Frank Taaffe: A Primer
I have gotten a few emails and comments from people who simply want to know who this cretin is. Thus, I have prepared the following cheat sheet of information regarding F. Taaffe to save people the trouble of looking everything up. However, I will not post any personal information (addresses, email addresses), and I ask you not to do it either.
1. Francis B. (Frank) Taaffe is approximately 56 years old. To use his own favorite type of descriptor, he is an “old white male”. He apparently works out of his home doing, well, something. If I had to guess I would say he is probably some sort of computer “consultant” where consultant=trolling the internet and sending out offensive tweets, posts, and other nonsense.
2. He is a resident of the now-infamous Retreat at Twin Lakes, where George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
3. He burst onto the scene when he began defending his “good friend” George Zimmerman’s racial profiling on national TV. He caught my attention during one of his many interviews in which he is complaining about “young black males”, which prompted me to write this blog post. To this day, rarely an interview goes by when he doesn’t mention “young black males”.
4. Taaffe has made a few appearances at this blog as well as by emailing me personally. He is very proud of his notoriety. He seems to think that he is some sort of leading news analyst now. Little does he realize that the entire world is laughing at him–even supporters of George Zimmerman.
5. In between stops on his stupidity tour last summer, Taaffe managed to rack up a DUI . He likes to cast aspersions on the reports that Trayvon Martin once had a little pot residue in an empty baggie in his backpack. Yet Martin never hopped into a car while intoxicated, with careless disregard for the safety of others.
6. I came to know Taaffe’s son, Vincent, over the course of a few months through this blog. The relationship between Vincent and his father Frank could probably best be described as hostile. F. Taaffe himself wrote some nasty things here about his son that I deleted because I felt it was adding to the problems in the family, if even in a small way. Tragically, Vincent died in a car accident last summer. Sadly, this was the second of Taaffe’s sons to die at a very young age. His other son, Will, committed suicide in 2008 at the age of 21. Taaffe has a surviving adult child whom I will not mention by name here.
7. I have heard from several family members in the comments sections of the linked blog posts. None seems to be particularly enamored of Frank.
That’s about it for now. I will update this as more information is available.