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My thoughts on the news of the day, both local, Colorado, national and international.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Thanks again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links!

I hate hot weather.  And it’s a hot one this week.  Yesterday wasn’t that bad, but it’s going to be well into the nineties by the weekend.  Of all the reasons Mrs. Animal and I want to move up north to the Great Land, the cool summers are a big part of it.

Granted eastern Iowa where I grew up was worse than here in Colorado, having not only heat but also humidity.  And the winters were actually worse than the typical winters in Alaska near the ocean.  I’ve often said that there were two reasons I left the Midwest:  The summers, and the winters.  But in fact, I can handle cold weather better than hot weather.  You can always put more clothes on, but there is a limit to how much you can take off without upsetting the neighbors.

Anyhow; with that out of the way…

On To the Links!

Trump to Minnesota:  You broke it, you bought it.

I love a happy ending.

What do they know that we don’t?

When bears start associating humans with food, it never ends well.

But, sure, let’s start sending social workers instead of cops on these.

Answer to a question nobody’s asking.

Bookmark this site and keep an eye on it.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

This Week’s Idiots:

The Seattle City Council are all idiots.

Bill De Blasio is an idiot.  (Yes, again.)

USA Today’s fact checkers are idiots.

Congresscritter Crazy Eyes is an idiot.  (Yes, again.)

And So:

I don’t have any more deep thoughts or perspectives to share on this busy week, so instead, here is a representative of the better things about summer:

On that note, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

The week after a three-day weekend is always a contentious one, isn’t it?  I’ve been saying for years that you can’t take a vacation without paying for it one way or another, as our recent week at the Redneck Riviera once more proved.  But geeze, it would be nice to not get drilled the week after a three-day weekend that supposedly the whole company took off.

But enough of that.  You didn’t come here to read my whining about my workload, you came for news.  And so:

On To the Links!

Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

If America is so racist, why are there so many fake “hate crimes?”

Is America at a point of no return?  Honestly, I think we passed that point along about 1850.

Bye-bye WHO.   We hardly knew ye.  I once had to study up on WHO requirements for pharmaceutical manufacturers to prepare for an audit I was brought in to do on a plant in South Africa.  The WHO “guidelines” were nearly incomprehensible; you could interpret them to mean almost anything.  My colleague and I pretty much ignored the WHO guidelines and audited against ISO instead.

Coming soon to a major American city near you!

Lesson:  Don’t play in the street.

RIP Charlie Daniels.  His song Long Haired Country Boy formed a small part of my youthful arc in favor of liberty:

‘Cause I ain’t asking nobody for nothin’
If I cant get it on my own
If you don’t like the way I’m livin’
You just leave this long-haired country boy alone

Good for Terry Crews!   A voice of reason in the wilderness.
This Week’s Idiots:

This idiot is running for President.  Supposedly.  Mind you, I’m 99.997% certain he’s just taking a dump.

Paging Dr. Darwin, Dr. Charles Darwin.

ABC News is apparently staffed with idiots.

Bill De Blasio is an idiot.

With that said…

Work beckons.

That’s not altogether a bad thing, mind  you.  Not only do we have bills that must be paid, at least my work 1) pays well and b) is mind-work rather than back-work.  In my life I’ve done plenty of both, and I prefer mind-work.  But I’m not above back-work if that’s what is necessary to keep a roof over our heads; I’ve hammered shingles on roofs before, and am not above doing it again if that’s what needs to happen to maintain hearth and home.

It’s called taking responsibility.  You know.  As a man does.

For now, though, the keyboard calls.  More tomorrow.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks as always to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove and Bacon Time for the Rule Five links!

Turns out money can buy happiness.  Excerpt:

“Does money buy happiness?,” asked economist Richard Easterlin in his famous 1973 essay in The Public Interest. His conclusion was that once a certain level of economic development had been achieved, greater wealth and income did not lead to greater overall happiness. At an aggregate level, more money does not buy more happiness, he claimed. However subsequent research found that people dwelling in higher-income countries are happier than those living in poorer places. Nevertheless, Easterlin continues to doggedly defend his position.

