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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Do not rebuild in Ferguson

From a kid who survived the Hough Riots in Cleveland nearly a half century ago, some unsolicited advice to the business owners in Ferguson, Missouri: Do not bother rebuilding. Your customers do not want you. They tore up your stores -- twice. And after one of them robbed a store. These are not protests. They are pogroms aimed at the middle class. Take the insurance money and run.

Police officers, too, should leave. Why risk a criminal trial or worse for doing your job?

Homeowners, too. Black, white, Asian, Hispanic -- it does not matter. You are middle class. They do not want you. Leave.



It is pretty ugly in Ferguson. Deliberately so. The chaos visited upon the town by those who are aching for a race war has damaged the target of liberalism in the 21st century: The middle class. Witness the targets of this vicious and violent protest.
Backed by looters and violent people, liberals are telling the American middle class they do not want you. They want an America where you are either a billionaire knocking down tax subsidies, or jobless and on federal assistance. This is why Obama is importing 5 million more poverty cases illegally from Mexico and points south.

Obama is a courtesan of the very rich. From Forbes magazine on July 18, 2012: "Mitt Romney gets a lot of heat for his billionaire donors, but President Obama has his fair share of support from the country’'s richest, too. Forbes counted well over a hundred billionaires who’ have been invited to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. since Obama’'s inauguration, some of whom have thrown parties to fund-raise for the President and given big to both his campaign and super PACs supporting him."

The riots serve his greater purpose to cleanse the nation of the middle class. Efforts to portray this unprovoked violence on long-standing racial problems are bogus. This is class warfare by government-funded poverty cases and more than 100 billionaires against the middle class. Our values of freedom and self-reliance threaten the efforts of billionaires to rule and control.

The races do get along. St. Louis area resident Jim Hoft's Gateway Pundit reported on "Armed Black Ferguson Residents Protect White-Owned Business During Riots."

Likewise, the Daily Caller reported on "Donors Give Ferguson Bakery More Than $90,000 To Repair Vandalized Shop." The recipient is Natalie Dubose who runs Natalie’s Cakes & More.

She should take the money and run. Donors will understand. So should the people in this next Tweet.
Bill Briggs of NBC talked to the victims of this lawlessness: "Some retailers, like Mohamad Yaacoub, have been slammed twice by violence. His store, Sam's Meat Market, was looted in August after unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. On Monday night, arsonists nearly burned that market to the ground."

Bill Briggs also reported:
At a strip mall two doors down from the remnants of Sam's, looters smashed the glass at the Clip Appeal salon then hurled a Molotov cocktail inside. Two local men grabbed plastic water bottles and dashed inside the shop to try to douse the flames, said Leeanna Moore, a 22-year employee.
While Moore cheered those heroics, she admitted she hasn't decided if she will ever return to work at the salon, which also carries insurance.
"The fear bothers me right now, just the fact that we have to go back down in the area. We never felt that way before," Moore said. "That's why I think a lot of businesses won't return. They'll have the fear of: What if something else happens? The same thing could happen.
"There may be a bunch of store closings after this because, I mean, with the community being so disrupted as it as right now, what really do we have left?" Moore said. "Are they going to rebuild? No, we don't think so."
The looters won, thanks to President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Governor Jay Nixon -- Democrats all -- who ignored the truth and the facts of the case to fan the flames of violence, across the country. People have begun calling these the Obama Riots. Expect more.

Oh and they hate America. No question. Flag burners.
My advice to businesses, residents and officials of Ferguson is to move. Become ex-Fergusonians and maybe, ex-Missourians. And then vote straight Republican tickets after that. They may not be much but at least they will not encourage people to rob you and then burn down everything you own.

Linked by Glenn Reynolds. Thanks.

UPDATE: New post on a new development in the story: "Scarborough leads backlash against Ferguson riots."

69 comments:

  1. I had a comment all typed up, and when I submitted it, it seems to have disappeared into the internet ethers. Maybe I'm in spam bucket?

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    1. I checked. Nope. I have no idea what happened.

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    2. Jazz, it was your evil thumb that hit the delete key without permission.

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  2. ....the SHRINKING middle class..................( in the fourth paragraph )

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  3. I made a donation to the market. If you take the welfare away they will stop rioting. Government support is all that matters to most of these people including the people from out of town. They are scared to death about having to manage their own lives and the government and race baiters are enabling them never to have to.

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    1. Not to appear overly snarky, but you really believe that if you cut off welfare, they will stop rioting?

