The notion that the U.S. Department of Justice has any real interest in “reform[ing] the Baltimore City Police Department” is ridiculous, as they are hand-in-hand partners in fighting Baltimore crime (“Collaborating with killer cops? Angry Baltimoreans school DOJ official on city police tactics,” News Hole, Apr. 17). This is because Baltimore citizens will not jury-trial convict, yet, these same citizens are now outraged about allegedly systemic police brutality.
The attendees were laughingly ridiculous. One guy named Shorty believes his actual toilet-bowl prop on a hand truck at a courthouse will get people to think of something other than sanitation. David Anthony Wiggins, who ran for sheriff as a Republican, of all things, posed for photos on Facebook bearing a cheap version of an AR-15 rifle while wearing Muslim head garb. He has called for jihad against the police.
All the unsubstantiated complaining does is cheapen real police brutality, which appears to be deviously hidden. This writer knows a thing or two about Maryland public corruption, too. Attendee and assistant federal public defender Brendan Hurson, appeared to hit the nail on the head with this analysis of the core problem: “[He] tells the panel that the secrecy surrounding department’s internal affairs division is at the root of the problem. ‘The judiciary treats it like a personnel record. It’s completely privileged,’ he says. ‘There are police with 30, 40, even 50 complaints against them. You [i.e., the DOJ] can look at those files; we can’t.’”
But the reality is, all this is lip service. There really is no systemic police brutality problem in Baltimore or the U.S. Rather there is a lower-class systemic problem of fighting with the police and/or having no respect for the law. The police are in an impossible position. Hard to see how any of these people are victims in the classical sense, only in the Al Sharpton sense—never mind that Sharpton should be a federal felon for the Tawana Brawley fiasco. And there begets the problem, as this news story illustrates so clearly: there is a subset of folks who not only believe in no law and disorder, but go way further into thought processes that are clearly bogus, descending into literal insanity.
What are the cops or society to do?
I know the toilet man. I have conversed with this Wiggins guy. And I also know many of the top lawyers and judges in Baltimore City. From what I know, no one of any accomplishment would ever take any of these attendees or their causes seriously.
One of my heroes is Thurgood Marshall. He did not care for the sainted Reverend King too much. He believed in the rule of law, in doing things the lawful, right way—no matter how hard or time consuming.
I wonder what he would think of the people who claim to speak for the remnants of his civil rights movement. Disgust comes to my mind.
You are the life you live.
William C. Bond
FROM THE WEB, FACEBOOK, AND TWITTER
—“Daria Johnson-Green,” Apr. 14
Love the art work very late 60’s west coast.
—“Linda Beversdorff,” Apr. 14
A definite MUST WEED!! oops, I mean READ!
—“Michael Wiggins Bey.” Apr. 14
I genuinely appreciate the Mucha-style cover on this week’s @city_paper.
—“@BoyandPiano,” Apr. 19
These reviews are the most purely entertaining things I’ve read in a long time.
—“@sethsawyers,” Apr. 19
They should try their hand at politics!
—“Orchard Park,” Apr. 15
leave the rest of the people alone w your constant demand for everyone’s approval of your choices.
—“Kzar Foster,” Apr. 16
Funny how it waited until O’Malley was out of office.
—“Alan Feinman,” Apr. 16
“A younger generation is coming of age, calling it like it sees it, and getting rid of shit it doesn’t like. Maybe that scares Millionaire, I don’t know. But if alt weeklies are to survive—and whether or not they will is a very open question—they’ll have to stop relying on the same old tired stuff, no matter how great it once was.” Boom. Nailed it.
—“Michelle Jenkins,” Apr. 17
I like Maakies, but I support this decision. It was the weakest of the comics in City Paper. Often Tony Millionaires’ strips were beautifully drawn ... but lately just not very funny.
—“Matt Comer,” Apr. 17
I’ve been mulling over how I feel about this for a little while. When I first started reading City Paper 17 years ago, I went straight for the comics. I like a mix of bad and good with my comics, I’ll take my Calvin & Hobbes right along with my Cathy or Apartment 3-G. I lament the fact that Maakies, which is occasionally actually funny, has been removed from the City Paper. I loathed Tim Kreider’s contributions but I appreciated them. It was nice to see what was out there, a collection of offensive, insightful, funny, and not funny. I think part of the true initiative of a “weekly alternative” is to support diversity in comics even if it means being offended. R. Crumb is equal parts brilliant and horrible, but it’s the balance between the two that genius can be found. There’s an achievable balance at City Paper that comes from a collection of weird, awful, funny things and it makes for an exciting world of illustrated goodies to pick up every week.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter that it’s Maakies, it’s the rationale that is a shame. It’s tough for me to see City Paper lose more of its soul, no matter what it really comes down to, be it City Paper’s square mainstream ownership, lack of funds or space on the page.
