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Cobb
LOS ANGELES, CA
Dad. Architect. Writer. Entrepreneur.
Interests: gaming, bourbon, gadgets, big data, multitouch interfaces, game theory, theology, political & analytic philosophy, computer augmented decision support, spycraft, creole cuisine, asian jazz fusion, bbq, electronica, historical fiction, beef cattle, fast cars, and anything that fits into a 19 inch rack.
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If I was whining I would be writing something new. I'm just repurposing content because people ask questions I answered years ago.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Who Is Your Leviathan? at Cobb
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I am surfacing this post as central to Peasant Theory especially as regards recent mob shout outs for the abolition of the American cop. I think the cop is a poor choice of targets and what people really want is less law. Less law is a good thing in a nation founded upon principles of self-determination and self-rule. Unfortunately, I find many of the same people calling for less law are incapable of either. Worse, we have a class of protectionists who would have more submission to more law especially that which is socially oriented and that which is anti-capitalist. God help us.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Who Is Your Leviathan? at Cobb
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Quote of the day from my friend DJ: The only reason we know the names Ghandi and Martin Luther King are because the people of the US and UK weren't willing to use violence to enforce what they knew to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cobb
I clearly think that politicization of attitudes towards police is a bad idea, but I am more sanguine about the disconnect here between the blast of sentiment and the probability of legislation. Aside from the question of police body cameras, I'm confident nothing of the national hashtag activism will result in a legislated change in policing. That was and always should be a local issue. I'm sure to give the benefit of every doubt to Spence whom I may have dragged through some incorrect exemplification, but I'm convinced that fear is in this bag too. But I still think it useful to talk about the spectrum of attitude ranging from 'deference to the point of submission and indignance to the point of hostility'. I never taught my kids any script - just have your papers correct is all. I would engage some thought experiments, because I find hostility to the police disturbing. It's difficult for me to see in any practical sense how manipulation of the attitudes towards police - the low men on the justice system's totem pole achieves anything. I think people's attitudes are very personal and when you abstract them to race, you can only get a bottom line at the level I address, 6 or 7 million sniveling negroes in fear of white cops. The question of the indignant black man fits into my scheme of 'radical autonomy' which I tend to think of more tribal and post-modern than modern. How closely one needs to conform to law is also a function of how closely law monitors society. No amount of politicization of relationships is good in this regard, but the trend is that 'social conservatives' and 'social liberals' feel entitled to elect representatives that pen legislation enforcing social priorities into law. I'm with the anarchists on that score. Stop legislating, it's intellectually dishonest, and just gives police more mandates to eyeball your behavior as if social media weren't enough. Oddly enough, if it gets to the point at which we have even more police and they all have body cameras, I may end up sniveling with Rockwell myself.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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Yes.
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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A personal note to all concerned: I get alerts from local law enforcement, and have for a year or so. So I get texts when a shooting goes down or children are abducted in my corner of LA County. Today... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Cobb
Well, you're right. I must confess that I don't often look close enough to remark on such corruption that I think is expected. But so long as they are operating on the principle of greed, the money trail will ultimately be trackable. What's not so trackable is how voters and spinners assign rationales to get behaviors out of parties they don't actually control. So money is at the end of the line. I'm trying to catch the misreprentation up front.
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I don't focus on Obama or the stage of the Presidency. This post was just some comments for the record, not initiated by anything I've been thinking about, but answering something that came up on Facebook vis a vis Obama as first black president vs Colin Powell.
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Barbara Boxer is the junior and only is functionally left of the status quo. But she doesn't actually do anything. She's no idiot. Pelosi is an idiot. Obama is no idiot.
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Good. I saw that story and wondered what happened to it. Basically they underestimated by a factor of three. Now cops are more dangerous than furniture fires. I would much rather there be a database of this information than cameras. FWIW.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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I've heard that from the gawkers before. Where's the follow up to Trayvon Martin?
