We think the ladies doth protest too much!

Oh they certainly do!

We’ve been following local politics, and given our very fine commentary about it, for about 7 1/2 years now. In that time no candidate has ruffled our feathers more than Cindy Rose and the minions she finds to run along side her. Our complaints about her are very well documented in this blog, so we are not going to spend a whole lot of time going down memory lane. For there is of course some fresh new hell to cover.

Cindy and her ilk are very proud of an endorsement from the 1776 Project PAC.

Did the ghosts of George Washington and co. come back to choose school board candidates? Sorry to tell you ladies, but women aren’t allowed in politics according to them!

Well, of course we had to look into this organization! And yes, it’s a horror show. Just look at what happens when you click on their website:

WOW! Before they even let you see what they are about, they have a reporting mechanism for ratting out schools for teaching accurate history (since no K-12 schools are teaching critical race theory, we must suppose that truth in education is really what they are opposed to)!

It gets worse, because of course it does:

None of this makes any sense..nor is it true.

Well, they could have left it at that. But their one failed candidate, who is now their communications director, (stop laughing people!) put this out…FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

What these people don’t know could fill the universe!

We unfortunately have too many examples of racism in FCPS. It exists, and the people who say it doesn’t exist are either: a. willfully ignorant or b. have racist beliefs that they are unwilling to acknowledge or work on themselves. We pick b.

Today we unfortunately have yet another example of this problem in FCPS:

There’s a lot of good literature out there that discusses why white people don’t want to acknowledge or discuss issues of race. We’ll delve a little into here, with the caveat that we aren’t experts, but we are white people who are trying to be better.

When some white people hear the word racist they conjure up an image of a Ku Klux Klan member who calls POC terrible names and sometimes, or maybe often, resorts to violence. Therefore, when some white people are called racist they immediately reject that label, because of course they don’t believe they are on the same level as a member of the Klan. Unfortunately, any chance of a productive conversation is shut down; denials of whatever just happened pooh-pooh away a real problem as though a POC is just overreacting or misconstruing what was actually meant. This is where white people need to change, and it isn’t the responsibility of POC to lead us down this path. We need to examine our biases. We need to think about what we learned in school as children, the TV shows, movies, and books we were exposed to that helped shaped our world view. We need to think about the stereotypes and prejudices that were passed down to us from our parents and our grandparents and then we need to be BETTER.

We wrote a little bit about Critical Race Theory and schools, so we aren’t going to rehash all that again. But we will say this: the way history was taught to many of us as children has not served us well. Many of us don’t understand the past, won’t acknowledge the power structures in this country, and as a result, are causing real harm to adults and children in our community. Of course what happened 300, 200, 100 years ago isn’t the fault of anyone alive today. What is our fault is not acknowledging the harm that our past has brought upon others, and how our past has shaped our present.

So to Cindy and her little hate slate that wants to sit on our school board and pretend that racism isn’t a thing around here we say:

And don’t get back up until you are ready to be a god damn adult!

If I could change the world

Usually we try to play around and goof off here and point out the absurdity with humor and sarcasm, so forgive me for breaking into personal narrative form for this. Obviously there are some live wire issues surrounding what happened in the Democratic primary for the D3 County Council seat, and we had really hoped this would calm down with time and that we could avoid touching the third rail. It doesn’t seem like that is happening, so I would like to ask if we can have people take some deep breaths. I don’t believe it is our responsibility to police the reactions of the immigrant community here, but I do believe it is my responsibility to point out where my own community goes wrong. My own community would specifically include both white liberals and all Democrats. Of course all Democrats are a diverse group, but I can only speak to what I think is best as a Democrat, and not to the feelings I would have if I felt marginalized. I hope that is clear and inclusive, and if it isn’t I am sincerely sorry about that. Please know it is a serious concern in the back of my mind as I write this.

If I could change the world I would have everyone understand that all people have implicit biases. All. People. This is the way our brains work; it is a shortcut system so we do not have to thoughtfully analyze everything we encounter, large and small, with a long form debate. People are biased against people because of the cars they drive, the churches they attend or don’t attend, the clubs they join, the way people dress or how loudly they speak. Understanding that we are prone to biases is important, so that we can also recognize when unhelpful biases are hurting others. When these biases are about the language someone speaks, the country they are from, or the color of their skin we need the awareness of these tendencies to override harmful bias. People who are fully aware of the biases they possess and then act on them as a personal governing philosophy are racists. That is disgusting behavior.

