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The Art of Report Writing

Cops hate paperwork. Hell, everybody hates paperwork. But policing has more of it on a day-to-day basis than most occupations. And there’s an art to writing a good police report. I like to think my writing skills made me a better police officer. And it’s why as a professor I stress the importance of writing style and basic grammar. Most…

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DEA Runs Out of Money

Don’t I wish! Actually, the DEA is just out of money to help localities clean up meth labs after they’re raided. Cleaning up a meth lab costs $2,500. Last year the DEA allocated just $10 million to the cause. Obama’s new budget cuts this funding. I guess when you’re as lean and trim as the DEA with their annual budget…

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Guess the speaker…

Here’s the quote. Who said it? Will America be led by a president elected by a majority of the American people? Or will we be intimidated and blackmailed into following the path dictated by a disruptive radical and militant minority? … In my view, this Fall, any candidate in any party who voices radical sentiment or who courts or enjoys…

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The Rumbler

I reserve the right to change my mind, but I think this is a good idea. I generally hate loud sounds, especially high-pitched loud beeps that seem to be more and more common. I don’t know, maybe I’m just a bit autistic, but whatever. I’ve thrown eggs at honking cars. Hell, I’m proud of that: They were honking at the…

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Invest in Police

RAND has a study showing that in tough economic times, it still makes sense to spend money on police: “Returns on investments in police personnel are likely to be substantial.” 0

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South Philly

I had a good time in Philadelphia. It struck me a bit like a big version Baltimore. And I like Baltimore. And I like big. So there you have it. Hungry and roaming the Old City, not wanted to eat lunch in some Frat Bar that smelled like last night’s beer, I remembered I have a friend from Philly. So…

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Philadelphia

I’m off to Philadelphia for a conference. Just for the record I got nothing against the city. But one of my students just cracked me up by saying, “Philadelphia? What a dump. Imagine if New York and D.C. had a baby. …And beat it.” Ouch. 0

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Union Teachers Teach Better?

From Montclair SocioBlog. Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows: * South Carolina – 50th * North Carolina – 49th * Georgia – 48th * Texas – 47th * Virginia – 44th If you are wondering, Wisconsin, with its collective bargaining…

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It’s the Inequality, Stupid

From Mother Jones. Worth a look. If you don’t support “income redistribution,” can we at least stop redistributing income from poor to rich? A huge share of the nation’s economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the…

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