A Tale of Three Cities

London, Kyiv, and Dresden.

Frasier Nelson makes an interesting observation.

Putin’s going after Ukraine’s energy infrastructure is an attempt to use winter as a weapon against the civilian population. He will undoubtedly be successful in inflicting a lot of hardship, but as Nelson notes in his column, shared hardship strengthens the will to resist and survive.

For all the terror it caused, the Luftwaffe did not have the resources to bomb London back to the Stone Age. OTOH, the RAF did have the wherewithal to pound German cities into dust, helping to crush that country’s will to resist. This is what Dresden looked like in 1945.

It’s ironic that much of the Third World is armed with Russian equipment, because Russia has now become a Third World power armed with nukes. Unless Putin resorts to nukes, he doesn’t have the resources to completely destroy Kyiv.

I’m betting on the Ukrainians.

Signs and Portents?

A total eclipse of the Moon will be visible in the hours just before dawn on Election Day next week. This is the first Election Day total eclipse in the history of the United States.

According to the historian Josephus, Herod the Great died after an eclipse of the moon. That eclipse was visible in Jerusalem in the early morning hours a month before Passover in 4 BC.

Don’t Know Much About History

We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population …

—Margaret Sanger, Letter to Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, December 10, 1939, p. 2

And in a similar vein—while I was driving down I-95 in Maryland suburbs of DC this afternoon, a group was standing on an overpass with a set of banners reading, “Defend. Roe. Vote. Blue.” I think they’re a bit late, what with the Dobbs case and all.

Quote of the Day

The date will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

—John Adams

Don’t Know Much About History

The Thirteen Amendment was proclaimed as ratified on 18 December, 1865, emancipating the last groups of slaves still held in the Union states of Kentucky and Delaware. Kentucky, Delaware, and New Jersey initially rejected the Thirteenth Amendment but subsequently ratified it after it had come into effect.He’s even less of a history guy than a science guy.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The past couple of TKPOTDs have dealt with Brett Kimberlin’s ongoing appeal in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals attempting to set aside some of his Speedway Bombing convictions. The Gentle Readers who are not familiar with that case may find the TKPOTD for seven years ago today helpful in understanding that case. It cites a court decision related to the revocation of Kimberlin’s parole.

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On June 11, 1980 petitioner was sentenced to four years following his conviction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.

On November 3, 1980 petitioner received a consecutive 12 year sentence following his conviction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana for possession and illegal use of Department of Defense insignia, illegal use of the Seal of the President of the United States, and impersonation of a federal officer.

On June 4, 1981 petitioner received a consecutive five year sentence following his conviction in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana for receipt of explosives by a convicted felon.

On December 30, 1981 petitioner received a 50-year concurrent sentence from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana for possession of an unregistered destructive device, unlawful manufacturing of a destructive device, malicious damage by means of explosives, and malicious damage by means of explosives involving personal injury. As set forth in his presentence report, during a six day period in September, 1978 eight bombs made of Tovex 200 dynamite were detonated in the Speedway, Indiana area. One bomb, placed in a gym bag in the Speedway High School parking lot, detonated on September 6, 1978, when it was picked up by Carl and Sandra DeLong after a high school football game. Sandra DeLong received permanent nerve damage caused by bomb fragments in her leg. Her husband Carl lost his right leg and two fingers. Carl DeLong received additional injuries to his inner ear, stomach, chest, neck and arm due to bomb fragments, and endured a series of operations. On February 23, 1983 Carl DeLong committed suicide at the age of 44.

On October 23, 1983 a Marion County, Indiana jury awarded $360,000 to Sandra DeLong for her injuries, and $1,250,000 for the wrongful death of Carl DeLong. The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the wrongful death judgment, holding that Carl DeLong’s suicide was, as a matter of law, an intervening cause. The Supreme Court of Indiana reinstated the wrongful death judgment on June 13, 1994, finding that Carl DeLong’s death “was within the scope of harm intended by Kimberlin’s intentional criminal conduct.”

Sandra DeLong attempted to collect on her judgment by obtaining a writ of attachment against petitioner’s prison commissary account after a United States Probation Officer informed her that petitioner regularly transferred money to someone outside the prison. Petitioner promptly sued Mrs. DeLong, her lawyer, the probation officer, and various Bureau of Prisons and Department of Justice officials for money damages. Petitioner’s action was not successful. See Kimberlin v. U.S. Department of Justice, 788 F.2d 434 (7th Cir.1986).

Kimberlin v. Dewalt, 12 F.Supp.2d 487, 489-490 (D.Md. 1998).

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One of the reason Kimberlin’s parole was revoked was his failure to make restitution to Mrs. Delong.

BTW, even he were to be successful getting his criminal convictions related to the bombings set aside, the civil judgment will still stand. Just as OJ was found responsible for the death of Nicole Simpson, Kimberlin will still responsible for the bombing at Speedway High School that injured the DeLongs.

And he’ll still be a felon because of his perjury and dope smuggling convictions.