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

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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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Maryland

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.

CPAC 24 M4M (NSA) M4M (CPAC)

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.

CPAC m4m - 43 (National Harbor)

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:

CPAC Head - 34 (DC)

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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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FULL VIDEO- Obama rips #GOPshutdown: John Boehner "doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party"

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Via PBS NewsHour:

President Barack Obama warned Americans that the economy will suffer if a "reckless Republican shutdown" continues. At a construction company in Rockville, Md., Thursday, the president held his first press event outside the White House that focused on the shutdown, which began Oct. 1 when Congress failed to pass a temporary spending bill to fund federal agencies.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

The only thing that is keeping the government shut down, the only thing preventing people from going back to work, and basic research starting back up, and farmers and small business owners, getting their loans -- the only thing that's preventing all that from happening right now today, in the next five minutes, is that Speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes-or-no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party...

Everybody here just does their job, right? You know, if you’re working here and in the middle of the day you just stopped and said, "You know what? I want to get something, but I don’t know — I don’t know exactly what I’m going get, but — I’m just going to stop working until I get something– I’m going to shut down the whole plant until I get something." You’d get fired! Right?

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Who The Hell Is Martin O'Malley?

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2016 Presidential check list

I was reading a fine article on MSN called: 2016 Presidential Checklist. Sadly, they didn't include Senator Rafael 'Ted' Cruz because undoubtedly it would be even more humorous. This article tackles topics like the candidates' "non denial, denials" that they're running. Another addresses who's hogging the TV time -- especially on the Sunday talkers. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio lead that category. Democratic presidential candidates hardly appear at all.

Just for the record, the list of Republicans the article focuses on are: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. As I said, Canadian born Rafael Cruz wasn't included. Maybe they thought he wasn't American enough.

On the Democratic side are: Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

What? Who? Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley? Where'd he come from? Yes, I know. Maryland. But I'm talking politically. Certainly to be included in this list (and not Senator Elizabeth Warren) or even Rafael Cruz tells us something.

Curiosity piqued, my eyes caught the section entitled, ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING, where each candidate's accomplishments are listed. We all know about Biden, Clinton, probably Cuomo but then came O'Malley.

Accomplishments

O'Malley: Toughened gun laws, repealed death penalty, saw voters approve gay marriage after he got behind legislation to approve it, set up a framework to develop offshore wind power.

Gotta like that. What else? Well, below is the section entitled, TAKE A NATIONAL STAND.

O'Malley: The liberal checklist: more spending on education, infrastructure, transportation; supports same-sex marriage, immigration reform, repealing death penalty, pushes environmental protections.

I'd say that's pretty impressive. I'm starting to like this guy. But what put it over the top and moved him from my Mr. Nobody's list and made him a real vice presidential possibility is what it said about him in the GET WITH IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, where each candidate's presence on the Internet is explored.  And here's Governor Martin O's entry:

Social Media

O'Malley: On Twitter, standard governor's fare but promotes rare appearances by his Celtic rock band, O'Malley's March, for which he sings and plays guitar and tin whistle. On Facebook, his PAC-generated page is more active than official governor's account.

A Celtic rock band? Plays tin whistle! C'mon, Republicans, this guy's got it all over you. What do you have to offer? Senator Rafael Cruz and his Canadian Mariachi band?

Folks, this O'Malley guy is someone we should keep an eye on. BTW, he's only 50 years old. And when it comes to gun control, check the guns on this guy!

Martin O'Malley

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Seeing A Movie Twice Took His Breath Away, Permanently

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Police judgement

Can police judgment be trusted? Are they capable of making good decisions? We know they get away with murder, literally many times. Generally this is the result of an active pursuit when their lives or the lives of others are on the line. They train arduously for these situations and have to make snap decisions. Sometimes innocents get hurt.

Just a year ago, in trying to apprehend a murder suspect, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said nine innocent bystanders were wounded in the Empire State Building shooting had been hit with police gunfire. It was a dangerous situation and stuff happens.

But since when does sitting in your seat watching a movie justify police coming over and killing you?

Sound outrageous? Ask the family of Ethan Saylor, of Frederick's County, Maryland. He was a victim of Down's Syndrome. But that's not what killed him. It was three off-duty policemen. The unarmed, handicapped man had gone to see a movie with his caretaker. While the aide was going to get the car after the film, Ethan wandered back into the theater and sat down, to watch the movie again.

What happened next is horrific. According to WUSA, Channel 9

Twenty-six-year-old Saylor and his aide went to the movies in January to see Zero Dark Thirty. They bought two tickets. When it was over, the aide left to get the car, Ethan went back inside because he wanted to see the film again. He did not have a ticket for the second showing. That's when three off-duty Frederick's County Sherriff's deputies removed him.

As we now know, he died after a hand-cuffed struggle and fall.

What made these three OFF DUTY sheriffs take it upon themselves to harass and ultimately kill this obviously handicapped man? They used the same kind of judgment that is being rightfully vilified as the reason NYC's 'stop and frisk' laws are being struck down or put on hold. It's profiling. And it's wrong. If Ethan Saylor wasn't a down-syndrome man would these cops have harassed him?

Here's how wrong it is -- an innocent man is dead. And his killers? Off Scott-free. And as it turns out,

Now, we are finding out, he may not have even needed a ticket at all. Maryland Delegate and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Heather Mizeur is fighting for justice for Ethan, "It turns out that under the ADA laws, a caretaker doesn't need to have a ticket with someone with a disability at a movie theater anyway, so the two tickets that were purchased for Ethan and his caretaker would have been sufficient for him to stay a second time."

I'm not against the police. I'm against their occasional brutality and abuse of power. I've been a victim of it, so I know what I'm talking about. I also know that most of the abuse doesn't get reported for fear of retribution. So anytime I hear of the police being given even more discretion in how they behave, and the lack of criminal oversight, I'm concerned.

I hope you are too.

Ethan Saylor's family needs help -- not money. They want justice for their late family member. And you can do something about it. They're circulating a petition just asking for a full investigation. Unarmed man. No threat to others. Harassed because he's handicapped. No punishment for the three officers. What's wrong with this picture.

If you're incensed the way I am, join me and sign Ethan's Petition.

I want us to support our police. In general they do a great job. Let's not condemn all for the evils of the few. But doing nothing invites you to be next.

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Michael Steele Yourself Away

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Michael Steele isn't one of my favorites, but when he hits it out of the park, he deserves the "Back,back, back... it's gone!" shout. Good for you, Michael. Now what are you going to do about it?

He's rightfully riled because Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican, told a town hall filled with constituents that he could have the votes to impeach the president “tomorrow” in the House, but it would die in the Senate.

It's nice to see Steele, the usually biased but level headed former RNC chairman put partisanship away and face reality. When he isn't playing a Republican on TV, he's just a regular guy and he's not only quite likable but also very intelligent. And he can be a pleasure sometimes to listen to.

That makes him a minority (in more than one way) in his party. And with his eyes on an elected office from Maryland, it'll be interesting to see if he uses his pulpit for more than just talk. Let's see if he gets through to his party better than his heir, Reince Priebus.

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