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Thu Apr 30, 2015, 12:46 PM

 

"Fresh kale!" says Martin O'Malley. "Fresh kale! Get some fresh kale.

from Bloomberg:


Martin O'Malley, Baltimore's Prodigal Mayor, Gets to Work


Dave Weigel/Bloomberg


"Fresh kale!" says Martin O'Malley. "Fresh kale! Get some fresh kale. I cut it myself."

The former mayor of Baltimore, former governor of Maryland, and likely candidate for the Democratic Party's next presidential nomination, was standing at the end of a food giveaway at the St. Peter Claver parish hall in northwest Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood on Wednesday. He had arrived around 1 p.m., clad in white shirt, suit pants, and tucked-in tie.

And, yes, he'd been lifting pallets of food and water, and pulling the official leafy green of yuppiedom into plastic bags. That way, they could be collected by people whose local Save-A-Lot and CVS has been looted in the riots that followed the death of 25-year old Freddie Gray in police custody. He'd dug into the job, pausing occasionally to note the Irish-American history of the city, or the fact that as governor he'd plussed up the funding of the Maryland Food Bank, or that he knew a great recipe for vegetables...



Dave Weigel/Bloomberg


On Tuesday and Wednesday, he looked like a mayor again, albeit one whose entourage had been reduced to fit one SUV. That was a necessity. The mayor who had brought New York-style "zero tolerance" policing to Baltimore had to confront critics, long after he was in a position to change. On both days, during a walk through the Freddie Gray protests and during his visit to the food giveaway, O'Malley said he had been "promoted to citizen..."

At the parish, when asked to respond to the charge that "zero tolerance" policing led to the riots, O'Malley offered a lengthy answer about how the police needed "better understanding, better ways to make their departments more open and transparent" but that zero tolerance had worked.

"Our city has, for the last 15 years, been pushing back and driving down violent crime," said O'Malley. "Every mayor, in his or her time, does their very best to get the balance right. To save as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible. That's what we did in our time, and that's what I believe every mayor has tried to do since. In the history of race in America, there's not a single day when you have to be mindful of the constant need for improvement and rebuilding of trust. Really, no people can sustain the kind of crime reduction we've seen unless there's trust between police and neighbors."




https://twitter.com/aliknez/status/593470388430118913


"I was motivated to go into public life because of the great chasm that exists between justice and injustice in our country. Nowhere is that divide greater than in America's cities. Some people might look at Baltimore, from afar, and see nothing but hopelessness. I see, in Baltimore, tremendously good and compassionate people, and a tremendous opportunity to save a lot a lives. And that's what we've done. If you look at violent crime in Baltimore as compared to where violent crime was in the decades before, it's hard to conclude anything other than that. Hundreds and hundreds would have died violent deaths."


O'Malley had been saying this for a while, when the critics held smaller megaphones. Just two weeks earlier, he'd given a speech to Al Sharpton's National Action Network, in which he said that "there are a thousand fewer black men in Baltimore today who died violent deaths over the last 15 years who otherwise would have died" without the policing reforms he'd championed. He recalled how after his 1999 mayoral win, he'd told police that their best allies on the blocks they covered were "the good people that live on that block."


read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-29/martin-o-malley-baltimore-s-prodigal-mayor-gets-to-work


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Reply "Fresh kale!" says Martin O'Malley. "Fresh kale! Get some fresh kale. (Original post)
bigtree Apr 2015 OP
lumberjack_jeff Apr 2015 #1
elleng Apr 2015 #2
bigtree Apr 2015 #3
FSogol Apr 2015 #4
JaneyVee Apr 2015 #5
Koinos Apr 2015 #6
bigtree Apr 2015 #7
Agschmid Apr 2015 #8
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bigtree Apr 2015 #9
seveneyes Apr 2015 #10
HereSince1628 Apr 2015 #11
bigtree Apr 2015 #12
Scootaloo Apr 2015 #26
BainsBane Apr 2015 #13
FSogol Apr 2015 #14
BainsBane Apr 2015 #15
FSogol Apr 2015 #16
elleng Apr 2015 #27
cherokeeprogressive Apr 2015 #36
bigtree Apr 2015 #17
BainsBane Apr 2015 #18
Warren DeMontague Apr 2015 #19
bigtree Apr 2015 #21
tblue37 Apr 2015 #24
FSogol Apr 2015 #28
tblue37 Apr 2015 #32
FSogol Apr 2015 #33
tblue37 Apr 2015 #34
FSogol Apr 2015 #35
tblue37 Apr 2015 #39
bigtree Apr 2015 #38
cherokeeprogressive Apr 2015 #37
BainsBane Apr 2015 #40
cherokeeprogressive Apr 2015 #41
BainsBane May 2015 #42
Warren DeMontague Apr 2015 #20
bigtree Apr 2015 #22
Warren DeMontague Apr 2015 #23
tblue37 Apr 2015 #25
Warren DeMontague Apr 2015 #29
Rosa Luxemburg Apr 2015 #30
Cha Apr 2015 #31

