Zimmerman: Shooting Was “Life Altering Event”

George Zimmerman has gone public for the first time with a new website, therealgeorgezimmerman.com, and a paypal link to raise funds for his litigation costs. The website is a smart move, but Zimmerman used the occasion to describe the shooting as a “life altering event.” That is manifestly true except for the fact that he was speaking of himself, not Martin.


Zimmerman states “On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.” He goes further to warn that he “cannot attest to the validity of these other websites.”

I am a bit surprised that no one looking at this first statement (guaranteed to be picked apart by the media) would pause at the use of the phrase life altering when referring to the shooter rather than the deceased individual. Just for the record, in the next public letter, Zimmerman may want to avoid saying that he hopes to make “a killing in this outreach campaign.”

The motto of the site is the quote from Edmund Burke that “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing.” The site includes pages on “My Race” and an “album” of photos. In a particularly bizarre addition, the photo album shows graffiti saying “Long Live Zimmerman” — not exactly the most inspiring statement of support.

Lawyers often create litigation blogs and web sites to allow their clients to release documents or facts in support of their claims. However, these sites require careful scrutiny and, as here, may backfire with ill-advised language.

Here is the full statement:

I am the real George Zimmerman,
On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage. As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life. This website’s sole purpose is to ensure my supporters they are receiving my full attention without any intermediaries.

It has come to my attention that some persons and/or entities have been collecting funds, thinly veiled as my “Defense Fund” or “Legal Fund”. I cannot attest to the validity of these other websites as I have not received any funds collected, intended to support my family and I through this trying, tragic time.
I have created a Paypal account solely linked on this website as I would like to provide an avenue to thank my supporters personally and ensure that any funds provided are used only for living expenses and legal defense, in lieu of my forced inability to maintain employment. I will also personally, maintain accountability of all funds received. I reassure you, every donation is appreciated.
Sincerely,
George Zimmerman

Source: USA Today

156 thoughts on “Zimmerman: Shooting Was “Life Altering Event””

  1. Malisha,
    Forgot to thank you for the haiku. In Kyoto saw many such sights.
    I hope you are acquainted with the cherry blossom traditions there. Someone was there. It could have been you. The first time alone, looking out the large window at the white cherry blossoms falling slowly to the shadowy ground. One of the pleasant journeys I take at times. I should take others like it more often. Instead of revisiting old defeats, not necessarily by others , rather the self-inflicted ones are visited most.

    Am a 75 year old and rather healthy, spry and until this birthday in September unmarked by my years. Today, a new face greets me most mornings in the mirror.
    Nothing to parade with except a rootless life looking for the love lacking since the cradle. BSEE NCSU ’59, oddly read. Not being outstanding but wishing to be, I chose to be oddly read, a master of odd things, a besserwisser, a lecturer unasked, sitting on a piedestal, unable to make contact.. My first sailboat was a catamaran. My first jeans were wheat colored, mailed to me and the only ones in town.

    Fully realizing a few weeks ago that contact would only come if I stood on the same level as others, I had to ask myself who AM I. And what I find is not too impressive, but am gettiing more used to standing on “my” feet looking into the other’s eyes without a poseur’s mien. And now, I can for the most feel that it is “I” who merits the response.

    How do I ask for more whale poems?. Whales are one of the deep mysteries to me. There are so many others. “All the world loves the fig tree” was such a TV-film that left one full of the spirit of nature. I should google it.
    Another was of a female chimp asking with soft, pleading gesture to borrow a nut-crushing stone from a large male. The filmers, being chimp experts, said it was never seen before. He left the stone and went away, leaving it to her.

    I once atttempted a haiku, three actually. The spirit rather than the formula was most important to me. The best was about swans migrating and arriving at dusk to a lake’s nightstop.

    Bedtime. 00:40AM. bye for now. you give me more to look forward to.
    I shan’t stalk you nor plead for attention. Admiration of yoú from a distance is also nourishing to the spirit. Thank you again for baring your tale.
    You, achieved today, what in the short time I’ve been here, only one other has achieved. But over the years there may have been many.

