Hello, weekend. I’ve missed you.

Man, do these weeks slip away from me. Election season is heating up, I have two jobs, and the next thing I know, it’s Friday. But that’s better than being bored, no doubt.

Let’s contemplate injustice, shall we?

You’ve probably been keeping up with the story about the man in Dallas, shot to death by a female cop, who mistakenly entered his apartment, thinking it was her own, and thought he was an intruder. It’s an outrageous act, certainly. But that isn’t stopping the police from revealing that a search of the victim’s apartment turned up — get ready to be shocked — marijuana:

The search warrant executed in Jean’s apartment at South Side Flats specifically sought fired cartridge casings, fired projectiles, firearms, ballistic vests, keys, evidence of blood, video surveillance systems, and contraband such as narcotics and other items used in criminal offenses.

The inventory return yielded:
2 fired cartridge casings
1 laptop computer
1 black backpack with police equipment and paperwork
1 insulated lunch box
1 black ballistic vest with “police” markings
10.4 grams of marijuana in ziplock bags
1 metal marijuana grinder
2 RFID keys
2 used packages of medical aid

Ten grams!? Why, we have a kingpin here, no doubt.

Marijuana will most likely be legal in Michigan in a few more months, and in the entire country within a decade. But as long as you can imply that the man shot to death in his own apartment by a copy who entered illegally, you can make him the villain. With someone.

Anybody near the Carolinas right now? How’s it going down there? By the time most of you read this, the story will be very different from right now. A nine-foot storm surge is possible in parts of the Norfolk river basin. Watch this video to the end, and marvel:

And while we’re watching videos, check out this one.

And with that, I’m checking out of this heartbreak hotel. Happy weekend.

Posted at 9:52 pm in Current events |

34 responses to “Hello, weekend. I’ve missed you.”

  1. beb said on September 14, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Lawyers for the victim report that the shooter had sapparently made several complaints of noise coming from the victim’s apartment. That neighbors heard pounding on a door and a woman’s voice shouting “let me in.” A domestic dispute makes a lot of sense.

    I bet there are a lot of reporters secretly happy for Hurricane Florence. That storm has driven Trump completely off the front page. I bet the reporters are happy for the break

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  2. beb said on September 14, 2018 at 1:15 am

    edit: the lawyer claims that there were complains…..

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  3. Dexter Friend said on September 14, 2018 at 3:07 am

    We stayed with our daughter just 8 miles from New Bern, NC, in 2003 for a few months. I met many great people there in a meeting house right beside the Trent River which is connected to the Neuse River there. New Bern was a focal point today as 4′ of water was atop Front Street at 4:00 PM. The full effects were still hours away.
    I watched a doc just now…”The Witness”, about the 1964 Kitty Genovese murder in NYC. I had no idea what I was about to see. The papers just didn’t tell us enough back then. Her brother Bill uncovers so much.

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  4. Deborah said on September 14, 2018 at 8:23 am

    This made me laugh out loud https://mobile.twitter.com/OK_Dumbass/status/1040452081025523712/photo/1

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  5. basset said on September 14, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I have a nephew in Charleston and a cousin in Lyman, SC near Spartanburg… neither of them seems too worried about it. They’re some way off the track, but still.

    Been working on the house, Mrs. B comes home tomorrow. Two weeks in the hospital and six in rehab getting her strength & balance back, she wants to get out of there.

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  6. Bitter Scribe said on September 14, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Marijuana will most likely be legal in Michigan in a few more months, and in the entire country within a decade.

    From your lips to God’s ears.

    I used to think marijuana legalization would never happen. This is a country that once banned alcohol, for God’s sake. But now there’s maybe an outside chance I’ll see it in Illinois in my lifetime. Gambling got legalized because it was a rich source of tax revenue, and the same goes for pot.

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  7. JodiP said on September 14, 2018 at 10:20 am

    That video about the storm surge was super helpful in udnerstanding what can happen.

    On the second video: I would NOT want to be in a field of cows! So, I found it a little funny, but really scary.

    And this from a WaPo article on storm surges, and how the estimated 6″ increase in a surge due to climate change can make a big difference: “In one of the nation’s most notorious battles over climate change, the Republican-controlled state legislature voted in 2012 to prohibit the government from basing coastal policies on findings from the state’s Coastal Resources Commission, which forecast that the ocean is likely to rise 39 inches by the end of the century.”

    The real estate industry lobbied hard for this. People will die because they want to keep home values up.

