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Mayor In Dire Straits? Media Pool Accused Of Twisting Her Words?

Posted on | April 28, 2015 | 40 Comments

by Smitty

That almost recalls a song:

Here’s what Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake actually said:

The poor mayor. She misquoted herself. She meant to say: “We gave them space. . .the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship ProtesterBussyPrize. . .its five year mission. . .to seek out planets populated by patriarchal-normative cis-hetero Euro-centric lumber-sexual micro-agressors. . .to destroy their businesses. . .to boldly go where Progress has not gone before. . .because #SocialJustice.”

The Codpiece Media seems to be forgetting that Democrats get to airbrush whatever is necessary for the cause. Only Republicans are to be quoted accurately, especially when gaffing.

Fortunately, Her Majesty is coming; Her Majesty’s pimp hand is strong.


  • DeadMessenger

    BWAHAHAHAHA! It’s funny because it’s true! Honestly, Smitty, I wanted to quote the funniest things you said and enrich them with some additional snark, but it’s all funny as it is. I have to say, though, that “Codpiece Media” is going on my quote list.

  • smitty

    In two syllables, “Codpiece” captures the media’s size, position, function, aroma, and dignity. If I’m about anything, it’s economy of style.

  • DeadMessenger

    I expect no less. That definition has literal, symbolic and possibly prophetic elements to it. If I were still in school, I’d write an awesome paper about the historical, philosophical, political and cultural implications, and it would be a lot less dubious than anything coming out of the gender studies department.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown. Uh, I mean Baltimore. She’s going to try the Full DeBlasio. You know, incite violence and then when it turns ugly pretend she never intended it to happen and the media misquoted her and harumph harumph harumph.

    At least she doesn’t have any dead municipal cops yet. Yet.

    On the other hand, she’s likely to find that the Criminal-American community is not a reliable political constituency. They aren’t a solid enough voting bloc, assuming they do vote at all, to keep her in office.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Where I grew up in Northern VA we called it the city of brotherly hate.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Hopefully this will change the conventional wisdom that restraining the police in these situations will keep it from escalating. It hasn’t worked anywhere else in past few years and it has already failed now in Baltimore. I read somewhere last week that some protest organizers stating that they’d ”shut down the city until they got justice”. Statements like that are a declaration of war, and the escalating violence was entirely predictable.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Well, that’s an issue for the obviously racist black city government and majority black police force to deal with.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Two good things about Baltimore: the sloop of war Constellation (which is NOT the 1797 frigate of the name whatever the city wants you to think) and the bar where Edgar Allen Poe was last seen alive. It’s still there, and still a bar.

  • smitty

    I’m waiting for some connection from Baltimore to Martin O’Malley. Because MO sure has a nice little potential campaign there, and it would be a shame if something were to happen to it.

  • totenhenchen

    On the one hand, I’m inclined to afford her a charitable interpretation of her statement and chalk it up to poor phrasing. On the other hand, the Left’s stock in trade has always been to cast everything any conservative says in the worst possible light and punish accordingly, so fuck ‘er. Maybe it’ll do them some good to get a fat dose of the calumny and blood libel they’ve been heaping upon the rest of us for a century.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Yeah. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Obama admin is behind the recent spate of stories damaging Hillary! and the rest of the detestable Clinton crime family, How and why did the NYT, of all outlets, get on it?

    So if this trips up O’Malley before he gets started, well, such a shame.

    We already know that Obama is surrounded by dirty operatives who will slip the knife in as their boss adjusts his halo and makes mealy mouthed platitudes, above all the nasty infighting.

  • Steve Skubinna

    What charitable interpretation of “safe space to destroy” can you derive? Vox and Salon would break something trying to pretzel themselves into that.

  • Jeanette Victoria

    I thought the media knew just quoting a liberals words is hateful and defamatory.

  • RS

    How about “Merkin Media?”

  • RS

    Their crabcakes are good.

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  • Art Deco

    The Democratic Party recruits it’s office-holders from the legal profession, an occupational subset with little experience actually supervising employees. She’s not only a lawyer, she’s a public defender, i.e. a denizen of the most unimpressive subfraction of the legal profession bar those who run mortgage mills. She’s out of her depth.

  • Steve Skubinna

    They are, however the best crabcakes I have had on the east coast were in Pensacola, FL. Now somebody might pipe up and say “But that’s the Gulf Coast!” Well, everything east of the Mississippi is East Coast.

    I say it’s spinach and to hell with it.

    Anyway the place, if any of you ends up in P-cola, is the Tin Cow. Excellent burgers too, and they have spiked milkshakes which are amazingly good.

  • Steve Skubinna

    She’s mean enough. But my money would be on Jarrett. She’s got to be half Sicilian.

  • RS

    I know Pensacola. The Navy Air Museum is first rate. Of course, I’m biased. My father was a US Navy aviator in WWII.

  • Steve Skubinna

    I was last there late 2013. In the Cubi Pt bar reconstruction my name is still up on the trophy we presented back on WestPac in 1982.

  • Quartermaster

    The overwhelming majority of Dims are out of their depth simply living.

  • smitty

    President Jarrett is the Éminence grise behind the whole sordid affair.

