Progressive porn and the no_limit_nigga

(I don’t like using the n-word, but I do like referring to people the way they refer to themselves. In this case, the latter wins.)

A few weeks ago, I was watching some progressive porn. In this particular case, it was an episode of Criminal Minds (see #153). The show started with the murder of a nice white family in their home. A dead, black, apparent-gang-member was also found dead in the home. The gang member was apparently killed by the family during the attack. There were a couple killings in this same area with this same pattern.

Obviously, you’re supposed to think that the killings are gang-related – young blacks killing white families. However, if you notice patterns (i.e. if you’re a thought criminal), you know that you’re watching progressive porn (i.e. a crime show on network TV). The rules of progressive porn prohibit any minority from being a criminal – the real criminal must always be a relatively-well-off white guy. Sure enough, after some "unforeseen twists," (which were obvious to any thought criminal after about 3 minutes) it’s revealed the real killer is a white guy running for political office. He’s just inciting some racial violence to stir up the electorate (who could have possibly seen that coming?!).

I have been rather busy for the last week, and – for various reasons – I consumed most of the news from the last week during a period of many consecutive hours yesterday. In other words, I got to read almost a week’s worth of news about the Trayvon Martin story in one sitting. In brief, the results were about as surprising as a typical piece of progressive porn. The twists were just reversed to correspond to reality instead of to correspond to the sort of stuff that gets progressives all excited.

The scene opens with an apparent cold-blooded murder by a crazed, racist, white (sorry for the redundancy) neighborhood watchmen gunning down a defenseless black honor student. Even the President(!!!) makes a comment on the incident.

After a series of "unforeseen twists," it’s revealed that the watchmen was Hispanic (or White Hispanic in the terminology of the New York Times (I’ve got money saying this particularly phrase doesn’t last long in the Times’ lexicon)), and he very likely may have been acting in self defense. The "victim" may have initiated the violence, may have been a drug dealer and/or a burglar, and now his supporters are looting stores to honor his memory.

Despite the fact that this process was entirely predictable, the editor of National Review and all sorts of others were somehow foolish enough to beclown themselves. Apparently they’re not very good at noticing patterns.

Most everything that there is to say about this story has been covered elsewhere. Particularly good were OneSTDV, Chuck, and Auster.

I’d add only a couple things. Eugene Volokh has an interesting analysis of Florida law here:

Florida law, though, clearly resolves this: “A law enforcement agency … may not arrest [a] person for using force [in a self-defense situation] unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.”

So in Florida, the police must have probable cause to believe that the defendant wasn’t acting in lawful self-defense in order to arrest the defendant. It’s not enough to say, “we have probable cause to believe that you killed the victim, so we’ll arrest you and then sort out later how strong your self-defense case is.”

This seems to explain – pretty clearly – why Zimmerman wasn’t and still hasn’t been arrested. It’ll also be interesting, if Zimmerman does eventually get arrested, to see what happens to the prosecutor that indicts him.

Mr Roach also notes that mainstream libertarians got in on the beclowning as well:

I’m glad today we’re relieved of evildoers like Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell in favor of the Agitator, who has never found a puppy or a drug dealer he doesn’t like, and who is now showing his high regard for liberty, federalism, and common sense by weighing in on the side of the “unarmed black teenager,” and, implicitly, the federal government’s all-too-typical intrusiveness in local law enforcement in the name of “civil rights.” In this curious argument from a libertarian, he is asking for more arrests by a local law enforcement agency, even though he is always accusing them in nearly every other situation of being overbearing and incompetent.

Mainstream libertarians yield to no one in the status-whoring competition to avoid recognizing patterns.

Finally, I’d note an objection to the view that Zimmerman was a nut for participating in his neighborhood watch. Like the Florida neighborhood in which this crime took place, I live in a diverse neighborhood (mine is basically 50/50 black and white). As best I can tell from having read arrest and crime reports from my police precinct for the last three years, 100% of the crime in my neighborhood is committed by young black men. (Several of the stores in the neighborhood require patrons to lower the hoods on their hoodies when they enter the store – apparently store-owners recognize patterns). We have a few of the "nutty" neighborhood watch types in my neighborhood (lots of whom are, in fact, black) and – thought they may be a bit off in some ways (e.g. they don’t accept high levels of crime as a naturally occurring phenomenon) – they’re responsible for a lot of the arrests that ultimately occur. My neighborhood is certainly better off for having them around.

