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From ABC News:

Homicide record broken in Louisville with 2 slayings, including a teenager killed on Thanksgiving Day

Louisville has seen 175 homicides in 2021, surpassing a record set in 2020.

ByBill Hutchinson
November 26, 2021, 9:20 AM

Two people were gunned down, including a 15-year-old boy, on Thanksgiving morning in Louisville.

The city of 600,000 residents saw its 174th and 175th homicides of the year in a span of six hours, breaking the all-time record of 173 set in 2020, according to Louisville Police Department crime statistics.

Although the Floyd Effect (2020 – ?) is much more national than the Ferguson Effect (2014-2016), it also features local hotspots, such as Louisville, home to the late Breonna Taylor. Last year’s 173 murders was a record for Louisville and this year it’s even worse:

Louisville eclipsed its deadliest year in the same week that Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (183 homicides) and Columbus, Ohio, (178 homicides), surpassed annual records.

Milwaukee was home to the Jacob Blake Kenosha riots in August 2020. Columbus saw the Ma’Khia Bryant police shooting that the national media had a fit over in April of this year.

Philadelphia recorded its 500th homicide on Wednesday, tying an all-time high set in 1990 with more than a month yet to go in the year. This week, Washington, D.C., police also investigated its 200th homicide of the year, the most to occur in the nation’s capital in 18 years.

According to one sample of cities, murders were up 4% in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2020 (which saw a record setting leap of 29.4% in total murders for the year over 2019).

But most of 2020’s murders followed the declaration of the racial reckoning in late May 2020, so the gap between 2021 and 2020 has been narrowing lately as we get deeper into what were the shootier months of 2020. I wouldn’t be surprised if 2021 winds up with a slight decline in murders for the whole year over 2020. Still, murders were up 4,900 in 2020 over 2019, so the two year total for the Racial Reckoning Era would be approaching 10,000 incremental murders.

On the other hand, the ongoing orgy of robberies this fall is pretty crazy. Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.

Criminals these days tend to drive nicer cars than I do.

Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years. I first mentioned it on my blog perhaps a decade ago.

 
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  1. I think the most significant observation from the plots you’ve been posting is that the winter lull of 2021 is as bad as the summer peaks since Ferguson but before Floyd.

    And though these stats will be presented as significant, the emptying out of the cities is done, the important parts of the electorate don’t live near the ghettos where the crime explosion has been taking place. The lack of any urgency among the elites is actual proof that poor lives don’t matter. And there are none poorer than poor ghetto blacks.

    The Simpsons Movie was pretty bad but it had one classic line: “I’m a rich man who wanted to give something back. Not the money… but something”.

    They feel guilt about the state of poor blacks but hate the thought of anti-globalisation policy be it trade, industrial or immigration. They don’t want to stop being so much richer than everyone else so they give back by validating expressions of black ethnocentrism that don’t have anything to say about class or economics. By sheer coincidence they both agree the real problem are all those smelly poor whites whose ancestors defeated the Nazis but who, when you think about, are actually just as guilty for the Holocaust or something.

  2. Anonymous[176] • Disclaimer says:

    Philadelphia sets record.

    https://6abc.com/philadelphia-shooting-homicide-record-2021-murders-gun-violence/11273352/

    Philadelphia sets grim new record after 501st homicide of 2021
    The latest murder happened just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy.

    PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The city of Philadelphia has now reached 501 murders, surpassing the record of 500 homicides that was set in 1990.

    The latest murder happened just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

    City leaders spoke about the gun violence during a press conference earlier this week.

    “It’s terrible to every morning to get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this needs to stop,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

    Kenney said that reducing the violence is his administration’s top priority.

    He also called on lawmakers in Harrisburg to allow the city to pass more restrictive gun laws to keep weapons off the streets.

    “There are people making money selling these guns, making these guns, and the legislature, not the people behind me, don’t care. They don’t care how many people get killed. It’s ridiculous. And cities like Boston and New York that are not dealing with this problem the way we’re dealing with it, there are strict gun laws…we need to have some semblance of that. I’m not talking about people hunting deer,” said Kenney.

    Apparently it was only recently that criminals began exploiting the supposed lax gun laws.

    Only aggressive policing and prosecution works. It’s either that or further descent into chaos.

    • Agree: PaceLaw
    • Replies: @GeneralRipper
    @Anonymous


    It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this needs to stop,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.
     
    If I had a buck for every time some jackass local official, mayor or governor babbled this same sort of horseshit in the last 40 years, I'd have a tidy sum.
    , @Alec Leamas (working from home)
    @Anonymous


    Apparently it was only recently that criminals began exploiting the supposed lax gun laws.
     
    Any time there is a jump in shootings in Philadelphia and New Jersey the local politicians cite Pennsylvania's supposed lax gun laws as the source of the problem.

    It's not unlike Steve's theory about racism and blacks being an extension of voodoo culture. Whereas racism in the form of someone, somewhere, thinking bad thoughts about blacks makes blacks unsuccessful in every walk of life except athletics and entertainment, guns in the area are powerful totems that get hold of the black consciousness and cause them to commit murders.

    I was recently in an online dispute with someone who swears that the the urban crime wave of the 1960s-1990s was the result of lead poisoning due to lead paint and lead in gasoline rather than more aggressive approaches to policing, prosecution, and incarceration. We had this dispute in the context of a reversal of the long term trend of violent crime decreasing in the U.S., and then suddenly reversing course after a mass de-policing and de-carceral movement. My interlocutor could not support the charge that today's murderers must have been the victims of some sort of localized, acute lead poisoning in their youths only a decade or two ago and long after lead in gasoline and paints was banned and lead paint abated.

    To paraphrase Steve, the ruling class believes that blacks are beneath agency and above criticism. They can't say this explicitly, but they can and do act in conformity with this belief.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played, @Reg Cæsar

    , @Rob
    @Anonymous

    Holy fish socks, Batman!

    I have a plan that should please Mayor Kenney and Second Amendment enthusiasts. Simply make the black cities not part of America. No one thinks Americans have a right to bear arms in Canada. Depatriating the residents is optional but suggested. If the residents are not depatriated, then just think of separation as step one. They would be US citizens who don’t live in a state, like Peurto Ricans, so would not have representation in Congress or electoral college votes. Liberals can continue being concerned about blacks, but with the sort of insouciance we have for Guamans, or Guamanians, or Guamarians, or whatever people in Guam are called.

    It would not solve the whole problem but would go a long way towards giving us a sane country again. If Democrats lost the rotten boroughs of the cities, they would lose a lot of heft in Congress. They’d have to try hella harder to cheat in Presidential elections if they were still competitive. The Democrats would have to get a lot saner fast. So would the Rs.

    I think calling for Indian Reservations for blacks the way Indian Reservations were intended to separate countries is a baby step towards AnotherDad’s “separate countries.” it solves the “where to draw the lines” gotcha the stay chainedists always use, which is a pretty good gotcha. It’s not even asking very many people to give up their grifts.

  3. Large, organized mobs of looters descending on lightly secured suburban shopping centers are almost impossible to stop in the current environment. They can’t be physically restrained without the risk of using deadly force, so hired security and local police are not going to want to engage, for fear of becoming the Next Great White Defendant. The looters know that their chances of being caught, much less prosecuted, are very low, and the rewards are high.

    This is going to get worse… will the theft be confined to retail stores, or will private property be next?

    • Replies: @Technite78
    @Technite78

    I'm wondering how long it will take for the hammers to make an appearance dismembering display cases at the next smash & grab:

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/27/california-black-friday-robbery-suspects-steal-hammers-from-home-depot/

    Replies: @Lurker

    , @Sick 'n Tired
    @Technite78

    Shotguns with rubber riot rounds should be issued to security guards to fire indiscriminately into these loot mobs.

    Replies: @Colin Wright

    , @Known Fact
    @Technite78

    No one will really fight to defend stores or public property, while home invaders run the risk that someone -- perhaps someone with a gun -- will fight to protect their home and family. So they'll clean out the stores first.


  4. Finally, Republicans and Democrats are united in declaring that a killing* should not be exploited for political purposes!

    So this year really is different, at last. Or maybe just this month.

    * I believe they referred to it as a “boo‐boo”

  5. Indianapolis is the same size as Columbus and has racked up over 245 murders this year.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Arclight

    Don't mean to brag, but...

    Chicago
    2021 to Date
    Shot & Killed: 737
    Shot & Wounded: 3486
    Total Shot: 4223
    Total Homicides: 785


    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @Rob, @Rob McX

    , @JimDandy
    @Arclight

    Indy's still trailing Chicago with 1/3 the population and well under 1/3 the murders and, like, 1/100th the cool restaurants.

    Year to Date
    Shot & Killed: 737
    Shot & Wounded: 3486
    Total Shot: 4223
    Total Homicides: 785

  6. @Technite78
    Large, organized mobs of looters descending on lightly secured suburban shopping centers are almost impossible to stop in the current environment. They can't be physically restrained without the risk of using deadly force, so hired security and local police are not going to want to engage, for fear of becoming the Next Great White Defendant. The looters know that their chances of being caught, much less prosecuted, are very low, and the rewards are high.

    This is going to get worse... will the theft be confined to retail stores, or will private property be next?

    Replies: @Technite78, @Sick 'n Tired, @Known Fact

    I’m wondering how long it will take for the hammers to make an appearance dismembering display cases at the next smash & grab:

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/27/california-black-friday-robbery-suspects-steal-hammers-from-home-depot/

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @Technite78

    Surely just young athletes in need of jogging accessories?

  7. Steve – perhaps you’ve presented a solution to all of this madness in the past, but some of us low brow readers have missed it. How would you go about addressing this issue?

    • LOL: Kylie
  8. Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years. I first mentioned it on my blog perhaps a decade ago.

    In the old days, you’d do that to get pro-grade video of your Rap or Hip Hop videos, but nowadays you can get reasonably good video from your stolen iPhones, and those are easier to sell on.

  9. Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews

    As long as no one gets hurt, this is no loss. The only worthwhile news videos come from police body cameras, random lucky amateurs, and Andy Ngo.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    @International Jew

    No one gets hurt? heck, if we're smirking at our foes, why not a little pain? I've only met a small handful of TV reporters in my life, and they were all utter jerks.

    Back to reality: I had to search to find that this meant Louisville, KY. Aren't there other Louisvilles out there? Make sure to mention the state.

    I have relatives in that city and they see it has a utopia to raise kids in. Apparently it's rather segregated, and if you live in the good parts, it's really good. The murder rate is shocking.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    , @Kratoklastes
    @International Jew


    As long as no one gets hurt
     
    If an event leads to one less vaguely-fuckable fake-blonde reading bullshit off an autocue, it's a good thing.
    , @Mr. Anon
    @International Jew

    Local news affiliates seem to now move in even greater lockstep with their networks than in the past. I used to occasionally watch my local NBC station, mainly just for the weather, but I'd sometimes watch the "News" part of the broadcast too. But it is now totally obnoxious - suffused with globalist propaganda. It really became obvious with the COVID thing.

    As you say, local news is just narrative-boosting propaganda. Mostly they just film official press releases. There is no investigative journalism or even anything like independent thought. One has to look to the internets to find anything that has some chance of being true.

  10. RIP

    Instead of sacrificing his life for some pozzed journalists, he could have gone to city hall or Sacramento and [redacted] the people in charge of enabling this crime wave

  11. “Criminals these days tend to ̶d̶̶r̶̶i̶̶v̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶n̶̶i̶̶c̶̶e̶̶r̶ steal nicer cars than I drive”

    Fixed it for you Steve.

    • Replies: @europeasant
    @mmack

    "“Criminals these days tend to ̶d̶̶r̶̶i̶̶v̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶n̶̶i̶̶c̶̶e̶̶r̶ steal nicer cars than I drive”

    Fixed it for you Steve."

    “Negros these days tend to drive and steal nicer cars than I drive”

    Fixed it for you mmack.

  12. Criminals these days tend to drive nicer cars than I do

    I imagine criminals will be driving Teslas a lot these days given their incredible rate of acceleration for getaways. The only problem is knowing where to steal the electricity to charge the battery.

    • Replies: @Marquis
    @Jonathan Mason

    Teslas can be tracked and disabled by Tesla anytime. Creepy, but useful in preventing car thefts.

  13. In Sweden, they did not go on lockdown. The elderly fatality rate was high, for a while, but now it is much lower. Just saying.

  14. @International Jew

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews
     
    As long as no one gets hurt, this is no loss. The only worthwhile news videos come from police body cameras, random lucky amateurs, and Andy Ngo.

    Replies: @stillCARealist, @Kratoklastes, @Mr. Anon

    No one gets hurt? heck, if we’re smirking at our foes, why not a little pain? I’ve only met a small handful of TV reporters in my life, and they were all utter jerks.

    Back to reality: I had to search to find that this meant Louisville, KY. Aren’t there other Louisvilles out there? Make sure to mention the state.

    I have relatives in that city and they see it has a utopia to raise kids in. Apparently it’s rather segregated, and if you live in the good parts, it’s really good. The murder rate is shocking.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @stillCARealist

    Aren’t there other Louisvilles out there?

    14 in the USA. Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland , Miss, Miz, Mont., NE, NY, Ohio, Tenn. all have one.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  15. The ravenous mobbery locusts will descend on upscale residential targets once they have denuded the retailscape.

  16. OT- I’m about two weeks behind on my Jeopardy (I watch recorded episodes on the elliptical), but the current (in my behind tIme world) champion is an obvious M to F tranny- he’s run away with the 4 games I’ve seen him win; very I-Stevie if you ask me.

  17. Criminals these days tend to drive nicer cars than I do.

    What do you mean by “these days”, since you became a blogger?

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years.

    I agreed with I.J. on this already, but I’m Lovin’ It! Some people can’t learn any way but the hard way.

    BTW, it’s pronounced “Lew-uh-vul”, not whatever it is you hear in your head.

  18. The Floyd Effect vs. the Ferguson Effect.

    I’ve got another post idea for you: Justice for Darrell Brooks v Justice for James Fields.

    Is there any more extreme example of individual Anarcho-Tyranny you all can think of?

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I am disappointed, Achmed. I thought you would post Van Halen's "Mean Streets".
    "Lord, shot that poor boy down."

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @John Derbyshire
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Covered it (32m05s here https://vdare.com/radio-derb/cold-civil-war-lawfare-at-charlottesville-miscarriage-of-justice-in-georgia-and-mass-murder-in-waukesha-etc Transcript up on Wednesday).

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Anon

  19. How about just calling it the “black effect”? The inevitable long term consequences of catering the absolute lowest common denominator.

  20. That’s very unusual that Louisville’s deadliest month in 2020 was December. Could that possibly be an artifact of police scrambling to file paperwork before the end of the year?

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @Magic Dirt Resident

    Last minute Christmas popping.

  21. @Achmed E. Newman

    The Floyd Effect vs. the Ferguson Effect.
     
    I've got another post idea for you: Justice for Darrell Brooks v Justice for James Fields.

    Is there any more extreme example of individual Anarcho-Tyranny you all can think of?

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @John Derbyshire

    I am disappointed, Achmed. I thought you would post Van Halen’s “Mean Streets”.
    “Lord, shot that poor boy down.”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Redneck farmer

    I am sorry I have let you down, Redneck. Gotta say I don't even know that Van Halen song (though I like the band). All I can come up with on short notice is a long distance dedication to that Roley-poley named Heather who got backed into by the retro muscle car in Charlottesville:

    Remember, you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEidbkibsiE

    "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the bumper." - Achmed Kasem

    Replies: @Ganderson

  22. The “Ferguson” effect was not deliberately fomented by a national political party with major corporate backing for the purpose of crushing the opposition. Just some of the already usual back and forth with Democrats and … ahem … African Americans that would damp out until the next one.

    Whereas the “Floyd” effect was an escalation beyond anything that happened before. A Rubicon crossed. The beginning of a new era in policing and what are euphemistically called race relations.

    Floyd has more statues than the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior. He even had a mural in Afghanistan until … you know.

    Floyd is not merely typical like that Ferguson guy whatsisname.

    For rhetorical purposes among the “progressive” ruling class, Floyd is the archetypical … ahem … African American.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Joe Magarac

    Excellent excellent point. Great comment

  23. Floyd effect is to Ferguson effect is like the hydrogen bomb is to the atomic bomb.

    • Agree: Joe Magarac, J.Ross
  24. anon[384] • Disclaimer says:

    Off Topic:

    1.

    CHICAGO—Actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal trial on charges from his allegedly staging a hate crime against himself is set to begin Monday after three years of delays and an investigation into the district attorney’s handling of the case.

    2.Why did the WHO decide to skip over two green letters when naming this variant?

    When the WHO named the “mu” variant in August, “nu” was next in line. But the WHO decided to skip it over because officials felt the letter was too similar to the English word “new,” which could have led to a bit of confusion. Then came “xi,” but the WHO also decided to nix it because it is the same as the common last name Xi

    Yea, Xi is a common last name if you are president of China.

    3. Meanwhile, countries are finding this strain in positive, asymptomatic cases of travelers. And one South African doctor claims that cases he has seen are less severe than usual. As a rule viruses don’t mutate in the direction of both increasing transmissibility and increasing severity. Otherwise common viruses would be rapidly wiping out humans, no? OK, I am speculating, but it is early since the announcement Friday. I am waiting to panic and sell everything. It’s truly an ill wind that blows no good.

    • Replies: @Flip
    @anon

    I'd be willing to bet that Smollett was working with Harris and Booker to generate support for their anti-lynching bill.

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @Jack D

  25. What effing use is ‘ TV camera crew gear ‘ to anyone these days, when even the lowliest little toe-rag has got an iPhone armed with full hd video capture, embodied in a formula that the even the said toe-rag can use, manipulate, store, post to YouTube etc?

    • Replies: @AV Club Sandwich
    @Anonymous

    Its obscenely expensive. Surely has great resale value.

  26. Some things are obvious. Unfortunate, perhaps, but obvious. In no particular order:
    -Cops don’t care who is killing who as long as they can avoid the debris field. They all (no exceptions) want to continue to draw a paycheck and NOT face a Ferguson-style hoo-ra.

    -The rest of the “criminal justice” system doesn’t care who is killing who, except as it might affect income streams for criminal court employees and prison guards. The prosecutors all keep getting paid whether they prosecute or not.

    -Since there is some kind of “black community” (Like the “Arab street”???) defined loosely, they don’t care who shoots who either. They would rather look at the gang-banging shooter of a 10 year old or a mother every day in the ‘hood than tell cops what they saw the Mf’er do. Given the penalty-free crime of witness murder, who can argue with them? No one cares.

    -White people don’t care who shots who. Most white people are completely removed from the black-on-black scrum which defines gun murders in these no longer united states, and they don’t care. A lot of white people are quietly giving serious thought to how they will personally deal with an overflow of black gun violence into their neighborhoods. I hope for the sake of black people this does not come to pass, but if it does…. no one will care. And honkies will clam up just like the negroes are doing. I know I don’t trust cops or other CJ people. Do you?

    -All the public employees (no exceptions of any note or number) don’t care who shoots who. The DIE crew makes more money if negroes are shooting it up, and the municipal water department employee certainly can’t be expected to go meter reading in the ‘hood if he/she/xe thinks they might get a cap put in their ass. Add to the fact that there is no pressure for any of these people to perform, and what should they care? They get paid. They don’t care.

    So no one cares. And nothing changes for the better for the unfortunate negroes (the vast majority) caught in the crossfire of dumbasses. And (unfortunately) these people literally cannot see that they could solve this problem themselves, and the people who ought to be leading them are, instead, predating upon them. And it will likely get worse. And no one will care.

    • Agree: Seneca44
  27. Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years.

    Note that the news crew had a security guard (was he armed?) and even that was not enough. One old sleepy retired Asian cop wasn’t going to cut the mustard. Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population. A bulletproof vehicle wouldn’t hurt either.

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
    @Jack D

    It's hard to pity people who are so woefully, almost deliberately, unprepared.

    "I don't believe in stereotypes, so I won't practice good safety as I walk into this danger zone."

    Replies: @Ganderson

    , @Muggles
    @Jack D


    Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population.
     
    "Hiring from the local population." What is that supposed to mean? News crews go all over their local news coverage areas. Not just a single neighborhood (which might be high crime).

    This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun.

    As for the cynical comment about this being "no big loss" (since TV news is mainly Woke garbage) this snark might be good for a grim grin, but is off base. The "broken window effect" in spades might be unleashed. Or is now unleashed in the Bay Area, as we read.

    If armed criminals attack TV camera wielding crews with armed guards (well, one, who wasn't armed enough) then what about you, average "Jack D"? So you might wander into a news event too.

    Are you a fan of carjackings? Do you want to encourage zombies to simply target people with stuff criminals might fence? Feel safer with a local gang banger as your security?
    (' Rapper security' the answer? How many dead rappers this month...?)

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.

    "Live at 6 o'clock!"

    Replies: @SafeNow, @JMcG, @Hangnail Hans, @europeasant

    , @Paperback Writer
    @Jack D


    One old sleepy retired Asian cop wasn’t going to cut the mustard.

     

    You mean the wasabi.
    , @Bill Jones
    @Jack D

    For a couple of hundred bucks the cameras could have an embedded GPS chip accurate to within ten feet.

    Think of the headline opportunities.

    "Tonight at Nine: We show live footage of the SWAT team busting the bastards who stole our Cameras live at Noon."

  28. @Achmed E. Newman

    The Floyd Effect vs. the Ferguson Effect.
     
    I've got another post idea for you: Justice for Darrell Brooks v Justice for James Fields.

    Is there any more extreme example of individual Anarcho-Tyranny you all can think of?

    Replies: @Redneck farmer, @John Derbyshire

    • Agree: Jack Armstrong
    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @John Derbyshire

    Yeah, see, I can't be listening to whole podcasts. ;-} It's nothing personal, as I'm sure the sound clips are funny, but I can read 5 - 8 x faster. I will read this on Wednesday, of course, as I hardly ever miss them.

    Thanks.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    , @Anon
    @John Derbyshire

    Another great episode Derb!

  29. @Jack D

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years.
     
    Note that the news crew had a security guard (was he armed?) and even that was not enough. One old sleepy retired Asian cop wasn't going to cut the mustard. Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population. A bulletproof vehicle wouldn't hurt either.

    Replies: @Boomthorkell, @Muggles, @Paperback Writer, @Bill Jones

    It’s hard to pity people who are so woefully, almost deliberately, unprepared.

    “I don’t believe in stereotypes, so I won’t practice good safety as I walk into this danger zone.”

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @Boomthorkell

    We had, at the school I taught at, the ADL in to tell us how racist we all were. We were instructed that locking the car doors in a “bad” neighborhood was racist.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played, @Boomthorkell

  30. ABC sees the answer as hiring more counselors.

    MORE: Can therapy help break the cycle of gun violence?

    That’s what Blacks! need: more people who act like they care about Blacks!.

  31. Who do they sell the equipment to? Do they ransom it back to the owners like art thieves in an old Steve McQueen movie? Is there a ready market for hot video equipment?

    • Replies: @Sollipsist
    @TWS

    When I asked that question, someone helpfully pointed out how many amateurs on YouTube have more expensive equipment than you might expect...

