Category Archives: Politics

Why Do Local Community Police Need Military Weapons?


Neighborhood Policing: The view from inside a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MWRAP) vehicle I have watched new policing methods since Mayberry RFD, to the adoption of bullet-proof vests to SWAT teams. The adoption of these new methods were reasonable. What is … Continue reading

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Crimea, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Ukraine, Historical Perspective


I think most people are confused about Ukraine, the horrible pogroms, Polish/Ukraine mutual ethnic cleansing and why Khrushchev amputated Crimea from the USSR only a few decades ago and why Putin is a little nervous at having the West move … Continue reading

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Was East Germany a Template for the NSA’s America?


I have long been a fan of Chris Hedges’ take on current politics.  I have commented elsewhere (http://tinyurl.com/mzw6ofv) on my reservations about government interest in data mining but I was beginning to feel Cassandra of Greek mythology.  Few seemed interested … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Wretched of the Earth


I am reminded of a book I read long, long ago:  Lanternari’s “The Religions of the Oppressed.”  (http://tinyurl.com/lqzrthu)  Throughout the world runs a theme of transcendence from oppression both spiritually and politically.  Society has always been led by the Big … Continue reading

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Origins of the Second Amendent: Runaway Slave Patrols


It doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to see that an enslaved population of blacks weren’t all singing spirituals while they worked like Hispanic stoop laborers who are a common sight seen everywhere there is agriculture.  Field … Continue reading

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