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Excerpts from a long article in New York about the high homicide rate in Baltimore after the riots.

A Most Violent Year
BALTIMORE, THE LABORATORY CITY

by Benjamin Wallace-Wells

… Each of the American cities where high-profile police killings have inspired demonstrations these past three years has had a different experience of violence, of political protest, of social change — each is part of a composite. Baltimore’s has been the most prolonged: After Gray’s killing, and then after the protests, there was a third phase, more devastating than anywhere else, in which the police seemed to retreat and then the largest wave of homicides in a quarter-century overwhelmed the city. That wave has still not fully subsided; the disturbance that became visible with Gray’s death continues.

I’m not a big opponent of the passive voice in writing, but the tendency of journalists to lapse into the passive voice when describing black violence is not a coincidence.

… There was something else unique to Baltimore’s experience that deepened its tragedy and mystery. Baltimore’s political leadership is composed almost entirely of progressive African-Americans, many of whom had marched in Black Lives Matter protests.

Is it really that mysterious or unique?

So why has the homicide rate been so high ever since the riots?

… In the first four months of the year, Baltimore’s police had arrested a monthly average of 2,630 people. In May, that number dropped almost in half, to 1,557. The uniformed police, Commissioner Batts would later say, had “taken a knee.”

The shape of public order changed. Russell met a man who ran a West Baltimore halfway house for recovering addicts, most of them heroin abusers, and the counselor called him one day with a comically outsize problem. Streetside dealing had so flourished, the man said, that his residents had to walk past 17 separate locations where dealers were actively selling heroin just to get to the methadone clinic.

Eventually, the cops got back to work, but the killings went on.

… Baltimore, in its poverty and violence, is a laboratory city, its poorest neighborhoods subject to constant social-science observation and experiment; there are data sets reaching back years that detail the number of chicken bones left discarded on select city blocks (as a measure of social disorder) and the number of men clustering outside liquor stores on weekend nights.

The South Side of Chicago is another closely studied city, with the U. of Chicago sociology department having been a world leader since the 1920s or so. I don’t see much correlation between intensive social science attention, such as in Baltimore and Chicago, and good outcomes such as a low homicide rate. It would make an interesting social science study to correlate the depth of social science research in a city and the murder rate. My vague impression is that homicide rates tend to be lower in lower brow cities like San Antonio than in cities with elite research universities like U of C and Johns Hopkins.

Many of these records are maintained by a professor at Johns Hopkins named Debra Furr-Holden, and she could see the data change almost immediately. With so many stores burned or closed, simply conducting your daily business — commuting, shopping — meant you had to travel farther, often outside your neighborhood, sometimes into places you would not have considered safe. The people who had come out of their houses during the protests did not go back inside; for the first part of the summer, something like double the ordinary number of people were outside in the evenings.

Maybe the government should distribute free video games to get people back on their couches? Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.

More headscratching:

All of the public talk in the city was about unity. The pleas to end the violence were by that point ubiquitous. But just as all of Baltimore pondered the mystery of how a progressive city could produce such a despotic police force, a second mystery had presented itself: If everyone was organized to prevent violence, why did it continue to happen? The cops were back at their posts. The whole city had been politicized. The poorest streets were filled with activist group meetings and sermons. The gangs were professing nonviolence. Still, the murders continued.

This sounds very much like Tom Wolfe’s Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers from 1970 about the San Francisco ghetto:

Whites were still in the dark about the ghettos. They had been studying the “urban Negro” in every way they could think of for fifteen years, but they found out they didn’t know any more about the ghettos than when they started. Every time there was a riot, whites would call on “Negro leaders” to try to cool it, only to find out that the Negro leaders didn’t have any followers. They sent Martin Luther King into Chicago and the people ignored him. They sent Dick Gregory into Watts and the people hooted at him and threw beer cans. During the riot in Hunters Point, the mayor of San Francsco, John Shelley, went into Hunters Point with the only black member of the Board of Supervisors, and the brothers threw rocks at both of them. They sent in the middle-class black members of the Human Rights Commission, and the brothers laughed at them and called them Toms. Then they figured the leadership of the riot was “the gangs,” so they went in the “ex-gang leaders” from groups like Youth for Service to make a “liaison with the key gang leaders.” What they didn’t know was that Hunters Point and a lot of ghettos were so disorganized, there weren’t even any “key gangs,” much less “key gang leaders,” in there. That riot finally just burnt itself out after five days, that was all.

Here’s one interesting point from Wallace-Wells’ article about an occasional effect of Ending the Era of Mass Incarceration. All respectable opinion is agreed that we must let older cons out of prison. Except, sometimes when they hit the streets, that just sets off new rounds of vengeance violence:

Barksdale mentioned one source of tension the interrupters were working to defuse. A man had just been released from prison, where he had served more than a decade for murder, and had returned to his old neighborhood. The victim’s son, now in his early teens, had become aware that his father’s murderer was in the neighborhood and had mentioned the fact to some friends of his. One of the friends had a family connection to the paroled murderer, and so the murderer knew that the son knew that he was around.

The interrupters had met both the man and the boy. Barksdale believed that the man wanted to go straight, and the boy was a good kid, by nature given to following rules and heeding advice. Never­theless, it had become a situation. The expectation that the boy might try to avenge his father’s death meant that both the man and the boy had reason to believe the other might try to kill him.

 
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  1. Maybe the government should distribute free video games to get people back on their couches? Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.

    How about semi-legalizing weed? Make it legal to possess and grow, but not distribute, and encourage the development of a grey market that could keep the thugs semi-employed distributing a drug that causes people to sit down and eat bags of cheetos. If it’s technically illegal but the penalties for dealing are petty then perhaps it will provide a market opportunity for the kinds of people who don’t care much about civil penalties or infractions without doing too much social harm like crack cocaine or heroin. Also, it will allow cops to keep track of potential criminals without clogging up the courts or jails.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Bill P

    Hamsterdam

    , @Dave Pinsen
    @Bill P

    Some violent criminals have been weed smokers, including the Tsarnaev brothers.

    , @Ed
    @Bill P

    Wouldn't make a difference. What people don't quite get is that most of these murders are not drug related but stem from petty beefs.

    Also Blacks consume weed differently than whites. So they'd smoke it outside on corners making the streets even worse. There's this false narrative that police are storming into homes of blacks looking for weed smokers it's simply not true.

    For example I live in a suburban apartment complex full of what are supposedly middle class blacks. Someone posted a sign this weekend to not smoke weed in the stairwell. So someone that has access to a unit still decides to smoke in a public place. That's just how they do, few disparity studies will ever come up with that.

    , @YIH
    @Bill P

    ''How about semi-legalizing weed? Make it legal to possess and grow, but not distribute, and encourage the development of a grey market that could keep the thugs semi-employed distributing a drug that causes people to sit down and eat bags of cheetos.''
    Wouldn't work, Africans IN America have little idea how to grow anything, let alone decent quality weed. Nor do they have the patience or future time orientation. As Travon, Michael Brown and countless others have demonstrated, weed doesn't affect them the same way it does Whites. Even high they tend to act upon their African wildlife instincts. For Whites, firing up a joint at the start of a football game or rock concert means the only thing that gets destroyed is that bag of Cheetos. For Africans it could wind up being a CVS, or cars, or hair products shops, or Detroit...
    Look what's happened with legal weed in WA, CO, and yes Steve, CA; those who were knowledgeable and experienced in growing pot illegally quickly switched to dominate the now-legal weed trade.
    Same thing happened with Prohibition, the major beer and liquor companies switched to non-alcohol businesses (Anheurser-Bucsh, ice cream and snack foods, Pabst, cheese, Jack Daniels, soft drinks and woodworking) right after repeal, back to business as usual - and they let their food business ventures fade away on their own.

    , @Gato de la Biblioteca
    @Bill P

    Some people get mellow with weed, but not everyone. Jamaican gangs are stoned out of this fucking universe all the time, and that hasn't stopped Jamaican murder posses from being a thing.

    I've seen it in person, too. My brother smoked a lot of weed - and was often rather violent while high. (Not telling how many times he beat the shit out of a girlfriend or wife while high.) Just like there are quiet drunks and loud drunks, the response to marijuana usage varies pretty widely. I suspect a lot of the people that think it's purely a mellow thing only hang out with people that like being mellow while stoned, as opposed to hanging out with gang-banging brothas in the 'hood. Selection bias comes up again and again and again....

    Replies: @dc.sunsets

  2. Pat Casey says:

    I know Baltimore not bad, used to hang out where they filmed the wire actually–indoor tho. That city has the worst homeless problem bar none, and it is not just the number, they are very aggressive and often acutely insane. I have stories of what I have seen. Let me suggest Baltimore begin treating their homeless men like broken windows. Fix em up and out of sight.

    • Replies: @Gato de la Biblioteca
    @Pat Casey

    That city has the worst homeless problem bar none, and it is not just the number, they are very aggressive and often acutely insane.

    Lived in the Balmer area for three years, worked downtown in one of the glass towers. Rode in on the train from Reisterstown every morning. There were lots and lots of crazy people. Sometimes I'd see all the cars in the train jammed full except for a single car with a single rider. That person would be gesticulating wildly, arguing with someone that wasn't there, and so on, and no one wanted to be in the car with the guy. I'd see that in the business district some, too, at lunch time. I can't even imagine how bad it must have been in places where businesses weren't pushing the police to keep the place safe.

    The thing to keep in mind about a place like Baltimore is that large parts of the city are fine. But the places that are bad are true hellholes, and I don't mean like the student ghetto back at whatever university you went to. The awful stuff is concentrated into a few areas, meaning that a lot of the crime stats are actually much worse on a per capita basis than the figures suggest. Take the stats by neighborhood, not by city, and it's simply staggering how bad things are.

    Replies: @Jonathan Silber

  3. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    OT, quote from Cicero on liberalism, from here:

    Came across this today. Figured you all might enjoy a look at liberalism from a couple thousand years ago.

    “[…] it inevitably happens in a commonwealth thus revolutionized that liberalism abounds in all directions, due authority is found wanting even in private families, and misrule seems to extend even to the animals that witness it. Then the father fears the son, and the son neglects the father. All modesty is banished; they become far too liberal for that.

    No difference is made between the citizen and the alien; the master dreads and cajoles his scholars, and the scholars despise their masters. The young men assume the gravity of sages, and sages must stoop to the follies of children, lest they should be hated and oppressed by them. The very slaves even are under but little restraint; wives boast the same rights as their husbands; dogs, horses, and asses are emancipated in this outrageous excess of freedom, and run about so violently that they frighten the passengers from the road.

    At length the termination of all this infinite licentiousness is, that the minds of the citizens become so fastidious and effeminate, that when they observe even the slightest exertion of authority they grow angry and seditious, and thus the laws begin to be neglected, so that the people are absolutely without any master at all. […]

    Thus we find in the weather, the soil, and the animal constitution the most favorable conditions are sometimes suddenly converted by their excess into the contrary, and this fact is especially observable in political governments; and this excessive liberty soon brings the people collectively and individually to an excessive servitude.”

    –Cicero

    Now, what is all this about progress and new ideas when these same things were debated and dismissed as dangerous even back in Roman times? Truly marvelous.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Anonymous

    I was gonna say that this quote could predict next week's posts at iSteve, but looking back, it fits much of last week's to a tee.

    Davos delenda est.

    Replies: @Boomstick

  4. Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.

    How about watching Grand Theft Auto?

    http://m.imdb.com/title/tt0076100/

  5. @Bill P

    Maybe the government should distribute free video games to get people back on their couches? Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.
     
    How about semi-legalizing weed? Make it legal to possess and grow, but not distribute, and encourage the development of a grey market that could keep the thugs semi-employed distributing a drug that causes people to sit down and eat bags of cheetos. If it's technically illegal but the penalties for dealing are petty then perhaps it will provide a market opportunity for the kinds of people who don't care much about civil penalties or infractions without doing too much social harm like crack cocaine or heroin. Also, it will allow cops to keep track of potential criminals without clogging up the courts or jails.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen, @Ed, @YIH, @Gato de la Biblioteca

    Hamsterdam

  6. Nate Silver noticing without noticing that you have to read between the lines to notice what newspapers are really saying

    • Replies: @Ed
    @Lugash

    To that end there was a mini-brouhaha in the Post's local section. The reporter described a suspect of a robbery & sexual assault of a woman on capital hill as, "young man in his 20s". No other identifying information was provided. When confronted the reporter claimed the police did not release any information about race. Someone in the comments linked up the police blotter that clearly indicates his race but clothes he was wearing. Thus far no comment from the post.

  7. It never and I mean never occurs to SWPL types to consider that maybe there are racial differences that can be traced back to continents of origin, that would be racist, so the high crime rate will forever remain a mystery. I love how the cops are described as “despotic”, what the selfless and highly competent and maybe 50 percent black police force we saw on ” The Wire ” penned by arch-leftist David Simon? Say it isn’t so.

  8. “I’m not a big opponent of the passive voice in writing, but the tendency of journalists to lapse into the passive voice when describing black violence is not a coincidence.”

    None of the sentences preceding this statement are in the passive voice. What you are trying to say with “the passive voice” is the failure to identify the doers. What is unsatisfactory with “the largest wave of homicides in a quarter-century overwhelmed the city” is not that it is in the passive voice — it’s actually in the active voice — but that it describes a “wave of homicides” like a tsunami, devoid of any human agency. A writer who finds a striking way to make this point (sorry, I don’t have any good suggestions myself) would be enriching the language.

    • Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)


    What is unsatisfactory with “the largest wave of homicides in a quarter-century overwhelmed the city” is not that it is in the passive voice — it’s actually in the active voice — but that it describes a “wave of homicides” like a tsunami, devoid of any human agency.

     

    Yes, just this. I've noted the use of these meteorological/geological metaphors over and over again.

    Weaselly newspaper reporters and editors also try to obfuscate the truth and deceive their readers by using constructions such as 'violence erupted', or 'a gun battle broke out'. It's not grammatically the passive voice, but it serves the same invidious purpose.

    , @Gato de la Biblioteca
    @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)


    After Gray’s killing, and then after the protests, there was a third phase, more devastating than anywhere else, in which the police seemed to retreat and then the largest wave of homicides in a quarter-century overwhelmed the city. That wave has still not fully subsided; the disturbance that became visible with Gray’s death continues.
     
    A writer who finds a striking way to make this point (sorry, I don’t have any good suggestions myself) would be enriching the language.

    Okay, let me give it a whack.

    After Gray’s killing, and then after the protests, there was a third phase, more devastating than anywhere else, in which the police seemed to retreat. And then Black people in Baltimore began murdering other Black people in numbers not seen in a quarter-century. This murder spree, with Blacks as both perpetrators and victims, has continued at near record levels; the disturbance that became visible with Gray’s death continues.
     
    This isn't exactly enriching the language, but is a more accurate set of sentences, I hope.
  9. @Bill P

    Maybe the government should distribute free video games to get people back on their couches? Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.
     
    How about semi-legalizing weed? Make it legal to possess and grow, but not distribute, and encourage the development of a grey market that could keep the thugs semi-employed distributing a drug that causes people to sit down and eat bags of cheetos. If it's technically illegal but the penalties for dealing are petty then perhaps it will provide a market opportunity for the kinds of people who don't care much about civil penalties or infractions without doing too much social harm like crack cocaine or heroin. Also, it will allow cops to keep track of potential criminals without clogging up the courts or jails.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen, @Ed, @YIH, @Gato de la Biblioteca

    Some violent criminals have been weed smokers, including the Tsarnaev brothers.

  10. iSteveFan says:

    Steve, in an earlier post from 27Nov, you quoted the editorial board of the NYT who wrote:

    The headlines are alarming: Murder is up around the country, caused by anything from more guns to a heroin epidemic to the so-called “Ferguson Effect” — the disputed idea that police officers have become less aggressive out of fear that their actions will be recorded by civilians and criticized after the fact.

    Now today you quote NY Mag:

    … In the first four months of the year, Baltimore’s police had arrested a monthly average of 2,630 people. In May, that number dropped almost in half, to 1,557. The uniformed police, Commissioner Batts would later say, had “taken a knee.”

    I wonder if the NYT still thinks that the “Ferguson Effect” is a disputed idea?

    • Replies: @Anonymo1
    @iSteveFan

    If homicide is mostly a spur of the moment thing, how does the cops arresting people prevent it exactly?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @David, @anon

  11. I don’t see much correlation between intensive social science attention, such as in Baltimore and Chicago, and good outcomes such as a low homicide rate.

    C’mon Steve.

    What one does see is always more interesting than what one doesn’t. Especially when one is Steve Sailer.

    That road leads to Moldbug:

    http://unqualified-reservations.blogspot.com/2008/04/open-letter-to-open-minded-progressives.html

  12. Heroin dens, the human equivalent of a roach motel. The homies check in and they don’t check out.

    I would probably institute them on college campuses as well for the more delicate and easily offended types. It’s best if they spend the remainder of their lives in a heroin daze.

