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DOCUMENTS


The Tentacle


Joe Charlebois

June 24, 2016
America as a Young Man
Joe Charlebois

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


June 17, 2016
Teacher, Friend, Father
Joe Charlebois

It is hard to succinctly define what a father is or should be. It's even harder to articulate what a father means to his son.

 


May 27, 2016
Of Nature and Humankind, Similarities
Joe Charlebois

I was sitting in my car this week eating my lunch while facing a busy road. I was the first sunny and warm day in over a month. The wind was blowing and the clouds were moving by swiftly. As traffic passed by a small sparrow dove to close and was struck by an approaching truck.


May 20, 2016
Reflections of an Unapologetic Reagan Generation American
Joe Charlebois

I don’t recognize the country I was raised in. I miss that country. I miss the patriotic, God-fearing, common sense, self-reliant people who filled both sides of the political fence.

 


May 6, 2016
Family Roots
Joe Charlebois

Have you been enticed to go on Ancestry.com, Family Search or many of the other sites that are storing billions of records including your own family’s? I have, and I must admit that at times it can be very addictive.  Is it worth the time? Yes.


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