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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,”  The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Fox News

As George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial for the killing of Trayvon Martin begins, Fox News has ramped up its efforts to defend the former neighborhood watch guard. To put it mildly, it’s not going well.


“I know that George Zimmerman’s attorney will prove that he has no criminal background, he’s not an aggressive guy,” Fox News host Jamie Colby said on Monday. “That he’s a gentle, kind, caring soul who was minding the neighborhood.” But how will they prove that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense?

“I know everybody keeps sarcastically saying about the Skittles,” Burns noted, referring to the fact that Martin was carrying iced tea and skittles. “You could probably kill somebody with Skittles.”

“It’s very compelling,” Colby agreed. “Only a kid who hadn’t had dental work could eat Skittles.”

“The thing is, yeah, you’re spinning a lot of hypotheticals,” Burns later said. “And you could break a bottle of iced tea, right, with the jagged edge, and you could kill somebody with it.” Case closed!

If this is the best that Zimmerman’s actual lawyers can come up with, then he is about to go away for a long, long time.

  • Dominick Vila

    The icing on the cake, when it comes to disclosing what is behind the hatred TP members demonstrate towards our President, is the position taken by the radical wing of the Republican party on the Trayvon Martin issue. The man responsible for premeditated, cold blood, murder is being hailed as a hero for killing a 17-year old kid walking home from a 7-Eleven with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea. Tens of thousands of dollars have been donated to defend Mr. Zimmerman’s right to murder an unarmed teenager. Along the same lines, tens of thousands of dollars were donated to defend the right of the man who shot another African-American teenager in Jacksonville, Florida, because he and his friends were playing music too loud.

    • gvette

      That’s funny, you defend that kid. Do you know what happened? I doubt it.

      • ChristoD

        Yup, I know what happened. Some overzealous half Hispanic, half white man decides to defend his condo complex from evil ‘dark skinned’ people, saw one on ‘his’ property and then went and did something really, really stupid. He played cop, a bullying one at that, bullied the kid, the kid flipped him the bird and what ensued is one dead evil ‘dark skinned’ kid all because of a Florida state law that states that ANYONE can possess a gun, or any other suitable weapon, and use it as ‘deadly force’ to protect one’s PROPERTY, which in this case was the ENTIRE condo complex. Seems to me that THAT may be what caused this sad and outrageous death. Now, the real killer in this case seems to be the freakin’, apparently somewhat vague, law that the Florida legislature passed and was approved by the overzealous and, at the time, radical Governor. Why not try THEM for the murder with the NRA as co-conspirator ?

        • gvette

          I guess the fact that the kid beat Zimmerman up. Then again you bleeding heart liberals don’t get it.

          • Elisabeth Gordon

            “The kid” is dead – and for no other reason than that he was racially profiled by an idiot with a gun…Support Zimmerboy all you want…he will be convicted.

          • old_blu

            I don’t know what happened out there and I’m going to wait for the courts to decide what happened, but I can tell you I’ve been beat up before and I didn’t have to shoot anybody to survive.

            Calling people “bleeding heart liberals” don’t help your case you shouldn’t be so angry and take it so personal, it’s not an attack on you.

          • Dominick Vila

            The kid tried to defend himself when he was knocked down by Zimmerman. The self-appointed vigilante who was told by the police not to chase Trayvon Martin used the reaction that most human beings would have when attacked to gun down an unarmed kid.

          • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

            I do not know what happened, I was not there, but why is it your mind is closed to the idea that a kid who just turned 17 was being followed by an unknown adult male was not threatened and defended himself?

            My question is Zimmerman and Martin I presume have both had physical altercations in their lifetime, why didn’t Zimmerman use his strength to push Martin off him and they could both fight it out with fist until the police arrived?

            My husband is legally authorized to carry a concealed weapon, but when he goes to the store, movies, library or out to dinner he does not carry his weapon. Why was Zimmerman carrying a gun to go to the store, which is what he and his brother said he was doing. In addition, Neighborhood Watch guidelines do not include carrying a gun, they are usually very specific about NOT being armed.
            To Mr. Burns comment – Martin was not carrying a bottle of Ice Tea, but rather a can of Ice Tea.

          • FT66

            I would like those who will be appointed to be in the jury to put this in mind: How many people in Florida possess guns? And if everyone of those who possess guns, could have acted the way George Zimmerman did, how many lives could have been lost so far or in future?

          • tranz2deep

            Even if it had been a bottle, iced tea bottles these days are *PLASTIC* for the most part.

          • Russell Byrd

            I do not carry my weapon to most places either. I try never to be forced into a situation where I might not be thinking clearly and do something rash and stupid. Zimmerman was looking for someone to gun down. He loves his gun for the power and (supposed) security it gave him, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the scenario where he gunned down a “perp” was played in his head many times.

