As long-term readers of this blog may attest, this was the year that I seemed to disappear. In terms of blog posting, this has been the least productive I’ve ever been. While the circus that is the Republican debates rolls on, as various Republican governors around the country demonstrated that their adherence to the conservative ideology they’d touted while running was real, and as various other things took place, I was sitting on the sidelines when it came to offering up my opinion. To an extent, my lack of posts was due to a case of “been there, done that, got the t-shirts.” Not that that has stopped me in the past, but this year that wasn’t the only reason. This has been a very busy personal and professional year, with some good and some bad. While I had the urge to write something every now and then, it just wasn’t one of my priorities.
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,100 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.
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.
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.
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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