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On this date in 1914 Austria-Hungary's Danube Flotilla began bombarding Belgrade in earnest using its Monitors as in this

On this date in 1914 Austria-Hungary’s Danube Flotilla began bombarding Belgrade in earnest using its Monitors as in this

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Monday Open Thread

On this date in 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia

On this date in 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia

From the Trailer Park — Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller is back directing a reboot of Mad Max with Toma Hardy as Max and starring Charlize Theron. A lot of folks are whining about the absence of Mel Gibson… He’s too old, ’nuff said. This looks good — lots of post-apocalyptic mayhem.

Controllers Controlled

Perhaps you’re feeling a bit low about current politics… then you need some good news. From Legal Insurrection:

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.

Go read some great analysis at the link above.

Palmer v. District of Columbia (1:09-CV-1482 , filed July 26, 2014; full decision here

Sunday Open Thread


Sunday Gospel

Triple Play
Love or hate the Dodgers, but one of the joys of baseball recently has been watching Cuban defector Yasiel Puig light it up. He’s the real deal and does everything but pitch. Last night he completed a feat almost as rare as a 4 homer game. He hit three triples against the Giants…. a feat seen only 48 times since the 1900 in MLB. Added Vin Scully goodness for your baseball pleasure.

Saturday Song

All or Nothing

An Alabama sues a hospital for mistakenly amputating the only limb that matters:

Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, for amputating his penis in June after he went in for a circumcision.
In the lawsuit, Banks says he was never warned that the procedure might result in an amputation, and he never gave his consent for an amputation.
“My client is devastated,” said Banks’ attorney John Graves.
Banks, who does not work due to a disability, is seeking an unspecified amount of damages. His wife, Zelda Banks, is also suing for loss of consortium due to the operation.
The lawsuit names in particular Urology Centers of Alabama and Dr. Vincent Michael Bivins, who works at the Baptist Health Center, as well as the Simon-Williamson Clinic and Dr. Alan C. Aikens, who works at that clinic.
Bivins was treating Banks for conditions that led to the circumcision, the suit says, and Aikens was scheduled to perform the procedure.
A statement released by Baptist Health System spokeswoman Kate Darden said the allegations were without merit.
“We intend to defend all counts aggressively,” Kate DeWitt Darden said.
In 2011, a Kentucky man filed a similar lawsuit. In that case, the urologist only cut off the tip of the penis, after finding a potentially deadly cancer during the circumcision. In the end, the jury sided with the doctors, saying they exercised precaution.