Last night I posted this story about how Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, is apparently bored not having any recent opportunities to shoot people he decides are bad guys. So he was found working as a 'volunteer' night security guard outside of Pompano Pat's, a motorcycle and gun shop down in Deland, Florida, just a short drive from where he shot Trayvon Martin two and a half years ago in Sanford. The only problem is "Pat's" denies that Zimmerman is a security guard for them. But as TPM Reader TB explained yesterday evening, Zimmerman's latest wannabe cop adventure is probably the most normal part of what's going on down in DeLand these days ...
I live in DeLand. I know a lot more about this story because I live here. This link from the DeLand Beacon shows that politics truly makes true bedfellows. The reason why Pompano Pat Johnson is afraid of an association with George Zimmerman is that he feels that it will hurt him among the AA community.
Attorneys for two Alabama doctors are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Johnny Lee Banks Jr. who claims that he entered the hospital for a routine circumcision but emerged from Princeton Baptist Medical Center without a penis. Lawyers for the doctors deny wrongdoing but "declined to answer questions about specifics in the suit, including whether the man had a penis when he left the hospital."
Is George Zimmerman missing playing pretend cop and shooting people?
A TPM Reader reader in The Hive (sub req) flagged this bizarre little story. It seems Zimmerman has been volunteering as a night security guard at a Motorcycle and gun shop in DeLand, Florida called Pompano Pat's.
After eight years, this afternoon TPM officially signed off of Skype.
That's not something particularly visible from the outside. And to be clear, we only used the service as an instant messaging platform. We never used it for telephony or conference calls or video chats or anything like that. But as numerous current and former TPMers can attest, for almost the entire history of TPM as something beyond a single person blog (which ended in 2005), Skype has been deeply embedded in the organization's DNA, functioning as the hive brain synapses stitching together reporters and editors and programmers and publishing staff, between two offices and - a bit more weirdly - within the same offices.
This chart shows how Tea Party strength is actually fairly low in the key Senate races in play this year. But it's also just a cool interactive chart that tells you how popular the Tea Party is in your county. Check it out.