A Night Out at the Mall

 

I get the daily email from Morning Brew. It is a left-of-center recap of business news. While I generally ignore the jabs at the Republicans and Trump (still!!), this was such a hoot that I had to share.

The article was regarding the recent damages to businesses in California from organized looting and “smash and grab,” which suggested various causes.

Here are a few theories:

  • Facebook Marketplace and eBay have made it easier to resell stolen goods anonymously.
  • Home Depot connected the dots between the opioid crisis and an increase in thefts at its stores two years ago. Since then fentanyl, a drug that’s 50x stronger than heroin, has pervaded California.
  • Rates of unemployment and homelessness rose sharply last year, and California is home to the largest population of unsheltered persons.

Some argue that Proposition 47, which raised the felony threshold for stolen goods, has increased rates of theft, but its impact is debated.

Oh yes, Facebook Marketplace and ebay (hohoho, heeheehee) are where these thugs are going to sell their stolen goods. It’s all the fault of drugs, but only fentanyl. (Home Depot?) And of course, let’s blame the homeless. You know, those people who live in tents and poop on the sidewalk. They’re the ones organizing scores of people for a night out at the mall. The fact that there is no consequence – well, that just can’t possibly be the reason.

Is this a deliberate, disingenuous obfuscation of the facts in order to advance the agenda, or are these liberals really this stupid? Do they have no concept of criminality? What color is the sky in their world?

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  1. kedavis Member
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    Really good post.

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  2. The Scarecrow Thatcher
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    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Great line. I’m using it.

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  3. Juliana Member
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    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Great line. I’m using it.

    I’m pretty sure it is a line from Cheers.

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  4. Randy Webster Member
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    Juliana: Is this a deliberate, disingenuous obfuscation of the facts in order to advance the agenda, or are these liberals really this stupid?

    They’re that stupid.

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  5. Phil Turmel Coolidge
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    Motivated reasoning.  AKA rationalization.

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  6. The Scarecrow Thatcher
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    Juliana (View Comment):

    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Great line. I’m using it.

    I’m pretty sure it is a line from Cheers.

    Great. Good pedigree then.

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  7. Jim McConnell Member
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    Sorta the same thinking as in Portland, where the city keeps building and equipping “homeless parks,” and the Powers That Be can’t figure out why the homeless population in Portland keeps growing. What’s that slogan from years ago, “If we build it, they will come.”

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  8. Unsk Member
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    That Domestic Terrorist Retailer Best Buy concurs.

    It’s profit margin dropped unexpectedly, sending it’s stock price plunging down as much as 17% to $115.01 on news of organized retail theft.

    From Zerohedge:

    We are seeing more and more particularly organized retail crime” Chief Executive Officer Corie Barry said on a conference call with analysts. ” You can see that pressure in our financials, and more importantly, frankly, you can see that pressure with our associates. It’s traumatizing”.

    Domestic Terrorist Ingrate. Doesn’t he know all the great things our Supreme Leaders Joe Biden is doing by bringing more illegal immigrant shoppers flooding across the border and the billions of Biden Bucks he is sending out for people to spend?

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  9. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
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    Juliana (View Comment):

    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Great line. I’m using it.

    I’m pretty sure it is a line from Cheers.

    You come into Rob Long’s house and then you steal his material? I like your style. 

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  10. kedavis Member
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    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher (View Comment):

    Juliana (View Comment):

    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Great line. I’m using it.

    I’m pretty sure it is a line from Cheers.

    You come into Rob Long’s house and then you steal his material? I like your style.

    It’s quite possible that he didn’t steal from Rob, from what I find, Rob was only involved in the last 3 seasons of Cheers, out of 11.

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  11. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher (View Comment):

    Juliana (View Comment):

    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Great line. I’m using it.

    I’m pretty sure it is a line from Cheers.

    You come into Rob Long’s house and then you steal his material? I like your style.

    It’s quite possible that he didn’t steal from Rob, from what I find, Rob was only involved in the last 3 seasons of Cheers, out of 11.

    And there’s hardly any risk because that would require Rob Long to read the Member Feed, but explaining all that sort of kills the joke, don’t you think?

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  12. kedavis Member
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    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher (View Comment):

    Juliana (View Comment):

    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Great line. I’m using it.

    I’m pretty sure it is a line from Cheers.

    You come into Rob Long’s house and then you steal his material? I like your style.

    It’s quite possible that he didn’t steal from Rob, from what I find, Rob was only involved in the last 3 seasons of Cheers, out of 11.

    And there’s hardly any risk because that would require Rob Long to read the Member Feed, but explaining all that sort of kills the joke, don’t you think?

