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Jay Z Bails Out Violent Protesters

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By Doyle Murphy of the New York Daily News
Beyoncé and Jay Z wired ‘tens of thousands’ of dollars to bail out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., a writer says.
Jay Z and Beyoncé bankrolled protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson with tens of thousands of dollars in bail money, a writer and social activist close to him claimed.
“I can say I’ve personally helped facilitate donations they’ve given to protesters directly and that they never ask for anything in return, especially publicity,” author dream hampton told the Daily News in an email.
The writer, who collaborated on Jay Z’s book “Decoded,” first revealed the power couple’s behind-the-scenes support in a series of tweets on Sunday morning.
“When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I asked hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands in mins.” hampton wrote.

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About Two Dozen Murders Have Happened In Baltimore Since Freddie Gray Fell Into Coma

How come there's no rioting over all the other deaths in Baltimore?

How come there’s no rioting over all the other deaths in Baltimore?


Daily Caller: The city of Baltimore, Md. has been home to roughly two dozen murders since police arrested Freddie Gray on April 12 for possession of an illegal switchblade. Meanwhile, searchable data from The Baltimore Sun shows that 26 homicides have occurred in the city limits of Baltimore during the last 30 days — or since April 9.
The cause of death in one murder case was blunt force, police say. The victim in that case was two-year-old Tyleah Fenwick, according to local NBC station WBAL-TV. Billy Vines, 59, and Jorvon Beatty, 23, died from stab wounds. Vines was killed in the wee hours of April 12 by his son at the home they shared not far from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Beatty met his fate in a fight outside a homeless center on May 4.
The body of Nicole Torain, 34, was discovered in a trash incinerator on April 22. The cause of her death is unknown, but police have ruled it a homicide. All the rest of Baltimore’s 26 murders in the last 30 days have resulted from shootings. Kareem George, 36, was shot in the head on April 25, for example.
Yogesh Sheth, the manager of Mini Market Deli and Grocery, was shot when three masked men robbed his store on May 1. He agreed to step out from behind the bullet-proof glass because the men had taken a hostage at gunpoint. He was opening a door. It got jammed. One of them men then shot Sheth once in the head and three times in the chest, according to local ABC affiliate WMAR.
May 8 was a very busy day for Baltimore shootings. There were nine, according to WBAL. Three resulted in deaths. Melissa Anne Bingham, 34, died from multiple gunshot wounds at a major, three-gas-station intersection. Armand Parrine, 26, also died of multiple gun shots in a separate, unrelated incident. The name of the victim in a third May 8 homicide remains unknown.
There have been 82 homicides in Baltimore thus far in 2015.
FYI: Maryland’s gun laws are here. “Maryland is a “may issue” state for concealed carry. Applicants must demonstrate a “good and substantial reason” to carry a handgun. Permits are normally very difficult to obtain.
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Show your support for Baltimore! Um, by shaving your head?

This is what happens when your ego takes over…
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Mother Jones has some interesting facts about Baltimore:

  • Of the 100 largest counties in the country, they found, Baltimore was where children in low-income households faced the worst odds in terms of upward mobility
  • Life expectancy in 15 Baltimore neighborhoods, including the one where Freddie Gray lived, is shorter than in North Korea, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.
  • Baltimore teens between 15 and 19 years old face poorer health conditions and a bleaker economic outlook than those in economically distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China, and South Africa
  • In 2014, Baltimore—a city where the unemployment rate (8.1 percent) is nearly one and a half times than the national rate (5.5 percent)—had one of the largest gaps between the rich and poor in the country

How did Baltimore end up in such a sad sate? Must be that republican leadership they’ve had! Oh, wait:
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Elijah Cummings (D-Part of the Problem) is the US Rep for Maryland’s 7th congressional district, serving since 1996.

Baltimore has been a Democratic stronghold for over 150 years, with Democrats dominating every level of government. In virtually all elections, the Democratic primary is the real contest.”
So how does a “celebrity” show their support for his devastated home town?

If only the media didn't have to portray this...

