It’s been awhile since Tony lost his seat on the County Council, so there may be some folks who’ve forgotten about his antics. Therefore, as the self-appointed historians of Frederick’s very first county council, we are here to remind y’all why this guy can not be allowed back in that position!
Let’s first share his thoughts on Covid-19 and give thanks he wasn’t in any position empowering him to make public health decisions.
Remember the time he wanted to lease schools? Yeah, we blocked that one out as well.
What about the time he wanted to add an amendment to double the pay of the County Executive? Without consulting anyone else. We are still scratching our heads over that one.
The biggest complaint about Chmelik was his condescending manner, especially when dealing with women. Here’s a taste of that tone.
He also believed that legislation should reflect his religious beliefs.
How could we forget the time he called a “living wage” a political boondoggle passed to please the labor unions?
We will never forget the time we took Kirby’s advice to “follow the money” and found that the person who Tony championed to get the off track betting license in Frederick County also made a large contribution to Tony’s campaign!
And of course we all remember the sour grapes version of Tony when he lost the primary to Steve McKay and then insisted he be a write-in candidate because he was the only true conservative.
And no Tony post is complete without the Chmelik family Christmas photo of yonder years:
One time around with this one was quite enough! If he wins, it may encourage the others to give it another go. Stay vigilant our friends!
We Yokel gals are very focused on the school board race and haven’t allowed much time to look at our other local races, but we must shine some light on the only Republican candidate for County Executive: Michael Hough.
There’s so much history here and so much to say, so it’s hard to know where to begin. Let’s begin with some recent events.
Maryland passed a Family Leave Law that allows people who have had or adopted a baby 12 weeks paid leave. It’s a start, not enough, but a start. Well, what did State Senator Hough have to say about this bill? You’ll be sorry we asked. The Daily Record tells us:
Sen. Michael Hough, R-Frederick, called the bill “a very European, French model” and labeled the proposal “ridiculous.”
“To me, what this does is take a bill that is 12 weeks, which I already have a problem with,” said Hough. “You go to downtown Annapolis here, has anyone noticed like half the places are closed because they can’t find anybody to work?”
Wow, wow, wow! So it’s ridiculous that parents can stay home for 3 measly months to care for their newborn child because downtown Annapolis can’t find enough people to wait tables? Do we want that kind of logic in Frederick County? We think not.
Strike two is that he is a member of ALEC.
What is ALEC and why is it bad? Here’s a good website to look at, but we’ll also let ya see a good definition of what this organization does:
ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through the secretive meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council, corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on ‘model bills’ to change our rights that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line at public expense. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers.
Hard, HARD pass. We’ll also link the documentary 13th, in which he makes an appearance to defend the for-profit prison system!
Going back to some more recent news, Maryland was successful in raising the marriage age from 15 to 17 (what year is this?), Hough and a fellow Republican have some interesting thoughts about that as well. The Daily Record reports:
Several senators, while sympathetic to Washington’s concerns, called 17 a good compromise.
Sen. Robert Cassilly, R-Harford, called himself “a traditionalist” who believes teenagers “ought to get married” if they are expecting a child but said the proposed minimum age of 17 for marriage is a valid middle ground.
“We all know that that stigma (of unwed teenage parents) is long gone in our society,” Cassilly said. “It’s really a practical matter here; that’s how I look at it now.”
Bristol Palin was seventeen when she was expecting her first, and if you Google how that worked out Levi Johnston is referred to as the “twice-former fiance of Bristol Palin,” and has four children with a lady by the name of Sunny Oglesby. Perhaps grudgingly bumping the appropriate matrimonial age up to the wise old age of seventeen is not exactly the kind of sensible lawmaking everyone wants to see. And existing in an era of hypervigilant-to-the-point-of-paranoia concerns about grooming, why isn’t the chief concern here that some weirdo old groomer will impregnate a young lady and then get a child bride out of the deal? He favors setting up this condition for sixteen year-olds? Yes he does:
Sen. Michael J. Hough, R- Frederick and Carroll, said he has favored permitting 16-year-old expectant parents to marry but that 17 “does put in place a good balance.”