  32. OT: San Francisco continues its decline to third world hellhole status as Police shoot down one of Biden’s unvetted, knife-wielding Afghan refugee’s allegedly suffering untreated PTSD mixed with Muhammad on the brain:

    • Replies: @Ringo_at_Starr Search
    @Zoos

    Interesting how Sra. Cid Medina stands in profile to reveal her abundant cleavage.

    , @Abolish_public_education
    @Zoos

    Dimwit, Bay Area reporters want to take away other people's gun rights. When a reporter gets killed in the line of duty, let's just say that I don't get upset.

    The City of Oakland has recorded 127 murders so far this year. Last year's total was 102. The all-time record is 165, in 1992.

    Regarding the retired cop turned private security guard, who was murdered in Oakland the other day: Could he have become eligible for Social Security, i.e. the double-dip?

    Replies: @Alden

  33. Remember to donate to the Salvation Army.
    https://postimg.cc/CBZVRGVb

    • Thanks: Harry Baldwin
  34. I recall posters here explaining how Blacks are “scared” of Whites in the South. Therefore, none of the stuff happening up North (Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago) would make its way down to the South.

    When I pointed out that Atlanta seemed to be experiencing these issues, someone claimed that Atlanta wasn’t a “real” Southern city.

    I wonder if Louisville is a “real” Southern city.

    Or perhaps there are “real” Southern cities that I haven’t heard of, in which the KKK and pro-Confederate plantation owners continue to hold sway. Perhaps these “Sons of the South” are just biding their time, waiting for an opportunity to launch a massive military expedition to reconquer Louisville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, etc.

    I’m sure that’s what’s happening.

    As they say, “the South shall rise again!”

    • Replies: @Wade Hampton
    @JohnnyWalker123

    For twenty years, I've lived in two mid-sized Southern cities (1 million to 1.5 million Metropolitan Statistical Areas) and can confirm that they aren't culturally Southern in any meaningful way. International companies locate to the South and bring with them relocatees from outside the area. Universities bring with them the same sorts of people, students, academics and administrators.

    In one of my neighborhoods, roughly half of my neighbors were immigrants from China working at a university or one of its attendant technology companies. It was an interesting experience. I'm sure some of my Chinese neighbors looked at me like suburban New Jersey white people would look at a lone black person in their neighborhood.

    But similar to Northern cities, the bigger Southern cities have some of the same horrific crime problems that American cities everywhere experience, due to bad demographics. The bigger the city, the worse the demographics and crime.

    To experience the real South, one must get out of the cities to where the old culture survives.

  35. Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.

    Needless to say, there has been no serious analysis done of how the Summer of Floyd led black people to become more violent and criminal. In the elite media (I agree that it’s no longer correct to call it the MSM or main stream media because they really don’t represent the main stream of American thinking, only the elite stream or some kind of high-low coalition) this is just not a thing. Crime is up because of Covid or something, anything but Floyd.

    I will confess that even to me, the mechanism is somewhat mysterious. I can understand the part of the Narrative that says ” Floyd was symbolic of the fact that the police are racist and often shoot/mistreat/kill black people who are arrested for even minor crimes.” And I can even understand “Defund the Police” – given that the police are irredeemably racist and that black crime is often driven by social conditions (if Floyd was flush with (real) cash he wouldn’t have been out there passing fake \$20 bills) maybe minor crimes should be handled by some mechanism different than our current criminal justice system, whereby once someone like Floyd, if he makes it thru the mill alive, come out even LESS employable than he was when he started. I don’t agree with these arguments but I understand them.

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as ” Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies.” This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can’t see how.

    • Replies: @James Speaks
    @Jack D

    Armed news robots. Think Daleks with film at eleven.

    , @James Speaks
    @Jack D

    The problem with Floyd was that he fit a pattern.

    , @Technite78
    @Jack D


    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as ” Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies.” This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can’t see how.
     
    Really, you can't? It seems fairly straightforward to me: the laws of this country and the enforcement mechanism that evolved through the early 20th century, were intended to operate on a society that was largely:

    1) Willing to be productive in return for fair pay and benefits.

    2) Willing to respect the rights and property of fellow citizens.

    3) Willing to allow the police and the courts to remediate conflicts.

    A large proportion of people in the inner cities are not willing and/or able to do those things. Therefore, they increasingly see (and are being constantly told) that the existing set of laws and mores is unfair and should not apply to them, and are acting accordingly.

    It might be obvious to you (and me) why this is not going to lead to a bright future, but you'll get nowhere trying to talk them out of it.

    , @J.Ross
    @Jack D

    >MSM takes its name from its closeness to the mainstream of American thought
    No, never. It's mainstream in the sense that Ford is a familiar and widely used brand and McClaren is a boutique alternative.
    >what, never?
    Uhhh ... no. From Pulitzer to present, there has never been a tether. The difference now is brazenness and basic incompetence: journalists at midcentury were lying Communist filth, but they knew how sentences worked, and cared about contradicting themselves.

    , @Johann Ricke
    @Jack D


    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as ” Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies.” This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can’t see how.
     
    Criminals understand odds. If cops are lying low, crimes are going unsolved. Criminals have increased their activity because the odds of arrest and conviction have decreased.
    , @El Dato
    @Jack D


    BUT, by what mechanism
     
    Well, whites basically killed Black Jesus on the fentanyl cross of asphalt, so they gotta pay. And Trump is Pontius Pilatus.

    It's a pogrom man, just not as we know it.

    Maybe a new religion will spring out of it, who knows!

    Replies: @epebble

    , @rebel yell
    @Jack D

    I think the logic goes back to the mostly peaceful riots. Again and again the police were told to stand back and stand down as rioters looted, vandalized, and burned. In many cities criminal blacks owned the streets for days. Stores were looted and no one arrested or punished. Many criminal blacks took part and learned first-hand what was now possible.
    Add to that the countless media images of whites kneeling to blacks, white authority figures debasing themselves to blacks. Add to this cities like SF de-criminalizing shoplifting and many internet images of blacks freely shoplifting.
    Word of this spreads like wildfire.
    Savvy blacks took note.

    Replies: @rebel yell

  36. The penalty for a black who murders another black should be a misdemeanor charge and a small fine.

    The penalty for a black who harms a non-black should be death.

    • Replies: @Mike_from_SGV
    @Sick of Orcs

    If a gopher digs a hole in a vacant field, who cares.
    When a gopher digs up my lawn, I kill it.
    Result: my lawn stays nice.
    The principle is widely applicable.

  37. @Jack D

    Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.
     
    Needless to say, there has been no serious analysis done of how the Summer of Floyd led black people to become more violent and criminal. In the elite media (I agree that it's no longer correct to call it the MSM or main stream media because they really don't represent the main stream of American thinking, only the elite stream or some kind of high-low coalition) this is just not a thing. Crime is up because of Covid or something, anything but Floyd.

    I will confess that even to me, the mechanism is somewhat mysterious. I can understand the part of the Narrative that says " Floyd was symbolic of the fact that the police are racist and often shoot/mistreat/kill black people who are arrested for even minor crimes." And I can even understand "Defund the Police" - given that the police are irredeemably racist and that black crime is often driven by social conditions (if Floyd was flush with (real) cash he wouldn't have been out there passing fake $20 bills) maybe minor crimes should be handled by some mechanism different than our current criminal justice system, whereby once someone like Floyd, if he makes it thru the mill alive, come out even LESS employable than he was when he started. I don't agree with these arguments but I understand them.

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as " Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies." This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can't see how.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James Speaks, @Technite78, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke, @El Dato, @rebel yell

    Armed news robots. Think Daleks with film at eleven.

  38. @Jack D

    Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.
     
    Needless to say, there has been no serious analysis done of how the Summer of Floyd led black people to become more violent and criminal. In the elite media (I agree that it's no longer correct to call it the MSM or main stream media because they really don't represent the main stream of American thinking, only the elite stream or some kind of high-low coalition) this is just not a thing. Crime is up because of Covid or something, anything but Floyd.

    I will confess that even to me, the mechanism is somewhat mysterious. I can understand the part of the Narrative that says " Floyd was symbolic of the fact that the police are racist and often shoot/mistreat/kill black people who are arrested for even minor crimes." And I can even understand "Defund the Police" - given that the police are irredeemably racist and that black crime is often driven by social conditions (if Floyd was flush with (real) cash he wouldn't have been out there passing fake $20 bills) maybe minor crimes should be handled by some mechanism different than our current criminal justice system, whereby once someone like Floyd, if he makes it thru the mill alive, come out even LESS employable than he was when he started. I don't agree with these arguments but I understand them.

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as " Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies." This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can't see how.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James Speaks, @Technite78, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke, @El Dato, @rebel yell

    The problem with Floyd was that he fit a pattern.

  39. @Jack D

    Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.
     
    Needless to say, there has been no serious analysis done of how the Summer of Floyd led black people to become more violent and criminal. In the elite media (I agree that it's no longer correct to call it the MSM or main stream media because they really don't represent the main stream of American thinking, only the elite stream or some kind of high-low coalition) this is just not a thing. Crime is up because of Covid or something, anything but Floyd.

    I will confess that even to me, the mechanism is somewhat mysterious. I can understand the part of the Narrative that says " Floyd was symbolic of the fact that the police are racist and often shoot/mistreat/kill black people who are arrested for even minor crimes." And I can even understand "Defund the Police" - given that the police are irredeemably racist and that black crime is often driven by social conditions (if Floyd was flush with (real) cash he wouldn't have been out there passing fake $20 bills) maybe minor crimes should be handled by some mechanism different than our current criminal justice system, whereby once someone like Floyd, if he makes it thru the mill alive, come out even LESS employable than he was when he started. I don't agree with these arguments but I understand them.

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as " Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies." This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can't see how.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James Speaks, @Technite78, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke, @El Dato, @rebel yell

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as ” Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies.” This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can’t see how.

    Really, you can’t? It seems fairly straightforward to me: the laws of this country and the enforcement mechanism that evolved through the early 20th century, were intended to operate on a society that was largely:

    1) Willing to be productive in return for fair pay and benefits.

    2) Willing to respect the rights and property of fellow citizens.

    3) Willing to allow the police and the courts to remediate conflicts.

    A large proportion of people in the inner cities are not willing and/or able to do those things. Therefore, they increasingly see (and are being constantly told) that the existing set of laws and mores is unfair and should not apply to them, and are acting accordingly.

    It might be obvious to you (and me) why this is not going to lead to a bright future, but you’ll get nowhere trying to talk them out of it.

    • Agree: magilla, europeasant
    • Thanks: Calvin Hobbes
  40. I imagine criminals will be driving Teslas a lot these days given their incredible rate of acceleration for getaways. The only problem is knowing where to steal the electricity to charge the battery.

    There are two other problems. About two weeks ago, Consumer Reports rated Tesla 27th out of 28th in reliability. It seems to me that after doing a smash-and-grab, you would want a reliable getaway car. The second problem is figuring-out how to use the all-functions touchscreen; you can’t just punch it in its face.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @SafeNow

    C’mon- watch a movie. The Tesla gets you to the parking garage, where you efficiently transfer the loot to a white Ford van with no windows. You then drive slowly through the tightening police cordon. Sheesh.

  41. @Jack D

    Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.
     
    Needless to say, there has been no serious analysis done of how the Summer of Floyd led black people to become more violent and criminal. In the elite media (I agree that it's no longer correct to call it the MSM or main stream media because they really don't represent the main stream of American thinking, only the elite stream or some kind of high-low coalition) this is just not a thing. Crime is up because of Covid or something, anything but Floyd.

    I will confess that even to me, the mechanism is somewhat mysterious. I can understand the part of the Narrative that says " Floyd was symbolic of the fact that the police are racist and often shoot/mistreat/kill black people who are arrested for even minor crimes." And I can even understand "Defund the Police" - given that the police are irredeemably racist and that black crime is often driven by social conditions (if Floyd was flush with (real) cash he wouldn't have been out there passing fake $20 bills) maybe minor crimes should be handled by some mechanism different than our current criminal justice system, whereby once someone like Floyd, if he makes it thru the mill alive, come out even LESS employable than he was when he started. I don't agree with these arguments but I understand them.

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as " Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies." This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can't see how.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James Speaks, @Technite78, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke, @El Dato, @rebel yell

    >MSM takes its name from its closeness to the mainstream of American thought
    No, never. It’s mainstream in the sense that Ford is a familiar and widely used brand and McClaren is a boutique alternative.
    >what, never?
    Uhhh … no. From Pulitzer to present, there has never been a tether. The difference now is brazenness and basic incompetence: journalists at midcentury were lying Communist filth, but they knew how sentences worked, and cared about contradicting themselves.

    • Agree: El Dato
  42. @International Jew

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews
     
    As long as no one gets hurt, this is no loss. The only worthwhile news videos come from police body cameras, random lucky amateurs, and Andy Ngo.

    Replies: @stillCARealist, @Kratoklastes, @Mr. Anon

    As long as no one gets hurt

    If an event leads to one less vaguely-fuckable fake-blonde reading bullshit off an autocue, it’s a good thing.

  43. The Floyd effect was nationwide. With thousands of protests and hundreds of riots. Ferguson only resulted in two riots compared to 900 riots after Floyd. Mostly due to the COVID lockdowns, which resulted in millions of workers out of work, schools and churches shuttered leaving people socially isolated and angry. The only social outlet in the summer of 2020 was protesting, since all sporting venues, clubs , churches, schools ….were closed. Without the clampdown there would have been far less protests, riots and homicides. The lockdowna set the kindling for the massive social unrest of 2020. We may never recover from the clampdown.

  44. @John Derbyshire
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Covered it (32m05s here https://vdare.com/radio-derb/cold-civil-war-lawfare-at-charlottesville-miscarriage-of-justice-in-georgia-and-mass-murder-in-waukesha-etc Transcript up on Wednesday).

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Anon

    Yeah, see, I can’t be listening to whole podcasts. ;-} It’s nothing personal, as I’m sure the sound clips are funny, but I can read 5 – 8 x faster. I will read this on Wednesday, of course, as I hardly ever miss them.

    Thanks.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman


    Yeah, see, I can’t be listening to whole podcasts. ;-}
     
    Agree. Totally, fricking agree.

    Notice that Derb only shows up when he feels the need to point out that he once wrote or spoke about something. He has done that to me. It is slightly pathetic and rather annoying.

    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this, because it is now obvious that he reads all comments, looking for anything he can claim to have covered before.

    C'mon Derb! Participate! We love you, man!

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @Reg Cæsar

  45. @Jack D

    Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.
     
    Needless to say, there has been no serious analysis done of how the Summer of Floyd led black people to become more violent and criminal. In the elite media (I agree that it's no longer correct to call it the MSM or main stream media because they really don't represent the main stream of American thinking, only the elite stream or some kind of high-low coalition) this is just not a thing. Crime is up because of Covid or something, anything but Floyd.

    I will confess that even to me, the mechanism is somewhat mysterious. I can understand the part of the Narrative that says " Floyd was symbolic of the fact that the police are racist and often shoot/mistreat/kill black people who are arrested for even minor crimes." And I can even understand "Defund the Police" - given that the police are irredeemably racist and that black crime is often driven by social conditions (if Floyd was flush with (real) cash he wouldn't have been out there passing fake $20 bills) maybe minor crimes should be handled by some mechanism different than our current criminal justice system, whereby once someone like Floyd, if he makes it thru the mill alive, come out even LESS employable than he was when he started. I don't agree with these arguments but I understand them.

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as " Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies." This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can't see how.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James Speaks, @Technite78, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke, @El Dato, @rebel yell

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as ” Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies.” This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can’t see how.

    Criminals understand odds. If cops are lying low, crimes are going unsolved. Criminals have increased their activity because the odds of arrest and conviction have decreased.

  46. @Jack D

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years.
     
    Note that the news crew had a security guard (was he armed?) and even that was not enough. One old sleepy retired Asian cop wasn't going to cut the mustard. Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population. A bulletproof vehicle wouldn't hurt either.

    Replies: @Boomthorkell, @Muggles, @Paperback Writer, @Bill Jones

    Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population.

    “Hiring from the local population.” What is that supposed to mean? News crews go all over their local news coverage areas. Not just a single neighborhood (which might be high crime).

    This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun.

    As for the cynical comment about this being “no big loss” (since TV news is mainly Woke garbage) this snark might be good for a grim grin, but is off base. The “broken window effect” in spades might be unleashed. Or is now unleashed in the Bay Area, as we read.

    If armed criminals attack TV camera wielding crews with armed guards (well, one, who wasn’t armed enough) then what about you, average “Jack D”? So you might wander into a news event too.

    Are you a fan of carjackings? Do you want to encourage zombies to simply target people with stuff criminals might fence? Feel safer with a local gang banger as your security?
    (‘ Rapper security’ the answer? How many dead rappers this month…?)

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.

    “Live at 6 o’clock!”

    • Replies: @SafeNow
    @Muggles


    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.
     
    Good point, but my guess is that private security, even if they were armed, would be told not to shoot unless fired upon. They would be ignored by the criminals. Also, the first armed guard who killed a criminal would have his life upended by going through a Rittenhouse-type trial. After that it would be very hard to hire armed security. This is a big big deal because as Biden brings diversity to the suburbs, people will want to utilize armed security.
    , @JMcG
    @Muggles

    I sure wouldn’t shoot anyone over a couple of TV cameras. Especially those wielded by people who want me and mine destroyed.

    , @Hangnail Hans
    @Muggles


    This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun.
     

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.
     
    So the security man can get two life sentences, over a stolen camera? So we can have more American cities burned and looted, over a stolen camera? So whites' rights can be curtailed even further, and permanently, over a stolen camera? Great plan. I can see you really like the current trajectory.
    , @europeasant
    @Muggles

    "This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun"

    Yea right! And if the criminal/perp gets shot or killed, the security guard will face prison for murder of a black man who just happens to be jogging. These days you are expected to de-escalate or talk your way out of being robbed. And if the camera equipment is less then $900 then you have to let the criminal go.

  47. Current Lifestyles in the Black and Anonymous in the Third World Hellhole of Oakland:

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Zoos

    Fallujah del Norte.

    , @Mike_from_SGV
    @Zoos

    SF and Oakland are such horrendous wastes of prime coastal California real estate. A serious country would raze all the decrepit buildings, relocate the criminal and vagrant demographic to a reservation in the middle of Nevada, then rebuild and repopulate.

    Replies: @Rob

    , @Anonymous
    @Zoos

    Wow, shocking! Those Asian parts of Oakland juxtaposed with the rest of the city is most startling. I couldn’t help but think how utterly bizarre it is that the U.S. sends troops to insignificant lands thousands of miles away to pacify and rebuild them when they could be doing so here at home.

    , @Thomas
    @Zoos

    This hurts. I lived in Oakland for years but left almost a decade ago. Jerry Brown, to his credit, had managed a half-decent job of making the place moderately livable. Assuming the shift to remote work holds, I have a hard time seeing Oakland making a comeback anytime soon. One of its key attributes was being a relatively affordable place to live right in the middle of the Bay Area.

    , @Clyde
    @Zoos

    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don't need to bed down there anymore.

    Replies: @Zoos, @Alden

  48. @International Jew

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews
     
    As long as no one gets hurt, this is no loss. The only worthwhile news videos come from police body cameras, random lucky amateurs, and Andy Ngo.

    Replies: @stillCARealist, @Kratoklastes, @Mr. Anon

    Local news affiliates seem to now move in even greater lockstep with their networks than in the past. I used to occasionally watch my local NBC station, mainly just for the weather, but I’d sometimes watch the “News” part of the broadcast too. But it is now totally obnoxious – suffused with globalist propaganda. It really became obvious with the COVID thing.

    As you say, local news is just narrative-boosting propaganda. Mostly they just film official press releases. There is no investigative journalism or even anything like independent thought. One has to look to the internets to find anything that has some chance of being true.

  49. @Achmed E. Newman
    @John Derbyshire

    Yeah, see, I can't be listening to whole podcasts. ;-} It's nothing personal, as I'm sure the sound clips are funny, but I can read 5 - 8 x faster. I will read this on Wednesday, of course, as I hardly ever miss them.

    Thanks.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Yeah, see, I can’t be listening to whole podcasts. ;-}

    Agree. Totally, fricking agree.

    Notice that Derb only shows up when he feels the need to point out that he once wrote or spoke about something. He has done that to me. It is slightly pathetic and rather annoying.

    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this, because it is now obvious that he reads all comments, looking for anything he can claim to have covered before.

    C’mon Derb! Participate! We love you, man!

    • Agree: Paperback Writer
    • Replies: @Paperback Writer
    @Buzz Mohawk

    He pointed this out years ago....

    We noticed this years ago....

    It keeps happening....

    Notice a pattern?

    , @The Alarmist
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Didn’t we learn from the Greeks that God and men should not mix. Derb’s a classics fan, so he undoubtedly knows the wisdom of the ages.

    , @Marquis
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Lot of bloggers and commentators made clowns of themselves during covid hysteria. I sense they avoid debate more to avoid running into commentators they were embarrassed by over the past 20mos.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Buzz Mohawk


    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this...
     
    He's right across the Sound. Rig up the sails and pay him a visit!

    Suffolk County used to be part of Connecticut, you know. I once had a Connecticut keyboard-- the middle C was silent.


    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Ctcolony.png

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

  50. As Vasquez would say:

    “I just want to know one thing … where. they. are.”

  51. @Jack D

    Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.
     
    Needless to say, there has been no serious analysis done of how the Summer of Floyd led black people to become more violent and criminal. In the elite media (I agree that it's no longer correct to call it the MSM or main stream media because they really don't represent the main stream of American thinking, only the elite stream or some kind of high-low coalition) this is just not a thing. Crime is up because of Covid or something, anything but Floyd.

    I will confess that even to me, the mechanism is somewhat mysterious. I can understand the part of the Narrative that says " Floyd was symbolic of the fact that the police are racist and often shoot/mistreat/kill black people who are arrested for even minor crimes." And I can even understand "Defund the Police" - given that the police are irredeemably racist and that black crime is often driven by social conditions (if Floyd was flush with (real) cash he wouldn't have been out there passing fake $20 bills) maybe minor crimes should be handled by some mechanism different than our current criminal justice system, whereby once someone like Floyd, if he makes it thru the mill alive, come out even LESS employable than he was when he started. I don't agree with these arguments but I understand them.

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as " Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies." This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can't see how.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James Speaks, @Technite78, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke, @El Dato, @rebel yell

    BUT, by what mechanism

    Well, whites basically killed Black Jesus on the fentanyl cross of asphalt, so they gotta pay. And Trump is Pontius Pilatus.

    It’s a pogrom man, just not as we know it.

    Maybe a new religion will spring out of it, who knows!

    • Replies: @epebble
    @El Dato

    Maybe a new religion

    The Catholic University of America has already deified him by hanging an icon of the new Pieta:

    https://www.usmessageboard.com/threads/painting-at-catholic-university-of-america-appears-to-compare-george-floyd-to-jesus-christ.933094/

  52. @Jack D

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years.
     
    Note that the news crew had a security guard (was he armed?) and even that was not enough. One old sleepy retired Asian cop wasn't going to cut the mustard. Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population. A bulletproof vehicle wouldn't hurt either.

    Replies: @Boomthorkell, @Muggles, @Paperback Writer, @Bill Jones

    One old sleepy retired Asian cop wasn’t going to cut the mustard.

    You mean the wasabi.

  53. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman


    Yeah, see, I can’t be listening to whole podcasts. ;-}
     
    Agree. Totally, fricking agree.

