Tasteless Sells … and So Does Heartless

“Concerning the difference between man and the jackass: some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass.” –Mark Twain
“I know that there are people who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that!” –Tom Lehrer
Can you believe this unspeakable shit? Well … in today’s world … hell yes, this was almost predictable. Running true to form, Florida’s infamous George Zimmerman wants to sell a gun. Yes, that gun — the one he used to kill an unarmed young man. Such is his claim, at least — for all we know, he may be selling 47 of them, in the entrepreneurial spirit … like the millions of board-feet of “splinters of the true cross” distributed thus far.
Indeed, the only surprise here may be that numerous indignant folks are making spurious protest bids on this obscene relic, with one for over $65 million reported in the article below. Still, some bids are bound to be real, and eventually some sick son of a bbitch will get the damned gun. And proudly shlep it to Klan meetings and gun shows for the rest of his life? I suppose we should be happy that Zimmerman isn’t donating it to the Smithsonian. Or keeping it handy for the next time he feels threatened by children. But don’t worry, he does have noble plans for “some of the proceeds” as quoted below.
When I read the story, I lost it,and immediately wanted to track down, curse and kill everyone involved in this depraved memorabilia sale — the shameless seller, the self-serving gun group hosting the auction, the vicious would-be buyers, and the craven media legitimizing it as just another news item. None of them ever would be missed!
And I know better, or I should. I know that encouraging us to hate and fear damn near everything serves the interests of our privileged power elites. I’m aware that we are systematically and cynically bombarded with lies and distortions meant to foster greed, selfishness, cruelty and contempt for others. I know that we have all been thoroughly conditioned to believe violence is the answer to everything. And we see what a wonderful world this has given us.
Yes, I do know better. But damn it, it’s still hard to feel much compassion for my deluded brothers and sisters when they’re this hateful and obnoxious! Give me strength, and WAY!! more patience!

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George Zimmerman’s 2nd Gun Auction Draws $65 Million Bid, but It’s Probably Fake
The New York Times

By CHRISTINE HAUSER
May 13, 2016
The online auction of the firearm George Zimmerman used in 2012 to kill Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, appeared to have been hijacked by trolls and pranksters as the website hosting the event showed that bids had reached more than $65 million.
A top bidder on the United Gun Group website, where the auction had been posted since Thursday afternoon, used the screen name “Racist McShootface,” though it was later deleted, The Associated Press reported.
Other bidder screen names included “Donald Trump” and “Tamir Rice,” the name of a black 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by the Cleveland police in 2014 while playing with a pellet gun.
By 9 a.m. Eastern on Friday, Mr. Zimmerman’s auction showed 1,109 bids on the gun — a 9-millimeter Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol — with the last bidder’s name listed as “Craig Bryant” and the current price set at $65,039,000. The auction ends in about five days, the website showed.
Bidding on the pistol began at $5,000 around noon on Thursday, but the bidders’ identities have been questioned as the United Gun Group site has been criticized online for capitalizing on a child’s murder. The site has defended itself as a neutral marketplace.
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FYI, United Gun Group is a free service, we are not being compensated for allowing members to utilize our system.
— United Gun Group (@UnitedGunGroup) May 12, 2016
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The announcement of the sale by Mr. Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder charges in the killing of Mr. Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla., set off a torrent of denunciations and reinvigorated national scrutiny of the case.
Initial efforts to sell the gun fizzled. A listing for the weapon first appeared on the auction website gunbroker.com, but it was removed, replaced by a note that said, “Sorry, but the item you have requested is no longer in the system.”
The sale was then transferred to United Gun Group’s website, which describes itself on its Twitter account as “the fastest-growing social marketplace dedicated to the firearms community.”
United Gun Group had initially advertised the sale of the gun at gunbroker.com on its own Twitter account, and later hosted the auction.
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The gun that shot Trayvon Martin is being auctioned off. https://t.co/I3WdUVHPnI
— United Gun Group (@UnitedGunGroup) May 12, 2016
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For Mr. Zimmerman, 32, the announcement of the sale was the latest act that has attracted national scrutiny and outrage, including his retweeting of an image of Mr. Martin’s corpse. He said that the firearm had recently been returned to him by the Justice Department and that he hoped to use some of the proceeds to fight violence against law enforcement officers by members of Black Lives Matter; to ensure “the demise” of the career of Angela Corey, the prosecutor who put him on trial; and to counter Hillary Clinton’s “anti-firearm rhetoric.”
Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for Mr. Martin’s parents, said the family was appalled.
“It’s insulting,” Mr. Crump said. “To everybody else — the public, the media — it’s a hashtag, it’s a cause, it’s a news story. To them, that’s their child.”

