From The Huffington Post, in an article dated 7 February 2013 and entitled “LAPD, Torrance Police Shot At Innocent People In Frenzied Hunt For Former Cop Christopher Dorner”:
Officers from the Los Angeles and Torrance police departments engaged in two separate shootings Thursday morning in Torrance, Calif., reports KTLA. They had come across two different vehicles that were similar to the description of Dorner’s getaway car, a gray 2005 Nissan Titan pickup.
The first shooting incident happened at 5:20 a.m. Officers from the Hollywood division of the LAPD shot two people who turned out to have no connection to Dorner’s crimes. They were transported to the hospital with gunshot injuries.
The second incident occurred 25 minutes later and involved Torrance police. While shots were fired, there were no reported injuries.
According to the article, LA Police Department (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck, a public relations giant no doubt, stated, “Tragically, we believe this was a case of mistaken identity by the officers.” He did not say, as far as I know from online sources, that the officers were cowardly and wrong for shooting without identifying their targets. He made an excuse. This is not a police state where the privileged Praetorian guard can shoot first and ask questions later?
The cowardly shooting of or at innocents in two separate incidents the morning of 7 February 2013 is precisely a case in point of why Americans should bear arms. If the average American were liable to shoot back, maybe privileged police officers and everyone else would behave better. No one can take economic responsibility for himself without first taking political responsibility for himself. Women instinctively are starving for real men.
I’ve read some but not all of Dorner’s manifesto. He is obviously an educated man, but ‘overeducated’. To wit, he has the typical education of how to do things but not why to do things. That is the way the establishment likes it: you handle how and they handle why. Dorner’s logic appears to me as a collage of incongruent parts bastardizing a sincere and good ethic of integrity and honor.
From what I gather, Christopher Dorner grew up as a rare black person among whites. He was very sensitive to the use of the ‘n-word’ by white people. I think disparaging words and all words belong to everyone by natural right, and I resent that I have a concocted sword of Damocles artificially hanging over my head in a country that is wealthy thanks to the past management of white men, but that is an aside. I’m not even spelling out the ‘n-word’. We are not a nation of adults. We protect our children from years of efficient development into functional adults, and then let them struggle to figure things out in their prime years of young adulthood.
From the version of the manifesto I read, with respect to Officers Hermilio Buridios IV and Marlon Magana, who had been using the ‘n-word’ in conversation overheard by Dorner, Dorner wrote, “What I should have done, was put a Winchester Ranger SXT 9mm 147 grain bullet in his skull and Officer Magana’s skull.” I expect the two officers were not black, or they would have gotten a free pass.
With his sensitivity to the ‘n-word’ alone, Dorner seems like the angry black man stereotype, but this paragraph from the same manifesto shows a grasp of logic and a sense of integrity:
Those Black officers in supervisory ranks and pay grades who stay in south bureau (even though you live in the valley or OC) for the sole intent of getting retribution toward subordinate caucasians officers for the pain and hostile work environment their elders inflicted on you as probationers (P-1’s) and novice P-2’s. You are a high value target. You perpetuated the cycle of racism in the department as well. You breed a new generation of bigoted caucasian officer when you belittle them and treat them unfairly.
His reasoning is convoluted in that the parts do not agree. He was no philosopher, but neither are most Ph.D.’s of philosophy, so we have an epidemic of unworkable civic reasoning and behavior. Here is a guy fired from the LAPD, for integrity according to his manifesto, who then enlisted in the US Navy and received training to become a killing machine ideal for revenge. He was honorably discharged on Friday, 1 February 2013 and began killing two days later. The first victims were a daughter of a slated cop and her fiancé. Yet, according to my purported copy of the manifesto he published Wednesday the 6th with his facebook account, blowing his cover, this is a guy who proclaims 100% support for both the US Government (not really a federal government) and an assault weapons ban.
