Some government, it turns out, is better than no or ineffectual government. This is "must hear" radio.
Longform Podcast #129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 1) http://htl.li/JGwKf
Longform Podcast #129: Rukmini Callimachi (Part 2) http://htl.li/JGumm
You can’t get to your Sam Brown belt for mace, handcuffs, a collapsable baton, or a blackjack. You're barely controlling your weapon. How'd you get into that mess? I'd really like to know.
I'd also like to hear why you didn’t drop your cruiser into drive and floor the gas pedal, about the only other non-lethal defensive tactic left to your poor judgement. Acceleration 0-60-mph, perhaps with a sudden deceleration at the end, would throw any attacker off balance, probably break some bones.
So now Michael Brown is dead. You're likely out of the police business for life. The nation is in turmoil. And your story has already been added to police patrol curriculums around the nation, but not in the way you'd have hoped.
I guess if you can't be a good influence; you can always be a terrible warning. But I'm sorry for you, Michael, and for us all.
Housing per dollar may not be the only important metric. Consider these two stories posted on the same day:
The biggest thing that blue states are screwing up - Vox http://ow.ly/AR8jU
When bunch of gun-toting white people congregate from all over the country in Bunkerville, NV, to intimidate BLM law enforcement agents enforcing a legal contract with Clive Bundy as well as a federal court order, they're "patriots."
But when black citizens travel Ferguson, MO, to stand up to the oppression of the state against militarized police, they're "outside agitators" and "looting tourism."
Bundy had the "sovereign citizens" movement on his side, who claim the United States has no control over them at all. The black community gathering in Ferguson attracted the New Black Panthers, who just ask to be equal partners in the American play.
Ferguson: Who are the outside agitators entering the fray? (+video) - CSMonitor.com http://ow.ly/AwugI
Somebody, possibly skateboarders, replaced the American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge with white flags. The President of the Brooklyn council called it "an act of terrorism," in an NPR radio interview.
Terrorist? Really? These young men --there's grainy video-- are Heroes of New York City. They demonstrated a weakness in the defenses of this vital artery. No one was hurt, few were frightened, and no real damage was done. These heroes risked their lives to show a genuine lapse in security at the Brooklyn Bridge.
Sure, the police were embarrassed. Too bad. But that doesn't make these kids "terrorists."
White-flag incident is the latest terror scare at Brooklyn Bridge - NY Daily News http://ow.ly/zya3E
Coffee that was beans 5 minutes ago. Yogurt, honey and blueberries from my own labors. Flat surfaces piled with cukes, squash, okra and tomatoes. A barrel of basil next to the door.
A good read under the trees next to the fountain, my own Walden puddle...with frogs! Dove hunting through the Blackeyed Susans. Cairns scooping out cools spots under the Camellias.
Gayle and I glance across the skeeter ditch at the lush green cemetery beyond. A living memento mori we don't have to mow.
Today I am the happiest, richest, most contented man in the world. A very Jeffersonian feeling.