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November 04, 2019

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Adam

It is the height of privilege to assume that you can have a package delivered to your porch when you are not at home and NOT have it claimed by a person of poverty. Any sympathy for the “victim” is misplaced as it marginalizes the historic and ongoing systemic oppression of people of color and various dispreferred intersectionalities.

Ian

Reminds me of the line "Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen."

In other words, the circumstances of why the crime was committed – and the perpetrators can always find a reason, or in this case reasons can be found for them – do not vitiate the necessity of a patently just law.

David

dispreferred intersectionalities.

I may have to borrow that one.

Liz

"Fairley told me that she was surprised by how angry the neighbors seemed"

How dare they object to being robbed over and over again!

Y. Knott

"the perpetrators can always find a reason"

I recall an interview with a narc, in which he was recounting some of the amazing excuses perps will come-up with on being caught in the act. One teenager caught with the needle still hanging out of his arm, swore on all-that-was-holy that despite it being attached to him, that wasn't his arm.

Tom

"Fairley told me that she was surprised by how angry the neighbors seemed"

I imagine there's no end to the list of things which would surprise Ms\x\? Fairley, personal responsibility and delayed gratification most likely coming in near the top.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I sense that some of you may not be feeling overly sympathetic.

Margett said Potrero welcomed her, a white woman and a proud lesbian sporting a Mohawk ponytail (“The pulse of the neighborhood, to me, is more important than petty crime”)...

Which is why idiot San Franciscans (BIRM) and other nearly equally idiotic west of I-5 types voted in Proposition 47 which essentially decriminalzed property and drug crimes, "Supporters referred to it as The Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act" (because having teenagers hanging out with spikes in their veins is totes safe).

Meanwhile, because of that, "petty" crime is up across the state.

Unexpectedly.

David

The Atlantic article is by no means the worst example of its kind – the name Clive Stafford Smith springs to mind – but it does, I think, imply some similar conceits, not least regarding agency, or the presumed lack thereof. Ms Fairley is depicted chiefly as an inert victim of circumstance, a tragic figure, despite her making endless bewilderingly bad choices, and despite her evident selfishness and disregard for other people, including her own daughter-cum-accomplice.

Normal, bourgeois morality tales – from literary classics to Marvel superhero films - often involve someone suffering hardship and facing a choice – of becoming resentful and pathological, a criminal with a grudge against the world, or choosing a different path and escaping pathology. This is often what distinguishes villains from heroes. It’s curious, then, just how often leftist piety entails making excuses for those who choose the former, not the latter.

Schuler

Counterpoint. Porch thieves should be shot on sight:
https://www.newschannel10.com/2018/10/11/thieves-steal-worth-year-olds-medicine-off-lubbock-porch/
https://www.theepochtimes.com/porch-thieves-steal-boys-5000-kidney-medication_2394655.html
https://www.ktnv.com/news/crime/mother-says-video-shows-thief-stealing-sons-cancer-medication-off-porch-of-summerlin-home

Hector Drummond

Looks like The Atlantic is slowly turning into Slate/Salon in order to hang to a few readers. Some current stories on their front page: 'Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids', 'Should Britain Abolish Private Schools?' and 'Can Warren Actually Avoid Taxing the Middle Class?'. And the three 'Latest Stories' are: 'No One Is Left to Restrain Trump', 'Trump Is Running Out of Defenses', and 'Trump Was Never a New Yorker'.

David

Counterpoint.

Thanks for those. I’ve added the links to the post.

Mike

The words first time and unlucky should perhaps be borne in mind.

Pro tip: a good way not to get caught nicking stuff is not to actually nick stuff.

David

Looks like The Atlantic is slowly turning into Slate/Salon…

Not so slowly, I think.

MC

Somehow, I had thought of the Atlantic as a conservative magazine. Amazing how wrong one can be.

Rafi

We’re also told, touchingly, that she has “family members’ names tattooed on her neck.”

LOL. Your tip jar has been hit, David.

David

Your tip jar has been hit, David.

Bless you, sir. May your enemies have neighbours who use incredibly loud leaf-blowers at every opportunity.

Bill de Haan

It’s curious, then, just how often leftist piety entails making excuses for those who choose the former, not the latter.

