[Hot Air] During the course of the madness that promoted "defunding" or abolishing the police, there was an emphasis placed on replacing police in some circumstances with "community safety" workers who would supposedly act as unarmed "violence interrupters" and reduce the number of lethal use of force incidents by police officers. In Baltimore, Maryland’s violent gang territories, an existing organization known as the "Safe Streets Program" gained a lot of attention and municipal support in this effort. The goal of the program is to deploy former gang members (or "former") into areas controlled by the gangs to negotiate nonviolent resolutions to conflicts. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen with other proposed "violence interruption" programs in major cities, sending someone with a clipboard out to resolve a beef between gang members isn’t always effective. That was sadly this case this week when one of Baltimore’s Safe Streets workers was shot to death along with several other people on the East side of Charm City. (Baltimore Sun)
A quadruple shooting in East Baltimore on Wednesday night left three people dead, including a Safe Streets worker, and one person injured, police said. Three others were injured in separate shootings in West and South Baltimore.
At about 7:25 p.m., Eastern District patrol officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 2400 block of E. Monument St. Once there, officers located four men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
A 28-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene. Medics transported three other victims to area hospitals, where a 24-year-old man and another man were also pronounced dead.
Just to be clear, I am not an opponent of the Safe Streets Program and this murder was particularly appalling, even in a city where murders are literally a daily occurrence. Tragically, the murder rate in Baltimore is still higher than what you see in Kabul, Afghanistan during any given week. If they can find people who are able and willing to go out there and talk some of the gang bangers back off the edge instead of settling their beef with illegal firearms, God bless them. They need to be willing to try anything at this point.
And it’s not as if the program has been wholly ineffective. In the specific neighborhoods that Safe Streets focuses on, there have been some measurable (if not drastic) reductions in shootings and homicides at times. Last summer, the Cherry Hill neighborhood was able to celebrate a solid year without a single gun death on the streets, though that winning streak sadly ended a short time later.
But this killing also underscores the fact that violent crime, particularly when we’re talking about gang violence, sometimes requires a legal, violent response. The Baltimore Police have been cut down in numbers and in a type of retreat ever since the Freddie Gray riots. The city’s government has spent more time trying to prosecute its own cops than the gangs that have largely retaken control of the streets in many parts of Baltimore. When law enforcement is viewed as being weakened or ineffectual, the gangs move in to fill the power vacuum.
Further, while I applaud the efforts of the Safe Streets Program, it also serves as an unpleasant reminder of the bizarre nature of the crime problem in Baltimore and how the city government chooses to address it. We’re at the point where a municipally-endorsed program is actually negotiating with the gangs in an effort to convince them to stop killing people right and left. This is an absolutely dystopian situation. Lawful citizens expect the government to keep them safe and law enforcement is supposed to not only deter, but investigate violent crime and bring suspects in for prosecution. When did we reach the point where the government has to send out negotiators to try to convince them to behave like decent human beings rather than murderous animals?
The new Mayor and the new City Council President have now been in office for more than a year. (Though the City Council President is probably a bit distracted at the moment by the legal problems he and his wife are caught up in.) Both of them, like most of their predecessors over the past couple of decades, ran for office on a promise to get the gang violence under control and reduce the rate of bloodshed. The people of the city need to hold them accountable and demand their right to step out of their homes without the constant threat of being immediately gunned down. And if these people can’t get the job done, replace them with someone who can.
Posted by: Frank G ||
01/22/2022 12:07 ||
Top|| File under: Mob Rule
Ending the death penalty and obstructing application thereof is virtue signalling in the highest we now reap. The promoters of such think the human sacrifice in our streets, homes, and business that take far more than the hangman would, pride themselves and call themselves 'civilized'.
Golda Meir said peace would come to the middle east when "The Arabs love their own children more than they hated [the Jews]." Here, we will have safe streets again when the rights of the law abiding are more important to the gummint than the rights of the law breakers. There is no reason any innocent person on the street today should pay any price at all for any miscarriage of justice that ever occurred in the past.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/22/2022 12:50 Comments ||
A defeated, demoralized population, but those Ravens can sure ball, eh?
[NationalPost] Why I am no longer a tenured professor at the University of Toronto: the appalling ideology of diversity, inclusion and equity is demolishing education and business
The opening paragraph:
I recently resigned from my position as full tenured professor at the University of Toronto. I am now professor emeritus, and before I turned sixty. Emeritus is generally a designation reserved for superannuated faculty, albeit those who had served their term with some distinction. I had envisioned teaching and researching at the U of T, full time, until they had to haul my skeleton out of my office. I loved my job. And my students, undergraduates and graduates alike, were positively predisposed toward me. But that career path was not meant to be. There were many reasons, including the fact that I can now teach many more people and with less interference online. But here’s a few more:
Posted by: Bubba Lover of the Faeries8843 ||
01/22/2022 00:00 ||
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As usual the esteemed Doctor Peterson knocked it out of the park
Commentary by Russian military journalist Boris Rozhin:
[ColonelCassad] In New York, a monument to US President Theodore Roosevelt was demolished at the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History.
