Tomorrow is the last day to vote or to drop off your mail in ballot. We don’t engage much in making primary endorsements EXCEPT when it comes to the BOE race.
There’s been some good ole Republican drama that reminds us of the Great Kirby meltdown of 2018 going on lately. (Which is really worth reading again because Cindy Rose makes an appearance–she’s like Michael Myers, no matter how many times you knock her down, she’s always back up and scary as ever!) Like 2018 there are two factions. One is on the side of Cindy’s Original Hate Slate, on the other side is a group promoting the 2nd Rate Hate Slate which includes Moms for Liberty candidates and other people who like to make scenes at public libraries. Apparently this new group, who go by the incredibly ironic name “Voices for Freedom,” put together a list with a slate called “Friends of The Right Side.” This list was allegedly to be distributed in order to give voters a guide on who they should vote for, in the best interest of the GOP of course! Guess who wasn’t on the list? Cindy Rose et al! And rumor has it they were not too pleased! Heather Fletcher once again used some questionable judgment when she posted this:
Why break the long-standing ritual of local Republicans eating their own? It’s a tradition!
If you haven’t already voted and need to know where to go click here.
We’ll report to you when we know the outcomes. Make sure you do your part!
If you’ve been a follower of ours for awhile, you know how concerned we are about this year’s BOE race. We’ll put some nice links at the bottom of this post if you need to catch up. But first, let’s get caught up on some recent news.
Yesterday the FNP posted an article, which made it seem as though the First Rate Hate Slate was out fundraising everyone.
Some things that this article fails to point is that if you divided the hate slate’s money by 4 they aren’t doing as well as some of our favored candidates. Also, an interested reader analyzed the numbers for us and discovered that over 70% of the donations come from about 20 people including themselves and family members. But since every race seems to be a cash race, we would be amiss if we didn’t remind you to donate and volunteer for some of our good candidates. We borrowed this graphic from the Frederick Democrats to make it all nice and easy for everyone:
If you’ve been long time readers you also know that the blog Wonkette was one of our sources of inspiration for this blog. So today, when this story came across our feed we couldn’t help but start connecting the dots.
Here’s our favorite quote from that post (but be sure to read it all for yourself!):
But books are not the only thing Bosch wants to destroy! In leaked audio of a recent Moms For Liberty meeting in Lonoke County, Arkansas, Bosch is heard complaining about a school librarian she felt did not offer her enough deference when she came in to complain about books. “I’m telling you, if I was — any mental issues, they would all be plowed down with a freaking gun by now,” Bosch said, before describing herself as a patient person.
Hmmm! Let’s see here……..who is running for school board and had a hissy fit over a Pride display? And wasn’t there another candidate running as a Moms For Liberty candidate?
In light of Heather Fletcher’s national news making act of stealing the pronoun pins and checking out all the PRIDE display books from the Brunswick library, we’ve been getting quite a few inquiries as to which candidates should be avoided. This post will revisit some of our election posts (focused heavily on the school board) to get everyone up to speed!
In our most recent post, we did a deep dive to see how our local candidates feel about gun control in the wake of the shootings at Udvale.
We also put out the call for all Independent voters to make their way to the polls this primary season because the Board of Education primary race is open to ALL voters. You’ll also see your Yokel picks for this race!
Don’t let Tony Chmelik back into our county government. Period.
We also took a minute to remind everyone why Michael Hough would be a horrible choice for our next county executive.
Cindy’s hate slate doesn’t believe racism is a thing. Did we just have to type that sentence?
The national phenomenon of accusing teachers of being sexual groomers has made it to our fine county by the very unfine candidates listed below:
Read more about this in the posts below:
We’ll end our post with a primer we wrote back in March:
Please share this information far and wide. We need to make sure our school board and county governments remain sane and functional institutions. And don’t forget to check into our Facebook page as we frequently share what we find on our local characters.
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:
This year Cindy Rose and friends are attempting to pull off a coup against our local school board. It’s her fourth time trying, and the fourth time we must send her packing. You won’t enjoy her latest posts, but hopefully you’ll enjoy our memes.
This is the first of many posts about the BOE race this year. We know many aren’t happy with the current board, and with good reason! However, we can’t make it worse. And this one and her ilk will absolutely make it worse. Let’s all encourage our capable friends and neighbors to run this year! We need sane, thoughtful people on the board. Not this hot mess!
It isn’t a question we want to ponder. With 11 months until the election we all need to make sure we are making good choices for our next school board. In this edition of Why We Can’t Let This Thrice Loser on the Board we will explore some recent shares on her Tentacle account.
Everyone in this county should be super skeptical of how a person who thinks they aren’t gullible, but in reality is susceptible to really dumb propaganda, would handle very real health crises in our schools. At the Yokel we like to joke that if Cindy lived in Alabama she would be a Bernie bro since it seems as though she’s more interested in being a contrarian than in formulating any logical positions on just about anything.
Uh, students are not being tested every day. But of course she has no real grasp of the day to day operations of FCPS.
Yet another example of her glaring ignorance of the FCPS curriculum. Has she read any of the standards? And we challenge her to define specifically what CRT is and how it relates to any FCPS standard.
We saved the worst for last:
Cindy has a problem with the LGBTQ+ community. She tried to sue FCPS over their regulation allowing students to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. She used the argument that a girl had harassed her daughter in a locker room as the reason, which we still don’t get because it is in no way related to this regulation, but alas…when has she ever made sense? But to suggest that teachers are creepily recruiting kids into LGBTQ+ clubs not only reveals what kind of person she is, but also shows us her lack of critical thinking skills.
Her ridiculous slate had their first “event” last week; it’s hard to ascertain how many people showed up from their Facebook post. But we are going to speculate wildly and guess: less than 50, predominantly white, with a median age of about 65. Prove us wrong!
Stay alert folks. We will keep following Kirby’s advice and follow the money on the Maryland Campaign fundraising page.
*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: