OK, so this is one of those posts where I line 'em out and lay 'em out. Because it's time to call some phony balony.
First, Marylandreporter.com has an awesome update on every General Assembly race in the state, complete with latest fundraising totals, including significant amounts of loans and debt.
I know they couldn't do an in-depth examination of the races for all 188 Assembly seats, but man, with my local knowledge, some things seem ponderous, man. Frickin' ponderous. Like how come it isn't noted that like all but $3K of Rich Corkran's bankroll come from people named Corkran? And is he Jesse Pippy or Jesse Peppy? Either way, that surname is solid gold, and I should know!
But the biggest outrage is this candidate in District 12, Mike Gisriel. His Facebook page sucks. He has like a 20-year-old profile picture up like some obscenely desperate online dater. And why does he have both the numbers "14" and "12" on his logo? Isn't that confusing?
But not as confusing as this: what self-respecting human being would donate to his campaign? Allegedly, he has raised $60K and lent himself another $60K, meaning he raised $120K this year. That's kind of impressive, but to see the candidate in action-- well, not so impressive.
Also not impressive is that "The Giz" isn't in the 21st Century and is still filing paper campaign reports. Uh, Giz? Now they are electronic. Online. Why iz Giz no filin proper-lee? Because Giz is backward in his thoughts and actions.
And that brings me tooooooo--- HCEA President Paul Lemle is the kind of unimpressive person I like. He could choose to truly BE impressive, if that's what he wanted for himself. He should be so, so, SO much better-- but he just isn't. Always knee-jerking, always looking for the chance to grab a headline, or create some tagline. Especially with his facial hair, Lemle would like you to think he's hip. But he's not hip. He's hype. And I still pay more in health insurance premiums than he does. Oh, and incidentally, relating to this article, testifying that local teachers got 5% raises for six straight years won't make me too sympathetic. Nor anyone else in Howard County. Five percent raises, even back then, are pretty generous. See, that's what I mean about not being impressive!
I love teachers, I have raised two kids almost completely through the HCPSS, have had maybe three bad teachers between both kids combined EVER--- and yet, reading how and what Paul testified, I'm a little annoyed at the rank and file teacher. And that's no goof.
But what I do agree with Paul about is that our teachers are worth far, far more than a 0.5% raise. That's a crappy raise even in this economy. No, we do not have an obligation as a community to see to teachers' lifelong earnings (and if we do have that obligation, I'm sticking my hand out for some cash!) but come on. I have to think we can do better than 0.5%. This is Howard F'n County after all. T-shirt plug!!!
So I am OK with Paul getting a lower case w on this one. Although I know that what I wrote a few paragraphs up made steam come from his Lemle ears. Be better, Paul. Just be better.
Happy National Weatherperson's Day! It really is.
Let's be careful out there.