BB = Baltimore Burning. « Tired of living in a box, the man stopped running ». +Nigeria.

THE HORRIBLE TIMELINE. State of emergency declared.

>>>> « Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard after riots erupted in Baltimore » (CNN).

>>> > « Nearly 200 people have been arrested as a result of a period of unrest in Baltimore that began Monday, Howard Libit, Baltimore’s director of strategic planning and policy, said today.

There were 144 vehicle fires and 15 structure fires, he said » (CNN).

>> > » Yesterday, Seven Baltimore police officers have suffered major injuries in street clashes, a police spokesman said.

One officer was knocked unconscious and others had broken bones, Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said. Video showed a police car burning and a pharmacy damaged.

The unrest came the same day as the funeral in West Baltimore for Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody » (CNN).

« Get complete coverage of breaking news on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile ».

>>> « Up to 5,000 law enforcement officials will be requested from the mid-Atlantic region to help quell violence in Baltimore, a Maryland State Police official said.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said the city will impose a mandatory curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, starting on Tuesday and effective for one week.

Fifteen police officers have been injured during riots and two remained hospitalized, police said. More than two dozen people have been arrested » (CNN).

>>>> Freddie Gray death: Protesters damage cars; 12 arrested. « I’m tired of living in a box »  – So, the black man stopped running to confront death. The young man died in custody. Reflect about this. 

Challenging American Criminal Exceptionalism. (Global Research)

« American exceptionalism reflects the belief that Americans are somehow better than everyone else ».

Why Michael Brown, Trayvon, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and many many many black men shut down in the streets, again and again ? And each  time the Police is incriminated for poorly handling their job according to the protocols, no deterrent action is taken.

Why ?

Is there some hidden pattern inside the police stations unknown to the public ? Why is the American police always short and defaulting with black men cases ? Training ? Exceptional impunity ? Culture of ill-policing ? What about the Mayor or Governor reluctant to condemn those barbaric acts outright on due time ? What is the next step to stop this ?

THE ADMINISTRATION IS LOSING CREDIBILITY DAY BY DAY

President Barack Obama called for a nationwide « soul-searching » and condemned the outbreak of violence in Baltimore that followed the funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died after being arrested more than two weeks ago.

Those responsible for the violence « need to be treated as criminals, » he said, adding that they « distracted from the fact that you had seen multiple days of peaceful protests that were focused on entirely legitimate concerns. »

As Obama spoke at the White House, police and crowds were gathering again on the streets of Baltimore » (CNN).

Peaceful protests can not be the only response to dreadful police arrestations. It is too simple, too lazy and totally irresponsible. Is the administration short of action and authority ? Apparently, yes. Thus, the endless call for « peaceful protests » and after the chant, here we go again. Helpless and insecure.

Condemning civil violence responding to Institutional violence is a sign of weakness and only that. Unfortunately, this is what America has to offer to its people. Incompetence, incapacity and indifference combined, the scenario is awful and stands as a big shame for America.

Watch below a tremendous photo from Baltimore at the Daily Kos.

This should be the title of the picture you are viewing down to the Twitter’s wire :

Confined in the street or jailed openly.

« No passaran » is the interpretation of the cops’ body language. 

– Not surprising, the picture have disappeared either here and at the Daily Kos  ; but you can check it in Twitter, hopefully you’ll find a footprint of it-

And read the comment of the poster : « If ever a photo should exist to explain how we feel every day, from the moment we arise til we fall asleep ». It sounds like Eric Garnier « can’t breathe » SOS unanswered call of despair. This picture mirrors my own situation. It also reminds us the Tiannamen scene. The key word is : Post-mortem democratic times.

Wednesday, the day after.

« Wednesday afternoon’s game between the Orioles and Chicago White Sox in Baltimore will be closed to the public, the Orioles have announced. The unprecedented action follows the postponements of Monday’s and Tuesday’s games against the White Sox until May 28 amid unrest in Baltimore.

Major League Baseball believes this is the first time that a game has been closed to the public, a league source says » (CNN).

GOOD NEWS COMING FROM NIGERIA

« Nigerian troops have rescued 200 girls and 93 women in the Sambisa Forest, the Nigerian Armed Forces announced on its official Twitter account.

The armed forces could not immediately confirm if any of the rescued girls were among the 200 schoolgirls the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped in April 2014 from the northeastern Nigerian village of Chibok. That abduction led to a social media movement, #BringBackOurGirls, to rescue them.

Nigerian troops also captured and destroyed three terrorist camps, the armed forces said.

Get complete coverage of breaking news on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile ».

WASHINGTON IS FAILING ITS OWN PEOPLE AND  ITS CREED

America has failed to learn lessons from the previous events at Ferguson, NY and Oklahoma City where the State University has implemented an unprecedented rule of tolerance zero.

OKLAHOMA RULE OF ZERO TOLERANCE FOR RACISM CAN INSPIRE THE SLEEPY GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN BRAIN DEATH

For the lost cabinet of the president, here is a good reading I discovered in South Carolina – Mauldin – at « Noble and Barnes », while looking at the « New Jim Crow » : a book by Paul Johnson, « A History of the American People ». Right at the opening of the book, I read this in Part One « A city on a Hill » – I like that subtitle :

« The United States, from its earliest colonial times, won its title-deeds in the full blaze of recorded history, and the stains on them are there for all to see and censure: the dispossession of an indigenous people, and the securing of self-sufficiency through the sweat and pain of an enslaved race. In the judgmental scales of history, such grievous wrongs must be balanced by the erection of a society dedicated to justice and fairness. Has the United States done this ? Has it expiated its organic sins ? The second question provides the key to the first.