    Notice that Derb only shows up when he feels the need to point out that he once wrote or spoke about something. He has done that to me. It is slightly pathetic and rather annoying.

    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this, because it is now obvious that he reads all comments, looking for anything he can claim to have covered before.

    C'mon Derb! Participate! We love you, man!

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @Reg Cæsar

    He pointed this out years ago….

    We noticed this years ago….

    It keeps happening….

    Notice a pattern?

  54. @Jack D

    Theoretically, there shouldn’t necessarily be a link between a rise in property crimes and a rise in murders. But both tend to have to do with how bulletproof black people are feeling at the moment, so perhaps the more Nordstroms that get knocked over, the more black criminals will shoot each other at after-parties.
     
    Needless to say, there has been no serious analysis done of how the Summer of Floyd led black people to become more violent and criminal. In the elite media (I agree that it's no longer correct to call it the MSM or main stream media because they really don't represent the main stream of American thinking, only the elite stream or some kind of high-low coalition) this is just not a thing. Crime is up because of Covid or something, anything but Floyd.

    I will confess that even to me, the mechanism is somewhat mysterious. I can understand the part of the Narrative that says " Floyd was symbolic of the fact that the police are racist and often shoot/mistreat/kill black people who are arrested for even minor crimes." And I can even understand "Defund the Police" - given that the police are irredeemably racist and that black crime is often driven by social conditions (if Floyd was flush with (real) cash he wouldn't have been out there passing fake $20 bills) maybe minor crimes should be handled by some mechanism different than our current criminal justice system, whereby once someone like Floyd, if he makes it thru the mill alive, come out even LESS employable than he was when he started. I don't agree with these arguments but I understand them.

    BUT, by what mechanism is Floyd heard by ghetto blacks as " Because of Floyd, Blacks are now (or should be) immune from the consequences of their actions, not only for minor crimes such as shoplifting, but also free to pop a cap in the ass of their enemies." This is apparently the message that they are getting, but it is so beyond logic that I still can't see how.

    Replies: @James Speaks, @James Speaks, @Technite78, @J.Ross, @Johann Ricke, @El Dato, @rebel yell

    I think the logic goes back to the mostly peaceful riots. Again and again the police were told to stand back and stand down as rioters looted, vandalized, and burned. In many cities criminal blacks owned the streets for days. Stores were looted and no one arrested or punished. Many criminal blacks took part and learned first-hand what was now possible.
    Add to that the countless media images of whites kneeling to blacks, white authority figures debasing themselves to blacks. Add to this cities like SF de-criminalizing shoplifting and many internet images of blacks freely shoplifting.
    Word of this spreads like wildfire.
    Savvy blacks took note.

    • Agree: Harry Baldwin
    • Replies: @rebel yell
    @rebel yell

    Common sense, and science, looks for practical causes for the crime increase. "If you stop enforcing the law you get more law-breaking" is obvious to common sense.
    But the Left always looks for deeper causes. If Chomsky were asked why crime has increased he would mumble something about "structures".

  55. Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years. I first mentioned it on my blog perhaps a decade ago.

    Switch to drones? They can be elevated out of reach when things get “vibrant”.

    I understand that the MQ 9 “Reaper” drone has a very good TV camera.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    They have the aptly named "Gorgon Stare"

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2015/04/10/air-forces-secret-gorgon-stare-program-leaves-terrorists-nowhere-to-hide/

    Super-surveillance over a completely hollowed out society is definitely the endstate.

  56. @Muggles
    @Jack D


    Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population.
     
    "Hiring from the local population." What is that supposed to mean? News crews go all over their local news coverage areas. Not just a single neighborhood (which might be high crime).

    This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun.

    As for the cynical comment about this being "no big loss" (since TV news is mainly Woke garbage) this snark might be good for a grim grin, but is off base. The "broken window effect" in spades might be unleashed. Or is now unleashed in the Bay Area, as we read.

    If armed criminals attack TV camera wielding crews with armed guards (well, one, who wasn't armed enough) then what about you, average "Jack D"? So you might wander into a news event too.

    Are you a fan of carjackings? Do you want to encourage zombies to simply target people with stuff criminals might fence? Feel safer with a local gang banger as your security?
    (' Rapper security' the answer? How many dead rappers this month...?)

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.

    "Live at 6 o'clock!"

    Replies: @SafeNow, @JMcG, @Hangnail Hans, @europeasant

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.

    Good point, but my guess is that private security, even if they were armed, would be told not to shoot unless fired upon. They would be ignored by the criminals. Also, the first armed guard who killed a criminal would have his life upended by going through a Rittenhouse-type trial. After that it would be very hard to hire armed security. This is a big big deal because as Biden brings diversity to the suburbs, people will want to utilize armed security.

  57. @Zoos
    OT: San Francisco continues its decline to third world hellhole status as Police shoot down one of Biden's unvetted, knife-wielding Afghan refugee's allegedly suffering untreated PTSD mixed with Muhammad on the brain:

    https://twitter.com/henrykleeKTVU/status/1463677463582560259?s=20

    https://twitter.com/MariaKPIX/status/1464705417779449856?s=20

    Replies: @Ringo_at_Starr Search, @Abolish_public_education

    Interesting how Sra. Cid Medina stands in profile to reveal her abundant cleavage.

  58. @rebel yell
    @Jack D

    I think the logic goes back to the mostly peaceful riots. Again and again the police were told to stand back and stand down as rioters looted, vandalized, and burned. In many cities criminal blacks owned the streets for days. Stores were looted and no one arrested or punished. Many criminal blacks took part and learned first-hand what was now possible.
    Add to that the countless media images of whites kneeling to blacks, white authority figures debasing themselves to blacks. Add to this cities like SF de-criminalizing shoplifting and many internet images of blacks freely shoplifting.
    Word of this spreads like wildfire.
    Savvy blacks took note.

    Replies: @rebel yell

    Common sense, and science, looks for practical causes for the crime increase. “If you stop enforcing the law you get more law-breaking” is obvious to common sense.
    But the Left always looks for deeper causes. If Chomsky were asked why crime has increased he would mumble something about “structures”.

  59. @Zoos
    Current Lifestyles in the Black and Anonymous in the Third World Hellhole of Oakland:

    https://youtu.be/qHixc-QAhZQ

    Replies: @El Dato, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Thomas, @Clyde

    Fallujah del Norte.

  60. @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years. I first mentioned it on my blog perhaps a decade ago.
     
    Switch to drones? They can be elevated out of reach when things get "vibrant".

    I understand that the MQ 9 "Reaper" drone has a very good TV camera.

    Replies: @El Dato

    They have the aptly named “Gorgon Stare”

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2015/04/10/air-forces-secret-gorgon-stare-program-leaves-terrorists-nowhere-to-hide/

    Super-surveillance over a completely hollowed out society is definitely the endstate.

    • Agree: mc23
  61. @Arclight
    Indianapolis is the same size as Columbus and has racked up over 245 murders this year.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @JimDandy

    Don’t mean to brag, but…

    Chicago
    2021 to Date
    Shot & Killed: 737
    Shot & Wounded: 3486
    Total Shot: 4223
    Total Homicides: 785

    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
    @JimDandy


    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.
     
    I've seen people standing next to an ambulance (White liquor store cashier shot by Black robber) with a string of bloody bullet holes (DOA) and had a an elementary school substitute teacher talk about how Al Capone gave her a ride in his car as a kid in Chicago...

    So let us give a musical honor for Our Great City!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxpz8t33mU

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Anonymous, @riches

    , @Rob
    @JimDandy

    Really? I’m more impressed by the 737 (lol) people who were shot but not wounded. That’s 737 tough effing ninjas! Guess the popo want to talk to you if you go to the hospital with a bullet wound.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Rob

    , @Rob McX
    @JimDandy




    Total Shot: 4223

    Shot & Killed: 737

     

    Sailer's Law writ large.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

  62. @SafeNow

    I imagine criminals will be driving Teslas a lot these days given their incredible rate of acceleration for getaways. The only problem is knowing where to steal the electricity to charge the battery.
     
    There are two other problems. About two weeks ago, Consumer Reports rated Tesla 27th out of 28th in reliability. It seems to me that after doing a smash-and-grab, you would want a reliable getaway car. The second problem is figuring-out how to use the all-functions touchscreen; you can’t just punch it in its face.

    Replies: @JMcG

    C’mon- watch a movie. The Tesla gets you to the parking garage, where you efficiently transfer the loot to a white Ford van with no windows. You then drive slowly through the tightening police cordon. Sheesh.

  63. @Arclight
    Indianapolis is the same size as Columbus and has racked up over 245 murders this year.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @JimDandy

    Indy’s still trailing Chicago with 1/3 the population and well under 1/3 the murders and, like, 1/100th the cool restaurants.

    Year to Date
    Shot & Killed: 737
    Shot & Wounded: 3486
    Total Shot: 4223
    Total Homicides: 785

  64. @Muggles
    @Jack D


    Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population.
     
    "Hiring from the local population." What is that supposed to mean? News crews go all over their local news coverage areas. Not just a single neighborhood (which might be high crime).

    This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun.

    As for the cynical comment about this being "no big loss" (since TV news is mainly Woke garbage) this snark might be good for a grim grin, but is off base. The "broken window effect" in spades might be unleashed. Or is now unleashed in the Bay Area, as we read.

    If armed criminals attack TV camera wielding crews with armed guards (well, one, who wasn't armed enough) then what about you, average "Jack D"? So you might wander into a news event too.

    Are you a fan of carjackings? Do you want to encourage zombies to simply target people with stuff criminals might fence? Feel safer with a local gang banger as your security?
    (' Rapper security' the answer? How many dead rappers this month...?)

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.

    "Live at 6 o'clock!"

    Replies: @SafeNow, @JMcG, @Hangnail Hans, @europeasant

    I sure wouldn’t shoot anyone over a couple of TV cameras. Especially those wielded by people who want me and mine destroyed.

  65. @Sick of Orcs
    The penalty for a black who murders another black should be a misdemeanor charge and a small fine.

    The penalty for a black who harms a non-black should be death.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV

    If a gopher digs a hole in a vacant field, who cares.
    When a gopher digs up my lawn, I kill it.
    Result: my lawn stays nice.
    The principle is widely applicable.

    • Agree: Sick of Orcs
  66. @Boomthorkell
    @Jack D

    It's hard to pity people who are so woefully, almost deliberately, unprepared.

    "I don't believe in stereotypes, so I won't practice good safety as I walk into this danger zone."

    Replies: @Ganderson

    We had, at the school I taught at, the ADL in to tell us how racist we all were. We were instructed that locking the car doors in a “bad” neighborhood was racist.

    • Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    @Ganderson


    We had, at the school I taught at, the ADL in to tell us how racist we all were. We were instructed that locking the car doors in a “bad” neighborhood was racist.
     
    If I were there and said something along the lines of " I've got something that you can suck, buddy ", would I have faced a problem with HR?

    Replies: @Ganderson

    , @Boomthorkell
    @Ganderson

    The only proper response to them is that they should preach what they practice and demonstrate it to the assembled class evidence showing that people should leave things out in bad neighborhoods.

  67. Milwaukee was home to the Jacob Blake Kenosha riots in August 2020.

    Huh? Kenosha is two counties away from Milwaukee. That’s like equating Riverside or Santa Barbara with LA.

    • Replies: @Gjkkkjh ghjjk
    @Reg Cæsar

    But there were riots in Milwaukee too.

  68. In WWII German SS troops shot and killed 84 American prisoners at Malmedy. It was called a massacre as it should be, but that was in war. What do you call 500 homicides in Philly? I know it wasn’t one mass murder but when do law abiding citizens demand more from their government? More than a murder a day. Shocking.

    • Replies: @SafeNow
    @Buffalo Joe

    Thank you, Buffalo Joe, for mentioning Malmedy, because it merits remembering, for the obvious reasons, and younger people here understandably might not have heard of it. This especially resonates for me because my Dad was stationed nearby at the time. He was not captured, but recalling it brings a tear to my eye. This episode exemplifies a very dark corner of human nature, which dwells in some.

  69. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman


    Yeah, see, I can’t be listening to whole podcasts. ;-}
     
    Agree. Totally, fricking agree.

    Notice that Derb only shows up when he feels the need to point out that he once wrote or spoke about something. He has done that to me. It is slightly pathetic and rather annoying.

    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this, because it is now obvious that he reads all comments, looking for anything he can claim to have covered before.

    C'mon Derb! Participate! We love you, man!

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @Reg Cæsar

    Didn’t we learn from the Greeks that God and men should not mix. Derb’s a classics fan, so he undoubtedly knows the wisdom of the ages.

    • LOL: Buzz Mohawk
  70. @Muggles
    @Jack D


    Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population.
     
    "Hiring from the local population." What is that supposed to mean? News crews go all over their local news coverage areas. Not just a single neighborhood (which might be high crime).

    This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun.

    As for the cynical comment about this being "no big loss" (since TV news is mainly Woke garbage) this snark might be good for a grim grin, but is off base. The "broken window effect" in spades might be unleashed. Or is now unleashed in the Bay Area, as we read.

    If armed criminals attack TV camera wielding crews with armed guards (well, one, who wasn't armed enough) then what about you, average "Jack D"? So you might wander into a news event too.

    Are you a fan of carjackings? Do you want to encourage zombies to simply target people with stuff criminals might fence? Feel safer with a local gang banger as your security?
    (' Rapper security' the answer? How many dead rappers this month...?)

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.

    "Live at 6 o'clock!"

    Replies: @SafeNow, @JMcG, @Hangnail Hans, @europeasant

    This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun.

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.

    So the security man can get two life sentences, over a stolen camera? So we can have more American cities burned and looted, over a stolen camera? So whites’ rights can be curtailed even further, and permanently, over a stolen camera? Great plan. I can see you really like the current trajectory.

  71. @Zoos
    Current Lifestyles in the Black and Anonymous in the Third World Hellhole of Oakland:

    https://youtu.be/qHixc-QAhZQ

    Replies: @El Dato, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Thomas, @Clyde

    SF and Oakland are such horrendous wastes of prime coastal California real estate. A serious country would raze all the decrepit buildings, relocate the criminal and vagrant demographic to a reservation in the middle of Nevada, then rebuild and repopulate.

    • Replies: @Rob
    @Mike_from_SGV

    It occurs to me that there are renters who vote for city councils and mayors who won’t do anything about the poop and people shooting up on the sidewalk because they’ve gotten used to it, and they know the rent would go up if the city got cleaned up.

    They have learned the Giuliani lesson. If you make your city a pleasant place for the middle and working class, the rich will outbid you for rent. It’d be even more severe in SF, what with the tens of thousanda of fathers who would pay their daughters rent so she could marry into SV wealth and income.

    There was an American Conservative (oh, how the might have fallen!) about it.

    Replies: @Alden

  72. @anon
    Off Topic:

    1.


    CHICAGO—Actor Jussie Smollett’s criminal trial on charges from his allegedly staging a hate crime against himself is set to begin Monday after three years of delays and an investigation into the district attorney’s handling of the case.

     

    2.Why did the WHO decide to skip over two green letters when naming this variant?

    When the WHO named the “mu” variant in August, “nu” was next in line. But the WHO decided to skip it over because officials felt the letter was too similar to the English word “new,” which could have led to a bit of confusion. Then came “xi,” but the WHO also decided to nix it because it is the same as the common last name Xi
     
    Yea, Xi is a common last name if you are president of China.

    3. Meanwhile, countries are finding this strain in positive, asymptomatic cases of travelers. And one South African doctor claims that cases he has seen are less severe than usual. As a rule viruses don't mutate in the direction of both increasing transmissibility and increasing severity. Otherwise common viruses would be rapidly wiping out humans, no? OK, I am speculating, but it is early since the announcement Friday. I am waiting to panic and sell everything. It's truly an ill wind that blows no good.

    Replies: @Flip

    I’d be willing to bet that Smollett was working with Harris and Booker to generate support for their anti-lynching bill.

    • Thanks: Alden
    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
    @Flip

    With a trial finally underway, there is a discussion someplace else on the Web about the Chicago PD detective testifying about how the Department spent thousands of detective manhours on the Smollett case, tracking down the Osundairo brothers, until after taking those wacky Nigerians into custody, it slowly dawned on the detectives that the Osundairos had staged the whole thing with the cooperation of Mr. Smollett.

    How stupid are the Chicago PD to have played along with this scam for that long, people ask? One, dumb Chicago PD officers is a long-held stereotype. Two, not all that dumb, because the fine detective testifying has to convince a jury that he didn't "rush to judgment" or "jump to conclusions" that this was a fraud until after spending this enormous level of the City of Chicago's financial wherewithal to be dragged reluctantly to admitting, yes, the whole thing was a figment of one B-list actor's imagination.

    , @Jack D
    @Flip

    The prosecution says that he did it to garner publicity/sympathy so that they would keep his character on the TV show he was in (it ended up backfiring and he was written out after the hoax came to light). Previously he had (supposedly) received a letter threatening his life (possibly also faked by him but the prosecution doesn't say - they have no proof of that) and when he took that letter to the police and to his producers they just yawned so he decided to raise the stakes with an attack.

    I believe this more that the idea that he did this for political reasons. Smollett is too stupid to have a political consciousness (mimicking political sounds doesn't count) and these hoaxers always act for selfish reasons.

  73. The wealthiest have seen such an explosion in asset values that virtually any property crime is now minor property crime. Did criminals steal a few dozen handbags from Louis Vuiiton? No problem, the stock market capitalization of LVMH is \$350 BILLION. When you’re worth that much, you can pretty much sustain a smash-and-grab like that every day of the week and it won’t have any effect. Seth Rogen has probably seen the value of his real estate in LA go up by like \$10mm in the last 18 months. Of course he doesn’t care about a few broken windows on his Mercedes.

  74. @Redneck farmer
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I am disappointed, Achmed. I thought you would post Van Halen's "Mean Streets".
    "Lord, shot that poor boy down."

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I am sorry I have let you down, Redneck. Gotta say I don’t even know that Van Halen song (though I like the band). All I can come up with on short notice is a long distance dedication to that Roley-poley named Heather who got backed into by the retro muscle car in Charlottesville:

    Remember, you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish.

    “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the bumper.” – Achmed Kasem

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Roly Poly?

    https://youtu.be/KtxAuGx9NcY

  75. @Buffalo Joe
    In WWII German SS troops shot and killed 84 American prisoners at Malmedy. It was called a massacre as it should be, but that was in war. What do you call 500 homicides in Philly? I know it wasn't one mass murder but when do law abiding citizens demand more from their government? More than a murder a day. Shocking.

    Replies: @SafeNow

    Thank you, Buffalo Joe, for mentioning Malmedy, because it merits remembering, for the obvious reasons, and younger people here understandably might not have heard of it. This especially resonates for me because my Dad was stationed nearby at the time. He was not captured, but recalling it brings a tear to my eye. This episode exemplifies a very dark corner of human nature, which dwells in some.

    • Thanks: Tony massey
  76. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Zoos
    Current Lifestyles in the Black and Anonymous in the Third World Hellhole of Oakland:

    https://youtu.be/qHixc-QAhZQ

    Replies: @El Dato, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Thomas, @Clyde

    Wow, shocking! Those Asian parts of Oakland juxtaposed with the rest of the city is most startling. I couldn’t help but think how utterly bizarre it is that the U.S. sends troops to insignificant lands thousands of miles away to pacify and rebuild them when they could be doing so here at home.

  77. @Technite78
    Large, organized mobs of looters descending on lightly secured suburban shopping centers are almost impossible to stop in the current environment. They can't be physically restrained without the risk of using deadly force, so hired security and local police are not going to want to engage, for fear of becoming the Next Great White Defendant. The looters know that their chances of being caught, much less prosecuted, are very low, and the rewards are high.

    This is going to get worse... will the theft be confined to retail stores, or will private property be next?

    Replies: @Technite78, @Sick 'n Tired, @Known Fact

    Shotguns with rubber riot rounds should be issued to security guards to fire indiscriminately into these loot mobs.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    @Sick 'n Tired

    'Shotguns with rubber riot rounds should be issued to security guards to fire indiscriminately into these loot mobs.'

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

  78. Another new trend in California, in addition to flash-mob robberies, is the “follow-home robbery”:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/lapd-targets-follow-home-robbery-crime-wave

    And I was astounded to see this in that article:

    The apparent gang-related robberies follow a trend—dubbed as “burglary tourism” by the police—involving Chilean gangs identified last year.

    In 2020, law enforcement alerted the public about gangs of Chilean nationals using visa waivers to come to the U.S. for the purpose of burglarizing homes, businesses, and vehicles.

    In February, five Chilean men were arrested in connection to a burglary spree that targeted trailheads and dog parks throughout Thousand Oaks.

    Imagine that – people are getting on planes and coming to America all the way from Chile just to commit burglaries.

    Hey, as Thomas Friedman would say “The World is Flat”.

    • Replies: @James N. Kennett
    @Mr. Anon


    The apparent gang-related robberies follow a trend—dubbed as “burglary tourism” by the police—involving Chilean gangs identified last year.
     
    This bizarre trend also afflicted Britain before COVID.

    https://www.cheshire.police.uk/news/cheshire/news/articles/2020/7/burglary-tourists-jailed-for-more-than-13-years/

    https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/18668033.chilean-gang-behind-burglaries-rickmansworth-elstree-jailed/

    Notice how British newspaper headlines add up the sentences of the entire gang, to give a figure like "25 years". In the Watford case, this is split between 5 burglars; and typically prisoners are released when they have served half their sentence. So "25 years" really means "2½ years": exaggeration by a mere factor of 10.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @Anonymous
    @Mr. Anon

    Come to think about it, is it any more absurd than importing people from halfway across the world just to mop floors?

    , @Abolish_public_education
    @Mr. Anon

    The thugs stake out the parking lots at public schools in the nicer parts of town -- on-street double-parkers are also surveilled (there's that schoolparent, self-entitlement, again), looking for [nanny-operated] imported cars to follow-home.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    , @Alden
    @Mr. Anon

    Follow home robbery’s been around a long time. Decades ago there was a San Diego Mayor later governor of California. Pete Wilson He claimed the majority of criminals in San Diego were Mexicans who came over the border because the American justice system is so lenient and California jails and prisons so much nicer.

    Everyone was shocked Media of course sneered and sneered. Because he was a Republican. He responded with statistics that proved his allegations true.

    Oakland blacks use the BART subway system to go all over the Bay Area to commit robberies. Including robbing tourists at the airport. Welcome to San Francisco

    When California legalized shoplifting less than $950.00 there were lots of stories about blacks from Vegas and Texas traveling to shoplift. Then the stories disappeared.

  79. This crime wave may not directly effect suburban Republicans, however party media strategist and ad men must be salivating right now. Willie Horton commercial on steroids.

  80. @Technite78
    @Technite78

    I'm wondering how long it will take for the hammers to make an appearance dismembering display cases at the next smash & grab:

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/27/california-black-friday-robbery-suspects-steal-hammers-from-home-depot/

    Replies: @Lurker

    Surely just young athletes in need of jogging accessories?

  81. @John Derbyshire
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Covered it (32m05s here https://vdare.com/radio-derb/cold-civil-war-lawfare-at-charlottesville-miscarriage-of-justice-in-georgia-and-mass-murder-in-waukesha-etc Transcript up on Wednesday).

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman, @Anon

    Another great episode Derb!