There is also the claim, supposedly based on work by Princeton economist and Nobelist Angus Deaton and his colleagues that happiness, does not increase once an individual’s income reaches about $75,000 per year. Actually, what the study found is that more money does not affect the immediate level of joys, stress, and sadness, but does correlate strongly with measures of overall life satisfaction.

A new study using happiness survey data encompassing the responses of 44,000 adult Americans between 1972 and 2016 from the General Social Survey (GSS) finds that more money does in fact correlate with more happiness.

I remember, back in the early Eighties, watching some goof interviewing Van Halen‘s David Lee Roth.  The founding members of Van Halen had all grown up in working-class households, and at that time were still adjusting to the fame and fortune that the fans had thrown their way.  Roth went on at some length at how much money they were making.

“You know, Dave,” the interviewer said, “you can’t buy happiness.”

Roth flashed his usual charismatic grin and said “Maybe, but I can buy a yacht big enough to sail right up next to it.”

In my life I’ve been poor and I’ve been, like I am today, maybe not rich but at least comfortably well found.  I much prefer the latter.  I’ve worked very hard for many years to get there.

Money isn’t really a thing in and of itself, after all, in these days of fiat currencies and electronic transactions; money is a measure of personal value, and a measure of one’s resources.  Money is a tool we use to trade with one another.  As Ayn Rand put it (abridged for the film):

So it should come as a surprise to no one that having more resources at one’s command would, in general, lead to more satisfaction in life than having less resources.  That’s not a universal; my Mom used to describe growing up on a small farm in the Depression, when they generally had very little money but always enough to eat (advantage of being on a farm), a secure home and the love of their parents.   She always described those as happy years; she had a very happy childhood, Great Depression notwithstanding.

But the study linked here sure seems to confirm the obvious; more resources are better than less.  Money brings with it a peace of mind, a lack of it brings a good deal of anxiety.

Money isn’t everything.  But it certainly is something.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Sunset at the lake.

It’s amazing what a week’s vacation will do for you.  I am now tanned, rested, and reasonably ready to forage into the news of the day to bring you all links that I find interesting/enraging/both.  The trouble is, I come back from my vacation to find plenty of stuff that’s enraging.  But at least, for a few more days, I can close my eyes and cast myself back to the Lake of the Ozarks, where there are a few more large-mouth bass I didn’t catch.

And so:

On To the Links!

Media Fail I.

Media Fail II.

Shot.

Chaser.

Speaking of:  Florida sheriffs to Florida citizens:  Better arm yourselves.  And more people are turning to the Second Amendment in the wake of riots and looting.

Meanwhile, these black lives apparently don’t matter.

Nor do these.

Easy answer:  Get the government out of education altogether.

This Week’s Idiots:

NYC Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome is an idiot, and a racist fuckstick.  Relevant quote:  His vision for the Bronx is similarly militant — a black and brown sovereign nation with its own self-policing force. 

Like Zimbabwe?  Honestly, there are plenty of “black and brown sovereign nations” around the world this asshole could move to.  Why not try that?  See how it works out for you.

Politico’s Ryan Lizza is an idiot.

Joe Biden’s tax plan was crafted by idiots.  You sure as hell know senile old Joe didn’t come up with it.

The DNC’s social media people are idiots.

And So…

I don’t have much by the way of comments today other than what I’ve already written, so to ease your disappointment, here’s a little more from the archives:

With that, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Rule Five Data and Facts Friday

Facts are pesky, persistent things.  Coleman Hughes has examined some facts, and ended up changing his mind on some things, to his credit.  Excerpt:

Two things changed my mind: stories and data.

