The Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Hagerstown

The Westboro Baptist Church, the wacko hate group masquerading as a church that protests at funerals of U.S. military members, is planning on coming to Hagerstown October 5th to protest at an area high school. The reason? From the official Westboro Baptist Church website, God Hates Fags:

North Hagerstown High School 1200 Pennsylvania Ave All roads lead to the Supreme Court of the United States. Our next stop on the I-70 GodSmack Tour from WBC to DC is North Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown, MD. We are determined that each place we go, all the children who you adults have lied to, get this message: TWO WORDS define Antichrist Obama’s “Education Plan”, to wit: KEVIN JENNINGS, United States Education Czar. This fag has started GSAs and GLSEN Organizations all across DOOMED america. With ZERO CHILDREN of his own, this fag is DETERMINED to sodomize all of the children he and Obama can get their filthy, bloody hands on. Flee these lying false prophets, kids. God hates fags (Romans 1) and their hateful enablers. Jennings/Obama say “screw you buddy” to God in defiance to His plain words. This generation has been raised to care about only one thing: themselves. They follow after their lusts day and night. They are brute animals with no hope. You have left them with no moral compass and now their destruction is imminent. It is too late for you and your rebellious children. We still must do our duty to you and them lest their blood be required at our hands. Eze 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

So they are coming to Hagerstown to protest because the Bible tells them to do it. Got it.

There is already a counter-protest group being organized on Facebook. Though I commend the people willing to stand-up to hate by protesting against this protest, I’m not sure it will do any good. These members of the Westboro Baptist Church that mount these ridiculous protests because of their hatred of gay people feed on attention. They crave it. By going to this protest and taking part of a counter-protest, people will be giving these hate mongers the attention they covet.

I’m not sure that’s a good idea.

City of Hagerstown might examine unpopular sidewalk repair policy


Hagerstown’s City Council tonight is discussing whether or not to create a special task force to review the city’s unpopular curb and sidewalk policy. Currently, the city of Hagerstown requires the owner of the home in which a broken or damaged curb or sidewalk sits in front of to pay for the repair.

These repairs cost anywhere from $2,000 to $3,000.

For years, Hagerstown home owners have complained about getting hit with these repair charges. They don’t own the sidewalk or curb, it’s public property. Why should they be saddled with the repair costs? What’s next, will they be stuck with paying to have the street in front of their homes repaired too?

Maybe I shouldn’t give anyone any ideas.

I think it’s absurd that the city council is even contemplating whether or not to form a special task force to look into this issue. I think they are doing it because they don’t want to be responsible for making the unpopular decision of continuing to stick it to home owners.

A task force should only be formed to catch a serial killer, not to figure out a way to pay for sidewalk repairs.

The Herald-Mail thinks exotic dancer is a top job

Hagerstown’s local newspaper, The Herald-Mail, has a section on their website entitled “Top Jobs.” I think they simply republish on their website the jobs printed in the paper version of the newspaper, but I’m not sure.

While looking over the website this morning, one of the ads caught my attention.  It’s for “exotic” dancers at a strip club.

Only the Herald-Mail would refer to a job where a young woman is required to remove her clothing on stage to entertain perverts as a “top job.”

The day Superboy came to Hagerstown and received a 21 BB gun salute

I never liked Superboy. That was even before I knew he was a paid shill for the National Rifle Association. I wonder if he would feel all warm and fuzzy over BB guns if these kids were shooting BB’s made from kryptonite. Then they might put his eye out.

I somehow doubt it.

My ignorance of Memorial Boulevard

An anonymous person here in Hagerstown responded to my letter to the Herald-Mail about the naming of Memorial Boulevard. The response was published in the Herald-Mail newspaper. This anonymous person, instead of actually writing a real letter and signing it, chose to respond to my letter by phoning it in.

Seriously, they just phoned it in.

The Herald-Mail has something they call “Mail Call.” People can call a telephone number and leave a message. They don’t have to identify themselves. All they have to do it say where they’re from and leave a message. Newspaper staff then sort through these messages and attempt to find ones worthy of publishing.

