Who do you think is “Without Merit”?

This morning’s Political News is chock full of good info. First of all, over the weekend, your Lady Yokels were alerted to the fact that Delegate Kathy Afzali shut the doors during the beginning part of the Delegation’s public hearing. When County Executive Gardner arrived at Winchester Hall and saw about 50 people outside the closed doors, she let them in. By that time, it appears, the part of the meeting Delegate Afzali didn’t want out in the open was over. What was the secret part of the meeting about you ask? It was to select a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson for the Frederick County Delegation. Typically, this is a Republican and a Democrat and one delegate and one senator. This time, however, two Republican delegates were chosen. The paper quoted Delegate Karen Lewis Young’s reaction:

“I think the public should have seen what transpired before that meeting. Because that election was determined in advance,” Lewis Young said. “And there were several arguments that the minority brought forward that should have been public.”

Those arguments included an appeal that the delegation’s leadership has a tradition of being bipartisan (one Democrat, one Republican) and bicameral (one senator, one delegate), neither of which will continue for the 2017 session.

Delegate Afzali says that if she gave the security guard the impression that the public was to be locked out it was just a “misunderstanding.”

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Secondly, the Political Notes alerts us to what we knew all along. Billy’s sexual harassment claim was found to be “without merit.” Just like him!!!

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This People’s Court is NOT impressed Billy!

Seriously Billy, you need to turn over a new leaf in 2017. Find something constructive to do on the council. Stop being rude,stop grandstanding, start reading and do the job you were elected to do!  Now that you won’t be distracted by the election or the central committee you have lots of time to improve yourself! The citizens of Frederick County deserve better.

So-cratz : The only true wisdom consists in knowing that you know nothing.

Oh brother. It seems lately that a lot of people are having a dang hard time understanding what history is. Let’s start with what it isn’t: the present.

As all the hoopla began, the supposed Confederate flag’s role in causing offense and confusion has set the stage for some local drama. To begin with, it is the battle flag of Northern Virginia. This makes it kinda weird and sad to have become so dimwittedly applied to everything. Last noted, Frederick is not in Northern Virginia, much to the delight of many Fredericktonians. After the war even Robert E. Confederacy Himself Lee called for it to be put away. It fell out of favor naturally. Probably because it is a symbol of the lost cause, losers. It also smacks of treason, patriots. Cognititve dissonance. ARGH. Pathetic, without even considering the feeble semantic gymnastics surrounding states’ rights to allow ownership of people as property. During the Civil Rights Era Dixiecrats started slapping the thing up left and right. Leaving it to you to speculate what kinship they found with the noble cause of states’ rights (hahahaha) at the same time people with higher concentrations of melanin in their skin worked to gain individual rights. Such a weird, weird coincidence.

“Maryland, My Maryland” has also been causing some Marylanders to feel ill-at-ease now that it is 2015, and this bit of crappy poesie is pretty gosh durn embarrassing. Our state delegate from District 3A in Frederick, Karen Young, has proposed possibly re-modernizing our state song again. Yep, again. It turns out this song was not handed down from the heavens on stone tablets when the state was first settled by the Euros, but was adopted in 1939. A smattering of rhyming secessionist sentiment set to German Christmas music urges the state to leave the union–which it did not in 1861 and most definitely not in 1939. It also quotes the words shouted by John Wilkes Booth immediately before assassinating Lincoln. Let’s let it be part of the past. History is historical. Duh. Pretty sure even Bill S. Preston, esq. and Ted Theodore Logan knew that much. This thing is barely even that, as weakly connected as it is to the state and reality.

Moving along with our local drama.  At this late date it’s getting awkward to leave the bust of old dead dude Roger Brooke Taney in front of our nice city hall. Taney was a noteworthy racist. He didn’t just think slavery made good states’ rights kinda sense (whatevs; not a great argument in that dumb form either). He was disgraceful. Take the ugly bust, shove it in Roger Brooke Taney’s house that is rarely open, and have a conversation in front of him about how things change all the dang time, thank goodness.

Let's explore the difference between changing history and changing taste, mmmmkay?
Let’s explore the difference between changing history and changing what we respect, mmmmkay? Oh, and Bill and Ted have some hard earned wisdom about keeping track of keys that could be helpful to some doofus somewhere, too.

Germany does not fly old flags with swastikas (anywhere, that’s illegal, even on Josef Blow’s truck) or have bronze lumps of Hitler seated in front of their municipal structures. Still, through some mysterious force (books, television, museums, podcasts, and websites–did it come up already that it is 2015???) that part of history remains well documented. We can remember without putting people who have advocated for atrocities in positions typically reserved for those we seek to honor. As a society we reevaluate what is respectable, while also considering the context of those times. Move it, don’t melt the bronze down and make something else. THAT would be destroying history.

Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.