In the process of nation-building, can ideals and altruism – the desire to build the perfect community – be mixed successfully with acquisitiveness and ambition, without which no dynamic society can be built at all ? Have the Americans got the mixture right ? Have they forged a nation where righteousness has the edge over the needful self-interest? Thirdly, the Americans originally aimed to build an other-wordly « City on a Hill, » but found themselves designing a republic of the people, to be a model for the entire planet. Have they made good their audacious claims? Have they indeed proved exemplars for humanity? And will they continue to be so in the new millennium ? »

At this stage, you can take a respiration and say « this is huge ».

But, stay with me for  the best part :

« We must never forget that the settlement of what is now the United States was only part of a larger enterprise. And this was the work of the best and the brightest of the entire European continent. They were greedy. As Christopher Columbus said, men crossed the Atlantic (*) primarily in search of gold. But they were also idealists. These adventurous men thought they could transform the world for the better. Europe was too small for them – for their energies, their ambitions, and their visions. In the 11th, 12th, 13th centuries, they had gone east, seeking to reChristianize the Holy Land and it surroundings, and also to acquire land there. The mixture of religious zeal, personal ambition – not to say cupidity – and lust for adventure which inspired generations of Crusaders was the prototype for the enterprise of the Americas.

So, my friends, tell me whch part of the « City on a Hill » is winning and which one has been betrayed by the other side using institution-building, ruling, and planning to feed their endless cupidity and ruthless power ?

(*) Crossing the Atlantic – from France to America –  has inspired me the title of a book over my journey in America « A Transatlantic Travel ». This journey started at Atlanta to pay tribute to Docteur King who belongs to Africa – above all- and to the entire Humanity, the same for Gandhi. King can not be King without the echo of the gospel rooted in his blood and driven by the negro spiritual.

This first transatlantic travelling ended at Maryland (Prince George County), next door to Baltimore. The Greyhound  got me to Washington at the Union station.  By the way, the Washington metro trains are dirty and ugly. They don’t fit the size of the majestic city they represent : A city on the Hill. Everything is old in there, just compared to Atlanta’s Marta and even Paris Metropolitan.

I suppose the majority of those people using the Metro, on the exception of the Pentagone City men are blacks (for too many reasons), and the state of the metro reflects the consideration given to them : old-fashioned, out-of-date and nasty. Good for elimination and police-trampling, may be I should say « trampoline ».

While at Atlanta, I remembered Mrs Bachman (the politician) trying to sing some rap music to laugh at people like me « dressing like us but in need of 20 dollars » (those are  her cunning words). The roots of America are not Jewish, but Latino, British and Black alike who have been building this city on a Hill for centuries. The city has turned Jewish on its top due to « needful self-interest » of the slavers and banksters from Jewish obedience. Not surprising, they are encircling the president of the United States inside the presidential cabinet where the president is held hostage, with his consent. He has surrendered to them showing his hands to be handcuffed by the campaign-trail dirty money. Now, he is mouth shut and soul-searching. 

I suppose I am lost here in Europe and stranded. Do I need a bottle to send my black woman’s SOS message? Who to ?

Baltimore, take care and keep being alert, and please, look at the fake rap-singers into their monkeys eyes. When you do so, you will find yourself « soul-searching free ».

God Bless America.

Elise Mbock, the admin.

_____________________

Paul Johnson has « dedicated his book  to the people of America – strong, outspoken, intense in their convictions, sometimes wrong-headed but always generous and brave, with a passion for justice no nation has ever matched ».

« A History of the American People » – Harper Perrenial edition, 1999.

Previously, I wrote this. Thank you American people for being what you are. It echoes Paul Johnson’s outlook.

Paul Johnson is also the author of : « A History of the English People » and « A History of the Jews ».

« Be not afraid of Greatness ». (Paul Johnson citing Shakespeare).

« The creation of the United States of America is the greatest of all human adventures. No other national story holds such tremendous lessons, for the American people themselves and for the rest of mankind. It now spans four centuries and, as we enter the new millennium, we need to retell it, for if we can learn these lessons and build upon them, the whole of humanity will benefit in the new age which is now opening. American history raises three fundamental questions. First, can a nation rise above the injustices of its origins and, by its moral purpose and performance, atone for them ? All nations are born in war, conquest, and crime, usually concealed by the obscurity of a distant past ». (Paul Johnson).

_____________________

BRIEF FROM CNN

1 –  Baltimore.

The task force in charge of investigating the death of Freddie Gray has given its report to prosecutors, Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.

« This does not mean that the investigation is over. If new evidence is found, » investigators will follow it, Batts said.

The police van carrying Gray on April 12 made an additional, previously undisclosed stop, Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said.

Get complete coverage of breaking news on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

2 – Nigeria.

Nigerian troops rescued an additional 160 women and children from Boko Haram days after finding hundreds of other hostages, the military said Thursday.(CNN)

3 – US Presidential election.

Aides confirm a report that Bernie Sanders plans to run for the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination.

« I am running for president, » Sanders told The Associated Press in a story published Wednesday. Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, is Hillary Clinton’s first official challenger.

Get complete coverage of breaking news on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

JUSTICE IS UNDERWAY

May the 1st.

From CNN. « Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters today that her office’s investigation, coupled with a medical examiner’s determination that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, led her to determine there is probable cause to file criminal charges ».

Six police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said today.

One officer — the driver of the police van — has been charged with several counts, including second-degree depraved-heart murder. Another officer has been charged with several counts, including manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Two other officers have been charged with several counts, including involuntary manslaughter. And two officers are charged with several counts, including second-degree assault.

Plus. Stand by me super singer has passed away – He is rejoining Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke

Singer Ben E. King, known for his hit « Stand by Me, » has died, his booking agent says.

Stand by me.