From Pine View Farm

“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Settle arguments politely in the halls of the moneychangers.

In a long hallway inside The Gallery at Military Circle, in front of the soon-to-be-closed J.C. Penney, a gunshot rang out Friday afternoon, sending shoppers fleeing for the exits and leaving one man wounded, though not critically, police said.

Military Circle Mall is down the road a piece and to the right, across from JANAF and about two miles from Military Circle, which used to be an actual traffic circle. JANAF (which stands for Joint Army Navy and Air Force) was the first major shopping center in the area (JANAF fell on hard times, then successfully resurrected itself). I drive by there several times a week. It’s a fairly typical temple of the worship of acquisitiveness–hardly decrepit, but out of style.

The Penney’s is closing for its own reasons–Penney’s never matured past the 70s, but they still carry great Oxford-cloth shirts, which, I understand, are not favored by the polite.


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