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Trying to shove local politics under your nose since before it was cool: Frederick County Edition

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August 2015

Black is white, up is down

We have a problem in this county. We have a problem in this country, but we will stick to the county. It’s marginally easier to deal with, no thanks to this madness.

A core group of people are not interested in productive discussions, compromises, or learning about anything that falls within the gray area of an issue. All sincerely held beliefs, all the time. No matter what is brought to the discussion, some people defiantly refuse to grasp what should be by now obvious. The same conversation stalls. Steve McKay’s excellent LTE takes a stab at the same old same old regarding the teachers on the council and the false equivalency to W. H. Delauter & Sons. He even has some new things to think about, if you’re the sort to think about things. And you are, aren’t you?! We love you for that!

At the Frederick County Council Watch Facebook Group you would get the impression that virtually all of the county agrees that Bud is the worst in every way, and that Kirby should get to do whatever he wants no matter how abusive or potentially corrupt. He and Blaine, who is still stoking the fire from across Church St., and Billy “don’t waste my time with emails from constituents” are our only hope and salvation, regardless of the topic at hand (the horror). This is in spite of a fairly bipartisan coalition of those who do not agree with any of this and find their shenanigans embarrassing. Remember the Republicans for Jan Gardner? They do, too, but they don’t qualify anymore. There is only one way to be a Republican, and all of those people who would try to introduce a counterpoint are to be shouted down immediately. There are many alleged “RINOs” vilified every bit as vehemently as anyone who has a D after their name. If not more so, considering the constant insults flung at Bud Otis, and to (hopefully) a lesser frequency some of the Republican members of local action groups. The concept that a Democrat is not an amoral maniac bent on destroying everything is too far in the abstract to even contemplate. This is in spite of the fact that many of us from both sides of the aisle agree on many things. This is the beauty of local politics. One that they would gladly endanger.

A few lonely commenters risk abuse by introducing points in the discussion proving not everyone agrees with all of the frothing whiz poppers. Rubberneckers can watch slack-jawed as they float ideas like, “Kirby Delauter brought the community together,” by petulantly and publicly refusing to donate to Catoctin Athletics (or anyone else in the community). Being an unrepentant jerk who strives to create a vacuum of decency needing to be filled is not an act of heroism. The community set out not just to fulfill the need for a donation, but to prove that our county is also full of nice people who don’t get hashtags and tantrums picked up and distributed by the AP.  It is astonishing that this apparently requires time and effort to clarify. Perhaps if people are packed together in a sealed box inhaling all of one another’s toxins it affects the lucidity of their thinking.

Somewhat off topic, but it seemed unfair to make Kirby look like the only unrepentant jerk. Look forward to some ranting about how awful Jen Fifield is and how justified Billy is for being rude (better that than PC, right Trump fans?).
Somewhat off topic, but it seemed unfair to make Kirby look like the only unrepentant jerk. Look forward to some ranting about Jen Fifield and how justified Billy is for being rude (at least he isn’t PC, right–because obnoxious equals heroism or something).

Furthermore, we were treated to a genuine work of art found here as an opinion column. A brief visit to the Frederick Council Watch Clusternut Festival will reveal some direct contradictions to this silliness. Connoisseurs of irony will find it delightful, if it doesn’t depress you too much. Is there a term yet for accidental satire? If not, there’s another vacuum to fill.

Rate your favorite Kirby tantrum (to be henceforth referred to as Delauterbursts)

Apologies, apologies! With all the #kirbydelauter nonsense last week we fell behind on our polls. First of all here’s last week’s result:

Those two have a lot in common, don’t they?

Nothing like taking everyone down with you!
Nothing like taking everyone down with you!

We’ve had quite a few Delauterbursts lately so we know it may be hard to pick your favorite. But go ahead and give it that old college try:

Need a reminder about a Delauterburst? Numbers corresponds with the choice on the poll.

1.http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/recent-fiascoes-have-left-frederick-county-residents-feeling-embarrassed/2015/01/10/909bd88e-8d2b-11e4-8ff4-fb93129c9c8b_story.html

2.http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/kirby-delauter-kirby-delauter-kirby-delauter/article_da85d6f4-fa3c-524f-bbf6-8e5ddc0d1c0a.html?_dc=224504425656.05045

3.http://wp.me/p615TR-oS

4.http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/political-notes-county-meeting-recessed-to-calm-shouting-match-involving/article_c408f4cd-9b95-58af-b7a5-17c825c15239.html

Mr. Shreve please report to the Principal’s office!

I guess he just likes to waste people's time.
I guess he just likes to waste people’s time.

