Malvo was 17 when he was arrested in 2002 for a series of shootings that killed 10 people and wounded three in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, causing widespread fear throughout the region. The attacks brought worldwide press coverage amid concern that the hit-and-fly attacks — many carried out from a sniper's nest hidden in a modified car trunk — were possibly carried out by terrorists.Concern that the attacks were possibly carried out by terrorists? By your OWN definition Malvo and Muhammad were "terrorists". They were unquestionably Muslim, and they were unquestionably acting explicitly on behalf of Islam, and they unquestionably killed several people. So what's the problem? Two possible answers. (1) M and M cannot be "terrorists" because they're black. (2) M and M were not operating under orders from the Federal Bureau of Instigation, so they are not officially licensed "terrorists". They're just criminals. I can't begin to figure out which answer applies, because I'm not crazy.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.