I was going to end today's spate of postings on a high note with that brontosaurus thing, but then my RSS feed had to tell me this:
Maryland State legislator Patrick McDonough, the guest host of a drive-time radio program on Wednesday morning, discussed the possibility of revoking food stamps from the parents of protesting Baltimore youth.
Later during the same broadcast, McDonough called for a "scientific study" of what he called the "thug nation" in the black community. McDounough is a Republican member of the state's House of Delegates who represents a suburban area northeast of the city.
McDonough's food stamps comment came in response to a caller who asked, if protesters are "too young, why can't they take away benefits from families, from like the parents who are collecting welfare."
"That's an idea and that could be legislation," replied McDonough. "I think that you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps?"
During much of the three hour program, McDonough discussed the "thug community" of Baltimore.
At one point, discussing the possibility of a "scientific study" on "police relationships with the black community," he said such an effort is necessary because there has never been research by "brilliant, honest, objective people" on "this community, this culture, this thug nation."
"These young people, they're violent, they're brutal, their mindset is dysfunctional to a point of being dangerous," he said, noting that he does not want to "put them in a test tube or cage." But, McDonough added, "We have got to study, investigate, and really look at what this is all about," calling it a problem "that prevails the nation from Los Angeles to Baltimore to Baltimore County."
McDonough repeated several times during his broadcast that his use of the term "thug" was not a "dog whistle" because President Obama had used the term to describe Baltimore protesters. He also added that he has supported scholarships, which have benefited people of color.
In fact, some of his closest friends are black. He might even know a few Asians.
McDonough also benefits from campaign support from major donors across the state. Campaign finance records show donations to McDonough's campaign account from the Harford County Deputy Sheriffs PAC, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield PAC, and StateFarm Agents PAC, among other established interests in Maryland.