Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 assault rifles. the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment by giving it to local precincts. This is despite the fact that violent crime in the U.S. has steadily plummeted since 1993. Yet today, local police -- in cities and small towns across the country -- are increasingly loaded for bear. How did this militarization of the police force come about? It all seems to have started with an obscure section in a defense bill passed more than 20 years ago. read more
If you're disgusted by the unhinged hyper-partisanship that distorts our political debates beyond reason, here's some good news -- we've overcome these forces before.
Today's unhinged hyper-partisans are not likely to look any better or wiser in the rearview mirror than the Wingnuts of our past. Instead, they will be at best a stale and bitter punchline of our times and then fade, unloved, into obscurity. read more
Max Hastings, Daily Mail: Let us be in no doubt: We are witnessing a regional upheaval of unparalleled proportions. There are no good options for the West, and Obama is merely striving to adopt the least bad one. The rise of the Islamic State, with its conquest of great swaths of Syria and Iraq in a matter of months, is a reverberation from all the other shocks that have recently befallen the Middle East: the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the 2011 Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war. read more
Congressional Republicans who've been calling for President Barack Obama's impeachment are now acting like they never had the idea, reports Dave Weigel of Slate. Just a few days after telling Breitbart News that Obama leaves Congress "no option" but impeachment if he doesn't support the Republicans on new border security measures, Yoho was asked by a Washington Post reporter if Obama should be impeached. "I'm not saying that," he replied. read more
What a disappointment! The Republicans are all set to unveil their new select committee to keep the attack in the news, and Obama has to go and bring the alleged ringleader to justice. read more