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From WhiteHouse.gov:

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 27, 2015
Readout of the President’s Meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Following her swearing-in this afternoon, President Obama met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the White House to welcome her to the team and reiterate that he looks forward to her leadership at the Department of Justice.

Holder, Lynch, Obama

The Attorney General thanked the President then updated him on several issues, including the events occurring in Baltimore, Maryland following the death of Freddie Gray, which the Department of Justice is currently investigating. Attorney General Lynch assured the President that she would continue to monitor events in Baltimore and that the Department of Justice stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful there.

An undocumented shopper

Earlier today, the President also spoke with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake about the ongoing situation in Baltimore. The Mayor updated the President on efforts to address the demonstrations and maintain peace throughout the city. The President highlighted the Administration’s commitment to provide assistance as needed and will continue to receive updates on the situation from Attorney General Lynch and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett also spoke with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today.

Hogan is the only Republican and only white mentioned in this press release.

So, it must be his fault.

In other news:

Also, from the Baltimore Sun:

Orioles game postponed amid violence, series could be moved

By Eduardo A. Encina

Tonight’s Orioles game has been postponed due to violence downtown….

The club had been monitoring riots that began on Monday afternoon in Northwest Baltimore, about five miles from the ballpark, and kept in contact with Baltimore police throughout the day. After consulting with the police department and the group of rioters moved south toward downtown, the game was postponed about 45 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.

As the expected 7:05 p.m. start came and went, the Camden Yards seating bowl was empty. The gates were locked and the only sound came from nearby police sirens. As violence enveloped the city, it is believed that this was the first time an Orioles game was postponed for non-weather reasons in 14 years, when baseball called off nearly a week of games following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. …

Saturday’s game against the Boston Red Sox went on as scheduled even thought protests reached Camden Yards less than an hour before the 7:05 p.m. start time, prompting Gate H to be temporarily closed as violence began outside the ballpark.

Later that night, the ballpark was briefly locked down under orders of the mayor’s office and the Baltimore police. For about 30 minutes, fans weren’t allowed to leave the facility.

 
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  1. The mayor and city council weren’t very articulate in the press conference. It was funny watching them try not to use the word “thug”.

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  2. You never hear about Black people rioting over a police shooting in Black countries like Haiti and Nigeria for example.

    It seems Black people do not mind seeing a Black person being murdered by a police officer, as long as that police officer is not White.

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  3. But gay people are going to get to marry tomorrow! Can’t we all get along?

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  4. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    It’s Lib vs Lib.

    Just watch and enjoy.

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  5. Since everyone here is I’m sure pro-American and solutions oriented, what plans can you suggest to make sure things like this don’t happen as much as they otherwise would?

    I don’t mean wishes, or wild plans, or things that require politicians to agree to do a certain thing. I mean action plans designed to *make* politicians and other leaders do things a certain way.

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    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Truthfully, I think it's too late.
    , @Nobama
    This is the Baltimore Barrack Brigade doing operaton "Hope and Change 2015". Detroit 1960s style. Guess what is going to happen to housing values in Baltimore? The home owners - you know, taxpayers that fund all the city operations, are sure gonna love the younger generation.Think there will be a Baltimore Bailout? No? Neither do I. I'm sure Citibank's newest employee, Eric "I never jailed a bank ceo" Holder will have some non-predatory loans for the working folks and city taxpayers.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    Rule 1: When you're in a hole, stop digging.

    No more welfare for able-bodied people. None. Or condition it on sterilization. As a corollary to this, abolish the minimum wage and protect lower-tier workers' employment prospects with tariffs and border controls.

    Repeal all public accommodation laws. Businesses and individuals can hire, fire, reside, do business with whom, or without whom, they please. People's ethno-cultural safe harbors from which they can interact and withdraw into as necessary are restored.

    If that doesn't work, then it's the two-state solution.

    Of course, none of this is going to happen and it will all end in tears.
    , @anon
    mass unemployment
    -> gang culture
    -> cops brutal enough for the gang culture are too brutal for daytime TV

    solution: stop mass immigration

    method: bribe whore politicians with more money than the oligarchs can bribe them with

    doh!
    , @Hibernian
    Try criminal justice reform for minor offenses and offenses which should be minor if not legalized. For violent criminals (that includes residential burglars and home invaders) broken windows policing and hard time.
  6. A reporter for RT was robbed on camera in this clip:
    RUPTLY Stringer Robbed During Baltimore Protests

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  7. The violence seems to be getting worse because the police have been intimidated about using deadly force. That is apparently why the police aren’t acting more forcefully, and also why the curfew won’t be put into effect until tomorrow night, by which time the city can hand off security to the National Guard and other police officers from the Mid Atlantic. Weird to see such a capitulation.

    To be honest it would be better to use some excessive force now, to stop this, than to allow it to just keep growing. I mean this only in the sense that the more the violence grows, the greater the amount of force necessary to shut it down later.

    But more bad news is if the city refuses to use force against the violence now, and allows it to fizzle out on its own terms, then it will be worse next time around, and summer is coming. It may be the media is making this out to be worse than it is, but all I am seeing is complete anarchy, with a lot of completely innocent men and women — including white men and women — being robbed and assaulted. This is unacceptable.

    I wonder if America’s most foremost public intellectual, Melissa Harris-Perry (so dubbed by Ta Nehisi Coates) will call out the black female mayor of Baltimore,Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for dog whistling for calling the rioters “thugs”. Probably not. Because nothing says justice for Freddie Gray like stealing a white woman’s purse.

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    • Replies: @Bob
    If only there were some white people they could shoot.
    , @Mike Zwick
    "Whether physically or morally, they [rebels] seldom attack a power that can really hurt them and is plainly willing and eager to do so. But the moment that power shows any signs of fading into weakness, they become very daring and are hot for defying it. " Baltimore's own H. L. Mencken, Revolution, Baltimore Eveing Sun, December 22, 1930.
    , @Mike Zwick
    "Whether physically or morally, they [rebels] seldom attack a power that can actually hurt them, and is plainly willing and eager to do so. But the moment that power shows any sign of fading into weakness, they become daring and are hot for defying it." Baltimore's own H. L. Mencken, Revolution Baltimore Evening Sun, December 22, 1930
    , @Father O'Hara
    I unnastand the POTUS has been in contact with Larry Hogan,urging "restraint"! Does this dumb SOB WANT the riots to continue? It seems Obama and his Puppet Masters of the Universe are starting to look bad. People are tired of Quantavious and his discontents.
  8. How do you know that the purse belongs to those women?

    Perhaps that black male is actually a transgender black female who was the victim of a trans-racial bashing. Based on my extensive experience reading New York Times articles, that seems like the most likely explanation.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Pam Grier played a transgendered crime boss of colour in the chillingly prescient Escape From LA (1996). Maybe she could revive her role as Hershe Las Palmas to bring order to the streets of Baltimore? If not her then perhaps the tranny Time magazine had on it's cover a while ago? If neither of them are available, why not Rand Paul's half-sister Ru? I just think it would be a wonderfully iconic passing of the torch moment to have the Afro-American project merge and blend with the Tranny-American one.
    , @AnAnon
    Mainly from the video of the woman having the purse right before the guy tries to steal it, but only that, no common sense allowed here:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/345iie/redhead_from_the_videos_here_to_clear_something_up/

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/346209/definitive_proof_that_city_paper_is_lying_video/

    Direct link to the video:http://www.gfycat.com/JadedWigglyFly

    the newspaper that went forward with the claim that she was a thief may be facing a libel suit.
  9. ““Shame on these racist white women for trying to steal this poor black man’s purse:””

    When it comes to Left Wing identity politics, being Black trumps being a woman by a huge landslide. The Left Wing media will not drool over Hillary Rodham in 2016 the same way they drooled over the half Kenyan Hussein Obama in 2008 and 2012.

    In the eyes of the Left Wing media, Hillary is just the lesser of 2 evils compared to The GOP. She is not a pop culture icon rock star like Hussein Obama.

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  10. The real villain here, more than Obama or Loretta, is CNN. I mean, any time a cop behaves badly, the airwaves become completely saturated with the video. Someone needs to study what percentage of their news coverage has been cop stuff.

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    • Replies: @Massimo Heitor
    I thought that CNN and most of those news outlets simply conform to the bias of the viewers?

    What fault does Loretta Lynch have in any of this? She just took office. AFAIK, she hasn't done anything related to this. Even right-wing Giuliani has spoken on behalf of Lynch. And why is Sailer calling her Loretty? Is that an inside joke or something?
  11. @SPMoore8
    The violence seems to be getting worse because the police have been intimidated about using deadly force. That is apparently why the police aren't acting more forcefully, and also why the curfew won't be put into effect until tomorrow night, by which time the city can hand off security to the National Guard and other police officers from the Mid Atlantic. Weird to see such a capitulation.

    To be honest it would be better to use some excessive force now, to stop this, than to allow it to just keep growing. I mean this only in the sense that the more the violence grows, the greater the amount of force necessary to shut it down later.

    But more bad news is if the city refuses to use force against the violence now, and allows it to fizzle out on its own terms, then it will be worse next time around, and summer is coming. It may be the media is making this out to be worse than it is, but all I am seeing is complete anarchy, with a lot of completely innocent men and women -- including white men and women -- being robbed and assaulted. This is unacceptable.

    I wonder if America's most foremost public intellectual, Melissa Harris-Perry (so dubbed by Ta Nehisi Coates) will call out the black female mayor of Baltimore,Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for dog whistling for calling the rioters "thugs". Probably not. Because nothing says justice for Freddie Gray like stealing a white woman's purse.

    If only there were some white people they could shoot.

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  12. “I wonder if America’s most foremost public intellectual, Melissa Harris-Perry (so dubbed by Ta Nehisi Coates) will call out the black female mayor of Baltimore,”

    Melissa Harris Perry is half White, but she has an extreme hatred of that half of her ancestry.

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  13. Just when all of the Obama loving NWP’s just got comfortable in Brooklyn-after spending millions on properties that were ruined after their white brothers had to flee with the onset of a massive black crime wave decades ago.

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  14. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    I feel bad for Bruce Jenner. This was supposed to be her time to shine. But these protestors are raining on her parade and stealing her limelight. She had been waiting 40 years for this.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "I feel bad for Bruce Jenner. This was supposed to be her time to shine. But these protestors are raining on her parade and stealing her limelight. She had been waiting 40 years for this."

    Bruce Jenner can blame all of this on her legal family member Kanye West.
    , @Mike Zwick
    It took him/her too many years building this up to have it destroyed by thugs in a senseless way! - - Mayor of Baltimore
  15. There was video footage of a similar rampage in London, the line of cops were beating a hasty retreat, what an odd message, why not stand and push back?

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    • Replies: @anon

    There was video footage of a similar rampage in London, the line of cops were beating a hasty retreat, what an odd message, why not stand and push back?
     
    They'd be destroyed by the media.
  16. There are some 3rd world countries where the people on average are better behaved than Black Americans despite living in much worst poverty conditions.

    Black American ghetto behavior is definitely a genetic thing and not a class thing. If Black America was it’s own country, they would have a higher per capita murder rate than poor countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Philippines even though Black Americans have a higher standard of living than all of these countries. Black Americans also have a higher standard of living than many Slavic Eastern European countries.

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    • Replies: @Escher
    People always look at those doing better than them, which in this case is White and Asian Americans. No one thinks about how much better off they are compared to Indonesians or Cambodians.
    , @Art Deco
    Black American ghetto behavior is definitely a genetic thing
    --
    The homicide rates of the modally black Caribbean islands vary (lowest to highest) by a factor of 20. If you want to know why Martinique is like Martinique and Jamaica is like Jamaica, biology doesn't get you very far.
  17. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @24AheadDotCom
    Since everyone here is I'm sure pro-American and solutions oriented, what plans can you suggest to make sure things like this don't happen as much as they otherwise would?

    I don't mean wishes, or wild plans, or things that require politicians to agree to do a certain thing. I mean action plans designed to *make* politicians and other leaders do things a certain way.

    Truthfully, I think it’s too late.

