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Reposted from Writing by Will McLeod: A Better World is Possible by Navy Vet Terp

The Baltimore Sun made the following claim about the riots on Monday:

The incident stemmed from a flier that circulated widely among city school students via social media about a “purge” to take place at 3 p.m., starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown. Such memes have been known to circulate regularly among city school students, based on the film "The Purge," about what would happen if all laws were suspended.

The flier included an image of protesters smashing the windshield of a police car Saturday during a march spurred by the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who suffered a spinal cord injury earlier this month after being arrested by city police.

They were not alone. Many of the broadcasters made claims that there was some kind of Purge intended for Monday. The Purge was trending on twitter.

Now, I have spent the past week digging through social media posts, and I can find no evidence to support the claim that Baltimore high school students planned any sort of action for Monday. It's not just that I can't find them talking about a purge before the riot started (there's plenty of stuff posted after 3:00 PM) I can't find them making posts about planning anything at all for Monday.

The image tweeted by a number of organizations and described by the Baltimore sun is this one:

I can't find a single account tweeting this image until after 3:00 on Monday.

The Hashtag #Fdl mentioned in the above image does not produce the above image on any social media search engine, nor any image which is even tangentially related to a riot on Monday.

The Hashtag #Purge produces thousands of images from bulimic women talking about food and suicide, but it does not produce any results relevant to a protest from last Monday.

These were only two of around a hundred hashtags and keywords I used to search through Topsy, Gramfeed, and other social media search engines which plug directly into social media sites like Twitter and Instagram, the latter being the place this image allegedly came from. I searched for the Baltimore protests, and then searched through most of the Hashtags used to discuss it.

I found only one image posted to Instagram in Baltimore which mentioned the unrest on Monday before it happened:

The officer at the mall just said it's suppose to start here at mondawmin and go downtown... Tell Everybody.
"The officer at the mall" told people that someone was planning a riot. That is all I could find. A secondhand statement where someone is quoting a supposed "officer." That person could be a security guard, for all we know. This image was posted to Instagram several times before the unrest began.

All we have hear is hearsay and rumor. At this point, this is all the evidence I can find of the allegedly "planned" riot.

In the hours I spent looking through every single Instagram photo I could find from Baltimore last weekend, I did see a lot of food, a lot of memes, and a ton of racism. Things like screengrabs from "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" with a caption reading "Welcome to Baltimore." These images were all posted before the unrest, which started at 3:00 PM. After the unrest began, there are a ton of posts mentioning a "Purge" but nothing from before 3:00 PM which would lead me to believe that anything was planned by High School Students.

I did, in my research, find other images relating to a purge:

It was a joke, and was treated as such. At face value it appears to be a call for rioting after the Baltimore/Washington game. No such riots occurred on the date in question.

Someone took that image and made another joke post implying that there would be a purge on Saturday night:

This was not the riot on Monday  the 27th. Nor was this planning for the riot on monday. Nor did the account which posted this image interact with any other accounts in a way that could be considered "planning."

It was another hoax, just like all the rest. It was posted just after Midnight, early Sunday morning.

Snopes has a lot to say about these "purge" rumors.

They've happened quite a lot, and never turned out to be anything other than a joke.

If this unrest was in fact planned, it does not look like High School kids on social media were the ones doing the planning.

But maybe I've just been tricked. Maybe a bunch of high school kids whose Instagram accounts sometimes contain pornography, underage drinking, and marijuana use had the presence of mind to coordinate and universally delete every single image and post they'd made about their dastardly plans for a riot. Maybe they then convinced everyone who responded or reacted to these dastardly plans to go ahead and delete their responses, too. That's not completely impossible.

The laws of physics just might stop working tomorrow. After all, who can know the future? It's not completely impossible, and no one could say for sure.

Baltimore high school students might just be better at operational security than the Navy Seals, whose raid on Osama Bin Laden's headquarters got tweeted by a random witness in Pakistan. Even Seal Team 6 couldn't prevent their covert actions from being outed on social media accidentally. But maybe some Baltimore high schoolers figured out how to leave no electronic trace behind.

If these kids really were planning a riot, then it's extremely likely that images like the one above would have been all over social media, with a ton of angry responses as well.

At this point, I can't find any of that posted before 3:00 PM on Monday. There's a ton of it afterwards.

So let me be extremely clear about what I am saying, and what I am not saying.

