About that LTE: He’s running, of course, and he’s still a jackass

Earlier in the week Blaine Young penned an LTE that was published by the Effin P. It’s his second recently. The first was July 18th with him tooting his horn about picking up trash when he walks to work. He has made it clear that he intends to run for mayor on the innovative theme “Let’s clean up this town.” Improving things is never bad, and with the recent drunks with guns incidents that have occurred during bar fight hours downtown it’s a timely moment to call for better. Then you look at what he selling, judging by the comments on the article, no one is buying. This man is not your run-of-the-mill very stable genius.

First of all he suggests putting in the blue phones like they have on college campuses. Anyone else here “been on multiple campus tours recently” years old? These are regularly pointed at mockingly and referred to as “the old technology.” In order to install the old technology it would cost us boatloads of money. Everyone has a phone with them at all times! They have apps on it to allow someone to monitor your whereabouts, apps to call for help, apps to get a ride. Probably apps to get an…escort…but we digress…Also, with your cell phone you don’t have to stand there in a dangerous situation while making a phone call–oh that’s right you can even make a phone call to 911–which is a point that is made in this article from a higher education publication about how those phones are a waste of good money. One great quote from that piece: …campus police at Ohio University do not remember the last time the phones were used in emergency situations, the campus newspaper, The Post, reported last year.

The other “look at the big brain on Blaine” thing is his call for more police presence. Many people on the social media have observed that there don’t seem to be a lack of police around. You see them pretty much constantly monitoring what one has the impression is a group of people badly in need of mental healthcare and some sort of social safety net. That’s the thing about mental illness. You have the right to destroy your life even if you don’t have the competency to save yourself. It’s a tough issue to figure out (and a good reason that the mental health redirect is kind of a red herring when we stop talking about gun rights, because people have other rights, too). That there is no better way of supervising these individuals and keeping them and everyone safe and healthy than law enforcement attention is indeed problematic, but lack of presence is hardly the issue.

Yeah, this is a total non-sequitur. Deal with it. Remember when we learned he was into “yoga”? ew

If we are looking for police presence to discourage the late night shooting, the problem is that if you are the kind of person who illegally carries a gun/are out drinking and have a gun/irrationally shooting at people on the street, you are already not making the best informed decisions. How much is it really going to influence the behavior of these people if the police are around? Not to argue that the police are not needed. They are needed to enforce the “you can’t carry that/you can’t shoot that” kinds of laws we have and arrest people who violate those laws. If the presence of police kept people from firing weapons, then the police would never be shot at. And as we are all aware, that happens from time to time. It’s almost like that’s the reason the criminals carry the guns around…because someone (whether police or other criminal) might shoot them if they don’t shoot first.

So, that’s all for this edition of Let Us Count the Ways in Which Blaine Young is an Idiot. But…we also want to point out that we read someone else’s intriguing theory. We hate that we are kind of helping him out by giving him attention, if this theory has any basis in reality. Remember when he ran for governor so that he could run for county executive? Maybe he’s just doing that again. Obviously the city is different from the county, and he couldn’t get elected in the county. But maybe he is running for mayor to run for CE. Maybe he has a pathological need for attention. There’s also the fundraising.

So, there’s that.

 

Things that raise your eyebrows and turn your stomach: human trafficking edition

We have become accustomed to thinking of our local Trumpkinclowns as ridiculous hayseeds, but what ifnits worse’n that? Did it raise the hairs on the backs of any other Yokelnecks to hear of the arrest of a person who attempted to engage in sex trafficking of children? Honestly, we have had a hard time writing about this whole matter, because the stomach turning nature of it makes it impossible to want to sit with. Then matters felt even more alarming with the realization that this individual shares the surname of one Former (woot!) Councilmembers. This would have merely come across as an unfortunate coincidence were it not for the next stage in processing the news, when we recall that was the same member who voted against forming a human trafficking task force while stating that “not everyone is opposed to that…” It does set a mind in motion when such a series of awful coincidences occur.

