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Sunday, June 23, 2013



   I noticed when I arrived at the meeting that there were county police standing at the entrance. I was asked to sign in before allowing to enter the meeting, providing my name, address, phone number, and email address. I was asked to wear a name tag.  I entered a packed room with Chris Van Hollen (CVH) taking questions from the audience. I was lucky enough to have a kind new friend who saved me a seat! The room was fairly calm, but I did notice at least one state trooper in the room. The rumors were true. Van Hollen and the DCC had requested the police presence (and attempted to get a peace order) because of "the violent tendencies of the TEA Party."
   The discussion began with questions about sequestration and the impact on the military. CVH stated that it has affected military readiness and affected "the kids" on military bases because the teachers have furlough days. It's always about "the children" when a Liberal is trying to push an matter what that agenda is. He went on to say that BO is taking a cautious approach towards Syria, and that he personally is against arming the opposition forces who are mainly comprised of the Taliban.

   When asked about Obamacare regarding  contraception and abortion, CVH attempted to answer only about contraception and avoided the subject of abortion.  The crowd yelled ABORTION until he would address it. He stated that Obamacare exempts religious institutions. The crowd yelled NOT TRUE. He then stated that the Catholic Church is not required to provide either, and the crowd again yelled NOT TRUE with one or two yelling LIAR. He insisted that they are not and tried to clarify that other Catholic "institutions" like a hospital or school are not exempt. The Catholic hospital, owned and operated by the Catholic Church, should not be forced to provide contraception or perform abortions, nor should any Catholic "institution" be forced to provide either for their employees. CVH does not agree. He makes one more statement meant to appease the crowd, saying that any business with 50 or less employees are exempt from Obamacare requirements. The crowd was not impressed. 
   One gentleman told CVH that there was another elected official in the crowd that deserved to be recognized. He was referring to Commissioner Richard Rothschild who CVH invited to stand and be recognized. The crowd roared and gave thundering applause. As an outsider (Washington County resident) visiting Carroll County I can't help but to notice the outright adoration that has been building for Rothschild over the last six months since I have been attending their political events. He sat at the meeting like a proud papa with his children all around him. At times he would shush them and once he even stood to quiet them. I have never seen anything even close to Rothschild's relationship with his constituents. The closest we have to a rock star in Washington County is Commissioner Terry Baker who is certainly appreciated for his steadfast adherence to Conservative principles, often being the lone vote, but nowhere near the adoration I see for Rothschild. Just an observation...anyway, Rothschild graciously welcomed CVH. 
   Regarding the economy, the crowd laughed hysterically when CVH said that they had to be careful  not to increase expenditures faster than reducing the debt. He stated that Paul Ryan's first budget took 40 years to balance the budget. His latest budget is much sooner, but does not include Obamacare. More laughter. CVH reminded the crowd that the last balanced budgets were 1998-2000 during the Clinton administration. WHEN THERE WAS A REPUBLICAN HOUSE AND SENATE. Even I wanted to yell that, and yelling is not my style. He  flat out blamed tax cuts, Iraq, and the prescription drug program for the deficit. If the hypocritical Liberals had passed the prescription drug bill it would have been a victory for civil rights. CVH was asked when his bill would balance the budget and he said in 2039-2040. More laughter. 
   There were discussions on lengthy bills being hard to read and comprehend, some thought for nefarious reasons. Transparency was mentioned and snickered about. There were also discussions on the Veteran's Administration and Veteran's Affairs. The crowd reacted most strongly on the issues of Immigration reform, welfare and food stamp programs, energy policies, and of course the IRS scandal
   One man wanted to know "what doesn't Congress understand about the word ILLEGAL?" The crowd felt that being illegal disqualifies them from receiving any assistance. CVH clearly did not agree, but did not answer the question.
  Another man said that a neighboring house went into foreclosure and then became a Section 8 property. He said there is a "grown assed man and woman who can work who do nothing and have no plans of ever doing anything to support themselves." He said that he is offended by that and the crowd agreed. CVH did not, saying that there are more people who truly need it than those that abuse it. I'm not so sure that is true anymore.
   It became most combative when a debate ensued between Dave Wallace and CVH about renewable energy, the Keystone pipeline, and climate change. See the video at CVH stated that he believes in climate change. He is an "all of the above guy" when it comes to energy. Dave Wallace disputed that claim and the crowd became quite loud. When Dave swiftly approached CVH to shake his hand, a large man jumped between the two as if he thought Dave may assault the Congressman. As Dave turned around to go back to his seat, a state trooper escorted him outside, but allowed him to return to his seat later. 
   The crowd was very concerned about the IRS scandal, and particularly the IRS being in charge of Obamacare. They wanted to know what CVH would do about the IRS power grab and targeting tea party groups. He said that he plans to sue the IRS. I was surprised to hear that announcement and will be watching to see if he follows through with it. 
   I think it was a good meeting. I have to give the guy credit for facing this crowd, especially after the revelation about the attempt to keep the TEA party from attending. I didn't agree with a single thing that he said, but he had the guts to say it to an unfriendly crowd. To me that took notable effort and courage. I do hope for the patriots of Carroll and Frederick counties that a worthy opponent arises to take CVH's seat and at least a piece of our country back. 



