A humble thank you to mchelsmusings for nominating me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
In the past I have been so honored but just didn’t have the time and secondly but more important – didn’t really feel that I do that much.
I still don’t think I do that much but I do have more time and I am humbled by the offer.
Now the rules for the The Very Inspiring Blogger Award:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
Thank you mchelsmusings
2. Add the The Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
3. Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
1. Avid reader. I have a weakness for what some would call ‘cheap’ fiction both ‘who done it’s’ and fantasy/scifi.
I’ve read every J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts) In Death book and and secretly shop on Amazon for James Axlers ‘Deathlands’ and ‘Outlanders’ series.
2. I had a heart attack 7 years ago and wasn’t suppose to live another 5.
3. I send hate mail to FOX but not for their news.
FOX keeps airing what I see as very good scifi shows – Firefly, Terra Nova, Almost Human – and then canceling them after 1 year.
4. I watch the Food and Cooking networks and like it!
5. Looking back, instead of going into retail and managing for 35 years, I wish I had opened a used book store.
6. I started my blog for a completely different reason then what it is today.
7. I don’t like making ‘lists’ about myself.
4. Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire and inform the nominees by commenting on their blog.
List of X
The Generation Me
The Fifith Column
Get Real With Daryl and DeVon
Now the above and many more I didn’t list, are great blogs.
But this one blog – inspires me.
Daniel Wall Dammit
To me, by far, the best blog on the net.
Murdering your neighbor over loud music is ‘standing your ground’ in Texass.
‘Raul Rodriguez video recorded himself saying “I am standing my ground here” as he shot and killed his neighbor over loud music at a birthday party’.
‘At trial, he invoked Texas self-defense provisions to argue that he killed in self-defense and had no “duty to retreat.”
‘A jury rejected this argument in 2012, convicting him of murder and sending him to prison for 40 years’.
‘Last week, a Texas appeals court overturned Rodriguez’s conviction and granted him a new trial, finding that the instructions to the jury were too confusing and that the self-defense claim was the “focus of, indeed ‘the very basis of the case.’”
‘On the night of the killing, Raul Rodriguez went over to Danaher’s home to confront the party hosts about loud music from a birthday for Danaher’s wife’.
‘He brought with him a gun, video camera, and flashlight, and stated during the recording that he was “standing my ground here,” and invoked other language from the expansive self-defense law that authorizes the use of deadly force with no duty to retreat’.
‘Rodriguez stated my “life is in danger now” and “these people are going to kill me now.”
‘Rodriguez called the police and recited this language to them as he stood across the street from the Danahers’ home and shouted complaints over noise from the party’.
‘Several attendees at the party, who were seemingly intoxicated, responded when Rodriguez pulled out his gun in disbelief and outrage’.
‘Danaher said, “You’re gonna flash your goddamn gun?”
‘After Rodriguez called the police and stated for all to hear that he fears for his life, some partygoers challenged Rodriguez to “drop the gun and let’s go ahead and duke it out mother f__er.”
‘None of the individuals were described as having guns or other weapons, although Rodriguez said he believed they would go into the house to get a gun’.
‘Rodriguez said to the 911 dispatcher, “Look, I’m not losing to these people anymore.”
‘And when one party-goer walked out into the street and said “Ha ha ha,” Rodriguez dropped the camera and shot, killing Danaher’.
From : http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/12/22/3606103/man-convicted-for-killing-his-neighbor-over-loud-music-gets-new-trial-under-stand-your-ground/