Virtue signaling in neighborhood

Virtue signaling in neighborhood

Joined: July 28th, 2008, 3:27 am

June 8th, 2018, 6:33 pm #1

I live in this neighborhood with a lot of people who permanently mount prominent signs on their front lawns exclaiming their rejection of “hate” and/or endorsement of eumenical movement between several religions, always written in several languages. Given that their children engage in pot smoking behind the local mall, plus random acts of vandalism including ripping the insignia off my car, plus other crappy stuff, I thought of posting my own virtue signaling sign. Kind of like Mike’s lime green mailbox.

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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 2:26 am

June 8th, 2018, 10:01 pm #2

I like that! I would also post right next to it or under on the same post. A sign that says 'Now get off my lawn'!!! LOL
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 1:17 pm

June 9th, 2018, 9:50 pm #3

I would post a sign that states; The owner is armed, the yard has land mines that are armed 4 days a week! Take your chances!
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Joined: April 23rd, 2018, 1:21 am

June 9th, 2018, 11:50 pm #4

DeeJay wrote: I live in this neighborhood with a lot of people who permanently mount prominent signs on their front lawns exclaiming their rejection of “hate” and/or endorsement of eumenical movement  between several religions, always written in several languages.  Given that their children engage in pot smoking behind the local mall, plus random acts of vandalism including ripping the insignia off my car, plus other crappy stuff, I thought of posting my own virtue signaling sign. Kind of like Mike’s lime green mailbox.

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If I lived in a neighbourhood like that I'd move. 

What is the intellectual state of people that indulge in such crass behaviour, if indeed they are sentient. We don't have such displays here in Australia. About the only thing one sees is the occasional "No junk mail" sign on a letterbox or the odd "beware of the dog".  
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 12:41 am

June 10th, 2018, 3:23 am #5

Not a lot of that crap virtue signalling goes on here where I live.  Most, if not all of my neighbors are heavily armed and we just don't put up with the BS that goes on in the larger urban areas that, thankfully, are far from here.
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Joined: April 23rd, 2018, 1:21 am

June 10th, 2018, 9:11 am #6

dgcantrell wrote: Not a lot of that crap virtue signalling goes on here where I live.  Most, if not all of my neighbors are heavily armed and we just don't put up with the BS that goes on in the larger urban areas that, thankfully, are far from here.
What confuses me most (as a foreigner) about the current state of of America as revealed by posters on these forums is that Americans seem to feel that they have to be heavily armed to survive in the neighbourhood where they live. Now I live in Australia and I am certainly more heavily armed than the average American but that doesn't in any way contribute to my confidence to live safely in the area (middle income) in which I live. 

My condition of being heavily armed is simply a result of my interest in shooting and firearms as a hobby. In fact, and I have thought really hard about this, I cannot recall a single instance in my entire life when I have had to shoot someone or ever felt the need to carry a gun. But American posters on these forums give the impression that this state of permanent armed readiness is essential to survive in their neighbourhoods. 

Now I seriously doubt that the vast majority of Americans really do have the necessity to be heavily armed in order to live safely (after all you are always telling us foreigners that the US is the freest and greatest place to live) so that tells me that you have a poor opinion of your fellow citizens, or Americans watch too much TV, or that your forces of law and order aren't worth a crumpet. That is something else I don't believe, although I have decided, after some events over the last few years, not to visit any of the following places in America - schools, nightclubs, or concerts in Las Vegas, just to be on the safe side. In fact I have decided that if I take an overseas holiday that downtown Mogadishu is probably a far safer place to visit.  Either that or go hunting unexploded land mines in Cambodia. 😎
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Joined: November 15th, 2010, 4:04 pm

June 10th, 2018, 12:55 pm #7

McKayMalcolm wrote:
dgcantrell wrote: Not a lot of that crap virtue signalling goes on here where I live.  Most, if not all of my neighbors are heavily armed and we just don't put up with the BS that goes on in the larger urban areas that, thankfully, are far from here.
What confuses me most (as a foreigner) about the current state of of America as revealed by posters on these forums is that Americans seem to feel that they have to be heavily armed to survive in the neighbourhood where they live. Now I live in Australia and I am certainly more heavily armed than the average American but that doesn't in any way contribute to my confidence to live safely in the area (middle income) in which I live. 