The Senate rejected Washington’s amendment on a 16-28 vote before passing SB 29 by a vote of 45-0.
We really do. There’s much more to say. But we also need to make you aware that his other job is assistant to WV Carpetbagger Congressman Alex Mooney. Who is endorsed by the Orange Menace.
Whomever wins the Democratic primary for CE needs to win the seat. Michael Hough would not be good for our Frederick County government.
At Yokel headquarters we often ponder what kind of world these “Groomer!” and “Racism doesn’t exist!” folks grew up in, because it can’t be the same one as us! Just look what they’ve done now:
Read the policy here, as we know our readers are the intelligent sort who like to get their information straight from the source, and not a bunch of inflammatory nincompoops. Here’s the purpose of this new policy:
I. Purpose To unequivocally state the position of the Board of Education of Frederick County (Board) that any form of racism within Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) will not be tolerated, and the Board views such behavior as destructive and in contradiction to the Board’s commitment in promoting a work and learning environment that is safe, inclusive, and civil.
Well, we know they don’t like anything that is inclusive or civil. Here’s more:
IV. Expectations A. Rejecting all acts of racism is a legal and moral imperative, and each person in the school system plays a vital role in reducing racism by creating inclusive learning and working environments. B. The school and work community shares the collective responsibility to address, eliminate, and proactively educate to prevent future acts of racism. C. Action will be taken to reinforce restorative practices that serve to address and eliminate acts of racism and provide the opportunity to understand the impact of actions. D. The Board will receive a report at least annually from the Racial Equity Committee as it relates to information, surveys, or recommendations the committee wishes the Board to consider relating to the goals outlined in this policy. E. The Board will communicate its stance against racism as identified in this policy using multiple avenues such as its website, FCPS Calendar Handbook, and periodic systemic messages.
If you read our very fine reporting of last week’s meeting, you already know that it wasn’t as bad as the previous Curriculum and Instruction meeting that was raided by the pitchfork crowd. A crowd that seemingly has a lot of trouble with reading comprehension and understanding the consequences of their actions!
This past week we’ve become really concerned with some folks’ ability to look within. Back in high school psychology class your Lady Yokels learned about the Johari window model:
Some of our local candidates have a lot going on in those unknown by self windows. Here’s our proof!
First the Hate Slate made this post:
April Montgomery, Tiffany Noble, Ashley Nieves, and Heather Fletcher also would like you to know that they have no hate in their hearts. But, at the same time they want a school system that is hostile to anyone who is not heterosexual so…..
Anyhoo, there’s a couple more issues we want to bring up today. First of all, let’s discuss how unoriginal these folks are in that they are regurgitating some sickos they heard on Fox News or whatever other backchannel social media they are patronizing. This article is a good one to read on that subject.
The gist of it all is the Republicans are afraid of the mid-term elections. Therefore they are using this sick and dangerous rhetoric in a last ditch effort to shore up some votes. They’ve even convinced some folks that Mickey Mouse is evil, if you can believe that! Even Carroll County made a mountain out of a cave over some pride flags that were donated to county:
“These flags were shoved down teachers’ throats to put on their desk – that’s not inclusive,” added school board President Kenneth Kiler. “That’s not the way it ought to be.”
A good old fashioned throat-crammin’!
“What this does is open up a gateway for other flags to come into our schools that other people will not like,” said school board member Tara Battaglia. “We’ve already banned the Confederate flag, and that was done a couple of years ago. … The premise behind the Pride flag was social advocacy … which is political.”
You also won’t be surprised to learn that some weirdass groups with names like “Concerned Parents of Carroll County” and the local chapter of “Moms For Liberty” are part of this.
It’s horrifying that any of these people whining about getting “bullied” or having flags shoved down their throats are allowed anywhere near the education of children. They are clearly absolute morons.
