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Nancy Of the Neighborhood, the Pelosi Political Girlhood in Baltimore



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.


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!


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.


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



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.


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



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