Saw that coming . . .

Readers will recall the murder of Whitey Bulger a few weeks ago.  As I predicted, this is going to end up in the courts – as it probably should. Mr. Brennan says he is preparing to sue the government on behalf of Bulger’s estate for wrongful death and negligence to find out why authorities sent the frail, notorious gangster to the U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia, and put him in with the general population.“It’s important for the family and the public to know why the prisons decided to wheel an 89-year-old man with a history of heart attacks into one of the most dangerous

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You want me to take WHAT???

From the Adventurous Telephone Calls department: I’ve been prescribed a medication that isn’t covered (at all) by my medical insurance.  Since it costs close to $1,500 per month at normal retail prices, there’s no way I can afford it;  so the doctor who prescribed it signed me up with a specialty pharmacy, to see whether I qualified for a reduced price. A few minutes ago I received a phone call from the pharmacy to confirm the information the doctor’s office had provided to them.  All went well until, at the end of the call, the nice lady on the other

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Sometimes the jokes just write themselves

I couldn’t help laughing when I read that a man accidentally shot himself . . . in a rather unfortunate location, in more ways than one. The … incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. after a semiautomatic handgun that was being held in the man’s waistband began to slip. The gun, which was not in a holster, discharged as he attempted to reposition it, the man told cops.The Arizona Republic reported when police officers responded to the gun shot the man was found in the meat section of the Walmart store with “survivable injuries.” Officers said they filed a report for the

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Lost that “new vehicle” smell in a hurry, I guess . . .

A brand-new Airbus A321neo airliner, delivered only two weeks ago on November 14th, had an altogether too close – or, rather, too hard – encounter with the earth yesterday. A VietJet A321neo lost both nosegear wheels during a hard landing at Buon Ma Thuot, with passengers and crew evacuating via slides.Images … show the aircraft with emergency slides deployed and its nosegear wheels completely shorn off. One image shows what appears to be the remains of firefighting foam under the right engine cowling.The aircraft was operating flight VJ356 on the Ho Chi Minh City-Buon Ma Thuot route when the incident occurred during the evening

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Boys and their highly explosive toys

The Aviationist brings us this video of weapons tests at China Lake. Located in California’s Mojave Desert, China Lake is home to NAVAIR’s Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD).NAWCWD is responsible for supporting NAVAIR programs by:Among the services NAWCWD provides, there is also Missiles and Free-Fall Weapons Research and Development. This means that China Lake develops explosives and propellants, and conducts basic and applied research in science and technology of weaponry.Weapon systems regularly developed at China Lake include Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), High-Speed Antiradiation Missile (HARM), Hellfire, Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), Penguin, Phoenix, Sidewinder, Sea Sparrow, Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM), SLAM-ER, StandardMissile, Tomahawk and Vertical

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A real traffic hazard – mandated by Uncle Sam

The always interesting Eric Peters reports: Something strange – and dangerous – happened to me the other day while I was out test-driving a new Toyota Prius.The car decided it was time to stop. In the middle of the road. For reasons known only to the emperor.Or the software.I found myself parked in the middle of the road – with traffic not parked coming up behind me, fast. Other drivers were probably were wondering why that idiot in the Prius had decided to stop in the middle of the road.But it wasn’t me. I was just the meatsack behind the wheel. The Prius was driving.Well, stopping.Like almost

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The Whitey Bulger murder: looking bad for the Bureau of Prisons

I’m sure readers are aware of the murder of 89-year-old convict Whitey Bulger at a Federal high-security penitentiary in West Virginia.  That was bad enough, and his death has highlighted some serious errors in the way the prison handled his admission.  (You’ll recall that I was a chaplain at a Federal high-security penitentiary, and know how these things should be done.  From what I’ve read, they were not handled correctly at all.) Now comes new information that – if true – makes the Bureau of Prisons look even more guilty of serious errors in handling the late Mr. Bulger. Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s medical classification was suddenly and

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The Whitey Bulger murder: looking bad for the Bureau of Prisons

I’m sure readers are aware of the murder of 89-year-old convict Whitey Bulger at a Federal high-security penitentiary in West Virginia.  That was bad enough, and his death has highlighted some serious errors in the way the prison handled his admission.  (You’ll recall that I was a chaplain at a Federal high-security penitentiary, and know how these things should be done.  From what I’ve read, they were not handled correctly at all.) Now comes new information that – if true – makes the Bureau of Prisons look even more guilty of serious errors in handling the late Mr. Bulger. Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s medical classification was suddenly and

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