The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Would that be excessive? I think we both know that it would.
"You're not qualified to make distracting noises and motions, you peasant!"[/british official]
Not just UZIs, but UZIs and silencers....
But...but...the late great Texas leftist Molly Ivins said everything was hunky-dory over in England!
"(The officer) instructed us on how to properly be a victim." Sweet bleedin' jeebus, indeed. Once again, some of Bill Whittle's wisdom comes to mind: "I should spend an hour a day prostrate and thanking God I was born an American."
I was reading this out of the paper to my wife yesterday and when I came to the jumping up and down bit she was disgusted. I had to explain that this wasn't the bad part yet, that some terrified sheep were afraid that even trying to distract a man attacking a woman was the wrong thing to do.
She was as outraged as me and offered a solution not too different from Kevin's. There are still a few citizens over here among the subjects.
The big problem here in the UK now is that we don't have any choice- both our main political parties are practically the same now. For the past few years the Tories have been gradually changing themselves into a wishy-washy version of Labour in a desperate attempt to win back power.
Whatever way we vote now, we're screwed- Tory or Labour, neither wants to change the status quo so that citizens can defend themselves against predators. The proles might get ideas above their station that way.
I suggest you citizens get the hell out while you still can.
Scares me because the socialists (please don't call them liberals. Real liberals are the libertarians) will think it's a dandy fracking concept and start squawking about how much more civilized they are and how we should make "Fetal Positioning Laws".
Bleating. They're advocating honest-to-god bleating! Describing the people as sheep is no longer a metaphor.
No, no! You misunderstand! It's worse than that. They're objecting to the suggestion that bleating might be a successful defensive action!
They're recommending not getting involved in any way, shape or form, because bleating might irritate the attackers!
Oh sweet yumping yeesus, you're right. What I first focused on was actually what made the MOST sense of the whole situation, not the least. Oh god my head is spinning...
SBS: "You see a young man looking aggressive, shouting at [your mother]. What do you do?
Tony McNulty: "I think you should in the first instance. It may well be simply shouting at them, blowing your horn or whatever else deters them and they go away."
SBS: "He's now hitting [your mother] and the police haven't come. What do you do then?'
Tony McNulty: "The same, the same, you must always..."
SBS: "Still wait while [your mother] is beaten?'
Tony McNulty: "Get back to the police, try some distractive activities."
The Minister, who is the deputy to Home Secretary John Reid, suggested that 'simply shouting' at would-be muggers or 'blowing your horn' at them could act as a deterrent.
If they're not allowed to do even this, then maybe the Brits will be consoled to learn that it doesn't work anyway (surprise!). My uncle and aunt were driving around Vancouver during the Christmas holidays when they saw a guy trying to get the lock off a bicycle -- it was obvious he was trying to steal it -- so my aunt rolled down her window and yelled at the guy, "Hey!! Don't steal that bike!" Without stopping or looking up, the creep yelled back, "Why not?"
Ironically, yelling and honking might actually work sometimes in civilized places like Texas, because the creeps know there are actions we can take to back that up.
There's a time and place for jumping up and down - after after you get McNulty and his bosses on the ground...