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and they will come; except in Baltimore

By Mike Cunningham On June 26th, 2015

I note that our fellow contributor Mahons delivered a eulogy to the life of freedom in the America he sees today. If that is what he sees, and believes, good luck to him!

However, just beneath the surface, there are roiling tensions from the huge and ever-widening gap between Black and White Americans today.

As many know I hold sporting endeavours with supreme disinterest; but I also accept that I am in a minority, both here in England, as well as in America. To the vast majority of Americans and their British cousins, sport remains the ultimate dream; to win, to compete, to endure, to admire, to envy and to follow. As I wrote, it all just leaves me stone cold, but; if that is what turns their wheels, why not?

So I just wonder what our good and true friend Mahons thought about the Baseball game played on April 29th to an entirely empty stadium. Empty because the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox was scheduled at the same time as the Black-run City of Baltimore’s Administration and Police stated that they could not guarantee the safety of the fans.

As Rush Limbaugh said:-

That’s right, my friends.  Baltimore is going to pay tribute to gangs and community organizers and freelance thugs today.  The Baltimore Orioles will play at Camden Yards without fans because it’s too dangerous.  You know how much economic impact a baseball game, a baseball season has in Baltimore that’s being shut down today?  It’s incredible, the economic impact of a home game for the Baltimore Orioles, and it’s just gonna be wiped out.
Because they don’t have the courage to let fans in, because they don’t think they can control the riffraff.  This is unprecedented.  According to John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, this will be a first.  There has never been a game played before an empty stadium. The previous low record for attendance happened on September 28, 1882, for a game in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The lowest attended game was then, and 1882 is back in the days of the founding of the game.


Rush only got one thing wrong. The stadium had to close the gates, because the Police had been withdrawn, and the Mayor had virtually handed the entire City over to the Black hoodlums!


33 Responses to “and they will come; except in Baltimore”

  1. I note that our fellow contributor Mahons delivered a eulogy to the life of freedom in the America he sees today. If that is what he sees, and believes, good luck to him!

    It’s the same in London and most other cities and towns in the UK, if you can get from A to B hassle free, not pick up a speeding fine, and not get mugged, it’s worth the effort of composing a thread about the event.

  2. Is mugging a real fear for the average person in London? I think that Colm – who lives there – has more than once rejected the idea that it is.

    It isn’t much of a fear for the average person here.

  3. Colm, does not get out much then.

  4. O/T

    I have just listened to Cameron on the news channels doing the rounds, reference all the murders, terror attacks, suicide bombs at mosques, and a beheading and terror attack in central France. Cameron could not get the words out fast enough, he reminded us all that this is nothing to do with Islam, and Islam is a religion of peace.

    He really said that.

  5. I think that Cameron, and some here ( hi Petr! ) think that these are all isolated incidents, which are not connected in any way, and to say that they are or to even think that they are is evidence of prejudice.

    Maybe if we pretend that there is not a threat they’ll leave us alone. Yeah, right.

  6. You misheard Cameron, Harri.
    He was talking about “The decision of Greece”.

  7. Harri –

    I saw that and would have mentioned it maybe. In fact there’s so much interesting stuff around today, not to mention that Friday night is music night, but someone’s posted three feet of irrelevent crap about Baltimore.

    This place needs an editor.

  8. Phantom — I have shown that your own thinking on these matters is irrational, inconsistent, and laden with prejudice.

  9. London is grand. I am there often, getting mugged isn’t a major fear.

  10. Petr

    You have taken to an atypical self congratulatory, superior and accusatory approach.

    We already have others that do that very well, please let the old Petr come back.

    Newsflash – It’s OK to criticize religion. If you were a real communist, you would know that.

  11. Colm here – still alive and surviving in Baghdad on the Thames 🙂

    Yes in all honesty of course there are fears of being mugged or burgled or the victim of other crimes in London and in certain areas and late at night that possibility is magnified, but London is not some awful hellhole of fear and chaos and blood in the streets as some seem to say. Millions of people live here and enjoy living here and have a great time in this city. I have lived in it all my life and while I am not going to be all sentimental and ‘knees up mother brown’ about it, its a fine and great city to live in and all places have their problems but I am happy enough with being here.

