Saturday, October 29, 2011

O'Malley's Statewide Growth Plan: Recipe for Disaster

I guess I'm a nut. Martin O'Malley has made it no secret that he wants to "diversify" heavy-Republican districts and unfortunately he's able to do this by public policy. It's all done in the name of a growth plan and saving the bay and curbing suburban sprawl. But don't you really think there are elements of deception and political manipulation?

The Baltimore Sun recently did a good job of painting a picture of rural and extended suburban dwellers as a bunch of lunatics, citing a guy that claims it's part of a United Nations doctrine to destroy American values. Furthermore, they seem to depicting the Carroll County Board of Commissioners as a group of bumpkin hillbillies knee-jerk reacting to our most honorable Governor's plans. You can read this article here, assuming you haven't already read 15 different articles on the Baltimore Sun this month. If you pay for an online subscription, you'll be okay.

As E.J. Pipkin mentioned, the state have severely limited construction on Eastern Shore based on sewer requirements claiming it to be in the best interests of cleaning the Chesapeake Bay. Since there is limited city water on the Eastern Shore, most new construction would require septic systems. However, the state is now restricting\prohibiting the construction of new septic systems saying that septic systems ruin the Bay.

Everyone knows that if they want to clean the bay they need to go after farmers and their overuse of nitrogen-based chemical fertilizer products, not banning of Republicans building houses that need septic systems on the Eastern Shore. And isn't it true that the majority of the Chesapeake Bay pollution comes from the waters crossing the farm fields of Central Pennsylvania, then meandering through the Susquehanna River? Oh, and another source of major pollution in Chesapeake Bay is the streets of Baltimore City, more commonly known as trash cans to city residents.

Now, our Celtic-rockin' Governor has a new plan to halt construction in the extended suburbs and rural areas with a push to concentrate all construction near existing development, such as the leftists Montgomery County area, Owings Mills, and White Marsh. So if you own land in a Republican County, like Carroll County, or you are a resident that doesn't want to live in an apartment\condominium\townhouse, the Maryland Democratic party is basically saying "F**K you."

The next weapon you should expect that state extortionists to use is the withholding of state money for education, transportation, and funding of social programs. By denying state money, the state will hope to crush the popular rebellion of freedom and bring them under the control of the government. Seriously, though. The state can deny money for programs by saying that it will provide funding if local jurisdictions follow strict development guidelines. By not following the guidelines, the local jurisdictions will not receive money.

The Federal government uses this hostile method all the time. It denied highway transportation dollars to states that refused to band gambling. Eventually Nevada told the Federal government where to go and built casinos and its own roads.

Am I a right-wing wacko for suspecting malicious intent in the state's efforts? I don't think so. We've seen a clear pattern in the O'Malley administration of hostility towards people that do not agree with their policies. I think he will d0 whatever it takes to crush the political diversity of the state. And that is a recipe for disaster.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Robert Garagiola - Perhaps Not the Brightest Democrat

Maryland State Senator Robert Garagiola has announced that he will run for the newly redrawn 6th District that Martin O'Malley carved out for him in an effort to unseat Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. This announcement in an of itself is not too surprising or eyebrow raising.

What should concern you and most Marylanders is that Mr. Garagiola is running for Congressman in an area that has a lot of Republicans. Yes, the newly redrawn district created by Martin O'Malley and his blue crayons has more Democrats than Republcians, but it is certainly not a safe district, such as John Sarbanes' district, which basically traverses down streets of Democrats while avoiding streets of Republicans. Sarbanes' district is probably the least consolidated districts in the country. I guess in Congressman Sarbanes case, Governor O'Malley had to make it as easy as possible for him to win.

However, in State Senator Garagiola's bid to win District 6, he'll have to do some work. But he's not going to win with statements like the first one he made directed to the voters in District 6. He said, “You know the damage that has been done to the country by the radical right that has taken over the Republican Party and the U.S. House of Representatives,” reads the announcement, which was first reported by the Maryland Juice political blog. “The Tea Party has rebuilt the House in its own image, making it into a place where Maryland values like common sense and compassion have become vices to be scorned. The results have been disastrous -- let’s do something about it.”

