CNN: Is there really a “knockout game”?

posted at 12:21 pm on November 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story, perhaps because I’ve seen too many “rainbow bracelet” and other such reality-disconnected hysterias over the years. Moral panics have been with us for as long as … humans have organized themselves into civilizations, probably.  I can still recall the urban legend from well before my blogging days that driving with headlights on during the day in Los Angeles would have gang members targeting people for random attacks. I never did that anyway, as I’d forget to turn them off and end up needing a jump start.

That doesn’t make the attacks any less real, though. CNN asks today whether these are just random attacks getting outsized media attention or a real trend — or whether the outsized media attention is creating the trend, as NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly warns:

The attacks themselves are real enough, and so are the deaths and injuries.  Four people have been killed in similar assaults, which have nothing in common except the modus operandi.  Even Al Sharpton was moved this weekend to condemn the “knockout game,” telling a Harlem audience, “We would not be silent if it was the other way around”:

“This kind of behavior is deplorable and must be condemned by all us,” he said at his weekly National Action Network meeting in Harlem. “We would not be silent if it was the other way around. We cannot be silent or in any way reluctant to confront it when it is coming from our own community.”

On Monday, Sharpton and other leaders plan to discuss a “next move.”

“Kids are randomly knocking out people [from] another race — some specifically going at Jewish people,” he said. “This kind of insane thuggery — there is nothing cute about that. There is no game play about knocking somebody out, and it is not a game. It is an assault and is bias, and it is wrong.”

Will this create enough of a pushback to shame the lawless into better behavior? Or will it turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy as the attacks gain more and more media attention?  It’s a tough call, but if Sharpton finds it necessary to speak out, I’d say there’s more to it than just media boredom.


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This is definitely a game. Parents of nearby high schools are telling me about it, face to face. Kids are posting videos on YouTube, but they get taken down quickly. The name of the game changes regionally…

TheLoudTalker on November 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

These mob-black-on-unawares-whites attacks have been going on for years. YEARS. Far more than “four people” have been killed in these attacks. It wasn’t until…ahem…attacks started happening in a certain ethnic section of Brooklyn that suddenly everyone seemed to care. To pretend this is a “game” gone suddenly “viral” is either ignorance or deceit.

ex_machina on November 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

CNN: Is there really a “knockout game”?

At least they are only a couple weeks late to the party, beats the 4 yr hiatus on Obamacare…

hillsoftx on November 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Getting sucker-punched has been around forever. And black on white violence is still a real problem today.

So Al Sharpton is taking a principled stance, that it’s wrong to sucker punch someone. Is there some nuance there I’m missing. He’s a Reverend; maybe an applicable Bible quotation?

Paul-Cincy on November 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story….

….because it doesn’t fit with the establishment/liberal narrative that I like to develop here at “Hot Air”. That’s why I’ve been quieter than Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson in bringing attention to this violent targeting of non-african Americans perpetrated by ONLY african-Americans…..

williamg on November 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Real or not I wish the media and outlets like HA would stop talking about the knockout game. It merely encourages others to join in on the “fun.”

But, of course, CNN’s real motive here is that you can’t have black thugs hitting and/or killing innocent whites if you deny the very existence of the game to begin with.

Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Go to http://www.worldstarhiphop.com if you don’t think this is real.

OxyCon on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I have a mixed-race Asian friend who grew up in a black neighborhood, as his mother is quite liberal, and she chose to move there, to make it a better place. So he was sucker-punched one day, by a black teen. Went to the police, but he was upset they didn’t do anything.

This week there was a possible sucker punch episode in Greater Cincinnati. So now it’s on the local news. They said it’s disturbing there might be a racial component to it. They didn’t talk about the component though. So who knows what it might be.

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Paul-Cincy on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Paul-Cincy on November 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Al’s principled stance is that this trend is starting to threaten his race baiting business so he better nip it in the bud.

Flange on November 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

What? Have you been out of the country or sumptin’?

d1carter on November 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

ex_machina on November 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

True enough.

