Your Tax Dollars At Work: Finnish Edition

The insanity of Europe is on full display. And I’m not talking about the Coronavirus. This has been floating around ye olde blogosphere for sometime, but Paul Joseph Watson, who hasn’t been completely silenced by Cancel Culture, has a pretty good take on it.

So Finland has a rape epidemic on their hands. How to solve it? Teach the women an anti-rape song and dance. Seriously. RAPISTS BTFO 🇫🇮

Because allowing women to defend themselves with a firearm would be uncivilized, or something.

The most recent crime stats I can find for Finland are from July of 2019. Number of sex crime reports doubled in Oulu and Espoo, show statistics

The number of sex crime reports increased particularly rapidly – from 111 to 205 – in the police area of the Oulu Police Department.

“It translates to a percentage increase of nearly 85 per cent. The change was even more pronounced in the city of Oulu, where the number of sex crimes reports rose by more than 100 per cent compared to the previous year,” reads a press release issued by the Oulu Police Department on Friday.

And then there is the very politically incorrect bit of the statistics.

The Oulu Police Department also reported that the suspect was a foreigner in 40 per cent of the sex crimes where the suspect’s identify was known, representing an increase from the 25 per cent recorded in the first half of last year.

The video released this year by the Finish “authorities” is not quite as bad as the one from 2016, where they actually did basically tell women to “Use the Force.” You can find that video at the following link. Do Finns have Jedi Powers? Finnish Police Releases Absurd Rape Defence Video.

It isn’t that I don’t Trust Paul Joseph Watson, you understand, but I like to include the links to everything. Makes it harder for people to tell me I am making it all up.

And that 2nd video reminds me, as these things always do, of the “Or else” scene from Demolition Man. It is after the break.

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Man On Parole for Carjacking Arrested for Carjacking

How do you spell “recidivism?” Two charged with West Loop armed carjacking, including one released from prison less than a week ago (for carjacking).

Officers assigned to the city’s newly-reconstituted carjacking task force traced the victim’s stolen phone to the Austin neighborhood where cops saw two men getting into the carjacked vehicle around 11:30 p.m., according to a CPD spokesperson.

The men crashed the victim’s car and ran from the scene, but both were tracked down and arrested. A revolver was also recovered by police.

They both served “about half” of their previous sentences. One was convicted for vehicle theft, the other was in prison for carjacking. That second guy was released prison last week.

The “reconstituted carjacking task force” is in place because there were more than 600 carjackings last year (though that was a decrease from a prior 2 or 3 years) and there have been 135 carjackings so for this year.

The 2 carjacking suspects were ordered held without bail. (That is a little amazing in Cook County, IL.)

Cooking the Books on Crime

This is about Chicago, but do you think any other city is better? Oops! CPD claims violent crime is down 3% this year (it’s actually UP 13%).

The powers that be want to report that crime is down in Chicago. Even if they have to lie, to do so.

Across the country, crime statistics are organized by a system established by the FBI in 1929. Generally speaking, the bureau considers four crimes to be “violent” — murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Burglaries, thefts, and motor vehicle thefts, which CPD inexplicably lumped into its “violent crime” category for the past two months are not violent.

But hey, it’s just statistics. (Which brings up the old quote about “Lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

Hat tip to Second City Cop, with the post Hahahaha….Down? Down?? Who notes…

The media isn’t even remotely curious about why Burglaries and Robberies are classified as Property Crimes some months and Violent Crimes other months? Or maybe why Burglaries are downgraded to Thefts depending on what direction Groot needs the crime stats to read? Why Beck and Groot are making a massive deployment to CTA stations and platforms if robberies are down?

We joked years ago that future generations were going to “owe” crime to the past because with the constant 3% here and 3% there, crime would be out of existence by the time we got close to retirement. Once upon a time, the media worked in this town. But we guess that was long ago.

“Groot” is Second City Cop’s endearing nickname for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Can you guess that there is not a lot of love between Chicago PD and City Hall?

