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June 29, 2012

Police gone wild

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 11:27 am
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Just the other day I did a post on police misbehavior being caught on tape and their reaction to being recorded.  Here is another case of police misbehavior caught on video.  This stuff has to stop and it isn’t going to stop until some officers are fired and held personally liable.

June 28, 2012

Wander on over…..

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 2:28 pm
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to Jim Bates’ modeling blog.  He’s been putting up a lot of interresting posts lately.

All hail the cell phone camera

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 12:35 pm
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The war on photography continues.  See this story.  The accused in this case should ahve a right to the dash cam videos.  These cops should be fired and subject to civil and criminal liability.  If we do this a few times, this type of behavior from the police will stop.

June 27, 2012


Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 12:56 pm
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The FDCPA contains a venue provision which overlays state statute venue provisions and causes problems from time to time.  When an attorney files suit in the wrong venue in violation of the FDCPA venue provision, when does the one year statute of limitations for the violation begin to run, on the filing of the suit or the service of the process.  It is an interesting question that has seen a split amoung the circuits.  I don’t think the Sixth circuit has ruled on the question.

This is a recent decision that comes to the conclusion that the statute begins to run upon the filing of the action.

June 26, 2012

Magazine review: IPMS/USA Journal Vol.24 #3

Filed under: IPMS,Modeling — dknights @ 12:40 pm
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I’ve previously voiced my opinion that the Journal is the best value for the money modeling magazine out there.  The latest issue doesn’t disappoint.

The issue is especially nice for 72nd modelers as it features two 72nd aircraft build articles.  Editor Chris Bucholtz has a feature article on building the venerable Hasegawa SBD-3 for a Midway display at the USS Hornet.  It is a very good article, marred only by a lack of “in progress” shots.  Equally nice is an article on converting the Heller T-28S back to a US Navy T-28C.

I’ve said this with nearly every Journal review, but if you aren’t a member of IPMS/USA and thus getting the Journal, you are missing out on a great modeling read six times a year.  Go join now!

June 25, 2012

Way cool

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:38 pm
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I suspect that someday we all may have a gigapixel camera.  Man, what a time we live in.

How screwed is Greece?

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:10 am
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This screwed.

June 24, 2012

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol. 34 #3 (May 2012)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:46 pm
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I noted in my last review of an issue of SAM that they seemed to be moving away from 72nd scale models.  There is a little more 72nd content  in this issue.   It features a build of two 72nd Wessex and a build of the new Cyberhobby Sea Vixen FAW.1.  The articles are serviceable, if not spectacular.

The odd thing about this issue is the feature on an all black 48th scale P-61.  This article was brought to my attention by Jim Bates.  The model is well done and the photos and layout are great.  However, the thrust of the article centers around how to do a weathered black finish.  Yet, no where in the article is any real description of the painting of the model.  It is odd to the point of the being jarring.

I haven’t been impressed with the last two issues of SAM.  With the death of SAMI (at least to me) I hope SAM improves.

June 23, 2012

I wish they wouldn’t

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:17 pm
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I understand why governments do these sorts of things.  I just wish they wouldn’t.  And that is true even for a Redskins fan like me.

June 22, 2012

More war on photography

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 12:18 pm
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I can’t imagine why sheriff’s deputies would tackle and arrest a photographer for the local newspaper.  As the old saying goes, “Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel.”  Who wants to bet that the sheriff’s office is in for some investigative journalism in the near future. Story here.

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