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Posted on 08/16/2014 9:50:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The statement of the convenience store owner allegedly robbed by Michael Brown seemed almost straight out of a 1950s TV show. The owner, of subcontinental or Middle Eastern appearance on the robbery surveillance tape, issued a statement to the public through his lawyers. Leave me out of it.
The stores owners, through their attorney, sent the message that they want to stay as far away from the situation as possible. In fact, he said, even after the initial alleged theft, it was a customer who called police.
Its not about them. They didnt call the police, they didnt ask the police to come and take the video, said attorney Jay Kanzler .
Now, the Ferguson Market owners are hoping the video wont make them a target.
They would hope that the people of this community, who have consistently supported them, would continue to support them, and realize that whatever the police are looking at on the surveillance tapes has nothing to with what went on in the streets, said Kanzler.
Target of whom? And wont the cops protect him? Think of Robert Stack playing Eliot Ness uttering standard Golden Age lines about the melting pot based on truth and justice. In the early part of the 20th century people saw the future as countries.
Ness: Now Salvatore, tell us what you saw.
Salvatore: No Mr. Ness. I no a-talk to the the police. In the old-ah country I learn that its-a better to mind your own business.
Ness: Salvatore, this is America. The police protect you here. We have courts. We have justice.
Salvatore: I prefer the old a-ways Mr Ness.
The Ebola epidemic showed that most people dont trust authority in West Africa. And perhaps thats true in most places. In only a few countries would people say, help police. Most places they say, help, its the police! The national myth of the 1950s was that America could be different from the old country. But by the looks of it the convenience store operator doesnt trust either the police, Al Sharpton or Eric Holder.
Shop owners appeared later in the day armed to the teeth. Further photos of this shop owner depict him being reinforced by people who look like his cousin, brother or near relation similarly equipped.
I trust Mikhail and Eugene, the police and human decency, not so much.
Tribalism is trending. The End of History world is over. All of a sudden it matters again whether youre Yazidi, Kurdish, Sunni, Shiite, Druze or Christian. It apparently matters whether youre Russian or non-Russian, at least in Eastern Europe. And as Tolu Ongulesi in Nigeria notes, tribalism is alive and well in Africa, especially now that Ebola is running rampant.
Perhaps there is the answer to the rhetorical question in yesterdays post.
That the current system is in flux is no longer in doubt. What everyone wants to know is where the attractor is. In dynamical systems, an attractor is a set of physical properties toward which a system tends to evolve. Where is the world going? Who is going to lead it?
History may be evolving away from the Westphalian State, with its unitary national culture, flags and traditions and moving towards affinity groups whose allegiance is primarily to themselves; which only form temporary alliances based on expedience in competition with other affinity groups.
The evidence is suggestive. Nobody is just an American any more. Anyone who insists on the plain identifier must be a secret bigot. You are a [modifier][-][American]. In fact, Forbes noted that the number of Americans renouncing United States citizenship or terminating long-term residency is on a record pace. And why not? The unadorned term American is being drained of meaning; what value there is lies in the prefix, not in the suffix.
Mr Ness, I used to be a-proud of just being an American. Now people say, whats a-that?
And its not just America. Other countries are in similar case. Its amusing to read the papers bemoaning how many Norwegians, Germans or Scotsmen are joining ISIS and vowing to make the black flag of the Jihad fly over the Westminster or the White House. But what they really mean is that the Jihadi holds a Norwegian, German or British passport. Nationality has become reduced to documentation. To suggest otherwise is, well, racist.
The Left for its part, has done its level best to multiply the hyphens while simultaneously trying to increase the size and power of the central state. They little realized or perhaps they realized all too well, that a program of cultural fragmentation combined with growing central power is the high road to dictatorship. You can have cultural diversity and a strong central government but not both not unless its headed by a Sultan or an Emperor.
Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner notes that cultural diversity requires federalism. He argues that most of the problems in Washington are the result of trying to combine fragmentation at the bottom with centralism at the top. Washington politics is gridlocked because governance from the center is impossible as the hyphens are multiplied indefinitely.
It may sound pedestrian to point out, but its critical to restate why its so important that our nation is called the United States of America, and not simply America.
The full name emphasizes that the Founders viewed the nation not as one monolithic entity but as a union of sovereign entities delegating limited powers to a central government .
There has been a lot of handwringing in recent years about how divided Washington is, and how its difficult for the parties to come together on anything. But the reality is that the states are divided among themselves.
