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Another feel good story sent by Chief Tango, this one is from South Carolina; A man who shot a suspected thief will not face charges because of the state’s so-called “Stand Your Ground,” law. But deputies have charged the suspect, Thomas Smith, who they said was trying to steal scrap metal when the property owner […]

7 Reasons Not to Keep the Peace in Your Marriage

At my bridal shower, my guests filled out note cards of advice. One said “know when to keep your peace and when to stand your ground, and make sure your fights count.” I had no idea what that advice meant entering my marriage. Over time, though, it has become something I’ve come back to over Keep Reading ?

Florida Woman In 'Stand Your Ground' Case Accepts Plea Deal

2 days agoNews : The Two-Way

Marissa Alexander had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she said was a warning shot at her husband and his two children in 2010. Under the plea deal, she would serve 65 more days.

Abuse Victim Marissa Alexander Has Accepted A Plea Deal

Abuse victim Marissa Alexander accepted a plea deal for shooting a gun in self-defense, in the presence of her abuser, in Florida, a Stand Your Ground state. She was originally sentenced to a ridiculous 20 years in jail. [MSNBC] There will be a press conference today about the Ferguson Grand Jury decision on whether or [...]

Standing Your Ground in Journalism, Even When Diversity Isn't Valued

Last weekend I went on cable to talk about media diversity, including how both legacy media and startups, for- and non-profit, were living in a post-racial America that doesn't exist -- meaning, not hiring people of color and not caring if they get called out about it. Show More Summary

Yoga Pose Breakdown | Standing Split, Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana

2 weeks agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

Sanskrit Name: Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana  Get Started: :: Begin in Warrior III with your left foot grounded on your mat and your right foot lifted :: Slowly lower your hands toward the floor as your torso moves toward your left … The post Yoga Pose Breakdown | Standing Split, Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.

Liberty Counsel To Magistrates: Don't Resign Or We Can't Sue On Your Behalf

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

The Liberty Counsel yesterday advised state officials not to resign over same-sex marriage because no lawsuit can then be brought on their behalf. Via press release: "Stand your ground. Do not voluntarily resign your post when confronted...Show More Summary

Was the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law the ’cause’ of Trayvon Martin’s death?

“Tillis even led the effort to pass the kind of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.” – radio ad sponsored by Senate Majority PAC, referring to Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis This radio ad, captured by a conservative blogger, has inspired outrage in the closely fought election campaign between […]

South Carolina Says “Stand Your Ground” Law Doesn’t Apply to Abused Women

South Carolina has an expansive "stand your ground" law that paves the way for someone to get immunity from prosecution by declaring that they killed another person in self-defense. Liberals have been critical of these laws, arguingShow More Summary

When Women Don’t Count

A couple of unrelated stories saying the same thing — first, following up yesterday’s post on how gun rights “trump” everything else these days, here’s a story from South Carolina about prosecutors who say “stand your ground” laws don’t apply to domestic violence situations. In November 2012, Whitlee Jones fatally stabbed her partner, Eric Lee. […]

South Carolina: Swell for fetuses, less so for victims of domestic violence

In Florida, Stand Your Ground was used as the foundation of George Zimmerman's defense after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. In South Carolina, it was used to defend a man who walked out of the house with a gun to confront "women thugs" who had threatened his daughter; he ended up shooting a teenage boy in his car instead. Show More Summary

South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence

“We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.” The post South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence appeared first on ThinkProgress.

9 Ways to Keep Your Sht Together When Others Do Not

2 months agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

  Challenges. They knock us on our ass. They slap us on the face. And they leave us with a choice: to stay on the ground or to stand up and move forward. Fears feed off fear, anger off anger, love off … The post 9 Ways to Keep Your Sht Together When Others Do Not appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.

Despite That Awful 'Stand Your Ground' Law, a Florida Jury Manages to Convict Michael Dunn of Murder

2 months agoNews : Reason

On Wednesday a Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music at a Jacksonville gas station in 2012. Dunn had already been convicted on...Show More Summary

Shooter Convicted in Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Trial

2 months agoNews : Truthdig

AP/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday convicted Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, of murdering African-American teenager Jordan Davis. Dunn opened fire on Davis and three of the 17-year-old’s...Show More Summary

Another One Bites the Dust

It’s been awfully rainy here. The ground is completely saturated, and the ditches are brimming with standing water. When that happens in Florida, insects will seek shelter in your home, no matter how often you spray poisons to repel them or how scrupulously clean you keep your abode (not that I’ve ever tried the latter, [Read more...]

Stand Your Ground. Unless You're Black.

[Content Note: Guns; death; racism; death penalty.]At 5:30 in the morning on May 9 of this year, four men attempted to come through the windows in Marvin Louis Guy's home in Killeen, Texas. Thinking he was protecting himself and hisShow More Summary

Yoga Pose Breakdown | Mountain Pose, Tadasana

2 months agoFitness / Yoga : Yoganonymous

Sanskrit Name: Tadasana (tah-DAHS-anna) Tada = Mountain Get Started: :: Begin in a standing position :: Bring your big toes together to touch :: Ground down through the four corners of your feet :: Bring a micro-bend to your knees :: In … The post Yoga Pose Breakdown | Mountain Pose, Tadasana appeared first on YOGANONYMOUS.

New York Times and assault weapons bans

NY Times editorial, "Myths About Gun Regulation," January 31, 2013: "As busy as the gun lobby is in promoting macho myths about self-defense -- stand your ground and outshoot the bad guys -- it is no less dedicated to spinning...

Nev. man pleads not guilty in trespasser killing

3 months agoNews / Crime : Crimesider

Ex-school teacher's shooting of two intruders, one fatally, has drawn attention to state's "stand your ground" law

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