This Is My Jail

"O’Malley has no sympathy for the female guards who have been charged. ‘Shame on them,’ he told me. ‘Nobody forced them into jobs. Sometimes people make bad decisions and the fact that they have difficult jobs shouldn’t be a defense for corruption.’"

In this week’s New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin writes about a jail in Baltimore that, until recently, has been run by a gang called the Black Guerrilla Family. The gang was able to control the large-scale sale and distribution of contraband largely because its members formed romantic and sexual relationships with correctional officers within the facility, 75 percent of whom were women. The women helped smuggle drugs and cell phones into the jail from their neighborhoods in East Baltimore just outside of it.

The article details a long history of both the gang and the jail, and weaves in bits of the BGF’s philosophy, which sees women as subservient to men. My mouth dropped after reading a few particular sentences.

Conditions have improved at the jail since Governor O’Malley recently stepped in. But the above passage and quote, which ends the article, drives home the nuanced point of the entire piece. No one ever helped these women. No one guided or advised or supported them. They were never given the chance to succeed elsewhere. That’s not their fault. The shame belongs to Martin O’Malley who, from his place of power, failed to see that. 

This Is My Jail | Jeffrey Toobin

This Is a Low, with strings

And, I’m sobbing.

Caring too much. That's the curse of the working classes →

"If you think about it, is this not what life is basically about? Human beings are projects of mutual creation. Most of the work we do is on each other. The working classes just do a disproportionate share. They are the caring classes, and always have been. It is just the incessant demonisation directed at the poor by those who benefit from their caring labour that makes it difficult, in a public forum such as this, to acknowledge it."

Damon Albarn Teases Blur Dates, New Gorillaz Album, Noel Gallagher Collaboration →

He also mentioned the “distinct possibility at some point in the future” of making a record with former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher. “We’re talking. It’s not anything to get excited about yet,” he said. “I mean, he’s doing his thing. He’s finishing a new record. I’ve got my record coming out, but the principle of us making music together is something… you know, it would be fair to say, we have discussed it at least once.”

Was just starting to feel excited about the MANY shows I plan on attending now that temperatures have crawled above 60 degrees. Way to knock me back to reality, Portlandia.