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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summertime

The weather is warm, so the residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are using the death of Michael Brown as an excuse to loot the stores of people who had nothing to do with Brown's death. (Riots never seem to occur in winter.)

This is a scene we have witnessed countless times. Sometimes the reason is a police killing (which may or may not have been justified). Sometimes it's a police beating. Sometimes it's just a hurricane or power outage.

Whatever the excuse, when the temperature is balmy, a young man's fancy turns to arson…and vandalism…..and stealing.

C'mon, what would you rather do, pay $35 apiece for those bottles of Johnny Walker Red, or just smash the store window and get them for free? You don't have to have taken Econ 101 to know which is the better deal.

So, as the warm breezes blow and the sun gently sets in the West, the young men gather to take advantage of the low, low prices. It's sort of like the day after Thanksgiving sales, but better.

Ah, youth.

32 comments:

Glen Filthie said...

I would blame the negroes doing it rather than the youth in general.
But there I go, being un-empathic and all hatey again...

John Craig said...

Glen --
Actually, you're coming out on the liberal side of me on this one. I shouldn't generalize about the youth there, I'm sure there are plenty of peaceful protesters, and that the looters are in the minority. But there always seems to be a critical mass of people in those situations who prefer mayhem.

Glen Filthie said...

LOL. I don't know who should be more offended - me or the liberals! In any event, you obviously need more sensitivity training!
Fred Reed is one of the few elderly baby boomers that understands Ferguson, black people, and the issues involved.

http://www.fredoneverything.net/Ferguson.shtml

Unfortunately, just like the rest of his generation - he cannot use the facts to suggest a reasonable solution. The problem with blacks is as it always has been - they cannot govern themselves. When their societies and tribes break down and they get hungry - they go hunting. Most are not capable of taking on the responsibilities that go along with civil rights and liberties - these riots and demonstrations and ghettoes prove the point beyond a shadow of a doubt.

John Craig said...

Glen --
That's an excellent article by Fred Reed. He empathizes with blacks as well as whites when he points out that multiculturalism doesn't work.

He actually does suggest a solution: an end to "togetherheid," as he calls it. Blacks, for the most part, don't want to live among whites anymore than whites -- even liberal whites -- want to live among blacks.

Glen Filthie said...

But it isn't a solution. How many times do you have to see it? Detroit. New Orleans. Washington. Pretty much the entire continent of Africa. Good lord - their average IQ is 85. This is a matter of public record and scientific fact that the multiculties have shed blood trying to deny.

(This is where I get accused of lack of empathy and being a hatey poopey head...). There is no way these people can integrate into a modern civilized society. They've failed wherever they've tried. If you give them their own neighbourhoods, civil rights and self gov't - they will give you a ghetto every time.

Fred is a product of his times as are you...and for that matter, I think if you look at it again it is probably Fred that is coming out on your liberal side.

John Craig said...

Glen --
Fred wasn't proposing a solution to the problems you describe, obviously there is no solution to that. He was merely saying that if you have black cops patrolling black neighborhoods and white cops patrolling white ones, you at least won't have riots every time there is a police shooting. He did add that this wouldn't be fair to the black cops, as they would inevitably be assigned to the most dangerous neighborhoods. But it is a partial solution.

Glen Filthie said...

If you accept that blacks can't govern themselves - as I reluctantly do - it follows that they can't police themselves either.
As more and more facts come to light it becomes more and more obvious that this was a righteous shooting. To my mind, if all are equal under the law it shouldn't matter what race the cop belongs to provided he was doing his duty. Conversely, wrongfully killing a black man should be no worse than killing a white one.

You and Fred continue to miss the point. The race issue is an EXCUSE to riot, plunder and steal. THAT is the reason for the riot and that is the objective. Race relations was the furthest thing from the minds of blacks that were looting and rioting.

John Craig said...

Glen --
If you look carefully, at the beginning of the third paragraph I did use the word "excuse." That was actually the point of the post.

Glen Filthie said...

Fair enough. My mistake.

But there IS a solution to the problem. You and Fred just won't see it.

Yet.

Anonymous said...

The racism permeating throughout the comment section and the borderline subtle racism in this post are unfortunate. I usually enjoy reading this blog, despite disagreeing with the political posts, but this one is too much

John Craig said...

Anon --
What has been said that's untrue? The whole idea of a blog called "just not said" is to tell politically incorrect truths.

Glen Filthie said...

Guys I am sorry. Anon - this IS a good blog and I am sorry I offended you.

