Archive for January 2015

Guns and Vigilantes

A white vigilante attacks an elderly black man who had done nothing illegal, and it was only by the grace of god that no one got shot.

And you’ll never hear about it on the national news, despite months of non-stop coverage about Zimmerman.

The Differences

I’ve been seeing people equating the Charlie cartoons to the Nazi anti-Semitic cartoons.  The justification here is that if you can ban Nazi cartoons, you should be able to ban cartoons with Mohammed in them.  First off, I don’t think either should be banned.  Even still, they aren’t the same, as a breakdown of basic logic would show.

In Nazi cartoons:

  • An unflattering caricature is made.
  • People who like the cartoon commit violence.
  • That violence is against the subject of the caricature.

In the Mohammed cartoons:

  • An unflattering caricature is made.
  • People who don’t like the cartoon commit violence.
  • That violence is against the cartoonist by the supporters of the subject of the caricature.

These aren’t even remotely related.  It’s the difference between me saying that Mexigogue is a child molester and getting his ass beaten by a crowd (arguably my fault), and me saying that Mexigogue is a child molester and getting my ass beaten by NAMBLA (all blame on the pederasts.)

The Rules of Engagement

Journalists grapple with fear and doubts about firearms after Paris attack.

Really?  This is just the opening salvos in 4th Generation warfare.  What are you going to do when people who really understand it decide to start shooting?