BTW, have you noticed that news reports of ‘urban youths’ doing flash-mob looting sprees has become yesterdays news…

The ‘entitlement state’ has destroyed much, and as it expands, new players will enter the field.

CPT. Charles on November 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

This happened last May and the thug claims to have done it six or seven times previous to this one…Which didn’t turn out too well for him.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 12:35 PM

CNN: Is there really a “knockout game”?

Yes CNN, there is such a game…and it occurs every
evening to your ratings….

…other networks (see MSNBC) are also victims of this game.

ToddPA on November 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Paul-Cincy on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Police aren’t going to pursue this kind of assault.

Here in DC, the crime rate is offically at a historically low level but it’s all because things like assault and stealing smartphones from people on the Metro are virtually ignored. One guy on Capitol Hill was beaten so severely that it took months of recovery……… The case remains open with no suspects identified.

Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

A quick search on my favorite blog found a report of a black mob-on-white attack as far back as March 23, 2010. And it mentions “yet another flash mob” attack…meaning that there are more buried back in the archives I haven’t found yet.

http://angrywhitedude.com/2010/03/thank-god-for-philly-it-keeps-them-there/

And here’s an article from September 2010 about the “game” as it was known then–i.e., “Polar Bear Hunting”:
http://urbangrounds.com/2010/09/the-new-urban-sport-polar-bear-hunting/

Yes, our post-racial utopia is at hand. You know what will help this situation? Amnesty.

ex_machina on November 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

BTW, have you noticed that news reports of ‘urban youths’ doing flash-mob looting sprees has become yesterdays news…

The ‘entitlement state’ has destroyed much, and as it expands, new players will enter the field.

CPT. Charles on November 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Hey you don’t learn how to loot a Louisiana Wal-Mart overnight. You need some serious training before you can go professional!

Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Here in DC, the crime rate is offically at a historically low level but it’s all because things like assault and stealing smartphones from people on the Metro are virtually ignored. One guy on Capitol Hill was beaten so severely that it took months of recovery……… The case remains open with no suspects identified.

Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Damn good thing honest folk can’t carry guns in the district. Somebody might get shot and jack that crime rate up.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Hey, CNN, maybe this guy can explain thig game.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/11/24/video-shows-monticello-mayor-cursing-breaking-clock-after-dwi-arrest/

ToddPA on November 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

O’Barky’s famous son Trayvon, failed inventor of the game, could not be reached for comment.

viking01 on November 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I’m sure this is real and it is happening, but if you tried to pull something like this in my neck of the woods, you’d be lucky to not end up shot. Anyone know if this is an urban phenomenon, or is this happening everywhere?

ReaganWasRight on November 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Ok, we are losing our focus here. The knockout game is absolutely real. It is different than random ongoing black on white violence. The specific goal is to target people, it is premeditated. I saw a news interview with a teen that “has friends” that do it, and he was bragging about how one kid got the UPS man. And it spreads… they tweet about it, they post videos, they laugh, and the cycle feeds itself. Kids think its funny, our society is swirling down the drain due to declining morals. Social media fuels the problem because kids want to be famous, popular, etc. They want “likes” and “followers” on Twitter, Vine, YouTube, etc. Movies, television, music and games sensationalize the topics, overexposure desensitizes our youth, and they lose any concept of respect for life or one another. Broken homes, tuned out parents, absent parents, handcuffed teachers and overly litigious parents make it virtually impossible to restore any sort of order at a young age. We are living in dark times.

TheLoudTalker on November 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Four people have been killed in similar assaults, which have nothing in common except the modus operandi.

Are you serious? You think these assaults have nothing in common except the method? I have no idea why you are so timid about pointing out the violent behavior of black urban youth, but that’s overwhelmingly who’s doing this, and they’re targeting non-blacks.

King B on November 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Real or not I wish the media and outlets like HA would stop talking about the knockout game. It merely encourages others to join in on the “fun.”

Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

These attacks do depend, somewhat, on the element of surprise, so the more potential victims are aware the better. But I am skeptical as to whether or not the media can honestly report what’s going on.

Flange on November 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Anyone know if this is an urban phenomenon, or is this happening everywhere?

