Archive for July 29th, 2009

Welcome “The Usual Suspects”

The Saint Paul Pioneer Press, the Twin Cities’ smaller but evidently more financially sound daily newspaper, has – gasp! – decided to embrace that whole social-media thingy, by letting (making?) the staff blog. Good idea? Bad idea? Too early to tell.

Of most interest to me is the paper’s “police, courts, and public safety” blog, The Usual Suspects. While it’s a bit light on content thus far, it’s not without value. To be fair, some of the value might be unintentional – this post by Ruben Rosario, for example, shows that you don’t need to be a great speller – or even know how to use a spell-checker – to be a popular journalist. (That’s what they pay editors the big bucks for, apparently.)

Today’s post demonstrates the idea of “criminal stupidity” fairly nicely, but, alas, fails to note that the suspect – wanted in connection with a burglary where a handgun was stolen – has two prior convictions in MN (as an adult, anyway):
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Air and Space Power: Got ANGELS?

I missed it when it came out earlier this year, but the Spring 2009 edition of the Air and Space Power Journal (4.7MB PDF!) is so chocked full of awesomeness I can’t quite figure out where to begin. I’m most taken by the article “Soft Power and Space Weaponization”, which gives us a Most Awesomely Bad Military Acronym – the Autonomous Nanosatellite Guardian for Evaluating Local Space – a/k/a ANGELS. Please groan, now.

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