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Russians in Maryland polling places
Do you think foreign nationals should be openly invited into our polling places on Election Day? A couple of Annapolis Democrat Senators do!
For all the complaints about potential foreign involvement in U.S. elections, some Maryland Democrats sure were trying to invite outside influences into our elections.
First, they tried to allow non-citizens to vote in municipal elections.
Now, they have introduced SB 190 that would give international election observers the same rights as a U.S. citizen to watch over our elections for any polling place in the state that they see fit.
Fortunately, common sense stopped this bill after it arrived on the Senate floor this week. Senate President Mike Miller even weighed in sternly on this bad idea, "I don't want these people in the room," Miller said, referring to Russians and other foreign poll observers. "It might have been a good bill two weeks ago, it might have been a good bill six years ago," but not given the indictment of 13 Russians for meddling in the 2016 election last week.
Let's hope that this same caution about election meddling will spill over and stop the expansion of non-citizens' voting rights and other moves to loosen voting security.
Press Release Announcement
The following press release was issued Monday: With the deadline to file for office just one week away, Kathy Szeliga made it official. Szeliga is seeking reelection to the House of Delegates, for District 7 of Baltimore and Harford Counties. "After considering another run for US Senate, I decided to focus my efforts on helping Governor Hogan deliver strong results in November. As the highest-ranking Republican woman in Maryland, I am also helping women across our state as they seek elected office."
Delegate Szeliga is backed by Governor Larry Hogan who said, "I fully endorse and support Kathy Szeliga's reelection to the House of Delegates. Kathy is a proven, fiscally conservative leader you can always count on." Szeliga is the only delegate candidate in District 7 to receive the Governor's endorsement.
Congressman Andy Harris, a longtime friend of Szeliga's also offered his support, "Kathy Szeliga is a true conservative leader in Maryland. We need Kathy back in Annapolis fighting for our values. I fully endorse and support Delegate Kathy Szeliga." Ellen Sauerbrey, a role model and Campaign Chairwoman for Szeliga's delegate committee also weighed in with her endorsement, "I am proud to be voting for Kathy Szeliga again this year. Kathy is an honest, hard-working, consistent conservative leader you can trust. My top support and endorsement goes to Kathy Szeliga."
Humbled and honored to receive the endorsement of three of Maryland's top Republican leaders, Kathy Szeliga commented, "The citizens of Maryland can count on me to work hard and represent them as a compassionate conservative delivering real Change to Maryland."
Adultery has been illegal in Maryland and is a misdemeanor, punishable by $10 fine. The House passed HB Bill 267 this week to repeal the crime of adultery. The bill is in the Maryland Senate now. Here is the bill - very simple. The original language of Maryland's law is underlying. The bill strikes the current law.
(a) A person may not commit adultery.
A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction 15 shall be fined $10.
While I realize that citizens who violate the law were rarely fined or charged, maintaining the law was important to me. I voted against this bill. After all, "You shall not commit adultery," made God's Top 10 List.
A number of Maryland legislators and I have written to AG Frosh asking him to stop using Maryland taxpayer funds to pursue his anti-Trump agenda. Frosh is clearly putting politics ahead of your hard-earned tax dollars.
The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue
1. You shall have no other gods but Me.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house, wife, or property
Tragedy in Florida - no easy answers
Our nation is mourning. Words cannot express the sorrow, grief, and shock over the 17 people killed and 14 injured, some with life-threatening injuries. This senseless act of violence has shaken our nation once again.
Most of us have offered up our most sincere prayers, sympathies, and condolences. Some have used this as a political tool to criticize or advance an agenda. We need to give the families in Florida time to grieve the loss of loved ones, heal those injured, and also give the community time to grieve and be comforted.
What is missing has been a thoughtful and bipartisan examination of the increasing level of violence, especially youth violence, in our nation. We should also look at how violence prone and mentally ill people get access to firearms and find solutions that do not limit the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens. Of utmost importance is a close look at youth and young adults' over exposure to life-like violent video games, realistic movies and TV programing. Some of the loudest voices in Hollywood who blame guns are the very celebrities and directors who pump out violent and questionable content for our young people to consume daily. Let's put it all on the table.
The value of human life, respect and honor for others, and a solid moral foundation are slipping away in our nation. When children will so callously kill others we must take a deep look into our culture.
Last week, Peggy Noonan published a great editorial in the Wall Street Journal. While the article is longer than I usually share, it's well worth your time.
We discuss motives, but isn't it always the same motive? "I have murder in my heart." Why do so many Americans have murder in their hearts?
That is my question after the St. Valentine's Day shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. We all know it is part of a continuing cultural catastrophe. A terrible aspect of the catastrophe is that so many central thoughts about it, and questions, have been flattened by time into clichés. People stop hearing when you mention them. "We talked about that during Columbine, didn't we? That couldn't be it."