  13. I don’t see much correlation between intensive social science attention, such as in Baltimore and Chicago, and good outcomes such as a low homicide rate.

    Based on what you wrote later apparently you do see a correlation, albeit a negative one.

  14. @iSteveFan
    Steve, in an earlier post from 27Nov, you quoted the editorial board of the NYT who wrote:

    The headlines are alarming: Murder is up around the country, caused by anything from more guns to a heroin epidemic to the so-called “Ferguson Effect” — the disputed idea that police officers have become less aggressive out of fear that their actions will be recorded by civilians and criticized after the fact.
     
    Now today you quote NY Mag:

    … In the first four months of the year, Baltimore’s police had arrested a monthly average of 2,630 people. In May, that number dropped almost in half, to 1,557. The uniformed police, Commissioner Batts would later say, had “taken a knee.”
     
    I wonder if the NYT still thinks that the "Ferguson Effect" is a disputed idea?

    Replies: @Anonymo1

    If homicide is mostly a spur of the moment thing, how does the cops arresting people prevent it exactly?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymo1

    Encourages people to go inside?

    , @Steve Sailer
    @Anonymo1

    Encourages people to go inside?

    , @David
    @Anonymo1

    It's a spur of the moment thing for particular people who can be isolated.

    , @anon
    @Anonymo1

    c. 2600 arrests to c. 1500 arrests.

    Assume the 20:80 rule where 20% are responsible for 80% and that 80% of the above are part of that 20%.

    Then calculate average time off the streets per arrest (as most will be revolving door) - who knows, say half a day.

    Say average criminal "works" n number of 1/2 days a month.

    Then you could probably get an estimate of the increase in total criminal street time.

    #

    there's more to it than this but just made me think all that pointless churn po-leece do probably isn't 100% pointless after all

  15. @Anonymo1
    @iSteveFan

    If homicide is mostly a spur of the moment thing, how does the cops arresting people prevent it exactly?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @David, @anon

    Encourages people to go inside?

  16. @Anonymo1
    @iSteveFan

    If homicide is mostly a spur of the moment thing, how does the cops arresting people prevent it exactly?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @David, @anon

    Encourages people to go inside?

  17. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    "I’m not a big opponent of the passive voice in writing, but the tendency of journalists to lapse into the passive voice when describing black violence is not a coincidence."

    None of the sentences preceding this statement are in the passive voice. What you are trying to say with "the passive voice" is the failure to identify the doers. What is unsatisfactory with "the largest wave of homicides in a quarter-century overwhelmed the city" is not that it is in the passive voice -- it's actually in the active voice -- but that it describes a "wave of homicides" like a tsunami, devoid of any human agency. A writer who finds a striking way to make this point (sorry, I don't have any good suggestions myself) would be enriching the language.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist, @Gato de la Biblioteca

    What is unsatisfactory with “the largest wave of homicides in a quarter-century overwhelmed the city” is not that it is in the passive voice — it’s actually in the active voice — but that it describes a “wave of homicides” like a tsunami, devoid of any human agency.

    Yes, just this. I’ve noted the use of these meteorological/geological metaphors over and over again.

    Weaselly newspaper reporters and editors also try to obfuscate the truth and deceive their readers by using constructions such as ‘violence erupted’, or ‘a gun battle broke out’. It’s not grammatically the passive voice, but it serves the same invidious purpose.

  18. @Anonymo1
    @iSteveFan

    If homicide is mostly a spur of the moment thing, how does the cops arresting people prevent it exactly?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @David, @anon

    It’s a spur of the moment thing for particular people who can be isolated.

  19. If everyone was organized to prevent violence, why did it continue to happen? The cops were back at their posts. The whole city had been politicized. The poorest streets were filled with activist group meetings and sermons. The gangs were professing nonviolence. Still, the murders continued.

    It’s probably the guns. I bet most of the murders were caused by eruptions of gunfire.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Harold

    "And then, Your Honor, the gun went off."

    Replies: @Abe

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Harold

    "It’s probably the guns. I bet most of the murders were caused by eruptions of gunfire."

    That's something I've learned from journalists: Gunfire always 'erupts'. So does violence in general. It just 'erupts'.

    Also, agreements are always 'hammered out'. And events always 'unfold'..........usually 'on the ground'.

    Those journalists - such skilled writers.

  20. @Harold

    If everyone was organized to prevent violence, why did it continue to happen? The cops were back at their posts. The whole city had been politicized. The poorest streets were filled with activist group meetings and sermons. The gangs were professing nonviolence. Still, the murders continued.
     
    It’s probably the guns. I bet most of the murders were caused by eruptions of gunfire.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Mr. Anon

    “And then, Your Honor, the gun went off.”

    • Agree: Harold
    • Replies: @Abe
    @Steve Sailer


    The interrupters had met both the man and the boy. Barksdale believed that the man wanted to go straight, and the boy was a good kid, by nature given to following rules and heeding advice. Never­theless, it had become a situation.
     
    I annoy family, friends, and some of the people on this blog, no doubt, when I go on about the ridiculously stupid and degrading effects of being a white-fan-of-hip hop, but there it is. You become a writer, and make it to the front cover of NY Magazine, and then dignify a low-brow ghetto dog fight with the rappish, sympathetic-to-either-side elocution of "it had become a situation". Maybe the writer is friends with the nice white woman coop board member so upset over the "clocking" of her peep tenants by "at-risk marauders". So why not the use of passive voice and de-anthropomorphizing metaphor for inner city violence? Didn't you just recently rave to all your friends what a brilliant album GOOD KID, M.A.A.D. CITY** was? Funny thing is the biggest white-fans-of-hip-hop tend to be upper middle class boys like those at the private school in Seattle who for the rest of their lives will have nightmares of coming to school naked, and all those girls snapping fingers at them, snapping fingers, FINGERS!

    ** known previously to Steve readers from the public groveling ginger-haired, über-SWPL rapper Macklemore did at his white privilege stealing the Grammy award from
  21. “Barksdale mentioned one source of tension the interrupters were working to defuse. ”

    Does the author see the irony of quoting a guy named “Barksdale” in an article about Baltimore crime?

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Not unless he's a Civil War buff; some left wingers are.

    Replies: @NorthOfTheOneOhOne

  22. @Bill P

    Maybe the government should distribute free video games to get people back on their couches? Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.
     
    How about semi-legalizing weed? Make it legal to possess and grow, but not distribute, and encourage the development of a grey market that could keep the thugs semi-employed distributing a drug that causes people to sit down and eat bags of cheetos. If it's technically illegal but the penalties for dealing are petty then perhaps it will provide a market opportunity for the kinds of people who don't care much about civil penalties or infractions without doing too much social harm like crack cocaine or heroin. Also, it will allow cops to keep track of potential criminals without clogging up the courts or jails.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen, @Ed, @YIH, @Gato de la Biblioteca

    Wouldn’t make a difference. What people don’t quite get is that most of these murders are not drug related but stem from petty beefs.

    Also Blacks consume weed differently than whites. So they’d smoke it outside on corners making the streets even worse. There’s this false narrative that police are storming into homes of blacks looking for weed smokers it’s simply not true.

    For example I live in a suburban apartment complex full of what are supposedly middle class blacks. Someone posted a sign this weekend to not smoke weed in the stairwell. So someone that has access to a unit still decides to smoke in a public place. That’s just how they do, few disparity studies will ever come up with that.

  23. @Lugash
    Nate Silver noticing without noticing that you have to read between the lines to notice what newspapers are really saying

    https://twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/671542990456922112

    Replies: @Ed

    To that end there was a mini-brouhaha in the Post’s local section. The reporter described a suspect of a robbery & sexual assault of a woman on capital hill as, “young man in his 20s”. No other identifying information was provided. When confronted the reporter claimed the police did not release any information about race. Someone in the comments linked up the police blotter that clearly indicates his race but clothes he was wearing. Thus far no comment from the post.

  24. Progressive whites have never been able to accept, in fact they can’t accept, that tolerating a certain level of organized crime in the ghetto (including the great white ghetto) limits the amount of disorganized crime. Because “fixing the ghetto” is a spiritual exercise and not a civic one, Progressive whites fixate on the organized elements, thus making the ghetto less organized. The resulting chaos makes building any useful social structures impossible.

    Baltimore is a good example. Way back in the day, Peanut King ran the ghetto. He was the heroin baron of the city. He also sponsored local basketball tournaments where college recruiters would show up to watch the original midnight basketball.

    It was far from perfect, but it gave the cops and politicians some chance to keep a lid on the ghetto. When the nice white people busted up these gangs, they got famous and saw their careers take off. Now they all dream of having the big presser. The result has been an endless assault on the only organizing force in these areas, the gangs. Baltimore is now an urban game park and the cops are the game wardens. When the cops backed off, nature took its course.

  25. @Steve Sailer
    @Harold

    "And then, Your Honor, the gun went off."

    Replies: @Abe

    The interrupters had met both the man and the boy. Barksdale believed that the man wanted to go straight, and the boy was a good kid, by nature given to following rules and heeding advice. Never­theless, it had become a situation.

    I annoy family, friends, and some of the people on this blog, no doubt, when I go on about the ridiculously stupid and degrading effects of being a white-fan-of-hip hop, but there it is. You become a writer, and make it to the front cover of NY Magazine, and then dignify a low-brow ghetto dog fight with the rappish, sympathetic-to-either-side elocution of “it had become a situation”. Maybe the writer is friends with the nice white woman coop board member so upset over the “clocking” of her peep tenants by “at-risk marauders”. So why not the use of passive voice and de-anthropomorphizing metaphor for inner city violence? Didn’t you just recently rave to all your friends what a brilliant album GOOD KID, M.A.A.D. CITY** was? Funny thing is the biggest white-fans-of-hip-hop tend to be upper middle class boys like those at the private school in Seattle who for the rest of their lives will have nightmares of coming to school naked, and all those girls snapping fingers at them, snapping fingers, FINGERS!

    ** known previously to Steve readers from the public groveling ginger-haired, über-SWPL rapper Macklemore did at his white privilege stealing the Grammy award from

  26. “I’m not a big opponent of the passive voice in writing, but the tendency of journalists to lapse into the passive voice when describing black violence is not a coincidence.”

    I’m not a big opponent myself, but there were no instances of the passive voice at all in the passage above your remark. Sure there were impersonal constructions, but that’s a different thing.

    • Replies: @vinteuil
    @Graham

    Yes, this.

    Active voice: Oswald shot Kennedy.

    Passive voice: Kennedy was shot by Oswald.

    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Hibernian, @AnotherDad

  27. @Hapalong Cassidy
    "Barksdale mentioned one source of tension the interrupters were working to defuse. "

    Does the author see the irony of quoting a guy named "Barksdale" in an article about Baltimore crime?

    Replies: @Hibernian

    Not unless he’s a Civil War buff; some left wingers are.

    • Replies: @NorthOfTheOneOhOne
    @Hibernian

    Go watch a little TV, then get back to us.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avon_Barksdale

    Replies: @Hibernian

  28. “Maybe the government should distribute free video games to get people back on their couches? Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.”

    Or come up with virtual reality blaktrix where blacks can indulge in fantasy mayhem.

  29. James Lafond is a good source for news about Baltimore, as well as what it’s like to live as an ‘outsider’ in a violent urban landscape.

    He’s a fighting sports enthusiast/coach, survivalist, violence anthropologist, military history buff and general nutcase. Lives a minimum wage lifestyle in the Baltimore Ghetto. Makes for a good read.

    http://www.jameslafond.com/?c=2

  30. Long ago and not so far away I resided in an oh-so-slowly gentrifying neigh(white guys say ‘neigh’).
    I lived next to a family who had a son named Pee-Wee but he was not there when i first moved in as he was doing six years at Lorton out in Va. on a coke bust.
    When Pee-Wee returned from jail he was treated like royalty. Everyone loved him, everyone came up to talk to him and kiss his ring. He demonstrated his nobility by occasionally parking in front of my house and distributing goods to the poor…say a trunkful of frozen chickens or some overly warm polyester Hawaiian shirts(I still have one in the closet).
    The neigh loved the guy. He was usually upbeat and friendly, even after he had been spread eagled and searched by the cops at the intersection in front of us(and the cops found guns in the engine…in the engine!!..under the hood). Sounds like a bad man.
    But to the neigh Pee Wee had done time at Lorton. He was the real deal.
    Anyway the point is the values in the neigh are completely reversed from the values the SJWs espouse but they are too naive to see that. Pee-Wee’s Lorton degree had more value than a Harvard degree. The connections he had made at Lorton helped him in his ten square block world which had no connection to the world of the articulators at the Washington Post.
    I do not think the people who write these articles about a city like Baltimore really appreciate(grok?) how different the value system is in these places.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @conatus

    I don't know about DC, but in Chicago black neighborhoods that gentrify were often very poor before gentrification. People in these neighborhoods may be more likely to glorify a guy like Pee Wee than those in middle class black neighborhoods and suburbs.

  31. OT: On Drudge this morning – the New Scientist reports a study purporting to show that there is no difference between the brains of men and women.

    No Male or Female Brain

    And just to show that this study is completely neutral, dispassionate, and scientific-like, they accompany that article with an editorial about how wonderful the results are and what a blow to the patriarchy it is:

    Smash the Patriarchy!

    It all sounds rather hokey to me. They found that the structure of the ‘male’ and ‘female’ brain was no different, in that they all had the same parts in about the same sizes in the same locations. Of course the same could be said about male and female bodies. They even say that it says nothing about the function of the brain.

    And why shouldn’t I believe some brain researchers when they tell me something that contradicts a lifetime of experience – not just my own, but that of virtually everyone I’ve ever known? Look to this study to be heavily cited in the near future.

    • Replies: @The most deplorable one
    @Mr. Anon

    No doubt we will soon be hearing that there is no such thing as a white or a black brain and that research that shows that you can predict ancestry based on surface features is just plain wrong.

    Also, that sports achievement is socially constructed.

    , @TheJester
    @Mr. Anon

    Yes, the article had a political (SJW) agenda. As I recall, the article said that male and female brains were on a continuum, by which I assume they meant place on a continuum was meaningless. This is the same argument for declaring there is no such thing as race.

    If we take this argument seriously, we can also argue that there are no such things as light and dark, hard and soft, hot and cold, babies and old folks, visible light and x-rays, water and ice, vacuums and solids, specific colors, etc. ... because they exist on continuums. The point is, place on a continuum does matter. "Place" and the consequences of something having a "place" on a continuum are definable and observable.

    Replies: @William Badwhite

  32. @Harold

    If everyone was organized to prevent violence, why did it continue to happen? The cops were back at their posts. The whole city had been politicized. The poorest streets were filled with activist group meetings and sermons. The gangs were professing nonviolence. Still, the murders continued.
     
    It’s probably the guns. I bet most of the murders were caused by eruptions of gunfire.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Mr. Anon

    “It’s probably the guns. I bet most of the murders were caused by eruptions of gunfire.”

    That’s something I’ve learned from journalists: Gunfire always ‘erupts’. So does violence in general. It just ‘erupts’.

    Also, agreements are always ‘hammered out’. And events always ‘unfold’……….usually ‘on the ground’.

    Those journalists – such skilled writers.

  33. WhatEvvs [AKA "Internet Addict"] says:

    I’m not a big expert on crime (or Baltimore) but it’s my impression that the vast majority of murderers know their victims; this is not a category that is full of “stranger to stranger” encounters. So, my guess is that this murder wave is score-settling. Why now? Because the criminals know that the heat is off.

    Wow, who would have guessed that human societies are top-down, and that even the lowest rungs of society know reality? (Perhaps better than SJWS, in fact.)

    Which is why I believe that the campus hooligans are acting with the tacit encouragement of the management. Which is why I believe that the society wide irruption we are witnessing is directly traceable to Obama. Directly. Not indirectly – directly.

    • Replies: @Big Bill
    @WhatEvvs

    Urban Negro culture is honor-based. If you do not defend your honor you lose face. Predators further down the hierarchy perceive you as weak and attack you. The reasons they kill each other may seem trivial to you. However, the danger of ignoring any public slight can be fatal, as the Urban Negro knows in his bones.

    It would be nice if the Negro community would develop a Code Duello so Negro innocents stopped getting killed in drive-bys (and so Negro cowards could live in peace), but for some reason they prefer gunfights on the street, at birthday parties, graduations, movie theaters, festivals, and funerals).

    There is no effective way to convert them from an honor culture to a dignity culture. This is something they must do for themselves. It is best just to avoid all daily interaction with them (as Obama, TN Coates, Will Smith, Denzel, Truth and countless other Talented Tenth do).

    One sad outcome of post 1950s racial integration is that the Talented Tenth escaped their fellow Negroes and now live with white folks in nice, safe, white neighborhoods. Negroes with intelligence and leadership ability have been abandoning their people for over fifty years now.

