Hmmm… Instapundit on what might be in the background of the Ferguson riots.
Somebody want to explain to me what Natalie DuBose did to deserve having her hopes and dreams burned to the ground?
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) November 25, 2014
One of those businesses was a cake store, Cakes and More, owned by Natalie DuBose. DuBose sold cakes at flea markets while she saved up to open up her own store so she could feed her kids and succeed.
She did succeed, only to have the rioters destroy her business among the nearly three dozen businesses that were looted or burned or both.
Another that I heard about was a Little Caesar’s pizza place. Mostly likely a franchise operation. In other words, a small businessman or businesswoman. Now it’s gone, burned to the ground, along with the jobs it provided. Vandals and thieves laying to waste what took years to build. This is “justice?”
Will any of the race-panderers in the Congressional Black Caucus call for justice for Natalie DuBose and the other small business people harmed last night by the rioters?
No, I’m not holding my breath.
PS: An update on Ms. DuBose. She show far more generosity of spirit than I’d likely be able to manage.
Well, what did anyone expect when the police are kept on a tight leash, the fire brigades are overwhelmed, and the Home Secretary thinks the proper response is to scold parents?
When the government refuses to do its duty, vigilantism is the inevitable result:
Top London officials have warned the city’s citizens against administering vigilante justice in the midst of widespread riots after several groups organized to protect their property by any means necessary.
“We don’t want to see vigilantism,” London mayor Boris Johnson said today in a press conference, according to The Telegraph. “People defending their homes and shops must only use reasonable force.”
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh also urged restraint, saying “vigilantism” could lead to further violence, according to a report by the BBC.
Three men at least have already been killed, run over as they were apparently defending their neighborhood in Birmingham, also torn by riots. Whether it was an accident or deliberate isn’t known. And London itself seems to be quieter after thousands of police have been brought in. (And the rioters are probably tuckered out, poor dears.)
Maybe Mayor Johnson and Deputy Assistant Commissioner Kavanagh (and the rest of that gelded government) should consider that citizens wouldn’t be resorting to vigilantism if the government had only done its bloody job to protect lives and property. These riots should never have got past the first night. Where the state ceases to exist, people will revert to a Hobbesian state of nature to protect their lives and property, which is just we’re seeing here. Those men who were run-over were only doing what any reasonable person would do, and their deaths are to be laid directly at the door of this pusillanimous government.
And don’t get me started on the insane British restrictions on firearms. When Los Angeles erupted in riots in
1994 1992, stores in Korean neighborhoods were relatively untouched. Why? Because the Korean owners had guns and made it quite clear they were willing to use them if the police couldn’t protect them. As is their right.
But in the UK, the people aren’t allowed guns to defend themselves from a mob. They’re told to rely on the police. And when the police aren’t there? They’re reduced to ordering baseball bats from Amazon.
The government should resign. This is pathetic.
LINKS: More from The Guardian. Read it all, but here’s a sample:
When the rioters came to attack the premises of Kurdish and Turkish businesses in Hackney’s Stoke Newington High Street and Kingsland Road on Monday night, the owners were waiting for them.
“It was between about nine and 10 at night,” said Yilmaz Karagoz, sitting in his coffee shop next to a jeweller’s shop that has been shuttered since Sunday when the rioting began and a pharmacy that closed a day after.
“There were a lot of them. We came out of our shops but the police asked us to do nothing. But the police did not do anything so, as more came, we chased them off ourselves.” The staff from a local kebab restaurant ran at the attackers, doner knives in their hands. “I don’t think they will be coming back,” Karagoz said.
EDIT: Fixed the date of the LA riots. I lived through them, you’d think I’d remember.
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
The Home Secretary [Theresa May] appeared to rule out sending water cannon or the Army onto the streets of the capital, despite a third night of violence.
Speaking on Sky News, she said that police intelligence and the support of local communities would help quell the disturbances.
“The way we police in Britain is not through use of water cannon,” she said. “The way we police in Britain is through consent of communities.”
Since when do the police need “consent” to enforce the law? And what about citizens whose properties are being burned to the ground, or the workers who no longer have jobs to go to because their workplaces are in ashes? What about law-abiding Britons too frightened to go out into their own neighborhoods to buy food?
Are they not part of the community, Madame Home Secretary? Perhaps you have their “consent” to defend their lives and livelihoods without having to ask “Mother, may I?”
I’m probably just overreacting because I’m one of those “Cowboy Americans” who doesn’t understand the subtleties and nuances of “sophisticated” Euro-policing. I should have guessed that Secretary May had the perfect solution:
As those charged with offences appear in court today, “people will start to see the consequences of their actions”, Mrs May added.
“There are many who are easily identified through CCTV cameras.”
She also told BBC Breakfast that “parents need to be asking themselves where were their children, what were their children doing in the evening.”
She added: “There are longer-term questions about when we see parents letting their children as young as that sort of age be out on the streets in this way.”