The statue depicted Teddy Roosevelt on a horse, next to which walked an Indian and a Negro. She stood for over 80 years.
Activists have been calling for it to be removed for years, as they see it as a symbol of the perpetuation of systemic American racism. And now the time has come.
Roosevelt sawed off his head and upper body, after which the remaining monument was loaded and taken to storage. Roosevelt's great-grandson supported the demolition of the monument. stating that "it does not reflect Roosevelt's true legacy".
On the topic of what to replace the monument with, there is idle talk that it is necessary to erect a monument to George Floyd here, in addition to the one that is regularly vandalized in New York.
It is worth noting that in 2020, in Russia it was proposed to buy the monument to Roosevelt along with the monument to Baranov (explored Alaska) and take them to St. Petersburg "to preserve the cultural and historical heritage."
When will it come to the demolition of the monuments to George Washington? Stop pulling.
Winston Smith works in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth, where his job is to rewrite historical documents so they match the constantly changing current party line latest goals, and truths.
[InfoWars] Y'all need to update the list of terrorist organizations in the Organizaton field.
The CIA is not categorized as a terrorist organization, no matter how awful they are accused of being.
[InfoWars] EcoHealth Alliance Associate Vice President Dr. Andrew Huff recently claimed that EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, who conducted gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, told him he was working for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Legally that is hearsay, I believe. People say all sorts of stuff, and believe even more. Mr. Wife’s Uncle Pete, who was a Marine in Viet Nam, is convinced my husband is a CIA agent. The fact that I protest that he travelled the world for three decades starting up laundry detergent factories and then developing joint research projects with universities and chemical suppliers only proves to Uncle Pete that a) I’m adorably and incurably gullible, because b) nobody really does the kind of work Mr. Wife claims to have done, proving that he must be a CIA spy.
Dr. Andrew Huff, PhD, MS, publicly stated on January 12 that EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak confessed to him that he was working for the Central Intelligence Agency, and further stated his belief that EcoHealth Alliance was a “CIA front organization.”
Huff received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health specializing in emerging diseases before becoming an Associate Vice President at EcoHealth Alliance, according to report by independent journalist Kanekoa, who detailed the ordeal on his Substack newsletter.
While working with the global scientific nonprofit, he was tasked with developing “novel methods of bio-surveillance, data analytics, and visualization for disease detection.”
EcoHealth Alliance, headed by Daszak, and financed by several US government agencies, partnered with Dr. Ralph Baric of the University of North Carolina and Dr. Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Institute of Virology to conduct gain-of-function research on bat-borne coronaviruses in Communist China prior to the initial outbreak of COVID-19.
Daszak reportedly oversaw the screening of “thousands of bat samples for novel coronaviruses.” The controversial research also involved “screening people who work with live animals.”
The revelations added fuel to concerns that coronavirus pandemic originated from that very lab, which Daszak aggressively maintains is not true.
'Uncle' bill served with the 3rd Army in WWII, came home and made a comfortable living selling ladies undergarments. A smart Chicago Jew with a big smile and a the gift of gab who made a very comfortable living. He and his wife were regulars at Lubavitch. No one ever accused him of being a spy.
The CIA is not categorized as a terrorist organization, no matter how awful they are accused of being.
Yeah, but please remind me who is doing the categorizing?
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
01/22/2022 14:03 Comments ||
Fred categorizes in general, Abu Uluque. I do more specifically, as do the rest of the moderators as needed.
Remember, except for Antifa and the rest of the variously named Black Bloc anarcho-communist fronts, Communists are classed as Page 3: Non-War on Terror — except when they’re playing footsie with Iran or Pakistan. The CIA’s problems are more a matter of ignorance and arrogance driving what to us here are obviously dumb decisions, or straight up corruption, whether Democrat/Progressive politics or cashing in on China contacts.
I bet Uncle Pete's a treat to meet, TW.
Definitely a character, Dron. He was Mr. Wife’s best man at our wedding, because he was the first of my darling father-in-law’s younger brothers to arrive on the day. Not an easy man, but full of love in his own rough way, and very clearly good to have on hand when things got interesting.
Just thought I'd throw this in; "Dodge has decided to create a brand-new position within its ranks, that of “Chief Donut Maker”, which is basically a well-paid side hustle, a part- time job that will land you $150,000 as a type of Brand Ambassador, plus official Dodge merchandise, and a Challenger SRT Hellcat company car." Seems similar to myself the elf.
Historic Muslim preference for white, Christian slaves, especially females, will never be allowed to be explored. Read Sword and Scimitar by Raymond Ibrahim to get the best description of this penchant. Great read, but not friendly to Islam and written by an honest Muslim scholar.
[Telegraph UK via InstaPundit] The President appeared to suggest that a 'minor incursion' by Russia wouldn't result in harsh sanctions
It was 28 minutes into Joe Biden's press conference when the gaffe came - and it was a jaw-dropper. Especially if you were watching in Kyiv or the Kremlin.
