Insanity. People are slamming the Mayor of Baltimore
over an erroneous report which appeared on teevee. According to this newsflash (which I saw on CNN), there would be no curfew in Baltimore until tonight -- the night of the 28th.
Well, I can assure you that there was indeed a curfew in place last night
, starting at 10 pm on the 27th. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either hallucinating or misinformed.
There's no shortage of bizarre, overheated rhetoric today. Check out the comments at the other end of that link...
It has already been reported that George Soros funded groups have been involved in stirring up Ferguson riots. I hope someone is investigating where the outsiders are coming from and who is funding them. This isn’t all grassroots; this is being orchestrated by outsiders who are using the usual local suspects. When are the $$ people going to be held responsible for inciting riots? I’d love to see old George in cuffs. And check SEIU for involvement; they are usually in charge of providing buses to transport the rent-a-mob.
Funny thing: The transcendentally paranoid fruitcakes who reflexively blame "outside agitators" never feel any need to provide evidence.
I still recall the immediate aftermath of the Dark Knight massacre in Colorado: The right-wingers went into high dudgeon because Brian Ross of ABC temporarily confused the shooter, James Holmes, with a gun nut bearing the same name. Yet the same rightists endlessly
repeated the ludicrous claim that Holmes belonged to Occupy Wall Street. Conservatives still make that assertion
with total jackass self-confidence.
It's happening again. Radiating their usual aura of fact-free certitude, bombastic rightwingers have fixated on the myth of the "outside agitator"
as their go-to explanation for the Baltimore insurrection. The meme is not relegated to online commentary:
Christie Lleto, a reporter with CBS Baltimore, reported breathlessly, “This seems to be the work of a few outside agitators.” Another anchor on Baltimore’s Fox affiliate actually remarked, “The police have said that outside agitators are responsible for this, so it must be true.”
This nonsense has a long history. The myth of the Illuminati originated with displaced aristocrats seeking to explain the French revolution as the work of scheming foreigners.
Allow me to repeat a prediction which I made in a previous post: A month from now, nobody will be able to name a single one of these ghostly manipulators. (No, Malik Shabazz doesn't count: He never advocated violence.) Those "SEIU buses" will remain as spectral as ever.
We literally have better evidence for the existence of Black-Eyed Kids
than for these mythical puppeteers. There are a handful of named witnesses who claim to have seen BEKs. The number of witnesses who can testify to the existence of outside agitators stands at zero.
Connoisseurs of silliness will appreciate this offering
from a savant calling herself LoveOurSoldiers:
I know the CO’s plan is to take our country down from within. I do believe they are grooming violent protestors to be recruited by ISIS... and by taking power away from local police to respond.... they will get away with their evil deeds.
Oh. My. GOD. ISIS recruiters are roaming the streets of Baltimore!
They're as common as orange and purple lawn flamingos. Why, you can't go out for a bag of Utz without running into a few jihadis...
I could cite many more examples, but the point is made. Conservatives are psycho.
Totally freakin' psycho
They inhabit a reality of their own construction -- an alternate dimension filled with phantom birth certificates, phantom "crisis actors," phantom ISIS recruiters, phantom buses and phantom outside agitators. In their world, the Ferguson reaction had nothing to do with a gross miscarriage of justice and everything to do with Evil Soros, whom they envision as a kind of James Bond supervillain.
How difficult would it be to convince right-wingers that the Hulk is real? Roger Ailes should conduct the experiment, as a test of his powers.
If you are interested in the truth, here it is
, courtesy of a writer who grew up in the area at the epicenter of yesterday's troubles:
Everyone I knew who lived in that world regarded the police not with admiration and respect but with fear and caution. People write these feelings off as wholly irrational at their own peril, or their own leisure. The case against the Baltimore police, and the society that superintends them, is easily made:
Over the past four years, more than 100 people have won court judgments or settlements related to allegations of brutality and civil rights violations. Victims include a 15-year-old boy riding a dirt bike, a 26-year-old pregnant accountant who had witnessed a beating, a 50-year-old woman selling church raffle tickets, a 65-year-old church deacon rolling a cigarette and an 87-year-old grandmother aiding her wounded grandson ....
The money paid out by the city to cover for the brutal acts of its police department would be enough to build "a state-of-the-art rec center or renovations at more than 30 playgrounds." Instead, the money was used to cover for the brutal acts of the city's police department and ensure they remained well beyond any semblance of justice.
And in almost every case, prosecutors or judges dismissed the charges against the victims—if charges were filed at all. In an incident that drew headlines recently, charges against a South Baltimore man were dropped after a video showed an officer repeatedly punching him—a beating that led the police commissioner to say he was “shocked.”
The right-wingers who insist on framing everything in simplistic racial terms don't live in this city. I'll say it again: Yesterday, I spent hours in a fast-food restaurant, watching events unfold on teevee. The audience was a 50-50 mixture of black and white, and there was not the slightest hint of racial tension in that atmosphere. In fact, everyone in that building seemed united in their mistrust of the "POH-leez." (That's how everyone pronounced the word.)
Wake up and smell the reality, folks. This isn't about white-vs-black
. It's centurion-vs-civilian
As then, so today.
I may have told this story before, but it bears repeating. Circa 1969, while watching television news footage of the Vietnam war protestors, my highly conservative grandmother became convinced that she could see Nikita Khruschev himself in the crowd, egging on the students: "There? Did you see him? That bald guy? He was holding a shoe!"
Nowadays, she would be spotting George Soros.