26 December 2015

Insidious Ignorance - An American Instituition

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"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend."

~ Henri Bergson

As 2016 approaches, I'm struck by the level of ignorance still prevalent with many Americans. Particularly among white Americans on matters of social justice and equality. This isn't just any ignorance, but voluntary ignorance.

In an age where truth and knowledge is readily attained by anyone with the desire to seek it, there's a persistent inclination among many to cling to mistruth and propaganda.

On more than one occasion during the past year, in social media conversations when
I've mentioned the Ku Klux Klan -- America's oldest domestic terror group -- I've gotten reactions attempting to compare the Black Panther Party to the hate group started 150 years ago by Confederate civil war veterans in Tennessee.

It should be noted, though seldom used, the original full name was the Black Panther Party For Self Defense [emphasis added].

Leave it to white supremacy to portray an organization like the Black Panthers, formed for protection from continued merciless attacks and oppression, as "terrorists" or criminals. After all, if you're not "with us, you're against us" right? So says white supremacy. Therefore any organization seeking to fight the power and dismantle the status quo must be evil.

Generations of Americans have been spoon fed gross distortions and disinformation regarding the Black Panthers and other black liberation organizations. The fight for freedom and equality is deliberately misconstrued and portrayed as one that is criminal or trouble making. This is how the elite maintain power.

Incidentally, during his time, Martin Luther King and his non violent civil disobedience was viewed and portrayed the same way, but eventually mainstream history raised him up as the poster boy of respectability politics.

Unlike the KKK, the Panthers did not swoop in on white neighborhoods and terrorize it's citizens, while threatening the lives and freedoms of the people living there. They didn't bomb any white churches, nor did they snatch up white men and lynched them, leaving their bodies hanging as a message to others who dare stood up for themselves.


Black Men With Guns = Bad Guys With Guns

Since their earliest moments on the American continent, white men carried and used guns to exert their dominance and influence with impunity. When Native Americans were being slaughtered as their land was being stolen from them, there were no calls for gun control. White lives were worthy of protecting. By any means necessary. Even while committing criminal acts against others.

But it was another story for black men.

Martin Luther King kept guns at his house. So did Malcolm X. King stayed quiet about his armament while X was more vocal in stating he wouldn't hesitate to protect his family if they were attacked in their home. This played a more prominent part in their characterizations in the media than you probably realize.

Some of the earliest gun control laws had absolutely nothing to do with crime control or reducing violence, but were aimed directly at law abiding black men. The Panthers in particular. They came as a reaction to the new found assertion by black men, of the their second amendment rights in the 1960's.

It doesn't matter that the second amendment existed for all Americans. The moment black men began exercising the rights to bear arms in public,  white America lost its collective mind. It's a little known fact, but even the NRA at that point suddenly began to call for gun control.

When it became known black men were arming themselves, white people thought; this wasn't supposed to happen. We can't let it happen. It's scary! After all, these were members of the same race that had  been persecuted for long in this country. Could they be intending to possibly settle the score?

All sorts of paranoia and fear was purposely planted in the white community in reaction to the new militant, public display of Black America's desire to exercise self determination and self preservation. The very same qualities conservative Americans and members of the Republican party claim to be all about. Except when practiced by groups of black men apparently.

If it wasn't for terror organizations like the KKK who tormented, beat, tortured, lynched and killed legions of Black Americans, all with the tacit approval and tolerance of the United States government, and often with the assistance of local law enforcement, there would be no need for a Black Panther Party. There would have been little appeal to the Nation of Islam.

But America being what it is, despite cheap talk and meaningless rhetoric, really didn't do much to protect the civil rights of Black Americans after emancipation in 1865. 100 years later we still had to march in the streets singing "we shall overcome" and demand what the law said we were already supposed to have. Equal rights.

In response, there were more beatings, bombings, lynchings and assassinations. Dogs and fire houses were used on peaceful demonstrators.

Meanwhile via sophisticated infiltration, disinformation, public propaganda, and outright fabricated, trumped up charges; government programs and initiatives like COINTELPRO systematically dismantled the Panthers and other facets of the movement, while simultaneously utilizing the media to disparage their reputation and distort the truth.

