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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. There were many advanced biplanes designed in the interwar years, and several gave valuable  service in WWII despite being 'obsolete'. An airplane, like a firearm, can be both obsolete and very effective at the same time.


    In 2002 I personally met Air Commodore Sir Archie Winskill DFC*, who was a Spitfire ace in the War. He personally shot down two Fiat CR-42 Italian airforce biplanes in the late days of the Battle of Britain. The Italians had believed their German comrades' lies that the Brits had been beaten, and wanted to be 'in at the kill'.


    Sir Archie told me that the CR-42 was relatively slow, but had a tight turning radius and was dangerous in combat. One of them shattered his canopy with machine gunfire, and could easily have killed him, but it ended the other way.

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  2. 6 minutes ago, Canton Chris said:

    My Grandmother, Mom, aunts & uncles were all incarcerated. My Grandfather, who was Filipino, had already passed, but my paternal great uncle was the only family member left on the outside. They lost their farm, he was alone, so he enlisted & was killed in action over on the Philippines. I remember the horrific stories my uncles told as they were very bitter about the whole situation.


    There were many stories arising out of the situation, some very bad, some good. A great many of the Japanese Americans hereabouts were truck farmers in the Puyallup Valley. In many cases, their neighbors worked their farms, paid their property taxes, and thus preserved their family farmland. 

    In many other cases, people bought their land at tax sales; in effect stealing the land the internees couldn't pay taxes on because imprisoned. As a kid, I remember this especially striking me-- the government interns you for no crime, but no provision is made for pausing tax liability, so you lose not only your freedom, but your property.

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  3. My dad was in high school here in Tacoma at the time and had several friends and classmates interned. He used to point out that being of German descent was no problem, because they couldn't tell that by looking at you.


    Interestingly, not only were Japanese and Japanese-Americans in Hawaii not interned, neither were many of those who lived away from the 'coast'. I know of one family from Moses Lake, Wa, in central/eastern Washington who were not interned.

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  4. Perhaps because our Constitution contains deliberately non-democratic features, while always retaining a representative character. The biggest example is probably the Senate, the more powerful of the two houses (except in its inability to initiate appropriations), which gives each state, regardless of size, two senators.


    This well-known feature really gripes modern lovers of 'democracy'. To them, democracy itself is the ideal. To our Founders, liberty is.

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  5. 3 hours ago, Alpo said:


    Okay, how about this


    I see many cops, on many different boards, complaining about how juries believe that crap you see on the television about the irrescapable evidence using fingerprints and DNA and all the other happy horse caca that Abby uses. They figure if CSI can do it and if NCIS can do it, then the local police department should be able to do it too, and if the local cops don't have that then obviously the defendant is not guilty.




    Fingerprints and DNA are very useful evidence in many cases.


    I was collaterally involved, after the fact, in one case where a man spent 15 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. He always maintained his innocence; refusing 'sex offender' counselling that would have required he admit the crime, and which would have led to earlier release.He was eventually exonerated by DNA, both by defense and State testing (the rape kit had been preserved). He'd been convicted on 'hair comparison' evidence, which, under the particular circumstances,  amounted to junk science.

    The original prosecutors, police, and the original State forensic 'expert' would not accept that they had been wrong, though they could do nothing about it. Turns out that denial is not uncommon in such cases....

    Then, ten years after the man's release, the State got an exact DNA hit on a guy who had a low-level record, but had never had DNA test before.. He confessed to the old crime. Interestingly, he looked a lot like the guy who'd been convicted. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations on the original crime had expired.

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