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Again, If you provoke a confrontation, you cannot claim self defense. That should be the law.

If you follow someone--against the advice of the police and against rules for a neighborhood watch--and then you engage in a confrontation with that person, you should not be allowed to claim self-defense. A self-defense claim should only be used when there was NO OTHER WAY to avoid the confrontation.

Otherwise, you can engage or provoke anyone and then kill them as you are getting beaten up. Literally, you're making murder legal.

Don't start shit. Won't be shit.

Calculon snubbed yet again for an Emmy nomination

It's robot prejudice.

Is it signficant that no broadcast network drama was nominated for an Emmy for the 2nd year...

in a row? Yes, Downton Abbey, a PBS show was nominated, but no other show. HBO lead all nominations with 108 total nominations. CBS and NBC tied with 53.

My opinion is that it is indeed significant. Higher quality dramas are not being created for the masses. They're only available via subscription services like cable and netflix.

Movies and TV are very culturally significant. In the 1970s and 80s, broadcast networks produced mini-series like ABC's Roots, NBC's Holocaust starring Meryl Streep, and the Burning Bed. Thoughtful, challeging dramas that took the nation by storm and provoked deep conversations and increases awareness.

Those kind of shows are not being made freely for the public at large, and that's a shame.

Good news: Homeowners insurance covers a "sharknado"

We asked folks at the Insurance Information Institute, an industry group, for their take on the issue. The considered opinion of several experts, including their chief economist, was yes--for the most part.

"A tornado is a wind event," says Mike Barry, vice president of media relations. Wind events, including hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones and other such calamities, are covered under a standard policy. But a falling shark?

"It would be covered, yes, as a falling object," Barry confirms. In case you were wondering, damage from an errant asteroid would be covered by your homeowners insurance under the same principle.


This will be my fast post on DU

I'm starving

Summer Time Songs Thread

Mungo Jerry's In the Summer Time

Why do people send a flurry of emails at 5:30 PM when it's time to go home?

Yet, from 3:00 PM to about 5:00 PM, there's nothing. Why?

No. We don't live in a post-racial society, but we will evenutally

May not happen in our lifetimes, but it may happen in your child's lifetime. And it will definitely happen in your grandchild's lifetime.

All of these laws-- Papers Please, Anti-marriage equality, Stand Your Ground, Open Carry, Transvaginal probes, etc. --all of them are designed to put women and minorities back in their place, and politicians can win elections by preying on those that want to return to an idealized, nostaglic view of America that never existed.

In the end, the ultimate enemy of the regressives is time. Whatever they may do or try or even succeed at, they cannot reverse time itself. They cannot bring back a segregated South. They cannot jail the GBLT community. They cannot force women back into the kitchens and bedrooms.

Sure, they can win a mid-term election or a majority in a state legislature. They can acquit a racist killer. They can de-regulate gun laws. But, they cannot stop progress.

An 18 year old today has never lived in a world without a robust web browser. Access to information, mass communication, and knowledge has never been easier or cheaper. Our youth will be smarter than we can ever imagine. We will look like cave dwellers to them.

We're at the dawn of a new era of mankind. An era based on a better understanding and respect of each other as human beings.

The True Winners of the Zimmerman Verdict and the Texas Anti-Women's Health Bill: The 1%

This is how they win. They fund regressive legislation like Stand Your Ground and the anti-women's health bill. They defund public education. They promote racial division and anger to the point where you can kill an innocent African American man just because you're scared.

The end result is that enough people vote for regressive policies so that real progress can never be made.

Game of Thrones Author, George Martin, on Republican Voter Suppression

This quote is from a year ago, but it's still holds true:

It is one thing to attempt to win elections. But trying to do so by denying the most basic and important right of any American citizen to hundreds and thousands of people, on entirely spurious grounds… that goes beyond reprehensible. That is despicable.
It would really be nice if there were still some Republicans of conscience out there who would stand up and loudly denounce these efforts, a few men of honor and integrity for whom “win the election” does not “win the election at any cost.” There were once many Republicans I admired, even I disagreed with them: men like Everett Dirksen, Clifford Case, Henry Cabot Lodge, William Scranton… yes, even Barry Goldwater, conservative as he is. I do not believe for a moment that Goldwater would have approved of this, any more than Robert A. Heinlein would have. They were conservatives, but they were not bigots, nor racists, nor corrupt. The Vote Suppressors have far more in common with Lester Maddox, George Wallace, John Stennis, and their ilk than they do with their distinguished GOP forebears.
The people behind these efforts at disenfranchising large groups of voters (the young, the old, the black, the brown) are not Republicans, since clearly they have scant regard for our republic or its values. They are oligarchs and racists clad in the skins of dead elephants.

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