  82. @Reg Cæsar

    Milwaukee was home to the Jacob Blake Kenosha riots in August 2020.
     
    Huh? Kenosha is two counties away from Milwaukee. That's like equating Riverside or Santa Barbara with LA.

    Replies: @Gjkkkjh ghjjk

    But there were riots in Milwaukee too.

  83. Every dog,
    And every cat,
    And every people has a
    Louis Vuitton!
    Rich people,
    Poor people,
    Genuine and spurious people:
    Louis Vuitton!
    Kindergarten children
    Shopping with their moms:
    LOUIS VUITTON!
    College student has a tennis racket
    In her LOUIS VUITTON!
    Older woman was presented by her son
    With a LOUIS VUITTON!
    Shoulder bags, costume bags,
    Garbage bags
    Filled with Louis Vuittons.

  84. Criminals these days tend to drive nicer cars than I do.

    Could be a Randy Newman lyric.

    • Agree: Gary in Gramercy
  85. @stillCARealist
    @International Jew

    No one gets hurt? heck, if we're smirking at our foes, why not a little pain? I've only met a small handful of TV reporters in my life, and they were all utter jerks.

    Back to reality: I had to search to find that this meant Louisville, KY. Aren't there other Louisvilles out there? Make sure to mention the state.

    I have relatives in that city and they see it has a utopia to raise kids in. Apparently it's rather segregated, and if you live in the good parts, it's really good. The murder rate is shocking.

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Aren’t there other Louisvilles out there?

    14 in the USA. Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland , Miss, Miz, Mont., NE, NY, Ohio, Tenn. all have one.

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @kaganovitch

    That list leaves out the two Louisville Townships in Minnesota. Do all these add up in population to Louisville, Kentucky?

    There is also one in Belize, one stop on the Northern Highway bus line beyond Calcutta. The US isn't the only English-speaking country with a Mexican border problem:

    Calcutta villagers busted with contraband beers

    Note Rappa Early's eloquent comment.


    https://i1.wp.com/bigsignsbelize.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/80s-267x200.jpg

    Replies: @kaganovitch

  86. @Zoos
    Current Lifestyles in the Black and Anonymous in the Third World Hellhole of Oakland:

    https://youtu.be/qHixc-QAhZQ

    Replies: @El Dato, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Thomas, @Clyde

    This hurts. I lived in Oakland for years but left almost a decade ago. Jerry Brown, to his credit, had managed a half-decent job of making the place moderately livable. Assuming the shift to remote work holds, I have a hard time seeing Oakland making a comeback anytime soon. One of its key attributes was being a relatively affordable place to live right in the middle of the Bay Area.

  87. ‘…that the national media had a fit over in April of this year…’

    Will it ever occur to the mainstream media that they are responsible for these killings?

    If I have a pit bull, and I encourage him to attack people, when he kills a small child, who do you blame?

    Blacks definitely have their limitations. They will never be a brilliant star in America’s firmament.

    …but it’s the fault of others they have become what they are. There was no need for this. It’s been sheer, willful stupidity.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Colin Wright


    If I have a pit bull, and I encourage him to attack people, when he kills a small child, who do you blame?
     
    It depends, Colin, it depends.

    If you are white, especially if you a "white nationalist", then we will blame you, personally and by name and hold you accountable to the full extent of the law, and secondarily put the blame on all others who share your sick and hateful ideology.

    If you are black, we will blame the dog.

    Replies: @Rob

  88. @Technite78
    Large, organized mobs of looters descending on lightly secured suburban shopping centers are almost impossible to stop in the current environment. They can't be physically restrained without the risk of using deadly force, so hired security and local police are not going to want to engage, for fear of becoming the Next Great White Defendant. The looters know that their chances of being caught, much less prosecuted, are very low, and the rewards are high.

    This is going to get worse... will the theft be confined to retail stores, or will private property be next?

    Replies: @Technite78, @Sick 'n Tired, @Known Fact

    No one will really fight to defend stores or public property, while home invaders run the risk that someone — perhaps someone with a gun — will fight to protect their home and family. So they’ll clean out the stores first.

  89. @Sick 'n Tired
    @Technite78

    Shotguns with rubber riot rounds should be issued to security guards to fire indiscriminately into these loot mobs.

    Replies: @Colin Wright

    ‘Shotguns with rubber riot rounds should be issued to security guards to fire indiscriminately into these loot mobs.’

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Colin Wright

    Napoleon shot them with exploding cannonballs with a terrifying casualty rate. That is the first thing in Paris he did to acquire attention for his genius career.**

    **They call it that even if a lot of us don't!

  90. GeneralRipper [AKA "SnidelyWhiplash"] says:
    @Anonymous
    Philadelphia sets record.

    https://6abc.com/philadelphia-shooting-homicide-record-2021-murders-gun-violence/11273352/

    Philadelphia sets grim new record after 501st homicide of 2021
    The latest murder happened just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy.

    PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The city of Philadelphia has now reached 501 murders, surpassing the record of 500 homicides that was set in 1990.

    The latest murder happened just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

    City leaders spoke about the gun violence during a press conference earlier this week.

    "It's terrible to every morning to get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It's just crazy. It's just crazy and this needs to stop," said Mayor Jim Kenney.

    Kenney said that reducing the violence is his administration's top priority.

    He also called on lawmakers in Harrisburg to allow the city to pass more restrictive gun laws to keep weapons off the streets.

    "There are people making money selling these guns, making these guns, and the legislature, not the people behind me, don't care. They don't care how many people get killed. It's ridiculous. And cities like Boston and New York that are not dealing with this problem the way we're dealing with it, there are strict gun laws...we need to have some semblance of that. I'm not talking about people hunting deer," said Kenney.
     
    Apparently it was only recently that criminals began exploiting the supposed lax gun laws.

    Only aggressive policing and prosecution works. It’s either that or further descent into chaos.

    Replies: @GeneralRipper, @Alec Leamas (working from home), @Rob

    It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this needs to stop,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

    If I had a buck for every time some jackass local official, mayor or governor babbled this same sort of horseshit in the last 40 years, I’d have a tidy sum.

  91. @JimDandy
    @Arclight

    Don't mean to brag, but...

    Chicago
    2021 to Date
    Shot & Killed: 737
    Shot & Wounded: 3486
    Total Shot: 4223
    Total Homicides: 785


    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @Rob, @Rob McX

    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.

    I’ve seen people standing next to an ambulance (White liquor store cashier shot by Black robber) with a string of bloody bullet holes (DOA) and had a an elementary school substitute teacher talk about how Al Capone gave her a ride in his car as a kid in Chicago…

    So let us give a musical honor for Our Great City!

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Joe Stalin

    That was definitely one of the most terrible nights in the history of Chicago.

    , @Anonymous
    @Joe Stalin

    1970s British soft rock at its finest.

    , @riches
    @Joe Stalin

    If the goal of posting this tune was to wax nostalgic over Chicago gangsters, Geraldo's exploration of Capone's vault was the more edifying pursuit.

    Paper Lice, or whoever this band was, gave bubblegum a bad name. (Admittedly, the smallest feat.)

    Chicago's "old east side" indeed.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Joe Stalin, @JMcG

  92. @kaganovitch
    @stillCARealist

    Aren’t there other Louisvilles out there?

    14 in the USA. Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland , Miss, Miz, Mont., NE, NY, Ohio, Tenn. all have one.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    That list leaves out the two Louisville Townships in Minnesota. Do all these add up in population to Louisville, Kentucky?

    There is also one in Belize, one stop on the Northern Highway bus line beyond Calcutta. The US isn’t the only English-speaking country with a Mexican border problem:

    Calcutta villagers busted with contraband beers

    Note Rappa Early’s eloquent comment.

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    @Reg Cæsar

    Do all these add up in population to Louisville, Kentucky?

    Not even close. All of them together have less than a tenth of Louisville KY population.

  93. @Joe Stalin
    @JimDandy


    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.
     
    I've seen people standing next to an ambulance (White liquor store cashier shot by Black robber) with a string of bloody bullet holes (DOA) and had a an elementary school substitute teacher talk about how Al Capone gave her a ride in his car as a kid in Chicago...

    So let us give a musical honor for Our Great City!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxpz8t33mU

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Anonymous, @riches

    That was definitely one of the most terrible nights in the history of Chicago.

  94. …and had a an elementary school substitute teacher talk about how Al Capone gave her a ride in his car as a kid in Chicago…

    Our regular fourth-grade teacher told us how her family went to church one morning, only to be instructed by the pastor to go home and turn on the radio.

    Pearl Harbor had been bombed– less than five miles away.

    Understandably, school districts on Oahu took duck-and-cover very seriously for decades thereafter. Did Obama mention this in his memoirs? Or was it over by his return from the Spice Islands?

    Ooh– testing controversy from territorial days:

    Maemae School was in the headlines in 1940 when Department of Public Instruction officials decided to upgrade it to an English Standard School. Children had to qualify to enter Maemae by passing an oral examination measuring their proficiency in English.

    Parents picketed the school in September, irate that their youngsters could not pass the test and were going to be transferred to some other school. A compromise was reached with the establishment of separate classes for first- and second-graders who did not meet the English Standard qualifications.

    http://archives.starbulletin.com/97/03/21/news/story1.html

    • Thanks: Alden
  95. @Mr. Anon
    Another new trend in California, in addition to flash-mob robberies, is the "follow-home robbery":

    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/lapd-targets-follow-home-robbery-crime-wave
     
    And I was astounded to see this in that article:

    The apparent gang-related robberies follow a trend—dubbed as “burglary tourism” by the police—involving Chilean gangs identified last year.

    In 2020, law enforcement alerted the public about gangs of Chilean nationals using visa waivers to come to the U.S. for the purpose of burglarizing homes, businesses, and vehicles.

    In February, five Chilean men were arrested in connection to a burglary spree that targeted trailheads and dog parks throughout Thousand Oaks.
     
    Imagine that - people are getting on planes and coming to America all the way from Chile just to commit burglaries.

    Hey, as Thomas Friedman would say "The World is Flat".

    Replies: @James N. Kennett, @Anonymous, @Abolish_public_education, @Alden

    The apparent gang-related robberies follow a trend—dubbed as “burglary tourism” by the police—involving Chilean gangs identified last year.

    This bizarre trend also afflicted Britain before COVID.

    https://www.cheshire.police.uk/news/cheshire/news/articles/2020/7/burglary-tourists-jailed-for-more-than-13-years/

    https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/18668033.chilean-gang-behind-burglaries-rickmansworth-elstree-jailed/

    Notice how British newspaper headlines add up the sentences of the entire gang, to give a figure like “25 years”. In the Watford case, this is split between 5 burglars; and typically prisoners are released when they have served half their sentence. So “25 years” really means “2½ years”: exaggeration by a mere factor of 10.

    • Thanks: Mr. Anon
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @James N. Kennett

    Thanks.

  96. I recently heard about a smash-and-grab robbery at a Home Depot in California:

    https://www.insider.com/california-crew-steals-tools-from-home-depot-in-smash-grab-2021-11

    What was particularly interesting were the items stolen – sledge hammers and crow-bars.

    i.e., tools for committing smash-and-grab robberies.

    As to all the luxury items being stolen, how many of those will get sold on ebay? Maybe this Babylon Bee article isn’t so far from the truth:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/new-app-lootdash-lets-you-send-someone-to-loot-san-francsico-stores-for-you

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Mr. Anon

    Back in the day when it was just shoplifting, customers could order things from the sellers of stolen goods. Even go into clothing stores select an item and order the size and color. It’s always been part of organized crime.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mr. Anon


    What was particularly interesting were the items stolen – sledge hammers and crow-bars.

    i.e., tools for committing smash-and-grab robberies.

     
    Haha, now that's what I call pulling one's self up by one's bootstraps! And the young generations say that can't be done. See, young whippersnappers, I mowed lawns for the summer to pay for an Associates Degree in yard landscaping. You can do this!

    Thanks for the BB link too, Mr. Anon.

    Replies: @Cool Daddy Jimbo

  97. Comparing the george floyd effect to the ferguson effect is stupid. We’re way worse off now in anti-white propaganda and tyranny coming from our fellow race-traitor whites, than back 7 or 8 years ago, where things seemed a bit more organic. We’re not living in normal times. The good old days ain’t comin back. What we are currently seeing the past year or so is unprecedented never before seen. Most whites will bend over for black lives matter and enjoy being slaughtered in the process. These days, you have white gentiles openly agitating race war and black supremacy. We’re in locked down clown world. Trump since 2017 made the whole right cucked on race, giving whites false sense of security. Blame orange man fraud.

  98. @Zoos
    OT: San Francisco continues its decline to third world hellhole status as Police shoot down one of Biden's unvetted, knife-wielding Afghan refugee's allegedly suffering untreated PTSD mixed with Muhammad on the brain:

    https://twitter.com/henrykleeKTVU/status/1463677463582560259?s=20

    https://twitter.com/MariaKPIX/status/1464705417779449856?s=20

    Replies: @Ringo_at_Starr Search, @Abolish_public_education

    Dimwit, Bay Area reporters want to take away other people’s gun rights. When a reporter gets killed in the line of duty, let’s just say that I don’t get upset.

    The City of Oakland has recorded 127 murders so far this year. Last year’s total was 102. The all-time record is 165, in 1992.

    Regarding the retired cop turned private security guard, who was murdered in Oakland the other day: Could he have become eligible for Social Security, i.e. the double-dip?

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Abolish_public_education

    He contributed to social security his entire working life from his first job flipping burgers or whatever as a teen. Therefore he is entitled to social security.

    He contributed to his police department pension fund from his first day. Therefore he is entitled to his pension.

    Contribute to an IRA 401K wealth management or any other financial plan, you are entitled to the returns on the plan and to get your contributions back.

    Pay for insurance, you are entitled to file claims and be compensated for any losses covered by the policy. Buy an extended warranty you are entitled to have the warranty pay for any repairs.

    Have you been reading 1950s and 60s reprints of National Review .

    Have you checked out what your social security payments will be? They are minuscule.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Achmed E. Newman

  99. @Anonymous
    What effing use is ' TV camera crew gear ' to anyone these days, when even the lowliest little toe-rag has got an iPhone armed with full hd video capture, embodied in a formula that the even the said toe-rag can use, manipulate, store, post to YouTube etc?

    Replies: @AV Club Sandwich

    Its obscenely expensive. Surely has great resale value.

  100. @Mr. Anon
    Another new trend in California, in addition to flash-mob robberies, is the "follow-home robbery":

    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/lapd-targets-follow-home-robbery-crime-wave
     
    And I was astounded to see this in that article:

    The apparent gang-related robberies follow a trend—dubbed as “burglary tourism” by the police—involving Chilean gangs identified last year.

    In 2020, law enforcement alerted the public about gangs of Chilean nationals using visa waivers to come to the U.S. for the purpose of burglarizing homes, businesses, and vehicles.

    In February, five Chilean men were arrested in connection to a burglary spree that targeted trailheads and dog parks throughout Thousand Oaks.
     
    Imagine that - people are getting on planes and coming to America all the way from Chile just to commit burglaries.

    Hey, as Thomas Friedman would say "The World is Flat".

    Replies: @James N. Kennett, @Anonymous, @Abolish_public_education, @Alden

    Come to think about it, is it any more absurd than importing people from halfway across the world just to mop floors?

    • Agree: Rob McX
  101. @James N. Kennett
    @Mr. Anon


    The apparent gang-related robberies follow a trend—dubbed as “burglary tourism” by the police—involving Chilean gangs identified last year.
     
    This bizarre trend also afflicted Britain before COVID.

    https://www.cheshire.police.uk/news/cheshire/news/articles/2020/7/burglary-tourists-jailed-for-more-than-13-years/

    https://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/18668033.chilean-gang-behind-burglaries-rickmansworth-elstree-jailed/

    Notice how British newspaper headlines add up the sentences of the entire gang, to give a figure like "25 years". In the Watford case, this is split between 5 burglars; and typically prisoners are released when they have served half their sentence. So "25 years" really means "2½ years": exaggeration by a mere factor of 10.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    Thanks.

  102. @Joe Stalin
    @JimDandy


    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.
     
    I've seen people standing next to an ambulance (White liquor store cashier shot by Black robber) with a string of bloody bullet holes (DOA) and had a an elementary school substitute teacher talk about how Al Capone gave her a ride in his car as a kid in Chicago...

    So let us give a musical honor for Our Great City!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxpz8t33mU

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Anonymous, @riches

    1970s British soft rock at its finest.

  103. This one’s for Whiskey. And Tiny. And Truth.

  104. @Jonathan Mason

    Criminals these days tend to drive nicer cars than I do
     
    I imagine criminals will be driving Teslas a lot these days given their incredible rate of acceleration for getaways. The only problem is knowing where to steal the electricity to charge the battery.

    Replies: @Marquis

    Teslas can be tracked and disabled by Tesla anytime. Creepy, but useful in preventing car thefts.

  105. @Zoos
    Current Lifestyles in the Black and Anonymous in the Third World Hellhole of Oakland:

    https://youtu.be/qHixc-QAhZQ

    Replies: @El Dato, @Mike_from_SGV, @Anonymous, @Thomas, @Clyde

    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don’t need to bed down there anymore.

    • Replies: @Zoos
    @Clyde


    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don’t need to bed down there anymore.
     
    Thanks to democrat leadership, the arm of the law has become quite relaxed in regard to the actively feral brand of negroes, and of which these negroes are fully aware.

    No matter what race you are, if something horrible goes down in most of that city, the police won’t help you. If you’re able to take matters into your own hands, and live through an existential conflict resulting in a dead feral negro at your feet, you can count on your next year being chock full of harassment and domestic terrorism from the dead feral's repugnant, parasitic tribe.

    Oakland has become worse than Brazil. It’s Capetown sporting a childish air of democracy, as all cities around the world are, when the more clever, grafty negroes become the operative political voice of a city to aggressively foment discord amongst the ferals, while feminizing the local law enforcement, so they may react much like an overburdened mother of her narcissistic, angry, fatherless brood.

    Replies: @Corvinus, @Reg Cæsar, @Clyde, @Zoos

    , @Alden
    @Clyde

    About 20 years ago some young gay White men moved to Oakland from San Francisco because San Francisco was unaffordable. They hoped to do for Oakland what an older generation of gay White men did for the infamous black ghetto of Western edition Fillmore in San Francisco. Reclaim the vicious ghetto for civilization And make a lot of money in the process fixing up building and reselling at a profit. Not working in tech but in real estate and construction

    They really really tried. But it didn’t work out. Mainly because San Francisco was only 9-10 percent black when the brave explorers first colonized the jungle. But Oakland is a solidly black town more than half black and has been one of the worst black cities in the country since the 1940s. Something like St Louis Newark Detroit, Flint Michigan Gary Indiana.

    The articles you read about the gentrification of Oakland are just lies planted by White the would be real estate gentrifiers. It only lasted about 15 years 2000 to 2015. They weren’t really trying to attract White tenants. Just more investment money and loans.

    Replies: @Clyde

  106. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman


    Yeah, see, I can’t be listening to whole podcasts. ;-}
     
    Agree. Totally, fricking agree.

    Notice that Derb only shows up when he feels the need to point out that he once wrote or spoke about something. He has done that to me. It is slightly pathetic and rather annoying.

    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this, because it is now obvious that he reads all comments, looking for anything he can claim to have covered before.

    C'mon Derb! Participate! We love you, man!

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @Reg Cæsar

    Lot of bloggers and commentators made clowns of themselves during covid hysteria. I sense they avoid debate more to avoid running into commentators they were embarrassed by over the past 20mos.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Marquis

    As I recall, Mr. Derbyshire was fairly circumspect and mostly critical about the whole Kung Flu PanicFest from early on. I don't believe he's got anything to be embarrassed about.

    For Mr. D, my only point was that I'd rather read than listen. I noticed this extreme Anarcho-Tyranny independently, I think, but then I'm sure there are plenty others. James Fulford wrote yesterday Unequal Justice In Running People Down: James Fields, Darrell Brooks, White People Trapped In Riots, And Blacks Trying To Murder Police on VDare.

  107. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Redneck farmer

    I am sorry I have let you down, Redneck. Gotta say I don't even know that Van Halen song (though I like the band). All I can come up with on short notice is a long distance dedication to that Roley-poley named Heather who got backed into by the retro muscle car in Charlottesville:

    Remember, you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEidbkibsiE

    "Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the bumper." - Achmed Kasem

    Replies: @Ganderson

    Roly Poly?

    • Thanks: Achmed E. Newman
  108. @Anonymous
    Philadelphia sets record.

    https://6abc.com/philadelphia-shooting-homicide-record-2021-murders-gun-violence/11273352/

    Philadelphia sets grim new record after 501st homicide of 2021
    The latest murder happened just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy.

    PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The city of Philadelphia has now reached 501 murders, surpassing the record of 500 homicides that was set in 1990.

    The latest murder happened just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

    City leaders spoke about the gun violence during a press conference earlier this week.

    "It's terrible to every morning to get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It's just crazy. It's just crazy and this needs to stop," said Mayor Jim Kenney.

    Kenney said that reducing the violence is his administration's top priority.

    He also called on lawmakers in Harrisburg to allow the city to pass more restrictive gun laws to keep weapons off the streets.

    "There are people making money selling these guns, making these guns, and the legislature, not the people behind me, don't care. They don't care how many people get killed. It's ridiculous. And cities like Boston and New York that are not dealing with this problem the way we're dealing with it, there are strict gun laws...we need to have some semblance of that. I'm not talking about people hunting deer," said Kenney.
     
    Apparently it was only recently that criminals began exploiting the supposed lax gun laws.

    Only aggressive policing and prosecution works. It’s either that or further descent into chaos.

    Replies: @GeneralRipper, @Alec Leamas (working from home), @Rob

    Apparently it was only recently that criminals began exploiting the supposed lax gun laws.

    Any time there is a jump in shootings in Philadelphia and New Jersey the local politicians cite Pennsylvania’s supposed lax gun laws as the source of the problem.

    It’s not unlike Steve’s theory about racism and blacks being an extension of voodoo culture. Whereas racism in the form of someone, somewhere, thinking bad thoughts about blacks makes blacks unsuccessful in every walk of life except athletics and entertainment, guns in the area are powerful totems that get hold of the black consciousness and cause them to commit murders.

    I was recently in an online dispute with someone who swears that the the urban crime wave of the 1960s-1990s was the result of lead poisoning due to lead paint and lead in gasoline rather than more aggressive approaches to policing, prosecution, and incarceration. We had this dispute in the context of a reversal of the long term trend of violent crime decreasing in the U.S., and then suddenly reversing course after a mass de-policing and de-carceral movement. My interlocutor could not support the charge that today’s murderers must have been the victims of some sort of localized, acute lead poisoning in their youths only a decade or two ago and long after lead in gasoline and paints was banned and lead paint abated.

    To paraphrase Steve, the ruling class believes that blacks are beneath agency and above criticism. They can’t say this explicitly, but they can and do act in conformity with this belief.

    • Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)


    I was recently in an online dispute with someone who swears that the the urban crime wave of the 1960s-1990s was the result of lead poisoning due to lead paint and lead in gasoline rather than more aggressive approaches to policing, prosecution, and incarceration.
     
    Every time that I hear that, I say, "isn't sub Saharan Africa a violent place? Do they use lead paint on their chair rails, window sills, and baseboard trim? Did they use a lot of leaded gasoline back in the day?