    Think of what could have been achieved in the last sixty years if they stayed right where they were and committed themselves to the moral uplift of their people instead of running off.

    Replies: @Clyde

  34. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymo1
    @iSteveFan

    If homicide is mostly a spur of the moment thing, how does the cops arresting people prevent it exactly?

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Steve Sailer, @David, @anon

    c. 2600 arrests to c. 1500 arrests.

    Assume the 20:80 rule where 20% are responsible for 80% and that 80% of the above are part of that 20%.

    Then calculate average time off the streets per arrest (as most will be revolving door) – who knows, say half a day.

    Say average criminal “works” n number of 1/2 days a month.

    Then you could probably get an estimate of the increase in total criminal street time.

    #

    there’s more to it than this but just made me think all that pointless churn po-leece do probably isn’t 100% pointless after all

  35. @Bill P

    Maybe the government should distribute free video games to get people back on their couches? Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.
     
    How about semi-legalizing weed? Make it legal to possess and grow, but not distribute, and encourage the development of a grey market that could keep the thugs semi-employed distributing a drug that causes people to sit down and eat bags of cheetos. If it's technically illegal but the penalties for dealing are petty then perhaps it will provide a market opportunity for the kinds of people who don't care much about civil penalties or infractions without doing too much social harm like crack cocaine or heroin. Also, it will allow cops to keep track of potential criminals without clogging up the courts or jails.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen, @Ed, @YIH, @Gato de la Biblioteca

    ”How about semi-legalizing weed? Make it legal to possess and grow, but not distribute, and encourage the development of a grey market that could keep the thugs semi-employed distributing a drug that causes people to sit down and eat bags of cheetos.”
    Wouldn’t work, Africans IN America have little idea how to grow anything, let alone decent quality weed. Nor do they have the patience or future time orientation. As Travon, Michael Brown and countless others have demonstrated, weed doesn’t affect them the same way it does Whites. Even high they tend to act upon their African wildlife instincts. For Whites, firing up a joint at the start of a football game or rock concert means the only thing that gets destroyed is that bag of Cheetos. For Africans it could wind up being a CVS, or cars, or hair products shops, or Detroit…
    Look what’s happened with legal weed in WA, CO, and yes Steve, CA; those who were knowledgeable and experienced in growing pot illegally quickly switched to dominate the now-legal weed trade.
    Same thing happened with Prohibition, the major beer and liquor companies switched to non-alcohol businesses (Anheurser-Bucsh, ice cream and snack foods, Pabst, cheese, Jack Daniels, soft drinks and woodworking) right after repeal, back to business as usual – and they let their food business ventures fade away on their own.

  36. @Bill P

    Maybe the government should distribute free video games to get people back on their couches? Playing Grand Theft Auto is better than committing Grand Theft Auto.
     
    How about semi-legalizing weed? Make it legal to possess and grow, but not distribute, and encourage the development of a grey market that could keep the thugs semi-employed distributing a drug that causes people to sit down and eat bags of cheetos. If it's technically illegal but the penalties for dealing are petty then perhaps it will provide a market opportunity for the kinds of people who don't care much about civil penalties or infractions without doing too much social harm like crack cocaine or heroin. Also, it will allow cops to keep track of potential criminals without clogging up the courts or jails.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @Dave Pinsen, @Ed, @YIH, @Gato de la Biblioteca

    Some people get mellow with weed, but not everyone. Jamaican gangs are stoned out of this fucking universe all the time, and that hasn’t stopped Jamaican murder posses from being a thing.

    I’ve seen it in person, too. My brother smoked a lot of weed – and was often rather violent while high. (Not telling how many times he beat the shit out of a girlfriend or wife while high.) Just like there are quiet drunks and loud drunks, the response to marijuana usage varies pretty widely. I suspect a lot of the people that think it’s purely a mellow thing only hang out with people that like being mellow while stoned, as opposed to hanging out with gang-banging brothas in the ‘hood. Selection bias comes up again and again and again….

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    @Gato de la Biblioteca

    That's troubling news. I learned in college to never again get within arm's reach of a drunk, but every pothead I knew was mellowed while stoned.

    Recalibrating....

  37. @Pat Casey
    I know Baltimore not bad, used to hang out where they filmed the wire actually--indoor tho. That city has the worst homeless problem bar none, and it is not just the number, they are very aggressive and often acutely insane. I have stories of what I have seen. Let me suggest Baltimore begin treating their homeless men like broken windows. Fix em up and out of sight.

    Replies: @Gato de la Biblioteca

    That city has the worst homeless problem bar none, and it is not just the number, they are very aggressive and often acutely insane.

    Lived in the Balmer area for three years, worked downtown in one of the glass towers. Rode in on the train from Reisterstown every morning. There were lots and lots of crazy people. Sometimes I’d see all the cars in the train jammed full except for a single car with a single rider. That person would be gesticulating wildly, arguing with someone that wasn’t there, and so on, and no one wanted to be in the car with the guy. I’d see that in the business district some, too, at lunch time. I can’t even imagine how bad it must have been in places where businesses weren’t pushing the police to keep the place safe.

    The thing to keep in mind about a place like Baltimore is that large parts of the city are fine. But the places that are bad are true hellholes, and I don’t mean like the student ghetto back at whatever university you went to. The awful stuff is concentrated into a few areas, meaning that a lot of the crime stats are actually much worse on a per capita basis than the figures suggest. Take the stats by neighborhood, not by city, and it’s simply staggering how bad things are.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Silber
    @Gato de la Biblioteca

    The awful stuff is concentrated into a few areas...Take the stats by neighborhood, not by city, and it’s simply staggering how bad things are.

    And the duty of responsible public officials is to keep the awful stuffed confined to those few areas: it's probably the best that can be hoped for.

  38. @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    "I’m not a big opponent of the passive voice in writing, but the tendency of journalists to lapse into the passive voice when describing black violence is not a coincidence."

    None of the sentences preceding this statement are in the passive voice. What you are trying to say with "the passive voice" is the failure to identify the doers. What is unsatisfactory with "the largest wave of homicides in a quarter-century overwhelmed the city" is not that it is in the passive voice -- it's actually in the active voice -- but that it describes a "wave of homicides" like a tsunami, devoid of any human agency. A writer who finds a striking way to make this point (sorry, I don't have any good suggestions myself) would be enriching the language.

    Replies: @The Last Real Calvinist, @Gato de la Biblioteca

    After Gray’s killing, and then after the protests, there was a third phase, more devastating than anywhere else, in which the police seemed to retreat and then the largest wave of homicides in a quarter-century overwhelmed the city. That wave has still not fully subsided; the disturbance that became visible with Gray’s death continues.

    A writer who finds a striking way to make this point (sorry, I don’t have any good suggestions myself) would be enriching the language.

    Okay, let me give it a whack.

    After Gray’s killing, and then after the protests, there was a third phase, more devastating than anywhere else, in which the police seemed to retreat. And then Black people in Baltimore began murdering other Black people in numbers not seen in a quarter-century. This murder spree, with Blacks as both perpetrators and victims, has continued at near record levels; the disturbance that became visible with Gray’s death continues.

    This isn’t exactly enriching the language, but is a more accurate set of sentences, I hope.

  39. I recently read something about Freddy Gray and “crash for cash,” a term I was not familiar with. On further reading, it reminded me of my experiences in Baltimore in the 90’s and early 00’s. See http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/08/07/baltimore-prosecutor-stopped-investigator-from-exposing-freddie-gray-crash-for-cash-schemes/

    I started dating a woman I met in Washington, D.C. shortly before moving to Florida. Her company later transferred her to Dallas, where she spent a couple of years, and then to Baltimore around the mid 90’s. I started visiting her in Baltimore beginning in 1995 and continued visiting her there until 2002, when she was transferred once again. She lived in a spacious apartment carved out of half the third floor of what was originally a very spacious single family mansion (with a full basement at ground level for the servants) on Mt. Vernon Square, just a block away from the monument to George Washington, two blocks away from the Peabody Conservatory and two blocks north of the Walters Gallery of Art, two indicators of what a vibrant and sophisticated and prosperous city Baltimore used to be when it was run by Germans and Jews (many of whom came from Germany long before Hitler) and manufacturing was still done in the U.S. Since I grew up in D.C., which is only 30-40 miles away, I used to visit Baltimore occasionally, especially after the Inner Harbor was renovated. But I only became familiar with Baltimore after visiting my friend on long weekends starting in the mid-90’s.

    Mt. Vernon Square was a gentrified enclave in an otherwise largely black inner city. It was pretty obvious that there was a lot of drugs being consumed. One thing that used to strike me as I drove around in my girlfriend’s car just a few blocks from where she lived was the propensity of obviously inebriated or drugged pedestrians to walk off the curb and into the street apparently without looking and apparently oblivious to the danger of being hit by a passing car. When it happened the first time, I just considered myself lucky that I didn’t hit the wayward pedestrian. But I then I saw the same scene reenacted over and over by different players, and I concluded that something strange was going on that I had never encountered before. I got the uneasy feeling that these “pedestrians” were going out of their way to get you to hit them. It was hard for me to comprehend since I had always been taught to “look both ways before crossing” as a child growing up. It got to the point where I had to keep an eye out not just for other cars but for pedestrians who might suddenly decide to walk in the street.

    Eventually I concluded that these fine citizens of Baltimore were deliberately behaving the way they were in order to get hit by a car and receive a windfall in insurance proceeds. What a way to make a living! Once I read about the reference to Freddy Gray and his alleged “Cash for Crash” schemes, I got confirmation of what I had eventually figured out on my own years earlier.

    • Replies: @IBC
    @tbraton

    Interesting. Were you driving a new or expensive car? The actual damages awarded to an accident victim can't exceed the guilty party's ability to pay, so stepping off a curb like that is playing Russian roulette in multiple ways. If they picked the wrong car, they could gain nothing except crippling injuries and medical debts that they themselves might be liable for.

    I actually know someone who was literally "run over" in a genuine accident where the driver was thoroughly negligent and she was just unlucky. She now has serious permanent injuries (though she's still lucky she survived at all). She did get a financial settlement because the driver had insurance and some assets, but it wasn't that great considering what she went through and what she'll have to deal with for the rest of her life.

    For a "cash for crash" scheme to pay off, actual injuries would have to be mild and the driver (the real victim in such a case), would need to be wealthy or at least well-off with great insurance. In a ghetto situation where a significant number of drivers might not even have a license, this scheme would absolutely depend on profiling and smart selection of "targets." But then again, if someone's drunk, desperate, stoned, stupid, or just naive, maybe they wouldn't be likely to sweat the details like that.

    , @Tarrou
    @tbraton

    I don't think its (all) an insurance scheme. In my majority-minority city, it is a common sight to see small groups of young blacks (age 12-15) wander into the road with oncoming traffic seemingly as a game of "chicken". They'll just stand in the middle of the road, forcing the driver to come to a stop or shift to the oncoming lane. But if you downshift and floor it straight at them, they find the sidewalk quickly enough. I haven't seen a single one stick around for the insurance payout yet.

    , @Former Darfur
    @tbraton

    When my Aunt June returned from her missionary trip to Brazil, she told me that if a Brazilian driver hit a pedestrian, he would often back up over the pedestrian again to make sure he was dead. A dead pedestrian was a fine, but a living one was potentially a bankrupting claim, or so she said.

    Maybe the propensity of certain people to deliberately get hit for insurance money was what evolved this seemingly barbaric custom.

    Replies: @tbraton

    , @Ed
    @tbraton

    It's a known hustle in Baltimore, they call them "zombies". Been going on for decades.

    My white manager at Hopkins used to joke about it.

    Replies: @tbraton, @donut

    , @gda
    @tbraton

    Ah yes - thats an old trick. Growing up in Jamaica in the 60's I had personal experience of it in Kingston driving with my dad in one of the less savoury parts of town. Surprisingly, the pedestrians who witnessed this (all black of course) were less than sympathetic with the perp - I can't actually recall if any cash changed hands.

    , @Anonymous Nephew
    @tbraton

    "Crash for cash" has been big business for ten years or more in the UK, where the South Asian community are major players. One MO is for a car-load of young Asian men to drive around looking for a likely mark, ideally a nice old lady type, they then overtake and get in front of her. Approaching somewhere where speeds aren't too high, like a roundabout, they slam on the brakes (sometimes the brake lights are disconnected) ...BUMP ! ... young men all get out holding their necks ("whiplash" claims can run to thousands and are almost impossible to disprove), insurance details are swapped with the mortified old lady and a claim is made, because in the UK the driver behind is held liable (should have left enough room to stop).

    One gang had a favourite roundabout, and were only stopped because office workers overlooking the roundabout got suspicious at the number of similar cashes.

    https://www.fraudjobs.co.uk/news/view/76160

    "A civil servant at the heart of a “cash for crash” scam which is costing motorists an extra £50 annually on their insurance policies was jailed in Manchester yesterday for four and a half years. Mohammed Patel, who worked at the Department of Work and Pensions, would stage bogus road traffic accidents by braking suddenly at junctions or roundabouts to force drivers to crash into him. The 25-year-old was involved in at least 93 forced collisions, earning £500 a time, and allowing a wider network of accomplices, mostly Asian men in Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham and Manchester, to mount inflated insurance claims worth an average £17,000."

  40. I loved this:

    “deepened its tragedy and mystery. Baltimore’s political leadership is composed almost entirely of progressive African-Americans, many of whom had marched in Black Lives Matter protests.”

    Mystery?

    What a hoot.

    Can anybody give an example where

    ” political leadership is composed almost entirely of progressive African-Americans”

    which hasn’t resulted in a collapsed bankrupt violent slum?

    For some reason that escapes me, the Carlos Slim Daily isn’t accepting comments on this one.

  41. @WhatEvvs
    I'm not a big expert on crime (or Baltimore) but it's my impression that the vast majority of murderers know their victims; this is not a category that is full of "stranger to stranger" encounters. So, my guess is that this murder wave is score-settling. Why now? Because the criminals know that the heat is off.

    Wow, who would have guessed that human societies are top-down, and that even the lowest rungs of society know reality? (Perhaps better than SJWS, in fact.)

    Which is why I believe that the campus hooligans are acting with the tacit encouragement of the management. Which is why I believe that the society wide irruption we are witnessing is directly traceable to Obama. Directly. Not indirectly - directly.

    Replies: @Big Bill

    Urban Negro culture is honor-based. If you do not defend your honor you lose face. Predators further down the hierarchy perceive you as weak and attack you. The reasons they kill each other may seem trivial to you. However, the danger of ignoring any public slight can be fatal, as the Urban Negro knows in his bones.

    It would be nice if the Negro community would develop a Code Duello so Negro innocents stopped getting killed in drive-bys (and so Negro cowards could live in peace), but for some reason they prefer gunfights on the street, at birthday parties, graduations, movie theaters, festivals, and funerals).

    There is no effective way to convert them from an honor culture to a dignity culture. This is something they must do for themselves. It is best just to avoid all daily interaction with them (as Obama, TN Coates, Will Smith, Denzel, Truth and countless other Talented Tenth do).

    One sad outcome of post 1950s racial integration is that the Talented Tenth escaped their fellow Negroes and now live with white folks in nice, safe, white neighborhoods. Negroes with intelligence and leadership ability have been abandoning their people for over fifty years now.

    Think of what could have been achieved in the last sixty years if they stayed right where they were and committed themselves to the moral uplift of their people instead of running off.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @Big Bill


    It is best just to avoid all daily interaction with them (as Obama, TN Coates, Will Smith, Denzel, Truth and countless other Talented Tenth do)
     
    Denzel Washington should not be mentioned along with those buffoons. Denzel has class and is honorable. He also has done things to support our troops. Such as visiting Walter Reed.

    Replies: @G Pinfold

  42. @Gato de la Biblioteca
    @Pat Casey

    That city has the worst homeless problem bar none, and it is not just the number, they are very aggressive and often acutely insane.

    Lived in the Balmer area for three years, worked downtown in one of the glass towers. Rode in on the train from Reisterstown every morning. There were lots and lots of crazy people. Sometimes I'd see all the cars in the train jammed full except for a single car with a single rider. That person would be gesticulating wildly, arguing with someone that wasn't there, and so on, and no one wanted to be in the car with the guy. I'd see that in the business district some, too, at lunch time. I can't even imagine how bad it must have been in places where businesses weren't pushing the police to keep the place safe.

    The thing to keep in mind about a place like Baltimore is that large parts of the city are fine. But the places that are bad are true hellholes, and I don't mean like the student ghetto back at whatever university you went to. The awful stuff is concentrated into a few areas, meaning that a lot of the crime stats are actually much worse on a per capita basis than the figures suggest. Take the stats by neighborhood, not by city, and it's simply staggering how bad things are.

    Replies: @Jonathan Silber

    The awful stuff is concentrated into a few areas…Take the stats by neighborhood, not by city, and it’s simply staggering how bad things are.

