Good grief! “Lucretia” and I take a week off, and everything goes to hell. Minneapolis starts rioting again, and Democrats in Washington start their own riot over court-packing. Meanwhile, the officer who mistook her service revolver for a taser and shot Daunte Wright was publicly identified within 48 hours (Kim Potter), lost her job, and now faces criminal charges, while we have passed Day 100 since Ashli Babbit was shot in the U.S. Capitol on January 6 without learning the identity of the person who fired on her. Although the DC Coroner ruled that Babbit’s cause of death was a homicide, the Justice Department says no charges will be filed, and our supine media seems to have forgotten their own question about “the public’s right to know.” Strange times.

Anyway, we look at the riot question through the lens of Edward Banfield’s classic chapter in The Unheavenly City, “Rioting Mainly for Fun and Profit,” and end this episode with the suggestion that classic rock may yet save us all.

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  1. Mark Alexander Coolidge
    Mark Alexander
    @MarkAlexander

    It’s becoming more clear that the fall of the Roman Republic had much to do with many public and institutional figures lacking the courage to stand up, refuse to apologize, and then say No!

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  2. Dr.Guido Member
    Dr.Guido
    @DrGuido

    Corporate America does NOT get organized pushback by being WOKE but…when they’re not….the much BETTER organized Left is  migraines on steroids. Hence, the path of least resistance is to jump on the Woke-wagon. No?

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  3. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio…
    @ArizonaPatriot

    I think that Lucretia is correct about the guy shot in Minneapolis. A criminal thug who got what he deserved.

    I think she is wrong about Ashli Babbitt, a criminal rioter who also got what she deserved, in my opinion.

    I disapprove of the tribalism that seems to explain Lucretia’s different conclusions in the two cases.

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  4. Lucretia Contributor
    Lucretia
    @Lucretia

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    I think that Lucretia is correct about the guy shot in Minneapolis. A criminal thug who got what he deserved.

    I think she is wrong about Ashli Babbitt, a criminal rioter who also got what she deserved, in my opinion.

    I disapprove of the tribalism that seems to explain Lucretia’s different conclusions in the two cases.

    There may be tribalism at work here, but it goes much deeper than the fact that the Minnesota guy was an armed (illegally) criminal thug who had contributed nothing to either society or his family (he would not/could not even support his young son, born of course, out of wedlock), and Ashli Babbitt was an Air Force veteran with no weapon and no criminal record.  To call someone who harmed no one, who destroyed no property, and who was “occupying” what has (now euphemistically) been called the “people’s house” a criminal rioter who deserved to by murdered in cold blood is to accept the false narrative of the left that what occurred on January 6 was an “insurrection,” qualitatively different because our precious elites “felt” threatened.  These same elites cheered while their toadies on the left engaged in months of genuine, destructive riots that were violent and destroyed millions in property.  Pelosi, Harris, et. al., encouraged those riots under the specious justification of fighting against “systemic racism.”  On the other hand, the FBI, the DOJ, and the Capitol Police have charged dozens of protestors (none of whom were armed) from the incidents on January 6, keeping many locked up and even in solitary confinement while awaiting trial.  Very little property was damaged on January 6, while the only actual fatality that resulted from violence on that day was the murder of Ashli Babbitt.

    So if refusing to see a moral equivalence between the accidental shooting of an armed, resisting, lifetime criminal thug (for which the officer involved has and will continue to pay a heavy price) and the cold-blooded, purposeful murder of an unarmed “trespasser” (for which the officer involved will pay no price–not even to his reputation) qualifies me as tribal, I guess I can accept that.  And knowing the context in which this is all occurring, I might even say I embrace it.

     

     

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  5. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    Lucretia needs to relax. The world is ending and all that we value as good and decent is decaying but there is no need to be so high-strung all the time. 

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  6. StoughtonObserver Member
    StoughtonObserver
    @Bruce W Banerdt

    David Bailey

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  7. Steven Hayward Podcaster
    Steven Hayward
    @StevenHayward

    StoughtonObserver (View Comment):

    David Bailey

    I don’t think that’s either of the names I have heard, but I seem to have misplaced my notes.  Stay tuned for updates.

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  8. Boney Cole Member
    Boney Cole
    @BoneyCole

    I attended a small liberal arts college in southwest Virginia in the early seventies. The college was sponsored by the Methodist Church. At that time, both the political science professors were very sympathetic to Communism. How could such a thing happen?   The only difference between then and now was that they felt obligated to throw in some conservative books amongst the left wing dreck. Thus I read Banfields book.  I was very confused. It seemed Banfield made more sense.  However, I provided all the “right” answers and moved on with life.  

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  9. StoughtonObserver Member
    StoughtonObserver
    @Bruce W Banerdt

    Steven Hayward (View Comment):

    StoughtonObserver (View Comment):

    David Bailey

    I don’t think that’s either of the names I have heard, but I seem to have misplaced my notes. Stay tuned for updates.

    Dinesh D’Souza says it’s Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael Leroy Byrd.

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  10. Lucretia Contributor
    Lucretia
    @Lucretia

    StoughtonObserver (View Comment):

    Steven Hayward (View Comment):

    StoughtonObserver (View Comment):

    David Bailey

    I don’t think that’s either of the names I have heard, but I seem to have misplaced my notes. Stay tuned for updates.

    Dinesh D’Souza says it’s Capitol Police Lieutenant Michael Leroy Byrd.

    There is some indication that the David Bailey name seems to be a feint thrown out there by the left (and some conservative websites have picked it up), as David Bailey is the black Capitol Police officer who in 2017 shot and killed a Bernie Sanders supporter after he shot Rep. Steve Scalise and other Republicans practicing on a congressional baseball field, and who was awarded the Medal of Valor by President Trump.  

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  11. Lucretia Contributor
    Lucretia
    @Lucretia

    Dr.Guido (View Comment):

    Corporate America does NOT get organized pushback by being WOKE but…when they’re not….the much BETTER organized Left is migraines on steroids. Hence, the path of least resistance is to jump on the Woke-wagon. No?

    I used to believe that most corporate capitulation to the left was due to the fear of organized boycotts, etc.  I suppose to some extent that is still true, but I am beginning to think more and more that elite CEO’s have drunk the Kool-aid.  It may be that they were all educated at elite schools, where woke groupthink is essentially unchallenged.  It is certainly the case that to belong to the CEO “club” one cannot deviate even the slightest from leftist orthodoxy.  Think of the ungrateful brat/now CEO of Chick-fil-A: conservatives proved in 2012 that a leftist boycott would be more than overmatched by economic support from Christians and conservatives.  That still did not prevent Dan Cathy from pulling all of their charitable support from stellar organizations like the Salvation Army.  (Now every time I think about going to Chick-fil-A, I set aside $10 to give to the Salvation Army instead.). 

    My inclination is to believe that major corporation CEO wokeness stems from reveling in the narcissistic guilt that comes from being white, filthy rich, and in every way entitled.  As I’ve said before on the the podcast, guilt is the greatest form of self-indulgence–especially when one can indulge but others pay the price.

     

     

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