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The Tentacle


Patrick W. Allen

April 23, 2014
The Right-Wing Big Top Rolls Into Nevada
Patrick W. Allen

We learned this past week that in Nevada you can completely disregard grazing fees on Bureau of Land Management land for decades and cry foul when the bill collector shows up at your door. Then, you can convince right-wing extremists and faux news outlets to get behind your “their picking on me” cause.


April 16, 2014
Pardon Me, I'd Like to Testify!
Patrick W. Allen

I am generally a fairly reclusive person, but after watching the Monrovia Town Center public hearings on the local government cable channel, I had no choice but to come out of hiding and speak my piece.


April 9, 2014
Charter Prospects and Usual Suspects
Patrick W. Allen

If your county votes to inaugurate a new and sovereign form of government, and you are guaranteed that polarizing political retreads will be gifted with positions of leadership, do you really have a new and sovereign form of government?


April 2, 2014
We Ain’t Gettin’ Any Young-er
Patrick W. Allen

Well, pardners, I reckon it’s time to mosey on down that campaign trail again. You know, that time of year when important people get up and tell us what they’re gonna do, and the regular people struggle to get a word in edgewise.


March 26, 2014
Be Aware of Frederick’s Charter Election Slate
Patrick W. Allen

Political election slates are not new, but they are an interesting technique to combine weak candidates together to benefit the electability of the group.


March 19, 2014
Charter Elections: A Time for Tri-Partisanship
Patrick W. Allen

It’s time for the Unaffiliated voters, who have been repeatedly disenfranchised, as well as Republican and Democratic Party rank-n-file, who have been often disregarded, to band together and say, “enough is enough.”


March 12, 2014
Names on a Plaque: Notes on a Page
Patrick W. Allen

Frederick County, Maryland, has an extraordinarily rich history, spanning over 250 years, but it stands on the precipice of bankrupting its own reputation with a single election.


March 5, 2014
Private Parties: A Question of Value
Patrick W. Allen

A political party cannot strengthen itself if it exists by perpetuating its own weaknesses. Frederick County, Maryland is a peculiar political enclave situated due north of liberal Montgomery County and west of the democratically controlled I-95 corridor…situated at the eastern boundary of a mostly conservative western Maryland.

 


February 26, 2014
2014 Mid-Term Elections: It’s Showtime!
Patrick W. Allen

This already famously unproductive Congress will spend the less than 80 days they plan to be in session until Election Day debating purely political measures designed to have more impact on the ballot box than actual policy.


February 19, 2014
Background Checks Do Prevent Gun Deaths
Patrick W. Allen

Requiring a background check on all gun sales is a common sense approach to reducing gun violence that does not infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners.


February 12, 2014
Not Benghazi, Again?
Patrick W. Allen

This week at the hump day salad bar, we are serving up a bowl of Benghazi Stew and a side order of faux outrage fruits. The right-wing is once again blowing the dust off a non-starter story…chanting Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.

 


February 5, 2014
Extramarital Affairs in Government & Business
Patrick W. Allen

Some elected officials and government employees who engage in extramarital affairs do not believe their personal relationships should have any bearing on their employment, even if that relationship is of a sexual nature with someone other than his or her spouse. However, a consensual extramarital affair can ruin his or her career.


January 29, 2014
Those Pesky Ethics: From Allegation to Indictment
Patrick W. Allen

Ethics violations and political corruption have been all over the news recently. From Richmond, Virginia, to Trenton and Hoboken, New Jersey…and apparently in a Maryland county about halfway between these two states.


January 22, 2014
The Pinocchio Party Is At It Again
Patrick W. Allen

A recent clinical study of 100 Pinocchio Party [1] members has revealed that MRI testing proves all 100 have something other than saw dust for brains.

 


January 15, 2014
Lying Is Free Speech...Finally!
Patrick W. Allen

Distorting facts and creating myths has become commonplace with right-wingers. In other words, lying to right-wingers is the new truth.


January 8, 2014
Prosecute Criminal Bankers?…Not a Chance!
Patrick W. Allen

It has been a little over five years since the beginning of the 2008 recession. The window for charging somebody is quickly closing. The statute of limitations to charge somebody is five years. It is unlikely that any banking executives will be held accountable for the economic collapse.


January 7, 2014
Frederick’s Non-Starter Charter
Patrick W. Allen

A double handful of self-proclaimed insiders, displaying incompetence, deceit and self-interests, decided it was in the best interest of Frederick County citizens to betray the public trust. In the business of politics, this group’s work product is called election engineering. In the daily lives of everyday Frederick County citizens, it’s called a scam.