What I am saying:

I can't find any evidence of the "Purge" flier allegedly distributed by Baltimore HS kids until after the riot was underway. Nor can I find any evidence of a planned riot. This is all I am saying.

What I am not saying:

I am not accusing anyone of lying or fabricating things. I'm simply saying that I, as someone who works with social media, can't find any evidence of this stuff on social media.

What this means:

If it turns out that these purge rumors were as false as the "credible threat" rumors about gangs, then the stories being told about the Baltimore police having themselves started the riots on Monday begin to look true.

We don't yet know what happened. But there are some very specific questions that need answers.

1. Where does this purge poster come from? Who created it? Who shared it first?

2. Who is the Baltimore sun's source for these purge claims?

3. If the source is the police, then do they have the information I asked for above?

I'm not yet willing to say that the police started this riot, as others are alleging, because I don't have hard evidence of this.

I am also not willing to believe that this riot was started by angry high school kids, who planned it in advance, because I have absolutely no evidence of that either.

I am happy to say that I don't know what happened here until I actually have evidence of what happened. But when there's so little evidence, it makes me think that a lot of other people who are talking about Monday don't know anything either.

I'm going to keep digging, and I'm going to try to do it from an evidence-based perspective. I'm also going to say that if other journalists were using the same evidence-based perspective that I'm using, there would not have been the rush to judgement we saw in the reporting on this topic.

It looks like our lazy, corporate media is happy to line up behind the official police account of the situation, and report this as fact, because it means they don't have to do any actual work.

But I don't know. Maybe the Baltimore Sun has some screenshots of accounts sharing that flier. I sure would like to see the evidence, if this is the case.

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Reposted from http://politicalmurder.com by JamieG from Md

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, which serves the Baltimore area, has had a huge increase in volunteer inquiries after the recent protests and violence.

Currently, the mentoring group has mentor matches with more than 1,000 young people, about half of them in Baltimore. In all of 2014, it got 641 inquiries from potential volunteers. It's received 300 inquires from new potential volunteers in the last week alone.

Which is good news, because Big Brothers Big Sisters has a waiting list of more than 600 kids.

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Sat May 02, 2015 at 10:55 PM PDT

Maryland - Truth & Reconcilliation

by HalFonts

Reposted from HalFonts by JamieG from Md

Baltimore - Washington - 2015

Born and raised in Maryland in the 1940s and 50s, I've spent the last half-decade settling family affairs in Prince Georges County between Baltimore and Washington DC. In this brief time, I've discovered history never taught to me here as a child, 60 years ago.

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Sat May 02, 2015 at 05:48 PM PDT

More on Marilyn Mosby

by Timaeus

Reposted from Timaeus by Navy Vet Terp

As I said in a diary yesterday, I was so impressed with Ms. Mosby's courageous statement yesterday that I suggested she might be the Democratic candidate for President that we will need in coming years.  I'm quite serious.

She is, of course, being viciously attacked by all the RW authoritarians and, of course, the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police, which has no shame or dignity.

This is a compilation, not an extended essay.  I just want to record some of the things being said about her today and yesterday.  (BTW, I'm much more interested in what people are saying about her than about HRC.)

Incidentally, I've never met Ms. Mosby (yet!) and have no personal connection.  But I can see brilliance when it appears!

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Fri May 01, 2015 at 08:06 PM PDT

Who killed Freddie Gray?

by Timaeus

Reposted from Timaeus by JamieG from Md

This is the first time in more than 11 years that I've posted three diaries in one day, and I don't think I've ever posted two in a day.  I'm worked up about the Freddie Gray case. That's partly based on the fact that Baltimore is only 30 miles from where I live; I took the Bar Exam in Baltimore; my wife and I go there frequently; I've presented many immigration cases at the Federal Building in Baltimore; I'm a Baltimore Orioles fan; we have plans to go there for dinner downtown in just a few weeks; etc...  Baltimore is close in my heart.

I think the prosecutor's statement this morning, which I saw in full, was incredibly impressive, to the point where I published a diary today suggesting that she should eventually be the U.S. president.  http://www.dailykos.com/...  It shouldn't need to be said, but I'm serious about that.

But one point in her statement still rankles.  She dropped the bombshell that the Medical Examiner had declared the death a homicide.  But then, in the course of describing a long timeline of events, she said the fatal injury occurred in the van.

I don't think that can be true.  The Baltimore Police Commissioner, as I recall, said a day or two ago that Mr. Gray was injured before being put in the van.  The video that has been released shows that he was severely injured as he was first dragged into the van.  Some commenters say he was wetting himself at that point, which is a sign of brain or spinal injury.

