News/Politics 4-28-15

What’s interesting in the news today?

Open Thread

I’m posting this early due to breaking news. 

This news from Baltimore will be the obvious lead story tomorrow anyway. 

From MSN/Reuters  “Hundreds of rioters looted businesses and set buildings on fire in Baltimore on Monday in widespread violence that injured at least 15 police officers following the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died after he was injured in police custody.

The disturbances broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and then spread through parts of Baltimore in the most violent U.S. demonstrations since looting in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard as firefighters battled blazes set by looters. Rioters with baseball bats smashed windows of cars in different areas of town.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the rioters “thugs” and instituted a citywide curfew for all adults and minors beginning Tuesday night. The only exceptions are work and medical emergencies.”

Schools are closed, trains and businesses are shut down. and the O’s were canceled too. 

More of the ugly details here, from TheDailyMail  

And here, from WeaselZippers

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14 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-28-15

  1. Classic. Blame the messenger (for ‘focusing on the negativity’ and all that):

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/04/baltimore-mayor-city-councilman-fault-media-206224.html

    “Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake blamed the media for blatantly mischaracterizing her words on Monday after she was quoted saying that the city’s police department should ‘give those who wished to destroy space to do that.’ …

    ” ‘It is very unfortunate that members of your industry decided to mischaracterize my words and try to use it as a way to say that we were inciting violence,’ Rawlings-Blake said.

    (Um, but that’s what she said …)

    ” … Rawlings-Blake wasn’t the only Baltimore official to fault the media during Monday night’s press conference. City Council President Jack Young also criticized the national media for ‘focusing on negativity’ by covering the violence instead of the peaceful protests. …

    “It was also a point of contention for CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who questioned Young’s remarks on his broadcast Monday night.

    ” ‘I’m not sure what he thinks cameras should be focused on at a time when police cars are being destroyed and lit on fire, 15 police officers are being injured, and stores are being looted,’ Cooper said of Young’s remarks. ‘I’m not sure exactly what images he would like us to be photographing at this time, but it seems pretty important that authorities know what’s happening in their own city.’ …. “

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  2. The more I read last night the less impressed I was with the mayor. I was glad to hear some of the community leaders speaking out against the instigators.
    I guess here in the deep south I lived in some sort of bubble. I thought blacks and whites were getting along rather well. I don’t understand the mentality of destroying your own community to male a point to others outside of it.
    What is even scarier is that I have read a futuristic police/ whodunit series that speaks of the Urban Wars of the early 21st century. That is sort I f what we have going on here.

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  3. What amazes me are the number of left-leaning media people who seek to justify this nonsense, as if they could.

    There was a rioter interviewed during Hannity last night. Total idiot. He stood there ranting and cussing about the poor conditions in his neighborhood while his neighborhood burned in the background due to him and his ilk. Are people really that stupid?

    If conditions are so bad, shouldn’t you take that up with the mostly minority Democrats who have run your city for decades? Maybe someone like your mayor, who was happy to let you have your space to destroy? Funny though, the space they gave you to destroy was your poor part of town and not where the ruling elites live, huh? But hey, just keep voting Democrat, since it’s working out so well for you all. 🙄

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  4. The sad picture for me was of the black folks standing around holding hands, praying, and crying while the facility they had been working to get built for the past eight years was destroyed by people incited to violence by other people. People being hurt by people for motivations known only to third parties. I know we have messed up people living here in my home so I understand there are messed up people. This is why we are trying so hard to raise people who can think for themselves. Sad to say, it appears the messed up people are getting their message out and received better than we are.

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  5. Mumsee, the people doing the rioting may be messed up people.
    The people inciting the rioting are not messed up people.
    They are evil people. With an agenda.
    To cause chaos and profit from it.
    If not for Tawana Brawley, you would never know Al Sharpton.

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  6. It is somewhat reminiscent of the late 1960s riots that spread across the country, the 1992 (?) Rodney King riots out here, etc. Civil unrest seems to get sparked every so often, this time set off most usually by police incidents that seem to have racial over or undertones.

    Those (peacefully) protesting the death of the man in Baltimore appear to me like they have a legitimate grievance from the evidence that’s been released so far. As to whether this is characteristic of a pattern of police overkill, I don’t know. But coming on the heels of Ferguson and the other incidents, it quickly took on a life of its own.

    And I think most are calling for peace and orderly protests, but there will always be those who seize the opportunity to loot and destroy, just because. It seemed odd to me that the police did so little last night to curtail the unrest in the earlier hours, but maybe there was a reason for that, I’m sure they didn’t want to throw fuel on the fire. But it did give the appearance of the rioters being able to do pretty much whatever they wanted to do for several hours.

    The irony and sadness is that despite the country having elected its first black president, race relations in the U.S. appear to be deteriorating and are worse than they’ve been in years.

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  7. I wonder about the wisdom of the decision to close the Baltimore schools today, seems to me you’re going to have a lot of young people with a lot of time on their hands. I’d think it would be better to have kids back in class where teachers could exert some positive influence.

    I’m still convinced that much of the unrest and discord — and even the entrenched poverty — still goes all the way back to family breakdown, having no father in so many homes. This has hit the African-American community especially hard through the generations, although the U.S. population as a whole is fast catching up. As those patterns are perpetuated in families & neighborhoods, it becomes harder and harder for people to feel like they can break free.

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  8. And from Poynter, a journalism site, everyone’s looking for that mom:
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    Veteran WMAR photojournalist Manny Locke was in the middle of a covering the unfolding riots in Baltimore when he noticed a woman plowing through the crowd then yelling and slapping one of the masked hooded young men in the street. Locke kept rolling as it became clear the woman was the young man’s mother and she was demanding the boy’s attention. …

    WMAR reported the mother could be heard saying that she had spotted her son live on TV participating in the riots. WMAR News Director Kelly Groft told me that journalists from everywhere have been scouring Baltimore Tuesday to find the mother.

    “This is a story that people have connected with,” Groft told me. “It is, I think, what a lot of people wanted to see parents doing last night.”
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  9. Yet another hit to the local economy….

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/04/28/wednesdays-white-sox-orioles-game-moved-to-afternoon-will-be-closed-to-public/

    “Amid civil unrest in Baltimore, Wednesday’s game between the White Sox and Orioles at Camden Yards has been moved to a 1:05 p.m. CT/2:05 p.m. ET start and will be closed to the public, the Orioles announced Tuesday. The game had been scheduled for Wednesday night.

    The change comes after Monday and Tuesday’s games between the teams were postponed due to safety concerns after rioting broke out near the stadium. The latest round of demonstrations follow the recent death of Freddie Gray, 25, an African-American suspect who had been taken into police custody. Monday’s protests were within a couple miles of Camden Yards.

    In making the decision for Wednesday, the Orioles said they consulted with Major League Baseball as well as local and state officials. The mayor had earlier imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Baltimore.

    After conversations with the Orioles and local officials, we believe that these decisions are in the best interests of fan safety and the deployment of city resources,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by violence in Baltimore, and everyone in our game hopes for peace and the safety of a great American city.”

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