Sunday, August 04, 2013
From Death Grip on City Hall to Death Threats Against City Officials
Fifty years ago, the local Ku Klux Klan and its allies -- formidable forces of social control -- had a death grip on the City of St. Augustine, leading the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to call it the "most lawless City in America." Today, the descendants of those formerly formidable forces no longer control the City of St. Augustine, Florida. Now there are anonymous death threats against City of St. Augustine officials, on the website of the St. Augustine Record (see below), demanding that the Mumford & Sons concert be "canceled" (on pain of death, presumably). That death threat is still up on the Record's website tonight, eleven (11) days after it was made. Why? The St. Augustine Record has not identified who made it and has not removed it. Why? The St. Augustine Record refuses to enforce its own civility code on website posting. Why? The FBI Domestic Terrorism squad should investigate the death threat (and the Record for continuing to post it). Meanwhile, a poster calling himself "davidpaul," purporting to speak for tbe the "Neighborhood Council of St. Augustine, Inc." (but with no individual signers, telephone number, E-mail or mailing address) has posted literally dozens of questions about the Mumford & Sons concert. Looks like a lot of effort went ito the questions. Like any questions citizens ask of governments, these questions deserve answers. Questioners should identify themselves so they may communicate their concerns. It seems like some of the questioners may have an ax to grind -- defeated or disappointed candidates? Ex-Commissioners? Whetsone? Maguire? It also seems that the unnamed writers are aping my style (numbered paragraphs, logical sentences, good grammar). However, they're not doing their homework. They're evidently not watching City Commission meetings, where many of the questions were already answered. Sadly, they're not well-informed by the local mullet-wrapper, the St. Augustine Record (which prefers to post anonymous death threats and inflammatory Ann Coulter columns to investigating and reporting news). Are a few once-powerful people now having a baby-like meltdown? Is it because they no longer boss and bully St. Augustine City officials? Is it because diversity and human rights are now respected and not neglected by the City of St. Augustine? A-Waaaaah! What do you reckon? Let freedom ring!