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    A Little Class on Criminal Law

    This diary is based on general principles of criminal law, the sort of principles tested on a bar exam. If someone enters my store and tries to leave without paying for a store item, I have no right to shoot him. If someone enters my store, roughs me up, and takes from the store a store item without paying for it, I have no right | Read More »

    VOTE FOR ME

    Why?  Because I oppose abortion but support choice.  I hate abortion.  Loathe it.  I know Roe v. Wade is wrong.  I want Roe v. Wade repealed.  But also understand female voters who would vote R but vote D because of abortion.  That’s reality, not purity. I care about the environment.  But I also believe like Locke and Hume in free markets.  There needs to be | Read More »

    The November Chill

    We had to stand in formation.  Not everyone had gloves, so no one was permitted to wear gloves.  We stood at attention in the cold air for over two hours.  I didn’t complain.  It was Monday.  November 25, 1963.  The University of Illinois required all freshman males to take ROTC. Mandatory ROTC for a year was good.  I re-entered ROTC my senior year; got commissioned | Read More »

    November 22, 1963

    Oswald was convicted in the public mind on Friday, November 22, 1963. Newspaper reports said a sniper killed the President from 100 yards using a high-powered rifle. Other newspaper reports said Oswald killed Officer J.D. Tippett and then fled to the Texas Theater, where he was arrested See the newspaper front papes found at Robin Unger’s JFK Assassination Research Photo Galleries. Some of the November | Read More »

    Moral Hazard in the Bank Settlement

    Here’s the deal.  Mortgage borrowers who are underwater are divided into two categories. Category 1:  Underwater and delinquent. Category 2:  Underwater, not delinquent. Those in Category 1 get to write down their loans and re-finance.  Those in Category 2 only get to re-finance. Hm.  That’s rewarding bad behavior.  The government is feeding stray cats. Ha, ha, ha on those who play by the rules.

    What Do You Want?

    To back a losing candidate you sorta like? To back a winning candidate you don’t like? To back a losing candidate you don’t like? To back a winning candidate you like? These are the choices:  Gingrich, Romney, Romney, Gingrich. It’s 50-50, tilted in favor of Obama. I say, go with your gut.  

    Thoughts as to Tim McVeigh and the OKC Story

    The Government’s Story The basic story is – that McVeigh drove a Ryder truck to the front of the Murrah Federal Building; – that the truck was packed with a mixture of ammonium nitrate and diesel fuel; and – that the truck detonated. No disagreement, so far, as to the broad strokes. Story Continued The rest of the the official story is basically that the | Read More »

    Explosives and Rocket-Making: 1960 and Today

    Autumn 1960 My 15-year-old friends and I were deeply into rocket-making and explosives. Girls were much more complicated, but very interesting as well. We experimented (with rockets) daily — before, during, and after school and on the weekends. Most experiments were duds. But my friend Herb and I made some breakthroughs. Breakthrough #1 The first breakthrough was to discover that a very powerful rocket fuel | Read More »

    Medical Decisions

    When I got back, my mind was screwed up.  For two reasons. I didn’t want anyone to know I was defective and weak. I was afraid and frightened. I had suppressed stress and that bang on the head. And ignored the adrenalin on which my body had become dependent. Here’s the deal: You have dealt with stress? Seek help. I’d go today to a good | Read More »

    Five bucks

    In 1969, here’s what five bucks bought: – 50 packs of Winstons (which I smoked) – 50 gallons of gasoline – a steak dinner with wine at a fancy restaurant The Fed has cheapened our currency in the meantime. We have let it happen. I say, time enough. Let’s re-take our government.