      Wow.. just.. wow.

      There was a 6 hour delay in recharging EBT cards in Atlanta not long ago... just a delay. There was a near-riot.

      The day the dollar implodes and we're staring down the bullet of Economic Ragnarök - and all those millions of EBT cards start flashing zeros or "ERROR" - this country will burn.

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    2. They will riot. No doubt, but once they are shot by well armed bands on militia flanked by police they will stop. And we will have peace for 100 years.
      Look at it this way, the crash IS coming, so might as well rip off this band aid & get in on already. Then after, we can resume a new normalcy without PC, without communist leftists & feral negro riots.

      Truth Corps

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    3. Remember: the much-lauded Korean shopowners who protected their own during the LA Riots were in fact arrested en masse, hauled off, and the only thing preventing conviction & incarceration was (A) that they had swapped arms so much nobody knew which was used by who for what, and (B) NOBODY TALKED.

      "Armed militia flanked by police" ain't happening.

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  4. Thanks. How frustrating. My missing comment was an evacuation of James Joyce-ian thought; I'm not sure I can reproduce it (or if I want to... Reading Joyce is a tedious enterprise). ;-) Anyway, looks like a browser issue, then. Those saboteurs at Mozilla must have jerry-rigged my software.

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    1. When commenting a long, detailed comment, it's a good idea to do it on a 'note' then cut/paste it in for just that reason.

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    2. Jesus and Satan were in a battle of wits and decided a term paper was in order.

      For hours each labored away, about ten minutes to the end, power went out.

      Satan Flipped out and blamed God.

      Jesus had no problems at all ... Jesus saves.

      :)

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  5. My rather wordy comment just disappeared, too.

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    1. Not in the spam. I checked settings. No limit on comments.

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  6. History in Los Angeles indicates it will be decades before a community can or will return to its previous level of businesses after racial riots. The Watts riots of 1965 and the Rodney King riots of 1992 left the affected neighborhoods in a decades long blight. Watts still has open lots where businesses once stood and were burned down. I have no reason to believe that Ferguson will be any different, especially if protests continue to incite violence. Ferguson will simply whither away from benign neglect over time. The spirit of community has been mortally wounded in Ferguson and it won't come back with the same people living there.

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  7. You can see them coming. Besides the EBT free money cards; they also get housing under Title IX. Landlords try to avoid this like the plague they are.

    Also, I don't see our economy turning around. You just can't repair it, either. Jobs have been reduced to 30 hours ... so that no one can find 40 hour a week jobs.

    Higher wages? Don't make me laugh. On going recession.

    As to Ferguson, they've just extended people's puzzlements since the OJ jurors returned with their verdict. And, it became obvious blacks just dance to different drummers.

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    1. Hey Carol. Good to see you again

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    2. The tragedy of America, that they brought stone age cannibalistic illiterate tribes into industrial society. No one can drag such tribes over 3 thousand years needed for development just in 200 years. Left alone in skin color segregation they only were reproducing habits of slaves: laziness, thievery, developing sharp skills in avoiding of work. Besides brilliant exceptions they can not compete with Europeans and Asians. Dependency breeds hatred. Hatred expresses itself in pogroms masked as "protests". When is nothing to protest, they kill and rob each other.

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  8. Another reason not to rebuild is the moral hazard argument.

    As it is, the insurance settlements, if they come (insurance may not cover riots), may not be enough to cover rebuilding.

    Ferguson is well on its way to becoming the new ESL.

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  9. And then the people who burned down these businesses will gripe about having to go a long way to buy stuff. Cause meet effect. Karma is a female dog. I agree. Don't rebuild.

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  10. I'm with the don't rebuild crew. I expect the locals might like to have them back, but those from outside don't, and there's no way to tell who's who on that. Unfortunately, we have a "Made your bed, now lie in it" scenario here. Mini-Detroit?

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  11. 1. Let's remember that Ferguson is a small town (pop. 21,000) in a suburban continuum that covers most of St. Louis County (pop. 1,000,000). (And for those of you not familiar with it, St. Louis City is not in St. Louis County.) I'm about 5 miles south of Ferguson.

    2. It is not our decision whether the current residents rebuild, and it shouldn't be the Government's job either. It is up to the people who live and/or work in Ferguson to decide whether to let the orcs win or not.

    3. If Obama/Holder/Sharptons' Black Ku Klux Klan shows up in Poca, WV...would the same recommendation apply?

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    1. My family's safety is my top priority. Yes, you move. Mine is a recommendation, however.

