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DOCUMENTS


The Tentacle


Ken Kellar

February 6, 2017
Dealing with the Winning
Ken Kellar

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.


January 31, 2017
Republican politicians, your attention please
Ken Kellar

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.”


January 18, 2017
There’s a red under my bed…
Ken Kellar

…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


December 27, 2016
Federalists, Fences and Fascists – Part 4 of 4
Ken Kellar

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.


December 26, 2016
Federalists, Fences and Fascists – Part 3 of 4
Ken Kellar

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.


December 23, 2016
Federalists, Fences and Fascists – Part 2 of 4
Ken Kellar

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.


December 22, 2016
Federalists, Fences and Fascists – Part 1 of 4
Ken Kellar

“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.


December 5, 2016
Ancient Advice to Both “Sides”
Ken Kellar

The riots, the mobs, and the violent thuggery before and after the election are deeply troubling.


November 15, 2016
The same team? – I don’t think so
Ken Kellar

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.


November 7, 2016
Power Grows as Ethics Fade
Ken Kellar

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.


October 28, 2016
Democracy’s Death
Ken Kellar

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.


October 24, 2016
Aleppo – A Humanitarian Crisis
Ken Kellar

 A video of a cute little boy being pulled from the rubble of a bombed building in Syria recently made the rounds.


October 20, 2016
Keep your eye on the ball
Ken Kellar

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.


October 13, 2016
My Trump Sign
Ken Kellar

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.


September 29, 2016
The Economy, Race and Security
Ken Kellar

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:


September 13, 2016
Hillary’s Health
Ken Kellar

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?


September 9, 2016
Goodbye NFL
Ken Kellar

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.”


September 6, 2016
Frederick County Exercises Crony Socialism
Ken Kellar

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:


July 29, 2016
No one ever more qualified than Hillary Clinton?
Ken Kellar

The other night President Barack Obama claimed Hillary Clinton is the most qualified presidential candidate in United States history. Seriously, Mr. Obama?


May 23, 2016
Otis Abandons Republican Party; Waits 18 months to Announce It
Ken Kellar

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.”


May 16, 2016
The Paul Ryan Train Wreck
Ken Kellar

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.


May 12, 2016
How we got here
Ken Kellar

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.


February 29, 2016
Idiom Ills
Ken Kellar

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.


February 16, 2016
Our local governments are giving your money away – Part II)
Ken Kellar

In Part I yesterday, I made a general case that none of the proposed Frederick hotel complex warrants government funding. Today I take a look at the funding schemes to finance the hotel.


February 15, 2016
Our local governments are giving your money away – Part 1
Ken Kellar

Our local government officials has become obsessed with idea of a downtown Frederick hotel. They want it so bad they are scheming to pay for over half of the hotel complex. That would be $45 million of the estimated $89 million total cost.


February 11, 2016
Why Hillary Deserves Prison
Ken Kellar

At the Democratic debate the other night, Hillary Clinton was asked if her candidacy was in jeopardy due to her State Department e-mail scandal. She responded in the negative, stating she did nothing wrong and that her e-mails were classified after-the-fact. She has also demanded the information be released to show her innocence.


February 8, 2016
Progressives may open the door to fascism
Ken Kellar

News stories have started rolling in from Europe about Muslim immigrants/refugees molesting, raping and generally abusing the indigenous population. It appears they are pretty much getting away with it. My first thought was: “Where are the Nazi brown-shirts when you need them?”


January 28, 2016
Outraged or Impressed?
Ken Kellar

I can’t decide whether I’m outraged or impressed with Donald Trump’s refusal to attend the next Fox News debate, scheduled for 9 P.M. tonight from Iowa. I suppose I’m undecided. My only negative feeling is toward myself.


January 11, 2016
A right to be murdered
Ken Kellar

I recalled my end-of-life vision the other day as I listened to news of our state proposing to make our medical doctors executioners.


January 5, 2016
County raising taxes to pay for gross waste
Ken Kellar