I believe that using language like “those people” when you are speaking about a member of a minority group does indicate to others that you are carrying an implicit bias that is harmful. When you have done so a meaningful recognition of this and apology is critical. I also believe that a person is capable of being sincere and growing from the recognition of their mistakes, if they possess a willingness to do so.

The beautiful thing about failure is that it can lead us to becoming better people, friends, members of our community, and elected representatives. This is only possible if we use these moments to teach and learn rather than malign and destroy. I do not believe that screaming at someone “THAT’S RACIST!!!!!!” is helpful in opening them up to the kind of humility and commitment that is needed in order to move forward out of this awful situation (and I should say that I would also draw an important distinction between holding harmful implicit biases and racist behavior that involves cognizance and ideology). Diplomacy and sensitivity is important. We need to expand a coalition, not contract it.

It requires vulnerability and sincerity for people to change. I hope that we will see vulnerability and sincerity and willingness to change–all of us. We need to make it safe for people to find that in themselves by having dialogues, not rants. We are failing to create that environment in our community right now. We can only control ourselves; we cannot control other people’s behavior. I do not know if any of the people I feel are failing the community right now will find it in themselves to respond to hurtful circumstances gracefully. Who would have thought the Yokels would be the ones to say that we need to elevate our discourse, but we certainly do. It is incumbent upon each of us to be the best possible versions of ourselves under difficult circumstances. Right now a sizable number of people are failing at this.

I will appreciate you tolerating my resting this serious thought with a silly cliché: Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.

Nothing about this is funny.

It’s your Yokel voting guide! Part 1!

Take it or leave it!

If the kittens can do it so can you !

We pay attention to a lot that goes on around here! Take our advice or keep your sorries in a sack by your bedside.

Governor’s Race

Let’s see, should we endorse the insurrectionist, copy and pasting lawyering weirdo who has never set foot in a public school? Do we want an election denying, Ivermectin taking, nitwit who accuses Brad Young of chemically castrating children as the executive of our state?

NOOOOOOOOO!

Wes Moore is the only candidate for governor for your Yokel gals!

Frederick County Executive

We don’t even need to discuss this one:

AS IF!

Jessica Fitzwater it is!

Maryland Attorney General

Let’s see will this one be hard?

They aren’t even giving us anyone to consider this year!

Anthony Brown is the only logical choice.

Frederick County Board of Education

We shouldn’t have to say this again but here goes!

Vote for these three only if you want to destroy our public school system!

Let’s see if we can come up with a nice way to remember who needs to be voted on to the board this year:

Dean Rose

Rae Gallagher

Ysela Bravo

Karen Yoho

How about RUGBY?

Rose 

Under no circumstances, Cindy. Vote DEAN, Say that again: Vote DEAN!

Gallagher

Bravo

Yoho

This is how we will all look with Cindy and friends on the board.

We’ll have another edition out soon. If you need to request a mail in ballot, do it soon. The clock is ticking.

The ENI Slate: Sex Ed, Nymphs & Satyrs Edition

Here we go, yo. We are entering “you can’t make this up” territory yet again. We are familiar from a safe distance with one of the parents endorsing the ENI Slate on their new web page. That individual is Chris Charuhas. He is an “author” and web content provider. In fact one must wonder for very valid reasons if he is behind this revamped piece of mess (his cottage business is making campaign websites, if you didn’t choose to click the link), but we digress…His endorsement is the second in this list on the Goals page of their site.

It’s probably worth a Google or so to find out what these other individuals’ beliefs may be that could become shared goals with the Hate Slate.

This is where it really gets good, because these are people who are obsessed with personal bodily safety lessons that they refer to as grooming, and they share goals with the person (mythological beast?) who they have cited on their own page in the screenshot above. This man’s concept of individual identity and sexual orientations departs from gender and extends into the range of the mythological. Just get a load of his 2016 publication:

Would this be a part of the proposed curriculum? 16 possible feminine/masculine combinations? Some are goats? Some are mermaids? Mermen? Merfolk?

This is all really very fascinating. We have been really concerned that when they say “education, not indoctrination” that they clearly mean that they only wish to indoctrinate the children to their own closely held bigoted points of view. We had no idea their range was so expansive as to include satyrs & nymphs.

Oh dear, this one appears to be out of print at this time. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe meets sex ed will be unavailable to FCPS, even if this fantastical slate is able to take the reins. (Shudder.)