Absolute morons is right. Yesterday, we posted a video from a Michigan state senator that is worth another look if you didn’t get the chance.
We can’t let this happen here either. We need to keep showing up, to not allow these people to misconstrue the health curriculum to their own political advantage. We cannot tolerate them calling teachers or Mickey Mouse groomers. (What kind of stupid world are we living in anyway?) And, we certainly cannot allow them to marginalize the LGBTQ+ community.
We noticed that a lot of the above mentioned folks referred to LGBTQ+ community, or in Nancy Allen’s words “LGBTQ or whatever it is”, as a minority that shouldn’t have a say. They still don’t see that this isn’t just the LGBTQ+ community on the side of these new health standards, there are also a lot of us cis gendered folks who would like to see a more inclusive world where kids don’t feel bad about who they are or who they love. We are okay with our kids knowing about and accepting people different from themselves. It’s not okay to get up during public comment and declare that you are being persecuted for your beliefs when your beliefs hurt others. It’s just not.
We need to show them that we are in fact the majority. So here’s a couple of events that need to be well populated.
Here’s a trailer for that film if you have the stomach for it:
And last but not least, there’s a Curriculum and Instruction meeting this Wednesday, April 27th at 4:00. This is the same meeting these folks derailed last time around. We can’t let them do it again. Grab a friend, neighbor, anyone who cares about the future of this county’s educational system. This is not the year to sit out!
Man oh man, what drama! We have some stories for ya! Some bad and some glad! First of all this woman has stayed off our radar, but apparently she’s running for a spot on the BOE.
Her question was, “What kind of messages will children hear over the PA for mental health awareness month because her 10 year old doesn’t know anything about mental health?” Well, that’s on you lady. No vote from the Yokel headquarters on that one.
It gets so much worse before it gets better. But it does get better.
This woman deserves some kind of perverse honorable mention because from her lips came some of the worst public comment we have ever had the misfortune of listening to. She cautioned us that teachers start out by patting kids on the head, then hugging, and then kissing the kid, before moving to the anal sex. She said she isn’t trans/homophobic, but she would rather be called that than be a sexual groomer. Teachers are using our kids to fulfill their needs. We hope the school psychologists are still there. This woman needs a lot of help!
The Moms for Liberty woman said she loves the LGBTQ+ members of her family BUT homosexuality is a sin and schools need to be neutral. (Because why won’t anyone think of the bigots?)
BOE candidate Tiffany Noble, who made sure all the ladies knew that Antifa would be in attendance on her Facebook page, wants all the health curriculum in the elementary school thrown out. All you need to do is tell the kids take care of your body and it will take care of itself. She even advocated bringing back D.A.R.E, which is laughable because that program was an abject failure.
April Montgomery, another BOE candidate, was almost in tears because all of this health stuff is inappropriate! Such drama and a big no vote from your Yokel ladies.
THEN IT GETS SO MUCH BETTER!
Kris Fair, District 3 candidate for State Delegate and Director of The Frederick Center brought it!
He reminded us how hard it is for LGBTQ+ students to function in an institution that doesn’t respect who they are. Some loudmouth shouted at him while talking about scripture, but without batting an eye Mr. Fair continues on and reminds us that kids are suffering, and we all need to be kind and compassionate. The interrupter was one of three people who were removed for being unable to conduct themselves properly in public.
There were so many more good commenters. The next fine gentleman told people that they are being used for political purposes and manipulated by liars with all this nonsense about teachers being groomers. Josh Cramer gave a wonderful comment about how these so-called “free speech advocates” are very selective when it comes to who is entitled to that First Amendment right. Next, two transgender women shared their stories, and we want you both to know that we love and appreciate your bravery ladies. We see you. And a huge thank you to the Evangelical Church Reformed Faith for speaking good sense, and bringing such kind words of acceptance for members of the community who are being publicly maligned by these rambunctious fools.
AND WHOA ARE WE PROUD OF OUR BOARD TONIGHT!
