Worst (real) name for a repeat drug offender

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You know those stories about
veterinarians named Dr. Katz,
firemen named Burns, and
lawyers named Sue Yoo?

Well, this woman fits in that “perfect name” category.

This is her 15th drug arrest. (Link here)

It is in Florida, naturally.

My only question, given her name, is whether she had any wine with her.


“Crankin’ It Up” an amazing rockin’ instrumental by Justin Johnson . . . and the guitar is 3 strings on a shovel

Justin Johnson is an amazing talent.

And check out the studio. It’s the cabin that Johnny Cash built in the late 1970s, the place where he and June Carter Cash recorded their later music.

Their only child, John Carter Cash, produced the music below.

This first song is perfectly named!

Here’s his tribute to the old rockabilly instrumentals. Somewhere in middle between country and blues, and, man, does it drive.

And a beautiful, heart-breaking, one-guitar instrumental version “Will the Circle be Unbroken” from the Carter family:

For my Delta friends, there’s also one of him playing on the front porch of one of the cabins at the Shack-Up Inn in Clarksdale. Link here


The big point everybody is missing about the FBI/CIA spy from Cambridge University

It is a sad sign of decline at Cambridge University that their latest spy is working for United States.

What is this poor world coming to?

Cambridge spies are supposed to work for the Russians.

There is tradition to uphold here, folks.

Can Putin and his minions no longer recruit idealistic socialists who hate their country?

Must they give up on entirely British universities and rely on Berkeley, Oberlin, and Evergreen State?

There is a small glimmer of continuity. At least the recruiting agencies were up to no good.

They were doing their best to infiltrate an American political campaign.

The story is here, complete with the spy’s name and picture. We know those details thanks entirely to CYA leaks from the DOJ or FBI, trying desperately to get ahead of Congressional investigations and the Horowitz report (the DOJ Inspector General).

Those details were supposed to be top secret. That the officials charged with keeping the secrets released them to protect themselves is a scandal in its own right.

On a more serious note: the house that Comey, Clapper, Brennan, and their aides built now looks increasingly like a game of jenga. The wooden blocks are being removed, though the process is moving very, very slowly because of  DOJ and FBI self-protection.

Did these guys previously work on transparency and document security for Joe Paterno’s athletic department?

But with each new block removed, the whole structure looks more and more likely to collapse.


Small-Town Thoughts on Mother’s Day: The Life-Long Benefits of a COMMUNITY of Caring Parents, Teachers, and Friends

So many of my lifelong friends are posting thoughts about Mother’s Day.

Some are thanking Mothers who live nearby or in another state.

Some, like me, are thinking of their departed Moms and Dads.

Those who are thanking their Mothers from my hometown of Marks, Mississippi, should add my thanks to their Mothers.

Like so many kids in close-knit communities, which includes all small towns and many urban neighborhoods, we were raised by a community of parents and grandparents with shared values and a sense of responsibility to each other. Among the first things we were taught: respect not only your own parents but others. It was a very important lesson.

If kids were doing something good, other parents would praise us–and we knew the word would get back to Mom and Dad.

If kids were misbehaving, other parents would either tell us directly or tell our parents and let them handle it. So would teachers.

If kids were doing something dangerous, every parent would step in.

Perhaps I am romanticizing the past a little, but I think my memories are largely true. We were raised not only by our own parents but as part of communities–by school teachers, by Sunday School teachers, by parents of friends, and others.

To all those Mothers and Fathers, know that you have the loving thanks of generations of children, now (I hope) growing into the same kinds of caring parents and grandparents.

Federal Bureau of . . . Incompetence? Impropriety?

The FBI, which took custody of Hillary’s server, seems to have “lost the chain of custody.”

Normally, I assume incompetence, and that’s probably true here. Probably, but not certainly.

If you want to see how much the public’s trust in the FBI has declined, just ask yourself,

  • Do you absolutely trust their explanation?
  • Do you trust it, given that you can’t trust them with the investigation of that server, its owner, or its chain of custody?”

Somebody needs to explain.

Under oath.

That would include the head of the agency at the time.

That would be Robert Mueller.


John McCain: Worthy of great respect, whether you like his politics or not

Few have served their country with more commitment, or paid a higher price, than John McCain.

He deserves immense respect.

That’s true no matter what you think of his politics or personality.

We need to remember that as he enters the final stages of his illness.

Nothing was more telling of his courage than his flat refusal of the North Vietnamese offer to release him before his fellow prisoners.

They did so because McCain’s father was a senior officer and Hanoi thought his release would be politically damaging to the U.S.

In my opinion:

  • He has every right to say that he does not want Pres. Trump to attend his funeral. It’s his right as a human being and, as the saying goes, it’s his funeral.
  • I don’t think it is right for him to hang on to his Senate seat if he knows he cannot return to represent his state. It’s their seat, too.

If, as Politico now reports, McCain will not be able to return to the Senate for medical reasons, he should resign his seat so his state can be represented by two sitting Senators.

I hate to say that of someone who has sacrificed so much. But this is one more sacrifice he should make.


Autistic Soldiers Have Special Skills Deciphering Intelligence Photos–and benefit from the chance to use those skills

The Israeli Defense Forces’ Secretive Unit 9900, which specializes in deciphering “visual intelligence,” now has 100 autistic volunteers so far (link here).

The program is working well–for the IDF, for the volunteers on the autism spectrum, and for their fellow soldiers.

The program, dubbed “Seeing Afar,” which is jointly run by the IDF and the Ono Academic College, is now in its fifth year. It includes a training course that teaches autistic youths to decipher aerial and satellite visual-intelligence images, based on their enhanced visual ability and their tendency towards patience, which allow them to explore the minutest details—an essential attribute for this role, an officer from an intelligence unit that received the volunteers has told JNS. –JNS (Jewish News Syndicate)

The job requires people in the unit to search patiently through reams of intelligence images looking, as one soldier said, “for a needle in the haystack.”

Some people on the autism spectrum seem to be especially good at that, and the IDF is integrating them into this specialized unit.

The effect on these recruits themselves seems to be very positive.

“When I first arrived here, I still felt like a civilian,” Cpl. O told JNS in an interview. Gradually, however, he began to feel like an organic part of the military.

“You search and search, and don’t find it at first. Sometimes, it feels like forever until you find it. But when you do, it certainly brings satisfaction,” said Cpl. O. “There were whole days that I couldn’t find what I was looking for. On other days, I’d locate it in every picture—six pictures in a row. On those days, I wanted to look for more! –JNS

The autism-spectrum soldiers think their skills and experience will help them enter the job market when they finish service. And the other soldiers who work with them speak of their positive experiences, with some wanting to work with autism issues after they leave the service.

Thanks to JNS for reporting a fascinating and inspiring story.

Here’s a blue-sky idea that might help these autism-spectrum soldiers when they return to civilian life–and might help doctors and patients in Israel.

Why not a test program to see if these soldiers, with some training, can do the same thing with X-Rays, MRIs, and CAT-Scans??

They have already been screened by the IDF for the general characteristics.

The fact that they stayed in the IDF photo-intelligence unit says that they have the necessary patience and visual acuity in working situations.

I wonder if they would be good at finding cancer nodules, etc.?

If they were, then the screening and training could be used in other countries for people on the spectrum.

Seems like it is worth a try, especially in “Innovation Nation.”