    Replies: @JMcG

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)


    Any time there is a jump in shootings in Philadelphia and New Jersey the local politicians cite Pennsylvania’s supposed lax gun laws as the source of the problem.
     
    Bernie Sanders has lived in the laxest such state for 50 years, and has commuted to the toughest jurisdiction for more than half* that time. Has he been running guns?

    (Half? I meant three-fifths!)
  109. @mmack
    “Criminals these days tend to ̶d̶̶r̶̶i̶̶v̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶n̶̶i̶̶c̶̶e̶̶r̶ steal nicer cars than I drive”

    Fixed it for you Steve.

    Replies: @europeasant

    ““Criminals these days tend to ̶d̶̶r̶̶i̶̶v̶̶e̶̶ ̶̶n̶̶i̶̶c̶̶e̶̶r̶ steal nicer cars than I drive”

    Fixed it for you Steve.”

    “Negros these days tend to drive and steal nicer cars than I drive”

    Fixed it for you mmack.

  110. @Muggles
    @Jack D


    Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population.
     
    "Hiring from the local population." What is that supposed to mean? News crews go all over their local news coverage areas. Not just a single neighborhood (which might be high crime).

    This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun.

    As for the cynical comment about this being "no big loss" (since TV news is mainly Woke garbage) this snark might be good for a grim grin, but is off base. The "broken window effect" in spades might be unleashed. Or is now unleashed in the Bay Area, as we read.

    If armed criminals attack TV camera wielding crews with armed guards (well, one, who wasn't armed enough) then what about you, average "Jack D"? So you might wander into a news event too.

    Are you a fan of carjackings? Do you want to encourage zombies to simply target people with stuff criminals might fence? Feel safer with a local gang banger as your security?
    (' Rapper security' the answer? How many dead rappers this month...?)

    A couple of dead TV camera thieves is what is needed.

    "Live at 6 o'clock!"

    Replies: @SafeNow, @JMcG, @Hangnail Hans, @europeasant

    “This poor security man should have been holding/using a 12 gauge shotgun”

    Yea right! And if the criminal/perp gets shot or killed, the security guard will face prison for murder of a black man who just happens to be jogging. These days you are expected to de-escalate or talk your way out of being robbed. And if the camera equipment is less then \$900 then you have to let the criminal go.

    • Agree: Alden
  111. 2020 had Jan-May months of lower, pre-BLM 2.0 months to ‘lower’ the reference year.

    The ‘good’ news is that if we discard those months, 2021 is, eyeballing it, NOT worse than 2020.

    The ‘bad’ news is that 2021 is not better either, and the post BLM 2020 high is the new normal.

  112. @Colin Wright
    '...that the national media had a fit over in April of this year...'

    Will it ever occur to the mainstream media that they are responsible for these killings?

    If I have a pit bull, and I encourage him to attack people, when he kills a small child, who do you blame?

    Blacks definitely have their limitations. They will never be a brilliant star in America's firmament.

    ...but it's the fault of others they have become what they are. There was no need for this. It's been sheer, willful stupidity.

    Replies: @Jack D

    If I have a pit bull, and I encourage him to attack people, when he kills a small child, who do you blame?

    It depends, Colin, it depends.

    If you are white, especially if you a “white nationalist”, then we will blame you, personally and by name and hold you accountable to the full extent of the law, and secondarily put the blame on all others who share your sick and hateful ideology.

    If you are black, we will blame the dog.

    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Rob
    @Jack D

    Jack, you are a lawyer, so you might know this.

    About the flash mob with a participant who killed the security guard. Is everyone in that mob guilty of felony murder? Since they shot a tv news cameraman and people could watch that program in other states did they interfere with interstate commerce? I don’t want the feds backstopping California law. They should pay for their own LE. Just as a way for the local cops to threaten the one who brags about it on Facebook.

    Another legal question, if you don’t mind. According to CNN, the shooter in the Arberry trial was convicted on five counts of murder: malice murder and 4 flavors of felony murder. But there was only one dead dude! Why does this not violate the right not to be tried for the same crime more than once? I’m assuming the prosecutor did it so if one conviction were overturned on appeal there would be another one, but it really seems like dirty pool. They could not try him for malice murder, then try him for one flavor of felony murder, then another... I understand that if you committed multiple crimes in a spree you can be tried for each, but it seems to me if he committed malice murder, then that was the only murder he committed.

    I’m not asking if the government allows this. They obviously do. I’m asking what their reasoning behind allowing it is. Like, state and fed can try you for the same crime because they are “separate sovereigns” (except when one wants to exercise its sovereignty to leave! Then there is only one!)

    Is the real reason because these laws were only used on black people, and are now only used against BadWhites?

    Was it allowed under common law?

    Thanks for answering these! If you do. If not, thanks for reading them!

  113. @Reg Cæsar
    @kaganovitch

    That list leaves out the two Louisville Townships in Minnesota. Do all these add up in population to Louisville, Kentucky?

    There is also one in Belize, one stop on the Northern Highway bus line beyond Calcutta. The US isn't the only English-speaking country with a Mexican border problem:

    Calcutta villagers busted with contraband beers

    Note Rappa Early's eloquent comment.


    https://i1.wp.com/bigsignsbelize.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/80s-267x200.jpg

    Replies: @kaganovitch

    Do all these add up in population to Louisville, Kentucky?

    Not even close. All of them together have less than a tenth of Louisville KY population.

  114. @Magic Dirt Resident
    That's very unusual that Louisville's deadliest month in 2020 was December. Could that possibly be an artifact of police scrambling to file paperwork before the end of the year?

    Replies: @Ralph L

    Last minute Christmas popping.

  115. @Mr. Anon
    Another new trend in California, in addition to flash-mob robberies, is the "follow-home robbery":

    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/lapd-targets-follow-home-robbery-crime-wave
     
    And I was astounded to see this in that article:

    The apparent gang-related robberies follow a trend—dubbed as “burglary tourism” by the police—involving Chilean gangs identified last year.

    In 2020, law enforcement alerted the public about gangs of Chilean nationals using visa waivers to come to the U.S. for the purpose of burglarizing homes, businesses, and vehicles.

    In February, five Chilean men were arrested in connection to a burglary spree that targeted trailheads and dog parks throughout Thousand Oaks.
     
    Imagine that - people are getting on planes and coming to America all the way from Chile just to commit burglaries.

    Hey, as Thomas Friedman would say "The World is Flat".

    Replies: @James N. Kennett, @Anonymous, @Abolish_public_education, @Alden

    The thugs stake out the parking lots at public schools in the nicer parts of town — on-street double-parkers are also surveilled (there’s that schoolparent, self-entitlement, again), looking for [nanny-operated] imported cars to follow-home.

    • Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard
    @Abolish_public_education

    Every person I know who was the victim of a violent crime adjacent to their car was driving top-of-the-line. Driving anything fancier than a subaru is like asking to be raped.

  116. @Joe Stalin
    @JimDandy


    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.
     
    I've seen people standing next to an ambulance (White liquor store cashier shot by Black robber) with a string of bloody bullet holes (DOA) and had a an elementary school substitute teacher talk about how Al Capone gave her a ride in his car as a kid in Chicago...

    So let us give a musical honor for Our Great City!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBxpz8t33mU

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Anonymous, @riches

    If the goal of posting this tune was to wax nostalgic over Chicago gangsters, Geraldo’s exploration of Capone’s vault was the more edifying pursuit.

    Paper Lice, or whoever this band was, gave bubblegum a bad name. (Admittedly, the smallest feat.)

    Chicago’s “old east side” indeed.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @riches

    A member of Daley's staff is quoted as saying that Paper Lace should "jump in the Chicago River, placing your heads under water three times and surfacing twice. Pray tell us, are you nuts?"

    , @Joe Stalin
    @riches


    Paper Lice, or whoever this band was, gave bubblegum a bad name. (Admittedly, the smallest feat.)
     
    Just discovered a few minutes ago there's a Spanish lingo version; ENJOY THE MUSIC VIDEO!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwpoKZY0IJc
    , @JMcG
    @riches

    I think the band was English. Just a fun little tune. In other news, Snoopy and the Red Baron never engaged in aerial combat over the western front. Snoopy was far too young to have seen action in the Great War.

  117. @Anonymous
    Philadelphia sets record.

    https://6abc.com/philadelphia-shooting-homicide-record-2021-murders-gun-violence/11273352/

    Philadelphia sets grim new record after 501st homicide of 2021
    The latest murder happened just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy.

    PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The city of Philadelphia has now reached 501 murders, surpassing the record of 500 homicides that was set in 1990.

    The latest murder happened just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 7100 block of Ardleigh Street in East Mount Airy.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

    City leaders spoke about the gun violence during a press conference earlier this week.

    "It's terrible to every morning to get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It's just crazy. It's just crazy and this needs to stop," said Mayor Jim Kenney.

    Kenney said that reducing the violence is his administration's top priority.

    He also called on lawmakers in Harrisburg to allow the city to pass more restrictive gun laws to keep weapons off the streets.

    "There are people making money selling these guns, making these guns, and the legislature, not the people behind me, don't care. They don't care how many people get killed. It's ridiculous. And cities like Boston and New York that are not dealing with this problem the way we're dealing with it, there are strict gun laws...we need to have some semblance of that. I'm not talking about people hunting deer," said Kenney.
     
    Apparently it was only recently that criminals began exploiting the supposed lax gun laws.

    Only aggressive policing and prosecution works. It’s either that or further descent into chaos.

    Replies: @GeneralRipper, @Alec Leamas (working from home), @Rob

    Holy fish socks, Batman!

    I have a plan that should please Mayor Kenney and Second Amendment enthusiasts. Simply make the black cities not part of America. No one thinks Americans have a right to bear arms in Canada. Depatriating the residents is optional but suggested. If the residents are not depatriated, then just think of separation as step one. They would be US citizens who don’t live in a state, like Peurto Ricans, so would not have representation in Congress or electoral college votes. Liberals can continue being concerned about blacks, but with the sort of insouciance we have for Guamans, or Guamanians, or Guamarians, or whatever people in Guam are called.

    It would not solve the whole problem but would go a long way towards giving us a sane country again. If Democrats lost the rotten boroughs of the cities, they would lose a lot of heft in Congress. They’d have to try hella harder to cheat in Presidential elections if they were still competitive. The Democrats would have to get a lot saner fast. So would the Rs.

    I think calling for Indian Reservations for blacks the way Indian Reservations were intended to separate countries is a baby step towards AnotherDad’s “separate countries.” it solves the “where to draw the lines” gotcha the stay chainedists always use, which is a pretty good gotcha. It’s not even asking very many people to give up their grifts.

  118. @JimDandy
    @Arclight

    Don't mean to brag, but...

    Chicago
    2021 to Date
    Shot & Killed: 737
    Shot & Wounded: 3486
    Total Shot: 4223
    Total Homicides: 785


    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @Rob, @Rob McX

    Really? I’m more impressed by the 737 (lol) people who were shot but not wounded. That’s 737 tough effing ninjas! Guess the popo want to talk to you if you go to the hospital with a bullet wound.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @Rob

    Yeah, good point--that's 737 that we know of. Chicago's veterinarians-by-day underground-bullet-taker-outers-by-night must have their hands full.

    , @Rob
    @Rob

    Ok, so it’s come to my attention that they were killed pussies, not walk-it-off badasses. But maybe they would have walked it off, had they not been dead. I’m sure that’s the story they tell over and over again every hand of poker, which they win with a royal flush.

  119. @Mike_from_SGV
    @Zoos

    SF and Oakland are such horrendous wastes of prime coastal California real estate. A serious country would raze all the decrepit buildings, relocate the criminal and vagrant demographic to a reservation in the middle of Nevada, then rebuild and repopulate.

    Replies: @Rob

    It occurs to me that there are renters who vote for city councils and mayors who won’t do anything about the poop and people shooting up on the sidewalk because they’ve gotten used to it, and they know the rent would go up if the city got cleaned up.

    They have learned the Giuliani lesson. If you make your city a pleasant place for the middle and working class, the rich will outbid you for rent. It’d be even more severe in SF, what with the tens of thousanda of fathers who would pay their daughters rent so she could marry into SV wealth and income.

    There was an American Conservative (oh, how the might have fallen!) about it.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Rob

    San Francisco is 60 miles from SV. And the tech workers in San Francisco are paid peon wages relative to the cost of living. A woman would have a better chance to marry a SV multimillionaire working as a limo driver or waitress bartender Starbucks in Atherton Woodside Mountain View Half Moon Bay and some of the other SV towns. She would actually get to meet some SV millionaires instead of low paid SV peons.

  120. @Rob
    @JimDandy

    Really? I’m more impressed by the 737 (lol) people who were shot but not wounded. That’s 737 tough effing ninjas! Guess the popo want to talk to you if you go to the hospital with a bullet wound.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Rob

    Yeah, good point–that’s 737 that we know of. Chicago’s veterinarians-by-day underground-bullet-taker-outers-by-night must have their hands full.

  121. @JimDandy
    @Arclight

    Don't mean to brag, but...

    Chicago
    2021 to Date
    Shot & Killed: 737
    Shot & Wounded: 3486
    Total Shot: 4223
    Total Homicides: 785


    I think Total Shot is the most impressive.

    Replies: @Joe Stalin, @Rob, @Rob McX

    Total Shot: 4223

    Shot & Killed: 737

    Sailer’s Law writ large.

    • Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)
    @Rob McX



    Total Shot: 4223

    Shot & Killed: 737
     
    Sailer’s Law writ large.
     
    That's definitely a factor, but I've been speculating that the reduction in homicides has been a bit overly optimistic when comparing to 1990s numbers because of the leaps and bounds advances in field medicine and the ability of emergency room physicians to treat gun shot trauma effectively following the U.S. military's 20 year adventure in the sandbox. Perhaps a countervailing factor is the increase in the effectiveness of popular handgun cartridges (at the top end of high quality carry ammunition), and by that I mean primarily the 9mm. I don't know if there is data on the quality of the cartridges that gangbangers use to shoot one another, and my guess is that the more affordable box of 50 ball cartridges will be the go-to choice over much pricier carry ammunition so the effects of better cartridges may not be significant.

    Some proportion of those who were shot in 2021 have no doubt survived, when had they suffered the exact same gun shot wounds in the exact same circumstances in 1990 they would have perished - and their survival is the result of the subsequent advances in trauma medicine to deal with gun shot wounds. There are field products available now which allow a cop or an EMT to stabilize the victim of sucking chest wounds, massive trauma to veins and arteries etc. which get the victim to the emergency room alive, and then in the emergency room the chances of survival are even further increased by treatments and techniques developed to treat battlefield wounds.

    I don't know what that hidden number of gun assaults which did not end in death due to heroic medical care is, but I surmise that it is somewhat significant and therefore represents some proportion in the decrease in homicides post 2001 or so.

    My guess however is that these measures don't scale well, and if the police and EMTs are overwhelmed with the sheer number of gun shots (and reluctant to charge into the recent fray for fear of becoming the next Darren Wilson or Derek Chauvin) the effects of advanced medicine will be greatly diminished.
  122. @Clyde
    @Zoos

    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don't need to bed down there anymore.

    Replies: @Zoos, @Alden

    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don’t need to bed down there anymore.

    Thanks to democrat leadership, the arm of the law has become quite relaxed in regard to the actively feral brand of negroes, and of which these negroes are fully aware.

    No matter what race you are, if something horrible goes down in most of that city, the police won’t help you. If you’re able to take matters into your own hands, and live through an existential conflict resulting in a dead feral negro at your feet, you can count on your next year being chock full of harassment and domestic terrorism from the dead feral’s repugnant, parasitic tribe.

    Oakland has become worse than Brazil. It’s Capetown sporting a childish air of democracy, as all cities around the world are, when the more clever, grafty negroes become the operative political voice of a city to aggressively foment discord amongst the ferals, while feminizing the local law enforcement, so they may react much like an overburdened mother of her narcissistic, angry, fatherless brood.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    @Zoos

    “No matter what race you are, if something horrible goes down in most of that city, the police won’t help you.”

    Clearly you haven’t watched the show COPS.

    , @Reg Cæsar
    @Zoos


    Oakland has become worse than Brazil.
     
    "According to OUSD’s fast facts website, during the 2014-2015 school year, 49.5 percent of students in the Oakland school district spoke a language other than English at home." --Bridging linguistic barriers for parents in Oakland schools


    The figure for other-than-Portuguese in Brazilian cities is close to zero percent:


    Nowadays the overwhelming majority of Brazilians speak Portuguese as their mother tongue, with the exception of small, insular communities of descendants of European (German, Polish, Ukrainian, and Italian) and Japanese immigrants – mostly in the South and Southeast – as well as villages and reservations inhabited by Amerindians. And even these populations make use of Portuguese to communicate with outsiders and to understand television and radio broadcasts, for example.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Portuguese#Portuguese_language_in_Brazil
     

    https://i0.wp.com/ckturistando.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/museu-da-lingua-portuguesa-em-sao-paulo-01-ckturistando.jpg

    Replies: @Jack D

    , @Clyde
    @Zoos

    Thanks much Zoos and Alden for the more details on Oakland, California. Zoos is a good handle for today's clown world that we must endure. "What you cannot cure, you must endure" But who knows, hopefully there will be some cures for clown world. We got a good verdict for Rittenhouse, while anarcho-tyranny, CCP_vaxxxxxxx mandates are getting struck down by the sane judges that remain.

    , @Zoos
    @Zoos

    News Update:

    San Francisco is still a third world hellhole:

    https://twitter.com/kaisparnas/status/1464879299622686724?s=20

  123. @Rob McX
    @JimDandy




    Total Shot: 4223

    Shot & Killed: 737

     

    Sailer's Law writ large.

    Replies: @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Total Shot: 4223

    Shot & Killed: 737

    Sailer’s Law writ large.

    That’s definitely a factor, but I’ve been speculating that the reduction in homicides has been a bit overly optimistic when comparing to 1990s numbers because of the leaps and bounds advances in field medicine and the ability of emergency room physicians to treat gun shot trauma effectively following the U.S. military’s 20 year adventure in the sandbox. Perhaps a countervailing factor is the increase in the effectiveness of popular handgun cartridges (at the top end of high quality carry ammunition), and by that I mean primarily the 9mm. I don’t know if there is data on the quality of the cartridges that gangbangers use to shoot one another, and my guess is that the more affordable box of 50 ball cartridges will be the go-to choice over much pricier carry ammunition so the effects of better cartridges may not be significant.

    Some proportion of those who were shot in 2021 have no doubt survived, when had they suffered the exact same gun shot wounds in the exact same circumstances in 1990 they would have perished – and their survival is the result of the subsequent advances in trauma medicine to deal with gun shot wounds. There are field products available now which allow a cop or an EMT to stabilize the victim of sucking chest wounds, massive trauma to veins and arteries etc. which get the victim to the emergency room alive, and then in the emergency room the chances of survival are even further increased by treatments and techniques developed to treat battlefield wounds.

    I don’t know what that hidden number of gun assaults which did not end in death due to heroic medical care is, but I surmise that it is somewhat significant and therefore represents some proportion in the decrease in homicides post 2001 or so.

    My guess however is that these measures don’t scale well, and if the police and EMTs are overwhelmed with the sheer number of gun shots (and reluctant to charge into the recent fray for fear of becoming the next Darren Wilson or Derek Chauvin) the effects of advanced medicine will be greatly diminished.

    • Thanks: Rob McX
  124. @Colin Wright
    @Sick 'n Tired

    'Shotguns with rubber riot rounds should be issued to security guards to fire indiscriminately into these loot mobs.'

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    Napoleon shot them with exploding cannonballs with a terrifying casualty rate. That is the first thing in Paris he did to acquire attention for his genius career.**

    **They call it that even if a lot of us don’t!

  125. @Ganderson
    @Boomthorkell

    We had, at the school I taught at, the ADL in to tell us how racist we all were. We were instructed that locking the car doors in a “bad” neighborhood was racist.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played, @Boomthorkell

    We had, at the school I taught at, the ADL in to tell us how racist we all were. We were instructed that locking the car doors in a “bad” neighborhood was racist.

    If I were there and said something along the lines of ” I’ve got something that you can suck, buddy “, would I have faced a problem with HR?

    • Replies: @Ganderson
    @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    Even though my views on life in general were well known, I, in a very cowardly manner kept my mouth shut. I did write a scathing evaluation of our “professional development”. Boy, aren’t I brave?

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

  126. @Abolish_public_education
    @Mr. Anon

    The thugs stake out the parking lots at public schools in the nicer parts of town -- on-street double-parkers are also surveilled (there's that schoolparent, self-entitlement, again), looking for [nanny-operated] imported cars to follow-home.

    Replies: @Emil Nikola Richard

    Every person I know who was the victim of a violent crime adjacent to their car was driving top-of-the-line. Driving anything fancier than a subaru is like asking to be raped.

  127. @Alec Leamas (working from home)
    @Anonymous


    Apparently it was only recently that criminals began exploiting the supposed lax gun laws.
     
    Any time there is a jump in shootings in Philadelphia and New Jersey the local politicians cite Pennsylvania's supposed lax gun laws as the source of the problem.

    It's not unlike Steve's theory about racism and blacks being an extension of voodoo culture. Whereas racism in the form of someone, somewhere, thinking bad thoughts about blacks makes blacks unsuccessful in every walk of life except athletics and entertainment, guns in the area are powerful totems that get hold of the black consciousness and cause them to commit murders.

    I was recently in an online dispute with someone who swears that the the urban crime wave of the 1960s-1990s was the result of lead poisoning due to lead paint and lead in gasoline rather than more aggressive approaches to policing, prosecution, and incarceration. We had this dispute in the context of a reversal of the long term trend of violent crime decreasing in the U.S., and then suddenly reversing course after a mass de-policing and de-carceral movement. My interlocutor could not support the charge that today's murderers must have been the victims of some sort of localized, acute lead poisoning in their youths only a decade or two ago and long after lead in gasoline and paints was banned and lead paint abated.

    To paraphrase Steve, the ruling class believes that blacks are beneath agency and above criticism. They can't say this explicitly, but they can and do act in conformity with this belief.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played, @Reg Cæsar

    I was recently in an online dispute with someone who swears that the the urban crime wave of the 1960s-1990s was the result of lead poisoning due to lead paint and lead in gasoline rather than more aggressive approaches to policing, prosecution, and incarceration.

    Every time that I hear that, I say, “isn’t sub Saharan Africa a violent place? Do they use lead paint on their chair rails, window sills, and baseboard trim? Did they use a lot of leaded gasoline back in the day?

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    I use Japan as a counter example. Lead paint and leaded gasoline, no violent crime. Less sputtering about SSAs.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

  128. @Zoos
    @Clyde


    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don’t need to bed down there anymore.
     
    Thanks to democrat leadership, the arm of the law has become quite relaxed in regard to the actively feral brand of negroes, and of which these negroes are fully aware.

    No matter what race you are, if something horrible goes down in most of that city, the police won’t help you. If you’re able to take matters into your own hands, and live through an existential conflict resulting in a dead feral negro at your feet, you can count on your next year being chock full of harassment and domestic terrorism from the dead feral's repugnant, parasitic tribe.