First of all, Liz implores parents that they need to watch their language; the kids are watching and listening and by saying the things some people have been saying you are hurting kids. But Sue Johnson was our hero of the evening when she brought out the children’s books in an attempt to speak the language of these ignorant folks while providing examples of elementary school appropriate content on these topics.
The only fear we have now is that these rabble-rousers are going to divert their malignant energy toward our outstanding public library system! Jason Mason reminded these folks that they are on the wrong side of history. He also mentioned that they are causing pain and some absolute asshole made a snarky “awww” so he had to again remind them that it is children and their families who are hurt by this conduct. Karen Yoho is amazed, as we are, that they are bringing back the pedophilia assosciations that she recalled from the 1970s, but Jay Mason also noted that some of this is so retrograde that it’s from 70 years ago! And David Bass reminded people that public schools need to make all kids feel welcomed and affirmed. Brad apologizes to the staff, FLAC members, and people who were at the meeting for the right reasons last week.
We need to get rational people out to the next curriculum meeting and make sure these folks don’t hijack it. There’s more public comment to come, but we are tired and can’t stay up all night. So, we are going to crowdsource this one out. Put what you saw in the second half of commenting time in the comments!
Last night we posted this “press release” on our Facebook page:
It’s the same scare tactics people in Florida have used in order to abuse and erase the LBGTQ+ community. These kinds of folks know they can’t win on their own merit, so they tell falsehoods and make bigoted scare-tactic remarks to rile people up so they can win. More of our local terrible characters followed suit and also posted their objections on social media:
And lest us not forget the most horrible slate of candidates:
So we have a nice little family-life advisory council here in Frederick. Helpful people volunteer their time to go over these materials and make recommendations to FCPS. (Read all about them here). Well, this evening they had a meeting and apparently the worst humanity has to offer heeded the call of these above mentioned nincompoops and just look what happened:
And then things got worse for our nice volunteers:
What a bunch of ugly, hateful, ignorant bottom-feeders we have walking amongst us. And they all came out due to the above mentioned office seekers who know they can’t win on their own policies or merits. Let’s repeat their names so we all know who to eliminate come July:
Let all your friends and neighbors know what happens to our nice community when folks like this let their lies and vitriol fly. We have no place in our elected offices for people like this. And thank you to the advisory committee who had to put up with this tonight. We stand behind you.
We know there’s a lot going on in the world today.
Amongst the chaos that is the world today, we still need to remember how important it is to vote smartly when it comes to our local affairs. The school board election may not seem that important, but it is gravely important. The school board helps determine what is taught, what books are used, which books are banned, and regulations that determine what kind of treatment and rights students and staff have in public school buildings. They literally help shape our children’s future. What’s more important than that?
If you’ve been a frequent reader, you know we aren’t a fan of Cindy Rose. (If you are new click thislinkfor more info). We’ll touch on her and her slate, but here’s a couple of more pieces of evidence as to why her logic “skills” would not be a welcome addition to our school board:
This morning Cindy and her slate (who we will discuss soon) decided to pen an LTEto the Frederick News Post about why the search for the new superintendent should wait until after the next election. Here’s our favorite part:
On second thought, maybe that’s exactly why they are in a hurry? What better way to sabotage a joyful, hope-filled, student-focused and traditional vision for Frederick County’s students, parents and teachers than to saddle them with a progressive superintendent who may not be in lock-step with a new majority’s vision?
And this is all so rich coming from a group of people who belong to a party that justified Mitch McConnell’s blocking Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court while rushing through one in the last few weeks of Trump’s administration.
This LTE reminded us that we need to get to the rest of the candidates. We did some research, and since we adhere to the philosophy of letting people show us who they are (and then believing it), we will let their words and pictures speak for themselves.
