All the votes from the primary election are in and now the work begins! We knocked out the entire 2nd rate hate slate, but the spirit of John Wilkes Booth still runs through 3/4ths of the OG hate slate.
Something is askew in District 5! Instead of the local Republikkins letting team normal, in the form of Michael Blue, continue on they put forth someone who thinks that Kirby is a hero.
Karl Bickel won the Democratic nod for what we call the High Sheriff around these parts. We’ve written quite a bit about the current High Sheriff, but feel free to revisit here.
Jessica will go up against the Chief of Staff for carpet bagger Alex Mooney who is currently under investigation for various ethics violations. We recently told the tale of how he didn’t want to raise the teenage marriage rate to 17 because he still believes in child brides. So you know we all need to rally behind Jessica on this one.
Our two Frederick County GOP gubernatorial candidates faced off with the dumbest one winning. From this concession post, we don’t think that Kelly is going to be backing him in the general!
There’s of course many more races, and we promise to get to them. We must keep up our momentum and make sure that we keep our county government both sane and functional!
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?
We’ve been thinking a lot about what we can do to change things. We keep wondering if this will be our George Floyd moment when it comes to gun control. It’s not as though a majority of us don’t already believe change needs to come. Just look at these polling results that historian Heather Richardson recently posted:
A Politico/Morning consult poll out Wednesday showed “huge support” for gun regulations. It showed that 88% of voters strongly or somewhat support background checks on all gun sales, while only 8% strongly or somewhat oppose such checks. That’s a net approval of +80.
Preventing gun sales to people who have been reported to police as dangerous by a mental health provider is supported by 84% of voters while only 9% oppose it, a net approval of +75.
Seventy-seven percent of voters support requiring guns to be stored in a safe storage unit, while only 15% oppose such a requirement, a net approval of +62.
A national database for gun sales gets 75% approval and 18% disapproval, a net approval rate of +57.
And take a look at this clip from conservative Supreme Court justice Warren Berger regarding the 2nd Amendment:
So what’s stopping us? First of all we need to stop electing people to office who hold unreasonable and uncompromising viewpoints on gun ownership. And that’s where we come in. We did a deep dive on some of our local candidates and their views on gun control. We discovered more than what we set out to look for, and we’ll share that with you as well.
Let’s start with our old pal Cindy Rose:
We know it’s a lot to take in, and man oh man she is so wrong on so many things, but here’s one more hot take for you to remember her by:
Let’s move on. Running alongside Cindy is Nancy Allen. Look at the hot garbage we found on that one!
Next under the microscope is Tiffany Nobel, a school board candidate who thinks arming teachers is the solution to this issue.
It would take hours, if not weeks, to sort through all the pro-gun stuff on Dan Cox’s page, so we’ll just send you a little taste.
There are those on the other side of Dan who would like to see him win the primary because all polling shows that he would get trounced by whomever wins the Democratic nomination. And while we think that is true, we still wouldn’t be able to stomach the fact that he even garnered that much support. (If you are behind on how terrible Dan Cox is, just click here.)
Last but not least is NRA darling, Michael Hough. The man who is running unopposed in the Republican primary and thinks we should let him be our next County Executive.
Independents please don’t forget to vote in the Board of Education primary on July 19th. Here’s a few links to give your our thoughts on this upcoming election.
Make sure all your friends and families pay attention to our local elections. Just imagine a world in which Dan Cox is governor, Michael Hough is our County Executive, and Cindy et al. run our schools. It’s enough to give you nightmares.
Oy vey. We are counting on you all to avert a crisis. Many thanks to our alert readers! We frequently have little birds who let us know things (our Facebook inbox is the best way) and today’s news was somewhat alarming.
We heard that allegedly normal people are being convinced to believe insane things are happening in our schools! It is truly a wonder to behold the things people will believe these days. Whether it is that the school system is grooming children and teaching them to be racist, JFK Jr is alive (AND also is an UberMAGA DJT fan!!!!), or that the power grid of Washington D.C. is powered by aborted fetuses, it seems like it is shockingly easy to override the bullshit meters of the general population these days.
We are asking everyone to help spread the word that teaching our kids everyone can aspire to become a tradesperson, engineer, or hairdresser is a good thing; it’s literally the opposite of grooming to inform them that their parts covered by bathing suits aren’t parts other people should be fiddling with, and learning accurate history is not a guilt trip but a path to a better future! P.S.: this disgusting degenerate has been detained for sexually abusing a child who is a family member in case you needed a reason why there is actually age appropriate sex education for elementary schoolers–it’s so they know how to report when they are being abused!
The info is in the title of this piece, but please we are begging you to share it with your friends and with young voters who may not have a lot of election experience but really do care about the future of their community. All registered voters can vote in the primary for the nonpartisan races. The Board of Education race is nonpartisan. In a manner of speaking, anyway. You have your “Hate Slate Classic” and your “Second Rate Hate Slate,” all of whom are crossed out for obvious reasons. We had left “The Normies” who are not making up apocalyptic fictions about the school system in order to get elected. There are stars by the Apple Ballot endorsed candidates, who we also feel warm to, but we’ve recently crossed off a couple more candidates since we last shared this, due to finding little to no information about them available at this late date in the election cycle.
We realize 7 gajillion people are running, so hopefully this makes it easier on you. We also have an entire canon of work about Cindy Rose (to find it use the search feature on the blog), since she is constantly running for BOE with such “well-reasoned” notions as “Click, Clack, Moo” should be a banned book. What is astonishing is that other people have voluntarily hitched their wagons balloons to this star anvil.
The primary takes place on July 19th–with early voting in place from the 7th – 14th. This means voters who are not engaged with the political organizations may not be hearing about these issues, but they do have a say about which of the candidates advance to the general election. Locations and other useful tedium is in the links. Make a plan to vote! The deadline for registration ahead of the primary is June 22, 2022. Register to vote here (you aren’t allowed to do this for other people; if you know someone who needs help with online technology offer to sit with them).
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.
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!
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!