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Billy points through Karen to the latest trend in post-ownership home decorating. I wonít quote it, but you can read the sordid details in Karenís post, or from the original article.

Billy is right on about the loss of honor, but itís more than that. To say these people had sunk to the level of animals would be giving them too much credit. Even the poor animals left locked in abandoned homes for days will suffer for a while before finally soiling the rug. No, these people have sunk right past the whole animal kingdom. Theyíre vegetables with volition. And opposable thumbs.

This kind of deliberate, malicious vandalism isnít just neglect, or a fit of frustration. At best, itís a blind lashing out at the nearest thing at hand, at worst it reveals a value system that would rather see value destroyed than see it in someone elseís hands.

Theyíve been told that the bank is the source of all their problems, and they believe it, desperately, cravenly. This kind of person doesnít go back to being a normal member of society. Something is deeply broken in them, and they are dangerous to be around.

These are the kind of people who would happily load you into a cattle car if someone convinced them that you were the source of all their problems. And theyíd just as happily unload you on the other end, anticipatory drool running merrily down their chins.

You might think thatís a bit abstract, a bit distant, but these are real people - and itís not just a few. They might be your neighbors - itís not the slums where this Is happening, but middle class suburban neighborhoods. How many of them do you think are patrolling your neighborhood in black and whites? How many are guarding the guy from down street who is behind bars for smoking a joint? How many are pawing through your bags at the airport?

How many are teaching your kids?

Thereís a segment of society, not restricted to the fringes anymore, who have gone feral. They work at normal middle class jobs, go to normal middle class stores and restaurants and gas stations and banks. They seem normal until they can pin all their problems on some nameless, faceless group, and until they sense weakness in a member of that group. Then their aim is to destroy in a blind fury - not to get something they want, but simply to destroy something somebody else has.


At the risk of giving them ideas, Iíll predict that it wonít be long till gas stations are in for the same treatment.

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