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K “The official response to the Boston Marathon bombing provided a convenient beta test for the imposition of martial law in America. Systematic house-to-house raids in locked-down Watertown, Massachusetts gave us a glimpse of the future.”
J “They did not even look like cops. They did not look like a para-military. They looked like the military on a mission to search and destroy. They dress in riot gear and expect to chaperon a cotillion?”
K “They are now roaming Ferguson as if it is Fallujah. The foreign policy doctrine that ‘It became necessary to destroy the village in order to save it’ may now be a doctrine of American domestic policy.”
J “A few ordinary citizens in Watertown obtained a few seconds of furtive images on cell phones that were avoided by the major television networks and archived on YouTube. You too can view and decide.”
K “In a crisis, the Internet and cell phones in an area could be disabled by the authorities. Someone may need to capture an event with a Polaroid and celluloid and communicate with cans and a string.”
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K “Too many citizens think they will make their last stand with their gun in hand. The authorities will simply vaporize someone who is inconvenient.”
J “Some folks are fooling themselves. Any citizen who resists will be secreted away at night or exterminated without seeing the light of day.”
K “One of the recent challenges is a failure. The public response by some at the Cliven Bundy Ranch in Bunkerville, Nevada was misplaced and misdirected. Bundy is a racist deadbeat who owes money to all of us for exploiting our land for years. The public must fight the right fight.”
J “When you loot a local business, you lose a local business.”
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J “Nixon asked if it would play in Peoria to gauge whether Middle America would allow it.”
K “Some say they may have tolerated it in Massachusetts because the state has strict gun control laws.”
J “Will they allow it in Laramie?”
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[See the e-commentary titled “Men In Pink: Today’s Sensitive New SWAT Togs (August 20, 2012).”]
Bumper stickers of the week:
The folks in Ferguson, Missouri appear not to yearn to allow it
De-militarize the police; police the military