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January 17, 2009

Murder Spree By People Who Refuse To Ask For Directions

Murder Spree By People Who Refuse To Ask For Directions

by Ann Coulter

In a front-page article on Jan. 2 of this year, The New York Times took a brief respite from its ongoing canonization of Barack Obama and returned to its series on violent crimes committed by returning GIs, or as I call it: "U.S. Military, Psycho Killers."

The Treason Times' banner series about Iraq and Afghanistan veterans accused of murder began in January last year but was quickly discontinued as readers noticed that the Times doggedly refused to provide any statistics comparing veteran murders with murders in any other group.

So they waited a year, hoping readers wouldn't notice they were still including no relevant comparisons.

What, for example, is the percentage of murderers among veterans compared to the percentage of murderers in the population at large -- or, more germane, in the general population of young males, inasmuch as violent crime is committed almost exclusively by young men?

Any group composed primarily of young men will contain a seemingly mammoth number of murderers.

Consider the harmless fantasy game, Dungeons and Dragons -- which happens to be played almost exclusively by young males. When murders were committed in the '80s by (1) young men, who were (2) Dungeons and Dragons enthusiasts, some people concluded that factor (2), rather than factor (1), led to murderous tendencies.

Similarly, for its series about how America's bravest and finest young men are really a gang of psychopathic cutthroats, the Times triumphantly produced 121 homicides committed by veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in order to pin the blame for the murders on the U.S. military.

Perhaps the Times' next major expose could be on how a huge percentage of murderers are people who won't ask for directions or share the TV remote.

Let's compare murders by veterans to murders by other 18- to 35-year-olds in the U.S. population at large.

From 1976 to 2005, 18- to 24-year-olds -- both male and more gentle females -- committed homicide at a rate of 29.9 per 100,000. Twenty-five- to 35-year-olds committed homicides at a rate of 15.8 per 100,000.

Since 9/11, about 1.6 million troops have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. That makes the homicide rate among veterans of these wars 7.6 per 100,000 -- or about one-third the homicide rate for their age group (18 to 35) in the general population of both sexes.

But fewer than 200,000 of the 1.6 million troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been women, and the murder rate for the general population includes both males and females. Inasmuch as males commit nearly 90 percent of all murders, the rate for males in those age groups is probably nearly double the male/female combined rates, which translates to about 30 to 55 murderers per 100,000 males aged 18 to 35.

So comparing the veterans' rate of murder to only their male counterparts in the general population, we see that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are about 10 times less likely to commit a murder than non-veterans of those wars.

But as long as the Times has such a burning interest in the root causes of murder, how about considering the one factor more likely to create a murderer than any other? That is the topic we're not allowed to discuss: single motherhood.

As I describe in my new book, "Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America," controlling for socioeconomic status, race and place of residence, the strongest predictor of whether a person will end up in prison is that he was raised by a single parent. (The second strongest factor is owning a Dennis Kucinich bumper sticker.)

By 1996, 70 percent of inmates in state juvenile detention centers serving long-term sentences were raised by single mothers. Seventy percent of teenage births, dropouts, suicides, runaways, juvenile delinquents and child murderers involve children raised by single mothers. Girls raised without fathers are more sexually promiscuous and more likely to end up divorced.

A 1990 study by the left-wing Progressive Policy Institute showed that, after controlling for single motherhood, the difference in black and white crime disappeared.

Various studies come up with slightly different numbers, but all the figures are grim. A study cited in the far left-wing Village Voice found that children brought up in single-mother homes "are five times more likely to commit suicide, nine times more likely to drop out of high school, 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances, 14 times more likely to commit rape (for the boys), 20 times more likely to end up in prison, and 32 times more likely to run away from home."

With new children being born, running away, dropping out of high school and committing murder every year, it's not a static problem to analyze. But however the numbers are run, single motherhood is a societal nuclear bomb.

Many of these studies, for example, are from the '90s, when the percentage of teenagers raised by single parents was lower than it is today. In 1990, 28 percent of children under 18 were being raised in one-parent homes -- mother or father, divorced or never-married. By 2005, more than one-third of all babies born in the U.S. were illegitimate.

That's a lot of social problems in the pipeline.

Think I'm being cruel? Imagine an America with 60 to 70 percent fewer juvenile delinquents, teenage births, teenage suicides and runaways, and you will appreciate what the sainted "single mothers" have accomplished.

Even in liberals' fevered nightmares, predatory mortgage dealers, oil speculators and Ken Lay could never do as much harm to their fellow human beings as single mothers do to their own children, to say nothing of society at large.

But the Times won't run that series because liberals adore single motherhood and the dissolution of traditional marriage in America. They detest the military, so they cite a few anecdotal examples of veterans who have committed murder and hope that no one asks for details.

Wild Thing's comment.........

The NYT is trying to post an association of serving in Iraq and murder, when in fact such veterans are less likely to commit this crime than others in the same demographic.

Coulter noted that there is a factual correlation between between single motherhood and numerous social ills. I believe our government with all the programs from the LEFT has done more to encourage this then anything else. Because they want to replace fathers with a government.

