Crime Wave

The decades-long decline in crime rates may be over.  Murders are up 180% in Milwaukee.  Other cities are showing double digit increases in violent crime.

Some are blaming the “Ferguson effect,” claiming that as a result of the controversy over police who killed an unarmed suspect–a pattern replicated elsewhere–citizens no longer respect police officers, sometimes to the point of defying them, and police officers, sometimes mobbed when they go on routine patrols, can no longer enforce laws with the vigor they need to.

I’m not sure that fully explains why people are killing each other and stealing each others’ property.   I would think the answer needs to deal with issues such as the loss of internal constraints, which in turn comes from family breakdown, radical individualism, instant gratification, the eclipse of the conscience, crime-glorifying pop culture, the dysfunctions of poverty, anemic churches, etc.    What explanations can you offer? [Read more...]

Bikers declare war against police

A motorcycle gang involved with the Waco shootout, at which 9 bikers were killed and 179 arrested, is calling for members to retaliate against police officers and their families (!).

Prediction:  Law and order is going to come back as a political issue, as riots, attacks against police officers, and other breakdowns in social order are going to spark a backlash from the public. [Read more...]

Why the biker gangs fought each other

A meeting called to discuss motorcycle safety, held in a shopping mall restaurant in Waco, Texas, degenerated into an armed battle between biker gangs, leaving 9 dead and 170 (!) arrested.   Why?

Apparently it was precipitated by an argument over a parking space, but the feud goes back two years ago when the Cossacks added the word “Texas” at the bottom of its “colors,” that is, the logo that constitutes the patch on their leather jackets.  The Bandidos took offense, interpreting the new name of the “Texas Cossacks” to mean that the rival gang was claiming that all of Texas was now its territory.  So violence has broken out between the two gangs ever since, culminating in the carnage at Waco.  Nine people dead over a word on a piece of cloth. [Read more...]

War on terrorism updates

There have been several developments in the on going and possibly never ending war on terrorism:

After the jump, details of the raid into Syria.

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Islamic terrorists attack Muhammad cartoons in Texas

A free speech group sponsored an exhibit of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.  Predictably, this drew the ire of Muslims, for whom any depiction of their prophet is blasphemous.  So two terrorists attacked the exhibit with gunfire, but were killed by police officers.  The question is, were these homegrown terrorists, or is there an al-Qaeda or ISIS connection?

UPDATE:  ISIS is claiming responsibility.

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Professional ball game closed to the public

Imagine two professional baseball teams playing each other but not letting any fans watch the game.  Maybe that’s the future of professional sports.  But it is happening today in Baltimore, where riots over another African-American who died in police custody, have led to the decision that the Orioles-White Sox game would be closed to the public. [Read more...]


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