ReaganWasRight on November 25, 2013 at 12:40 PM

It’s been happening everywhere for at least three years now. Well, let’s qualify “everywhere”…anywhere where this is a sizable black population you will find accounts of flash mobs attacking innocent whites.

ex_machina on November 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Wait is Al Sharpton demanding blacks NOT target jews for hatred and violence? What has this world come to?

Neo on November 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

If President Obama had a son…

rogerb on November 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Real or not I wish the media and outlets like HA would stop talking about the knockout game. It merely encourages others to join in on the “fun.”
Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Riiiight… as if the street rats indulging in such felonious frivolity read Hot Air.

No, the only people that are even remotely capable of making it ‘un-hip’ are too busy pushing the ‘white privilege’ lie.

CPT. Charles on November 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The knockout game, or brutal attack “game” has been going on for years. In Philadelphia. All over the country. And people die. They are punched and killed. These teenagers think they are above the law, immune from more than a slap on the wrist. They terrorize the whole country, in cities people rightly worry about going out at night… and day. They have targeted “jews,” but regardless, frankly, it’s always blacks targeting whites, no robbery involved, simple “recreational” violence, and hate. These are clearly hate crimes, and they need to be punished as that, I don’t care whether they are overgrown 11 years olds.

anotherJoe on November 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Until it is similarly “racist” and “unacceptable” for this type of violence to happen (rare as it now may be in the bigger picture) if the roles were reversed, it will continue to expand.

All I see right now is resistance to even noting that the phenomenon occurs regularly in certain cities. Heads are still firmly in the sand.

People call you racist for even talking about the obvious and rational ways in which people would change their behavior as recognition of this phenomenon spreads.

Mord on November 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

It won’t be long before we have the inevitable “kid punches person, person shoots and kills kid, parent sues shooter” law suit. And in our world today the money seeking mother will probably win.

TheLoudTalker on November 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Go to http://www.worldstarhiphop.com if you don’t think this is real.

OxyCon on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Straight wilin’ ya know wha im sayin>?!??!!11

Murphy9 on November 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

It won’t be long before we have the inevitable “kid punches person, person shoots and kills kid, parent sues shooter” law suit. And in our world today the money seeking mother will probably win.

TheLoudTalker on November 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

There have already been at least two incidents of a victim shooting the attacker. So far no lawsuits. One kid’s in jail; laughed about how his attack backfired on him.

ex_machina on November 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story

That’s because you are a squishy with a significant infection of moral relativism. If this is not a barbaric game played by a dysfunctional subculture (even though witnesses have heard them talking about it and participants say it is) then we are in a race war and haven’t realized it yet.

Which one is it?

peacenprosperity on November 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Go to http://www.worldstarhiphop.com if you don’t think this is real.

OxyCon on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

This.

ex_machina on November 25, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Neo on November 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Sins of the past… and the fact that the Jews are more likely than anybody to hit back.

CPT. Charles on November 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Damn good thing honest folk can’t carry guns in the district. Somebody might get shot and jack that crime rate up.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 12:39 PM

You mock but there were some seriously upset people following the Washington Navy Yard shootings. Not upset at the deaths or workplace security but, rather, that the shooter had a weapon in the District. As if a guy with mental issues was going to think twice about shooting up an office when he finds out that it is illegal for him to be carrying a gun in DC.

Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Knockout Game. Another media story to take the focus off the real knockout game, Obamacare.

TXUS on November 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story,…

…..or drunk……

….yeah, well – One of the Two:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/23/Six-Knockout-Attacks-In-New-Haven-CT

williamg on November 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Thundacats out in these streets, ya know what im sayin’?

Murphy9 on November 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Four people have been killed in similar assaults,

Not possible. We were assured during Zimmerman case that unarmed people aren’t capable of doing harm to their victims.

xblade on November 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Real or not I wish the media and outlets like HA would stop talking about the knockout game. It merely encourages others to join in on the “fun.”

Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I doubt that many of the creeps that would “Play” this game read HA or watch any news programs at all. Fast and Furious on some game box is about all they’re capable of.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Maybe this is the game Trayvon Martin was playing that night.

