WSJ: The Ferguson Effect

Excerpts from “The New Nationwide Crime Wave: The consequences of the ‘Ferguson effect’ are already appearing. The main victims of growing violence will be the inner-city poor,” Wall Street Journal.

The nation’s two-decades-long crime decline may be over. Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America….

The most plausible explanation of the current surge in lawlessness is the intense agitation against American police departments over the past nine months….

Almost any police shooting of a black person, no matter how threatening the behavior that provoked the shooting, now provokes angry protests, like those that followed the death of Vonderrit Myers in St. Louis last October. The 18-year-old Myers, awaiting trial on gun and resisting-arrest charges, had fired three shots at an officer at close range. Arrests in black communities are even more fraught than usual, with hostile, jeering crowds pressing in on officers and spreading lies about the encounter….

This incessant drumbeat against the police has resulted in what St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson last November called the “Ferguson effect.” Cops are disengaging from discretionary enforcement activity and the “criminal element is feeling empowered,” Mr. Dotson reported….

Politicians and activists in New York and other cities have now taken aim at “broken windows” policing. This police strategy has shown remarkable success over the past two decades by targeting low-level public-order offenses, reducing the air of lawlessness in rough neighborhoods and getting criminals off the streets before they commit bigger crimes….

If these decriminalization and deincarceration policies backfire, the people most harmed will be their supposed beneficiaries: blacks, since they are disproportionately victimized by crime. The black death-by-homicide rate is six times higher than that of whites and Hispanics combined. The killers of those black homicide victims are overwhelmingly other black civilians, not the police. The police could end all use of lethal force tomorrow and it would have at most a negligible impact on the black death rate. In any case, the strongest predictor of whether a police officer uses force is whether a suspect resists arrest, not the suspect’s race.

Contrary to the claims of the “black lives matter” movement, no government policy in the past quarter century has done more for urban reclamation than proactive policing. Data-driven enforcement, in conjunction with stricter penalties for criminals and “broken windows” policing, has saved thousands of black lives, brought lawful commerce and jobs to once drug-infested neighborhoods and allowed millions to go about their daily lives without fear….

You will be made to care.

Hello, fascist!

“I have no issues with them believing in what they believe in. I think everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. But I don’t think they should put their personal beliefs inside their business.”

Grand Slam Quote From David Burge

“The first thing totalitarians try to take over is the dictionary.”



Twitter Rant On Iraq

Let’s get this shit straight. 1. WMDs (i.e., high-concentration sarin) were reported by NYT in February. Use your Google Machine.

2. Item #1 does not rely on your opinions in order to be a fact–unless you want to argue with NYT about the WMDs they conceded existed.

3. Related to #2: I did not support the invasion, because of geopolitical/realpolitik considerations; i.e., Iran.

4. Once troops were in harm’s way, the only goal was to win, and secure the victory.

5. The Democrats and their titular head Mr. Obama did what they always do: They fucked our allies and turned victory into surrender.

6. Iraq is a shit hole now because of Democrats, notwithstanding imaginative alternative non-invasion scenarios poli-sci-fi theorists hatch.

7. Drooling half-wits like Mr. TPM might want to drop their junior high snark long enough to form a coherent thought. But first, fuck off.

8. And the next idiot candidate who says “knowing what we know now” while omitting high-concentration sarin is being breathtakingly stupid.

9. So instead of playing the Knowing What We Know Now game about the invasion, LET’S PLAY IT ON THE TOPIC OF THE PRECIPITOUS WITHDRAWAL.

10. I don’t expect us to walk and chew gum on this. We’ve invested so much in our lovely uniforms–it’s all about whatever team we root for.

11. Suddenly the Left has forgotten their obsession with preventing nuclear proliferation. They’d rather mock W for saying “nuclear” wrong.

12. Hubris trigger warning: Just about everybody is getting this shit ass-backwards. There were WMDs. So what? Iran was always the problem.

19 years ago today

May 18, 1996.

Disparate Impact Wags The Dog

This will pay dividends later in life:

Mouthing off in class or failing to follow a teacher’s instructions will no longer lead to suspension in Oakland schools, a ban that will be phased in and be fully in effect just over a year from now, the school board unanimously decided Wednesday night.

Oakland Unified will become one of a handful of California school districts that restrict suspensions to more serious offenses and eliminate the punishment for willful defiance — a broad category of misbehavior that includes minor offenses such as refusing to take a hat off or ignoring teacher requests to stop texting and more severe incidents like swearing at a teacher or storming out of class.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore:

The Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly hosted what it called a “massive protest” Saturday afternoon calling for the dropping of all charges against those arrested in recent weeks in connection with the riots and looting associated with the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody.

