By John Ruberry

Last year there were 211 homicides in Baltimore. As of the 361st day of 2015 there have been 338 murders in Maryland’s largest city. Meanwhile in New York City, which has twelve times the population of Baltimore, there have been 339 killings as this year winds down.

Murders in B’more began their surge after the riots this spring in response to the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in which the city’s hapless mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake all but offered “space to destroy” to the thugs.

Six police officers were indicted for the Gray death, their trial ended with a hung jury. [See correction below.] By all accounts Baltimore’s cops are pushing a little less forcefully as they go about their dangerous job. That and the looting of drugs from Baltimore pharmacies during the riots have unleashed an unprecedented killing spree. Yes, Baltimore had 353 murders in 1993 but 100,000 more people lived there then.

Most of the murder victims have been black, but the Black Lives Matters movement is more interested in protesting the police than bringing attention to the slaughter of African Americans by, yes, other African Americans.Black Lives Matter

There is no reason to believe that 2016 will be dramatically less violent than this year. Interestingly, there is a mayoral race next autumn in Baltimore. Rawlings-Blake will not be running for reelection, the early favorite to replace her is her predecessor, Sheila Dixon. As part of her plea deal involving her theft of gift cards meant for poor people, Dixon resigned her office. Sure, early polls nearly always favor those with high name recognition, but her popularity is still troubling. Can a convicted criminal be the savior of Baltimore?

It is said in a democracy that voters get the government they deserve.

Correction: The mistrial was for only one of those accused Baltimore cops. Thanks to commenter Holding My Nose for pointing this out.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yesterday the big news was the indictment of police officer Ray Tensing for the killing of Samuel DuBose

It’s certainly a legit story and Samuel DuBose’s names deserves attention but let me ask you something.

Do you recognize any of these names?

Franklin Grayson, Michael Polston, Jaswinder Singh, Charles Diggs, Damon L. Ramey, Daquan Mason, Clerow Myers III, Jefferson Bolden, Raja’ee Naneem Sincere, Sina Masoodii, Albert Mullen, Shyteak Lawrence, Delvin Trusty, Damon Tidale, Terron Singleton, Ronald Davon Penn, Steven Justin Lewis, Frederick S. Taylor, Marvin Coston Jr, Dante Barnes, Darrius Johnson, Tyrell Hardy, James Ricardo Smith, Gregory Higgins, Gary Jackson, Eric Forrester, Antonio anderson, Jacqueline Parker , Gerald Thompson, Lamont Randall Jr., John F. Davis, Derwin Jones, Edward Burroughs, Keith Glascoe, Josh Remus Burnett, and Nathaniel Wheeler Jr.

All of these people have two things in common.

1.  All of them were murdered in Baltimore this month

2.  None of their murders were considered worthy of the coverage by the MSM

If you are surprised by this then you likely aren’t paying attention.

I suspect that the likelihood of the MSM finding these deaths worth their attention the same as a candidate running for president on a major party ticket plagiarizing this speech

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The left was already up in arms over the Hobby Lobby ruling and now the potential of Christians being able to follow their religion has proved a surprising reaction from the LGBT community:

Several major gay rights groups withdrew support Tuesday for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would bolster gay and transgender rights in the workplace, saying they fear that broad religious exemptions included in the current bill might compel private companies to begin citing objections similar to those that prevailed in a U.S. Supreme Court case last week.

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Ali Muhammad Brown was charged with executing two gay men in Seattle. Brown was previously prosecuted federally following an FBI probe into an Islamic group suspected of supporting jihadists overseas.

Mind you there have been some news coverage for this Seattle PI

Police contend Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young met Brown outside a Capitol Hill club after Said contacted Brown through an online search for sex partners. Brown is alleged to have left with both men and killed them minutes later using his girlfriend’s handgun.

the Seattle times:

Police say Brown, Said and Anderson-Young drove to Anderson-Young’s house, where Brown pulled a gun and killed the two men then drove off in Said’s car. It was later found abandoned in South Seattle.

Newsday:

Police said they linked Brown to the slayings after finding his fingerprints and three spent 9mm shell casings inside Said’s car. The mother of Brown’s children told police that her 9mm semiautomatic handgun was missing; she said Brown had access to the gun, charges said.

Oddly none of those stories talk about why were these men targeted:

sources tell Q13 FOX News that Brown underwent jihadist training in California in April and they believe the two men were attacked simply because their sexual orientation offended what police say are Brown’s radical Muslim beliefs.