December 11, 2013
Holy Smokes, Jesus Was a Liberal
Patrick W. Allen

Not being a biblical scholar, I’ve often wondered why right-wing Christians keep saying they love Jesus, even though their beliefs have nothing to do with what Jesus said, taught, or stood for.


December 4, 2013
Debunking the Right-Wing ... Yet Again!
Patrick W. Allen

The Vatican Embassy Is Closing! You may have seen something on this in the past few days. If what you saw came from the right, you are not getting the whole story, as usual. Of course, as is their want, the right-wingers are being selective about their information. So, once again it’s time to play…Debunk the Right-Wing.


November 27, 2013
Let’s Talk Turkey!
Patrick W. Allen

Ah, Thanksgiving…turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. Well, sort of. Many myths have sprung up around the holiday, and many traditions have, too. It’s time to take a look at the history and traditions of American Thanksgiving — our neighbors to the north had theirs last month.


November 20, 2013
ChristianityVille: Week In Review
Patrick W. Allen

Using the Bible as a club to discriminate against anyone doesn't seem to be a core Christian value, but it is used repeatedly and clearly demonstrates Christian bigotry.


November 13, 2013
High Unemployment for Iraq & Afghan Vets
Patrick W. Allen

Since the height of the modern day great recession, the country’s unemployment rate has been on a downward slope.


November 6, 2013
Educating Right-Wingers on Socialism
Patrick W. Allen

To a Democratic Socialist, sharing the wealth means pooling tax money together to design social programs that benefit all citizens of that country, city, state, etc.

 


October 30, 2013
GOP to Tea Party: Ba-Bye!
Patrick W. Allen

The GOP, that venerable constituency of look-the-other-way lunatics, has wised up and begun to work on distancing itself from Tea Party politics, and heading back toward the center of the political spectrum.


October 23, 2013
Diagnosis: Altered State of Consciousness
Patrick W. Allen

An altered state of consciousness is a state of consciousness that differs significantly from baseline or normal consciousness. To actively and aggressively work to shut down a government significantly differs from a baseline of normalcy.


October 16, 2013
Ignorance is a Preventable Condition
Patrick W. Allen

Conservatives are far too quick to attach themselves to anything anti-Obama, disregarding all reason, logic and common sense. Two new “Obama’s abuse of power!” memes are racing through the world of digitally generated right-wing outrage.


October 9, 2013
Right-Wing Celebrity Worship – Part 2
Patrick W. Allen

In Right-Wing Celebrity Worship Part I, celebrity outliers Ayn Rand and Thomas Payne were presented. In Part 2, we pull out all the stops and present the two right-wing celebrity headliners...Thomas Jefferson and Jesus.


October 2, 2013
Right Wing Celebrity Worship
Patrick W. Allen

Conservatives have a thing for historical celebrity-worship. They tend to pick out a few figures from history – usually, but not always, heterosexual white males – and establish them as their own cultural superheroes.


September 25, 2013
Cruz Plan: A Real Non-Starter
Patrick W. Allen

In his nine months as a U.S. senator, Texas Republican Ted Cruz has managed to infuriate members of his own party by deriding them as cowards who like to cast meaningless votes while pretending they’re fighting the good fight for conservatives.


September 18, 2013
OMG, GOTV DOA
Patrick W. Allen

No one works harder during an election cycle than organized political parties at making excuses for low voter turnout.


September 11, 2013
Field of Dreams, State of Delusion
Patrick W. Allen

There was a time when Hollywood led us to believe that dead baseball legends could walk freely throughout the cornfields of Iowa. The reality of what’s currently unfolding in that state makes Field of Dreams look like a historical documentary.


September 4, 2013
Jesus Christ Files Lawsuit Against GOP
Patrick W. Allen

Jesus Christ filed a lawsuit today in the New York Supreme Court against the Republican National Committee for what he is calling “egregious misrepresentation of his statements and image.”

 


August 28, 2013
Those Silly Right-Wingers!
Patrick W. Allen

We all know at least one person who doesn’t know much about history. We also know that there have been people who have tried to distort history. The politically and historically inept Right-Wing, however, does both.


August 21, 2013
Obamacare Works, Scares Republicans
Patrick W. Allen

The Affordable Care Act isn’t going to be the often-predicted and in this case hoped for ‘train wreck.’ On the contrary, it’s going to work.


August 14, 2013
Trapped!
Patrick W. Allen

Delusional social conservatives and science deniers regard marijuana as a gateway drug to heroin, just as easily as 50 years ago when they regarded a woman going braless as a gateway behavior inviting rape and incest.


August 7, 2013
Bowing Out of Frederick Politics?
Patrick W. Allen

It's not that there are too many young people in Frederick; it's that there are too many Young people in Frederick.