The question is:  Who delivered the death blow?  Was it one of the cops who kneed him in the throat right after he was stopped?  Or was it a cop who did that in the van on one of the many stops as they ignored his pleas for help and transported him in a big circle for 45 minutes, although the trip to the police station should have taken 2 or 3 minutes?

Who delivered the death blow?  I don't believe the prosecutor's story that it happened while he was bouncing around in the van, much as I admire her incredible courage in standing up as she did today.

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Fri May 01, 2015 at 08:06 PM PDT

The Education of A White Boy

by stephenforeman

Reposted from stephenforeman by JamieG from Md

Nearly 51 years ago I graduated from Morgan State College. I was the only white boy in my graduating class, the only one in the school. My story is a long one, better read in detail in the memoir I am writing, "The Education of A White Boy." I have been immersed in writing this as the situation in Baltimore has played out. With the military in the streets of the city of my birth, and white America's complete misunderstanding of the situation, I feel compelled to say something now. As a young man I served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. I'm not sure where that puts me on the liberal spectrum, but of this I am sure: my beloved country is, in great part, overt or subtle, a nation of bigots. After Morgan and before graduate school at Yale for which my undergraduate education beautifully prepared me, I worked as a social worker in Charm City. I worked and walked those same streets currently shown on television wearing suit and tie. I felt no fear, and the people treated me well. I was there to help, albeit insufficiently, and it distresses me terribly that those neighborhoods are still suffering from the disease of racism just as they were 51 years ago: the decrepit living conditions; the almost total lack of economic opportunity; miserable, badly stocked grocery stores. Once at Yale I got a hankering for Kentucky Fried Chicken. There were no outlets around campus so I took a bus to one I found in the Black community. I was shocked to discover a bucket full of the cheapest parts of the chicken. They were inedible. Even with my tiny grad school budget, I threw them away. I tossed them in a garbage can and, you know what, a man took them out, ate one, and carried the rest of the bucket up the street.

Of course, I feel tremendous anger at all the bigotry I still encounter, fury when white America lets a Cliven Bundy get away with assault rifles pointed at federal marshals, absolute disgust when people use the word nigger, true disdain for all the politicians who just don't get it. I wouldn't watch Fox news if you held one of those assault rifles against my skull because my blood pressure would rocket into the danger zone. I am as angry as the bigots are, and yet there is a part of me that feels sorry for them. What must it be like to live with that much hatred in your system? What must it feel like to imagine you are being replaced in this world by aliens with different skin, baggy pants, and music you find intolerable? People do work hard for their dollars only to have their resentments stoked and fed by the bigots in power: pastors, politicians, rapacious businessmen. I would not want to feel such fear and bile. What a miserable way to go through your day!

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Thu Apr 30, 2015 at 04:14 PM PDT

The history of Riots in Baltimore

by OllieGarkey

Reposted from Writing by Will McLeod: A Better World is Possible by JamieG from Md

One of the things that really stuck out in Monday's reporting on the unrest in Baltimore was a statement by Daryll DeSousa, the chief of patrol.

He said in a press briefing that Baltimore was seeing "unprecedented" levels of violence. That's just not true.

You see, Baltimore has a proud history of seeing widespread rioting over the deep divisions between citizens of the city. Maybe not a proud history, but certainly a long one.

The very first riot recorded in Baltimore was in 1807, when a doctor for what would become the University if Maryland School of Medicine saw a school he'd built burned to the ground. A man named John B. Dalvage had built a small operating studio to teach young surgeons about human anatomy through the dissection of Cadavers. A similar riot occurred in New York, in 1788, and like the Maryland riot was carried out by poor whites, whose families bodies were being stolen for medical research.

When the local community heard about this, they freaked out about the desecration of bodies, and were afraid of "Body Snatching" so they burned the school down. Later, the state built a full-on European style operating studio, which included a domed roof with an oculus window to shine natural light onto a cadaver so that students in the stadium-style seating could see what was going on. You can read more about that interesting bit of Baltimore history (including stories of the University of Maryland smuggling bodies to schools in other states in barrels of Whisky) at travel blog

It should be noted that Slaves bodies were often donated, but when simply buried, were a favored target for body snatching. Slaves weren't exactly allowed to join riots and protests over the theft of their families bodies, so the people doing this medical research knew that there would be no repercussions for the theft. Think about that for a moment: the chattel slavery system in the US was so horrific that you couldn't even die to escape the humiliation. Consider too, that even by 1807, Baltimore had a growing population of free Blacks, and you can see where a lot of tension over body snatching came from.

