“I, The Jury” – The Prologue [Part 0] [An Original Online Series]

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“Whoever we are … Wherever we reside … We exist on the whim of murderers …”— Miles Davis, “The Rock”

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An original online series based on characters and situations from the Vampire trilogy “The Endless Night” by H. P. Lovelace; dedicated to Mickey Spillane, his Mike Hammer, and the original, his “I, The Jury”. So, if you’re looking for Sherlock Holmes, Perry Mason, Nero Wolf, et al, you’d best look elsewhere. Mickey Spillane … dead … but not forgotten … never …

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Series starts January 08, 2011

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The Endless Night, The First 16 Pages – [an excerpt from IUP, Book 01]

Poisen Elves
Be careful what you wish for … sometimes you get it

Click on the image of Jenny Miller, Mondo’s BFF, to read the pages … Enjoy … :)

 

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Becky is Better [Episode #040]

“I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further.”—Darth TiVo, 29 February, 1954

Correction: Corporate Oligarchs INC aka Roxanna “Roxy” Michaels, Karen Ragan-George, Mary Jo Klapp “The Goddess”

Second wave. I guess we see now what China will do. How addicted are they to operating in a capitalistic environment? Would massive trade restrictions slow them down, or even make them think twice about using force against the protesters? The “communist” party [really, they’re about as communist as Ronald Reagan’s left foot - even if they did it better than the Soviet Union did ...] will have to decide how it wants to proceed very carefully. China has always been a society that works on the principals of warfare – they’ve been at it for more than 4,000 years of written history, and thus have a very well developed sense of subtlety in affairs of state and are one of the few nations that realize warfare is conducted on many levels and there really is no such thing as a cease-fire … only a lessening of tensions that can be taken advantage of with the proper approach. Communism is just a convenient label affixed to the latest fad in their society. Trust me, China measures fads in 100 year intervals, given their history. That said, they are neither stupid nor kind and can be brutally efficient when it comes to making decisions. If it is perceived to be in their best interests to level Hong Kong, they will do so. While it would represent a massive economic loss, it would also represent an “infection point” for “democracy”. Given their ideology they are likely to consider amputation the least offensive of the choices if they cannot convince those who are screaming for democracy to lay down and die.

Walsh and Danica stand by the door. CSI is gone and done. Forensics has been collected and cataloged—“bagged and tagged” as they say in the trade. The room, Adam Roberts’ room, has been cleared for the walk-thru. It’s literally a room: bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room, dining room, all rolled up into one—expectedly shabby and indiscreet.

Danica nudges Walsh in the ribs and whispers under her breath” “Now, watch this. She’s a Dusey!”

Becky flops on the guy’s bed, sticky and smelly though it may be, infested with whatnot, and gives it her best chop. She doesn’t miss a beat.

“You only found Adam Roberts’ DNA, and no one else’s.”

“We even checked the drain traps, but no hits but his.” You can hear the faint hint of frustration in Detective Molly Minders’ voice as she flips back and forth through her small Field Notes notebook. The tell [her notebook “twitch”] is her way of proverbially banging her head against a brick wall when she’s hit a dead-end in a case. She knows that she’s missing something that’s right in front of her. “This makes no sense. I not seeing something in plain sight and for the life of me I don’t know what that is.”

“Truce?”

“Truce.”

“No more catty stuff?”

“Agreed.”

They shake on it. Then …Becky does her data dump, sharing the clues [the trail of breadcrumbs] that’s been left behind for her to follow. When she finishes, Minders sits down on the foot of the disgusting-looking bed, ignoring its filthiness—totally flabbergasted.

Then, tit for tat, Minders shares what’s she’s been holding back from Becky. It’s not Becky’s eye-popping revelation, but it has a set of legs of its own nonetheless.

A frank discussion of the case, even brutal at times, nevertheless, no eureka moment comes of it. So they’re left with spent, and for want of nothing better to do, they revisit the discourse—concentrating on just one aspect of the case, this time.

What about the abduction that they are currently investigating? The abduction is a sidebar—at most, something to be chewed on to pass the time—not even meriting consideration as a distraction even by Becky in spite of the great destruction that it wrought upon her. For Minders … The case is always at the forefront until it’s solved no matter what comes their way. For Becky … It really doesn’t matter one way or the other.

“Everything about this case says ‘personal’. This would point to a suspect from those closest to Count Orlok.”