  • Quartermaster

    Anything produced by an Astrologer is less dubious than what comes out of a Gender Studies Department.

  • totenhenchen

    Just that, in giving the actual protestors space, they inadvertently gave the thugs and looters room to operate.

    This interpretation is based upon the “never ascribe to villainy what can be explained by stupidity” line of reasoning.

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  • Fatherless

    It sounded like she was saying the space space to destroy was unintentional.

  • ameryx

    Must demur. What the mayor said, simplified a bit, was “While we tried to make sure that they [the legitimate protestors] were protected… we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that”. She was clearly talking about balancing “allowing the peaceful protestors to exercise their rights” with “leaving room for the rioters to destroy”. One may disagree with the balance she struck, but it is abundantly clear that she did not set out to create “space” for the rioters.
    There are enough legitimate criticisms of Democrats’ words and actions for Republicans to make their point, without deliberately misunderstanding what the mayor of Baltimore said during a very stressful time.

  • Daniel Freeman

    She was clearly talking about balancing “allowing the peaceful protestors to exercise their rights” with “leaving room for the rioters to destroy”.

    As you can see from the results, that is a distinction without a difference in this case. (It is possible to allow protest without allowing crime. Happens all the time.) It was a political gaffe, which is to say that she accidentally told the truth.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Okay, I can see that interpretation. My reading was that she was expressing intent to provide “space” for everyone, including those who wanted to destroy.

    But she might have implied an “unfortunately” or an “inadvertently” in there. What the heck, she’s an Oberlin grad, so I’m still not prepared to cut her any slack.

    Welcome to the real world, which comes at you without trigger warnings and safe spaces.

  • Steve Skubinna

    That is known as a “Kinsleyan Gaffe.”

    Anyway, when somebody says she provided space for people to destroy, and then people destroyed stuff, I take it that there was intent. Maybe she was sloppy in her words, because there sure as hell is no “unfortunately” in there. The way she expressed it, it sounded as if she was shrugging and saying, at best, “Well, we can’t permit peaceful protests without allowing property damage.”

    Apparently in progressive world property owners are not valid political constituents while rioters are.

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  • ameryx

    I’m not suggesting that she struck the correct balance. Indeed, her statement can be read as a confession that they didn’t get it right.
    But that is beside the point. The mayor’s remarks are being characterized as we deliberately created space for destruction; I interpret her remarks as being we couldn’t prevent the rioters from taking advantage of the space we left for the peaceful protestors.
    Argue that the mayor made major mistakes in handling the riots, and I’ll agree with you. But I don’t believe that creating a safe space for destruction was part of the strategy. I doubt that she even anticipated that rioters would take advantage of the space created for the peaceful protesters.

  • Grandson Of TheGrumpus

    …which is NOT the 1797 frigate of the name whatever the city wants you to think)…

    That is information new to me! Can you provide links for my further edification?

    I love all things Historical, but so much of history has been “progressed” that I no longer know what sources to trust. Obviously this is an area of history that you have interest in and can provide guidance— any you could provide would be received w/gratitude!

    Thanks in advance for suggestions you’re able to provide (if any…)!

  • Steve Skubinna

    Well, you can start with the US Navy’s own gouge:

    This has been an acrimonious topic, as for some time the City of Baltimore wanted to claim the oldest USN warship afloat. But it’s clear that the frigate was broken up and her name used for a new sloop of war (a basic examination of the ship’s lines reveals that she isn’t the frigate in any event). The first salvo was fired by Howard Chapelle in his History of the American Sailing Navy. Since then argument has raged but a simple comparison of ship plans makes it clear… there have been articles on both sides in the US Naval Institute Proceedings over the years, but the majority of naval historians have agreed on the ship’s provenance.

    I think even the City of Baltimore has bowed to the weight of historical evidence and accepted that their ship is not the original 1797 frigate.

    Anyway, I can recommend anything by Chapelle, as he nearly single handedly preserved much research on early American sailing craft.

  • Steve Skubinna

    Yeah, who could have seen that coming? Totally unforeseen.

    Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth…

  • Grandson Of TheGrumpus

    Thank you very much for the quick reply!
    Up until now I’ve been consumed learning about America’s land battles: equipment, tactics, strategy, troops & generals. My passion was ignited by (now long forgotten book) about Lord Montrose and “his year of miracles”… battles won against seemingly impossible odds in incredible circumstances— and a chance comment that setas equal his aaccomplishments to those of General Geo. Washington.

    During the years we were posted at Ft.Dix, any time we could shake loose at least a full day we’d make a trip to a battle site! Often it was still a field, and after vetting permission from the owner (if any), we’d comb the site… sometimes we’d even find stuff, too!

    Anyway, thank you again! Ive been thinking that it was time I learned about America’s ships and sea battles… butI procrastinated, unwilling to commit b/c I was weary of all the historic revisionism I’ve run into.

    Reading your post, perceiving that you are a knowledgeable person who could provide a reference to a solid work to start with, tipped the scales the scales— so, off I go!

    And on to another merry quest to feed my mind! Endless hours of pleasure, learning of the ships that protected our Republic!