The Breakdown of Order in Baltimore Continues

They are on pace for a bad year in Baltimore. Baltimore hits 300 homicides for fifth year in a row.

Two people were killed in front of a grocery store on Nov. 13.

Their deaths marked the city’s fifth consecutive year with at least 300 homicides. The staggering total has become an unofficial milestone in Baltimore’s annual struggle to quell the deadly violence.

For a city Baltimore’s size, that is a staggering number of homicides. (Hat tip to Shot in the Dark.)

And it isn’t just murders. Other crime is also on the rise. Carjackings spike continues in Baltimore, with incidents up 30% from this time last year.

Between 2014 and 2018, the number of carjackings more than tripled, and they’re up again this year.

There have been more than 400 carjackings across Baltimore through Sept. 28, up 29 percent from last year, according to police data. Other auto thefts, while far more common, are down 8.6%.

When do things get so bad, that the people demand a change? I’m sure somehow this is situation is all the Republicans’ fault or Trump’s fault, (according to the Democrats) but that will be hard to sell to anyone who considers that last Republican mayor of Baltimore left office in 1967.

Sweden Has a Problem with Bombs

They keep exploding all over the country. Swedish police chief: No international equivalent to Sweden’s wave of bombings.

The bomb squad has been called in 100 bombings this year.

Regularly placed near the top of the UN’s Human Development Index and among the world’s richest countries in terms of GDP per capita, the Scandinavian country is facing an unusual challenge as bombings become a regular occurrence.

And it isn’t just bombings, though they do seem to attract a lot of attention.

Sweden’s main daily Dagens Nyheter also reported in October that deadly shootings of men aged 20 to 29 had increased by 200 percent between 2014 and 2018.

The illegal drug is blamed for most of the violence, and the proliferation of the gangs.

Baltimore’s Murder Problem Shows No Sign of Improvement

They are on track to have more murders than last year. Man killed in Waverly, Baltimore police say, as city nears 300 homicides for 2019.

Baltimore with an (estimated) population of 620,500 has had 296 homicides this year. That is a rate of 47.7 per 100,000 people.

Chicago with an (estimated) population of 2,706,000 has had 450 homicides this year (according to HeyJackass!, who has the best Chicago stats). That’s a rate of about 16.6 per 100,000. Not that Chicago is exactly winning the war on crime.

The pace of violence is ahead of last year, during which 309 people were killed. This year would be the fifth straight in which the city surpasses the 300 mark.

Sweden Used To Be a Very Safe Country

Sadly that has changed. Trend in gang crime bombings rock Sweden.

In the past week alone, a bomb exploded in a stairwell in a Malmo apartment building, an explosive device was found outside a shopping centre in the southern town of Kristianstad, and a blast rocked the balcony at a block of flats in Hassleholm in southern Sweden.

While few of the blasts have caused serious injuries, the national bomb squad has been called out to investigate 99 explosions in the first 10 months of the year.

Grenades were very popular in the past few years, but for whatever reason, the gangs seem to be switching to homemade devices.

“If you are under the age of 40, you’ve never been safer than you are today”

But that is no way to make people afraid! America’s Safest Cities.

The ranking of the cities is a bit interesting, but the start of the article is what the media is trying desperately to ignore.

There were 369 violent crimes reported for every 100,000 Americans in 2018, nearly the lowest violent crime rate in the United States in more than three decades. In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., John Roman, a senior fellow with NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent social research institution, explained that the latest crime statistics reflect an encouraging continuation of a long-term trend.

“If you are under the age of 40, you’ve never been safer than you are today,” Roman said.

Hat tip to 19th Ward Chicago, who has also reminded me that the final version of the FBI’s Crime in the US report for 2018 has been released. I will have to dive into it, since I haven’t done so in a number of years.

The list of safest cities can be found at this link; it starts with Boca Raton, Florida in 50th place.

September in Chicago

I do love statistics, though not these so much. HeyJackass! (Illustrating Chicago Values) has September Wrap-up.

Warmer weather allowed for a steady stream of stupid to run up the highest homicide tally since May’s 57.

September 2019: 51 killed, 214 wounded
September 2018: 49 killed, 207 wounded

There were 4 selfies, and #11ShotInTheAss. Click thru for racial breakdown of the victims, and by gender. And the number of teens shot and killed.