          • Russell Byrd

            As for turds like this B***s, they lie just as fast as criminals because they are criminals. His kind are why we must have laws, because if not for fear of punishment, he would be killing, looting, raping, and pillaging all over our land.

          • ChristoD

            gvette, what is your definition of a bleeding heart liberal ? Might it be someone who writes the truth and you revert to your right wing alternate reality fantacy world for a canned response (ala bleeding heart liberal….how freakin’ original, you lamebrain) ? Or might it be simply that you ‘can’t face the truth’. Either way, I wrote down word for word what happened at the surface level (for you non-thinkers that is the cause/effect portion of every incident that PRECIPITATES actions) and then gave my personal bleeding heart liberal OBJECTIVE opinion on the asinine Florida law.
            By the way, what would YOU do if you were the dark skinned lad when confronted by a menacing citizen who is asking you why you are walking in HIS area ? Would you ‘yes sir’ the guy or stand up to him ? Let me guess, you would say ‘yes Sir, anything you say sir, please don’t hurt my inferior ass’. Get a life, you moron.

          • gvette

            Moron. Best you can do?
            Typical left remark. Name calling is all you can do.
            A suggestion for you. Get your head out of Obamas ass.
            It’s cutting off your air supply. If Barry, and his radical
            friends haden’t made a big deal out of this, it never would have made the news!

          • Allan Richardson

            There is a possibility that Trayvon Martin was standing HIS ground. What is radical about saying a neighborhood watch volunteer who was NOT supposed to be carrying a gun, but was, who was told by the 911 dispatcher to wait for the police, but did not, should not shoot an UNARMED kid at close range? Was he afraid of all the gangs of black terrorists who have been going into white neighborhoods at night and lynching white people, then burning a cross on their yards? Oh right, there WEREN’T any!

          • idamag

            It would be wise to remember who was the pursuer.

          • ChristoD

            Moron…I was being kind and simply responding to your immature branding of ME, and other writers on this page, as a ‘liberal bleeding heart’ which you clearly intended to be insulting, accepted as such and responded to in kind. PLEASE, PLEASE come up with something ORIGINAL (‘typical left remark’ is so…..amateurish). If my head were in the PRESIDENTS ass, I would consider that an honor compared to say having your entire helpless self up Dubya’s ass. Perish the thought. When you finally realize that you are as clueless as a post and need to develop a little intelligence and objectivity, give me a shout and I will introduce you to a friend of mine who is a first grade public school teacher whom I am CERTIAN you can learn how to read and write from. Kisses you clueless neocon. (Oops, gotta stop watching Faux News, it is contagious).

          • gvette

            All I can hope for, is that you, and your real smart friends wake up, while we still have a country, and some freedoms left.

          • Russell Byrd

            Stupid moron. You have no argument and now you have to add falsehoods about the loss of “freedoms.” What freedom are we losing? The right to kill indiscriminately any one we think is a little “greasy” just because we own a gun. You are nothing but a criminal yourself. If criminal ideology were actionable, you would be right next to Zipperhead in the dock.

          • plc97477

            I firmly believe that the right wing is against background checks because they are all insane and know they could not pass one.

          • plc97477

            Why don’t you check your foil hat, I think it must have slipped off.

          • Sand_Cat

            Will any of us be left to miss our freedoms? Or will people like you “stand your ground” and blow us away?

            Although I think “stand your ground” laws just another criminal act of the GOP and friends, and that it appears Zimmerman is a racist troublemaker and vigilante whatever the verdict, I hope that somehow – despite the absence of the other witness – justice can be done here, and I’ll wait for the verdict before saying he should rot in prison forever.

          • gvette

            I guess you folks on the left, really don’t like the constitution.

          • old_blu

            Why do you hate The Declaration of Independence?

            “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”

            You see “the kid” as you say has a name Trayvon Martin, and he doesn’t get to have Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness anymore.

          • Russell Byrd

            Actually Moron, we love the Constitution. There is nothing in there that says an evil person can pursue innocent people and shoot them at will. Everyone HAS the same rights according to the Constitution. Unfortunately, we have had to pass laws to protect the innocent from crazy, racist scum like you.

          • gvette

            Do you realize how unintelligent your comments make you sound?

            I doubt it.

          • Guest

            I think I, and several other posters, have already destroyed any argument you may have thought you had. And it was great fun as well. As well, I have amply, and aptly, described you in previous posts. Sorry troll, but a bozo like you is just a source of entertainment, and maybe a little pity.

          • Russell Byrd

            I think I, and several other posters, have already destroyed any
            argument you may have thought you had. And it was great fun as well.
            As well, I have amply, and aptly, described your personal attributes in previous posts.
            Sorry troll, but a bozo like you is just a source of entertainment, if not a little pity.

