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Report: George Zimmerman In Custody After Gun-Related Incident

He’s in “investigative detention” for domestic battery after allegedly threatening his estranged wife and her family with a gun. There is literally nothing else I can say at the moment, other than I’m sadly not surprised, particularly given his soon-to-be ex-wife’s assessment that Zimmerman feels “invincible” since his acquittal. The Orlando Sentinel has updates here.

ETA: Zimmerman is still being questioned by police. Apparently, Shellie Zimmerman called 911 saying George Zimmerman kept telling her and her family to “come closer” while he had his hand on his gun, and physically assaulted her father. Previously, she admitted to ABC News she was afraid of him and that he had been emotionally abusive. In her 911 call, she tells dispatch, “He continuously has his hand on his gun and he keeps saying ‘get closer,” and told her father, “Dad get inside the house George might start shooting at us.”

She also said, “I’m really really afraid. I don’t know what he’s capable of.” Police say the investigation is ongoing, but Shellie Zimmerman and her family are now unsure about pressing charges. 

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equalityforallwyo:

The photo above is the booking information for Rep. Bob Nicholas, R-Cheyenne. He was elected in 2010 to represent House District Eight in Cheyenne. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle has the full story:

State Rep. Bob Nicholas, R-Cheyenne, faces a felony charge of abusing a disabled adult in Florida following a Nov. 23 arrest.
Nicholas, 54, was arrested in Boca Grande, Fla., while on vacation after allegedly punching and kicking his 19-year-old mentally disabled son, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.
The document indicates that multiple witnesses outside of a restaurant saw Nicholas hit his son repeatedly with a closed fist, push him onto the sidewalk and then kick him more than five times. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office contacted Nicholas about two hours after the incident in the hotel room where he and his son were staying.
A sergeant reported a small blood stain on a bedspread in the room and observed that the victim had redness and welts on his neck and a foot-sized abrasion to the skin around his left ribcage that appeared to have a shoelace pattern to it, the report says.
Nicholas was placed under arrest and was released Nov. 24 on a $20,000 bond. Abuse of an elderly or disabled adult is a third-degree felony in Florida, and it carries a prison sentence of up to five years. Nicholas is set for an arraignment on Dec. 27. [Nicholas] intends to fight the charge. He added that he was only trying to keep his son under control. Nicholas’ son suffers from seizures and has a mental condition similar to autism, the report indicates.
Nicholas said his son became disruptive and combative during lunch. He said he was only trying to get his son out of the restaurant, and he described his response as “corporal punishment,” according to the sheriff’s report.
Nicholas added that his son was “not harmed” after the altercation. “I accept I will have to explain my actions,” he said. “And if I was too strong with my son, I will address that as well.” 
The biography he provided for his last campaign listed that he has served for more than 10 years as a board member on the Caring for Children Foundation and is a Special Olympics coach. The legislator said he has no intention of resigning his legislative seat. “I don’t think I committed a crime, so why would I?” he responded when asked.

Here at Equality for All, we’re shocked at the allegations of abuse on the part of a state representative. However, we’re hesitant to call for his complete resignation unless he is found guilty or pleas guilty to these charges. A felony is quite serious. The reactions of Wyomingites have varied from defense of Nicholas to calls for him to step down. 
In light of this recent charge, two of Nicholas’ votes concern us: “Nay” on SF 132, which made strangulation of a household member a felony, and “Nay” on HB 256, which established Tenant Rights in Domestic and Sexual Violence Cases. We hope that Nicholas takes issues of family violence seriously. Violence against anyone is not okay, much less a vulnerable adult. If you wish to track Nicholas’ case, the Florida court system provides online tracking.
This case also illustrates claims from some people who state that in order to control someone who has a developmental disability, physical force is justified. Diane, an Equality for All supporter in Buffalo, Wyo. writes, “I worked with high needs kids in the public schools for a few years and saw my share of ‘meltdowns.’ Never once was a hand raised to any of them. There are things that you can do that will diffuse the situation WITHOUT slapping them or kicking them. He should be kicked out of office…” The APA [American Psychological Association] also roundly condemns corporal punishment.
At Equality for All, we feel there are more effective means of discipline, whether used against children or disabled adults. We hope Rep. Nicholas and his family are able to work through this situation. However, we also believe that if the accusations against Rep. Nicholas are true, he should step down as a representative of HD 8, and from the board of the Caring for Children Foundation and as a Special Olympics Coach. 