    Helping us get through the day, some say—–and through the night I would add, particularly when you wake up at 3AM.

  2. woosty

    as bad as the stoning video is, i can’t help but wonder about sky/fox/murdoch’s airing it.

    hear the war drums?

  3. There are more honest lawyers and judges than not….but every roue gets thier day I suppose. The ‘liar’ in my case was mostly behind the scenes….hiding behind a probably talented but in this case terrified fresh out of school and angry at the position kid. I am appalled that lawyers are set on the public so fresh out of school….really should be more like medical interns and do NOTHING for years without close supervision.

    and I’m off to see the wizard…ttyl!

  4. woosty and malisha,
    just read woosty’s post on her experience with malicious justice.

    If you are thinking of living, don’t. If you must, then avoid justice, that is newspeak for injustice. lawyer is just another word for liar, and judge is just another word for corruption on two legs.

    Written with tongue in cheek to bite back bitter tales, and with poetic license.
    Hope the honest lawyers take no offence. I have been saved by more than one on occasions. All of them had more wisdom and compassion than any other pro group in my life. So three cheers and a good beer all around.

  5. Malisha,
    I missed your IBAIS criteria. You are far too kind. Few would qualify here (?). Had they been more reality based you might get more snorts and harumphs. Or worse, depending on which IBAISer was awake at the time.

    If that is really yours, then I am stunned in admiration. And that is not a slick, but a well motivated compliment.

    When do we get to read your poem.? Or was the “whale” yours?
    Particularly the evocation of the ocean striking the beach and the horizon was wonderful. My words detract and take away the magic. Draw a line over them, and take them as an example of not capturing poesy with prose.

  6. Woosty,
    I tried to end a complex issue with too few words, I hope you know that.

    It is in fact all-encompassing. It is but one manifestation of the I-you, We-they, us-them, etc. Calling them Huns helped us then to kill them Calling them Nazis later. The name calling, which is a form of labelling, is particularly pernicious (one fuzzy word in my understanding will do as well as another common one) and deleterious.
    Food stamp people, welfare moms, communists, evangelists, and on and on.

    Why is America so full of good people and so full of hate?

  7. Malisha,
    “Woosty, what you say is very important. In the 90s I attended a conference at which a psychiatrist (from NJ) said that science had finally discovered the etiology of borderline personality disorder in women: “Get into a custody battle. That causes BPD, according to 78% of all experts who charge more than $100/hour.” ”

    yes, I was accused of depression and all kinds of things by the lawyers who did not want to lose thier case….which was manufactured and only a ploy to drain $$$$. And I was stupid. I had never been to court before and it did not even cross my mind that they would lie or that the Judge would use something not even as high as his shoulders as a compass…..

  8. “You can not leave past hurts behind. It must therefore have hurt you.”

    There is a difference between forgiving and forgetting. I know a raft full of doctors who’ll say I’m not delusional and as I said, I don’t really care about the opinions of annonymous strangers on the Internet. Your unwarrented attack(s) are what draw my ire. I was nothing but nice and welcoming to you as others here tried to attack you upon your initial appearance and how do you repay that courtesy? By calling me delusional and then going on a series of random attacks (sometimes about things I didn’t even say but what others misrepresented me as saying) and playing the victim when I didn’t put up with your nonsense. If you want to move on and maintain a better footing, next time you feel the urge to lash out at me? No matter what your motivation is?

    Simply don’t.

    If you have a question or need a clarification? Ask nicely. You’ll get a nicely worded answer. You may or may not like the answer itself, but that is another issue entirely.

  9. Malisha,
    “Your match is over when you decide it is” — that only works when it works. If the match is entirely in the control of someone else, it cannot be over until THEY decide it is”

    In that case it is not a ‘match’ at all. It is a ‘hunt’ or a predation..or a violence….because when people who deal with other people take ALL the control in a situation, when they do not let you speak…or do not, deliberately do not, hear, when they use your name, and most especially without knowledge or consent or truth..when what they do benefits themselves at your expense…..it can never be considered a ‘match’.

