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Update From the Dept. of Ironic Crime

Posted on | October 5, 2023 | 1 Comment

Saturday we shared the tale of a young woman who made the fatal choice of Baltimore as an ideal place for “building a deeply inclusive culture.”

Since then, there seems to have been a rash of such ironic crimes. Irony is not to be confused with comedy, of course, and we would not want people to laugh at death, which is not funny. Except sometimes . . .

A left-wing Philadelphia journalist who mocked concern over rising crime in Democrat-run cities was shot to death in his home.
Josh Kruger was shot seven times after someone entered his home, shot him at the base of his stairs, and then fled. Kruger ran outside seeking help from his neighbors and collapsed, where police found them after responding to call just before 1:30 a.m. on the 2300 block of Watkins Street.
Kruger, 39, was rushed to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he died just before 2:15 a.m.
No arrests have been made, and there was no sign of forced entry into the home, according to Deputy Police Commissioner Frank Vanore.
“Either the door was open, or the offender knew how to get the door open,” he said. “We just don’t know yet.”

It would be wrong to yield to the temptation of schadenfreude in such a case, but having spent some time delving through Josh Kruger’s social media, I’ve got to say that he seemed utterly obsessed with challenging what he often called “myths” about the danger of urban violence.

Permit me here to share two basic rules for a happy life:

1. Never argue with fools;


2. Stay the hell out of Philadelphia.

So far, so good — at least for me, but Josh Kruger had other ideas, e.g., that he was living in a “white supremacist police state.” There is a word for people who believe such things, and that word is crazy.

And speaking of crazy people . . .

Social justice activist fatally stabbed
in front of girlfriend in Brooklyn

Ryan Carson “dedicated his life to fighting for social justice,” and worked at a left-wing non-profit founded by Ralph Nader. Irony alert:

The 32-year-old was waiting for a bus with his girlfriend when police said he was brutally attacked. Surveillance video obtained by PIX11 News showed an unidentified man, who police described as emotionally disturbed, stabbing Carson several times.
The attack happened early Monday morning at the intersection of Malcolm X Boulevard and Lafayette Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, police said. Carson and his girlfriend were on their way home from a wedding.
Carson was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. His roommates said it could have happened to anyone at any time.
The New York Public Interest Research Group, where Carson had worked, released a statement on Tuesday: “Ryan was a beloved staffer, colleague and friend, and a creative, talented, relentless and upbeat advocate for students and the environment.”

More ironic details:

The apparently unprovoked attack occurred shortly before 4 a.m. Monday. The incident was captured on surveillance footage.
The suspect walked past the couple while they were seated on a bench at a bus stop, police said. As the two then walked toward the suspect, he started to damage scooters and said to Carson, “What are you looking at?” according to [NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph] Kenny.
As Carson tried to de-escalate the situation, the suspect swung a knife at him, Kenny said. Carson backed up and tripped, falling to the ground. The suspect then stabbed him three times, with the knife piercing his heart, Kenny said.

Despite the assertion by Carson’s roommates that this “could have happened to anyone at any time,” I’d say the fact that it happened at 4 a.m. in Bedford-Stuyvesant is probably kind of relevant.

“Excuse me, sir, can you give me directions?”

“Sure, where you headed?”

“Well, I’m looking for someplace to get stabbed to death.”

“Oh, Bedford-Stuyvesant is the place you’re looking for.”

“Any particular area in Bedford-Stuyvesant? Because I’m really in a hurry to get stabbed as soon as possible.”

“Yeah, anywhere along Malcolm X Boulevard, I’d say.”

“Thanks for the help.”

“Sure. And, oh, one more thing . . .”

“What’s that?”

“Probably try to get there about four in the morning.”

Four in the morning?”

“Yeah, that’s prime time for getting stabbed to death in Beford-Stuyvesant.”

What the heck was this Carson guy thinking, hanging out in Bedford-Stuyvesant at 4 a.m.? Waiting for a bus? He couldn’t call a cab? He couldn’t get a ride from a friend? Oh, and check this out:

(Hat-tip: John Sexton at Hot Air.) Let me be clear: Murder is bad. I am anti-murder, and no one should think that I am happy to see left-wingers getting murdered like this. Also, I am anti-carjacking, and thus cannot be accused of celebrating when a Democratic congressmen gets carjacked at gunpoint in D.C. My point in calling attention to these cases is not to advocate in favor of violence against liberals, but rather to say that, when Democrats support soft-on-crime policies, they seldom expect that they personally will suffer as a consequence of the ill-considered policies they embrace. When the boomerang comes whirling around to smack them in the back of the skull? Some might say it serves them right.

I’m just saying it’s ironic.



One Response to “Update From the Dept. of Ironic Crime”

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