If only the media didn’t have to portray this…


“R&B singer Sisqo is joining the list of celebrities taking a stance against the media’s portrayal of his hometown Baltimore, Maryland. In doing so, he decidedly took a much different approach and sacrificed one of his ever-evolving trademarks: his hair.”
Sisqo proves he's "down for the struggle"

Sisqo proves he’s “down for the struggle”


I sacrificed my hair as a symbol of support for the struggle that Baltimore & most inner-city youth face everyday. My hair has been my signature around the world since our careers started hand n hand with being a Baltimore native good,bad, or ugly. It wrenched my heart when I saw the way that we were being portrayed to the world media. The fact that I was unable to march on the streets of my city with my brothers & sisters physically made me feel as if I needed to make a statement that couldn’t be tainted, twisted, or misconstrued. I have worked with local schools, churches & youth groups in the past. Myself & DRU HILL are working to do more in the future.* So hang in there young people…and remember think outside-of-the-box. Be better then the best & always remember intellect over emotion.”
Sisqo, who is worth $4 to $8 million, sure knows how to step it up for his community! Maybe his brothers and sisters  would be more appreciative if he gave them another “thong song“.
Intellect over emotion...

Intellect over emotion…


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*I Googled “Sisqo and charity work” and came up with just one result, from 2000. He’d better get his PR person on that, stat.

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Baltimore Officials & Clergy Ask For Help After Dozens Killed

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CBS Baltimore: The surge in violence continues in Baltimore as the police report more shootings, the last of which happened late Saturday in Northeast Baltimore. Christie Ileto has more on how clergy and lawmakers are trying to calm anxious residents. At least 40 shootings have happened in the last 10 days and 16 of them were deadly.

Police say two people were shot on Saturday. Neither of the shootings was fatal. Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday, police say a man was shot in the back while standing on Edison Highway in northeast Baltimore. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a man was shot in the leg in west Baltimore.

Police have stepped up their presence on the streets in response to a surge in violence that included 11 fatal shootings in the span of a week. Commissioner Anthony Batts has said nearly three times the usual number of officers would be on the streets this weekend.

City clergy are now asking residents to step up and end this violent trend.

At Lafayette Avenue, a man is shot in the leg and at South Haven street, a woman is shot and killed. “We’ve never had anything like this happen on Haven Street. I’ve been here for 15 years and never seen anything like that,” said concerned resident John Wrencher.

His block becomes the latest home to Baltimore’s nearly 40 shootings in two weeks. More than a dozen people are dead.

City clergy and members of 120 churches are rallying and praying this weekend for peace. Even a 21-car motorcade drives through the city showing just how deadly this violent trend is becoming.

If you put a police officer in every block, you still could not solve the program when the problem is inside of the individual, ” said Bishop Angel L. Nunez of Bilingual Christian Church.

This recent surge in shootings highlights the city’s problem with gun violence and homicide rate. So far this year, there have been around 117 homicides, the highest in six years.

But for Stephanie Rawlings Blake, it’s personal. Her cousin, was gunned down last month near his home.  “Whether our homicide rate is 200 or 300 or one, we can never get that life back,” said Rawlings-Blake.

With the violence spotlighting Baltimore, the mayor said the solution starts with us. “When we have a spike, we have cameras from all over the city, outside of the city, national reporters. I welcome them back for the miracle. I know that as you are standing here, you are not going to tolerate it,” said Rawlings-Blake.

City leaders say that call to action, may stop the next shot from being fired in your neighborhood.

In the latest shooting, an adult male was shot in the back on a basketball court. He is being treated for non life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Police plan to step up enforcement through Fourth of July weekend.

According to my 2011 Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the Fifty States, Maryland rates a 30 out of 100 (with 0 being total firearm prohibition and 100 being total freedom). The guide states:

“Maryland requires that all handguns be pre-approved by a governmental board before being sold in the state. Some handguns, such as assault pistols, are banned from possession entirely. And the sale, transfer or receipt of any over 20 shot firearm magazine is prohibited. The open or concealed carry of handguns is similarly regulated so that it is almost impossible for an unlicensed person to carry a handgun legally.”