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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'Black Hell', that depressing part of my website which includes 'Dead Nigger Storage' was established in 1998 or thereabouts. http://www.mdcbowen.org/p2/bh/
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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No doubts about that whatsoever, and you're saying what I'm saying. Only the people under seige are under seige. The rest are gawkers pretending they have a crisis, creating disturbances *in solidarity* with the politics of rage, where in fact their democratic institutions are in much better shape. Was there ever a more bedraggled metro than Los Angeles in the wake of its riots? I hated LA and left. Mayor Riordan fixed the problem. LA went through a series of police chiefs including Bernard Parks, and consent decrees, and recruitment sprees and established any number of initiatives to make 'community policing' the rule rather than the exception. We put cops on bikes to make them approachable. This, in the city that once deployed 100 riot cops on horseback for a Public Enemy concert. My point is that none of this is radical black politics. This is proper reform and it is not evoking black vs white. That was OJ. I'm aware of the black NYC cop outreach. I think Spence would argue that they were promoting 'deference to the point of submission' whereas he would promote 'indignance to the point of hostility'. My gripe is with the political agitation against police as a matter of course in the name of black politics, and the amplng up of a false sense of insecurity. Or, to quote Flava Flav, "I got a right to be hostile, my people have been persecuted'. No. You have an obligation to support reform by appealing to the bosses of the police, and their bosses. That entire process might be broke in Missouri, and so I say the burning of Ferguson was a good thing. But that's isolated and unique - the egregious exception that proves the rule, not the tip of the iceberg. I said this before elsewhere, but let me repeat it for the record here. Everybody who has real experience in politics, government and law knows that what's broken in Ferguson could be fixed quick fast and in a hurry if America's better folks left their jurisdictions to go to Missouri. People who understand prosecutions say that the DA served up the exact wrong kind of sandwich to the grand jury so that it wouldn't hand out an indictment. Why? So he wouldn't be responsible for prosecuting the cop in question. He is politically unaccountable and will not be removed from office. That would be political suicide here in LA. Like I said, all the experts are aghast at that incompetence. But people are not going to leave their better jurisdictions to go fix what's broke in St. Louis County. That doesn't mean America is broke and the black Americans need to wholesale rethink their relationship to police, and anybody who says so is peddling bullshit at the speed of light. Right now everybody is trying to come up with their egregious examples. But they're never going to show that police are, on the whole, making a mess of things. How do I know? Because I created Dead Nigger Storage in my website over a decade ago in an attempt to centralize information about police brutality against black Americans. What I found was very very little data on that dark and depressing subject. And no website in the history of the internet has consolidated that information. And the best guys on the planet, the guys who helped Obama get elected with their data collection skills are at FiveThirtyEight. http://fivethirtyeight.com/?s=police+brutality Nobody knows because there's not much to know.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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Some people have been trying to rewrite history and make extraordinary claims for Barack Obama vis a vis his connection to black politics. HA! Barack Obama, the candidate, studiously avoided being the black candidate for the black people. He was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at Cobb
Sure. Police need good governance. But liberals still need black rage. Looking back on this from 15 years ago, there is an Occupy vibe (which never seemed to be anything more than a bunch of affluent longhairs) that meets some of the criteria I was talking about with regard to mainstreaming black political dissatisfaction. http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2005/05/black_rage_revi_1.html I haven't got the feeling at all that Ferguson protests have ever been interpreted as anything but 'a black thing'. The NY man, on the other hand, seems to get a more rounded out level of support. So then you can expect that nobody is going to burn any bitches down. BTW,How's that zombie apocalypse coming along in Kansas? Oil peaked yet? Martial law yet? Or that just your own shit you smell on the fan?
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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What you're probably not seeing here is the implicit counter-politics of Black politics that is invoked in all of this #BlackLivesMatter. If you buy into America, then you accept that there are professionals whose job it is to police the police, and that by and large the police and the meta police are doing their jobs. When I say 'buy into America' I mean that you ride comfortably in the belly of the beast - you don't have a radical agenda. So you don't have any reason to assume that the meta police are selectively absent and blind. Moreover that if the meta police are not doing their jobs, then its somebody else's job to correct them, and so on. That these people and jobs and institutions are already in place and functioning normally. Because if they're not, why did you not remain a militant black nationalist or afrocentric expatriate? What I'm saying is that if your appreciation of democracy and your investment in it begins and ends in street encounters with police, you are ghetto / other / outsider by definition. Your recourse is not to the system but to some alternative. This is the default of some fraction of Black Politics, especially Black Nationalism which stipulates in exactly the terms you would expect to hear from Malcolm X, that the black man should not expect satisfaction from the mainstream democratic institutions of America - that for blacks, they are always failing and failing to a degree which makes a mockery of the principles of America. Ask around and see if black political partisans don't fundamentally question the principles of this republic and Western Civ in general. Here for example: http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2010/12/the-inevitable-racism-of-liberty.html Now I cynically believe that even a marginally competent municipality can satiate underclass black Americans. If I were an activist Republican, I could quote a diatribe about that being exactly what Democrats and liberals always serve up. But if it cannot do that, and in the absence of a New Black Panther Party of Ferguson or even some local hack activist who won a police brutality suit there, that Ferguson made these people burn down buildings is a prima fascia failure of such institutions, period. What has stuck with me ever since this mess began is the idea that black partisan politics in Ferguson is 50 years behind the Jessie Jacksons of the world, and they clearly aren't growing any new ones there. But how does what goes down in Ferguson reinforce the idea that no meta police are acceptable? Why is black rage an acceptable part of the 'democratic' equation outside of Ferguson itsel?. It is nothing more or less than racial solidarity in the explicit terms of black nationalist politics. What you explicitly did NOT see were black politicians in the state of Missouri bring pressure to bear on the meta police and the meta meta police in a way that bespeaks an investment in the integration path of black American political enfranchisement. Now watch this video again: http://youtu.be/HMQCFqgAGyM and understand the difference between responsible power within the system (Sheriff Clarke) and its nemesis invoking fear (Eric Holder). The only way to get black Americans disinvested in integration and shared democratic values is to induce them to fear that integration is not only fruitless but dangerous. That is the politics of fear. What is implied by saying #BlackLivesMatter? Well the opposite, of course, specifically that black lives are worthless to American democracy and all recourse stops at the street level. Blacks vs Cops. End of story, end of democracy. Everyone dedicated to the black nationalist vision is taking this opportunity to blast the following message loud and clear: "No matter who I am in the American system, my life is at risk, just like yours, my black brother - and there is nothing you can do within the system to change that. So I'm here to tell you that your disinvestment and distrust is warranted, because racism, deadly racism, is alive and well and plotting your destruction. Wake up. Be afraid. Defend your life by any means necessary, because this incident, black man shot dead in the street and cop not punished is to be expected. THIS MEANS YOU. Not just Ferguson. America. " Radical black autonomy http://cobb.typepad.com/cobb/2007/08/radical-black-a.html
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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You know you're probably right. Although I don't call my home an ivory tower, a lot of people are out there yelling and protesting in the streets talking about the End of Days, and I find it all pretty boring. I'm chilling.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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No no no. Any municipality or government which cannot produce reform sufficient to obviate all violent protest is a failed one. Violent protest, whose gating phenomenon is sustained burning and looting (even without shooting) is the mark of failure, period. You cannot incorporate death and destruction into the formula for satisfactory governance. People shouting in public meetings? Yes. With fistfights? Yes. That's why parliaments have sergeants at arms. All of that is legal and offends no rights. Everything else fails, period. If you can incorporate a violent circus into your form of government, then you are sponsoring witch hunts and show trials. Sharia anyone?
