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How to Craft a Bohemian Flower Crown

Picture this: You and your beloved are standing in a lushly green, wooded glen. Your family and friends encircle you as the sun speckles the ground around your feet as you stand in the soft grace. A ladybug tickles your … read more

Shaking my head…

How many mistakes can the AP make in one short story? "Stand your ground" was not an issue in the Montana shooting. Nor in the George Zimmerman case. I'm sure Montana law, prior to the amendment, allowed self-defense in cases...

Texas Cop Shoots His Neighbor’s Dog, Gets Away With It Under Law Authorizing Vigilantism

It's like Stand Your Ground, but for dogs. The post Texas Cop Shoots His Neighbor’s Dog, Gets Away With It Under Law Authorizing Vigilantism appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The Florida Supreme Court Is Hearing A Case That Could Make Stand Your Ground Even Worse

"If the court rules the state's got the burden, I think it's going to open the door for a lot of lawyers to use the immunity statute that were not using it." The post The Florida Supreme Court Is Hearing A Case That Could Make Stand Your Ground Even Worse appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Hey eBay: With Republicans about to take over Congress, it’s more important than ever to leave ALEC

3 weeks agoTechnology : Pando Daily

Calling gay people a “health risk.” Pushing climate change denial in schools. Supporting controversial Voter ID laws. Doubling down on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. These are among the uglier stances taken by the American Legislative Executive Council or ALEC. Show More Summary

Dahlia – Staking

Q: My dahlias are so lazy, always laying around on the ground instead of standing up. Should I dig them up and plant them deeper? A: Dahlia varieties vary greatly in size. Some grow small and compact but other, like yours, grow too tall to support themselves. I’d simply push a three foot length of […]

Florida's Stand Your Ground law could soon get a lot broader

Shoot first, ask questions never. Some folks down in Florida have decided that their Stand Your Ground law isn't working out after all. That would be the law that allows you (generally presuming "you" are a white male with anger management issues) to kill anyone you want so long as you can make a good case that they were threatening you. Show More Summary

Florida court may relieve gun owners of burden of proof in ‘Stand Your Ground’ cases

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

An appeal before the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday could shift the burden of proof for the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, relieving gun owners of a legal duty to prove self-defense when they brandish weapons in violent confrontations. If the high court sides with Jared Bretherick, who was...

Florida high court to consider extension of self-defense gun law

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - An appeal before the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday could shift the burden of proof for the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, relieving gun owners of a legal duty to prove self-defense when they brandish weapons in violent confrontations. Show More Summary

Friday morning feel good story

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

last monthNews : 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 months 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

2 months 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

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