Category: Crime



In “Beneath Hallowed Ground” Steven P. Locklin takes on the challenge of linking a plausible Civil War tale to an intriguing current day sleuthing adventure mystery, one in which we know somehow he will enticingly reveal how the Gold at this end of the Rainbow story shall be found.  If you have not yet gotten an Address in Gettysburg, join us for a Now and Then, before President Lincoln punches his ticket at a Theater he should not have a Ford ed.


The Government can’t be expected to fix anything, if they are unwilling to fix what is wrong with the system that they have created to perpetuate the system that they wanted.

Instead of a choice of the Lesser of Two Evils, why can’t we Vote for
None of the Above.

Who else do you know that can get paid for doing nothing?,

get paid overtime for doing nothing?,

Not keeping any promises that they spread like fertilizer?

Won’t lose their pay unless they commit treason no matter how long they might be in jail for any other infractions?

Why are there Political Parties in the first place? Party On! Parties are not for getting any work done except Partying,

and for keeping out anyone who is not a Party Member from ever having an equal chance

What ever happened to standing on your own two feet, walking proudly, up holding your own merits, and rolling up your sleeves and getting a job done, one step at a time.

If any given member of a Party is not able to stand on its own, then all we really are left with is a chain composed of nothing but Weakest Links.

Cut the chains that bind them together and you have nothing but a lot of dead weights.

Right now we have 2 chains that can not pull together, that can not be trusted to work alone.

To blame one man for the lack inherent in the chains that he can not wield, that he has no power over to command, is beyond asinine.

Until each link is inspected, the rotten apples and diseased cut and separated from destroying those around them, flaws identified and fixed, you can not expect either chain to do a job, let alone a job that requires cooperation, rather than inherent corruption.

When you break it all down, and it should be broken down and inspected microscopically, the system is no longer a functional whole.

Each link is more focused on itself than the job it was elected to do.

More time, money and effort is expended by “our elected” government to become elected, and to become re elected than they spend actually doing a job.

Solution to this portion of the problem is simple.

No Reelection.
They limit the terms of the President don’t they?
Why not limits on those that supposedly do the work.

Something good might get done, so hey, break out the Filibuster! Compliance a problem, just push back the timing of the implementation and Pull its teeth by cutting funding. Send it to Committee!

Committees, Special Committees, Joint Committees, but what Commitment is actually Committed to commencing to get anything done, other than to Craft Bills, amend Riders, water down legislation to the point of evaporation of intentions, compromise by combinations that will scratch my back if I’ll support funding for projects that will make you look good to your constituents, and so on.

Take one thing at a time, address one issue at a time, let it stand on its own merits.

Oh, I forgot we can’t do that, it goes against the abilities of those weak links who are only able to stand under a party umbrella, hidden from the Rain of Reality. Platforms are built and constructed of piecemeal truths and flat out cardboard lies.

Instead of a choice of the Lesser of Two Evils, why can’t we Vote for
None of the Above.
When the Carrot and the Stick are held in the same hand the system is broken.

When there is no incentive to fix something it will not get fixed.

We are governed by those that are not held accountable in any meaningful way.

There is currently no way to make them be accountable.

The only Accountability they Count is in their Bank Accounts.

Off Shore and Swiss Bank Accounts, like the Cheese, leaves too many holes for them to hide their treasures, and there are no Cats but Fat Cats.

Even Mice once Belled the Cats.

So much for the Best Laid Plans.

We are the Mice, no longer Men.

Perhaps we the Greater of Evils, for “We the People” have long ago given up and allowed our Nation to be run not “For the People” nor “By the People”, and are now left only looking through the Peephole, locked out and away from any recourse but to
Weep for the People, we have sold our souls to the Company Store as they “Buy the People”.

Think about it PEOPLE!

Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, dared to recognize a fundamental truth:
“We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Think about it HARDER!

Even in his time, he recognized the need to work together.

Figure it out yet?>

Someone shot him, and he perished from this earth.

Lets go back a little farther with historic figures that cut wood, leave behind a rail splitter, and take up the cherry of a man, who couldn’t tell a lie.

By George! I think you know who I am referring to! It was a time when Hemp could be used in a Neck Tie Party, a Neck Stretcher, no Refer puns for the Intendants, just Hanging Participles, that should be left Dangling in the wind till they like Pheasants of the rich, rot through at the neck and fall, ready for the eating.

