"He didn't know the right people.
That's all a police record means
in this rotten crime-ridden country."
Raymond Chandler
(1888-1959) American writer of detective novels
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 -- Henry, Edinboro      
So true.
 -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
    Apparently, law enforcement only applies to taxpayers (human inventory). Otherwise a whole lot of politicians would be in jail too.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx      
    Four stars only because of Chandler's use of "rotten." I don't believe the American people as a whole are rotten, only misled, and that quite intentionally so. The rot is at the top, in the core of U.S. practice of policy and law. Calgary: Laws, never more so than now, are indeed for ordinary folk, not for the empowered elite or the contemporary praetorian guard - meaning all forms of law enforcement. Paying close heed to the extant Federal debt and annual trillion-dollar deficits, along with another trillion annually in Fed "Quantitative Easing", makes it plain who the truly grand, truly successful thieves are. Furthermore, when one considers the numbers of (mostly non-Caucasian) foreign dead resulting from consecutive decades of U.S. military expeditions spanning the globe, it's easy to see who the best killers are. Since killing all those foreigners in true businesslike fashion requires all that debt and continuing deficit, "law" becomes necessary to keep the likes of you and I in line ... so we can be continuously, expeditiously fleeced. And god forbid you imbibe something non-alcoholic or ingest something non-BigPharma in nature, seeking temporary exit from slavery...
     -- Mann, Kalamazoo     
    Mann, many good points but, I think the "rotten" references more the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land (with its compelled compliance, victimlaess crimes, larceny with impunity [funny money, income/property/life taxes, etc.] and alienation of inalienable rights) than it references We The People. This rotten crime-ridden country's contrivances (We The People's actions not being so much acts against the law as they are, actions against the crime lords anti-law canons) permeate recent times with individuals that didn't know the right person(s). I have given example, after example, after example here on this blog of innocent political prisoners that have gone to jail for not knowing the right person.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Oh, absolutely! People with money and connections easily avoid a criminal record, while the poor and unconnected are put through the revolving door of the justice 'system.' Mann, I like it!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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