So, there you go. The perfect nanny-state answer to an uprising by vandals: passively watching and then threatening to tell their mothers. Excuse me while I go hurl.
And you can bet that the fascists of the British National Party are rubbing their hands with glee, knowing that this nerveless, cringing, emasculated, pathetic excuse of a government whose only response is a scolding will just drive more and more people their way out of desperation.
Alfred the Great, Edward I, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, Canning, Disraeli, Churchill… They’re all spinning in their graves now.
via Bryan Preston
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)
And lest you think he’s expressing an Irishman’s traditional hostility towards the British, he’s telling the rioters to go to Hell. Oh, and he also helped to safety a terrified 90-year old woman whom nobody else seemed to give a damn about, so I think he’s earned the right to tell those marauding jackasses to go to Hell:
This has been going on for, what, 2-3 days now? The police are nearly overwhelmed, the fire brigades can’t cover all the blazes, citizens’ property and livelihoods are being destroyed, their lives endangered, all by an anarcho-nihilist mob that has taken the measure of the State and found it weak and timid. What was once the capital of the world now looks like something out of 28 Days Later.
So, forgive the probably naive question, but when does Prime Minister David Cameron remember he’s the heir to Pitt and Salisbury and Churchill, grow a pair, and send in the Army?
via Big Peace
So, some jackass preacher in Florida decided he was in need of attention and that the best way to get it would be to burn a Qur’an — publicly, making sure all the media knew about it:
The Islam-hating Florida preacher who scuttled plans to burn the Koran last year, changed his mind and had a copy of the holy book set on fire this weekend.
Pastor Terry Jones supervised the book barbecue at his tiny Gainesville, Fla., church Sunday – after declaring the Muslim holy text “guilty” of crimes.
Jones drew widespread condemnation last year when he threatened to burn a stack of Korans on the Sept. 11 anniversary – sparking wild protests around the world.
He agreed to stand down after receiving a call from Defense Secretary Robert Gates warning him that the provocative act could endanger U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jones said at the time that he had made his point and vowed not to carry out the bizarre plan.
He went back on his word, he said, because he had been “trying to give the Muslim world an opportunity to defend their book” – but had not received a response.
And the predictable thing happened afterwards: riots in Afghanistan in which outrageously outraged members of the Religion of Perpetual Outrage went berserk and rioted in Mazar-i-Sharif, killing at least ten UN workers, including beheading two.
Naturally, our US Senators sprang into action, condemning the killings and defending the right of free speech and… No, wait. What really happened is that they bent over backwards to appease murderous savages and condemn an American exercising his unalienable right to freedom of speech:
U.S. lawmakers said Sunday they would consider a request by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to formally condemn a Florida pastor’s decision to burn the Koran, after the act triggered deadly riots in Afghanistan.
Cowboy Poet Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the Senate is considering a resolution condemning the pastor, while saying nothing about the utter barbarism perpetrated by the Afghan rioters. Even worse, however, was this gem from Lindsey Graham, showing that craven appeasement and stupidity is a bipartisan phenomenon. Allahpundit quotes him and describes the problem:
As for Graham, “I wish we could find some way to hold people accountable,” he laments, clearly deflated by the thought that the First Amendment applies even while we’re “at war.” And if you’re not sure what he means by “at war” — well, I’m not either. Are we “at war” only if troops are in the field? No Koran-burning, in other words, until the last U.S. serviceman has left Iraq and Afghanistan (and Libya)? Or are we “at war” as long as Al Qaeda and other anti-American jihadist movements exist, ready and willing to demagogue acts like Jones’s for their own uses? Even if all Islamist outfits in the world were eliminated, wouldn’t Graham want to continue the ban on Koran-burning lest it inspire new jihadist outfits to spring up? There’s no limiting principle to this idea, realistically. It’d end up being his own version of an “emergency law.”
Click the above link for video, if you can stomach looking at the weasel.
One last quote, for those senators anxious to punish an American for speaking his mind:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Senators Reid and Graham, that is the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, that document you’ve sworn to uphold and defend. I suggest you read it again and pay special attention to the parts in bold, because your duty includes defending the rights even of jerks like Pastor Terry Jones.
Don’t get me wrong: I am not defending what Jones did. After over a decade in which we’ve seen Muslims riot and kill seemingly at the drop of a hat —over cartoons, for Pete’s sake— he had to have known that his actions carried the risk of serious consequences. He is, at the least, a selfish, publicity-seeking wretch.
But, notwithstanding all that, he had every right to do what he did, and I for once would like to see our political figures defend those rights loudly and proudly, instead of cravenly appeasing a bunch of Islamic supremacists for fear that they might, again, be unable to control themselves. The only persons responsible for the deaths in Mazar are the Muslim rioters, themselves.
My dear Senators, we’re in a war to defend Western civilization. Try to act like you really care about its values, okay?
(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)