at tinkery tonk. There are lots of opinions designed to make your blood pressure rise whether your shorts are red or blue. I have posted a nice soothing musical history lesson posted to relieve the pain. Go see  42nd Carnival of Maryland.

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I am pleased to host the 41st Carnival of Maryland, brought to you by the Maryland Blogger Alliance.
If you live in or write about Maryland, please join the alliance and/or submit a Maryland related blog post to our next carnival, coming up on September 21st.

Photo by Jose Maria Cuellar used under Creative Commons License.

Photo by Jose Maria Cuellar used under Creative Commons License.

We have a variety of entries in today’s carnival, many of which are multiple submissions from the same bloggers. I have kept them in order by writer, this time, rather than grouping them by topic.

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Mike Netherland at Mike’s Nether Land doesn’t care for letters from his superintendent of schools that are written both in English and en español. Eso es demasiado malo. Señor Netherland, speaking as The MARC…Train is also leery of the idea of a fleet of hovercraft ferries, run by the MD Transportation Authority, instead of another Bay bridge. Don’t worry, it’s a non-starter. Go ahead and build another bridge, just don’t put it in Tolchester, please.

Will Schick at Pour It On Boys celebrates the Iraqization of Anbar province. What nobody noticed?

Jeff Quinton writes in Inside Charm City about the endorsement of Democrat Frank Krratovil for the 1st district seat in Congress by defeated incumbent, Republican Wayne Gilchrest. Close reading will show that I am trying to stir up a fight in the comments.

The Ridger who blogs on the Greenbelt wants to let everyone know about an online opportunity to donate money to educational programs in Maryland (or other states) schools. She also has taken several photos of sunrises lately and even more sunrises, indicating a disposition to be an early bird, but probably not to catch worms. This just in: the Ridger finds destruction in a College Park park.

UU Mom, Joyce Dowling, sings in a humanist music video parody of a song from The Sound of Music. On a lighter note, she reminds us of the Prince George’s County Fair and a discussion of the ballot questions coming up in the county.

OM, blogging at Insane Baltimore, is unimpressed by the big promised makeover at Giant. Maybe they haven’t done it yet?

Attilla has a post about a teacher that gave cocaine to two high school students. Not surprisingly, students seem to think this teacher is cool. Wrong!

Zinzindor, at Leviathan Montgomery, has a beef with a group of parents who want a free lunch, so to speak, to go with their children’s free public education.

Michael writes in monoblog about Republican. Wayne Gilchrest’s endorsement of Democrat Frank Kratovil to replace him in the 1st congressional district. Michael also presents his program for government spending and tax reform. He says that he hopes to live to see his 50 year plan come to fruition. Michael must be younger than me.

Clark (that’s me) writes in Clark’s Picks about Maryland native John Fahey who made some great music and had an awful life. I also want to bring your attention to a post I wrote here at ROTUS back in July that may help explain why Wayne has crossed party lines to endorsed Democrat Frank Kratovil for his own seat in Congress.

Alliance members (and all others) are encouraged to post about and link to this carnival.

Congressman Wayne Gilchrest

Congressman Wayne Gilchrest

According to Inside Charm City, nine term Republican congressman Wayne Gilchrest, who was defeated in this year’s primary by sate representative Andy Harris, will throw his support behind the Democratic contender for his seat, Frank Kratovil, appearing with him at two campaign events today. Gilchrest has become increasingly critical of the Bush administration’s policies and of neocons in Congress, the ranks of which Harris seeks to join. Can an Obama endorsement be far behind for the maverick from Kennedyville?

Welcome to Carnival of Maryland XXXVII. This week I am hosting the carnival here at ROTUS, even though this blog is technically not a Maryland Blogger Alliance blog. I guess that Pillage Idiot is so desperate for carnival hosts that he’ll accept any offer, reasonable or not. Maybe you would like to host a carnival on your blog?

Update: Attila tells me this is the 38th edition. So who said I could count?
In Politics:

Since I have total creative control here today I’m going to start out with my own tribute to the departing Congressman from the 1st district of Maryland, Wayne Gilchrest. Wayne has been a controversial figure due to his unwillingness to toe the Republican party line.

Annapolis Politics offers us Some Political Facts About Oil. It’s not as simple as talking heads and political candidates make it look. Surprised?

Some folks want to look at oil platforms from the beach at Ocean City and others would rather see wind turbines out there. Randomonium wishes to congratulate Governor O’Malley for doing absolutely nothing on he subject. Way To Commit To A Project There, Gov’nr.

UUMom says that You can make a difference – this year more than ever! by supporting Barack Obama. I hate those photos of Obama with the spotlights behind his head making him look like he has a halo, though. Can we get some normal photography?

Michael at monoblogue believes that a high speed rail line, competing with Amtrack’s northeast corridor won’t work. Is it really a wiser choice?” he asks. Why not? Fedzilla, of course!

Pillage Idiot, the esteemed founder of this blog carnival, gives a detailed analysis of social and economic mobility in America in Harvard misunderstands America.What can you expect from a bunch of pointy headed professors?

In Local News:

Blogger 1947 suggests that local TV news people stop doing standups, in order to save gas. in his post When will the TV news go green? I would miss the reporters looking serious in front of a half inch of snow on the courthouse lawn, though.

Leviathan Mongomery says Calling Elliott Ness! Bring the Axes! Maryland is shutting down the slot machines that have been providing funds for volunteer fire departments, projects by the Lions Club and schools. Can’t have that – people need to go to play slots at race tracks.

Randomonium also has an opinion to share about the recent kerfuffle over the Maryland State Police infiltration of anti death penalty groups: Freedom Of Speech Doesn’t Allow You To Pick Your Audience in which she rightly points out that the first amendment doesn’t specifically mention privacy. I’m no constitutional scholar but I believe It’s the fourth amendment we should be talking about here, not the first.

For your Leisure and Entertainment Pleasure:

While I’m touting my own blogs, here’s one from Clark’s Picks, my blog that is a Maryland Blogger Alliance blog. Did you know that Mama Cass was from Baltimore? I bet you thought that was just a rumor started by John Waters.

The Hedgehog Report has an entertaining little film for you The Obamasiah. I want to testify, hallelujah!


In the Travel Section:

The Hedgehog Report reports that Money Magazine has once again named Columbia/Ellicott City #8 On Best Places To Live. I’ve been there. I’ll stay on the Eastern Shore. Somebody mentioned traffic and high density. No thanks.

A visitor to Maryland, Shaula of Your Mileage May Vary, coming from Texas “Where a tree is as rare as a Democrat.” is impressed with Maryland’s Gloriously Green Highways. Here’s wishing Shaula and Neil a pleasant time in The Land Of Pleasant Living and both good driving conditions and low gas prices as they wander the country in their car.

Update: I promised some folks free cotton candy if they came to the carnival. Here it is.

Cotton Candy

Cotton Candy

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