.

RIP, Trayvon Martin :(


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

word55.....It is a pleasure to meet you and I appreciate your heartfelt comment. Thank you so much for your prayers. I look forward to getting to know you. Peace, Paula


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word55 18 months ago from Chicago

Wow Ms. Paula, What a step up! I didn't expect to read anything like this on hub pages. I see that there is no limit to what can be read here. My hat's off to you. You're a fighter for justice! Praise God for you! You know, I had just arrived in Atlanta about 11 p.m., traveling back to Chicago from Florida, earlier that tragic day. I had heard on the news about the shooting. It wasn't clear at that time exactly what had happened... Anyway, I 2nd the emotion and sentiments of the letter that you wrote in reference to George Zimmerman. You are part of the community that is going to help this world to become a better place because of the need for justice. I appreciate you as most people should for your stance in this situation alone. I pray that life shall always be a blessing for you, your family, friends and associates because you deserve it whether earned or not. May you receive the desires of your heart. You have certainly touched mine unexpectedly. It's good to know, there's more love in the air. By the way, Dr. Phil's video/interview was impeccable. You gave an astounding presentation. It was so sincere. I can go on and on but I'll end it here.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Well Michael....Good to have you visit. Actually, A kind gentleman reminded me that it's not acceptable to refer to Zimmerman as a "murderer," because the fact is that a court of law and jury of his peers found him "not guilty." Therefore, as you will see I was careful with my verbiage in my letter.

Of course this doesn't mean that the personal belief of the public will change. It won't and it probably shouldn't. I know and you know what the hard core facts of reality are and we are free to have our opinions. I can assure you that no one will ever convince me otherwise. IMHO, Zimmerman is and has been a ticking time bomb. Experience clearly tells us that his form of anger, resentment and sense of entitlement can only grow worse.

As for your "life for life" personal conviction, I'm afraid you and I differ considerably. Perhaps you may want to read my hub on "Capital Punishment?"

Thank you for your generous comment, Michael......Peace, Paula


graceinus 18 months ago from those of the Ekklesia

Open comment to George Zimmerman. With 27 years in Law Enforcement and now retired, I know exactly how it feels to fight and struggle with someone who was hell bent on take my duty weapon away from me. I am sure that if backup had not arrived on time, only one of us would have walked away and only God knows which one.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

MizB.....Glad to see you. You know, I've questioned this since his repeated antics have been popping up every few months. As I see it, his behavior with bullying and anger issues have only been publicized since he made the headlines via the Trayvon Martin killing. This makes me realize that George has had these problems in his life for a very long time, long before Trayvon. We just weren't aware because it never made the news.........years ago he was just an everyday Joe.

There's something very unsettling to me that the man has not had his permit to carry, revoked. I shudder to think it will take another egregious incident for Florida to realize they're letting him slip through awfully wide cracks!


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Michael-Milec 18 months ago

Hello Paula, good evening.

Great article, one of the best. On the Hub Pages an open letter to / about a murderer with full name disclosed. Murdering is evil and every murderer should be murdered, just to send a message. You would please forgive my erroneous opinion by which in my expectation every name of a murder, including those of innocent (aborted) babies would be publicized , tried and life for life rewarded. How quickly land would become delivered of "Zimmerman's" complex...

Voted up and interesting

Peace with us.


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MizBejabbers 18 months ago

Paula, I'm flabbergasted, and I continue to be flabbergasted every time a cop, or in this case, a cop wannabee, gets off scott free for murder. Yes, I believe it was murder in Zimmerman's case because he sought out the young Trayvon. The stand your ground laws were never meant to protect the antagonist. They were meant to protect a person in his own home or as the law puts it, where a person has a right to be. These laws should never be used to protect an antagonist like Zimmerman. The only other thing I have to add to this great hub and the good comments is, "why do they not revoke his carry permit and take his gun away?" At this point they should have grounds to.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hey Doc.....besides the fact that my letter may be embarrassing to the State of Florida...especially the lawmakers...."Stand your Ground??' What HELL kind of law is that? It got Trayvon Underground for all time.

I'm sure 12 jurors would take great exception to my simplistic reasoning ....without all the legal mumbo-jumbo oh-so-carefully weighed (as well as twisted)......

I think your "crazy laws" hub series, especially Florida has taken on new meaning.......Search really deep Doc....is it legal to catch men like George in a net, tie them up and stick them under a palm tree until they settle down and stop having delusions of being Sgt. Joe Friday?.....There HAS to be a law to that affect!


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drbj 18 months ago from south Florida

Unfortunately, Paula, there is more than one 'Zimmerman' walking the streets in the U.S. these days. And too many of them are carrying guns as he was.

Your letter is more than just a letter. It is a major journalistic editorial that would be at home in any significant U.S. newspaper. If they really believed in free speech, that is.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ms Dora.....I had simply reached the point of total disgust with the craziness of George Zimmerman. The man quite obviously has serious issues that are not only detrimental to him but many others.