It’s been awhile. We did not remember the exact wording, but we do have a blog to refresh our memory …and holy hell it is worse than we remembered! He basically had a variation on the good ol’ MAGAtheme that there are good people on both sides of this issue. Why does that keep coming up when it is patently false? In case you are in need of a logic based tutorial: Selling people is slavery. Enslaving people for sex is rape. (Doing that to children is rape of a child, but that doesn’t seem to be so often misunderstood as the former point is; only recently law enforcement has kind of started to figure out that not all people involved in prostitution are willingly participating.)

At the time all of this occurred our basic assumption was that he was talking about his friend, and our muse. His name makes us gag sometimes, so we will call him Middle Aged Sk8r Hair. We also figured we were talking about the sex trafficking of adults and he didn’t want to run afoul of Frederick’s Youngest Good ‘Ol Boy with the Black Book Scandal History, and the more recent prostitution solicitation, and that he just kind of worded it poorly. Things were often worded so poorly. Disgusting, nonetheless. But now. Now our wondering has become much darker and ickier and sadder.

Now we are asking ourselves a lot of questions (in the Glenn Beck speculative sense, perhaps, but still)! It is ODD, isn’t it? In a sour stomach kind of way.

Furthermore, the High Shire of Our Reve has been lately on Fox news with some cherry picked statisticals about y number of sex crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in some timeframe x he selected.

Here’s what we do know. “Alex Nowrasteh, a senior immigration policy analyst with the libertarian Cato Institute, points to Texas as an example, since it’s the state with the best data on crimes committed and counted by immigration status and was the subject of a recent report he wrote showing that criminal conviction and arrest rates for immigrants were “well below” those of native-born Americans.” (ABC News, Jan. 15, 2019, Cheyenne Haslett “Fact Check: Trump’s claims on undocumented immigrant crime rates. Here’s what the numbers show)

AND from the same source

“Undocumented immigrants make up just over 6 percent of the state’s population, legal immigrants made up over 10 percent, and native-born Americans make up over 80 percent…Meanwhile, undocumented immigrants were convicted of 5.9 percent of all the homicides in Texas, legal immigrants were convicted of 3.8 percent of homicides, and native-born Americans were convicted of about 90 percent of all the homicides in Texas, according an analysis of 2015 Texas state data by Nowrasteh.” (NB: When you sort the math, that’s the 80% native born citizens doing 90% of the murdering…you don’t have to be Archimedes to see where this is going, do you? OTOH, there’s the 6% undocumented residents doing just slightly less than their “fair share” of the killing by .1%, making the legal immigrants the clear winners here in the “human decency” category.)

Meanwhile INDEED! Because meanwhile we seem to have not just this character who (although we will insist as well that he deserves a fair trial) sure seems like he is allegedly both a true local and a totally disgusting monster. If you missed the details, he arranged with an undercover FBI agent to have sex with a 2 year old child. In addition to this particularly horrifying tale, there seem to have been a spate of local sex crimes, (by our count that’s 5 local sex crimes *where children are the victims* in the same time frame Jenkins gave out for all sex crimes against everyone in the state of Maryland by *just undocumented immigrant* people.

Another bee in our bonnet: none of the activities in these recent news stories seem at all connected to the Sheriff’s legitimate but unrelated concerns over MS-13. None of these people appear to be detained in the Sheriff’s prize pet program. You may have heard a lot about that program just lately, since it was suggested that it may need an audit, and he’s been so defensive about why taxpayers should know how his rounding up “the illegals” program is doing, analyzing it according to the math. Since math seems hard for him, as we have just demonstrated above, maybe a closer look would be a good idea.

Are we really addressing our largest problems here in Fredneck, Maryland? It sure does not seem like it. Just who is turning a blind eye to what around here?

We’ve been on the wagon during the summer hiatus drinking game edition

Guess who’s back? Yokel’s back. Back again. Yokel’s back. Tell your friends…
And none too soon. Here’s your agenda, but the game rules are different because apparently a bunch of dodo heads thought we were becoming a sanctuary county tonight and they’ve had to inform everyone that Nuh-Uh. It isn’t even on the agenda. How do computers work anyway?


  • So two rules to this easy re-entry to the game:
  • drink if you were duped
  • drink a fifth of Jim Beam through a beer bong if it was by the Conservative Club (or any of their friends)

On that note, here is the real agenda. The Actual Agenda

Let’s shine some light on our local fascist rag!