Apparently They Like the Incredible Levels of Gun Crime

Doing something about criminals wouldn’t be Social-Justice-Warrior Approved. Baltimore Democrats don’t want Larry Hogan to rein in gun violence.

2019 saw Baltimore set a local record (national record?) on gun crimes per capita. You would think people would want to do something about that.

The governor of Maryland wants to “get tough on crime” and do something about the insanity that is going on in Baltimore.

So what have the Democrats in the legislature done about it? They’re preparing to shoot it down, of course. And the interim mayor of Charm City is backing them up. (CBS Baltimore)

Of course they are. They are not distressed about gun crime. They NEED high levels of gun crime to help push their agenda – which doesn’t include “tough on crime” measures like minimum sentences. (Hat tip to View from the Beach and The Daley Gator.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

By not treating criminals appropriately, they get more crime. More carjackings reported as police promise crackdown: “The criminal justice system has to get serious about how they deal with some of these juveniles.”.

“The criminal justice system has to get serious about how they deal with some of these juveniles,” CPD Dep. Supt. Anthony Riccio said on Friday. “A lot of what we see are the same crews doing it over and over again. So, we’re gonna have to definitely address the problem of juveniles and the crime that they’re committing.”

Riccio made the remarks as he announced the reconstitution of a multi-agency carjacking task force. He said 117 vehicular hijackings had been reported in 2020 as of earlier this week, up from 67 during the same time in 2019.

But that quip about the Criminal Justice System is aimed at the courts, who keep releasing juveniles, because “they’re just kids” and besides keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

If you reward bad behavior (and non punishment is a reward of sorts) you get more of it….lots more of it.

SCC has more insights into what is happening to Justice in Chicago.

Bail Reform Marches On. Or Maybe Not

Fist up, Fox News. NYC subway thief thanks Democrats after his 139th arrest, release: ‘Bail reform, it’s lit!’.

Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year. He’s been released each time without having to post bail under New York’s new bail reform law since his alleged offenses were nonviolent, the New York Daily News reported. In the past, Barry’s served several stints in state prison and has a lengthy record, including six felonies, 87 misdemeanors and 21 missed court hearings, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

Then there is the New York Times, who thinks that quoting statistics is racist. Give the New Bail Reform Law Time to Work.

If prosecutors, the police or others believe that the law is causing public harm, it is their job to make a reasoned case.

Of course The NY Times doesn’t think that has happened. The increase in crime is purely coincidence. And “cherry picking” the cases.

The Post seems to think it is fairly clear. NYC has spike in shootings, other major crimes to start year. And as they point out in another article that means more victims.

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

I wouldn’t be writing about The Outfit, and its activities on February 14, 1929, if not for taking a look at HeyJackass! to see what was happening in the the Windy City.

But first lets look at the original St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, courtesy of History.com.

Prohibition came into being in 1920. That made the gangsters rich. Bootlegging was big business, and George “Bugs” Moran was running an operation out of a garage at 2122 North Clark Street.

On February 14, seven members of Moran’s operation were gunned down while standing lined up, facing the wall of the garage. Some 70 rounds of ammunition were fired. When police officers from Chicago’s 36th District arrived, they found one gang member, Frank Gusenberg, barely alive. In the few minutes before he died, they pressed him to reveal what had happened, but Gusenberg wouldn’t talk.

Police could find only a few eyewitnesses, but eventually concluded that gunmen dressed as police officers had entered the garage and pretended to be arresting the men.

Shortly after that Al “Scarface” Capone was undisputed leader of all nefarious activities in Chicago.

Now back to the present day and HeyJackass!

As of today, [Friday] this month has already tallied 22 homicides, which is three times more than the massacre tallied. Last year we saw the equivalent of 74 St. Valentine’s Day Massacres but we doubt any of those homicides will become part of Chicago lore quite like the original.