Congressman Chris Van Hollen is holding a meet and greet in Carroll County Maryland and the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee has purportedly attempted to use law enforcement to keep Conservative opposition from attending. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!

The recording secretary for the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee, Don West, allegedly called campus security as well as local and county police to claim that he was concerned about the alleged “violent tendencies” of the Tea Party group called We The People. They are attempting to use law enforcement to intimidate and silence opposing viewpoints! 

The Bill of Rights were written to protect us, We the People, from this kind of political thuggery. These are the type of politicians that are successfully creating the one-party state in the People's Republic of Maryland as well as a European Socialist climate in the land of the free.

We have gotten complacent, for several understandable reasons, but it is time to recommit to defending our freedoms and START SHOWING UP again. 

This situation is screaming for a TEA PARTY!

DATE: Monday, June 24, 2013

TIME: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

LOCATION: Carroll County Community College, 1601 Washington Rd, Westminster, MD 21157

  • Get on  I-70 towards Frederick. 
  • Take Exit 68 (MD-27) towards Mount Airy.
  • Drive 0.2 miles, then turn left onto MD-27/Ridge Road.
  • Drive 14.5 miles, then turn right onto Warfieldsburg Road.
  • Drive 1.9 miles, then turn left onto Old Washington Road. 
  • Drive 0.6 miles, then turn right onto the campus.
QUESTIONS: Call Dave Wallace at 410-984-2194

IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT behave in a manner that could in any way prove their false accusations against the TEA party!
Unlike the so-called tolerant Liberals, we know how to speak the truth in dignity and with malice towards none. If necessary, remind those around you. 

See you there...

~Lynda Givens Evans~

Monday, June 17, 2013


   If not you, WHO?
If not now, WHEN?

It is time to take a stand against this corrupt out-of-control government. The Progressive Liberals and the RINOs are leading us in a downward spiral towards a Socialist government that does not respect our Republic or our Constitution. We were called paranoid, stupid, delusional, extreme, conspiracy theorists. In the last few months alone we have had to defend our 1st, 2nd, and 4th Amendment rights! We have been bullied by the IRS, spied on by the Justice Department, and treated like criminals because we want to own a firearm. 


Are we going to do nothing as our rights are tested over and over and our freedoms are eroded until they are longer politically correct? no longer valid?


Hurry to reserve your seat on the bus to the 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013



    Maryland Lt Governor Anthony G. Brown was the guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly Eggs and Issues event today. Make no mistake. It was a campaign speech. Following the announcement of his candidacy at a picnic in Prince George’s County on May 10, 2013, this was just one stop on his campaign trail.
     I  read that he plans to run on the successes of the O'Malley-Brown administration. As anyone who knows me could imagine,  I am disgusted with the outcome of the 2013 legislative session. For this reason I felt compelled to attend this campaign event. I wanted to hear for myself how he plans to paint the state of our state, our business climate, our many tax increases, and our many state regulations as accomplishments to be celebrated. Those are just the subjects that I thought were relevant to this audience at the Chamber. I personally also would have liked to have  heard how he can make the worst 2nd Amendment infringements in the country besides NY sound like anything but unconstitutional, unnecessary, and oppressive.