I honestly don't like any of this either. I would love to have seen Detroit take off under black leadership. I would laugh like hell if Africa rose up to put the run on Uncle Sam and the G8 first world nations. But that isn't going to happen and I don't think racism is the reason.

You can't solve a problem until you take responsibility for it and own it. That is not happening. Whenever blacks fail it's always Whitey's fault. And the only FAIR thing to do is lower the bar so blacks can get over it - and ignore the fact that whites, Asians, and Jews clear the hurdles with ease. Who is the racist?

I wish I was wrong and the social engineers were right...but clearly, they are wrong about quite a few things. And those icky 'racists' are right about quite a few things. I think it is time for honesty rather than name calling and this is one of the few blogs that will tolerate it.

I am not a racist; I am for freedom of speech AND truth and if you can prove me wrong I will shut my big yap and apologize.

Anonymous said...

Focusing on the looting in a situation like this is a joke. Just like those who focused on the looting that took place after Katrina. When in reality, the focus should've been placed on Bush's ineptitude. There's a bigger picture here. You're missing the boat.

John Craig said...

Anon --
Actually those who ignore and gloss over the looting are missing the really big picture, about why our country is doomed.

No one is dismissing the significance of a possible unjustified killing by a cop, but we should wait until the investigation to pass judgment there. I've heard both versions, the 'hands up" version and the "charging-at-the-cop" version. Too many people are willing to jump to a conclusion before the facts are in.

Anonymous said...

I agree on the second part. It is too early to make any sort of conclusion on what happened. At this point no one really knows what went down that day. I'm not rushing to an emotional judgement on the issue. I'll wait until the facts are released. As far as the looting: I am not dismissing it and saying it is okay, but I don't think it's the part of the story that deserves mention.

John Craig said...

Anon --
All parts of the story deserve mention, from the question of what happened in the shooting to the lawlessness that followed. The difference between the two is that we don't know yet what happened in the shooting, whereas we do know that a lot of looting and Molotov cocktail-throwing took place afterward.

And while the jury's still out, it is beginning to look more and more as if the shooting was justified. The cop was evidently a mild-mannered, polite guy, not a steroided up cowboy. He evidently does have a fractured eye socket, and there are now "over a dozen" witnesses who say Brown was charging at him at the time of the shooting. And there was a guy on the scene who was captured on a videophone saying that Brown was charging the cop. I know there are other witnesses who say Brown had his hands up, but the preponderance of evidence seems to be shifting. It will certainly be easy enough to tell if the gun went off in the car, as the cop claimed.

if it does turn out that the cop's version is correct, and the shooting was justified, then I hope those in the media who were so quick to convict him and fan the flames will do a mea culpa. I'm not holding my great though.

arthur thurman said...

Ah yes, the dreaded "R" word has made its presence on my favorite blog. You can almost feel it coming around the corner when someone brings up facts or an uncomfortable truth that is easily ignored by mainstream media these days. Point out a 75% out of wedlock rate and bring up the thought that maybe, just maybe that is detrimental to a race or society. Boom! The racism accusations come flying. Acknowledge that genetics plays a part in how we look and perform physically but question the link between IQ and genetic material you will have the racist tag come rushing at you like a tsunami. Unlike most, I have been to many African countries. Life can be short and brutish there. The ones I spoke to had one thing in common: They dreamed of one day leaving Africa and coming to the most racist, oppressive country in the world to live. (sarcasm)

We don't have all the facts in this police shooting but to paint the picture of it being open season on blacks all day everyday is disingenuous at the least and very dangerous at its worst for the future of this country. We are seeing the Balkinization of America. A return to triblism that will not bode well for us.

John Craig said...

Arthur --
Thank you. Yes, mention an inconvenient fact and people will accuse you of bing racist. The only conclusion is, the facts themselves are racist. And if the facts are racist, the only way to avoid being accused of racism is to studiously ignore them.

And yes, given the increasing tribalism, it's hard to be optimistic about the future of this country.

Anonymous said...

I don't disagree that genetics, etc play a role in systemic differences across races. And I don't mean to brand you a racist, but the post is dripping in a subtle racism, and the comment section is much more overt. I don't mind the post as much as the initial comments. Saying blacks cannot govern themselves is absolutely wrong and racist, no matter how you cut it.

Anonymous said...

But I don't mean to come off so negatively. I first came upon your blog after it was mentioned in "The Psychopath Inside," and I really enjoy reading your posts on psychopaths and sociopaths. But the political views, I guess I'll just leave to the side.

John Craig said...

Anon --
The word "racist" is so overused these days it has lost all meaning. It used to mean, someone who discriminated against another based on his race. More recently it has been redefined as, someone who commits the thought crime of noticing that there are IQ/crime/behavioral differences between the races.