TXUS on November 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Liberals still won’t like you, Ed. Even if you do try to be “measured.” Trust me.

djl130 on November 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

You mock but there were some seriously upset people following the Washington Navy Yard shootings. Not upset at the deaths or workplace security but, rather, that the shooter had a weapon in the District. As if a guy with mental issues was going to think twice about shooting up an office when he finds out that it is illegal for him to be carrying a gun in DC.

Happy Nomad on November 25, 2013 at 12:44 PM

I wasn’t mocking…well, yeah I was but it was a cynical sarcastic type of mocking. I live just 50 miles south of D.C. as I-95 goes so I’m familiar with the area and the politics.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Meanwhile, the One who ought to speak out, er…it otherwise engaged. He needs squirrels, like Iran and amnesty. Of course the stupid Rs will humor him on amnesty. May he and all the amnesty traitors go directly to Hell.

At DCCC fundraiser in Seattle, Pres Obama says “it’s understandable” some people “feel disturbed or concerned” about making progress.

– Mark Knoller

obama is the most transparent charlatanic thug of the USA, ever.

Schadenfreude on November 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story, perhaps because I’ve seen too many “rainbow bracelet” and other such reality-disconnected hysterias over the years.

The teenagers often post videos on the net…

” Videos of knockout attacks have been attracting much more attention than usual in recent months.

This disturbing game is a hit with goons.

“Knockout” is an emerging trend among unhinged teens that consists of targeting a passerby at random and trying to lay them out with one punch.

That’s it.

Participants call this — the game’s singular move — the “one hitter quitter.”

Their victims can be anyone: elderly men or mothers with kids are not exempt. This poor attempt at manliness — i.e. thinly veiled cowardice — has even ended in death.

Most of the knockout incidents have taken place in the New York metro area.

New York-based CBS 2 shed light on the fisticuff fad earlier this month with a report on the twisted game in Jersey City.

“You just knock them out. You hit them with a blow and you take their belongings,” one teen told the station.

Another youngster said that people participate simply “for the fun of it.” But another said wannabe tough guys are interested in whether their friends actually have the strength to strike somebody down.

Phoebe Connolly, of Vermont, told ABC affiliate WJLA that she was targeted while riding her bike in the Columbia Heights section of Washington, D.C.

“My whole head went flying to the side… it was a hard punch,” Connolly said. “One kid came from the side and pretty much cut me off. He threw a hook with his left hand and got me right in the face and he said, ‘Wapow!’”

This month, New York police have been investigating whether attacked-Jews in Crown Heights were victims of anti-Semitic hate crimes or knockout, as the Daily News previously reported.

Back in September, a New Jersey man, 46-year-old Ralph Santiago, was found dead with a broken neck and his head between two fence spikes in Hoboken, the Jersey Journal said. Some suspect he was a victim of the warped game.

Hoang Nguyen, 72, of St. Louis, died from knockout while walking home from a store in April 2011, according to the St. Louis Patch-Dispatch.

The Missouri paper reported that the attacker, 20 year-old Elex Murphy, was convicted of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

But many other knockout “players” have dodged the law and could even be planning to play again….”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/teen-knockout-game-continues-harm-innocent-people-article-1.1521185#ixzz2lgG6IuML

“Some of the assaults are recorded and posted on social media by the attackers.

Recent attacks in New York, New Haven, Conn., Washington, D.C. and suburban Philadelphia have raised concerns across the country. The violence is not new, though. In 2011, St. Louis had a rash of similar incidents, one of which led to the death of a Vietnamese immigrant…”

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/22/knockout-game-arrests/3676649/

workingclass artist on November 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting the headlines threads to display?

viking01 on November 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

If Sharpton is concerned about anything it is the backlash that has been talked about on blogs, and he should be worried about it.

HiJack on November 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story

Spending an evening hanging out alone on a street corner in North Mpls or Frogtown is one way to find out mighty fast.

whatcat on November 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

williamg on November 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

LMAO. You’ve outdone yourself on that one, williamg.