Won’t it be ironic if they can’t remove his endorsement from their website because he is the only person connected to the campaign who can use a hosting platform? (Yokel quietly crosses fingers…)

We don’t wish to be too difficult with regard to Mr. Charuhas’ creative endeavors, and we do hope those of you with open minds may choose to order one of his fascinating adult resources. It’s a shame the sex toy sales lady didn’t make it through the primary. This could have been such an exciting and innovative time for the Family Life Advisory Committee to explore curricular aids, if it weren’t for the ENI Slate doing all the shouting, none of the listening or helping, and creating impediments to getting any actual advice from those parent volunteers.

P.S. That link above about the way these maniacs behaved at The FLAC meeting is worth reading (Washington Post); this Yokel hadn’t realized that Dan Cox accused Brad Young of preparing children for chemical castration! It is frankly astonishing that anyone believes anything these people say. A Who’s Who of Who not to Vote For: Cindy Rose, Olivia Angolia, and Nancy Allen.

Looks like we have to be the memory keeper of this county!

We will not allow candidates to gaslight the voters!

Seems like the common theme of some of Republican candidates is to pretend they are much more moderate than they actually are. This being Maryland, some of these folks are smart enough to realize that if they want to win an election around these parts they have to clean up their act! But oh no, no, no… we won’t let that happen.

No way!

OFFENDER #1 : MICHAEL (WHO NOW PREFERS MIKE) HOUGH!

An alert reader let us know that Hough recently cleaned up his social media in an attempt to get everyone to buy into the farcical notion that he’s some kind of friendly moderate. WRONG! Let us submit these facts to a candid world:

He so very bravely posted his NRA rug the day after a bunch of children were shot at Marjorie Douglass High School!
He sponsored a bill to ban abortions at the time of conception. (Notice Parrott’s name on there because he’s running for Congress)
No comment needed.
He’s the Chief of Staff (Cindy thinks this means secretary, but. more on that later) for a WV ethics violating carpet-bagger who posts things like that.

And he has a very questionable record in the Maryland General Assembly. Check out this article we previously wrote about him:

It’s a real treat!

OFFENDER #2: DAN COX

Now Dan doesn’t consistently keep his crazy tucked in, after all he’s full MAGA and regulating emotions is not their strong suit. However, he’s been trying ,through his social media, to play the part of a normal person who cares about everyday Marylanders. What a load of:

Let us present the following for the record:

Mr. Homeschooler literally has no idea what goes on in public schools. His only goal would be to destroy them.
Foreign policy is not his forte.
MAGA may be added to DSM-6 when it is released.

Let’s not forget he was condemned for comparing the expansion of mental health services to the Holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance Day:

https://www.jcouncil.org/statements/jewish-community-outraged-maryland-state-delegates-offensive-remarks-holocaust

And finally take some time to read all we’ve written about him over the years, it’s really shocking he’s gotten as far as he has.

https://fredericklocalyokel.com/?s=cox

OFFENDER #3: CINDY ROSE

Now, unlike the other two, Cindy really doesn’t care about her image, facts, reliability, stability, intelligence, data, success…sorry we got off track. But she did delete something recently that we immediately called her out on Facebook for, and we are not going to let this one go:

In case you missed the discussion on her post, she claimed the Chief of Staff of the FCPS legal department is a secretary. The same job title that Michael Hough holds.

Let’s see what else the hate slate has been up to since it isn’t knocking on doors or reaching out to voters.

These press releases are always a real treat for us! Not only are they always a grammatical mess, they also exemplify the term “hand the idiot the microphone”. We encourage people to call Mark since they put his number out.

Here’s another recent gem:

We all know who needs to stay away from our kids!
No where on this page!

Make sure to tell all of your friends and neighbors about these folks. We need to remember that not everyone pays as much attention to what goes on around here as we do. Having any of these folks sully our elective offices would be disastrous for our state and our county.

Alright people, Hough says this is very serious business!

Actually it isn’t, it’s pretty damn funny.

So, Michael Hough did not buy up all the possible domain names that people would possibly search for if they were in the middle of a drunken stupor and wanted to donate some money to his campaign. But, someone else did. And it’s very serious business so you SHOULD NOT look up this website and should be the appropriate amount of disappointed that Michael Hough expects you to be!

By the way there is no evidence that Jessica’s campaign had anything to do with this.
Except we are not because it’s just hilarious!

