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The Wire

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The show’s embittered longshoremen presage the mentality of the Capitol Hill terrorists

“The Wire” Photo: HBO

There’s a scene in “Duck and Cover,” the eighth episode of ’s second season, that has been on my mind for the past two weeks.

In the scene, detectives Roland “Prez” Pryzbylewski and Lester Freamon are cracking the code behind tracking the longshoremen’s illegal drug-smuggling shipments. Prez notes that they uncovered Frank Sobotka’s scheme much more easily than they did the Barksdale operation in the Baltimore projects. Rather than sending codes like the Barksdale crew did, Sobotka and his fellow longshoremen made direct phone calls using their real numbers and talking plainly about their criminal activity.

“Not as careful…


As it turns out, the story of Frank Sobotka tells us everything

You already knew was full of gems. “You want it to be one way, but it’s the other way.” “You come at the king, you best not miss.”But among all the power moves and palace intrigue, David Simon packed some instructive-ass jewels you might have missed. As David Dennis Jr. points out, the show’s second season, particularly the arc about Baltimore’s dockworkers and their ill-fated smuggling plot, presents a razor-sharp portrait of White privilege and expectations. To watch it, Dennis writes, “is to see the privileged become the villain — despite, or maybe because of, the fact…

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