Being found not guilty, seemingly wasn't lucky break enough for him. I want to know where he left his conscience because it's certainly missing!

Thanks Ms. Dora for your comment. You are so right. He's a prisoner of his his own stupidity.....not a free man at all.


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MsDora 18 months ago from The Caribbean

I appreciate you airing your views, and in the process informing of Zimmerman's incidents of which I was not aware. His life as a free man may not be free after all.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

suzette.....The entire incident is beyond belief, the verdict beyond irrational. I hesitate to criticize any jury, because they allegedly do their very best to weigh all testimony, facts and evidence and remain vigilant of the "reasonable doubt" theory.....(Oh, except for Casey Anthony, OJ Simpson, Robert Blake, Claus Von Bulow, ..........) yeah....them.

However....No matter how MANY times one might start with the beginning of this and follow it through....and regardless of any number of angles, explanations or FRIGGAN STAND YOUR GROUND IGNORANCE.....it is blatantly clear to me the entire defense STOPS, the very moment George takes it upon his big bad A$$ self to step out of his truck. Period, the end. Case closed.

Can you tell I get a bit heated over this sort of insanity? LOL.

Thanks so much for your input, suzette. Appreciate your support.


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suzettenaples 18 months ago from Taos, NM

I couldn't agree with you more. The guy is a moron and is proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he SHOULD have been convicted of Trayvon Martin's death. I hope the jury feels remorse every time Zimmerman is in the news. How much more obvious can it be that he is guilty? Well done Paula and so well written. Kudos!


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Bro.....Yes, there are "so many of them." Sort of makes us a bit jumpy, to say the least.

To even imagine that a teenage boy cannot walk cross lots, with his HOODIE up, headed to his father's home, without being profiled & suspect of possible criminal behavior by some schmuck WITH A GUN, on a power trip.......makes me tired too, bill. SICK and tired!


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

Sis, I'll never understand this kind of anger and hatred. It's not in my DNA so I have no frame of reference in dissecting people like Zimmerman. They are aliens and as such need to be separated from the rest of society....but there are so many of them....how do we week out thousands? tens of thousands? hundreds of thousands?

I'm frustrated with this country. I'm tired of color being an issue. I'm tired of lame-brains like Zimmerman being in the news constantly.

I'm tired.

Nice job, Sis!


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

pop &

Sha

The fateful move by George, (Mr Cop wannabe.)....leaving his truck and following on foot to confront Trayvon, set up the perfect scenario for disaster. He alone created the opportunity for Trayvon to react in defense of this strange man stalking him. Period, the end.

Had George followed the protocol for "Neighborhood WATCH," and let the police handle whatever the situation may have presented.....the name, "George Zimmerman" would be unknown to the public. Most important of all, Trayvon might be preparing to graduate from High School with his peers and looking forward to being a productive citizen. We will never know. He was robbed of the opportunity.

Thanks ladies.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

Way to go, GF! Zimmerman's behavior following the trial makes it obvious he's got anger issues. I'll bet the jury is kicking themselves in the ass for setting him free. I hope what Linda says is true; that he's moving out of state. He currently lives in the town just west of mine. We don't need neighbors like him. Hell, no one does.


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breakfastpop 18 months ago

Great letter, fp! Let's face it, Zimmerman has a major screw loose. We have not heard the end of him because he attacks trouble like bees to honey. We will never really know what transpired that night, but it is clear that none of had to happen. Zimmerman was looking for trouble and he found it. Voted up, interesting and awesome.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ed.....yes, bullies are everywhere. They come in all sizes, colors, intention & forms......even the smiling passive-aggressive type. After a while it's very easy to detect them and BEST to avoid them.

Thank you Ed, my sweet man. You're a LOVER, not a fighter!! LOL


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mary615 18 months ago from Florida

Growing up black in America is certainly tougher than growing up white! If I were the Mother of a black son, I would have to teach him how to act or NOT to act. Trayvon was just walking along minding his own business wearing a hoodie, for goodness sakes! Our local schools have since forbidden kids from wearing hoodies as they "denote gang involvement".

Voted this UP, etc. and shared.


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ahorseback 18 months ago

Hey Paula , !One thing I totally dislike about life are bullies and they're everywhere . They are cops , FBI guys , they are politically motivated , they are sometimes teachers , professors , doctors on and on . They are sometimes in the other car on the highway or in the drivers seat of that eighteen wheeler . Bullies are all over the place and yes , they sometimes wear hoodies and three hundred dollar sneakers and sneak around other neighborhoods at night too. The problem that most people don't ever think about . That IS the chain of events that are begun when two people get into each others face about a disagreement , especially with an audience around , I don't know how many times in life I have seen people come very near this same type of incident happening . Simply from what "flexing one's muscles "? Anyway , there's way, way too much ego around ! Nice hub .....Have a super day .


