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The Tentacle

Joe Charlebois

April 22, 2016
Millennials’ Dose of Reality
Joe Charlebois

The entrance of Millennials into adulthood is intriguing. As currently defined, a millennial is a person between the ages of 18 and 33. As adults, more Millennials are filtering their way into the arena of influencing public policy. Defining them is difficult. They claim to be independent; but, in reality, they are progressives, socialists and libertarians.

April 15, 2016
Opening Day
Joe Charlebois

As the local Little League teams had their opening day ceremonies at Staley Field and the Frederick Keys opened their season, the Major Leagues are well under way as well. I’ve either participated in or attended many an Opening Day, but looking back, there is one that I’ll always see from a different perspective.

April 1, 2016
A Maverick in The White House?
Joe Charlebois

Back in October I wrote about the Republican Senator from Texas – Ted Cruz. He was in 6th place, polling a Real Clear Politics 6.2% average. He trailed Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. He was often left fighting principled battles alone in the well of the U.S. Senate chamber.

March 25, 2016
Marking the Birth of Religious Freedom on Good Friday
Joe Charlebois

On March 25th, 1634, the State of Maryland received its first English colonists on the island of St. Clement’s. They would eventual find their permanent settlement some 30 miles away in what would become St. Mary’s. How apropos that they would arrive on the feast day of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

March 18, 2016
Coward in Chief?
Joe Charlebois

With the field whittled down to just three active Republican campaigns and just two candidates with a mathematical path to the nomination, the GOP’s current top vote getter decided to take his ball and go home to protect his lead.

March 11, 2016
Preparedness Is Deterrent
Joe Charlebois

One of the history’s greatest military minds, Sun Tzu, has had a long history of influence over those who would carry out the plans of warfare for over 2,000 years.

March 4, 2016
Endangered Species – Fredericktonians with Vision
Joe Charlebois

As a City of Frederick resident I am in full support of the Downtown Hotel and Conference Center. Taking into consideration both The Frederick News-Post’s on-line comments section, as well as replies to Facebook, I am in the minority. As a conservative in favor of this PPP, I may be as rare as a Borneo pygmy elephant.

February 26, 2016
Trump’s Scorched Earth Policy
Joe Charlebois

Donald Trump, the real estate mogul, is an unconventional candidate. He is running for president at a place in time that allows him to disregard the typical mode of campaigning.

February 12, 2016
8-Year-Old’s Lesson Lost in Washington
Joe Charlebois

An 8-year-old boy at the Delaware shore was shopping with his family in the boardwalk’s version of a 5 &10 store. The family was getting the necessities to survive a week at the beach.


February 5, 2016
Socialism Defined Understandably
Joe Charlebois

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D.) is a self-described Democratic Socialist. His belief that government is the answer, rather than a free citizenry, is not as concerning as the support his socialist message has received so far in this campaign season from the generation that was born after the Berlin Wall fell.

January 29, 2016
Bold Prediction or Cold Reality?
Joe Charlebois

As Vice-President Elizabeth Warren looks on, he raises his hand and states “I Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help me God.”

January 22, 2016
Trump’s Dangerous Bi-Partisanship
Joe Charlebois

The problem with “bi-partisanship” is that it signifies near unanimity or at best compromise. In a nation of over 322 million, where deal making leads to political gain and citizen losses, there should be very little unanimity and very little compromise.

January 15, 2016
“Call 9-1-1” Full Circle
Joe Charlebois

February 4, 2015, was a day hundreds of Frederick’s students, parents, basketball officials and school personnel were struck with the realization that two young men were shot just outside of the Frederick High gym and dragged onto the basketball court as the boy’s JV game was just about to end.

January 1, 2016
Out With The Old, In With The New
Joe Charlebois

Robert Burns, the 18th century Scottish poet, first laid these words to the music of an old Scottish folk melody in the late 1780's. Since then this song has been a way to bring in the New Year in a celebratory way.

December 25, 2015
What today really is all about!
Joe Charlebois

Christmas Day is for me more of a day of thanksgiving than Thanksgiving Day. I reflect on the many blessings that have been bestowed on me today more than any other day of the year.

December 18, 2015
Terror Plot Foiled Near Niagara Falls
Joe Charlebois

On December 17th, police picked up four men in New York and Jersey City on the suspicion of a terroristic plot to blow up a shipping channel near Niagara Falls. Once the four were charged, Department of Justice agents raided the offices of the suspects finding information that revealed names of their associates.

December 11, 2015
Trump – He Hasn’t Faded Yet
Joe Charlebois

In late August I commented on how the leadership vacuum created by the progressive left – led by Barack Obama – and Republicans led by John Boehner and Mitch McConnell created the climate for Donald Trump’s emergence. Now with the Iowa Caucus seven weeks away, it is Mr. Trump’s race to lose.