Dusty on November 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting the headlines threads to display?

viking01 on November 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

No trouble, working fine for me.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM

CNN: Is there really a “knockout game”?

BoxHead:Is there really a post about the knockout game on HA?
//
Is this the first article on the polar bear hunting game on HA?

Getting sucker-punched has been around forever. And black on white violence is still a real problem today.

So Al Sharpton is taking a principled stance, that it’s wrong to sucker punch someone. Is there some nuance there I’m missing. He’s a Reverend; maybe an applicable Bible quotation?

Paul-Cincy on November 25, 2013 at 12:27 PM

True, there is a bit of hit generating hype going on. But , to be fair, ,at least from my youth, it wasn’t a viral game and it was mostly young on young attacks (or there was a robbery motive). This one , they don’t even worry if the victim is an old man or a tiny women. And they don’t rob the victim. It’s alien to me. But there was “wilding” back in the 90s(?) where the thugs would yell, run in a pack punching people as they went but that’s safer. You can cover your head and tense up when you hear a pack of thugs coming. Your head isn’t going to whip around like a rubberband.

BoxHead1 on November 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Meanwhile, the One who ought to speak out, er…it otherwise engaged. He needs squirrels, like Iran and amnesty. Of course the stupid Rs will humor him on amnesty. May he and all the amnesty traitors go directly to Hell.

At DCCC fundraiser in Seattle, Pres Obama says “it’s understandable” some people “feel disturbed or concerned” about making progress.

– Mark Knoller

obama is the most transparent charlatanic thug of the USA, ever.

Schadenfreude on November 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Yes, but where is the White House press corps asking the hard questions to The Won about this?

HiJack on November 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I have no idea why you are so timid about pointing out the violent behavior of black urban youth, but that’s overwhelmingly who’s doing this, and they’re targeting non-blacks.

King B

White guilt runs deep for some. It’s why they support amnesty too.

xblade on November 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Y

es, our post-racial utopia is at hand. You know what will help this situation? Amnesty.
ex_machina on November 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Nail on the head. No one ever considers unintended consequences (or even obvious consequences)in this country anymore. I think you have to blame 75 years of public schools. There is no deep thought (aside from Thomas Sowell). Everything is a quick, immediate superficial fix. Whether it is in government or corporate business, the term nip it in the bud no longer exists. Instead of getting rid of failed laws, failed policies, band aids are put on band aids until underneath is a festering, infected wound. This country has it in congress, which is corrupt and always striving to make itself relevant and the corporate world has human resources departments that have the mentality and philosophy of a college faculty. And we have a law profession trained to make money on the smallest grievance.

Most would look at CS Lewis like he was crazy if he said today;

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.”

peacenprosperity on November 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story, perhaps because I’ve seen too many “rainbow bracelet” and other such reality-disconnected hysterias over the years.

There has been more black on white knockout attacks than there have been anti-gay attacks.

sentinelrules on November 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Knockout Game. Another media story to take the focus off the real knockout game, Obamacare.

TXUS on November 25, 2013 at 12:45 PM

It’s been a serious problem that mainstream media has ignored and it has a distinct racial MO.

Obamacare will continue to be the story at the dinner tables this holiday season…A lot of americans will either be directly affected or will know someone who has been directly affected.

Those stories will continue to show up on social media and there’s nothing the agitprop media or the White House can do about that.

workingclass artist on November 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

The current occupier of the spitehouse hasn’t wasted a moment since 2009 race baiting. That kind of thing filters into the greater public. Add to that a racist attorney general and you have a situation just ripe for black on white crime

neyney on November 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Yes, but where is the White House press corps asking the hard questions to The Won about this?

HiJack on November 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

In obama’s azz. They still think it’s Beluga caviar, the fools. I hope they all die, intoxicated from what they consume.

Schadenfreude on November 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting the headlines threads to display?

viking01

The one about the 10 month old illegal immigration push poll won’t display for me.

xblade on November 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Is this a completely black pastime or do white thugs play too? If not why not? Are they being excluded because of race? How about Asian thugs, can they play? I demand a Senate investigation.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

If Sharpton is concerned about anything it is the backlash that has been talked about on blogs, and he should be worried about it.

