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Comment by the Collector In Chief

ENDNOTE: Abusive weed arrests


Being Black in Trump Country: Dozens of People Arrested for Less Than an Ounce of Weed
Shaun King
January 4 2018, 1:58 p.m.

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WHEN A PANICKED stranger emailed me this past weekend to say that police in Cartersville, Georgia, had “locked up a hundred kids when they claimed to find less than an ounce of weed at a house party,” I didn’t need to ask if the kids were black. I already knew. Police departments across north Georgia, a region north of Atlanta where Cartersville is located, just aren’t that likely to arrest 100 white kids at a house party if they discovered less than an ounce of marijuana.

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Many of these people’s lives will be ruined because of that small amount of marijuana. Scores of lawyers have been hired; nearly $100,000 in bail money was paid; and good people — who, for all we or the cops know, have never even smoked weed — are wondering if they are about to have a criminal record. Their mugshots were publicly released. Unable to afford bail, many of the men and women who were arrested were then fired from their jobs after they were left in jail for days on end.

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Sorry, but this is “barbara streisand”; an abusive use of police power and prosecutorial misconduct.

If AG Session was doing his job of protecting the rights of the people, he’d be down their with the DoJ lawyers setting things right.

Sorry, but the Congress needs to legalize drugs and focus on treatment; not punishment.

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ENDNOTE: Faith in action that never gets reported


Colorado Chick-Fil-A Opens on a Sunday to Feed First Responders After Shooting

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A Colorado Chick-Fil-A made a rare move of opening on Sunday to feed a group of first responders after a deadly shooting took place in Highlands Ranch Sunday morning.

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Local restaurants, however, have opened in emergencies to serve the community in times of distress.

An Atlanta Chick-Fil-A opened on Sunday after thousands of passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport found themselves stranded because of a power outage at the airport in December.

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And, as I understand it, they don’t charge for the food.

It’s very impressive to me.

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ENDNOTE: The “film industry” has no new ideas



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A closing note: On DVD and Bluray, I own some 3700 movies. That number might sound outrageous, like the creation of an impulse buyer/hoarder, but nothing could be further from the truth. Every title in that collection means something to me. If you removed the monetary value, not a single one of those discs — not Death Wish V or Vegas Vacation — would I trade for all the contents of any art museum. Selecting 165 titles from that collection was agonizing, and any title that made the cut means that in its own way it is a #1.

The film industry lost its way some 20 years ago. There is no question about that. The unbroken spell that comes from competent storytelling and compelling characters is now an afterthought to spectacle, politics, lectures, nepotism, provincialism, and political correctness. And while that is a real shame, even though I have been in love with the movies for 40 years, I hardly notice. There is so much of Hollywood’s past still left for me to discover that at age 52, I fear I might run out of time. I also fear that I may never get to see those I have already discovered enough times. How is that for a luxury problem?

Movies are islands, narcotics, gifts, treasures, escapes, getaways; miracles of insight, not only into the men and women up on that screen, but the gods who created them. No other art form comes close.
I have stood in the Vatican and gaped in awe at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel — I still prefer The Agony and the Ecstasy. I have vacationed at Monument Valley, a majestic experience that still does not compare to a screening of She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. I have swam in the Pacific, body surfed in the Atlantic, sailed in the Gulf, toured Rome, visited Disney World, cruised the Caribbean, seen Elvis and Sinatra perform live, and have twice driven across this beautiful country ours. All wonderful experiences, cherished memories, touchstones. But nothing will ever compare to the promise of that moment when the lights go down…


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It’s stunning that they have killed the “gold mine” that was “entertainment”.

I blame their lack of originality on the politically correct leftist (actually communist) culture that seems to insist that they must “preach” to the great unwashed.

While doing this, their own “house” is in disarray with sexual assaults, hedonistic practices, drug abuse, and common slut-tery by all combinations of sexes.

They have, like the ancient Romans, debauched their culture with a crassness of porn. At least a porn star has no pretensions about what they are producing. 

As such, the rest of society has just quietly put them in a box and ignored them.

I look forward to a Renaissance in the industry where all these faux “celebrities” are tossed on the rubbish pile and we have “entertainment” again.

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ENDNOTE: Should be debating if the FED should exist at all



The College Fed Challenge provided a forum for Manhattan College students to evaluate the nominee to the country’s central bank.

For the past seven years, a group of Manhattan College students in the School of Business, under the guidance of finance and economics department chair Hany Guirguis, Ph.D., have made recommendations and presentations on real world economics issues in the College Fed Challenge.

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Sorry but the FED* is the root of all Gooferment evil. It allows the Gooferment to spend far more than it steals via taxes. It funds the endless “war” and increasing “welfare”.


I’d have hoped that smart people would see this. And that Alma Mater’s students would be educated in its effects.

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* The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.

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ENDNOTE: DNR means DNR but is it “suicide”?


Miami doctors face dilemma over ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattooDoctors faced ethical, medical conundrums
Posted: 1:23 PM, December 01, 2017 Updated: 2:17 PM, December 01, 2017

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(CNN) – Picture this: A man is admitted to the hospital, unconscious, with a history of serious health problems and a high blood alcohol level. He has no identification and no family with him. On his chest, he has a tattoo: “Do Not Resuscitate.”

What would you do?

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Seems obvious to me.

It does raise a moral question. Is that the same thing as suicide?

Aren’t we morally obligated to live out our lives for as long as we have? And, that means taken advantage of the things society has available to prolong life?

And when you get right down to it, if we don’t eat our veggies aren’t we doing the same thing.

See that’s why fat old white guy injineers shouldn’t think too hard. We’re too logical. Now pass the broccoli.

Dona Nobis Pacem

Luckily, I’m not in charge of anything anywhere.

Carry on.

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ENDNOTE: Given a debt-free home through donations


Children of the first female New York Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty since September 11 are given a debt-free home through donations

  • The three children of slain New York Police Department officer Miosotis Familia will receive a debt-free home in The Bronx
  • A cooperative effort by the New York Daily News, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Skyview Apartments LLC raised $818,000 for the children
  • Genesis Villella, 20, and Delilah and Peter Vega, both 12, lost Familia after she was killed by Alexander Bonds in July
  • Genesis said: ‘I owe it to my mom to make sure that the three of us will be taken care of… in a loving and healthy environment’
  • Familia was the first female NYPD police officer to be killed in the line of duty since September 11

By Reporter PUBLISHED: 02:05 EST, 4 December 2017 | UPDATED: 02:59 EST, 4 December 2017

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In essence, people are very charitable. Despite all the taxes, expenses, wants, and needs, somehow good people find a way.

At this time of year, who knows all that is given, but that is essence of humanity.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: “But as intensive care unit stretchers replace at-home deathbeds …”


Here’s what death really sounds like

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7 a.m. began as it always did; the overnight doc was threatening to quit while rubbing her bloodshot eyes and smearing mascara beneath them. Between heavy sighs, she listed the patients transferring into my care ending with Mr. Mandel.

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Glancing at the screen, I immediately interpreted the numbers. Heart rate: 45. Respiration rate: 40. Blood pressure: 67/42. It was very easy for me to tell that Charles Mandel was soon to die. But as intensive care unit stretchers replace at-home deathbeds, digital tones replace guttural human noises and the ability of observers to slowly comprehend the reality of a failing body is diminished.

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As I get older, I think more about this.

Do we really need “intensive care unit stretchers replacing at-home deathbeds”?

Death is a natural process. And, “we” have made it an expensive and terrible process.

So sad.

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