December 4, 2015
The Second Amendment
Joe Charlebois

“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

November 27, 2015
Remembering the Meaning
Joe Charlebois

Here is hoping that everyone reading this column had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Many of you, I am sure, spent it with family, or friends feasting on turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, dressing, and, yes, even gluten-free stuffing.

November 20, 2015
Hope on The Horizon
Joe Charlebois

Geo has cancer. It is curable but metastasizing. Last Friday he collapsed as a result of an attack on his heart. He is recovering, but he is still in pain. He is getting all types of advice from friends, family and physicians on how to proceed.

November 6, 2015
Anti-constitutionalists at bay – finally
Joe Charlebois

The divisive political climate of today is as divided as it has been in my lifetime. Although it may be problematic, it isn’t unhealthy. And it is a good thing. It means that true conservatives are actually fighting back.

October 23, 2015
Serfdom? Never!!!
Joe Charlebois

Friedrich A. Hayek was the leading light in classical liberalism in the 20th Century. He was also well versed in psychology and political thought. He witnessed the acceptance of socialism in Europe, which developed into the totalitarian states of National Socialist Germany and the Fascistic Italy. He watched as the loss of individual freedoms was replaced with “freedom from want” by ever increasing socialist governments.

October 16, 2015
Gardner Takes Aim at Private Industry – Endorses Socialist Sanders
Joe Charlebois

A Charles B. Satire Report


Frederick, MD – In a move that has taken Maryland Democrats by surprise, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner (D) has announced her intention to throw her support in the presidential primaries to the self-proclaimed socialist from Vermont – Senator Bernie Sanders (I).

October 9, 2015
The Modern Man vs. The Real Man
Joe Charlebois

Recently The New York Times published a column entitled “27 Ways to Be a Modern Man,” by Brian Lombardi. It is an interesting if not perverse take on what a “man” is.

October 2, 2015
The “Jackass” from Texas – Senator Cruz
Joe Charlebois

Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, has few friends in Washington. He does things his way, and that irks leadership. He is a true constitutional lawyer, who actually believes in the U.S. Constitution, and that irks nearly everyone inside the beltway.

September 25, 2015
A Fair Shake for All
Joe Charlebois

A good sign for Republicans so far this campaign season has been the candidates’ abandonment of overt pandering that has been a hallmark of both Democrats and Republicans for several election cycles. There has been little discussion of winning over distinct minority groups through government assistance, aid, or favoritism.

September 18, 2015
The Cult of Personality
Joe Charlebois

The tidal wave of support for outsider candidates in this upcoming Republican presidential primary has been amazing, especially for the front-runner Donald Trump. Could Mr. Trump’s cult of personality put him in the White House, mirroring the happenings of 2008?

September 11, 2015
I Don’t Want to Forget…
Joe Charlebois

Every year on my electronic calendar I have recurring reminders of a day I spent in Marietta, Georgia while my wife and children where in Frederick and thousands more spent in a fiery hell in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

September 4, 2015
The Ranking Member’s Deflections
Joe Charlebois

Who is the progressive left’s greatest defender these days? In the House of Representatives, it is Maryland’s own Elijah Cummings. He stands in the way of transparency by providing cover for abortion provider Planned Parenthood.

August 28, 2015
Planting the Seeds of Discontent
Joe Charlebois

You reap what you sow. The Republican leadership is learning that old lesson the hard way. After years of abdicating their role as the loyal opposition, they created a vacuum that is being filled in a way they never could have imagined.

August 21, 2015
A Charles B. Satiré Report
Joe Charlebois

On the heels of the recent decision to repeal the 2012 “Frederick County Official English Ordinance,” the Frederick County Council is looking into more ways to be more welcoming.

August 14, 2015
Starting a New Chapter – College
Joe Charlebois

Our first child is nervous. She is prepared in so many ways, but unprepared in so many others. This weekend marks the departure of our first borne – Julie.

August 7, 2015
Behind the Curtain at Planned Parenthood
Joe Charlebois

The greatest impact in the devaluation of life over the past several decades has been abortion. Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States over 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States allowing a culture of death to pervade our American culture.

July 31, 2015
What’s significant about your birthday?
Joe Charlebois

July 30th, what a day of note! Really, July 30th? You mean this isn’t one of the most memorable dates you had to memorize in high school? Okay, so you have no idea what happened on July 30th. My mother will never forget. It of course was the date I was born.

July 24, 2015
The Ghost of Karl Marx
Joe Charlebois

Economic illiteracy has lent itself to ever encroaching Marxism. The "dumbing down" of Americans – specifically when it comes to economics – has made them susceptible to the lies of a government less interested in telling the truth than interested in creating a society where the government is the primary broker of power.

July 17, 2015
Today's Eugenicists – Planned Parenthood
Joe Charlebois

The world has been exposed to the suggestions of eugenics since Plato proposed breeding should be done through a state controlled system to providing the state with the best possible outcomes in progeny.