The architecture of the Constitution offers a natural solution to this problem. Instead of trying to solve every issue at the national level, power should be shifted back to the states. Those states whose residents are willing to pay higher taxes for more government services should be free to do so, as should states whose residents are willing to forgo government benefits in favor of lower taxes. Under such a system, instead of bitterly hashing out every issue in Washington, Congress could be focusing on a limited range of issues.
Its clear that liberals dont see things this way. But it should be no surprise that their efforts to impose one-size-fits-all solutions across the nation encounter so much resistance.
Washington has become a battleground between the hyphens instead of the meeting place between the states. The Left is addicted to centralization but it wont give up the hyphens. The result is either paralysis or the alternative, diktat.
Who controls Washington? Who controls the Ferguson police? Not the shop owners at least. After national attention forced the Ferguson cops to withdraw from the streets on charges of racism, the looters and store owners were left to duke it out between themselves pending the resolution of the problem in Washington and in the national media.
Politics is becoming about identity all the time. Wired links to the ethnic map of the United States.
In Chicago, bands of whites, blacks, and Latinos radiate out from the city center like sun beams. In St. Louis, a buffer of a few blocks separates a vast area of largely black citizens from another of white and Asian ones. In Detroit, the most segregated city in America according to one recent study, theres no buffer at all. We see how 8 Mile Road serves as the dividing line between two largely homogenous swathsone predominantly white and one predominantly black.
Nor is this all. There are affinity groups which cut across ethnicity based on sexual orientation, religion, level of disability, age and degree of dependence on one industry or the other, including government. This creates a bewildering landscape of interests and competing loyalties. The Democrats believe that the key to understanding the wilderness theyve created is Big Data and its interface, social media. But if hyphenation indeed multiple hyphenation is the future, then Washington may be in the past.
In some parts of the world, the nation state is the future. What do Kurds want, except Kurdistan? What do the Palestinians want but Palestine? What do Jews aspire to except next year in Jerusalem, the rebuilt? Everyones dream, even of women qua women, according to Virginia Woolf, is A Room of Ones Own. This is in contrast to the administrations line about the southern border: America is A Room Not Ones Own. While nations are burgeoning elsewhere, concepts like America, England or Norway seem on the way out. In those places, the national identity is in the past.
What if nations, as traditionally defined, are now passe? Suppose we are moving to a future where Westphalian nationality is nominal and operational identity is associated with a primary affinity group (PAG)? The most obvious candidate PAG is money. The tribe of the executive airport lounge, first class seating and the non-motel hotel. Some believe it is now possible to speak of a transnational elite whose real citizenship is money.
Or perhaps the PAG will be defined by values, religion, or membership in a mutual protection association into which you pay dues, like the military, police or ISIS. If this is the future then the dominant attractor of 21st century will be self-identification. Then we are not watching the last religious or ideological wars, merely the first.
The Westphalian veneer is peeling off in places where its just been painted on. In Liberia, there are ministers, directors of health, people with fancy titles, just like anywhere else. All the furniture of the nation state. But in reality these are artificial ornaments overlaid on an ancient fabric. The Daily Beast describes how the personal intervention of a senior Liberian bureaucrat made a mockery of quarantine regulations. Buzzfeed has a terrifying account of how a mob looted an Ebola hospital in Liberias West Point township.
The calendar says were in the first part of the 21st century. But whether AD or BC nobody has specified. The Liberians didnt trust the police. They didnt trust the health ministry, with reason since many isolation centers were merely places for people to die. So they figured the best thing to do was run off with the beds, towels and equipment of the Ebola hospital. What could go wrong?
A mob descended on the center at around 5:30 p.m., chanting, No Ebola in West Point! No Ebola in West Point! They stormed the front gate and pushed into the holding center. They stole the few gloves someone had donated this morning, and the chlorine sprayers used to disinfect the bodies of those who die here, all the while hollering that Ebola is a hoax.
They ransacked the protective suits, the goggles, the masks. They destroyed part of Tarplahs car as he was fleeing the crowd. Jemimah Kargbo, a health care worker at a clinic next door, said they took mattresses and bedding, utensils and plastic chairs.
Everybody left with their own thing, she said. What are they carrying to their homes? They are carrying their deaths.
She said the police showed up but the crowd intimidated them.
The police were there but they couldnt contain them. They started threatening the police, so the police just looked at them, she said.
And then mob left with all of the patients.
What are they carrying to their homes? They are carrying their deaths. When they start feeling bad in a few days it will just be bad luck.
This is kind of weird and long. Rambling.
As for this:
“But by the looks of it the convenience store operator doesnt trust either the police, Al Sharpton or Eric Holder.”
