Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Calvert Cliffs Fishing Report

In our quest to fish in every county in Maryland this year, a quest that we are starting to realize it a bit out of our grasp, we fished fished in Calvert and St. Mary's County.  I figured if we went down to Solomon's Island, we could knock out 2 counties fairly easily.

Through a heavy layer of fog, we drove down Route 4 through Anne Arundel County and into Calvert County.  I haven't been this way in a while and this area is definitely losing it's Southern charm.  Farmer fields are being replaced with track housing and Dunkin Donuts, and even worse....McDonald's.  Going or gone are the mom and pop shops.  Coming are the franchised outlets of the mega corporations where no one gets ahead in life.

So, as I was saying, we stopped at a little boat ramp off of the highway just under the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge.  Do you know who Governor Thomas Johnson was?  He was the first Governor of Maryland.  Legend has it that someone asked him about taxing the rain and he died laughing.

There was a modest fishing pier jutting out into the Patuxant River.  We set up camp and cast our lines and waited.  Then we waited.  After that, we waited some more.  No fish.  Actually, my son caught an emerald shiner, but that's nothing to put in the record book.  After about an hour we were ready to throw in the towel and head to another destination.

My son and his friend wanted to go to Calvert Cliffs and fish, but I thought if we went there first, we'd never get to St. Mary's County, so I decided to go to Greenwell State Park on the other side of the river and a few miles upstream.

Greenwell State Park isn't much of a park.  It's more of a historic farm with some shoreline.  We took a short hike down the hill to this spot and parked ourselves.  Well, actually, I parked myself in a chair and continued reading Truman by David McCulloch while the boys fished.  My snagged a bunker and his friend caught some small white perch.

After an hour and a half there, we decided to leave and get some lunch, then head to....Calvert Cliffs.

Calvert Cliffs State Park was $5 to get in (I think).  The parking lot was right off of Route 4.  The park ranger asked if we were salt water fishing or fresh water fishing.  Unsure where she was going with that, I said we had hoped to go salt water fishing.  She said that the pond is fresh water and pointed to the pond next to the parking lot and informed us the salt water fishing was at the end of the trail, which was 1.8 miles long.  Good grief! Pack light, boys!

The boys wanted to fish in the pond for a little bit.  There was a decent sized large mouth bass within reach, but it was not interested in anything.  They had more fun antagonizing a northern water snake in the water.

Finally we began our trek down the trail.  1.8 miles.  It was an easy walk along a meandering creek that dumped into swamp land.  We found this creative use of a felled tree and we each took a turn getting our picture taken in it.

Once at the end, I quickly thought that it had an amazing similarity to Westmoreland Park in Virginia.

These are the fabled cliffs with fossils and sharks' teeth.  Unfortunately, I was unable to find any.

This is looking north.

Oh, the fishing.  A guy that we befriended on the beach had caught 5 blue fish, 3 of which were over 14 inches.  We caught several spot and white perch.  Nothing amazing, but enough fish to keep us satisfied.  My son actually said he wants to go back there and spend the whole day fishing at Calvert Cliffs.  When my son says he likes something, it's a victory.

List of Eldersburg Robberies

Some people are screaming that Eldersburg is falling to all hell, while others are saying that everything is fine and there is no need to worry about anything except the Kardashian's.

I thought it would be helpful to see a list of the robberies in Eldersburg so that you can make your own decision. It seems as if there are 2-3 armed robberies in Eldersburg every year, though 2 big ones happened in one week.

Do you recall any more armed robbery incidents?  If so, I'll add them to this list.

3/4/1998 - Wal-Mart
3/28/2000 - Crown Station
2/6/2004 - Pizza Hut
2/6/2004 - Blockbuster
5/23/2008 - 7-11
10/30/2009 - Subway
11/5/2009 - Dunkin Donuts
3/8/2010 - Exxon
4/26/2011 - Sunoco

9/29/2012 - Carroll Community Bank
1/17/2012 - PNC Bank
8/8/2013 - Bank of America
11/27/2013 - High's
11/29/2013 - Harlan Lane
1/30/2014 - Sunoco
9/27/2014 - Panera Bread  

9/30/2014 - Food Lion

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Eldersburg Panera Bread Robbed

Did you hear that the Eldersburg Panera Bread was robbed last week?  Armed robbers waited outside for the manager to come out after they closed.  They then robbed her, then made her go back inside where the robbed the store, then they fled, presumably back to Randallstown.

Please be careful when leaving a store if you are the closer.  Closers should always leave in pairs and park their cars in lighted spots.  Look out the windows for suspicious characters loitering.  If something does not seem right, call the police.  There is no harm in that. 