Security Increased in NYC Ahead of High Holidays

Antisemitic hate crimes continue to be a problem in NYC. Youths Knock Shtreimels Off Jews in Williamsburg.

This article is most interesting (to me anyway) because of the statistics.

At an annual pre-High Holidays briefing at NYPD headquarters last week, Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari said there had been 301 hate crimes reported in the city through mid-September, compared to 217 in the same period of 2018. Of those crimes, 155 have been against Jews, compared with 97 in the comparable period last year.

Over 80% of the anti-Semitic incidents have been property crimes, the vast majority of which included the scrawling of swastikas.

The Lamestream Media hasn’t been giving these crimes much attention because narratives must be preserved.

So when NYPD arrests two African American “youths” [cue accent from My Cousin Vinny] the media isn’t that interested. NYPD Arrests Williamsburg Teens for Assaults on Orthodox Jews.

The two boys, both aged 13, are suspected of being part of a group that threw a metal pipe into the window of Volkan shul on Franklin Ave.

They were also knocking hats off Jewish men and boys. Because civil society is gone.

Chicago Schools Fail to Protect Students from Sexual Abuse

The Left is always screaming about protecting the kids, but they didn’t seem motivated to protect kids in this case. ‘Extraordinary and appalling’ handling of sexual violence cases in Chicago Public Schools leads to federal oversight.

The civil rights office opened a systemic investigation concerning whether CPS had failed to promptly and accurately respond to complaints of sexual harassment and assault.

The civil rights office concluded that the district violated Title IX by failing to properly respond to such complaints, citing the two specific cases along with a broad statement that the district had systemically failed to respond properly to other complaints involving both adult-on-student and student-on-student sexual harassment.

“What we found was a system that was broken and in disarray,” Marcus said.

A Chicago bureaucracy in disarray? Color me shocked.

The original Tribune report can be found at the following link: Betrayed.

After the Tribune threatened to file a lawsuit to force public disclosure of basic CPS documents and data related to sexual misconduct, the district acknowledged that its Law Department had investigated 430 reports that school employees had sexually abused, assaulted or harassed students since 2011.

Administrators. Teachers. Coaches. And even the ones who weren’t actually attacking students, were subjecting victims to repeated interrogations, and inflicting emotional pain. But hey, they love kids; that’s why they’re in education.

Ineffective background checks exposed students to educators with criminal convictions and arrests for sex crimes against children. And CPS failed to disclose to other districts that past employees had resigned after investigators found credible evidence of abuse and harassment.

Because once they get rid of a bad-actor, it isn’t their problem anymore. And here I thought that all those cop-shows where the bad teachers went from district to district were over the top fabrications.

Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

Summer in Chicago went out with a bang. (Yes. I went there.) HeyJackass! brings us Summer’s Finale.

Labor Day weekend means yet another Summer Shooting Season is drawing to a close. Since opening day on Friday, May 24th, we’ve tallied 154 homicides plus another 850+ shot & wounded. This particular weekend, like other holiday weekends, tend to be stupider than most, so we’ll no doubt be adding to those totals before it’s all over. [Note: This paragraph was written on Friday. Z-Deb.]

Final Stupidity Tally: 10 killed, 40 wounded
2018 Labor Day weekend: 11 killed, 21 wounded
2017 Labor Day weekend: 7 killed, 40 wounded
2016 Labor Day weekend: 13 killed, 53 wounded

The long weekend, as it fits into the calculations at HeyJackass! runs from 12 noon on Friday, until 6 AM on Tuesday.

It’s a shame really. It used to be a great city. Now it’s a mess.

The Continuing Decline of Health Care in the UK

Foreign doctors are revealed to be behind 60% of all sex assaults on patients – but NHS wants fewer of them taken to disciplinary hearings.

because if you don’t apportion hearings by racial quotas, you are being unfair. Or something.

But there is concern that setting arbitrary targets could let medics who pose a real threat to patients escape investigation. J. Meirion Thomas, a retired consultant surgeon who worked in the NHS for 30 years, said: ‘Complaints of sexual misconduct, and other matters against doctors, should be assessed irrespective of ethnicity. Applying any other criteria risks that some complaints may not be properly investigated.’

At least someone still has his British head screwed on straight. No surprise that he’s retired. (Hat tip to Ninety Miles from Tyranny.)