Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 4:19 pm

Friday Random 10 …

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… House-Painting Wednesday edition:

“Since I Don’t Have You,” The Skyliners
“Strange Currencies,” R.E.M.
“Boogie Oogie Oogie,” A Taste of Honey
“O My Soul,” Big Star
“You Curse at Girls,” Fountains of Wayne
“Ruby Tuesday,” Rolling Stones
“Just for Christmas,” Dreams So Real
“No Fun,” Sex Pistols
“Bitch,” Rolling Stones
“And She Was,” Talking Heads
“Tear It Up,” Cramps
“September Gurls,” Big Star
“Jimmy Jazz,” Clash
“Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars),” R.E.M.
“Highwire,” Gin Blossoms
“Got My Mojo Working,” Ann Cole
“One X One,” INXS
“Leash,” Pearl Jam
“Pale Blue Eyes,” R.E.M.
“Girl From the North Country,” Bob Dylan w/Waylon Jennings
“Welcome to Paradise,” Green Day
“Bubbly,” Colbie Calliot*
“Jungleland,” Bruce Springsteen
“My Michelle,” Guns N’ Roses
“Wooly Bully,” Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
“Get Off of My Cloud,” Rolling Stones
“Say You Love Me,” Fleetwood Mac
“Dexter’s Lament,” Flat Duo Jets
“Radio Song,” R.E.M. feat. KRS-One
“Brilliant Disguise,” Bruce Springsteen
“Ring of Fire,” Johnny Cash
“Dead Flowers,” Rolling Stones
“Narcolepsy,” Third Eye Blind
“I’m in Love With a Girl,” Big Star
“Brothers in Arms,” Dire Straits
“For You,” Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’
“She’s Lost You,” Joan Jett
“Overton Park/Faith,” Dreams So Real
“The Honeydripper,” Vandells
“Tunnel of Love,” Dire Straits
“We’re Through,” Hollies
“Double Talkin’ Jive,” Guns N’ Roses
“What It Fees Like,” Bodeans
“Wasted Time (Reprise),” Eagles
“Take It Tomorrow,” Bodeans

Lagniappe: “Brand New Cadillac,” Clash

*One of Victoria’s iTunes downloads. I despise this song.

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Monday, October 6, 2008 4:47 pm

Panthers 34, Chiefs 0, Victoria 1

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Victoria picks up a Panthers logo before their game against the Chiefs, 10/5/08

Victoria picks up a Panthers logo before their game against the Chiefs, 10/5/08

Victoria got to go to her first Panthers game on Sunday, and what a game it was. The Panthers killed the Chiefs, primarily on the strength of their running game. It was hot, but V. hung in there. When I get a chance, I’ll add a couple of other photos that she and I took.

Update: Here’s sunset from the evening before. Both of these were shot on my cell phone — not bad quality, all things considered. (I shot them at 1280×960.)

Sunset over Lake Norman, Davidson, N.C., 10/4/08

Friday, October 3, 2008 8:58 pm

The president gets letters

Including this one from the American Psychological Association: If you want to torture, you’ll have to do it without us.

RIP: U.S.S. Grunion

Filed under: Sad,Salute! — Lex @ 8:17 pm
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The U.S. submarine Grunion, last heard from in the Aleutian Islands on 30 July 1942, has been found.

One Tasering, two (probably preventable) deaths

Filed under: Sad — Lex @ 7:34 pm
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From the Times:

A New York City police lieutenant who gave the order to fire a Taser stun gun at a man who then fell to his death in Brooklyn committed suicide at Floyd Bennett Field early on Thursday, law enforcement officials said. The lieutenant, Michael W. Pigott, a 21-year veteran of the force, had been placed on modified assignment without his gun and badge after he gave the order to a sergeant to fire the Taser at a Bedford-Stuyvesant man, Iman Morales.

Mr. Morales, naked and with apparent signs of emotional disturbance, fell to his death from a building ledge after an officer shot him with the Taser, at the instruction of Lieutenant Pigott. Mr. Morales had been yelling at passers-by and swinging a long light bulb tube at officers before he fell.

It was perfectly appropriate — indeed, a sign of his fundamental human decency — that Lt. Pigott felt remorse over the fatal result of his order, and it’s beyond sad that he couldn’t find a less destructive way of handling that remorse.

That said, what was he thinking in the first place, ordering the Tasering of a man up on a ledge? What other outcome could he possibly have expected? That the man would simply slump into a sitting position on the ledge, without falling?

The likelier answer is that he didn’t think. And that’s a potentially lethal problem with Tasers, just as it is with service firearms.

There are some complicated but likely very valuable lessons to be teased out of this incident, if the NYPD and other law enforcement agencies have the will and intellectual honesty to go after them. For the sake of suspects and officers alike, I hope they will.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 7:58 pm

Martin Luther King Jr.: The Definitive Biography

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 7:58 pm
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Thanks to The Memory Hole, the so-far-released portions of MLK’s FBI file are now online. All 16,659 pages.

Y’all go knock yourselves out. Statistically speaking, I’ve only got another 30 or so years to live, so I won’t have the time.

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