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Zimmerman’s defense sounds vaguely familiar

So, I was reading about Zimmerman’s defense, since I wasn’t hanging on every word during the trial and I prefer to read than have the visual and auditory clutter of the talking heads on TV jamming my internal logic board, and I got a sudden rush of deja vu, or vuja de or something.  Here are the money quotes:

Members of the jury took notes furiously as Officer Singleton later read out Zimmerman’s hand-written statement to the court.

‘As I headed back to my vehicle the suspect emerged from the darkness and said, “You got a problem?” and I said “No” and the suspect said, “You do now”.

‘Each time I attempted to sit up the suspect slammed my head. My head felt like it was going to explode.

‘I tried to slide out from under the suspect and continued to yell “help”. As I slid, the suspect covered my mouth and nose and stopped my breathing.

‘At this point I felt the suspect reach for my now-exposed firearm and say, “you are going to die tonight motherf***er”.’

Hmmm.  I mean hummmm.  I started hearing a little song in my head.  Something about a convent girl from Mississippi who got involved with jazz and liquor:

It worked so well for Roxy Hart.

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I have to present my papers tomorrow for the third or fourth time since I moved from NJ.  This time it’s for a certification that I am a natural born US citizen who is able to work in the US.  It used to be that all you needed to present was a SSN.  That’s not good enough anymore.  Can I just say that my birth certificate is getting pretty fricking ragged at this point.  And my social security card.  AND my divorce papers that show that I am legally allowed to use my original name. AND my passport, deed to my house, three utility bills, etc, etc, etc.  Where does it stop??  I have to keep a dossier ready at all times.  No, I’m not kidding. If this is what elderly and minority voters are going through, we might as well just cancel all elections from now until eternity and let Republicans run everything.  This level of identification is beyond ridiculous and is bound to hit women harder than men.

I definitely do not like the feeling I’m getting of having to carry around so much official documentation all the time.