[2.12.2013 We do not know at this point how crazy Dorner is and how unjust, if it was unjust at all, was the procedure that got him fired from the LAPD. But on the surface of things, it looks like another example of the LAPD punishing someone who tries to make them live up to their promise to clean up their overt racism and violence. If my post is unfair, should we decide that to be true later when we know the facts, trust me when I say that the history of the LAPD makes it a perfectly good conclusion to jump to. The LAPD has earned its reputation.]
1. The author wishes to acknowledge that many cities may have been founded by criminals. Also that criminality is sometimes a matter of point of view. After all, New Amsterdam became New York because the British Navy stole it from the Dutch, to give one example.
2. A friend gave me a hard time over my use of the term "assault rifle". He is correct to do so, as assault rifle is really a marketing term, not a technical one. But the fact is that the only people who make that distinction today are people who are opposed to any kind of gun control. So, to hell with you, we need gun control in this country. I think "assault rifle" is a fine term to use in this case.