Gotta love how that gun control is working for them.

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Nobel Prize Winner Frequently Gives Middle Finger Salutes

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Agenda 21: American Mayors Sold Out to the UN

In June 2011, mayors of both small towns and large metropolitan cities from across the nation attended their annual dog and pony show.  This time it was held in Baltimore. After a weeklong brainwashing by corporate, federal and United Nations entities and speakers, here’s the list of their Resolutions:

ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
79th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF MAYORS
Baltimore, MD – June 17-21, 2011
CHILDREN, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 2011 PRESCRIPTION DRUG
ABUSE PREVENTION PLAN …………………………… 8
ELIMINATING CONTRABAND TOBACCO SALES …………….. 10
COMBATING CHILDHOOD OBESITY BY STRENGTHENING PHYSICAL
FITNESS EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND INTIATIVES ………… 12
IN SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT
PROGRAM ………………………………………. 14
SUPPORT HEALTH PREVENTION ………………………. 15
DEVELOPING REGIONAL FOOD HUBS TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL &
REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS ………………………….. 17
IN SUPPORT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVES ………. 19
LET’S MOVE AND END CHILDHOOD OBESITY …………….. 21
REGARDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING …………………….. 22
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING COMMITTTEE
FULL FUNDING OF THE CDBG PROGRAM FORMULA …………. 24
AFFIRMING POLICY IN SUPPORT OF AN INCREASE TO THE CAP
ON CDBG PUBLIC SERVICES EXPENDITURES …………….. 26
SUPPORTING THE HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS (HOME)
PROGRAM ………………………………………. 28
IN SUPPORT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATION PROGRAM . 29
A CALL TO ACTION ON HOMELESSNESS ………………… 31
SECTION 8 HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (“HCV”) ….. 32
IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC HOUSING FUNDS ………………. 34
RESOLUTION TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERSHIP ACCESS FOR MIDDLE
CLASS, LOW AND MODERATE INCOME, AND MINORITY FAMILIES 35
GOVERNMENT SPONSORED ENTITIES (GSES) …………….. 37  Continue reading

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Like this would stop a criminal…

I like these shoes!

Wanna stop a criminal from shooting?  Charge him an extra buck for each bullet! That’s an idea proposed by Baltimore mayor candidate Otis Rolley (take a wild guess as to his party affiliation).

Otis Rolley said he would, if elected, propose a $1 per bullet tax on all bullet purchases in the city. The idea was part of an overall crime plan he unveiled Tuesday. “This is not a revenue enhancement tool,” Rolley said of the tax idea. “It’s a ‘make it difficult for you to buy bullets in the city’ tool.
 
Rolley said the measure would cause a decrease in “random firings that too often happen around holidays” and put a high price tag on the cost of committing a crime.  “While the courts have consistently ruled against significant gun control legislation, there is still a way to decrease crime: substantially increase the cost of its commission,” Rolley’s plan states.
 
“Increasing the cost of guns won’t work, because many criminals don’t purchase new guns, and they can be borrowed or even rented in some areas,” his plan states.
 
Decrease random firings around holidays?  Increasing taxes on alcohol might help that.  But this “bullet tax” idea is just plain stupid.  If a criminal wants to commit a shooting, they are going to do it one way or another, even if they have to steal the bullets.
 
(I know, my picture is somewhat related…I just thought they were cools shoes!)
 
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Most Dangerous Cities in America

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that, according to FBI statistics, crime is down in the United States for the 5th year in a row. The statistics for 2010 show a 5.5% drop in violent crimes compared to last year. An example is St. Louis, Mo. — last year’s most violent city — saw an impressive 18% decrease in violent crime.

The bad news is that in certain parts of the country, things are getting much worse.

For example, Flint, Michigan — which has the dubious distinction of being the most violent city in America in 2010 — saw a 10% increase in violent crime over last year, with 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Here are the 25 most violent cities in America, ranked by the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) per 100,000 people. The source of this list is an article by Leah Goldman in the Business Insider, May 23, 2011. But the article leaves out an interesting fact.