There's not much to it, really. While any of you rabble can sympathize with the hero, only those of exceptional intellect and superior morality can sympathize with the villain instead. Doing so shows the quality of the person doing the empathizing.

And it actually does. Although to the great annoyance of the empathizer, the unwashed masses don't respond with the anticipated congratulations and adulation. Instead, they respond with indifference, or worse, actual scorn (cf: any posting in this thread).

This is why many of these moralizers feel compelled to lecture the unwashed on why the moralizer is right, and superior to them. It's very annoying to them to have their superiority questioned, and it tends to make them act rather peevish, actually.

Baff
While wealth and race disparities were obvious in the courtroom, they weren’t on trial. Nor was the citizen surveillance facilitated by porch cams and Nextdoor to the benefit of corporations and venture capitalists. Nor were such lofty systemic issues as the criminalization of poverty and addiction. The question was simply: Did 12 jurors think Fairley once had heroin in her possession and had stolen some items?

She's saying this as if it's a bad thing.

See also: "Exempting favoured identity groups from the normal consequences of predatory and antisocial behaviour is the Hot New Fairness, apparently, at least among the enlightened."

David

See also:

I started reading the quoted sentence and thought, “Oh, that’s nicely put.” I then, almost immediately, realised whose it was.

What?

I’ll thank you not to judge me.

WTP

only those of exceptional intellect and superior morality can sympathize with the villain instead

It's becoming quite, quite obvious to me, after giving these "intellectual" douche bags every benefit of the doubt for their (presumed) stupidity, that the real goal is the destruction of capitalism via chaos. They think that they can bring it down with laws such as Proposition 47 and general opposition to all social norms, up to and including sex in all of its definitions. And if that doesn't work, they'll even make new definitions. Any sort of excuse making for criminal scum will do. They want to bring chaos on society such that they then can justify coming in with the heavy hammer of the state to put all things in "order". I once thought such an idea was crazy conspiracy thinking. Many years ago I used to joke that conspiracy theories were perpetrated by the government to cover up the real conspiracy that was going on such that if someone were to stumble upon the real conspiracy, they'd be easily discredited as some conspiracy crackpot. Joke's on us I suppose.

Darleen

Meanwhile, because of that, "petty" crime is up across the state.

I've related more than once what California's woke socialist legislature has done - from Jerry Brown's AB109(Prison realignment), to props 47 & 57. I saw it on the front lines. I retired a couple of weeks ago from the county of San Bernardino's DA office - I was chief clerk of the West Valley (covering all cities from Rialto on the east to Chino Hills on the west - my office processed about half the cases in the county).

From AB109 that was instituted in 2011 to Prop 47 in 2014, it was mere months to see the "unintended consequences". But each time anyone say anything - say police chiefs or elected district attorneys - that indicated that crime was up, our betters in the Ruling Class would wave their hands to say we were seeing things ...and media covered for them.

Now it has gotten so bad a few people are finally going "Oh gosh, look at this! How ever did that happen?"

And don't think CA is going to reverse anything soon. As I was walking out the door they were told to start setting up procedures of how to process criminal reports as cash-bail is being banned. Cuz bail is "unfair to the poor."

San Francisco & Los Angeles pretty much control what happens in this state - you have the very rich in well-guarded enclaves, the very poor who fight, steal and get high in the streets and the middle class driven out of the urban areas - and being driven out of the state.

Sam Duncan

“yes, those charming rascals

They prefer “puckish rogues”.

(“1984 was a warning, not a how-to guide” is so last year. We've moved on to Saints Row now, apparently. Try to keep up.)

“While wealth and race disparities were obvious in the courtroom, they weren’t on trial. Nor was the citizen surveillance facilitated by porch cams and Nextdoor to the benefit of corporations and venture capitalists.”

And, y'know... to the people who were having their stuff half-inched. But screw those suckers, right?

Sue Sims

I realise that it's tangential to the point Our Host is making, but did anyone else blink at the line in the original article reading:

At 19, Fairley came out as gay and, more shocking to both her and her family, pregnant.

Now that's the sort of intersectionality one doesn't see every day.

BrassG

If she were processed into soylent green, it would be the highest achievement of her existence.

Governor Squid

Caught as a teen stealing money from the till when she worked as a cashier. Comes out as gay and pregnant at 19. Hooked on painkillers, heroin, and meth after the birth of her son when she was 20. Caught again at age 25 stealing gift cards from her employer. Knocked up again a few years after that.