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 12:51 PM

1. I like this guy a lot, and I don't think he'll be faulted for reducing violent crime.

 

He's not giving abusive cops a pass and he appears to have a lot of support within Baltimore.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 01:51 PM

3. thanks, elleng

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 01:53 PM

4. K & R. n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 01:53 PM

5. Good dude.

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 02:08 PM

6. Great post, bigtree!

K & R

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 04:33 PM

7. Ľ

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 04:34 PM

8. Kick.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 06:44 PM

9. .

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 06:51 PM

10. Here is your Cale

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 06:54 PM

11. Kale???? Shit. I'm with the people who eat COLLARD!

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 07:36 PM

12. a good piece of a slab of bacon, cooked overnight

 

...and kale...

"Just cut it up," he told one skeptic, as she added the vegetables to her armfuls of groceries. "Onion, kale, potatoes. Cut it up with a little butterómmm, mmm."

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:56 PM

26. Making me hungry.

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 07:39 PM

13. Bigtree, why would you suggest

people support O'Malley over Clinton or Sanders? Or would you?

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:07 PM

14. Here's why I support him:

Martin O'Malley:

1. Ended death penalty in Maryland
2. Prevented fracking in Maryland and put regulations in the way to prevent next GOP Gov Hogan fom easily allowing fracking.
3. Provided health insurance for 380,000
4. Reduced infant mortality to an all time low.
5. Provided meals to thousands of hungry children and moved toward a goal for eradicating childhood hunger.
6. Enacted a $10.10 living wage and a $11. minimum wage for State workers.
7. Supporter the Dream Act
8. Cut income taxes for 86% of Marylanders (raised taxes on the rich).
9. Reformed Marylandís tax code to make it more progressive.
10. Enacted some of the nationís most comprehensive reforms to protect homeowners from foreclosure.

There is a lot more, but I'll only add that Mother Jones magazine called him the best candidate on environmental issues.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:09 PM

15. Thanks for that

and I agree those are worthy accomplishments.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:03 PM

27. Thanks for this, again, FSogol.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #14)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:31 PM

36. ^THIS^

 

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:19 PM

17. hmm

 

...I've made several posts on each of them in the past few months.

I've been a longtime fan of the Clintons, ever since Bill whipped GB and snagged two glorious terms. It was a golden age for my working-class, young family and the ire of the republicans was palatable and delicious. I've always admired Hillary as an individual; even as a politician. What's alienated me from supporting her in the primary has been her insistence on staking out safe and establishment-friendly stances which I don't believe will move our political landscape far enough beyond the status quo. I've grown sour on Democratic-approved military conflict; acquiescence to corporate-enriching economic initiatives; and Israel-centric, PNAC-inspired foreign policy. That's the worst of what I expect from a Clinton administration.

Bernie Sanders is one of the most straightforward, honest, decent, knowledgeable politicians we've had in the Senate in my lifetime. What you see and hear from him is what you get. He has an unapologetic progressive viewpoint and he best represents my own politics, almost exactly (save a bit of concession on some military initiatives concerning our military posture toward ISIS and Iraq). I'd vote for him in a heartbeat...

Martin O'Malley is my former governor and I've long admired his own brand of straightforwardness. He has decidedly less of a progressive viewpoint than Sanders, imo, but I think he's a dynamic and organic choice who almost never fails to pleasantly surprise me with his absolute focus and concern for the needs and interests of the citizenry.

I'm impressed by the unapologetic and forceful stance he took on the rights and needs of our immigrant population in my state and in the country. He's made real and concrete actions to ensure those in Maryland. I trust him to project that same concern into the presidency.

I also trust and respect him on economic policy which is centered on the needs of average earning Americans, as well as the working and persistent poor. I'm unsure of his foreign policy, but I do expect him to formulate his approach to issues of the military and world affairs in the same manner which he's approached other issues; with heart and reasonableness. In short, I'm backing O'Malley, at least initially in this campaign, because I value his character, his record, and his stated and demonstrated commitments to the people he governs. He's a seasoned executive with experience in managing the processes of government in a way which reflects many of our progressive values. I think he's the best candidate of the three to attract a wide enough base of support for those values to compete against the republican challengers and move our politics far enough forward to make an actual difference.

