• Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Outro…

    2013-08-23 03:00:00View | Delete

    “He was a man, take him for all in all,
    I shall not look upon his like again.”

    — Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2

  • Florida law provides immunity from civil actions based on the justifiable use of force. If Martin’s family sued Zimmerman, it could be adjudged liable for the amounts described in section (3) below.

    A wrongful death suit against “the City, the Police Dept. and the Residence Association,” probably wouldn’t survive these defendants’ Motions for Summary Judgment, if it got that far.

    The 2012 Florida Statutes

    Title XLVI, CRIMES


    776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.—

    1) A person who uses force as permitted in s. 776.012, s. 776.013, or s. 776.031 is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person against whom force was used is a law enforcement officer, as defined in s. 943.10(14), who was acting in the performance of his or her official duties and the officer identified himself or herself in accordance with any applicable law or the person using force knew or reasonably should have known that the person was a law enforcement officer. As used in this subsection, the term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.

    (2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.

    (3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

    2013-06-06 08:28:35View | Delete

    Why so butthurt, bro? The part that got to” you was only a part of Glenn Greenwald’s discussion of readers’ support:

    It is also reader support that has directly funded much of the work I do, from being able to have research assistants and other needed resources to avoiding having to do the kind of inconsequential work that distracts from that which I think is most necessary and valuable.

    I understand this to mean that his readers’ support enables Greenwald both to buy things that cost money and to forgo work that pays money, but that he finds inconsequential and distracting. Among all the things that he might do for pay, Greenwald apparently finds some relatively unimportant to achieving his larger goals. How knavishly Médecins Sans Frontières of him! Nothing in what you quoted either states or implies anything disrespectful about any other writer. Would that you had exercised such civility.

    I started reading Glenn Greenwald’s “Unclaimed Territory” on Blogspot. Even as he’s moved onward and upward in the media hierarchy, he’s continued to write the same thoroughly researched and argued pieces. And he’s continued to respond to his commenters with a reasoned and civil tone, something that’s kinda breachy-observedy around here.

    And you’re right; Glenn Greenwald has become a Somebody, but rather than “how dreary,” I’d say how distracting — “Can you do an Op Ed for the Times?….Rachel Maddow’s producer’s on line 3…Can we get you on skype next Tuesday for Charley Rose?”…and a thousand other bids or commands for his time and attention. So now Glenn’s probably got “people” who call/email/skype other people’s “people.” Being Glenn Greenwald is not a one-man job anymore.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Every Picture Tells A Story Don’t It

    2013-04-19 22:47:35View | Delete

    “For £3 million they could give everyone in Scotland a shovel, and we would dig a hole so deep we could hand her [Margaret Thatcher] over to Satan personally.”

    Frankie Boyle on public expenditure for Thatcher’s Funeral

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Thursday Night Basset Blogging

    2013-04-19 19:30:58View | Delete

    Occupy the Bed.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post One Thing Leads To Another, I Know

    2013-04-19 19:26:17View | Delete

    Thank you for mentioning Obama’s killing off all the bees using drone technology. This has not gotten the buzz one might have expected from the paranoid hive mind, which usually has its antennae up for any threats from our Africanized Killer President.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Quivering With An-ti-ci………pation

    2013-04-14 19:36:34View | Delete

    Yo! Lenny and Squiggy clean up pretty good, don’cha think?

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Programming Note

    2013-03-29 02:57:30View | Delete

    Lesbian Gym? Isn’t that where Bobby Blanchard teaches?

  • Your second-word link at “Roy” is, as the techies say, AFU (all fucked up). Here is the real deal.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post The Groom Is Still Waiting At The Altar

    2013-02-12 22:50:03View | Delete

    What next? A piece on Olympic weightlifting by Stephen Hawking?

  • Bill Kristol Now Double-Dog Daring Liberals To Be As Wrong As Him He [Is Wrong]

    Reading Bill Kristol will do that your writing. It’s like hitting your brain in the frontal lobes with a cast-iron pie.

  • I know in Galt’s Gulch…you are free to eat all the contaminated meats and cheeses that you can shove in your gaping maw without the nanny state hovering over you warning about about fever, nausea, diarrhea, and possible miscarriage or stillbirth if you are pregnant,

    Here’s a family that decided to “go Galt” back in 1936. They had absolutely no problems with government regulation of any kind. Absolutely no cheese of any kind, either.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Dear Mr. Gun Fantasy

    2013-01-08 20:47:03View | Delete

    Pete from CA gives the ol’ Streamlight TLR-2s with Strobe a 5/5 rating and this unsolicited recommendation:

    “Streamlight TLR-2 Weapon mountable tactical light with laser. If you are reading this, you already know this is the best light for the money out there. Yes, Streamlights are expensive but you’re getting what you pay for. You also know that Streamlight’s customer service is over the top and their products are guaranteed for life (limited). You bought the exact gun you wanted, now buy the exact light you need. Because when you need it, you need it to work 100% correctly the first time and every time! Don’t jeopardize you or, your family’s life with a cheap, Chinese knock-off of this American designed and made tactical light.”

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post An MBA In The House Of Love

    2012-12-27 03:16:11View | Delete

    ” relationships are wonderful in theory, but in practice, they inevitably turn out to be parochial and limiting and an endless amount of work.”

    She’s just repeating what she’s been told during every break-up since middle school.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Kvetch And Release

    2012-12-13 02:10:57View | Delete

    For that farewell bag, send Joe the Ron Jeremy Minyan Pack – 10 circumcised schlongs covered with kosher salt.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Elizabeth Warren Is Already Selling Out The Hippies

    2012-12-11 00:21:17View | Delete

    Senator-elect Warren didn’t demand Goldman Sachs’ CEO Lloyd Blankfein’s skull for her desktop pencil holder because, in addition to studying the ways of the Senate, looking into issues that others have proposed, and seeking out alliances, she’s having Blankfein’s head measured for a pike for some future Banking committee shindig.

  • “Huckleberry Closetcase” – a formulated phrase for the ages. Brought this bit to mind.

    And I have known the eyes already, known them all–
    The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,
    And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,
    When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,
    Then how should I begin
    To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?
    And how should I presume?

  • Poor Todd Akin. He couldn’t have watched this movie, because a screen won’t fit in that small, dark, enclosed place where he has his head permanently wedged.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Mittenfreude

    2012-11-09 00:45:06View | Delete

    When you utterly discount science, facts, and myriad polls, you might get that gut-punched feeling when you can no longer deny reality.

  • Neal Deesit commented on the blog post Thursday Night Basset Blogging

    2012-11-08 20:21:36View | Delete

    In “The Death of Marat,” the paper held in Marat’s left hand reads, in French, “Il suffit que je sois bien malheureuse pour avoir droit a votre bienveillance” or in English, “Because I am unhappy, I have a right to your help.”

    Perfect expression for bassets,too.

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