“Yet, we know from how you’re being lead, that the murderer is not one of them.”

“There’s something else …”

“It’s not personal like in a guy way. It’s personal in a very chick way.”

“Exactly.”

“No transgender or gay guy can fake this. This is chick personal—over possessive lesbian-lover uber bulldyke supremely punitive super petty ‘stuff’ that only women [regardless of their species or sexual preference] are capable of.”

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”

“Exactly.”

The Eureka moment: they look at length at each other with a smile. Can’t see the forest for the trees, no longer applies.

“That smells like your abduction. For this Roberts guy it was clearly very personal for him. Yet he has no connection whatsoever to either you or Thurman. And it’s personal in an authentically ‘no guy can fake it’ very chick way.”

“Yet he’s a guy. Y-chromosome et al.”

“And …”

“And … He’s a person of interest to the Dragons, just like the murderer in this case [aka, the killer in our murder case].”

“Connection [between the abduction and the case]?”

“Abduction not random?”

“When is guy capable of doing something that only a ‘real’ woman can do?”

“When he’s a woman.”

“And doesn’t know it.”

 

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Becky is Better [Episode #039]

“Well, because he thought it was good sport …Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”—Alfred Pennyworth

Becky sits quietly in the lobby, a lobby that has seen much better days, but has yet to see it worst. Darkness and despair are so weighty here that they are tangible, if not suffocating at times. Just a cursory look about and a normal person will feel dirty and in need of a thorough steam clean. You feel dirty just looking and feel even wore when you touch anything. Wretches, the forgotten, throwaway, and disposable, live here. This is the kind of place that you end up when you’ve dropped off the grid and want to stay lost forever.

Yet there she sits taking it all in and seemingly unaffected. CSI, cops, and detectives scurry about. Becky remains the calm in the storm. Inside—Then there are the anomalies, standing nearby, who are somewhere in-between: Detective Molly Minders and her robot partner Detective Vanessa Walsh, Danica and Thurman. Outside—discrete and out of sight, are the wild cards: Becky’s forever amorous Irish suitor Danny Dunn and his crew of fellow Leprechauns. Danny’s “romantic” designs on Becky could be termed a stalker’s. Thug, tough guy, criminal mastermind—A wee person [a deceptive description for a race of seven-footers] with a hankering for a Lost—hardly the first time that this has happened.

Out of the blue, Becky has a suitor that she’s been keeping on the hush-hush. He and his boys turn up in the nick, kitted up like a fast-attack team by who knows. The kicker is, she has no such suitor. His carefully constructed cover—his legend—says otherwise. So, Becky doesn’t waste her breath arguing otherwise. He’s here to run interference for her at someone’s or something’s—likely some governmental agency’s—behest. And she knows not to ask why.

Becky has been tasked to ferret out Count Orlok’s murderer and she’s not to be distracted by anyone or anything; hence the involvement of Smaug and Ancient Mia. Any leads that might have lead her down any rabbit holes have been eliminated; for example, Arch-Baroness Lisa Niemi and her declaration of innocence.

Focus. Focus. Focus. The return to the scene of the crime and all that drama at the murder scene was all about focus, focus, focus. It’s not the wife: hence the wife’s declaration in the presence of Queen Akasha and Lunk with no voiced objections from either of them. It’s not about money: Smaug, someone she knows oh so well and his feigned nonsense about some money involvement [of his] in the case—she played along famously, and could do so because she knew him so well and thus could quickly read between the lines. To have Smaug confirm her quick read, she referred to a “Dragon schlock’s owed”; but, Smaug is a Kraken and he failed to point out her misspeak—her intentional slipup was her inside way of asking for confirmation and his lack of correction of her “mistake” was his way of giving that confirmation. In the course of her investigation, she did out Orlok’s shady finances, who they [his “silent” partners where], who swindled whom [it turned out to be bidirectional], and the possibly deadly implications thereof, but she knew to let sleeping dogs lie, because they had nothing to do with the case.

Becky has been told what the murder weapon is and it fits the forensics of the crime to a tee. What the murder weapon is and thus how the murder was committed still doesn’t tell her who did it. Ancient Mia, who Becky knows of by reputation, is here in some as yet undetermined official/unofficial capacity. Ergo, the Dragon Houses, maybe even their Empress has interest in this case? But, why? Interest, but not involvement? It’s their [the Dragons’] obtuse way of pointing the Vampire [Becky] in the right direction?

