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About BazookaJoe

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  1. I understand the intent of your theory and I do agree with much of it but at the same time, you have to careful not to generalize so much. It's certainly you're right and I'm not telling you how to think but I work around a lot of kids/young adults and many of them are in fact caring and decent people. Quite a few of them have only one parent, some who are obviously neglected and yet, have a surprising grasp of why it shouldn't be that way. I don't sense a violent, callous and certainly not a murderous mind set. Yes, they listen to hip-hop and hear all the graphic and degrading language and yet, they still are polite to me and if I ask them do some job related work, they are more than willing to do so. And if they hop aboard the "no killing for this weekend" band wagon, it's at least giving them a sense of what's right and what's wrong. It may not slow down the murders but in the constant battle between good and evil, it's more positive than negative in my opinion.
  2. There simply isn't enough police. I don't see any other, short term solution than increasing the volume on the streets and if that means a outright police state, then so be it. It has to be 24/7 on every street in every part of town. Otherwise, the current "deterrents" in place will continue to be futile. This obviously is not a popular perspective and even the law abiding citizens would probably be mortified but bad children need more than one baby sitter when it comes to this disaster. If anyone has any other solution at this point, I'd love to hear it.
  3. If we're talking about long term projections of crime in Baltimore City, there's a lot that can be done and to accept conditions as futile is never going to realize the positive visions many people have of the area. However, if you're talking about right now, July 2017 and trying to solve the violence that's currently ongoing, I really don't see any other solution than the Governor declaring the city a police state, including the involvement of the military. It would have to be installed immediately and would have to be 24/7 for the foreseeable future. There's no possible way for city police alone to be any kind of deterrent. That's been more than obvious for many years. And if this was to come to fruition, it would be an extremely sad and embarrassing commentary on the city itself.
  4. I'm not sure what the exact statistics are but I'm sure a major dilemma for judges is the overcrowding of jails in Maryland and their own hand in the problem. If you're going to rely on incarceration in dealing with criminals and the population of those behind bars becomes overwhelming, doesn't that undermine the efficiency of law enforcement? Maybe it's not so much judges side stepping responsibility for the problem but creating their own monster by sentencing people to jail time when they should be just getting probation. To many citizens, a crime is a crime and should be appropriately punished regardless of what it is but at some point, wouldn't it be more prudent to establish who should truly be behind bars and not on the streets?
  5. What exactly constitutes his strike ending? I think his stand is honorable but not rooted too tightly in reality.
  6. There are some caring parents out there trying to keep their children from going down the wrong roads but realistically, there's also that percentage that are too busy having more children to worry about the ones that are already here. Thus, the seemingly endless cycle of futility continues merrily on in Baltimore City.
  7. I think it's safe to say that if there was a "massive infusion", most of it wouldn't be too memorable, if not traumatic. Same goes for the guys being topless.
  8. I remember the City Paper from my college days. Very sad indeed.
  9. I was watching an interview with Pete Rose and he said if Nolan Ryan was pitching today in his prime, he'd have over 400 strikeouts every year. He said hitters don't hit the ball anymore...they just hit homeruns and that Ryan would absolutely love to see them swinging from their asses trying to hit the ball as far as they could. That pretty much sums up the Oriole line-up. Just amazing at some of the pitches they swing at. No plate discipline what so ever.
  10. You just agree to the terms and conditions, then type in the name on the following page. You then can read how each criminal case turned out. I was just stating the charges. From now on, I will add the disposition. My mistake.
  11. His most serious offense was a rape and kidnapping charge when he was 18 years old. As MM indicated, most of the recent activity was traffic related so there is the possibility he was getting his life together. Without knowing him personally, it's anyone's guess. Either way, I do feel for his brother to have to appear on TV and announce his murder. Had to be extremely hard for him.
  12. At some point, people have to take responsibility for their own actions. Blaming politicians is a convenient path to travel down but ultimately, the neighborhoods themselves need to show accountability. Easier said than done. And I seriously doubt any Republican is going to have any solutions to the problems either.
  13. What's going on is that the nut cases out there know that with the media frenzied world we live in today, their tour de grace will be instantaneously broadcast to millions of people. I'm surprised it doesn't happen more frequently.
  14. Unfortunately, that's a "perfect world" scenario. I seriously doubt that any member of the NAACP finds pleasure or solace in reading about another gang related crime, regardless of who it's against. The truth is, they have worked diligently for several years now to try and get bills pass that attempts to prevent youth-related crime and violence. I feel your frustration but outside of endless incarcerations, the solution resides in teaching children right from wrong before it gets to that point. So simple yet so true. None of these kids were born "gang bangers." Maybe it's time someone took an interest in their lives, including parents, grandparents, mentors and teachers before it spirals out of control and someone ultimately gets hurt or killed.
  15. I think any rational thinking person knows full well how pervasive racism is in all facets of life. Calling for Hogan to declare a state of emergency is paramount to stating the obvious in my opinion. The people who perpetuate racism will not care one iota whether Hogan does this or not. And the people who do care and make an individual stand against inequity and stupidity also don't need any encouragement to lead decent lives. That said, I do think the NAACP is still relevant today for the simple reason that everything they've fought against since the early 1900's exists even today. It may seem outdated and almost redundant in 2017 but I think they're main objective has always been to protect and inspire fair treatment of people who quite possibly can't defend themselves. Unfortunately, that will always be needed in our society.