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The Greatest Train Robbery

Go Tell Aunt Rhody you know where her Christmas presents went. Let’s join the ever-jovial German of Venice in another extended tour of the fetid, sweltering, and slowly opening sinkhole of sewage that is Los Angeles in his rollicking “Thousands of Amazon, UPS Packages stolen off Cargo Trains in Los Angeles Downtown.”

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  • Richard January 18, 2022, 9:47 AM

    Nice travelogue. I believe I can now remove “Beautiful downtown L.A.” from my bucket list.
    All of that ransacking and pillaging had to occur over a period of time. I wonder who gave the order to ignore it?

  • gwbnyc January 18, 2022, 10:00 AM

    -approaching Gongpit Newsome -out.”

    you never really own anything, you just borrow it for awhile.

  • Mike Austin January 18, 2022, 10:12 AM

    The logistics involved to steal those packages and then transport them away must have been formidable. I guess suggesting that the cargo train companies place one guy with a shotgun in each car would be a waste of time. Yet more evidence that California has descended beyond civilization into some version of a typical 3rd World Hell hole. Oh well. Sucks to live there I suppose. Not my problem, though, because I don’t.

    • TrangBang68 January 18, 2022, 1:37 PM

      I’m rooting for the San Andreas Fault

      • Mike Austin January 18, 2022, 2:43 PM

        The sooner the better for all concerned. I going for a Magnitude 10.

  • ghostsniper January 18, 2022, 10:47 AM

    3rd world
    criminals in charge of everything
    you can expect expansion

  • PA Cat January 18, 2022, 11:04 AM

    The Secretary of Transportation is as usual MIA– too busy getting fitted for his new nursing bra to deal with train robbery and other supply chain issues. Now if a shipment of Brandon’s pudding cups happened to be on that train . . . Buttigieg might get off his butt.

  • John A. Fleming January 18, 2022, 11:18 AM

    I imagine that the only action the California gov’t authorities (city/county) will do is to send out teams to clean up the mess. I imagine they will send the crew every morning to pick up last night’s thievery residue. We can’t have LA be the laughingstock of the world, people will think that the progressive paradise shining city on the hill California is building is not all it’s cracked up to be. Plus, the cleanup crews can have anything they find.

    Probably they are negotiating with Union Pacific as to how much thievery is acceptable, that UP will be willing to stay in LA and not divert cargo away from the teeming hungry masses yearning to steal it and live free .
    Proggros have no shame at all.

    • Mike Austin January 18, 2022, 11:33 AM

      Since Amazon and UPS need to make a profit, some method will be found: Either reroute via more expensive transportation; or simply abandon delivery. All packages in certain zip codes must then be picked up at some central location away from the hijackers. Naturally the cost to the customer will go up. If the progs in Sacramento complain and threaten them with fines and such, those companies will simply do a cost / benefit analysis and decide there is no value in certain sectors of the LA market at all. Everybody then would lose, a situation that the progs always manage to create.

      Recall the stagecoaches of days gone by. The all had armed guards and most passengers had weapons.

      • John A. Fleming January 18, 2022, 11:59 AM

        One thing I learned is that lots of that stuff we buy online is shipped via train. I had thought that trains were too slow compared to trucks fanning out from regional distribution centers. I had thought that the conex’es got off ocean-going ships to be stacked on to rail cars, then sent to local switchyards to be reassembled into long-distance trains. Wow. Good old American ingenuity has figured out how to make trains a player in the ebay/amazon/internet age.

        They will just put the packages on trucks. Those are too distributed to make for a profitable break-in. When the trains become unprofitable, I think the skills and techniques the thieves are learning in LA can be applied to all the trucks laying over in the truck stops. A smash and grab of all the Amazon trucks. The trucks have to stop for federally-mandated rest periods. Man, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

      • TrangBang68 January 18, 2022, 1:39 PM

        Stick some I.E.D.’s with pressure release triggers in I Phone boxes

        • John A. Fleming January 18, 2022, 2:31 PM

          Ooh, no can do while the rule of law is still in effect. Booby traps are illegal everywhere, even with warning signs plastered all over the place. Even those guys who make booby-trapped glitter bombs for porch pirates are risking real trouble.

  • Fred January 18, 2022, 11:41 AM

    Civilization doesn’t “collapse.” Rather, where the rule of law and respect for it cease to be enforced, this is what replaces it. It has been ever thus. The difference between this and Rome in ruins is spray paint and stolen iPads. What is the same is the ruination of business, industry and commerce, the end of public safety, the rise of dictatorship by whomever the strong thug is today, and the practical death of large cities as places worth living in. The fifth generation of my family born in Chicago, today I live — well armed, and with armed and trained neighbors, including veterans — between two small towns.