Then there is Jeremy Ki? How about Suzie Wong? And all the “tips” her elders and non-elders have been dropping? Someone or something very old saw what happened, or at the least has deduced as much, and they don’t want to get involved directly, so they are using surrogates—which is everybody in play—to feed her hints?

A lot of questions, indeed, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What she does know for sure is that murder is a crime of proximity. Except for the stray bullet or the serial killer—the killer and the victim are always well known to each other. This explains why murders have a very high conviction rate. Loved ones, friends, neighbors, co-workers, employees, bosses, business partners, etc are in the inner circle of suspects for the police when a homicide occurs.

Becky is being lead outward in those concentric circles of suspects emanating outward from the victim. In effect, it’s how she was worked as an MP [military policeman] by plainclothes and uniformed detectives of the DoD police—Department of Defense Police, the Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID)—Army (general felony crimes), the Army Counterintelligence (CI)—Army (national security crimes), and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS)–a civilian agency that answers directly to the DOD as well as the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA).

 

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Dr Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip — The 4 Kinds of Conflict Resolution

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian leader

Conflict ResolutionAn elderly couple celebrating their 50th anniversary had no secrets, except for a shoe box the wife had always kept hidden under the bed. She agreed to let her husband look inside. When he did he found two crocheted dolls and $50,000 in cash. “Years ago,” she explained, “my mother told me that the secret to a happy marriage was never to argue. Instead, when I got angry I should keep quiet and crochet a doll.”

Her husband was delighted; she’d only been angry at him twice in 50 years! “Honey,” he said, “that explains the dolls, but what about the $50,000?”

“Oh,” she replied smiling, “that’s from selling the dolls.”

The truth is … no matter how hard you try to get along at home or at work, you’re going to have conflicts. That’s not the problem. The problem comes in handling those conflicts … or difficult people … most effectively.

That’s why I’ll be offering my webinar on “DIFFICULT PEOPLE: How To Spot Them and Stop Them” at 2:00 Eastern time on November 13, 2014. Registration does not open for another week, but I’m giving you advance notice so you can put it on your calendar.

To give you some help right now, however, you need to realize that every conflict has two variables: a) the quality of the SOLUTION that you and the other person achieve, and b) the quality of the RELATIONSHIP you develop between you and the other person. With those two variables, you have four possible outcomes when you’re trying to resolve a problem.

1. Weak solution-weak relationship

This happens when you and the other person are not able to resolve your conflict and the two of you are still angry with each other. This typically happens when one or both of you don’t have the communication skills you need. Or there might be a power struggle going on between the two of you, and so neither one is willing to “give in.”

I’ll address this in more detail in my new book … “The Payoff Principle: Discover The 3 Secrets For Getting What You Want Out Of Life And Work” … being released near the end of the year.

For a great new excerpt on communication, click here.

2. Strong solution-weak relationship

In this situation, you find a way to resolve your conflict with the other person, but the WAY in which you resolve the conflict hurts the relationship. You walked away from the situation feeling badly.

Several things can bring this about. It may be that one or both of you just gave in. You decided you would rather compromise or have peace-at-any-price than continue the discussion. Oh, the solution you found may have been pretty good, but you left the discussion with resentment.

This can also happen when there’s an obvious power difference between the two of you, such as a boss and an employee. It’s like the time the employee was asked how long he’d been working for the company. He replied, “Ever since they threatened to fire me.” The boss may have had good reason to fire the employee and the boss may have had a good solution to improving the worker’s productivity, but the WAY in which he did it hurt the relationship.

3. Weak solution-strong relationship

There are times when you simply cannot find a solution to the problem you and the other person are facing, but you still feel good about each other. As Dr. Shae Graham Kosch, a marriage counselor for more than thirty years, says, “There are always issues around in-laws, children, money … What’s crucial is keeping things positive … Couples that retain mutual respect and understanding … stay together.”

Of course, you may think that’s easier said than done. I understand. But a good starting point is to identify the issues that MUST be resolved — and learn to live with the rest! Dirty socks, snoring, thermostat settings, unmade beds and a thousand other things can drive our partners crazy. But are those the issues that MUST be resolved, or are there more important issues to focus on? Focus on the biggies, and for every negative experience you have in your relationship look for five positive ones to balance things out.

