I would like to know the percentage of these out-of-control, militarized cops who are Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans. Even aside from being generally antimilitary (he says, bracing for backlash from your general readership), I'm beginning to be anti-troops -- a position that will not serve me well in my inevitable congressional race. Who the hell would join the military these days, given that what we're really supporting is not freedom or democracy but corporate profits? Then people come back all right-wingy (not the good kind), bitching about things like jobs programs and socialized medicine, programs from which they just received honorable discharges. About the only good that's going to come out of this is that the left and the right in this country are going to find some grounds for agreement. That, and Wall Street owning all the politicians and MJ legalization and a few other issues. While business gets done in the center, the center these days sucks.
Czar: Not as many as you'd think, honestly. This problem goes way back, starting pretty much with Nixon. And the Democrats have played more than their fair share of a role. Clinton's Drug Czar was a maniac—Obama's stimulus package gave millions to local police forces for SWAT and other militarized weapons. I've been shilling this book until I'm blue in the Face: Rise of the Military Cop. It's must reading, imperative to understanding the history of the militarization of our police force and what, if anything, we can do to reverse the trend.
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Hmm, looks like another one in Waco? Depends on how you like your toast buttered. Me? Not so much live and let live, but certainly not firm with a side of state execution.By the way, I think you have a love in the wings. Don't trust pus... uhrm... toms. :o :p
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