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    • Replies: @24AheadDotCom
    It's never too late. About a decade ago when I posted blogs at RedState, I supported getting clean-up/rebuilding jobs for American hurricane victims. I got pushback from those like "Vladimir" who supported the GWB plan: let connected contractors bring in illegal aliens. GWB got his way, something that's had huge costs: increased instead of decreased welfare use, another power center for the MX govt, increased healthcare costs (some of the illegal aliens were underage and working w/o safety equipment), etc. etc. etc.

    I'm sure many here were around then, and if they'd helped with that at the time - even if it meant supporting Jesse Jackson on this one issue - it would have had a beneficial impact across the board (including a defeat for the loose borders types).

    You can still do something now, like discrediting both those like Holder and those like @MKibbe (and Koch employees like Walker). Or, you can just sit idly by and leave a USA worse than it was for your kids and grandkids.
  18. “Why does anyone need an AR 15 or AK 47 style rifle with 30 round magazines? What possible reason could a US citizen need something like that? It is a weapon of war and does not belong in American cities! The police will protect you!” – Pretty much every gun control group, member of the national media, and most politicians.

    Ferguson and Baltimore sure make the above argument hard to debate!

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    • Replies: @Matra
    So you're saying the rioting in Baltimore and Ferguson wouldn't be as bad if the black rioters had AK 47s?
  19. @Anonymous
    I feel bad for Bruce Jenner. This was supposed to be her time to shine. But these protestors are raining on her parade and stealing her limelight. She had been waiting 40 years for this.

    “I feel bad for Bruce Jenner. This was supposed to be her time to shine. But these protestors are raining on her parade and stealing her limelight. She had been waiting 40 years for this.”

    Bruce Jenner can blame all of this on her legal family member Kanye West.

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  20. Why would Madame Lynch or Holder Jr. necessarily be the symphony conductor? This has Clinton Global Initiative written all over it — Bill probably took a stroll around Camden Yards just peeling off 50s

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    • Replies: @Scotty G. Vito
    I guess it just shows how quickly a proven strategy gets democratized. I'm not Martin O'Malley & I approved this year's Days of Rage Conference
  21. @Jefferson
    There are some 3rd world countries where the people on average are better behaved than Black Americans despite living in much worst poverty conditions.

    Black American ghetto behavior is definitely a genetic thing and not a class thing. If Black America was it's own country, they would have a higher per capita murder rate than poor countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Philippines even though Black Americans have a higher standard of living than all of these countries. Black Americans also have a higher standard of living than many Slavic Eastern European countries.

    People always look at those doing better than them, which in this case is White and Asian Americans. No one thinks about how much better off they are compared to Indonesians or Cambodians.

    Read More
  22. Priss Factor [AKA "The Priss Factor"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    That pic of three white girls and a Negro is so freaking hilarious.

    It’s like one of those PBS Nature programs.

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  23. @JohnnyWalker123
    How do you know that the purse belongs to those women?

    Perhaps that black male is actually a transgender black female who was the victim of a trans-racial bashing. Based on my extensive experience reading New York Times articles, that seems like the most likely explanation.

    Pam Grier played a transgendered crime boss of colour in the chillingly prescient Escape From LA (1996). Maybe she could revive her role as Hershe Las Palmas to bring order to the streets of Baltimore? If not her then perhaps the tranny Time magazine had on it’s cover a while ago? If neither of them are available, why not Rand Paul’s half-sister Ru? I just think it would be a wonderfully iconic passing of the torch moment to have the Afro-American project merge and blend with the Tranny-American one.

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  24. Baltimore right now looks like the scenes that you see in The Purge films where all crime is legal. Except instead of White guys committing all of the purging in the Hollywood version,the real life version of The Purge is being committed entirely by Hussein Obama’s sons.

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  25. Interestingly enough, the Rodney King riots began on Wednesday, April 29, 1992. (That year had the same calendar as this one from March through December.)

    Bad things often happen in the last half of April:

    * April 29, 1992 – Rodney King
    * April 19, 1993 – Waco
    * April 19, 1995 – Oklahoma City
    * April 20, 1999 – Columbine
    * April 16, 2007 – Virginia Tech
    * April 20, 2010 – BP oil spill
    * April 15, 2013 – Boston Marathon

    It’s a bad month for the U.S. military, as well – Saigon fell at the end of April 1975, and the Iraqi Sunni uprising began in early April 2004.

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    • Replies: @slumber_j
    April is the cruellest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.

    T.S. Eliot was from St. Louis, another middling border-state city. Well, at least we now know who the dull roots are.
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    "Interestingly enough, the Rodney King riots began on Wednesday, April 29, 1992. (That year had the same calendar as this one from March through December.)

    Bad things often happen in the last half of April:

    * April 29, 1992 – Rodney King
    * April 19, 1993 – Waco
    * April 19, 1995 – Oklahoma City
    * April 20, 1999 – Columbine
    * April 16, 2007 – Virginia Tech
    * April 20, 2010 – BP oil spill
    * April 15, 2013 – Boston Marathon

    It’s a bad month for the U.S. military, as well – Saigon fell at the end of April 1975, and the Iraqi Sunni uprising began in early April 2004."

    The pattern you've noticed here, runs deep in the human fiber. Since the days of the Roman Republic (and likely earlier), wars almost invariably began in April (due to weather considerations). We're no longer constrained by the weather, but old patterns tend to resonate through the centuries.
  26. Mike Zwick [AKA "Dahinda"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @SPMoore8
    The violence seems to be getting worse because the police have been intimidated about using deadly force. That is apparently why the police aren't acting more forcefully, and also why the curfew won't be put into effect until tomorrow night, by which time the city can hand off security to the National Guard and other police officers from the Mid Atlantic. Weird to see such a capitulation.

    To be honest it would be better to use some excessive force now, to stop this, than to allow it to just keep growing. I mean this only in the sense that the more the violence grows, the greater the amount of force necessary to shut it down later.

    But more bad news is if the city refuses to use force against the violence now, and allows it to fizzle out on its own terms, then it will be worse next time around, and summer is coming. It may be the media is making this out to be worse than it is, but all I am seeing is complete anarchy, with a lot of completely innocent men and women -- including white men and women -- being robbed and assaulted. This is unacceptable.

    I wonder if America's most foremost public intellectual, Melissa Harris-Perry (so dubbed by Ta Nehisi Coates) will call out the black female mayor of Baltimore,Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for dog whistling for calling the rioters "thugs". Probably not. Because nothing says justice for Freddie Gray like stealing a white woman's purse.

    “Whether physically or morally, they [rebels] seldom attack a power that can really hurt them and is plainly willing and eager to do so. But the moment that power shows any signs of fading into weakness, they become very daring and are hot for defying it. ” Baltimore’s own H. L. Mencken, Revolution, Baltimore Eveing Sun, December 22, 1930.

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  27. Mike Zwick [AKA "Dahinda"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Anonymous
    I feel bad for Bruce Jenner. This was supposed to be her time to shine. But these protestors are raining on her parade and stealing her limelight. She had been waiting 40 years for this.

    It took him/her too many years building this up to have it destroyed by thugs in a senseless way! – – Mayor of Baltimore

    Read More
  28. @Scotty G. Vito
    Why would Madame Lynch or Holder Jr. necessarily be the symphony conductor? This has Clinton Global Initiative written all over it -- Bill probably took a stroll around Camden Yards just peeling off 50s

    I guess it just shows how quickly a proven strategy gets democratized. I’m not Martin O’Malley & I approved this year’s Days of Rage Conference

    Read More
  29. @Anonymous
    Truthfully, I think it's too late.

    It’s never too late. About a decade ago when I posted blogs at RedState, I supported getting clean-up/rebuilding jobs for American hurricane victims. I got pushback from those like “Vladimir” who supported the GWB plan: let connected contractors bring in illegal aliens. GWB got his way, something that’s had huge costs: increased instead of decreased welfare use, another power center for the MX govt, increased healthcare costs (some of the illegal aliens were underage and working w/o safety equipment), etc. etc. etc.

    I’m sure many here were around then, and if they’d helped with that at the time – even if it meant supporting Jesse Jackson on this one issue – it would have had a beneficial impact across the board (including a defeat for the loose borders types).

    You can still do something now, like discrediting both those like Holder and those like @MKibbe (and Koch employees like Walker). Or, you can just sit idly by and leave a USA worse than it was for your kids and grandkids.

    Read More
  30. @Trumped
    "Why does anyone need an AR 15 or AK 47 style rifle with 30 round magazines? What possible reason could a US citizen need something like that? It is a weapon of war and does not belong in American cities! The police will protect you!" - Pretty much every gun control group, member of the national media, and most politicians.

    Ferguson and Baltimore sure make the above argument hard to debate!

    So you’re saying the rioting in Baltimore and Ferguson wouldn’t be as bad if the black rioters had AK 47s?

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    • Replies: @Trumped
    We already know for a fact that in the areas of Ferguson where business owners stood outside with ARs and AKs that the rioters decided to pick on easier targets and left them alone. We also know from both riots that the police will not protect all of the citizens, just as the Supreme Court has ruled they have no legal obligation to do.

    We also know that the argument from the same gun control types who instigated these riots that there is "no need" for such weapons is disproven with the anarcho tyranny created. Maybe that is the reason the same people who push for civilian disarmament are also the ones who incite these black riots - armed citizens negate most of their potential power.

    As Steve predicted with the November elections coming a few months after the ferguson riots, this too will blow up in the faces of the instigators as more Americans continue to buy up and look favorably upon gun rights - just as the polls have been showing that gun control is now a minority view in America. Thanks for giving me such a softball line of thought to smack down though!
    , @Cracker
    Nope. They're smart enough to not do that. Besides, rifles aren't convenient to put in your belt.
  31. @24AheadDotCom
    Since everyone here is I'm sure pro-American and solutions oriented, what plans can you suggest to make sure things like this don't happen as much as they otherwise would?

    I don't mean wishes, or wild plans, or things that require politicians to agree to do a certain thing. I mean action plans designed to *make* politicians and other leaders do things a certain way.

    This is the Baltimore Barrack Brigade doing operaton “Hope and Change 2015″. Detroit 1960s style. Guess what is going to happen to housing values in Baltimore? The home owners – you know, taxpayers that fund all the city operations, are sure gonna love the younger generation.Think there will be a Baltimore Bailout? No? Neither do I. I’m sure Citibank’s newest employee, Eric “I never jailed a bank ceo” Holder will have some non-predatory loans for the working folks and city taxpayers.

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  32. In the 1999 sports book, Damned Yankees, written by a far leftist socialist (whose name temporarily escapes), was published by the Nation book imprint, the author, not really a baseball fan per se, but more of a “lets blame evil rich capitalists like Steinbrenners Yankees for winning so much, racism is everywhere, etc.” anyway, as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O’s just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn’t want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.

    Apparently if the riots can now reach Camden Yards, that must mean the organization didn’t build the ballpark far enough away. Perhaps they should emulate the example of the Braves, who plan on vacating Turner Field by ’17, after playing there for only about 20 yrs.

    Maybe the O’s ought to look into building a new park in Chevy Chase area. That should afford their fans a safer area, at least for about 20yrs.

    Funny, this is around the time of the Rodney King riots in ’92. I don’t particularly recall Dodger Stadium attendees being in any specific harm or danger from South Central rioters. Or perhaps the Dodgers were out of town that week playing the Giants.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The White Sox 1990s stadium can serve as a giant holding pen.
    , @Rifleman

    as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O’s just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn’t want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.
     
    Camden Yards is one of the most "downtown" stadiums in America. "Downtown" is about three blocks to the upper left in this photo:

    http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/oriole70.jpg

    On the other hand the old 1950s era Memorial Stadium was in a fairly plain, non vibrant middle class area in northwest Baltimore far from downtown.
    ----------------------------------

    Just to state the obvious - We have a -

    black president

    black ex attorney general

    black female attorney general

    black female mayor of Baltimore

    black female senior White House advisor

    a White governor of Maryland with an Asian wife and kids.

    And a White American 1976 Olympic decathlon icon Bruce Jenner claiming to be a woman living in a house filled with White girls and their many black boyfriends and husbands.

