Regarding the escalating violence in the city:
This is how you know that US press is captured.....it is now a propaganda machine for US corporate interests. As we listen to our leaders call Snowden a criminal guilty of espionage we are watching the world look at America as a Banana Republic.....we are being made to look like fools as the US identifies everyone around it a behaving criminally when it is the US government and US corporations behaving criminally. Americans and the entire world know this to be true! It is only the leadership in America who are complicit with all of the crime that are seeing their schemes unraveling that decry all as treachery. The American people are charging the BOOZ corporation and the US government with espionage as we all know they were operating outside the parameters of any law that could be passed broadening the definition of surveillance and that is what the whistle blower Snowden is trying to make public. If you have a government aiding and abetting crime you cannot go to that government for resolution, and so you take it to the international community.
So what does espionage and the War on the Poor and working class have to do with press coverage? I stated before that I attended the Johns Hopkins symposium on gun control and talked with Daniel Webster as to the flaw in Hopkins' approach to gun control. I made the obvious statement that it was the 'bad guys' at the top of the income ladder that were the problem and that draining the economy and government coffers of tens of trillions of dollars has deepened poverty and escalated crime and violence.....ergo.....the increased buying, trading, and using of guns. IT IS THE BAD GUYS AT THE TOP OF THE INCOME LADDER DANIEL! Daniel didn't see any problems at the top of the ladder and simply said 'we don't want to hear excuses'! So, the problem and solution is now an excuse to be discarded. What is really behind the gun control issue is the fear that the guns are going to be turned on the leaders committing the crimes. We have had gun violence in Baltimore for decades with as high as 300 people a year being killed as poverty grew. Weapons manufacturers were allowed to reap huge profits as long as the poor and working class were killing themselves. Now, as wealth inequity and Rule of Law has disappeared we know that the violence will spread and plans for rebellion will grow......AND THAT IS TOWARDS WHAT THIS GUN CONTROL IS DIRECTED. No doubt we want gun control......getting military weapons off the streets and away from the public is a good thing. You simply do not want to do that in the middle of a government coup when American citizens are being preyed upon by corporations and their pols!
As I watch the go to guy Webster lament that the criminalizing rules of the gun control law were not passed and that the existing laws will probably be overturned in the Supreme Court......I AM TELLING DANIEL WEBSTER THAT THE PROBLEM IS THE 'BAD GUYS AT THE TOP OF THE INCOME LADDER'!
National Press Club to Host "NEWSMAKER" Media Briefing on Reducing Gun Violence in America with Daniel Webster, Director of Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Baltimore City Council is very pleased that Chief Batts will bring in the FBI and State Police to stop this violence of people simply outraged over the direction of development and plans for the city. Never once does anyone in the police department or City Hall mention the public policy and the suspended Rule of Law that creates this mess.
CITY HALL AND THE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY TIED TO THE SUSPENSION OF RULE OF LAW IS THE PROBLEM......
Despair, resolve in Baltimore after 20 shot over the weekend Eight killed in bloody outburst; councilman calls hearing
1/7 By Justin Fenton, Justin George and Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun 9:15 p.m. EDT, June 24, 2013
Surrounded by farmland at an Iowa facility for troubled youths, Gervontae Burgess' circumstances could hardly have been more different from those in his violent Baltimore neighborhood. Brad Knight, Burgess' football coach, remembers a bright young man with a broad smile and a desire to help others.
"Gervontae was one of those kids who soaked everything in. He wanted to be a great teammate and wanted to learn," said Knight, who coached Burgess at the Clarinda Academy. "My worry was always that when they went home, we were going to throw them right back to the wolves."
Burgess did come back, and he soon found himself locked up multiple times. Last weekend, the 20-year-old was one of eight people fatally shot across Baltimore. He died Saturday in a Pennsylvania Avenue shooting that also killed a 49-year-old woman.
Police scrambled Monday to stop the violence after a weekend in which 20 people were shot — the city's worst outbreak in years. Monday evening was marked with yet another shooting, this time with two men injured by gunfire in the Shipley Hill neighborhood. That shooting was reported about 8:20 p.m. near the intersection of Hollins Street and South Catherine Street in Southwest Baltimore.