So, there’s much to unpack here, but we can do it quickly. Despite being the right hand man of the carpetbagger and ethics violator, Alex Mooney, Hough has no idea what he’s doing on the internet. Secondly, is he really afraid that his supporters will get confused and accidentally donate to Jessica because it’s somehow not clear that the donation goes to Jessica? He must think his supporters are really pretty dumb. The link now goes to a rick rolled video, which is funny, but not as funny as the original.

Guess who else didn’t buy up all the domains? Dan Cox. So you must not go to either one of these two websites because this is really some serious business that violates all the ethics!

DanCoxForMaryland.com

CoxforMaryland.com

Isn’t it great when two people who don’t know how to play the game get so outraged over their own mistakes?

In case you didn’t see it on our Facebook page, be sure to lay eyes on this little jewel from the Dan Cox campaign. Threatening to jail educators is number one on the fascist/dictator to do list when they come into power.

Hail Mary, let’s talk about the primary!

It’s been so busy here at Yokel headquarters!

All the votes from the primary election are in and now the work begins! We knocked out the entire 2nd rate hate slate, but the spirit of John Wilkes Booth still runs through 3/4ths of the OG hate slate.

He was useless just like Cindy, Nancy, and Olivia would be on the school board.
We do have to say we liked that David Brooks knocked Mark Joannides down a notch, because someone needed to! We all need to regroup now and make sure that 4 sane candidates make it up. For we cannot afford to have one of these backwards talkers on our precious school board.

Something is askew in District 5! Instead of the local Republikkins letting team normal, in the form of Michael Blue, continue on they put forth someone who thinks that Kirby is a hero.

The lack of judgement is astounding. Guess Michael Blue didn’t stroke Kirby’s ego well enough so he put this kid’s signs all over his trucks. And look at precious little Billy. I wonder how Pence feels about his name on that shirt these days.

Karl Bickel won the Democratic nod for what we call the High Sheriff around these parts. We’ve written quite a bit about the current High Sheriff, but feel free to revisit here.

It’s past time for this one to go!

Jessica will go up against the Chief of Staff for carpet bagger Alex Mooney who is currently under investigation for various ethics violations. We recently told the tale of how he didn’t want to raise the teenage marriage rate to 17 because he still believes in child brides. So you know we all need to rally behind Jessica on this one.

Never forget that he posted this the day after the Marjorie Stoneman Douglass shooting.

Our two Frederick County GOP gubernatorial candidates faced off with the dumbest one winning. From this concession post, we don’t think that Kelly is going to be backing him in the general!

He who must not be named! Keep an eye on our social media for every Monday we will post a new Dan Cox article from our extensive archives.

There’s of course many more races, and we promise to get to them. We must keep up our momentum and make sure that we keep our county government both sane and functional!

Once upon a midnight dreary, as I pondered weak and weary, never will I wonder why I didn’t cast my vote!

We are in a bit of a dramatic mood this evening!

Tomorrow is the last day to vote or to drop off your mail in ballot. We don’t engage much in making primary endorsements EXCEPT when it comes to the BOE race.

8 candidates get through after tomorrow. Let’s make sure we get as many hate slate candidates off the ballot as possible!

There’s been some good ole Republican drama that reminds us of the Great Kirby meltdown of 2018 going on lately. (Which is really worth reading again because Cindy Rose makes an appearance–she’s like Michael Myers, no matter how many times you knock her down, she’s always back up and scary as ever!) Like 2018 there are two factions. One is on the side of Cindy’s Original Hate Slate, on the other side is a group promoting the 2nd Rate Hate Slate which includes Moms for Liberty candidates and other people who like to make scenes at public libraries. Apparently this new group, who go by the incredibly ironic name “Voices for Freedom,” put together a list with a slate called “Friends of The Right Side.” This list was allegedly to be distributed in order to give voters a guide on who they should vote for, in the best interest of the GOP of course! Guess who wasn’t on the list? Cindy Rose et al! And rumor has it they were not too pleased! Heather Fletcher once again used some questionable judgment when she posted this:

But it wasn’t a misinterpretation since sources have told us that this list had language like, “Vote for only the candidates listed as it helps the GOP overall.” Not exactly the note any of us have written to ourselves as we entered the polls!

Why break the long-standing ritual of local Republicans eating their own? It’s a tradition!

And it’s so much fun to watch!

If you haven’t already voted and need to know where to go click here.

We’ll report to you when we know the outcomes. Make sure you do your part!

What can we do on such a shitty day?

