Tag Archives: Police

Surprise? I Think Not

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“Was Trump Success in the Republican Primary a Surprise? Look at History!”

Revoke the License to Kill and Reduce Lethal Police Shootings

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“Better Firearms Training, Less Lethal Force, Fewer Lethal Police Shootings”

Police Training within the Police Hierarchy: A Bad Idea

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“How to Get Independent Quality Police Training and Police Accountability”

1984: Dutch Police Training Adjusts to Society

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“1984: Dutch Police Training Adjusts to Society’s Anti-Authoritarianism”

When Are We Going to Get Angry?

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“Authoritarianism: Response to Police Misconduct? A Slap on the Wrist”

Open Letter to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo

art acevedoDear Police Chief Acevedo,

I’m an Austin resident. I drive my kids downtown to school every morning and back every afternoon. Since I’ve been driving the same route twice a day for five years, I’ve befriended some of the homeless who stand on corners I almost always stop at. These guys sleep mostly under bridges and overpasses. Continue reading

Gilberton, PA: Too Small to Succeed?

image from city-data.com

image from city-data.com

The smaller the town, the bigger the chance that your police “chief” and mayor are below par. A small town simply doesn’t have the tax base needed to attract qualified people and there are too few qualified people in the borough itself.

Gilberton ranks way below the Pennsylvania average in pretty much everything, like income, house values and education. It definitely has a very low tax base. And how big is the pool Gilberton has to fish in for its government employees?

Let’s have a closer look, shall we?

Thugs in the Spotlight

image from tumblr.com

image from tumblr.com

Right around the time I wrote my post about Gilberton, PA Police Chief Mark Kessler, there was also a meme going around Facebook asking not to make stupid people famous. So I wondered if I–with many others–was guilty of giving this guy the spotlight, or if I was doing the right thing in drawing attention–again, along with many others–to a disconcerting phenomenon. Continue reading

Simmering Down Now

232_edited-1Yesterday I just accepted all comments without replying to each one. I was venting, not looking for a conversation with people who have never been emigrants themselves. I thought I’d leave that for after I’d calmed down a bit.

Well, I’m calm now.

None of Your Business!

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The Big No-No:  An Outsider on American Fascism,

where it resides under the title:

Are You a U.S. Citizen?: Crossing Internal Checkpoints While Alien”

The Netherlands in WWII : Lessons Learned

Photo: rijksoverheid.nl

This is the eleventh post in a series about American high school students’ impressions on a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.

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What Do You Get When You Put Cops and Donuts Together?

photo: DClassics (Flickr)

In America there’s a stubborn connection between cops and donuts. I’m sure police hate the stereotype, but with the rudeness I’ve encountered by American police, and considering how overweight a lot of them are, and since you do almost always see at least one police car parked at any given donut shop, I admittedly partake in the joke now and then. Continue reading