    • Mike Austin January 18, 2022, 12:16 PM

      When—if—these United States collapse it will do so in its own way. Certainly we can learn from the fall of the Western Roman Empire, but there are many other historical antecedents of rise and fall as well. Even when the Western Empire fell there was yet the entire eastern half which had not. As well there were large swaths of the west which remained stable for some decades after the Goths stormed the gates of Rome. Perhaps therein lies a clue: The entire west coast, the northern east coast and a few Democrat Party urban enclaves collapse, yet the rest of the nation remains whole. Letting these degraded, violent and dependent parts go would be like a man accepting the amputation of a gangrenous leg.

      • John A. Fleming January 18, 2022, 2:27 PM

        Ooh, even in collapse, the rest of the nation would sorely not want to lose the ports of LA and San Diego. I can see a no-man’s-land battleground between the 91 and the 105 in Los Angeles, and between the 110 and the 710. The United States would hold the high-ground at Redlands on the I-10, keeping the unfortunate souls of the People’s Democratic Progressive Republic of New Aztlan and Califia confined to the lowlands and north of the 105 and the 60. The PDRAC might try to destroy the 91/215/60 interchanges at Riverside. The United States would hold Edwards, Twenty-Nine Palms, Barstow, March, Pendleton, San Diego. The United States would have to keep the Owens Valley and Colorado aqueducts flowing unmolested or it would have a major humanitarian disaster on its hands.

        • Mike Austin January 19, 2022, 2:32 AM

          For whatever ruling body exists once hostility commences a civil war would mean “a major humanitarian disaster on its hands”. That fairly well defines an effect of every civil war in History. There is no avoiding this. In civil war as in every war, someone has to lose. To shy away because of this is to renounce war, thus to become a virtual pacifist, thus to begin a journey to the gulags. Zero sum.

          “The United States would have to keep the Owens Valley and Colorado aqueducts flowing unmolested…” Why should we allow our enemies water? Or food? Or fuel? Or medicines? Do you want to win or not? The control of water is nice strategic tool to have, and it has ended countless sieges throughout History.

          As for ports and such in enemy hands, they would not long remain there. I cannot imagine California holding out for very long in any civil war. Again, simply control the water and folks would get mighty amenable to coercion.

  • OneGuy January 18, 2022, 2:15 PM

    One Sniper could stop this cold. AND no one that he killed would be missed or deserved to live. AND crime in general would go down.

    • Terry January 18, 2022, 3:45 PM

      OneGuy. You are hired. When can you start?

  • Dirk January 18, 2022, 4:00 PM

    My associates tell me that the RailRoad Police in the Rail Yards are arresting these people by the hundreds. The LA DA has refused to charge, and the county jails refusing to lodge.

    I’m pissed I’m missing just about that many box’s, I’ve had on order for over a year.

    Some of its pretty sensitive kit.


  • John the River January 18, 2022, 4:42 PM

    This is an idea that I’m recycling from the ’80s. Any younger readers may be confused by the reference to “Payphones”.

    This is something I read way back as a (satirical) solution to the problem of urban vandalizing and theft on payphones.
    Get the Federal Government to ‘Federalize’ the railbeds and track across the nation, starting with ‘problem’ areas. (Much of it is already ‘Federalized’) Then grant those lands to a foreign government as embassy or consular areas. (preferably a small nation with strong law and order beliefs and a sense of humor) One that will agree to a fixed payment for use of it’s territory by the railroads.
    Then hire a security force that is registered as ‘Embassy Guards’. Arm them. Arm then very well. Including high-power sniper rifles’ and scopes for their trained ‘guards’.
    Larger groups of looters may be dealt with by squads of merciless Embassy Guards. Shoot to kill being the order of the day. But silent and deadly snipers can be stationed at various points to quickly and efficiently take out smaller crews of thieves.

    It’s a beautiful thought, isn’t it?

    • ghostsniper January 18, 2022, 6:17 PM

      Or, someone could string up the governor and mayor and the DA and stream it on GAB.

      • Brian_E January 18, 2022, 7:18 PM

        I like this solution – and it has the added benefit of making some serious bank if it can be made PayPerView.

  • Tom Hyland January 19, 2022, 6:20 AM

    Last night Tucker Carlson delivered a crystal clear analogy of what is causing the Great Train Robbery and the decimation of civilization everywhere. It is bought and paid for and entirely planned this way.

  • James ONeil January 19, 2022, 8:32 AM

    It wasn’t too long ago (OK over 40 years, but not too long from my perspective.) that rail tank car were breached in the Chicago rail yards, thieves taking the relatively few gallons they wanted, letting the rest drain on the tracks. thieves gonna thieve, unless and until we put a stop to it.