Florida's Self-Defense Law Threatened, States Refusing to Hand Over Voter Data, Trump and Putin Meet This Week: P.M. Links

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    A judge in Miami has ruled that Florida's updated "stand your ground" self-defense law is unconstitutional according to the state's constitution because of the way it was crafted.

  • Another state—Maryland—says it will not turn over private voter data to President Donald Trump's commission investigating fraud. State officials noted that providing some of the information would violate state law. More than two dozen states have partly or completely rejected the request.
  • Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be meeting this week, and people aren't quite sure what's likely to happen.
  • A cab struck a bunch of pedestrians in Boston near the airport, injuring 10. According to officials, this was an accident on the cabbie's part, not a deliberate attack.
  • Cable news networks are actually benefitting from the social media feud with Trump, to the surprise of probably nobody.
  • A contractor with the Department of Justice responsible for looking into corporate compliance has ended her relationship with the government because she believed the Trump administration wasn't holding itself up to the standards the government expects of private businesses.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron says he'll put together a referendum to get voters to weigh in on his proposed reforms if the parliament doesn't give him what he wants.
  • Conservatives in Germany are promising "full employment" by 2025 as part of their election campaign. Chancellor Angela Merkel is up for her fourth term in office.

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  1. Conservatives in Germany are promising “full employment” by 2025 as part of their election campaign.

    You know who else promised full employment?

    1. FDR?

    2. Wollt ihr den totalen Besch?ftigung?

  2. A judge in Miami has ruled that Florida’s updated “stand your ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional according to the state’s constitution because of the way it was crafted.

    Hastily, without much thought to consequences?

  3. A judge in Miami has ruled that Florida’s updated “stand your ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional according to the state’s constitution because of the way it was crafted.

    Florida Man shoots anyway.

  4. Another state?Maryland?says it will not turn over private voter data to President Donald Trump’s commission investigating fraud.

    SUSPICIONS: CONFIRMED

  5. Another state?Maryland?says it will not turn over private voter data to President Donald Trump’s commission investigating fraud

    Doesn’t this mean they are aiding the Russkies? My god Johnny Red is deeper than I could have ever imagined.

  6. …and people aren’t quite sure what’s likely to happen.

    So all of the sudden the president becomes unpredictable?

    1. Oh, we know what’s likely to happen!

      *wink wink*

      *nudge nudge*

  7. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be meeting this week, and people aren’t quite sure what’s likely to happen.

    Just standard Illuminati business.

  8. According to officials, this was an accident on the cabbie’s part, not a deliberate attack.

    The cabbies in Boston are magically different than everywhere else and aren’t immigrants? #BuildTheWall

  9. A cab struck a bunch of pedestrians in Boston near the airport, injuring 10. According to officials, this was an accident on the cabbie’s part, not a deliberate attack.

    I can’t form an opinion without details on race and religion. Ah screw it, no time — RELIGION OF PEACE STRIKES AGAIN.

    1. Damn. Four posts, tit-for-tat, between Fist and H-V, H-V. It’s a great time to me alive, people.

      1. And after Fist’s sweep of the Mourning Linx last week?!? God bless America.

  10. A contractor with the Department of Justice responsible for looking into corporate compliance has ended her relationship with the government because she believed the Trump administration wasn’t holding itself up to the standards the government expects of private businesses.

    Yeah, I doubt it.

  11. Cable news networks are actually benefitting from the social media feud with Trump, to the surprise of probably nobody.

    What about the WWE?

  12. No mention of Summer Games Done Quick 2017?

    Speedrunning Event for charity going 24×7 through Saturday

    https://www.twitch.tv/gamesdonequick

    https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule

  13. A contractor with the Department of Justice responsible for looking into corporate compliance has ended her relationship with the government because she believed the Trump administration wasn’t holding itself up to the standards the government expects of private businesses.

    Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out.

  14. French President Emmanuel Macron says he’ll put together a referendum to get voters to weigh in on his proposed reforms if the parliament doesn’t give him what he wants.

    All those Egyptians were mummified so they could retain present day voting rights.

    1. That’s why all the agitation for the paid mummy leave.

  15. A contractor with the Department of Justice responsible for looking into corporate compliance has ended her relationship with the government because she believed the Trump administration wasn’t holding itself up to the standards the government expects of private businesses.

    And she’s shocked, shocked!, she tells you!

    1. If she thinks the double standards with regards to corporate compliance are unconscionable, let’s hope she doesn’t stop by the second floor where the DoJ department that looks into police misconduct has its offices.

    2. If everyone in government had those principles, the resignations would lead to Libertopia/Ancapistan within a year

  16. French President Emmanuel Macron says he’ll put together a referendum to get voters to weigh in on his proposed reforms if the parliament doesn’t give him what he wants.

    One burning Citro?n for, two against.

  17. Conservatives in Germany are promising “full employment” by 2025 as part of their election campaign. Chancellor Angela Merkel is up for her fourth term in office.

    Thanks for the job, comrade.

    1. That’s some quality journalism right there. You want a clean fork, you go to IHOP or Denny’s, but at Waffle House you can eat a good meal for $4.70. It’s called trade-offs.

      1. It may very well Jeffery Tucker’s (more like CUCKER HA!) opus.

    2. Waffle House is better than us all. And the government is just embarrassed that they are better than FEMA at saving people in crisis.

    3. That was funny.

      The presence of a Waffle House is a good indicator that you are in the South.

  18. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that lawmakers overstepped their authority in modifying the law this year to force prosecutors to disprove a defendant’s self-defense claim at a pre-trial hearing.

    The judge ruled that under Florida’s constitution, that change should have been crafted by the Florida Supreme Court, not the Legislature.

    The coward’s way out. Blame your decision on the State’s Constitution.

