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Username: Bruce Godfrey
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Created: Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 10:39 PM EST
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We Can Win: An Unlikely Endorsement for Barack Obama

by: Bruce Godfrey

Sun Feb 03, 2008 at 12:26 PM EST

(A thoughtful piece in favor of Obama. If you're a Hillary Clinton supporter, please take the time to post a diary explaining why, and I'll put in on the front page. - promoted by Isaac Smith)

Too many times, I have been burned by politicians, such that I have been reluctant to "endorse" candidates for high office this year.  But I'll risk disappointment and major league cynical buyer's remorse, and endorse Senator Obama for the presidency here.
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Suggested Text for an Email to Friends for the Same-Sex Marriage Bill

by: Bruce Godfrey

Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 06:22 PM EST

( - promoted by Isaac Smith)

If you don't know what to write to get your friends, including your out-of-state friends with friends and family here, to support the proposed Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (SB 290/HB 351), consider copying, pasting, editing appropriately and sending to good friends and family.

This will not be an easy bill to pass but it will be easier to pass this year than when moral courage is more expensive in 2010 for moderate Dems especially around Baltimore, elected officials who don't want to be bigoted but don't want to be terrorized either by anti-gay fanatics.  These good men and women need backbone, and voices in their district giving them support when the likes of Don Dwyer are whipping them, sending them hate mail, picketing their houses, etc. ARE their backbone, both politically and in terms of moral courage. 

It takes a lot for, for example, a Catholic delegate from a purple district in Baltimore County to sign on on this one, especially if the Archbishop or people from his parish will be lobbying him.  He or she needs to know that we - WE - will have his or her back, all the way.  We need to BE that backbone.

Enough speech.  Here's the pitch to your cousin Jane or your former roommate at Towson.

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One Liberal's Approach to Wingnut Slanders

by: Bruce Godfrey

Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 11:21 AM EST

There are a number of ways to respond to derogatory comments and tropes from arch-conservatives.  Those who know my style will not be surprised to learn my preference for the direct approach.
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Take Back the Night - and the Blog - 2008

by: Bruce Godfrey

Mon Jan 14, 2008 at 02:17 AM EST

A call to arms in support of decency, autonomy and justice.  PLEASE NOTE AND ALERT: may be a severe TRIGGER EVENT for multiple forms of PTSD for assault survivors or others.  Posted here as well as at Daily Kos because Maryland is as vulnerable to the issues involved with sexual violence as any where else, style may reflect Kossack-ese, so to speak, and because this fine blog with its largely male contributor base can benefit from more exposure to the realities that women face.
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Blue Blogosphere Convention 2008: An Idea

by: Bruce Godfrey

Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 03:42 PM EST

Some ideas for a convention of the Maryland blogosphere.
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"Hello, Fellow Democrats!"

by: Bruce Godfrey

Thu Sep 20, 2007 at 01:01 AM EDT

I did the unthinkable and changed my registration from Libertarian to Democratic this week.  I hope I make a fine a group of friends among the Dems as I enjoyed for 12 years as a Libertarian.  It's a little painful to say goodbye, but I did it.
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A superficial analysis of Deane v. Conaway

by: Bruce Godfrey

Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 02:13 PM EDT

Maryland is a blue state, let there be no mistake.  But its Court of Appeals, equivalent to most states' Supreme Courts, is a relatively conservative institution, despite the blue politics of the state.  I had expected the three dissenters to go as they did, but expected them to have two of the more moderate judges (in MD, we don't call them "justices") join them.  Instead, it went 4-3 against the plaintiffs.  Interestingly, two of the judges in the majority are about to retire, as will one of the 3 who joined part of the dissent (Judge Raker).  So Maryland's governor will have some interesting appointments ahead of him.
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Baltimore Sun Revels in Caucasian Nostalgia

by: Bruce Godfrey

Sun Jun 24, 2007 at 04:06 PM EDT

Baltimore Sun, June 24, 2007:

Old black-and-white photos show the place back when Rose and George Brous bought it in 1963. The Flamingo Motel was a flat cinderblock rectangle, sitting on the sand. Twenty-three rooms on three floors, each with a pair of double beds and a phone - no TV - cooled only by the sea breeze.
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City Council Proposes Tax Relief to Millionaire Developer, Investment Bankers

by: Bruce Godfrey

Sat Jun 02, 2007 at 12:21 PM EDT

Baltimore Sun, June 2, 2007:

A leading Baltimore developer would receive more than $33 million in city tax breaks to build a landmark headquarters for Legg Mason at an exclusive waterfront address, officials close to the proposed deal confirmed yesterday.


As (developer) Paterakis developed Harbor East over the past decade, he benefited from tax breaks on nearly every phase of the project. The development transformed what was once an industrial no man's land to one of Baltimore's trendiest areas, with a Whole Foods market, expensive boutiques and exclusive apartments and condos.


Legg Mason announced in February that it planned to leave its signature skyscraper at 100 Light St., the tallest building in the city, for the new Harbor East digs. Legg expects to move nearly all of its Baltimore-area employees to the new building by 2009, creating a significant vacancy in its former home in downtown's core.

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Their Eyes Were Watching Caesar: Your Friendly Neighborhood Christian Theocrats

by: Bruce Godfrey

Sun Apr 08, 2007 at 11:26 AM EDT

[NOTE: while this is not specifically a Maryland issue, it has implications for Maryland no less than for the rest of the United States.]

One of the most ironic things about religion is its capacity to make men and women either a lot more humble or a lot more arrogant.  In dealing with a government, of course, it's the arrogation of power and the infliction of damage upon the innocent with which we should be concerned.  If religion made men consistently more humble, more  decent, more mature, all of us would have far less reason to fear it as a mode or tool of governance.

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Saturday Open Thread

by: Bruce Godfrey

Sat Mar 24, 2007 at 10:43 AM EDT

What's going on?  I have a comment below the fold but I hope folks will treat it as an open thread.
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Natalie Merchant Singing "Which Side Are You On?"

by: Bruce Godfrey

Sun Mar 18, 2007 at 10:53 PM EDT

Lest we forget our country's history amidst our lattes and iPods....
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Meta - Using Crabopedia For Progressive Politics

by: Bruce Godfrey

Wed Mar 14, 2007 at 12:37 AM EDT

Isaac was kind enough include on the front page of this brilliant SoapBlox site a link to Crabopedia, which is a small but growing wiki for Maryland politics, life and history hosted by my ongoing Crab Media activities.  My hope is to start a discussion on how FSP diarists, commentators, etc., may choose to use Crabopedia for research, storage, community access and organizing of information about Maryland politics and policy issues.
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