4. Strong solution-strong relationship

Of course, this is our hope for every conflict situation. The problem is resolved once and for all and everyone in the relationship has good feelings about one another.

Certainly it takes work. As politician Harold Washington (1922-1987) said, “Most of our problems can be solved. Some of them will take brains and some of them will take patience, but all of them will have to be wrestled with like an alligator in the swamp.”

And it takes skill. I’ll give you more skills during my November 13th webinar on “Difficult People: How To Spot Them And Stop Them,” but you’ll be off to a great start if you realize that everyone has three needs in the midst of conflict. One, the need for clarity. Both parties want to know what the other one thinks. Two, the need for validation. Both parties want their ideas, feelings, and solutions to be recognized and understood. And three, the need for resolution. Both parties want to find practical, workable solutions.

Help the other person meet those needs and you’ll be on your way to stronger solutions and stronger relationships.

ACTION:

Think of a conflict or disagreement that you’ve had in the last three months. Which of the four outcomes listed above did you experience?

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Elderly Man Destroys Young Opponent in Boxing Ring

Age is often a factor in sports, but in this boxing match, it was just a number.

This old man stepped into the ring and completely dominated his younger opponent. He was quick enough to dodge some punches, and then he left his mark with a few powerful blows.

It turned out to be a total mismatch—just not in the way you might have expected.

Original Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2238292-elderly-man-destroys-young-opponent-in-boxing-ring

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Strange Things Happen at Sundown (2003) – Official Trailer

http://braindamagefilms.com/dvd/horro…

Strange Things Happen at Sundown is the story of vampires run amuck in New York City. There’s a group of low level mobsters with fangs, there’s an age-old vampire who does mob hits for money, there’s a pair of vampire lovers on the run. Throw in a born again Christian trying to bring one of the vampires over to her side, an Italian girl from Brooklyn bitten by vampires and left to endure an agonizing three-day turn and a psychotic four-hundred year old blood-sucking housewife with a fetish for cleanliness and virgin girls. All of them are being hunted by a nefarious vinyl clad woman whose intentions are mysterious and powers are unmatched …

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China’s Communist Party Plenum Focuses On Rule Of Law, But Not As The West Sees It

 

China's President Xi Jinping (R) walks with retired leaders Jiang Zemin (C) and Hu Jintao (L) as they arrive at the National Day Reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of People's Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, September 30, 2014. Reuters / China Daily

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) walks with retired leaders Jiang Zemin (C) and Hu Jintao (L) as they arrive at the National Day Reception to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of People’s Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People, in Beijing, September 30, 2014. Reuters / China Daily

BEIJING — The story would sound familiar to many mainland Chinese: An employee of a state-owned company goes on a mission to move his embezzled fortunes, and himself, to the United States. Revenge, greed, lust and even murder follow. It’s a story that sounds plausible in Chinese politics, and the sort President Xi Jinping’s “fighting tigers” anti-corruption campaign seeks to eradicate.

But this is not a news article: It’s the plot of “Black Holes,” a novel by He Jiahong, a law professor at Beijing’s prestigious People’s University.

Just translated into English, the book isn’t just a work of fiction denouncing what happens when a one-party, undemocratic system rules an increasingly wealthy society. It’s the work of a scholar who has long been proposing China should fight corruption not just by shaming and punishing crooked officials, but by adopting something the West has had for centuries: a system based on the rule of law.

The book is nothing if not timely. Chinese Communist Party leaders Monday begin a key four-day meeting in Beijing, the fourth plenary session of the Party’s central committee. The gathering of national representatives in the party’s five-year cycle between congresses will focus jointly on corruption and the rule of law. The leaders will work to “establish … a system of strict rule of law and supervision,” the official Xinhua news agency said.

That dovetails with the president’s drive against corruption. Since coming to power in March 2013, the Xi administration has devoted much of its energy to an internal purge of corrupt officials in the Party. The sweep has included such high-profile cases as Politburo member Zhou Yongkang, who has strong links with former Premier Jiang Zemin and Xu Caihou, former vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. The purge has extended beyond the confines of the party to powerful state-owned companies, to extract the poison from the intricate networks of power that have developed in the post-Deng Xiaoping era.