Forgive me if my analysis is flawed, but I'm seeing a lot of theft and other impulse control issues here that predate the "citizen surveillance" which seems to be the source of most of the writer's handwringing.

And I can't help but notice that for all the attention given to the petty contents of the parcels she stole ($24 sloppy joe sauce!), we're just supposed to overlook that Mr. Arnold's campaign started in earnest after this woman ran up $700 in charges against a bank card she stole from his letter box. Tell me again how her little thefts are understandable, victimless crimes?

It's also absurd that we're supposed to feel sorry because she lost her apartment and her possessions when she was locked up. If you don't have a single loved one that you can ask to keep your photo albums safe, maybe you're not the ideal candidate for a role as a sympathetic victim of gentrification.

She's been a compulsive thief since her early teens, and a drug addict for almost as long. She's flamed out of every program intended to help her. What exactly do the trustees of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, sponsors of this series of articles about the problems with mass incarceration, suggest that we do with this 21st-century Artful Dodger? What exactly haven't we tried already?

marc in calgary

Here's a basic bait box set up... (2 minutes video)

I'm surprised that nobody has detonated a box of excrement in a car with the "rascals" in it.

Hopefully, with technology's advance, someone is working on this...

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

pst314

Somehow, I had thought of the Atlantic as a conservative magazine.

I take it that it's been a long time since you last read it.

pst314

Exempting favoured identity groups from the normal consequences of predatory and antisocial behaviour is the Hot New Fairness

The currently favored slogan is "equity".

pst314

I'm surprised that nobody has detonated a box of excrement in a car with the "rascals" in it.

Anything involving a detonation would, I believe, be a felony.

Jim Whyte

"She thought the packages would be replaced by Amazon and other senders, so her gain wouldn’t be her neighbors’ loss."

So she really wasn't stealing from her neighbours, just from "Amazon and other senders". It won't matter to them; just a cost of doing business, one that never ever gets passed on to the consumer. Rather like those intensely engaged police forces that only send a cop to a burglary in order to fill out forms the householder can use to prove loss to his insurer -- an insurer that apparently doesn't live off premiums paid by the policy holder.

Amazon will replace it; insurance will cover it; it will all be paid for out of the infinite wealth of that faceless creature, The Man, who richly deserves to be stolen from anyway. This has a name: moral hazard.

Apart from which, it's the act of stealing, not whom you steal from, that makes it a theft.

Jay  Guevara

I have a question: how did the Democrats ever pass over her as a Presidential candidate? She's right in their wheelhouse: black, race baiter, homosexual, drug addict, thief, utterly bereft of any shred of character ... she's a natural!

WTP

So she really wasn't stealing from her neighbours, just from "Amazon and other senders". It won't matter to them; just a cost of doing business, one that never ever gets passed on to the consumer.

Agree. It's attitudes like that that infuriate me. It's as if stuff just drops out of the ether and then evil corporations charge us for it, thus stealing only hurts the evil corporations. But you do know that even without Prop 47 or whatever, that as far as big box stores and such go, thieving (aka shrinkage) is just a cost of doing business. You can walk into any of these major retailers and walk out with whatever you can carry and the employees are trained to NOT do anything to stop you. Because it's too complicated, legally. Because...lawyers. Sure, there's surveillance cameras and such and supposedly the perps will get prosecuted when a police report is filed. Which depending on your location is hahahahahahahaha, right. Then (and perhaps this Atlantic article is a part of the plan) they will go after surveillance cameras as an intrusion on our privacy.

Governor Squid

This has a name: moral hazard.

Let's not forget that she was also convicted of a misdemeanor for stealing from her employer when she was a teenager. And that she was convicted of a felony from stealing from her employer as a twentysomething. I believe we would call this "biting the hand that feeds you," though our Moral Superiors are certain that the reason nobody will hire this lovely woman as a cashier today is Homoracisexiphobism.

Darleen

I'm surprised that nobody has detonated a box of excrement in a car with the "rascals" in it.

Loved this immediate consequence.

pst314

Loved this immediate consequence.