This has gone national now. Good. If you’d like to contact Bob Nicholas, here’s how:
Robert A. Nicholas: (307) 514-3693 | (307) 634-2994 Fax:(307) 635-7155 His e-mail: bob@ncwyolaw.com 

equalityforallwyo:

The photo above is the booking information for Rep. Bob Nicholas, R-Cheyenne. He was elected in 2010 to represent House District Eight in Cheyenne. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle has the full story:

State Rep. Bob Nicholas, R-Cheyenne, faces a felony charge of abusing a disabled adult in Florida following a Nov. 23 arrest.

Nicholas, 54, was arrested in Boca Grande, Fla., while on vacation after allegedly punching and kicking his 19-year-old mentally disabled son, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The document indicates that multiple witnesses outside of a restaurant saw Nicholas hit his son repeatedly with a closed fist, push him onto the sidewalk and then kick him more than five times. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office contacted Nicholas about two hours after the incident in the hotel room where he and his son were staying.

A sergeant reported a small blood stain on a bedspread in the room and observed that the victim had redness and welts on his neck and a foot-sized abrasion to the skin around his left ribcage that appeared to have a shoelace pattern to it, the report says.

Nicholas was placed under arrest and was released Nov. 24 on a $20,000 bond. Abuse of an elderly or disabled adult is a third-degree felony in Florida, and it carries a prison sentence of up to five years. Nicholas is set for an arraignment on Dec. 27. [Nicholas] intends to fight the charge. He added that he was only trying to keep his son under control. Nicholas’ son suffers from seizures and has a mental condition similar to autism, the report indicates.

Nicholas said his son became disruptive and combative during lunch. He said he was only trying to get his son out of the restaurant, and he described his response as “corporal punishment,” according to the sheriff’s report.

Nicholas added that his son was “not harmed” after the altercation. “I accept I will have to explain my actions,” he said. “And if I was too strong with my son, I will address that as well.” 

The biography he provided for his last campaign listed that he has served for more than 10 years as a board member on the Caring for Children Foundation and is a Special Olympics coach. The legislator said he has no intention of resigning his legislative seat. “I don’t think I committed a crime, so why would I?” he responded when asked.

Here at Equality for All, we’re shocked at the allegations of abuse on the part of a state representative. However, we’re hesitant to call for his complete resignation unless he is found guilty or pleas guilty to these charges. A felony is quite serious. The reactions of Wyomingites have varied from defense of Nicholas to calls for him to step down. 

In light of this recent charge, two of Nicholas’ votes concern us: “Nay” on SF 132, which made strangulation of a household member a felony, and “Nay” on HB 256, which established Tenant Rights in Domestic and Sexual Violence Cases. We hope that Nicholas takes issues of family violence seriously. Violence against anyone is not okay, much less a vulnerable adult. If you wish to track Nicholas’ case, the Florida court system provides online tracking.

This case also illustrates claims from some people who state that in order to control someone who has a developmental disability, physical force is justified. Diane, an Equality for All supporter in Buffalo, Wyo. writes, “I worked with high needs kids in the public schools for a few years and saw my share of ‘meltdowns.’ Never once was a hand raised to any of them. There are things that you can do that will diffuse the situation WITHOUT slapping them or kicking them. He should be kicked out of office…” The APA [American Psychological Association] also roundly condemns corporal punishment.

At Equality for All, we feel there are more effective means of discipline, whether used against children or disabled adults. We hope Rep. Nicholas and his family are able to work through this situation. However, we also believe that if the accusations against Rep. Nicholas are true, he should step down as a representative of HD 8, and from the board of the Caring for Children Foundation and as a Special Olympics Coach. 

This has gone national now. Good. If you’d like to contact Bob Nicholas, here’s how:

Robert A. Nicholas: (307) 514-3693 | (307) 634-2994 
Fax:(307) 635-7155 
His e-mail: bob@ncwyolaw.com 

(via equalityforallwyo)

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Wyoming State Legislator Charged With Beating Disabled Son

State Rep. Bob Nicholas, R-Cheyenne, faces a felony charge of abusing a disabled adult in Florida following a Nov. 23 arrest. Nicholas, 54, was arrested in Boca Grande, Fla., while on vacation after allegedly punching and kicking his 19-year-old mentally disabled son, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The document indicates that multiple witnesses outside of a restaurant saw Nicholas hit his son repeatedly with a closed fist, push him onto the sidewalk and then kick him more than five times.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office contacted Nicholas about two hours after the incident in the hotel room where he and his son were staying. A sergeant reported a small blood stain on a bedspread in the room and observed that the victim had redness and welts on his neck and a foot-sized abrasion to the skin around his left ribcage that appeared to have a shoelace pattern to it, the report says.