On average, blacks make up 12.9% of the overall U.S. population. On a hunch I looked up each of the 25 cities on Wikipedia, to find out the racial demographics of each. I found that, with the exception of Miami and Stockton, the percentage of blacks is above the national average in every one of the remaining 23 most violent cities.

AMERICA’S 25 most violent cities:

25. Elizabeth, N.J.: 1,100 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Pop. 120,568 (2000): 55.78% White, 19.98% Black, 49.46% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

24. Lansing, Michigan: 1,101 per 100,000. Pop. 119,128 (2000): 65.28%W, 21.91%B, 10% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

23. Miami, Florida: 1,108 per 100,000. Pop. 362,470 (2000): 34.1% Cuban, 5.6% Nicaraguan, 5.5% Haitian, 3.3% Honduran, 1.7% Dominican, 1.6% Columbian.

22. Kansas City, Missouri: 1,126 per 100,000. 62.8%W, 28.6%B, 9.2% Hispanic/Latino of any race.

21. Nashville, Tennessee: 1,128 per 100,000. 65.9%W, 27.1%B, 7.5% H/L.

20. St. Petersburg, Florida: 1,132 per 100,000. Pop. 244,769 (2010): 68.7%W, 23.9%B, 6.6% H/L.

19. Richmond, Calif.: 1,134 per 100,000. Pop. 103,701 (2010): 17.1%W, 25.9%B, 39.5% H/L.

18. Lowell, Mass.: 1,156 per 100,000. Pop 105,167 (2000): 68.6%W, 16.52% , 4.21%B.

17. Philadelphia, Penn.: 1,189 per 100,000. 43.6%W, 42.5%B, 11.4% H/L.

16. Springfield, Illinois: 1,237 per 100,000. Pop 111,454 (2000): 81.01%W, 15.34%B, 1.2% H/L.

15. Washington, D.C.: 1,242 per 100,000. Pop. 601,657 (2010): 38.5%W, 50.7%B, 9.1% H.

14. Hartford, Conn.: 1,293 per 100,000. Pop. 121,578 (2000): 27.72%W, 38.5%B, 40.52% H/L 9mainly Puerto Rico).

13. Cleveland, Ohio: 1,296 per 100,000. 52.5%B, 40.5%W, 9%H/L.

12. Springfield, Mass.: 1,354 per 100,000. Pop 153,170 (2010): 56.11%W, 21.01%B, 27.18%H.

11. Buffalo, NY: 1,357 per 100,000. 53.8%W, 41.1%B, 8.3%H/L.

10. Stockton, Ca: 1,381 per 100,000. Pop. 291,707 (2010): 37%W, 12.2%B, 40.3%H/L.

9. Rockford, Ill.: 1,453 per 100,000. 150,115 (2000): 72.81%W, 17.37%B, 10.18%H/L.

8. Baltimore, Maryland: 1,455 per 100,000. 33.1%W, 63.2%B, 3%H/L.

7. Little Rock, Arkansas: 1,522 per 100,000. 52.7%W, 42.1%B, 4.7%H/L.

6. Oakland, Ca: 1,530 per 100,000. 25.9%W, 27.3%B, 25.4%H/L.

5. Memphis, Tenn.: 1,539 per 100,000. 31.7%W, 62.6%B, 5% H/L.

4. New Haven, Conn.: 1,584 per 100,000. Pop. 129,779 (2010): 43.46%W, 37.36%B, 9.39% H/L.

3. St. Louis, Mo.: 1,747 per 100,000. Pop. 348,189 (2000): 43.9%W, 49.2%B, 3.5%H/L

2. Detroit, Michigan: 1,887 per 100,000. Pop. 713,777 (2010): 10.6%W, 82.7%B, 6.8% H/L.

1. Flint, Michigan: 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000. Pop. 124,943 (2000): 41.39%W, 53.27%B, 2.99% H/L.

Blacks are the primary victims of black criminals. Blacks and all Americans ignore this stark reality, at our own peril.

~Eowyn

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