Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Baltimore is burning...

...but honestly, I'm having trouble caring too much.

Especially after hearing the mayor saying that she decided to allot the protesters some 'space to destroy'. Because, you know, people with legitimate grievances just now and then need a certain amount of real estate they can torch, rob and send up in flames. Totally reasonable, yeah?

So apparently the only problem here is that the protesters decided to negotiate and speak out about just how much space they get to destroy, and where that space may be. And really, isn't that what democracy is all about?


Son of Ya'Kov said...

How would these idiots feel if the rioting was going on in the middle of Hollywood or Martha's Vineyard?

Or George Soros house?

B. Prokop said...

You know, I live in the very center of Baltimore, in Fells Point (look it up). And were it not for the news reports, I would never have known in the slightest that anything out of the ordinary was going on in my home city. Here in my neighborhood there is dead calm - complete peace and quiet, business as usual. Kids playing in the park right across the street from me, stores and restaurants open, folks eating at outdoor tables on the sidewalks, joggers running me over on the walking paths.

True, I can hear (distant) police sirens and fire trucks if the wind is from the west, and the occasional national guard helicopter flies over. But that's about it.

However, still gonna be under curfew tonight, which applies to the whole city.

Anonymous said...

Well, I suppose it is possible to parse the Mayor's words as "It's a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure [those peacefully exercising their rights of free speech protests] were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also [inadvertently and unintentionally] gave those who wished to destroy space to do that, as well." But, if she did mean to say this, she phrased herself pretty poorly, and blaming the press for "misrepresenting" her doesn't really wash.

Syllabus said...

We could see the smoke from (I think) the CVS from Hopkins. Was actually someone arrested last night here. And (rather egoistic though this might be) curfew is a pain in the ass, given that finals start next week.

B. Prokop said...


Are you a fellow Balti-moron? Perhaps we can meet each other!

Syllabus said...


By educational convenience; I'm a student at Hopkins. Perhaps we can.

B. Prokop said...

I have to amend my comment from the other day.

Just got back from a walk around Broadway Square (which is in a direction I don't normally go), and nearly every other shop window was boarded up (obviously having been smashed), and quite a few entire businesses were completely shuttered. The Greene Turtle (a bar) was one expanse of plywood across every door and window. Several other establishments were the same. Another bar (I can't remember its name) looks like it took quite a hit. Maybe bars were targeted in order to steal all the booze inside? On the whole, it seems the destruction was completely random. One place trashed, and the one right next door totally untouched. All this was less than 400 yards from where I live.

I saw no damage whatsoever on Thames Street (the street I live on), and I did not go further north on Broadway than the Market, so I don't know what things look like up there.

There were about a dozen National Guard troops on duty in the square.

So, yeah. The rioting was a lot closer to home than I had realized.

GoldRush Apple said...

Where's Tracy Turnbald when you need her?

B. Prokop said...

Change number 2:

Took a second walk around Broadway square this evening, and learned from one of the local store owners that my assumption that every boarded up window equaled a smashed window was dead wrong. He told me that many businesses, including his own, proactively boarded up all their windows before the rioting reached this area (like when a hurricane is approaching) to prevent any such damage.

However, some of the damage is genuine, especially to the bars and liquor stores.

I took a friend out to dinner this evening at a restaurant I often go to. The place is usually jammed, and it's difficult to find a table most nights. Tonight it was mostly empty, and was anyway closing up at 9 PM to ensure everyone got home before the 10:00 curfew. I felt sorry for the servers who basically get paid with tips, and left a ridiculously large tip on my check in a probably futile gesture of support.