July 3, 2015
Despite ‘Interpretations,’ Its Meaning Remains the Same
Joe Charlebois

On July 2nd, 1776, our Founding Fathers voted to declare independence from Great Britain. On July 4th, they attached their signatures to a document that will be hailed as one of the greatest statements for individual freedom ever written.

June 26, 2015
Science is Not Settled
Joe Charlebois

Anthropomorphic Global Warming (AGW) is the proper name given to the theory that man is the cause for any increase in global temperatures since the start of the industrial revolution. It is neither fact, nor is it “settled science.”

June 19, 2015
Assimilation not Division
Joe Charlebois

English is the official language of Frederick County, Maryland. Frederick County Council Member Jessica Fitzwater and co-sponsor Council Vice President M.C. Keegan-Ayer are looking to over-turn the 2012 ordinance based on perceptions.

June 5, 2015
The Death of an Ethics Commission
Joe Charlebois

On May 18th three members of the Frederick County Ethics Commission resigned in reaction to a letter from Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner (D) and County Council President Bud Otis (R). The letter public challenged the commission’s integrity, capabilities and thrust them into a political firestorm. Ms. Gardner and Mr. Otis were wrong.

May 22, 2015
We are ignoring Mencken’s Advice
Joe Charlebois

What H.L. Mencken wrote more than 80 years ago should be flowing from the pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post and, of course, his own Baltimore Sun today.

May 15, 2015
Tragic Accident, Needless Loss of Life
Joe Charlebois

Navy Midshipman Third Class Justin Zemser from New York died in the Amtrak tragedy Tuesday on the way home to see his mother. He was one of eight passengers who died when the Amtrak train #188 derailed just miles north of Philadelphia.

May 15, 2015
Tragic Accident, Needless Loss of Life
Joe Charlebois

Navy Midshipman Third Class Justin Zemser from New York died in the Amtrak tragedy Tuesday on the way home to see his mother. He was one of eight passengers who died when the Amtrak train #188 derailed just miles north of Philadelphia.

May 8, 2015
Religion Lost in Thorny Issue
Joe Charlebois

Recently the Supreme Court of the United States heard from those on either side of the same-sex marriage argument. Of course, both sides are cautiously optimistic that the court will rule in its favor. There should be a middle ground in this debate to protect all involved – especially the church.

May 1, 2015
Growing Up and Being Successful
Joe Charlebois

There once was a young man making his way in the world, who was blessed by God with intelligence, strength and ingenuity.

April 24, 2015
Too Fat, Too Happy – But Not Too Sassy
Joe Charlebois

No previous generation of Americans would stand by and be as silent as our current generation has been when it comes to usurpation of executive power, or the abuse of power as exhibited by the current administration and its former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. We are just too fat and too happy to care.

April 17, 2015
Hypocritical Bigotry Aimed at The Constitution
Joe Charlebois

It isn’t often that the keyboard strokes created by this author insult those who hold views that are contrary, but those that purposely spread false narratives regarding  those who support religious freedom – as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution – are useless tools.

March 27, 2015
The Price of Blood
Joe Charlebois

Bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl back was the right thing to do, or so says retired USAF Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. In a op-ed General Dunlap states that “The decision to bring him home — even at the price of freeing enemy detainees — was still the right one, as was yesterday’s decision to task the military justice process with determining his guilt or innocence.”

March 20, 2015
Pitfalls Taken By Republicans
Joe Charlebois

Republicans need to abandon the idea of winning over distinct minority groups. They need to stop playing the same game that the Democrats play. It has and always will be a losing proposition.

March 13, 2015
Cotton Pickin’ Time
Joe Charlebois

Who would have thought that an open letter explaining a ninth-grade civics lesson would cause such a ruckus? Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R., AR) open letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran has done just that. It has ruffled more than a few feathers this week.

March 6, 2015
Chips Off The Old Block
Joe Charlebois

Secular socialism has made steady inroads into our society since the early 1960s when prayer was being removed from the schools. What has this led too?

February 27, 2015
Capitulation A Bad Idea
Joe Charlebois

Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate’s majority leader, has yet to realize that his party – the Republican Party – is now in the majority and that – along with the Republican-controlled House of Representatives – he has the ability to control the legislative agenda.

February 20, 2015
Why Mayor Rudy Giuliani Is Correct
Joe Charlebois

Last week Bob Beckel posited that President Obama’s upbringing overseas and direct interaction with the Islamic faith as a youth made him incapable of criticizing the more radical adherents to Islam. This week former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani commented that Mr. Obama does not love this country as most Americans do. I agree.

February 13, 2015
Mr. Obama’s Crusade
Joe Charlebois

Bob Beckel on the FOX News program The Five expressed his thoughts on the reason that President Barack Obama and most in his administration refrain from using the terms Islam or Muslim when referring to ISIS or other Islamist