Eldersburg is getting to be a dangerous area, so people need to become more conscious and aware of their surroundings.  Put down the phones.  Look around you.

This public service announcement is brought to you by Beretta, maker of mechanical self-defense items.

Eldersburg Food Lion Robbed

Seems like once per week something along the Liberty Road corridor is robbed.  Today it was an armed robbery of the Food Lion.

Tomorrow it may be you.  Too bad Anthony Brown is soft on crime.  Expect robberies to increase.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Martin O'Malley - A Horse's Ass?

Or just an ass on a horse?

This guy wants to be President of the United States?

Big Lots Closing in October

A day that seemed like it would never come.  Big Lots is now having its 'Going Out of Business' sale.  If the information I heard is correct, the store will be closing in the 3rd week of October.

Good riddance purveyor of cheap goods peddled to people who don't even live in Eldersburg.  I'll miss your store when the lights burn out and your sign reads Big T's.

Eldersbug Blockbuster is Gone

The Eldersburg Blockbuster is officially gone.  Stripped of its glass and bricks, gone are the steel beams giving the store its life.

What once was....

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Obama Salutes Marines With a Cup

President Obama's lack of etiquette continues to disappoint me.  Watch it on this video.

New to Eldersburg - Kismet Cafe

Did you notice that Zi Pani is now Kismet Care?  The cafe is still being run by the same person, but the new owner bought the establishment from the owner of Zi Pani.  It's a great family-owned business.  Your dollars spent there actually support a family and not a big mega corporation, like Panera.

Check them out!

VoteNoMalley on Twitter

Are you following me on Twitter? @VoteNoMalley

I'm having a good time bantering with Anthony Brown's lackey who runs his Twitter account.  He's really good at rhetoric and lies. 

I think Twitter is a great place for one or two line quips that don't equate into an entire blog post. 

You should follow me!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ray Rice Jersey Exchange, Sort of...

The Baltimore Ravens have announced that owners of Ray Rice jerseys may exchange them at the stadium on Friday and Saturday for jerseys of other Ravens stars, such as Christo Bilukidi, Crockett Gillmore, and Brynden Trawick.

There are a few stipulations, however, that must be met before the Ravens will allow the exchange of the jersey. 

1) the jersey must be officially NFL licensed merchandise.
2) must be manufactured by Nike or Reebok.
3) the jersey must have been purchased on the NFL's website or at the Ravens' merchandise store at the stadium.

Well, that pretty much eliminates +90% of all Ray Rice jerseys out there.  I expect up to 10 people to be there for jersey exchanges.  How are they going to prove where the jersey was purchased?  Nothing on the website states that a receipt must be in hand.

What the Ravens aren't telling you are the other, lesser known rules for jersey exchange:

1) The jersey must have been purchased on a Tuesday
2) Jersey must not show any signs that it has ever been worn
3) The person returning the jersey must avert all eye contact with the Ravens' officials
4) The person returning the jersey must reside within the city of Baltimore
5) The person returning the jersey must purchase a jersey PJL (Personal Jersey License) giving them the right to purchase another jersey in the future.

This scenario is totally believable based on the recent series of media blunders by the Baltimore Ravens. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Eldersburg Blockbuster - Demolition Has Begun!

The demolition of the former Eldersburg Blockbuster has begun, about 10 years after it should have started.  The site briefly served as the retailer of old arcade games and novelty items such as traffic lights and movie statues.

As you know, video rentals went the way of the dinosaur, or honest politicians.  Now the only thing left is to knock down the Big Lots and the Denny's.  Unfortunately, I think the Denny's is staying.

Remember the old Blockbuster?  Can you see the movie posters in the window?  Due Date, Red, and Town were the big hits.  Honestly I don't even remember those movies.  But I do think I still have $5.66 on a Blockbuster's gift card.  Where can I use that?

Anthony Brown Hates Daycares?

Current Lieutenant Governor and candidate for governor Anthony Brown is making a case of why he should be our next governor.  At this point, I'm still waiting for him to give us a good reason.

One of the items on his agenda that he and his lackey Ken Ulman are touting is "universal pre-K".  He's gone as far as saying that Republican candidate Larry Hogan is against children and their families for being against "universal Pre-K".  That's a typical Democrat line - Republicans hate children and education.

Want to know the truth about "universal Pre-K"?  Currently, every county in Maryland offers a pre-Kindergarten program.  Not all schools offer a pre-kindergarten program, but the program is available.  Children must qualify for pre-kindergarten and acceptance is based on need, either a learning need, or an economic need.  Once those slots have been filled, the program is opened to children who do not have a need.