Today, despite the plethora of well documented articles, dissertations and scholarly publications detailing these facts, you still have many (white) people who will downplay, deflect, or straight up deny the veracity of this simple truth.

Kinda like people who still insist the Confederate battle flag is about heritage and not hate. But that's another story all together.

This sort of ignorance can only be determined to be one that is chosen.

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"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media


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20 November 2015

If All Muslims Are Terrorists, What About Christians? #MacArthursMusings

By A. F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.
Agitator-In-Chief


"Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent." 

~ Cicero  

This week a public hearing regarding the construction of a new mosque in Virginia was disrupted by audience members who got up shouting, declaring "all Muslims are terrorists."

If these were just the incoherent ramblings of some lone extremists, it would be frightening enough. But what's truly alarming is how many Americans genuinely feel this way. Many being simply too afraid to say so. In public.

It's as if there has never been acts of destruction and mass bloodshed brought about by Christians, the religion claimed by a majority of Americans.

The ongoing irrational, over generalized fear of Muslims of Middle Eastern decent would almost be amusing if it wasn't so disturbing. We're literally turning planes around and forcefully removing passengers, because "Middle Eastern looking" people have the audacity to do something like watch a news broadcast on their smartphone, and to many irrational petrified Americans, this appears like suspicious behavior.

See something? Say something.


Terrorizing The Globe


Fact: Christianity began in what is now called the "Middle East." But it wasn't "radicalized" until it got to Europe. Think the Crusades, etc.

The truth is, white European Christians, practicing and none practicing have gone to every continent and invaded countries, began wars, enslaved and oppressed indigenous peoples, and taken their land for themselves. No other group has done this on a more grand scale or for longer cumulative time periods.

Throughout history, and even in our times with groups like the Ku Klux Klan (domestic terrorists permitted and tolerated by U.S. governments) all sorts of evil and hatred has been perpetrated by those claiming Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

What then, do we blame and stigmatize the entire Christian world for the immense bloodshed and misery caused by those practicing their religion? It's what's being done to Muslims.

Taking the actions of some as license to discriminate against all is just looking for an excuse to justify internalized fear which manifests itself as hate.

Didn't Jesus say the greatest commandment was love?
Hating in the name of the Lord


18 November 2015

Would The Real Terrorists Please Stand Up?

By A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.
Agitator-In-Chief

Reality Check


Of the 10 deadliest mass killings in U.S. post-9/11, 90% were by non-Muslims; 50% were committed by white men. Further, at this point not a single individual identified with responsibility for the Paris Attacks is a Syrian.

With all the irrational fear and paranoia gripping the country right now, some folk seem intent to let emotions get in the way of facts. As a country we're supposed to be better than that.

The current zeal being pushed to establish policy driven by emotional reaction, is not only bigoted and ignorant, it's downright scary.

Officials consider it showing "leadership."

In reality it's reflective of cowardice. Clearly we're no longer the home of the brave.

Read More:  http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/terrorism/wrjp255a.html

Source: Luke Broadwater, via Twitter

08 July 2015

Quadruple Shooting Leaves Three Dead In West Baltimore

Original audio report, recorded live on scene. 

Two Men And Two Woman Shot 

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Even for a place grown accustomed to a daily onslaught of violence and mayhem, the incident that took place late Tuesday night in the Poppleton Community of West Baltimore was one of unspeakable horror.

On the 900 block of W. Fayette St., just a short distance away from the University of Maryland Baltimore campus (UMB), area residents said the night had been quiet until shooting shattered the silence.

The Baltimore Sun reports, University of Maryland Police say two vans pulled up to the blocked just before 11 p.m., when two gunmen got out and began to unleash a hail of gunfire on the block.



Two men and two women were cut down by the barrage of bullets.

An hour after the incident, with over 100 people looking on, a lifeless body laying in a pool of blood was still on the sidewalk. Police held up a white sheet attempting to obscure the view of the corpse, but they were unable to block every angle.

While investigators processed the scene, several dozen spent shell casings littered the area, Evidence markers labeled as high as the number were 40 visible on the ground.


