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Baltimore Burns While Rawlings-Blake and Obama Fiddle.

Baltimore-Medal-Burning---ROHWhile Baltimore burns and many residents and businesses live in fear from losing their homes and livelihoods, politicians continue to play the fiddle.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has tried to walk back her idiotic statement of:

“I’ve made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. It’s a very delicate balancing act, because, while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate, and that’s what you saw.”

Rawlings-Blake’s office has tried to explain her remarks and how they were misunderstood:

What she is saying within this statement was that there was an effort to give the peaceful demonstrators room to conduct their peaceful protests on Saturday,” her office said in a statement released on Monday. “Unfortunately, as a result of providing the peaceful demonstrators with the space to share their message, that also meant that those seeking to incite violence also had the space to operate. The police sought to balance the rights of the peaceful demonstrators against the need to step in against those who were seeking to create violence. The mayor is not saying that she asked police to give space to people who sought to create violence. Any suggestion otherwise would be a misinterpretation of her statement.”

The office also put out an updated version of her comments, edited in a way to reflect what the office said she really meant:

“I’ve made it very clear that I work with the police and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters were able to exercise their right to free speech. It’s a very delicate balancing act, because, while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also [as a result] gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate, and that’s what you saw.”

Her “clarification” is as bad as the statement as it doesn’t address the fact that she either ordered or allowed the police to stand by while people and property were threatened and destroyed.

Contrasting Rawlings-Blake’s (in)action while looters and rioters took to destroying, Midshipman from the Naval Academy did what the police would not – they protected people:

These midshipmen directed families to the back of the Subway. Then they lined up, in front of families, as protesters passed outside, some throwing rocks. Women and children gathered farthest from the windows, except for Grinnell, the only female there from the Naval Academy.

“You’re in the military and a midshipmen — you should be in the front,” she insisted.

Kadlubowski, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was uninjured when glass fell around him. He escorted the store manager to the door.

“I made sure he could lock the door without problem,” Kadlubowski said.

About 20 civilians sheltered, in the back of the Subway, while protesters passed. Some protesters waved their middle fingers, said Midshipman Erik Sabelstrom, 19, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Rawlings-Blake’s complete ineptitude extended even further as while the violence escalated, Rawlings-Blake had not asked for the Nationall Guard to be called up, nor had she even spoken to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. While Rawlings-Blake dawdled, Hogan prepared:

Governor Larry Hogan has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to address the growing violence and unrest in Baltimore City.

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Hogan said he executed the request 30 seconds after it was made by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Some residents questioned why it took the mayor so long to respond to the crisis, and Hogan made some poignant remarks to that effect as well.

“When the mayor called me, which quite frankly we were glad that she finally did, instantly we signed the executive order. We already had our entire team prepared,” he said. “We were trying to get in touch with the mayor for quite some time, she finally made that call and we immediately took action.”

President Obama made his thoughts known on the situation on Tuesday, a few days late and millions of dollars short:

There’s no excuse for the kind of violence that we saw yesterday. It is counterproductive,” Obama said at a press conference from the White House. “When individuals get crowbars and start prying open doors to loot, they’re not protesting. They’re not making a statement. They’re stealing. When they burn down a building, they’re committing arson. And they’re destroying and undermining businesses and opportunities in their own communities. That robs jobs and opportunity from people in that area.”

Prior to that statement, Obama had preferred to “lead from the rear” by speaking with Governor Hogan and Mayor Rawlings-Blake suggesting “restraint” and saying he would be sending the newly confirmed Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and others from the Department of Justice to Baltimore. After all, when people are destroying property and threatening lives, the solution is to send in lawyers.

He thanked me for the action,” Hogan said of the president. “Said he thought we we’re doing the right thing. He said I assume that you and your team will be exercising due restraint, I assured them that we were.

“The last thing we want to do is escalate the violence, but I also assure them that weren’t going to standby and allow our City of Baltimore to be taken over by thugs,” Hogan said.

“And he said that the Justice Department was going to be — the new attorney general will be coming into the Baltimore — that we’re going to sit down and work together to try to see if we can bring calm to the community and find answers in the case of Freddie Gray. But that was a separate situation, that he felt we absolutely knew to get control of our streets and he endorsed the action that we’re taken tonight.”

Furthermore, in what can be considered a terrible move that is unsympathetic and totally deaf to the situation in Baltimore, some minion sent out this tweet for the President:

If you aspire to be a better community organizer, this is for you: http://t.co/Nrmi9c8SLo

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 27, 2015

As we are writing this, the number of arrests in Baltimore is over 250, and the number of police officers injured is over 20. Being a “community organizer” won’t help those numbers at all. While the majority of the people being arrested are city residents, the Mayor and the Police are saying that there are “outside agitators” that are starting and helping fuel the violence.

There may even be groups that were tied to the violence in Ferguson being connected to the violence in Baltimore:

An analysis of social media traffic in downtown Baltimore Monday has unearthed striking connections to the protests in Ferguson, Mo. last year, according to a leading data mining firm that shared its findings exclusively with Fox News.

The firm, which asked to remain anonymous because of its government work, found between 20 and 50 social media accounts in Baltimore that were also tied to the peak period of violence in Ferguson. While further analysis is being conducted on the data, it suggests the presence of “professional protesters” or anarchists taking advantage of Freddie Gray’s death to incite more violence.

This coordination may about to take more drastic and potentially tragic turns:

Law enforcement intelligence officials have put out a warning that someone has sent a text calling on people to kill “all white police officers” in reaction to the death of Freddie Gray while in Baltimore police custody, raising fears violence could spread nationally, according to safety memos obtained by The Washington Times.

Officers are being warned of possible ambushes and urged to change travel patterns and to tone down clothes or emblems that identify them as police.

The Baltimore police department separately put out a press release on Monday saying various gangs, including the Black Guerrilla Family, Bloods and Crips “have entered into a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement.”

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A memo from the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center is more specific, saying the gangs’ targets are white officers. Its report quotes another memo from the Eastern Shore Information Center in Salisbury, Md.

The people behind the violence aren’t interested in “taking.” They aren’t interested in “conversations.”

While the groups themselves appear to have issued a call to arms, the President and the Mayor of Baltimore are living in a fantasy world where they are reacting instead of acting, waiting instead of going forward, and fiddling while Baltimore burns.



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