Sweet.

pst314

Readers will note Ms Smiley’s attempt to trivialise habitual thievery

I hope the editors at the Atlantic all lose items at the hands of package thieves--irreplaceable items of immense personal meaning whose loss causes them lasting grief.

randian

If one does have expensive medication stolen, who would pay to replace it? Neither the medical insurer nor the shipping pharmacy, presumably. Homeowner's or renter's insurance?

Darleen

Homeowner's or renter's insurance?

Neither one of those would cover it and, in addition, the deductible for stuff like theft from a burglary is usually $1,000 to $2,000.

Darleen

Scenes from New York City.

WTP

Scenes from New York City.

The "calm down" with the cutesy little hand wave was precious. What is it with people lately? It seems like a thing to escalate a situation by telling a mildly annoyed person to "calm down", or my favorite, "CALM THE F DOWN" or even "YOU NEED TO CALM THE F DOWN"? Lately I can't tell if the "calm down" person is doing that knowing that they're the one being aggressive or if they're that lacking in self awareness. It's a little easier IRL, but online it's bizarre. I suspect there was more going on before this video started but seems very, very odd to expect a passenger to apologize for a uber/lyft driver's behavior.

lotocoti

What is it with people lately?

Bring back dueling.

David

And, y’know... to the people who were having their stuff half-inched. But screw those suckers, right?

The direction of Ms Smiley’s sympathies is fairly obvious in the piece, and equally so on Twitter, where she mocks the theft of “Montessori books and dog probiotics,” as if only unimportant possessions were stolen, which is untrue. And as if law-abiding people weren’t finding themselves being targeted repeatedly. To the extent that they were actually being robbed by Ms Fairley while they were in court waiting to see the woman answer for her previous crimes.

This quip about dog probiotics is immediately followed with ostentatious agonising about how Ms Fairley, the chronic thief and credit card fraudster, “lost darn-near everything.” As if she somehow wasn’t the author of her own miseries, determinedly so, and somehow hadn’t wrecked or rejected just about every opportunity to spare her from the inevitable.

Ms Smiley also seems offended by the fact that Amazon’s Loss Prevention Manager was “cheering arrests” of the people robbing his company and its customers. And, of course, there’s the obligatory minimising waffle about “the root problems” – which are never quite specified or causally explained, but which apparently don’t include bewilderingly bad choices, pathological selfishness, and choosing to rob your neighbours again and again and again.

David

While any of you rabble can sympathize with the hero, only those of exceptional intellect and superior morality can sympathize with the villain instead.

Yes, it does seem to be an exercise in preening, done at others’ expense. Presumably, Ms Smiley can’t imagine that her own progressive pieties - in which agency is denied and excuses are seemingly endless, and in which distinctions between habitual criminals and their law-abiding victims are merrily flattened, even inverted - might have suboptimal consequences. To the point of being not only pretentious but morally perverse.

Burnsie

Ten bucks sez Smiley lives in a doorman-protected building where package theft is not a problem and parading her virtue is a cost-free hobby.

Here's hoping she steps in a pile of crap left behind by the likes of Ms. Fairley. San Francisco mud. It's all over the place.

Alice

thinking that her neighbours would, therefore, just shrug and move on.

'Just shrug and move on' so she could rob someone else and then someone else...

David

‘Just shrug and move on’ so she could rob someone else and then someone else...

Well, quite.

It’s also worth noting how Ms Smiley frames the “porch pirate” phenomenon – those loveable, thieving rascals - as an issue of “San Francisco’s extremes between rich and poor.” As if we shouldn’t much care about chronic criminal predation if its victims earn more than Ms Smiley does. And as if exactly the same phenomenon, with the same motives, and the same degeneracies, weren’t happening in countless areas that wouldn’t fit her chosen leftist narrative. A quick browse of the YouTube videos mentioned in the piece reveals plenty of people who are by no means wealthy being preyed on in exactly the same way by creatures very much like Ms Fairley, and often with an eye-widening boldness.

pst314

I can't tell if the "calm down" person is doing that knowing that they're the one being aggressive or if they're that lacking in self awareness.

I'll go with "knowing". She has learned that she can get away with it, and she has the sort of personality that enjoys doing it. Also: female "privilege"? If she were a guy pulling this sort of sh*t, she would long ago have had her lights punched out and thereby learned some restraint.

pst314

It’s also worth noting how Ms Smiley frames the “porch pirate” phenomenon – those loveable, thieving rascals - as an issue of “San Francisco’s extremes between rich and poor.”

