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Saturday, October 24, 2015

In Which Hurricanes Diminish while Crime Rises

Hurricane Patricia received an unsatisfactory performance review and was downgraded to a tropical storm.  Good news for Mexico.  Same-sex marriage is mostly legal in Mexico, though, so I'm waiting to hear Mike Huckabee explain why the country wasn't wiped off the face of the Earth like it should have been.  Maybe not being America automatically condemns Mexico to hellfire regardless of its misguided tolerance for sodomites.

FBI Director James Comey attributes a creeping rise in violent crime to the so-called "Ferguson Effect"--a reluctance by police officers to use aggressive and occasionally violent or lethal pre-emptive tactics against would-be perpetrators, lest they be held to account in the court of public opinion ('cause God knows they're unlikely to be held to account in any other court).  It makes a certain statistical sense: Because police now must exercise excessive caution not to harass and occasionally kill people for no particular reason, it just stands to reason that some of those people who would have been arrested--or killed--now go off and commit violent crimes.  I mean, why wouldn't they?  For me, every day I'm not stopped and frisked, is an opportunity to break the law.  I'm not a violent person by nature, so I generally confine myself to petty larceny and occasional wire fraud, but that's just me.  Like Sir William Blackstone said, Better ten innocent men get tazed than one guilty man go free.

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