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This was, you recall, Mike Royko’s famous proposed motto (Where’s Mine?) for the incredibly corrupt city of Chicago; it now clearly stands for the tragic city of Baltimore, whose already-hapless mayor has revealed not only her personal corruption, but – along the way – the corruption of the University of Maryland medical system board of trustees.

Tragicomic, really, since the latest confirmation of the link between urban collapse and systemic corruption comes from sales – make that non-sales – of children’s books the mayor wrote (maybe – maybe someone else wrote them for her), self-published, and then sold in bulk for permanent storage in a warehouse to the same UM med system on whose board of trustees she sat.

Nothing unusual about that arrangement, though — huge numbers of trustees were self-dealing through the hospital system. The head of the UMMS board of trustees is doing mucho harrumphing about “managed conflicts,” but the phrase managed conflict has about the same persuasiveness as the phrase managed massage in the mouth of Robert Kraft.

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5 Responses to “Ubi est mea?”

  1. JND Says:

    “managed massage in the mouth of Robert Kraft.”

    Ouch!

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    JND: Just thought I’d go with it.

  3. theprofessor Says:

    Baltimore’s mayor is simply trying to show that she can run with the big dogs. Phony book sales are a time-honored way that special interests can pump money in politicians’ pockets.

  4. charlie Says:

    I’ll see your U of Maryland med school corruption and raise you University of Southern California med school perversion. Along with the dean partying with teeekers because he was one, an SC OBGYN who sexually assaulted coeds for years, they now have Dr. Dennis Kelly. He was SC’s on campus doctor dealing with men’s sexual health issues. But his “practice” included adding to the health problems of gay students. A lawsuit filed in February alleges Kelly, among other things, raped several young men with various objects. As with the other two doctors, Kelly’s Crimes had been reported, but nothing was done by the BOT, nor their admin satraps.

    Question is, are U of M/USC med schools deliberately trying to destroy themselves? Given my in laws over century long connections to SC, i know they were among the top ten unis for donations, much of it for medical research. All that’s at risk due to…..meth, hookers, and rapist protection??

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    charlie: As Bellow says in one of his novels, there’s nothing too rum to be true.

    UMD has nothing on USC, which as you suggest is currently well into the realm of the surreal.

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