  12. Phantom — You accused me of coming to the table to bad faith earlier. That might have sharpened my tone somewhat!

    I criticise religion all day long, but accurately so, and without demonising countless millions of decent folk.

  13. I am not demonizing any decent folk

    I am demonizing a horrid belief system that is causing great pain and death on a very wide scale, against multiple other cultures and belief system.

    If you do not see a particular problem with the war religion, you are intentionally being blind or you are operating on the ” enemy of my enemy is my friend ” system that sees Israel or Dick Cheney as the root cause of the turmoil of the last 1400 years.

  14. Nope. There’s a third option. I’ve read of the sociology of religion and have a more nuanced understanding of the issue. I’ve looked at Robert Pape’s research which blows your proposition out of the water, and so forth.

  15. I’m sure it’s a marvelous nuance , but the bodies just keep piling up in France, Pakistan, Kuwait, and in multiple other countries across the globe.

    Is it unfair to demonize the demonic?

  16. I criticise religion all day long, but accurately so, and without demonising countless millions of decent folk.

    Because you’re dishonest and an intellectual coward.

    In criticising “religion” you’re picking on an abstract, impersonal target.

    However you won’t criticise Islam’s adherents, many of whom voluntarily adopt and follow its absurd, wicked demands. A white, Christian reactionary you will criticise, but many adult muslims just as freely adopt their far more reactionary beliefs.

  17. Colm.

    As safe as houses in the old smoke, I should think knife crime for just one example must almost be at zero now.


  18. In fact, if I worked for, let’s say ‘Trident’ I would think to myself ‘hey, things are so slow, maybe redundancies might be on the cards’.

    London safe?

    You couldn’t make this shit up.

  19. I notice there are mass protest planned by the peaceful followers of the religion, peace and understanding throughout Europe in particular, to show there stand against there terrorist brothers and sisters.

    No, me neither.

  20. “Because you’re dishonest and an intellectual coward… ”

    I’m neither as it goes but you have described very well someone who sits alone every time and types the very same thing to the very same blog to the very same people, and worries about how the front page appears, and if someone uses coloured fonts etc. Now were someone like that to exist, they’d be a truly pathetic pillock.

  21. You’d be more dignified in debating my substantiated charge, Tarasov.

  22. Harri

    I didn’t say London was safe, what city of several million people is ? I do say there are a hell of a lot of worse places in the world to and London by almost all measurements globally would be in the top range of places to live in.

  23. I disagree with Pete almost as much as I disagree with you , but I don’t think that either of you are ” pathetic ” or ” pillocks ” who ” sits alone ” all the time.

    I think you are both adhere to utopian belief systems which causes both of you to lose sight of the actual flesh and blood world we live in at times.

  24. Colm, on June 26th, 2015 at 8:47 PM Said:
    I didn’t say London was safe, what city of several million people is

    You mean 11 million people?

    And climbing.

  25. I say London is safe!

    As is NYC!

  26. Phantom –

    There’s nothing so utopian as “government will fix it”.

    Colm –

    London was once quite civilised, when populated by a few million Britons. The London of black and muslim enrichers, not quite so much.

  27. Pete

    That is true.

    But the second most utopian approach is ” dismantle all government and all will be ducky “

    I believe in ” figure out what works best and do that “, a fairly agnostic approach that allows for private or government to act, as appropriately in a mixed economy. No one size fits all in anything.

  28. Oh Michael, how silly of you. You who lived in and benefitted from a real dictatorship in the old South Africa can’t really expect a reaction other than howling laughter to your post.

  29. don’t know and don’t care what has been or is being said, but this

    However, just beneath the surface, there are roiling tensions from the huge and ever-widening gap between Black and White Americans today.

    is shear nonsense. That is the perfect example that none of you understand a damn thing about us…. lol

  30. Some might be surprised at how normal and good and easy relations are among ordinary blacks, whites, latins.

    It is a million times better than 3-4 decades ago.

    I don’t minimize the problems when I say this either.

  31. it’s true though, yet the rest of the world thinks the whole country is about to break into riots.

    That’s what happens when a view is constructed from a keyhole view.

  32. Troll

    You did say on another thread though that racism from blacks against whites in the US had become ‘hundreds times worse’ or words to that effect.

  33. No I said blacks are a 100 times more racist than whites in the US. That doesn’t mean we are going to riot over it.