Here’s to all the men and women who have given their lives as a sacrifice for the freedoms we so often take for granted.  And for those of you who continue to put your lives on the line, we salute and support you in all that you do.  If it weren’t for you, there would be no picnicking or tailgating, pool parties or barbecues.   Our great country would be a scary place to live, work or even breathe.  Thank you for making it possible for us to bring up our children in a place where they have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


Right or Wrong? You Decide

So, what do you think?  Is this guy a racist, patriot, or something else?

Sign of Change?

You may have heard about this already, and I certainly apologize for being late to the party.  However, isn’t it better to be late than never?

Here’s the gist.  Steve Kolbe, a Towson resident, put up a 4×8 Ehrlich side on his private property.  Some anonymous caller alerted Baltimore County who then told Kolbe that he had to remove his sign and threatened him with a hefty fine.  Kolbe decided it was time to fight back, has hired a lawyer, and is taking this to court.  According to the County statute, it is in fact illegal to put a political sign on your property larger than 8 square feet.  Steve’s was 32 sq. ft. So, yes he clearly broke the law.  Shouldn’t he just stop complaining and get over it?

Let’s see if he indeed has a case.  Kolbe claims that the law itself is in violation of his 1st, freedom of speech, and 14th, voting rights, amendments.  It is, after all, his private property.  Who’s to say what he can and can’t put on it?  Here’s the part that gets me.  This law only pertains to political signs.  So if Steve wanted to put up a 32 sq. ft. sign saying “roses are red, violets are blue,” he can.  Interesting.

I have no doubt that the anonymous caller and the action taken against Kolbe were indeed politically motivated.  With a County Council stacked 7 Dems to 1 Rep, they’re a little more than biased, wouldn’t you say? This is why we need to elect men, like Steve Whisler, to the Council, to prevent enacting laws that favor one party or another.  It’s time we had some balance.

This wouldn’t be the first time Baltimore County has been taken to task on a law pertaining to political signage.  In 2008, Clarence Bell sued the County stating that their 45 day rule (you can’t post a political sign of any type until 45 days before an election) was a violation of his freedom of speech.  The Maryland Supreme Court agreed with Bell, and he won.  Ironically though, Moehler (Executive Smith’s right hand man) was still attempting to enforce to unconstitutional law up until a week or so ago.  Now that it’s officially out of the way, display your signs with pride peeps.  Just make sure they are less than 8 sq. ft., at least for now.

Do you agree with Kolbe?  Are you willing to show some love and support?  Then show up tomorrow at 4:00PM at the scene of the crime, 1233 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson.  Gov. Ehrlich will be there to show his support of Steve’s lawsuit against Baltimore County.

Please make an effort to show up with Gov. Ehrlich in support of Steve Kolbe and his fight against Baltimore County governments overbearing regulations.

What’s The Last Straw?

Or are we long past the end of our ropes?  I have to say that November 5, 2008 was a very sad day for me, but I have to admit that I was willing to give him a shot.  Maybe all the hype was a bit over the top.  Maybe Hannity and friends were in fact conspiracy theorists.  Maybe he would actually stick to his campaign promises.  As much as I tried to talk myself into believing that all would be well in this great country for the next 4 or, God-forbid, 8 years, I always carried this nagging feeling around with me, one that felt ominous at its core.

Fast forward 18 months and here we are, Obamacare literally shoved down our throats (a most ineffective and destructive plan that is supposed to be the salvation for our healthcare system), Sestak practically bribed to step out of the PA race against Benedict Arnold (um, I mean Arnold Spector), our very own citizens called racists for simply attempting to do what Obama wouldn’t, securing our borders.  And now, our noble and fearless leader breaks an age old tradition of honoring the men and women who have fallen in order to protect the liberties we so often take for granted.  Sure, he’s going to take a break from his vacation to run over to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery just south of Chicago, but he won’t be at Arlington National to lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Before all of my typical naysayers start coming down on me for sounding petty.  Here’s the deal.  Obama decides to makes good on one of his “great” broken promises of his administration, to return home every 6 weeks or so, and he decides to do this on Memorial Day weekend?  First off, I can think of a myriad of other broken promises that would have carried more weight than a weekend visit to Chicago, which I’m sure costs the American people hundreds or thousands of dollars.  Second,  could he not have gone another weekend?  Does he have to break every American tradition?  Maybe he’s trying to set a record.

Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery, and the American President have been connected in one way or another since James Garfield presided over the Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) Ceremony in 1868.  This is not just some silly ceremony that is easily overlooked.  For nearly 150 years, Arlington has been a symbol of the sacrifices Americans have made for freedom.  I get that Obama isn’t really concerned with freedom, but at least he could pretend.  What about the families of fallen soldiers that congregate each year to be honored by their Commander in Chief.  In stead he sends Joe Biden?  Really?  Because he is such a great representative of the United States of America, a man who recently said that Brussels could arguably be the “capital of the free world.”

There really isn’t much more to say, is there?  I’m sure he’ll find a way to blame this one on Bush as well.

Can Someone Please Explain This To Me?

What is up with Carmen Amedori?  First she throws her hat into the US Senate race, and I hear she was a front runner.  Then she backs out and runs on Brian Murphy’s ticket for Governor.  Now she’s drops him, decides not to run for anything and regrets her decision to leave the Senate race in the first place.   Can I get a big, “DUH?”  I’m sorry, did she really think that Brian Murphy had a chance in hell of winning the primary?  This is Maryland, where people literally bleed blue.  Ehrlich is our only shot at winning back the governorship.  No offense to Brian.  I think he should drop this Governor stuff and run for a local office first.  Just think of how many Dems are running unopposed?  It sickens me actually.  Right here in SW Baltimore County, Senator Casemeyer and Congressman Cummings are both enjoying the free ride to reelection.

Call me naive or a newcomer, or whatever you will, but just just doesn’t make a lick of sense to me.  In my mind, it’s all about getting quality people into electable offices.  And now I feel like we’ve lost two great candidates, both Murphy and Amedori,  in one of the most exciting years for the GOP in Maryland’s recent history.  My guess is that if they had played their cards right, they could have both been elected to an office.  It might not have been the highest or the greatest, but it would have furthered the cause.

Now, I must say that I do not know either of these people personally.  I’ve done a bit of research on their politics and pretty much agree whole-heartedly, but I am, by no means, able to discern their motives or reasons for making the decisions they’ve made.  So basically, I’m just making an observation, trying to work out these anomalies in my head.  Since it wasn’t working, I’m now turning to you.  Please, someone, explain it to me.

A Trusty Little Calendar

Ann Miller, our friend over at The Examiner, has compiled this trusty little calendar of events for the month of May.  Browse through the list to see what’s going on.  Of course you should spend your money wisely and local, so make sure you’re at the 80’s prom on the 22nd and Ken Holt for County Executive’s shindig on the 23rd.  Other than that, have fun.

So Ann, can I get you to do this with my life?