    And the duty of responsible public officials is to keep the awful stuffed confined to those few areas: it’s probably the best that can be hoped for.

  43. @Anonymous
    OT, quote from Cicero on liberalism, from here:

    Came across this today. Figured you all might enjoy a look at liberalism from a couple thousand years ago.

    "[...] it inevitably happens in a commonwealth thus revolutionized that liberalism abounds in all directions, due authority is found wanting even in private families, and misrule seems to extend even to the animals that witness it. Then the father fears the son, and the son neglects the father. All modesty is banished; they become far too liberal for that.

    No difference is made between the citizen and the alien; the master dreads and cajoles his scholars, and the scholars despise their masters. The young men assume the gravity of sages, and sages must stoop to the follies of children, lest they should be hated and oppressed by them. The very slaves even are under but little restraint; wives boast the same rights as their husbands; dogs, horses, and asses are emancipated in this outrageous excess of freedom, and run about so violently that they frighten the passengers from the road.

    At length the termination of all this infinite licentiousness is, that the minds of the citizens become so fastidious and effeminate, that when they observe even the slightest exertion of authority they grow angry and seditious, and thus the laws begin to be neglected, so that the people are absolutely without any master at all. [...]

    Thus we find in the weather, the soil, and the animal constitution the most favorable conditions are sometimes suddenly converted by their excess into the contrary, and this fact is especially observable in political governments; and this excessive liberty soon brings the people collectively and individually to an excessive servitude."

    --Cicero

    Now, what is all this about progress and new ideas when these same things were debated and dismissed as dangerous even back in Roman times? Truly marvelous.

     

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I was gonna say that this quote could predict next week’s posts at iSteve, but looking back, it fits much of last week’s to a tee.

    Davos delenda est.

    • Replies: @Boomstick
    @Reg Cæsar

    "Davos delenda est."

    It would be interesting to speculate on why the current political class, both in the US and abroad, is so awful. They're almost universally useless or worse than useless, such as when they yammer about the real cause of Islamic terrorism being climate change. They're panicky, wrapped up in 8 hour news cycles and twitter hashtags, prone to fantasies, and compulsive conformists.

    I suspect the strong selection by IQ tests at 17 years of age has something to do with it. Intelligence is a virtue, but not the only one. Merkel doesn't fit into that template; she grew up in East Germany but managed to thread the needle between the required subservience to the Party and independent thought. One would think she'd be more tough-minded.

    Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing other theories.

    Replies: @anon

  44. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Mr. Anon
    OT: On Drudge this morning - the New Scientist reports a study purporting to show that there is no difference between the brains of men and women.

    No Male or Female Brain

    And just to show that this study is completely neutral, dispassionate, and scientific-like, they accompany that article with an editorial about how wonderful the results are and what a blow to the patriarchy it is:

    Smash the Patriarchy!

    It all sounds rather hokey to me. They found that the structure of the 'male' and 'female' brain was no different, in that they all had the same parts in about the same sizes in the same locations. Of course the same could be said about male and female bodies. They even say that it says nothing about the function of the brain.

    And why shouldn't I believe some brain researchers when they tell me something that contradicts a lifetime of experience - not just my own, but that of virtually everyone I've ever known? Look to this study to be heavily cited in the near future.

    Replies: @The most deplorable one, @TheJester

    No doubt we will soon be hearing that there is no such thing as a white or a black brain and that research that shows that you can predict ancestry based on surface features is just plain wrong.

    Also, that sports achievement is socially constructed.

  45. Eventually I concluded that these fine citizens of Baltimore were deliberately behaving the way they were in order to get hit by a car and receive a windfall in insurance proceeds.

    If you’re going to drive in a poor urban area, you need a crappy looking cheap car. It doesn’t stop that crash for cash crowd entirely, but it slows them down. No one wants to get hit by a car if the driver is poor and perhaps doesn’t even have insurance!

    Alternately, get something very flashy and ghetto so they think you’re a successful drug dealer. The need for window tinting in this last case is obvious!

  46. Weaselly newspaper reporters and editors also try to obfuscate the truth and deceive their readers by using constructions such as ‘violence erupted’, or ‘a gun battle broke out’. It’s not grammatically the passive voice, but it serves the same invidious purpose.

    Right. Let’s call it “passive language.”

    For example I live in a suburban apartment complex full of what are supposedly middle class blacks. Someone posted a sign this weekend to not smoke weed in the stairwell. So someone that has access to a unit still decides to smoke in a public place. That’s just how they do, few disparity studies will ever come up with that.

    Probably doesn’t have access to a unit; momma sez smoke that stinky shit elsewhere.

    When confronted the reporter claimed the police did not release any information about race. Someone in the comments linked up the police blotter that clearly indicates his race but clothes he was wearing. Thus far no comment from the post.

    It’s interesting how quickly and easily lying comes to journalists (I was amused to see the babe in the woods approach the writers of an episode of Alias took toward any possible connection between journalists and spies, as if the whole world doesn’t know they’re two very similar professions with tons of overlap, and that other than “diplomat,” there’s no better cover for a spy than “journalist.”). Cops are not the ones who have instituted the racist PC ban on identifying the dindunuffins as dindunuffins. Cops actually want to catch criminals. It is known.

    Some people get mellow with weed, but not everyone.

    There’s a scene in one of those black gangsta yoof movies from the nineties that has the protagonists riding around in a car, armed to the teeth, looking for the aspiring rapper who killed one of their friends so they can kill him – they smoke weed throughout.

    Most people get mellow with weed, but then, some people can commit murder in a mellow state of mind.

    • Replies: @Forbes
    @Svigor

    Getting mellow with weed is another way of saying it reduces inhibitions, perhaps to the point of a "don't give a sh!t" kinda mellow. But the high also produces euphoria that can cause paranoid behavior--that violence follows should not be surprising. A form of self-medicating that blocks aspects of reality.

  47. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    • Replies: @countenance
    @The most deplorable one

    Rahm fires Garry McPilgrim because of a cover-up that was done in part to help Rahm win re-election. Makes perfect sense.

    I'm also loving the official reasons for axing Garry -- Laquan McDonald, Tyshawn Lee, the increased homicide tally. Therefore, Garry had to go because he was too tough and not tough enough on black thugs simultaneously.

    , @Harry Baldwin
    @The most deplorable one

    I don't generally like to see police chiefs fired for political purposes, but in the case of Chicago's Garry McCarthy, a liberal toady, I'll make an exception. Here are some excerpts from news items that will give you the McCarthy flavor:


    McCarthy said he was not in favor of concealed carry, even when it is
    mentioned as a possible deterrent to crime. “When people say concealed
    carry, I say ‘Trayvon Martin,’ he said. “The answer is not more guns.”
     

    When asked about the “gap” between law enforcement and the black
    community, McCarthy reached back 400 years for an answer.
    “It’s a big issue. It’s a long time coming. We’ve done a lot of things
    wrong in policing in this country. I’m willing to admit that,” said
    McCarthy. “But this goes back 200-300 years to the time when Pilgrims came
    here and things developed from that, the African American experience in
    this country.”
     

    Speaking at the church of radical priest Father Pfleger, McCarthy blasted
    the NRA, telling parishioners that their communities have paid the price
    while the gun manufacturers are getting “rich and living in gated
    communities.”

    And he told an anecdote of just one night with the New York Police
    Department. After returning home from investigating a pair of shootings,
    he said he flipped on the television to relax, only to find “Sarah Palin’s
    Alaska” being broadcast.

    “She was caribou hunting, and talking about the right to bear arms,” he
    said. “Why wasn’t she at the crime scene with me?”
     

    Replies: @anonymous

    , @dc.sunsets
    @The most deplorable one

    So true. Chicago's septic politics insures that its underclass will always be at least a smoking volcano while Illinois' financial condition will always be worst-in-class.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @The most deplorable one

    Joe, Gene, Jenny, Garry... what is it with people named McCarthy?

    Replies: @Hibernian

  48. @Hibernian
    @Hapalong Cassidy

    Not unless he's a Civil War buff; some left wingers are.

    Replies: @NorthOfTheOneOhOne

    Go watch a little TV, then get back to us.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avon_Barksdale

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @NorthOfTheOneOhOne

    I'll see your "Wire" and raise you a "Gettysburg."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettysburg_(2011_film)


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Barksdale

  49. @Graham
    "I’m not a big opponent of the passive voice in writing, but the tendency of journalists to lapse into the passive voice when describing black violence is not a coincidence."

    I'm not a big opponent myself, but there were no instances of the passive voice at all in the passage above your remark. Sure there were impersonal constructions, but that's a different thing.

    Replies: @vinteuil

    Yes, this.

    Active voice: Oswald shot Kennedy.

    Passive voice: Kennedy was shot by Oswald.

    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @vinteuil

    Modern headline: Violence erupts in Dallas.

    Replies: @vinteuil, @Jonathan Silber

    , @Hibernian
    @vinteuil

    I think they're both examples of passive voice. It's the "was shot" that makes it passive, whether it's modified by "by Oswald" or "in 1963."

    , @AnotherDad
    @vinteuil


    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.
     
    More like: "a wave of bullets overwhelmed Kennedy".

    Replies: @G Pinfold

  50. The Ferguson Effect (actually, the Cincinnati Effect, as it was first noticed after the 2001 riots in that city), is better thought of as an about a two year period of sharply increased violent crime rates in a city after it experiences serious black riots. Black riots are victory riots, they are expressions of racial power, not racial hopelessness. They riot because they know they’ve got one step ahead of the “white” authorities. And after the riots, hyped up on their own racial exuberance and victory celebrations, they act even blacker than usual and take out their newfound tribal energy mostly on each other.

    I do not interpret the Ferguson Effect in terms of cops withdrawing and being hesitant, because the Kansas City experiment in the 1970s proved that police saturation has almost no effect on actual violent crime rates.

  51. @tbraton
    I recently read something about Freddy Gray and "crash for cash," a term I was not familiar with. On further reading, it reminded me of my experiences in Baltimore in the 90's and early 00's. See http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/08/07/baltimore-prosecutor-stopped-investigator-from-exposing-freddie-gray-crash-for-cash-schemes/

    I started dating a woman I met in Washington, D.C. shortly before moving to Florida. Her company later transferred her to Dallas, where she spent a couple of years, and then to Baltimore around the mid 90's. I started visiting her in Baltimore beginning in 1995 and continued visiting her there until 2002, when she was transferred once again. She lived in a spacious apartment carved out of half the third floor of what was originally a very spacious single family mansion (with a full basement at ground level for the servants) on Mt. Vernon Square, just a block away from the monument to George Washington, two blocks away from the Peabody Conservatory and two blocks north of the Walters Gallery of Art, two indicators of what a vibrant and sophisticated and prosperous city Baltimore used to be when it was run by Germans and Jews (many of whom came from Germany long before Hitler) and manufacturing was still done in the U.S. Since I grew up in D.C., which is only 30-40 miles away, I used to visit Baltimore occasionally, especially after the Inner Harbor was renovated. But I only became familiar with Baltimore after visiting my friend on long weekends starting in the mid-90's.

    Mt. Vernon Square was a gentrified enclave in an otherwise largely black inner city. It was pretty obvious that there was a lot of drugs being consumed. One thing that used to strike me as I drove around in my girlfriend's car just a few blocks from where she lived was the propensity of obviously inebriated or drugged pedestrians to walk off the curb and into the street apparently without looking and apparently oblivious to the danger of being hit by a passing car. When it happened the first time, I just considered myself lucky that I didn't hit the wayward pedestrian. But I then I saw the same scene reenacted over and over by different players, and I concluded that something strange was going on that I had never encountered before. I got the uneasy feeling that these "pedestrians" were going out of their way to get you to hit them. It was hard for me to comprehend since I had always been taught to "look both ways before crossing" as a child growing up. It got to the point where I had to keep an eye out not just for other cars but for pedestrians who might suddenly decide to walk in the street.

    Eventually I concluded that these fine citizens of Baltimore were deliberately behaving the way they were in order to get hit by a car and receive a windfall in insurance proceeds. What a way to make a living! Once I read about the reference to Freddy Gray and his alleged "Cash for Crash" schemes, I got confirmation of what I had eventually figured out on my own years earlier.

    Replies: @IBC, @Tarrou, @Former Darfur, @Ed, @gda, @Anonymous Nephew

    Interesting. Were you driving a new or expensive car? The actual damages awarded to an accident victim can’t exceed the guilty party’s ability to pay, so stepping off a curb like that is playing Russian roulette in multiple ways. If they picked the wrong car, they could gain nothing except crippling injuries and medical debts that they themselves might be liable for.

    I actually know someone who was literally “run over” in a genuine accident where the driver was thoroughly negligent and she was just unlucky. She now has serious permanent injuries (though she’s still lucky she survived at all). She did get a financial settlement because the driver had insurance and some assets, but it wasn’t that great considering what she went through and what she’ll have to deal with for the rest of her life.

    For a “cash for crash” scheme to pay off, actual injuries would have to be mild and the driver (the real victim in such a case), would need to be wealthy or at least well-off with great insurance. In a ghetto situation where a significant number of drivers might not even have a license, this scheme would absolutely depend on profiling and smart selection of “targets.” But then again, if someone’s drunk, desperate, stoned, stupid, or just naive, maybe they wouldn’t be likely to sweat the details like that.

  52. @tbraton
    I recently read something about Freddy Gray and "crash for cash," a term I was not familiar with. On further reading, it reminded me of my experiences in Baltimore in the 90's and early 00's. See http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/08/07/baltimore-prosecutor-stopped-investigator-from-exposing-freddie-gray-crash-for-cash-schemes/

    I started dating a woman I met in Washington, D.C. shortly before moving to Florida. Her company later transferred her to Dallas, where she spent a couple of years, and then to Baltimore around the mid 90's. I started visiting her in Baltimore beginning in 1995 and continued visiting her there until 2002, when she was transferred once again. She lived in a spacious apartment carved out of half the third floor of what was originally a very spacious single family mansion (with a full basement at ground level for the servants) on Mt. Vernon Square, just a block away from the monument to George Washington, two blocks away from the Peabody Conservatory and two blocks north of the Walters Gallery of Art, two indicators of what a vibrant and sophisticated and prosperous city Baltimore used to be when it was run by Germans and Jews (many of whom came from Germany long before Hitler) and manufacturing was still done in the U.S. Since I grew up in D.C., which is only 30-40 miles away, I used to visit Baltimore occasionally, especially after the Inner Harbor was renovated. But I only became familiar with Baltimore after visiting my friend on long weekends starting in the mid-90's.

    Mt. Vernon Square was a gentrified enclave in an otherwise largely black inner city. It was pretty obvious that there was a lot of drugs being consumed. One thing that used to strike me as I drove around in my girlfriend's car just a few blocks from where she lived was the propensity of obviously inebriated or drugged pedestrians to walk off the curb and into the street apparently without looking and apparently oblivious to the danger of being hit by a passing car. When it happened the first time, I just considered myself lucky that I didn't hit the wayward pedestrian. But I then I saw the same scene reenacted over and over by different players, and I concluded that something strange was going on that I had never encountered before. I got the uneasy feeling that these "pedestrians" were going out of their way to get you to hit them. It was hard for me to comprehend since I had always been taught to "look both ways before crossing" as a child growing up. It got to the point where I had to keep an eye out not just for other cars but for pedestrians who might suddenly decide to walk in the street.

    Eventually I concluded that these fine citizens of Baltimore were deliberately behaving the way they were in order to get hit by a car and receive a windfall in insurance proceeds. What a way to make a living! Once I read about the reference to Freddy Gray and his alleged "Cash for Crash" schemes, I got confirmation of what I had eventually figured out on my own years earlier.

    Replies: @IBC, @Tarrou, @Former Darfur, @Ed, @gda, @Anonymous Nephew

    I don’t think its (all) an insurance scheme. In my majority-minority city, it is a common sight to see small groups of young blacks (age 12-15) wander into the road with oncoming traffic seemingly as a game of “chicken”. They’ll just stand in the middle of the road, forcing the driver to come to a stop or shift to the oncoming lane. But if you downshift and floor it straight at them, they find the sidewalk quickly enough. I haven’t seen a single one stick around for the insurance payout yet.