The US President appeared to say that, if Vladimir Putin were to make only a "minor incursion" into Ukraine, then Russia would not face devastating sanctions.
His exact words were: "Russia will be held accountable if it invades. And it depends on what it does. It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and we (in Nato) end up having to fight about what to do and what to not do, etcetera.
"But if they actually do what they're capable of doing, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine."
The comment whizzed around the world and, as the implications of what he had said sank in, a journalist read it back to him.
Was Mr Biden giving "permission" for a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine, the journalist asked.
Mr Biden laughed and said: "Good question. It did sound (like) that, didn't it..."
In Kyiv, there were accusations Mr Biden was giving a "green light" to the Kremlin, and anger that he would publicly make a distinction between different levels of Russian attack.
According to the Ukrainians, that was a particularly dangerous thing to do as Mr Putin's preferred option is believed to be a limited incursion.
It led to suspicions a deal was being done behind Ukraine's back. Indeed, the fear in Kyiv was that Mr Biden had not so much been wrong, but that he had inadvertently told the truth. "We're in a situation where we have put together, and you guys did it for President Obama's administration before this, we have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,"
Whatever he meant, it was an example of Mr Biden saying too much, and talking loosely, a failing for which he has form.
I always concluded it was a case of a messenger feeling self-important and letting slip a briefing discussion of courses-of-action snippet she observed. The massive display of the last great military coalition of the West(mostly US) to retake Kuwait and then the utter destruction of Saddams forces up to the Highway of Death was amazing to watch. Then the surrender and poof, we let him off the hook for another decade or so. That we let him off after our leadership didn't like the look of total war, told me we just wanted the status quo reinstated, so the green light thesis made no sense..
I took the April Glaspie position as the USA wanted to stay out of the Iraq-Kuwait financial dispute. Kuwait wanted the war loans repaid, Iraq did not. She (State Dept) had no idea Saddam was planning the hostile takeover of the Bank of Kuwait.
According to W.H.O. and other health agencies that China supplied Coronavirus data to on JAN. 21, 2022
As we review the latest data, we quickly learn Communist China is a nation of about 1,447,948,150 persons. A nation of the most hygienically clean and naturally Coronavirus immune persons on earth. Because even during the peak of a new Coronavirus strain, deemed the most infectious yet, not even one Coronavirus death was reported in the last 7 days.
Now that accomplishment has to be directly the result of the Communist Chinese Governments deeply rooted control efforts. ☺
But then add to that accomplishment. Communist China officially only had 1,032 Coronavirus infections in the last 7 days. Just 1,032.... Wow that works out to something like 0.000071 of 1% for Infections over the last 7 days.
While countries like the USA, are claiming 5,000,042 infected out of a population of 334,019,477 or 1.49% of the population in just 1 week. That's something like a 2090445.29 % increase over the Communist China Government.
Surely Communist China Government has things it could share with the Biden / CDC to get our Coronavirus case loads under control.
It is important to note: That this remarkable accomplishment is nothing new for Communist China. Because, since way back in December 2019, Communist China has only reported just 105,484 Coronavirus cases and only 4,636 Coronavirus Deaths?
What are they doing that maybe other nations should be copying?
Or does it "only" work in Communist ruled countries?
They have zero-covid policy. Any time it breaks out, they immediately isolate the area and prevent travel. A while back a bunch of people had to spend the night in a store because they got locked in.
[NBSea] WASHINGTON — It’s a familiar Washington tale: As a president’s agenda stalls and his popularity dims, the search for a scapegoat often leads to his chief of staff. And as President Joe Biden looks for a reset at the start of his second year in office, the spotlight on White House chief of staff Ron Klain is especially bright.
From inside the administration, some officials express concern that Klain "micromanages" the West Wing and gives outsize credence to cable news and social media. Some former colleagues and longtime Biden allies fret that advice they used to offer Biden directly isn’t getting through. And on Capitol Hill, Klain has been a favorite target for Democrats, and especially Republicans, who say Biden has drifted too far to the left.
So many people act like this is something new. Bath House was a marionette too. The fact that the deep state has perfected the approach to the point where the frontman can be seen by all as a hapless buffoon says that we either break that game now, or we probably never will.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/22/2022 9:53 Comments ||
I don’t entirely agree with you MM. the fact Biden keeps making gaffes during pressers indicates he is in the loop somewhat. His comment about limited incursion by Russia shows he was in on an options/scenario type discussion.
Ok, yeah, it sure sounds like briefing speak, not a typical Joe spontaneous verbal outburst. I'll buy that.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/22/2022 10:45 Comments ||
Biden and or Klain may have recently picked up the undefined term "limited incursion" from Sergey Lavrov. Sergey gives Biden something to chirp, some 'feel good' cover for inaction. Meanwhile, the Russians do whatever they wish to do.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.