In addition to the road rage incident earlier this month, George Zimmerman has managed to compile a weighty record of violent incidents, threats and sometimes simply bizarre behavior that tends to undermine his version of events on the night he shot Martin.
An ex-con (who thankfully had no malicious intent) was allowed to go an elevator with the President while he was carrying a gun. "He agreed to hand over his gun as well, which surprised agents who did not know until then that he had been armed while he was near Obama." Read the rest.
In a terrible (for him) local TV interview, the GOP Senate nominee in Colorado brings the spotlight back to his support for anti-abortion "personhood" legislation by denying any such legislation exists at the federal level. It does. He is co-sponsoring it.
It's worth reading this piece from Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund Executive Director Jasjit Singh on the controversy surrounding a later-withdrawn penalty given to Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah for his "unsportsmanlike" touchdown celebration of kneeling in Muslim prayer. The NFL just demonstrated how it thinks about diversity:
Unfortunately the fans watching the game felt, if they, as a Jew, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, or Buddhist have a different way of praying than let’s say Tim Tebow, who has become known for his trademark prayer stance, they too would be quickly and swiftly ostracized.
With George Zimmerman's recent threat to kill a fellow motorist and his father's account of him waiting at home ready to blow away any FBI agents who come to arrest him, we thought it was time to put together a simple timeline of the various people George Zimmerman has beaten or threatened to kill or simply the times he's tried to put himself in a place where he might be able to kill someone in the little more than a year since he was acquitted in his last killing, that of Trayvon Martin.
Here at TPM HQ we're listening to the Director of the Secret Service testify on Capitol Hill. I'll start by saying that my understanding of this Secret Service/jumper controversy has changed pretty dramatically (as I suspect it has for many) after we found out yesterday that the jumper not only made it into the White House but actually ran around pretty far inside it. (Here's a map that illustrates just how far he got.) Indeed, he got pretty close to the actual living quarters of the First Family. That's amazing. And I say this as someone who's been in those rooms that he ran around and has seen just how many Secret Service agents and members of the military (though they're not there in a protective capacity) are packed into the White House.
As we consider the tempest in a teapot of a possible Mitt 2016 run, here's a very interesting passage Mark Leibovich's piece on Romney in the Times Magazine.
“I was talking to one of my political advisers,” Romney continued, “and I said: ‘If I had to do this again, I’d insist that you literally had a camera on me at all times” — essentially employing his own tracker, as opposition researchers call them. “I want to be reminded that this is not off the cuff.”
TPM Reader PT has some thoughts on the less immediately obvious impacts of the return of terror politics ...
I certainly see your point on the return of terror politics. I'd like to add a couple of things, though:
First, I think there's another component of the return of terror politics which you didn't explicitly mention, which is the effect it has on Democratic Party base voters. Speaking for myself, when the whole "we're gonna bomb ISIS" thing happened, my own thoughts / feelings were, "Great, here we go again, only this time with Obama instead of Bush."
Check out this map that shows just how far that fence jumper got into the White House. It's genuinely shocking that anyone could get that far into the compound without being stopped. I've been there. Lots of security.