Note also the graphic at the top of the page that depicts a young black thief pursued by mostly white people. Before we have read a single word, we are being primed to think "racist oppression". I can't wait to see the Atlantic's coverage of the Oberlin College/Gibson's Bakery lawsuit. /sarcasm

MC

A quick browse of the YouTube videos mentioned in the piece reveals plenty of people who are by no means wealthy being preyed on in exactly the same way

The 'petty crime doesn't matter because we can afford it' line is a particularly hateful one. Poor people are victims of crime far more often and suffer more, due to lack of insurance etc. I also despise the argument that victims of petty crime are just 'losing stuff'. People, especially the old and vulnerable, suffer beyond the loss of their possessions, there is also the sense of violation and the fear that it generates.

David

I also despise the argument that victims of petty crime are just ‘losing stuff’. People, especially the old and vulnerable, suffer beyond the loss of their possessions, there is also the sense of violation and the fear that it generates.

Absolutely. To profess indifference to property crime, at least when it happens to other people - as if objecting to the repeated theft of your possessions were just bourgeois fussing - is hypocritical, pretentious and ultimately rather decadent. It implies, dare I say it, a kind of privilege.

Travis M63

We have a lot of dumb, millennial journalists who don’t remember the 70s and early 80s.

Pst314

We have a lot of dumb, millennial journalists who don’t remember the 70s and early 80s.

I knew a lot of young progressive types back then who were at least this factually ignorant and morally clueless.

Darleen

as if objecting to the repeated theft of your possessions were just bourgeois fussing

On Smiley's Twitter thread there is one response about leaving packages on porches is a "poor business model".

Yep, all you online buyers ... YOU are the cause of the rise in petty crime.

Skeptic

The Atlantic, as usual, teaches us the REAL progressive lesson, the one most progressives who can afford to religiously obey: avoid being around black people, they just can't help themselves and *have* to be criminals. The "Atlantic" thinks the cause is "racism", the KKK that it's low IQ, but the bottom line is the same.

Steve E

From Ms. Smiley's twitter:

"And from there, well, things escalated… ...while not solving the root problems for anyone."

Root problems don't rack up charges on stolen credit cards.

Boatswain's Mate

Incoming!

Boatswain's Mate

Yep, all you online buyers ... YOU are the cause of the rise in petty crime.

I blame all of the owners or Peter-Principle middle managers of businesses large enough to need and have a mail room for company policies prohibiting personal parcel deliveries to one's office. It's THEIR choices that cause all this petty crime -- not the choices of the petty criminals (by no means! I may faint at the mere suggestion!).

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the obligatory minimising waffle about “the root problems” – which are never quite specified or causally explained, but which apparently don’t include bewilderingly bad choices, pathological selfishness, and choosing to rob your neighbours again and again and again.

That.

pst314

"the root problems"

In the eyes of the left, the "root problems" are always racism, capitalism, and white people--never defective people and even defective cultures that teach kids that it is okay to steal, rob, or even murder.

And hence we see the left condemning the punishment of habitual criminals as "persecution" while condoning and even applauding the actual persecution of people who express right-of-center opinions with everything from harassment and silencing to deprivation of employment and actual violence. We saw this in the Soviet Union, where political prisoners were treated far, far more harshly than thieves and thugs because Marxist ideology taught that real criminals were merely hapless victims of capitalism while political dissenters were enemies to be destroyed.

The bien pensants at the Atlantic may pretend to be moderate, reasonable people, but their ideas derive directly from Marx and his disciples.

Patrick Brown

Skeptic: "£they just can't help themselves and *have* to be criminals"

SJWs are way more racist than most racists. They write as if back people are inherent savages who can't behave in a civilised fashion.

Tonestaple

The city of Seattle blows all of this off as mere "property crime" because property is so incredibly unimportant and, if you ask the egregious Democratic Socialist Kshama Sawant or nearly all of the rest of the city council, downright evil. So evil, in fact, that they are entirely indifferent and unaware that the police will not give you the time of day for a lousy "property crime."

