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Welcome to the newly revived Carnival of Maryland, a compilation of blog posts by Marylanders and/or about Maryland. Between February of 2007 and April of 2009 the Carnival appeared 56 times on various blogs, all having to do with the state of Maryland. This is the 57th edition. If you would like to participate in future editions, you may submit tour Maryland related posts through our submission page at .  If you would like to host an edition, please email me at the address in this blog’s sidebar.

Maryland Social and Entertainment Scene:
There are lots of things to see and do in Maryland and Maryland bloggers want you to know about them.

Clark’s Picks shows a video of a performance of the Santa Cruz River Band at Rock Hall’s The Mainstay.

Angie likes to go to a bar in Baltimore called Howl at the Moon where people drink too much, out of buckets and using straws, and tip the piano players too much to play requests.

Summer is Icumin In:
Some of those good things only happen in the summer.

Lynn Brtlet’s Ocean City Maryland Blog has a calender of Ocean City events for SUMMER!.

Inside Charm City announces Soft Shell Crab Week!

Breaking News: according to Oriole Post, the Orioles aren’t doing so well.

What good would blogging be without politics to argue about?

Joyce Dowling of Creating a Jubilee County: Prince George’s Co., MD, took some notes on an immigration question at candidate forum in Prince George’s on same day as Obama visited Silver Spring.

Pus Polling in Montgomery County is the subject at Maryland Politics Watch.

Maryland Conservatarian is not impressed that E.J. Dionne is impressed with Elena Kagan.

The Natural Capital Wanats to know what you hope will come out of President Obama’s Great Outdoors Initiative.

Raynard Jackson, or P. Kenneth Burns or somebody on Maryland Politics Today is against amnesty for illegal aliens, but isn’t nasty.

Leviathan Montgomery doubts that the benefits of Real ID will outweigh the costs.

The Greenbelt defends Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick’
s right to call Republican opposition to Obama administration policies almost seditious.

Oil In The News:
Did you ever wake up with oil spills on your mind?

Monoblogue wants everyone to know that the oil industry isn’t particularly happy with President Obama’s moritorium on offshore oil drilling.

Kevin Dayhoff – Soundtrack quotes a breaking story on the Washington Post, that Topkill has failed.

Blogging for Bloggers:
Sometimes you gotta blog about blogging.

C. Dowd Art, Illustratiion & Design encourages artists to use Facebook or it’s equivalent , despite what Dowd calls Facebook’s privacy “cluster”.

This concludes the 57th Carnival of Maryland. Te next edition will appear at I’ll Never Forget The Day I Read A Book! on June 13th. See you there.

Carnival of Maryland

The first edition of the newly revived Carnival of Maryland will be posted on this blog on May 30, 2010. Anyone may participate, however I will need to be convinced that your post is about Maryland in some way. Please submit you Maryland related posts at right away!

Maryland State FlagI am going to take over the administration of the moribund Carnival of Maryland; at As soon as ownership is transferred to me I will post an announcement of the URL for submissions and the date of the first new carnival. It will probably be hosted here.

Posts in the Carnival of Maryland must be on a subject relating to Maryland in some way. Stay tuned and polish up your best Maryland related blog posts for inclusion in the carnival.

Photo by Cameron Davidson

Photo © Cameron Dvidson

I am pleased, once again to host the Carnival of Maryland, brought to you by the Maryland Blogger Alliance. Every other Sunday some blog somewhere hosts this carnival, which brings you fascinating stories from the Free State. If you live in, used to live in, or have a second cousin you visited once in Maryland and you write about in on your blog, you may want to apply for membership in the alliance. You can do so through the Maryland Blogger Alliance link. Maryland related posts, even by non members can be submitted for the next carnival through this link

We have fourteen posts in this edition of the Carnival and they look like this.


ShoreThings brings us a collection of aerial photos of the Chesapeake Bay, taken by photographer Cameron Davidson. Just like the picture above. I have stretched ShoreThings‘s permission to use this photo all out of shape by using it again here under the “it’s easier to beg forgiveness than ask for permission” theory. Forgive me?