Awhile back I did a post about how TV commercials are really ripping apart families. They do all they can to try and make the Dad look stupid, or silly not funny but silly, clumsy, can't do anything. It is a bad thing what they are doiing and it is propaganda. I really believe the far left want to destroy the family. They have tried their best to take over the raising of a child on some subjects that should be left to a parent to discuss with the child for one example.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

3rd Mar.Div. 1st Battalion 9th Marine Regiment
1/9 Marines aka The Walking Dead
VN 66-67

Posted by Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 05:47 AM


Sounds like someone used some misinformed data or flunked freshman math! I don't like the NYTimes anyway.
I would love to see a world where every child was loved, but so far, it hasn't happened. Where I live, every night on the news you hear about another shooting, another murder in the North side of town. And the parent is crying how much they loved the child and how good a person they were (even if they aimed a gun at police and had a rap sheet that was 5 inches thick--all kids get in trouble like that.). I am fed up with the bull crap! You didn't love this child enough to keep them to home overnight, did you? You left your kid to fend for himself and he got in with the gangs and now he's dead because he decided to use a gun against a business owner. I'm not sorry for how I feel. I agree with Ann. If I had ever gotten divorced, Richard would still be a big part of my kids lives. Just because we would live apart, we would still be a family and we would still love our kids enough to say NO and keep them out of danger.

Posted by: Lynn at January 17, 2009 08:03 AM

The NYT hates the military and the men and women who serve. The NYT was one of the leaders in declaring Vietnam vets as homocidal and dysfunctional. Maybe they ought to do a series on "journalists" and reporters drug use and marital strife.

Poverty is another item used by the media as an excuse for crime. There was far more widespread poverty during the Depression, but families were intact. Most of America's crimes are committed by Blacks. Males impregnate numerous females then abandon them. It is much the same way in Africa. It may sound racist, but it is factual. Many of the women work while the men don't. Illegals are doing the entry level jobs those men won't do. The men loiter, drink, do drugs and commit crimes. Meanwhile most all of them are drawing some kind of government benefits.

Look for it to get much worse unless Obama really has a good plan to get people jobs.

They other splinter in the finger is drug usage. That is a major contributor to crime. I bet veterans are much less likely to use drugs than their civilian counterparts.

Posted by: TomR at January 17, 2009 09:40 AM

This was the same 'unstable' label put on the returning Korean war veteran, the returning Vietnam war veteran and now the Gulf war veteran. They are being demeaned, not because they have any lingering neurosis but because they served in an unpopular war. The guilt of those who didn't serve is shown in how they attack their fellow human. I don't know of a single veteran who want's to kill, I often wonder how many have died from hesitating to kill another human rather than reopen up that old suppressed instinct. Some of us hunt with a camera rather than take even an animal's life, life that is precious for all creatures. This is nothing more than a ploy to foment a move to disarm the American populace by the leftists and who better to blame than an ex warrior. They need to concentrate their hatred on the Crips and the Bloods.
Tom you have said it better than I ever could, thank you.

Posted by: Jack at January 17, 2009 03:48 PM

God bless ANN COULTER and you know what NY SLIMES!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 17, 2009 04:02 PM

This just makes me think the times is just trying to get yet another excuse to emasculate us young men and push for more gun control. Thankfully my Parents have been married almost 25 years and despite the media bias against fathers I still look up to and admire my Father, he never went to college and he still has made a good living for us.

"I'm just stating the facts people. If you want to make up stories go work for the New York Times." Foamy the Squirrel

Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at January 17, 2009 04:14 PM

Posted by: Les at January 17, 2009 05:16 PM

Ahh yes, the New York Slime. I can't count how many times it has been tossed in my driveway as a promotion and then I would get a bill. I have to dispose of the rag and then spend time to call and say I don't want the rag and will not pay for it. Time and time again.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at January 17, 2009 05:54 PM

Lynn, well said. This woman at the gym was telling about her daughter and how her daughters son had been out on his bicycle at 10 at night. The kid was 10 years old. My eyes got big and I just listened as I got ready to leave the gym. I was shocked, a 10 year old out late at night on his bike.
Then the woman said she and her daughter had a big argument about it and her daughter said she had no intention of telling her son he had to be home any earlier then that.


Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:36 PM

Tom, yes they sure bash and loath our miltary. They must think we are stupid and forget how they have written lies about our military. I don't care if it is 30, 40 or 50 years plus, we don't forget.
Well said Tom.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:39 PM

Jack, exactly and it really ticks me the heck off too. I blame the media for a lot of the PTSD that occurs. These heroes come home and see first hand the bashing and slander of our military. Even when they are in Country and have not come home yet they hear about it. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:42 PM

Darth, AMEN to that!!!!

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:43 PM

JohnE PFC U.S. Army, I agree, the Times love to stir a pot that many times does not even exist. They attack our military when the true facts are it is the citizens that have caused more crimes then the military etc.

giggle love the quote.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:46 PM

Les, thank you and yes that says it all.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:48 PM

Bob A., that is funny. We have had it put in our driveway too and we do not subscribe to it. We just trash it immediately too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:49 PM

She was on Huckleberry a week ago and she was promoting her new book. He took her to task about some of her remarks, she made during the campaign. She agreed, yes she said them and did not back down nor did she apologize for anything she said either.

That's why she is a great pundit, she says what she means and stands by every word of it.

Posted by: Mark at January 17, 2009 07:43 PM

Mark, thanks for sharing about that. Huck is so weak, he really turns me off. I am so glad she stuck to her guns, I agree with you that is part of what makes her so good. She stands on what she says.

She was on Rush Limbaugh's show I think it was on Friday, and it was wonderful the back and forth between the two of them.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 11:53 PM