I pull off a crowded highway and take the ramp to the Pennsylvania Turnpike tollbooth. I stop and get my ticket. I then roll down the ramp and merge onto Interstate 76 looking forward to the quality ride for which I will be paying a premium.
I came upon a surprising passage while reading the Russian novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky which was first published in 1866. I was reading it as one of those “must reads” that the intellectual elite tells us we should do.
No, I didn't mistype the title. I heard this phrase from Dennis Prager as he was being interviewed by Stefan Molyneux, who proposed that many on the left were hypocritical and weren't "practicing what they preach."
You may have recently seen news coverage of a man being bloodied and physically dragged off a United Airlines plane. His crime was refusing to accept United’s decision to use him to alleviate their overbooking of a flight.
I’d like to stop for a moment to “smell the roses.” The first 100 days of the new presidency isn’t playing out like I anticipated, and I had been very discouraged. My discouragement peaked when activist judges far outstepped their legal authority and put a hold on President Trump’s travel bans.
The Maryland General Assembly is considering legislature to make Maryland a “sanctuary” state in defiance of federal law.
I recall candidate Donald Trump talking about “so much winning.” He told us we would win so much we would be uncomfortable with it, get tired of it.
A “main stream media talking heads” show last week listed its topic as: “The fragile relationship between Trump and Republicans.” I thought that statement missed the mark. A more realistic statement would have been: “The fragile relationship between Republican incumbents and their constituents.”
…and there's a little yellow man in my head.
The above lines are lyrics from the Kinks song Destroyer circa 1981.
Here are a couple more lines:
Paranoia, the destroyer.
Silly boy you got so much to live for
So much to aim for, so much to try for
You blowing it all with paranoia
You're so insecure you self-destroyer
A quick note on the group calling itself the “Hamiltons,” who cited Federalist Paper #68, penned by Alexander Hamilton, as their justification for electors to ignore the will of the people they took an oath to represent – and to vote against Donald Trump.
There’s another feature of the Electoral College that may seem strange, winner-takes-all. In 48 of our states, the winner of the state popular vote is awarded all of that state’s electors.
First let’s look at how many states were needed to shoot Hillary Clinton past Donald Trump in the popular vote by the current (daily changing) margin of 2.8 million votes. The total number of states that were needed is one. Mrs. Clinton beat Mr. Trump in California by around 4.2 million votes. In Los Angeles County alone, she won by over 1.2 million votes.
“One man one vote” is all you need to know about democracy right? That might be true if we lived in one. However we do not. We live in a republic.
The riots, the mobs, and the violent thuggery before and after the election are deeply troubling.
Prominent Democrats like Elizabeth Warren (D., MA) have offered conciliatory statements to the future Trump Administration. Yes, the acerbic, anti-capitalist, big government, fauxcahontas is “looking forward” to working with A President Donald Trump.
The Frederick County government, through executive action, purchased advertisements with public funds to influence the voting of its citizens. The subject of the ad was two ballot questions making changes to the county’s charter.
Apparently the media’s biggest take-away from the last presidential debate was the refusal of the Republican candidate to accept the election results in advance. It is being declared that an important attribute of a democracy is the election loser’s concession regardless of the quality of the election.
A video of a cute little boy being pulled from the rubble of a bombed building in Syria recently made the rounds.
The binary choice you have this November is between tyranny and liberty. Please read this if you think you can’t vote for Donald Trump due to this or that actual or claimed revelation emerging from his past and being aggressively promoted by the media.
The $3 sign my daughter purchased for me at the Great Frederick Fair lasted about two weeks. Considering the mild weather, I’m compelled to assume it was taken.
So, it was supposed to be about the economy, race and security. Here is my summary of how the Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Party nominee Donald Trump handled those three categories during the September 26 debate:
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health has been questioned for years with concern increasing these past few months. Remember the Benghazi hearings with the prismatic glasses?
While in China our current president defended the National Football League (NFL) bum that won’t stand during our national anthem, citing the bum as an example of “active citizenry.”
I recently sent an e-mail to the County Councilmen chastising them (4 of 7) for raising the county hotel tax by 66% to pay for a downtown Frederick hotel. I charged them with crony capitalism. Here are the definitions of capitalism and crony capitalism from Wikipedia:
The other night President Barack Obama claimed Hillary Clinton is the most qualified presidential candidate in United States history. Seriously, Mr. Obama?
On Thursday, May 19, 2016, Frederick County Council President Harold “Bud” Otis changed his party affiliation to “unaffiliated” and held a press conference to announce the shift. Mr. Otis said something to the effect, “I’m sad I had to abandon my party.”
Last Thursday, Donald Trump met with Congressman Paul Ryan to “work things out.” This is because, for some inexplicable reason, Speaker of the House of Representatives Ryan, who has never even won a state-wide election, is telling Mr. Trump what he must do to win the presidency.
Let’s forget about presidential race predictions for a minute since they so often are wrong (picture Karl Rove refusing to acknowledge that Barack Obama had beaten Mitt Romney). I’d like to reflect on events and situations that may explain our present state.
I first took notice of abused idioms many years ago as I read a beer coaster at Busch Gardens. The coaster claimed that the term “lock, stock and barrel” originated from the ancient beer industry. Something about owning the keys to the business, the legal ownership documents and the beer barrels.