Here is another one of those putting-it-into-perspective observations, this one from Fred Clark at Slacktivist regarding the expenditure of funds from the Department of Homeland Security. If you're a small-town mayor or police chief who knows how to game the system you can get the federal government to give you all kinds of toys for your cops to play with.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.