SCOTUS strikes down provisions in the Texas anti-abortion law as undue burdens. Sometimes the good guys win (also, yeah for domestic violence convictions meaning "no gun purchase" but boo for "quid-pro-quo must be direct").
An academic paper (PDF) on Victorian elves and Tolkien's elves. (Grokked from Terri Windling)
On the snake motif in Viking art. Also note close resemblance to Celtic art. As a designer, these early art forms always turn my knobs to 11. (Grokked from Terri Windling)
"On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of a family that had been accused of not teaching their children anything because they were waiting to be 'raptured.'" What could possibly go wrong? (Grokked from Jim Wright)
"(T)ens of millions of Americans expressed their confusion to reporters Friday about a system of government in which a leader would resign after making a terrible decision." Never leave us, Onion. Or we'll hunt you down. (Grokked from Kameron Hurley)
Sacramento neo-Nazis rally and the "anti-facsist" counter-protestors attack each other. While my sympathies are with the counter-protestors (and right now it looks like they were the ones who took the brunt of the violence), and I most certainly understand their anger against the neo-Nazis (as well as their fear of losing their hard won rights), this is exactly what the neo-Nazis and Trump Supporters are looking for (the neo-Nazi rally was in support of Trump's candidacy - the people you keep company with). It is easy to meet hate with hate and violence with violence (and given the reports from non-trump supporters who have attended the rallies outside of the "media pens", yes, the Trump supporters, those who go to the rallies, are full of hate and violence). And it does feel like "weakness" to not respond. But you were 400 to their 30. It's easy to allow "anarchists" to drive the mood of the crowd (they train for this). Having seen a few KKK marches I know first hand the desire to knock some heads. Organize, plan, let them know what they do can no longer be done in ignorance and in the dark. But violence is their calling card, don't give them what they want.
Former Governor Jan Brewer doesn't understand what people are calling Donald Trump and his ilk racists and bigots. Well, Gov. Brewer, seeing as the side that calls the democrats idiots and degenerates is throwing stones, let's just say if the shoe fits.
The problem with running a campaign where "breaking the rules" is considered a strong point is that then everyone believes that have a right to break the rules. The Trumpster says he won't let anyone who doesn't endorse him speak at the RNC, and the party is placing "stalwarts" in positions to try and keep a delegate rebellion in check.
"In a baffling segment Saturday, the Donald Trump supporter told CNN’s Brian Stelter he doesn’t think fact-checkers — as in, people who verify whether politicians are using actual facts or just making stuff up — have a place in today’s political campaigns." When the facts aren't with you, kill the fact-checkers. (Grokked from Jim Wright)