The 20th Carnival of Maryland

Welcome to the November 18, 2007 edition of the Carnival of Maryland, a roundup of recent posting in blogs from and about the Free State. Some blogs referenced here are members of the Maryland Blogger Alliance, and some are not. All are invited to join, though.

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LOCAL POLITICS

Despite all the coverage of home foreclosures and changes in home values, some people continue to slash away at their equity, borrowing money for sometimes lavish purposes. David Keelan connects the dots, noting the commonalities between individuals overspending by borrowing money, and the General Assembly and the governor following the same path of irresponsibility.

In light of the massive march in DC on Friday, we get an especially timely post (from ten days earlier) from Joyce Dowling, writing at PG Race Matters. There’s an awful lot of history in demographic changes in Prince George’s County. Here, Joyce gives a glimpse of how that demographic and racial evolution plays out today, with conflicts between the political leadership of the county, and the old time agricultural/ rural populations. Interesting reading.

A lot of us are sputtering in rage or just plain disbelief at the goings on at the special session of the Maryland General Assembly. Originally called to deal with a $1.5 billion deficit in the state budget, the governor and delegates and senators are introducing new spending programs that would exacerbate the budget problems. Chester Peake at Maryland Cheseapeake Blog is frustrated with pols who take the easy way out, and threatens the wrath of the voters upon them. At Annapolis Politics, Brian Gill steps from the political to the personal. As a small businessman, how much additional cost can someone be expected to absorb?

Ten questions everyone should ask their Congressional candidates are posted by Michael at Monoblogue. Read them over, and comment with your own answers. And while you’re at it, take a look at the first comment on that post. The commenter intendes to vote for the incumbent Congressmen because he “brings home the bucks to our area.” Was he just trying to prove Brian’s point, or what?

REAL LIFE

My wife gets a kick out of reading the odd classifieds in the newspaper (“Never-used engagement ring for sale. Only cost $2000 and my dignity.”) Stan at Blogger1947 gets some chuckles from the legal notices of name changes. Trevean is changing his/her name to Treashay, since he/she is “live as a female but still living as a male.” Or something like that.

I can’t get enough of the photos at the Greenbelt. After work and politics and other tooth-grinding matters, I find that the photos posted by the Ridger leave me with a most peaceful feeling of calm and appreciation for nature. Even in Bleak November, there of scenes of fragile beauty to be found. Spasiba.

OceanShaman , who is about as far east in the state as you can get, offer us the moving and cautionary tale of his personal rise and fall, and rise again. And when all else fails, there’s always football: Moving from it’s usual home in Philadelphia, the 107th Army-Navy football game is being hosted on December 1st at Baltimore’s M&T Stadium.

Thanks for stopping by. Please check out other posts on Leviathan Montgomery while you’re here, and look out for the next Carnival of Maryland on December 2nd.

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6 Comments on “The 20th Carnival of Maryland”

  1. The Ridger Says:

    Nice. Thanks – for the compliment, the inclusion, and the overall job.


  2. […] Leviathan Montgomery is the host this time around. It gave me an opportunity to spread the Ten Questions around farther […]

  3. Joyce Says:

    Thanks for the mention and link. I linked back from Creating a Jubilee County.

  4. oceanshaman Says:

    Cool. Thanks for the plug. Hope you liked . . .

  5. Idetrorce Says:

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce


  6. Actually Foreclosures only part of picture…

    Foreclosures are becoming more prevalent, which may impact property values if numbers continue to rise.

    While the numbers reflect what is being reported by media nationwide, local Realtors and government officials say overall Monmouth is not seeing a drop in home sales.

    Also, Realtors say the number of buyers interested in homes is on track to stay level with the previous five years.


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