And over in Milwaukee, some Leftist love for a cop-killer:

It turns out that Shakur keeps on teaching, having found a prominent position at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. That position is on a wall in the university’s  Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, in the form of a mural featuring her likeness and two quotes.

The Left turns everything it touches into shit.





Trigger Warnings: That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

“The bold adventurer succeeds the best.” —Ovid

“What fresh hell can this be?” —Dorothy Parker

Well, Dorothy, you’d probably be sorry you asked, if you were still around to read the latest from Columbia University, as reported in The Washington Post:

In an op-ed in the student newspaper, four Columbia University undergrads have called on the school to implement trigger warnings — alerts about potentially distressing material — even for classics like Greek mythology or Roman poetry.

“Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ is a fixture of Lit Hum, but like so many texts in the Western canon, it contains triggering and offensive material that marginalizes student identities in the classroom,” wrote the four students, who are members of Columbia’s Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board. “These texts, wrought with histories and narratives of exclusion and oppression, can be difficult to read and discuss as a survivor, a person of color, or a student from a low-income background.”

Where to begin? Elizabeth Scalia provides an excellent overview, including this quote from Tom McDonald:

They are saying that race and class are themselves implicitly traumatic and need to be approached as one would a true mental illness. They’re saying that being non-white or poor is a kind of disability that requires special accommodations. Am I the only person who sees that as grossly offensive?

Here’s the deeper problem: triggering is a real thing in mental illness and trauma. A trigger can lead to serious psychological and physiological effects, trawling up memories that haven’t been properly dealt with and leading to anxiety attacks. Anyway who understands anxiety knows this to be true.

However, a victim of violence who is triggered so easily and frequently is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and needs serious counseling and medication. If they try to assiduously avoid any and all potential triggers, then they are not engaged in healing. They are engaged in avoidance. Indeed, avoiding “triggers” is a way of avoiding coming to grips with the problem, which has the effect of worsening the PTSD.

The answer is not to reshape the public square to accommodate them, because literally anything (a color, a smell) can be a trigger. Trigger warnings exist only to claim public victim status and reshape the debate.

And then it’s a short walk to demanding that trigger warnings be slapped onto ideas with which one merely disagrees, such as the sort of icky thoughts espoused by the estimable Christina Hoff Sommers:

“Tonight, Republicans are hosting an extremist anti-feminist speaker that dismisses and denies survivors of sexual assault and the real harm of rape culture. Current College Republicans leadership has not been willing to do simple things like add a trigger/ content warning, or clarify why they felt it was appropriate to bring this speaker into our community.”

Old-line Leftists must be wondering what has become of their glorious revolution–at least that’s one upside to all this, aside from the entertainment value. The new-breed vanguard of the proletariat seem to have gone all wobbly (pun intended).


See also: “Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm” (The New York Times, 5/17/14)

(And yes, I know–the referenced quote in the title of this blog post is not precisely correct.)

How to make friends and influence people, Pam Geller Photoshop edition


It’s a long story.

Robots Are Taking Over

Robots are coming:

Artificial intelligence and robots are not just challenging blue-collar jobs; they are starting to take over white-collar professions as well. Financial and sports reporters, online marketers, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and financial analysts are already in danger of being replaced by robots….

While it is hard to fully anticipate the consequences of this major societal shift towards intelligent machines, we can find comfort in the fact that we still have a leg up on robots for certain jobs: ones that require judgment, creative thinking, and human interaction.

Given Hillary Clinton’s robotic demeanor, reflexive Leftism, and the apparent lack of creativity and human interaction in her campaign, that can only mean one thing:

An historic First Robot President.





Must-Read: ‘My Adoption Story’

A brief excerpt just to pique your interest:

We are often asked how we can just give our kids away to strangers. We are seen as uncaring, as though choosing to give them up so they can have the life we could never provide, is something to be ashamed of. We are the “taboo” part of the warm fuzzy adoption stories. We are often seen as broken, unfit, or unworthy.

Often, you will hear adoptive parents speak of the birthmom as an addict, or “just didn’t have her life together”. You’ll hear them say how appreciative they are, but view themselves as almost better, because they are able to offer the child something the birthmom couldn’t. I know in my heart they don’t truly mean it like that, at least I hope not. But when I hear the stories from adoptive parents, I can’t help but feel a little sting in empathy for their birthmom when they speak about how she was unable, unfit.

Please read the whole thing here, and share it with friends:


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