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May 12th, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Some of reactions to the FBI’s announcement that the New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting  was “a flare-up of street violence” as seen on Twitter are quite interesting.

 Is this so they don’t have to say ‘gun violence?

Wish the FBI wouldn’t use “street violence” as a synonym for “it’s just black people;

It’s terrorism when white folks are shot in mass and “street violence” when it’s mostly black folks.

FBI: New Orleans shooting street violence = Obama Voters Shooting it out over Drugs they SELL to other Obama Voters!

So the shootings in New Orleans are classed as “street violence” and not terrorism. The suspects aren’t Muslim…go figure.

So take your pick. How is this going to be framed? Partisan politics, gun control, racism, anti-Islamic bigotry, pro-Islamic bigotry, class warfare, the Zombie Apocalypse? Take your pick because nobody just dies any more. Every death, each effusion of blood on the sidewalk lately has been a narrative waiting to happen. And if we don’t know which narrative it is that is because it is still being worked out.

In an age where we’ve supposedly stopped believing in demons, where doctors lose their licenses for advocating “spiritual cures” Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has put out a bounty on a nonhuman suspect. He’s spending a million dollars on a program whose “goal will be avoiding crime — and making sure law enforcement knows about potential powder kegs before tragedies occur”.

The goal is to cuff a developing intent, to prevent crime that hasn’t happened yet, but out there, waiting to strike.

Bradshaw said his proposal is a first-of-its-kind in the nation, and he hopes it will become a model for the rest of the state like his gang prevention and pill-mill units.

“Every single incident, whether it’s Newtown, that movie theater, or the guy who spouts off at work and then goes home and kills his wife and two kids — in every single case, there were people who said they knew ahead of time that there was a problem,” Bradshaw said. “If the neighbor of the mom in Newtown had called somebody, this might have saved 25 kids’ lives.”

Bradshaw is readying a hotline and is planning public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others.

This is exactly what intelligence agencies do. They anticipate hostile enemy actions, frustrate the plans of saboteurs, throw the wrench into devious plots. Who is the enemy in this context? What could it be but a hostile narrative?

“We want people to call us if the guy down the street says he hates the government, hates the mayor and he’s gonna shoot him,” Bradshaw said. “What does it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, ‘Hey, is everything OK?’ ”

What about if he says he hates guns, or hopes that the next mass murderer is a “typical white American” or dislikes people who dislike abortion? How about that? Would it hurt to have somebody knock on a door and ask, “Hey, is everything OK?” Or does what happens depend on the Narrative, a spirit as insubstantial as anything ever exorcised with Bell, Book or Candle?

When in 1970 Carol Hanisch coined the phrase “the personal is political” she may have been more prophetic than she knew. Today most everything is political. Every event that grabs the public’s attention is dragged like a fallen bronze age warrior in a tug of war between the lines, each side hoping to claim its narrative armor. Readers will recall how after the Boston Bombing activists on both sides were practically praying to whatever gods they worshiped that the culprit prove to be the Other.

Perhaps no one dies a personal death any more.  Nor are mourned as they once were, for themselves. Rather they merely exist as devices in some tale; not the self-aware actors that Tolkien’s Sam once thought could alter the story, but only as cardboard characters doomed to come onstage to illustrate a point, speak their lines and exeunt left forever.

Joseph Stalin was alleged to have said “the death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.” So perhaps he set about abolishing the murder of the individual and transforming it into a political act which after all is merely a statistic. A building block in the great cathedral of whatever.

And though poets have long railed against the idea of a mass death and inveighed against tragedy shorn of individuality, where shall we find the something that can weep for us in our insignificance and weigh us like a broken sparrow in its palm, like a mother oblivious to the thunder of history? If there exists no individual love in the palace of the narrative and the narrative is all there is, then there is no love at all.


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Perhaps we can pay criminals to not commit crimes, the way we paid farmers not to plant crops.
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I wonder if Sheriff Bradshaw saw Spielberg's "Minority Report," where Tom Cruise goes around busting people who were "thinking" of committing crimes, or who were predicted to be certain to commit a crime? Maybe that's where he got his harebrained idea for ensuring "public safety." 230-plus years have erased the original intent of the meaning of our rebellion from Crown and Parliament. Those of us who cherish that intent are now strangers in our own country.
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“in every single case, there were people who said they knew ahead of time that there was a problem”

And in every case someone who thought he was a normal guy just like him bar-b-cueing on Sunday.

“public service announcements to encourage local citizens to report their neighbors, friends or family members if they fear they could harm themselves or others.”

Observe and report has always been a good policy though it seems that it has failed most likely when the nascent nut case is under doctor’s orders and under mommy and daddies wing so to speak. What the good sheriff seems to be alluding to sounds more like this kind of organization: The Stasi motto was "Schild und Schwert der Partei" (Shield and Sword of the Party), that is the ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED).

The Stasi's ranks swelled considerably after Eastern Bloc countries signed the 1975 Helsinki accords, which Erich Honecker viewed as a grave threat to his regime because they contained language binding signatories to respect "human and basic rights, including freedom of thought, conscience, religion, and conviction."