    That's considered PROGRESS, isn't it?
    , @Anonymous
    I don't think there's enough space in Chevy Chase, unless they build it in Thomas Friedman's yard.
    , @D. K.
    During my sixteen months living in Baltimore, my first four months were spent in an apartment in the very corner of downtown, and I was less than a five-minute walk from Camden Yards, and only about ten minutes away from M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens play. The last twelve months, I was in a high-rise apartment-- in a converted hotel-- near the court houses, City Hall, and police headquarters. That was about a fifteen-minute walk from Camden Yards, and about half of that, on foot, directly to the harbor, which was overwhelmingly a tourist attraction, with a lot of police protection. The one Fourth of July that I was there, however, I went down to the harbor to watch fireworks, with a friend, and there was either a shot fired, or a rumor that a shot had been fired, and we were lucky to escape being trampled by the fleeing crowd-- which was predominantly made up of locals, rather than the usual tourists.
  33. @Matra
    So you're saying the rioting in Baltimore and Ferguson wouldn't be as bad if the black rioters had AK 47s?

    We already know for a fact that in the areas of Ferguson where business owners stood outside with ARs and AKs that the rioters decided to pick on easier targets and left them alone. We also know from both riots that the police will not protect all of the citizens, just as the Supreme Court has ruled they have no legal obligation to do.

    We also know that the argument from the same gun control types who instigated these riots that there is “no need” for such weapons is disproven with the anarcho tyranny created. Maybe that is the reason the same people who push for civilian disarmament are also the ones who incite these black riots – armed citizens negate most of their potential power.

    As Steve predicted with the November elections coming a few months after the ferguson riots, this too will blow up in the faces of the instigators as more Americans continue to buy up and look favorably upon gun rights – just as the polls have been showing that gun control is now a minority view in America. Thanks for giving me such a softball line of thought to smack down though!

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  34. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    In the 1999 sports book, Damned Yankees, written by a far leftist socialist (whose name temporarily escapes), was published by the Nation book imprint, the author, not really a baseball fan per se, but more of a "lets blame evil rich capitalists like Steinbrenners Yankees for winning so much, racism is everywhere, etc." anyway, as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O's just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn't want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.

    Apparently if the riots can now reach Camden Yards, that must mean the organization didn't build the ballpark far enough away. Perhaps they should emulate the example of the Braves, who plan on vacating Turner Field by '17, after playing there for only about 20 yrs.

    Maybe the O's ought to look into building a new park in Chevy Chase area. That should afford their fans a safer area, at least for about 20yrs.

    Funny, this is around the time of the Rodney King riots in '92. I don't particularly recall Dodger Stadium attendees being in any specific harm or danger from South Central rioters. Or perhaps the Dodgers were out of town that week playing the Giants.

    The White Sox 1990s stadium can serve as a giant holding pen.

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    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    You know, I still don't understand why they ever tore down Comiskey Park. Didn't the Sox just end up building their new park across the street? Still doesn't add up. Comiskey was one of the AL's original concrete and steel parks, dating from about 1910.
    , @D. K.
    The White Sox' current ballpark was actually a design that the Orioles had turned down, before settling on their own current ballpark!
    , @Father O'Hara
    And it can be used as a holding pen while the games are in progress!
  35. Al Sharpton is planning a march from Baltimore to Washington DC.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-freddie-gray-sharpton-20150427-story.html

    “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

    “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the cat. “We’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad.”

    “How do you know I’m mad,” asked Alice?

    “You must be,” said the cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

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  36. @Matra
    So you're saying the rioting in Baltimore and Ferguson wouldn't be as bad if the black rioters had AK 47s?

    Nope. They’re smart enough to not do that. Besides, rifles aren’t convenient to put in your belt.

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    • Replies: @BurplesonAFB
    You're speaking about the demographic least likely to wear a belt.
  37. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    In the 1999 sports book, Damned Yankees, written by a far leftist socialist (whose name temporarily escapes), was published by the Nation book imprint, the author, not really a baseball fan per se, but more of a "lets blame evil rich capitalists like Steinbrenners Yankees for winning so much, racism is everywhere, etc." anyway, as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O's just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn't want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.

    Apparently if the riots can now reach Camden Yards, that must mean the organization didn't build the ballpark far enough away. Perhaps they should emulate the example of the Braves, who plan on vacating Turner Field by '17, after playing there for only about 20 yrs.

    Maybe the O's ought to look into building a new park in Chevy Chase area. That should afford their fans a safer area, at least for about 20yrs.

    Funny, this is around the time of the Rodney King riots in '92. I don't particularly recall Dodger Stadium attendees being in any specific harm or danger from South Central rioters. Or perhaps the Dodgers were out of town that week playing the Giants.

    as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O’s just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn’t want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.

    Camden Yards is one of the most “downtown” stadiums in America. “Downtown” is about three blocks to the upper left in this photo:

    http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/oriole70.jpg

    On the other hand the old 1950s era Memorial Stadium was in a fairly plain, non vibrant middle class area in northwest Baltimore far from downtown.
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    Just to state the obvious – We have a -

    black president

    black ex attorney general

    black female attorney general

    black female mayor of Baltimore

    black female senior White House advisor

    a White governor of Maryland with an Asian wife and kids.

    And a White American 1976 Olympic decathlon icon Bruce Jenner claiming to be a woman living in a house filled with White girls and their many black boyfriends and husbands.

    That’s considered PROGRESS, isn’t it?

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    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Thanks, I had it wrong. If the O's can't get permission to move to Chevy Chase, perhaps they ought to rebuild Camden Yards in Memorial Stadium's area.
    , @JDG1980

    On the other hand the old 1950s era Memorial Stadium was in a fairly plain, non vibrant middle class area in northwest Baltimore far from downtown.
     
    Back in the mid-1990s, my family was invited by a friend in the area to attend a game at Memorial Stadium. When we got back to the car, someone had smashed the rear window. Just a single data point - I've never been to Camden Yards, so I have no idea what that's like.
    , @Hibernian
    "black president

    black ex attorney general

    black female attorney general

    black female mayor of Baltimore

    black female senior White House advisor

    a White governor of Maryland with an Asian wife and kids."

    You are the Left's caricature of a man of the Right.
  38. Tonight’s Orioles game has been postponed due to violence downtown….

    Postponements are bad because the teams often have to pay a double header sometime in the future to make up for it. It can throw a monkey wrench into your pitching rotation. That being said, Baltimore should not be allowed to postpone this game. They should have to forfeit. A postponement should be reserved for an act of God like rain, snow, hurricanes, etc. This riot is man-made and should be treated as a forfeit, not a postponement.

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    @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    In the 1999 sports book, Damned Yankees, written by a far leftist socialist (whose name temporarily escapes), was published by the Nation book imprint, the author, not really a baseball fan per se, but more of a "lets blame evil rich capitalists like Steinbrenners Yankees for winning so much, racism is everywhere, etc." anyway, as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O's just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn't want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.

    Apparently if the riots can now reach Camden Yards, that must mean the organization didn't build the ballpark far enough away. Perhaps they should emulate the example of the Braves, who plan on vacating Turner Field by '17, after playing there for only about 20 yrs.

    Maybe the O's ought to look into building a new park in Chevy Chase area. That should afford their fans a safer area, at least for about 20yrs.

    Funny, this is around the time of the Rodney King riots in '92. I don't particularly recall Dodger Stadium attendees being in any specific harm or danger from South Central rioters. Or perhaps the Dodgers were out of town that week playing the Giants.

    I don’t think there’s enough space in Chevy Chase, unless they build it in Thomas Friedman’s yard.

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  40. @Steve Sailer
    The White Sox 1990s stadium can serve as a giant holding pen.

    You know, I still don’t understand why they ever tore down Comiskey Park. Didn’t the Sox just end up building their new park across the street? Still doesn’t add up. Comiskey was one of the AL’s original concrete and steel parks, dating from about 1910.

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    • Replies: @D. K.
    I hated old Comiskey Park, the handful of times that I attended games there, back in the '60s and '70s-- especially at night! It felt like being in the catacombs-- and, leaving the place, after a night game, was even scarier!
  41. @Rifleman

    as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O’s just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn’t want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.
     
    Camden Yards is one of the most "downtown" stadiums in America. "Downtown" is about three blocks to the upper left in this photo:

    http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/oriole70.jpg

    On the other hand the old 1950s era Memorial Stadium was in a fairly plain, non vibrant middle class area in northwest Baltimore far from downtown.
    ----------------------------------

    Just to state the obvious - We have a -

    black president

    black ex attorney general

    black female attorney general

    black female mayor of Baltimore

    black female senior White House advisor

    a White governor of Maryland with an Asian wife and kids.

    And a White American 1976 Olympic decathlon icon Bruce Jenner claiming to be a woman living in a house filled with White girls and their many black boyfriends and husbands.

    That's considered PROGRESS, isn't it?

    Thanks, I had it wrong. If the O’s can’t get permission to move to Chevy Chase, perhaps they ought to rebuild Camden Yards in Memorial Stadium’s area.

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  42. @Steve Sailer
    The White Sox 1990s stadium can serve as a giant holding pen.

    The White Sox’ current ballpark was actually a design that the Orioles had turned down, before settling on their own current ballpark!

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  43. Good for the GOP establishment in 2016? Will black riots scare a large lwhite turnout to vote for a Neocon-friendly candidate if he can but win the primary?

    Fear might motivate working class whites in this election. Their turnout was subdued in 08′ and 12′. Holder may have actually helped the GOP establishment.

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  44. Off-topic: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/23/straight-pride-posters-youngstown-state-university_n_7120038.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices

    The statement below by the University spokesman was apparently delivered with a straight face.
    “With the help of a bunch of students, we quickly went out to take them all down,” Cole said. “Reaction has ranged from concern to outrage. While we recognize the right to free speech, this is counter to our mission of being a diverse and accepting campus.”

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  45. Doesn’t the bow-tied family attorney for the Grays (the black folks, not the Baltimore-area softball team) look kind of like Rob Reiner?

    Grey’s Anatomy’s black guy on whites vs. Gray:

    http://www.ibtimes.com/greys-anatomy-star-jesse-williams-goes-twitter-rant-after-turmoil-baltimore-1899070

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  46. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    You know, I still don't understand why they ever tore down Comiskey Park. Didn't the Sox just end up building their new park across the street? Still doesn't add up. Comiskey was one of the AL's original concrete and steel parks, dating from about 1910.

    I hated old Comiskey Park, the handful of times that I attended games there, back in the ’60s and ’70s– especially at night! It felt like being in the catacombs– and, leaving the place, after a night game, was even scarier!

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    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    It also didn't help any that the Sox in those days stunk. Between their pennant winning season of '59 until they finally won it all in '05, they really weren't all that much of a club, any more than the Cubs have been.

    A few MSM asked comic actor and Chicago native James Belushi what he thought of the White Sox winning the WS in '05, and his response was basically "The White Sox wining the WS is like how you'd feel if your next door neighbor won the lottery. Kinda cool, but it doesn't do anything for you or your family."

    Guess Jim's a Cubs fan. Aren't there any famous White Sox fans at all? You'd think there'd be some, especially since they managed to win in '05 and the Cubs haven't won since 1908!
    , @Hibernian
    I don't know if you're still in Chicago or keep up with people who are. The ghetto which had been a ghetto since WW1 to the east of the ballpark has been gentrified largely by the black bourgeoise with a few whites and Asians. The nearby engineering school IIT which was previously a besieged fortress isn't anymore. There was an incident not so long ago where some white yuppie sports fans went to a Daleyish bar they shouldn't have. Some local (white) youths taught them a lesson.
  47. @no name
    The mayor and city council weren't very articulate in the press conference. It was funny watching them try not to use the word "thug".

    She did say thugs.

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  48. @D. K.
    I hated old Comiskey Park, the handful of times that I attended games there, back in the '60s and '70s-- especially at night! It felt like being in the catacombs-- and, leaving the place, after a night game, was even scarier!

    It also didn’t help any that the Sox in those days stunk. Between their pennant winning season of ’59 until they finally won it all in ’05, they really weren’t all that much of a club, any more than the Cubs have been.

