Vandalism is quite rare in my neighborhood, but during the first couple of years of my writing about Team Kimberlin, there were several incidents at stately Hoge Manor. One morning, I found that my car had four flat tires, and seven years ago today, I ran this post titled This Afternoon’s Adventure.
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This is what the front door to my house looked like as I returned home from work this afternoon.
The door handle was properly attached and not the least bit loose when I left for work. It appears that while my wife and I were gone today, someone pulled so hard on the handle that the screw at the bottom was striped out of the door. Note the broken material around the screw hole.
Not knowing whether this was vandalism or an attempted break in, I called the Sheriff’s Office and then walked around the house to see if any of the other doors or windows had been disturbed. Nothing else was wrong, and the dead bolt on the front door was still locked. When a deputy arrived, we went in, cleared the house, and found nothing wrong. Some fingerprints were lifted and paperwork filled out, and the adventure, such as it was, came to an end.
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Part of Team Kimberlin’s response to that post was to make snide remarks about the cheap door on my house. In fact, the door was not overly pricey, but it was more expensive than most exterior doors. It’s made of composite material that has better insulating properties than most of materials available when we replaced the original front door a couple of decades ago.
One of Isaac Newton’s important contributions to Physics is his Laws of Motion.
Law I: Every body persists in its state of being at rest or of moving uniformly straight forward, except insofar as it is compelled to change its state by force impressed.
Law II: The alteration of motion is ever proportional to the motive force impress’d; and is made in the direction of the right line in which that force is impress’d.
Law III: To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction: or the mutual actions of two bodies upon each other are always equal, and directed to contrary parts.
A rioter in Portsmouth, Virginia, ran afoul of these laws while vandalizing a monument. A statue on the monument broke off and, obeying the Laws of Motion, proceeded to strike the vandal, sending him to the hospital.
We’re also beginning to see examples of a psychosocial analog of the Third Law in reactions to leftist vandalism. For example, The Sun reports that vandals have defaced the bust of Jamaican playwright by bleaching it.
To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction …
The governors and mayors in the blue jurisdictions would do well to use their police and National Guard resources to put an end to the disturbances before citizens begin to take matters into their own hands.
New York Police arrested and charged Yadir Avila Rosas, a resident of Queens, with criminal mischief in connection with the recent vandalism at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., has declined prosecution of the case. Vance previously failed to prosecute Harvey Weinstein.
The people of New York are getting what they voted for—good and hard.