Saturday, January 11, 2014

Baltimore Muderland - Some Things Never Change

Most stereotypes and derogatives exist for a reason - they tend to be at least partially true.

Bodymore, Murderland.  Baltimore, Maryland.  Synonymous.  Yesterday, Baltimore recorded its 14th murder.  That's the 14th murder in 11 days.  I jokingly stated on the first day of the year when there were 2 murders that the city was on pace to witness 730 murders in 2014.  At the 11th day of the year, I'm still not too far from that.  With 14 murders in the first 11 days, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake's city is on pace for 464 homicides.  At this rate, we're outpacing Detroit and Chicago - much bigger cities.  I wonder if we're outpacing Baghdad.

With temperatures hovering around 0-10° for several days thus far this year, it is puzzling how this many people could have been killed.  You'd think that rather than running the streets looking for trouble, people would be huddling in their warm houses.  Perhaps being cooped up in the house for several days, the thugs are getting antsy to fire off some rounds.

In the immortal words of the late Rodney King, "Can't we all just get along?"

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