    A few MSM asked comic actor and Chicago native James Belushi what he thought of the White Sox winning the WS in ’05, and his response was basically “The White Sox wining the WS is like how you’d feel if your next door neighbor won the lottery. Kinda cool, but it doesn’t do anything for you or your family.”

    Guess Jim’s a Cubs fan. Aren’t there any famous White Sox fans at all? You’d think there’d be some, especially since they managed to win in ’05 and the Cubs haven’t won since 1908!

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    • Replies: @iSteveFan

    Aren’t there any famous White Sox fans at all?
     
    Obama.
    , @D. K.
    Actually, the White Sox also finished in the "upper division" (i.e., top half) of the American League standings, after that 1959 pennant, each year through 1967-- including three straight second-place finishes, 1963-1965, in a then-ten-team league. In 1964, they famously lost the pennant to the New York Yankees, by one game, on the last day of the season. The Yankees went on to lose a great seven-game series to the incredible Saint Louis Cardinals-- who had been seemingly dead-in-the-water, in the middle of the season, until getting Lou Brock, in a trade with the Cubs! That was the end of the Yankees' true dynasty period. The White Sox were mediocre, and sometimes outright bad, for many years, beginning in 1968, when they finished eighth, the last year of unified leagues. They did win their division in 1983, however, losing in the playoff to the Orioles, who won the World Series. The Sox became more competitive, year to year, beginning around 1990.
    , @Scotty G. Vito
    I remember after the '05 WS our L.A. station showed a local "White Sox bar" (?) full of celebratory famous people like Jenny McCarthy and Joe Mantegna and basically everyone who ever worked for David Mamet and/or Steppenwolf Theatre. Not to disagree w/ you, there is a *major* prestige differential between the two Chi. clubs...
  49. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    In the 1999 sports book, Damned Yankees, written by a far leftist socialist (whose name temporarily escapes), was published by the Nation book imprint, the author, not really a baseball fan per se, but more of a "lets blame evil rich capitalists like Steinbrenners Yankees for winning so much, racism is everywhere, etc." anyway, as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O's just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn't want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.

    Apparently if the riots can now reach Camden Yards, that must mean the organization didn't build the ballpark far enough away. Perhaps they should emulate the example of the Braves, who plan on vacating Turner Field by '17, after playing there for only about 20 yrs.

    Maybe the O's ought to look into building a new park in Chevy Chase area. That should afford their fans a safer area, at least for about 20yrs.

    Funny, this is around the time of the Rodney King riots in '92. I don't particularly recall Dodger Stadium attendees being in any specific harm or danger from South Central rioters. Or perhaps the Dodgers were out of town that week playing the Giants.

    During my sixteen months living in Baltimore, my first four months were spent in an apartment in the very corner of downtown, and I was less than a five-minute walk from Camden Yards, and only about ten minutes away from M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens play. The last twelve months, I was in a high-rise apartment– in a converted hotel– near the court houses, City Hall, and police headquarters. That was about a fifteen-minute walk from Camden Yards, and about half of that, on foot, directly to the harbor, which was overwhelmingly a tourist attraction, with a lot of police protection. The one Fourth of July that I was there, however, I went down to the harbor to watch fireworks, with a friend, and there was either a shot fired, or a rumor that a shot had been fired, and we were lucky to escape being trampled by the fleeing crowd– which was predominantly made up of locals, rather than the usual tourists.

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  50. Nancy Pelosi was born in Baltimore. I wonder why she chose to get the hell out of there? Is she not a fan of Vibrant DIEversity?

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    • Replies: @Scotty G. Vito
    That's easy -- political marriage to a well-heeled California Democratic fixer (Pelosi's father was of course a former thug mayor of Baltimore). It's amazing to realize how long Nancy's been in CA, you even see her turning up in black-and-white photos from when Jerry Brown was governor, the first time.
    , @D. K.
    Her father was a Congressman from Baltimore, and also the city's own mayor, at different points. There is a public bench, in front of their old church, in Little Italy, that is dedicated to her father. Little Italy is one of the places where I spent a lot of time, during my tenure in Baltimore, including an open-air film series, that takes place every summer, where they show films on Friday evenings, on the side of a building. There was a Little Italy old-timer-- who was approaching 100, when I lived there, but who has since died-- who allowed them to set up the film projector in the window of his second-floor bedroom. Those evenings were the most communal settings that I experienced, during my sixteen months in Baltimore-- very fond memories from an overall unhappy residency!
    , @Art Deco
    She married a man from San Francisco and hasn't lived in Baltimore since about 1963. One of her brothers is still there.
  51. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    It also didn't help any that the Sox in those days stunk. Between their pennant winning season of '59 until they finally won it all in '05, they really weren't all that much of a club, any more than the Cubs have been.

    A few MSM asked comic actor and Chicago native James Belushi what he thought of the White Sox winning the WS in '05, and his response was basically "The White Sox wining the WS is like how you'd feel if your next door neighbor won the lottery. Kinda cool, but it doesn't do anything for you or your family."

    Guess Jim's a Cubs fan. Aren't there any famous White Sox fans at all? You'd think there'd be some, especially since they managed to win in '05 and the Cubs haven't won since 1908!

    Aren’t there any famous White Sox fans at all?

    Obama.

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  52. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    It also didn't help any that the Sox in those days stunk. Between their pennant winning season of '59 until they finally won it all in '05, they really weren't all that much of a club, any more than the Cubs have been.

    A few MSM asked comic actor and Chicago native James Belushi what he thought of the White Sox winning the WS in '05, and his response was basically "The White Sox wining the WS is like how you'd feel if your next door neighbor won the lottery. Kinda cool, but it doesn't do anything for you or your family."

    Guess Jim's a Cubs fan. Aren't there any famous White Sox fans at all? You'd think there'd be some, especially since they managed to win in '05 and the Cubs haven't won since 1908!

    Actually, the White Sox also finished in the “upper division” (i.e., top half) of the American League standings, after that 1959 pennant, each year through 1967– including three straight second-place finishes, 1963-1965, in a then-ten-team league. In 1964, they famously lost the pennant to the New York Yankees, by one game, on the last day of the season. The Yankees went on to lose a great seven-game series to the incredible Saint Louis Cardinals– who had been seemingly dead-in-the-water, in the middle of the season, until getting Lou Brock, in a trade with the Cubs! That was the end of the Yankees’ true dynasty period. The White Sox were mediocre, and sometimes outright bad, for many years, beginning in 1968, when they finished eighth, the last year of unified leagues. They did win their division in 1983, however, losing in the playoff to the Orioles, who won the World Series. The Sox became more competitive, year to year, beginning around 1990.

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    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Yes, '64 was the famous "Harmonica Incident". In Aug of 64, manager Yogi Berra's club had just lost about 10 straight, including a crucial three game sweep to the Sox. On the team bus, Phil Linz started playing his harmonica to the tune of "Mary had a Little Lamb", and when asked to cut it out by Berra, Linz claimed he didnt hear what Yogi said. Mickey Mantle told Linz to play even louder, which he did. Yogi proceeded back to the bus and told Phil to shove it up his ass. And then grabbed poor Phils harmonica and attempted to hit him with it, but didn't. The problem, was that tons of reporters were on the bus at the time, so when they got back to NY, three inch columns "TROUBLE ON THE YANKEES" or something along those lines. Meanwhile, starting in September, the Yankees went on a tear,reverted back to their winning ways, and won the pennant on the last day of the season, only to lose the WS in seven. Whitey Ford, their ace, had circulation problems in his throwing arm and was out of action after game one, so that had an affect as well their closer Pedro Ramos being ineligible for the WS since he was acquired after the Aug 31 deadline.

    The main point to this is that the White Sox, from 1959 to 2005 never won the pennant. They weren't good enough to get it done.

    "Second place is first loser." -- Dale Earnhart

    Hard to disagree with a team that constantly wins and plays for championships, and that right consistently throughout each generation. Like the Yankees.
  53. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    It also didn't help any that the Sox in those days stunk. Between their pennant winning season of '59 until they finally won it all in '05, they really weren't all that much of a club, any more than the Cubs have been.

    A few MSM asked comic actor and Chicago native James Belushi what he thought of the White Sox winning the WS in '05, and his response was basically "The White Sox wining the WS is like how you'd feel if your next door neighbor won the lottery. Kinda cool, but it doesn't do anything for you or your family."

    Guess Jim's a Cubs fan. Aren't there any famous White Sox fans at all? You'd think there'd be some, especially since they managed to win in '05 and the Cubs haven't won since 1908!

    I remember after the ’05 WS our L.A. station showed a local “White Sox bar” (?) full of celebratory famous people like Jenny McCarthy and Joe Mantegna and basically everyone who ever worked for David Mamet and/or Steppenwolf Theatre. Not to disagree w/ you, there is a *major* prestige differential between the two Chi. clubs…

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    • Replies: @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    That's what I meant, and its always been more classy to root for the Cubs. They are after all, one of the NL's oldest teams, going back to 1876.
  54. @Jefferson
    Nancy Pelosi was born in Baltimore. I wonder why she chose to get the hell out of there? Is she not a fan of Vibrant DIEversity?

    That’s easy — political marriage to a well-heeled California Democratic fixer (Pelosi’s father was of course a former thug mayor of Baltimore). It’s amazing to realize how long Nancy’s been in CA, you even see her turning up in black-and-white photos from when Jerry Brown was governor, the first time.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    The top five politicians in California are Bay Area white Democrats over 70.
    , @Art Deco
    He wasn't a thug. He was a clubhouse politician and certainly party to graft (though not necessarily a beneficiary). He had a large family (eight children) and (just a few years before his death) was still living in the little house in Baltimore where his daughter had grown up. He was the last Mayor of Baltimore who had any background in business, and when he was voted out of office went back to selling insurance. Baltimore has had periods of treading water since he left office, but mostly it's been relative decline all the way (and absolute decline on some metrics).
  55. @Rifleman

    as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O’s just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn’t want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.
     
    Camden Yards is one of the most "downtown" stadiums in America. "Downtown" is about three blocks to the upper left in this photo:

    http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/oriole70.jpg

    On the other hand the old 1950s era Memorial Stadium was in a fairly plain, non vibrant middle class area in northwest Baltimore far from downtown.
    ----------------------------------

    Just to state the obvious - We have a -

    black president

    black ex attorney general

    black female attorney general

    black female mayor of Baltimore

    black female senior White House advisor

    a White governor of Maryland with an Asian wife and kids.

    And a White American 1976 Olympic decathlon icon Bruce Jenner claiming to be a woman living in a house filled with White girls and their many black boyfriends and husbands.

    That's considered PROGRESS, isn't it?

    On the other hand the old 1950s era Memorial Stadium was in a fairly plain, non vibrant middle class area in northwest Baltimore far from downtown.

    Back in the mid-1990s, my family was invited by a friend in the area to attend a game at Memorial Stadium. When we got back to the car, someone had smashed the rear window. Just a single data point – I’ve never been to Camden Yards, so I have no idea what that’s like.

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    • Replies: @D. K.
    I took a road trip to D.C.-- my first visit-- with an old friend from Purdue, who was, by then, an associate professor at Youngstown State (recently in the news!), and his then-girlfriend (later-wife). We got there on a Sunday afternoon, the eve of Labor Day, in 1985, and made a side trip to Baltimore, on Tuesday, before returning to Ohio on Wednesday evening.

    In Baltimore, we visited the aquarium, in the afternoon, and then took in the Orioles' hosting the A's, in the evening. It was a pleasant enough time, all around, but Camden Yards is certainly an improvement over the old stadium, where the Colts and Orioles both had played.

    The highlight of the trip, for me, was eating dinner in the park, across from the White House, when Reagan's Marine Corp One returned him home, from his holiday weekend at Camp David. We sat there, eating Popeyes chicken and drinking cold bottles of beer, while his helicopter passed close enough to hit with a baseball-- and all that I could think of, at that moment, was how easy it would be for a terrorist, back then, to use one of those missing hand-held Stinger missiles, which we were supplying to the Mujahadeen, to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan, to shoot the thing down in flames!?!

  56. @Jefferson
    Nancy Pelosi was born in Baltimore. I wonder why she chose to get the hell out of there? Is she not a fan of Vibrant DIEversity?