Garagiola is basically telling about half of his district that they are a bunch of morons. Hello, Mr. Garagiola, Western Maryland is loaded with right-wingers and many of them support the Tea Party movement. And despite your dillusional perseption of what the Tea Party movement means, most of us common folks actually get it - spend less money and cut taxes. We don't hate black people. We don't think that Obama is not an American citizen. And we don't hate you.

If Garagiola wanted to get a lot of attention with his announcement to run for Congress, he certainly got it. His over-the-top, in-your-face announcement will not win over independents and Reagan Democrats. Most political campaigns are won on promise, hope, and positive changes to come. Garagiola, on the other hand, comes out swinging the hammer of division and negativity. We need to unite our country and state. Not further divide them like Obama and O'Malley have done.

The best thing to come out of Garagiola's announcement, other than nearly solidifying his own defeat, was the quote from Roscoe Bartlett's spokesman. Roscoe Bartlett is "proud to have enjoyed the support and votes from Democrats and independents as well as Republicans.” To win District 6, you'll need the votes of everyone, not just the left-wing extremists and Socialists.

Is Western Maryland ready for a left-wing narrow-minded liberal extremists like Robert Garagiola who is out of touch with the views of many Marylanders? I certainly hope not.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Does O'Malley Hate Anyone That's Not a White Democrat?

One may get that impression after the debacle that has been brewing over the past few weeks in Annapolis. Every ten years the state legislatures are tasked with redrawing their districts using data from the Census. The changes in the Congressional maps should reflect the shifts in population and have natural boundaries. Martin O'Malley must interpret this to mean "change the maps to get rid of all of the Republicans regardless of the impacts to others including the strong African-American votes in Maryland.

The first person to holler was 300 year-old Western Maryland Republican Roscoe Bartlett. His district is going to be carved up and sliced into Montgomery County with all the anti-religion socialist-leaning liberal extremists. Also impacted is Chris Van Holen. His new district would slice up into Republican bastion of Carroll County. Do you think Chris Van Holen will be polite enough to come meet his right-wing constituents in the Eldersburg \ Sykesville area? I doubt it. But I sure will contact him a lot asking him to sponsor bills against abortion and to massively cut taxes and spend less money.

John Sarbanes. You know this Congressman. He's the one that got elected for the sole reason that his father was U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes. His districts now looks like a spider with his eight legs sticking out into various parts of Central Maryland - from Towson with a sliver over to Parkville, with a sliver down Harford Road, with an even smaller sliver down some street in Eastern Baltimore City, down through Central Baltimore, into Howard County, down into Montgomery County, up to Rockville, and from another point over Prince George's County, into Anne Arundel County, then jumping over a river into Annapolis. This district is absolutely criminal. Is John Sarbanes complaining about it? I haven't read any comments from him complaining about it. Makes me think that he's a stool pigeon for the Governor. I did see one funny comment that he should use his money to buy a boat so that he can go from one district area to another.




Then there's the part about the break-up of the African-American communities. Instead of having a couple of districts that will guarantee African-American representation in Maryland, Governor Martin O'Malley seems to have chosen to ignore them and bust their districts up into areas that have a lot of white people, thus making their reelection quite a challenge. This could severely imact Donna Edwards and Elijah Cummings.

Donna Edwards has this petition to fight Martin O'Malley's plan. Please sign it!

Martin O'Malley's short-sightedness on the Congressional redistricting map should allow for quite a change in the next election. I would expect at least two changes in Maryland's Congressional representation and quite a draining of the Democratic election coffers as they would actually have to spend money to win elections for the next few years rather than run unopposed as they usually do.

Martin O'Malley - you're a dingle-hopper.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

No.1 Taste #2

I have no idea why I find this so funny. Could there be a sequence of No. 1 Tastes?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Funny Bumper Stickers

I get a lot of flack for taking my camera with me all the time. But then I get pictures like this and everyone thinks it's great. So stop laughing at me for being prepared!

And for all of you hot moms out there, I know you like this....


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