tonight’s facepalm

Non-U.S. citizens won’t be allowed to vote on local matters in College Park, Md., despite city council officials voting in favor of a proposal that would have allowed it earlier this week. The College Park City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to allow legal permanent residents and illegal immigrants to participate in municipal elections. One council member did not vote.

Would they need to show ID to prove they’re eligible and not just tourists, diplomats, or out-of-city/state illegals?

Okay, back to the facepalm thing…

For most Council actions, a simple majority of Council members present must vote in favor of an item for it to be adopted,” the city said in a news release. “However, changes to the Charter have a different requirement. The City Charter was amended in June to require the affirmative vote of six elected officials to change the Charter.” [story]

(What? Nahhh, the GOPe plays JV Calvinball.)


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted September 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm |

    The town in the story, College Park, is the home of the University of Maryland, about 32,000 “students”, located between DC and Baltimore. I was in the Maryland Class of ’68, and when I’ve toured the campus on Google Earth lately, I didn’t recognize the place. Same size student body as in 1968, but now twice the buildings. I got a taste of the encroaching PC crap in the spring of ’68, when I was an MP called up for the MLK riots in nearby DC. After three days and the fires were out, we got a four hour piecemeal leave to arrange our personal affairs, so I went back to school, dirty and armed to the teeth, to see my professors to let them know why I was absent. The dean, an old timer, saw me with a rifle and in battle dress and immediately knew what I was doing, and assured me I’d have time to catch up on my studies, but the rest of my professors cut me no slack. They looked at me like I was a baby killer. Immediately upon my return from duty, they gave exams on the subject matter covered during my sixteen day absence, and I failed them. Thanks to them, I had to take final exams to pull up my grades to graduate, something seniors are usually exempt from. While taking them, I watched my classmates playing softball in front of the engineering building.
    Engineering is the same size as it was when I was there, but the Social “Sciences” have multiplied like locusts.

    U of Md regularly sends me requests for donations. After the way they treated me and they way they’ve blown money on frivolous building (like a huge outdoor swimming complex for “students”), I send back an empty envelope with a big red “FU” on the form.

    I have deep roots in Maryland on my mother’s side, but the political reality of the state is why I’ll NEVER return. If I go north from here in Virginia, I go up through the narrow western part by Frederick or Hagerstown to reduce my exposure to the poison centering around Baltimore and DC.

  2. Posted September 19, 2017 at 5:50 am |

    I’m surprised that the College Park, Maryland “city council” didn’t invoke Common Core math to pass their agenda. After all, it’s for the greater good, is it not? And the greater good is paramount – or so I’ve been told.

  3. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 8:47 am |

    Dick @1 — your story got to me. Thanks for telling it.

    Council members: Nice way to demonstrate ya know your freakin’ job…

  4. OldFert
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 5:15 pm |

    Would’ve been fun if it had come into effect. Anyone passing through College Park could stop in and register. Under whatever name they wanted.

    Then, later, get an absentee ballot (“I can’t be there for election day — I’m in jail”) and vote for whatever cockamamie thing or person on the ballot. Drive them to extinction with excessive giveaways and even greater idiots in electoral positions.
    If you get caught, just say that you, at those times, identified as a College Park resident and identified with whatever name you used.