    Oakland has become worse than Brazil. It’s Capetown sporting a childish air of democracy, as all cities around the world are, when the more clever, grafty negroes become the operative political voice of a city to aggressively foment discord amongst the ferals, while feminizing the local law enforcement, so they may react much like an overburdened mother of her narcissistic, angry, fatherless brood.

    Replies: @Corvinus, @Reg Cæsar, @Clyde, @Zoos

    “No matter what race you are, if something horrible goes down in most of that city, the police won’t help you.”

    Clearly you haven’t watched the show COPS.

  129. @Ganderson
    @Boomthorkell

    We had, at the school I taught at, the ADL in to tell us how racist we all were. We were instructed that locking the car doors in a “bad” neighborhood was racist.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played, @Boomthorkell

    The only proper response to them is that they should preach what they practice and demonstrate it to the assembled class evidence showing that people should leave things out in bad neighborhoods.

  130. @Rob
    @JimDandy

    Really? I’m more impressed by the 737 (lol) people who were shot but not wounded. That’s 737 tough effing ninjas! Guess the popo want to talk to you if you go to the hospital with a bullet wound.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Rob

    Ok, so it’s come to my attention that they were killed pussies, not walk-it-off badasses. But maybe they would have walked it off, had they not been dead. I’m sure that’s the story they tell over and over again every hand of poker, which they win with a royal flush.

  131. @Abolish_public_education
    @Zoos

    Dimwit, Bay Area reporters want to take away other people's gun rights. When a reporter gets killed in the line of duty, let's just say that I don't get upset.

    The City of Oakland has recorded 127 murders so far this year. Last year's total was 102. The all-time record is 165, in 1992.

    Regarding the retired cop turned private security guard, who was murdered in Oakland the other day: Could he have become eligible for Social Security, i.e. the double-dip?

    Replies: @Alden

    He contributed to social security his entire working life from his first job flipping burgers or whatever as a teen. Therefore he is entitled to social security.

    He contributed to his police department pension fund from his first day. Therefore he is entitled to his pension.

    Contribute to an IRA 401K wealth management or any other financial plan, you are entitled to the returns on the plan and to get your contributions back.

    Pay for insurance, you are entitled to file claims and be compensated for any losses covered by the policy. Buy an extended warranty you are entitled to have the warranty pay for any repairs.

    Have you been reading 1950s and 60s reprints of National Review .

    Have you checked out what your social security payments will be? They are minuscule.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Alden

    Most government pension schemes in the US (social security included) are "underfunded". This means that the beneficiaries will take out more than they contributed, on average, with interest. The difference gets made up by the taxpayers.

    But I agree with you that working, especially a private sector job, after you begin drawing social security is not in any sense "double dipping". Among other things, if you are still working then you are still paying IN to Social Security.

    Even if the poor man was "double dipping", he is dead now, murdered. He deserves our sympathy and not our scorn for being a "double dipper". In the scale of punching down, punching down on a dead man is a truly low blow.

    Replies: @Alden

    , @Achmed E. Newman
    @Alden


    Have you checked out what your social security payments will be?
     
    Why? Why would I do that? I consider that money just as gone as all the rest that gets taken from paychecks each month.

    As for minuscule, it may not be (again, I haven't checked). It may not be minuscule in nominal dollars, but it will be minuscule in REAL money by the time they are nice enough to send it to me. "Be Prepared" is the Scout Motto. I didn't take it seriously then, but I do now.

    Replies: @europeasant

  132. @Zoos
    @Clyde


    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don’t need to bed down there anymore.
     
    Thanks to democrat leadership, the arm of the law has become quite relaxed in regard to the actively feral brand of negroes, and of which these negroes are fully aware.

    No matter what race you are, if something horrible goes down in most of that city, the police won’t help you. If you’re able to take matters into your own hands, and live through an existential conflict resulting in a dead feral negro at your feet, you can count on your next year being chock full of harassment and domestic terrorism from the dead feral's repugnant, parasitic tribe.

    Oakland has become worse than Brazil. It’s Capetown sporting a childish air of democracy, as all cities around the world are, when the more clever, grafty negroes become the operative political voice of a city to aggressively foment discord amongst the ferals, while feminizing the local law enforcement, so they may react much like an overburdened mother of her narcissistic, angry, fatherless brood.

    Replies: @Corvinus, @Reg Cæsar, @Clyde, @Zoos

    Oakland has become worse than Brazil.

    “According to OUSD’s fast facts website, during the 2014-2015 school year, 49.5 percent of students in the Oakland school district spoke a language other than English at home.” —Bridging linguistic barriers for parents in Oakland schools

    The figure for other-than-Portuguese in Brazilian cities is close to zero percent:

    Nowadays the overwhelming majority of Brazilians speak Portuguese as their mother tongue, with the exception of small, insular communities of descendants of European (German, Polish, Ukrainian, and Italian) and Japanese immigrants – mostly in the South and Southeast – as well as villages and reservations inhabited by Amerindians. And even these populations make use of Portuguese to communicate with outsiders and to understand television and radio broadcasts, for example.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Portuguese#Portuguese_language_in_Brazil

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Reg Cæsar

    This doesn't mean that Oakland is worse. The reason everyone in Brazil is a native speaker is because no one wants to immigrate to Brazil.

  133. @Clyde
    @Zoos

    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don't need to bed down there anymore.

    Replies: @Zoos, @Alden

    About 20 years ago some young gay White men moved to Oakland from San Francisco because San Francisco was unaffordable. They hoped to do for Oakland what an older generation of gay White men did for the infamous black ghetto of Western edition Fillmore in San Francisco. Reclaim the vicious ghetto for civilization And make a lot of money in the process fixing up building and reselling at a profit. Not working in tech but in real estate and construction

    They really really tried. But it didn’t work out. Mainly because San Francisco was only 9-10 percent black when the brave explorers first colonized the jungle. But Oakland is a solidly black town more than half black and has been one of the worst black cities in the country since the 1940s. Something like St Louis Newark Detroit, Flint Michigan Gary Indiana.

    The articles you read about the gentrification of Oakland are just lies planted by White the would be real estate gentrifiers. It only lasted about 15 years 2000 to 2015. They weren’t really trying to attract White tenants. Just more investment money and loans.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @Alden

    Thanks Alden. Now I know why I was having a good impression of Oakland, California. It was very dated, as the gays and whites gave up on improving and gentrifying the place circa 2015. The black undertow was too strong.

    What Zoos video showed with large vibrant graffiti on almost every building. The worst graffiti I have ever seen. What happens when blacks take over. Also when they torched lots of South African businesses a few months ago. Businesses not owned by whites, but by Hindus, Muslims, coloreds and immigrants. By enterprising black immigrants. Non-Zulus. There is no racism in Africa. What they have is much worse than any American white racism. Instead They/Africa have lethal tribalism of black on black, and blacks on everybody else.

  134. @Rob
    @Mike_from_SGV

    It occurs to me that there are renters who vote for city councils and mayors who won’t do anything about the poop and people shooting up on the sidewalk because they’ve gotten used to it, and they know the rent would go up if the city got cleaned up.

    They have learned the Giuliani lesson. If you make your city a pleasant place for the middle and working class, the rich will outbid you for rent. It’d be even more severe in SF, what with the tens of thousanda of fathers who would pay their daughters rent so she could marry into SV wealth and income.

    There was an American Conservative (oh, how the might have fallen!) about it.

    Replies: @Alden

    San Francisco is 60 miles from SV. And the tech workers in San Francisco are paid peon wages relative to the cost of living. A woman would have a better chance to marry a SV multimillionaire working as a limo driver or waitress bartender Starbucks in Atherton Woodside Mountain View Half Moon Bay and some of the other SV towns. She would actually get to meet some SV millionaires instead of low paid SV peons.

  135. @Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    @Ganderson


    We had, at the school I taught at, the ADL in to tell us how racist we all were. We were instructed that locking the car doors in a “bad” neighborhood was racist.
     
    If I were there and said something along the lines of " I've got something that you can suck, buddy ", would I have faced a problem with HR?

    Replies: @Ganderson

    Even though my views on life in general were well known, I, in a very cowardly manner kept my mouth shut. I did write a scathing evaluation of our “professional development”. Boy, aren’t I brave?

    • Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    @Ganderson


    I did write a scathing evaluation of our “professional development”. Boy, aren’t I brave?
     
    Been there, done that. I still have a wife and kids who need a roof over their heads & groceries on the table. Do what you can around the edges.
  136. @Reg Cæsar
    @Zoos


    Oakland has become worse than Brazil.
     
    "According to OUSD’s fast facts website, during the 2014-2015 school year, 49.5 percent of students in the Oakland school district spoke a language other than English at home." --Bridging linguistic barriers for parents in Oakland schools


    The figure for other-than-Portuguese in Brazilian cities is close to zero percent:


    Nowadays the overwhelming majority of Brazilians speak Portuguese as their mother tongue, with the exception of small, insular communities of descendants of European (German, Polish, Ukrainian, and Italian) and Japanese immigrants – mostly in the South and Southeast – as well as villages and reservations inhabited by Amerindians. And even these populations make use of Portuguese to communicate with outsiders and to understand television and radio broadcasts, for example.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Portuguese#Portuguese_language_in_Brazil
     

    https://i0.wp.com/ckturistando.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/museu-da-lingua-portuguesa-em-sao-paulo-01-ckturistando.jpg

    Replies: @Jack D

    This doesn’t mean that Oakland is worse. The reason everyone in Brazil is a native speaker is because no one wants to immigrate to Brazil.

  137. @Alden
    @Abolish_public_education

    He contributed to social security his entire working life from his first job flipping burgers or whatever as a teen. Therefore he is entitled to social security.

    He contributed to his police department pension fund from his first day. Therefore he is entitled to his pension.

    Contribute to an IRA 401K wealth management or any other financial plan, you are entitled to the returns on the plan and to get your contributions back.

    Pay for insurance, you are entitled to file claims and be compensated for any losses covered by the policy. Buy an extended warranty you are entitled to have the warranty pay for any repairs.

    Have you been reading 1950s and 60s reprints of National Review .

    Have you checked out what your social security payments will be? They are minuscule.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Achmed E. Newman

    Most government pension schemes in the US (social security included) are “underfunded”. This means that the beneficiaries will take out more than they contributed, on average, with interest. The difference gets made up by the taxpayers.

    But I agree with you that working, especially a private sector job, after you begin drawing social security is not in any sense “double dipping”. Among other things, if you are still working then you are still paying IN to Social Security.

    Even if the poor man was “double dipping”, he is dead now, murdered. He deserves our sympathy and not our scorn for being a “double dipper”. In the scale of punching down, punching down on a dead man is a truly low blow.

    • Replies: @Alden
    @Jack D

    That’s just 1950s 60s National Review conservatism. Government and union pensions wrong. Office worker, management Lawyer Dr accountant etc pensions good. National Review conservatives on the auto companies. Management deserves generous pensions and their social security. The guys who actually make the vehicles don’t deserve both pensions and social
    security Even though they contributed to both funds all their working lives. I know everyone gets more in pensions and SS than they put in because of inflation. So do we eliminate them ? That’s conservatism.

    Replies: @Jack D

  138. @Mr. Anon
    I recently heard about a smash-and-grab robbery at a Home Depot in California:

    https://www.insider.com/california-crew-steals-tools-from-home-depot-in-smash-grab-2021-11

    What was particularly interesting were the items stolen - sledge hammers and crow-bars.

    i.e., tools for committing smash-and-grab robberies.

    As to all the luxury items being stolen, how many of those will get sold on ebay? Maybe this Babylon Bee article isn't so far from the truth:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/new-app-lootdash-lets-you-send-someone-to-loot-san-francsico-stores-for-you

    Replies: @Alden, @Achmed E. Newman

    Back in the day when it was just shoplifting, customers could order things from the sellers of stolen goods. Even go into clothing stores select an item and order the size and color. It’s always been part of organized crime.

    • Thanks: Mr. Anon
    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Alden

    I never thought about it before, but - yes - it does make sense as a kind of organized crime.

  139. @Jack D
    @Colin Wright


    If I have a pit bull, and I encourage him to attack people, when he kills a small child, who do you blame?
     
    It depends, Colin, it depends.

    If you are white, especially if you a "white nationalist", then we will blame you, personally and by name and hold you accountable to the full extent of the law, and secondarily put the blame on all others who share your sick and hateful ideology.

    If you are black, we will blame the dog.

    Replies: @Rob

    Jack, you are a lawyer, so you might know this.

    About the flash mob with a participant who killed the security guard. Is everyone in that mob guilty of felony murder? Since they shot a tv news cameraman and people could watch that program in other states did they interfere with interstate commerce? I don’t want the feds backstopping California law. They should pay for their own LE. Just as a way for the local cops to threaten the one who brags about it on Facebook.

    Another legal question, if you don’t mind. According to CNN, the shooter in the Arberry trial was convicted on five counts of murder: malice murder and 4 flavors of felony murder. But there was only one dead dude! Why does this not violate the right not to be tried for the same crime more than once? I’m assuming the prosecutor did it so if one conviction were overturned on appeal there would be another one, but it really seems like dirty pool. They could not try him for malice murder, then try him for one flavor of felony murder, then another… I understand that if you committed multiple crimes in a spree you can be tried for each, but it seems to me if he committed malice murder, then that was the only murder he committed.

    I’m not asking if the government allows this. They obviously do. I’m asking what their reasoning behind allowing it is. Like, state and fed can try you for the same crime because they are “separate sovereigns” (except when one wants to exercise its sovereignty to leave! Then there is only one!)

    Is the real reason because these laws were only used on black people, and are now only used against BadWhites?

    Was it allowed under common law?

    Thanks for answering these! If you do. If not, thanks for reading them!

  140. Regarding felony murder, if the others were “acting in concert” with the shooter, they could all be guilty of felony murder. I doubt that a large unorganized mob constitutes “acting in concert” but if 8 or 10 thugs had all agreed beforehand to meet up and rob the TV truck, then yes.

    Double jeopardy applies to the same incident or set of facts. If you rob a TV truck and pistol whip the cameraman and shoot the security guard and then take the TV camera, you could be charged with a whole bunch of different felonies arising out of that one incident, but only one time (by the state). They can’t try you on the murder and if that fails try you on the robbery and so on.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Jack D

    Re the Read/Carruth case: A viewer asked on the Viva & Barnes livestream whether the couple's interfering with the custody arrangement, a felony in Texas, would be a hole in the state's unusually generous self-defense allowance.

    They didn't answer. Barnes instead went on about Read's meriting a "Darwin Award".

    What is the answer? Trespassing is a little different when your child is on the property you enter. Does the law see it this way?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Alden

  141. @Jack D
    @Alden

    Most government pension schemes in the US (social security included) are "underfunded". This means that the beneficiaries will take out more than they contributed, on average, with interest. The difference gets made up by the taxpayers.

    But I agree with you that working, especially a private sector job, after you begin drawing social security is not in any sense "double dipping". Among other things, if you are still working then you are still paying IN to Social Security.

    Even if the poor man was "double dipping", he is dead now, murdered. He deserves our sympathy and not our scorn for being a "double dipper". In the scale of punching down, punching down on a dead man is a truly low blow.

    Replies: @Alden

    That’s just 1950s 60s National Review conservatism. Government and union pensions wrong. Office worker, management Lawyer Dr accountant etc pensions good. National Review conservatives on the auto companies. Management deserves generous pensions and their social security. The guys who actually make the vehicles don’t deserve both pensions and social
    security Even though they contributed to both funds all their working lives. I know everyone gets more in pensions and SS than they put in because of inflation. So do we eliminate them ? That’s conservatism.

    • Agree: JMcG
    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Alden

    No, what's wrong is not running a pension scheme on an actuarily sound basis. If you are a private company and you make overly generous promises to your employees, you go out of business. If you are the government you just raise taxes.

    Replies: @Ralph L, @Alden

  142. @riches
    @Joe Stalin

    If the goal of posting this tune was to wax nostalgic over Chicago gangsters, Geraldo's exploration of Capone's vault was the more edifying pursuit.

    Paper Lice, or whoever this band was, gave bubblegum a bad name. (Admittedly, the smallest feat.)

    Chicago's "old east side" indeed.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Joe Stalin, @JMcG

    A member of Daley’s staff is quoted as saying that Paper Lace should “jump in the Chicago River, placing your heads under water three times and surfacing twice. Pray tell us, are you nuts?”

  143. @riches
    @Joe Stalin

    If the goal of posting this tune was to wax nostalgic over Chicago gangsters, Geraldo's exploration of Capone's vault was the more edifying pursuit.

    Paper Lice, or whoever this band was, gave bubblegum a bad name. (Admittedly, the smallest feat.)

    Chicago's "old east side" indeed.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Joe Stalin, @JMcG

    Paper Lice, or whoever this band was, gave bubblegum a bad name. (Admittedly, the smallest feat.)

    Just discovered a few minutes ago there’s a Spanish lingo version; ENJOY THE MUSIC VIDEO!

  144. @Mr. Anon
    Another new trend in California, in addition to flash-mob robberies, is the "follow-home robbery":

    https://www.zerohedge.com/personal-finance/lapd-targets-follow-home-robbery-crime-wave
     
    And I was astounded to see this in that article:

    The apparent gang-related robberies follow a trend—dubbed as “burglary tourism” by the police—involving Chilean gangs identified last year.

    In 2020, law enforcement alerted the public about gangs of Chilean nationals using visa waivers to come to the U.S. for the purpose of burglarizing homes, businesses, and vehicles.

    In February, five Chilean men were arrested in connection to a burglary spree that targeted trailheads and dog parks throughout Thousand Oaks.
     
    Imagine that - people are getting on planes and coming to America all the way from Chile just to commit burglaries.

    Hey, as Thomas Friedman would say "The World is Flat".

    Replies: @James N. Kennett, @Anonymous, @Abolish_public_education, @Alden

    Follow home robbery’s been around a long time. Decades ago there was a San Diego Mayor later governor of California. Pete Wilson He claimed the majority of criminals in San Diego were Mexicans who came over the border because the American justice system is so lenient and California jails and prisons so much nicer.

    Everyone was shocked Media of course sneered and sneered. Because he was a Republican. He responded with statistics that proved his allegations true.

    Oakland blacks use the BART subway system to go all over the Bay Area to commit robberies. Including robbing tourists at the airport. Welcome to San Francisco

    When California legalized shoplifting less than \$950.00 there were lots of stories about blacks from Vegas and Texas traveling to shoplift. Then the stories disappeared.

  145. @Joe Magarac
    The "Ferguson" effect was not deliberately fomented by a national political party with major corporate backing for the purpose of crushing the opposition. Just some of the already usual back and forth with Democrats and ... ahem ... African Americans that would damp out until the next one.

    Whereas the "Floyd" effect was an escalation beyond anything that happened before. A Rubicon crossed. The beginning of a new era in policing and what are euphemistically called race relations.

    Floyd has more statues than the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior. He even had a mural in Afghanistan until ... you know.

    Floyd is not merely typical like that Ferguson guy whatsisname.

    For rhetorical purposes among the "progressive" ruling class, Floyd is the archetypical ... ahem ... African American.

    Replies: @Alden

    Excellent excellent point. Great comment

  146. @Jack D
    Regarding felony murder, if the others were "acting in concert" with the shooter, they could all be guilty of felony murder. I doubt that a large unorganized mob constitutes "acting in concert" but if 8 or 10 thugs had all agreed beforehand to meet up and rob the TV truck, then yes.

    Double jeopardy applies to the same incident or set of facts. If you rob a TV truck and pistol whip the cameraman and shoot the security guard and then take the TV camera, you could be charged with a whole bunch of different felonies arising out of that one incident, but only one time (by the state). They can't try you on the murder and if that fails try you on the robbery and so on.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Re the Read/Carruth case: A viewer asked on the Viva & Barnes livestream whether the couple’s interfering with the custody arrangement, a felony in Texas, would be a hole in the state’s unusually generous self-defense allowance.

    They didn’t answer. Barnes instead went on about Read’s meriting a “Darwin Award”.

    What is the answer? Trespassing is a little different when your child is on the property you enter. Does the law see it this way?

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Reg Cæsar

    Self defense depends very much on the facts of a case and I don't really know the facts.

    However, according to this link:


    Carruth returned with a gun and repeated his demand that Read leave. At that point, the video depicts Read telling Carruth to “use it” and saying he could “take it” from Carruth.

    A second video released by Carruth’s attorney appears to show Read grab Carruth’s gun and swing him across a porch, at which point Carruth turns and fires on Read.
     
    https://www.kxan.com/news/crime/texas-man-seen-shooting-his-partners-ex-amid-custody-dispute-claims-self-defense-attorney-says/

    If this is an accurate description, it sure sounds like self-defense to me. Regardless of whether they were interfering with custodial arrangements, grabbing a gun is not a good idea on many levels. This sounds a lot like what happened to Rosenbaum.

    Replies: @res

    , @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    Here’s my take on the Read killing. And of course Texas laws about killing trespassers rules in Texas. There was a family court order that Read pick up his kids for visitation at on certain days at certain times at the address where the kids lived with mom and latest boyfriend.

    He and current wife arrived to pick up the kids pursuant to the court order. Kid’s mom and boyfriend refused to let the kids go with dad. Step parents grandparents roommates relatives friends and current sex partners of divorced parents have no rights over the kids. Unless there some sort of family court judge approved arrangement

    Yet mom’s boyfriend roommate Carruth refused Read access to the kids.

    As I see it, Carruth the killer interfered in something that was none of his business . And violated the court order that the kids be turned over to Read on a specific day at a specific time.

    Given the hysterical lunatic way so many divorced parents behave; many family court judges order that kids shall be exchanged in the nearby police station parking lot. Police are sent the order so they are prepared that another set of squabbling EXs is on their way.

    Killer Carruth is married to a local county judge. Unclear if he lives with the mother of the kids or was just visiting. County DA recused itself. State attorney general office is in charge of the case. According to local Lubbock TX papers there’s a lot of hard feelings between the pro victim Read and pro shoot trespassers on sight factions. It’s like a Faulkner novel.

    Jennifer Read, second wife of victim Read is suing Cristina Read first wife for custody of the Read kids. On the very reasonable grounds that Cristina is an unfit mother because she and the kids live with the killer of their father. But legally, step mothers have no rights or responsibilities. And Read and second wife were only married 2 months before Read was killed.

    No fault easy divorce hasn’t turned out to be so easy.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  147. @JohnnyWalker123
    I recall posters here explaining how Blacks are "scared" of Whites in the South. Therefore, none of the stuff happening up North (Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago) would make its way down to the South.

    When I pointed out that Atlanta seemed to be experiencing these issues, someone claimed that Atlanta wasn't a "real" Southern city.

    I wonder if Louisville is a "real" Southern city.

    Or perhaps there are "real" Southern cities that I haven't heard of, in which the KKK and pro-Confederate plantation owners continue to hold sway. Perhaps these "Sons of the South" are just biding their time, waiting for an opportunity to launch a massive military expedition to reconquer Louisville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis, etc.

    I'm sure that's what's happening.

    As they say, "the South shall rise again!"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YWGuwtsskU

    Replies: @Wade Hampton

    For twenty years, I’ve lived in two mid-sized Southern cities (1 million to 1.5 million Metropolitan Statistical Areas) and can confirm that they aren’t culturally Southern in any meaningful way. International companies locate to the South and bring with them relocatees from outside the area. Universities bring with them the same sorts of people, students, academics and administrators.