First, the stories. Each story in this paragraph involves a police officer killing an unarmed white person. (To demonstrate how commonly this happens, I have taken all of them from a single year, 2015, chosen at random). Timothy Smith was killed by a police officer who mistakenly thought he was reaching into his waistband to grab a gun; the shooting was ruled justified. William Lemmon was killed after he allegedly failed to show his hands upon request; the shooting was ruled justified. Ryan Bolinger was shot dead by a cop who said he was moving strangely and walking toward her; the shooting was ruled justified. Derek Cruice was shot in the face after he opened the door for police officers serving a warrant for a drug arrest; the cops recovered marijuana from the property, and the shooting was ruled justified. Daniel Elrod robbed a dollar store, and, when confronted by police, allegedly failed to raise his hands upon request (though his widow, who witnessed the event, insists otherwise); he was shot dead. No criminal charges were filed. Ralph Willis was shot dead when officers mistakenly thought that he was reaching for a gun. David Cassick was shot twice in the back by a police officer while lying face down on the ground. Six-year-old Jeremy Mardis was killed by a police officer while sitting in the passenger seat of a car; the officer’s intended target was Jeremy’s father, who was sitting in the driver’s seat with his hands raised out the window. Autumn Steele was shot dead when a police officer, startled by her German shepherd, immediately fired his weapon at the animal, catching her in the crossfire. Shortly after he killed her, bodycam footage revealed the officer’s despair: “I’m f—— going to prison,” he says. The officer was not disciplined.

For brevity’s sake, I will stop here. But the list goes on.

And:

You might agree that the police kill plenty of unarmed white people, but object that they are more likely to kill unarmed black people, relative to their share of the population. That’s where the data comes in. The objection is true as far as it goes; but it’s also misleading. To demonstrate the existence of a racial bias, it’s not enough to cite the fact that black people comprise 14 percent of the population but about 35 percent of unarmed Americans shot dead by police. (By that logic, you could prove that police shootings were extremely sexist by pointing out that men comprise 50 percent of the population but 93 percent of unarmed Americans shot by cops.)

Instead, you must do what all good social scientists do: control for confounding variables to isolate the effect that one variable has upon another (in this case, the effect of a suspect’s race on a cop’s decision to pull the trigger). At least four careful studies have done this—one by Harvard economist Roland Fryer, one by a group of public-health researchers, one by economist Sendhil Mullainathan, and one by David Johnson, et al. None of these studies has found a racial bias in deadly shootings. Of course, that hardly settles the issue for all time; as always, more research is needed. But given the studies already done, it seems unlikely that future work will uncover anything close to the amount of racial bias that BLM protesters in America and around the world believe exists.

It’s nice to see someone discussing this issue that’s willing to use reason instead of emotion.  It’s also rather refreshing to see someone that can change their mind when confronted by facts; that’s something we all find difficult at times.  I’m certainly no exception.

Speaking of facts:  As a biologist the entire concept of “race” in humans puzzles me a little.  Well, more than a little.  Humans – as in our species, Homo sapiens – once went through a population bottleneck, probably in the Middle Paleolithic; for thousands of years there may well have been fewer H. sapiens on the earth than their are orangutans today, maybe as few as 2,000.  Why do I mention this?  Because humans have, as large mammals go, very little genetic diversity.  We have less genetic diversity than any of the great apes; less than chimps, less than bonobos, less than gorillas.

So why do the disparities in populations, in one nation, like those described above, still persist?

There’s an obvious answer:  These aren’t racial differences, at least not as biologists understand this rather nebulous term.  These are cultural differences.  In the last few decades there has been a distinct tendency in our major cities to adopt what I can only describe as a toxic urban “thug” culture, one that sneers at education, glorifies violence, prompts young men to father children and not support them, to be violent and misogynist; this culture also glorifies substance use and the criminal activity that surrounds the black market of drugs.

That’s the problem.  What’s the solution?

I can think of a few:

  1. Eliminate the “war on drugs” and the enormously profitable black market that results from it.  This won’t solve the cultural issues around drug abuse, but it will go a long ways towards drying up all the violence around gaining and controlling drug-sale turf.
  2. Let urban parents send their kids to better schools.  The teacher’s unions and their Democrat allies in Congress and state legislatures have squashed charter schools and voucher programs at every opportunity, while urban school districts lurch from failure to failure.  Let the parents, not politicians, choose what’s best for their kids.
  3. Recognize that law-abiding urban citizens have the same right to self-defense, and the arms that make that possible, as citizens living in friendlier jurisdictions.  Meanwhile, provide harsh penalties – and enforce those penalties – for those who use weapons in acts of violence.

The unfortunate police interactions we’ve seen lately are a symptom, not a cause.  Even in the most libertarian society, there are behaviors that cannot be tolerated; we should stop tolerating them.  The strange, violent “thug” culture of our inner cities is one of these.