But what these dimwits - criminals and the city council (BIRM) - always overlook is that decent people had to work to earn the money to buy the items these dirtbags are stealing. That means, when "porch pirates" (way, way too cute a name) steal our stuff, they are stealing a part of our lives, maybe just five minutes here, maybe a whole hour there, seldom as much as a whole day but not for lack of trying. And that's why I never ever have anything delivered to my house.

Darleen

while condoning and even applauding the actual persecution of people who express right-of-center opinions

Latest case in point.

WTP

But what these dimwits - criminals and the city council (BIRM) - always overlook is that decent people had to work to earn the money to buy the items these dirtbags are stealing. That means, when "porch pirates" (way, way too cute a name) steal our stuff, they are stealing a part of our lives, maybe just five minutes here, maybe a whole hour there, seldom as much as a whole day but not for lack of trying. And that's why I never ever have anything delivered to my house.

I think you're the second person to point this out in the last week or so. So that makes at least three of us that understand this. Do you suppose Jeffery Epstein did not kill himself there are others?

Michelle Dulak Thomson

Re: "Montessori books and dog probiotics": Smiley evidently doesn't realize that the genius of any capitalist economy is that the buyer is happy trading money to the seller in exchange for whatever s/he buys. She has no idea what the end destination of any item shipped is. She doesn't know whether it is a gift or for the person the package is actually addressed to; she hasn't a clue how long it was searched for or what effort went into making sure it was correct. That there might be any number of reasons for buying dog probiotics (most of which involve a sick and suffering pet), or that maybe Montessori books aren't commonplace at the local bookstore -- assuming there is one -- none of this stuff matters, because once you have had something shipped via UPS, it belongs to whichever creep gets to it first.

Daniel Ream

they are stealing a part of our lives

There's a meme I like that has the text "I have never paid for anything with money, only hours and minutes of my life that I will never get back."

juliaeryn

My poor cat has gut problems that require probiotics, otherwise he suffers terribly with his evacuations. If anyone stole his probiotics, I want to run them down with my car. I imagine the examples of montessori books and dog probiotics were selected because they *sound* stupid or frivolous, but they are sneering at people who value: 1) education, and 2) responsible pet ownership (those stupid assholes).

On Smiley's Twitter thread there is one response about leaving packages on porches is a "poor business model".

I doubt that would apply to any other crime of course. Don't people always scream 'blaming the victim?'

David

That.

Well, it’s a little odd, being expected to identify with, and sympathise with, someone who repeatedly demonstrates that she isn’t inclined to return the favour. And who, when faced with the consequences of her own antisocial predation, promptly invokes racism as a diversion and excuse. Someone so profoundly selfish that she endangers her own children and steals from her own neighbours, who are treated only as something to violate and exploit. “Just to get high.”

I suppose it’s a pretty good example of an otherwise engaging article being soured and logically undermined by leftist ideology and its perverse moral assumptions.

Burnsie

I also despise the argument that victims of petty crime are just ‘losing stuff’. People, especially the old and vulnerable, suffer beyond the loss of their possessions, there is also the sense of violation and the fear that it generates.

This. And the fear is 100% justified.

How many of these dirtbags also test the front door to see if it's unlocked? How many home burglaries and violent home invasions begin this way?

Many more than dipshits like Smiley want to acknowledge.

In my small burg, an elderly woman was murdered by a boyfriend-girlfriend team of druggies who then torched her home and left.

This stuff happens, which makes the snark coming from the likes of Ms. Smiley particularly aggravating.

David

Oh, and by the way, here’s a senior editor at The Atlantic sharing her thoughts on the subject.

WTP

It's stories like this from California that I'm often reminded of the scene from The Magnificent Seven. If God did not want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep. There are times I feel Calvera's point. Perhaps we get a group together, ride into California, and steal their stuff. Well, so long as we keep it under $950 a pop. Which after hitting four or five Home Depots or Targets a piece should rater easily pay our expenses. Especially for anyone who lives close to CA. Hell, the employees at these stores are trained not to interfere with you if they see you shoplift. We walk in, take stuff, walk out. Who's with me, Guild of Evil? It's not like there are any Steve McQueens, Yul Brynners, or Charles Bronsons left in those snowflake, gun free zone jurisdictions.