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    2. Don: Insurance does not cover riots!!!!

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    3. They will not need insurance, the government will print more money and bail them out. Money which, as Mr. Surfer rightly notes, they should take and use to get far away from Ferguson.

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  12. Well, that's the thing. Apparently there is no insurance money.

    The best they can get is a low interest loan from the government.

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  13. I as in Chicago in the 1960s--riots after Dr. King's assassination in 1968 in Woodlawn, Englewood and teh West side, and other, earlier riots in WEst Lawndale. Those areas took 20 years to even begin coming back and some of them are still shells of what they were in, say 1963. Anyone who was burned out and spent their oney to try and make it in the same locaton lost big, the business strips were gone, the customers were largely gone, it was economic devastattion for a generation, despite this being at the height of Great Society spending.

    The businesses that were burned out need to cut their losses; those that survived need to consider their options because in 5 years it'll be worse, not better, there, as middle class people and businesses leave.

    Without rule of law it's anarchy and that's no way to live and prosper.

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    1. The idea of rule of law is a fantasy.When money is introduced to the rule of law, the mighty sounding phrase morphs into a weapon used by the wealthy to tailor cut the world.Can I get an amen?

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  14. Obama will try to fund a rebuilding effort. If people are smart they will leave, though. I feel bad for the homeowners who will not be able to sell. Who would buy ?

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    1. Blacque Jacques ShellacqueDecember 1, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      "Obama will try to fund a rebuilding effort."

      Ha ha ha. If I were a Ferguson business owner, I wouldn't bother. Obama isn't going to just give them money outright to rebuild.

      Imagine that - the government abets racial strife, and when a business owner becomes a victim of it, the government then offers to step in with a loan. The same government that contributed to the problem now stands to make something off it, even if the interest rate is low.

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  15. Now the rioters are entering businesses, disrupting them and scaring customers.

    Perhaps those stores should also leave. If this continues, close the Target and the mall.

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  16. Ferguson could rebuild. It's conceivable. If its law-abiding folk draw the conclusions that should be obvious and start voting straight-Republican. But probability is low.

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    1. Who are these law-abiding folk in Ferguson? Where exactly are they hiding? Anyone with any sense and the means to do so should flee this hellhole.

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  17. I don't suppose it's occurred to the brilliant Don Surber that if people COULD leave Ferguson they already would have...

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    1. If they can use an EBT card to buy bombs, they can damn well use them to get a uhaul.

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    2. What an idiotic comment. Had race rioters burned down Ferguson businesses and terrorized innocent locals before, the businesses and locals WOULD have already left Ferguson.

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  18. Absolutely correct - leave and don't even look back.

    It's the same as a flood. You lose your home or business to a flood, why would you rebuild in the same spot? There'll be another flood soon enough.

    Move to higher ground.

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    1. Not a perfect analogy. I live near a river flood zone, and have seen many local homeowners and business owners *raise* their buildings after the last flood, so that the buildings are now higher off the ground than the river has ever risen.

      Unfortunately for the Ferguson locals and business owners, there's little they can do to "raise" their properties above rioters who are intent on destroying them ...

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    2. Keep moving they keep following.

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  19. It is clearly time to have a "conversation" (as HRC has said) about just how much those of us who work owe to those who cannot work and especially to those who won't work.

    -- theBuckWheat

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  20. It seems that places like Ferguson want to be racially segregated. Do they really think they would be better off if they had an all black police force? That seems to be what they are looking for. For a white police officer in Ferguson, the risk seems to out weigh the reward.

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  21. A home run, Don.

    If I see the word "unarmed" in front of Michael Brown's name one more time I think I'll puke. A well built 300 lb. young man who appeared to be high on some drug or other doeosn't need a weapon to severely injure or kill you. He IS a weapon.

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    1. There are NO dangerous weapons, only dangerous people.

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    2. Hahaha. Thats' almost a perfect Heinlein quote. And it is close to what he said in "Starship Troopers."

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  22. As long as a group of people believes it answers to a different set of standards you will have this...it beckons a separate set of laws to restrain them...Jim Crow forgive us, now we understand...

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    1. You do understand that applies to the Only Ones as well? Or are you one of the many who prefer their coffee and donuts filtered like that???

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  23. As a former resident of Detroit I second the take the money and run. If you can't sell your house, insure it heavily and tell the neighbor HOODS that mike got what he deserved. Then go on extended vacation and let nature and the animals take the inevitable course.