My condition of being heavily armed is simply a result of my interest in shooting and firearms as a hobby. In fact, and I have thought really hard about this, I cannot recall a single instance in my entire life when I have had to shoot someone or ever felt the need to carry a gun. But American posters on these forums give the impression that this state of permanent armed readiness is essential to survive in their neighbourhoods. 

Now I seriously doubt that the vast majority of Americans really do have the necessity to be heavily armed in order to live safely (after all you are always telling us foreigners that the US is the freest and greatest place to live) so that tells me that you have a poor opinion of your fellow citizens, or Americans watch too much TV, or that your forces of law and order aren't worth a crumpet. That is something else I don't believe, although I have decided, after some events over the last few years, not to visit any of the following places in America - schools, nightclubs, or concerts in Las Vegas, just to be on the safe side. In fact I have decided that if I take an overseas holiday that downtown Mogadishu is probably a far safer place to visit.  Either that or go hunting unexploded land mines in Cambodia. 😎
Malcolm, when intellect fails, or is not there to begin with, resorting to guns to threaten is a natural reaction. Too many Americans live in a world of the Wild West.
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June 10th, 2018, 2:12 pm #8

"or that your forces of law and order aren't worth a crumpet. That is something else I don't believe"


I have bad news for you Malcolm. The police are there to clean up the mess after the violence happens, They MAY, at times, prevent something but usually arrive too late to do so. BTW....auto crashes still kill more in the U.S. than gun violence.
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Joined: May 19th, 2013, 2:26 am

June 10th, 2018, 2:23 pm #9

I work nights. I have worked nights for the last 25 years by choice.  I get a text at 10:30 p.m.  last Thursday night from my Wife asking if I was home. I said, "no I'm at work why?" She says "I hear noise downstairs and it sounds like the door keeps opening and closing." I told her to call the sheriff,  but she said she was going to go downstairs and be brave and check it out. Thankfully it was only an unlatched screen door  flapping in the wind, but it got me to thinking. How would my Wife protect herself if somebody would actually had came into the house, knowing it would be only a lone 52 y.o. Woman to stand in the way?

I ride my bike everyday on a bike trail. There have been three instances where I've had to call the police because I've seen something that needed to be reported and each time it's a lesson in frustration. the New Lenox police say it's the sheriff's problem the sheriff says no it's the Forest Preserve police problem. The Forest Preserve police say depending on what part of the trail you're on and what town it runs through it's their problem. Each time I was on the phone for a minimum of 25 minutes being transferred one office to another.  Each time I came away from the experience thinking to myself thank God I wasn't being shanked on the trail! Now I know why a lot of bicyclist carry pepper spray and even stun guns to protect themselves. A few on the bike forums admitted to carrying small firearms.

I've also had to call the sheriff twice in 20 years to come to my residence. Yes admittedly they were not placed as emergency phone calls but it took a minimum of a half an hour to get anybody to come out which makes you wonder if you're actually safe. As stated as above that if something really did go down the police are merely a clean up crew, around these parts anyway.
BTW I I have never owned a gun but I want one or two.

Better to have it and NOT need it than to NEED it and NOT have it!
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Joined: April 23rd, 2018, 1:21 am

June 11th, 2018, 12:38 am #10

VT3VT6VT8 wrote: "or that your forces of law and order aren't worth a crumpet. That is something else I don't believe"


I have bad news for you Malcolm. The police are there to clean up the mess after the violence happens, They MAY, at times, prevent something but usually arrive too late to do so. BTW....auto crashes still kill more in the U.S. than gun violence.
Much the same situation here - although for sheer incompetency our's might be in the lead. In January of 2017 a local drug addict and minor crim assaulted his brother (no angel) with a machete. The police were called, however he had driven away and for the next few hours the guy drove his car around the suburbs still armed while the police citing several procedures refused to take the steps to intercept him.  The main one being that armed pursuits in cars endanger lives.

The guy then drove into the Melbourne CBD and after circling an intersection taunting the police then drove down a shopping mall, packed with pedestrians, and killed 8 and injured scores. His car eventually stalled and he was grabbed by onlookers. All this time the police, fully armed, had refused to intercept him giving the excuse that any action might harm bystanders. 

A bloody fiasco from the start. 

I agree that car accidents kill far more - same here. 
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