Goodbye, Blue Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Thanks once again to The Other McCain, Pirate’s Cove, Bacon Time and Whores and Ale for the Rule Five links!

More relevant now than ever:  The Roof Koreans of 1992.  These brave people have evidently been largely forgotten by today’s rioters, but we could sure see a resurgence of this sort of thing if the current unrest continues.  Excerpt:

The riots of the spring of 2020 are far from without precedent in the United States. Indeed, they seem to happen once a generation at least. The 1992 Los Angeles Riots are such an example of these “generational riots.” And while most people know about the riots, less known – though quite well known at the time – were the phenomenon of the so-called “Roof Koreans.”

The Roof Koreans were spontaneous self-defense forces organized by the Korean community of Los Angeles, primarily centered in Koreatown, in response to violent and frequently racist attacks on their communities and businesses by primarily black looters and rioters during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. Despite their best efforts, over 2,200 Korean-owned businesses were looted or burned to the ground during the riots. It is chilling to imagine how many would have suffered the same fate had the Koreans not been armed.

Standing on the rooftops of Koreatown shops they and their families owned, clad not in body armor or tactical gear, but instead dressed like someone’s nerdy dad, often smoking cigarettes, but always on alert, the Roof Koreans provide a stirring example of how free Americans of all races can defend their own communities without relying upon outside help.

The Koreans of Los Angeles were the ultimate marginalized minority group. They were subject to discrimination and often victimized by the black community of the city. Due to language barriers and other factors, they lacked the political clout of other minority groups, such as the large Mexican community of Los Angeles County. This in spite of their clear economic success in the city beginning in the 1970s and 80s.

Roof Koreans.

This, folks, is the Second Amendment in action.  When we can’t rely on civil law enforcement, we have to rely on ourselves.  Forget the whole idiotic “abolish the police” movement.  The police in some of these jurisdictions are abolishing themselves.  The L.A. Korean community did just that in 1992, and I have little doubt they’d do it again.

Apparently, today, in several of our major cities, anyone to the right of Leon Trotsky is “marginalized.”  And apparently, today, in several of our major cities, a “marginalized” community is fair game for mayhem and looting.

The “roof Koreans” in 1992 knew how to deal with that.  Today, how many folks will do the same?   And what will be the result?

Rule Five Abolish the Police Friday

CNN, the Airport News Network, is trying to carry water for the Minneapolis City Council members morons who want to abolish the city’s police department by pointing out a couple of examples of other cities that have, supposedly, done the same.  There’s only one problem:  CNN is full of shit.  Excerpt:

I found this story to be particularly ripe for a closer look by yours truly because I’ve lived quite close to and visited both of them. I even worked at an office based in one of them for a few years. And I’m here to tell you that there’s more to each of these stories than meets the eye from CNN’s descriptions.

The first one is Camden, New Jersey. I lived about ten miles from there for a few years back in the eighties and it’s an experience I would prefer to be able to forget. Camden is far smaller than Minneapolis, but at roughly 75,000 people I suppose it still qualifies as a city. And as CNN notes, it’s true that they did, in fact, break up their entire police department in 2012.

Yes, in 2012, Camden’s totally dysfunctional police department was dismissed. But unlike what Minneapolis is considering, it was only done so it could be immediately replaced by a new police department under new leadership. (They did hire back roughly 100 of their old officers, though.) So the total time that Camden was actually “without” a police department was the period of time it took to sign a few papers. Under new leadership, they have managed to decrease the crime rate by more than half, so God bless them. Of course, considering where that rate started, it’s still a pretty dangerous place to go for a stroll.

And then:

The second “city” that’s mentioned in the article is Deposit, New York. That’s less than an hour from where I live now. We drive past it regularly and have even found the occasional reason to go there. And as CNN correctly notes, they “dissolved” their police department just this year.

Here’s the thing to know about Deposit, New York. It has a total population of 250. No, I don’t mean 250 thousand. I mean 250 men women and children, give or take a few. The number of both horses and cows there is considerably larger. If you click on this link it will take you to a Google Maps aerial photo of the village. I will warn you in advance that the picture is zoomed in to the point where the entire area displayed is roughly two miles across. The street light (singular) in the center of town functions adequately and you’ll rarely be tied up in traffic unless some of the horses managed to get loose from the stables on the north side of town.