I don’t agree with the author. Nothing indicated other than that he is scared of retribution from the mob.
His attitude makes me less inclined to sympathize with him if his store were looted or destroyed.
I also think the author ignores the photo with the rifles. That is America and the 2nd Amendment in play.
“Nobody is just an American any more. Anyone who insists on the plain identifier must be a secret bigot. You are a [modifier][-][American].”
Teddy Roosevelt said that the US was not just a hotel of the nations, but had to be a melting pot, making the immigrants into something knew, an American.
Nowadays he’d be called a bigot.
Wow...! Lots of stuff here, good post.
I thought I heard that it WAS looted.
I think I heard that as well, but am not sure.
I think he may have been the one that the cops didn’t protect his store.
You pretty much read my mind.
I like the pic of the dude holding two riffles. It looks like he is defying the MOFOs to come get some of this. Go ahead punks make my day. I would be willing to bet, he did not get any takers.
Bring Out Your Dead
Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.
The purpose of the Bring Out Your Dead ping list (formerly the Ebola ping list) is very early warning of emerging pandemics, as such it has a high false positive rate.
So far the false positive rate is 100%.
At some point we may well have a high mortality pandemic, and likely as not the Bring Out Your Dead threads will miss the beginning entirely.
*sigh* Such is life, and death...
Evidence that Collectivism is the new paradigm. Individualism is on the way out. Altruism has let the Muslim foot in the door.
Yes, he’s afraid of retribution from the mob. That’s the author’s point. He’s afraid because he can’t depend on the police or anyone else in government to protect him from the mob. Even though the mob is operating in full view of everyone...
The authorities are the biggest and meanest gang in a country at best they are benign bullies and worst monsteristic tyrants.
I would agree. Why bother paying taxes...if the cops won’t protect your place (like the mafia ensured your protection for the fee you paid monthly). Same for the fire department...they probably won’t come out if the store catches on fire. If you go look at Memphis, New Orleans, and Birmingham...they all went this way....business left, tax revenue dried up, and the city infrastructure died out over a two or three decade period.
“...not unless its headed by a Sultan or an Emperor.”
Didn’t Mr Fernandez mean “unless it’s a Hitler or a Stalin”?
Ferguson police radio just reported this Chinese Restaurant still on fire after Molotov Cocktail earlier. https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-90.27827,3a,90y,68.62h,86.09t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s7TgzYGhLhTwm68D7yfWmOQ!2e0 Anyone know if business insurance covers “riots/civil disobedience”? I know my homeowners’ policy specifically excluded that type of damage along with “acts of god”!
It is rambling, but did you read the last part?
A link to this thread has been posted on the Ebola Surveillance Thread
We have gone from e pluribus unum to e pluribus pluribus.
Either we get our collective crap together or the survivors will hopefully rediscover the concept that a house divided cannot stand in time to salvage some of the Republic and keep it.
(Yes, survivors--because a balkanized America can count on being invaded, if for nothing but the selfsame resources our government is trying to stop us from using that others will gladly and brutally exploit.)
If the situation degrades into roving gangs, or 'every man for himself', the poison, the cultural disease will ultimately prove as deadly to the looters as the sheets and mattresses of Ebola victims looted from the containment center will prove to the thieves.
Actually most of the problems in Washington and elsewhere come from exploiting diversity at the bottom to further authoritarianism at the top. That is another way of telling the lie: "diversity is our strength."
Actually, diversity is our Achilles heel and it is mortally wounding America.
The left, currently led by Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric holder are willfully undermining the rule of law in America in order to fragment the country. Beyond the rule of law, they are breaking the economic law that open borders are toxic in a welfare state. Once they infill the country with impoverished, unskilled, illiterate, culturally alien, constitutionally ignorant, voters vulnerable to socialist seduction and susceptible to racialism, they can proceed to fragment, exploit, and rule.
They engage in crony governing akin to crony capitalism in which the law is set aside, whether the laws are economic or authorized by the Constitution, to aggrandize their power and fill their purses for themselves and their cronies. Who are there cronies? Those who can be identified as exploiters of "diversity"the ones who proclaim most loudly that "diversity is our strength."
A civil society requires more than democratic elections (although Eric Holder in particular and Democrats in general are doing their best to steal elections), it requires a civil culture. Not content with undermining that culture with cynical immigration policies, this administration and the Democrat Party seek to destroy the culture which nurtures democracy and the rule of law by setting race against race, class against class, religion against religion, and sector against sector. They have enshrined Nathan Bedford's first Maxim of American politics as their operating principle:
All politics in America is not local but ultimately racial.
