File this under blue state, FUCK YEAH!

Maryland has become the first state to guarantee funding for Planned Parenthood, promising to reimburse clinics if the federal government cuts support.

My Governor, who is a Republican, did not endorse the bill but did not veto it, and allowed it to go into effect. $2,700,000 is fucking peanuts compared to the lack of any viable alternative to effective, low-cost family planning care.

Date posted: April 10, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

On the other hand, Donald Trump’s graphics were easy to dismiss. They combined the design sensibility of the Home Shopping Network with the tone of a Nigerian scam email. Like so many other complacent Democrats, my only question was: Why is this even close?

Michael Beirut does a postmortem on his logo for the Hilary campaign, putting it in the context of the Obama campaign, the changes in atmosphere since 2008, and how his personal experience put him out of touch with the Midwest, where most of Trump’s supporters originated.

Date posted: April 6, 2017 | Filed under art/design, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Um, what the fuck?

President Trump has reorganized the National Security Council by elevating his chief strategist Steve Bannon and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Before joining Donald Trump’s inner circle during the 2016 campaign, Bannon was the head of Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism.

Wonder why there’s a sudden ban on Muslims entering the country? This shit is going to get worse and worse.

Date posted: January 29, 2017 | Filed under politics | Leave a Comment »

We got turned away at the Halethorpe train station because there were too many people boarding further up the line, so we didn’t go to the March On Washington on Saturday. However, the New York Times has Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent. I’m so incredibly happy it was this widespread.

Date posted: January 23, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

Mr. Spicer said that Mr. Trump had drawn “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration,” a statement that photographs clearly show to be false. Mr. Spicer said photographs of the inaugural ceremonies were deliberately framed “to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall,” although he provided no proof of either assertion.

So here’s your new boss, America. We’ve got a guy who spends the first day on the job bitching and complaining like a first-grader who didn’t get any candy for dessert.

Date posted: January 21, 2017 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

So it begins.

I walked up the street to the front of Union Station yesterday to peep out what I could see. The main room of the station building was closed off for a huge banquet of some kind. Out in front, people hawked Trump tchotchkes, all made in China (I checked) amidst huge lines of porta-potties. Here and there, red-hatted supporters wandered around the station, asking for directions.

One of my coworkers said it felt like Paris in ’42 as the German army rumbled through the outskirts of the city. It feels to me like the circus has pulled into town, and clowns are just going to keep pouring out of the cars.

Date posted: January 20, 2017 | Filed under humor, politics | Leave a Comment »

NPR reporters and editors add context to the legislation and other proposals that the president-elect said he wants to introduce in his first 100 days in office.

I’d say this is required reading. Some of it is hugely sobering.

Date posted: November 11, 2016 | Filed under politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »

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America, what have you done?

Date posted: November 9, 2016 | Filed under politics | Leave a Comment »

Our nearsighted zoning council recently approved a modified plan for the Catonsville Promenade, a misguided development project that’s been lurching along since before Finley was born. Details on the project are sketchy at best, but I found an interesting article summing up the developer’s iterations, all of which have me wondering what they’re smoking. The most recent maps show only one point of access and have the entire development squished up against the Beltway, which seems like an unappealing and inaccessible plan for a bunch of hotels and restaurants nobody will visit. It’s obvious the builder is holding out for the state to sell him adjacent land from the Spring Grove complex, so that he can continue the plan northward, add more buildings, and link up to Frederick Road. Which will clog our traffic pattern tighter than a heart attack.

Date posted: September 5, 2016 | Filed under politics | Leave a Comment »

“The problem of radicalized surveillance is particularly pronounced in Baltimore,” the complaint stated. The city was already on the defensive, even as the aerial surveillance program was shielded from the public eye.

Bloomberg reports on an aerial surveillance system quietly flying daily over Baltimore–without the public’s knowledge. This kind of thing is chilling.

Date posted: August 24, 2016 | Filed under Baltimore, politics, shortlinks | Leave a Comment »