    First passed in 2005, Florida’s controversial self-defense law has been criticized for fostering a shoot-first mentality ? and giving killers a pass at justice. The law eliminated a citizen’s duty to retreat before using deadly force to counter an apparent threat.

    This “duty to retreat” is only imagined, of course, because, I am sure, the Miami Herald reporter will be VERY hard-pressed to find ANY document where it says clearly “citizens have a duty to retreat”.

    No one has a duty to do shit unless it is in a contract or the government kidnaps you to make you do it.

    1. Duty to retreat does not exist in Florida, but it does in other places.

      In New York, a duty to retreat exists in any place outside one’s home.

      But what do you expect, being so close to New Jersey?

  19. Hemingway, the Sensualist

    Suddenly, though, there has been an academic revival in Hemingway studies in which, with an irony no satirist could have imagined, Hemingway, who in his day exemplified American macho, has, through our taste for “queering the text,” become Hemingway the gender bender. The Hemingway Review can now contain admiring articles with subtitles like “Sodomy and Transvestic Hallucination in Hemingway.” It is newly possible to deduce that Papa was far weirder, in a positive sense, than he liked to pretend, and that his texts contain, just below their rigidly tumescent surface, deep glimmering pools of sexual ambiguity and gender liquidity.

    This makes me want to hunt an elephant and schtupp some dudes wife.

    1. Apparently there is nothing gayer than revisionism.

    2. It is newly possible to deduce that Papa was far weirder, in a positive sense, than he liked to pretend, and that his texts contain, just below their rigidly tumescent surface, deep glimmering pools of sexual ambiguity and gender liquidity.

      Well, this is largely true, but there isn’t anything “newly possible” about it, other than the need for the academic-essay factory to discover new perspectives every ten years in order to justify saying all the same things over again.

      It’s been known for a long time that Papa Hemingway’s mom wanted a little girl, and dressed Papa up in little dresses, did his hair in curls and made him play with dolls.

      That he grew up to produce a body of work obsessed with erasing gender ambiguity surprises exactly no one, and never has.

  20. A reminder that Matt Yglesias is good on a few issues:

    Maybe we should just go to a $150/hour minimum wage with no phase-in period and let the Fed figure out how to make it work.

    Haha, see? He’s ably mocking all the cliche minimum wage arguments by pointing out–

    Replying to @mattyglesias
    You’d have a big burst of inflation, nobody would lose their jobs, a lot of old debts would be wiped out, and we’d be better off for it.

    Oh God… oh Matthew…

    1. a lot of old debts would be wiped out

      And that’s an unmitigated good with no downsides or follow-on effects whatsoever, right?

      Right?

      1. Everyone likes seeing their debt wiped out.

        1. Especially anyone owed a pension, yeah, that’d be great. What do ya say, Illinois?

  21. Conservatives in Germany are promising “full employment” by 2025 as part of their election campaign

    Machen das Deutsch Vaterland wieder gro?!

    1. Machen das Deutschen Vaterland wieder gro?en

      1. Auslander.

  22. “Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be meeting this week, . . .”

    Does the FBI know about this?

  23. “Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be meeting this week, . . .”

    Does the FBI know about this?

  24. “Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be meeting this week, . . .”

    Does the FBI know about this?

      1. I’m guessing if there’s a meeting between Trump and Putin, one of the two is an FBI informant.

  25. Why Sex And The City 3 Should Happen, According To Miranda

    When asked how she feels about Sex and the City 3, Cynthia Nixon recently revealed she’d be happy to do a third movie, for one succinct reason:

    It holds up. It really holds up.

    Hear, hear!

    1. It really holds up her ability to pay her mortgage, so there’s that.

    2. HBO’s money is better spent on Girls 1.

    3. For the third time, NO!

  26. In Naming the Provinces and Territories, Trudeau Ignores Alberta

    Simply listing all 50 U.S. states would make for a tedious Fourth of July speech, at best. But the concept appealed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his big Canada Day address on Saturday: He would name each province and territory of Canada ? with gusto. After all, there weren’t that many of them. How badly could it go?

    But Trudeau continued, all the way to the eastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, then added: “We embrace the diversity while knowing in our hearts that we are all Canadians.” An announcer would have to point out that he had forgotten Alberta.

    I didn’t realize there was disdain between the Trudeaus and Alberta before, or his weird supremacy ideas of Quebec.

    1. In fairness, I have an uncle from Alberta, and my understanding is that when he left, the population went back down to roughly 0.

      1. We’re so sorry, uncle Alberta,
        We’re so sorry if we caused you any pain.
        We’re so sorry, uncle Alberta,
        But there’s no one left at home

      2. True of a number of them, thiugh

        1. Looking it up, Alberta is fourth in population

    2. In keeping with the pro wrestling theme in the news, Bret Hart should put him in the sharpshooter.

    3. Alberta is right next to Aleppo.

  27. I think it’s important to investigate how much voter fraud is being committed.
    I also think that’s there’s no way on God’s green earth that the federal government should be given access to things like who voted which way, or even who voted, but I’m not sure if that’s really the info they’re after.

  28. Badass War Stories for Mosul

    Seriously haven’t followed the ISIS Campaign since the siege of Kobani was lifted — but a civilian who shamelessly romanticizes war — fuck yeah for these British SAS!

  29. A contractor with the Department of Justice responsible for looking into corporate compliance has ended her relationship with the government because . . .

    Because government contracts were a small percentage of her business and she decided the onerous certification hoops you have to run through weren’t worth it any more. Or she was in serious danger of being cut loose anyway for other reasons.

    Nobody turns down a big pay check out of principles – its why you rarely see a LEAP guy who didn’t come to LEAP *after* he retired from the force – especially one who got handed a big ‘free’ advantage over her competitors by said customer (woman-owned business).

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