Yes, Mr. Kraken, let’s have some words!

It’s time to take a break from our summer hibernation! We try to stay away from the noodlely appendage as much as we can. Most of it is indecipherable trash, and frankly we’d rather scrape cat throw up off the floor than waste our time there. However, this month has been way too much. These “authors” feel free (especially since The Tentacle does not allow for comments) to spew their awful opinions all over the internet without any push back. So push back we must give.

For a site whose writers purport to put freedom above all else, there seems to be a lot of calls to suspend just that for those that don’t agree with them. Let’s look at this passage from a recent post from Harry Covert concerning those that don’t agree with the Sheriff’s participation in the 287g program:

Sheriff Jenkins will soon be conducting meetings to discuss the effectiveness of working with ICE and 287(g). Previous meetings were held but invaded by disrupting outsiders. These protestors should be prevented from another show. Maybe a few days in the Adult Detention Center is in order, maybe isolation. Now, that’s a funny.

Locking people up for alternative viewpoints is hilarious!!!!! Can I get a whoop whoop?!

Here’s what really gets us about this guy. According to his official Tentacle biography:

Harry M. Covert is a writer-editor and syndicated columnist. His comments on local, state and international matters appear in numerous print and online publications. A veteran Virginia journalist, he enjoys life in Frederick.

He’s a veteran newspaper man who advocates locking people up for exercising their 1st amendment rights?!

NO.

Our next writer, Ken Kellar, is the owner and editor of the Woodsboro-Walkersville Times. So, it’s super curious as to why he feels the need to spout off on the noodlely appendage. But spout off he did. He’s also super outraged over the 287g audit (we thought conservatives loved fiscal accountability!), and wants us all to know what a value we are getting from the 287g program! Bet ya didn’t think of all these benefits:

I don’t see our elected officials seeking the other side of the ledger, the cost of illegal immigrants in our county, especially the cost of criminal illegal immigrants in our county.

The new Butterfly Ridge elementary school cost well over $20 million. How much of that cost was due to the presence of illegal immigrants in our county? Our officials aren’t asking the question.

How many millions are spent each year on special teaching services for illegal immigrant children or the children of illegal immigrants? Our County officials aren’t asking that question.

How much of our welfare dollars are spent on illegal immigrants and their children?

How much money is our law enforcement expending due to the crimes of illegal immigrants?

What is the financial value of one of our children not being raped; one of our sons or daughters not being murdered by a Latino gang; one of our loved ones not being killed by an illegal immigrant drunk driver? We have enough home-grown drunks, thank you very much.

Oh, he aint done:

In 1992, my Woodsboro home was built by English-speaking Americans. Today I can’t get a new refrigerator delivered without meeting someone born outside the USA.

Just all kinds of WOW! We are so sorry that you are afraid of meeting someone other than what you consider a native born American Mr. Kellar, perhaps you should seek some help…… or a time machine.

Former county council candidate, and now President of the Frederick County Conservative Club (Splinter group formed when Afzali won the nomination and all went to hell) Jason Miller loves to call people socialists. What we are really intrigued with is his solution to all the mass shootings we’ve had lately. You’ll find in his post a jumbled up list of who and what isn’t to blame, followed by his simpleton simple prescription for fixing it all:

The one solution to our ever more violent society stems from wisdom shared long ago. It’s looking upon each other with dignity and respect.

It is doing unto others as you would have done upon yourself. There… problem solved.

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – The Rev. Billy Graham

STOP WASTING EVERYONE’S TIME! And go ahead and look through the rest of his posts to see how much dignity and respect he gives to those he disagrees with.

And how’s this for dignity and respect?:

Perhaps the most amusing post of all is from Thrice-BOE candidate loser, Cindy Rose! Folks, she just can’t take it anymore. It’s so hard for us not to chuckle our way through this one:

I don’t like saying it, but Frederick County seems to lack Republican leadership. By that I mean the political party, not the ideology of conservatism that seems to have found a home in the Frederick County Conservative Club.