China’s Central Academy of Social Sciences recently revealed 74,338 officials have been disciplined for corruption since December 2012. But the purge, He said, is not the solution. Well acquainted with China’s judiciary as former deputy director general of the Department of Dereliction of Duty of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, China’s highest court, He says the current purge has no clear policy and offers no sustainable solutions. In fact, it offers little other than an atmosphere of fear, which has had impacts ranging from a slump in the Chinese luxury goods market to a spike in the suicide rate of party officials.

Lu Boping, the embezzling protagonist of “Black Holes,” is presented for much of the novel as a loyal friend and good citizen. “Somehow, however, society changes him,” He said. “Corrupt officials are not all evil. What we are facing is institutionalized corruption, within which people become corrupt.” And to prevent that, a shift from persecution to prevention is long overdue, he said — but that cannot happen without establishing first an effective rule of law.

The leadership is increasingly aware of the limitations of the scare tactic of naming, shaming and imprisoning. Meanwhile, state media are increasingly linking corruption and the rule of law as two terms part of one and the same campaign.

But to Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party, however, the “rule of law” does not mean what it means to the West. China has its own history of legal thought and practice stretching back thousands of years. Xi, who is fond of quoting the ancient Chinese classics, has made numerous references to China’s native philosophy of Legalism, more than 2,000 years old, which advocates a strong ruler wield legal powers to maintain social harmony. In other words, in the ancient Chinese tradition with which Xi is well acquainted, the rule of law is not a legal code to which all are answerable. Rather, it is a tool through which the ruler should exercise power and preserve national stability.

The ongoing anti-corruption campaign is run by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, a secretive and powerful department of the CCP that works within party regulations, but outside Chinese law. But He suggests the responsibility of judging and punishing corrupt officials should be held solely by the existing People’s Procuratorate. In other words, powers against corruption should be wielded by the judiciary, separate from the law-making party.

This would mean the party divesting itself of enormous power and establishing a (semi-) independent check on its power, something akin to a Western-style supreme court. If the Xi administration is serious about containing and preventing corruption, however, this would be an important, even necessary step, He said.

He said he is convinced this is the direction in which the party should and will move. As a first step toward establishing a clean slate, he has suggested something far more radical. Since 2008 he has proposed officials above the level of local party chief be required to declare publicly their families’ assets, in return for an amnesty on whatever illegalities this may expose.

In fact, something similar to his suggestion was placed on the legislative schedule of the People’s Congress in 1994. Opposition from within the party, however, morphed the proposed regulation into a declaration of annual wages for internal party use only. Under this party rule, enforced since 1995, officials have been required to submit evidence of their annual wages to the Internal Division of Personnel and Organization every January. It has been easy, however, for officials to manipulate evidence of their income. Moreover, keeping the potentially incriminating evidence within the hands of a few select party officials has done nothing to expose and stem corruption.

“Rather than stay locked away somewhere, such information must be disclosed,” for scholars, other wings of government and the people to judge, He said. Through this, coupled with a strengthened and more independent judiciary, he insists, the party could “relieve itself of the heavy burden of corruption and start a new era of clean governance.”

He’s proposal for a corruption amnesty was met with strong backlash when first published in 2008, with some readers claiming anything less than execution was too lenient a punishment. Among the responses, however, there were also some sympathetic voices from members of government.

He continues to promote amnesty. This fall he will publish a series of articles across the Chinese academic legal press detailing possible ways of implementing the policy. But that’s unlikely to happen soon. A sudden switch from naming, shaming and purging to a more Western-style system of justice would not be in keeping with Xi’s uncompromising, tough-leader image. With legal reform and the rule of law increasingly talked about in the state-run media, however, steps toward a different system may influence policymaking in coming years.

“China will have to rely on law, rather than just on the rule of men. I think more and more leaders are understanding that,” He said. For him, though, the most crucial question is “how far and how fast” this drive to establish the rule of law will be pushed. This month’s Fourth Plenum may well provide the answer.

Original Source: http://www.ibtimes.com/chinas-communist-party-plenum-focuses-rule-law-not-west-sees-it-1707504

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Becky is Better [Episode #038]

“In life … You really sometimes feel like you’re behind the reins of a living, fire-breathing creature that wants to run and dominate!” – Pythonman

They [Becky and Colonel Grant] are in Colonel Grant’s ready room. Becky is mostly healed. Grant is admiring the slotted muzzle that Becky was wearing while being torture/mutilated.

“Ingenious, isn’t it? If I have to immodestly say so myself,” Becky proclaims, her voice bursting with pride, as if she’s either the principal designer or a major contributor, or at the very least had input on its design and use.

