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Comment Katrina should be a learning experience (Score 4, Insightful) 84

The list of things that local, state, and federal governments did horribly wrong in Katrina's aftermath is virtually endless. There should be plenty of opportunities to learn from it but it looks like they just keep making the same mistakes over and over.

Comment Re:No surprise (Score 5, Insightful) 211

Until there are actual, real, PERSONAL consequences for the public officials who violate our civil rights under color of law, the abuses will NEVER EVER stop. "Forgetting" to get a warrant isn't an "oopsie". It's a violation of our 4th Amendment Rights. The founding document upon which our country was built is the highest law of the land. Breaking that covenant shouldn't be a slap on the wrist. It should be criminal charges at the very least.

Comment Re:Why are people going to jail for this? (Score 4, Informative) 664

He was arrested for first degree criminal mischief and first degree wanton endangerment. Probably for using a firearm to vandalize private property. When you vandalize someone's stuff, you don't just get to reimburse them and everyone walks away. There are almost always criminal charges involved.

Comment Re:Do you mean "Internet Products", right ? (Score 5, Insightful) 236

There are plenty of paid products where you, the consumer and purchaser, are still treated like a commodity. Just because you handed over money for it doesn't mean you won't be sold to the highest bidder. It's easy to just say "wake up", but I suspect that you missed the point.

Comment Re: Responsibility lies with the Taxpayers (Score 1) 201

I think the idea is that the taxpayers get fed up and stop voting for the people who are costing them so much money. The Chief of Police is an appointed position (usually by the town council or the mayor), while the Sheriff is elected. Taxpayers have the power to fix the problem, but voter apathy will prevent it from every happening.

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