In Defense of Teenage Knife Fighting

As President Joe would say, Come on, everybody, there’s a side of this story that seems to be missing.

Since when do we need the cops to intervene in the recreational stabbings of our youth?

Just when I thought that America couldn’t possibly get any softer, people start suggesting that there’s a role for the police in preventing knife murders. The snowflake generation strikes once again.

Is there any tradition that the radicals won’t ruin? As the brilliant Bree Newsome pointed out on Twitter, “Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons.” And now people are calling the cops on them? I ask: Is this a self-governing country or not? When Newsome says, “We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon,” she may be expressing a view that is unfashionable these days. But she’s right.

Fond memories when cops butted out, recalls Charles C. W. Cooke.

Disappointingly, my colleague Phil Klein has felt compelled to join the critics. In a post published yesterday, Phil asked in a sarcastic tone whether the police should “somehow treat teenage knife fights as they would harmless roughhousing and simply ignore it.” My answer to this is: Yes, that’s exactly what they should do — yes, even if they are explicitly called to the scene. I don’t know where Phil grew up, but where I spent my childhood, Fridays were idyllic: We’d play some football, try a little Super Mario Bros, have a quick knife fight, and then fire up some frozen pizza before bed. And now law enforcement is getting involved? This is political correctness gone mad.

The perspicacious Joy Reid had it right:

It’s hypocrisy, too. Who among us hasn’t come within a second or two of murdering someone else with a steak knife? My best friend in school, Bobby “The Blade” Simpson, used to throw shivs at the smaller kids in the music room. Did we need the authorities to step in when that happened? No, we did not. As MSNBC’s Joy Reid argued smartly on her show last night, pranks such as these were dealt with by our teachers — just as we all expected they would be. And if something went wrong? Well, that’s why we had substitutes.

The writer wonders.

In all honesty, I worry that this sort of helicopter policing is making us weak. Back in my day, the people who survived a good stabbing came out stronger for it. I learned a lot of lessons from my time in the ring: self-reliance, how to overcome fear, the importance of agility, the basics of military field dressing. And, given the turnover, I also learned how to make new friends.

Today, the free-range generation to which I belong is dying out — and, this time, it is not from the wounds inflicted by everyday teenage knife fights but because our politicians and activists simply cannot leave us be. From the time of the Colosseum, our civilization has had a tradition of lightly regulated, highly entertaining combat. Who are we, exactly, to think we know better?

Right. And what about dueling?

Con job of the century, “panic of pols” . . . “ever more morbid and distorted statistics” . . .

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From feisty foreword by George Gilder to Jeffrey Tucker’s Liberty or Lockdown, which I am reading:

‘By late April 2020, with reports of plummeting death rates from all causes, the Covid-19 crisis was already essentially over. Signs mounted that this “viral new mania,” as I called it, was far less severe than previous flus in 1918, 1958, and 1968 that occasioned no lockdowns or business closures despite millions of deaths from each around the globe.

With the average age of Covid-19 deaths reported to be as high as 85 in Massachusetts where I reside and look on in wild surmise, the real mortality numbers for Covid-19 sank into the statistical noise.

Hey, but why am I telling you this, when you hold in your hand this stirring and authoritative work by the eminent Jeffrey Tucker, who has mastered all the data and transcended it with a redemptive call…

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Chicago Does Away With Educational Standards: Failing Students Pushed Along, Comparative Testing Abolished

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Teachers run it.

Aside from apparent timing coincidences, parents should beware that these new CPS policies will further handicap Chicago public school students from competing on the state and national stage, further cheating local communities—especially minority ones — of any chance of a decent education.

Theirs is not a criminal enterprise, however, just left-wing union activity.

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The Lockdown Paradigm Is Collapsing

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About time.

It’s taken much longer than it should have but at last it seems to be happening: the lockdown paradigm is collapsing. The signs are all around us.

The one-time hero of the lockdown, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has seen his support tank from 71% to 38%, along with ever more demands that he resign. Meanwhile, polls have started to favor Florida governor and lockdown opponent Ron DeSantis for influence over the GOP in the future. This remarkable flip in fortunes is due to the dawning realization that the lockdowns were a disastrous policy. DeSantis and fellow anti-lockdown governor Kristi Noem are the first to state the truth bluntly. Their honesty has won them both credibility.


Meanwhile, in Congressional hearings, Representative James Jordan (R-OH) demanded that Dr. Fauci account for why closed Michigan has worse disease prevalence than neighboring Wisconsin which has long been entirely…

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Chauvin judge says Maxine Waters’ comments could lead to overturning trial on appeal

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Judge Peter Cahill said [remarks] by Rep. Maxine Waters over the weekend could lead to the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin being overturned on appeal.

a man and a woman sitting at a desk: In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as his defense attorney Eric Nelson gives closing arguments while Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)© AP In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin listens as his defense attorney Eric Nelson gives closing arguments while Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool) After defense attorney Eric Nelson criticized “U.S. representatives [for] threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case,” Cahill said Waters’ calls for protesters to get “more confrontational” if Chauvin is acquitted may have undermined the legitimacy of the entire trial.

“I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in…

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‘Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better’: Religious Membership Decline Prompts Sober Reflectio n| National Catholic Register

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

You go to church? You’re outnumbered.

For the first time ever, fewer than half of Americans say they belong to a church or other religious community. The rate, which hovered around 70% for decades before beginning its gradual decline in 2000, is now only 47%.

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Daunte Wright accused of choking and robbing woman at gunpoint, had arrest warrant | Fox News

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Bad egg, looking for trouble.

Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man shot by a police officer in a Minneapolis suburb Sunday afternoon, had an open warrant for his arrest related to an aggravated armed robbery attempt when he was killed, according to court records.

Wright and another man, identified as Emajay Maurice Driver, a high school acquaintance, had both been charged with first-degree aggravated robbery in a December 2019 incident in Osseso, Minnesota, Hennepin County District Court documents obtained by Fox News show.

Look hard for this info at NY Times. References to his warrant but nothing about this. We do read about his being “the class clown” as a high school freshman. The news that fits, you know.

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Scott Atlas, Jay Bhattacharya, Sunetra Gupta, and Martin Kulldorff Talk with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis – Cafe Hayek

A heartfelt tribute:

One week ago tonight I was in Destin, Florida, with my dear friend Andy Morriss – and we were enjoying a maskless, normal evening at a crowded restaurant. The experience was like 2019! It was glorious!

Thank you, Gov. DeSantis! I do not often thank politicians. But, yes, thank you, Gov. DeSantis, for your courage in resisting Covid Derangement Syndrome – and for hosting this excellent discussion among true exemplars of the enlightened mindset.

AND also – thank you, AIER, for your leadership in keeping alive the flame of liberalism amidst the darkness of Covid hysteria. Thank you Ed Stringham. Thank you Jeffrey Tucker.

Alas, hit the “heartfelt” link above, and you are in for a grim surprise.