—“Brian Hagermann,” Apr. 17
I’m always fascinated by the passion engendered by decisions to carry or cancel comic strips. I think this decision was completely rational and understandable. I hope CP finds a awesome alt out that here to replace it.
—“Ted Atkinson,” Apr. 17
That sucks-- Millionaire is a gem and an amazing artist (I mean the actual drawing), but definitely and alcoholic. Lulu 8ball is good (can’t comment on the others) but not on par with what he’s done. This Modern World is in a class of it own. I only hope that 1) this doesn’t come with the Sun paper or whoever having bought City Paper, and 2) that he’s replaced with another great alt-comic. The City is no longer being made. So, what to replace it with? Some good ideas: Tom the Dancing Bug, Brian McFadden’s Big Fat Whale, or maybe the best idea: Keith Knight’s “The K Chronicles”. What’s tough is Millionaire is of the old school, 60’s shock comic type. I can see where you’re coming from, but I’m disappointed.
—“Alex Rediger,” Apr. 18
I’m so glad to see this decision made. Hipster misogyny is still misogyny
—“Leanna Powell,” Apr. 18
This is a perfect explanation of what an editor is supposed to do, Evan. Well done.
—“Spectator1996,” Apr. 18
I started reading Maakies when I moved to New York City in 1995. The shock and joy of Maakies was and is the misery and degeneracy of the content married to the startling mastery and beauty of the artwork - and it was funny! Comedy, as we know, is personal and subjective and mysterious.Trying to explain a joke - or a sensibility, for that matter - is tedious. Suffice it to say that Maakies is still funny - and surprising and shocking and disturbing. I’m sorry to hear City Paper has decided to drop the strip. I imagine the paper - and its readership - will be poorer for it.
—“Greg Kotis,” Apr. 18
Maakies has always been terrible. The creator’s also seems like a raging fuckface.
—“Josh Reynolds,” Apr. 19
“Emily Flake’s Lulu Eightball and Ben Claassen’s Dirt Farm, are plenty transgressive, but they’re also genuinely smart and funny”
Translation: they don’t step off the SJW plantation. Maakies author is right: millenials are babies, and they are also neutered. Henny Youngman’s “take my wife, please” would now be considered “hate speech”. Who cares, cp is a non-essential nonentity in the world, but it is a good pointer to how the Greatest Generation has led to the Grating Generation.
The sanctimony and smug self-satisfaction of the above article is kind of hilarious, really. The author is totally oblivious to the fact that far from being some sort of enlightened sword of social justice, rejecting the old order and asserting his independence like a teen ager who declares he is an adult now and will wear his batcape wherever he deems fit, he is the symbol of the bullying, censorious drones of groupthink, and anyone guilty of thought-crimes against the herd will be silenced and ostracized. Any actual diversity of thought must be weeded out, and the heads lopped off any flower growing above the others.
For all the cant about “diversity” leftists like this guy really want homogeneity, a leftist lockstep that is actually reactionary while imaging itself liberal.
The next generation of artist, musicians and revolutionaries are going to marvel at their parents, who wore Obama t-shirts while clamored for the government take-over of their lives so that everyone would be forced to bake cakes for gay weddings and every entertainment and depiction of pop culture included a rainbow of victim groups spouting the same SJW line.
—“docweasel,” Apri. 19
—“Tony Maakies,” Apr. 20
“Social Justice Warrior”—a favored “slam” among right-wing dodos like your buddy here.
—“eserpick,” Apr. 20
Yeah, that’s not good. I don’t like “PC” as an insult either. Though we disagree about style, we are pretty much on the same side here, Evan. Fox News and friends are the real enemy, especially about air pollution, a far greater threat than “terrorism,” which is basically assholes shooting people. Have to admit, I respect you when the perspective truck backs up far enough. And BCP is a positive force, really.
—“Tony Maakies,” Apr. 20
Canning a comic strip got a longer explanation than Van leaving? Priorities, man, priorities.
—“James Hunt,” Apr. 19
I wish “Van Smith” were staying on, as we need now, more than ever, good investigative journalism-- especially on the subject of the State’s Attorney’s office which seems to be rapidly heading downhill as the personal career tool of Mosby--she now has a full time PR person following her around with a camera to post pr hype on social media--meantime the cuts to real positions continue to devastating effect. The Sun seems to have abandoned ship on this issue.
—“otterbein resident,” Apr. 20