Darleen

Well, so long as we keep it under $950 a pop. Which after hitting four or five Home Depots or Targets a piece should rater easily pay our expenses

Yep. You can walk into a mall and go from store to store in a day and steal thousands of dollars of stuff and all you will get is a citation as long as what you took from each store is less than $950. Indeed, as bail is being phased out, even if you were arrested, you'd be cited out in 12 hours.

WTP

Indeed, as bail is being phased out, even if you were arrested, you'd be cited out in 12 hours.

Well, it's settled then. We ride at dawn! And no, we don't need no steeenking badgers, so you Wisconsin boys stay on the porch.

Hopp Singg

The real message, of course, is "We hate you and so we will unleash plagues on you whenever we can."

Status frustration'll do that to some people, esp those with a lot of unearned self-esteem.

Boatswain's Mate

Who's with me, Guild of Evil?

LEEROYYY JENKINS!

Jay  Guevara

The bien pensants at the Atlantic may pretend to be moderate, reasonable people, but their ideas derive directly from Marx and his disciples.

It bears repeating that Marx himself was a parasite who mooched off of others while he wrote his drivel, and that Engels lived off the labor of workers in the factory he'd inherited from his father.

So, basically, neither one of them was much acquainted with the concept of "work."

Darleen

“Give me just one generation of youth, and I'll transform the whole world.” ― Vladimir Lenin

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Very much related, pregnant Florida woman shoots home intruders who were pistol whipping and beating her husband.

Assorted leftists are upset.

Lore Jesus Help Us @I_Li_Li_I

Yes let’s just shoot everyone. That’s working real well. No mind trying to not trying to murder them. Just murder them.

Is breaking and entering a life sentence punishable by death? Only to the people with guns who intend to murder and be the judge, jury and executioner.

"Murder" = preventing the person beating your husband like a Chinese gong from maiming or killing him. OK, if you say so.

RTWT, some of the other replies from are equally moonbatty.

TimT

Great link Darleen.

” What isn’t a good thing is that much of the current offerings published recently aren’t about helping children see themselves in a book but indoctrinating children into a particular political and ideological persuasion. ”

Anecdotally I’ve noticed the same in Australian publishing and bookstores. The result seems to be, mostly, progressive/secular hagiographies: turning a ragtag bunch of protesters into saints for the next generation.

In one sense this will all prove to be laughably ineffective - the marketing is effectively being targeted not at kids, but at well-meaning progressive parents. This is the norm of one generation that the next generation will rebel against..

In another sense it’s awful for our culture short term; classics are unlikely to emerge in such an environment.

Darleen

classics are unlikely to emerge in such an environment.

Yeah, I'm not seeing a "Anne of Green Gables" in any of those offerings.

Squires

Bring back dueling.

Outlawery would be better, as it would not require the perpetrators to keep appointments.
Unfortunately we are far more likely to see a continuation of the present trend towards classifying non-criminals and non-leftists as political outlaws, a sort of dhimmi/helot class any leftist or client of the left can get free punches in on.

We saw this in the Soviet Union, where political prisoners were treated far, far more harshly than thieves and thugs because Marxist ideology taught that real criminals were merely hapless victims of capitalism while political dissenters were enemies to be destroyed.

Likewise, Cuba:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004ASOQTO/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

It bears repeating that Marx himself was a parasite who mooched off of others while he wrote his drivel, and that Engels lived off the labor of workers in the factory he'd inherited from his father.

See also: Muhammad, again (his grandfather, then his uncle, then the wealthy, middle-aged widow that was his first wife, then the rest of his life taking a 20% cut from his followers’ and mercenaries’ looting and sex-slave harvesting).

Darleen

[places hands over mouth to smother laughter .... fails]

Jonathan

Just found this:

via Yeyo

pst314

Very much related, pregnant Florida woman shoots home intruders who were pistol whipping and beating her husband.
Assorted leftists are upset.

And so the leftists show to us that they are not morally qualified to be citizens of a free republic.

pst314

[this made me laugh]
https://twitter.com/mad_liberals/status/1192167614484750336

David

via Yeyo

Also this.

Needless to say, it’s a point we’ve illustrated here quite a few times.

WTP

Also this

Ah, David...you missed the most beautiful part. It's one of those Thingsthatneverhappened. Well, at least according to someone further down the Twit thread. Apparently Target Canada (presumably it's where this alyssa lives) ceased operating in 2015....

https://twitter.com/j02hn/status/1191562356394012672

La vita è bella. You've gotta stop and smell the roses.

