The Rise of the SWAT Team

This is a partial review of one the major parts of Radley Balko’s book Rise of the Warrior Cop; the militarization of America’s police forces. You can read my first review, on the Symbolic Third Amendment, no-knock raids, and the castle doctrine here.   Training and deploying military hardware, the masked black armored SWAT uniform stands in […]

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Making Gardens Visible: some maps

Oftentimes when (community) gardens are appreciated it is for fulfilling a temporary need. They replace vacant lots, turning illegal trash pits into something pretty that increases property values. They green otherwise dull, industrialized, cities and create a sense of community where there is none. Victory gardens help socialize children into a nationalistic project of civic engagement […]

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The Symbolic Third and the Warrior Cop

 “Are cops constitutional?” This is the question Radley Balko poses to start his book, Rise of the Warrior Cop; the militarization of America’s police forces.  Beginning with Ancient Rome and quickly moving forward through the American Revolution and 19th century, Balko provides an historical and philosophical foundation for a detailed discussion of American police since […]

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Journeys in Spam

I receive a lot of spam comments on this blog. I moderate (e.g. delete) them to keep things clean here. Most are advertisements for payday loans or inane comments followed by a link, but sometimes there are real gems. Here are a few of my favorites. Formatting is preserved and usernames are in bold.    I simply couldn’t leave […]

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