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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.


Florida Republican Proposes Obama Lynching



One can only hope that not all Tea Party Republican candidates are crazy. But seeing this gives me pause. I'm talking to everyone out there, but especially in Florida.

Fueling the fire of the adage, every family has its nuts, the Tampa Bay Times reported this the other day:

ST. PETERSBURG — As Americans honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a Republican candidate for Florida House District 68 said President Barack Obama should be hanged for war crimes.

"I'm past impeachment," Joshua Black wrote on Twitter. "It's time to arrest and hang him high."

You'd think with all the negative press this has brought about, the Florida Republican Party would officially call for this man's dropping out of the Florida House District race. And this would be a unanimous call.

But it's not. A few Florida Republicans have voiced "concern" over statements like this. Really? Just some concern.

Evidently the Secret Service is taking this crackpot seriously. They already visited with him about his making threatening statements.

Following the "concern" voiced by a few Republicans, Black took once again to the airwaves, tweeting:

Hours after the tweet, Black defended his comment. Obama should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen overseas, he said.

"He should be executed for treason," Black said. "I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn't be allowed to kill Americans without a trial."

Well, even that wasn't enough. After the offensive statements of justification above, Mr. Black went onto FaceBook with this:

Hours after the tweet, Black defended his comment. Obama should be held responsible for ordering a drone strike that killed a U.S. citizen overseas, he said.

"He should be executed for treason," Black said. "I think the appropriate punishment is death. They killed Benedict Arnold. (Obama) shouldn't be allowed to kill Americans without a trial."

Had enough yet? I hope the state of Florida, the Republican Party in particular, has.  It's time they distance themselves from wackadoos like Joshua Black. It's okay to disagree with the President, but calling for a public lynching is something that deserves a closer watching. Who knows what this dude's capable of doing? And who knows how many more there are like him. Maybe we'll find out when they hold the election.


Video- President Barack Obama's moving tribute to Nelson Mandela in full



Gohmert and Bachmann - Stupid and Stupider?



Dumb and Dumber was already taken.

You have to hand it to Louis Gohmert. Just when you thought he couldn't be any more out of his mind, he takes another giant leap into the land of ignorance.

He spoke on Friday at the Values Voter Summit, the tea-party group where Rafael Cruz spoke as well. After Cruz got heckled and boo'd, Gohmert took the stage. They say performers hate to  follow kids or animals because it's hard to rise above that empathy. Well, following Cruz was a challenge. But Louis was up to it.

His angle wasn't to take on Obama. Cruz did that already. He was going to take on a pillar of his own party -- the stalwart of patriotism himself, John McCain.

Yes, that John McCain. The man who is known as a war hero, a former presidential standard bearer for the GOP AND the man who made Sarah Palin a household name. According to Gohmert, 'that' John McCain is an Al Qaeda ally and supporter.

Here's Stupid, as reported by TPM:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) described Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as a guy that supported al Qaeda.

"I heard just before I came, some senator from Arizona, a guy that liked Gaddafi before he wanted to bomb him," Gohmert said. "A guy that's been to Syria and supported al Qaeda and the rebels. But he was saying today the shutdown has been a fools' errand. And I agree with him, the president and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down."

For perspective, Gohmert was referring to McCain's visit to northern Syria. During the official visit, according to McClatchy, the rebels escorting McCain were fighting fighters that supported al Qaeda.

Louis, I'll attempt to put it into terms even you'll understand... The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Oh, forget it, Louis, you're too stupid to understand.

Okay, while digesting that, look who came up next to speak to the stunned and amazed crowd... none other than Michele 'Nutcase' Bachmann. Catch this from Stupider, speaking on the Affordable Care Act and reported by MEDIAite:

“This egregious system, that will ultimately be known as ‘Deathcare’ must be defeated,” Bachmann declared. During the speech she set up a dichotomy of “police state,” symbolized by the shuttered World War II memorial during the government shutdown vs. “Constitutional republic,” represented by conservatives like her who fought to reopen it, only after directly causing the shutdown in the first place.