    Bassett, so glad Mrs. B is coming home! 6 weeks is a long time to be in rehab!

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  8. Heather said on September 14, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I don’t know about you all but I am getting mighty tired of Pointing Out the Obvious Racism (and sexism) and feeling like a modern-day Cassandra, except that 65-70 percent of us are all screaming the same thing day after day.

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  9. Mouse said on September 14, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Nance,you lived in Indiana.Do you really think this backward-ass state would ever legalize pot?

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  10. Deborah said on September 14, 2018 at 11:34 am

    The thing I kept thinking about as I watched the video of the woman being chased by a herd of cows was how many fresh cow pies she was probably tromping through. Ew.

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  11. Jolene said on September 14, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    basset, I must have missed a story some time back. Why was Mrs. B hospitalized?

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  12. Andrea said on September 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Came across this analysis on the Manafort guilty plea. I sure hope this take is accurate:

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  13. Deborah said on September 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    We are headed back to Chicago from Uncle J’s in a bit, when we got our rental car Weds afternoon the only one they had left was a Jaguar and we got it at no extra cost. It has everything but a CD player and we wanted to play #2 of our John LeCarre book CD, his latest. The car is weird because when we are idling in traffic the engine cuts off and it makes us feel doomed to be stranded in the middle of the interstate but as soon as you gun it, it starts up again. Maybe this is a hybrid and it’s the way they work but new to us. It has a sunroof, touch screen on the dash, everything, but I hope we never get another one of these again. The hotel where we pick up our rental cars is down the street from us, my husband went down to get it Weds afternoon and said he’d text me when he was downstairs. When he texted me he said he was waiting for me in a black Jag. I laughed and thought, good one. Imagine my surprise when I got down there and it really was a black Jag.

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  14. basset said on September 14, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Jolene, it’ll be two months to the day tomorrow. Sepsis and a liver infection on top of heart trouble and brittle diabetes.

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  15. Jolene said on September 14, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Very tough course, basset. Hope things will go well when she gets home.

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  16. suzanne said on September 14, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Good luck, Bassett! It’s been a long haul for you and your wife. Let’s hope it clear sailing ahead.

    Does anyone else think Manafort is cooperating because he realizes that his best bet to stay alive is in jail? We have all seen what happens to people who don’t play nice with the Russians; poisonings, falls out of windows, acid attacks. He may hope to avoid all that.
    I am still a bit suspicious, though.

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  17. Joe Kobiela said on September 14, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Operation Finale,
    Just returned from seeing this movie, fantastic, no explosions no special effects just a great story on how Israel captured Adolph Eichmann, highly recommended.
    Pilot Joe

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  18. The Garden Fairy said on September 14, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for the storm surge video illustration — well imagined and well executed.

    As for the gamboling bovines… I’m sure it didn’t feel this way to the runner, but that was pure play behavior, not attack behavior. Note their tails are held high & swinging, heads are up, and they are twisting their bodies and throwing their legs to one side then another. They were positively delighted to have their normal 02:00 ruminations disrupted by a silly human. Amazing the amount of detail provided by the IR imaging.

    (Back in the day of running veterinary calls in OH, IN & MN, experienced stalking by dairy bulls and beef cows intent on protecting their newborns — it’s an entirely different kettle of fish. (They made me wary, but sows on pasture w/ piglets scared the bejeebers out of me.)

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  19. Deborah said on September 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Suzanne, I’m with you. I wouldn’t trust that guy as far as I could throw him. He’s a royal creep.

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  20. Dorothy said on September 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Oh Bassett I’m glad to hear your wife is coming home. Six weeks – and here I was this week with my husband in the hospital for just four nights. I was going to say I’d lose my mind if my spouse was gone from home for that long, but after what we’ve been through I realize you just do what you have to do.

    After having his thyroid removed on Friday afternoon, and coming home later that night, my dearest developed a clot behind his incision and had to be rushed to the hospital Saturday morning before 8 AM. It went from walnut size to grapefruit size in 15 minutes. They could not get an airway so they had to do a tracheostomy. Rushed him into surgery to get the bleeding artery to stop. Then he was intubated and in ICU for two days. They extubated him Monday and he’s slowly, slowly getting back to normal. But God almighty was it an awful ordeal. He could have died, they said, if we had waited five minutes longer to call 9-1-1. He came home Wednesday and his appetite is getting better by the day. His throat was really killing him but today it’s feeling better. Swallowing food and pills and beverages is work, but I swear I can see him getting better by the hour.

