The criminalization of ordinary life has become a sad reality in our statist society. Dena Long-Christensen should know. The 44-year-old Utah woman was arrested last month, fined and put in jail. Her crime? Selling flowers out of her home without a proper permit, in violation of the rules of the West Jordan Planning and Zoning Board of Salt Lake City. The process of arrest and conviction began when an enforcement bureaucrat observed her selling flowers in her home, and executed an affidavit to that effect.
While many fled the horrific scene of the Tucson, Arizona, shooting on January 8, a number of others heroically stayed. While some of those good Samaritans did not live to tell their tales, those brave individuals are being hailed as heroes nonetheless.
The U.S. Senate committee investigating the massacre at Ford Hood in November 2009 has blamed the FBI for not stopping the Muslim Army major who murdered 13 Americans that day. Yet it was clear within days after the shooting that the Army had all evidence it needed to discipline Maj. Nidal Hasan before it was too late.
The shooting rampage in Detroit last week has spurred a re-thinking of so-called “community policing” — a method of making law enforcement appear accessible, friendly, and open to neighborhood folk. Such was par for the course in the 1950s, but then was abandoned in the volatile 1960s, when leftist radicals started inciting students and minorities to attack authority figures. School principals and college professors were barricaded in their offices; police and other law enforcement officers were called “pigs”; squad cars were bombed; anti-riot and SWAT teams were hit with rocks, bricks, and bottles. That the perpetrators of these early, bona fide “hate crimes” constituted but a relatively small, misguided few didn’t seem to make much difference to our nation’s leaders inasmuch as the ruckus could be exploited by an already left-leaning press.
Outside a court hearing for the so-called “Underwear Bomber,” an attorney who was on board the targeted plane renewed a series of shocking accusations, claiming the U.S. federal government was behind the whole plot.