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I must correct the correctors correcting the incorrect account of Atticus, Scout, and Jem Finch (and Dill Harris, the child-avatar of none other than Truman Capote!) discussing To Kill a Mockingbird, book and movie, the Maycomb jail, and a death sentence for a rabid dog.
The last shall be first-the rifle used in the movie (which I rejoice to own on DVD) is not a Springfield 1903, sporterized or not, it is a Krag-Jorgensen, most likely the government issue carbine, but perhaps a sporterization, the rifle of the Spanish-American war and the Filipino insurrection, in which it largely gave acceptable service, but the Springfield 1903 which replaced it loaded faster. The loading gate on the side of the weapon is unmistakable; its caliber is .30 U.S., now known as the .30-40 Krag, quite accurate and powerful. Sheriff Heck Tate (one of the heroes of the book, an honest, decent lawman with the priceless virtue of flexibility) bade Atticus take the shot since it involved the use of a high-powered rifle on a street with a great many civilians within range of the rifle’s bullet. Atticus lived up to his “One Shot” sobriquet and Tim Johnson (the dog) never knew what hit him.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online