If you are hearing about this for the first time it’s likely because national gay groups don’t seem to think that radical Muslim beliefs that provoke murder are as dangerous as Christian belief that forbids us to bake a cake for a gay marriage.

Pam Geller notes this isn’t the first time that anti-gay murder has come up there:

Seattle has a problem. They won’t run our ads highlighting Muslim oppression of gays, despite this savage reality. If you recall, a devout Muslim set fire to a packed Seattle gay bar during a New Year’s celebration shortly after midnight on January 1. Seattle’s largest and longest-running gay nightclub was doused in gasoline and set aflame by Musab Masmari. He was arrested on his way to the airport.

You might recall we wrote about that nightclub fire that the MSM completely ignored.  At the time Stacy McCain asked the obvious question

Does #LGBT Care About a Religious Extremist Burning a Gay Bar?

Apparently not, if the religious extremist is named Musab Musmari, who police say “poured gasoline on a carpeted stairway and set it ablaze” inside Seattle’s “popular gay nightclub” Neighbours on New Year’s Eve, when 750 people were inside the club.

And now Pam does the same

Where are the left-wing, the gay and LGBT organizations denouncing the Islamic texts that inspire such mayhem and murder of gays? Where is that fierce gay leadership condemning Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia? The silence is deafening.

They were loud and proud against our ads. They were holding press conferences condemning me. Gay organizations in America say nothing, but loudly condemned my ad campaign highlighting Muslim oppression of gays under the sharia. Why haven’t we heard from this City Council, or this Human Rights CommissionSFHRC head Theresa Sparks, but most especially the enemedia that scrubs their coverage of motive? They called our ads hate and issued a resolution condemning our AFDI ad campaign (the first of its kind) against our organization for merely quoting Muslim political leaders, spiritual leaders and cultural voices in the Muslim community who call for the torture and death of gay people.

The answer is simple, the incentive system isn’t there.  Black Masses at harvard produce Eucharistic Processions, Obamacare mandates against religious groups produce lawsuits, bans against Pam’s ads produce TV clips and lawsuits.

However speaking against Islam produces murder and threats of murder.

If you don’t believe me ask Seattle based cartoonist Molly Norris, or rather you could ask Molly Norris if she hasn’t spent the last four years in hiding due to a fatwa on her life.

I’ll give Glenn Reynolds the last word with the warning he has given often:

May our political class take joy in the incentive system they are creating.

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The talk of the news this morning is the Trayvon Martin case, a 17-year-old who was shot in Florida by an apparently paranoid member of a neighborhood watch. The case is drawing national attention and outrage over the decision of local police not to arrest the shooter George Zimmerman his claims of self-defense, and Florida’s “stand your ground law”. The authors of the law however disagree:

the lawmakers who crafted the legislation in 2005 — former Sen. Durell Peaden and current state Rep. Dennis Baxley — said the law doesn’t need to be changed. They believe it has been misapplied in the shooting death of Trayvon by a Sanford crime-watch captain, George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has not been charged because, police said, it appears he acted in self-defense. The Seminole County state attorney’s office decided Tuesday to take the case before a grand jury.

“They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid,” said Peaden, a Crestview Republican who sponsored the deadly force law in 2005. “He has no protection under my law.”

Peaden and Baxley, R-Ocala, say their law is a self-defense act. It says law-abiding people have no duty to retreat from an attacker and can meet “force with force.” Nowhere does it say that a person has a right to confront another.

The 911 tapes strongly suggest Zimmerman overstepped his bounds, they say, when the Sanford neighborhood crime-watch captain said he was following Trayvon and appeared to ignore a police request to stay away.

The case is becoming a cause célèbre on the left concerning both gun control and race as the victim Trayvon Martin is black and the shooter George Zimmerman is white not? (see update below). On Morning Joe Thursday Mika Brziniski quoted a Florida lawmaker attempting to amend the “stand your ground” law and remarked this story has “everything to do with race”.

Never mind that in the 8 years of the law we have not seen a spate of such shootings, never mind that example after example of people who are saved from being armed never becomes a national story.

And of course there is this:

Yet for black males ages 12 to 19 years old, homicide eclipses accidents as the leading cause of death, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday. That troubling statistic — or, more accurately, the deeper problems underlying it — is garnering some local attention. Advocates say dramatic action is needed.

Those stats are from 2010. Here is more from the web site afrodaddy.com

In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men.