That number is as of the Friday, 11 PM totals. For HeyJackass! the weekend runs from noon on Friday until 6:00 AM Monday. The festivities don’t usually start that early or run that late, but they can start before most people get off work, and run into the early morning hours of Monday. Unless it is a 3-day-weekend, of course. The totals will probably be updated periodically as the weekend goes by.

‡ “The Outfit” was (is?) the name of Al Capone’s organization. When I was living and working in Chicago in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, the FBI was still trying to stamp it out. Maybe they still are.

Jacksonville, Florida 2019 Murders

And statistics are sexist. And racist. 2019 was Jacksonville’s deadliest year in decades.

While it’s still possible police may discover more homicides that occurred in 2019, increasing these numbers even higher, as of the end of New Year’s Eve, Jacksonville had seen 158 homicides, the highest number since the Times-Union began keeping track in 2006.

Oh, and we’re confused…

We obviously don’t know why Jacksonville’s homicides have been rising or why in 2019 it continued to rise.

No, we have no clue. It couldn’t be the war on police, that started in 2015 or 2016. It couldn’t be drugs or anything like that… We’re just baffled.

As for the sexist/racist nature of reality…

For one: the increase in Jacksonville’s homicides is entirely driven by male victims. The number of female victims actually decreased from 2018. In 2019, 132 men died from homicides in Jacksonville, compared to 99 in 2018.

While Jacksonville’s overall homicide rate is higher than elsewhere in Florida, the homicide rate among black men is even higher. One in 6,151 Jaxsons were killed in 2019 compared to one in 1,386 black men.

So if black men are more likely to be the victims of murder, how is fighting crime racist, if it saves black men? I am really confused. Maybe someone on the Left can explain how saving of black lives would be racist.

And I’m appalled that women are not equal with men in all things. Even bad things. </sarcasm>.

Cleveland’s New Years

Chicago, Baltimore, and then St. Louis and now Cleveland. 13 people shot in violent nine-hour stretch late New Year’s Eve, early New Year’s Day in Cleveland.

A 31-year-old woman killed by celebratory gunfire and four people injured outside a nightclub are among 13 people shot during a nine-hour stretch late New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day in Cleveland, police said.

The violent end to 2019 and start to 2020 included at least 10 separate shootings between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Happy New Year: St. Louis Style

In all the attention paid to Chicago and Baltimore, it seems that St. Louis may have been overlooked. St. Louis records 4 homicides in first 3 hours of 2020.

Only a few hours into 2020 and Missouri’s second largest city recorded four homicides in multiple shootings across St. Louis.

And I was going to comment on the fact that Chicago’s first shooting of 2020 came at 12:15 AM, on the morning of January 1st. Seems St. Louis is winning (or losing, depending on your point of view) that race.

A quick search turned up St. Louis’s crime-rate data for 2018. In that year St. Louis had a murder rate of 60.9 per 100,000. That is just a bit worse than Baltimore, though Baltimore gets all of the press. Back to the link at the top, we find…

In 2019, St. Louis recorded 194 homicides, up from 186 in 2018.

So the murder rate is almost certainly higher than 2018.

And in case you were wondering about the politics in St. Louis, the last Republican mayor of that city was Aloys P. Kaufmann. He left office in 1949.

“Unexpectedly” Baltimore’s Murder Rate Goes Up

Because keeping police out of violent communities is sure to make some people happy. Just not everyone. Baltimore Residents Now Upset At Soaring Homicide Rates After City Acted On BLM Demands To Limit Police Presence In Certain Communities.

If you’re confused on the subject of Baltimore, look up the Freddie Grey incident from 2015. The riots, as always destroyed the parts of the city where the upset people live.

Because whenever Liberal policies result in completely foreseeable consequences, the media and the politicrats are shocked to discover that “water is wet.”

Following the anti-police riots, city officials seemingly gave in to the Black Lives Matter demands, and have enacted policies that would limit the presence of police officers in neighborhoods like the one in which Freddie Gray was arrested.