The next riot was probably the most destructive event in the United States prior to the civil war. The Bank Riot of 1835.

On March 29, 1834, the Bank of Maryland failed. This was almost entirely due to fraud, speculation, and corruption on the part of the bank directors. The Maryland public lost millions of dollars, not adjusted for inflation. Millions of 1854 dollars.

The people of Baltimore and Maryland proper waited 17 months for a financial settlement, which never came. Meanwhile the bank directors were still living large in their mansions, their own wealth very well protected. On August 6th, 1835, a small group of angry Baltimoreans threw bricks through the windows of Reverdy Johnson, who was intentionally obstructing the process of providing a financial settlement in order to protect his personal fortune. The Mayor ordered thirty armed horse troopers to guard Johnson's house the next night. They successfully blocked a mob from reaching Johnson's home.

So the mob went to the home of Bank-Director-and-Judge John Glenn, who was helping Johnson obstruct a settlement. Glenn feared for his own wealth, as well, and had an interest in preventing any settlement from going through. The mob partially demolished his home before the horsemen arrived to intervene. There was a tense standoff which lasted the rest of the night. On Sunday, the 9th, the mob returned again, and it had grown to a group of hundreds, if not thousands. They quickly overpowered the guards, and tore down Johnson's home, piling his property in the street, and setting it alight.

With the tacit support of the majority of the population who refused to interfere, or aided the mob, they took complete control of the city of Baltimore, destroying the property of other bank directors, until Revolutionary war hero Sam Smith, then 83, was able to assemble a force of 3,000 militiamen and restore order. Federal troops arrived a few days later, but Smith had things under control.

The leaders of the mob were Jailed, the bank directors were compensated to the tune of $100,000 because of the state's failure to protect their property. Reverdy Johnson went on to become a pro-slavery Senator and US Attorney General under both Zachary Taylor and Millard Filmore. It seems a corrupt banker is exactly who you want becoming chief law enforcement officer in the US. The rigorous enforcement of the "Fugitive Slave Act" by the federal government, as well as the blind eye turned to free blacks being kidnapped into slavery, was in part the doing of Reverdy Johnson, one of the great unknown villains of American History.

Next came the Know-Nothing riot of 1856. And 1857. And 1858. And 1859. Gangs of ethnic nationalist, anti-immigrant lunatics who are the spiritual and political ancestors of the tea party were the main forces involved in this particular series of riots and counter-riots.

The "American Party" as it was called, and the gangs that supported it, were involved in a number of violent confrontations with Democratic Party supporters, who responded to being violently attacked by gangs with an enthusiastic violence of their own. Rioting, assassination, murder, the destruction of ballot boxes and the intimidation of voters continued for four years until the fervor of the Know-Nothings finally petered out.

Remember, the Democratic Party was the pro-slavery, pro-wealth right wing party of this particular era. The Know-Nothings were proto-fascist and ethnic nationalist radicals who were well known for their attacks on Irish Catholics, and Germans of any religious persuasion. It was a scary time in American politics. The Know-Nothings would eventually fold in with the Republican party, to that Party's permanent detriment.

The next riot was carried out by the Democratic party, as well as (as far as we know) Confederate spies. The Riot of 1861 was one of the deadliest riots in American history, and the final spark which set the nation on the path to all-out civil war.

Baltimore had at this time one of the largest populations of free blacks, around 25,000, as well as a huge Abolitionist population, as well as pro-slavery Unionists. In response to the tensions, these groups organized themselves into the "Minutemen," while the Confederate Sympathizers called themselves "National Volunteers."

The tension came to a boil just days after the bloodless battle of Ft Sumter. It began when Pro-Slavery Democrats and Confederate sympathizers attacked the 6th Massachusetts infantry as it was leaving a train station to march to the defense of Washington.  While the battle of Ft Sumter saw no deaths on either side, the Baltimore Riots saw the first deaths of the civil war.

Ambushing the infantry column from alleys and barricades, firing pistols and throwing stones, the Confederate sympathizers killed six Massachusetts infantrymen, and wounded 36. The infantry responded with their rifles and bayonets, killing 12 Confederate Sympathizers, and wounding an unknown number.