HiJack on November 25, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Col. Allen West called out both Jackson and Sharpton over it…said they didn’t talk about it because it wasn’t profitable for them.

Ouch!

workingclass artist on November 25, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Oldnuke on November 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

If people had guns that they were able to use without sanction… then these attacks would dry up. So, outlaw guns, great idea. Not!

anotherJoe on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Quite real, and these unprovoked racist attacks have been going on for years. Back in 1991 when it happened to a couple of my friends it was called “wilding”. The “knockout game” is just the latest iteration of the traditional race-hate terror attacks carried out by black teens against random white and asian people. Girls are often involved too, usually egging it on.

forest on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story, perhaps because I’ve seen too many “rainbow bracelet” and other such reality-disconnected hysterias over the years. Moral panics have been with us for as long as … humans have organized themselves into civilizations, probably.

Hilarious Ed, really hilarious after all black on white crime is such a nasty topic isn’t it. We musn’t act like there is anything there after all.

When Thomas Sowell beats you to a story that is not good.

JimBob on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

If one AA was mildly swatted by two white kids tripping and falling in his direction, we’d get a lot more than handwringing from the likes of Sharpton. There’d be 24/7 coverage, blue-ribbon committees, college “awareness” days… and a whole lot of blaming Republicans… without cause.

Sharpton can say what he wants, but until he puts at least some of the blame on the corrupt welfare state, he’s wasting his and our time.

mankai on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Meanwhile, the One who ought to speak out [...]

Schadenfreude on November 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Over and over again, Obama has missed the opportunity to, as MLK would have done, lift up the black community in general, and the young black man in particular. The police “acted stupidly” in arresting Henry Louis Gates; that his white grandmother is neurotically afraid of blacks; and the most egregious, that if he had a son, he’d LOOK like Trayvon. NOTHING to lift up blacks. Just more giveaways.

It’s a damn shame.

Paul-Cincy on November 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Maybe this is the game Trayvon Martin was playing that night.

TXUS on November 25, 2013 at 12:47 PM

According to the girlfriend…It was Gay Panic

No doubt inflamed by the girlfriend.

New Skool.

workingclass artist on November 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

xblade on November 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I have had a problem with a BHO file on here called bettersrf.dll and had to do a root kit fix to get rid of it, it underlines words in the editorials and comments and slow down my pc real bad. Just did another fix this morning…

Scrumpy on November 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Oldnuke on November 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

If people had guns that they were able to use without sanction… then these attacks would dry up. So, outlaw guns, great idea. Not!

anotherJoe on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Errr, what thread was that on? Not this one.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting the headlines threads to display?

viking01

I’m not getting anything either.

Flange on November 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Quite real, and these unprovoked racist attacks have been going on for years. Back in 1991 when it happened to a couple of my friends it was called “wilding”. The “knockout game” is just the latest iteration of the traditional race-hate terror attacks carried out by black teens against random white and asian people. Girls are often involved too, usually egging it on.

forest on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

see my post before yours. I remembered the same thing.

BoxHead1 on November 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Until Sharpton admits that the inner city welfare CULTURE is sick, he can blubber on about “isolated” cases all he wants.

It’s thug cultural and the culture needs to be addressed.

mankai on November 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

“Panicking lawmakers request federal help against spreading ‘knockout’ game…

Violent “knockout” attacks – where people randomly approach strangers on the street and punch them in the head – are spreading across the United States, and New York State lawmakers are asking the federal government for help.

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind has written a letter to both President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, pushing for action against those participating in “knockout games.” Typically, these attacks involve an individual, sometimes flanked by others who record the incident, who stalks or walks by a pedestrian and attempts to knock them unconscious with a fast, powerful blow to the head. In at least two cases, people have been killed.

Outside of New York, similar incidents have been reported around the country, including Washington DC, Pennsylvania, and California. Investigations are currently under way concerning a possible link between the cases.

