April 4th, 2013

Mug me again!

Here’s a story for you:

Last year when liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed, the New York Post editorial page used it to recall one of the late Ed Koch’s favorite anecdotes:

Back when he was first running for mayor, Ed Koch used to tell of the time he told some senior citizens about a judge he knew who’d been mugged.

The judge, said Koch, told a group that “this mugging will not influence any of my decisions from the bench” — whereupon a woman yelled, “Mug him again!”

While the Post was roundly criticized in some quarters for insensitivity, the lesson was apt. Those who can’t learn from their encounters with violent criminals lack credibility when they render judgment on dealing with related issues.

This anecdote came to mind when reading of the encounter of leftist Israeli filmmaker Yariv Horowitz–who was in Aubagne, France to pick up an award at a film festival for his film Rock the Casbah–had with a gang of Arab toughs. Though his movie is a cinematic attack on Israeli policies and a bouquet thrown in the direction of the Palestinians, the Arabs proved to be uninterested in his politics and instead subjected him to the same treatment they have accorded to many another Jew: he was badly beaten.

But like the judge in the Ed Koch story, Horowitz won’t let it influence him. When he regained consciousness, he refused to press charges against his attackers. Nor did he draw any conclusions about the intent of the mob that beat him up.

That immediately brought mind the story of Robert Fisk, whom you may fondly remember as the guy after whom the verb “to fisk” was named.

Here’s why (an article Fisk wrote about the time he was attacked by an Afghan mob):

They started by shaking hands. We said “Salaam aleikum” – peace be upon you – then the first pebbles flew past my face. A small boy tried to grab my bag. Then another. Then someone punched me in the back. Then young men broke my glasses, began smashing stones into my face and head. I couldn’t see for the blood pouring down my forehead and swamping my eyes. And even then, I understood. I couldn’t blame them for what they were doing. In fact, if I were the Afghan refugees of Kila Abdullah, close to the Afghan-Pakistan border, I would have done just the same to Robert Fisk. Or any other Westerner I could find.

Some people are NOT mugged by reality. They are merely mugged, and then they pile on—themselves:

24 Responses to “Mug me again!”

  1. southpaw Says:

    This would be a good opener for the next Republican National Convention.

  2. southpaw Says:

    “This” being the video. The usual lack of coherence to my comments remains intact.

  3. SGT Caz Says:

    There’s nothing wrong with being able to understand. But there is something wrong with allowing their perspective to negate your own, to the point of not fighting it.

    There’s a deep self-loathing that comes with not thinking your own perspective has enough value to be worth defending. I wonder if that condition isn’t totally inseparable from the ultimate arrogance: thinking your perspective is so beyond culture that it is no longer a perspective at all.

    Pardon my postmodernism.

  4. vanderleun Says:

    My only regret about Fisk was that he was just beaten instead of beheaded.

  5. David Yotham Says:

    Neo, the first few paragraphs reminded me so much of our head RINO, John McCain….and the GOP keeps supporting him.

  6. carl in atlanta Says:

    It’s a bit like that man who tried to reason with the chimps while they were attacking him back in 2005, no? [No pun intended]

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-03-07-chimp-attack_x.htm

  7. brooklyn boy Says:

    I knew a woman who fled NYC to Florida once after a vicious mugging, eventually came back and was as liberal as ever.

  8. Andrew_M_Garland Says:

    Robert Frost:  “A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. ”

  9. waltj Says:

    As the saying goes, you can’t fix stupid. Horowitz and Fisk display merely one example of this.

  10. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    Stupidity is natures way of pruning humanity’s gene pool, be it ever so slow.

  11. sharpie Says:

    Geoffrey Britain’s post at the following link exposes how the absurd Marxist strategy of fisking is institutionalizing white guilt. In essence, when a student or a whole class of students fail, it’s because the teacher failed to communicate because he was limited by his “whiteness.”

    Excerpt:

    “Students must accept that teachers’ lack of “cultural competence” is a major reason for many minority students performing poorly in Minnesota schools.”

    http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/bill-ayers-the-%e2%80%98critical-pedagogy%e2%80%99-movement-and-%e2%80%98cultural-marxism%e2%80%99/

  12. sharpie Says:

    Germany (OOPS, not Germany), The United States, the most sophisticated and educated country on earth and THE BIG LIE.

    In this case, THE BIG LIES. Lots of them.

  13. SteveH Says:

    Liberals were the dumbass kids that believed their parents when they said “This is gonna hurt me more than it does you”.

  14. artfldgr Says:

    So what your saying is that if the NORKS hit us, we should ignore it?

    now, of course, everyone knows that Obama has informed us that the Norks have no ICBM capability, and their last two tests failed to have high yield. which is why they are moving ships there to protect us from something they don’t have.

    however, most people have no idea about nuclear weapons, how they work, the difference between tactical and strategic (not just in treaties), and so on.

    its not hard to make a nuclear bomb
    and testing is not required to miniaturize it.