The apparent result is a skyrocketing of homicides and the creation of an atmosphere in which it is no longer safe for citizens to walk down the street. With the weakened police presence in high-crime rate areas, much like when ISIS filled the vacuum left behind when Obama withdrew American troops from the Middle East, gangs of roving thugs have made it their priority to terrorize their communities.

Black Lives Matter can now celebrate in achieving its goal as Baltimore has now broken the national record for homicides with 55.8 killings per 100,000 people.

For comparison purposes. Chicago has a crime rate of about 18.5 per 100,000 residents. (It depends on the population numbers you use, and the homicide numbers, and the Chicago PD has been under pressure to cook the books on homicide, and clearance, but then there is always HeyJackass!) New York City (based on the Compstat numbers, and Wiki population data) has a crime rate of 3.7 per 100,000.

The country of Venezuela has a murder rate of about 56.3 per 100,000, and Honduras has a rate of 41.7 per 100,000 according to The World Atlas.

Now for reasons I don’t understand, the link at the top is mostly to 2017 data. But 2019 data exists – it comes from the Baltimore Sun: 2019 closes with 348 homicides in Baltimore, second deadliest year on record. 2nd to 1993 when the city had a population larger than it does today (by about 125,000 people).

The year had already set a grim record of 57 killings per 100,000 people, the city’s worst homicide rate on record. Then, killings went on for eight more days.

Press conferences were held where officials promised “new efforts to catch killers,” because the clearance rate is about 31 percent.

Not happy with the results they have achieved to date, BLM wants more. (Back to the first link at the top…)

However, chapters of the Black Lives Matter movement, including Baltimore and Chicago, have issued demands to have the police forces in each city abolished completely.

Be careful what you wish for because sometimes you just might get it.

And of course, Murder isn’t the only crime impacted by the policing vacuum, it just seems to be the only one that gets any attention.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who wants to know, “What did they think was going to happen?”

‡ The “water is wet” line is not quite a quote from “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” by Rudyard Kipling. It is in full after the break.

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Chicago & Baltimore: A Tale of Two Cities

But hey, they are woke. Or something. The bloody toll from Baltimore, Chicago’s soft-on-crime mindset. And don’t expect the national media to reflect on how two Democratic-run cities have become such crime disasters.

There were two mass-shootings on Sunday: One in Chicago, the other in Baltimore. So what is the cause?

In Baltimore the poverty rate is down, unemployment is down. In Chicago, public school spending (per pupil) increased a bit more than 20 percent in the past decade.

The more likely culprits of elevated violence: (1) sharp cuts in incarceration, (2) prosecutorial retreat from low-level offenses and drug laws and (3) the alienation of each city’s most capable guardians: cops.

Both states have been reducing incarceration. Dramatically. And Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney Crimeshea Kim Foxx has decided not to prosecute a whole raft of “low-level” crimes. Which, “unexpectedly” caused those crimes to skyrocket. (It is sort of the exact opposite of Broken Windows.)

A third of Baltimore homicide suspects in 2017 committed their alleged offenses while on probation or parole, despite having an average of nearly 10 prior arrests. In Chicago, those arrested for shootings or homicides in 2015-16 had an average of 12 prior arrests.

Because expecting the state to keep violent criminals in prison is unfair. Or something.

Hat tip to Second City Cop who says it is a Policy With a Body Count.

Statistics Are Racist

Which I suppose means that reality itself is racist and will need to be outlawed. Or something. Wrong Questions/Conclusions: Second City Cop.

Every time we see the ACLU start to spout this nonsense, we always ask:

  • Why are 80-to-85% of the homicides committed by black offenders?

After all, if we’re only supposed to stop black people based on their population, then it only follows that crime numbers should be exactly proportional, too. Right? But they aren’t. Imagine that.

And you have a dozen black aldercreatures DEMANDING increased police presence where 85% of the homicides and shootings are happening. What are the cops supposed to do? You get angry when CPD stops people (and folks), you get angry when we tell everyone to stay fetal.

