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July 11, 2019

Honestly officer…..

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 4:54 pm
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I was going to use the uranium to irradiate the snake and then have the snake bite me so I could become The Rattler!

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July 9, 2019

Infuriating

Filed under: General,Legal — dknights @ 2:03 pm
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Someone needs to be caught and hung from a yardarm.

June 23, 2019

Insanity

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 4:51 am
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Story here.

June 17, 2019

Good guy with a gun

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 12:53 am
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Story here.

June 10, 2019

A death in custody

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 11:07 am
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Story here.  It isn’t unusual for organs to be removed during an autopsy, but to be 14 months in and have no idea what is being “investigated” certainly leads one to be suspicious of a cover-up.  How did this inmate die should be an easy question to answer, especially with the extensive video surveillance in jails these days.

June 5, 2019

Heartbreaking story

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 3:54 pm
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Story here.  IMHO the Feres doctrine has been applied to broadly and this would be a great case for the Supreme Court to limit it.

June 4, 2019

Shades of 2007/2008

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 11:12 am
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This is up in Canada (BC), which is having its own special issues with the housing market, mostly related to foreign money driving a real estate bubble (an now a crash), but this is a microcosm of what was going on all over the US, particularly in FL, AZ, NV and CA in 2007 which led to the great crash of 2008.  These people are playing with fire, and because of the government bailout the last time, I fear that no one has learned any lessons.  I am not a great fan of increased government regulation, but this is one area where I make an exception.

May 26, 2019

The breakdown of civilization

Filed under: Politics — dknights @ 12:18 am
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Big cities governed by politicians who are unwilling to enforce laws lead to societal breakdownThis is another indication of such a breakdown.  A similar thing happened in 1970s New York.  People living in close proximity to each other require a more strict adherence to agreed societal norms backed by law enforcement.  See also.

And this is how you go about these things.

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.

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