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  24. They should pass a law that anyone who lives in a community that borders Ferguson must own a gun; preferably a shotgun.

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  25. Ferguson will become like a number of other municipalities in St. Louis County. Look up Kinloch, Pagedale, Jennings, just for some examples. Look up East St. Louis, Illinois, and Cairo, Illinois, to see what the "race wars" have done to those towns (spoiler: they are pits of rot and despair). Anyone with any sense, and with any assets to protect, will run, not walk, out of Ferguson and leave it to the nice colored people who found it necessary (and fun) to wreck it and burn it to the ground. May they reap the whirlwind.

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  26. There are, sadly, precedents for this.

    Find any neighborhood that was struck by riots and violence in the past--Watts in L.A., Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore, West Madison Street in Chicago, Shaw and H Street in D.C. They were economic hubs for the African-American communities in their time. They are largely abandoned shells now. Pennsylvania Avenue in Baltimore still, in places, looks like a gap-toothed mouth missing half its teeth.

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  27. I live in Michigan and until two years ago, living in Metro Detroit. I became uneasy with what I was seeing and experiencing. Urban decay, spiking crime, failing schools all around me. Slapped a for sale sign in my front yard and took the first offer moving to an area of Michigan, that is safe, good schools and a sense of community. To the people of Ferguson I suggest you do the same. Whatever you had before this tragedy is gone forever. It's a big nation out there, find a place that fits your own criteria and make the transition regardless of the cost or perception of loss. It will only get worse. Great article Don, first time here, now bookmarked.

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  28. Well its not like we never heard of "white flight"

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  29. Anyone who doesn't "white flight" out of Ferguson is a fool, including middle-class blacks who want a better life. Forget about the tribal loyalty the race hustlers and plantation Democrats want you to have. It only serves to line their pockets. Get some freedom while you still can.

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  30. Moving is a very disruptive process. It stresses and strains your family. Add in the losses from your home value plummeting. So my question:

    Do you move BEFORE or AFTER the riots?

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  31. I'm afraid you have got this all wrong, Don. This is not a war on the middle class, motivated by political considerations. This is simply the "black community" protesting the imposition of what white people regard as normal law enforcement. It has been hijacked by everything from Communists to Islamists, but they will be gone soone enough. The "black community" will remain.

    Twenty years ago, Ferguson was a mostly white town. Now, as a result of "middle class blacks" moving in, it has somehow come to be full of unemployable criminal class blacks. If middle class blacks leave Ferguson, the place they move to will be the next Ferguson.
    I know you all want to believe it's a "class" thing, 'cause you don't want to be (gasp) "racists". Reality doesn't care what you want to believe. It's a race thing.

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  32. This reminds me of the Bolsheviks' cleansing of the kulaks. We're the kulaks now

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  33. Dear Mr. Surber: Think any reporter will ask TheWon(II) or Liz Warren if they would care to comment on their "You didn't build that" comments in regards to rebuilding Ferguson?

    Me either.

    Sincerely yours,
    Gregory Koster

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  34. The people who burned Ferguson, were often people who didn't live in Ferguson. They were often out-of-towners, who took the opportunity to loot somewhere, where they wouldn't suffer the consequences.

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  35. If the master con artist, pathological liar, narcissist and Marxist maggot Barry "Barack Hussein Obama" Soetoro hadn't been fraudulently elected twice, the shooting death of an overgrown punk who'd just committed two felonies in less than an hour would never have amounted to more than a one-day story in the local media.

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  36. Surber is the anti-christ of assholes. 'Nuff said

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  37. What would real "justice" look like? Well, for starters the rabble who caused the damage would be arrested and forced to rebuild what they destroyed.

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  38. When everyone stays in their neighborhoods the left calls it segregation because nobody else gets to move in (see: people of color).

    When you leave a neighborhood for whatever reason, it's white flight.

    When you move into a neighborhood and try to improve it it's gentrification.

    Nobody cares about your color if you're mowing your grass, keeping cars off the lawn and off of blocks in the drive, and generally taking care of your property and being a good neighbor. But, the left can't accept that because there's no victimization angle to be played in it. The left and their bullshit is so thick it's stifling.

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  39. lately, i'm hearing a lot of references to ferguson as "fergadishu" as in mogadishu, somalia. if the shoe fits.......

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  40. Show me any city with a large population of blacks that isn't a shit-hole.

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