    In one of my neighborhoods, roughly half of my neighbors were immigrants from China working at a university or one of its attendant technology companies. It was an interesting experience. I’m sure some of my Chinese neighbors looked at me like suburban New Jersey white people would look at a lone black person in their neighborhood.

    But similar to Northern cities, the bigger Southern cities have some of the same horrific crime problems that American cities everywhere experience, due to bad demographics. The bigger the city, the worse the demographics and crime.

    To experience the real South, one must get out of the cities to where the old culture survives.

  148. @Alden
    @Mr. Anon

    Back in the day when it was just shoplifting, customers could order things from the sellers of stolen goods. Even go into clothing stores select an item and order the size and color. It’s always been part of organized crime.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    I never thought about it before, but – yes – it does make sense as a kind of organized crime.

  149. @Reg Cæsar
    @Jack D

    Re the Read/Carruth case: A viewer asked on the Viva & Barnes livestream whether the couple's interfering with the custody arrangement, a felony in Texas, would be a hole in the state's unusually generous self-defense allowance.

    They didn't answer. Barnes instead went on about Read's meriting a "Darwin Award".

    What is the answer? Trespassing is a little different when your child is on the property you enter. Does the law see it this way?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Alden

    Self defense depends very much on the facts of a case and I don’t really know the facts.

    However, according to this link:

    Carruth returned with a gun and repeated his demand that Read leave. At that point, the video depicts Read telling Carruth to “use it” and saying he could “take it” from Carruth.

    A second video released by Carruth’s attorney appears to show Read grab Carruth’s gun and swing him across a porch, at which point Carruth turns and fires on Read.

    https://www.kxan.com/news/crime/texas-man-seen-shooting-his-partners-ex-amid-custody-dispute-claims-self-defense-attorney-says/

    If this is an accurate description, it sure sounds like self-defense to me. Regardless of whether they were interfering with custodial arrangements, grabbing a gun is not a good idea on many levels. This sounds a lot like what happened to Rosenbaum.

    • Replies: @res
    @Jack D

    Andrew Branca makes an interesting argument that self defense would not apply.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JyVw5LU8EA
    Reason being that after Carruth was flung off the porch he was no longer in imminent danger given that Read did not move toward him (a bit more complicated than that...).

    An additional wrinkle is he also said self defense would have been more applicable if the warning shot (during the attempt to take the gun) had been a kill shot because he was in imminent danger at that moment.

    The link you gave says this (i.e. disagrees about Read's action after flinging Carruth), but the defense attorney is hardly unbiased.


    “Raising his left leg, he was continuing his advance on Kyle, threatening him and posing an immediate threat. Kyle responded,” Guinn claimed. “This is a justifiable homicide.”
     
    As I noted in another comment, Carruth's estranged wife is a district court judge.

    Replies: @JimDandy

  150. @Jack D
    @Reg Cæsar

    Self defense depends very much on the facts of a case and I don't really know the facts.

    However, according to this link:


    Carruth returned with a gun and repeated his demand that Read leave. At that point, the video depicts Read telling Carruth to “use it” and saying he could “take it” from Carruth.

    A second video released by Carruth’s attorney appears to show Read grab Carruth’s gun and swing him across a porch, at which point Carruth turns and fires on Read.
     
    https://www.kxan.com/news/crime/texas-man-seen-shooting-his-partners-ex-amid-custody-dispute-claims-self-defense-attorney-says/

    If this is an accurate description, it sure sounds like self-defense to me. Regardless of whether they were interfering with custodial arrangements, grabbing a gun is not a good idea on many levels. This sounds a lot like what happened to Rosenbaum.

    Replies: @res

    Andrew Branca makes an interesting argument that self defense would not apply.

    Reason being that after Carruth was flung off the porch he was no longer in imminent danger given that Read did not move toward him (a bit more complicated than that…).

    An additional wrinkle is he also said self defense would have been more applicable if the warning shot (during the attempt to take the gun) had been a kill shot because he was in imminent danger at that moment.

    The link you gave says this (i.e. disagrees about Read’s action after flinging Carruth), but the defense attorney is hardly unbiased.

    “Raising his left leg, he was continuing his advance on Kyle, threatening him and posing an immediate threat. Kyle responded,” Guinn claimed. “This is a justifiable homicide.”

    As I noted in another comment, Carruth’s estranged wife is a district court judge.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
    @res

    The research about how quickly someone can close that distance and hurt/disarm you is plentiful and available. In this case the offender was already actively trying to overpower the man and take his weapon--as he had verbally promised he would do. The argument that he was going suddenly stop his determined mission to take the gun at that particular point is silly.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @res

  151. @res
    @Jack D

    Andrew Branca makes an interesting argument that self defense would not apply.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JyVw5LU8EA
    Reason being that after Carruth was flung off the porch he was no longer in imminent danger given that Read did not move toward him (a bit more complicated than that...).

    An additional wrinkle is he also said self defense would have been more applicable if the warning shot (during the attempt to take the gun) had been a kill shot because he was in imminent danger at that moment.

    The link you gave says this (i.e. disagrees about Read's action after flinging Carruth), but the defense attorney is hardly unbiased.


    “Raising his left leg, he was continuing his advance on Kyle, threatening him and posing an immediate threat. Kyle responded,” Guinn claimed. “This is a justifiable homicide.”
     
    As I noted in another comment, Carruth's estranged wife is a district court judge.

    Replies: @JimDandy

    The research about how quickly someone can close that distance and hurt/disarm you is plentiful and available. In this case the offender was already actively trying to overpower the man and take his weapon–as he had verbally promised he would do. The argument that he was going suddenly stop his determined mission to take the gun at that particular point is silly.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @JimDandy

    Every "adult" involved is trash and shouldn't have reproduced anyway. Though now that he's here, I feel sorry for the kid. Whether Carruth is guilty or "innocent", he has no place in that child's life.

    This is Wiggertopia.

    I thought happiness was Lubbock, Texas in my rearview mirror... --Mac Davis

    Replies: @Clyde, @JimDandy

    , @res
    @JimDandy


    The research about how quickly someone can close that distance and hurt/disarm you is plentiful and available.
     
    Watch the video (starting around 12:00 for the distance discussion, alternatively, use the transcript). Branca talks about that. Also, Read really did not seem that determined to TAKE the gun. But obviously talking and acting as he did was idiotic (and fatal).

    This case is a mess. From what I know about it, I would tend towards a manslaughter charge. Sentencing severity being extremely dependent on the details of the custody situation and its history.

    P.S. Jack D, Rosenbaum was charging Rittenhouse and was shot just before contact (clearly meeting imminent danger standard). Quite different IMHO.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/enhanced-drone-footage-shows-first-two-fatal-shootings-kyle-rittenhous-rcna5094

    Replies: @Jack D, @JimDandy

  152. “I’m wondering how long it will take for the hammers to make an appearance dismembering display cases at the next smash & grab:”

    A day or two at the most.

    But think for a moment how incredibly brazen they are, Looting high end retail stores stores at least generates expensive goods they can resell.

    The act of looting home depot to acquire basic tools that they could buy for \$15 each to use in their next robbery, is proof they have no fear whatsoever of being caught or even hindered.

    This is what anarchy looks like. It seems to be isolated to liberal woke cities. Talk about feng shui, let em turn SF into the Thunderdome.

  153. @JimDandy
    @res

    The research about how quickly someone can close that distance and hurt/disarm you is plentiful and available. In this case the offender was already actively trying to overpower the man and take his weapon--as he had verbally promised he would do. The argument that he was going suddenly stop his determined mission to take the gun at that particular point is silly.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @res

    Every “adult” involved is trash and shouldn’t have reproduced anyway. Though now that he’s here, I feel sorry for the kid. Whether Carruth is guilty or “innocent”, he has no place in that child’s life.

    This is Wiggertopia.

    I thought happiness was Lubbock, Texas in my rearview mirror… –Mac Davis

    • Replies: @Clyde
    @Reg Cæsar


    Every “adult” involved is trash and shouldn’t have reproduced anyway. Though now that he’s here, I feel sorry for the kid. Whether Carruth is guilty or “innocent”, he has no place in that child’s life.
     
    This is upper-middle class trash hard at work (killing for no good reason) and hard working at female scheming with visitation rights. Shooter Carruth has a wife who is a judge. They are in the divorce process. Judges do not marry your common, low class white trash. Carruth is so connected to the local justice establishment, that they have all been recused. This case is now in the hands of the State Attorney's office of Texas. You can be sure this office is going over it with a fine tooth comb. This is why you hear no developments on it, such as Carruth being arrested.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Alden

    , @JimDandy
    @Reg Cæsar

    Yeah, the shooter looked like a douche to me, but I feel like these things should be looked at in terms of the law, and, perhaps, natural law--not how people feel about the general narrative or individual players in the story. Not who they identify with most in the drama.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  154. @Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    @Alec Leamas (working from home)


    I was recently in an online dispute with someone who swears that the the urban crime wave of the 1960s-1990s was the result of lead poisoning due to lead paint and lead in gasoline rather than more aggressive approaches to policing, prosecution, and incarceration.
     
    Every time that I hear that, I say, "isn't sub Saharan Africa a violent place? Do they use lead paint on their chair rails, window sills, and baseboard trim? Did they use a lot of leaded gasoline back in the day?

    Replies: @JMcG

    I use Japan as a counter example. Lead paint and leaded gasoline, no violent crime. Less sputtering about SSAs.

    • Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played
    @JMcG


    I use Japan as a counter example. Lead paint and leaded gasoline, no violent crime. Less sputtering about SSAs.
     
    Great point. I will use your example going forward. It comes up a lot with my more liberal relatives.
  155. @riches
    @Joe Stalin

    If the goal of posting this tune was to wax nostalgic over Chicago gangsters, Geraldo's exploration of Capone's vault was the more edifying pursuit.

    Paper Lice, or whoever this band was, gave bubblegum a bad name. (Admittedly, the smallest feat.)

    Chicago's "old east side" indeed.

    Replies: @JimDandy, @Joe Stalin, @JMcG

    I think the band was English. Just a fun little tune. In other news, Snoopy and the Red Baron never engaged in aerial combat over the western front. Snoopy was far too young to have seen action in the Great War.

  156. @Zoos
    @Clyde


    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don’t need to bed down there anymore.
     
    Thanks to democrat leadership, the arm of the law has become quite relaxed in regard to the actively feral brand of negroes, and of which these negroes are fully aware.

    No matter what race you are, if something horrible goes down in most of that city, the police won’t help you. If you’re able to take matters into your own hands, and live through an existential conflict resulting in a dead feral negro at your feet, you can count on your next year being chock full of harassment and domestic terrorism from the dead feral's repugnant, parasitic tribe.

    Oakland has become worse than Brazil. It’s Capetown sporting a childish air of democracy, as all cities around the world are, when the more clever, grafty negroes become the operative political voice of a city to aggressively foment discord amongst the ferals, while feminizing the local law enforcement, so they may react much like an overburdened mother of her narcissistic, angry, fatherless brood.

    Replies: @Corvinus, @Reg Cæsar, @Clyde, @Zoos

    Thanks much Zoos and Alden for the more details on Oakland, California. Zoos is a good handle for today’s clown world that we must endure. “What you cannot cure, you must endure” But who knows, hopefully there will be some cures for clown world. We got a good verdict for Rittenhouse, while anarcho-tyranny, CCP_vaxxxxxxx mandates are getting struck down by the sane judges that remain.

  157. @Alden
    @Clyde

    About 20 years ago some young gay White men moved to Oakland from San Francisco because San Francisco was unaffordable. They hoped to do for Oakland what an older generation of gay White men did for the infamous black ghetto of Western edition Fillmore in San Francisco. Reclaim the vicious ghetto for civilization And make a lot of money in the process fixing up building and reselling at a profit. Not working in tech but in real estate and construction

    They really really tried. But it didn’t work out. Mainly because San Francisco was only 9-10 percent black when the brave explorers first colonized the jungle. But Oakland is a solidly black town more than half black and has been one of the worst black cities in the country since the 1940s. Something like St Louis Newark Detroit, Flint Michigan Gary Indiana.

    The articles you read about the gentrification of Oakland are just lies planted by White the would be real estate gentrifiers. It only lasted about 15 years 2000 to 2015. They weren’t really trying to attract White tenants. Just more investment money and loans.

    Replies: @Clyde

    Thanks Alden. Now I know why I was having a good impression of Oakland, California. It was very dated, as the gays and whites gave up on improving and gentrifying the place circa 2015. The black undertow was too strong.

    What Zoos video showed with large vibrant graffiti on almost every building. The worst graffiti I have ever seen. What happens when blacks take over. Also when they torched lots of South African businesses a few months ago. Businesses not owned by whites, but by Hindus, Muslims, coloreds and immigrants. By enterprising black immigrants. Non-Zulus. There is no racism in Africa. What they have is much worse than any American white racism. Instead They/Africa have lethal tribalism of black on black, and blacks on everybody else.

  158. @Reg Cæsar
    @JimDandy

    Every "adult" involved is trash and shouldn't have reproduced anyway. Though now that he's here, I feel sorry for the kid. Whether Carruth is guilty or "innocent", he has no place in that child's life.

    This is Wiggertopia.

    I thought happiness was Lubbock, Texas in my rearview mirror... --Mac Davis

    Replies: @Clyde, @JimDandy

    Every “adult” involved is trash and shouldn’t have reproduced anyway. Though now that he’s here, I feel sorry for the kid. Whether Carruth is guilty or “innocent”, he has no place in that child’s life.

    This is upper-middle class trash hard at work (killing for no good reason) and hard working at female scheming with visitation rights. Shooter Carruth has a wife who is a judge. They are in the divorce process. Judges do not marry your common, low class white trash. Carruth is so connected to the local justice establishment, that they have all been recused. This case is now in the hands of the State Attorney’s office of Texas. You can be sure this office is going over it with a fine tooth comb. This is why you hear no developments on it, such as Carruth being arrested.

    • Replies: @JMcG
    @Clyde

    I don’t know about Texas, but in PA, District Justice is a low level elected position. They aren’t required to be lawyers or even to have a degree AFAIK. They are given some classroom training and then handle summary offenses like traffic tickets. I think they also preside over some small claims type stuff.
    The one District Justice with whom I am personally familiar is a corrupt lowlife. She was convicted in State Court of tampering with her son’s DUI case and removed from her position. If Texas is similar, the woman involved in this case need not be special in any way.

    , @Alden
    @Clyde

    Victim runs a car wash company Squeegee Guys. Carruth is married to a judge his brother is a felon. Did you see that shabby house and yard? No mention of killer’s job. Maybe he lives on girlfriends and kids child support. Not upper middle class at all. Cristina kid’s mom. Leaves one aggressive domineering middle class provider and moves in with another. Who’s even more aggressive and kills the Kid’s Dad. And now she might lose the kids. As second wife of victim wants custody of the kids.

    Oh well, who are we to judge others?

  159. @Jack D

    Stealing camera equipment from TV news crews, even live on air, has been a Thing in the Bay Area for many years.
     
    Note that the news crew had a security guard (was he armed?) and even that was not enough. One old sleepy retired Asian cop wasn't going to cut the mustard. Either the crews stop going to the no go zones or else they have to be accompanied by a much larger security force, the kind that rappers have. Hired from the local population. A bulletproof vehicle wouldn't hurt either.

    Replies: @Boomthorkell, @Muggles, @Paperback Writer, @Bill Jones

    For a couple of hundred bucks the cameras could have an embedded GPS chip accurate to within ten feet.

    Think of the headline opportunities.

    “Tonight at Nine: We show live footage of the SWAT team busting the bastards who stole our Cameras live at Noon.”

  160. @Alden
    @Jack D

    That’s just 1950s 60s National Review conservatism. Government and union pensions wrong. Office worker, management Lawyer Dr accountant etc pensions good. National Review conservatives on the auto companies. Management deserves generous pensions and their social security. The guys who actually make the vehicles don’t deserve both pensions and social
    security Even though they contributed to both funds all their working lives. I know everyone gets more in pensions and SS than they put in because of inflation. So do we eliminate them ? That’s conservatism.

    Replies: @Jack D

    No, what’s wrong is not running a pension scheme on an actuarily sound basis. If you are a private company and you make overly generous promises to your employees, you go out of business. If you are the government you just raise taxes.

    • Replies: @Ralph L
    @Jack D

    Retirement benefits are what killed GM, Chrysler, and nearly Ford.

    , @Alden
    @Jack D

    That’s very true. I get your point.

  161. @JimDandy
    @res

    The research about how quickly someone can close that distance and hurt/disarm you is plentiful and available. In this case the offender was already actively trying to overpower the man and take his weapon--as he had verbally promised he would do. The argument that he was going suddenly stop his determined mission to take the gun at that particular point is silly.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @res

    The research about how quickly someone can close that distance and hurt/disarm you is plentiful and available.

    Watch the video (starting around 12:00 for the distance discussion, alternatively, use the transcript). Branca talks about that. Also, Read really did not seem that determined to TAKE the gun. But obviously talking and acting as he did was idiotic (and fatal).

    This case is a mess. From what I know about it, I would tend towards a manslaughter charge. Sentencing severity being extremely dependent on the details of the custody situation and its history.

    P.S. Jack D, Rosenbaum was charging Rittenhouse and was shot just before contact (clearly meeting imminent danger standard). Quite different IMHO.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/enhanced-drone-footage-shows-first-two-fatal-shootings-kyle-rittenhous-rcna5094

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @res

    I really don't know and don't really care to know. Unless he pleads out, the prosecution and the defense will each present their version of what happened to the jury and the jury alone will decide whether it was self defense or not. All the bloviating and Monday morning quarterbacking by pundits is meaningless.

    , @JimDandy
    @res

    Read really did not seem that determined to TAKE the gun. But obviously talking and acting as he did was idiotic (and fatal).

    I just don't know how you came to that conclusion. I've watched both videos and, to me, he clearly wants to take the gun. And I'm positive that the shooter was absolutely sure he was trying to take the gun.

  162. @res
    @JimDandy


    The research about how quickly someone can close that distance and hurt/disarm you is plentiful and available.
     
    Watch the video (starting around 12:00 for the distance discussion, alternatively, use the transcript). Branca talks about that. Also, Read really did not seem that determined to TAKE the gun. But obviously talking and acting as he did was idiotic (and fatal).

    This case is a mess. From what I know about it, I would tend towards a manslaughter charge. Sentencing severity being extremely dependent on the details of the custody situation and its history.

    P.S. Jack D, Rosenbaum was charging Rittenhouse and was shot just before contact (clearly meeting imminent danger standard). Quite different IMHO.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/enhanced-drone-footage-shows-first-two-fatal-shootings-kyle-rittenhous-rcna5094

    Replies: @Jack D, @JimDandy

    I really don’t know and don’t really care to know. Unless he pleads out, the prosecution and the defense will each present their version of what happened to the jury and the jury alone will decide whether it was self defense or not. All the bloviating and Monday morning quarterbacking by pundits is meaningless.

  163. @Jack D
    @Alden

    No, what's wrong is not running a pension scheme on an actuarily sound basis. If you are a private company and you make overly generous promises to your employees, you go out of business. If you are the government you just raise taxes.

    Replies: @Ralph L, @Alden

    Retirement benefits are what killed GM, Chrysler, and nearly Ford.

  164. @Reg Cæsar
    @JimDandy

    Every "adult" involved is trash and shouldn't have reproduced anyway. Though now that he's here, I feel sorry for the kid. Whether Carruth is guilty or "innocent", he has no place in that child's life.

    This is Wiggertopia.

    I thought happiness was Lubbock, Texas in my rearview mirror... --Mac Davis

    Replies: @Clyde, @JimDandy

    Yeah, the shooter looked like a douche to me, but I feel like these things should be looked at in terms of the law, and, perhaps, natural law–not how people feel about the general narrative or individual players in the story. Not who they identify with most in the drama.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @JimDandy

    Usually the "mother's boyfriend" rapes the daughter. This time he kills the father. The "provocation" issue brought up (ridiculously), in Kenosha would seem to be relevant here. But this is Texas, and you can apparently shoot and kill a child who wanders onto your manicured lawn, call it self-defense, and get away with it.

  165. @res
    @JimDandy


    The research about how quickly someone can close that distance and hurt/disarm you is plentiful and available.
     
    Watch the video (starting around 12:00 for the distance discussion, alternatively, use the transcript). Branca talks about that. Also, Read really did not seem that determined to TAKE the gun. But obviously talking and acting as he did was idiotic (and fatal).

    This case is a mess. From what I know about it, I would tend towards a manslaughter charge. Sentencing severity being extremely dependent on the details of the custody situation and its history.

    P.S. Jack D, Rosenbaum was charging Rittenhouse and was shot just before contact (clearly meeting imminent danger standard). Quite different IMHO.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/enhanced-drone-footage-shows-first-two-fatal-shootings-kyle-rittenhous-rcna5094

    Replies: @Jack D, @JimDandy

    Read really did not seem that determined to TAKE the gun. But obviously talking and acting as he did was idiotic (and fatal).

    I just don’t know how you came to that conclusion. I’ve watched both videos and, to me, he clearly wants to take the gun. And I’m positive that the shooter was absolutely sure he was trying to take the gun.

  166. @Clyde
    @Reg Cæsar


    Every “adult” involved is trash and shouldn’t have reproduced anyway. Though now that he’s here, I feel sorry for the kid. Whether Carruth is guilty or “innocent”, he has no place in that child’s life.
     
    This is upper-middle class trash hard at work (killing for no good reason) and hard working at female scheming with visitation rights. Shooter Carruth has a wife who is a judge. They are in the divorce process. Judges do not marry your common, low class white trash. Carruth is so connected to the local justice establishment, that they have all been recused. This case is now in the hands of the State Attorney's office of Texas. You can be sure this office is going over it with a fine tooth comb. This is why you hear no developments on it, such as Carruth being arrested.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Alden

    I don’t know about Texas, but in PA, District Justice is a low level elected position. They aren’t required to be lawyers or even to have a degree AFAIK. They are given some classroom training and then handle summary offenses like traffic tickets. I think they also preside over some small claims type stuff.
    The one District Justice with whom I am personally familiar is a corrupt lowlife. She was convicted in State Court of tampering with her son’s DUI case and removed from her position. If Texas is similar, the woman involved in this case need not be special in any way.

  167. @TWS
    Who do they sell the equipment to? Do they ransom it back to the owners like art thieves in an old Steve McQueen movie? Is there a ready market for hot video equipment?

    Replies: @Sollipsist

    When I asked that question, someone helpfully pointed out how many amateurs on YouTube have more expensive equipment than you might expect…

  168. @Ganderson
    @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    Even though my views on life in general were well known, I, in a very cowardly manner kept my mouth shut. I did write a scathing evaluation of our “professional development”. Boy, aren’t I brave?

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    I did write a scathing evaluation of our “professional development”. Boy, aren’t I brave?

    Been there, done that. I still have a wife and kids who need a roof over their heads & groceries on the table. Do what you can around the edges.

  169. @JMcG
    @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    I use Japan as a counter example. Lead paint and leaded gasoline, no violent crime. Less sputtering about SSAs.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played

    I use Japan as a counter example. Lead paint and leaded gasoline, no violent crime. Less sputtering about SSAs.

    Great point. I will use your example going forward. It comes up a lot with my more liberal relatives.

