The recent riots in Ferguson, MO, were only middling by the standards of the 60's, but they have brought to everyone's attention, including the Meditator in Chief, an interesting fact of American life--our police departments, even the small ones, are now barely distinguishable from the 82nd Airborne Division. If you look at the cops from the 1960s, their standard equipment was basic patrol uniform, an extra-long baton, and a gas mask. Some of the really well equipped departments had shields and helmets. Now, thanks to grants from the Department of Defense, the average riot squad has equipment that would turn Seal Team Six green with envy. People are becoming alarmed. The New York Times dropped its crusade for legalizing weed and eliminating guns long enough to do an editorial on the subject. The First Cogitator ordered a study of the situation.