It really boils down to a very simple equation: to judge a person by his race is unfair, but to not judge a race by its people is simply ostrich-like. I've done the latter here. It's hard not to notice that looting and riots follow all sorts of events in the inner cities. A few years ago there was looting and arson after one city's team won the NBA championships. In another city Halloween has been celebrated annually with widespread arson. After Katrina, we heard about people who were looting stores in order to get the necessities like bread and water, but then we saw photos of looters emerging from stores with designer jeans and TV's.

These things don't happen in white communities. The same year Katrina happened, there was massive flooding in the northern Midwest, but it didn't result in widespread "civil unrest."

Are we supposed to turn a blind eye to all this?

John Craig said...

Anon --
(In response to your second comment) -- Thank you.

Anonymous said...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/van-jones/black-people-loot-food-wh_b_6614.html

John Craig said...

Anon --
both the Huffpost and Van Jones tend to be quite biased, but I"m willing to accept that there may have been some instances of that type of reporting. But even if there was, the fact is that rioting and looting in this country tend to have a very monochromatic hue. to say otherwise is just to deny the truth.

And by the way, I wouldn't blame anybody, of any color, who stole from grocery stores if they were hungry in the aftermath of the hurricane. But there was far more than that going on. After Katrina, there were widespread reports of rapes and shootings going on at that arena which was being used as a shelter. There were even reports of people shooting at the helicopters who had come to aid the victims. And after a lot of the residents were moved to Houston, the crime rate in Houston spiked.

You say you like what I write about various sociopaths on this blog. The reason you like it is because I see through them, and tell the truth about them, even if they're famous and successful, like the long piece I did on Bill Clinton. Well, I also see through the media propaganda about race, and I don't mind telling the truth about race, either.

One of these days I'm going to write a piece about WHY I feel free to speak honestly about race; it will have parallels to the piece I wrote on how I got interested in sociopathy.

Anyway, in the meantime, if you don't like it, sorry, but do bear in mind it's the same honesty at work whether I write about sociopathy or about race. (OR when I wrote that earlier series "Confessions of a beta male," or when I write about peoples' looks, and so on.)

Anonymous said...

I suspect that if Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today, he would disagree with how the blacks have conducted themselves in the aftermath of this criminal's death. It's a mess - I do not sympathise with lawbreakers.

-birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
I hope he wouldn't. But I'm not so sure. Basically, he was on a team, the black team,, and I suspect he would have stayed on that team no matter the context. There are precious few black leaders today who condemn the behavior of the "protesters." Just a few lone voices like Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams.

arthur thurman said...

A look into the mindset:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/world-ferguson

I especially disagree with his thoughts on protocol. We all follow a standard of protocol in our daily lives. I'm 6' 4", 280lbs with full sleeve tattos and I am conscious of the company I am in. Better said, if I am around older people i try to smile more and talk in a non threatening tone. This isn't rocket science nor is only relagated to any particular race.

John Craig said...

Arthur --
You're 6'4" 280?! You really must look like the bad guy in an action film then. In any case I'll tiptoe around yu very carefully from now on.

Yes, you're absolutely right, and good for you for making an effort to put people at ease. I hadn't really thought about it much about it, being a non-intimidating 163 pounds myself, but yes, I guess it really is sort of incumbent on people who look vaguely like bikers to not appear threatening.

what's insane about this entire discussion on race is that it's assumed that it's some sort of irrational hysteria on white people's part to be afraid of blacks. It's not. Any given black is 37 times more likely to attack a white than any given white is to attack a black. A black man is more than 100 times more likely to rape a white woman as a white man is to rape a black woman. Until these facts are given more publicity and become part of the "national dialogue on race," such discussions will remain in the realm of fantasy.

arthur thurman said...

Lol. Guilty as charged. I have a Harley Road Glide that I finally rode yesterday after a year of being down because of my back injury. what it boils down to is exactly how you put it. it is not irrational to be perceptive and have your wits about you when people portray themselves as aggressive or a threat. it's called the reality of the world we live in, not racism.

John Craig said...

Arthur --
So you not only look like a biker, you ARE a biker. Figures.

Agreed on all counts, and take care of that back, which probably means staying off the Harley.

arthur thurman said...

This just gets more and more asinine:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ferguson-wasnt-black-rage-against-copsit-was-white-rage-against-progress/2014/08/29/3055e3f4-2d75-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html

John Craig said...

Arthur --
Yes, that is utterly insane. And it's hard to know where the insanity ends and the dishonesty begins.