You can ask similar questions about victims. But then as I said, statistics are racist. And you can find the best Chicago statistics at HeyJackass! And Chicago hits the magic 500 number for 2019 homicides, not counting police and justifiable self-defense.

Breakdown of Order in Baltimore and Chicago

So this all started because I was embroiled in a discussion about the general breakdown of order. Looking into the situation in both Chicago and Baltimore, is disheartening. Crime rates are approaching or surpassing levels only seen in failed states, or states still dealing with the after effects of civil war. So maybe our inner-cities are failed states. Maybe they are embroiled in civil wars.

International Crime statistics are hard to have much faith in. They can vary pretty dramatically depending on where you find them, but using The World Atlas, whose numbers agree with other sources, Chicago has a murder rate similar to South Sudan and Côte d’Ivoire, while Baltimore has a murder rate on par with El Salvador. (Details below) And yet other parts of the country are fairly safe. I don’t pretend to know how to “fix” this. I just know that I don’t want to live in a place that has crime levels you see in South Sudan, or Baltimore.

With enough force, you could probably “impose order” on Baltimore and Chicago. I don’t think that is the answer in the long term. I am sure that doing more of the same, or just “feeling bad” about the situation isn’t going the change anything. Holding hands and singing “Give Peace a Chance” also isn’t going to work. (“Kumbaya” is too religious for the Left today!) What we have to do is face up to reality. And by “we” I mean the entire country. Left and Right, though I really don’t think that is going to happen in the near future.

So here are the statistics:

The FBI released the final edition of Crime in the US for 2018. It used to be called the Uniform Crime Report, but if people didn’t change things, what would they do to justify their enormous salaries? It is worth knowing where to find those stats, because people who operate mostly on emotion, hate it when you provide statistics. They will not refute them, and usually resort to calling math racist.

The USA as a whole in 2018 had a national “Murder, and non-negligent homicide rate” of 5.0 per 100,000. Crime in the US, 2018 Table 4.

From the same table:

Ohio had a rate of 4.8 per 100,000 residents.

South Dakota had a rate of 1.4 per 100,000 (not sure where they stand today, but about a decade ago they had the HIGHEST rate of Concealed Carry license holders in the nation)

For the city level numbers, I went to current year, since data for both Chicago and Baltimore are available.

Chicago has a population of 2,695,598 or 2,705,994 depending on which numbers you use. Via the Wiki.

Chicago has had 476 homicides in 2019, According to HeyJackass! (The best Chicago statistics available.) Now I know math is hard but that means Chicago has a homicide rate of between 17.6 and 17.65 per 100,000. (And yes, since it isn’t the end of the year, the rates in both Chicago and Baltimore will be understated. It still makes my point.)

Baltimore has a population of 602,495 or 620,961 (depending on the numbers you use), once again according to the Wiki.

Baltimore has had 300 murders this year. Once again, doing the math, we find that Baltimore has a murder rate per 100,000 residents of between 48.3 and 49.8. Which is obscene.

The Baltimore stats are pulled from the CBS affiliate in Baltimore, which has another story on how the mayor of that city doesn’t think he (or other leadership) is responsible in anyway for the breakdown of order. ‘I’m Not Committing The Murders’ | Baltimore Mayor Jack Young Says Leadership Not To Blame As City Approaches 300 Homicides. Which I take it to mean that he has no plan for what to do to fix this mess.

I wish I knew how to fix the crime rate. I don’t. People talk about education, but Chicago spends a lot on its public schools. I’m not sure they get much return on that investment. People talk about jobs, but Chicago (which I know more about than I do about Baltimore) is raising taxes, left and right, and generally making it an uninviting place for business. New York City’s recent go-around with Amazon would seem to suggest that cities don’t want those eeeevil capitalists to create jobs for their people.

The math: the ratio of total murders to total population is equal to the ratio of the murder rate to 100,000. So the murder rate = 100,000 X (total murders)/(total population). It is only middle school math, after all.

