George Zimmerman’s wife arrested

Shellie Zimmerman’s been charged with perjury for allegedly lying to hide the money she and her husband were collecing from their website. Trymaine Lee, in the Huffington Post, writes: Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of the Florida man charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, was arrested and charged Tuesday afternoon with one count of perjury, according to law enforcement officials. The charges stem from what prosecutors have described as a series of lies and distortions made by the couple during an earlier bond hearing in April, when George Zimmerman and his family claimed they were broke. By late Tuesday afternoon, Shellie Zimmerman posted bond, set at $1,000. Shortly after the initial bond hearing, it was revealed that George Zimmerman had raised upwards of $200,000…

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KKKo’ed. Georgia DOT denies Klan’s bid to adopt a highway

DOT says NOPE, so the KKK won’t get to adopt a stretch of highway after all.  I’m still surprised that the International Keystone Knights of the KKK didn’t bid on a stretch of road in White County.  Instead, they chose Union County, Georgia, of all places. And Keystone Knights? Really? Did you have conjure up silent-movie era incompetence? Back then, the Klan ruled the road in many states. Actually, I wouldn’t mind the Klan picking up litter along Georgia roads, so long as they wore  their orange jumpsuits while they did it. Money quote: “The Imperial Wizard insisted that the Klan does not commit criminal acts and that ‘everybody has a past they want to forget about.’” Fergit, hell. Read Brambleman. Read more. Here’s…

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Brambleman: “I loved it…all of it, and there isn’t much more to say than that”

The Forsyth County Saga gets five stars from a LibraryThing reader (I don’t know her, but I hope to meet her someday): This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I flew through it despite its length. I loved it…all of it, and there isn’t much more to say than that. I highly recommend it, especially to those people who are from the south, with parents or grandparents from the “old school.” It really opened my eyes to how much things have changed here in the south. Overall rankings (out of 5.0 stars): Goodreads-4.5, LibrraryThing-4.36, Amazon.com-4.5    

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Brambleman makes the grade at Goodreads

Brambleman just hit a 4.5 average rating (out of a possible 5) on Goodreads. Just shoved Chain Gang Elementary to the side. That’s the kind of book it is. The Story: Down-and-out Atlanta writer Charlie Sherman has no idea what madness awaits him when a mysterious stranger convinces him to finish a dead man’s book about a horrific crime that’s gone unpunished for decades. What Charlie inherits is an unwieldy manuscript about the mob-driven expulsion of more than 1,000 blacks from Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. During the course of his work, Charlie uncovers a terrible secret involving a Forsyth County land grab. Due to its proximity to Atlanta, the stolen farm is now worth $20 million—and a sale is pending. When…

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Latest review of Brambleman

From SusanReviews: “I found myself reading faster and faster as the story twisted and turned more and more. I really enjoyed the pace and the story in a story aspect that came out of the manuscript that Charlie had to edit. Some of the characters are just that, characters! Good, bad, hicks and politicians, men and women and children all had interesting thoughts and actions.” Read the review.  

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Remembering the 1968 Olympics and scars that won’t heal

For those of us who were alive and watchful in 1968, those two raised fists symbolized a defining moment. And the divisions that ripped us apart during that era have never really healed. Trymaine Lee has written an interesting retrospective (then again, does the past every go away?) in the Huffington Post about the famous protest by Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the medal stand during the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.  It will give you a new perspective–or perhaps solidify your old one–on Brent Musburger, who at the time condemned the two men as “black-skinned stormtroopers” and missed the point by about … oh, 180 degrees. To read Lee’s post, click here. Wikipedia (yes, Wikipedia) has an excellent article on the proteste and its aftermath, as well.

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