David

It’s one of those Thingsthatneverhappened.

Either way, you find yourself wondering which is more peculiar – having sociopathic tendencies, or merely aspiring to sociopathic tendencies and dishonestly bragging about acting them out.

Strange times.

WTP

you find yourself wondering which is more peculiar – having sociopathic tendencies, or merely aspiring to sociopathic tendencies and dishonestly bragging about acting them out

Heh, exactly. Meant to point that out as well. I think there's a lot of this out there. They not only make up Thingsthatneverhappened where they are the victims of nasty Trumpitytrumptrumps or similar raaaaaaaaycists but a lot of the bragging about doing revenge crap like this Thingthatneverhappened is somewhat encouraged by the fact that the police, especially in leftist enclaves, fail to address the vast majority of such political-infused crimes that do happen. Thus the more timid can prop up their street cred without having to put forth any real effort. Yes, I believe they are that lazy.

To me the tell is in the amount of detail in the brag. They subconsciously think they need some detail to make their fake story believable. It's a bit of a tell with weak liars. But a thug who actually commits such a crime and is willing to brag about it will be much more vague in the details. "Yo, I thumped a racist trumpster and took their wallet" not "Yo, yo, yo, I thumped this guy wearing a MAGA hat down on Bleaker street and threw it in the trash at the Exxon station".

WTP

Yes, I believe they are that lazy.

Excuse me for quoting myself but re-reading that I'm reminded of an old (truly) racist joke that ended, "They're afraid their kids would be too lazy to steal". Seems like a lot of racist thoughts and ideas and such from 30-40 years ago are behaviors that some of these fools actually aspire to.

David

Right, heading off to an early dinner with the in-laws. Tomorrow’s ephemera is scheduled to materialise just after midnight.

Play nicely. Use coasters.

Darleen

Oh goody, your Newspeak word of the day.

Springinsfeld

the marketing is effectively being targeted not at kids, but at well-meaning progressive parents

Feminists, ruining Christmas mornings since 1969.

Eight books on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, mostly for ages 4-8 ... surely even childfree aunts in Brooklyn would have the sense not to buy this stuff for their niece (or nephew as would be interjected by the kind of person who promotes these kinds of books). The bigger market must be bulk buying from school libraries and from book-of-the-month schemes supposedly for encouraging children to read.

Darleen

schemes supposedly for encouraging children to read.

Successfully encouraging kids to read is to find out what interests them. In the 80s (when my girls were little) Progressive educrats despaired of "Goosebump" books (kinda like the comic book moral panic of the 1950s)... I think I bought everyone of those because my girls devoured them. The twins enjoyed them, but loved books on snakes, bugs and dinosaurs even more.

My stepson loved Greek mythology ... but I guess that's out now.

Shug

Oh goody, your Newspeak word of the day

Whatever you do, don’t call Emma Watson single ... "I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered."

As Steveageddon said...

I've long dreamt of human cloning so I could finally get some sweet me-on-me action.

It's not narcissism when you really are gorgeous.

Governor Squid

"I call it being self-partnered."

I've been encouraged on a number of occasions to go partner myself. Other times, I've been encouraged to partner a rolling doughnut whilst airborne.

None of these suggestions have been offered in a friendly way. Emma may want to think this through a bit more.

Sam

"Self-partnered" is oxymoronic, as partnerships require >1. Shouldn't Ms Watson use the "sole proprietor" designation?

She's filing business taxes, right? I didn't read the article. I was too disappointed by her hideous bangs (I'm still right about this - and needing to go back 40 years for a handful of exceptions only proves it).

David

her hideous bangs

Heh.

Album title.

Steve E

her hideous bangs

Sounds to me like an 18th century stage farce by Sheridan or Goldsmith. Could be the sequel to "She Stoops to Conquer."

Farnsworth M Muldoon

...and needing to go back 40 years for a handful of exceptions...

Back 40 years, OK; she is now 43, so this ain't a picture of her as a 3 year old, then there is always this lady, and this one.

I think maybe you need to get out more, or perhaps, this may help...

Darleen

I think maybe you need to get out more

All those images are of properly done bangs. The image of Emma looks like what happens when the 4 year old gets hold of the scissors to cut her own bangs.

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