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2014 on Ferguson Burning at Cobb
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So what does that even mean? "We do not forget where we came from'. If you didn't come from Ferguson, why would you think to share their fate? If you actually believe that you are at deadly risk from police abuse, then you are simply superstitious, because the facts say that you're more at risk from AIDS. Just like death by cop, death by AIDS is preventable. It means not engaging in risky behaviors. All the sniveling Negroes and their sympathizers are chanting their hashtags in an attempt to convince the rest of us that they are an endangered species and the American police officers are deadly predators. That is, as I said, bullshit at the speed of light. So if you want to talk about that argument, rather than speculate about where I came from and what it means, then do so. Otherwise shutup and go back where you came from.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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Somebody asked: What does it say about America when African-American parents in 2014 need to tell their boys how to respond to police when out and about in order to come home safe and alive? And so I said: It... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Cobb
I do not need, want or ask for a 'black card'. Where I come from, black people make money.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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Let me take you up on this tangent which is probably the only interesting thing that's been said all day. What is troubling is the amount of useless panic being spread about the failure of various democratic institutions. The difference between the Black Man, and the Negro was the the Black Man demanded self-determination. At least that was the theory. So the question at that level revolves around the success of folks moving to cities and integrating them and having democratic institutions work for them. People who like to watch The Wire and confess that's the reality of their surroundings - how do they reconcile the relative futility of democratic reform with calls for black self-determination? In other words, if you can't vote your way to freedom and you can't protest your way to self-determination, what do you do? This is what I'm talking about when I say Negroes can't decide if they want to be pets or men. Stipulate that black life in Baltimore sucks ass. OK is it better or worse than Ferguson and why or why not? It's very difficult for me to see and hear people involved in assessing the actual quality of the democratic institutions of their towns from a black self-determination perspective if it all comes down to acting like black men are an endangered species and every city in America is a sundown town. That's the bullshit I'm calling. There's nothing reasonable about zero tolerance. Nothing at all. That means no zero tolerance of police abuse, and no zero tolerance of black criminality. It's a stupid axis of entry to talk about the quality of black life in America from the gate. But the internets are on fire with this idiocy. I'm saying you can't have it both ways. You can't be for black self-determination if you're entirely dependent on failed democratic institutions. If you're deciding politically to back out of a commitment to integration then you have to have an alternative. With no alternative you can't say this is a racial problem - or a black problem, because there's no black solution. See what I'm saying? If you're going to call this a categorical racial problem, then the answer is Chocolate City. If you're going to call it a problem of failed institutions, then you have to shut down the racial paranoia, because a failed democratic institution is bigger than a failure of black politics. And what is obvious here is that black politics has not solved this problem - probably not anywhere. What I've been saying here specific to Missouri is that Ferguson gets an F in democracy. So burn that bitch down, but also get the fuck out of Dodge. But don't pretend that America gets an F and that this is a serious problem for every black person wherever they live. So long as this has a racial component which can't be dissolved, then the question of integration must be raised. Where are black folks integrating? Into what?
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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Because as his friend, I can influence his thinking. It is within my power to do so, and so it is a personal obligation. I know he will pay attention and I know he will be interested to hear me out. Plus, I am very interested to see where he comes out of this in the end. I will say what I believe he most needs to hear. Not that it's much different from what I say in general. Every brother ain't a brother. I know who my brothers are. Y'all forget.
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2014 on An Open Letter to Sniveling Negroes at Cobb
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Once upon a time, the United States of America was full of Negroes. America had a problem. It was the Negro Problem. It was characterized by a relatively complete failure for the Negro to gain an appreciable foothold in any... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Cobb
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