    Her father was a Congressman from Baltimore, and also the city’s own mayor, at different points. There is a public bench, in front of their old church, in Little Italy, that is dedicated to her father. Little Italy is one of the places where I spent a lot of time, during my tenure in Baltimore, including an open-air film series, that takes place every summer, where they show films on Friday evenings, on the side of a building. There was a Little Italy old-timer– who was approaching 100, when I lived there, but who has since died– who allowed them to set up the film projector in the window of his second-floor bedroom. Those evenings were the most communal settings that I experienced, during my sixteen months in Baltimore– very fond memories from an overall unhappy residency!

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  57. @Scotty G. Vito
    That's easy -- political marriage to a well-heeled California Democratic fixer (Pelosi's father was of course a former thug mayor of Baltimore). It's amazing to realize how long Nancy's been in CA, you even see her turning up in black-and-white photos from when Jerry Brown was governor, the first time.

    The top five politicians in California are Bay Area white Democrats over 70.

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    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    That's my impression of most levels of California government: http://anti-gnostic.blogspot.com/2014/02/oppression.html

    Isn't that the story playing out everywhere? Older, white government officials grimly hanging on to their seniority and vested pensions while the polity's demographic changes under them.
  58. @JDG1980

    On the other hand the old 1950s era Memorial Stadium was in a fairly plain, non vibrant middle class area in northwest Baltimore far from downtown.
     
    Back in the mid-1990s, my family was invited by a friend in the area to attend a game at Memorial Stadium. When we got back to the car, someone had smashed the rear window. Just a single data point - I've never been to Camden Yards, so I have no idea what that's like.

    I took a road trip to D.C.– my first visit– with an old friend from Purdue, who was, by then, an associate professor at Youngstown State (recently in the news!), and his then-girlfriend (later-wife). We got there on a Sunday afternoon, the eve of Labor Day, in 1985, and made a side trip to Baltimore, on Tuesday, before returning to Ohio on Wednesday evening.

    In Baltimore, we visited the aquarium, in the afternoon, and then took in the Orioles’ hosting the A’s, in the evening. It was a pleasant enough time, all around, but Camden Yards is certainly an improvement over the old stadium, where the Colts and Orioles both had played.

    The highlight of the trip, for me, was eating dinner in the park, across from the White House, when Reagan’s Marine Corp One returned him home, from his holiday weekend at Camp David. We sat there, eating Popeyes chicken and drinking cold bottles of beer, while his helicopter passed close enough to hit with a baseball– and all that I could think of, at that moment, was how easy it would be for a terrorist, back then, to use one of those missing hand-held Stinger missiles, which we were supplying to the Mujahadeen, to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan, to shoot the thing down in flames!?!

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    The highlight of the trip, for me, was eating dinner in the park, across from the White House, when Reagan’s Marine Corp One returned him home, from his holiday weekend at Camp David. We sat there, eating Popeyes chicken and drinking cold bottles of beer, while his helicopter passed close enough to hit with a baseball– and all that I could think of, at that moment, was how easy it would be for a terrorist, back then, to use one of those missing hand-held Stinger missiles, which we were supplying to the Mujahadeen, to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan, to shoot the thing down in flames!?!
     



    Remind me not to drink with you while in Maryland.
    , @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Hold it, hold it. As its been pointed out, Memorial Stadium was in a safer part of the metro and farther from downtown where the riots are taking place. Perhaps the builders of Memorial Stadium knew what they were doing. All it would take is for a few more years of rioting near the ballpark and Camden Yards would suddenly be rebuilt where Memorial used to be. Or else, build it near Chevy Chase.

    Popeyes chicken? How bad was the neighborhood that you were eating that….stuff? They didn't have a KFC?

    The only places that sell Popeyes is in neighborhoods with tons of vibrant diversity.
  59. You know what’s hilarious? In that photo of the battle over the handbag, in the background you can see a chair high in mid-flight, as if levitating over the crowd.

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  60. “in the background you can see a chair high in mid-flight,”

    Ouch, that’s going to hurt when it comes down.

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  61. @D. K.
    I took a road trip to D.C.-- my first visit-- with an old friend from Purdue, who was, by then, an associate professor at Youngstown State (recently in the news!), and his then-girlfriend (later-wife). We got there on a Sunday afternoon, the eve of Labor Day, in 1985, and made a side trip to Baltimore, on Tuesday, before returning to Ohio on Wednesday evening.

    In Baltimore, we visited the aquarium, in the afternoon, and then took in the Orioles' hosting the A's, in the evening. It was a pleasant enough time, all around, but Camden Yards is certainly an improvement over the old stadium, where the Colts and Orioles both had played.

    The highlight of the trip, for me, was eating dinner in the park, across from the White House, when Reagan's Marine Corp One returned him home, from his holiday weekend at Camp David. We sat there, eating Popeyes chicken and drinking cold bottles of beer, while his helicopter passed close enough to hit with a baseball-- and all that I could think of, at that moment, was how easy it would be for a terrorist, back then, to use one of those missing hand-held Stinger missiles, which we were supplying to the Mujahadeen, to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan, to shoot the thing down in flames!?!

    The highlight of the trip, for me, was eating dinner in the park, across from the White House, when Reagan’s Marine Corp One returned him home, from his holiday weekend at Camp David. We sat there, eating Popeyes chicken and drinking cold bottles of beer, while his helicopter passed close enough to hit with a baseball– and all that I could think of, at that moment, was how easy it would be for a terrorist, back then, to use one of those missing hand-held Stinger missiles, which we were supplying to the Mujahadeen, to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan, to shoot the thing down in flames!?!

    Remind me not to drink with you while in Maryland.

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  62. @Stan Adams
    Interestingly enough, the Rodney King riots began on Wednesday, April 29, 1992. (That year had the same calendar as this one from March through December.)

    Bad things often happen in the last half of April:

    * April 29, 1992 - Rodney King
    * April 19, 1993 - Waco
    * April 19, 1995 - Oklahoma City
    * April 20, 1999 - Columbine
    * April 16, 2007 - Virginia Tech
    * April 20, 2010 - BP oil spill
    * April 15, 2013 - Boston Marathon

    It's a bad month for the U.S. military, as well - Saigon fell at the end of April 1975, and the Iraqi Sunni uprising began in early April 2004.

    April is the cruellest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.

    T.S. Eliot was from St. Louis, another middling border-state city. Well, at least we now know who the dull roots are.

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    I believe his dying words were something to the effect of,"I wish I had never written that April is the cruellest month bullshit!!"
  63. @24AheadDotCom
    Since everyone here is I'm sure pro-American and solutions oriented, what plans can you suggest to make sure things like this don't happen as much as they otherwise would?

    I don't mean wishes, or wild plans, or things that require politicians to agree to do a certain thing. I mean action plans designed to *make* politicians and other leaders do things a certain way.

    Rule 1: When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

    No more welfare for able-bodied people. None. Or condition it on sterilization. As a corollary to this, abolish the minimum wage and protect lower-tier workers’ employment prospects with tariffs and border controls.

    Repeal all public accommodation laws. Businesses and individuals can hire, fire, reside, do business with whom, or without whom, they please. People’s ethno-cultural safe harbors from which they can interact and withdraw into as necessary are restored.

    If that doesn’t work, then it’s the two-state solution.

    Of course, none of this is going to happen and it will all end in tears.

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    • Replies: @Glaivester
    What 24aheaddotcom is asking is what can WE do to change the situation. Your ideas are great, but as you say, politicians are not going to do them. What he is asking is how can we change politicians' minds?

    His plan, which I outline in more detail here, is to confront politicians and get their responses, on video, to tough questions designed to be difficult to give pat answers to (the plan listed is about amnesty, but the same technique can be modified to work with any issue). If they try, wave them off and re-ask the question, or a smart follow-up question. Post the video and discredit the politician. More importantly, get people with megaphones such as Ann Coulter to do it.

    You can also ask tough questions to people on Twitter, or to those who follow them or whom they follow on Twitter. In particular, find ways to discredit them using their own interests (e.g. ask why a liberal wants the same immigration policy that Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers endorse). If possible, link to articles, particularly to those on websites they would agree with (Breitbart for conservatives, Slate or Salon or HuffPo for liberals).

    These are examples of what we mean when we say "tough questions" on amnesty. I'm sure a little thought could bring up tough questions on the issue of race riots.
  64. @Steve Sailer
    The top five politicians in California are Bay Area white Democrats over 70.

    That’s my impression of most levels of California government: http://anti-gnostic.blogspot.com/2014/02/oppression.html

    Isn’t that the story playing out everywhere? Older, white government officials grimly hanging on to their seniority and vested pensions while the polity’s demographic changes under them.

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  65. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Rule 1: When you're in a hole, stop digging.

    No more welfare for able-bodied people. None. Or condition it on sterilization. As a corollary to this, abolish the minimum wage and protect lower-tier workers' employment prospects with tariffs and border controls.

    Repeal all public accommodation laws. Businesses and individuals can hire, fire, reside, do business with whom, or without whom, they please. People's ethno-cultural safe harbors from which they can interact and withdraw into as necessary are restored.

    If that doesn't work, then it's the two-state solution.

    Of course, none of this is going to happen and it will all end in tears.

    What 24aheaddotcom is asking is what can WE do to change the situation. Your ideas are great, but as you say, politicians are not going to do them. What he is asking is how can we change politicians’ minds?

    His plan, which I outline in more detail here, is to confront politicians and get their responses, on video, to tough questions designed to be difficult to give pat answers to (the plan listed is about amnesty, but the same technique can be modified to work with any issue). If they try, wave them off and re-ask the question, or a smart follow-up question. Post the video and discredit the politician. More importantly, get people with megaphones such as Ann Coulter to do it.

    You can also ask tough questions to people on Twitter, or to those who follow them or whom they follow on Twitter. In particular, find ways to discredit them using their own interests (e.g. ask why a liberal wants the same immigration policy that Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers endorse). If possible, link to articles, particularly to those on websites they would agree with (Breitbart for conservatives, Slate or Salon or HuffPo for liberals).

    These are examples of what we mean when we say “tough questions” on amnesty. I’m sure a little thought could bring up tough questions on the issue of race riots.

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  66. Mike Zwick [AKA "Dahinda"] says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @SPMoore8
    The violence seems to be getting worse because the police have been intimidated about using deadly force. That is apparently why the police aren't acting more forcefully, and also why the curfew won't be put into effect until tomorrow night, by which time the city can hand off security to the National Guard and other police officers from the Mid Atlantic. Weird to see such a capitulation.

    To be honest it would be better to use some excessive force now, to stop this, than to allow it to just keep growing. I mean this only in the sense that the more the violence grows, the greater the amount of force necessary to shut it down later.

    But more bad news is if the city refuses to use force against the violence now, and allows it to fizzle out on its own terms, then it will be worse next time around, and summer is coming. It may be the media is making this out to be worse than it is, but all I am seeing is complete anarchy, with a lot of completely innocent men and women -- including white men and women -- being robbed and assaulted. This is unacceptable.

    I wonder if America's most foremost public intellectual, Melissa Harris-Perry (so dubbed by Ta Nehisi Coates) will call out the black female mayor of Baltimore,Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for dog whistling for calling the rioters "thugs". Probably not. Because nothing says justice for Freddie Gray like stealing a white woman's purse.

    “Whether physically or morally, they [rebels] seldom attack a power that can actually hurt them, and is plainly willing and eager to do so. But the moment that power shows any sign of fading into weakness, they become daring and are hot for defying it.” Baltimore’s own H. L. Mencken, Revolution Baltimore Evening Sun, December 22, 1930

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  67. And a discussion about riots in Bodymore becomes side tracked by a bunch of nerd trying to one up each other jerking off over their sports trivia.

    AltRight in a nutshell.

    Im convinced we are at the manage the decline stage until something knocks the support structures out from under us and it gets weird for a while. Glad I bought land in the country.

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  68. See quote in the NY Times article “Gang Members Unite”

    “He described how he and some Bloods members stood in front of stores that they knew were black-owned business, to protect them from looting and vandalism. He said they made sure no black youths, or reporters, were injured by rioters.

