We're back. Much like the recent denial of service attack that crippled the internet on Friday, we suffered a DOS attack in the wilds of Austin, Texas this past week that left us dark and silent.
But not for long.
Here's what we missed: In no order of importance:
A new county court judge (check out El Capitan's coverage);
The Florida Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in Florida, following in the footsteps of the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year. The FLA CT struck the dp down on different grounds: They were shocked, shocked! to learn that Florida can (and has) execute defendants on less than a unanimous jury recommendation.
But this being Florida and Halloween season, the dp may be dead, but your local prosecutors (Motto: "Kill em all and let the good lord sort em out") have vowed -much like Dr. Frankenstein- to sew together the monster and resurrect the dp from the dead.
Good luck with that. It appears to us that the politicians of Florida have one goal- when the world turns its back on the dp and the dp is dead and gone and a bygone relic of a neanderthal past, only Florida will be hanging on by a thread. Leaders of North Korea and Iran and China will mock us and our governor and legislators will proudly drawl "we must be doin somethin right if dem commie fellas are callin us kooks."
Donald Trump has accused the CIA of killing Kennedy as a ruse to sneak baby Obama into the US from Africa as the country mourned and was otherwise pre-occupied, so Obama and the FBI and the Tri-Lateral Commission (remember them?) and the Madison County Wisconsin parking violations bureau could all 50 plus years later conspire to rig the election against him.
Makes sense if you think about it long enough.
Sunday football picks tomorrow.
Thanks for all the emails expressing concern and good wishes, even from robed readers which tells us we are doing something wrong.
See you in court, just not in Austin any more please.
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