Three Moons


3MoonsThe Cassini spacecraft has sent us this family photo of three of Saturn’s moons that are different from each other. The largest of the three, Tethys is round and has a variety of terrains across its surface. Hyperion (to the upper-left of Tethys) is the “wild one” with a chaotic spin, and Prometheus (lower-left) is a tiny moon that busies itself shepherding the F ring.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


judge_johnsonDuring the preliminary matters of the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. trial, there was an extended discussion of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s criminal past that might have bearing on the case. Near the end of the first day’s session, Judge Johnson brought up the topic of jury instructions.

THE COURT: Now, there are no non-pattern jury instructions, are there?

MR. OSTRONIC: Not from the defense side, Your Honor.

MR. KIMBERLIN: Not that I know of.

THE COURT: They’re normal Maryland civil pattern jury instructions.

MR. KIMBERLIN: And we listed those I believe in our pre-trial.

THE COURT: You did list them in your pre-trial statements. Is there any other ticking time bomb — well, that’s a wrong metaphor. Are there any issues laying out there that are going to come up that you can envision?

MR. KIMBERLIN: I don’t think so.

THE COURT: Sometimes we have to be very careful in our selection of metaphors. I always call counsel to task when they tell me about black sheep in the family. I like black sheep. All right.

I hate to disagree with a judge who ruled in my favor, but I thought his metaphor was quite appropriate.

800 Rounds!


The Hill reports that the wacko who jumped the fence at the White House had 800 rounds (!!!1!!111!!!) of ammunition in his car.

It was in his car and not on his person. He didn’t have a firearm either.

If it were the sort of rifle ammo I schlepped around Viet Nam, 800 rounds would weigh about 25 pounds. Personally, I never carried more than 500 rounds (twenty-five 20-round magazines) at a time, and that required using a couple of extra bandoliers.

OTOH, if it’s the kind of .22 long rifle ammo I buy for plinking, 800 rounds is only part of a box.1000rnds800 rounds could either be a whole lot of ammo, or it could be a partially full box.

Sigh.