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Remembering the Good Old Days When Teens Could While Away the Afternoon Hours with Harmless Knife Fighting

Filed under: General — JVW @ 3:17 pm

[guest post by JVW]

Charles C. W. Cooke, one of the sharpest wits in conservative journalism these days, counters the reactionary tendencies of our host by leaping to the defense of Valerie Jarrett, Bree Newsome, Sherrod Brown, and all the other stellar intellects who have argued that attacking another teenage girl with a knife was no reason for a cop to get all antsy and shoot Ma’Khia Bryant. With due respect to the memory of the late Miss Bryant, the estimable Mr. Cooke deploys a Swiftian sense of satire that is worth reading in its entirety. But to whet your appetite, here are some great paragraphs:

Just when I thought that America couldn’t possibly get any softer, people start suggesting that there’s a role for the police in preventing knife murders. The snowflake generation strikes once again.

Is there any tradition that the radicals won’t ruin? As the brilliant Bree Newsome pointed out on Twitter, “Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons.” And now people are calling the cops on them? I ask: Is this a self-governing country or not? When Newsome says, “We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon,” she may be expressing a view that is unfashionable these days. But she’s right.

[. . .]

In all honesty, I worry that this sort of helicopter policing is making us weak. Back in my day, the people who survived a good stabbing came out stronger for it. I learned a lot of lessons from my time in the ring: self-reliance, how to overcome fear, the importance of agility, the basics of military field dressing. And, given the turnover, I also learned how to make new friends.

When the world has become so frustratingly obtuse, about the only way to cope is through relentless mockery of the lunatic voices who are unfortunately given prominence. One last exhortation: go read the entire piece: Charlie Cooke and NRO deserve the pageview.


Democrat Politicians Continue to Demagogue Race and Police Shootings

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am

The rank demagoguery continues:

What does “justice and accountability” mean in this context? The plain facts of the death of Ma’Khia Bryant case show that the officer who killed her was justified in doing so. (By the way, by saying that, I have revealed myself to be an “asshole” in the words of a writer for The Atlantic:

Well, she’s not wrong about me, anyway.)

LeBron James tweeted out a photo of the cop to his 50 million followers and said “YOU’RE NEXT” with the hashtag #ACCOUNTABILITY. He later deleted the tweet and blamed his critics for it.

This is insanity.

I showed you the video yesterday but watch it if you didn’t. Bryant was swinging a knife at a girl in pink and just about to stab her when the officer shot her.

There is now garage security camera footage of the same incident from across the street:

The neighbor whose camera took the footage says he believes police had no choice.

The officer should be given a ticker tape parade. He is a hero. There is no doubt in my mind that he saved the girl in pink from a violent attack that could have killed her.

You do realize that teenaged girls are capable of killing one another with knives, correct? This story came out of Cincinnati yesterday:

A 13-year-old girl, accused of killing another 13-year-old girl, appeared in court for the first time Wednesday. Officials say Janiah Pate fatally stabbed Nyaira Givens with a pocket knife on Monday.

Police responded to the scene on Topridge Place in the city’s Winton Hills neighborhood at 9:08 p.m.

Responding officers found Givens suffering from a stab wound to the right side of her neck. Fire personnel responded and rushed Givens to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she later died.

Yet the Joe Biden administration, which reliably demagogues every issue with a potential racial angle, rushed to portray this shooting as an example of systematic racism:

Cory Booker was not the first senator to invoke racism. That “honor” went to Sherrod Brown:

Meanwhile, the media continues to mislead the public:

It’s no wonder we have a moral panic about police shootings and race in this country. Democrat politicians should be added to Big Media and social media as part of the triumvirate of culprits driving much of America insane with this obsession.

UPDATE: As the evidence that this girl was justifiably killed adds up, the demagoguery multiples.

“I’m gonna stab the fuck out of you”:

Meanwhile, Rashida “no more policing” Tlaib weighs in:

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