July 31, 2013
A Woman’s “Lady Business” is a Lady’s Business
Patrick W. Allen

From the beginning of our Republic, women have often made extraordinarily difficult personal reproductive choices as the result of deliberative thought and reflection. Generally, but with a fair degree of certainty, it can be stated that every woman in the United States is pro-choice.


July 24, 2013
Racism in America Is Not Monochrome
Patrick W. Allen

Woven into the nation’s fabric since the inception of the Republic, racism is not about, nor solely dependent upon, skin color. It is, however, based clearly on ethnicity, culture and/or religious beliefs.


July 10, 2013
Socialism and Post-Secondary Education
Patrick W. Allen

Student debt has become such a burden on students just graduating from college that out-of-the-box thinking is needed to help students become successful and productive upon leaving college.


July 3, 2013
Trickle-Down Economics – Not!
Patrick W. Allen

For those who continue to push for trickle-down economics, September 13, 1970, is a date which lives in history.


June 19, 2013
Explaining Socialism to a Right Winger
Patrick W. Allen

To a Democratic socialist, sharing the wealth means pooling tax money together to design social programs that benefit all citizens of that country, city, state, etc.


June 12, 2013
Garagiola, Clagett & Young
Patrick W. Allen

Skeletons, thought to be long hidden and forgotten, resurface to haunt 2013 Frederick City, Maryland’s mayoral candidates.


June 5, 2013
Second Amendment Ignorance: An American Epidemic
Patrick W. Allen

Not every Second Amendment advocate, owner, user or collector of firearms is a lunatic. The vast majority of these people quietly go through each day enjoying a constitutional right to use their firearms for recreation, competition, collection and/or as an additional measure to protect themselves and their property.


May 29, 2013
Welcome Home, Jenkins Dove
Patrick W. Allen

The first time I saw Jenkins Dove he was only a couple of years old, outfitted in a Scottish kilt, walking beside his younger brother in a stroller and his mother as they visited my farm in Virginia for the first time … but not the last.


May 22, 2013
Benghazi and Little Big Horn
Patrick W. Allen

Separated by 136 years, two men made three decisions each, singularly and selfishly, which cost them their lives. Given the same outcome for each man, the number “three” holds historical significance and an eerie connection between Benghazi, Libya, and the Little Big Horn.


May 15, 2013
America’s Shameful Immigration Attitude
Patrick W. Allen

Anti-Immigration efforts and activities are the 21st century version and return of 20th century eugenics. The term eugenics comes from the Greek roots for "good" and "generation" or "origin" and was first used to refer to the "science" of heredity and good breeding in about 1883.


May 8, 2013
God-Given Rights, Are You Kidding?
Patrick W. Allen

It is impossible to reconcile religious freedom by arguing that your rights have been given to you solely on a Christian-based dogma or doctrine.


May 1, 2013
Governor Race Wide Open in Primaries
Patrick W. Allen

In 2014, Maryland Democrats have nothing to worry about. They can put up a pet rock as a candidate and walk away with a win in the Maryland gubernatorial race.


April 24, 2013
Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
Patrick W. Allen

One man, an immigrant armed with a cigarette, did what 20 law enforcement agencies and one thousand officers had tried to do but couldn't. Today, millions of smokers across America raise their BIC lighters against the night sky in solidarity with Watertown Massachusetts resident David Henneberry of 67 Franklin Street.


April 17, 2013
"Keep and Bear Arms"
Patrick W. Allen

Navigating the cacophony of interpretation and opinion regarding the most cited, used and misused words in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly demonstrates an ongoing selective re-definition of strict constitutional language written over two hundred years ago.


April 10, 2013
Rx: Corruption Cures D.C. Gridlock
Patrick W. Allen

After years of federal taxpayer dollars being misappropriated to pay for pet projects in the districts of House and Senate members looking to curry political favor with the voters back home, a moratorium was passed in 2011 ending the congressional pork parade known as "earmarking."

 


April 3, 2013
A First Look at Frederick’s Mayoral Race
Patrick W. Allen

To take a myopic and partisan view toward the 2013 Frederick City mayoral race is a disservice to one-and-all and to The City of Frederick.


March 27, 2013
Pro-Choice Is Not Pro-Abortion
Patrick W. Allen

From the beginning of our Republic, women have often made extraordinarily difficult personal reproductive choices as the result of deliberative thought and reflection. Generally, but with a fair degree of certainty, it can be stated that every woman in the United States is pro-choice.


March 20, 2013
Fighting Faux With Facts
Patrick W. Allen

This column contains indisputable facts regarding the absence of a Senate passed budget ... laying the problem at the feet of both Republican and Democrat members of Congress.



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