Anthony Brown claims that many Marylanders do not have access to a pre-kindergarten program.  If their child does not qualify in their school district then that would  be true.  However, Anthony Brown totally screws up when he says that children don't have access to quality pre-K programs.  Does he mean low quality or high quality?  I'll assume Anthony Brown means that children do not have access to low quality pre-K programs.  As we all know, children in Baltimore City have plenty of access to low quality educational programs.  I'll say this claim by Anthony Brown is untrue.

Anthony Brown also claims that by offering pre-kindergarten to all children, these children will be able to get a better early education.  I think the Lieutenant Governor is saying that you basically suck at raising your kids and the state can do better.  I'm sure that's true in some areas like Baltimore City, but certainly not true in the majority of the suburban areas where children far exceed state standards and help bring up the state averages making the state's school system as good as it appears.  Don't be fooled - many school suck,  others are freaking unbelievable.

With Anthony Brown's plan, every school will be required to offer a pre-kindergarten class and all  students will be eligible to attend.  Sounds gallant, right?  However, what if the school currently does not have the facilities necessary to serve these children?  When Martin O'Malley mandated kindergarten, many school systems were forced to spend millions of dollars constructing additions to their buildings and hire more teachers.  And, of course, O'Malley didn't allow a proportional increase in education dollars to accommodate these new students for all schools.

Will Anthony Brown proportionally increase education dollars to ALL schools to pay for new facilities and teachers when he signs this into law?  I highly doubt it.  He'll just give us the typical mumbo-jumbo O'Malley crap that we all need to make tough decisions and invest in our children because they are the future blah-blah-blah.  Translation - I'll pass the law, you figure out how to pay for it.  Net result - larger classrooms, same number of teachers, more stress, fewer schools.

And don't be fooled by voluntary attendance.  It's like any law that O'Malley has passed.  This is step one.  Step two is to make pre-kindergarten mandatory.  The rhetoric will be: we need to continue to invest in our children, education is our number one priority,

And what about those pesky daycare centers?  If the state of Maryland makes pre-kindergarten attendance mandatory, which you know it eventually will, then one of biggest institutions to suffer this change will be daycare centers.  Daycare centers don't just include the mega-daycare centers like Celebree' and Kindercare where your child is a cog in a factory mostly staffed by high school drop-outs and unguided college transients.  There are thousands of at-home daycares run by people just trying to get by, who mostly take on this line of work so that they can be home to raise their children.  And they have the privilege to also raise yours.

Figuring daycare consists of infants, 1's, 2's, 3's, and 4's, the presumably pending mandatory implementation of pre-kindergarten will result in a 20% reduction in the daycare population.  Parents around the state will roar in celebration that they no longer have to pay for daycare for theier 4 year old allowing them to work more hours and take home more money, which is the most important thing in life, while the state pays for the daycare.  The unintended consequence of the implementation of mandatory pre-kindergarten will be the decrease in the revenue that daycare providers can earn.  Same supply, less demand, lower prices.  So while it's hard to make a living providing daycare, it'll be ridiculously more difficult after Anthony Brown gets through with them.

There seems to be an unfair assumption that daycare providers make a lot of money.  If you consider the typical at-home daycare provider, they watch usually 2 kids, at an average rate of $185 per week, that's $19,240 per year.  That's less than the typical fine for any sports figure's transgression.  Anthony Brown wants them to make less money? Shame on him.

I'm not sure if Anthony Brown and his side-kick Robin, I mean Ken Ulman, have thought through all of this, or if they have, perhaps they just don't care about the rest of the people.  My assumption is that Anthony Brown does, in fact, hate daycare providers.

Just a Fire Truck Post

I saw this fire truck parked at Brookside Commons this week when I had lunch with some friends at Asian Kitchen.  The firemen were going from one business to another conducting some sort of business.  I would assume they were doing some sort of inspection, such as fire extinguishers.

I tried finding this fire truck to determine which house it belonged to, e.g. Pikesville, Liberty Road, Randallstown, etc..., but found nothing.  If you know, I'd be glad to hear.

I really dig the red wheel in the front and the white wheel in the back.  Was that intentional or were they scavenging pieces from other apparatus?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ray Rice. Roger Goodell. What If....

Ray Rice's video of him bashing his fiance' in the face has been the talk of the country this week.  Supposedly, TMZ got a hold of the video and released it to the public, prompting the Baltimore Ravens to release Ray Rice, the NFL to ban Rice indefinitely, and George Steinbrenner to fire Billy Martin.

