By lex, on April 1st, 2010
Serial killer Rodney Alcala has been convicted of the rape, torture and murder of four women, including a 12-year old girl. Now he has been sentenced to die for his crimes. There may be countless others, as police desperately try to identify the photographs of hundreds of women found in a storage locker maintained by Alcala. He has expressed no remorse, denying his guilt even in face of mountains of evidence.
This is not to protect further innocents: His crimes – at least the ones we know about – are 30 years in the past. It is not to dissuade others from pursuing the same path. Narcissistic, homicidal sociopaths are not easily dissuaded. This is not punishment – it is retribution.
It’s because he is a monster hiding in a man suit. It’s because we owe ourselves his absence.
He doesn’t belong here.
It’s time for him to go.
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By lex, on March 31st, 2010
The Navy sends one:
The United States test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise Wednesday with Saudi Arabia, a Western military official said.
The Trident missile launch was carried out in the kingdom, the official said, but he would not give a precise location. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
By lex, on March 26th, 2010
The commentariat here continues to impress me. I have to admit to being awfully busy at times, and when I happen to notice a comment stuck in moderation for whatever reason, it’s always reassuring to see a familiar name atop the post – I know I can just hit “accept” without having to go to the instant bother of reading the content. (Not that I don’t come back and try to read all comments, but you all do fine without me.)
And, the ability of the readership to fact-check, correct and extend these our scribblings is also impressive. With that in mind, I’m forwarding a personal request from the cher ami of Our Marianne:
By lex, on March 11th, 2010
The Kat asked me about the F-35 tonight at dinner. I started to tell her about engine choices and performance margins and such, but then I switched to the Electro-Optical Distributed Awareness System, or DAS.
As marketing goes, it’s pretty fricken’ cool.
We’ll see what delivers.
PS, she asked me: You miss it, don’t you?
Yeah. Yeah, I do.
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