As City Council members decried the bloodshed, Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts visited the site of an East Baltimore quintuple shooting that took the life of Donyae Jones, an 18-year-old woman.
In his first public appearance since the shootings, Batts took a brief stroll through a block of Kenwood Avenue and embraced Joanna Harvell, who said she was Jones' mother-in-law.
"I'm scared to come out the door. I'm in fear for my grandkids to come out here," Harvell said. Her son, Anthony Harvell, said he was married to Jones and his life would never be the same. "She was the only girl I ever loved. I feel like I'm dead, too."
Gregory Stewart, 51, who lives one block south, said he appreciated the police visit to his neighborhood but wondered whether the violence would spur any lasting change.
"In two, three weeks when they drop back, it'll be the same situation," he said.
After the weekend, a total of 110 people had been slain in Baltimore this year, and homicides were up 10 percent compared with the same time last year. In Washington, by comparison, there have been 38 homicides in 2013.
"For us, this is a concern," Batts told reporters on Kenwood Avenue. "This is a spike. We will respond to the spike and be assertive about it."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who is attending a conference in Las Vegas, said in a statement that the "this weekend's senseless violence will not diminish our resolve to target repeat violent offenders, gangs and illegal guns."
Flanked by police commanders from across the city, Batts said he was working with federal and state partners to crack down, including an increased role for the city sheriff's office. He said he met with City Council members last week and that they are "very supportive, very happy with the job we're doing."
But downtown, City Council members were questioning police Monday. Councilman Brandon Scott, who represents Northeast Baltimore, called for a hearing to look into the weekend's shootings, saying he wanted to make sure the Police Department was prepared for an upward trend in summer violence.
He said he was holding the department to the standard of 2011, when Baltimore saw a 30-year low in homicides.
"If we're not at 2011 numbers, then we're failing," Scott said. "As of right now, we're failing. Why aren't we having the success we had in the past?"
City Councilman Carl Stokes said he took exception to statements by police officials who said they were generally satisfied with this year's crime statistics. He said he spoke to many residents who were also upset by those statements.
"I really have no words," Stokes said. "I am as stunned as my community."
Councilwoman Helen Holton, who represents Southwest Baltimore, said residents are fed up with the violence and the inability of city government to quell it.
"We have low morale. People don't believe in the vision of this city," she said. "The citizens aren't buying into the plans for the future. There's a sense of people throwing their hands up the in air in total frustration."
IF YOU THINK IT IS ONLY A WAR ON THE POOR.....DON'T FORGET SENIORS.....YOU HAVE HAD ALL YOUR WEALTH STOLEN AS WELL!!!! THEY ARE AFTER ALL ASSETS AND IT WILL NOT BE PRETTY WHAT THESE SOCIOPATHS PLAN FOR SENIORS.
40 years ago when the public policy of the day thought that consolidating the poor into high rise apartments surrounded by public services was the most efficient way to handle this social safety net program? What you got was decades of underfunding, massive fraud and government corruption moving all funds going to these projects into the hands of connected people and a slow deterioration of the buildings, quality of life, and society surrounding these 'housing projects'. Now they are going to do the same thing with the elderly that are coming with the baby boomers. They have taken all the boomer's wealth through corporate fraud and handed the care of seniors to hedge funds like Carlyle and have Affordable Care Act that consolidates the health system into global corporations all leading to what will be a tremendous 'ghetto' for the seniors.
If you do not believe that politicians working for corporate interests will not defund and neglect the buildings, the people, and the quality of life for seniors then I have swampland in Florida for you! WE KNOW THAT IS THE GOAL! It is the same when they consolidate here in Baltimore into complexes that no one wants to be tracked into. Seniors do not want to be isolated in senior communities....they intend on living freely in the greater communities collecting all of their wealth stolen from them through massive corporate fraud!
NOTHING MORE CONVENIENT AS MEDICARE AND MEDICAID ARE CUT AND MOST WILL NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD CARE THEN TO NESTLE THEM IN SECLUSION
GET RID OF THIRD WAY CORPORATE NEO-LIBERALS AND RUN AND VOTE FOR LABOR AND JUSTICE CANDIDATES!