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9 Responses to Progressive porn and the no_limit_nigga

  1. asdf says:

    I’ve got a hardcore catherdral member as a co-worker. Pure progressive boilerplate and he is riled up over this.

    Parents are government workers that left him a trust fund. He’s made nothing of himself and is entry level GS at 30.

    He has no interest in learning anything. We talk about the SC healthcare hearings, he hasn’t read any constitutional law and doesn’t want to (but he has a strong opinion). He also has a strong opinion on Zimmermen (but thinks all of the new facts are “fabricated”). He also has a strong opinion on religion (its for dumb hicks). But he has read zero theology or philosophy. I lend him books and he always says he doesnt have time, even though he works a government schedule and has no kids.

    • Alrenous says:

      “He also has a strong opinion on Zimmermen (but thinks all of the new facts are “fabricated”).”

      This always makes me giggle. If he accepts that facts can be fabricated, who is more likely to be able to fabricate facts – a neighbourhood watchman and a pet judge, or giant media conglomerates and the President of the United States?

      Talk about not noticing patterns. Oh hey Climategate, hi there, how’s it going.

      For the record I worry about the latter being able to fabricate autopsy reports. I don’t think they can now, but sooner or later…

      “We have a few of the “nutty” neighborhood watch types in my neighborhood (lots of whom are, in fact, black) “

      To me, it seems a lot of discussion forget that last parenthetical. Yes, black criminality is higher. But a landslide of blacks hate crimes just as much as anyone else.

      If not more. Higher testosterone means higher aggressiveness. Which means more crime…but it also means more willingness to get out there and stop crime, instead of being passive.

  2. SkepticalCynical says:

    What I would like to understand better is the process by which the Zimmerman affair became progressive porn. Why did the entire progressive media and political establishment pattern-match on this story in the first place?

    From the first, it was obvious that the shooter was not a very plausible “white”, and that some critical facts (like the actual circumstances of the fight) were unknown.

    So why did every progressive up through the president decide to go all-in on this one?

    Theory 1: media-exploitable white on black violence really is so rare that this counted as an unusual event.

    Theory 2: the facts don’t matter. Weeks of “white racism” news coverage sticks, the eventual walk-back doesn’t.

    Theory 3: the case was perceived as a chance to attack “stand your ground” laws, and that was the real progressive catnip.

    Something else?

    • Foseti says:

      All of the above? I think theory 1 is definitely true

    • Matt says:

      The main reason is probably because Zimmerman wasn’t arrested. A recent hate crime in Mississippi was wrapped up with the suspects being arrested and confessing. This is not really that exciting, as it implies that the system is working as intended, rather than providing a ‘racist system’ myth to get riled up about. Just having white on black violence isn’t enough (it’s rare, but it happens), you also have to have an oppression narrative.

      • josh says:

        4) The police are now properly afraid of the Cathedral leaving the people vulnerable and dependent. If the middle classes are allowed gated communities with voluntary neighborhood watches, it could quickly lead to…community! Of course, this must be stopped.

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  4. Just says:

    “White Hispanic”? Interesting.

    What is Hispanic, by the way? … Or, for that matter, what is White?

    Personally know black “Hispanics”. Now what do I do?

    Is an “Argentine” Spaniard/Italian/Austrian the same as a “Mexican” Aztec/Toltec/Mayan?

    For the record:

    >> Full Zimmerman 911 call (note “OK” to ‘don’t follow’ request, and near finish “I don’t know where this kid is.” Hadn’t heard that?) -

    >> Police report from that very night (note GZ back with grass / nose/head bloody) -

    http://cnninsession.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/martinpolicreport.pdf

    **Mr. Zimmerman, if you’re out there listening, here’s my fifty-two cent, if you will:

    Do not grant a single TV interview, not even Faux News. Sue the pants off of NBC & Spike Lee. I’ll look for the out-of-court settlement announcements in the back pages in about ten years.

    Live happily ever after.

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