I originally dumped these statistics in the comments on a post about crime in Baltimore. Which has been especially bad the past few years. They really did deserve a place of their own.

Solving Murders (Or Not) in Minneapolis

JusticeI’m shocked that things are getting worse for police in a progressive city. As homicides rise in Minneapolis, arrest rate drops.

Minneapolis mirrors a national trend: While homicides and other violent acts have declined for years in most cities, police are solving fewer of those crimes.

There are lots of reasons, but foremost – even in the Star Tribune’s coverage – is that the people no longer cooperate with cops. They put a liberal spin on it, but hey, it’s their city.

L.A. Seems Shocked that Crime is on the Rise

Because crime is not supposed to impinge of the Progressive Center of the City. Or something. Homicides on the Rise in Downtown.

Since the start of August, eight people have been killed within the Central City. Overall, the killing marked the 15th homicide in Downtown since the start of the year, which has already surpassed last year’s mark of 13 at this time.

But it’s better than it was a few years ago, so that’s OK then.

The Breakdown of Order in Baltimore Continues

They are on pace for a bad year in Baltimore. Baltimore hits 300 homicides for fifth year in a row.

Two people were killed in front of a grocery store on Nov. 13.

Their deaths marked the city’s fifth consecutive year with at least 300 homicides. The staggering total has become an unofficial milestone in Baltimore’s annual struggle to quell the deadly violence.

For a city Baltimore’s size, that is a staggering number of homicides. (Hat tip to Shot in the Dark.)

And it isn’t just murders. Other crime is also on the rise. Carjackings spike continues in Baltimore, with incidents up 30% from this time last year.

Between 2014 and 2018, the number of carjackings more than tripled, and they’re up again this year.

There have been more than 400 carjackings across Baltimore through Sept. 28, up 29 percent from last year, according to police data. Other auto thefts, while far more common, are down 8.6%.

When do things get so bad, that the people demand a change? I’m sure somehow this is situation is all the Republicans’ fault or Trump’s fault, (according to the Democrats) but that will be hard to sell to anyone who considers that last Republican mayor of Baltimore left office in 1967.

Sweden Has a Problem with Bombs

They keep exploding all over the country. Swedish police chief: No international equivalent to Sweden’s wave of bombings.

The bomb squad has been called in 100 bombings this year.

Regularly placed near the top of the UN’s Human Development Index and among the world’s richest countries in terms of GDP per capita, the Scandinavian country is facing an unusual challenge as bombings become a regular occurrence.

And it isn’t just bombings, though they do seem to attract a lot of attention.

Sweden’s main daily Dagens Nyheter also reported in October that deadly shootings of men aged 20 to 29 had increased by 200 percent between 2014 and 2018.

The illegal drug is blamed for most of the violence, and the proliferation of the gangs.

Baltimore’s Murder Problem Shows No Sign of Improvement

They are on track to have more murders than last year. Man killed in Waverly, Baltimore police say, as city nears 300 homicides for 2019.

Baltimore with an (estimated) population of 620,500 has had 296 homicides this year. That is a rate of 47.7 per 100,000 people.

Chicago with an (estimated) population of 2,706,000 has had 450 homicides this year (according to HeyJackass!, who has the best Chicago stats). That’s a rate of about 16.6 per 100,000. Not that Chicago is exactly winning the war on crime.

The pace of violence is ahead of last year, during which 309 people were killed. This year would be the fifth straight in which the city surpasses the 300 mark.

Sweden Used To Be a Very Safe Country

Sadly that has changed. Trend in gang crime bombings rock Sweden.

In the past week alone, a bomb exploded in a stairwell in a Malmo apartment building, an explosive device was found outside a shopping centre in the southern town of Kristianstad, and a blast rocked the balcony at a block of flats in Hassleholm in southern Sweden.

While few of the blasts have caused serious injuries, the national bomb squad has been called out to investigate 99 explosions in the first 10 months of the year.

Grenades were very popular in the past few years, but for whatever reason, the gangs seem to be switching to homemade devices.