I used to have this dog, called it ol’ USA.
I loved that dog. At night it was beside me on the floor as I slept. It was beside me when I got up in the morning and went outside to meet the world head on. You wouldn’t see me without that dog at my side. Me and the dog were tight.
Then I don’t know, my dog ran away and I couldn’t find it. Not hide nor hair. Couldn’t figure out why that he and up and left, since we were so good together.
I asked around, where’s ol USA? Anyone seen him?
Well these talking heads appeared and had their say to my question. But didn't make much sense.
I began to think, maybe they had something to do with my missing USA.
As a group they caused me to understand the meaning of… casuistry… ‘cause despite all they had to say, I still didn’t know where my dog went.
Until someone told me that ol’ USA had changed his understanding of his purpose in life to…. perfidy. Which is unseemly for my ol’ dog. And has nothing to do with the USA a toe headed kid from the southern heartland remembers.
Casuistry is of course the business of politicians and TV talking heads. I checked the record and the human enterprise has not been enhanced one tiny iota for all the words those people have uttered. I challenge you to show me something that words in our lifetime have improved? They irritate. They entertain. But improve the human condition? Not so much.
Casuistry. The word/the concept explains the evening news tonight and on Sunday mornings when the politicians and the media sit and talk. You know someone ought to do a search of all the words spoken by TV talking heads.
Limited I bet.
‘Cause to be acceptable, a talking head can only uses a small part of the English language. Nothing as direct as “Hey air-head, you make no sense. None. You're vapid. Listen to me about some ground truths here, There's evidence of “man” gathering in hunter/gather tribes going back 10,000 years. His numbers have steady increased… though it has more than doubled in the past 50 years. This has caused consequences to "man's" original tribe set up, since most of the new arrivals are not from developed hunter/gather groups. Most come from undeveloped tribes in the 3rd world. Last year Nigeria had more live births than did the USA, and projection that other than African nations, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala will see the greatest increase in population in the next few year, adding tens of millions of people to their population. What does that portend for us as a nearby country as this human tsunami forms and begins to move out in waves? Well it's already started. To our south, there is almost zero local gov't influence out in the countryside where these new humans are being bred. And we’re spending time talking about what? Whatever it is, it’s babble. Something/someone has hijacked our country’s pulpit. Set national dialogue rules that bias and protects bad, short-sighted governance. Makes almost anything in adaptive, new public policy constructive impossible."
Part of the reason my ol' USA ran away.
And perfidy, well that plays into what’s happening in Chicago, where there have been 368 homicides so far this year.
But the homicide rate is just the tip of Chicago's lawlessness. Here’s a paragraph that describes Chicago community events over this past 4th of July week-end.
“Police say there were 56 incidents in which people were shot, including eight homicides, from Friday evening until midnight Tuesday. Between midnight that Tuesday until 6 a.m. the next morning, another 15 incidents of people being shot occurred, including six homicides.”
To make those numbers personal, following are the people killed in Chicago the first two weeks of July.
July 1, 2017
1) John Hunter Age: 52 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 12:25 PM
July 2, 2017
2) Arthur Smith Age:47 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 02: 15 AM
3) Jermaine Blandin Age: 39 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 11:50 PM
4) Robert Cooley Age: 31 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 04:00 PM
July 3, 2017
5) Robert Hicks Age: 42 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 04: 10 AM
July 4, 2017
6) Aaron Gordon Age: 21 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 06:40 PM
July 5, 2017
7) Tyrone Burdine Age: 56 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 12:45 AM
8) Derwin Moore Age: 35 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 04:20 AM
9) Devonte Morgan Age: 21 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 03:05 AM
10) Jerame Moore Age: 30 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 12:50 AM
11) Kelvin Harper Age: 63 Race: Black Cause: Stabbing @ 01:50 PM
12) Maurice Willis Age: 33 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 04:25 AM
13) Shedrick McPherson Age: 31 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 12:20 AM
July 6, 2017
14) Francina Lowery Age: 25 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 06: 50 PM
15) Jonathan Halbert Age: 30 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 07:00 PM
16) William D. Moore Age: 26 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 11:15 AM
July 8, 2017
17) Gregory Johnson Age:27 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 11:30 PM
July 9, 2017
18) Carvel Brown Age: 22 Race: Black Cause: Stabbing @ 02:35 PM
19) MichaelGonzalez Age: 34 Race: Other Cause: Shooting @ 08:25 PM
July 10, 2017
20) Cedron Doies Age: 21 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 09:40 AM
21) Shaundel Wimberly Age: 27 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 05:00 pm
July 11, 2017
22) Rhonda Hughes Age: 40 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 06:25 AM
23) Unknown Age: 50 Race: Other Cause: Shooting @ 03:15 AM
July 12, 2017
24) Alejandro Montalvo Age: 32 Race: White Cause: Stabbing @ 09:25 PM
25) Robert Warren Age: 25 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 01:00 PM
July 13, 2017
26) Derrick Murray Age: 29 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 01:00 PM
27) Terbord Williams Age: 24 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 08: 10 PM
28) Unknown Age: 29 Race: Other Cause: Shooting @ 11:50 PM
July 14, 2017
29) Unknown Age: 28 Race: Other Cause: Shooting @ 12:20 AM
30) Unknown Age: 25 Race: Other Cause: Shooting @ 02:45 AM
31) Vincent Hubbard Age: 27 Race: Black Cause: Shooting @ 01:00 AM
Hey but listen, isn’t Chicago where Obama cut his teeth as a "community organizer?" Sure it is. He did a hell’va job. He help set the foundation for some hellish communities.
He should share some blame for the lawlessness there, now, right?
Oh no, I forgot already… the perfidy of ol’ USA explains what’s happened and why the “O” man won’t have to answer to anyone.
Not with today’s professional politicians and media with their impotent, casuistry blather.
Post Script: Got something from a reader of this post who said my snapshot of Chicago from the 4th of July 2017 period ignored Chicago history. During the time of Al Capone, there was similar data of 4th of July/Chicago style. The thing then was illicit liquor. Today it's drugs. Look at the ages of the people killed recently. 20s and 30s mostly. Soldiers. Just like in Capone's day. Most killed were soldiers of competing groups. Capone's days: Italians. Today. Blacks. But my friend said, perfidy and casuistry are two pretty good words, maybe its good they were given an airing out. Though he said it makes me sound like a pedantic nerd.