          • idamag

            Lady, I think it is your intelligence that is in question. You are so hung up on your ideology, you do not listen to anyone who has a different opinion.

          • idamag

            I don’t believe in political parties as they divide and weaken our Democracy and you are a prime example. I know what the Constitution says. I studied its inception, not just the second Amendment.

          • idamag

            Go study your history.

          • gvette

            I can see history repeating right now.

            I’m watching your leader, destroy our

            country.

          • plc97477

            Great post. Gave me a nice chuckle.

          • Russell Byrd

            You have been name calling all day. MORON! And moron, it needed and continues to be needed in the news. What is totally unnecessary is your inane, lying, nonsensical lack of coherent thought that makes everything you utter complete drivel. If this is really not news, WHY ARE YOU WASTING YOUR TIME HERE?

          • idamag

            Trayvon was Black. Obama is Black. That is enough reason to hate them, isn’t it? I am not a liberal, but Zimmerman was told not to pursue the boy any further and he chased him on foot into a courtyard.

          • Russell Byrd

            Right-wing teanderthals have an allergy to truth.

          • FredAppell

            So you’re saying that if you were following me with no good reason with whatever intent, and I decide I have had enough
            and I turn the tables on you and I beat you up, I’m the bad guy?
            Trayvon had every right to the ‘Stand Your Ground Law” as much as George Zimmerman did. I would have done the same thing Trayvon did except that I would have put Georges head through the car window. Who cares if Trayvon had a record or was a trouble maker in school, I was too but that didn’t make me
            a bad person. By the way, your biased is the reason you refuse to see Trayvon as the victim.

          • plc97477

            gvette thinks victims have to be white.

          • FredAppell

            I got that impression too. Zimmerman set this hole tragedy in motion when he got out of his car with the gun. For me, that is the one and only evidence I need to judge him and his actions on that day. I guess a racist would see it differently.

          • plc97477

            The part I say was beyond what I would excuse was he was told by dispatch to stand down. He was told not to follow Trayvon. The fact that he disobeyed was the end of his defense as far as I am concerned. Of course they would never let me be on the jury so………

          • FredAppell

            You’re spot on. That was probably the defining moment that set it all into motion. The guy was nothing short of a vigilante with grandiose notions of being a hero.

          • idamag

            Kind of obvious to me, also.

          • Allan Richardson

            Have you ever heard of fighting back? How do you know the kid wasn’t THREATENED with the gun FIRST, and was trying to defend himself FROM the gunman? All we have is the word of the gunman…

          • stcroixcarp

            Didn’t the kid have the right to protect himself from someone who was armed with a gun was chasing him? If the kid had a gun would he have been justified in killing Zimmerman who was chasing him with a gun? In order to claim the stand your ground defense, do you have to kill someone with a gun or can you use your bare hands?

          • Russell Byrd

            What if Martin had the gun. Zimmerman followed him and then accosted Martin. Then, maybe, Martin shoots the stupid bastard because he thought he was a child molester. Would you support Martin for this “righteous killing”?

          • idamag

            If you were trapped with a nut pointing a gun at you, you would fight back, too.

      • Elisabeth Gordon

        …and you do not know what happened either, so why does your post so clearly imply that you defend the person who is alive and being tried….as opposed to the young kid who lies in his grave???

      • FT66

        Hello gvette,

        It doesn’t matter what happened. What matters is all lives are appreciated and not taken so easily. Look at Zimmerman the way he looks now. Eating and enjoying life until he looks now he will not fit in his suits in few days to come. That what Trayvon wanted to do, that is what his parents wanted also, that is what his friends wanted to see. But this monster Zimmerman terminated his life at a very, very, early stage.

        • Russell Byrd

          Zimmerman will stuff his face on our nickel until he is 400 lbs. Then he will stroke out at age 47. Well we can hope. . . .

          • plc97477

            I hope they put him on death row long before that.

      • plc97477

        We know the kid isn’t here to tell his side of the story.

      • idamag

        Try reading the fact above. The kid was unarmed. He left the street. Zimmerman left his car and ran after him with a gun. I can imagine the boy panicked when he saw the gun and died fighting for his life.

    • Elisabeth Gordon

      I almost always agree with you Dominick, but, “No” – they are insane.

      • Dominick Vila

        You are doing them a favor by attributing mental illness to their evil traits.

        • Elisabeth Gordon

          ah – I see your point…but, I still think their radical evil thinking has driven them to the brink of insanity…

          • Russell Byrd

            Why don’t we settle for evil AND insane.

          • plc97477

            I will second that motion.

    • idamag

      Racism at its nastiest. Thousands of dollars should be spent, returning this country to decency. The tp thinks it was okay to kill an unarmed teen for the same reason they hate the president.

