No, I Don’t Hate Justin Bieber – Why Do You Ask?
Bill Quick

Justin Bieber, facing assault charge in Canada, turns himself in – CNN.com

Sheriff’s detectives in Los Angeles presented evidence this week to the district attorney in their probe of Bieber’s alleged egg attack on a neighbor’s house three weeks ago.

The prosecutor is expected to decide as early as next week whether Bieber will be charged with felony vandalism for the incident.

“Bieber’s arrest is expected within a few hours at Toronto police station,” a law enforcement source with direct knowledge of the case told CNN. Police are not publicly confirming details of the case against Bieber. CNN was first alerted to the story through a Twitter posting from Toronto.

I know that a lot of grumpy old geezers think Bieber is satan incarnate, but they’re full of it, and too senile to remember what they were like when they were nineteen.

Add in a ton of money coming to a kid who was never raised to understand such things, and then surround him with a “posse” of jackals who spend all day kissing his ass and telling him he can do no wrong, and then toss him into a legal environment where egging a house is “felony vandalism” with probably a potential multi-year prison sentence.

He can count on being sued if he so much as looks cross-eyed at anybody, and legions of wolverines will come out of the shadows to claim that he somehow victimized them – and all they want is some of his money to set things right.

I don’t think Bieber is any kind of a monster and, in fact, given the shakiness of his current life, I think he’s done fairly well.  If I were in his position today, and the same age, I’d probably be in jail for murder by now.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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No, I Don’t Hate Justin Bieber – Why Do You Ask? — 4 Comments

  1. “I know that a lot of grumpy old geezers think Bieber is satan incarnate, but they’re full of it, and too senile to remember what they were like when they were nineteen.”

    I’m not so senile that I cannot remember 19, nor do I think he is satanic. He is an out of control 19 year old that would most likely be much better off were he poor and not so famous. My guess is he’ll be dead or miserable the rest of his life.

    I’m not sure why you think he has done well? Other than making money what has he done?

    • Well, making money is not to be sneezed at. He worked his ass off writing, singing, and posting to YouTube – definitely a backdoor way to stardom at the time. And yet he made it.

      He’s made a lot of kids happy with his music, just as the Beatles (my generation’s equivalent), and, so far at least, hasn’t turned into the sort of suicidal monsters deified by my cohort – a list of lunatic corpses a mile long.

      Part of the point I’m trying to make is that his celebrity has made him a target – nobody knows who was smacking that Canadian limo driver in the back of the head, or why, but press charges against Bieber – he’s the one with the money.

      As for the dope, he seems to mostly be a pot-head, not the sort of meth, heroin, or angel dust addled whackjobs so many of the rock heroes of my generation became.

      There is a major question as to whether he was drunk at all in the Miami South Beach incident, and saying several generalized “fucks” while being arrested doesn’t qualify as a capital crime – nor does it involve “cursing out” the cops.

      But our pussified culture won’t be happy until it’s forced him into the latest version of religious penance – rehab therapy – so that we can all feel ever so superior to poor litte very rich Justin Bieber.

      • Fair enough. I admit, I despise all these people by default. And I realize that celebrity does make one a target.
        At 19, I frequently drove drunk. It was not, as you know, as big a deal then as it is now (from an enforcement aspect). And Fast. Real fast. Max speed of the ’69 Camaro was 150 and I hit it on more than a few occasions, but not when drinking. I was sober for those journeys. The highly modified MG would get near 130, more a go-kart than a car.
        It’s not the boozing, drugs, semi fast driving*, or rolling a house with TP (all of which we did) that bugs me about these types. It’s something else. Maybe it’s “knowing” they’ll not recover and are consigned to a miserable existence. I’m not real sure. I just have an “anti” reaction to all these types for some reason. Yes, I’m judgmental. Bieber just looks like the poster boy for sickly to me. Of course, I had to ask my wife who the hell he was when all this hit the news. I pay little attention to celebrity, viewing them with about as much appreciation as I view the general media or politicians.

        I’ll sum it up this way – a couple years ago I visited with my best friend from elementary through college and beyond. Had not been to see each other for a couple years. We were talking in general about our children, etc. (Ours are saints compared to their dads) He looked at me and said “we were wild, but we were not bad”. Kinda sums it up. Wild OK, bad not OK. Not sure how you tell the difference except in the way you treat others, and your dog. Maybe it’s to early to judge, but it looks downhill all the way to me.

        *the report indicates he really wasn’t going very fast

  2. I’m trying to figure out the felony vandalism. All I can think of is that it’s “aggravated” by the use of an object, to wit the eggs. If that’s the case, then throwing a roll of toilet paper toward someone’s house would also be a felony, right?

    Felonies, back in ye olde days of yore, were capital crimes — murder, rape, mayhem (maiming), and such. If the convict wasn’t executed, that was viewed as an act of mercy by the court but he was still viewed as “coulda-shoulda been killed”. That’s why, for instance, felons weren’t allowed to vote.

    Now… well, the bar seems to have been lowered a bit. Aside from such acts of civil destruction as felony egging, some lawmakers in New York have suggested making it a felony to swear at a stupid pig* or to refuse to follow the “instructions” of “civil” “servants”.

    * At least one of the proposals made no distinction between the stupid pig being in uniform or not, the stupid pig being on the job or not, or the “perpetrator” knowing the stupid pig was a stupid pig or not. That would mean that calling someone a dumbass at a party could lead to felony charges. (And no doubt additional charges from the “perp” quite rightly refusing to be arrested by some off-duty dumbass.)