Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

All the members of Team Kimberlin have inflated perceptions of their intelligence and abilities. Brett Kimberlin’s arrogance has led to many of his failures. The TKPOTD for eight years ago today dealt with one serious failure.

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handrolled2Mark Singer’s book Citizen K paints a picture of a fairly smart guy who turns out to be too smart for his own good. Or too arrogant. This is found on p. 107 in a discussion of Brett Kimberlin’s drug bust in Texas:

Kimberlin knew that he and Bixler and the landing strip were under surveillance from the moment they rented the Cessna for their reconnaissance. He knew that Customs agents followed him to McAllen. He knew they rented rooms in the same motel where he and his crew stayed in Alice. But he refused to conclude that the venture was doomed. Eventually, the government put together a case file whose narrative terminated, inexorably and triumphantly, with Kimberlin squarely nailed. No matter. In Kimberlin’s cosmology he was always several IQ points and steps ahead of the law. If the plane had landed on time and unloaded and departed without mechanical complications, all would have been right with the world.

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A man’s got to know his limitations.

—Inspector Harry Callahan

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