Here is the graph that says it all:

People are rightly concerned about the shooting of young Mr. Martin and Florida needs to take a good long look at this case. If Zimmerman’s self-defense claim is as specious as it seems they should go after him big time, but those figures I quoted aren’t just stats, they represent actual individual people murdered. Their lives were no less dear to their mothers than Trayvon Martin was to his, yet they haven’t generated any million hoodie marches.

I have sons near the age of Mrs. Martin. I can’t imagine what she’s going through and I don’t begrudge her one bit of her anger or desire for justice for her son. It seems to me however, that the activists and media personalities so outraged today, had none for the young black men who’ve been slaughtered in cities for years:

That is the true disgrace, daily bloodshed in the Black community that is left unchecked. The statistics are telling:

The hundred or so homicides in Oakland each year are part of nearly 6,000 murders nationally committed by blacks, mostly of other blacks, compared to just over 5,300 homicides committed by whites and Hispanics combined. (Blacks are 12.8 percent of the U.S. population, whites and Hispanics, 81 percent.).

Where is the outrage in the black community. Why does not the black leadership or the elite liberal opinion address this outrage, because it doesn’t fit their template of racism as the primary cause of the suffering of the Blacks in America.

You can’t find that outrage because it has no political value to either activists of the left or to the self-appointed black leaders that you will see on every channel for the balance of the Trayvon Martin case.

The Trayvon Martin case is a tragic, but the regular murders of young black men in the cities by other young black men and the unwillingness of people to talk about it nor the media’s willingness to write about is the real national outrage.

Update: I have to disagree with Noel Sheppard on this quote:

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I’d go further. I’d go further. Because if this unfolds the way it appears it’s unfolding, you know, in a country where its leader can talk about a radio host calling someone a name, we ought to be looking at ourselves and this situation really closely from the top down. And, quite frankly, it is, they’re looking at audio tapes right now of the cell phone, and there might have been a racial epithet.

I think this is more of “The president has time to talk about Limbaugh but we aren’t talking about this? I think it reflects (correctly) on the insignificance of the Rush business and what the White House prioritizes.

I do agree with Noel here:

it’s quite obvious to even the casual observer that this matter is being politicized in an election year.

What’s next – that this is somehow part of the media fabricated Republican “war on women,” and that comments made by the various GOP presidential candidates are also to blame?

Just how far are the press going to use this tragic event to further their political agenda?

These days, it seems the sky’s the limit.

There was something outrageous on that show worth talking about…but that’s for my next post.

Update 2: According to one commentator Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic and Pam Geller describes him as Hispanic and black.. The photo is a bit iffy to me one way or the other, but either way it has no bearing on the shooting in terms of justification but it make the media’s attempt to turn this into a “southern racial” issue a tad more interesting, and insidious

A depressing story to start your Easter Sunday:

Raymond Mitchell, 34, had only popped into the restaurant to buy a hot chocolate.

But he apparently caused offence after splitting up two men fighting in the queue.

One of them, who had several gold teeth, shouted at Raymond: “You are gonna die tonight, you are not gonna see the morning.”

The thug is then said to have phoned an accomplice to fetch a gun, yelling into his mobile: “Bring me that thing.”

Raymond left the 24-hour McDonald’s but was chased into a cul-de-sac. The gun was then delivered and Mr Mitchell was beaten and pistol-whipped before being shot three times in an alley in Brixton, South London, at 6.50am on Sunday. Raymond, nicknamed Brown, was taken to hospital but died hours later.

One neighbour, who saw the shooting but was too terrified to be named, said: “He was begging, literally begging for his life. I didn’t dare look out my window in case they saw me. I heard them laughing and swearing at him, calling him a ‘b***h’. I heard them laughing afterwards as well.”

There was a time in England where Mr. Mitchell might have had a pistol of his own but in England he has been disarmed that allowing him to be in the words of the article the “bitch” of the men who were less worried about legalities.

I can’t help but think these two articles concerning London are related:

He said: “There were disadvantages to the old culture, it was a bit stuffy and it was more sexist and more racist. But it was an educated and middle-class culture. Now it’s a yob culture. The values are so strange.”

He added that he preferred living in Bath to London because the capital no longer felt “English”.

“London is no longer an English city which is why I love Bath,”

“He” is John Cleese, the great comedian and strong financial supporter of liberals in England. And it was the pols he supported that brought about the cultural change that turned London into a city no longer English. Lucky for Cleese despite an insane divorce settlement he can afford to live somewhere else to escape it, leaving men like Mr. Mitchel to live with the consequences.