    Have you seen the Stoning of Soraya M. ?
    The oldest profession is not prostitution…it is murder. Which when accomplished by the American taliban can take forms more akin to social death but is no less Sharia and also, not very nice…

  10. Malisha,
    I intended only to say that the decisions was yours—-I had mistakenly and unintentionedly written that the match was over and could not be replayed.

    You make clear you have a deranged man to contend with, who is a masterfull player of the system, and is intent on destroying you. The match is not blown over as long as he is alive.
    Again I am guessing only. Blowing the whistle and leaving it behind is not an option it seems.

    You are be congratulated on your strength. Yee gods, the evil that people can achieve.

    Thanks for the repeat of the poem. I had missed it. Particularly the parallel with whales speaks to me.

  11. id707,

    “Why don’t you provide the proof which supports your accusations?”

    Because I’m not going to dig back through the record of symptoms evidenced by the history of your posts to make a summary restatement just to please you. It’s all there in your previous posts.

    I know exactly what I do. I treat others as they treat me. You, on the other hand, apparently lack such awareness of your actions.

    I feel sorry for you and I understand the underlying attention seeking behavior you’re engaging in probably much better than you realize, but I’m not going to take any shit off you either no matter who comes to your defense. My treatement of you is based on your treatement of me. The Golden Rule is reciprocal. When you’ve acted courtesouly, you’ve been treated courtesously. When you’ve acted like an ass, I’ve treated you like you’re acting like an ass. Do the math.

  12. GeneH.
    you say:
    “I should also point out that your very first salvo from the past involved you calling me delusional – a psychiatric term. If you don’t like the armchair psychiatrics? You should have thought of that when you first went on the attack, id707. Remember, you get what you give.”

    You can not leave past hurts behind. It must therefore have hurt you.
    Apologies for that, in which case, And don’t say I’m backing down, just trying to see your side—-for my sake. I am still fighting my old experienced defeats in my dreams.

    Agreed that my “first salvo” was a poorly chosen one, perhaps hiding behind concern, you felt. At least so it appeared to you to be so.
    In fact, I truely believed that you did not seem to be the usual GeneH, in several posts you made. So my motivation originally was good, but people should be left alone. It simply was none of my business. But I admit delusional was meant to inspire ire. There I have much to learn about handling my own hypersensitivity..
    It is perhaps better to say: You pissed me off, than to come with dirty digs. Ehhh?

    I should just be satisfied that you are as you are, with the best of you, which is very fine. You fight ferociouly and well for our side. And a good warrior is hard to find these days.
    Is that an apology. No, just letting reality steer me for once, and not old lost battles.

    Let us turn our energies elsewhere.

  13. Woosty, what you say is very important. In the 90s I attended a conference at which a psychiatrist (from NJ) said that science had finally discovered the etiology of borderline personality disorder in women: “Get into a custody battle. That causes BPD, according to 78% of all experts who charge more than $100/hour.”

    He was referring, of course, to the trick of “diagnosing” a mother with BPD if she complained of the behavior of the man she was divorcing, particularly with respect to his treatment of the children over whom the spouses were disputing custody. In the high ticket cases, expert after expert after expert attributed a mother’s allegations (regardless of the factual basis for them or how they developed) against a father as a symptom of BPD, and it was circular reasoning. It went like this: She has BPD BECAUSE she has complained about his behavior; therefore he has not exhibited the behavior because it was borderline personality disorder that caused the allegation to arise in the first place; thus, the mother’s allegation itself disproved the truth of the allegation. I have read perhaps 30-40 dizzying transcripts where exactly this kind of analysis prevailed.

    It would be like:

    Trayvon Martin’s people have accused Zimmerman of racism;
    Those accusers are just infected with anti-white (or profit-motivated) attitudes;
    Those attitudes are evident from their accusations;
    Therefore, since they are making false accusations of racism, they lack credibility;
    Therefore all allegations of racism against Zimmerman are untrue;
    Therefore he is not racist;
    Therefore they are making false accusations.
    Q E D

    Neat, huh?