Onlookers seemed to be in a state of shock. Many with stunned, blank expressions on their face, as if still processing the horror that had taken place.

Crying and expressions of sorrow could be heard from all around as folk in the crowd reacted to the killings. Others exchanged hugs and hand holding. Some seemed upset as words and body language expressing anger was used.

One woman who declined to identify herself, told The Baltimore Spectator one of the victims was her
son's father.

A white van from the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner, with a gurney sitting beside it, stood by awaiting the okay from homicide investigators to remove the victim from the scene.

Police initially stated one of the victims had died at the scene, with the remaining three being transported to Maryland Shock Trauma center, just a few short blocks away. Before the investigation was concluded, the death toll had increased to three, with two of the victims being pronounced dead at the hospital. The fourth victim is said to be in stable condition.

The identity of the victims hasn't been released, but police say the deceased individuals are comprised of two men and a woman.
Police investigate quadruple shooting scene in W. Baltimore

While a motive for the shooting has not been disclosed, The Baltimore Sun reported that five days prior, on July 2, University police said shots were fired into a vehicle travelling on the same block of W. Fayette St. The passenger was injured from bullets that entered the vehicle. Raising the speculation of potential retaliation behind Tuesdays shooting.

An area resident wishing to remain anonymous, speaking about the neighborhood, told The Baltimore Spectator although things have been relatively quiet in the area leading up to the shooting, the calm was deceptive. He said there were numerous would-be gunmen laying in wait for their opportunity to deal death on the streets, as he hinted at further possible bloodshed.

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"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

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06 July 2015

Baby Abandoned On Roadside By Young Mother Who Is Robbery Suspect

After Confessing To Ditching Newborn, Mom ID'd As Robbery Accomplice

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Could the stress of an upcoming trial for armed robbery have led a mother to ditch her newborn baby on the side of a dark road?

Sandra McClary, 26, of Baltimore probably won't be up for mom of the year award any time soon. After abandoning her six-month old daughter on the side of the road in the Pasadena area of Anne Arundel County, late at night on July 4th,  McClary contacted police nearly 11 hours later the next day.

Initially calling in with a confused and conflicting story, at one point McClary said the baby was supposed to be in the custody of the father. Eventually McClary was brought to the Eastern District Station of Anne Arundel Police, where she positively identified the baby. Investigators were able to positively confirm that indeed she was the mother.

It was determined that McClary removed her baby from a car, and placed her in her car seat on the side of the road. She's being charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment and is currently held on a $500,000 bond.

The child is in the care of Social Services.

Robbery While Pregnant?

No stranger to criminal activity, McClary was one half of a duo arrested and charged in a series of area hold ups.
Phillip Thomas McGowans IV (left), Sandra Clara McClary (right)


On 8 September 2014, McClary along with Phillip Thomas McGowans, 26, were charged with multiple counts of armed robbery and related crimes for repeatedly hitting several liquor and convenience stores.

It is unclear if McGowans is the father of the baby.

No word on whether McClary has any other children.

A hearing date for the robberies has been postponed to September.
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"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media. 
 

Police Announce Arrests In Recent Homicides

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Baltimore Police announce several arrests in recent homicides

For a police department currently closing well below half of all murders taking place, rapid arrests of suspects is both noteworthy and rare.

Keyon Jackson, 26, charged in killing of Nate Wheeler Jr
Davon Vennie, charged in killing of Nate Wheeler Jr.























In a press conference Monday, Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said Davon Vennie and Keyon Jackson were both arrested for July 2 murder of Nate Wheeler Jr.

Few details, including a motive have been released on the case.

Wheeler was shot and killed while working on a West Baltimore construction site near Druid Hill Park. Read the original report here: Man Shot And Killed At West Baltimore Construction Site

Police also announced the arrest of Larry Dixon, for the murder of his nephew Keith Glascoe, Friday night. The incident took place inside a home on the 3400 block of W. Caton Ave.

Read our original report here: Man Murdered During Family Dispute

Larry Dixon has been charged with the murder of Keith Glascoe
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"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media. 
 