“Coveting another’s handiwork, are we?” Grant asks rhetorically.

“You could say that, if you wish. But, I’m not telling.” Becky winks, smiling broadly. “It allows you to do all sorts of interesting things to the wearer—a very small subset of which were done by Jake to me.”

“It was designed specifically with what species in mind?”

“Minbari,” Becky pauses, strategically. “But it’s quite effective when used in conjunction with a number of people and things. Tellingly, it’s an older model.”

“The design is ours or theirs? I’ve seen similar devices that both sides used [during The War] on POWs.”

Becky sidesteps the question of authorship, let along the implicit inquiry of identity and lineage, and in doing so in no way answers it to Grant’s satisfaction. It’s a wise choice on the Vampire’s part. Grant is probing with intent. The question is: whose?

“This one dates back to the last year or so of The War. Maybe, even a little bit before that … Maybe … late-middle.”

“I don’t buy it.”

“Which part?”

“That it was initially designed for Minbari and adapted later for use on other species.”

“Please continue. I enjoy a good fable, just like the next woman.”

Stoked, Grant goes fishing. The questions is [again]: in whose interest?

“I think that it was designed by humans for use on humans from the git-go, years maybe decades before The War, and later used on other species with adaptations only in technique not design. I think that it’s an invention of our very own U.S. Military in direct violation of the basic rules of the Geneva conventions and their additional protocols as proscribed by the United Nations.”

“The last time I checked, it was still a free country and as such you’re entitled to your opinion just like everybody else.”

“Back in ’54, subsequent to The Bay of Pigs Invasion fiasco, when I was stationed at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, I saw a device in use on detainees at GTMO that could have been either the progenitor for or progeny of this thing. It was affectionately called the mauler by Allied interrogators. You Vampires have a known penchant for torture, and any Lost that was cleared—had clearance for—party/privy to detainee interviews—who got a gander at that mauler in action—was always left green with envy.”

Becky’s response is another coy smile of hers. She can read Grant’s chop-chop, just fine. She also reads from the GTMO/mauler references that Grant knows Doctor Klebb—Klebb was the only one cleared to use the mauler at GTMO back then. It was Doctor Klebb who invented the mauler.

Tellingly, in spite of Becky’s [superseding] clearance, she was not told during her briefing about Grant by Colonel Potter, that Grant had a GTMO/mauler/Klebb connection—which means that it was need to know, and she’s didn’t need to know.

From Colonel Potter’s brief [of Becky about Grant], Becky knows just how much to tell Colonel Grant. Grant was MI [US military intelligence, the army], back in the day—and still has top secret clearance.

A top secret clearance and need to know mean that, in Grant’s case … Gloves are somewhat off for discussion of “the mauler”, but chatter box on “the famouser” are titty at best. It was the famouser that was used on Becky by Jake—so, with it being titty—calling/acknowledging it by name are completely off the table.

If Colonel Grant had ultra violet clearance, instead of top secret, and had a need to know, then she would have been privy to yet another closely-held truth: the famouser was designed for use on Minbari, captured during clandestine raids by U.S. Special Forces deep into the Minbar Territories, raids [grievous violations of Minbari sovereignty] which precipitated the Earth-Minbari War. So … Becky was telling the truth, after all. And, the Minbari are truthful in their accusation to this day that the United States had engaged in invasionary actions [preemptive military strikes] which started The War.

Major Sinclair knocks politely on the door and then enters at Colonel Grant’s behest. He can barely contain his excitement.

“Sorry for the interruption, mum, but the lab boys found minute DNA onsite. Confirmed by the DoD as belonging to a Sargent Adam Roberts, formerly of the U.S. Army—honorably discharged—a War vet. VA has his address as a fleabag hotel on skid row.”

“Our [Thurman’s and mine] shape-changing ability suppressed by a damping field onsite? Used a pseudonym, employed an effective obscurer to hide his identity, and then carelessly leaves DNA traces behind. It smells a little fishy and way too convenient for my tastes. Just saying …,” Becky offers up, sarcastically.

“Thanks for the observation, Miss Better. Goodness knows what we police would do without the input of Sherlock Holmes types like you,” Colonel Grant fires back—although it’s more bark than bite. After all, the two women have an understanding—hardly a persona non grata relationship. “Would you like to accompany us?”

“Yes.”

“In spite of your misgivings?”