    Plus the possibility that Cheers stole it from Jackie Gleason or something.  :-)

     

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  13. James Lileks Contributor
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    Crime news must be minimized, because the Wrong People (you) will conclude the Wrong Things (criminality is not a reaction to capitalism) and demand the Wrong Solutions (police and incarceration).  

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  14. Steven Seward Member
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    Juliana:

    Here are a few theories:

    • Facebook Marketplace and eBay have made it easier to resell stolen goods anonymously.
    • Home Depot connected the dots between the opioid crisis and an increase in thefts at its stores two years ago. Since then fentanyl, a drug that’s 50x stronger than heroin, has pervaded California.
    • Rates of unemployment and homelessness rose sharply last year, and California is home to the largest population of unsheltered persons.

    Some argue that Proposition 47, which raised the felony threshold for stolen goods, has increased rates of theft, but its impact is debated.

    This is hysterically funny.  Leftist’s are masters at the art of mental contortion.

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  15. Doctor Robert Member
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    Juliana: Is this a deliberate, disingenuous obfuscation of the facts in order to advance the agenda, or are these liberals really this stupid?

    Yes.

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  16. Percival Thatcher
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    Juliana: Some argue that Proposition 47, which raised the felony threshold for stolen goods, has increased rates of theft, but its impact is debated.

    Fewer thefts are being reported because when you report the theft, nothing will happen. The crime rate drops as a result.

    Success!

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  17. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

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  18. kedavis Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    You exclude the possibility of a color-fluid sky?  Prepare to be cancelled!

    • #18
  19. Manny Member
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    I think the answers to those questions can be answered with this: the world lives in alternative universes. A left wing virtual universe and a real one. 

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  20. Django Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    Not quite; it is a “sky of color”, and therefore never white. BTW, don’t call it a “colored sky” no matter what color it is that day. 

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  21. Zafar Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    You exclude the possibility of a color-fluid sky? Prepare to be cancelled!

    But the sky changes colour regularly.  Cancel me!

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  22. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    You exclude the possibility of a color-fluid sky? Prepare to be cancelled!

    But the sky changes colour regularly. Cancel me!

    Exactly!  It was green plaid yesterday!  Today it is brown Paisley!  Obviously!

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  23. Zafar Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    You exclude the possibility of a color-fluid sky? Prepare to be cancelled!

    But the sky changes colour regularly. Cancel me!

    Exactly! It was green plaid yesterday! Today it is brown Paisley! Obviously!

    I want what he’s having. (Brown Paisley? Why?)

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  24. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Zafar (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Zafar (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    You exclude the possibility of a color-fluid sky? Prepare to be cancelled!

    But the sky changes colour regularly. Cancel me!

    Exactly! It was green plaid yesterday! Today it is brown Paisley! Obviously!

    I want what he’s having. (Brown Paisley? Why?)

    I grew up in the 70’s.  

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  25. Flicker Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    Not quite; it is a “sky of color”, and therefore never white. BTW, don’t call it a “colored sky” no matter what color it is that day.

    But the clouds floating in weightless joy are white.

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  26. Django Member
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    Not quite; it is a “sky of color”, and therefore never white. BTW, don’t call it a “colored sky” no matter what color it is that day.

    But the clouds floating in weightless joy are white.

    Unearned joy, achieved by floating on the back of a downtrodden sky of color. 

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  27. Flicker Coolidge
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    Django (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Django (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Juliana: What color is the sky in their world?

    Whatever color they want it to be that day.

    Not quite; it is a “sky of color”, and therefore never white. BTW, don’t call it a “colored sky” no matter what color it is that day.

    But the clouds floating in weightless joy are white.

    Unearned joy, achieved by floating on the back of a downtrodden sky of color.

    A rainbow bent and bowed beneath a weightless oppression.

    • #27
  28. Django Member
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    On a more serious note: Gang of Thieves Target Another Los Angeles-Area Nordstrom, Bear-Spray Security Guard, Take Off with $25,000 in Stolen Merchandise (thegatewaypundit.com)

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  29. TBA Coolidge
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    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Motivated reasoning. AKA rationalization.

    The answer can’t be from the List of Things That Might Be Racist, Sexist, Or Whatever Is 
    Newly -isted, so it must be something else, anything else, please don’t make me look at something that might make other people think I might believe something inappropriate. 

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  30. navyjag Coolidge
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    Even the Soros funded DAs are getting nervous. The SF DA, teed up for recall in June, expressed shock at the Union Square looting. No word from the LA DA yet who hopefully will be next.  Then we need a ballot initiative to reinstate bail and felony guidelines.  Californians fought this battle in the 90’s re; prisons and won. Maybe it will happen again. 

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