  170. @Flip
    @anon

    I'd be willing to bet that Smollett was working with Harris and Booker to generate support for their anti-lynching bill.

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @Jack D

    With a trial finally underway, there is a discussion someplace else on the Web about the Chicago PD detective testifying about how the Department spent thousands of detective manhours on the Smollett case, tracking down the Osundairo brothers, until after taking those wacky Nigerians into custody, it slowly dawned on the detectives that the Osundairos had staged the whole thing with the cooperation of Mr. Smollett.

    How stupid are the Chicago PD to have played along with this scam for that long, people ask? One, dumb Chicago PD officers is a long-held stereotype. Two, not all that dumb, because the fine detective testifying has to convince a jury that he didn’t “rush to judgment” or “jump to conclusions” that this was a fraud until after spending this enormous level of the City of Chicago’s financial wherewithal to be dragged reluctantly to admitting, yes, the whole thing was a figment of one B-list actor’s imagination.

  171. @El Dato
    @Jack D


    BUT, by what mechanism
     
    Well, whites basically killed Black Jesus on the fentanyl cross of asphalt, so they gotta pay. And Trump is Pontius Pilatus.

    It's a pogrom man, just not as we know it.

    Maybe a new religion will spring out of it, who knows!

    Replies: @epebble

    Maybe a new religion

    The Catholic University of America has already deified him by hanging an icon of the new Pieta:

    https://www.usmessageboard.com/threads/painting-at-catholic-university-of-america-appears-to-compare-george-floyd-to-jesus-christ.933094/

  172. @Reg Cæsar
    @Jack D

    Re the Read/Carruth case: A viewer asked on the Viva & Barnes livestream whether the couple's interfering with the custody arrangement, a felony in Texas, would be a hole in the state's unusually generous self-defense allowance.

    They didn't answer. Barnes instead went on about Read's meriting a "Darwin Award".

    What is the answer? Trespassing is a little different when your child is on the property you enter. Does the law see it this way?

    Replies: @Jack D, @Alden

    Here’s my take on the Read killing. And of course Texas laws about killing trespassers rules in Texas. There was a family court order that Read pick up his kids for visitation at on certain days at certain times at the address where the kids lived with mom and latest boyfriend.

    He and current wife arrived to pick up the kids pursuant to the court order. Kid’s mom and boyfriend refused to let the kids go with dad. Step parents grandparents roommates relatives friends and current sex partners of divorced parents have no rights over the kids. Unless there some sort of family court judge approved arrangement

    Yet mom’s boyfriend roommate Carruth refused Read access to the kids.

    As I see it, Carruth the killer interfered in something that was none of his business . And violated the court order that the kids be turned over to Read on a specific day at a specific time.

    Given the hysterical lunatic way so many divorced parents behave; many family court judges order that kids shall be exchanged in the nearby police station parking lot. Police are sent the order so they are prepared that another set of squabbling EXs is on their way.

    Killer Carruth is married to a local county judge. Unclear if he lives with the mother of the kids or was just visiting. County DA recused itself. State attorney general office is in charge of the case. According to local Lubbock TX papers there’s a lot of hard feelings between the pro victim Read and pro shoot trespassers on sight factions. It’s like a Faulkner novel.

    Jennifer Read, second wife of victim Read is suing Cristina Read first wife for custody of the Read kids. On the very reasonable grounds that Cristina is an unfit mother because she and the kids live with the killer of their father. But legally, step mothers have no rights or responsibilities. And Read and second wife were only married 2 months before Read was killed.

    No fault easy divorce hasn’t turned out to be so easy.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden


    No fault easy divorce hasn’t turned out to be so easy.
     
    That's why New York didn't adopt it until 2010. The last state by decades.

    Sixty years earlier, my dad's first wife had to fly to Reno to divorce him. She got custody of their son, but at least he got to keep the house he was paying for. We got to live in it for a while.

    Replies: @Truth

  173. @Clyde
    @Reg Cæsar


    Every “adult” involved is trash and shouldn’t have reproduced anyway. Though now that he’s here, I feel sorry for the kid. Whether Carruth is guilty or “innocent”, he has no place in that child’s life.
     
    This is upper-middle class trash hard at work (killing for no good reason) and hard working at female scheming with visitation rights. Shooter Carruth has a wife who is a judge. They are in the divorce process. Judges do not marry your common, low class white trash. Carruth is so connected to the local justice establishment, that they have all been recused. This case is now in the hands of the State Attorney's office of Texas. You can be sure this office is going over it with a fine tooth comb. This is why you hear no developments on it, such as Carruth being arrested.

    Replies: @JMcG, @Alden

    Victim runs a car wash company Squeegee Guys. Carruth is married to a judge his brother is a felon. Did you see that shabby house and yard? No mention of killer’s job. Maybe he lives on girlfriends and kids child support. Not upper middle class at all. Cristina kid’s mom. Leaves one aggressive domineering middle class provider and moves in with another. Who’s even more aggressive and kills the Kid’s Dad. And now she might lose the kids. As second wife of victim wants custody of the kids.

    Oh well, who are we to judge others?

  174. @Marquis
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Lot of bloggers and commentators made clowns of themselves during covid hysteria. I sense they avoid debate more to avoid running into commentators they were embarrassed by over the past 20mos.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    As I recall, Mr. Derbyshire was fairly circumspect and mostly critical about the whole Kung Flu PanicFest from early on. I don’t believe he’s got anything to be embarrassed about.

    For Mr. D, my only point was that I’d rather read than listen. I noticed this extreme Anarcho-Tyranny independently, I think, but then I’m sure there are plenty others. James Fulford wrote yesterday Unequal Justice In Running People Down: James Fields, Darrell Brooks, White People Trapped In Riots, And Blacks Trying To Murder Police on VDare.

  175. @Jack D
    @Alden

    No, what's wrong is not running a pension scheme on an actuarily sound basis. If you are a private company and you make overly generous promises to your employees, you go out of business. If you are the government you just raise taxes.

    Replies: @Ralph L, @Alden

    That’s very true. I get your point.

  176. @JimDandy
    @Reg Cæsar

    Yeah, the shooter looked like a douche to me, but I feel like these things should be looked at in terms of the law, and, perhaps, natural law--not how people feel about the general narrative or individual players in the story. Not who they identify with most in the drama.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Usually the “mother’s boyfriend” rapes the daughter. This time he kills the father. The “provocation” issue brought up (ridiculously), in Kenosha would seem to be relevant here. But this is Texas, and you can apparently shoot and kill a child who wanders onto your manicured lawn, call it self-defense, and get away with it.

  177. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Achmed E. Newman


    Yeah, see, I can’t be listening to whole podcasts. ;-}
     
    Agree. Totally, fricking agree.

    Notice that Derb only shows up when he feels the need to point out that he once wrote or spoke about something. He has done that to me. It is slightly pathetic and rather annoying.

    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this, because it is now obvious that he reads all comments, looking for anything he can claim to have covered before.

    C'mon Derb! Participate! We love you, man!

    Replies: @Paperback Writer, @The Alarmist, @Marquis, @Reg Cæsar

    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this…

    He’s right across the Sound. Rig up the sails and pay him a visit!

    Suffolk County used to be part of Connecticut, you know. I once had a Connecticut keyboard– the middle C was silent.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @Reg Cæsar


    Suffolk County used to be part of Connecticut, you know.
     
    As well it still should be! New York gobbled up far too much territory, and everyone knows Connecticut is where the true gentlemen live. Long Island is much more Connecticut-like then New York -like.

    Do you know, George Washington had a spy who took a little boat back-and-forth between Long Island and Fairfield, Connecticut, right here? That man carried information that was overheard in a tavern in Manhattan where the British officers hung out. That information was then carried on horseback, westward, back to where George and his army were camped.

    I wish I could visit Derb. I think he's great. There's a ferry now, and I can even take my car.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  178. @Alec Leamas (working from home)
    @Anonymous


    Apparently it was only recently that criminals began exploiting the supposed lax gun laws.
     
    Any time there is a jump in shootings in Philadelphia and New Jersey the local politicians cite Pennsylvania's supposed lax gun laws as the source of the problem.

    It's not unlike Steve's theory about racism and blacks being an extension of voodoo culture. Whereas racism in the form of someone, somewhere, thinking bad thoughts about blacks makes blacks unsuccessful in every walk of life except athletics and entertainment, guns in the area are powerful totems that get hold of the black consciousness and cause them to commit murders.

    I was recently in an online dispute with someone who swears that the the urban crime wave of the 1960s-1990s was the result of lead poisoning due to lead paint and lead in gasoline rather than more aggressive approaches to policing, prosecution, and incarceration. We had this dispute in the context of a reversal of the long term trend of violent crime decreasing in the U.S., and then suddenly reversing course after a mass de-policing and de-carceral movement. My interlocutor could not support the charge that today's murderers must have been the victims of some sort of localized, acute lead poisoning in their youths only a decade or two ago and long after lead in gasoline and paints was banned and lead paint abated.

    To paraphrase Steve, the ruling class believes that blacks are beneath agency and above criticism. They can't say this explicitly, but they can and do act in conformity with this belief.

    Replies: @Boy the way Glenn Miller played, @Reg Cæsar

    Any time there is a jump in shootings in Philadelphia and New Jersey the local politicians cite Pennsylvania’s supposed lax gun laws as the source of the problem.

    Bernie Sanders has lived in the laxest such state for 50 years, and has commuted to the toughest jurisdiction for more than half* that time. Has he been running guns?

    (Half? I meant three-fifths!)

  179. Hey, another Emmit is down in Dixie!

    Former Olympian Emmit King fatally shot during argument in Alabama

    Was he “Dr” King as well? Has there ever been a mutual mass shooting? Only two this time.

    Alice Sebold was raped at Syracuse, and finally, 40 years later, apologizes for fingering the wrong guy:

    Lovely Bones author Alice Sebold FINALLY apologizes to man she accused of rape in 1981 in a Medium post – seven DAYS after he was exonerated – and years after she made MILLIONS off back of the story

    For a chuckle, get a load of Alice’s father!

  180. @Flip
    @anon

    I'd be willing to bet that Smollett was working with Harris and Booker to generate support for their anti-lynching bill.

    Replies: @Inquiring Mind, @Jack D

    The prosecution says that he did it to garner publicity/sympathy so that they would keep his character on the TV show he was in (it ended up backfiring and he was written out after the hoax came to light). Previously he had (supposedly) received a letter threatening his life (possibly also faked by him but the prosecution doesn’t say – they have no proof of that) and when he took that letter to the police and to his producers they just yawned so he decided to raise the stakes with an attack.

    I believe this more that the idea that he did this for political reasons. Smollett is too stupid to have a political consciousness (mimicking political sounds doesn’t count) and these hoaxers always act for selfish reasons.

  181. @Reg Cæsar
    @Buzz Mohawk


    He is better than that, and we do respect him. I know he will read this...
     
    He's right across the Sound. Rig up the sails and pay him a visit!

    Suffolk County used to be part of Connecticut, you know. I once had a Connecticut keyboard-- the middle C was silent.


    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Ctcolony.png

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk

    Suffolk County used to be part of Connecticut, you know.

    As well it still should be! New York gobbled up far too much territory, and everyone knows Connecticut is where the true gentlemen live. Long Island is much more Connecticut-like then New York -like.

    Do you know, George Washington had a spy who took a little boat back-and-forth between Long Island and Fairfield, Connecticut, right here? That man carried information that was overheard in a tavern in Manhattan where the British officers hung out. That information was then carried on horseback, westward, back to where George and his army were camped.

    I wish I could visit Derb. I think he’s great. There’s a ferry now, and I can even take my car.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @Buzz Mohawk

    I took that ferry one time, Buzz, the other way, with my car on it. Unfortunately it was in the winter and at night, but that sounds like a great trip in the summer. The ferries in Washington State are great too, but the price has gone up - I'm thinking one specific run - Bremerton to Seattle - by 250% over a decade and a half.

    "I did that!" is not just a fun gas pump sticker but should be the motto of the FED.

  182. @Alden
    @Abolish_public_education

    He contributed to social security his entire working life from his first job flipping burgers or whatever as a teen. Therefore he is entitled to social security.

    He contributed to his police department pension fund from his first day. Therefore he is entitled to his pension.

    Contribute to an IRA 401K wealth management or any other financial plan, you are entitled to the returns on the plan and to get your contributions back.

    Pay for insurance, you are entitled to file claims and be compensated for any losses covered by the policy. Buy an extended warranty you are entitled to have the warranty pay for any repairs.

    Have you been reading 1950s and 60s reprints of National Review .

    Have you checked out what your social security payments will be? They are minuscule.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Achmed E. Newman

    Have you checked out what your social security payments will be?

    Why? Why would I do that? I consider that money just as gone as all the rest that gets taken from paychecks each month.

    As for minuscule, it may not be (again, I haven’t checked). It may not be minuscule in nominal dollars, but it will be minuscule in REAL money by the time they are nice enough to send it to me. “Be Prepared” is the Scout Motto. I didn’t take it seriously then, but I do now.

    • Replies: @europeasant
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "As for minuscule, it may not be (again, I haven’t checked). It may not be minuscule in nominal dollars, but it will be minuscule in REAL money by the time they are nice enough to send it to me"

    My best guess is that for instance, someone who worked till age 65, 66 and in current money received a paycheck of 80 to 100 thousand yearly would get a SS retirement check of around $2,000 $2,500 a month.

    This is just a guess as I do not qualify for Social Security because I am only 75% committed to SSN. I need to work another year of so full time. But even if I was fully committed, based on my lifetime low SSN earnings, my monthly amount would only be around $600. I have a private pension.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

  183. @Buzz Mohawk
    @Reg Cæsar


    Suffolk County used to be part of Connecticut, you know.
     
    As well it still should be! New York gobbled up far too much territory, and everyone knows Connecticut is where the true gentlemen live. Long Island is much more Connecticut-like then New York -like.

    Do you know, George Washington had a spy who took a little boat back-and-forth between Long Island and Fairfield, Connecticut, right here? That man carried information that was overheard in a tavern in Manhattan where the British officers hung out. That information was then carried on horseback, westward, back to where George and his army were camped.

    I wish I could visit Derb. I think he's great. There's a ferry now, and I can even take my car.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I took that ferry one time, Buzz, the other way, with my car on it. Unfortunately it was in the winter and at night, but that sounds like a great trip in the summer. The ferries in Washington State are great too, but the price has gone up – I’m thinking one specific run – Bremerton to Seattle – by 250% over a decade and a half.

    “I did that!” is not just a fun gas pump sticker but should be the motto of the FED.

  184. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Alden


    Have you checked out what your social security payments will be?
     
    Why? Why would I do that? I consider that money just as gone as all the rest that gets taken from paychecks each month.

    As for minuscule, it may not be (again, I haven't checked). It may not be minuscule in nominal dollars, but it will be minuscule in REAL money by the time they are nice enough to send it to me. "Be Prepared" is the Scout Motto. I didn't take it seriously then, but I do now.

    Replies: @europeasant

    “As for minuscule, it may not be (again, I haven’t checked). It may not be minuscule in nominal dollars, but it will be minuscule in REAL money by the time they are nice enough to send it to me”

    My best guess is that for instance, someone who worked till age 65, 66 and in current money received a paycheck of 80 to 100 thousand yearly would get a SS retirement check of around \$2,000 \$2,500 a month.

    This is just a guess as I do not qualify for Social Security because I am only 75% committed to SSN. I need to work another year of so full time. But even if I was fully committed, based on my lifetime low SSN earnings, my monthly amount would only be around \$600. I have a private pension.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
    @europeasant

    I won't question those numbers, E.P., as, again, I don't even pay attention. My point is that, once 10 years go by either TILL you turn 65 or AFTER you turn 65, you may very well keep getting that monthly $2,500, but a McDonalds Quarter-Pounder meal would be $27.99, a POS used car, $17,000, and rent for a 2 bedroom apartment outside of your medium-sized city, $3,500 a month.

    As the FED says "WE DID THAT!" (I think I'm gonna work on a meme with that.)

    Replies: @europeasant

  185. @Mr. Anon
    I recently heard about a smash-and-grab robbery at a Home Depot in California:

    https://www.insider.com/california-crew-steals-tools-from-home-depot-in-smash-grab-2021-11

    What was particularly interesting were the items stolen - sledge hammers and crow-bars.

    i.e., tools for committing smash-and-grab robberies.

    As to all the luxury items being stolen, how many of those will get sold on ebay? Maybe this Babylon Bee article isn't so far from the truth:

    https://babylonbee.com/news/new-app-lootdash-lets-you-send-someone-to-loot-san-francsico-stores-for-you

    Replies: @Alden, @Achmed E. Newman

    What was particularly interesting were the items stolen – sledge hammers and crow-bars.

    i.e., tools for committing smash-and-grab robberies.

    Haha, now that’s what I call pulling one’s self up by one’s bootstraps! And the young generations say that can’t be done. See, young whippersnappers, I mowed lawns for the summer to pay for an Associates Degree in yard landscaping. You can do this!

    Thanks for the BB link too, Mr. Anon.

    • Replies: @Cool Daddy Jimbo
    @Achmed E. Newman

    That's exactly what I thought. Bootstrappy!

  186. @Achmed E. Newman
    @Mr. Anon


    What was particularly interesting were the items stolen – sledge hammers and crow-bars.

    i.e., tools for committing smash-and-grab robberies.

     
    Haha, now that's what I call pulling one's self up by one's bootstraps! And the young generations say that can't be done. See, young whippersnappers, I mowed lawns for the summer to pay for an Associates Degree in yard landscaping. You can do this!

    Thanks for the BB link too, Mr. Anon.

    Replies: @Cool Daddy Jimbo

    That’s exactly what I thought. Bootstrappy!

  187. @Zoos
    @Clyde


    I am shocked that Oakland is such a graffiti -ridden hole. I thought the place was thriving in a low key way. But this was pre-Covid. When Oakland had the slant of being an affordable place to live for tech types and other professionals. But with remote working, they don’t need to bed down there anymore.
     
    Thanks to democrat leadership, the arm of the law has become quite relaxed in regard to the actively feral brand of negroes, and of which these negroes are fully aware.

    No matter what race you are, if something horrible goes down in most of that city, the police won’t help you. If you’re able to take matters into your own hands, and live through an existential conflict resulting in a dead feral negro at your feet, you can count on your next year being chock full of harassment and domestic terrorism from the dead feral's repugnant, parasitic tribe.

    Oakland has become worse than Brazil. It’s Capetown sporting a childish air of democracy, as all cities around the world are, when the more clever, grafty negroes become the operative political voice of a city to aggressively foment discord amongst the ferals, while feminizing the local law enforcement, so they may react much like an overburdened mother of her narcissistic, angry, fatherless brood.

    Replies: @Corvinus, @Reg Cæsar, @Clyde, @Zoos

    News Update:

    San Francisco is still a third world hellhole:

  188. @Alden
    @Reg Cæsar

    Here’s my take on the Read killing. And of course Texas laws about killing trespassers rules in Texas. There was a family court order that Read pick up his kids for visitation at on certain days at certain times at the address where the kids lived with mom and latest boyfriend.

    He and current wife arrived to pick up the kids pursuant to the court order. Kid’s mom and boyfriend refused to let the kids go with dad. Step parents grandparents roommates relatives friends and current sex partners of divorced parents have no rights over the kids. Unless there some sort of family court judge approved arrangement

    Yet mom’s boyfriend roommate Carruth refused Read access to the kids.

    As I see it, Carruth the killer interfered in something that was none of his business . And violated the court order that the kids be turned over to Read on a specific day at a specific time.

    Given the hysterical lunatic way so many divorced parents behave; many family court judges order that kids shall be exchanged in the nearby police station parking lot. Police are sent the order so they are prepared that another set of squabbling EXs is on their way.

    Killer Carruth is married to a local county judge. Unclear if he lives with the mother of the kids or was just visiting. County DA recused itself. State attorney general office is in charge of the case. According to local Lubbock TX papers there’s a lot of hard feelings between the pro victim Read and pro shoot trespassers on sight factions. It’s like a Faulkner novel.

    Jennifer Read, second wife of victim Read is suing Cristina Read first wife for custody of the Read kids. On the very reasonable grounds that Cristina is an unfit mother because she and the kids live with the killer of their father. But legally, step mothers have no rights or responsibilities. And Read and second wife were only married 2 months before Read was killed.

    No fault easy divorce hasn’t turned out to be so easy.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    No fault easy divorce hasn’t turned out to be so easy.

    That’s why New York didn’t adopt it until 2010. The last state by decades.

    Sixty years earlier, my dad’s first wife had to fly to Reno to divorce him. She got custody of their son, but at least he got to keep the house he was paying for. We got to live in it for a while.

    • Replies: @Truth
    @Reg Cæsar

    Oh, you kept the tires inflated, and the skirt serviced?

    HAHAHA!

    Just messin with ya' homes!

  189. @Reg Cæsar
    @Alden


    No fault easy divorce hasn’t turned out to be so easy.
     
    That's why New York didn't adopt it until 2010. The last state by decades.

    Sixty years earlier, my dad's first wife had to fly to Reno to divorce him. She got custody of their son, but at least he got to keep the house he was paying for. We got to live in it for a while.

    Replies: @Truth

    Oh, you kept the tires inflated, and the skirt serviced?

    HAHAHA!

    Just messin with ya’ homes!

  190. @europeasant
    @Achmed E. Newman

    "As for minuscule, it may not be (again, I haven’t checked). It may not be minuscule in nominal dollars, but it will be minuscule in REAL money by the time they are nice enough to send it to me"

    My best guess is that for instance, someone who worked till age 65, 66 and in current money received a paycheck of 80 to 100 thousand yearly would get a SS retirement check of around $2,000 $2,500 a month.

    This is just a guess as I do not qualify for Social Security because I am only 75% committed to SSN. I need to work another year of so full time. But even if I was fully committed, based on my lifetime low SSN earnings, my monthly amount would only be around $600. I have a private pension.

    Replies: @Achmed E. Newman

    I won’t question those numbers, E.P., as, again, I don’t even pay attention. My point is that, once 10 years go by either TILL you turn 65 or AFTER you turn 65, you may very well keep getting that monthly \$2,500, but a McDonalds Quarter-Pounder meal would be \$27.99, a POS used car, \$17,000, and rent for a 2 bedroom apartment outside of your medium-sized city, \$3,500 a month.

    As the FED says “WE DID THAT!” (I think I’m gonna work on a meme with that.)

    • Agree: Boomthorkell
    • Replies: @europeasant
    @Achmed E. Newman

    There is also a yearly SS cost of living increase every year. The last few years COL was very small, like 1% and even 0% but slated for this year the annual cost of living increase will close to 6%.

  191. @Achmed E. Newman
    @europeasant

    I won't question those numbers, E.P., as, again, I don't even pay attention. My point is that, once 10 years go by either TILL you turn 65 or AFTER you turn 65, you may very well keep getting that monthly $2,500, but a McDonalds Quarter-Pounder meal would be $27.99, a POS used car, $17,000, and rent for a 2 bedroom apartment outside of your medium-sized city, $3,500 a month.

    As the FED says "WE DID THAT!" (I think I'm gonna work on a meme with that.)

    Replies: @europeasant

    There is also a yearly SS cost of living increase every year. The last few years COL was very small, like 1% and even 0% but slated for this year the annual cost of living increase will close to 6%.

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