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A Lesson For Conservatives From Canute

Over the past few months, federal and state courts have been finding that state bans on marriage equality or recognizing LGBT marriages are unconstitutional.  Utah was the first, and it’s since been followed by Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Kentucky, and New Mexico. While most of these are being appealed, Virginia’s is not, and in Kentucky, the Attorney General has refused to appeal, so an outside counsel will be used.   In reaction, several states are attempting “religious freedom” bills to allow people to refuse LGBT’s on the basis of “religious objections.”  Arizona, Kansas, and Indiana have all attempted it, with … poor results.  Arizona’s governor vetoed the bill after massive backlash, while Kansas and Indiana allowed their bills to die in the legislatures.  It’s not unexpected that there is going to be this sort of reaction, particularly in the “Red States,” where Republicans hold control and are acting on their base’s demands.

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Trayvon Martin and Some Thoughts on Gun Laws

Norbrook:

Yesterday, the President gave a very powerful speech about the Trayvon Martin case. One of the points he made was something that I’d thought about over a year ago:

And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened?

It’s the thing that none of Zimmerman’s supporters ever seem to want to discuss, along with the role of racism.

Originally posted on Norbrook's Blog:

A lot of the blogs and news sites have been covering the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.  The basic facts are that a young black man was returning from the store, when a “neighborhood watch volunteer” named George Zimmerman thought he looked suspicious.  He called  911, and was told to wait for the police.  Instead, he decided to accost young Trayvon.  He had a “carry permit” from the state of Florida, and was armed.  In the resulting scuffle, he shot Trayvon Martin, killing him.  He has not been charged, since Florida has a “Stand Your Ground” law, which gave people who thought they were being threatened the right to use force.  Which is what Mr Zimmerman claims, that he was “acting in self defense.”   Here’s something I haven’t seen discussed:  What if Trayvon had also been licensed to carry and had been armed?

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Some Meta and More Advice For Republicans

As some may have noticed, my posting frequency has been dropping, and it’s going to be (at best) intermittent until sometime around early November.   My job has  shifted to “field season,” which means I’ll be out of contact for periods of time and what spare time I do have is usually spent on other things besides blogging.  What blogging I might be able to squeeze in is probably going to end up on my other blog, not here.    Now, on to the politics!

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Norbrook:

In light of the recent “path forward” given by the Republicans, I thought I’d repost this one from November.

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Right now the Republican Party is undergoing a lot of battles, finger-pointing, and … discussion … about the direction the Party should take, and what it needs to do to be relevant in the future.  One of the big problems for them I’ve seen is that they’re unwilling to take the obvious steps.  Instead, most of it seems to be the equivalent of putting lipstick on a pig.   It’s not really “changing the party,” it’s cosmetology, and it doesn’t make it any less a pig.   So, with that in mind, here are my tips.

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A Song For Those Untimely Gone

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