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Things have been quiet on the “Stand Your Ground” rants by my Wingnut debating friends that was spurred by the Trayvon Martin case down here in the sunny South.

It will be a while until the case comes to court, so, that will give those “Patriots” time to study their talking points regarding this, peppered with quotes from the Federalist Papers and revised Jeffersonian wisdom.

I did some quick surfing yesterday and found this very sad story about Marissa Alexander of Florida serving 20 years for shooting at her husband, her abusive husband. She has been denied a new trial.

I posted this story on the Social Media to see if any of my Right of the Dial debate friends would speak up about this mother of 2 “standing her ground” and the justice she deserves.


No comments. None.

Oh, yeah. Trials for Talledega NASCAR were yesterday.

The wheel

Rosanne Cash:

Sunny afternoon


Until you remember

Tedeschi-Trucks Band:

Thoughts for the day

Bertrand Russell, 1951:

“Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.

4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

King of anything

Hah. Sara Bareilles:

Right as rain


Modern girl



Chris just left with my motherboard and my power supply, taking them to that great electronics graveyard in the sky. (As Chris says sagely, “There’s usually a reason that they’re cheap.” The motherboard, I mean. He built the whole CPU for me.) I kept saying I heard a “pop” before it stopped working – turns out it blew a capacitator, and the sound was the cap piece hitting the inside.)

I’m sure gonna miss it. For some reason, this laptop drops the broadband connection all the time. (I have it plugged directly into the router.) I can’t tell whether it’s the intertubes being clogged, or the computer. Whatever, it’s a real pain.

American tune

Paul Simon:

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