Magazine August 19, 2013, Issue

Watching the Watchmen

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, by Radley Balko (PublicAffairs, 400 pp., $27.99)

One day, early in my career with the Los Angeles Police Department, I needed to look up the telephone number for some departmental entity or another. Scanning the desk blotter on which were printed the phone numbers for the LAPD’s many bureaus, divisions, and sections, I came upon this enigmatic little entry way down in one corner: “WRONG DOORS.” Its purpose was a mystery to me at the time and remained so until, some years later, I began taking part in investigations targeting drug dealers. It was the phone number for the city carpentry shop, which we called when we

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Carolina Comeback

Ever since Pat McCrory became North Carolina’s first Republican governor in 20 years, a stream of media coverage has portrayed the Tar Heel State as “the Wisconsin of 2013,” to ...

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Sins and Commandments in Language I was thinking that I was the only one bothered by the all-encompassing use of “inappropriate” to avoid an honest confession of sin. Even my pastor, ...
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The Week

‐ We’re traditionalists on sex scandals: They ought to include sex. ‐ In July, President Obama gave another in his long series of speeches that constitute “a pivot” to the economy. ...
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Rahs and Rah-Nots

Michael Shulan, creative director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, said he almost didn’t include the famous photo of firefighters raising the flag because it was too “rah-rah.” One “rah” is ...
The Long View

The Al-Irshad Group

Transcript from the Al Jazeera Political Talk Show The Al-Irshad Group: Sunday, August 4, 2013 Host Al-Irshad: “Issue One! Weiner-riffic! In the aftermath of a series of degrading and degenerate scandals ...
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Poetry

NO VOODOO No mystical sixth sense do I possess. I hardly handle normal senses well. No vision have I ever had of Hell. Jesus does not drop in at my address. My life has been ...

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