[Tweet by @DrJaneChi: Before you call Ferguson a “war zone” remember that one side is shooting & the other has their hands up.] Valid. In my mind, I’ve been comparing the images coming out of Ferguson with images of military coups in places like Thailand or Egypt: A highly militarized “police” cracking down, extremely violently, …

The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying. If officers are soldiers, it follows …

Rachel Maddow’s Drift

Rachel Maddow’s book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power is a good narrative of how the US turned from a strong military superpower into a bloated military superpower, how the decision power to enter war shifted from country to commander-in-chief and of all the skirmishes, scandals and absurdities on the way. It’s very, very …

It also helps me in considering how we build our identities around entities that are given the power of violence–whether actual (armed forces, police etc.) or simulated (football.) Joe Paterno and the Nation-State – Ta-Nehisi Coates – Entertainment – The Atlantic Interesting point. I think there is a lot of truth of that – especially …

Mommies, Daddies and the Armed Service Committee

As recently mentioned on the Rachel Maddow Show, Congressman Ike Skelton, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, feels uneasy to discuss the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because it might bring mommies and daddies around the US in the potentially (?) uncomfortable situation of having to explain what homosexuality is to their 7-year old kids. …