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05 July 2015

Man Shot Sunday Is Baltimore Homicide #148 - Kennedy Ave. & E. 20th St.



Audio report recorded live on scene.



UPDATE: 6 July 2015: Baltimore Police confirm the victim ID as Edward Burroughs, 26.

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While children played nearby, and normal life carried on in East Baltimore, police said a man was shot in the head Sunday afternoon on Kennedy Ave. near the intersection of E. 20th St.

He died a short time later in an area hospital. Police did not release the victim ID, nor a motive or information on a possible suspect.

When The Baltimore Spectator arrived on scene, a pool of blood on the sidewalk, and a baseball cap circled by evidence markers showed the spot where the victim was gunned down.

Surrounded by many falling apart, decrepit and abandoned houses, the neighborhood itself seemed like a place lacking life.

By Sunday evening tributes and remembrances had begun pouring onto social media for Edward Burroughs, who friends identified as the individual killed. They called him Eddie.

Police did not say whether a motive or suspects were known in this case and state the investigation is active and ongoing.




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"As long as I continue to breathe, as long as there's injustice in this world, I will use the voice that God has given me to speak against it."

-- James MacArthur

Occasional media critic, researcher, independent investigator, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur is Baltimore's most well known independent journalist contributor. A member of the underground news network for over 20 years. During this time, he's been a frequent subject of attack by government under the guise of law enforcement. Although closely watched and followed, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media. 
 
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04 July 2015

Man Murdered During Family Dispute

UPDATE: 6 JULY 2015: Baltimore Police announced the arrest of Larry Dixon -- uncle of the victim -- in this case.

Second Fatal Shooting In Two Days, Second Killing, Same Street In Two Weeks

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BALTIMORE - (MINS) Baltimore Police responded Friday night, to the 3400 block of W. Caton Ave., in the St. Joseph Community of West Baltimore, for reports of a man shot in the chest. According to the departments Twitter account, the man died a short while later at an area hospital.

Although not confirmed by officials, the victim is said to be Keith Glascoe, 50.

A person familiar with Glascoe described the incident as a family dispute gone bad. The individual said Glascoe was well known in the area, often performing errands and odd jobs for elderly neighbors. From taking out the trash, and other housework, to making runs to the store, Glascoe was described as someone whose presence will be greatly missed by not just immediate family, but the greater community, as he was relied upon by many.

While on scene The Baltimore Spectator observed investigators going in and out of a single family home on the corner, as officers stood guard immediately outside. Eventually investigators left the house with evidence, including a long object wrapped in brown paper.

As sounds of sorrow from a woman crying inconsolably could be heard coming from inside the house, a small group of possible family and or friends stood outside on the sidewalk while a detective spoke to them taking notes.

The victim appears to have been shot inside the residence. Neighbors said they didn't hear gunshots. At the scene, sounds of a continuous barrage of individual pre-Independence Day fireworks filled the air. It is conceivable that the sound of a gunshot could have easily been missed in between firecracker blasts.

A week prior, on 27 June, there was another homicide only a block away. Like this incident, a man was shot in the chest on the 3300 block of W. Caton Ave. .

Police have not named the suspect nor given a motive and state the homicide is still considered an ongoing investigation.

The incident was the second fatal shooting in two days,including the gunning down Thursday, of Nate Wheeler Jr., while he worked at a West Baltimore construction site on N. Fulton Ave. near Druid Hill Park. 

Both incidents are notable for persons of interest being taken into custody almost immediately. A highly unusual occurrence in a city where more than half of all murders are never solved.

At both crime scenes, police did not send a spokesperson out to provide details to media reporting from the scene. Also as of Saturday morning, identification of the deceased and suspects involved still haven't been officially released.

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To all those who willfully, deliberately and routinely violate the civil rights of law abiding American Citizens; Yes, you're powerful. Sure, you're everywhere. But this is still America, and the Constitution of the United States Of America still reigns supreme as the law of the land. The Baltimore Spectator will vigorously and aggressively defend against any and all attempts at spying and suppression. Let it be known to all that we are already aware of the regular monitoring and shadowing attempts. There is nothing to hide, but cross the line and there will be hell to pay.

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