Sometimes people ask me how can crime remain so governmentally active, when people just don't seem as riled up and anxious about crime as they did say, in the 1990s, before the 9/11, and before the crime decline? But its because crime has been influential as a model problem of governance that it does not require either lots of real crime or even lots of real crime fear to reproduce a steady state salience of crime. It is always the pregnant possibility, the ready to hand frame, that can emerge or be thrown at a social problem whether the great crisis, like Hurricane Katrina flooding New Orleans, or the everyday problems of life.
Then I wake up and read the morning paper where a Pennsylvania woman is facing charges just for swearing in her own bathroom (but in ear shot of her neighbor), while instructing her daughter to bring her mop needed to deal with a toilet which was in the process of over-flowing into the kitchen. What is this country coming to?