  53. @tbraton
    I recently read something about Freddy Gray and "crash for cash," a term I was not familiar with. On further reading, it reminded me of my experiences in Baltimore in the 90's and early 00's. See http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/08/07/baltimore-prosecutor-stopped-investigator-from-exposing-freddie-gray-crash-for-cash-schemes/

    I started dating a woman I met in Washington, D.C. shortly before moving to Florida. Her company later transferred her to Dallas, where she spent a couple of years, and then to Baltimore around the mid 90's. I started visiting her in Baltimore beginning in 1995 and continued visiting her there until 2002, when she was transferred once again. She lived in a spacious apartment carved out of half the third floor of what was originally a very spacious single family mansion (with a full basement at ground level for the servants) on Mt. Vernon Square, just a block away from the monument to George Washington, two blocks away from the Peabody Conservatory and two blocks north of the Walters Gallery of Art, two indicators of what a vibrant and sophisticated and prosperous city Baltimore used to be when it was run by Germans and Jews (many of whom came from Germany long before Hitler) and manufacturing was still done in the U.S. Since I grew up in D.C., which is only 30-40 miles away, I used to visit Baltimore occasionally, especially after the Inner Harbor was renovated. But I only became familiar with Baltimore after visiting my friend on long weekends starting in the mid-90's.

    Mt. Vernon Square was a gentrified enclave in an otherwise largely black inner city. It was pretty obvious that there was a lot of drugs being consumed. One thing that used to strike me as I drove around in my girlfriend's car just a few blocks from where she lived was the propensity of obviously inebriated or drugged pedestrians to walk off the curb and into the street apparently without looking and apparently oblivious to the danger of being hit by a passing car. When it happened the first time, I just considered myself lucky that I didn't hit the wayward pedestrian. But I then I saw the same scene reenacted over and over by different players, and I concluded that something strange was going on that I had never encountered before. I got the uneasy feeling that these "pedestrians" were going out of their way to get you to hit them. It was hard for me to comprehend since I had always been taught to "look both ways before crossing" as a child growing up. It got to the point where I had to keep an eye out not just for other cars but for pedestrians who might suddenly decide to walk in the street.

    Eventually I concluded that these fine citizens of Baltimore were deliberately behaving the way they were in order to get hit by a car and receive a windfall in insurance proceeds. What a way to make a living! Once I read about the reference to Freddy Gray and his alleged "Cash for Crash" schemes, I got confirmation of what I had eventually figured out on my own years earlier.

    Replies: @IBC, @Tarrou, @Former Darfur, @Ed, @gda, @Anonymous Nephew

    When my Aunt June returned from her missionary trip to Brazil, she told me that if a Brazilian driver hit a pedestrian, he would often back up over the pedestrian again to make sure he was dead. A dead pedestrian was a fine, but a living one was potentially a bankrupting claim, or so she said.

    Maybe the propensity of certain people to deliberately get hit for insurance money was what evolved this seemingly barbaric custom.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @Former Darfur

    "When my Aunt June returned from her missionary trip to Brazil, she told me that if a Brazilian driver hit a pedestrian, he would often back up over the pedestrian again to make sure he was dead. A dead pedestrian was a fine, but a living one was potentially a bankrupting claim, or so she said."

    Very funny. Plus, it sounds like good advice. I'll keep that in mind next time I'm in Baltimore.

  54. @vinteuil
    @Graham

    Yes, this.

    Active voice: Oswald shot Kennedy.

    Passive voice: Kennedy was shot by Oswald.

    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Hibernian, @AnotherDad

    Modern headline: Violence erupts in Dallas.

    • Replies: @vinteuil
    @Reg Cæsar

    "Violence erupts in Dallas"

    Hmmm...would that count as active voice, impersonal construction?

    Would the passive voice, impersonal construction version be "Dallas disrupted by violence?"

    Sorry - I've got a headache, now & I need another drink.

    , @Jonathan Silber
    @Reg Cæsar

    Modern headline: Violence erupts in Dallas.

    Or "Violence erupts in Dallas: President finds himself shot."

  55. A black 13-year-old named Martinez– that’s his first name– was shot to death while breaking into a car in St Louis:

    http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2015/11/30/no-charges-for-man-who-fatally-shot-13-year-old/

    Evidently the car was on the shooter’s property, so the man may be protected from state prosecution under the castle doctrine. It’s only a 50-50 chance he’ll br prosecuted/persecuted by the media, though, because he’s black as well.

    The boy was shot at 12:45 am. In this case, midnight basketball would literally saved his life.

    • Replies: @The most deplorable one
    @Reg Cæsar

    I am sure there will be candle-light vigils for St Martinez!

    Why did the prosecutors refuse to prosecute despite the police asking them to do so?

    Are young black bodies not safe anywhere?

  56. @The most deplorable one
    Next up, Chicago:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/12/01/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-fires-police-chief/

    I anticipate much entertainment.

    Replies: @countenance, @Harry Baldwin, @dc.sunsets, @Reg Cæsar

    Rahm fires Garry McPilgrim because of a cover-up that was done in part to help Rahm win re-election. Makes perfect sense.

    I’m also loving the official reasons for axing Garry — Laquan McDonald, Tyshawn Lee, the increased homicide tally. Therefore, Garry had to go because he was too tough and not tough enough on black thugs simultaneously.

  57. @tbraton
    I recently read something about Freddy Gray and "crash for cash," a term I was not familiar with. On further reading, it reminded me of my experiences in Baltimore in the 90's and early 00's. See http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/08/07/baltimore-prosecutor-stopped-investigator-from-exposing-freddie-gray-crash-for-cash-schemes/

    I started dating a woman I met in Washington, D.C. shortly before moving to Florida. Her company later transferred her to Dallas, where she spent a couple of years, and then to Baltimore around the mid 90's. I started visiting her in Baltimore beginning in 1995 and continued visiting her there until 2002, when she was transferred once again. She lived in a spacious apartment carved out of half the third floor of what was originally a very spacious single family mansion (with a full basement at ground level for the servants) on Mt. Vernon Square, just a block away from the monument to George Washington, two blocks away from the Peabody Conservatory and two blocks north of the Walters Gallery of Art, two indicators of what a vibrant and sophisticated and prosperous city Baltimore used to be when it was run by Germans and Jews (many of whom came from Germany long before Hitler) and manufacturing was still done in the U.S. Since I grew up in D.C., which is only 30-40 miles away, I used to visit Baltimore occasionally, especially after the Inner Harbor was renovated. But I only became familiar with Baltimore after visiting my friend on long weekends starting in the mid-90's.

    Mt. Vernon Square was a gentrified enclave in an otherwise largely black inner city. It was pretty obvious that there was a lot of drugs being consumed. One thing that used to strike me as I drove around in my girlfriend's car just a few blocks from where she lived was the propensity of obviously inebriated or drugged pedestrians to walk off the curb and into the street apparently without looking and apparently oblivious to the danger of being hit by a passing car. When it happened the first time, I just considered myself lucky that I didn't hit the wayward pedestrian. But I then I saw the same scene reenacted over and over by different players, and I concluded that something strange was going on that I had never encountered before. I got the uneasy feeling that these "pedestrians" were going out of their way to get you to hit them. It was hard for me to comprehend since I had always been taught to "look both ways before crossing" as a child growing up. It got to the point where I had to keep an eye out not just for other cars but for pedestrians who might suddenly decide to walk in the street.

    Eventually I concluded that these fine citizens of Baltimore were deliberately behaving the way they were in order to get hit by a car and receive a windfall in insurance proceeds. What a way to make a living! Once I read about the reference to Freddy Gray and his alleged "Cash for Crash" schemes, I got confirmation of what I had eventually figured out on my own years earlier.

    Replies: @IBC, @Tarrou, @Former Darfur, @Ed, @gda, @Anonymous Nephew

    It’s a known hustle in Baltimore, they call them “zombies”. Been going on for decades.

    My white manager at Hopkins used to joke about it.

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @Ed

    "It’s a known hustle in Baltimore, they call them “zombies”. Been going on for decades."

    Thanks for the confirmation. I have never encountered such a practice anywhere else, and I grew up in D.C. which was still majority black when I left. And I would occasionally find myself driving through some pretty bad neighborhoods without incident. After a while, once I grew accustomed to the odd practice, I could anticipate which clown was going to try the stunt simply by studying the pedestrians on the sidewalk. Fortunately, I never had an "incident" so I avoided any personal involvement with one of those "zombies." If I had a wife, girlfriend, or daughter traveling alone, I would have strongly advised her not to stop in the event of an "incident" but to keep moving.

    Replies: @dc.sunsets

    , @donut
    @Ed

    What year was that ? Hopkins is progressive central for the mid Atlantic .

    Replies: @Ed

  58. @Svigor

    Weaselly newspaper reporters and editors also try to obfuscate the truth and deceive their readers by using constructions such as ‘violence erupted’, or ‘a gun battle broke out’. It’s not grammatically the passive voice, but it serves the same invidious purpose.
     
    Right. Let's call it "passive language."

    For example I live in a suburban apartment complex full of what are supposedly middle class blacks. Someone posted a sign this weekend to not smoke weed in the stairwell. So someone that has access to a unit still decides to smoke in a public place. That’s just how they do, few disparity studies will ever come up with that.
     
    Probably doesn't have access to a unit; momma sez smoke that stinky shit elsewhere.

    When confronted the reporter claimed the police did not release any information about race. Someone in the comments linked up the police blotter that clearly indicates his race but clothes he was wearing. Thus far no comment from the post.
     
    It's interesting how quickly and easily lying comes to journalists (I was amused to see the babe in the woods approach the writers of an episode of Alias took toward any possible connection between journalists and spies, as if the whole world doesn't know they're two very similar professions with tons of overlap, and that other than "diplomat," there's no better cover for a spy than "journalist."). Cops are not the ones who have instituted the racist PC ban on identifying the dindunuffins as dindunuffins. Cops actually want to catch criminals. It is known.

    Some people get mellow with weed, but not everyone.
     
    There's a scene in one of those black gangsta yoof movies from the nineties that has the protagonists riding around in a car, armed to the teeth, looking for the aspiring rapper who killed one of their friends so they can kill him - they smoke weed throughout.

    Most people get mellow with weed, but then, some people can commit murder in a mellow state of mind.

    Replies: @Forbes

    Getting mellow with weed is another way of saying it reduces inhibitions, perhaps to the point of a “don’t give a sh!t” kinda mellow. But the high also produces euphoria that can cause paranoid behavior–that violence follows should not be surprising. A form of self-medicating that blocks aspects of reality.

  59. Didn’t Wallace-Wells used to write for the Dartmouth Review (low-profile post-D’Souza period)? I think I saw some literary magazine pieces under his byline but if he got into the actual MSM that has to be a fluke of extreme persistence

  60. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Reg Cæsar
    A black 13-year-old named Martinez-- that's his first name-- was shot to death while breaking into a car in St Louis:

    http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2015/11/30/no-charges-for-man-who-fatally-shot-13-year-old/

    Evidently the car was on the shooter's property, so the man may be protected from state prosecution under the castle doctrine. It's only a 50-50 chance he'll br prosecuted/persecuted by the media, though, because he's black as well.

    The boy was shot at 12:45 am. In this case, midnight basketball would literally saved his life.

    Replies: @The most deplorable one

    I am sure there will be candle-light vigils for St Martinez!

    Why did the prosecutors refuse to prosecute despite the police asking them to do so?

    Are young black bodies not safe anywhere?

  61. @Reg Cæsar
    @Anonymous

    I was gonna say that this quote could predict next week's posts at iSteve, but looking back, it fits much of last week's to a tee.

    Davos delenda est.

    Replies: @Boomstick

    Davos delenda est.

    It would be interesting to speculate on why the current political class, both in the US and abroad, is so awful. They’re almost universally useless or worse than useless, such as when they yammer about the real cause of Islamic terrorism being climate change. They’re panicky, wrapped up in 8 hour news cycles and twitter hashtags, prone to fantasies, and compulsive conformists.

    I suspect the strong selection by IQ tests at 17 years of age has something to do with it. Intelligence is a virtue, but not the only one. Merkel doesn’t fit into that template; she grew up in East Germany but managed to thread the needle between the required subservience to the Party and independent thought. One would think she’d be more tough-minded.

    Anyway, I’d be interested in hearing other theories.

    • Replies: @anon
    @Boomstick

    On the left they're filtered on the basis of either believing PC or being dishonest enough to lie about it - so stupid or dishonest. On the right they're filtered by donors who want politicians who are either stupid, corrupt or blackmailable.

    The current system is selecting the worst people to be in charge and not the best.

  62. Baltimore isn’t the only one “laboratory city”; Detroit who was once the “Model City” might fit that category as well. Maybe Camden, Newark, Compton too.

    The late Anthony Hervey then I mentionned in a previous comment. mentionned in his book (still available on Amazon), one “laboratory” who have some unintented consequences but telling that inconvienent truth and one guy will shout “That’s racist”.

  63. I forgotted to mention Harlem, who had seen some seeds of gentrification.

  64. Shouldn’t that read, “Baltimore, the Lavatory City”? That’s what it’s turning into.

  65. @tbraton
    I recently read something about Freddy Gray and "crash for cash," a term I was not familiar with. On further reading, it reminded me of my experiences in Baltimore in the 90's and early 00's. See http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/08/07/baltimore-prosecutor-stopped-investigator-from-exposing-freddie-gray-crash-for-cash-schemes/

    I started dating a woman I met in Washington, D.C. shortly before moving to Florida. Her company later transferred her to Dallas, where she spent a couple of years, and then to Baltimore around the mid 90's. I started visiting her in Baltimore beginning in 1995 and continued visiting her there until 2002, when she was transferred once again. She lived in a spacious apartment carved out of half the third floor of what was originally a very spacious single family mansion (with a full basement at ground level for the servants) on Mt. Vernon Square, just a block away from the monument to George Washington, two blocks away from the Peabody Conservatory and two blocks north of the Walters Gallery of Art, two indicators of what a vibrant and sophisticated and prosperous city Baltimore used to be when it was run by Germans and Jews (many of whom came from Germany long before Hitler) and manufacturing was still done in the U.S. Since I grew up in D.C., which is only 30-40 miles away, I used to visit Baltimore occasionally, especially after the Inner Harbor was renovated. But I only became familiar with Baltimore after visiting my friend on long weekends starting in the mid-90's.

    Mt. Vernon Square was a gentrified enclave in an otherwise largely black inner city. It was pretty obvious that there was a lot of drugs being consumed. One thing that used to strike me as I drove around in my girlfriend's car just a few blocks from where she lived was the propensity of obviously inebriated or drugged pedestrians to walk off the curb and into the street apparently without looking and apparently oblivious to the danger of being hit by a passing car. When it happened the first time, I just considered myself lucky that I didn't hit the wayward pedestrian. But I then I saw the same scene reenacted over and over by different players, and I concluded that something strange was going on that I had never encountered before. I got the uneasy feeling that these "pedestrians" were going out of their way to get you to hit them. It was hard for me to comprehend since I had always been taught to "look both ways before crossing" as a child growing up. It got to the point where I had to keep an eye out not just for other cars but for pedestrians who might suddenly decide to walk in the street.

    Eventually I concluded that these fine citizens of Baltimore were deliberately behaving the way they were in order to get hit by a car and receive a windfall in insurance proceeds. What a way to make a living! Once I read about the reference to Freddy Gray and his alleged "Cash for Crash" schemes, I got confirmation of what I had eventually figured out on my own years earlier.

    Replies: @IBC, @Tarrou, @Former Darfur, @Ed, @gda, @Anonymous Nephew

    Ah yes – thats an old trick. Growing up in Jamaica in the 60’s I had personal experience of it in Kingston driving with my dad in one of the less savoury parts of town. Surprisingly, the pedestrians who witnessed this (all black of course) were less than sympathetic with the perp – I can’t actually recall if any cash changed hands.

  66. Does Baltimore stand a chance not to end up like Detroit?

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @BB753

    "Does Baltimore stand a chance not to end up like Detroit?"

    Back in the early 00's, I heard from my girlfriend in Baltimore that the real estate market was really hot, and she cited some prices for properties in what I knew to be "iffy" neighborhoods which were suddenly shooting up. Around the same time, I read some articles in the NY Times that Baltimore had suddenly developed into a fashionable place for seniors to retire, because the real estate prices were comparatively low compared to other areas further north (one thing driving Baltimore's redevelopment was that it was much cheaper than neighboring D.C., and many people chose to buy in Baltimore and commute) and medical care was excellent (because of Johns Hopkins and U of Maryland (medical school in Baltimore) ). Plus Baltimore is located on the water, with easy access to Chesapeake Bay. And it is a nice city, with many attractive neighborhoods away from central downtown. I saw signs of vibrant redevelopment. That probably carried on for a few years before the real estate market turned sour, as it did nationwide. Around the same time, I had another friend move to Baltimore, and she didn't know whether to rent or buy. I urged her to buy since interest rates were so low, which was only good for the real estate market. It paid off, since her place (away from downtown) increased in price until 2008, when real estate prices began to fall. I gather from other messages on Sailer's blog that the present situation in Baltimore is not good, largely due to the crime problem. I haven't been back for over 10 years, so I am in no position to say. One thing I did notice is that, while the crime rate was dropping dramatically in NYC under Giuliani and Bloomberg and generally across the country, Baltimore was always the exception. There, the crime rate did not drop as much or it continued at high levels over the past 25 years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Baltimore

    , @Ed
    @BB753

    Its proximity to DC & Hopkins will probably act as a floor to complete Detroit type ruination.