So we immediately revert to discussions of gun law, and only gun law. There is much to be improved in that area-I offer a suggestion at the end-but it is not the only part of the story. The story is also who we are now and what shape we're in. A way to look at the question is: What has happened the past 40 years or so to produce a society so ill at ease with itself, so prone to violence?
We know. We all say it privately, but it's so obvious it's hardly worth saying. We have been swept by social, technological and cultural revolution. The family blew up-divorce, unwed childbearing. Fatherless sons. Fatherless daughters, too. Poor children with no one to love them. The internet flourished. Porn proliferated. Drugs, legal and illegal. Violent videogames, in which nameless people are eliminated and spattered all over the screen. (The Columbine shooters loved and might have been addicted to "Doom.")
The abortion regime settled in, with its fierce, endless yet somehow casual talk about the right to end a life. An increasingly violent entertainment culture-low, hypersexualized, full of anomie and weirdness, allergic to meaning and depth. The old longing for integration gave way to a culture of accusation-you are a supremacist, a misogynist, you are guilty of privilege and defined by your color and class, we don't let your sort speak here.
So much change, so much of it un-gentle. Throughout, was anyone looking to children and what they need? That wasn't really a salient aim or feature of all the revolutions, was it? The adults were seeing to what they believed were their rights. Kids were a side thought.
At this moment we are in the middle of a reckoning about how disturbed our sexual landscape has become. This past week we turned to violence within marriages. We recently looked at the international sex trade, a phrase that sounds so 18th-century but refers to a real and profitable business.
All this change, compressed into 40 years, has produced some good things, even miraculous ones. But it does not feel accidental that America is experiencing what appears to be a mental-health crisis, especially among the young. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported as many as 20% of children 3 to 17 have, in any given year, a mental or emotional illness. There is research indicating depression among teenagers is worsening. National Public Radio recently quoted a 2005 report asserting the percentage of prison inmates with serious mental illness rose from less than 1% in 1880 to 21% in 2005. Deinstitutionalization swept health care and the psychiatric profession starting in the 1960s, and has continued since. The sick now go to the emergency room or stay among us untreated. In the society we have created the past 40 years, you know we are not making fewer emotionally ill young people, but more.
And here, to me, is the problem. A nation has an atmosphere. It has air it breathes in each day. China has a famous pollution problem: You can see the dirt in the air. America's air looks clean but there are toxins in it, and they're making the least defended and protected of us sick.
Here is one breath of the air:
Two weeks ago the U.S. Senate blocked a bill that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks. Exceptions were made-the life of the mother, incest and rape. Twenty weeks-right up to the start of the sixth month-seemed reasonable. But Democrats said it was an assault on women's rights. So as far as the Senate is concerned, you can end the life of a 6- to 9-month-old baby that can live outside the womb, that is not only human but recognizably and obviously human.
And even if you are 100% for full-term abortion-even if you think this right must be protected lest we go on a slippery slope and next thing you know they'll outlaw contraceptives-your own language might have alerted you along the way to your radicalism.
Imagine you are pregnant, in the last trimester, and suddenly feel movement in your belly, a shift from here to there. You say, "Oh my God, feel," and you take the hand of the father, or of another intimate, and you place it on your stomach. You don't say, "The fetus lurched," or "A conglomeration of cells is making itself manifest." You say, "The baby moved. The baby's moving." You say this because it is a baby, and you know it. You say it because in your wonder at it, and at life, you tell the truth. I should add who used that example with me. A great liberal journalist who sees right through his party's dishonesty on this issue.
The failure to ban late-term abortion is one of those central things we rarely talk about.
And I'll tell you what I think a teenager absorbs about it, unconsciously, in America. He sees a headline online, he passes a television in an airport, he hears the quick story and he thinks: "If the baby we don't let live is unimportant, then I guess I am unimportant. And you're unimportant too." They don't even know they're breathing that in. But it's there, in the atmosphere, and they're breathing it in. And it doesn't make you healthier.
The National Rifle Association too fears their slippery slope, and their fear means nothing common-sensical can be done regarding gun law. Concede anything and it will mean they're coming for your hunting rifle.
Congress has been talking, at least recently and to some extent, of a trade on immigration. New protections for Dreamers on one hand versus increased border security on the other. This would be a good deal. Dreamers are integrated into American life, and a good many work in education and health care. And America is a great sovereign nation with not only a right but a responsibility to control its own borders.
Compromise is often good.
On gun law, Republicans oppose banning assault weapons such as the AR-15, the one the Parkland shooter used, because of the numbers, power and contributions of gun owners and the NRA. Democrats oppose banning late-term abortion because of the numbers, power and contributions of the rising left, feminists and Planned Parenthood. The idea: Trade banning assault weapons for banning late-term abortion. Make illegal a killing machine and a killing procedure.
In both cases the lives of children would be saved.
Wouldn't this clean some of the air? Wouldn't we all breathe a little easier?
God bless you and your family!