    We also got pathology results today on the thyroid – they got everything, and he had clean margins on the cancerous nodule. We were due some good news. Thank you to those of you I see or interact with on FaceBook. The positive words meant so much to me. Take NOTHING for granted when it comes to surgery. Everyone said ahead of time “Oh that’s the best kind of thyroid cancer to have – great percentages for complete cures, etc. etc.” Sure, but those pesky, extremely rare occurrences of bleeding from a popped artery are a bitch.

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  21. Deborah said on September 14, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    When I was a kid my sister and I were horsing around walking along the fence of my grandfather’s pasture and we spooked his cows, they started running and we did too. When we got to the corner the cows went right through the fence. There weren’t that many, maybe a dozen cows. My grandfather and a couple of his neighbors had to go out and round them up. My sister and I felt terrible, we got in trouble but actually felt like we deserved it.

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  22. Dexter Friend said on September 15, 2018 at 1:28 am

    The battle begins in 13 days for our family as Vanessa has scheduled surgery for two weeks from now. Surgery, chemo, then radiation are the tools af attack. She’s the first one in our families to contract breast cancer since my grandmother in 1964. I was stunned and all, but Vanessa sounded upbeat and ready to get this thing started. She has much support, and she has confidence in her surgeon.

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  23. jerry said on September 15, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Dorothy, good news about your husband.

    Dexter, the very best wishes for Vanessa. I hope you all have a smooth journey through difficult times.

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  24. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on September 15, 2018 at 7:23 am

    Only a surgeon talks about “minor surgery.” Blessings to Bassett & Dexter & Dorothy in their nursing roles!

    Looking at the list of seized items, it appears to me as likely that the “0.4 grams of marijuana in ziplock bags, 1 metal marijuana grinder” were found in the police backpack as loose in the apartment. Given the first item on the list, it looks like this is the result of a formal request to go back into the apartment and collect crime scene evidence, and most of it is stuff the police officer must have dropped or left. So I’ll be curious to see how that comes out if it’s the officer’s.

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  25. David C. said on September 15, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Jeff (tmmo), I would’t be surprised if within a week, the cop will be charged with premeditated murder. Her whole story sounds very fishy.

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  26. The Garden Fairy said on September 15, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Of note — http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/406822-wealthiest-republican-supporter-in-ohio-quits-party

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  27. susan said on September 15, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Re. garden fairy’s link @26, wherein one execrable Republican says he was “…leaving the party because it was ‘no longer the party that I believed in all these years.'” And that Mr. Wexner says “…that he ‘won’t support this nonsense in the Republican Party’ anymore.”

    Hate to tell you, misters London and Wexner, your party has always been like this. Full of bigoted, misogynistic, authoritarian, fascistic “nonsense.” It had been disguised as patriotic, fiscal responsibility, boot-strap, capitalism über alles crap. Now, with the Republican apotheosis of Trump, you won’t take credit for the end-game, eh? And now you are an “Independent.” Ha ha ha ha! It is only to laugh. Poor sick morons.

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  28. Deborah said on September 15, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Graphic visuals like this might help https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/national/you-should-feel-unsettled-when-viewing-these-gun-control-statues-aim-to-evoke-students-terror-during-lockdowns/2018/09/12/38d07fde-b693-11e8-a2c5-3187f427e253_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.a5975eaf7e82&__twitter_impression=true

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  29. JodiP said on September 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Dorothy, what a scare! I am so glad he is coming out of it OK.

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  30. Deborah said on September 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    JC, you were retweeted a few days ago by the design writer Karrie Jacobs. At least I assume it is the same person as you. Do you know her? I’ve always liked her work and I read her Twitter comments often.

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  31. Deborah said on September 15, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Well what do ya know, JC, she retweeted you again today.

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  32. jcburns said on September 15, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Yeah, Ms. Jacobs is a wonderful writer, right up there with Nancy in my book. And yeah, we keep a little bit in touch, these days often in the twitterverse.

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  33. Deborah said on September 16, 2018 at 9:25 am

    JC, I love it when my worlds intersect. My world of design (I read a lot about it these days, rather than practicing it since I’m retired) and my world of reading blogs on the internet, I do way too much of both though.

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  34. Deborah said on September 16, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    This thread! https://mobile.twitter.com/designmom/status/1040363431893725184

    Maybe this is already all over the Internet by now, but it’s the first time I’ve seen it. For those who are reluctant to click, it’s a thread about who is responsible for unwanted pregnancies.

    Edit: the comments are good too

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