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  •  I could weep (5+ / 0-)

    for gratitude that you had the guts to front page this reality.

    We live in a small (12K+/-) town in the southwest which is home to a state policy academy.  In the four years I lived in Manhattan, I never heard so many sirens.  This is ridiculous.  We drive across town, and cop cars are EVERYWHERE.

    Once in awhile we don't see them around.  We imagine these are days of special training seminars.

    Ditto the small Montana town we left last year.  Cops galore, same sized town, same constant prowling.  One week you couldn't find a cop car.  At the end of the week, they were seen on tops of the buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop to learn how to play sniper in case of "terruh" attacks.

    Southwest AZ:  there is a prison - at least one - in almost every town.  Safford has three.  Most of the prison compounds we saw seemed to be under construction, or quite new and rather unpopulated.  Yet.

    Shaved heads in cop cars, shiny boots everywhere.  

    People in the east don't probably see what is happening out in the wide-open west where there is more room to build.

    A couple years ago they shut down dozens of US military bases to become... what?

    And we're supposed to tell ourselves just what about our observations?

    The trouble with practical jokes is that they often get elected. -Will Rogers

    by stonemason on Sun Sep 10, 2006 at 10:01:29 AM PDT

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