By the 1970s, the Stasi had decided that methods of overt persecution which had been employed up to that time, such as arrest and torture, were too crude and obvious. It was realised that psychological harassment was far less likely to be recognised for what it was, so its victims, and their supporters, were less likely to be provoked into active resistance, given that they would often not be aware of the source of their problems, or even its exact nature. Zersetzung was designed to side-track and "switch off" perceived enemies so that they would lose the will to continue any "inappropriate" activities.
Tactics employed under Zersetzung generally involved the disruption of the victim’s private or family life. This often included breaking into homes and messing with the contents – moving furniture, altering the timing of an alarm, removing pictures from walls or replacing one variety of tea with another. Other practices included smear campaigns, denunciation, provocation, psychological warfare, psychological subversion, wiretapping, bugging, mysterious phone calls or unnecessary deliveries, even including sending a vibrator to a target's wife. Usually victims had no idea the Stasi were responsible. Many thought they were losing their minds, and mental breakdowns and suicide could result.
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Remarkably, we can't suspect muslims of going haywire, but muslim belief is a good predictor of violence. No Purple Hearts for the Fort Hood casualties because there was no enemy action. We can't be leery of blacks, but hip hop culture regularly explodes. The Left promotes and exploits societal divisions but ironically in the name of PC diversity and respect for proven loser cultures.The Left has degenerated into nihilism and rejection of value standards while hiding in suburbs with better schools.
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The problem with PC speech is that it is merely transposition. It's a bad cipher. The plaintext can be read straight through and hate speech proceeds apace. Nobody is fooled. In fact it makes things worse because the presumption is that everything is a "dog whistle".

However, since we are all dogs it is pointless subterfuge. What PC speech actually does is make hate speech deniable. You see I didn't say this ... I said "street violence".

Probably the worst feature of hate speech is that it penalizes not racial hatred, but intellectual candor. Nobody can say anything except the lie even though the vilification and innuendo proceed just as before.
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The most soulless bag of flesh (Kermit G) walking this earth proves which narrative Blast From the Past comment “If mothers matter then their children matter. If each child matters then individuals matter. If individuals matter then life matters. Conversely if life does not matter then individuals do not matter” this country, this world has become!
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"Wish the FBI wouldn’t use “street violence” as a synonym for “it’s just black people;"

Well, what else? Yesterday one of my wife's caregivers was having dinner with her son--it was Mothers' Day, remember?--and nearby was a black woman dining with children in their teens. A teen girl arrives carrying a baby, clearly the girlfriend of one of the boys, and the woman takes the baby. She then borrows her son's cell phone and starts taking pictures of the gathering.

He wants the phone back; she continues the photography; he throws a plate at her; she throws a glass at him; shortly the police arrive, etc, etc.

With that kind of non-self-restraint, who cares if the FBI uses synonyms, euphemisms, or anything else?
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Hunter Briggs
"Wish the FBI wouldn’t use “street violence” as a synonym for “it’s just black people;"

Well, what else? Yesterday one of my wife's caregivers was having dinner with her son--it was Mothers' Day, remember?--and nearby was a black woman dining with children in their teens. A teen girl arrives carrying a baby, clearly the girlfriend of one of the boys, and the woman takes the baby. She then borrows her son's cell phone and starts taking pictures of the gathering.

He wants the phone back; she continues the photography; he throws a plate at her; she throws a glass at him; shortly the police arrive, etc, etc.

With that kind of non-self-restraint, who cares if the FBI uses synonyms, euphemisms, or anything else?
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"Wish the FBI wouldn’t use “street violence” as a synonym for “it’s just black people;"

Imagine being in a city with a "predictive" program like Ric Bradshaw advocates. You could call and report "hey, there's some black folks down in the 'hood' (or in the Wards, if you're in N.O.) and they're thinkin' about acting like those black folks always act." You could make that call every hour on the hour, and you'd always be right.

(I hope it's obvious that this is satire meant to show how any type of police program like this will almost instantaneously transform into the oppression of whatever groups are out of official favor at the time)
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"Who sent whom" is the key. It is not that there was a mass shooting, in NOLA, Chicago, etc. It is Who is being shot, and how it fits the Narrative. A few shot by gangbangers in Chicago each weekend does not useful propaganda make. We need incidents that fit the sensibilities of SWILPL (Stuff White Ivy League People Like).
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"As someone who remembers the 50 this sort of thing reminds me of the horror people had back then of the Soviet practice of forcing people to spy and report on one another. We may not be there yet but our officials seem way too ready to go there."

Ironically that's because they've become "sincere" or "committed". I was talking to someone recently who correctly predicted where a urban subway line would be extended by understanding the corruption. Everyone else was looking cost-benefit while he looked at who sent whom.

But to the eternal credit of the academy, many people have transcended that old-time view. They now do things from conviction. But the problem is that the conviction itself may be corrupt.

Harold Lewis, the "Emeritus Professor of Physics and former department chairman at the University of California, Santa Barbara", before his recent death "resigned from the American Physical Society, writing in a letter about the 'corruption' from 'the money flood' of government grants."

"His letter characterizes the APS as having changed from an organization that seeks to further scientific knowledge, to an organization that suppresses science in its attempt to obtain further funding from government agencies. The majority of his letter details his criticism of the group's support for the 'global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave', and further expresses his belief that the loss of that funding would be devastating to those organizations. In his open letter to the APS president, Lewis declared the 'global warming scam' as 'the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.'"

The child informer Pavlik Morozov and Trofim Lysenko are of a piece. They are the Freddy Kreugers of our civilization. They conquer us by conquering our dreams. The narrative, if theirs, means we are also theirs.
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