Perhaps Dorner is crazy, by accident or by government-funded black-flag intent. Perhaps he is a man’s man living and dying by his principles. I do know that neither Christopher Dorner nor the LAPD are all virtue or all vice. The US Department of Justice (lulz) supervised the LAPD for civil rights compliance management per a consent decree in effect from 15 June 2001 until 17 July 2009. The Dorner manifesto decries the expiration of the consent decree. The manifesto relates lots of accounts of behaviors that seem to evince plausibly and coherently a deep corruption at the LAPD, and the history of the LAPD certainly agrees. We are talking about police of southern California, the leading part of the State leading the decline of these inescapably United States.
The point I’m getting at is that this is not a Hollywood movie where one side is all good and the other side is all bad. This is real life. What’s good about this situation is the check and balance to the system that Christopher Dorner apparently became, that regular Americans can become, unlike two live practice targets, the two women delivering newpapers early in the morning, one of whom was shot in the back and compelled to politico-hospital Zen, achieving that cliché ‘stable condition’, thanks to the LAPD’s finest, Hollywood division.
Time to step back with self-actualized perspective, like a real philosopher. The more centralized control goes unchallenged, the farther the politics strays from harmony with the laws of nature and from our worth as individuals. It is the constructive leverage of reality, including ourselves, that makes a society and its individuals prosperous and happy, the dyed-in-the-wool moocher individuals excepted as parasitic scum. No, individuals are not mere objects to be worked: they are the performers to work themselves and each other. Not working at all is never successful or righteous because mortal and social livings must be earned.
Might makes right, so true right ought to have superior might, right? It does, but not consistently for the individual. Only on average after lots of trials does reality support a trend, what we ought to respect as justice or rightness all the same. The wisdom of the Second Amendment, the idea of actionable natural rights, is the balance of power IN FLUX that calibrates society to harmonize with nature rather than to suicidally defy it, and to have society’s members work together, in as far as they can, for the greatest functional potential. In the free markets of goods and services, of ideas, and of politically definitive violence, in our natural and healthy mortal context of living ecology, not the inert cathedral of wishful absolutes, natural goodness wins quickly and relatively cheaply, and calibrates society to reality, to justice, to truth, to morality, to its pruned and bloomed continuance.
Any natural and true iniquities in the governing and the governed will be overcome by the strength of its diametric opposite of natural goodness, given enough time for serendipity. That’s how natural selection and evolution lead to real progress, to which so-called progressives are antithetical. Moreover, it is not for any one person to decide what progress is for all or for reality, only for him- or herself, with the earned costs and rewards of living that way personally. It is cowardly for any of us to expect absolute safety or advantage. That is the stuff of corruption.
Every gun law in the United States, every fiat dollar, every US Government’s recipient-tracking specific welfare program is unconstitutional, but more importantly they are corrupt politics with respect to the laws of nature. The strength of voluntary, earned, deserved cooperation is a better, as in stronger, model for society. Where voluntary strength exists it should conquer that which is not. Conquest is a necessary but not unique ingredient of civilization. Where ecology is less restricted in society, there is more weed-and-seed strength given to that society. It matters not the character of Christopher Dorner or the police officers running the LAPD.
What matters are the principles, the philosophical agreement with life, that the people of a society live by in practice. The rest is just the bloody details of mortal life. The appeasement of Hitler, like any appeasement to centralized power for bloodless cost, is delayed courtship of greater bloodshed. Individual bloodshed that truly reforms society is always less expensive than total collapse, but we are not a nation of male sovereign philosopher-kings, are we? Total collapse can be cheaper than individual sacrifice made piecemeal indefinitely. Once upon a time, a very wise steer queued at a slaughter house said so, and his hamburgers were no less delicious.
What matters for the sake of human potential is that people individually wield their vitalities by their own hands and face nature’s brand of justice in the ongoing trial of life without prejudice for subjugation to others, no matter how cute. Life is not individually fair, unless you are only good for hamburgers, but it is fair in its chaotic consistency of hedged bias. Otherwise, sound principles would not exist, human intellect would be entirely maladaptive, and progress would never happen. We know better.
Cherchez la femme.
—‘Reality’ Doug, 9 February 2013