  67. @Reg Cæsar
    @vinteuil

    Modern headline: Violence erupts in Dallas.

    Replies: @vinteuil, @Jonathan Silber

    “Violence erupts in Dallas”

    Hmmm…would that count as active voice, impersonal construction?

    Would the passive voice, impersonal construction version be “Dallas disrupted by violence?”

    Sorry – I’ve got a headache, now & I need another drink.

  68. @Ed
    @tbraton

    It's a known hustle in Baltimore, they call them "zombies". Been going on for decades.

    My white manager at Hopkins used to joke about it.

    Replies: @tbraton, @donut

    “It’s a known hustle in Baltimore, they call them “zombies”. Been going on for decades.”

    Thanks for the confirmation. I have never encountered such a practice anywhere else, and I grew up in D.C. which was still majority black when I left. And I would occasionally find myself driving through some pretty bad neighborhoods without incident. After a while, once I grew accustomed to the odd practice, I could anticipate which clown was going to try the stunt simply by studying the pedestrians on the sidewalk. Fortunately, I never had an “incident” so I avoided any personal involvement with one of those “zombies.” If I had a wife, girlfriend, or daughter traveling alone, I would have strongly advised her not to stop in the event of an “incident” but to keep moving.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    @tbraton

    Stopping, even if armed to the teeth, still looks hazardous to me.

  69. Many Northeast dysfunctional cities have black elected officials who seem unable to lead,they are more on the order of a figurehead. They do manage to garner national press but mostly because of the high crime rates and spectacular failure of their city’s school districts. Black communities have lots of pastors and reverends that act as spokesperson for blacks but their congregations seem to be comprised mainly of women and older men. They all seem to focus on telling whites what they, the whites, must do , to make black lives better. Not too much attention paid to demanding blacks to behave better.

  70. @Ed
    @tbraton

    It's a known hustle in Baltimore, they call them "zombies". Been going on for decades.

    My white manager at Hopkins used to joke about it.

    Replies: @tbraton, @donut

    What year was that ? Hopkins is progressive central for the mid Atlantic .

    • Replies: @Ed
    @donut

    I worked for the hospital for a few years in the beginning of this decade. There is this myth that folks in blue cities are almost uniformly progressive. Many were pretty blunt about race issues once they trusted you of course. I recall asking a new hire what she thought of Wilmington since she was from Delaware. Without blinking an eye she said it was fine but there were too many "porch monkeys".

    Baltimore being so black makes whites notice more, become more racialize if you will.

  71. @conatus
    Long ago and not so far away I resided in an oh-so-slowly gentrifying neigh(white guys say 'neigh').
    I lived next to a family who had a son named Pee-Wee but he was not there when i first moved in as he was doing six years at Lorton out in Va. on a coke bust.
    When Pee-Wee returned from jail he was treated like royalty. Everyone loved him, everyone came up to talk to him and kiss his ring. He demonstrated his nobility by occasionally parking in front of my house and distributing goods to the poor...say a trunkful of frozen chickens or some overly warm polyester Hawaiian shirts(I still have one in the closet).
    The neigh loved the guy. He was usually upbeat and friendly, even after he had been spread eagled and searched by the cops at the intersection in front of us(and the cops found guns in the engine...in the engine!!..under the hood). Sounds like a bad man.
    But to the neigh Pee Wee had done time at Lorton. He was the real deal.
    Anyway the point is the values in the neigh are completely reversed from the values the SJWs espouse but they are too naive to see that. Pee-Wee's Lorton degree had more value than a Harvard degree. The connections he had made at Lorton helped him in his ten square block world which had no connection to the world of the articulators at the Washington Post.
    I do not think the people who write these articles about a city like Baltimore really appreciate(grok?) how different the value system is in these places.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    I don’t know about DC, but in Chicago black neighborhoods that gentrify were often very poor before gentrification. People in these neighborhoods may be more likely to glorify a guy like Pee Wee than those in middle class black neighborhoods and suburbs.

  72. @NorthOfTheOneOhOne
    @Hibernian

    Go watch a little TV, then get back to us.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avon_Barksdale

    Replies: @Hibernian

  73. @vinteuil
    @Graham

    Yes, this.

    Active voice: Oswald shot Kennedy.

    Passive voice: Kennedy was shot by Oswald.

    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Hibernian, @AnotherDad

    I think they’re both examples of passive voice. It’s the “was shot” that makes it passive, whether it’s modified by “by Oswald” or “in 1963.”

  74. Baltimore, The City of Mysteries…

  75. @vinteuil
    @Graham

    Yes, this.

    Active voice: Oswald shot Kennedy.

    Passive voice: Kennedy was shot by Oswald.

    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Hibernian, @AnotherDad

    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    More like: “a wave of bullets overwhelmed Kennedy”.

    • Replies: @G Pinfold
    @AnotherDad


    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    More like: “a wave of bullets overwhelmed Kennedy”.
     
    Don't forget the flourish: "...America's troubled past, tore like a Prairie twister through the Dallas afternoon.'

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

  76. professor at Johns Hopkins named Debra Furr-Holden….

    So many black female professionals have these pretentious double last names. I suppose it adds 20 points to your IQ same as wearing fake non-prescription eyeglasses. You can buy them online http://www.bleudame.com/Eyewear/Clear-Glasses-277.aspx

  77. @Big Bill
    @WhatEvvs

    Urban Negro culture is honor-based. If you do not defend your honor you lose face. Predators further down the hierarchy perceive you as weak and attack you. The reasons they kill each other may seem trivial to you. However, the danger of ignoring any public slight can be fatal, as the Urban Negro knows in his bones.

    It would be nice if the Negro community would develop a Code Duello so Negro innocents stopped getting killed in drive-bys (and so Negro cowards could live in peace), but for some reason they prefer gunfights on the street, at birthday parties, graduations, movie theaters, festivals, and funerals).

    There is no effective way to convert them from an honor culture to a dignity culture. This is something they must do for themselves. It is best just to avoid all daily interaction with them (as Obama, TN Coates, Will Smith, Denzel, Truth and countless other Talented Tenth do).

    One sad outcome of post 1950s racial integration is that the Talented Tenth escaped their fellow Negroes and now live with white folks in nice, safe, white neighborhoods. Negroes with intelligence and leadership ability have been abandoning their people for over fifty years now.

    Think of what could have been achieved in the last sixty years if they stayed right where they were and committed themselves to the moral uplift of their people instead of running off.

    Replies: @Clyde

    It is best just to avoid all daily interaction with them (as Obama, TN Coates, Will Smith, Denzel, Truth and countless other Talented Tenth do)

    Denzel Washington should not be mentioned along with those buffoons. Denzel has class and is honorable. He also has done things to support our troops. Such as visiting Walter Reed.

    • Replies: @G Pinfold
    @Clyde

    Whoa. Truth follows Sailer. Sure. he has the odd quibble, and ok, he's no Denzel Washington, but I wouldn't lump him with the dead wood.

    Replies: @Clyde

  78. @The most deplorable one
    Next up, Chicago:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/12/01/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-fires-police-chief/

    I anticipate much entertainment.

    Replies: @countenance, @Harry Baldwin, @dc.sunsets, @Reg Cæsar

    I don’t generally like to see police chiefs fired for political purposes, but in the case of Chicago’s Garry McCarthy, a liberal toady, I’ll make an exception. Here are some excerpts from news items that will give you the McCarthy flavor:

    McCarthy said he was not in favor of concealed carry, even when it is
    mentioned as a possible deterrent to crime. “When people say concealed
    carry, I say ‘Trayvon Martin,’ he said. “The answer is not more guns.”

    When asked about the “gap” between law enforcement and the black
    community, McCarthy reached back 400 years for an answer.
    “It’s a big issue. It’s a long time coming. We’ve done a lot of things
    wrong in policing in this country. I’m willing to admit that,” said
    McCarthy. “But this goes back 200-300 years to the time when Pilgrims came
    here and things developed from that, the African American experience in
    this country.”

    Speaking at the church of radical priest Father Pfleger, McCarthy blasted
    the NRA, telling parishioners that their communities have paid the price
    while the gun manufacturers are getting “rich and living in gated
    communities.”

    And he told an anecdote of just one night with the New York Police
    Department. After returning home from investigating a pair of shootings,
    he said he flipped on the television to relax, only to find “Sarah Palin’s
    Alaska” being broadcast.

    “She was caribou hunting, and talking about the right to bear arms,” he
    said. “Why wasn’t she at the crime scene with me?”

    • Replies: @anonymous
    @Harry Baldwin


    I don’t generally like to see police chiefs fired for political purposes, but in the case of Chicago’s Garry McCarthy, a liberal toady, I’
     
    Like all police chiefs he's a political suckup. His political coloring was that of a chameleon. Having a large black population makes it necessary to do all sorts of gyrations and keep the balancing act going. The black population in Chicago is a large voting bloc, has a well-known homicide problem, flash mobs have run wild, is home to Jesse Jackson and Farrakhan and the black population here has a very strong racist attitude towards whites and anybody else. That's guaranteed to create problems in trying to police the city.
  79. @AnotherDad
    @vinteuil


    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.
     
    More like: "a wave of bullets overwhelmed Kennedy".

    Replies: @G Pinfold

    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    More like: “a wave of bullets overwhelmed Kennedy”.

    Don’t forget the flourish: “…America’s troubled past, tore like a Prairie twister through the Dallas afternoon.’

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @G Pinfold

    Bad use of a comma there, dude. Who do you think you are - Ta-Genius Coates?

    Replies: @G P

  80. @Former Darfur
    @tbraton

    When my Aunt June returned from her missionary trip to Brazil, she told me that if a Brazilian driver hit a pedestrian, he would often back up over the pedestrian again to make sure he was dead. A dead pedestrian was a fine, but a living one was potentially a bankrupting claim, or so she said.

    Maybe the propensity of certain people to deliberately get hit for insurance money was what evolved this seemingly barbaric custom.

    Replies: @tbraton

    “When my Aunt June returned from her missionary trip to Brazil, she told me that if a Brazilian driver hit a pedestrian, he would often back up over the pedestrian again to make sure he was dead. A dead pedestrian was a fine, but a living one was potentially a bankrupting claim, or so she said.”

    Very funny. Plus, it sounds like good advice. I’ll keep that in mind next time I’m in Baltimore.

  81. @BB753
    Does Baltimore stand a chance not to end up like Detroit?

    Replies: @tbraton, @Ed

    “Does Baltimore stand a chance not to end up like Detroit?”

    Back in the early 00’s, I heard from my girlfriend in Baltimore that the real estate market was really hot, and she cited some prices for properties in what I knew to be “iffy” neighborhoods which were suddenly shooting up. Around the same time, I read some articles in the NY Times that Baltimore had suddenly developed into a fashionable place for seniors to retire, because the real estate prices were comparatively low compared to other areas further north (one thing driving Baltimore’s redevelopment was that it was much cheaper than neighboring D.C., and many people chose to buy in Baltimore and commute) and medical care was excellent (because of Johns Hopkins and U of Maryland (medical school in Baltimore) ). Plus Baltimore is located on the water, with easy access to Chesapeake Bay. And it is a nice city, with many attractive neighborhoods away from central downtown. I saw signs of vibrant redevelopment. That probably carried on for a few years before the real estate market turned sour, as it did nationwide. Around the same time, I had another friend move to Baltimore, and she didn’t know whether to rent or buy. I urged her to buy since interest rates were so low, which was only good for the real estate market. It paid off, since her place (away from downtown) increased in price until 2008, when real estate prices began to fall. I gather from other messages on Sailer’s blog that the present situation in Baltimore is not good, largely due to the crime problem. I haven’t been back for over 10 years, so I am in no position to say. One thing I did notice is that, while the crime rate was dropping dramatically in NYC under Giuliani and Bloomberg and generally across the country, Baltimore was always the exception. There, the crime rate did not drop as much or it continued at high levels over the past 25 years. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Baltimore

  82. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:

    Compare and contrast:

    Rosa Parks

    Channon Christian (oh and Christopher Newsom had some pretty nasty things happen to him as well.)

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    @The most deplorable one

    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?

    While those who are relatively paranoid can still draw the short straw, obliviousness (born of imbibing the Equalitarian dogma of the US theocracy) seems like the commonest of attributes among Caucasians these days.

    Channon Christian's picture should be on a T-shirt given to every Caucasian, East Asian and Jew in America upon turning 12 or 13 (i.e., before being let out on his or her own.) Of course this heresy would incite outrage and such apostates might risk occupational capital punishment.

    Replies: @The most deplorable one, @Stan Adams

  83. A Most Violent Year

    It’s all there in the New York headline. Illustrates the passive/weasel tone beautifully. Maybe the term we are looking for is ‘statistical voice’. Only in statland can a year be violent. That 2015 is one mean motherf?!$er. He offed hundreds more than that pussy 2014. If you see 2015 coming, you better run.

  84. … there are data sets reaching back years that detail the number of chicken bones left discarded on select city blocks …

    Huh… “I count chicken bones for a living.”

  85. @Clyde
    @Big Bill


    It is best just to avoid all daily interaction with them (as Obama, TN Coates, Will Smith, Denzel, Truth and countless other Talented Tenth do)
     
    Denzel Washington should not be mentioned along with those buffoons. Denzel has class and is honorable. He also has done things to support our troops. Such as visiting Walter Reed.

    Replies: @G Pinfold

    Whoa. Truth follows Sailer. Sure. he has the odd quibble, and ok, he’s no Denzel Washington, but I wouldn’t lump him with the dead wood.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @G Pinfold

    Thanks.... I see you on "Truth" the poster. I guess he is on the conservative side and not_a_buffoon

    Replies: @G P

  86. anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    @The most deplorable one

    I don't generally like to see police chiefs fired for political purposes, but in the case of Chicago's Garry McCarthy, a liberal toady, I'll make an exception. Here are some excerpts from news items that will give you the McCarthy flavor:


    McCarthy said he was not in favor of concealed carry, even when it is
    mentioned as a possible deterrent to crime. “When people say concealed
    carry, I say ‘Trayvon Martin,’ he said. “The answer is not more guns.”
     

    When asked about the “gap” between law enforcement and the black
    community, McCarthy reached back 400 years for an answer.
    “It’s a big issue. It’s a long time coming. We’ve done a lot of things
    wrong in policing in this country. I’m willing to admit that,” said
    McCarthy. “But this goes back 200-300 years to the time when Pilgrims came
    here and things developed from that, the African American experience in
    this country.”
     

    Speaking at the church of radical priest Father Pfleger, McCarthy blasted
    the NRA, telling parishioners that their communities have paid the price
    while the gun manufacturers are getting “rich and living in gated
    communities.”

    And he told an anecdote of just one night with the New York Police
    Department. After returning home from investigating a pair of shootings,
    he said he flipped on the television to relax, only to find “Sarah Palin’s
    Alaska” being broadcast.

    “She was caribou hunting, and talking about the right to bear arms,” he
    said. “Why wasn’t she at the crime scene with me?”
     

    Replies: @anonymous

    I don’t generally like to see police chiefs fired for political purposes, but in the case of Chicago’s Garry McCarthy, a liberal toady, I’

    Like all police chiefs he’s a political suckup. His political coloring was that of a chameleon. Having a large black population makes it necessary to do all sorts of gyrations and keep the balancing act going. The black population in Chicago is a large voting bloc, has a well-known homicide problem, flash mobs have run wild, is home to Jesse Jackson and Farrakhan and the black population here has a very strong racist attitude towards whites and anybody else. That’s guaranteed to create problems in trying to police the city.

  87. @Mr. Anon
    OT: On Drudge this morning - the New Scientist reports a study purporting to show that there is no difference between the brains of men and women.

    No Male or Female Brain

    And just to show that this study is completely neutral, dispassionate, and scientific-like, they accompany that article with an editorial about how wonderful the results are and what a blow to the patriarchy it is:

    Smash the Patriarchy!

    It all sounds rather hokey to me. They found that the structure of the 'male' and 'female' brain was no different, in that they all had the same parts in about the same sizes in the same locations. Of course the same could be said about male and female bodies. They even say that it says nothing about the function of the brain.

    And why shouldn't I believe some brain researchers when they tell me something that contradicts a lifetime of experience - not just my own, but that of virtually everyone I've ever known? Look to this study to be heavily cited in the near future.

    Replies: @The most deplorable one, @TheJester

    Yes, the article had a political (SJW) agenda. As I recall, the article said that male and female brains were on a continuum, by which I assume they meant place on a continuum was meaningless. This is the same argument for declaring there is no such thing as race.

    If we take this argument seriously, we can also argue that there are no such things as light and dark, hard and soft, hot and cold, babies and old folks, visible light and x-rays, water and ice, vacuums and solids, specific colors, etc. … because they exist on continuums. The point is, place on a continuum does matter. “Place” and the consequences of something having a “place” on a continuum are definable and observable.