“Because of them.”

Now, that response by Becky does raise an eyebrow or two of Major Sinclair and his boss Colonel Grant.

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Alison Brie — Where will all of us meat up and flirt?

Alison Brie -- Where will all of us meat up and flirt

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photo June Wilkinson (The Body) leggy busty super sexy bikini cheesecake 1785-01

photo June Wilkinson (The Body) leggy busty super sexy bikini cheesecake 1785-01

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Will Mayweathers Legacy Survive Like Sugar Ray Robinson’s?

By Edgar Solorzano | Boxing News 24

Will Mayweathers Legacy Survive Like Sugar Ray Robinson’s

Current pound for pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather is one of the most gifted fighters in the sport of boxing. Many believe he just runs for a great number of rounds to outpoint fighters. Only problem, in the sport of boxing it is nearly impossible to outpoint a fighter just by running. Mayweather has gained power since his 2003 fight against Victoriano Sosa. A fight that Sosa believed he won, even though he only connected 14% of his punches while Mayweather connected 55%.

Floyd earned $2.8 million for his fight against Sosa, yes, that is still more than what Maidana earned for his biggest fight in his boxing career. Only in the sport of boxing can a construction worker build a giant building and earn less if the public is not familiar with his name. Ten years later, Floyd has managed to earn millions of dollars for a single fight, far more than $2.8 million.

Mayweather earned all his success and is one of the most skillful fighters in history. The De La Hoya fight made him a bigger star. To clear things up, Mayweather never ducked De La Hoya for the rematch. De La Hoya did not want to give Floyd a rematch. Ex-Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaeffer stressed back in 2007, “Oscar thinks Mayweather is a great fighter and it was a great promotion. It’s not like he doesn’t deserve a rematch or anything like that. It’s more like been there done that, move on. What the ‘move on’ part means I don’t know. It’s not the time to discuss it. When he wants to he will come and talk to me. There is not an urgency. We all know that Oscar is not going to fight again in 2007.” This could have been a move to make a Mayweather-Mosley fight, which could have been the second biggest money fight next to De La Hoya’s. The fight never took place, not until 2010. Floyd Mayweather is a sharp businessman but is he really the best ever? Has he accomplished goals that are difficult to break? The ugly truth is Pay-Per-View records have nothing to do with a boxing legacy when looking at fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, and Sugar Ray Robinson. The Pacquiao fight mess could go either way, no one exactly knows who to blame. Many believe Floyd Mayweather is ducking and many believe Bob Arum is keeping Pacquiao away from Floyd.

Let’s take a look at “The Best Ever” boxing legacy, without the money blocking the truth. Floyd Mayweather had an impressive amateur record of 84 victories and 6 defeats. Mayweather was the 1993 National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champion, 1994 National Golden Gloves Flyweight Champion, 1995 USA Amateur Featherweight Champion, 1995 National Police Athletic League Featherweight Champion, and 1996 National Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion. He also earned a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics; another great accomplishment in Floyds amateur career.

Another impressive fighter by the name of Sugar Ray Robinson also had an incredible amateur background. In fact, one that is nearly impossible to duplicate. Robinson’s legacy has struggled against father time. Not many fans know about him. Sure people know who he is, they know he was one of the greats. However; many do not know what he accomplished. The truth hurts; the Michael Jordan of boxing is lost in the history books.

Sugar Ray Robinson’s amateur record was 85-0, with 40 first round knockouts. Robinson won the 1939 Golden Gloves Title as a featherweight, 126-pounds. The following year, he won the lightweight title at 135-pounds. After winning these titles, Robinson turned pro. His first professional fight was at Madison Square Gardens, a rare venue for a pro debut. Robinson was special and the whole boxing world knew it. Madison Square Garden was not a venue for rookies, but Robinson was no rookie. He was respected before his first pro fight. Robinson went undefeated for his first 40 fights. Sugar Ray was too good that he began to run out of opponents in the welterweight division early in his career. A problem that Mayweather never experienced. Robinson had to move up to middleweight to look for new blood. That’s when he met against Jake La Motta, a fearless middleweight with the heart of a lion.