In yesterday’s Dr. who episode The Impossible Astronaut (very good BTW) The doctor is in the oval office surrounded by security with guns. The Doctor suggests they won’t shoot and River Song runs out of the TARDIS to intervene shouting “They’re Americans”! That might be a good joke in England but I suspect Mr. Mitchel and company and his neighbor who lives in fear are not laughing.

Never forget England you did this to yourself. You became more vulnerable. Nobody made you do this. You threw away the greatest culture in history so you could feel better about yourselves to the point where parts of London are under defacto Sharia Law.

Free societies get the society they choose, to paraphrase Mark Steyn when your country chooses to be more outraged by an armed citizenry than an armed assailant then all that can be said is: May you be happy with your choice and may others learn from it.

You’re just another infidel:

ISLAMIST extremists in Gaza kidnapped a European journalist and peace activist this week and promised to kill him within 30 hours if Hamas did not release Palestinian prisoners. For the past two and a half years, he has been in Gaza with the International Solidarity Movement, monitoring human rights violations by Israel.

Israel Matzav notes how he arrived:

Israel Radio reports that Arrigoni – who is pro-‘Palestinian’ – entered Gaza with the first blockade-running flotilla and has lived in Gaza ever since. Useful idiot.

Well apparently he wasn’t a useful enough idiot because he’s now been killed

Hamas found the body of a pro-Palestinian Italian activist who was abducted and killed by al Qaeda aligned militants in the Gaza Strip, raising questions about the Islamist group’s security grip on the coastal enclave. Two men were arrested and others were being sought in the killing of Vittorio Arrigoni, 36, who was found strangled in an abandoned house, Hamas officials said.

The folks at Salem-news.com on the west coast have an… interesting take concerning this murder:

People in Gaza have a voice because of hard working dedicated peace activists like Vik Arrigoni. Beyond the overly religious fanatical Salafist radicals, the only detractors this man had were Israeli Zionists who wished for his death for years.

You will note in the video below that Ken O’Keefe, our writer and diehard activist friend in Gaza, does not believe or at least did not, that any Palestinian could be responsible for Vik’s death.

Indeed, it is hard to imagine anyone doing this to a man who was so well loved and respected. It is exceedingly clear that everything is out of sync.

The perpetrators of this crime Ken suggests, were Zionist agents of Israel. This is the obvious relentless enemy of the Palestinian people, with frequent strikes on civilian targets in Gaza from U.S. made fighter jets and drones.

I’m sure Mr. O’Keefe doesn’t. After all why would anyone ever think that any Palestinian could be responsible for senseless violence. Oh and Itamar doesn’t count, beheading infants and killing children isn’t senseless if they are Jews.

Exit Question: Given the level of denial in the statement above who is more fanatical in their beliefs? the “Salafist radicals” or the authors of this article?

Update: It’s not a laughing matter but how else can you react when you see such an article like this one at the guardian?:

Arrigoni’s brutal murder comes after the murder of a settler family and the shooting of theatre director Juliano Mer-Khamis last week. Writing as someone who has spent a great deal of time in the West Bank over the years, these events seem alien to the Palestinian culture of resistance I have come to know and respect. Such actions smack of some kind of dirty war, based on motives that have little to do with the ongoing struggle for Palestinian self-determination.

Are you kidding me?

…and finds the neighborhood wanting:

Here is the part to me that says something about us societally. Obviously multiple gun shots. Just look at the number of dead people. NO ONE CALLED THE COPS.

The police were alerted by a device called Shot Spotter. If it weren’t for the technology how long might it have been before the police knew something happened? Dawn?

This to me says more about the neighborhood and what some areas think about society; law and order than others do.

The truth is a lot of race hucksters have made a comfortable living pitting Black Americans against the police and their communities have paid the price for it in blood.

…let the left go on about how freedom is restricted in America, how they were repressed under George W. Bush while in Cuba:

Right now there’s a Cuban Mom in Cuba whom Ive also never met in person but I still consider a Mom who had her son die in one of the regime’s prisons simply because he wanted to be a free man.

Let’s elaborate further:

RTVE reports that there have been at least 25 arrests and/or detentions following the death of Tamayo Zapata for the purpose of preventing their attendance to his funeral.

