Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Randi Rhodes: Blood Money

George Zimmerman has launched a website and he’s using it to solicit donations. That’s one of those things you could see coming, but which still shocks you—kind of like the rash of killings after the Stand Your Ground laws. The first thing on the site is the statement “I am the real George Zimmerman.” Thanks for the heads up, George. Please don’t shoot. It’s not that big of a site, but it’s really amazing that every sentence on this site manages to be incredibly offensive on some level. George says “On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event...” A life altering event? For Trayvon Martin, it was a life ending event. George assures visitors “This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.” Wow. George, we’ve already seen what happens when someone gets your “full attention.” No thanks! And “without any intermediaries”? Thank God! When I’m giving money to a guy who shot an unarmed kid, I don’t want some sleaze ball scammer getting a cut of it.

The topper of the George Zimmerman website is the “album” page. It’s the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen on the internet, and yes, I realize just how extreme that statement is. The page has a photo of graffiti that says “Long live Zimmerman” (the photo was just removed - here's a screenshot from earlier today). It was spray-painted by vandals on the black cultural center at Ohio State University! Uh George, when the only message of support you can find is racist graffiti, maybe you should skip the messages of support. His supporters say George Zimmerman has already been convicted in the court of public opinion. With this awful website, it looks like he’s arguing for the stiffest sentence that the court of public opinion can hand out. The text says “This page is dedicated to persons whom have displayed their support of Justice for ALL.” George, we fully support justice for all. And in your case, justice would consist of an arrest and a conviction.

Also today President Obama is on the campaign trail pushing for the “Buffett Rule,” that would make sure the very rich pay a fair share of taxes. It’s perfect! Not only would an Obama reelection deny Mitt Romney a job, Obama is also running on a platform that would make Mitt pay fair taxes on the money he’s already making! Mitt Romney isn’t just on the wrong side of this problem—he IS this problem.

Today’s Homework | Discuss

How far to the extreme right has the GOP gone? Watch Ronald Reagan in 1985 make the case for the 'Buffett Rule'...

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