The first fight took place in late 1942 in New York City. Robinson won the 10 round battle by Unanimous Decision. Robinson was offered a rematch and La Motta pulled the upset in Detroit. La Motta may have had a 20-pound weight advantage in that fight. Two weeks after losing to La Motta, Robinson took a tune up fight against Jackie Wilson and was victorious. One week after, Robinson met with La Motta for the third time and managed to pull off the victory. Sugar Ray Robinson accomplished a big chunk of his legacy in 21 days. Fighting three times within 21 days is impressive. Just imagine Floyd Mayweather fighting Miguel Cotto at 154-pounds, then fighting a tune-up against Amir Khan to prepare for another battle against Cotto in just three weeks. It sounds surreal in the modern world of boxing.

It is quite difficult to say Floyd Mayweather is the best ever when Robinson went on a 90 fight-winning streak after his first loss to La Motta. From 1943 to 1951, he was unstoppable. However; it wasn’t the long winning-streaks that made Robinson a star, it was the way he reacted to a loss. Robinson never lost twice to the same man; not until he was 40-years old. The way Robinson hit the canvas and came back to earn the victory made him a loved champion. It made him special; he always found a way not to lose again to the same man.

It is unfortunate that Robinson grew up in a tough era when technology was not well developed, and when racism was stronger than ever. It is a tragedy that his greatest battles were not filmed. When Ray Robinson was considered the best welterweight in the world, he couldn’t get a shot. People were afraid he would have darkened the division. He could have been a black fighter that could demolish all the white fighters, and that’s not really what would have sold a lot of tickets according to promoters in that negative era.

Eventually the public pressure was big enough, and Robinson was allowed to fight Tommy Bell for the vacant title. Robinson was knocked down in the fight against Bell, but Robinson was able to get up and manage to pull off the victory and became the welterweight champion. It took him six years to become the welterweight champion. The public pressure sure may have helped Robinson face the best, however; it is the opposite in today’s era. The public pressure is not good enough to force a Mayweather-pacquiao battle.

Robinson’s greatest revenge was against Randy Turpin, a fighter that pulled the upset by outpointing Robinson in 15 rounds in London. Ray promised he would bring the belt back to America. On the rematch, both fighters were trading punches and getting hit, the referee walked over to Rays corner in the 9th round and told Ray he was going to stop the fight due to his cut on his eye. Robinson said, “Give me one more round!” then moments later told his corner “Now it’s do or die.” He managed to knock out Turpin in the 10th round.

This is three-fourths of Robinson’s legacy. His legacy is too big for one article, not going to mention the time he could have been the Light-Heavyweight champion of the world. He fought in the ring on the hottest night in New York; the temperature in the ring was 105 degrees under those big stage lights. The referee collapsed in the 10th round due to the heat and Robinson couldn’t come out of the 14th round due to the heat. He was out of energy; he had lost the battle to the terrible heat. Robinson was winning the fight against a man who outweighed him by nearly 20-pounds.

Is Floyd Mayweather really the best ever? The fight-fans have to respect Mayweathers skills. I could say he is the most athletic-gifted fighter in history, but did he use those skills to create a legacy that can’t be duplicated in the ring? Robinson sure did take advantage, till this day, I cannot name one fighter that can duplicate the record of 120-1.

Even Muhammad Ali wore the gray sweats, white shirt, and gray sleeveless shirt over, during training camps. He wanted to be like Robinson, he even said, “Look, this is how Robinson did it,” while shadowboxing. Muhammad Ali is the heavyweight Sugar Ray Robinson, with the help of technology and his great leadership his legacy is greater than ever.

Switch Floyd Mayweather and Ray Robinson’s eras; we would have had a Robinson-Mosley and Robinson-Cotto fight in 2008, Pacquiao-Robinson fight in 2009, and a Canelo fight at 154-pounds. Possibly a Robinson-Martinez fight after the Paul Williams knockout. Robinson was that type of fighter. He wanted to compete against the best. However; Mayweather in 1942 may have never fought Jake La Motta right away in the middleweight division, he may have never fought La Motta more than once. Most importantly, there probably wouldn’t be a Muhammad Ali. Ali was greatly influenced by Sugar Ray Robinson.

The tragic truth is Floyd Mayweather was likely capable of accomplishing all those fights at the right times but never pushed to do the impossible. His bank account grew but his legacy remained the same. Sugar Ray Robinson is the real TBE, no fighter has managed to duplicate what he accomplished in the ring.

Original Source: http://www.boxingnews24.com/2014/10/has-mayweather-jr-accomplished-more-in-his-career-than-sugar-ray-robinson/

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