    So basically, a mental illness can be identified to help a patient or to destroy someone’s credibility or for many other reasons.

    Story: In about 1992, I was on the phone with a social services investigator from NJ. I had been appointed a visitation supervisor by a court and I supervised visits between a non-abusing mother and her four-year-old boy. The boy arrived at her home with bruises on both sides of his neck in the shape of thumbs! I noted it down so that she would not be blamed. (We didn’t have cell phone cameras then.) I phoned the SS worker and told him on the following Monday. He said the mother had previously made four allegations that her child was being physically abused at the father’s house (custodial father with resident step-mother) and they had all been UNFOUNDED so he wouldn’t record another claim. I said, “Well I did see those bruises and [he] did tell me that he got them when he was ‘bad’ at Daddy’s house.” The guy told me, “The real problem here is that the father hates the mother and the mother hates the father.” I asked, “How does that put bruises on [his] neck?” Then he got very angry and yelled at me, “You have NO CreDIBILITY here; I don’t have to believe YOU!”

    I said, “Mr. [name], let us presume for argument’s sake that I have zero credibility and I am in fact psychotic. Let us further presume that I hold up a candle and say to you, ‘if you put your finger in the flame, you will get a burn.’ So since I said it, and I have zero credibility, is it therefore safe for you to put your finger in the flame?”

    He hung up on me. No investigation was done.

  14. Idealist707–

    Re: “Your match is over when you decide it is” — that only works when it works. If the match is entirely in the control of someone else, it cannot be over until THEY decide it is. What if Trayvon had simply said, at minute 2-1/2 of the Zimmerman encounter, “OK, stranger, I’m done with this, I’m going home to my dad’s friend’s house now”…would that have worked?

    So politely, I will ask you to consider my situation here. I left the “match” alone long ago. Then one day (August 23, 2007 to be exact) my bank account was emptied. I called them and asked why. “Foreign court order,” they said, “check with the court; we can’t tell you.”

    On that day two checks bounced, and my account went into something they call “negative forced post deposit” and the match became NOT OVER all over again —

    Of course, there are other ways to make the matches get “OVER” and on late lonely nights I have thought of them, but they are for literature, not for life. Probably, in fact, more for the kinds of movies SOTB recommends than for the kinds of short stories I try to write.

    I’m sorry to hear about your wife, you have my condolences. If I think of what would have been worse than having the ex I have and his having continued to live (with all the problems he causes in my and my son’s life, and all the corruption he inspires in governments, and all the damage he does to his adopted country) all these years, I think what would have been worse would be having had a wonderful beloved spouse who then died.

    Another blogger on this thread had a similar experience recently. I feel for you.

    Poem for the Whales on St. Patrick’s Day, 2011

    One of you is gone,
    I can feel the hole in the ocean!
    GONE: Your distant clicks and booms,
    your muscled rising and diving,
    the vigor of tailsplash and finwave,
    the beach sorting thump from salt,
    the tickled curve of the horizon’s shape,
    oh — how I miss you!

  15. GeneH,
    Call it character assassination, call it diagonosis, call it behaviour.
    It still amount to pointing to a DSM diagnosis criteria and a books list to paint me with them all.
    And where do you show the facts backing up you accusations?
    You who attack others for their lack of evidence.
    Why don’t you provide the proof which supports your accusations?

    Are you blind to what you do? Surely not I hope.

  16. GeneH
    You say:
    “No one said you had to like the film, only that your statements about the theme and message of the movie were factually wrong.”

    I made no alllusions to the theme or message.

  17. Woosty,
    Agree. One hundred percent. Thank goodness my shrink does not believe in labels. And works as you summarized.
    But revising the power structure is a work of centuries. Good luck with your bit.

  18. I should also point out that your very first salvo from the past involved you calling me delusional – a psychiatric term. If you don’t like the armchair psychiatrics? You should have thought of that when you first went on the attack, id707. Remember, you get what you give.

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