We’ll begin with the rest of Cindy’s new hate slate
First up, homeschool parent Mark Joannides:
We know this is a lot to take in, but there’s more…
Nancy Allen, who doesn’t appear to have had any interaction with the FCPS until now also has some thoughts:
And the last one to grace Cindy’s bandwagon, Olivia Angolia, whose qualifications are that she used to be a student:
There’s still three more to go. The next on our list is the first defector from Cindy’s slate, Ashley Nieves. Let’s visit what she thought was suitable to mail out to Frederick County voters:
Next up are two candidates that are out walking around with Ashley. The first one is Tiffany Noble a person who associates with a Florida based group,Moms for Liberty. The local chapter of this group posted a few things asking all “Mama Bears” to join their call.
We feel the need to call out this Mama Bear tripe. All of your Lady Yokels are moms. We all feel the need to stand up for our kids when necessary, but more importantly teach them to advocate for themselves. This Mama Bear vibe gives the impression that my kid’s needs are more important than yours. It’s aggressive, combative, and serves no real purpose other than to make someone feel as though they are being a good parent. The rest of us are not impressed.
Tiffany Noble is our Moms for “Liberty” candidate. Here’s her philosophy:
Last one on our list (for now) is April Montgomery:
We’ll leave you with a post she made this morning to round it all out:
Trust people when they show you who they are. We’ve provided commentary, but edited nothing.
Don’t worry, happy fun time post of who you should trust your children’s future to is on the way soon!
We have two local office runners who feel Team Russia is the side to take! First up, insurrectionist Dan Cox! Of course it’s no surprise that he falls on the side of Trump who called Putin’s aggressive actions genius. Behold:
Here’s what he’s liking on Twitter today!
Perennial school board candidate has many green thoughts about the situation, and of course it’s ignorant as all get out.
Stay vigilant folks! We cannot let people with poor judgment into our political arena!
This election year is going to be a hot mess! And this is coming from a group of gals who followed Billy Shreve, Kirby Deluater, Blaine Young, and Tony Chmelik for years! We must guard our local government against the people who have no idea what’s going on outside their partisan bubble.
We’ll get you all nice and updated with our perennial foe, Cindy Rose, first! If you want to steel yourself with a shot of tequila, you’ll get no judgement from us!
This last post is seriously one of the dumbest things we have ever read. Why fund studies? Why do experiments? Cindy has all the anecdotal evidence y’all will ever need! Folks, if we allow someone who wants to ban books, remove sex education from the curriculum because she finds it disrespectful, and apparently believes her stories trump peer-reviewed studies, why do we even have a school system? But that’s the point: make no mistake, that’s the absolute goal of Cindy and these other Republicans. They want to dismantle and delegitimize public education.
Unfortunately we need to move on to Dan Cox and his delusional campaign for governor.
Seems like a good time to bring this back up!
Wondering what he’s been up to during this legislative session?
NB: Not that we would have been Tories back in the day, but Cox aligns himself instinctively? habitually? both? with overthrowing the government. Since he thinks Pence is a traitor, given all we know about current events, it’s a terrible look.
The opposition to a ghost gun ban is really special in light of the fact that a child was shot at a Montgomery County high school recently with a ghost gun. Dan (who didn’t attend public school nor do his children) doesn’t seem to realize that not all parents are good parents, and that for some kids school is the only place where they can talk to a trusted adult. Forcing school personnel to disclose certain information can lead to real harm to these children, both psychologically and physically. Impeaching an out-going governor is also a fun throw-in! Wonder where he copied and pasted that from! But Dan doesn’t live in the real world, just click on through this link to see our previous reporting on his past antics.
One last look at Dan’s amazing logic:
Isn’t it stunning how many Republicans worship Putin these days?
We’ll end on the other Republican candidate for governor, since dismantling public education seems to be the theme of this election year:
Let’s unpack this a bit shall we? Charter schools have not shown any better outcomes, especially the for-profit ones. Which are the ones Republicans push for because it makes money for their cronies. Schools have been open and those that have closed around the country have been the ones WITHOUT mask mandates. Curriculums and standards ARE already posted online, stop being lazy and look. What defines partisan politics? We would love an answer please! And do these safe school initiatives include keeping weapons out of the schools? We’ll be waiting……
Surely you’ve heard of the Tennessee board of education’s decision to ban the graphic novel Maus, an account of the Holocaust. This board of education cited dubious claims of mouse nudity and profanity as to why children should not have their precious little eyes tainted by its pages. The grown ups in the room know it’s just another attempt to eradicate history and control information.