So, CNN’s “examples” consist of:

  • One New Jersey shithole that did not in fact “abolish” the police, but rather re-organized them, and is still a shithole, and
  • A tiny village of 250 people that are very adequately covered by the county Sheriff’s office.

Really, it’s a wonder these people have enough brainpower to draw breath.

The Minneapolis City Council of Idiots apparently thinks it a good idea to send social workers and counselors out to domestic violence calls, and recently one of these fuckwits even claimed calling 911 in the case of a home invasion “comes from a place of privilege.

Oh, kiss my middle-aged white ass.

My advice to anyone living in Minneapolis:  Ignore CNN.  Ignore the platitudes spouted by the horse’s asses on the City Council.  Get out.  Get out now.  Get while the gettin’s good, and before it’s too late.

Animal’s Daily Chicago Shit-Show News

Wow.  Just wow.  Excerpt:

Distraught Chicago officials complained to Mayor Lori Lightfoot — as looting and rioting in response to George Floyd’s death swept through the Windy City — pleading for help and warning that the vulnerable had lost access to food and medicine.

According to a tape obtained by WTTW News of an online conference call among the city’s 50 aldermen and the mayor, one alderman could be heard weeping while others angrily decried what was going on in the city.

“My ward is a s–t show,” one alderman says. “They are shooting at the police.”

After the death of Floyd in police custody last month, riots and protests broke out in cities across the country, with many being overwhelmed by the scale of the looting and violence — even though largely peaceful protests have returned to the streets after that initial surge of unrest.

The call in Chicago was held Sunday, May 31. That day alone, there were 699 arrests — primarily looters —  132 officers injured, 48 shootings and 17 homicides, according to CBS Chicago, as well as widespread damage to businesses and other property.

Mayor Lightfoot’s reply has been less than sterling:

On the call, others took aim at Lightfoot herself for her response to the crisis. One man, identified by WTTW News as Ald. Raymond Lopez, demanded that Lightfoot develop a plan to stabilize Chicago’s neighborhoods for five days, calling his Southwest Side ward “a virtual war zone” where armed gang members were threatening to shoot black people.

When he demanded she respond to the remarks, Lightfoot told him he was “100 percent full of s–t.”

“Well, f–k you then,” Lopez responded.

This, True Believers, is a classical case of governmental autophagia.  Chicago is descending into chaos, and the Mayor and aldermen are all pointing at each other.

Honestly, you didn’t expect any of these people to accept any responsibility for this mess, did you?  Pols in our major cities seem to have gotten awfully good at abject fawning before angry mobs, but seem to have very little idea how to determine the causes behind the mob’s anger; they also seem all too willing to cave in to the demands of said angry mobs.

Because that always has worked out so well in the past.

Sooner or later, folks, someone will come along offering a solution to the ills of our major cities, if only the voters will concede complete power – or if they can seize total power through some other means.  And, sadly, a fair number of people, especially people in the major cities who are tired of the nonstop cycle of crime and riots, will probably be accepting of the idea.

Because that always has worked out so well in the past.

Don’t think for a moment that this particular Rubicon can’t be crossed at the national level, either; a particularly talented demagogue could easily point to the success of totalitarian control of a major city and promise similar results on a larger scale, selling a level of security in return for the surrender of freedom.  And again, a fair number of people who are tired of the animating contest of liberty and prosperity will probably be accepting of the idea.

Because that always has worked out so well in the past.

Chicago may well be a bellwether.   Minneapolis, too.  Watch those places closely over the next year or so.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!

Colorado big-game drawings have happened, and once again, eleven years into the process, I haven’t drawn a moose tag.  I did draw a September bear tag for the area south of Eagle down to Basalt, encompassing several Game Management Units (GMU) and loyal sidekick Rat and I have black-powder season buck deer tags for a GMU down on the New Mexico border.  The black-powder season is in early September, so weather down there should be beautiful; a certain change of pace from last year’s rather cold and snowy hunt.

Shiras Moose.