George chopped closer the Truth of the matter when he refused to become another King in the line of Georges, and instead gave up being President for Life.

He believed in the defense of the Constitution by stating his belief that the system of checks and balances and separation of powers within it are important means of preventing a single person or group from seizing control of the country, and advises the American people that if they believe it is necessary to modify the powers granted to the government through the Constitution it should be done through constitutional amendments instead of through force.

We do not have a single person or group that have seized control of our country, but two groups or parties, and they have effectively taken over and ruled out anyone else from getting a place on the dance card.

Check how you can get put on a ballot as something not an Elephant hiding in the peanut butter, or an Ass to Pin on the Tail. It isn’t easy, and it is costly.
And all those hoops and hooplah were created by the 2 party system.

Break the Parties, or never get into the Ball.

No Fairy Godmothers for us Cinderella’s, just the Mice making the gowns and Pumpkins to be pulled and filled, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, have their Cake and Eat it Too,
Its their Government Through and Threw.

What are we mice and shrews to do?


Had a kid in the office today with his 2 Chinese parents. He had a Minnesota license that had obviously been tampered with, the birthday, the expiration date were bleeding and the laminate didn’t have any Ultraviolet security features over those areas anymore, holograms were interrupted.  I asked him for more documents, and his father came to the counter, so i asked to see his license too.

His was good, so I made a record of everything, scanned the kids stuff, sent it down to Olympia for the “License Integrity Unit,” can you say Fraud section, to start looking at.
Then Daddy started demanding why it was taking so long and why couldnt issue on his say so as a Father.
I let my supervisor take over at that point, let both parents yell and shout and bang on the counter about how we were ruining their only sons 21st birthday, and defending his honor against my aspersions that something besides the “washing machine” must be the cause of the bleeding, even though it didn’t effect the rest of the areas of the license information.
I didn’t get a chance to tell them about my walking in the rain around Pullman alone on mine.
But it gave me a bit of time to look at the license scan under magnification.

What I figured out is that the kid, off in Minnesota and New York, had done was to alter his license to make his age over 21, of course it still had a big UNDER 21 above the photo, he had tried to color in the letters, but gave up after the U, he hadn’t matched the color very well.

Now he is back home in Washington, and its now his 21st birthday today, time to go get a real license with his real birthdate on it.
Unfortunately if he shows the altered one where he is already over 21… so he had to re alter it back to his real dates.
Altering Alterations might be an Alliteration, but it also degrades everything around it, hence all the bleeding of the numbers and letters.

Oh to be a spy camera when Mommy and Daddy finally get to here Sonny boys confession that he has been off at college spending his time in such honorable pursuits as breaking state and federal laws by altering legal documents with the intent of breaking open a proscribed cold one.

Will see what Olympia can dig up and slap him with on Monday, probably a whole 90 day suspension, ohhh nooo!


YOU GOTTA LOVE GARFIELD ‘S EXPLANATION — TOO CUTE & ALSO TOO TRUE!!!



A lot of folks can’t understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country. 
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Well, there’s a very simple answer.
 
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Nobody bothered to check the oil.
 
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We just didn’t know we were getting low.
 
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The reason for that is purely geographical.
 
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Our OIL is located in:
 
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ALASKA
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California
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Coastal 
Florida
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Coastal 
Louisiana 
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Coastal Alabama 
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Coastal Mississippi 
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Coastal 
Texas 
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North Dakota
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Wyoming
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Colorado
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Kansas
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Oklahoma
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Pennsylvania
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And
Texas
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Our 
dipsticks are located in DC
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Any Questions?

NO? Didn’t think So.


Lawyers and God


Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years.. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here’s a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:

You have to love this lawyer…….

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply.

(Actual reply from FHA):
“Upon review of your letter adjoining your client’s loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin.”

Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:
(Actual response):

“Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application.
I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France , in 1803 the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France , which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella.
The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus’s expedition…Now the Pope, as I’m sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God’s original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our loan?”
The loan was immediately approved.

The Model T Ford

The year is 1910 one hundred and two years ago. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:

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The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year, A dentist $2,500 per year,
a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about
$5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press
AND the government as ‘substandard.’