It's Barack Obama! Right?!

    To be fair, he is clearly a very educated man with a remarkable resume, a veteran, a family man, a man that has lived  a life of service. All of that is admirable and I recognize that to be true. That said, I found his social presence to be rehearsed and one of a purely political personality.  He shook all of the right hands and slapped all of the right backs. His speech was every bit a speech. His manner is uncannily almost like Barack Obama's. I imagined that if I was a judge on the political version of the TV show The Voice, where you cannot see the person and only hear his voice, I would have sworn that it was President Obama speaking. The resume and the presence seemed a dichotomy. Lets be honest, personality does count in America...especially for the largely uninformed voters. 

The Gong Show

     So right out of the box he says, "We have come out--or are coming out in some areas of the state--of the Great Recession as a state able to weather the storm, growing economically, creating jobs faster than any other state other than Virginia..." I imagined that I was on the old Gong Show. I wanted to hit that big gong to make him stop singing so horribly and sit down! He is saying this presumably to business owners and entrepreneurs! In Maryland!! The audience wasn't applauding, but it wasn't balking either. 
   He went on to say, "Government can't solve every problem, but people want leaders to make the difficult decisions even when it's against their self interest." 

 This administration was completely driven by O'Malley's self interest in running for president in 2016! 
   "We have fought for our successes. We need continued economic prosperity and a growing economy, and the economy grows when businesses want to come to Maryland and when businesses want to stay in Maryland. 

 Not only do businesses not want to stay in Maryland, but neither do the productive citizens of the state! It is estimated that 40,000 people left the state in 2012.
   "Businesses want to stay in Maryland when we provide the investments in infrastructure." 

    The O'Malley-Brown administration robbed the transportation fund for two terms in order to fraudulently balance the budget! Then they made cuts to the funds given to the municipalities for infrastructure adding to the burdens of already tight budgets.
   "Government needs to provide these investments, but with fiscal responsibility and we have adhered to that..."

 "...while maintaining a AAA bond rating with a $1.8B structure deficit that we inherited."  This has to be Barack Obama! When all else fails blame somebody else. 

Barack! Is that you?!

   "We believe in Hagerstown and Washington County...and we are looking to continue a relationship with the business community here."
   The speech was precisely 15 minutes in length followed by a Q&A session.  I give every politician credit for submitting to Q&A. I could tell already that this candidate was pretty safe with this crowd. This audience was polite, gentle, even grateful!

All unicorns and rainbows here!

     The questions were hard to hear and most often comments rather than questions. I will try to paraphrase, but I admit it is pretty boring:

Q.    [inaudible] Is there someone we should tie in with for senior housing? 
A.    We have many programs like tax credit programs and grant programs. Ben on our staff can talk to you and lead you to the different programs and departments.

Q.  [COC host] There is an opportunity to build a stadium and to revitalize Hagerstown. How best can we work with Annapolis?
A.    We already provided $100,000 for a study. Now your challenges are largely local. We will look to your leaders. 
A poke in the eye to the Mayor and City Council!

Perhaps there will be resources from that strategy. The private sector creates, but strategic and public resources may be available...ought to be made available. We will take your lead and bring the resources. 

Q.    Thank you for your support for schools and libraries, but could you add to that support for the arts and museums?
A.    If you look at our budget you will see an increase for the arts. I am a big believer in the arts. 

Q.    How is sequester impacting Maryland now and in the future?
A.    We accounted for it in our budget this year, raising the Rainy Day Fund from 5% to 6% [Wow!] to mitigate the impact on the Headstart Program and furloughs for government employees.  [In other words, there was no impact because it was a gimmick to try to get more spending.] We only account for one budget year at a time. Not sure how it will impact next year's budget. We take each budget year as it comes. [Hagerstown actually got an INCREASE in CDBG money.] 