    Instead, he said, they pointed the rioters toward Chinese- and Arab-owned stores.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/live/confrontation-in-baltimore/church-leaders-gang-members-meet

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  69. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @24AheadDotCom
    Since everyone here is I'm sure pro-American and solutions oriented, what plans can you suggest to make sure things like this don't happen as much as they otherwise would?

    I don't mean wishes, or wild plans, or things that require politicians to agree to do a certain thing. I mean action plans designed to *make* politicians and other leaders do things a certain way.

    mass unemployment
    -> gang culture
    -> cops brutal enough for the gang culture are too brutal for daytime TV

    solution: stop mass immigration

    method: bribe whore politicians with more money than the oligarchs can bribe them with

    doh!

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  70. anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Blobby5
    There was video footage of a similar rampage in London, the line of cops were beating a hasty retreat, what an odd message, why not stand and push back?

    There was video footage of a similar rampage in London, the line of cops were beating a hasty retreat, what an odd message, why not stand and push back?

    They’d be destroyed by the media.

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  71. I may have just had a flash of insight.

    I’m young, so about 5 years ago I was going through the process of getting my driver’s license.

    In my state you need to spend a few hundred dollars to take a two week long class, then do driver training with people over another few weeks. All this is notoriously hard to schedule, then you must pass the driver exam and written exam at the DMV.

    Is all this not just a way for those in the know to keep driver’s licenses out of the hands of violent young NAMs? For example, in my state, Massachusetts, the wealthiest citizens live in a ring of suburbs outside of boston. What is the last thing in the world they want? Trayvon driving into their community.

    Chicago has a huge problem in that it’s public transportation allows thugs to easily travel from their poor areas to the fancy rich areas where they can commit violence. Unless this is solved, Chicago is doomed.

    Availability of transportation between violent, poor areas, and swpl utopia is the NUMBER 1 KILLER of prosperity.

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    Chicago has a huge problem in that it’s public transportation allows thugs to easily travel from their poor areas to the fancy rich areas where they can commit violence. Unless this is solved, Chicago is doomed.

    Availability of transportation between violent, poor areas, and swpl utopia is the NUMBER 1 KILLER of prosp
     
    I'm more inclined to blame the thugs themselves. Of course the thugs are black so it's part of the problem of having a black population to begin with.
  72. paleolibertarian: Maybe that is the reason the same people who push for civilian disarmament are also the ones who incite these black riots – armed citizens negate most of their potential power.

    Strange then that having an armed population has done so little to restrain US authorities for the past 50 years. But then you probably think ‘Murica is a land of the free compared to authoritarian Canada and Europe.

    Explain next time why allowing every ghetto-dwelling black in Baltimore and Ferguson to have weaponry, such as AK47s, is a good thing.

    During the Paris riots of 2005 and the London riots of 2011 American conservatives and libertarians gloated they wouldn’t dare riot in America because of the armed citizenry. American police are more militarised than the public and yet here we are…

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    • Replies: @Jack Hanson
    America isn't throwing people in prison and sending SWAT teams to raid houses because of mean words on Twitter like Western Europe wants to do. A lot of that is because of the 2A. Even the civil cases against bakers are relying upon the increasingly thin fig leaf of having a judge's opinion behind it. Soon enough that won't mean anything either.

    I know I'm dealing with a Europoor here because you think that HAVING something is the same as being able to effectively USE it.
    , @Ozymandias
    "Explain next time why allowing every ghetto-dwelling black in Baltimore and Ferguson to have weaponry, such as AK47s, is a good thing."

    Urban black's firearms overwhelmingly consist of pistols. Rural whites have the long guns - and the food. Ain't no riots around these parts, Shaka Zulu. In fact, these "unauthorised iSteve fundraisers" are always confined to a very specific type of locale, aren't they?
  73. The Attorney General…then updated him on several issues, including the events occurring in Baltimore, Maryland… Attorney General Lynch…would continue to monitor events…and…stands ready to provide any assistance that might be helpful there.

    The Mayor updated the President on efforts to address the demonstrations… The President…commit[ted] to provide assistance as needed and will continue to receive updates on the situation from…Valerie Jarrett. Jarrett…spoke with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today.

    This is news: Government officials having conversations with each other and telling the public they will continue to do so. Activity instead of accomplishment.

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  74. @Scotty G. Vito
    That's easy -- political marriage to a well-heeled California Democratic fixer (Pelosi's father was of course a former thug mayor of Baltimore). It's amazing to realize how long Nancy's been in CA, you even see her turning up in black-and-white photos from when Jerry Brown was governor, the first time.

    He wasn’t a thug. He was a clubhouse politician and certainly party to graft (though not necessarily a beneficiary). He had a large family (eight children) and (just a few years before his death) was still living in the little house in Baltimore where his daughter had grown up. He was the last Mayor of Baltimore who had any background in business, and when he was voted out of office went back to selling insurance. Baltimore has had periods of treading water since he left office, but mostly it’s been relative decline all the way (and absolute decline on some metrics).

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    • Replies: @Hibernian
    Mr. Deco, my Father and Mother grew up in Chicago, my cousins grew up in Chicago, I have lived in Chicago almost continuously since 1976. (I remember that Richard J. Daley, father of Richard M., died soon after I arrived.) In the big city, the respectable elements are close to the semi-repectable elements which are close to the disrespectable elements. Sometimes the respectable elements are close to the disrespectable elements. That's putting it charitably. One of Richard J.'s sons (not Richard M.) was in the insurance business too. Selling insurance is a little easier with a famous political name. Also, organized crime, very much centered in big, old, cities, even as population and wealth have, to a large extent, shifted away from them, with some exceptions, would never have the influence it has without the cooperation of the old urban political machines.
  75. @Scotty G. Vito
    I remember after the '05 WS our L.A. station showed a local "White Sox bar" (?) full of celebratory famous people like Jenny McCarthy and Joe Mantegna and basically everyone who ever worked for David Mamet and/or Steppenwolf Theatre. Not to disagree w/ you, there is a *major* prestige differential between the two Chi. clubs...

    That’s what I meant, and its always been more classy to root for the Cubs. They are after all, one of the NL’s oldest teams, going back to 1876.

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    • Replies: @Father O'Hara
    Well,not always exactly.I remember as a mere boy tuning into a Cubs game--and it was in April--where the announced attendance was 77. That's just 77 dudes having paid to see the game. And half of those were prob Puerto Rican drug dealers.
  76. @D. K.
    Actually, the White Sox also finished in the "upper division" (i.e., top half) of the American League standings, after that 1959 pennant, each year through 1967-- including three straight second-place finishes, 1963-1965, in a then-ten-team league. In 1964, they famously lost the pennant to the New York Yankees, by one game, on the last day of the season. The Yankees went on to lose a great seven-game series to the incredible Saint Louis Cardinals-- who had been seemingly dead-in-the-water, in the middle of the season, until getting Lou Brock, in a trade with the Cubs! That was the end of the Yankees' true dynasty period. The White Sox were mediocre, and sometimes outright bad, for many years, beginning in 1968, when they finished eighth, the last year of unified leagues. They did win their division in 1983, however, losing in the playoff to the Orioles, who won the World Series. The Sox became more competitive, year to year, beginning around 1990.

    Yes, ’64 was the famous “Harmonica Incident”. In Aug of 64, manager Yogi Berra’s club had just lost about 10 straight, including a crucial three game sweep to the Sox. On the team bus, Phil Linz started playing his harmonica to the tune of “Mary had a Little Lamb”, and when asked to cut it out by Berra, Linz claimed he didnt hear what Yogi said. Mickey Mantle told Linz to play even louder, which he did. Yogi proceeded back to the bus and told Phil to shove it up his ass. And then grabbed poor Phils harmonica and attempted to hit him with it, but didn’t. The problem, was that tons of reporters were on the bus at the time, so when they got back to NY, three inch columns “TROUBLE ON THE YANKEES” or something along those lines. Meanwhile, starting in September, the Yankees went on a tear,reverted back to their winning ways, and won the pennant on the last day of the season, only to lose the WS in seven. Whitey Ford, their ace, had circulation problems in his throwing arm and was out of action after game one, so that had an affect as well their closer Pedro Ramos being ineligible for the WS since he was acquired after the Aug 31 deadline.

    The main point to this is that the White Sox, from 1959 to 2005 never won the pennant. They weren’t good enough to get it done.

    “Second place is first loser.” — Dale Earnhart

    Hard to disagree with a team that constantly wins and plays for championships, and that right consistently throughout each generation. Like the Yankees.

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    Berra told Linz to stick the harmonica up his ass, whereupon Linz flipped it to Berra, telling him to do it himself. Berra swatted the harmonica, which bounced off of Joe Pepitone's knee, who immediately clutched his knee and began to moan about being injured. Old coach Frank Crosetti (maybe the recipient of the most World Series shares, as a player and coach, in MLB history), jumped up and said it was the worst thing he'd seen in all his years with the Yankees. The entire bus broke up, and they went on an 11-game winning streak.

    Per Jim Bouton in Ball Four
  77. @D. K.
    I took a road trip to D.C.-- my first visit-- with an old friend from Purdue, who was, by then, an associate professor at Youngstown State (recently in the news!), and his then-girlfriend (later-wife). We got there on a Sunday afternoon, the eve of Labor Day, in 1985, and made a side trip to Baltimore, on Tuesday, before returning to Ohio on Wednesday evening.

    In Baltimore, we visited the aquarium, in the afternoon, and then took in the Orioles' hosting the A's, in the evening. It was a pleasant enough time, all around, but Camden Yards is certainly an improvement over the old stadium, where the Colts and Orioles both had played.

    The highlight of the trip, for me, was eating dinner in the park, across from the White House, when Reagan's Marine Corp One returned him home, from his holiday weekend at Camp David. We sat there, eating Popeyes chicken and drinking cold bottles of beer, while his helicopter passed close enough to hit with a baseball-- and all that I could think of, at that moment, was how easy it would be for a terrorist, back then, to use one of those missing hand-held Stinger missiles, which we were supplying to the Mujahadeen, to defeat the Soviets in Afghanistan, to shoot the thing down in flames!?!

    Hold it, hold it. As its been pointed out, Memorial Stadium was in a safer part of the metro and farther from downtown where the riots are taking place. Perhaps the builders of Memorial Stadium knew what they were doing. All it would take is for a few more years of rioting near the ballpark and Camden Yards would suddenly be rebuilt where Memorial used to be. Or else, build it near Chevy Chase.

    Popeyes chicken? How bad was the neighborhood that you were eating that….stuff? They didn’t have a KFC?

    The only places that sell Popeyes is in neighborhoods with tons of vibrant diversity.

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    I first had Popeyes on my first night in New Orleans. I used to eat it regularly up in Anchorage, while up there on the Exxon Valdez case. I used to eat it regularly in Santa Monica, when I lived in Los Angeles. I used to eat it in Lower Manhattan, at two different locations, as well as up in Times Square, while I was living in Staten Island and Manhattan. I used to eat it in Hobart and Valparaiso, in Indiana, while visiting family. I used to eat it in suburban Seattle, at a few different locations, during my long residency there. There is one about a twenty minutes' drive from where I am temporarily staying, in an overwhelmingly White, upper-middle-class suburb. They are located all along the Interstate system, from the East Coast to Chicago, and from the Northeast down to Florida. The notion that Popeyes is a ghetto brand, while KFC is upmarket, is laughable. A few minutes' walk from where the fat man was arrested in Staten Island, to some notoriety, last year, there is a KFC-- right where the ghetto meets the barrio, close to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at St. George. I went there once, early in my residency, and it was a mistake that I never repeated! Thereafter, I always took the time to go down to Popeyes, via the Staten Island Railroad, in an overwhelmingly White part of town. As for the product itself, deliberately choosing KFC over Popeyes (spicy, for me) is like choosing Hershey's Syrup over Bosco: ain't gonna happen!
  78. @Jefferson
    Nancy Pelosi was born in Baltimore. I wonder why she chose to get the hell out of there? Is she not a fan of Vibrant DIEversity?

    She married a man from San Francisco and hasn’t lived in Baltimore since about 1963. One of her brothers is still there.