  • Catskinner

    I didn’t get the impression that Fox News cared one way or the other about George Zimmerman’s fate.

  • l326

    When is someone going to take the mike away from Robertson. The last game he remembers is dungeon and dragons(thirty years ago). And Glen Beck, OMG, Please give him the money to make his hideaway in Montana or wherever so we can live without the crazy SOB’s riling up the rednecks that are scared of a black president. He can take Limbaugh and that crazy blonde Ann Coulter with him.

    • Russell Byrd

      I noticed on ABC Family, in my local area, a disclaimer before the beginning of the 700 Club. I did not catch it all, but this part stuck in my mind: . . . We do not agree with the views expressed in this program. Not, “these views are not necessarily our own,” but “DO NOT AGREE with the views.” Even one of his service providers knows he is nuts AND offensive!

      • Dana Es

        What I’ve wondered for a long time — does anyone know if Robertson gets any kind of breaks for his supposedly religious programming, which is actually heavily political?

        • Russell Byrd

          I understand that the 700 Club is a tax exempt group, but I cannot find any first-hand information. I do know that Robertson did have tax-exempt status in 2007 because he was sued for promoting some sort of weight control shake. Yes, he was promoting a “blessed” food product.

          However, his “Operation Blessing” group has tax exempt status. One of the problems I am having is finding out what names his groups REALLY operate under. There is an entire family of the Christian Coalition groups alone. Supposedly, he does not operate with them any more. Or does he? The national chapter of Christian Coalition lost their exempt status in 1999, but since then they have had a bunch of spin-offs that do have exempt status. To make a long story short, most people seem to think he does have tax-exempt status, but firm information seems elusive.

          Operation Blessing has a 50% tax deductible status according to the IRS. However, a stumbling block to finding out any more is the need to figure out what names they really use. This whole deal is as shadowy as a money laundering scheme. Which is what his operations really are!

          Keep in mind that old Pat is actually Marion Gordon Robertson. Here’s a “starter link”:

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Robertson_controversies

          • Dana Es

            Thank you. I suspect the old boy is probably getting tax breaks he doesn’t deserve and who knows what else. In an ideal world, his show would disappear. No more spewing insults about the President and any other politician he doesn’t like and no more “healing” by phone or TV screen, donation to follow.

    • plc97477

      Unfortunately putting beck in montana wouldn’t help much they have computers there also. We need an island with no internet.

    • paganheart

      THIS. Does anyone even play Dungeons And Dragons anymore? I thought all the cool (or is it uncool?) Kids played World Of Warcraft online instead.

      Oh and by the way Mr. Robertson: the most diehard D&D player that I knew was my cousin…who grew up to be a very successful (if somewhat eccentric) professor of physics. Then again, that might make him demon-spawn in Rev Robertson’s world…

      • idamag

        I knew a boy who played Dungeons and Dragons and he is a millionaire today.

  • JDavidS

    Well, I’ll give him this much…Beck never fails to disappoint.

  • stcroixcarp

    My favorite crazy of the week was the suggestion that Michelle Bachmann be appointed head of the IRS. At least that would get her off the Intelligence Committee. I think she should go to work for Pat Robertson. She could be in charge of exorcising the devil from the clothes that christians by at Goodwill.

    • plc97477

      Great job for her.

  • Pamby50

    Pat Robertson. Nothing else needs to be said. He’s been off his rocker for a long time. Glen Beck makes it every week just by opening his mouth. Fox News implying Treyvonne deserved what he got. Sounds normal from them. Putting Michelle Bachman in charge of the IRS. It’s scary enough that she is on the Intellegence Committee. And as for Rep Stockman giving away AK-47, he should have been first. You should consider having a week in crazy just from the state of Texas. There are plenty of them.

    • plc97477

      That would give the other states a chance to get on the week in crazy.

  • howa4x

    Glen Beck used to be a bad comic. Now he spins wild tales like a comic would do and laughs at conservatives, and the tealiban who actually believe him.

    Michelle Bachmann would be great running the IRS probably into the ground. Of course a Christian activist that looks like a playboy bunny would nominate her.

    Pat Robertson continues to do a great job for the democratic party. every time he speaks thousands of millennial’s run away from the republican party

  • Julie Gordon

    What – you missed the break down by Mike Ellis in the Wisconsin Senate this past Wednesday? I was sure this would be your number one pick for GOP crazy of the week

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2iRmaT9KIl4

  • idamag

    The facts are: Trayvon Martin was an unarmed boy. He was carrying a bag of candy and a can of iced tea. He had every right to be where he was as his father lived in that community. He was taking the candy to his little brother. When he went into a court yard to get away from the person in the car that was following him, that person left the car and chased him down, while carrying a gun. Trayvon was Black.