The Ridger took some pictures and posted them on The Greenbelt, they are Gulls on Ice and A New Day.

Local Politics:

Creating a Jubilee County: Prince George’s Co., MD went to a small, local inauguration ball right in Prince George’s County. It wasn’t crowded, cold or hellishly inconvenient.

National Politics:

Monoblogue points out that a proposal to fund the State Children’s Health Insurance Program by raising the Federal tax on cigarettes may not work because it might encourage people to quit smoking. Let’s hope he’s right.

Public Policy:

,Monoblogue talks about George Bush and Circuit City and about austerity as a policy for getting us out of our fiscal crisis. Hey, it worked for Herbert Hoover.


Blueprint for Financial Prosperity wants you to know that you may be eligible for and how to apply for the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit. If you live in Maryland this could save you big bucks!

Humor, Nostalgia, Local Color or Something:

Boomer Twilight recalls playing pranks on his boss at his first job, working at a fast food restaurant in 1966, in Who Left The Red barn Door Open.

Soccer Dad took some pictures of a lamp post in an unusual position. Perhaps someone was frustrated looking for his car keys under it.

Arts and Music:

C launches a new online comic strip. Mr. President. Work on those ears, guy.

For the last Carnival of Maryland, at The Greenbelt, Clark’s Picks (that’s me) brought you “the best unknown guitarist in the world,” Roy Buchanan, from Washington DC. This time, for the sake of fairness and equal time, here is Danny Gatton, the other, and better known, “worlds greatest unknown guitarist,” with a rockabilly showpiece from Austin City Limits. He lived in southern Maryland.


In The History Cellar we find some Examples of Maryland Runaway Slave Advertisements.

The Greenbelt has posted a poem for us by Edgar Allen Poe, to celebrate Poe’s 200th birthday on January 19th.

Science and Environment:

The Political Octagon “ excoriates Martin O’Malley for bragging about preparing for the effects of global warming and taking steps to lessen it’s effects, then suggests that the only thing to do is run for our lives, possibly to West Virginia.

Frank Kratovil

Frank Kratovil

The first district Congressional race has been an interesting one and a cliff hanger this year. Republican State Senator Andy Harris defeated eight term Congressman Wayne Gilchrest in the primary, running as a more conservative candidate. This opened the race to a serious challenge from the Democrats who nominated Queen Anne’s County prosecutor Frank Kratovil to run for the seat.

The first district was designed to be a Republican district in the redistricting after the 2000 census. Areas of Baltimore city were removed from the district, so that it included the Republican leaning Eastern Shore counties and some more Republican suburbs in Ann Arundel, Baltimore and Harford counties. This was done, by the State Legislature, to insure the easy reelection of incumbent Democrats in the surrounding districts.

The campaign was marked by negative ads from both sides. Kratovil was portrayed as a tax and spend liberal by the Harris camp, although, as a prosecutor, it was hard to find his voting record on budget issues, while, to listen to the Kratovil ads, you would think that Andy Harris was opposed to motherhood, apple pie and the forty hour work week.

Andy Harris

Andy Harris

The vote was too close to call on election night with Kratovil holding a lead of less than 1,000 votes when all polling places were counted, leaving the election to be decided by absentee and provisional ballots. It was expected that Harris would be able to close that lead, on the conventional wisdom that absentee ballots tend to lean more Republican. At last report Kratovil’s lead had grown to more than 2,000  in the absentee count.

The Associated Press has called the first district race in Maryland for Frank Kratovil. There are some provisional ballots yet to count and neither Kratovil of Republican Andy Harris has yet claimed victory or conceded defeat.

Frank Kratovil can thank Barack Obama for giving him a ride on his coat tails this year. The first district is still the Republican district it was designed to be and he will be facing a strong challenge in 2010.

Southwests Maryland Flag Plane

Southwest's Maryland Flag Airplane

Check out the latest edition of the Carnival of Mayrland at The Greenbelt. My post about Paul Siebel and Leo Kottke is included.


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