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas , Nevada was only 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet.

There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had
graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, ‘Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health’

( Shocking? DUH! )

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE
U. S. A. !

I am now going to forward this to someone else without typing it myself.
From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD — all in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.


Shadowfist! Out of the Darkness and Across Time!

Maybe the Glass is really Half Full!

“Do you love Shadowfist but have no one with whom you can play in your area? Shoot us a message and we’ll either give you the tools to start your own Shadowfist group or find hidden players you might not know about! It only takes three players for a great game night of equal opportunity butt-kicking!”

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shadowfist/180919495284693

Check out November’s Inner Kingdom Update to read up on the latest news and the long-awaited list of top Secret Warriors of 2011!
We have a new name at #1 this year!
http://www.shadowfist.com/node/3375

Hey Shadowfist friends! Inner Kingdom has released the board game, Zombie Dash. Available here: http://www.shadowfist.com/node/2968. We could use some help getting traffic to the game page athttp://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/111292/zombie-dash. Please rate the game, or become a fan, or ‘Like’ it, if you like it. 🙂 Thanks!

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Inner Kingdom Games’ very first board game pits players against each other as they race across town to safety! Outpace your opponents and beat your zombies to the finish line! For 3 to 6 players, ages 8 and up. Retail price: $24.95. Price below includes shipping.

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Need a little Pick Me UP? Ice Pick up a Han Solo!

http://www.neatorama.com/2011/11/10/han-solo-in-carbonite-ice-tray/

 

Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Tray – $9.95

Do you fear that your Thanksgiving meal is doomed? Don’t surrender to the dark side. Use the force and the Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Tray from the NeatoShop to distract your guests from your terrible cooking.

The Han Solo in Carbonite Ice Tray is made from food-safe silicone. Do or do not make other things in this Ice Tray. Mmm. Make Han Solo in Carbonite butter patties, I will.

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fantastic Star Wars and cool Ice

 

Trays.

Loren Foster aka shadolrds

“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”

/https://shadolrds.wordpress.com

 

Use Pineapple Juice, and you can Dole out the ICE!

 

 


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The Alloy of Law is Here and Will Lead You to Wheel of Time Clues!

The Alloy of Law by Brandon SandersonBrandon Sanderson’s latest foray into the world of Mistborns, Allomancers, and Feruchemists is now on bookshelves, and Brandon will be touring all week across the U.S. (and Vancouver)! For all of you planning on getting your books signed, the second annual Digital Great Hunt has begun! Brandon has worked with “Team Jordan” on an exclusive secret piece of content relating to the final Wheel of Time novel, A Memory of Light, that will be hosted on his website. But there’s a catch: you have to unlock the secret. Details here! And don’t forget to check out this awesome fan-made Alloy of Law book trailer (set to Cee-lo)!

Not enough for you? Well, we’ve got a spoiler thread here, and take a look a Brandon’s piece on why his fourteen-year-old self might have taken issue with Alloy of Law. Then hop on over to find out how you could get your name in the final Wheel of Time novelA Memory of Light! We’ve also begun a new mini-series of roundtable discussions – each week, we will pose a question to our panel of WoT experts and let the theorizing begin! Feel free to chime in with your own answers, opinions, and speculations…


Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks – New Releases!

Barnes & Noble Bookseller's PicksSpeaking of Brandon Sanderson, we’re focusing on new releases this month in our Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s picks, and guess what’s on the list? Chris Lough finds the core of epic fantasy fiction in The Alloy of Law, Liz Bourke is enjoying the future archaeology of Jack McDevitt’s Echoand Firebird, and Alex Bledsoe has found the heart of Joseph Nassise’s Eyes to See. Furthermore, Ryan Britt ponders the rantings of a sane madman in The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick and Suzanne Johnson talks all things Rachel Morgan in The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison. There are more picks coming this week and next, so don’t forget to check back!


Independent Bookseller’s Picks!

Independent Bookseller's PicksWe are also showcasing the top picks from indie bookstores across the country! This month we have picks from Joe Turner and Tommy Wilkerson of BookPeople in Austin, Texas. Their lists span decades and multiple facets of speculative fiction, so check out their expert suggestions and find a few titles to add to your collection at home!