Let’s swing on back to our upcoming BOE election because it’s super important to be vigilant about these local elections. So, ICYMI, Cindy Rose is a book banner and we have all kinds of fun receipts!
We would like to take you back to 2018! In the post linked above, you will see some emails that Cindy wrote to FCPS about books (that she admittedly didn’t read!) that she didn’t want available to our students! The subject of those books apparently don’t fit reality as she sees it, so no child should be allowed to read them! I mean come on folks do you really want someone like Cindy deciding what is and isn’t appropriate for your kids to read? Especially when she didn’t even bother to read the books she’s complaining about?
In the above mentioned post, you will also get to see a Facebook post about the children’s book, Click Clack Moo! (And yes we really did contact the author!) She’s afraid that the cows and chickens in the story demanding the farmer give them blankets when they are cold will cause all the little children to revolt! Against what isn’t clear.
Cindy also has some new thoughts about the FCPS hiring process:
A book that really affected one of your Lady Yokels when she was a wee lass was a book called Mexicali Soup.
In this book family members, one by one, come into the kitchen asking the matriarch to remove an item from the soup. At dinner time the family is shocked to learn the menu consists of only hot water. If everyone wants to remove something they don’t like, we are eventually left with nothing.
Frequently banned author, Stephen King, has lots of good thoughts about what do about these book banners (It’s long but well worth it):
First, to the kids: There are people in your home town who have taken certain books off the shelves of your school library. Do not argue with them; do not protest; do not organize or attend rallies to have the books put back on their shelves. Don’t waste your time or your energy. Instead, hustle down to your public library, where these frightened people’s reach must fall short in a democracy, or to your local bookstore, and get a copy of what has been banned. Read it carefully and discover what it is your elders don’t want you to know. In many cases you’ll finish the banned book in question wondering what all the fuss was about. In others, however, you will find vital information about the human condition. It doesn’t hurt to remember that John Steinbeck, J.D. Salinger, and even Mark Twain have been banned in this country’s public schools over the last 20 years.
Second, to the parents in these towns: There are people out there who are deciding what your kids can read, and they don’t care what you think because they are positive their ideas of what’s proper and what’s not are better, clearer than your own. Do you believe they are? Think carefully before you decide to accord the book-banners this right of cancellation, and remember that they don’t believe in democracy but rather in a kind of intellectual autocracy. If they are left to their own devices, a great deal of good literature may soon disappear from the shelves of school libraries simply because good books — books that make us think and feel — always generate controversy.
If you are not careful and diligent about defending the right of your children to read, there won’t be much left, especially at the junior-high level where kids really begin to develop a lively life of the mind, but books about heroic boys who come off the bench to hit home runs in the bottom of the ninth and shy girls with good personalities who finally get that big prom date with the boy of their dreams. Is this what you want for your kids, keeping in mind that controversy and surprise — sometimes even shock — are often the whetstone on which young minds are sharpened?
Third, to the other interested citizens of these towns: Please remember that book-banning is censorship, and that censorship in a free society is always a serious matter — even when it happens in a junior high, it is serious. A proposal to ban a book should always be given the gravest consideration. Book-banners, after all, insist that the entire community should see things their way, and only their way. When a book is banned, a whole set of thoughts is locked behind the assertion that there is only one valid set of values, one valid set of beliefs, one valid perception of the world. It’s a scary idea, especially in a society which has been built on the ideas of free choice and free thought.
Whoa! Those last few lines really say it all. We can’t let the book banners (and don’t forget about that slate she’s running with) on our board. Free thought and ideas, including critical examination of our nation’s history, are crucial in education. We’ll leave you with one last post we wrote a few months back: