Batting Average

It seems to be occurring  to many people simultaneously  that what  we’re watching In Portland, Seattle, etc., is a lot like what happens in Gotham when the inhabitants of Arkham take over the city.  The gates of the asylum breached!  The criminally insane swarm out to impose their own version of reality on the city.
(it occurs to me that I don’t know where the criminally insane are warehoused these days.  I know there must be such institutions, since certain kinds of offenders face “civil commitments “ on top of whatever term of incarceration they serve—but where are those places?)

I’m thinking both of the Joaquin Phoenix movie and of the recent eponymous  TV series, Gotham, which I really liked, set while Bruce Wayne is still a callow adolescent.  In that Gotham, the sun never seemed to shine.  There were fires everywhere: always in the fireplace at Wayne Manor,  and throughout the Ravaged city, in the shells of buildings,  on the streets.  In the film of the Present riots, it’s always late at night;  then we’ll see a reporter standing alone in the sunshine next morning, in front of a battered fence and a building covered with obscene graffiti.  Where did the violent avengers disappear to?  Back to the asylum?  Mom and Dad’s basement?  Are they all at IHOP breakfasting together?  Why doesn’t anybody ever film the early dawn hour and find out where they go?  And is there some signal,or is light itself the cue to disburse?

These  pasty-faced,  scrawny white ( yeah, lately uniformly  white)   guys we see interviewed about the violence in Portland, displaying in full la belle  indifférence , a hallmark of insanity —-where did they come from?  Where have they been?

Is this truly the Revenge of the Incels?

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9 thoughts on “Batting Average”

  1. “First, we set fires and paint graffiti on buildings. Second we er ahem hmmm set fires and paint more graffiti. Third, we complain about not being taken seriously.”

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  2. What we see every day now is the  landscape of Arnold’s gloomy poetic vision, the setting of a nightmare:

    ”…And we are here as on a darkling  plain/Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,/ Where ignorant armies clash by night.”

    —From Dover Beach (as everybody knows!)

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  3. 10 Cents:
    “First, we set fires and paint graffiti on buildings. Second we er ahem hmmm set fires and paint more graffiti. Third, we complain about not being taken seriously.”

    Oh, the Dems do  take them seriously….”Peaceful protesters” are their new secular saints.

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  4. Hypatia:

    10 Cents:
    “First, we set fires and paint graffiti on buildings. Second we er ahem hmmm set fires and paint more graffiti. Third, we complain about not being taken seriously.”

    Oh, the Dems do  take them seriously….”Peaceful protesters” are their new secular saints.

    Their saints don’t last long. Michael Avenatti anyone?

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  5. 10 Cents:
    “First, we set fires and paint graffiti on buildings. Second we er ahem hmmm set fires and paint more graffiti. Third, we complain about not being taken seriously.”

    RE ‘complaining’ — Did y’all see the video on twitter in which one the them was upset and ‘almost crying’ as he shared  “I was almost kidnapped!!!”  Yep.  Not arrested, kidnapped.   At first I thought it was a babylon bee type video, but no, it was ‘authentic’.

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  6. TempTime:

    10 Cents:
    “First, we set fires and paint graffiti on buildings. Second we er ahem hmmm set fires and paint more graffiti. Third, we complain about not being taken seriously.”

    RE ‘complaining’ — Did y’all see the video on twitter in which one the them was upset and ‘almost crying’ as he shared  “I was almost kidnapped!!!”  Yep.  Not arrested, kidnapped.   At first I thought it was a babylon bee type video, but no, it was ‘authentic’.

    It takes a lot to be more authentic than the Babylon Bee nowadays.

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