In New York, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco has introduced a new bill that would label future “knockout games” as gang assaults. According to WCBS New York, those convicted of the crime under the measure would face up to 25 years in prison, and would be tried as adults regardless of their age. The proposal also includes prison time for anyone convicted of recording the assault as it happens.

Meanwhile, New York City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. is pushing the Police Department to act quickly, as there have been at least seven alleged “knockout” attacks in Brooklyn since October.

“I’ve already written to [Police Chief] Ray Kelly,” Vallone Jr. said to WCBS. “I want to know what we’re going to do about it. These kids need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and we need to ensure that this doesn’t keep happening.”

The NYPD has increased the number of officers on patrol in neighborhoods where the attacks have occurred.

Victims of the assaults have ranged dramatically in age, from a 12-year-old boy to a 78-year-old woman, who was knocked to the ground by a punch to the head in broad daylight in Midwood, Brooklyn, last week.

In Jersey City, a 46-year-old man died after being punched in the head from behind, according to the Associated Press. He fell and struck his head on an iron fence. His three attackers, captured the assault on video and later arrested, were 13 and 14 years old.

In California, ABC 10 News reported that a man was struck as he was crossing the street.

“It’s hard to excuse this behavior, there’s no purpose to this,” Jeffrey Butts, a psychologist specializing in juvenile delinquency at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said to the AP.

“The behavior of the sudden assault of someone who seems helpless has appealed to the idiotic impulsive quality of adolescence forever,” he added. “But there are now bragging rights beyond your immediate circle, when this is on television and online….”

http://rt.com/usa/knockout-game-spreading-federal-help-165/

workingclass artist on November 25, 2013 at 1:05 PM

libfree, your comments on this?

sentinelrules on November 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Even Al Sharpton was moved this weekend to condemn the “knockout game,” telling a Harlem audience, “We would not be silent if it was the other way around”:

OK, who put the goatee on Spock? Seriously, the Reverend Al saying something that makes sense?

Johnnyreb on November 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting the headlines threads to display?

viking01

I’m not getting anything either.

Flange on November 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Me neither.

Murphy9 on November 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting the headlines threads to display?

viking01

I’m not getting anything either.

Flange on November 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I can’t load this headline thread:

Obama: I’m not a particularly ideological person 38

Paul-Cincy on November 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Oh, good. Crocodile tears from the guy who brought us the pogrom against white interlopers in Harlem

Nomennovum on November 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

When Thomas Sowell beats you to a story that is not good.
JimBob on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I don’t think you meant that as it came out. Thomas Sowell is a dignified, world class intellect, ed is a squishy self promoter.

peacenprosperity on November 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

This ‘knockout game’ first of all needs to NOT be called by this name, makes it sound inoccuous. Rename it as an Assault in all news reports.

It is real and terrible, and has everything to do with the welfare state in this country.

Unfortunately Black Youth have nothing better to do because of the economy that Oboobma has created and caused.

More Black Leaders need to speak up about this.

Oboobma also.

It is a hate crime and should be stated as such.

I am sick and tired of all the PC crap that pu$$yfoots around such dire issues.

Get real media, quit trying to disguise this as nothing more than a game, it isn’t.

Scrumpy on November 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

There is no salvation for the vast majority of blacks in America… Their self inflicted fatal wound and the fatal wound of welfare dependency inflicted on them by the white liberal racists in order to get their votes had finished them forever… A culture of welfare and total dependency on tax payers, 70-80% of their children born out of wedlock, 70-80% of their children are born in a third generation welfare family and fatherless, drug addiction epidemic, committing half of the crimes in the country when they only account for 13% the population, etc… It is over for them long time ago and there is no coming back from the abyss…

mnjg on November 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

[xblade on November 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM]

Same here. Plus the one above it on Companies preparing to pass on Obamacare costs. I also found the Headlines archive page is doing it.

Dusty on November 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Oldnuke on November 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

anotherJoe on November 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Heh, I found it over in the China/Japanese islands thread. I hope you didn’t think I was actually advocating any sort of gun control except a two hand stance in either that thread or this one.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Soccer Team Robbed at Gunpoint During Practice

Guess the races!

