A Daily Banter writer and the writer of Deus Ex Malcontent, Chez Pazienza, posted on Daily Banter this morning that discussing the story of George Zimmerman saving a family from an SUV runs the risk of becoming a version of Truther, the "George Zimmerman SUV Truther", another form of conspiracy theorist.
I'll cop to being a conspiracy theorist. Hell, I believe in hundreds of off-kilter thingies. Not so much Tea-Bagger / 9-11 type conspiracies, but SkinWalker Ranch? Nazis in Bolivia? Mitt Romney as a Dero? Sure.
I got into a little debate, the people debating me probably not entirely in good faith [/snark], but I'm curious - am I off base here? Is my opinion clear here? Do I sound like a 'Bagger?
Respectfully, given the stakes of the situation, extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. If a legitimate third party (not the Sanford PD, incidentally) reports that this in fact happened, fine. Good for him. He is still a murderer, but golf claps. There is no independent verification so I have a very difficult time accepting this as a real event.
The problem with a conspiracy theory is that everything that disproves it becomes part of the conspiracy.
I agree that extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. But a SUV turning over is not an extraordinary claim.
The SUV turning over is not the extraordinary claim. Mr. Zimmerman's presence and actions are the extraordinary claim. Please read what I said. If this in fact happened (Zimmerman comes upon a burning crash scene and saves a family of 4), good for him. Yay. Does not change the fact that he's a murderer and should be watching Judge Judy inside Okeefenokee Penitentiary. But I won't believe that Zimmerman was Superman-o'-teh-day until an independent party backs up that story. And then I'll still think, yay. Good for him. And he's still a damn murderer.
Why are they an extraordinary claim? Zimmerman's trained to do exactly what he did.
Maybe you forgot.
Let's try this one last damned time. I won't even address your 'trained' statement. Fine, he's watched an OSHA video.
Given the stakes, the fact that he needs an image makeover tout suite, this is very convenient.
Therefore, I request independent verification of the event.
If independent verification of the event can be produced (NOT Mark O'Mara, the Sanford PD, any Florida news station or politician, Rush Limbaugh, or any other party with an interest in the sanctification of Mr. Zimmerman), yippee. Slow clap. Congratulations. Still a murderer. Still should be in a penitentiary.
If independent verification cannot be produced, then I call bullshit. And he is still a murderer. Still should be in a penitentiary.