Once again we find ourselves one day closer to the weekend – and this promises to be a fun one for yr. obdt., as I have plans for an initial exploration of the Wasatch Mountains. Any True Believers with any insights into that area, I welcome feedback. There are two species of grouse in them thar hills that will be gaining my attention soon.
From rural to urban: A Bronx Tale, or: Another Feral Urban Youth Runs Amok. Excerpt:
I was thinking of that poor young man and his father this week as I read about Shaaliver Douse, the 14-year-old boy shot and killed by an NYPD officer early last Sunday morning. The New York Times reported that two rookie cops, barely a month out of the police academy, were on foot patrol in the Bronx at about 3 a.m. when they heard gunshots. Rookies or not, they did what cops are expected to do, which is to run toward the sound of the gunfire. As the officers ran east on 151st Street, near Courtlandt Avenue, they saw two males running toward them, one apparently chasing the other with a gun. The officers told him to drop it. He didn’t, instead firing a shot, either at the person he was chasing or at the officers. One of the officers fired, hitting the gunman in the jaw and killing him. And just like that, Shaaliver Douse, at 14, became another statistic, another grim dot on the map.
Why is that not surprising?
It’s possible for a single mother to raise a fine young man. My own sister raised two – twins, even. But those young men – now pushing 40 – were raised with support from an extended family, close contact with a WW2 veteran grandfather with Catonian integrity and a will of iron, and the sterling example of a mother who worked tirelessly to provide a home for her family.
How many of those factors were present in the abbreviated life of the young urban thug Shaaliver Douse? I’m betting none. Instead he was almost certainly planted by an absentee father and raised in the increasingly poisonous urban thug culture that is infesting so many of our major metropolitan areas.
Add that to the fiscal illiteracy and economic ignorance evidenced by so many of our urban “officials” of late, and Detroit may well be the model for our major cities in the near future.