Militias at the time were primarily used by states for Union Busting and the restoration of order during times of civil unrest. Some of these soldiers had experience in street fighting, and all of them had the training to deal with it. They very quickly dispersed the crowd, once they'd recovered from the initial attack.

This riot, ultimately, was what propelled North and South into all-out war.

No one had died at Ft Sumter, and so a peaceful resolution was still possible, and still being sought by Lincoln and others. But in the Baltimore Riot, people on both sides had died. The Confederates called it a Massacre. The Unionists an ambush, an act of terrorism. Passions ignited, and the civil war itself began.

Running street battles between Confederates and Minutemen began, until Martial Law was declared and the Maryland militia marched in to restore order. Maryland begged Lincoln not to send any more troops through Baltimore. Which was ridiculous, as Baltimore was the main railway hub by which Washington DC and the south could be reached. There was no way for Union Soldiers to take up defensive positions along the Potomac without crossing through Maryland.

Lincoln started routing soldiers through Annapolis, by Sea hoping to avoid the unrest in Baltimore. The first soldiers to land in order to reach Annapolis Junction were the Massachusetts 8th militia, another veteran militia unit. Both the Mayor of Annapolis and the Governor of Maryland protested, and attempted to stop the soldiers from landing in Annapolis. General Benjamin Butler, the Union commander, responded by saying that he had to land, because his soldiers were hungry. The Mayor responded that no one in his town would sell them anything to eat. Butler responded that Armed men didn't necessarily need to purchase food. The veiled threat ended the standoff.

Eventually, Union troops were marched into Baltimore, and the state officials attempting to prevent the passage of soldiers were arrested, including the entire Baltimore Police Department, who had disabled train lines through Baltimore by order of the Mayor.

Baltimore remained under martial law for the duration of the war. The officials and police were released without charge.

There was rioting in Maryland during the national railroad strike of 1877, which saw riots in New York and Pennsylvania as well, and the destruction of railroad monopoly property. Similarly, there were riots in 1968, after the assassination of MLK. Both periods saw some of the larger and more sustained times of unrest in Baltimore, compared to other parts of the country.

So that's the history of Rioting in Baltimore. There were armed gangs fighting over elections, attacks on deeply corrupt public figures, destruction of body-snatching operations, and a deadly act of civil violence which ultimately started the Civil War.

And yet, in this city which should be famous for some of the worst street violence in American History, and the beginning of the Civil War, the police have the gall to call a few broken windows and a few fires "Unprecedented" levels of violence. This isn't true.

Poverty in Baltimore has always been an extreme problem for the city. From the theft of corpses, to the theft of bank deposits, to the theft of votes, to Union busting, to the discriminatory housing practices of the 20th century and the predatory lending practices of the 21st, Baltimore Maryland has always had the problems which led to the most recent period of unrest. It has always been this way, and the citizens of Baltimore at various points in history, both white and black, have revolted at the situation they've had to deal with.

Knowing this history, and knowing the economic reality of the United States, I don't honestly have a lot of hope that this trend is going to change anytime soon. There are too many deep divisions and disagreements on housing, on taxes, on whether the founders really meant what they said when they put that line about providing for the national welfare in the Constitution. We probably wont agree on these questions any time soon.

But maybe we can all at least agree that the police need to stop murdering young black men. The murder of American children by the state is really something we ought to all come out against.

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Reposted from Laura Clawson by JamieG from Md
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) watches as people clean up Pennsylvania avenue in Baltimore, Maryland April 28, 2015. Baltimore erupted in violence on Monday as hundreds of rioters looted stores, burned buildings and at least 15 police officers were inju
Welcome to post-racial America. Here, in his own words (and a few of mine), is a Republican Maryland state legislator and local radio host, Patrick McDonough, who Lee Fang reports has some interesting ideas about protest, government assistance allocation, and academic research:
McDonough’s food stamps comment came in response to a caller who asked, if protesters are “too young, why can’t they take away benefits from families, from like the parents who are collecting welfare.”

“That’s an idea and that could be legislation,” replied McDonough. “I think that you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps?”

Yes, let's make people go hungry. No possibility for abuse there ... suddenly every peaceful protester in the state is accused of rioting in hopes of starving them into submission. This suggestion coming from someone who I'm going to guess doesn't think police officers should have their jobs, let alone their freedom, taken away for killing a man.
At one point, discussing the possibility of a “scientific study” on “police relationships with the black community,” he said such an effort is necessary because there has never been research by “brilliant, honest, objective people” on “this community, this culture, this thug nation.”