Race politics is exploited to justify defying the rule of law whether by opening our borders to potential Democrat voters at the cost of our economy and our rule of law or whether it comes to encouraging lawlessness on America's streets in places like Ferguson, Missouri.
In Ferguson we see a white Governor throwing a white police chief under the bus by replacing him with a black chief of state police in order to pander to African-American rioters and looters at the cost of Middle Eastern shopowners.
Where is the strength in all this diversity? There is plenty of race in all of this diversity and plenty of politics but precious little strength.
In a more civil time, they would have been paying "Vinnie" a weekly allowance for "protection"......
The author of this piece is guilty of obfuscating the truth here. In reality, while the rates are rising, the absolute numbers are still miniscule (i.e., on the order of thousands of persons per year). I dare say that, per capita, fewer Americans are renouncing their citizenship than in any other Western country. And the primary reason is to be found in America's onerous tax laws (the U.S. is practically the only country which requires its citizens living long-term abroad to pay taxes on their foreign income).
>>I thought I heard that it WAS looted.
“Just before midnight, some in what had been a large and rowdy but mostly well-behaved crowd broke in a convenience store that police accused 18-year-old Michael Brown of robbing minutes before he was fatally shot by an officer, and began looting it, said Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson.”
assuming they feel it is profitable to stay open at all, why would any store in that combat zone keep any significant inventory in the store?
it is impossible to do business with lawless mobs
Before the 'problem'; they had things that others wanted; so THAT 'made them a target'.
Now others will be upset because they didn't 'share' properly; so they are now a BIGGER target.
Welcome to America!
Another view: This shows how far behind the public is on the real story line. The shop owner, knows the truth, in real time, that this is about thuggery and he needs to be out of the picture and on extended vacation. He knew this when we were just hearing about the ‘innocent child that was murdered by the brutal cop’.
Much like the politicians control the news story line. While we were hearing there was an incident in Benghazi, the WH had already prepared the ‘video excuse’ and were preparing the 3rd generation story line.
Almost always Wretchard started an article (most times ‘must read’ by itself), but the best and meaty part is in the comment sections with old regulars and Wretchard participating.
A nation requires a shared culture and language. If you don’t have that, you have an Empire at best. Empires fail when the cultures demand to go their own way.
Elite liberals are attempting to turn the United States into one more hellhole. You know that finnegan, right?
I’m tired of paying for my local police department to babysit the black community.
And yeah, most city police departments spend the majority of their resources and time in the ‘black community’...
Blacks can pay for their own protection - and so should the rest of us. Charge by the city block and tack the cost onto people’s electric bills.
My water bill isn’t the ‘average’ of me and the liberal elite blowhard who spends more heating his swimming pool than I spend heating my house. It wouldn’t be fair that way. Same with paying for police protection.
The national myth of the 1950s was that America could be different from the old country.
Many excellent points here, but this one just breaks my heart. I remember an America in which political corruption was the exception to the rule.
Altruism has let the Muslim foot in the door.
No, evil scheming has let that filthy foot in; the spirit of American altruism just provided the means.
Brilliant post! You have summed it up perfectly.
that’s Wretchard’s style. you have to float along for the
key quotes; sometimes these are in the comments (his comments,
There’s a quite good commentariat there too. That’s one
reason I read it fairly regularly.
not enough noted: USA Today, others report there was
a police *stand-down* the first night. this via
Sorry, my coordination is poor, I can’t paste links.
see Claire Wolfe’s latest at JFPO:
The Things We Choose Not To See.
synopsis: whatever your view on the death of Michael Brown,
the Ferguson and St. Louis police changed a tense situation
into a disaster; full on “militarization”
(see my earlier on the stand down also)
the new PJM format is *extremely* annoying; they want
you to click for full comments, and the “View All” comments
link doesn’t work in lynx.
seconding your suggestion, in general
"Who has been stealing my paper towels??!!"
“I ran out of TP!”
It was always there, but it was personal, not institutionalized. It was not part of the operating principles of the political parties. In the past, the corrupt merely sought to enrich themselves.
Today, the corrupt seek permanent political status. Obama and Holder want to make elections a mere formality authorizing the state party. McConnell and Boehner are happy to operate as a token minority lending credibility to the state party. To that end, anything goes. Laws are only enforced to that end.
The republicans don't oppose the democrats in practice, only in theory. In practice, they find a self-serving silver lining to the left's pursuit of absolute power. This is most evident in republican support of amnesty for illegals.