Nicholas was placed under arrest and transported to the Lee County Jail without incident. He was released Nov. 24 on a $20,000 bond. Abuse of an elderly or disabled adult is a third-degree felony in Florida, and it carries a prison sentence of up to five years.

[Nicholas] did say on Friday that he intends to fight the charge. He added that he was only trying to keep his son under control… His son suffers from seizures and has a mental condition similar to autism, the report indicates.

Nicholas said his son became disruptive and combative during lunch. He said he was only trying to get his son out of the restaurant, and he described his response as “corporal punishment,” according to the sheriff’s report. Nicholas was elected in 2010 to represent House District 8. He serves on the Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Interim Committee. The biography he provided for his last campaign listed that he has served for more than 10 years as a board member on the Caring for Children Foundation and is a Special Olympics coach.

The legislator said he has no intention of resigning his legislative seat. “I don’t think I committed a crime, so why would I?” he responded when asked.

Email him if you believe kicking someone so hard you leave shoelace imprints two hours later is a crime at bnicholas@wyoming.com. This has shades of Texas Judge William Adams, who beat his disabled daughter using the same excuse

Nothing says “family values” like getting released from jail on Thanksgiving after being charged with a felony relating to beating a family member. 

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How can Republicans explain efforts to defeat a human rights bill because of $67 million in potential spending while simultaneously pushing for a tax cut deal for wealthy Americans that will add $858 billion to the deficit? Is this at all credible?

Conor Williams, writing for The Washington Post blog, PostPartisan

Williams is referencing the GOP killing the “International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010” in the US House.

According to The Huffington Post:
The bill would ensure that child marriage is recognized as a human rights violation, and develop comprehensive strategies to prevent such marriages around the world. The legislation seemed likely to garner strong bipartisan support in Congress, and in the Senate, it did. But last night, the bill was voted down in the House by Republicans who argued the bill is too costly and could lead to increased abortions — gripes the measure’s supporters say have no basis in reality and are just excuses to kill the popular bill.

The measure, introduced by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), passed the Senate by unanimous consent and attracted a list of 42 cosponsors, including Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)…The House version, introduced by Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), had 112 cosponsors. What’s interesting is that some of them — such as Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) — actually voted against the bill. In the end, only 12 Republicans backed the measure; nine Democrats defected to the GOP side. So what happened?

This week, a GOP whip alert went out about the child marriage legislation, saying that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Committee on Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) all oppose it.

The email: “S. 987 authorizes $108 million over 5 years without sufficient oversight of the taxpayers’ money…There are also concerns that funding will be directed to NGOs that promote and perform abortion and efforts to combat child marriage could be usurped as a way to overturn pro-life laws.”

There is no justification. None. There is NO WAY to pretend there is no class war, and no war on the poor, be they in the U.S. or outside of it. The fact that Republicans are envisioning the issue of child marriage being usurped to loosen abortion restrictions betrays their own playbook: They will usurp any issue to serve the interests of the rich, so why wouldn’t those bleeding hearts usurp this to kill babies? It’s what we would do!

Our political system is completely broken.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

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Why Fox News Loves the (Other) N-Word

We have Murdoch’s avuncular minister of propaganda, Roger Ailes, use the word Nazi constantly to describe Obama and the Democrats, particularly on the subject of health care or monetary policy We hear Fox’s primary predators Limbaugh and Beck aim their arsenal of vitriol and tears in concert with that word — mainly at Obama, but using it so that it even includes a Holocaust survivor such as the progressive billionaire George Soros — the perfect target for a new kind of totalitarian abuse.

Sherman’s law: The word Nazi can only be used in connection to the Holocaust. To trivialize that word as Fox News has done is to degrade the deaths of millions of innocents. It is quite simply pissing on their graves to promote a radical right wing political message.

* Initiating slow clap now*

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