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May 23, 2019

Movie review: Harper (1966)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 9:13 am
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This is why I don’t get more modeling done.  Last night, exhausted after work, kids care, etc. I should have modeled.  Instead I turned on the TV and on TCM found Cool Hand Luke running.  It was a third of the way in, but it is a compelling film and I sat and watched it, though I had seen it many times before.  After it ended, it turns out that it is Paul Newman month on TCM.

The next film they were showing was this one, Harper.  It was shot in 1966, but was based on a late 1940s noir novel called The Moving Target.  It is a typical PI story, with a down and out PI getting hired for a case with a bunch of twists and turns.  I won’t spoil the plot, because it is worth watching.  It isn’t the best film ever, or the best Newman film, but it is good.  There are a number of good performances, starting with Newman.  Also, since it is set in LA/Southern California in the mid-60s, you get some great shots that make you realize how wonderful California was in the 60s, before the sprawl, the crime, the corruption, etc.  If you had to pick a time and place in the past to live, a top contender would be LA from 1940 to 1965.

Like many films in the 60s, this one has an ambiguous ending.  I suspect you could get 5 people to watch it, and no two would agree on what the ending meant.  It is a good film, well worth watching.  A solid 3 out of 5 stars.



April 17, 2019

Defending your family

Filed under: Kentucky,Legal — dknights @ 10:54 am
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Latest chapter.  Glad the homeowner had a gun.  Interesting that the criminal was shot 6 times and had non-life threatening injuries.  I can only assume it was a .22.

April 11, 2019


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Posted without further comment.

Is it wrong that I laughed?

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 3:25 pm
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Here is the story.

April 10, 2019

A good guy with a gun

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 2:13 pm
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More and more, we are seeing these stories that used to never be reported.

March 25, 2019

Good for her

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 9:13 am
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An 80 year old woman uses a gun to defend herself during a burglary.  Bravo.  Guns are the great equalizer for the women and the elderly.

February 20, 2019

Pistol packin’ (grand) mama

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Good for her.

February 18, 2019

Another one for Jim

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 10:37 am
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As Washington State’s leading libertarian lawyer, I am surprised that superlawyer Jim Bates is not heavily involved in this litigation.  I think an amicus filing is in order.

February 15, 2019

This one is for Jim

Filed under: General — dknights @ 8:07 am
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This story fascinates me.  It has been going on for years.  I recently spoke with friend of the blog, Jim Bates, who lives in the area, and surprisingly he had never heard anything about it.

February 13, 2019

More Venezuela news

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 10:39 am
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As protests continue, this story highlights some of the human cost of socialism.  BUT, never forget, a majority of the Venezuelans brought this on themselves by buying into all the promises socialists made. Promises of an easier life and a guaranty that the government would take care of them.  They always promise this.  They never deliver.

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