If you follow our Facebook or Twitter you are now aware of the horror that is the winner of the Republican nomination for mayor. We’ve read the article at least 4 times, because even for around here it’s a special level of cray cray.
It really begs the question, do the Republicans even care about local races anymore? Or is their party so fractured by the orange menace that this is the best they can be expected to do for a good long while?
Don’t fret though! Because some local Republicans have a really ridiculous Plan B!
We don’t even know where to begin with this shoddy plan. First of all, let’s all step back and remember all the harm he did in this county. Secondly, let’s remember his very poorly worded post in which he said he wasn’t even going to be mayor, he was going to outsource the job!
And thirdly, he knew he couldn’t win the primary and now we are wondering if this was the plan all along!
Stop embarrassing yourselves folks! Even if we don’t agree with your political philosophies, this is all very hard to watch!
With the next school board election over a year away, we are going to have to pace ourselves on our reporting of Cindy et al. But man oh man, is there a lot of material to work with here! And since they are starting early, we need to as well if not to only shine a light on the incompetence, but also to save ourselves from going down another local Trumpy hole.
Here’s the latest list of OH MY GOD IS SHE EVEN BEING SERIOUS RIGHT NOW?!
Time for the next bit of bad comedy:
Her new slate has a very leading/misleading survey going on which would be laughable if it wasn’t so scary. You can take a look here for the full text, (go ahead and fill it out for them if you’ve got some time on your hands!) but we’ll take you on a little tour:
And really that is what this is all about. These folks, except for Cindy, do not have kids in our school system. One of them homeschooled their children and has no interaction at all with FCPS except for showing up at public comment lately unmasked! They don’t care about public education, teachers, or kids. Their goal is to dismantle and sow discord. So, even if you have been dissatisfied with the board lately, this is not the ship to correct the course.
Next up, we’ll start following the money to see who is funding our new slate!
Roger Wilson and Katie Nash have topped the fundraising numbers in the first round of campaign finance reports in the Frederick city race for mayor and alderman.
Wilson led the mayoral candidates with $15,815 raised through the first deadline of Aug. 12,…..
There was a time that we supported Roger Wilson. We agreed with his politics and thought we was a fine and dandy sort of fella. Then came some news:
The four-page report disclosed Tuesday night by the city of Frederick was based in part on interviews with eight women who described interactions with Wilson. It found “sufficient evidence to conclude that Alderman Wilson relied on his position as an Alderman to gain the acquaintance and trust of women in the community” and that Wilson “then used a pretense of helping these women as an opportunity to request that they engage in sexual relationships with him.”
However, the investigation, conducted by Baltimore-based lawyer Karen Kruger, concluded that “Mr. Wilson’s conduct does not constitute legally actionable sexual harassment under State or federal law.
“Sufficient evidence to conclude that Alderman Wilson relied on his position as an Alderman to gain the acquaintance and trust of women in the community”! With those words any support from us flew out the window. It didn’t help that on his Alderman Facebook page he decided to ignore the first paragraph and went with the second as a very weak example of vindication.
At long last, we have the conclusion of the four-month, City-sponsored independent investigation. The report states: “Alderman Wilson’s conduct during his term as an elected official of the City did not constitute legally actionable sexual harassment under State or Federal law.” The recommendations? “No formal action is requested.” I am not surprised by this conclusion. This was the expected outcome. However, despite this vindication, the damage to me and my family remains. Even after this costly investigation, the report contains no actual details of what I allegedly did, or the identity of any accusers. There is nothing included but more vague allegations against my character originating from the MacShane family. However, despite that, the report’s conclusions of my innocence are what ultimately matter.
We know there’s a lot going on in the world these days, but we beg you City of Frederick residents, consider another candidate. There are three others! Check out this page for more details. We have it on very good authority that Blaine Young has a Roger Wilson sign in his front yard. That’s all some of us need to know.
*PLEASE SHARE WITH EVERY FREDERICK COUNTY VOTER YOU KNOW*
Three losses isn’t enough. Thrice rejected isn’t enough rejection to let this woman know that we don’t want her on the school board. Now she’s added a cast of characters to what she calls her “slate.” We refuse to give anyone on this “slate” the time of day because: a.) they either didn’t do their due diligence and research what this woman is all about OR b.) they did and then decided to hitch their wagon to her horrible star anyway.
They have a website where you can learn their names and read their bios, but we’ll give you a little breakdown. None of them except Cindy has kids in the school system. Not one of them has any background in education except, ” I used to go to school here.” Besides Cindy, only one candidate has kids, and he HOMESCHOOLED all of them! They are all very concerned that the white kids are being made to feel shame because they are learning about what actually happened in the past. All of them seem very concerned about issues that not one of them has even encountered, since they haven’t had any interaction with the school system since they were students! But hey, when has lack of experience ever stopped someone from talking out their ass!
There is something that we need to pay a little more attention to on this website because it is both hilarious and terrible. These irredeemable candidates have already made a so-called-contract with the parents and students of this county, and we haven’t heard so many bigoted dog whistles since we stopped listening to Trump speeches years ago. This part we will parse along with y’all.
Please, for the love of Athena, learn how to use quotes correctly! If you pay attention to the bios of these folks they claim they don’t have any political agenda and just want the facts! Now take notice of how they claim to want excellence for all kids regardless of a whole bunch of descriptions (we love the political affiliation throw in!) but this next bit is going to make all y’alls head spin.
Wow! Wow! Wow! So these non-political, common sense, critical thinking (cough cough) candidates are going to make sure that none of y’alls kids are going to hate America. Please note that the criteria for assessing a student’s possible hatred toward America is UNSPECIFIED, but we will use our critical thinking skills and imagine it will be applied to anyone who thinks differently from them. Nothing controversial is ever mentioned without expressed permission from the parent (who defines what constitutes controversial?), the LGBTQ+ community does not exist, and no “extra” rights for any of you! No matter your skin tone!!!! Oh, and don’t forget that the school system is now a theocracy because God is over government! You’ll learn which God a little later (hint: it is not Bastet)…
If any one of them had any sense at all they would have realized by now that equal rights and extra rights are not the same! AND puhleeeeeze grow up and stop with the lie that white people can’t handle the truth about the past. Many of us can deal with these issues very maturely and rationally, thank you very much! Notice how some white people are the only ones uncomfortable talking about race and some will do everything they can, including banning any truth-telling about the past, to avoid the slightest bit of discomfort? What a bunch of delicate snowflakes!
But let’s back up to that comment about the cameras in the classroom. First of all, it is illegal to record anyone with sound in the State of Maryland without their consent. That would mean that these cameras (and by the way, who would be monitoring those?) would not record sound, which means that any interaction would be open to all kinds of interpretation. And you know what? A policy like this would lead to a whole lot of FCPS teachers going elsewhere! Who wants to deal with a parent like Cindy Rose trying to dissect and invent captions for every little interaction?! No teacher gets paid enough to deal with that!
Are you starting to see the fascist streak in these folks? No talk of anything they believe to be slightly controversial, or anything that will–in their apparently expert opinions on hatefulness–make you hate America! How exactly do any critical thinking skills play into this educational philosophy? If you eliminate anything that has room for differing opinions, the opportunity for critical examination of ideas falls by the wayside as well! No groups aside from white heterosexuals will be spoken of, because these nutters waved a wand and now they don’t exist! That’s all “liberal hate talk!” And they will certainly not make the white heterosexuals feel bad about the past! And, oh yeah! They’ll be recording teachers and students 24/7 to make sure everyone complies! However, since the public won’t be able to listen to what the teachers say they will just go ahead and interpret all those classroom interactions for ya! And with their optimism and positive attitudes, that should be…uh…what’s the right word? Eventful? Terrifying? Terrorizing? Taliban-esque?
Guess what? There’s more! (We are so, so sorry; we promise it’s almost over.)
So, you can expect that no mitigation or policies for this pandemic or any future pandemic will be put into effect because of Freedumb! Parents can decide for themselves if they want to infect your child! Do you hate America or something? But hey, we already knew who these people were from the beginning, right?
We do have to pay a bit more attention to the last part up there. What a fucking hill to die on! They are going to support our so-called Judeo-Christian heritage by only acknowledging the Christian part AND making everyone else say the words Easter and Christmas because, “THERE! WE SHOWED YOU!!!!!” (There’s the God they were referring to earlier in the post.)
Psst! Cindy, we have something to tell you about the word Easter. It’s the name of a Middle Eastern goddess who represented fertility. Nothing to do with Christianity whatsoever, but hey…policing people’s speech and thought makes you feel good, so keep on trucking, Sista!
Anyhoo, we need to share this link to everything we’ve been forced to write about this lady over the years, because it’s a lot and we can’t all possibly keep up. Let’s not get complacent though; these people want to bring our school system back to some rose-colored 1950s utopia that existed for very few Americans. It’s wrong, it’s harmful, and it’s not going to happen. Would a Rose by any other name stink this much?
We’ll leave you with something she posted years ago, which really sums her up nicely:
If you are new around here, or just need a good old-fashioned refresher, click on our very detailed reporting on this lady’s thought process. Beware, you are going to go to some pretty dark places. Pay special attention to her fear mongering regarding the sex ed curriculum. You’ll be tickled to find out that teaching kids about sex is akin to disrespecting all the little girls! #FACTS!
After hearing this ridiculous news, we decided to take a look at her Facebook page to see if things had gotten any better since the last time we had to write about her. It has gotten unequivocally worse:
But seriously folks, this woman would rather your kids fall victim to a very transmittable variant of this virus just so she doesn’t have to admit she was so very wrong. This is probably propaganda to Cindy, but we are going to drop it here anyway:
Of course we are going to have more to say about her in the upcoming months, as we will also cover her new fave gubernatorial candidate (Poor Robin Ficker) Dan Cox. (Go ahead and click on his name for some good stuff!)
Stay vigilant folks! Our school system doesn’t need this kind of nonsense.
“Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The core idea is that racism is a social construct, and that it is not merely the product of individual bias or prejudice, but also something embedded in legal systems and policies.The basic tenets of critical race theory, or CRT, emerged out of a framework for legal analysis in the late 1970s and early 1980s created by legal scholars Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Richard Delgado, among others. A good example is when, in the 1930s, government officials literally drew lines around areas deemed poor financial risks, often explicitly due to the racial composition of inhabitants. Banks subsequently refused to offer mortgages to Black people in those areas.”
The 1619 Project offers a lot of great viewpoints on our history and if you take the time to really invest in becoming a more educated and thoughtful person, you may become pretty angry at the gaps in your own education. Let’s look at an example of how white washed our history was/is by exploring a Washington Post Magazine article about a Confederate re-enactor which includes some very interesting passages from the main subject of the article’s Junior High School textbook:
“We’re not claiming bad things never happened,” he finally said, after pocketing his rescue inhaler, “but it wasn’t all whippings and killings, either.” This echoed a lesson from the eighth grade, page 401, about Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” The 1852 abolitionist novel “described scenes of horrible cruelty which were supposed to have grown out of slavery,” the textbook says. “Southern people knew that the [novel] gave a false picture. A Richmond magazine said that it was wicked for Mrs. Stowe to use her imagination in such a bad way.”
With most able-bodied white men off fighting, the authors wrote, “the Negroes could easily have run away.” Yet they “remained loyal to their white mistresses even after President Lincoln promised in his Emancipation Proclamation that the slaves would be freed.” The historic decree — which isn’t discussed anywhere else in the book — was issued after 21 months of war. Frank said he will argue to his “dying breath” that it was conceived as an appeal to anti-slavery sentiment in the European public, to discourage England and France from recognizing the Confederacy.
This year was the 100 year anniversary of Tulsa race massacre. Not until we were much older did your Lady Yokels learn of this massacre, and not until this very year did we learn that Black houses and businesses were destroyed by airplanes using incendiary devices! How is it acceptable that this information was withheld (because people made deliberate decisions to keep this incident and other important events out of our classrooms) and how can we allow it to continue? We’ve allowed generations of Americans to grow up with half truths and a perception of a rose-colored past…and it shows! The All Lives Matter folks aren’t all acting out of menace and racism, they literally do not know the history of their country because the systemic racism in this country hid it from them. To everyone’s detriment!
These anti-critical race theorists would like you to believe that teaching the truth about American history is going to make white children feel bad about themselves and to that we say:
First of all, if young people of color have to experience racism, and unfortunately they still do, then white children can learn about the origins of it. There’s a great book by a former West Point historian, Ty Seidule, called “Robert E Lee and Me.” Not only does the author explore his own past of growing up in Virginia and learning to worship Robert E. Lee, he also comes to the conclusion that the Lost Cause narrative led not only to the continued oppression of black people, but also left the white people ignorant of their own country’s history. One of the best arguments the author makes for whites learning the truth about our history is the cotton candy analogy.
It’s okay to be uncomfortable. But it’s worse to avert your eyes and not deal with it. We can deal with it. We Americans aren’t made out of cotton candy. We defeated the Germans and liberated the concentration camps. We put an end to chattel slavery. You know, we can deal with the harsh truth of the past and get better. But if we don’t deal with it, we’re going to continue to be abused by the past, rather than be able to use the past to make a more just and equal society.
We can take the truth, we should demand the truth, and we need to make sure our children learn the truth. The reason we need to be aware of this today is because the ones who believe we are made of cotton candy will try to take over the school board next year. Just look at what is happening across the river in Virginia. We all need to keep in mind the points made in this Slate article about not allowing this topic to become the next culture war in these here parts. The noodley appendage is already freaking out and getting people riled up over this topic. And why is it that these people always insist in showing us just how important it is to have these topics taught in school?
Let’s all continue to educate ourselves and insist on a proper education for our children, so maybe just maybe we can honestly reckon with our past and allow ourselves to make some real progress in this country. Then, and only then, will this be a country in which everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We can’t let these people take us backwards.
We will leave you will this video of our current Chief of Staff answering a very ignorant question from sleaze ball Congressman (come on Florida!) Matt Gaetz:
A very horribly written and rambling letter appeared in the Frederick News Post from none other than insurrectionist Del. Dan. Mainly it was a bunch of straw man attacks against Jan Gardner, Kai Hagen, and Jessica Fitzwater. One LOL part was when he tried to fear monger everyone into believing that COVID-19 lockdowns would become a permanent fixture by asking this very serious question:
Can you imagine COVID-style lockdowns perpetually mandated because of a County Executive Hagen worried about climate change?
This next part however, makes us think all these Republicans have entered some type of Gaslighting boot camp:
The use of quotes is really interesting, isn’t it? And don’t you love all the dog whistles? “…locals who have lived here all or most of our lives, ..attractive in our heritage and history, protect my freedom and way of life”! I mean really Dan, you aren’t even trying to hide who you are any more. And as for the insurrectionist claim, look we have receipts!
We would be amiss to leave out another “local legend” who is trying to slither his way back into our local political scene. This was sent to us by an alert reader earlier this week:
Lots to take in, we know. Remain vigilant, last thing we need around here is a County Executive Cox or Mayor Young!
Based on online comments about last night’s Board of Education meeting, your Yokels missed what sounds like a bonkers meeting. We should expect more professionalism from our elected officials.
At a previous meeting, the Board deferred to Superintendent Alban as the decision maker regarding students returning to school. Last night that arbitrarily changed as they voted to have elementary students return to 4 days per week in person and reduced the safe distance from 6 feet to 3 feet beginning May 1st, which should be noted is a Saturday. Monday May 3rd is Teacher Appreciation Day. Yea, teachers!
In a nutshell, the Board has given administrators, teachers, staff, and transportation 2 weeks to figure out all the changes needed to make this work in order to give some elementary students what boils down to 12 additional in person days this year. Is it really worth it? We aren’t even sure some board members understand their role. The Board is not supposed to make changes that go against the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The Board might want to invite an attorney to meetings going forward. It could save them from making ill advised and potentially illegal decisions.
Four board members voted in favor of this change. Brad Young, who most likely has aspirations for another elected office in the future. Sue, if you don’t vote for this, I’m putting my kid in private school Johnson. And, yes, she really said that at the meeting, as if threats are an acceptable way to sway votes. Honestly Sue, put your kid in private school if you feel that strongly about this. No one cares. People care that you are making decisions based on data, logic and honoring the MOU. Elizabeth Barrett who has been on the Board long enough to know a vote that violates the MOU is a problem was the 3rd vote. David Bass was the final vote.
We all want kids back in school, but this school year is almost over. Teachers have been asked over and over to change, do more and change again. This change means some students will be changing teachers yet again. Why not focus on getting ready for fall? If this was really what the Board wanted, they should have planned for the students to go to 4 days starting with the beginning of the fourth term that started on April 13th. Oh, that’s not realistic? Planning takes effort. Not haphazard motions.
Surely you’ve seen our most recent reporting of Blaine trying to tippy toe his way back into our local politics as though nobody has a memory around here! Not only is he hoping that you have forgotten all of the horrible things he’s done (go ahead and put his name into our search engine, or any search engine honestly), he’s trying to rewrite who he actually is. And we won’t allow him to gaslight this county!
If you haven’t seen the absolute horror of an LTE he wrote this morning, we’ll show ya!, but it is worth clicking on the actual link to see how people around here still feel about him. Take a moment or two to read through a few times to process, it’s hard to get through this incoherent drivel:
The city of Frederick has a new chief of police, a new person to head the new Division of Housing and Human services and a proposed new equity program administrator position.
People, positions, payroll and pensions. I would like to hear about projects and vision. Economic development, parks and recreation. Parks and recreation is always on the back burner and may be the most important department when it come to physical and mental heath. The city of Frederick has land with Hargett Farm. Now, what is needed is the guts and the vision.
I am talking about an 8-to-10 indoor basketball court, indoor track, aquatics center surrounded by four to six turf fields for all of the outdoor sports and much more.
Now, you are talking about physical heath, mental heath, sportsmanship, team building and powerful economic development with statewide tournaments. We have a golf course and a cultural arts center. Can the kids and active adults get something that is year-round that benefits all ages, races and genders? Plan, budget as the vision, and investment will pay major dividends for future generations.
It’s actually appropriate that he repeatedly misspelled the word health, considering heath means a tract a wasteland…which is exactly what this letter is.
We are so sorry to have to share this with you during a global pandemic, but look what Frederick’s very own Matt Gaetz posted a few days back.
It’s a lot to take in, isn’t it? After all he’s done around here he really thinks it’s a good idea to go ahead and attempt to sully our local jurisdiction!
If you are new around here go ahead and scroll on through this link. However, here’s a list just off the top of your Lady Yokel’s heads on why he is no good:
He was arrested for solicitation of prostitution. Tried to tell the judge he was just looking for a foot rub. The judge responded by telling him that even a 12 year old could tell what the ad he answered was for.
Cussed out a teenage referee at a basketball game.
Told a citizen that she wouldn’t have to worry about congestion in her area because she would be dead by then.
Enacted a very xenophobic and unenforceable English Language Ordinance in the county which made us all look like a bunch of backwater ignoramuses.
Attempted to privatize many county services, which has failed miserably in other jurisdictions.
Defunded Head Start.
Sold off the government run nursing home that our poorer citizens rely upon.
And that’s just a start. Feel free, gentle readers, to add your own Blaine stories in the comments.
No way should Blaine be mayor of the fine City of Frederick. We don’t need any more drama or scandal around here!