    Astronomers Say North Korean Satellite Is Most Likely Dead
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/world/asia/north-korean-satellite.html?_r=0

    now… if it was dead, why would North Korea call it a success? and what about their tests? the fizzle?

    from wiki:
    In nuclear weapons, a fizzle occurs when the testing of a nuclear bomb fails to meet its expected yield. The reason(s) for the failure can be linked to improper bomb design, poor construction, or lack of expertise

    the key phrase is “fails to meet its expected yield”

    WE expected 10 kilotons… so WE called it a fizzle
    what if it was only for 1 kiloton?

    1 kiloton are tactical weapons…
    like the US T-1 ADM – its 150 lbs..

    now… while everyone focuses on STRATEGIC weapons like ICBM, we are distracted and too ignorant to know about FOBs…

    During the Cold War, the USSR experimented with a secret weapon, the Fractional Orbital Bombardment System (FOBS), that used an ICBM like a Space Launch Vehicle to put a nuclear warhead into orbit, like a satellite. Instead of using the ICBM to lob the warhead on a more accurate arcing ballistic trajectory, flying along the shortest range to target, like an artillery shell, the FOBS lofted the warhead into a “fractional” or partial orbit, sacrificing accuracy for limitless range.

    FOBS could reach any nation or threaten any target anywhere on Earth.

    so you don’t need a ICBM that can travel 2500 – 5000 miles, you only need one that can lift a payload up 25 miles to 300 miles…

    which they already did…
    [edited for length]

  15. artfldgr Says:

    Open borders are more dangerous than just immigrants.
    it lets in spies, malcontents, criminals, and one can drive a 150 lb nuclear bomb into the US…

    did one of the 11,000,000 carry one?

    remember the caches? mitrokhin revealed some, they were found, and many were either blown up or removed… (They were protected with “lightning” triggers)

    how many people in our schools, and other places are not who they seem to be. like hassan nidal… how many leftists will sabotage self defense efforts?

    I am just curious if someone can do a realistic assessment with another conclusion (my conclusion is that we should never be in a position to wonder nor to not be able to do anything about it. this is regardless of whether they act or not.. i feel safer when they cant act at all, not that we live next to Krakatoa and dont know when it goes off)

    anyone other than me realize that the second bernanke tries to do his, scoop up the money before inflation happens, we are going to have a bond run that will really slam us?????????? i guess they need an outside excuse to blame so that when that happens we dont tar and feather them… (and when we have to give up, it will be bush fault anyway).

  16. Lizzy Says:

    I suppose we should be relieved he at least didn’t find a way to blame this on America or Israel, eh?
    Reminds me of the Code Pinkos that partner with Hamas and other Muslim radicals to protest against Israel. The cognitive dissonance in providing aid and comfort to those who would sooner rape and/or behead them (for being infidel, atheist women do things like naked protests and dressing up as vaginas) is astounding.

  17. davisbr Says:

    In re, see battered wife syndrome.

    In re, see Stockholm syndrome.

    …and that’s the kinder, gentler interpretation of such behavior.

    IMO, and in this case, the behavior is emblematic of their being Useful Idiots gone amuck.

    Hmm. Although I s’pose a case could be made for their being shoo-ins as Darwin Awards candidates?

    Another “hmm”.

    You know what? After giving the matter further consideration, I think I’ll go with the much more optimistic Darwin Awards categorization after all.

  18. Sam L. Says:

    Stupid is as stupid does, and the Stupid is strong in these two.

  19. artfldgr Says:

    North Korea Sets Deadline For Diplomats To Leave: Next Wednesday

    The next phase of brinksmanship.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/north-korea-orders-diplomats-leave-april-10-article-1.1308491

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/north-korea-sets-deadline-for-diplomats-to-leave-next-wednes

    Thank god that the atheists, gays and women will defend us!!!! and i can stay in the basements and play Nintendo till they are done… OWS will fight to save us, no?

    He pushed to allow gays to openly serve which caused some military personnel who held on to their Christian values to resign.

    Obama pushed his gay rights initiative onto military chaplains, forcing them to perform same-sex unions and marriages, even though it was against their religion

    this is great for morale, i hear the LGBT community will be handing out lesbian porn for the women, gay porn pin ups for the men, and bela abzug nudie posters for the heterosexuals.

    Obama is now pushing to extend benefits to the unwed gay partners of military personnel but not to the unwed opposite sex partners of military personnel

    Obama then attacked the retirement program for the military making it less desirable for people to give the country twenty or more years of their lives

    Troop and weaponry reduction was next on Obama’s list. Through his edict, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta began reducing the number of active military personnel in all branches. Ships, planes and other equipment have also been reduced in numbers.

    Obama has also been weeding out those top military leaders that refuse to say that they would shoot fellow Americans if ordered to do so.

    “I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new ‘litmus test’ in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. ‘The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.’ Those who will not are being removed.” Dr. Jim Garrow

    One has to wonder if this had anything to do with President Obama’s dismissal of Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis from his post as commander of the Central Command

    Word on the national security street is that General James Mattis is being given the bum’s rush out of his job as commander of Central Command, and is being told to vacate his office several months earlier than planned.”

    http://freebeacon.com/report-obama-ousting-centcom-chief-mattis/

    Supposedly due to military budget cuts and the sequester, the Navy has delayed indefinitely the refueling and reconditioning of two air craft carriers.

    he also made sure that most of them were all docked next to each other so in the event of trouble, the enemy wont have to chase them down, they can get them all in one place (a man from hawaii didnt learn from pearl harbor?)

    Obama created and signed into law is the cutting of tuition assistance to active military personnel. This has been a large draw to get young men and women to enlist, but without it, those enlistment figures are sure to drop

    According to the HHS, the poverty level for a family of 3 is $19,090 a year and a family of 4 is $23,050. Active military personnel make just enough to keep them barely above the official federal poverty level,

    you should see how he is gutting science…

    do you thiknk that he will be able to make 100,000 stem teachers when there arent enough people who can do basic math to get a factory job in the US?

  20. neo-neocon Says:

    artfldgr: The most recent post about that topic here was less than a week ago, and there have been tons of posts about the N. Korea problem over the years, and tons of discussions on this and many many other blogs and in newspapers.

    Why not, as I have said several times, just offer your information without the insults and the assumptions about what people care about and don’t care about, and know and don’t know?

  21. Gringo Says:

    sharpie:
    In essence, when a student or a whole class of students fail, it’s because the teacher failed to communicate because he was limited by his “whiteness.”

    From my experience in teaching at a minority and poverty school, I would say that there IS some truth to that assertion. Blacks tend to have a more confrontational, a more in-your-face kind of communication style than whites do. When many black students see the more mild mannered communication style of a white, they see this as a signal that this teacher can be played. And in my case, they were correct.

    I had a problematic student whose mother was a teacher’s aide in another school. He once made the remark that his mother was a lot harder on problem students than I was.

    [He flunked my class. There was pressure from the principal to pass as many students as possible, but from my experience, students tend to work and behave better when they get at least one failing grade. If I had to do it over again, I would have handed out more failing grades in the beginning of the year. Like the old line about the farmer hitting a mule on the side of the head to get its attention. No, I am not advocating actual physical abuse.]

    This does not mean that all black teachers succeed with black/minority students with a confrontational style. A teacher on my team had nearly 40 years of teaching experience. She was mild-mannered, but she knew which buttons to push to make her students behave.

  22. Gringo Says:

    neo on artful dodger:
    Why not, as I have said several times, just offer your information without the insults and the assumptions about what people care about and don’t care about, and know and don’t know?

    One time artfldgr included a reference to a work by C. Wright Mills. Because I wasn’t sure why he referred to Mills, I asked him why he did so. artfldgr’s response was to give a lengthy explanation about Mills, with the underlying assumption that I didn’t know jack about C. Wright Mills. I replied that I had several of his books on my shelves. Moreover, family friends had known C. Wright Mills from his grad school days, long before he was prominent in his profession. Courtesy of my family friends, by the age of 18 I had read my first C. Wright Mills book- his propaganda screed Listen Yankee in support of Fidel Castro. Which is why I don’t have a high opinion of C. Wright Mills.

  23. davisbr Says:

    …at the risk of not piling on (and in recognition of my personal idiosyncratic conversational quirks lol), I just chalk it up to artfldgr’s style, and read past the sometimes hyperbolic “tone” if you will (tone on the ‘net is hard to communicate well-or-at-all, and easy to misinterpret).

    He does present an interesting perspective at times, and includes a wealth of obscure stuff – often with links – that are interesting in-and-of-themselves. Especially on rainy afternoons.

    …oh crap, did I just display a tendency to smooth over things? What’s that called? Really, I’m not that thing.

    I just find him interesting as himself, and I ignore any lack of social graces in his style (and in most people, not just artfldgr). JMTB.

  24. Doom Says:

    Your article eats at me, hard. I did survive my youth, I didn’t live it. I learned hard things, bitter things, and how to still be me without succumbing one way or another. And for that reason, I hated appeasers and ‘bleeding hearts’ for the longest time. More often than not they sided with bullies, even groups of them, against those they sought to victimize. Especially when one such as I would not kneel, yield, surrender.

    I surrendered the hate, but not the disrespect, distaste. Peace is not worth surrender. Compassion for the warped should not supersede justice. Personal and business associations, and preferences, should not be above what is right. I wondered though, how many who seemed to be justifying evildoers had merely surrendered to it? I suppose I will never know. Have you seen the “gays for sharia law” group? Yeah, that’s going to work out well.

    I have, pretty much, given up on America. Mostly because from what I can tell, America has given up on itself. I can, and will, fight. I won’t kneel. I won’t just surrender. But I also won’t go against the mob, not directly, not alone. I’ll merely slip away and let the mob eat itself. I just hope I can heal in time to sneak out the back door and let the cannibalism that is coming destroy only the cannibals… and those who have engendered the behavior. I have no interest in being mugged again, again, again. Nor can I kill that many. Nor would I. If it comes to that, this is no longer my home and yet just because I am Rome, I will not do, always, as the Romans do.

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