Bert E.: That man kneeling behind the car needs to have the wheel and tire in front of him. Poor form.
Bert E.: Revolvers were seen as the form most often used by the police. Semi-auto pistols were seen as military and too heavy handed. Police carrying shotguns up front with them from that era of the 1960s’ was felt by certain “groups” to be deliberate and unfair intimidation.
Chris C.: “No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style.” — Steven Brust
Alex J.: The FBI made a training reenactment video of the Miami shootout. They called it “Firefight”. I’d have called it “Don’t Bring a Pistol to a Rifle Fight.” https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WlSCE88UhyA
Bert E.: That article almost makes a virtue out of the gangs organizing themselves on the inside. Does not mention the drugs, the murders, prostitution, gambling, extortion that is also part and parcel of the gang problem in the prisons. Much more dangerous inside the prison than on the outside. You have the concentrated amount of thugs all in one spot. Gangs are a very major internal security threat to the U.S. Have that degree of weapons, money, organization, numbers, ruthlessness to be a real threat....
Toddy Cat: How do you say “Escape from New York” in Spanish?
AAB: There’s a prison in Venezuela which is run by prisoners. The national guard patrol outside of the prison grounds: His name is Wilmer Brizuela, Wilmito to his friends, but to the inmates of Vista Hermosa, he is simply the Pran, the unquestioned leader of one of Venezuela’s notorious prisons. Outside its walls, the Venezuelan national guard patrols; inside, the inmates live and die in a world of their own making. Brizuela has occasionally allowed reporters to visit for a few hours, but earlier...
Toddy Cat: What’s astonishing about this article is that the author actually admits that the Immigration Pause of 1924-1965 had some good social effects. Considering that this was published in the New Yorker, that’s astonishing. That’s like Commentary publishing an article that expresses doubts about the full extent of the Holocaust, or NR giving props to Commies.
Toddy Cat: Yeah, I overstated a bit. But the arrogance of a guy like Adams gets me. I mean, I’m sure he’s not dumb, but his opinion of what the future is going to be like is no more valid than that of my mechanic, who is also not dumb.
Pelekesi: Two things: low ground clearance and it looks like it’d generate lift.