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The Case for Capital Punishment

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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Blunt Message

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.

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Light Day

By lex, on March 27th, 2010

Busy with actual life and all. With Eldest Daughter home from Portland for a bit, work and, you know: Life.

Won’t bore you with yesterday’s flight from Gillespie in the tattered Citabria 7KCAB.

LightDay

Much.

Poor thing dragged banners up and down the beach for most of its existence, hanging there on the prop at maybe 80 MPH or so less the windstream tear the banner to shreds. Now it flies with novices like your humble, tolerating our learning curves. Five landings in toto, two each three point and wheelie at Ramona, and a final stall landing at KSEE upon return.

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Archival Bleg

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:

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Playing Hooky

By lex, on March 13th, 2010

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks at work, as I’ve been assigned a new position while still keeping the plates spinning on the old one and trying to find a replacement that can plausibly step in, get the work done and guard the company’s equities. Things were much easier back in the day, when an enormous bureaucracy existed for just such a purpose. In a lean, entrepreneurial company, a lot of that falls on the incumbents.

But by 1500 Friday afternoon, I’d pretty much had it, so it was off to the aerodrome to polish crosswind landing skills in tailwheel aircraft with CFI Glenn.

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Got DAS?

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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Solo

By lex, on March 6th, 2010

So, it ’twas to be a CrossFit drill after work yesterday, but Ominous Weather (rain showers) loomed over the weekends threatening the flying fix. CrossFit, it turns out, is perfectly acceptable during rain showers, so long as performed indoors. Flying VFR aircraft, no so much. The choice, she was easy.

If it hadn’t have been for the government time I was on, I’d  have slipped away maybe a half an hour early from work to avoid the rush hour traffic on the way to Horrible East County. Had I done so, I’d have made it to Gillespie Airport in remarkably good time, congratulating myself on my wisdom and promising to make up the time at some future date.

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