Here it is:

“This is about Memorial Boulevard. Virginia Magruder, a retired teacher from North Hagerstown High School – many of us had her for English -came in to Council to carefully delineate the history of Memorial Boulevard, and she had researched it. I wouldn’t presume to say what she gave in the way of information that evening, because it obviously is not going to be believed by the writer of the letter about Memorial Boulevard, but to overcome his ignorance on the subject of Memorial Boulevard and what it was to memorialize, and what it means to many of us out here, as the only thing that genuinely honors veterans in this whole community, I would like to suggest that he go to the Washington County library and avail himself of the many materials that are there on the history of Washington County. He gets to believe whatever he wants to believe, but to suggest that Memorial Boulevard doesn’t have any connection with honoring veterans is ridiculous.” – Hagerstown

If I had a chance to speak with this anonymous person from Hagerstown, I would tell them that I did research on the origin of Memorial Stadium. I would tell them that although some in Hagerstown wanted to erect an actual Memorial to World War One veterans, they just never quite got around to doing it.

It’s like calling a road Elm Street and then never quite getting around to planting elm trees on it.

Why would I want to go do research at the Washington County library? I can sit here at home drinking coffee and taking advantage of Internet sites such as Google and Ask Jeeves. I guess I could do the same thing at the Washington County library, but I would have to do it sitting next to a smelly hobo looking for porn.

Hagerstown’s Memorial Boulevard

I wrote a letter into my local newspaper last week, the Herald-Mail. The letter was published in today’s issue. The letter had to do with renaming a portion of a street here in Hagerstown in honor of Willie Mays, one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

He actually played his first professional baseball game here in Hagerstown.

The street that was to be renamed in his honor is where the baseball stadium is located. It actually has true historical baseball significance associated with it.

The street’s name was never changed. Some people were upset because they felt renaming  a portion of Memorial Boulevard to Willie Mays Way would be an insult to military veterans. Nobody is sure why Memorial Boulevard was named Memorial Boulevard in the first place.

It’s my opinion that Memorial Boulevard was not renamed Willie Mays Way simply because he’s black.

It’s not because Hagerstown especially loves military veterans.

If Memorial Boulevard was to honor veterans, where was the actual memorial? The street lacked a true memorial for decades. It took the threat of naming the street after a black man to get people to pay for a real memorial.

My Letter to the Herald-Mail

I’m responding to a letter you published written by Louise Dawson of Hagerstown. In her letter, she states that the reason Memorial Boulevard was not renamed Willie Mays Way was because people complained. The reason they complained she states was not because Willie Mays is black, but because “veterans did not want it changed.”

For the record, I’m a veteran of the U.S. military. I wanted Memorial Boulevard renamed Willie Mays Way. I thought it would be a fitting tribute to one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Not only a tribute to the player, but to the city where he played his first professional baseball game – it’s a fact that those of us who live in Hagerstown can be proud of. The street and the city actually has some historical baseball significance connected to it.

What I am not proud of is the way some of our city’s residents treated Willie Mays. It has been documented that Mays was subjected to racial slurs during the game. He also was not allowed to stay in the same Hagerstown hotel with the rest of his teammates. I, for one, am ashamed of the treatment Willie Mays received here. Renaming of the street in his honor would have been a positive first step in righting a past wrong committed by people of this city. It would have sent the message that the people of Hagerstown today do not agree with the way Mays was treated. Not only is Hagerstown known at the city that treated Willie Mays wrongly during his first professional baseball game because he was black, it’s now known as the city that more recently refused to rename a portion of a street to honor him.

It’s not as though a famous World War I epic battle took place on Memorial Boulevard. From what I can tell, few even know actually what war, battle, or group of warriors Memorial Boulevard is supposed to memorialize. That’s if it was even named Memorial Boulevard to honor anything at all. The fact that few city officials or residents even know why it was named Memorial Boulevard speaks volumes of its significance.

Blame military veterans for not honoring Willie Mays if you must. Just don’t blame this veteran.