The moose tag thing is a little frustrating, though.  It takes ten to twelve years, on average, to draw a bull moose tag in Colorado, and I should be damn close now; but Alaska beckons, where there are more and larger moose, so I think I’ll give this application process one more year before I give it up, along with my Colorado residency.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…

On To the Links!

Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?

As of earlier in the week, it was sure looking like a V-shaped post-plague recovery, although that data was pre-looters.

Everything’s better with beer.

Remember how the French Revolution ended?  Lots of people being guillotined.  No thanks.  The problem idiot “revolutionaries” frequently have is that they always think they’ll be the ones standing around with clipboards instead of tied to posts, staring at rifles from the wrong end; ask Maximilien Robespierre how well it all worked out for him.

Our latest weapon in the fight against Kung Flu:  Cows.

A Georgia State Trooper:  “I only kneel for God.”  I may not share your belief, sir, but I sure as hell admire your convictions.

This Week’s Idiots:

Here is an Aussie porn star who is also an idiot.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is an idiot.

CNN’s David Gergen is delusional, and an idiot.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is an idiot.

Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender is an idiot.

This woman is quite likely a dangerous idiot.  Seriously, how stupid does one have to be to loudly proclaim and broadcast your rage at the fact that small business owners have taken up arms to prevent one from looting?  What a horse’s ass.

And So:

I don’t have any more deep thoughts at the moment, so here’s something from the archives to further brighten your day:

With that, we return you to your Wednesday, already in progress.

Animal’s Daily Small Business News

Be sure to check out my latest over at Glibertarians – this week we examine the Origins of Beer.

Moving along:  Here are ten minority-owned small businesses wrecked by looters in the recent unpleasantness:

  1. Private Stock Premium Boutique, a black-owned clothing store based in Austin, Texas, was looted and left in ruins during the riots.
  2. Bole Ethiopian Cuisine, an ethnic restaurant in Saint Paul, Minnesota, was burnt, vandalized, and destroyed during rioting.
  3. Guns and Roses Boutique, a Dallas, Texas boutique, was started by a black businesswoman who built her fashion enterprise from the ground up. It was looted and left in ruins during riots.
  4. Go Get It Tobacco, a black-owned tobacco store in St. Paul, Minnesota, was vandalized, robbed, and left in tatters.
  5. King’s Fashion, a Philadelphia boutique, was burned and left layered in soot. Its minority owners had “built the business over two decades, working seven-day weeks.”
  6. MN Fashion and Jewelry, a jewelry store in Minneapolis, Minnesota was raided and looted, leaving its owner, Masum Siddiquee, to pick up the pieces.
  7. Scores Sports Bar, a Minneapolis sports bar, was the brainchild of a black firefighter who used his life savings to start it. He had planned to open it in June. Rioters burned it to the ground, and the owners did not have insurance.
  8. Healing Path Wellness Services, a South Minneapolis minority-owned mental health clinic, was burned, looted, and destroyed.
  9. Ihman’s Hair Studio, a Philadelphia hair salon, was looted and ransacked. The owner wrote that she is “hurt and angry that my people would vandalize and destroy a black-owned business.”
  10. Kane’s Barbershop and Altatudes, a minority-owned barbershop in Austin, Texas, was burned during riots and extensively damaged.

Now – from this story:

Several black-owned businesses had been destroyed in this area — considered the heart of the city’s black community — in recent fires that investigators have deemed “suspicious.” Neighbors suspect right-wing militias, and social media has been abuzz with purported — but unverified — sightings of masked white men in pickup trucks holding semiautomatic assault rifles.

Obviously right-wing militias now have advanced cloaking technology, because despite cell phone cameras being ubiquitous and despite almost every second of every one of these protests being recorded on video, somehow not one bit of footage of these “right-wing militias” destroying black-owned businesses has surfaced.  What footage we do have tells quite a different story.

As a committed civil libertarian, I think the fact that these neighborhoods have set up patrols and have taken responsibility for their own security to be just fine; frankly they should have been doing so well before this.  But the WaPo is revealing their own disgusting hypocrisy in referring to these groups with the innocuous term “neighborhood patrol,” when they would certainly use the term “right-wing militia” or “vigilante” if the same kind of activity were to take place in, say, Pocatello, Idaho.