    • Agree: dfordoom
    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    @TheJester

    "The existence of dusk and dawn does not disprove the existence of night and day".

    - Some guy, I think maybe Churchill.

  88. @donut
    @Ed

    What year was that ? Hopkins is progressive central for the mid Atlantic .

    Replies: @Ed

    I worked for the hospital for a few years in the beginning of this decade. There is this myth that folks in blue cities are almost uniformly progressive. Many were pretty blunt about race issues once they trusted you of course. I recall asking a new hire what she thought of Wilmington since she was from Delaware. Without blinking an eye she said it was fine but there were too many “porch monkeys”.

    Baltimore being so black makes whites notice more, become more racialize if you will.

  89. @BB753
    Does Baltimore stand a chance not to end up like Detroit?

    Replies: @tbraton, @Ed

    Its proximity to DC & Hopkins will probably act as a floor to complete Detroit type ruination.

  90. It’s funny you mention video games. I actually think smart phones have done a lot to lower the crime rate. Everyone is being satiated with their “soma” phones.

  91. Many were pretty blunt about race issues once they trusted you of course.

    A lot of lefties from the big cities up north are blunt about race too. I had a friend who was from Philadelphia. She was very liberal, but despite that she constantly bemoaned the fact that the “n*****s” were ruining Philly. She used the n-word more freely than all the old Florida crackers I knew who had been born before 1930. And in 2008, she was crazy insane all-in for Hillary, because she didn’t want that “n****r from Chicago” to do to the country what the blacks had done to Philly.

    Of course, once Obama won the nomination, she started calling me a Klansman and a Nazi for opposing Barry O on ideological grounds only – somehow she had forgotten that it was her and not me that was calling Barry the n-word. She got one warning on the Klansman/Nazi thing, ignored it, and I haven’t had contact with her since. Oddly enough, I don’t really feel it was a big loss, despite the fact that we had been friends for 15 years or so at the time.

    I’ve know several white progressives well over the years, and every single one of them has been more contemptuous of black people than I am, the allegedly Klan-loving racist conservative. I’m not saying I’m a sweetheart on matters of race relations, but sheesh, even my most openly racist friends would just be middlin’ bad in that crowd.

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    @Gato de la Biblioteca

    Recall that abolitionists promptly ignored blacks the moment the War of Secession ended. Anti-slavery and anti-racism are just a form of moral one-upmanship in a contest among Progressivist Theocrats to see who is most holy.

    "I'm a bigger anti-racist than are you" is about the same as "My Coach purse and matching shoes put yours to shame," except the former wreaks havoc on Civilization and has done so since before the Puritans landed on Plymouth Rock.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

  92. @Gato de la Biblioteca
    @Bill P

    Some people get mellow with weed, but not everyone. Jamaican gangs are stoned out of this fucking universe all the time, and that hasn't stopped Jamaican murder posses from being a thing.

    I've seen it in person, too. My brother smoked a lot of weed - and was often rather violent while high. (Not telling how many times he beat the shit out of a girlfriend or wife while high.) Just like there are quiet drunks and loud drunks, the response to marijuana usage varies pretty widely. I suspect a lot of the people that think it's purely a mellow thing only hang out with people that like being mellow while stoned, as opposed to hanging out with gang-banging brothas in the 'hood. Selection bias comes up again and again and again....

    Replies: @dc.sunsets

    That’s troubling news. I learned in college to never again get within arm’s reach of a drunk, but every pothead I knew was mellowed while stoned.

    Recalibrating….

  93. @The most deplorable one
    Next up, Chicago:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/12/01/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-fires-police-chief/

    I anticipate much entertainment.

    Replies: @countenance, @Harry Baldwin, @dc.sunsets, @Reg Cæsar

    So true. Chicago’s septic politics insures that its underclass will always be at least a smoking volcano while Illinois’ financial condition will always be worst-in-class.

  94. @The most deplorable one
    Compare and contrast:

    Rosa Parks

    Channon Christian (oh and Christopher Newsom had some pretty nasty things happen to him as well.)

    Replies: @dc.sunsets

    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?

    While those who are relatively paranoid can still draw the short straw, obliviousness (born of imbibing the Equalitarian dogma of the US theocracy) seems like the commonest of attributes among Caucasians these days.

    Channon Christian’s picture should be on a T-shirt given to every Caucasian, East Asian and Jew in America upon turning 12 or 13 (i.e., before being let out on his or her own.) Of course this heresy would incite outrage and such apostates might risk occupational capital punishment.

    • Replies: @The most deplorable one
    @dc.sunsets


    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?
     
    Why do you use the same language that the media uses to minimize what happened to them?

    Your question should be: How much do victims of torture, rape and murder contribute actively or passively to their torture, rape and murder?

    I would say that they likely did contribute, but only because the media in the US has been telling us for more than thirty years that blacks are kind gentle misunderstood rocket surgeons.

    They have been feeding us pap like the one about Rosa Parks I quoted.

    Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks.

    Rosa Parks died of old age at the hands of white people. Channon Christian died young and horribly at the hands of blacks.

    I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US.

    Replies: @dc.sunsets, @Anonymous Nephew, @tbraton

    , @Stan Adams
    @dc.sunsets

    I once read an article about a woman who worked near a bad area and had had her car stolen twice. The kicker was that she always left her car unlocked. Even after having been robbed twice, she still didn't want to lock her car doors because "I refuse to live in fear."

    How dumb can one broad be?

    When I was a kid, my mother worked near a bad area, and she not only locked her car but put The Club(TM) on her steering wheel.

    One day she walked up to her car and found that someone had smashed in both windshields and all four windows. There was a big gaping hole where her radio/cassette player had been. (Thankfully, The Club(TM) was still intact.)

    So, yes, she lived in fear.

  95. @G Pinfold
    @AnotherDad


    Impersonal construction: Kennedy was shot in 1963.

    More like: “a wave of bullets overwhelmed Kennedy”.
     
    Don't forget the flourish: "...America's troubled past, tore like a Prairie twister through the Dallas afternoon.'

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    Bad use of a comma there, dude. Who do you think you are – Ta-Genius Coates?

    • Replies: @G P
    @Jim Don Bob

    I'm going to have to say that the ellipse gives me an out. It's a stretch, i kn

  96. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @dc.sunsets
    @The most deplorable one

    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?

    While those who are relatively paranoid can still draw the short straw, obliviousness (born of imbibing the Equalitarian dogma of the US theocracy) seems like the commonest of attributes among Caucasians these days.

    Channon Christian's picture should be on a T-shirt given to every Caucasian, East Asian and Jew in America upon turning 12 or 13 (i.e., before being let out on his or her own.) Of course this heresy would incite outrage and such apostates might risk occupational capital punishment.

    Replies: @The most deplorable one, @Stan Adams

    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?

    Why do you use the same language that the media uses to minimize what happened to them?

    Your question should be: How much do victims of torture, rape and murder contribute actively or passively to their torture, rape and murder?

    I would say that they likely did contribute, but only because the media in the US has been telling us for more than thirty years that blacks are kind gentle misunderstood rocket surgeons.

    They have been feeding us pap like the one about Rosa Parks I quoted.

    Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks.

    Rosa Parks died of old age at the hands of white people. Channon Christian died young and horribly at the hands of blacks.

    I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    @The most deplorable one


    I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US.
     
    Undoubtedly.

    My point was not to minimize what happened to them. Personally, I'd volunteer without 2nd thought to man the firing squad to send those miscreants to hell, and while I'm not a fan of the state or state-mandated capital punishment (because political systems scare the hell out of me,) I'm very much a fan of capital punishment at the point of sale, i.e., when a violent criminal is dispatched by an intended victim.

    "News events" are only interesting to me insofar as I can learn something useful; in other words, if they merit inclusion in my own personal OODA loop. If people do not behave like me, then I can't learn anything from them. For instance, if a young woman insists on "dating" black college athletes, and eventually gets beaten/raped/murdered by someone in that nexus of society, it's not meaningful to me; I'm not a woman, and no family member would ever do that. Same as if a young woman is working as a prostitute, or insists on swimming in shark-infested waters.

    No one should endure a fraction of what Christian or Newsom experienced. No person who did that to them should still be breathing months or years later. My question only illustrates that we indulge the current folie a plusiers at great risk of suffering and death, and not just with regards to race relations.
    , @Anonymous Nephew
    @The most deplorable one

    "Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks."

    And many years later, an aged Rosa Parks was beaten and robbed by a black man in her own home.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-09-03/news/mn-34270_1_rosa-parks

    And 14 years later the guy was released and started stealing again !

    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/09/detroit_man_convicted_of_robbi.html

    "When caught by a priest as he attempted to steal jewelry from a Livonia church rectory in late August, Joseph Skipper allegedly offered something of a confession: "Do you remember when Rosa Parks was beat up? I did that. I just got out of prison," Skipper told the priest"

    Replies: @dc.sunsets, @The most deplorable one

    , @tbraton
    @The most deplorable one

    "I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US."

    A while back (I can't remember even approximately when) I was startled when I came across the actual number of blacks who were lynched in the U.S. I just assumed that, with all the attention given to lynching, the number would have been substantially higher. Here is what Wikipedia says about lynching in America:

    "The Tuskegee Institute has recorded 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites being lynched between 1882 and 1968, with the annual peak occurring in the 1890s, at a time of economic stress in the South and political suppression.[5] A five-year study published by the Equal Justice Initiative in 2015 found that nearly 3,959 black men, women, and children were lynched in the twelve Southern states between 1877 and 1950.[6]"

    Granted that even one lynching is too many (and there hasn't been a lynching recorded by Tuskegee since 1951), the number seems somewhat small to justify all the attention focused on the problem. For those who are math challenged, the total number of 3446 black lynchings recorded in the 86 years between 1882 and 1968 comes to an average of 40 a year. The second number comes to a somewhat higher average of 51.4 lynchings a year in the 77 years between 1877 and 1950. (Note the 1950 cut-off date for the second, later study. BTW 1950 was 65 years ago.)

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome

  97. @Jim Don Bob
    @G Pinfold

    Bad use of a comma there, dude. Who do you think you are - Ta-Genius Coates?

    Replies: @G P

    I’m going to have to say that the ellipse gives me an out. It’s a stretch, i kn

  98. It’s a stretch, I know.

  99. @The most deplorable one
    @dc.sunsets


    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?
     
    Why do you use the same language that the media uses to minimize what happened to them?

    Your question should be: How much do victims of torture, rape and murder contribute actively or passively to their torture, rape and murder?

    I would say that they likely did contribute, but only because the media in the US has been telling us for more than thirty years that blacks are kind gentle misunderstood rocket surgeons.

    They have been feeding us pap like the one about Rosa Parks I quoted.

    Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks.

    Rosa Parks died of old age at the hands of white people. Channon Christian died young and horribly at the hands of blacks.

    I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US.

    Replies: @dc.sunsets, @Anonymous Nephew, @tbraton

    I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US.

    Undoubtedly.

    My point was not to minimize what happened to them. Personally, I’d volunteer without 2nd thought to man the firing squad to send those miscreants to hell, and while I’m not a fan of the state or state-mandated capital punishment (because political systems scare the hell out of me,) I’m very much a fan of capital punishment at the point of sale, i.e., when a violent criminal is dispatched by an intended victim.

    “News events” are only interesting to me insofar as I can learn something useful; in other words, if they merit inclusion in my own personal OODA loop. If people do not behave like me, then I can’t learn anything from them. For instance, if a young woman insists on “dating” black college athletes, and eventually gets beaten/raped/murdered by someone in that nexus of society, it’s not meaningful to me; I’m not a woman, and no family member would ever do that. Same as if a young woman is working as a prostitute, or insists on swimming in shark-infested waters.

    No one should endure a fraction of what Christian or Newsom experienced. No person who did that to them should still be breathing months or years later. My question only illustrates that we indulge the current folie a plusiers at great risk of suffering and death, and not just with regards to race relations.

  100. @The most deplorable one
    @dc.sunsets


    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?
     
    Why do you use the same language that the media uses to minimize what happened to them?

    Your question should be: How much do victims of torture, rape and murder contribute actively or passively to their torture, rape and murder?

    I would say that they likely did contribute, but only because the media in the US has been telling us for more than thirty years that blacks are kind gentle misunderstood rocket surgeons.

    They have been feeding us pap like the one about Rosa Parks I quoted.

    Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks.

    Rosa Parks died of old age at the hands of white people. Channon Christian died young and horribly at the hands of blacks.

    I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US.

    Replies: @dc.sunsets, @Anonymous Nephew, @tbraton

    “Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks.”

    And many years later, an aged Rosa Parks was beaten and robbed by a black man in her own home.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-09-03/news/mn-34270_1_rosa-parks

    And 14 years later the guy was released and started stealing again !

    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/09/detroit_man_convicted_of_robbi.html

    “When caught by a priest as he attempted to steal jewelry from a Livonia church rectory in late August, Joseph Skipper allegedly offered something of a confession: “Do you remember when Rosa Parks was beat up? I did that. I just got out of prison,” Skipper told the priest”

    • Replies: @dc.sunsets
    @Anonymous Nephew

    Recidivism is so common that I wonder if there are ANY such ex-cons who permanently give up violence and thug culture.

    I don't really care if someone is 17 when he executed the 13-month-old child in stroller, or has the IQ of a grapefruit, or if his mommy beat him or his mommy's current baby-daddy raped him. If a dog is dangerous due to maltreatment, it's still put down. People are either responsible for their acts, or they're not and we might as well just pull the plug on civilization.

    I do wonder what will happen if/when our Theocratic devotion to Equalitarianism ever finally ends. In past turbulent times commoners often strung up the Nobility, but anti-racism has made blacks & browns (and gays, lesbians, pedophiles, pederasts, coprophagics, you-name-the-protected-deviant) America's Nobility, imbued with prerogatives denied to Ozzie and Harriet, which come at our expense (figuratively and literally.) What happens if social mood fully inverts, from current manic optimism & pathological tolerance to its opposite?

    , @The most deplorable one
    @Anonymous Nephew

    While what subsequently happened to Rosa Parks is interesting in a mugged by reality kind of way, the most important thing, IMO, is to get into people's minds the contrast between what happened to Rosa Parks and Channon Christian.

    We are continually told that Rosa Parks and blacks are/were poorly treated.

  101. @G Pinfold
    @Clyde

    Whoa. Truth follows Sailer. Sure. he has the odd quibble, and ok, he's no Denzel Washington, but I wouldn't lump him with the dead wood.

    Replies: @Clyde

    Thanks…. I see you on “Truth” the poster. I guess he is on the conservative side and not_a_buffoon

    • Replies: @G P
    @Clyde

    I wouldn't go that far. But he's ahead of others on the list.

  102. @Anonymous Nephew
    @The most deplorable one

    "Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks."

    And many years later, an aged Rosa Parks was beaten and robbed by a black man in her own home.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-09-03/news/mn-34270_1_rosa-parks

    And 14 years later the guy was released and started stealing again !

    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/09/detroit_man_convicted_of_robbi.html

    "When caught by a priest as he attempted to steal jewelry from a Livonia church rectory in late August, Joseph Skipper allegedly offered something of a confession: "Do you remember when Rosa Parks was beat up? I did that. I just got out of prison," Skipper told the priest"

    Replies: @dc.sunsets, @The most deplorable one

    Recidivism is so common that I wonder if there are ANY such ex-cons who permanently give up violence and thug culture.

    I don’t really care if someone is 17 when he executed the 13-month-old child in stroller, or has the IQ of a grapefruit, or if his mommy beat him or his mommy’s current baby-daddy raped him. If a dog is dangerous due to maltreatment, it’s still put down. People are either responsible for their acts, or they’re not and we might as well just pull the plug on civilization.

    I do wonder what will happen if/when our Theocratic devotion to Equalitarianism ever finally ends. In past turbulent times commoners often strung up the Nobility, but anti-racism has made blacks & browns (and gays, lesbians, pedophiles, pederasts, coprophagics, you-name-the-protected-deviant) America’s Nobility, imbued with prerogatives denied to Ozzie and Harriet, which come at our expense (figuratively and literally.) What happens if social mood fully inverts, from current manic optimism & pathological tolerance to its opposite?

  103. @Gato de la Biblioteca
    Many were pretty blunt about race issues once they trusted you of course.

    A lot of lefties from the big cities up north are blunt about race too. I had a friend who was from Philadelphia. She was very liberal, but despite that she constantly bemoaned the fact that the "n*****s" were ruining Philly. She used the n-word more freely than all the old Florida crackers I knew who had been born before 1930. And in 2008, she was crazy insane all-in for Hillary, because she didn't want that "n****r from Chicago" to do to the country what the blacks had done to Philly.