Murphy9 on November 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Anyone else having trouble getting the headlines threads to display?

viking01 on November 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

And I thought it was me.

BuckeyeSam on November 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM

From the Green Room regarding the headlines…

By the way, what’s up with the headlines threads? A bunch of them don’t seem to want to load – happening to anyone else?
RINO in Name Only on November 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM

RINO in Name Only on November 25, 2013 at 12:56 PM
We’re working on the glitch now. I believe we have given a $400 million no-bid contract to OFA to get it straightened out. When Healthcare.gov starts working, they’ll get right on it.

Ed Morrissey on November 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Flange on November 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Even Al Sharpton was moved this weekend to condemn the “knockout game,” telling a Harlem audience, “We would not be silent if it was the other way around”:

So Sharpton has admitted that it is a racial issue? If he said that I think he’ll be denying or re-interpreting his own statement pretty quickly. rev al doesn’t let his constituents believe black people ever have bad intentions.

peacenprosperity on November 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I’ve been skeptical about the “knockout game” story…

*snip*

That doesn’t make the attacks any less real, though.

Ooookay…

And never mind the interviews *with* multiple people who know all about the game, the admissions from perpetrators as to playing the game (including the guy that was shot doing so nine months ago in Michigan – leading edge of the self-fulfilling prophecy – before anyone ever heard of the game even?), etc.

By all means, discount all of that!

Midas on November 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

is bias

Not racism.

davidk on November 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Not sure what’s going on with the headlines thread but I just loaded every single one of them without a problem. Firefox 25.01 with Adblock plus and an add on to block auto play.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Will this create enough of a pushback to shame the lawless into better behavior?

Shame has always been important societal influence. Loss of shame about illegitimacy, for example, if largely why the rate has increased so much. Because of the power of shame repeated bad behavior of any group should be pointed out and condemned in the media. Silence about it out of some dumb sensitivity is the absolutely wrong reaction.

Chessplayer on November 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

If it’s not a problem, why are videos like this being posted. *Language warning* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo_FYVwIeaY

makaput on November 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I heard about it about 4 years ago. It did not get reported on much. I’ve never heard of flash mobs that clean out stores before. That started in 2009.

Just because the press doesn’t report it doesn’t mean it didn’t occur.
Kelly is playing politician and downplaying the assaults.

http://whitegirlbleedalot.com/

Blake on November 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

More racist teabagger hick propaganda.

Never happen in chocolate-rainbow Urbania.

But they do lynch black people in rural areas for sport.

/libfleeorlie
/sopartisan
/etc.

LegendHasIt on November 25, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Michelle Malkin should be seriously shamed for building up a conservative website and then selling out to the likes of this group of progressives.

astonerii on November 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Yes, our post-racial utopia is at hand. You know what will help this situation? Amnesty.

ex_machina on November 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

And ignoring it as though it isn’t ‘real’… or something.

Midas on November 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Seriously, we’re headed into a cold winter, and there hasn’t been much good news in the economy for five years. End of the year and the holidays seem to magnify how bad things are.

How much longer until civil unrest? When do some of these thugs with cars star taking joyrides to the suburbs? If local cops aren’t up to the task, I hope governors have the stone to call in National Guards. How long are inner-city thugs going to stand by while DC political leaders are telling them that their misery is being caused by affluent white racists?

BuckeyeSam on November 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Errr, what thread was that on? Not this one.

Oldnuke on November 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Lol on that. I thought that might go unnoticed, but anyway, I just turned on the computer, and I thought I had copied now the name line here, but it didn’t copy as I still had your old name line from yesterday on China (68 years not 75, math is hard) in the copy buffer.

anotherJoe on November 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

mnjg on November 25, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Correct. And ex-machine also points out the obvious, how many young blacks will be employed when 30 million illegals already here are given work papers and another 10 million make a rush for the border to get in on the action. Think employers are going to hire a Mexican who has been raised to work his butt off and sees where that will get him in the US or one of the children of the Great Society? There was a science fiction book written in the 70′s about New York City getting so bad that the country built a wall around it. Sometimes prophecy comes from strange places.

peacenprosperity on November 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

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