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Nancy Of the Neighborhood, the Pelosi Political Girlhood in Baltimore

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Thomas Roberts had a in-depth and finely-accessed interview with former [and furure] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in all kinds of forms, Tuesday.

Here are just a couple. With a documentarian for a daughter, and being 'on camera' for so much of her modern life, Pelosi may be loosening up on the cam cam confessional moments. And she hit Colbert in the NYC also. Too.

Those unguarded glimpses are rare, like the elusive and/or mythical palimpsest, hidden text, of medieval and magical manuscript repute … and they offer one quite a different angle on the woman who reached the highest seat in the American political system yet via her Speaker Chair.

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One down, two to go.

Roberts started his footage reveal on Way Too Early, we've already established that I adore Thomas, but Mika rubs me the wrong way five days a week. Then on to MJ.

At the end of the media experience, back at the Morning Joe Schmoe (blessedly absent) table, Roberts in real time in the 7:30 a.m. block asked Rep. Pelosi a phenomenal question about the problems at The Borders, in the wake of the news that Rick Perry is sending in the National Guard, Yee Haw, down in Texass.

Halperin pitched the political softballs. P-pew p-pew. Methinks the Speaker also too played softball in high school. In Baltimore.

The video footage that shows her softer side, walking around the old Charm City neighborhoods, are very illuminating. To think of Pelosi as one of those white be-gloved, fifties, early Mad Men Era 'political daughters' ... it's eye-popping. You also see strong Italian and Irish women in there, so it all makes perfect Lady Sense.

For fun and extra insights, Pelosi on Stephen Colbert last night, good timing.

Part 2.

Only Colbert gets those questions to land!

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GOP Elects Transgender Woman In Primary -- What's Next?

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Gender identification is a very complicated and confusing issue. It certainly has America, actually the world, trying to understand and be considerate of this identity. So it's with great admiration for a Nevada woman that I write this post.

She is Lauren Scott, who identifies herself as transgender. She's the executive director of Equality Nevada and this week she won 58 percent of the primary vote in the state Assembly's 30th District. Where I become confused isn't that she's transgender. It's that she's a registered Republican. Her victory has got to be considered a great achievement for the LGBT community, especially considering she is affiliated with the GOP.

Her win isn't as baffling to me as her party affiliation. Why would someone bucking the establishment -- face it, transgender is still disdained by many -- pick the party that would least welcome her?

Now maybe I'm wrong because they did give her the nod last Tuesday with their votes. But here's an interesting aside. Up until a year ago, she was a registered Democrat. Now she's going to be running against an incumbent Democrat whose party seems to be much more welcoming than Scott's newly chosen affiliation.

If she were to win, could you imagine her standing next to Republican Senator Dean Heller in a photo-op or visiting the Cliven Bundy Ranch?

Maybe this is the year, not only of the woman, but of the transgender woman. According to HuffPo:

If Scott wins in November, she could be the nation's first openly transgender state legislator, though another transgender woman, Dana Beyer, is running in Maryland's Democratic primary for a state Senate seat and so could also win that distinction.

Scott was as an active-duty member of the U.S. Air Force for nearly seven years.

So, this could be something quite amazing coming out (pardon the strange pun) of the upcoming November general elections. Good luck, ladies.

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Mid-Day Distraction: Water Wheel Cleans Up Trash in Baltimore Harbor

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Another simple idea which cuts out big corporations looking to screw municipalities with overcomplicated 'special technologies'. This is the way to move forward in this country - not spending millions for CEOs to pocket.

Here's the information about this project on YT:

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The Inner Harbor Water Wheel receives its first major flow of trash on the morning of Friday, May 16th.

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The Local Fight to Save the Chesapeake Becomes a National Fight Over the Clean Water Act

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The repost.us service is no longer available so we have removed that code from The Political Carnival.

Here is the original post on BillMoyers.com

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Slavery: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men? Rosewood Center

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Photo courtesy SheepNotGoats/Creative Commons

I've never heard a full version of The Shadow - the radio show of the 1930s about a crime-fighter, a Bruce Wayne type, who fought evil and brought criminals to justice.  Looking at the Wiki just now, I learned that Orson Welles took the part of The Shadow more than once and I'm sure they were memorable performances.

Not the radio play nor other dramatizations are on my mind at the moment but real-life evil which took place literally 'through the woods' from where I used to live in Owings Mills, Maryland, years ago: selling mentally-handicapped people into slavery. - literally.  It would be monstrous anywhere but checking my dates, it happened before I lived there but I'm wondering  how I could not have known of the existence of this place. It was on a back road I never had occasion to drive and I never walked through those particular woods (it was private property) but it creeps me out not to have known it was there until today.

From the story on Slate

A Forgotten Scandal in Baltimore’s High Society
Crooked lawyers sprang inmates from an asylum to make them slaves.

What was the nature of this evil? For more than 20 years, some of Baltimore’s wealthiest and most established families had been helping themselves to the institutionalized patients at Rosewood. They’d been “adopting” these mentally challenged girls and women only to turn them into their own private slaves.