We have to wonder how many times, as a very wee lad, Mr. Shreve was called into the principal’s office. If his unprepared, defensive adult self is anything like the boy he once was, we have to imagine it was quite often. At today’s surprise (at least to us) meeting, Billy was on the defensive. Let’s set the scene first.

Where's Tony? And come Kirby take your seat.
Where’s Tony? And come Kirby take your seat.

This meeting had one item on the agenda and that was to discuss the Industrial/Commercial tax credit. If you remember from last week there was a hearing on this very topic. Well, Mr. Shreve himself wanted a workshop on this bill because he had some issues. This is what we know about this bill. It’s an incentive for current and new manufacturing businesses to open up shop or expand here in Frederick County. To qualify for the credit the business must employ at least 25 people and have made a substantial investment in Frederick County. Based upon the application of the business, the County Executive can offer the business anywhere up to a 100% tax credit for up to 10 years. The office of Economic Development wants this flexibility, as opposed to a flat rate, to offer to businesses based on their size and their potential economic impact upon our region. Flexibility is the key here.  For example if you create 3 jobs and invest $100,000 in capital investments the business is eligible for a 20% credit. The more jobs you create and the more money you invest brings up the percentage you are entitled to.Now our friend #kirbydelauter had some issues with the county executive having what he deemed subjective powers. And honestly if we thought he would apply this same standard had Blaine been elected we would be able to hear him out. But we don’t. The only good that came out of his questioning (that at times bordered on snippy) was that Jessica offered that the bill read that the county executive base his or her decision on the recommendation of the economic development office. We frankly don’t believe it’s subjective considering that the percentage of the tax credit is based upon the jobs you create and money you invest. But as Kirby said, “I’m not a math whiz, I can tell you that.”

Here we must stop and once again proclaim how we love our county employees. Helen and Richard were prepared, poised and ready to answer any and all questions our council members had. It really has been a refreshing joy to know that our county is in the hands of so many well qualified, articulate people. Then there’s this:

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Readers we don’t even know how to phrase this anymore. Billy wanted this meeting and then proclaimed that the meeting wasn’t what he thought it was about. You see he doesn’t want a flexible tax credit that is decided by the County Executive. He wants a flat rate that applies to all businesses, no matter what their size. Now Billy has this habit of interjecting a past hurt into a current, often irrelevant matter. Tonight it was this:

I’m not sure if we all know that the State of Virginia has an official English language ordinance. Do we use that when we compete with Northern Virginia? Has there ever been any discussion of that?

Great suffering Sappho! We can barely take this anymore! Get over it Billy! It just gets worse from there. He doesn’t think the bill is fair or transparent. Ignoring the fact that if the credit is over 60% it would get kicked back to the council for approval. The main reason he deems it unfair is that it doesn’t include small businesses. Again ignoring the fact that this bill applies to businesses with as little as 25 employees. Jessica, our heroine of the evening, brings him to task on this issue. She reprimands him for suggesting this meeting, not putting any of his wanted changes in writing for anyone to look at and calling this bill over and over again a political process. M.C. tries to smooth over Billy’s hurt feelings by discussing the small business tax credit (a separate thing) and how they can try and codify it. By this time poor Billy is all puttered out and the only word he can mutter is, “Sure”. Next time you want a meeting Billy you should prepare for what it’s actually about not what you wish it to be. You had some nerve calling the meeting a complete waste of time. (Yes readers, that’s a thing that happened.) Just because you didn’t get your way doesn’t mean it was a waste. Why do I see a WFMD appearance in our future?

Super short happy time meeting.

While looking for the agenda for next week’s meeting we came upon this:

we are sorry but there isn't enough material here to make a drinking game.
we are sorry but there isn’t enough material here to make a drinking game.

Of course we will tune in for you ! Just because it’s short doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of opportunity for “someone” to act up.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse.

As if yesterday’s revelation about Kirby’s tantrum wasn’t enough now we have a new horror. Someone has reported the Go Fund Me page that our good friends at Stand Up Frederick have started as abusive. So if you try to share the link on Facebook this now happens:

What is wrong with you people?
What is wrong with you people?

So let us get this straight. A group of concerned citizens come together to rectify a problem and instead of letting that take place, someone decides to throw a wrench in it?  How is this in any way, shape, or form a smart thing to do? Please someone explain this to us.

Hopefully this link will work: http://www.gofundme.com/b5xz4ema

At last look it was over $1900!

Show the love; share the love

Hey y’all there’s an online thingamabobber created by a friendly Frederick County resident, and we wanted to be sure to give a shout out for her willingness to iron out all these details for the student athletes. So many thanks to–well you can see who she is as the event host since we didn’t ask if it was okay to gush over her first, but she’s done good!!! We really appreciate her initiative, hosting this event on Facebook to raise money for the Catoctin High School Sports Boosters, and the launching of a GoFundMe campaign.

If you prefer the traditional way of making a donation through the mail, checks can be made to:

CHS Sports Boosters
14745 Sabillasville Road
Thurmont, MD 21758.
If you want you can put “In It Together” on the memo line.

Check's in the mail!
Check’s in the mail!

We love you, Frederick County! Also, please do remember that there are other programs and other schools where funds may also be needed. They didn’t get their request for help scribbled on and shared all over the place with a rehashed hashtag, so consider donating to them as well. If anyone has event details, please comment on Facebook so they may be noticed.

#kirbydelauter throws online tantrum (again), refuses to donate to kids

JeezLouise. This guy. He’s clearly mad that Frederick County (belatedly joining the rest of Maryland) is also not going to be hiring its council persons to do their construction work. Airing his grievances like this happens to really get our knickers into knots. If his business was so dependent upon Frederick County in order to profit, the least he could have done was sincerely look for other donors to help Catoctin High School Athletics. Assuming a county school would be unlikely to get into a political brouhaha with a county council member, we will ask on his disgusting, self-serving behalf.

Is anyone more despicable than this? Just gross.
Is anyone more despicable than this? Just gross.

So hey, if you should find yourself in a position to be generous,  consider sending some coin to the extra-curricular programs at our stretched-thin schools. Since this guy’s mad at some other council members, he’s taking it out on the students. Publicly. Because #kirbydelauter cannot learn from past mistakes.

Oh, and if this is staged and did not actually affect the status of a donation–and it well could be–pretending to be stingy with kids because you’re mad at adults is just as bad, in that you still look like the same jerk. But dumber, because you want to show everyone you’re awful, and that is facepalm stupid.

If you have specific contact information to  process donations or promote fundraisers for student activities in Frederick County, please feel free to share in our social media contacts.

Singing the praises of our friend Bud.

We mean it!
We mean it!

Bud has had a rough couple of weeks. These ProEnglish people unleashed a very unfair and immature attack against him. And despite what Mary, Mary quite contrary may say, we don’t believe that our County Council people need “to get used” to outside groups coming in and harassing them.

We also have our fellow citizens saying terrible things about him on that awful county council watch page. For some reason they love to bring up his genitals. Must not have moved beyond a middle school mind- set. It’s especially stupid to be a lady suggesting man parts are essential to good governance. It’s the smart parts we’re after, not the Anthony Weiner parts.

Last night Bud once again proved to us what a mature, deliberate man he really is. When Billy sarcastically and very rudely asks Bud if he has anything to say about the repeal of the English Only Ordinance, he replies that he does. And how our hearts soar when this man speaks.  Despite the distraction of Billy vigorously nodding his head yes when Bud begins with saying that his position many not get him re-elected, we were reminded what a sane, thoughtful man he is. Bud continues on to how this ordinance makes our county look bad and how it’s not who we are in Frederick County. And he’s absolutely right! Even Tony admitted the ordinance was inane. Reasoning that  we should keep it  because some people think our country is being taken away. A claim that he himself does not believe. Well, at least Bud had the backbone to stand up for what kind of people we are. Not some dystopian vision of becoming a sanctuary county.

We are also dismayed by the people who love to  insinuate that Bud is somehow incompetent because he occasionally trips over a word. We do not care for the ageism that is ever so present in these mean, petty observations. Every person up on that dais has tripped over their words every now and again. And believe us, Bud is not nearly the worst offender.

And as for Billy’s claim that Bud won’t get re-elected. I wouldn’t worry about that. Billy doesn’t have the pulse of this county like he thinks he does. Your support, Bud, is far and wide. Keep up the good work and don’t worry about these petty naysayers.

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Mary, Mary quite contrary

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Our “favorite” public commenter Mary was back this evening! Last time she treated us to a presentation as to how Bud is a traitor and not worried about his legacy at all!! You really should see it for yourself at the FCGTV archives because WHOA NELLY this woman.  First of all she treats us to a really sarcastic comment about the repeal of the English only ordinance and Kirby’s law. But it fell on deaf ears because it did not make any sense at all. But then she decides that it is her place to tell Jessica and M.C. how they should conduct themselves. First of all Jessica: Don’t have an opinion and stop saying “You guys.” I mean, how ruuuuude. And M.C. this whispering, you really better watch that! And then so cleverly she refers to the Democrats as comrades, because hey we all know the truth! You bunch of communists. And then here’s the zinger: Have fun at your little get together on the 29th so you can further the FCTA’s agenda. Sounds like someone probably has one of these at home:

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