Memes/Auto-Da-Fe of the Day

Auto-da-Fe of the Day (Brazen, Part 2)

The LA Times is back with another fantastic headline, this time “Brutal, brazen crimes shake L.A., leaving city at a crossroads.” This paragraph, so LA in its hystericalism, captures what’s a stake: “Crews of burglars publicly smashing their way into Los Angeles’ most exclusive stores. Robbers following their victims, including a star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and a BET host, to their residences. And this week, the fatal shooting of 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant, an admired philanthropist and wife of music legend Clarence Avant, in her Beverly Hills home.” Who wants to bet that all those Hancock Park and Beverly Hills penitents—go BLM!—won’t be inviting that pair of youthful black men with black hoodies and masks—the same one’s just making themselves feeling at home just outside their $7 million dollars homes— in for a cup of the most special Se Chung Oolong Tea? What, are we back to “profiling” now that they’re showing up, quite literally, in their front yards?

The NY Times is waking up from wokeness too; to characterize what’ happening in their hometown in this article. Alas, it’s almost comical the way corporate news media parrot each other, especially when they need to cover each others asses for getting it all utterly wrong in the first place.

The ball usually gets rolling over at the NY Times and then, voila, within days, you’ll find WAPO reporting on it, then, typically, the LA Times comes timidly shuffling in with CNN right behind. Eventually, it trickles down to the yammering heads at any number of cable news outfits. I continue to be amazed out how certain liberal readers of these “newspapers of record” only really register a problem when it’s reported in their daily rag. and, conversely, how conservative readers only register a problem with it’s barked out at Fox News. Thinking people are disappearing everywhere, my friends. Ideologues abound.

There is a certain institutional cowardice, a self-congratulating timorousness to most corporate media types (I’ve known many of them). They are like these little dogs, that you’ll find some Pacific Palisades divorcee toting on one arm in a specially designed basket while perseverating over the poor quality of dinosaur kale at Gelsens or wherever. These “reporters and editors” are essentially yappy frightened animals that nonetheless have a certain weird affect on your soul for how relentless and restless and fierce (and underpaid) on the face of it they look. Strange that something so ridiculous should stare you down so imperiously. Look, should you plop any of them down in any number of POC neighborhoods where POC actually have to live, for more than an hour, for longer than it takes to, say, report on a cop who just stun-gunned another black man, they’d wither to nothing within seconds.

Let’s speak simply here, friends. The designer Marc Jacobs, whom they quote, and the varied other retailers who held their mouths shut as their stores were being ransacked and set ablaze two summer ago did so out of sheer terror. They had only two options: to speak out and face the remorseless ire of the herd or admit their complicity in the crimes being prosecuted against them. They could either say “fuck you” or “I’ve been a bad boy and deserve what I’m getting.” They justified their terror by internalizing the blame: “If I’m scared it is because I have done something wrong; if I hadn’t done something wrong Daddy wouldn’t have punished me.” This was not, however, the terror of terrorists; no, this was the terror of Mao or Stalin; a new catechism was being forged with each building that was razed. This country, let’s confess, was held hostage for months on end. NY Times writes, “As tensions flared across the nation, major retailers like Nordstrom and Target would not discuss the extent of damage to their stores or how many they had to close during protests, instead focusing on their empathy for the demonstrators. The designer Marc Jacobs wrote on Instagram: “NEVER let them convince you that broken glass or property is violence,” adding, “Property can be replaced, human lives CANNOT.” ”

(Brazen, Part 1)

Nordstroms at The Grove in LA looted by bad people because good people made them behave that way

Based on this newstory with headline: “A new breed of brazen takeover robbers hitting California luxury retailers, raising ire.”

Alas, dear readers, a new breed of looters, a new breed of Louis Vuitton and Versace and Nordstrom vultures, from out of a terrible vacuum have descended upon our most beloved lib cities—NY, SF, LA, Chicago. “These poor retailers are suffering. We are not just talking about the big stores and luxury retailers, but small businesses,” quoteth the LA Times about the recent spate of robberies and thuggeries following the acquittal of that kid for murder in Kenosha, WI.

Sorry, LA Times, not a new breed, but rather, obviously, a not-all-that-old breed has returned; they did not spawn from a vacuum but from the very same get-out-there-and-grab-shit-for-free nest. These are the same hooligans who terrorized our country and small business owner for months on end just a year-and-a-half ago now. Yet, reporting on it back then, our same LA Times went out of its way to piously observe about the Auto-da-Fe of Nancy Silverton’s Mozzaplex: “Despite the imperiled financial situation they [small business owners, like Silverton] find themselves in, some restaurant owners said they were donating to the cause and encouraged customers to do the same.”

Property is one thing, they told us, physical life is something else altogether! Let the former burn, let the expiation never abate! Burn down my business, my house, my outhouse—defund, defang, defecate, deflower, dement, whatever it takes!!!!!!!

But wait. There are still Black Men getting killed out there, in fact, at ever more alarming rates. “In many cities, towns and rural areas, homicides are up in 2021, even after a sharp rise last year. The reasons are elusive. The impact is immeasurable,” the NY Times rhapsodically reports. Here is their tidy little graph illustrating this elusiveness for your saddest consideration:

Now it is brazen, where before it was brave? Now it’s ire where before it was a kind of righteous fire? Please. Offer up in penance some more of your tender flesh for fry, I say! Why stop? There is work–I mean, looting—yet to do. Where are your candle light flames now that the Prince of Darkness has been vanquished?

This re-transcribing of history, retracing and erasing and over-pasting, a la 1984, of the near past, is kidding nobody anymore.

Here is another elusive, to end this depressing post. A registered sex offender, with a rap sheet that is too long to even be rapped—and who just two weeks before tried to run over the mother of his child with his car—plowed that same car into a parade and left lethal carnage in his wake. All this was made possible because the Milwaukee County Attorney General’s office had adopted the Post-Marxist philosophy that “bad people do bad things because good people do bad things to them,” and let him go on $1000 bail. Who will hold these domestic terrorists accountable?

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