<![CDATA[Saw the movie Breach last night on DVD. Kind of wish I would have seen it at the theater, as the distractions of the house, magnified by some on the fly translations we had to do for some guests, made the suspenseful parts a little broken up.
Breach is the story of Robert Hanssen, the FBI’s worst spy and former director of Soviet counter-intel. Hanssen was able to dodge investigators for years, primarly because he was in charge of finding himself. Shades of Deep Throat, Mark Felt who was put in charge of finding Deep Throat.
Anyway, pretty good movie, but one to watch when you can give it your full attention to get more of the suspense.]]>
<![CDATA[I went out for a burrito last night (Father's Day present) and had to swerve on the road to avoid this giant pothole that was in the middle. It was about one foot across, and about four feet long (stretching into both lanes). I looked quickly (as you do at 55) and saw it was next to a manhole cover. Ugh. I know what that is--sinkhole.
I then grabbed the phone but was in an area of no coverage. I had to drive about 4 miles to get a good signal and called the police. They were a bit suprised. A sinkhole? Are you joking? I told them no and if a motorcycle hit that hole, they'd flip upside down and die.
On the way back, sure enough, the whole road was closed with Dept. of Transportation vehicles and cops everywhere. We had to get rerouted onto this small curvy backroad through the isolated bits (saw 8 deer in a herd--that's how isolated).
Anyway, the power of a phone call.]]>
<![CDATA[So I’m out on the boardwalk, blue skies, big puffy clouds, when I look up Annapolis way and it is black. I mean deep storm black. Within about three minutes, the sand was blowing, the surf was up, and beach chairs were blowing all over the place. A monster storm just popped on top of us, knocked out power (but not here) and generally wreacked havoc in 10 minutes.
And it is about to get worse]]>
<![CDATA[When guys you thought about killing end up saving your life, you are in for a change of your views. The Post writes about a Navy Seal badly wounded and dying in the mountains of Afghanistan, saved (and protected) by some local villagers while the Taliban demanded his head. The Post’s story writes about the day the SEALS died (3 of the 4 SEALs were killed) and a rescue Chinook of 16 went down (all died) trying to save the one wounded soldier. Interesting read.]]>
<![CDATA[ USA Today talks about my opinion on the end of the Sopranos. Maybe David Chase will email me an tell what he was thinking.
I wonder if the people who were betting Tony would get whacked are saying “but he did get whacked, you just didn’t see it.” Don’t think they’ll get to collect on that.]]>
<![CDATA[No, it didn't, but nearly everyone in America is thinking 'WTF just happened?' The Sopranos just ended. Yea, just ended. No big deal (ok, Phil was killed) but other than that, it was an ending that just sort of happened (like Star Trek the Next Generation's ending). It was just, you know over.
All over the messageboards people are saying 'What happened--my tv went out!' But basically Meadow showed up at the diner, opened the door, Tony looked up and black--dead air--then credits.
Nothing about the black guys who came in, or the FBI looking guy who kept hiding his ear, of the guy who went to the bathroom just before the ending in a scene a la Michael Coreleone. Just an end. A simple end like there should be a show next week.
Oh well...I guess they'll call it creative. On to something else...]]>
<![CDATA[Because if a guy like this wasn't killed, there would be no justice.
Stepfather accused of drowning girl, 3, for insurance
SEATTLE, Washington (AP) — The firefighters who tried to save 3-year-old Ashley McLellan, unconscious after being pulled from a pool on a winter night in 2003, noticed something strange about her stepfather: He was calm, mostly dry and never once asked them if she would live.
She didn’t, and Joel Zellmer was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of killing her in an attempt to collect on a $200,000 insurance policy — just one accusation in a string of accidents that investigators say Zellmer concocted to befall the young children of the women he dated.
Investigators say Zellmer has a history of dating single mothers, urging them to take out insurance policies and harming their children, including burning the hands of one and giving another a hot cup that blistered her lips.
<![CDATA[Interesting article about stopping all aid to Africa and why that might be the best solution after all.]]>
<![CDATA[I asked the Fire Chief a question today on The Washington Post
Washington, D.C.: During the 911 calls of a recent SE fire, I heard one of the callers say the well worn phrase “If this was a fire in a white neighborhood, you would respond a lot faster?”
How are you going to fight that perception?
Chief Dennis L. Rubin: Wow. We arrived in less that five minutes to that call. Should we look into being Rocket Propelled? Our response times are great through-out every corner of the City. I worked five and a half years in the Trinadad section of town (E-10), we did everything that we were doing in upper northwest. I would submit that DCFD is color blind.
<![CDATA[65 years ago today was the Battle of Midway. If you have never read it, I recommend this book by two Japanese naval officers who were in the battle
Midway: the Battle that Doomed Japan. It is published by the Naval Institute and is part of the core reading at the Naval Acadmey. It is also a lesson for management, in that the Japanese assumed so much (wrongly) and had too much faith in their own superiority such that they were caught it the open when luck and skill went against them. ]]>