Appreciating Kubrick’s Contribution to SFF

Kubrick's SFFStanley Kubrick is undoubtedly one of the greatest film directors of all time, and one can’t help but notice his fascination with certain aspects of speculative fiction. Danny Bowes is looking back on all of Kubrick’scontributions to SFF on film. First, Danny delves into Dr. Strangelove: a satire made perfect by playing it straight. Moving on to the more overtly SFnal works of Kubrick’s career, he navigates the complex journey underlying 2001: A Space Odyssey, and continues on with the ultra-violent future envisioned in A Clockwork Orange. And of course, there’s more to come, so check back in for more classic Kubrick all week…


Coming Soon to A Theater Near You

Batman on the Dark Knight Rises setWe’ve got the scoop on all the upcoming films that you’ve been waiting for: first, take a look at the final The Muppets parody trailer (two words: Breaking Dawn), then get some insider information from Robert Downey, Jr, Guy Ritchie, and Jude Law on the much-anticipated Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. You can take a peek at these exciting pictures from The Hunger Games and the set of The Dark Knight Rises, and who’s excited that we’re finally getting a new James Bond film? Prepare yourselves for Skyfall.

Now that Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy have left the Oscars, are you ready for a new breed of host? We know who you really want on that stage all night: Muppets. All of them. Join the campaign to get Kermit and crew the job!


11/11/11 is Eleventh Doctor Day!

Eleventh Doctor DayAs we celebrate this once-in-a-century day coming up on our calendars, Friday has been dubbed Eleventh Doctor Day. In honor of our favorite Time Lord, everyone is encouraged to dress up like the Eleventh Doctor: bring your fezzes and bowties to work – wear your tweed with pride!

And while we’re talking about the Doctor, Karen Gillan has some thoughts on the future of Amy Pond – she thinks the Doctor’s best friend should bite the dust next season. What do you think? Of course, Who isn’t all action and high drama every second; some scenes manage to deliver truly memorable emotional impact without all the fireworks. Chris Lough, Ryan Britt and Emily Asher-Perrin talk about their favorite small moments in new Doctor Who. Join in and add your own!


Rewatch Central and Reread Corner

Don’t forget to check out our ongoing rewatches, reads and rereads including: Star Trek: The Next Generation rewatchThe Walking Dead watchReopening The X-Files, the Wheel of Time Reread, A Read of Ice and Fire, the Malazan Reread of the Fallen (which has just started onMidnight Tides!), a Read of the Dark Tower, the Great Alan Moore Reread and the Rothfuss Reread.

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Devil might be in the Details but what is he looking at?

A detail of a fresco by Giotto is seen in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi

REFILE – ADDING THIRD PARTY DISCLAIMER A detail of a fresco by Giotto is seen in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi in this picture released to Reuters on November 5, 2011. Art restorers have discovered the figure of a devil hidden in the clouds of one of the most famous frescos by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, church officials said on Saturday. The devil was hidden in the details of clouds at the top of fresco number 20 in the cycle of the scenes in the life and death of St Francis painted by Giotto in the 13th century. The discovery was made by Italian art historian Chiara Frugone. It shows a profile of a figure with a hooked nose, a sly smile, and dark horns hidden among the clouds in the panel of the scene depicting the death of St Francis. REUTERS/Basilica of St Francis in Assisi/Handout

A detail of a fresco by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi is seen in this picture released on November 5, 2011. REUTERS/Basilica of St Francis in Assisi/Handout    A detail of a fresco by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi is seen in this picture released on November 5, 2011. REUTERS/Basilica of St Francis in Assisi/Handout

Handout of a detail of a fresco by Giotto in the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi

And what is with Assisi any way?

A Sissy?

Reverse Assisi?  Isissa? Is I Ssa? A Slave’s Answer to the Master?

I Si Ass? I See Ass? I Yes Ass?

Yes I am an Ass!

Will passover the Ass Cracks, for this time at least.

Lots of hidden things to see.  I remember pointing out to my Grandmother Wilda Foster, the group of hunting dogs in a Tapestry on the wall of the Palazzo Vecchio, the “Old Palace”.  They were not hunting.  If they were humans they would of been using the leaves of the forest to clean up, as the hunters back then did not carry Doggy Doo Doo Bags!

Or the bunny rabbit in the vegetable borders!

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