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  79. @Cracker
    Nope. They're smart enough to not do that. Besides, rifles aren't convenient to put in your belt.

    You’re speaking about the demographic least likely to wear a belt.

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  80. @Matra
    paleolibertarian: Maybe that is the reason the same people who push for civilian disarmament are also the ones who incite these black riots – armed citizens negate most of their potential power.

    Strange then that having an armed population has done so little to restrain US authorities for the past 50 years. But then you probably think 'Murica is a land of the free compared to authoritarian Canada and Europe.

    Explain next time why allowing every ghetto-dwelling black in Baltimore and Ferguson to have weaponry, such as AK47s, is a good thing.

    During the Paris riots of 2005 and the London riots of 2011 American conservatives and libertarians gloated they wouldn't dare riot in America because of the armed citizenry. American police are more militarised than the public and yet here we are...

    America isn’t throwing people in prison and sending SWAT teams to raid houses because of mean words on Twitter like Western Europe wants to do. A lot of that is because of the 2A. Even the civil cases against bakers are relying upon the increasingly thin fig leaf of having a judge’s opinion behind it. Soon enough that won’t mean anything either.

    I know I’m dealing with a Europoor here because you think that HAVING something is the same as being able to effectively USE it.

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  81. Matra, anarcho-tyranny means that the Ghetto dwellers ALREADY have if they want, AK-47s etc. In fact, the murder of Delrick Miller IV, a nine-month old Black baby boy in Detroit, was done with an AK-47: a group of Black women were angry at lack of proper seating at a baby shower, overturned chairs and tables and called male relatives on cell phones, said relatives followed the organizers of the baby shower and shot up their house. Killing Delrick Miller IV, age nine months, as he slept in his crib.

    Gun Control merely means disarming Whites and allowing Blacks only to be armed. This is akin to the Samurai class in Edo period Japan being armed and able to kill any non-Samurai with impunity. Nothing more. Even feudal lords had to pay for killing peasants in Europe.
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    Why would anyone think this is nothing but success? It is a display of Black domination and anger, and will like all others result in concessions: no White police, a Black Democratic Presidential candidate (perhaps the Mayor of Baltimore), federal control over policing, banning arrests of Black criminals etc.

    White women in particular fall for dominance displays. As much as it is a threat that gets White men’s backs up, White women simply submit by and large. [Exceptions of course for individuals in each population group.] This is particularly true for White women in “safe” suburbs and Whitopias surrounded by wimpy SWPLs.

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  82. That RT stringer obviously watched too many Hollywood films, absolutely daft.

    Police need to act fast and hard.

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  83. @slumber_j
    April is the cruellest month, breeding
    Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    Memory and desire, stirring
    Dull roots with spring rain.

    T.S. Eliot was from St. Louis, another middling border-state city. Well, at least we now know who the dull roots are.

    I believe his dying words were something to the effect of,”I wish I had never written that April is the cruellest month bullshit!!”

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  84. @SPMoore8
    The violence seems to be getting worse because the police have been intimidated about using deadly force. That is apparently why the police aren't acting more forcefully, and also why the curfew won't be put into effect until tomorrow night, by which time the city can hand off security to the National Guard and other police officers from the Mid Atlantic. Weird to see such a capitulation.

    To be honest it would be better to use some excessive force now, to stop this, than to allow it to just keep growing. I mean this only in the sense that the more the violence grows, the greater the amount of force necessary to shut it down later.

    But more bad news is if the city refuses to use force against the violence now, and allows it to fizzle out on its own terms, then it will be worse next time around, and summer is coming. It may be the media is making this out to be worse than it is, but all I am seeing is complete anarchy, with a lot of completely innocent men and women -- including white men and women -- being robbed and assaulted. This is unacceptable.

    I wonder if America's most foremost public intellectual, Melissa Harris-Perry (so dubbed by Ta Nehisi Coates) will call out the black female mayor of Baltimore,Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for dog whistling for calling the rioters "thugs". Probably not. Because nothing says justice for Freddie Gray like stealing a white woman's purse.

    I unnastand the POTUS has been in contact with Larry Hogan,urging “restraint”! Does this dumb SOB WANT the riots to continue? It seems Obama and his Puppet Masters of the Universe are starting to look bad. People are tired of Quantavious and his discontents.

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  85. @Matra
    paleolibertarian: Maybe that is the reason the same people who push for civilian disarmament are also the ones who incite these black riots – armed citizens negate most of their potential power.

    Strange then that having an armed population has done so little to restrain US authorities for the past 50 years. But then you probably think 'Murica is a land of the free compared to authoritarian Canada and Europe.

    Explain next time why allowing every ghetto-dwelling black in Baltimore and Ferguson to have weaponry, such as AK47s, is a good thing.

    During the Paris riots of 2005 and the London riots of 2011 American conservatives and libertarians gloated they wouldn't dare riot in America because of the armed citizenry. American police are more militarised than the public and yet here we are...

    “Explain next time why allowing every ghetto-dwelling black in Baltimore and Ferguson to have weaponry, such as AK47s, is a good thing.”

    Urban black’s firearms overwhelmingly consist of pistols. Rural whites have the long guns – and the food. Ain’t no riots around these parts, Shaka Zulu. In fact, these “unauthorised iSteve fundraisers” are always confined to a very specific type of locale, aren’t they?

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  86. @Stan Adams
    Interestingly enough, the Rodney King riots began on Wednesday, April 29, 1992. (That year had the same calendar as this one from March through December.)

    Bad things often happen in the last half of April:

    * April 29, 1992 - Rodney King
    * April 19, 1993 - Waco
    * April 19, 1995 - Oklahoma City
    * April 20, 1999 - Columbine
    * April 16, 2007 - Virginia Tech
    * April 20, 2010 - BP oil spill
    * April 15, 2013 - Boston Marathon

    It's a bad month for the U.S. military, as well - Saigon fell at the end of April 1975, and the Iraqi Sunni uprising began in early April 2004.

    “Interestingly enough, the Rodney King riots began on Wednesday, April 29, 1992. (That year had the same calendar as this one from March through December.)

    Bad things often happen in the last half of April:

    * April 29, 1992 – Rodney King
    * April 19, 1993 – Waco
    * April 19, 1995 – Oklahoma City
    * April 20, 1999 – Columbine
    * April 16, 2007 – Virginia Tech
    * April 20, 2010 – BP oil spill
    * April 15, 2013 – Boston Marathon

    It’s a bad month for the U.S. military, as well – Saigon fell at the end of April 1975, and the Iraqi Sunni uprising began in early April 2004.”

    The pattern you’ve noticed here, runs deep in the human fiber. Since the days of the Roman Republic (and likely earlier), wars almost invariably began in April (due to weather considerations). We’re no longer constrained by the weather, but old patterns tend to resonate through the centuries.

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  87. Matra, you don’t sound like you know much about guns. Have you ever actually tried to buy a rifle? I live in Houston, 25% black, fairly lax gun laws in both city and state. As long as you’re a citizen and not a felon, it’s pretty easy to buy a rifle. Our great gun store here, Collector’s Firearms, has some pretty cheap rifles. There’s not much economic or logistic “barrier to entry” for these thuggish morons.

    But guess how many blacks are shooting up the city with rifles? ZERO. Rifles are a pain, you have to buy magazines for them if you intend to use a lot of ammo at once and you have to know how to operate them. You can’t shoot them sideways with one hand either. These riots are happening in places where the state has restricted gun laws to be more like Paris and London than Houston. It really isn’t that hard to understand.

    Why do you think blacks don’t riot in cities that have lax gun laws?

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  88. @JohnnyWalker123
    How do you know that the purse belongs to those women?

    Perhaps that black male is actually a transgender black female who was the victim of a trans-racial bashing. Based on my extensive experience reading New York Times articles, that seems like the most likely explanation.

    Mainly from the video of the woman having the purse right before the guy tries to steal it, but only that, no common sense allowed here:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/345iie/redhead_from_the_videos_here_to_clear_something_up/

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/346209/definitive_proof_that_city_paper_is_lying_video/

    Direct link to the video:http://www.gfycat.com/JadedWigglyFly

    the newspaper that went forward with the claim that she was a thief may be facing a libel suit.

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    , @ben tillman

    Mainly from the video of the woman having the purse right before the guy tries to steal it, but only that, no common sense allowed here:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/345iie/redhead_from_the_videos_here_to_clear_something_up/

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/346209/definitive_proof_that_city_paper_is_lying_video/

    Direct link to the video:http://www.gfycat.com/JadedWigglyFly

    the newspaper that went forward with the claim that she was a thief may be facing a libel suit.
     
    What is this about? Do you have a link to the paper's claim? This sounds like real over-the-top insanity.
  89. @Hepp
    The real villain here, more than Obama or Loretta, is CNN. I mean, any time a cop behaves badly, the airwaves become completely saturated with the video. Someone needs to study what percentage of their news coverage has been cop stuff.

    I thought that CNN and most of those news outlets simply conform to the bias of the viewers?

    What fault does Loretta Lynch have in any of this? She just took office. AFAIK, she hasn’t done anything related to this. Even right-wing Giuliani has spoken on behalf of Lynch. And why is Sailer calling her Loretty? Is that an inside joke or something?

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    • Replies: @Hibernian
    Rudy is right wing by NYC standard; by national standards, not so much.
  90. @Steve Sailer
    The White Sox 1990s stadium can serve as a giant holding pen.

    And it can be used as a holding pen while the games are in progress!

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  91. @AnAnon
    Mainly from the video of the woman having the purse right before the guy tries to steal it, but only that, no common sense allowed here:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/345iie/redhead_from_the_videos_here_to_clear_something_up/

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/346209/definitive_proof_that_city_paper_is_lying_video/

    Direct link to the video:http://www.gfycat.com/JadedWigglyFly

    the newspaper that went forward with the claim that she was a thief may be facing a libel suit.

    Deleted – mistake

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  92. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    That's what I meant, and its always been more classy to root for the Cubs. They are after all, one of the NL's oldest teams, going back to 1876.

    Well,not always exactly.I remember as a mere boy tuning into a Cubs game–and it was in April–where the announced attendance was 77. That’s just 77 dudes having paid to see the game. And half of those were prob Puerto Rican drug dealers.

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  93. @AnAnon
    Mainly from the video of the woman having the purse right before the guy tries to steal it, but only that, no common sense allowed here:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/345iie/redhead_from_the_videos_here_to_clear_something_up/

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/346209/definitive_proof_that_city_paper_is_lying_video/

    Direct link to the video:http://www.gfycat.com/JadedWigglyFly

    the newspaper that went forward with the claim that she was a thief may be facing a libel suit.

    Mainly from the video of the woman having the purse right before the guy tries to steal it, but only that, no common sense allowed here:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/345iie/redhead_from_the_videos_here_to_clear_something_up/

    http://www.reddit.com/r/baltimore/comments/346209/definitive_proof_that_city_paper_is_lying_video/

    Direct link to the video:http://www.gfycat.com/JadedWigglyFly

    the newspaper that went forward with the claim that she was a thief may be facing a libel suit.

    What is this about? Do you have a link to the paper’s claim? This sounds like real over-the-top insanity.

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  94. @24AheadDotCom
    Since everyone here is I'm sure pro-American and solutions oriented, what plans can you suggest to make sure things like this don't happen as much as they otherwise would?

    I don't mean wishes, or wild plans, or things that require politicians to agree to do a certain thing. I mean action plans designed to *make* politicians and other leaders do things a certain way.

    Try criminal justice reform for minor offenses and offenses which should be minor if not legalized. For violent criminals (that includes residential burglars and home invaders) broken windows policing and hard time.

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    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Try criminal justice reform for minor offenses and offenses which should be minor if not legalized.
    --
    In New York, there are no such offenses. Enforcing the law on the small offenses (disorderly conduct, loitering, menacing &c) is an aspect of broken windows policing.
  95. @Rifleman

    as a Baltimore native, one of his complaints was that the new (at the time of the book) Camden Yards was too far away from downtown Baltimore which was obviously due to racism on the part of the Orioles. Those O’s just wanted the caucasian dollars and didn’t want a vibrant neighborhood to play their home games.
     