Why indeed…

Even though we knew this was coming, we still can’t believe the Supreme Court took away a woman’s right to body autonomy. We can’t believe that when we turned on Hulu today the first suggestion was Handmaid’s Tale. For why would we want to re-watch the Oracle of Delphi right now? We can’t help but wonder if people realize the repercussions of this action. Did the Supreme Court justices who voted for this and the people who advocated for this intend for women to carry their rapists’ children? Are they really okay with women who have had a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy being treated as criminals? Will they be able to sleep at night knowing that doctors and nurses could be sentenced to prison for helping to save a woman’s life? Who is going to pay for these pregnancies and child care? Because we know that isn’t on the Republican platform!

No help for the baby or family after the baby is born.

While running errands today we heard one Pro Life man say that once women are aware of Safe Haven laws in their states they will instead just drop off their babies at their local fire station ! Problem solved!

We sure have!

Every pregnancy puts a woman’s health at risk. Every pregnancy is a personal decision with its own special circumstances that shouldn’t be decided on by a bunch of religious fanatics. This ruling tells women that they aren’t capable of making their own decisions, and we just can’t stand for that!

So after we get over the very understandable urge to burn it all to the ground.

We need to do something.

And that something is vote. We cannot allow this decision to remain. We can’t allow them to come after birth control or same sex marriage. That means we need to get people elected here in MD that will continue to respect our laws. And that also means we need to support Democratic candidates for the House and Senate nationwide. The only way to undo this monstrosity of a decision is to codify the right to an abortion. We also need to make sure that “pro-life” governors do not get into our governor’s mansion. We already know what a nightmare Dan Cox is for a variety of reasons, but let’s not forget about Kelly Schultz. We found a reference to this interview from 2014 on her:

We aren’t going to make the same mistake that Susan Collins did and believe her when she says that she won’t advocate changing Maryland law.

We are also going to drop our post about all of our recent election reporting.

We know today is tough, we all feel sick to our stomachs, but we need to fight back. No crazies on the school board, no out of touch, backwards, anti-women legislators or governors. This is not the year to be apathetic.

Let’s make sure we get some good candidates on our BOE!

It’s been a busy week at Yokel Headquarters!

If you’ve been a follower of ours for awhile, you know how concerned we are about this year’s BOE race. We’ll put some nice links at the bottom of this post if you need to catch up. But first, let’s get caught up on some recent news.

Yesterday the FNP posted an article, which made it seem as though the First Rate Hate Slate was out fundraising everyone.

https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/continuing_coverage/election_coverage/school-board-candidate-slate-outpaces-others-in-funding/article_cb673722-19f9-5dc5-89a2-9c5fa8cbf64a.html

Some things that this article fails to point is that if you divided the hate slate’s money by 4 they aren’t doing as well as some of our favored candidates. Also, an interested reader analyzed the numbers for us and discovered that over 70% of the donations come from about 20 people including themselves and family members. But since every race seems to be a cash race, we would be amiss if we didn’t remind you to donate and volunteer for some of our good candidates. We borrowed this graphic from the Frederick Democrats to make it all nice and easy for everyone:

If you’ve been long time readers you also know that the blog Wonkette was one of our sources of inspiration for this blog. So today, when this story came across our feed we couldn’t help but start connecting the dots.

https://www.wonkette.com/moms-for-liberty-leader-wistfully-shares-dream-of-gunning-down-librarians?fbclid=IwAR1cW7BzXg_zEHilH76cOelCDU06zrsbSLxvWCEutEePJ5XK0i7C8FocHEY

Here’s our favorite quote from that post (but be sure to read it all for yourself!):

But books are not the only thing Bosch wants to destroy! In leaked audio of a recent Moms For Liberty meeting in Lonoke County, Arkansas, Bosch is heard complaining about a school librarian she felt did not offer her enough deference when she came in to complain about books. “I’m telling you, if I was — any mental issues, they would all be plowed down with a freaking gun by now,” Bosch said, before describing herself as a patient person.

Hmmm! Let’s see here……..who is running for school board and had a hissy fit over a Pride display? And wasn’t there another candidate running as a Moms For Liberty candidate?

Who could it be?
Oh yeah! Let’s not forget about our second rate hate slate! April Montgomery, Heather Fletcher, and Tiffany Noble. (not pictured: Ashley Nieves)

And now for those promised links:

And don’t forget to tell all your unaffiliated friends they can vote in the BOE primary.