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17 Responses to Tasteless Sells … and So Does Heartless

  1. Great post, Linda. It’s really sad, isn’t to see this sociopath glamorized in this way. The only good side to this story is that a lot of the bids are definitely fake – like the one from Racist McShitface: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/12/george-zimmerman-auctions-gun-that-killed-trayvon-martin.html

    • What a fun bidding name — he could be a great recurring character somewhere. Although … he could also be a second or third cousin of mine, given my family’s enlightened attitudes. Thanks for your comment! – Linda

  2. tubularsock says:

    Linda now, now ……. save up that rage to kill all of those you listed above and then Tubularsock will buy YOUR gun. It’s the very least Tubularsock can do. Well, and visit you in prison as a home grown terrorist!

    • Tubularsock, Sounds like a plan — and it’s truly comforting to know you’ll have my back. And my gun. Thanks for commenting! – Linda
      p.s. Any hope for a presidential pardon, should the need arise?

  3. This is a first! I am truly at a loss for words!

    • Shelby, I probably should have held my tongue. Yet again. But once I stopped spitting and snarling and swearing over this filth, I had to say something … or shop for a sniper rifle. And since I’ve had no word re a get-out-of-jail card … I threw out this post.
      Anne Franck was able to believe people are basically good, but some days, I have trouble with that
      Thanks for your comment, and I’ll look for some good news for next time. – Linda.

      • You should have posted it Linda. It is relevant because people should know that there are those of us who are simply speechless over what so-called ‘humans’ are capable of.

        This is your blog and you have every right to post about what’s gotten your goat up, or what is important to you.

        I am just speechless over the fact that many of us still consider ourselves to be filled with ‘humanity’ when I see very little of that in existence.

        • Shelby, Maybe we expect too much from people? I’m not sure I really think so, but … in an effort to restore my equanimity and blood pressure … I’ve been reading some botany lately, especially about the amazing interaction and co-evolution of flowering plants and their pollenators. And by our best evidence, all that took a very, VERY long time, especially compared to our short lifespan and (for myself) even shorter patience. If our maddening species can survive ourselves for another hundred million years or so, we may grow up a little and become half as “human” as we like to think we are now. But … I am impatient, and wish we could straighten up and behave better sooner! And … wouldn’t you really think we could and would do better than this shit, just out of vanity, if not from any sense of decency? Apparently not, or not often. That’s another of my pet gripes — people are so infuriating and discouraging, but just when I’m ready to give up and consign all of us to the nearest black hole … some annoying person exhibits an unexpected moment of kindness and compassion. And I get my hopes up one more time.
          So … in spite of ourselves … we’ll carry on, and hope to nudge the glacial pace of progress as and when we can. As always, I value your kindness and support, and thank you yet again for your comments. – Linda

  4. Capitalism at it’s most honest – unabashedly heartless and shameless. This is a great post, Linda.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Carol. I’m not sure we humans are reliably good on our own, but yes, when pushed to indifference and brutality by our whole economic and political system … we get things like this. Not exactly what we want! Thanks for your comment. – Linda

  5. Just a quick hello to send my best wishes, Linda 🙂

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