Line in the sand
That phrase comes from a scence in John Wayne movie about the Alamo, when a the Texas defenders basically made a suicide pact.
Is that what Gordon Brown has in mind? A suicide pact?
Various musings on social and political changes in America.
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Can we speculate about what happened here? If I had to guess, I'd say that Sparkman, doing his census work, encountered a criminal enterprise — perhaps a drug lab — out where people thought no one would — or should — be coming around.
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Town marshal had law-breaking past
There was plenty about Henry Brown's past that could be considered unsavory:
He had ridden with Billy the Kid, stolen horses and fled New Mexico to avoid murder charges.
But Brown didn't disclose his past to residents of Caldwell. They were looking for a lawman in June 1882 and were most impressed with the way he handled a gun.
He was known throughout the Southwest as one of the quickest men on the trigger.
And those were credentials enough for a rowdy Kansas cowtown that had seen four of its lawmen murdered shortly before his arrival.
He was hired as an assistant marshal, then promoted to marshal. Town residents gave him a Winchester rifle on New Year's Day 1883.
But in late April 1884, Brown left Caldwell with his assistant marshal and two cowboys, telling townsfolk he was headed to Oklahoma.
He instead rode to Medicine Lodge. On April 30, 1884, he and his gang stormed into the Medicine Valley Bank and demanded cash.
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An Indiana man has filed a lawsuit claiming that police forcibly withdrew urine from his body during a drunken driving arrest.
According to the suit, police pulled over Jamie Lockard, 53, on suspicion of drunk driving in March. Police said he had driven through two stop signs.
A Breathalyzer test showed Lockard was under the legal limit, but Officer Brian Miller doubted the findings.
Lockard and his attorney claimed in the suit that police took him to Dearborn County Hospital and forced him to submit to a urine test.
Police said they obtained a warrant to obtain a blood and urine sample. They said Lockard refused to provide either voluntarily, saying he could not urinate and declining to drinks fluids to help him urinate.
Lockard's attorney said his client was shackled to a gurney and had a catheter inserted against his will.
Law is about rhetoric, not logic. It can't be about logic because the axioms of law (the black letter part) doesn't form any kind of consistent system, the axioms themselves are self-contradictory.
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TOCCOA - Surveillance video shows 28-year-old Jonathan Ayers entering a convenience store just minutes before he would be shot. Joe Joseph, who owns the Shell station on Currahee Street, says everything seemed normal when Ayers walked in around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.
During the short time that Ayers was in the convenience store, he came straight to an ATM and then he left.
Joe Joseph says within the next two minutes, something very unusual happened. He heard gun shots. "I've never seen anything like that before. You know, I watch movies but this was totally different."
As you can see in the video, a black Escalade truck pulls up next to a pump and before it completely stops, a man jumps out. "I think I heard 3 shots."
The men in the Escalade were undercover drug agents. Joseph says he saw them shooting as Ayers, the young pastor, tried to back up and get away. "He pulled off and they followed." A short time later, Ayers wrecked his car.
"At that time (of the shooting), I had a parking lot full of people. I mean they could have blown up one of my pumps and that would have been a total mess."
WICHITA, Kansas – Two men attempting to steal rocks near the Keeper of the Plains statue overloaded their vehicle and it rolled into the river.
Early Wednesday morning, police say two men began stealing some of the landscaping rocks near the statue.
“They loaded the rocks into the back of this Ford Explorer,” said Gordon Bassham, Wichita Police Department spokesperson. “It became too heavy to move and, ultimately, rolled backwards into the river.”