08 August 2013

Boycott Florida? Baltimore Councilman Nick Mosby Wants To!

Filed by A.F. James MacArthur Ph.A.L.

Among the many responses seen nationwide to the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman trial verdict, has been a call to boycott doing business with any firm having ties to Florida.

Baltimore's own, city Councilman Nick Mosby, has joined various national leaders, who've taken to stages, grabbed microphones and gotten in front TV cameras, asking us all not to do business with the Sunshine State.
Curiously, Councilman Mosby's calling for a resolution is among few, if any, being done by a lawmaker, and the only legislator in the state of Maryland to our knowledge.

The story was covered by several local media outlets, but North Baltimore Patch in particular caught my eye. 

My comments on the story (with some editing of typos) read thus: 
How about every Fortune 500 company with a presence in Baltimore pull out? Oh wait. But yeah, Baltimore city is so predatory towards it's hard working citizens. And that's not even counting the criminals! We have little ground to stand on (pun fully intended) calling for a boycott of anywhere, when we ourselves ought to be boycotted, for being a disgrace of a once great American city.
This was eventually followed by by other Patch readers.

casey jenkins August 08, 2013 at 09:46 PM
this guy is so off base it isn't even funny, can you please fix your districts problems, then focus on the city. After we have safe streets, and pristine sidewalks then you can worry about a national boycott!!!!!! 
casey jenkins August 08, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Someone answer me what is up with the Mosby duo!!!!!!! Is Baltimore running out of viable candidates for office
Dave Robinette August 08, 2013 at 10:37 PM
This: "...the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, which defense attorneys used during the murder trial of George Zimmerman." is incorrect. In fact, if Councilman Mosby is a lawyer, he already knows that it is incorrect, which makes him a liar. Being a liar makes Councilman Mosby part of the problem, not part of any solution. The fact is, Florida's "stand your ground" law was not part of the Zimmerman defense. It never was raised - neither by the defense or by the prosecution - even once during the trial. Councilman Mosby can obtain the entire official court transcript of the Zimmerman trial, and he will not find any mention, reference, or allusion to Florida's "stand your ground" law. George Zimmerman's defense was based entirely on the legal theory of self defense. The exact same law that is in effect in Maryland.

Our friends on Facebook, along with some from my personal facebook, and a couple of Facebook groups also chimed in:
Rhonda Wimbish We may not have the "Stand your Ground Law" but Baltimore City police tactics are the same as this law... Shoot 1st. BCPD have shot so many mentally ill people w/o taking the time to see the problem. This legislature is a waste of time and money.
Rhonda Wimbish Also, Mosby only named one Florida company to boycott. How many company's in Florida do business in Baltimore? Our problem is the NY and NJ network.
Keith Courtside White @Rhonda Nick got a lot of nerve he has boycotted Baltimore this after his family went to see Mickey in where Florida.
Joe L. Wagner Agree!
Ask Angree Agnes Council Mosby is making noise for attention. Boycotting Florida's businesses "ain't gonna" happen. I bet over half of the business owners that the city deals with in Florida, has relatives who live in Baltimore and visa versa. They all live in upper Park Heights and Greenspring Valley. Hint, Hint. Baltimore can't f-ck with Florida. 
John C. Lerch Maybe Florida businesses can boycott Baltimore City for having a Councilman who ignores the 50% high school graduation rate in his own city. Feel sorry(well, not really)for the constituents in his district for electing someone who practices political grandstanding like this.
Donna Aldridge We got to get our own house in order before we start avoiding others. Folks would have every right to boycott Baltimore too for that matter.
During the midst of all this, the Baltimore Police Dept. thought they'd give us some perspective with a reality check of Baltimore's daily news.

For his part, when engaged via Twitter and Facbook, Mosby responded by saying he was yet to see the comments.

From Facebook
The Baltimore Spectator With all due respect, I think it's only fair Councilman Councilman Nick J. Mosby see this.
And Twitter

Apparently the councilman experienced some technical difficulties trying access the comments.

After numerous readers said they had no issue seeing the site, Mosby finally relented it must be an issue on his end:
So what do you think about this? I'm curious.

Researcher, independent investigative journalist, and entrepreneur, A.F. James MacArthur has been a member of the underground news network for over 20 years. Despite this, he's often boycotted from being given any credit for his work by mainstream media.

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