Who is leading the Republican “Party” here in Frederick? Why isn’t someone in political power rallying the Republican troops to push back against the Frederick County Democrats, Frederick County Socialists and RISE, all of which seem to be calling for Sheriff Chuck Jenkin’s head on a pike?

Uh, who was calling for his head on a pike?

She wants us all to know that she STILL hates Kathy Afzali:

Former Delegate Kathy Afzali proved how much she was interested in “serving” the citizens and “Party” of Frederick. She may have lost the county executive election, but she did win a spot on the party’s central committee. That’s an all work and no glory position. Who’s shocked she quickly resigned, tucked her tail and ran fast and far away?

The absolute best part of this is her attempt to shame her fellow Republicans:

Right now it’s Frederick Democrats and Socialists 1 – Republicans 0.

Seriously though, we don’t know which is worse, Donald Trump for spewing all his hateful rhetoric about immigrants, or those who try to normalize it all.This isn’t normal folks.

One of the worst public comment sessions in the history of Frederick-and it was for a good cause!

Seriously, after four years of Kirby, Billy, and Tony we needed a longer break than this!

 

As you’ve noticed, we’ve been taking it easy here at the Yokel lately. The council functions pretty well and there aren’t any local elections for a spell. Last week we jumped back into the fray with Blaine’s LTE because we know what’s up with all that! Now we feel compelled to come back because the last part of Tuesday night’s meeting was a real

The tone was not well set by the Frederick Conservative Club (you know the group that splintered from the Frederick Republicans because their candidate didn’t win the primary), and folks we are so sorry to have to show you this exchange.  Kirby makes an appearance (hasn’t changed a bit!) and it’s a real shame how people have fallen into Donald Trump’s fear-mongering and mischaracterization of immigrants who are desperate to come here to make a better life for themselves. Really shows a lack of empathy. There is one hero in the mix.

 

We know Sparky, it’s appalling.

We know some members of this group were in attendance last night because there’s an odd 3 minute video on their Facebook page inviting people to come down. A lady speaks for about 15 seconds, then  there’s someone in the background talking about the police presence, while the person holding the phone is recording those who have shown up. The most recent post on their Facebook page is what they probably think is a real coup de gras to the Frederick County Republicans, but in reality just makes them look like a rejected boyfriend trying not to care that he just got dumped:

We didn’t want to be a part of your group anyway so there!

Now back to the meeting. There was no official notice on the agenda for discussion of the 287g program, however it was understood by all that the public comment time at the end of the meeting would be used for people to discuss their feelings on the issue. FULL DISCLOSURE: we are not fans of this program and feel as though it doesn’t need to be implemented in our fine county. (Especially by our High Sheriff, but more on that later.) However, we feel  what M.C. said at the beginning of the comment time was 100% correct. The council is powerless on this issue. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is an independent branch of the government with its own elected official who is in charge of that department. Cutting off money would not matter as the county does not fund this program. M.C.’s comment brought forth a lot of anger from some fine speakers last night, but folks, we need to operate in the realm of reality. Calling the council members (many whom are probably very friendly to your cause) cowards, weak, and other colorful adjectives is not helpful. I mean it’s bad enough they had to listen to the pro 287g people say things like: “The first pretense of the topic”, aligning disagreement to this program to support of the Confederates, and outrage that anyone would liken the pictures found in this article to a concentration camp. That is enough to deal with. The Sheriff is the one that needs to be confronted, and yes he canceled the meeting and he shouldn’t have, but that doesn’t mean you go out and vent your frustration on people who can’t do anything about the situation.

So, what can be done? Three things. First, keep making your displeasure known to the Sheriff. He obviously hasn’t been doing that great of a job with this program because he just got hit with a lawsuit accusing his department of racial profiling AND was found guilty in Federal Court after his department violated the civil rights of a Salvadoran immigrant.   Which may put him in violation of the Memorandum of Agreement he signed with ICE that states he cannot violate people’s Civil Rights according to Federal Law!

Secondly, we can change our form of government by referendum to make the Sheriff’s office come under the purview of the County Executive and the council. And thirdly, we can work hard to elect a new sheriff who would eliminate our county’s participation in this program.

And folks posting comments on public posts on Facebook, please remember that we can all see you.

 

 

 

 

Blaine Young, Master of Psychology–Allegedly!