Massive Annapolis proposal spurs neighborhood battle
180-acre project would include senior care, shopping and townhousesJanet Richardson is working to develop a section of her Crystal Spring Farm into senior living and a mixed use development. The plan is controversial in Annapolis, with opponents saying the project will destroy some of the last forestland on Forest Drive. (Photo by Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun / June 5, 2013)
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun 8:10 p.m. EDT, June 24, 2013
To its developers, Crystal Spring Annapolis represents a new wave of retirement living: Senior apartments and nursing home rooms nestled in the woods. A cluster of specialty shops a short walk or golf cart ride away. An inn and village green attracting people of all ages.
To the proposed project's detractors, Crystal Spring represents another attempt to burden congested roads with an oversized development in one of the state capital's last remaining forested areas.
Battle lines have been drawn over the project, which at 180 acres and 540 units is one of the largest Annapolis has seen in years. It's also one of the most contentious, leading to a fight featuring protests, petitions and even dueling Twitter accounts.
The developers have made a public relations push, and opponents have been pushing back just as insistently — all before the project is even under official consideration by city officials.
"This will be the largest development the city has ever seen and probably will ever see," said Ray Sullivan, who lives in the Hillsmere neighborhood just outside city limits and has been fighting the proposal as part of the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation. "I don't know how else there would ever be a development this big. There's no land."
Opponents of Crystal Spring Annapolis will hold a meeting Wednesday to marshal their forces and educate the public about their views.
The same night, the developers will hold the latest in a series of information sessions for potential residents of the senior community.
The landowner and a Connecticut-based development company say the opposition is limited to a couple dozen vocal critics. They say there's a large but quiet contingent of people who support Crystal Spring Annapolis for the jobs it would bring and for the alternative option for senior living. OH, REALLY????
"Nobody's hearing about the people who are for the project, because they don't want to fight the battles in the media," said Janet Richardson-Pearson, owner of the property.
Marshall Breines, the Connecticut developer who has a contract to buy the land and build on the site, said the city's permitting process will allow him to present the project in clearer detail and "overcome [the opposition] with facts."
Environmentalists and neighbors say they're eager for that review process, too.
"Because they haven't put in an application, it becomes kind of murky," Sullivan said. "They've been out there taking ads and they're giving the impression that it's approved and it hasn't been."
Crystal Spring Annapolis would be located on Richardson-Pearson's 180-acre Crystal Spring Farm, along the southern edge of Annapolis on busy Forest Drive, not far from Annapolis Middle School.
The project would include a "continuing care retirement community" run by National Lutheran Communities & Services. It calls for 362 apartments and single-story cottages for seniors, plus 52 beds for nursing care and assisted living, tucked away from Forest Drive on the rear of the property.
On the front half of the property, separated from the retirement community by woods and a stream, would be a shopping area anchored by a Harris Teeter grocery store. Also planned are an 80-room inn and spa, a 300-seat cultural arts center, 126 townhouses for people of all ages, a 2-acre village green and a new location for the Annapolis Wellness House, which offers services for people with cancer.
Richardson-Pearson has agreed to make water-quality improvements that she says will offset the project's impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Crystal Spring has the endorsement of the South River Federation.
Richardson-Pearson says the project will marry her interests: establishing a desirable place for people to retire, helping people with cancer and providing services that people in Annapolis can use.
Richardson-Pearson said buildings will be designed to evoke a village-like feel. "I'm not the typical property owner trying to squeeze every dollar out of every square inch," she said.
Richardson-Pearson is hoping Crystal Spring will attract people such as Douglas Hole. He and his wife, Donna, live in a neighborhood a few miles away and like the idea of moving to a retirement community without having to find a new church or new doctors.
"I think for us, as we grow older, this might be a very, very good approach for us," said Hole, 71, a retired Air Force colonel. Donna Hole, 68, used to be the chief of historic preservation for the city of Annapolis. "The whole thing is right here. We're not inclined to pack up and go to Florida."