    Of course, once Obama won the nomination, she started calling me a Klansman and a Nazi for opposing Barry O on ideological grounds only - somehow she had forgotten that it was her and not me that was calling Barry the n-word. She got one warning on the Klansman/Nazi thing, ignored it, and I haven't had contact with her since. Oddly enough, I don't really feel it was a big loss, despite the fact that we had been friends for 15 years or so at the time.

    I've know several white progressives well over the years, and every single one of them has been more contemptuous of black people than I am, the allegedly Klan-loving racist conservative. I'm not saying I'm a sweetheart on matters of race relations, but sheesh, even my most openly racist friends would just be middlin' bad in that crowd.

    Replies: @dc.sunsets

    Recall that abolitionists promptly ignored blacks the moment the War of Secession ended. Anti-slavery and anti-racism are just a form of moral one-upmanship in a contest among Progressivist Theocrats to see who is most holy.

    “I’m a bigger anti-racist than are you” is about the same as “My Coach purse and matching shoes put yours to shame,” except the former wreaks havoc on Civilization and has done so since before the Puritans landed on Plymouth Rock.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @dc.sunsets

    "Recall that abolitionists promptly ignored blacks the moment the War of Secession ended."

    New Englanders put some philanthropic effort into uplifting emancipated slaves during Reconstruction. It proved harder than they expected, but it took them awhile to become disillusioned.

  104. @tbraton
    I recently read something about Freddy Gray and "crash for cash," a term I was not familiar with. On further reading, it reminded me of my experiences in Baltimore in the 90's and early 00's. See http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/08/07/baltimore-prosecutor-stopped-investigator-from-exposing-freddie-gray-crash-for-cash-schemes/

    I started dating a woman I met in Washington, D.C. shortly before moving to Florida. Her company later transferred her to Dallas, where she spent a couple of years, and then to Baltimore around the mid 90's. I started visiting her in Baltimore beginning in 1995 and continued visiting her there until 2002, when she was transferred once again. She lived in a spacious apartment carved out of half the third floor of what was originally a very spacious single family mansion (with a full basement at ground level for the servants) on Mt. Vernon Square, just a block away from the monument to George Washington, two blocks away from the Peabody Conservatory and two blocks north of the Walters Gallery of Art, two indicators of what a vibrant and sophisticated and prosperous city Baltimore used to be when it was run by Germans and Jews (many of whom came from Germany long before Hitler) and manufacturing was still done in the U.S. Since I grew up in D.C., which is only 30-40 miles away, I used to visit Baltimore occasionally, especially after the Inner Harbor was renovated. But I only became familiar with Baltimore after visiting my friend on long weekends starting in the mid-90's.

    Mt. Vernon Square was a gentrified enclave in an otherwise largely black inner city. It was pretty obvious that there was a lot of drugs being consumed. One thing that used to strike me as I drove around in my girlfriend's car just a few blocks from where she lived was the propensity of obviously inebriated or drugged pedestrians to walk off the curb and into the street apparently without looking and apparently oblivious to the danger of being hit by a passing car. When it happened the first time, I just considered myself lucky that I didn't hit the wayward pedestrian. But I then I saw the same scene reenacted over and over by different players, and I concluded that something strange was going on that I had never encountered before. I got the uneasy feeling that these "pedestrians" were going out of their way to get you to hit them. It was hard for me to comprehend since I had always been taught to "look both ways before crossing" as a child growing up. It got to the point where I had to keep an eye out not just for other cars but for pedestrians who might suddenly decide to walk in the street.

    Eventually I concluded that these fine citizens of Baltimore were deliberately behaving the way they were in order to get hit by a car and receive a windfall in insurance proceeds. What a way to make a living! Once I read about the reference to Freddy Gray and his alleged "Cash for Crash" schemes, I got confirmation of what I had eventually figured out on my own years earlier.

    Replies: @IBC, @Tarrou, @Former Darfur, @Ed, @gda, @Anonymous Nephew

    “Crash for cash” has been big business for ten years or more in the UK, where the South Asian community are major players. One MO is for a car-load of young Asian men to drive around looking for a likely mark, ideally a nice old lady type, they then overtake and get in front of her. Approaching somewhere where speeds aren’t too high, like a roundabout, they slam on the brakes (sometimes the brake lights are disconnected) …BUMP ! … young men all get out holding their necks (“whiplash” claims can run to thousands and are almost impossible to disprove), insurance details are swapped with the mortified old lady and a claim is made, because in the UK the driver behind is held liable (should have left enough room to stop).

    One gang had a favourite roundabout, and were only stopped because office workers overlooking the roundabout got suspicious at the number of similar cashes.

    https://www.fraudjobs.co.uk/news/view/76160

    “A civil servant at the heart of a “cash for crash” scam which is costing motorists an extra £50 annually on their insurance policies was jailed in Manchester yesterday for four and a half years. Mohammed Patel, who worked at the Department of Work and Pensions, would stage bogus road traffic accidents by braking suddenly at junctions or roundabouts to force drivers to crash into him. The 25-year-old was involved in at least 93 forced collisions, earning £500 a time, and allowing a wider network of accomplices, mostly Asian men in Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham and Manchester, to mount inflated insurance claims worth an average £17,000.”

  105. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Anonymous Nephew
    @The most deplorable one

    "Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks."

    And many years later, an aged Rosa Parks was beaten and robbed by a black man in her own home.

    http://articles.latimes.com/1994-09-03/news/mn-34270_1_rosa-parks

    And 14 years later the guy was released and started stealing again !

    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/09/detroit_man_convicted_of_robbi.html

    "When caught by a priest as he attempted to steal jewelry from a Livonia church rectory in late August, Joseph Skipper allegedly offered something of a confession: "Do you remember when Rosa Parks was beat up? I did that. I just got out of prison," Skipper told the priest"

    Replies: @dc.sunsets, @The most deplorable one

    While what subsequently happened to Rosa Parks is interesting in a mugged by reality kind of way, the most important thing, IMO, is to get into people’s minds the contrast between what happened to Rosa Parks and Channon Christian.

    We are continually told that Rosa Parks and blacks are/were poorly treated.

  106. @dc.sunsets
    @Gato de la Biblioteca

    Recall that abolitionists promptly ignored blacks the moment the War of Secession ended. Anti-slavery and anti-racism are just a form of moral one-upmanship in a contest among Progressivist Theocrats to see who is most holy.

    "I'm a bigger anti-racist than are you" is about the same as "My Coach purse and matching shoes put yours to shame," except the former wreaks havoc on Civilization and has done so since before the Puritans landed on Plymouth Rock.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer

    “Recall that abolitionists promptly ignored blacks the moment the War of Secession ended.”

    New Englanders put some philanthropic effort into uplifting emancipated slaves during Reconstruction. It proved harder than they expected, but it took them awhile to become disillusioned.

  107. @The most deplorable one
    Next up, Chicago:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/12/01/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-fires-police-chief/

    I anticipate much entertainment.

    Replies: @countenance, @Harry Baldwin, @dc.sunsets, @Reg Cæsar

    Joe, Gene, Jenny, Garry… what is it with people named McCarthy?

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Reg Cæsar

    My boss in the early 1980s used to say, "Joe Mc Carthy was a bad man - he said there were 208 Communists in the State Department when there were really only 207."

    Replies: @tbraton

  108. I forgot Charlie!

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Reg Cæsar

    The wretched Gina of the EPA can hold her own in that crowd too

  109. @tbraton
    @Ed

    "It’s a known hustle in Baltimore, they call them “zombies”. Been going on for decades."

    Thanks for the confirmation. I have never encountered such a practice anywhere else, and I grew up in D.C. which was still majority black when I left. And I would occasionally find myself driving through some pretty bad neighborhoods without incident. After a while, once I grew accustomed to the odd practice, I could anticipate which clown was going to try the stunt simply by studying the pedestrians on the sidewalk. Fortunately, I never had an "incident" so I avoided any personal involvement with one of those "zombies." If I had a wife, girlfriend, or daughter traveling alone, I would have strongly advised her not to stop in the event of an "incident" but to keep moving.

    Replies: @dc.sunsets

    Stopping, even if armed to the teeth, still looks hazardous to me.

  110. @Reg Cæsar
    @The most deplorable one

    Joe, Gene, Jenny, Garry... what is it with people named McCarthy?

    Replies: @Hibernian

    My boss in the early 1980s used to say, “Joe Mc Carthy was a bad man – he said there were 208 Communists in the State Department when there were really only 207.”

    • Replies: @tbraton
    @Hibernian

    Actually, Joe McCarthy used two numbers: " There is some dispute about whether or not McCarthy actually gave the number of people on the list as being "205" or "57". " In "The Manchurian Candidate," there was a wonderful parody of the different numbers tossed out by McCarthy. The Joe McCarthy-based character complained to his wife, Angela Lansbury, that he was getting confused about the number and wanted to settle on one, and she answered "57," after the camera caught her staring at a Heinz bottle of ketchup ("Heinz 57").

  111. @Hibernian
    @Reg Cæsar

    My boss in the early 1980s used to say, "Joe Mc Carthy was a bad man - he said there were 208 Communists in the State Department when there were really only 207."

    Replies: @tbraton

    Actually, Joe McCarthy used two numbers: ” There is some dispute about whether or not McCarthy actually gave the number of people on the list as being “205” or “57”. ” In “The Manchurian Candidate,” there was a wonderful parody of the different numbers tossed out by McCarthy. The Joe McCarthy-based character complained to his wife, Angela Lansbury, that he was getting confused about the number and wanted to settle on one, and she answered “57,” after the camera caught her staring at a Heinz bottle of ketchup (“Heinz 57”).

  112. @Reg Cæsar
    I forgot Charlie!

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    The wretched Gina of the EPA can hold her own in that crowd too

  113. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Boomstick
    @Reg Cæsar

    "Davos delenda est."

    It would be interesting to speculate on why the current political class, both in the US and abroad, is so awful. They're almost universally useless or worse than useless, such as when they yammer about the real cause of Islamic terrorism being climate change. They're panicky, wrapped up in 8 hour news cycles and twitter hashtags, prone to fantasies, and compulsive conformists.

    I suspect the strong selection by IQ tests at 17 years of age has something to do with it. Intelligence is a virtue, but not the only one. Merkel doesn't fit into that template; she grew up in East Germany but managed to thread the needle between the required subservience to the Party and independent thought. One would think she'd be more tough-minded.

    Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing other theories.

    Replies: @anon

    On the left they’re filtered on the basis of either believing PC or being dishonest enough to lie about it – so stupid or dishonest. On the right they’re filtered by donors who want politicians who are either stupid, corrupt or blackmailable.

    The current system is selecting the worst people to be in charge and not the best.

  114. @dc.sunsets
    @The most deplorable one

    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?

    While those who are relatively paranoid can still draw the short straw, obliviousness (born of imbibing the Equalitarian dogma of the US theocracy) seems like the commonest of attributes among Caucasians these days.

    Channon Christian's picture should be on a T-shirt given to every Caucasian, East Asian and Jew in America upon turning 12 or 13 (i.e., before being let out on his or her own.) Of course this heresy would incite outrage and such apostates might risk occupational capital punishment.

    Replies: @The most deplorable one, @Stan Adams

    I once read an article about a woman who worked near a bad area and had had her car stolen twice. The kicker was that she always left her car unlocked. Even after having been robbed twice, she still didn’t want to lock her car doors because “I refuse to live in fear.”

    How dumb can one broad be?

    When I was a kid, my mother worked near a bad area, and she not only locked her car but put The Club(TM) on her steering wheel.

    One day she walked up to her car and found that someone had smashed in both windshields and all four windows. There was a big gaping hole where her radio/cassette player had been. (Thankfully, The Club(TM) was still intact.)

    So, yes, she lived in fear.

  115. @Clyde
    @G Pinfold

    Thanks.... I see you on "Truth" the poster. I guess he is on the conservative side and not_a_buffoon

    Replies: @G P

    I wouldn’t go that far. But he’s ahead of others on the list.

  116. @The most deplorable one
    @dc.sunsets


    Question: How much do victims of violent crime contribute, passively or actively, to their victimization?
     
    Why do you use the same language that the media uses to minimize what happened to them?

    Your question should be: How much do victims of torture, rape and murder contribute actively or passively to their torture, rape and murder?

    I would say that they likely did contribute, but only because the media in the US has been telling us for more than thirty years that blacks are kind gentle misunderstood rocket surgeons.

    They have been feeding us pap like the one about Rosa Parks I quoted.

    Rosa Parks suffered the inconvenience of being asked to move to the back of the bus by whites, Channon Christian suffered the inconvenience of being raped, tortured and murdered by blacks.

    Rosa Parks died of old age at the hands of white people. Channon Christian died young and horribly at the hands of blacks.

    I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US.

    Replies: @dc.sunsets, @Anonymous Nephew, @tbraton

    “I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US.”

    A while back (I can’t remember even approximately when) I was startled when I came across the actual number of blacks who were lynched in the U.S. I just assumed that, with all the attention given to lynching, the number would have been substantially higher. Here is what Wikipedia says about lynching in America:

    “The Tuskegee Institute has recorded 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites being lynched between 1882 and 1968, with the annual peak occurring in the 1890s, at a time of economic stress in the South and political suppression.[5] A five-year study published by the Equal Justice Initiative in 2015 found that nearly 3,959 black men, women, and children were lynched in the twelve Southern states between 1877 and 1950.[6]”

    Granted that even one lynching is too many (and there hasn’t been a lynching recorded by Tuskegee since 1951), the number seems somewhat small to justify all the attention focused on the problem. For those who are math challenged, the total number of 3446 black lynchings recorded in the 86 years between 1882 and 1968 comes to an average of 40 a year. The second number comes to a somewhat higher average of 51.4 lynchings a year in the 77 years between 1877 and 1950. (Note the 1950 cut-off date for the second, later study. BTW 1950 was 65 years ago.)

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
    @tbraton

    You should pro-rate that number to remove the number that were guilty. Alse you should remove the number lynched by other blacks.



    The Washington herald., January 14, 1908, Page 6, Image 6
    ...
    A mob of North Carolina negroes lynched the proprietor of a negro theatrical outfit because his show did not come up to the advance agent's promises.

     



    Omaha daily bee., October 25, 1900, Page 2, Image 2
    ...
    a negro was lynched by a mob of his own race for assaulting a colored girl.

     

  117. @Reg Cæsar
    @vinteuil

    Modern headline: Violence erupts in Dallas.

    Replies: @vinteuil, @Jonathan Silber

    Modern headline: Violence erupts in Dallas.

    Or “Violence erupts in Dallas: President finds himself shot.”

  118. @tbraton
    @The most deplorable one

    "I suspect that far more whites have been killed by blacks than blacks were lynched in the US."

    A while back (I can't remember even approximately when) I was startled when I came across the actual number of blacks who were lynched in the U.S. I just assumed that, with all the attention given to lynching, the number would have been substantially higher. Here is what Wikipedia says about lynching in America:

    "The Tuskegee Institute has recorded 3,446 blacks and 1,297 whites being lynched between 1882 and 1968, with the annual peak occurring in the 1890s, at a time of economic stress in the South and political suppression.[5] A five-year study published by the Equal Justice Initiative in 2015 found that nearly 3,959 black men, women, and children were lynched in the twelve Southern states between 1877 and 1950.[6]"

    Granted that even one lynching is too many (and there hasn't been a lynching recorded by Tuskegee since 1951), the number seems somewhat small to justify all the attention focused on the problem. For those who are math challenged, the total number of 3446 black lynchings recorded in the 86 years between 1882 and 1968 comes to an average of 40 a year. The second number comes to a somewhat higher average of 51.4 lynchings a year in the 77 years between 1877 and 1950. (Note the 1950 cut-off date for the second, later study. BTW 1950 was 65 years ago.)

    Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome

    You should pro-rate that number to remove the number that were guilty. Alse you should remove the number lynched by other blacks.

    The Washington herald., January 14, 1908, Page 6, Image 6

    A mob of North Carolina negroes lynched the proprietor of a negro theatrical outfit because his show did not come up to the advance agent’s promises.

    Omaha daily bee., October 25, 1900, Page 2, Image 2

    a negro was lynched by a mob of his own race for assaulting a colored girl.

  119. @TheJester
    @Mr. Anon

    Yes, the article had a political (SJW) agenda. As I recall, the article said that male and female brains were on a continuum, by which I assume they meant place on a continuum was meaningless. This is the same argument for declaring there is no such thing as race.

    If we take this argument seriously, we can also argue that there are no such things as light and dark, hard and soft, hot and cold, babies and old folks, visible light and x-rays, water and ice, vacuums and solids, specific colors, etc. ... because they exist on continuums. The point is, place on a continuum does matter. "Place" and the consequences of something having a "place" on a continuum are definable and observable.

    Replies: @William Badwhite

    “The existence of dusk and dawn does not disprove the existence of night and day”.

    – Some guy, I think maybe Churchill.

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