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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

All that Neal Page wants to do is to get home for Thanksgiving. His flight has been canceled due to bad weather so he decides on other means of transport.

As well as bad luck, Neal is blessed with the presence of Del Griffith, “Shower Curtain Ring Salesman” and all-around blabbermouth, who is never short of advice, conversation, or bad jokes.

And when he decides that he is going the same direction as Neal…

This morning, a brief departure from the normal fare is in order to recall the 1987 John Hughes classic Planes, Trains, and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy. Over the years, the viewing of this film on Thanksgiving eve has become a family tradition – this summary is provided to readers courtesy of IMDb and various fan sites.

Owen: I’m to drive you to Wichita to catch a train?
Del: Yeah, we’d appreciate it.
Owen: Train don’t run out of Wichita… unlessin’ you’re a hog or a cattle.
[Clears his throat]
Owen: People train runs out of Stubbville.

Cue the music – doooo, doooo, doooo.

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Police and the Use of Force

From this story at Vox comes the video below detailing the wide latitude that police have in the use of force in situations like the one in Ferguson, Missouri.

According to this item at the The Hollywood Reporter, recent developments have been a boon for CNN as people (like yours truly) who steer clear of the cable channel tune in at times like this for their 24-hour coverage (I can only take about 15 minutes at a time).

It really was pretty bizarre to watch the split-screen the other night when President Obama was addressing the nation as rioters were doing their thing.

It Takes All Kinds

From The Atlantic comes this story of a man who, for many years, yearned to live in a tree house and then finally saw his dream fulfilled (including a permit from the city).

Also see this item from the Atlantic from a week or two ago about the tiny town(?) of Polebridge, MT, an area that we visited early last summer and may return to next year.

Legal Immigration Explained

From reason.com’s October issue comes the graphic below depicting how one goes about becoming a U.S. citizen under the current immigration system.

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That lower left corner is kind of interesting in that, if you don’t have family in the U.S. and are neither rich nor skilled (education or sports, apparently), you’re basically out of luck since, for the garden variety green card, “the wait time approaches infinity”.

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