“When the federal government controls your health care,” Bachmann said, “they literally control life and death.” She called on conservatives to demand that President Obama “allow Obamacare to be voluntary for every American,” a move he already has said he would refuse because it would undermine the basic ability of the law to bring down insurance costs.

Well, this was some conference. The Cracker Jacks were a buck a bag, but the nuts were free.

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Fortune Finally Shines On A Slave Named Fortune


fortune buried in Conn

It's hard to believe, here we are in 2013, with a Black president, Black members of congress and a Black Governor in neighboring Massachusetts, but in Connecticut, only a few days ago, did freedom truly arrive in that state.

As reported in the New Haven Register, another page on racial inequality has been turned.

The man called Fortune, who worked as a slave for a Waterbury doctor and then, after his death, was misused as a medical model, was given his ultimate freedom Thursday, his life celebrated by state and church and his bodily remains put to rest.

First he was given a place of honor, lying in state under the Capitol dome, with crowds stopping to ponder his story.For the preachers at his funeral, Fortune’s lesson after all this time was one of identity: the unifying identity of all people under God.


In 1798, a year after he was baptized at the age of 58, Fortune drowned -- accidental or the results of racism still are cause for debate. But this slave, who was owned by Dr. Preserved Porter and his wife, Dinah, served his master and four children for nearly 50 years.

Now we wouldn't be reading about him had the indignities of slavery ended with death. But regardless of the intentions, the saga didn't die with him. The indignities of this Christian man would endure for years to come.

After Fortune’s death, Porter dissected and boiled his body to recover the skeleton, which he used to teach anatomy to medical students. Porter’s descendants sent the bones to Germany in the 1930s to be articulated, or reattached, and his remains were acquired by the Mattatuck Museum in the 1940s, which put them on display. The name “Larry” was scrawled on his skull. In the 1970s, respect prevailed and the skeleton was removed from display and put in storage.

Larry. Even his name was taken from him and a White moniker was assigned to him striking what was left of his humanity. His story was perhaps on a road less traveled that many slaves who's remains were just dumped, left unmarked and forgotten in posterity.

His story was marked by paradox. … a man whose life and manner of death remain a little mysterious and yet a man whose bones have yielded scientific knowledge,” and a man who had a wife and four children but no control over how his remains would be treated.

Considering slavery had been abolished 54 years before his death, Fortune by all rights should have been a free man. But if you were a slave laws regarding emancipation were often unheeded. Even if you were baptized, it still didn't matter. You were Black and thus a slave in that version of Christianity.

Now, 215 years later, when all of this inhumanity and indignity finally saw the light of day, the Constitution State, Connecticut took the proper steps to take responsibility. Fortune was finally given a Christian send off.

Funeral Mass for slave

First he was given a place of honor, lying in state under the Capitol dome, with crowds stopping to ponder his story.For the preachers at his funeral, Fortune’s lesson after all this time was one of identity: the unifying identity of all people under God.

Who knows how many other Fortunes are yet to be properly restituted. It's been a long, arduous journey for this slave, for this free man. It gives a good feeling to know his story will live on and that hundreds came to say farewell to a man no one alive today could have known. Respect, no matter how long after it's due, is so important. Let those not so fortunate who came before us never be forgotten.


The Catholic Church On Moral Evils


Holy Smokes

Oh holy mother of G'd. What hath Stephen Fry wrought?  He's taken on G'd, the Holy See, the Cardinals, Bishops and priesthood in a recent attack on the church. Now he groups the Roman Catholic leadership all together in the incredulous blame game -- and quite brilliantly, I might add.

This is short, as perhaps any condemnation should be. If you can't get to the point, how are you going to get people to notice?

So, if you're not highly offended by an intelligent man asking a most intelligent set of questions, carve yourself half a minute and watch the great Stephen Fry do what I refer to as a "stir Fry."


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