too funny… via Jim Wright

Plant City, Florida: Two men got into an altercation this morning stemming from a case of road rage. The argument escalated. At some point in the argument, 40-year-old Gary Lynn Durham got out of his car and threatened 42-year-old Robert Padgett.

Padgett, in fear for his safety, then shot Durham.

Padgett immediately called 911. He attempted to perform CPR on Durham until police and EMS arrived but Durham died at the scene. So far, Padgett has not been charged with a crime. Police and the Attorney General’s Office are investigating but it’s likely this will be a justified case of Stand Your Ground.

Here’s the ironic part: the dead man, Durham, it turns out, was just released from prison.

He served 11 years for killing a man…

… in a road rage incident.

Like I said, I’m trying really hard not to make fun of my newly adopted state. But DAMN, this place doesn’t make it easy.

Kissinger’s good buddy…

30,000 dead

Kissinger’s good buddies with someone running for office, I think… wonder who it is

Kissinger hindered US effort to end mass killings in Argentina

The documents, which were released on Monday night, show how Kissinger’s close relationship to Argentina’s military rulers hindered Jimmy Carter’s carrot-and-stick attempts to influence the regime during his 1977-81 presidency.

Carter officials were infuriated by Kissinger’s attendance at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina as the personal guest of dictator Jorge Videla, the general who oversaw the forced disappearance of up to 30,000 opponents of the military regime.

At the time, Kissinger was no longer in office after Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the 1976 presidential election, but the documents reveal that US diplomats feared his praise for Argentina’s crackdown would encourage further bloodshed.

During his years as secretary of state, Kissinger had encouraged Argentina’s military junta to stamp out “terrorism”. In contrast, Carter and Zbigniew Brzezinski, his national security adviser, made human rights a cornerstone of US foreign policy and were exerting pressure on Argentina’s military regime by withholding loans and sales of military equipment.

The newly declassifed cables show how Kissinger lauded Videla and other officials for their methods during his 1978 visit.