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Thursday, September 01, 2005

New Orleanians looting for guns

It's all Jonah Goldberg's fault

Who would've known that all those residents of New Orleans who were too poor to own a car, who just barely survived from paycheck to paycheck, and whose circle of friends was just as poor as themselves would be reading The National Review for their "guide to smart looting" after Hurricane Katrina?

Apparently, they are.

How do I know this? Earlier today, CNN reported (no link there, but here are some others: 1, 2) that at least one New Orleans area store has had all of its guns stolen. Look where they apparently got the idea:
I think it's time to face facts. That place is going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of the Flies horror show within the next few hours. My advice is to prepare yourself now. Hoard weapons, grow gills and learn to communicate with serpents. While you're working on that, find the biggest guy you can and when he's not expecting it beat him senseless. Gather young fighters around you and tell the womenfolk you will feed and protect any female who agrees to participate without question in your plans to repopulate the earth with a race of gilled-supermen. It's never too soon to be prepared. [Emphasis mine]
As rightard logic often dictates, one event followed the other; therefore an obvious cause-and-effect relationship exists.

Alternate explanation
Or maybe these people -- whose day-to-day survival depends on that kind of attitude -- are living in a society where people like Jonah would leave them to fend for themselves during a situation in which their lives are in real imminent danger. Isn't it rather ironic that he wants others to go to Iraq to fight "his" war?

How about working on real solutions to poverty instead of copping this "mock the victim" mentality. If Jonah thinks such a lifestyle is an easy one, I suggest he try it on for size.

Heads-up via ethan at salto mortale.

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