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello my friend Jodah from the land down under. Yes, George has found it his path in life to continually create drama and strife in his life and those he feels he may control. Seems like a really nice but angry & self-deprecating guy, doesn't he?

Of course, we are to believe these incidents of discord, violence, guns and threats just "appear" in his life out of the blue. I guess the devil made him drive while drunk and speed down a highway, endangering the lives of others....frighten, intimidate and abuse women and intentionally anger random individuals.

Poor George. At least he's not alone, Jodah. Quite sadly there are many totally innocent bullies causing havoc amongst us.....Thanks for your response Jodah. Peace, Paula


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Hello dear Theresa.....Perhaps the real underlying problem lies in the obsessive need for certain individuals to feel a sense of control and importance in an otherwise generic life. I no longer wonder about these things anymore. It's much too frightening and depressing to try to understand this need and the tragic consequences thereof.

Have we become a people of paranoia & bigotry void of conscience?

There's no telling where or when the next tragedy will strike, Theresa. We cannot know who will be the next to suffer a lifetime of pain due to the twisted thinking of someone else.

So much for fearing our foreign enemies. We must shake in fear of our very neighbors.

Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Theresa. I can always count on your dignity and grace. Peace, Paula


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Ronnie.....I so appreciate your comment. Thank you for your wisdom. Apparently "breaking some heads' is like a sport for some individuals. Far being it for anyone to suggest such aggression and need for violence may be a slight personal issue of anger and hatred turned outward.

I'm glad you stopped by.


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Linda Sue.....It seems you Floridians get your share of these types of huge news stories, but the truth is, they're everywhere. A lot of humans feeling it's their job expressly to save the world from perceived threats.

The most beneficial thing George could have done for himself and his family would have been to quietly fade from view for a good amount of time. Time enough at least for the dust to settle and allow those devastated to heal.

I guess that wasn't his choice.

Our friend "Casey" attended a MOTHER'S DAY event? Sure, why not? Can anything much shock us anymore, GF? Love you, Effer


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York Author

Good Morning dear Mike....."Instincts" come with the job. Ironically, one of the nights I was viewing a news program about this tragic incident, I glanced out my front bay window.

There, trudging across my front lawn were 3 teenage boys, wearing their hoodies, walking, talking and laughing, on their way to somewhere.

I couldn't help but smile and follow their trek as they walked across the bridge. I silently wished them a safe return to their homes.

Our world needn't be so frightening....I appreciate your input, Mike.

Peace, Paula


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hey Paula, Far away as I am in Australia I hadn't heard about any of Zimmerman's more recent transgressions. It was however obvious to me that he was guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin (or at the very least manslaughter). Florida has had some bad publicity for various reasons recently, it doesn't need any more. I hope you really did send this to Zimmerman. You really say thingss like they are. Voted up.


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Faith Reaper 18 months ago from southern USA

Awesome letter to Zimmerman, Paula! Neighborhood Watches are important tools, but I have seen far too many of these types who, for some unknown reason, do not feel important enough in this life, and so they want to interject themselves into an important role such as in law enforcement, when there is good reason why they are never in real law enforcement. They want to be in some sort of hero role, but their thought process, as we know, leads to tragic consequences and they seem clueless as to why ...

Yes, if only he had just stayed in his car and waited for the real law enforcement to arrive ...

Thank you for this article, you are one sensible woman, who writes awesome letters!

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wrenchBiscuit 18 months ago

Good article. I agree 100%. He could have called the cops and left it right there. Nobody had to die that day. While I was in the Navy, I was on Shore Patrol one Saturday night at the Enlisted Man's club in San Diego. It was a peaceful night, and I was thankful. However, one of the other sailor's on duty got so upset that he was nearly in tears. He kept saying over and over, "Man, I wanted to bust some heads!" I'll never forget it. It broke his heart that he couldn't exert his authority! I thought of that guy after the Zimmerman story hit the airwaves. It was the same mindset. I wouldn't be surprised if that guy got out of the Navy and became a cop.


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Sunshine625 18 months ago from Orlando, FL

Woohoo way to go Effer! Residents of Florida are so over this idiot. Somehow he always manages to pop up on the local news with the next idiotic mistake he made, he must really like the spotlight. At least Casey Anthony is smart enough to stay off the radar, except she was spotted in south Florida for a Mother's Day event...go figure...a Mother's Day event. I shake my head. George and Casey give Florida a bad name, along with quite a few other people. Like Govenor Rick Scott. File him under idiot too. Oh and Bozo. Anyway this is an awesome letter and I hope George reads it. Im sure he Googles himself, his ego enjoys the attention. Last I heard he's moving out of state. We wish.


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mckbirdbks 18 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Paula. I admire your instincts. Zimmerman will surely receive the fate he deserves. Your mother's instinct really shines. I can only imagine the heartache of losing a child. I cannot get into the heads of the jury, the verdict is beyond comprehension. We have not heard the end of his story but as writers we can see what is coming.

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