“These young people, they’re violent, they’re brutal, their mindset is dysfunctional to a point of being dangerous,” he said, noting that he does not want to “put them in a test tube or cage.” But, McDonough added, “We have got to study, investigate, and really look at what this is all about,” calling it a problem “that prevails the nation from Los Angeles to Baltimore to Baltimore County.”

Yes, a "scientific study" beginning with the totally objective premise that what's being studied is a "thug nation," and not at all involving test tubes or cages, he swears. (This may be one of those "If you have to say you don't want test tubes or cages ..." situations.)

Actually, of course, there's a ton of research—on race, on racism, on poor black communities, on policing and mass incarceration—by brilliant, honest people who know there's no such thing as objectivity. But somehow I don't think McDonough would be interested in hearing from Michelle Alexander or Alice Goffman or Devah Pager or Elijah Anderson or Nikki Jones or Bruce Western or, gosh, a whole bunch of other noted scholars. In fact, I'm pretty sure that to him, "honest" means what others would call "openly racist."

Is Patrick McDonough the most influential member of the Republican Party? No. But he's an elected official. He's given a voice on the radio. He can't just be dismissed as an individual racist crackpot.

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Reposted from gchaucer2 by JamieG from Md

Ok, I admit to being a bit obsessive with the Freddie Gray case and subsequent protests and police riots but this latest posted on the not venerable WaPo is utter bullshite.  Prisoner in Van Says . . . .

Um, ok, cops pick up Mr. Gray and then do stuff which involves a rough ride which apparently "prisoner in the van" didn't have a problem with.  Now Prisoner in the Van says Mr. Gray basically went bonkers and whacked himself around enough to crush his voice box and almost sever his spine in order to do something something.

The police "investigative report" is due out Friday.  What day is this?  Oh, right, Wednesday on the East Coast of the United States of Needing Amnesty International.  The only place this amazing info could have come from is the Baltimore Police Department.  Did they rough ride the guy around?  Provide other incentives?

The Sun Paper reporters all have massive jaded eyes even though the Boston Globe bought them lunch yesterday.

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So, I was just perusing other blogs and I believe I found this one on Eschaton which had a link to the gawker.  "Baltimore is a Shithole":  Undisturbed Peace at the Maryland Hunt Club."  Read it and weep.  I know these kinds of people.  Hell I have family members who are these people.  Look at the pictures.  Read the words of truly awful human beings being said on Saturday, April 25, 2015 as thousands began a 3 mile March from Sandtown to City Hall.

These are the people who are only capable of creating rage.  That is their career/hobby.  Entitled fucking rage creators.  

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More excellent coverage from the Baltimore SUN, sticking a thumb in the eye of the F--- Rep----c website and its vicious rumors.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/...

(No paywall, the SUN is busy doing journalism). Note the careful "may possibly" and "allegedly" carefully inserted by the fearmongers. Not that you can libel a dead man.

The Free Republic website said Wednesday that Gray's "life-ending injuries to his spine may have possibly been the result of spinal and neck surgery that he allegedly received a week before he was arrested." The article also said the injury was a result of a car accident and cited thefourthestate.com as the source of information. The story did not cite any court records.

Free Republic has since removed the story from its website and could not be reached for comment.

The court records, from Howard County, indicate that Gray was involved in a lead-paint lawsuit, not a car wreck. The family's attorney
confirmed that the Howard County case was connected to the lead paint lawsuit.

As children, Gray and his two sisters were found to have damaging lead levels in their blood, which led to educational, behavioral and medical problems, according to a lawsuit they filed in 2008 against the owner of a Sandtown-Winchester home the family rented for four years.

While the property owner countered in the suit that other factors could have contributed to the children's deficits — including poverty and their mother's drug use — the case was settled before going to trial in 2010. The terms of the settlement are not public.

And there's the other shoe: the destructive effects of lead in the environment where poor people live in Baltimore.
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Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 08:09 PM PDT

Maryland goes from Blue to Red, overnight

by dcnw

Reposted from dcnw by JamieG from Md

I know I live in a comfy Baltimore County enclave - solidly middle class, good schools - you know, suburbia. But I have occasion to go into the city often enough, and used to work there. I know Baltimore. And what happened today stinks.

Not the riots.  No, those were bad enough, and they have been talked about ad infinitum elsewhere.

What happened was a coup de citie.  Newly-elected Republican Governor Larry Hogan essentially took over the city of Baltimore in one of most vile ways I can think.

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