    Camden Yards is one of the most "downtown" stadiums in America. "Downtown" is about three blocks to the upper left in this photo:

    http://www.ballparks.com/baseball/american/oriole70.jpg

    On the other hand the old 1950s era Memorial Stadium was in a fairly plain, non vibrant middle class area in northwest Baltimore far from downtown.
    ----------------------------------

    Just to state the obvious - We have a -

    black president

    black ex attorney general

    black female attorney general

    black female mayor of Baltimore

    black female senior White House advisor

    a White governor of Maryland with an Asian wife and kids.

    And a White American 1976 Olympic decathlon icon Bruce Jenner claiming to be a woman living in a house filled with White girls and their many black boyfriends and husbands.

    That's considered PROGRESS, isn't it?

    “black president

    black ex attorney general

    black female attorney general

    black female mayor of Baltimore

    black female senior White House advisor

    a White governor of Maryland with an Asian wife and kids.”

    You are the Left’s caricature of a man of the Right.

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  96. @D. K.
    I hated old Comiskey Park, the handful of times that I attended games there, back in the '60s and '70s-- especially at night! It felt like being in the catacombs-- and, leaving the place, after a night game, was even scarier!

    I don’t know if you’re still in Chicago or keep up with people who are. The ghetto which had been a ghetto since WW1 to the east of the ballpark has been gentrified largely by the black bourgeoise with a few whites and Asians. The nearby engineering school IIT which was previously a besieged fortress isn’t anymore. There was an incident not so long ago where some white yuppie sports fans went to a Daleyish bar they shouldn’t have. Some local (white) youths taught them a lesson.

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    • Replies: @D. K.
    I only pass through Chicago when going from Midway Airport to Northwest Indiana, and vice versa, when I visit back home, once every year or two. Most of my view of it, these days, comes from watching the News at 9 on WGN America, and I seldom do that, anymore, as I used to do; I hardly even bother to watch the Cubs on WGN, anymore!
  97. @Art Deco
    He wasn't a thug. He was a clubhouse politician and certainly party to graft (though not necessarily a beneficiary). He had a large family (eight children) and (just a few years before his death) was still living in the little house in Baltimore where his daughter had grown up. He was the last Mayor of Baltimore who had any background in business, and when he was voted out of office went back to selling insurance. Baltimore has had periods of treading water since he left office, but mostly it's been relative decline all the way (and absolute decline on some metrics).

    Mr. Deco, my Father and Mother grew up in Chicago, my cousins grew up in Chicago, I have lived in Chicago almost continuously since 1976. (I remember that Richard J. Daley, father of Richard M., died soon after I arrived.) In the big city, the respectable elements are close to the semi-repectable elements which are close to the disrespectable elements. Sometimes the respectable elements are close to the disrespectable elements. That’s putting it charitably. One of Richard J.’s sons (not Richard M.) was in the insurance business too. Selling insurance is a little easier with a famous political name. Also, organized crime, very much centered in big, old, cities, even as population and wealth have, to a large extent, shifted away from them, with some exceptions, would never have the influence it has without the cooperation of the old urban political machines.

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    • Replies: @Art Deco
    Selling insurance is a little easier with a famous political name.
    ==
    He sold insurance before he went into politics and before he had a political name, famous or otherwise.
    --
    Mr. Deco, my Father and Mother grew up in Chicago
    --
    Which has what to do with Baltimore politics?
  98. @Massimo Heitor
    I thought that CNN and most of those news outlets simply conform to the bias of the viewers?

    What fault does Loretta Lynch have in any of this? She just took office. AFAIK, she hasn't done anything related to this. Even right-wing Giuliani has spoken on behalf of Lynch. And why is Sailer calling her Loretty? Is that an inside joke or something?

    Rudy is right wing by NYC standard; by national standards, not so much.

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  99. @Hibernian
    Mr. Deco, my Father and Mother grew up in Chicago, my cousins grew up in Chicago, I have lived in Chicago almost continuously since 1976. (I remember that Richard J. Daley, father of Richard M., died soon after I arrived.) In the big city, the respectable elements are close to the semi-repectable elements which are close to the disrespectable elements. Sometimes the respectable elements are close to the disrespectable elements. That's putting it charitably. One of Richard J.'s sons (not Richard M.) was in the insurance business too. Selling insurance is a little easier with a famous political name. Also, organized crime, very much centered in big, old, cities, even as population and wealth have, to a large extent, shifted away from them, with some exceptions, would never have the influence it has without the cooperation of the old urban political machines.

    Selling insurance is a little easier with a famous political name.
    ==
    He sold insurance before he went into politics and before he had a political name, famous or otherwise.

    Mr. Deco, my Father and Mother grew up in Chicago

    Which has what to do with Baltimore politics?

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  100. @Hibernian
    Try criminal justice reform for minor offenses and offenses which should be minor if not legalized. For violent criminals (that includes residential burglars and home invaders) broken windows policing and hard time.

    Try criminal justice reform for minor offenses and offenses which should be minor if not legalized.

    In New York, there are no such offenses. Enforcing the law on the small offenses (disorderly conduct, loitering, menacing &c) is an aspect of broken windows policing.

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  101. @Jefferson
    There are some 3rd world countries where the people on average are better behaved than Black Americans despite living in much worst poverty conditions.

    Black American ghetto behavior is definitely a genetic thing and not a class thing. If Black America was it's own country, they would have a higher per capita murder rate than poor countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Philippines even though Black Americans have a higher standard of living than all of these countries. Black Americans also have a higher standard of living than many Slavic Eastern European countries.

    Black American ghetto behavior is definitely a genetic thing

    The homicide rates of the modally black Caribbean islands vary (lowest to highest) by a factor of 20. If you want to know why Martinique is like Martinique and Jamaica is like Jamaica, biology doesn’t get you very far.

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    If you want to know why Martinique is like Martinique and Jamaica is like Jamaica, biology doesn’t get you very far.
     
    Interesting. Biology will explain it so there must be something different in Martinique's history.
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    If you want to know why Martinique is like Martinique and Jamaica is like Jamaica, biology doesn’t get you very far.

    So what does get you very far?

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    @jjbees
    I may have just had a flash of insight.

    I'm young, so about 5 years ago I was going through the process of getting my driver's license.

    In my state you need to spend a few hundred dollars to take a two week long class, then do driver training with people over another few weeks. All this is notoriously hard to schedule, then you must pass the driver exam and written exam at the DMV.

    Is all this not just a way for those in the know to keep driver's licenses out of the hands of violent young NAMs? For example, in my state, Massachusetts, the wealthiest citizens live in a ring of suburbs outside of boston. What is the last thing in the world they want? Trayvon driving into their community.

    Chicago has a huge problem in that it's public transportation allows thugs to easily travel from their poor areas to the fancy rich areas where they can commit violence. Unless this is solved, Chicago is doomed.

    Availability of transportation between violent, poor areas, and swpl utopia is the NUMBER 1 KILLER of prosperity.

    Chicago has a huge problem in that it’s public transportation allows thugs to easily travel from their poor areas to the fancy rich areas where they can commit violence. Unless this is solved, Chicago is doomed.

    Availability of transportation between violent, poor areas, and swpl utopia is the NUMBER 1 KILLER of prosp

    I’m more inclined to blame the thugs themselves. Of course the thugs are black so it’s part of the problem of having a black population to begin with.

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    @Art Deco
    Black American ghetto behavior is definitely a genetic thing
    --
    The homicide rates of the modally black Caribbean islands vary (lowest to highest) by a factor of 20. If you want to know why Martinique is like Martinique and Jamaica is like Jamaica, biology doesn't get you very far.

    If you want to know why Martinique is like Martinique and Jamaica is like Jamaica, biology doesn’t get you very far.

    Interesting. Biology will explain it so there must be something different in Martinique’s history.

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  107. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Hold it, hold it. As its been pointed out, Memorial Stadium was in a safer part of the metro and farther from downtown where the riots are taking place. Perhaps the builders of Memorial Stadium knew what they were doing. All it would take is for a few more years of rioting near the ballpark and Camden Yards would suddenly be rebuilt where Memorial used to be. Or else, build it near Chevy Chase.

    Popeyes chicken? How bad was the neighborhood that you were eating that….stuff? They didn't have a KFC?

    The only places that sell Popeyes is in neighborhoods with tons of vibrant diversity.

    I first had Popeyes on my first night in New Orleans. I used to eat it regularly up in Anchorage, while up there on the Exxon Valdez case. I used to eat it regularly in Santa Monica, when I lived in Los Angeles. I used to eat it in Lower Manhattan, at two different locations, as well as up in Times Square, while I was living in Staten Island and Manhattan. I used to eat it in Hobart and Valparaiso, in Indiana, while visiting family. I used to eat it in suburban Seattle, at a few different locations, during my long residency there. There is one about a twenty minutes’ drive from where I am temporarily staying, in an overwhelmingly White, upper-middle-class suburb. They are located all along the Interstate system, from the East Coast to Chicago, and from the Northeast down to Florida. The notion that Popeyes is a ghetto brand, while KFC is upmarket, is laughable. A few minutes’ walk from where the fat man was arrested in Staten Island, to some notoriety, last year, there is a KFC– right where the ghetto meets the barrio, close to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at St. George. I went there once, early in my residency, and it was a mistake that I never repeated! Thereafter, I always took the time to go down to Popeyes, via the Staten Island Railroad, in an overwhelmingly White part of town. As for the product itself, deliberately choosing KFC over Popeyes (spicy, for me) is like choosing Hershey’s Syrup over Bosco: ain’t gonna happen!

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  108. @Hibernian
    I don't know if you're still in Chicago or keep up with people who are. The ghetto which had been a ghetto since WW1 to the east of the ballpark has been gentrified largely by the black bourgeoise with a few whites and Asians. The nearby engineering school IIT which was previously a besieged fortress isn't anymore. There was an incident not so long ago where some white yuppie sports fans went to a Daleyish bar they shouldn't have. Some local (white) youths taught them a lesson.

    I only pass through Chicago when going from Midway Airport to Northwest Indiana, and vice versa, when I visit back home, once every year or two. Most of my view of it, these days, comes from watching the News at 9 on WGN America, and I seldom do that, anymore, as I used to do; I hardly even bother to watch the Cubs on WGN, anymore!

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  109. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi
    Yes, '64 was the famous "Harmonica Incident". In Aug of 64, manager Yogi Berra's club had just lost about 10 straight, including a crucial three game sweep to the Sox. On the team bus, Phil Linz started playing his harmonica to the tune of "Mary had a Little Lamb", and when asked to cut it out by Berra, Linz claimed he didnt hear what Yogi said. Mickey Mantle told Linz to play even louder, which he did. Yogi proceeded back to the bus and told Phil to shove it up his ass. And then grabbed poor Phils harmonica and attempted to hit him with it, but didn't. The problem, was that tons of reporters were on the bus at the time, so when they got back to NY, three inch columns "TROUBLE ON THE YANKEES" or something along those lines. Meanwhile, starting in September, the Yankees went on a tear,reverted back to their winning ways, and won the pennant on the last day of the season, only to lose the WS in seven. Whitey Ford, their ace, had circulation problems in his throwing arm and was out of action after game one, so that had an affect as well their closer Pedro Ramos being ineligible for the WS since he was acquired after the Aug 31 deadline.

    The main point to this is that the White Sox, from 1959 to 2005 never won the pennant. They weren't good enough to get it done.

    "Second place is first loser." -- Dale Earnhart

    Hard to disagree with a team that constantly wins and plays for championships, and that right consistently throughout each generation. Like the Yankees.

    Berra told Linz to stick the harmonica up his ass, whereupon Linz flipped it to Berra, telling him to do it himself. Berra swatted the harmonica, which bounced off of Joe Pepitone’s knee, who immediately clutched his knee and began to moan about being injured. Old coach Frank Crosetti (maybe the recipient of the most World Series shares, as a player and coach, in MLB history), jumped up and said it was the worst thing he’d seen in all his years with the Yankees. The entire bus broke up, and they went on an 11-game winning streak.

    Per Jim Bouton in Ball Four

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