The sad truth of the matter is that the NFL is full of thugs and criminals.  It takes violent people jacked up on testosterone who have no fear of consequences to successfully play such a brutal game.  I'm reminded of interviews with Ray Lewis screaming, "It's war!  It's war out there!"  Um, it's a game, not a war.  But that's how NFL players think.

The Ravens claim that they never saw the video from the elevator until Monday.  The NFL claims it never saw the video from the elevator until Monday.  A reporter for the AP, however, claims that the video was sent to the NFL months ago.  Did the NFL have it earlier than they claimed?  Are they lying?

Roger Goodell became the joke of the league when he suspended Ray Rice for 2 games.  You have to believe that Goodell has been trying to figure out a way to get out of this debacle since his heinous decision.  Since the release of the video, throngs of people have been demanding Goodell's resignation.  This includes the National Organization for Women (NOW) and premier sports jackass Keith Olbermann, though ESPN's controversial racist personality Steven A. Smith said that the NOW president is off her rocker for demanding Goodell's resignation.  Perhaps Steven A. Smith also supports domestic violence.

I'm not sure if Goodell will resign.  But what if it comes out that he did see the video prior to making assigning the suspension?  Does the NFL fire him?  Will he resign then?

And what about the Ravens?  What and when did they really know?  Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti went as far as to write a letter to the fans detailing this information, but is it true?

If Bisciotti saw the video, or Newsome, or coach John Harbaugh and they pretended not to see it or cover it up, what happens to them?  Do Newsome and Harbaugh get fired?  Does the NFL force Bisciotti to sell the team like the NBA forced Donald Sterling to sell the team after he made a racist remark?  Can you imagine that article?  "NBA forces owner to sell team after racist remark, NFL spanks owner for covering up player's domestic violence."  Can the NFL take the team away from Bisciotti?  Can the NFL move the team out of Baltimore as punishment?  Can we lose our team?

This may be a bit of sensationalism, but if the investigations start revealing that more people saw the video and tried to cover it up, there could be dreadful implications for everyone involved.

And what about the New Jersey police?  Why did they not pursue this more than they did?  The New Jersey prosecutors allowed Rice to avoid jail time or probation by entering into a pre-trial intervention program.  As I understand it, they did see the video.  Is a video of a guy bashing his fiance in the face and knocking her out not sufficient evidence to charge him and incarcerate him?  Apparently, first time offenders are given leniency in New Jersey.  Beat a woman, join a program.  So I think what I just heard here is that if you want to get away with bashing your girlfriend in the face with your fist and knocking her out and not get into too much trouble, New Jersey is the place to do it.  They support first time offending domestic abusers.  Is that how you understand it?

My mama always told me to tell the truth, even when it hurts.  Unfortunately, I don't think everyone here is telling the truth.

House of Delegates Candidate Ryan Frederic Hates Carroll County?

The other day I got one of those political opinion phone calls asking if I'd provide feedback about the upcoming elections. Uh...sure!  I like to share my opinion, especially when my opinion is more in line with the facts.

The questions started off okay, asking me to rate current politicians on scale of 1 to 5.  Then the questions started getting interesting.  "Do I think Allan Kittleman is a bad choice for Howard County Executive?"  First of all, that's an unfair question.  Obviously this poll wasn't being conducted by an impartial group.  I asked the pollster why he cared what I thought about Allan Kittleman running for Howard County executive since I don't live in Howard County.  "Uh....what?  Uh.....I just ask the questions."  Okay, Sunshine.

Then the questions started attacking Gail Bates.  Do I feel positively or negatively about the fact that Gail Bates never voted in favor of a balanced budget while a member of the House of Delegates?  Do you mean increases in the budget without sufficient revenue sources or increases in the budget funded by higher taxes that are chasing businesses away from Maryland?  Yeah, I wouldn't vote for that either.

Then the questions started to focus on Democratic candidate Ryan Frederic.  Did you know blah-blah-blah?  Several of the questions focused on varying topics asking if I thought Ryan Frederic would have a positive impact for Howard County.  I prefaced each answer with, "I don't care about Howard County, because I live in Carroll County."

What I want to know is:

1) Did Ryan Frederic approve this poorly constructed poll?
2) Does Ryan Frederic realize that State Senate District 9 also encompasses Carroll County?
3) Does Ryan Frederic hate Carroll County?
4) If Ryan Frederic is elected, would he ignore Carroll County and its predominantly Republican-based constituents, just like Congressman Chris Van Hollen does?  Or would he ignore us more than Chris Van Hollen ignores Carroll County?

After hearing this poll and its flagrant disregard for Carroll County, I'm definitely less inclined to vote for Ryan Frederic whether he approved this poll or not.
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