“Fair point, but increased citizen involvement in policing is a tough sell to police departments. In most cities, the mayor has sway over police department policy, but depends on the police department to support his/her agenda; a citizen's best hope for influence is at the ballot box.
This case raised two related problems: 1. sometimes the laws on the books violate our rights and 2. sometimes the police do not enforce them properly. By declaring the NYCTA rule unconstitutional on its face and as applied, the court addressed both of these problems.”
Laguna on Mar 28, 2013 at 15:31:52
“Once a citizen votes, they generally have no power until the next election and that is what is wrong in our political system. They have to resort to the courts, which is an expensive, long, and difficult way to resolve disputes. Often, the police are put in the position of enforcing rules that politicians or the attorneys advising them have known are unconstitutional, but they either pass them anyway or continue to keep them on the books.”
“Good point. Just because it's legal to leave your ID at home, doesn't mean you should. And as I wrote, if you're charged with a crime, you still have to produce ID. Thanks for your comment, Bronx Justice.”
“I was worried that the trend was going to be "we're still getting fatter" but now that I see kale on the list, my fear is assuaged. Also, I think we must thank Ron Swanson for the bacon trend. Great article and well researched; I love the photos, links, but especially the prose.”
RebeccaSioux on Dec 10, 2012 at 17:23:24
“My first-favorite food wrapped around my third-favorite food.”
“If there is one thing better than chicken pot pie, it's pumpkin pie. The fact that they have now merged is quite a significant even in culinary history. I wish my family could cook as well as these places. Great article. I'm really jonesin' for some Thanksgiving now.”
“Before I read this, when I thought of Indian deserts, they made me want to barf. Now they just make me want a Burfi, and another and another. I too traveled to the subcontinent and Alison has perfectly captured the slightly different role of desserts in India. They're more of a "Hihowaya?" or a "Thanks for comin'" then a, "Sit down, gorge yourself until you can't move and then get the hell out of here" like your typical American sweets. Also, gulab jamun is perhaps the best word to say in any language. Excellent job on this underexplored topic.”
“More like GowAWESOME. This makes me want to gowondown to Brooklyn right now! Almost. But seriously that lobster roll looks delicious and eating it will enable me to fulfill my lifelong fantasy of dining next to a superfund site.”
“As they say in France, this post is "tres Brooklyn." Makes me want to get off my lazy, pretentious, Manhattan-is-the-center-of-the-universe butt and onto some subway line I've never heard of to sample some gastropleasures that are sure to be cheaper, cooler, and less pretentious than my usual diet of Jean Gorge, Spotted Pig, and rats living outside my apartment.”
“You raise some good points about who should be enforcing the law. The problem is that the federal government lacks the manpower, funding, and interest to address these sorts of problems. The genius of the class action system is that it is a self-funding mechanism that empowers private citizens to redress public wrongs.
Unlike regulators and politicians, the lawyers who bring class actions are not at risk of advocating for companies that they hold accountable. They can not be influenced by regulatory capture, promises of lucrative private sector jobs, or campaign contributions.
We do not live in a country where the government has the ability or wherewithal to investigate and prosecute most consumer frauds. I wish we did. Until we do, the class action system performs a vital function.
Thanks for your comments!”
“Far from it! The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in another, unrelated lawsuit against AT&T Mobility for charging customers full retail taxes on free phones. But the real issue in that case is whether the customers will have to submit to binding arbitration, or whether the courts will be open to them. It appears that AT&T Mobility company has several awful (or just incredibly greedy) tax policies.”
robinhood1 on Nov 27, 2010 at 23:16:12
“In California, state law requires the cell phone companies to charge such taxes.”
EcnelisDoogod on Nov 27, 2010 at 17:38:32
“Thank you for clarifying. I'm involved in another at&t class action.
“What about workers in high skill jobs that perform them with only a modicum of skill? Not speaking from personal experience here, but what is to become of the incopetents of the world in this economy?”
Eartha on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:09:25
“They will get to rise to their highest level of incompetentcy.”
ThePeacemakers on Jun 14, 2010 at 18:21:32
Jim Marusak on Jun 14, 2010 at 18:11:28
“they become the CEO's that know how to count their stock options and send jobs overseas to save a few short-term bucks or the demogaugeing politicians on either extreme (left or right). most of the people who have a decent head on their shoulders are left in the regular jobs.”