We’ve been wondering this for years!

Do you remember back in 2016 when rumors were flying that Blaine had his eyes on the City of Frederick mayoral office? We shot down this ridiculousness in two posts, one explaining the Scientific Method to Mr. Young, and the other making him aware that the Electoral College does not exist here in Olde Fredericktowne! Alas, he did not get the message. In today’s editorial section of the FNP, there is a LTE penned by Blaine entitled (hold your chuckles folks!):  “Make it shine and sparkle”.

Hold on Tiger, we are going to have some fun here!

On the surface, the LTE looks like an innocuous list of suggestions from a concerned citizen. However, we are NOT new here, and even though case search may have expunged his record, we have NOT forgotten who he is!  Let’s examine some of these passages, shall we?

I have only one request of my elected officials and citizens: Make it shine, make it sparkle before the next big taxpayer-funded idea like a hotel and conference center. Most days there is trash on the sidewalks, cigarette butts everywhere, and grass and weeds growing through the sidewalks.

First of all, this is only the first of a few requests he makes. So, until all weeds are picked and cigarette butts removed we can’t have anything new? This is really rich coming from someone who signed off on new development after new development when he was on the BOCC. Did he make sure the county sparkled and shined before starting a new project? NO HE DID NOT!

Also, residents and visitors like to feel safe and not always harassed for spare change. More police presence on foot and bikes would be welcomed by all. Pay them what is needed if that is what it takes. The next decade will be very interesting in the city, as some feel it is not headed with the same dedication, commitment and enthusiasm as in the past.

Look what you did to Shakespeare, Blaine!

Good Zeus on Mt. Olympus, does Mr. $100 tax-refund, let’s privatize the whole county expect us to now believe that he advocates raising taxes to pay for more cops? And who, pray tell, does he believe will have this “dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm” of the past?

Finally:

Filled storefronts, a clean and safe city not just on three or four square blocks, would be appreciated by many. I’ll do my part and pick up trash when I can, but it has to be a team effort. One step doesn’t seem like a lot, but the little things add up to big things. It will be contagious in all parts of the city, not just downtown.

First of all, prizes to anyone who sends us a pic of Blaine picking up trash or picking sidewalk crack weeds. And secondly, give us a freaking break Blaine. Encouraging people to pick up trash, weed in between the cracks, and advocating for more police is not going to make us forget that you approved so many developments that this county will be playing catch up for decades. It won’t erase the fact that you and your cronies enacted a very xenophobic and racist English-Only Ordinance, or that you cussed out a teenage referee. And finally, it certainly won’t make us forget your solicitation of prostitution arrest. 

Seriously! We don’t want you back in public office!

Stop making this so easy for us! Man, he must really think we are all really stupid or have amnesia to write something like this. Stay vigilant folks and #neverforgetwhatBlainedidtothiscounty!

Legislative Day in Olde Fredericktowne!

You’ll have to forgive us for our hiatus, but believe us when we say that we haven’t checked out completely. It’s just that our new county council has been cooperating and treating each other like adults! WHAT A REFRESHING CHANGE! ICYMI, The Frederick News Post ran an article about this very subject. Read it here when you get a chance, and look below for a little taste to see why your Lady Yokels were laughing on the floor:

“Things were just so personal from day one on the last council,” Donald said. “Really, if you go back and listen to the speeches people gave where we were sworn in, it got combative really quickly. And this time we’ve just tried to really keep the personal out of it.”

The infighting prompted a critical piece from The Washington Post in January 2015, less than two months into the first council.

AND:

“It actually has been a surprise,” Keegan-Ayer said. “I look at what’s going on elsewhere at the state and the national level … and I’m like OK, Frederick County is like this little hub of bliss. I don’t know how long it’s going to last, but for as long as it’s here, I’m going to enjoy it, because it’s a big change from what we had before.”

Now that is the understatement of the year! We don’t know if we will ever get over those four years!

Anyhoo, the agenda for this evening looks a little like this:

 

Doesn’t look like anything really controversial tonight, but if you feel the need pick your favorite summer cocktail and sip away. No need to destroy your liver this time around!

No need to drink to forget Sylvester!