The Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park Goes It Alone

What the Red Sox have done with Fenway Park should be a lesson for every sports franchise and municipality in the country. The argument from pro sports teams is always the same: We need a new billion-dollar stadium (paid for with your tax dollars) to remain “economically competitive.” The Red Sox have not only turned that argument on its head, but shown how truly disingenuous it is.

via The Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park Goes It Alone | By Mark Yost – WSJ.

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“We the Prisoners”: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment

Phone and e-mail surveillance, databases for dissidents, threat assessments, terror watch lists, militarized police, SWAT-team raids, security checkpoints, lockdowns, roadside strip searches: There was a time when any one of these encroachments on our Fourth Amendment rights would have roused the public to outrage. Today, such violations are shrugged off matter-of-factly by Americans who have been assiduously groomed to accept the intrusions of the police state into their private lives.

via “We the Prisoners”: The Demise of the Fourth Amendment.

Americans actually celebrate with perfect sincerity the anniversary of our independence from Great Britain without ever owning up to the fact that we are as oppressed now – more so, perhaps, thanks to advances in technology – than we ever were when Redcoats stormed through doorways and subjected colonists to the vagaries of a police state.

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Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party

A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was “racist,” the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment.

The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy’s mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.

via Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party.

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“During that meeting, it was made abundantly clear by an assistant prosecutor that if we did not follow the directive, they would come after us with criminal charges, they’d come after our educational certifications,” Oswald said.

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Lucas reaps bitter fruits of arrogance as Chicago museum plan collapses

Though the case never went to trial, Darrah is the real hero of this titanic struggle. Without him, Friends of the Parks was powerless. Also without him, the case could have set a dangerous precedent. It would have allowed the powerful and wealthy to foist their vanity projects on the people’s shoreline — and control those edifices for decades, even centuries, to come.

via Lucas reaps bitter fruits of arrogance as Chicago museum plan collapses – Chicago Tribune.

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OHP Uses New Device To Seize Money During Traffic Stops

News 9 obtained a copy of the contract with the state. 

It shows the state is paying ERAD Group Inc., $5,000 for the software and scanners, then 7.7 percent of all the cash forfeited through the courts to the highway patrol.

via OHP Uses New Device To Seize Money During Traffic Stops – News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports |.

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