In the 7/13/16 edition of the Alaska Dispatch News, the Sports & Outdoor section had a column by Alli Harvey titled “Outdoors serves as an elixir to stressful news.” Amen to that!
In Alaska to teach, the Evil Princess and I spent Tuesday with friends on Prince William Sound doing a glacier tour. The majesty of The Last Frontier is breath-taking in the depths of winter, as I learned my first three frozen-butt times in the 49th state, but last year and this I’ve learned to love it in the summer. I’m looking forward to very pleasant days on the range.
It gets your mind off a strong sense that there are people who would like to see a race war in this country, and seem to be doing their damndest to ignite it. It gets your mind off the DOJ saying Hillary Clinton is not culpable because she didn’t have the necessary intent (known as mens rea, which translates to “the guilty mind”) because while she was extremely careless she did not have intent to commit a crime. This sticks in the throat of those of us who were taught by the criminal justice system that mens rea can be created by specific intent or by culpable negligence, of which “extreme carelessness” is a classic example. My favorite Chicago columnist, John Kass, makes some good points here.
In hopes of getting your mind off the news too, let me share some soothing sights: