Looking carefully at that which is unseen.

Welcome to the party, pal!

In the action movie Die Hard, Bruce Willis plays a police officer trapped in a building filled with terrorists and hostages. He tries desperately to attract the attention of law enforcement officials outside, and finally succeeds by throwing a dead terrorist through a window and onto the hood of a police car. He shouts his tag line, as is obligatory for any action hero, to the officer scrambling for cover, “Welcome to the party, pal.”

Welcome to the party, pal

Someone just tossed a body – or something equivalent – on the British press. The Guardian, has apparently just realized what any observer of government and the State has known for years: That the minions of the State are reactive in nature, that in regard to their relationship with the citizenry they basically show up to draw chalk lines around bodies, and that their ultimate purpose is really nothing more than exerting control of the citizenry on behalf of the State. Americans saw this during any number of outbreaks here – the Rodney King riots come to mind – and courts have affirmed for decades that the police owe no obligation whatsoever to individual citizens, but only to “society as a whole.” Based on their actions during various outbreaks of large scale violence, I’d question whether there’s even an obligation to society as a whole – especially because police “survival” training emphasizes that their actual and foremost obligation is to “come home alive at the end of their shift.”

One can only wonder how supportive the Guardian – and other media – will continue to be of their beloved State as more and more of the impotence that the Guardian describes comes into view. My guess is that they’ll sit back and cheerlead for more powers, more authority, more money, because no True Believer ever wants to find out that his god is not only mortal, but has feet of clay in the bargain.

The barbarians are here, and the supposed guardians of civilization are impotent.

Got popcorn? And ammunition?

Edit: The thoroughly insightful Justin Raimondo describes and offers some excellent thoughts on these Barbarians With Blackberries.


2 responses to “Welcome to the party, pal!

  1. MamaLiberty August 10, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Some good news… A lot of Brits are getting rather graphic proof that
    the police can’t protect them, and they darn well better protect
    themselves. And a few are doing something about it!


    Deputy assistant commissioner Stephen Kavanagh had already said it was
    not baton rounds or water cannon that would defeat the rioters – it was
    communities themselves. “We are already seeing a community kickback.
    People are angry. This is their neighbourhoods that are at stake,” he

    Before Monday evening’s events there were warnings that Turkish
    shopkeepers in Tottenham were forming “protection units” to stop their
    businesses being looted, while retailers in nearby Wood Green were said
    to have equipped themselves with crowbars and other weapons after
    holding emergency meetings.

    When the trouble came, hairdressers, sales assistants and butchers were
    among the scores of Turkish and Kurdish workers who stood outside their
    businesses in Green Lanes, Haringey, from 8pm having been warned by
    police to expect trouble.

    The Guardian filmed others – some armed with baseball bats – on guard
    outside shops and restaurants in Kingsland Road, only a mile away from
    Hackney’s burning high street. Three workers from Re-Style Hairdressers
    were among those out in Green Lanes, after word spread that an attack
    was imminent at about 4pm.

  2. Hobbit@Law August 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Want to bet that the shopkeepers who armed themselves and actually do something end up prosecuted afterwards? 😀

    Not to mention the lack of likelihood of it making any difference in the government later, even though you’d think that there’d be a groundswell of indignation and a serious overhaul of the laws that prevent the law abiding from dealing with the lawless without consequence to themselves.

    Interesting take on the situation from a guy with a lot more time to write than I have here:


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