Q.    You say we are poised to be more business friendly, but the impression is that it is not so. How can we change that perception?

Candy coating makes everything more palatable. 
A.    We have to establish that goal. BTW, we have 15 strategic goals on our website.
        Develop metrics.
        Public and private need to work together on agreed upon metrics. 
        Action items.
        [Yay! All better!]

We need to provide a good cost of energy. [Can somebody say gas tax?]
We need to look into fracking in this area. [Get the hell out of the way!]

"We should not spend a lot of time in debating our level of friendliness. You can find a study for any results that you want." [The data is in. We are #40.]

" You the private sector have some work to do as well!" Yes, he did say that and nobody said a peep. 

Q.    Who establishes that goal? 
A.    At every level of government and the private sector.

Q.  Thank you from the Teacher's Association. [Anyone surprised? No? Me either.]

Q.    Wade Watson from Volvo Mack  was very grateful and full of praise for the business friendliness they have received. He has seen positive changes over the last 1-2 years and thinks MD is very competitive in energy and....taxes. [Well they always spread a little pork around to try to cultivate some gratitude. Besides, they have to do something right once in awhile. Could be that government behaved as it should have in this case.]

Q.    I work at workforce development and training of vets. Is there any help at the state level?
A.    I credit Barack Obama for working on the private sector to hire vets. What we did is create a program where universities have to provide college credit to vets for their related experience as do licensing boards. I will tie you up with Ben Stutts for our programs.

Q.    Don't forget the Maryland Theater. 
        Regarding the airport tower, we not only want to keep it, we want to build a new tower and we have a developer willing to pay one third of the investment for it. 
        Regarding workforce development: our technical schools that provide a trade are treated like 2nd class citizens when it comes to funding. 

A.  In my day it was called Vo-tech. [In my day too and I went to one.] It was looked down upon. But many years later I ran into a guy named Dave who went to Vo-tech and his home is three times larger than mine! [I think I know Dave.] Yes, we need to put more money into the trade schools. People will say that we don't have the money, but we have done it while balancing the budget!

One last gong. I promise. 

    There were no surprises. It was a campaign stop. The democratic candidate for governor was singularly given a captive audience at a Chamber of Commerce event. They rolled out the red carpet for him. What will surprise me is if a Republican candidate for governor gets the same opportunity and is met with such...glee (some were absolutely giddy).  



Tuesday, June 4, 2013


   I attended a meet and greet for Republican gubernatorial candidate David Craig last evening at Bulls & Bears in downtown Hagerstown. The event was well-attended by citizens, elected officials, and community leaders. After Commissioner Terry Baker introduced the candidate, he came to the podium and gave a short speech with all of  the standard Republican candidate content. He said nothing bold or daring, but he had the presence of  a good man who has been serving his country in one form or another for many years. I had no prior knowledge of Mr. Craig and I found him to be a pleasant man who seemed to present himself with a good balance of confidence and humility.
   After his speech he did do something fairly bold by taking a few questions from the audience. I was all ears as he was asked about the recent gun control bill (SB281). He gave a long answer that made me a little impatient because all I wanted to hear is that he is 100 percent against it and that he would do everything in his power to repeal. He did not. He did say that he thinks we just need to enforce the many gun laws already on the books.
  When asked about taxes he was righteously indignant against the "40 new taxes" (that number varies in all of the writings and speeches that I've heard), and stated that he would do everything that he could to lower or repeal many of those taxes. He said that if he is elected the budget for that first year will have already been  in place, but that his first budget would be truly balanced  and not falsely balanced by robbing money from other funds to balance it.
   The crowd seemed to want to be polite, including me, since this was his first visit to the area. The moment that I posted this event on-line I began to receive a lot of negative information about the man and his record on issues such as Agenda 21 and Plan Maryland that may or may not be true. I plan to do my research on this and every candidate. I did not want to ask obnoxious questions at his coming out party...particularly when I don't already know the answers...yet.  I will be ready the next time that our paths cross.

Senator Shank may not like this picture...but I thought it was charming. Sorry Chris!