Let’s be blunt: These people are murderous bastards, the people in congress and Hollywood are supporting them are supporting murderous bastards. The people who are gung ho about closing Gitmo while ready to embrace the actual concentration camp that is the rest of the island are at best ignorant and at worst complicit in the support of murderous bastards.

If you want to know the difference between America and Cuba in real life here it is. If you want to see the difference between a democratic administration and a republican one here it is.

And this little story is enough to make you want to punch the screen.

The elite’s treatment of the Gulag that is Cuba is like watching Kitty Genovese get murdered over and over again.

Speaking of seeing what you want to see here is the headline from Channel 12 news:

Professor Dies After Stabbing at Binghamton University

And the story that followed:

A Binghamton University professor is dead tonight after being stabbed by an anthropology student.

It happened around 1:45 pm Friday in the Science 1 Building on campus.

This is video of the hallway where the incident happened.

A witness tells Action News that an older male graduate student entered the office of professor Richard Antoun and then stabbed him.

A seemingly senseless murder but lets look at another headline on the same subject from a different source:

Saudi Arabian student charged with killing prof

And the story:

A Binghamton University graduate student from Saudi Arabia was charged with killing a professor emeritus in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies.

Abdulsalam al-Zahrani was charged Saturday with stabbing to death Richard Antoun last Friday in his office at the update New York university.

Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen said in a statement that there is no indication of a religious or ethnic motivation, according to reports.

Antoun, 77, had conducted research in Jordan, Lebanon and Iran, according to reports.

What is the connection? Mark Steyn provides it:

Another Case of PTSD?

…and this time the poor guy’s not even in the military! From Channel 12 WBNG:

A Binghamton University professor is dead tonight after being stabbed by an anthropology student.

That’s one way of putting it. Another is that Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani killed Richard T Antoun, author of Understanding Fundamentalism: Christian, Islamic and Jewish Movements.

What is amazing is many of the same people who insist Global Warming is a clear and present danger look at the repeated evidence of the dangers of radical Islamists and discount it utterly.

The story doesn’t rate a mention on memeorandum, Pam Geller noticed, but then again she always does and makes this observation concerning the murder of this convert to Judaism:

There will be no coverage of this, yet again. If it were a white guy killing a black professor, or a Jewish guy killing a muslim, they would be clubbing us like baby seals with it.

Take a look at the photo, this wasn’t some kid either this guy was MY age. No wonder the Yale people are terrified.

Three choices: submit, convert or die. If you aren’t going to resist, then make your choice.

Update: Michelle discovers it today in my own local paper (we have two), no word on why it’s in the “money” section.

Update 2: Just had lunch at the Diner at the corner. It was on the front page of the print edition.

It’s unfortunately business as usual:

Noor Almaleki has just died in Arizona. May she rest in peace. May her murderer, her father, be brought to justice. My condolences to those who loved her.

May American justice prevail. The prosecutor has described this as an “attempted honor killing.”

At a court hearing over the weekend in Phoenix, county prosecutor Stephanie Low told a judge that Almaleki admitted to committing the crime.

“By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family,” Low said. “This was an attempt at an honor killing.”

Michelle Malkin is appalled, Grand Rants is horrified:

This is the second known honor killing this year in America. I pray that it is the last, but I fear there is worse to come. As I said back in February: Unthinkable at one time, but no more.

And memeorandum is practically empty on the subject.

If you wonder why Pam Geller personally spends so much time and effort on the Rifqa Bary this is why.

Pretending this isn’t happening is no solution, or like minority children killed in black neighborhoods by minority drug dealers are we going to ignore them because these are Muslims being killed by other Muslims?

The Former is already a national disgrace the latter is going to become one, and like the former it will affect the entire land no matter how much we pretend otherwise.

Update: The Moderate voice opines:

Imagine for a moment that a segment of the Southern Baptist Church was supporting the idea of parents killing their teenage daughters for going out on dates. The public reaction would be swift and severe (and properly so). Media figures like Bill Maher would go ballistic, labeling the entire Christian Church with such behavior.

And yet when this exact thing is happening within the Muslim community the reaction seems muted. In the United States today there are parents killing their children (usually daughters) for engaging in ‘dishonorable behavior’. One parent recently killed his child by running her over with his car.

I am not suggesting that this behavior represents the mainstream of any faith. But it is something that ought to be condemned regardless of where it is being done and the PC silence on the topic is disturbing.

So close and yet still slightly in denial.