Evil doesn't just 'lurk'. In some people it's right out in the open and slavery is still very real in the 21st century in the sex trade and elsewhere.

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Could A Pro Pot, Lesbian, Women's Rights, Progressive Lead Maryland?

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Heather Mizeur is everything in the headline of this post. And she's currently running for Governor of Maryland, to replace a popular liberal Democrat, Governor Martin O'Malley who's retiring after two terms to seek a run at the President of the United States office.

Right now there are three Democrats in the Maryland Governor's race. Along with the 41-year old Mizeur is Attorney General, Doug Gansler, and so far, the Democratic party's anointed successor to the throne, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown. There’s no question, though, that Mizeur is running on the most left-wing platform of the bunch.

Here's a taste of what Mizeur, a two-term member of the Maryland House of Delegates, is expounding, according to The Daily Beast:

...criminal justice reform, drug policy reform, tax cuts on poor and middle class, tax hikes on wealth, school construction policy, minimum wage increases, anti-fracking, campaign finance reform, health care, family planning, plugging corporate tax loopholes, universal pre-kindergarten, and marriage equality, to name a few.

Well, to win with those stances, you'd have to come from a state that thinks the same way as she does. And guess what, Maryland is just such a state:

...in recent legislative sessions, the Maryland General Assembly has passed and he has signed into law bills legalizing same-sex marriage, instituting a state-level “Dream Act” offering in-state tuition to certain undocumented immigrants, putting in place strong “common-sense gun safety measures,” and repealing the death penalty. Both the same-sex marriage and Dream Act measures were upheld by surprisingly strong margins in statewide referenda on the 2012 general election ballot.

I'm not saying that Heather Mizeur is going to win, place or show in the primaries. But she sure is a refreshing candidate and if progressives are going to make a move, she's the kind of candidate who might just make that happen. Let's keep an eye on her. Certainly she stands out. Hopefully she can get elected and run Maryland. That's a social experiment I'd love to see.

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CPAC -- Conservatives On (Gay) Cruise Control (NSFW)

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Nothing like getting out of town and hanging out with the boys to get those conservative juices flowing. And by juices, I mean body fluids. And by boys hanging out with one another, I do mean bedding one another. Oh those sly conservatives. And you thought they were all button-down types. Read on. You, or at least they, will get a "bang" out of this.

How interesting that during the day, the many firebrand keynote speeches talked about everything wrong with this country, blaming everything on Obama -- education, healthcare, Benghazi, education, lack of jobs, the economy, over regulation and the XL Pipeline.

According to coverage on the CPAC convention, the XL Pipeline is actually gay code for eXtra Large Penis.

HUFFPO:

COLLEGE FRESHMAN IN TOWN FOR CPAC - (M4M) - 18

Coming into town Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon for a convention and looking to have some fun here. Mostly looking for very hung individuals to mess around with. I have a thing for really big cocks. I can deepthroat anything and love to swallow.

Okay, maybe this was just one guy in the ultra-right wing element who is looking to explore new horizons. An exception, not the rule. One bad apple kind of thing.

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It is that time again and I want to have some NSA [no strings attached] fun after the speeches. I want to fu*k your mouth while I sign you up on the healthcare marketplace. [closet liberal or closet gay] I want you to be the gipper and go down on my jellybeans. I want to be discreet.

Well, maybe two gays slipped through the cracks. After all, if you heard the speeches from the guests so far during the CPAC convention, you'd know that gays are not part of the conservative agenda. If they are anything, they're the entertainment. The naughty entertainment.

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Radical libertarian would like to tie up and abuse proglodyte and leftover journalists. Boys who look like Sally Kohn or Chris Hayes who need to be tied up, slapped around and fu*ked. Also any Rick Santorum supporters in the closet  or younger versions of Lindsay Graham or John McCain. Of if you are just a decent constitutionalist type, we can have regular non-hate sex or a drink. Your place.

These are just three of the volumes of gay sex-seeking personal ads on Craigslist -- dudes just looking for love while the conservatives are in town. Seems like CPAC is quite a freaky annual outing -- and I do mean outing.

But, just so you don't think that the these convention folks are all bigots, there was this ad:

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Masculine, super-discreet and clean cut black guy looking to give head to masculine guy in town for CPAC. DDF only. Any race.

In case, like myself, you didn't know what DDF stood for, I looked it up. It means Drug and Disease Free. Good for those ultra conservatives. They really are concerned with healthcare. Just not Obamacare.

I'm sure not all conservatives are freaks. Others are just plain ignorant or in some cases, stupid. But from this HuffPo report, there's certainly lots of partying going on, and from these ads -- this mostly boys club gives new meaning to the expression, "boys will be boys." It's more like boys will be into other boys.

File this under the 'GOP hypocrite files.' These are the same people who fight same sex marriage, pass bills restricting women's right to choose and religious freedom bills designed to be anti-gay bills. Who are they fighting for with their rhetoric? Probably tonight's No Strings Attached anonymous hook-up.

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