They ALL get my vote in a general election, as nominee.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:26 PM

18. What do you think of David Simon's criticism of O'Malley

in the latter part of this article? https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/04/29/david-simon-on-baltimore-s-anguish

To be clear, I will support the Democratic nominee regardless. I haven't decided, however, whom to support in the primary and frankly haven't given much thought to O'Malley at all. I respect Simon and find his criticism concerning.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:29 PM

19. Certainly the shit currently raining down in Baltimore, comes at a bad time for O'Malley.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:34 PM

21. I've discussed those on threads specific to his article

 

...I'm going to leave that discussion (as far as I'm willing to engage) to those threads.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:50 PM

24. bigtree, I am so glad you came back. After Ferguson you left because after providing

some of the most incredible picture essays during the protests, you were so close to despair over the unmitigated injustice and evil and the apparent lack of political will to ever address any if it.

When you posted that you were leaving DU, I was horrified that we would lose your contributions to the board. Whenever I came to DU during those days of protest, I did a DU search for your name so I could go immediately to any new posts you'd made since my last visit. (You might remember that I was often one of the first to K&R your posts each time.) I couldn't bear to think there would be no more posts coming from you.

Like all of your posts on DU, this one is an example of what this message board can and should be. It puts to shame the petty sniping and middle school nastiness that mars so much of the interaction here. You are one of the DU members whose posts keep me coming here every day, and I just want to let you know how much you are valued and how glad I am that your absence from DU was not permanent.

ON EDIT: Just to be clear, although I appreciate the OP, too, the post I am actually refering to here is the one I am directly responding to, in which you carefully explain your reasons for supportin O'Malley, without taking unnecessarily nasty potshots at other candidates and their supporters.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #24)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:07 PM

28. +1, Same here. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Reply #28)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:20 PM

32. I think it is important to let people like bigtree know how much we appreciate them.

Some DU members draw a lot of attention (and many of them, though certainly not all, deserve that attention). But others--again like bigtree--spend a lot of time and energy putting together informative and moving text/link/picture posts, without seeking to be applauded for their efforts. McCamy Taylor and madfloridian come to mind as other examples. Kephra used to do that, too, before he died. He made sure we never missed important news. n2doc brings us multiple toon roundups each week. These people, among others, devote an extraordinary amount of their time and energy to making DU a rich, valuable experience for the rest of us, without ever asking for or expecting any reward or recognition--but we should express our appreciation even if they don't expect it.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #32)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:26 PM

33. That true. Bigtree is one of DU's greats.

I also miss Grantcart's posts. He was like DU's own investigative reporter.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #33)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:29 PM

34. Oh, yes. grantcart was one of my favorites. What happened to him?

I have always wondered and worried, fearing the worst.

And what about SwampRat? His images were wonderful.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #34)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:31 PM

35. Grantcart last posted over a year ago.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #35)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:36 PM

39. I know--and ever since then I have missed his posts and worried about what

might have happened to him. I wish someone who knew could let us know.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #24)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:34 PM

38. you are very kind, tblue37

 

...I hope I can live up to all of that praise and put my best instincts forward. I am a political hothead, lol. (More than a few folks I've clashed with will attest to that).

...I'm glad to be mentally well enough to return. I was sidelined for a pretty good spell while I received the help I needed. Support like yours certainly makes a difference. Many thanks...

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:32 PM

37. Are you asking why he would support a Democrat?

 

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #37)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 10:22 PM

40. The question is in plain English

I shouldn't need to explain it to you. Moreover, bigtreee answered it. If you are still struggling to understand, read his response.

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #40)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 10:37 PM

41. "why would you suggest people support O'Malley" As plain as the nose on my face.

 

Got it.

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Response to cherokeeprogressive (Reply #41)

Fri May 1, 2015, 03:10 AM

42. I asked someone whose opinion I respect

why he preferred O'Malley to the other two candidates. He answered quite thoughtfully. I didn't ask your opinion, and you didn't offer it. Instead, your sole contribution is a refusal to read simple English and to then quote me out of context in order to pick a fight with a total stranger. Not many people could pull off that level of dishonest bullshit with a straight face, yet you managed.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:31 PM

20. First arugula, now this

more vegetable elitism!~

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #20)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:41 PM

22. well,

 


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Response to bigtree (Reply #22)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:41 PM

23. You want to invoke pinboy?

He's gonna be here carpet-bombing this thread with puns, if you're not careful.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #23)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 08:51 PM

25. God, I hope so. I love his puns. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #25)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:11 PM

29. He is the Michael Jordan of that shit, no question.

I try to go toe to toe with him on it from time to time, but I am consistently out-toe'd.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:14 PM

30. O'Malley was a good governor

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Thu Apr 30, 2015, 09:17 PM

31. NO "suicide" for Martin O'Malley, Jackie. mahalo bigtree

Glad he came back to help!

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