Here is the official HoCo MoJo Video (Thanks Dave):
What a great event. Something "bigger" than itself, in a way. You can't watch that video without smiling. It was also great to see our local elected officials getting in there and shaking what their mommas gave them.
Unfortunately, the popularity of that post (735 views!) ended up bringing out a "bad seed." This commenter posted some racist and inappropriate comments sometime after I had closed up the computer for the night and I apologize for that. The good news is that the Comment Moderation policy worked like a charm. It wasn't long before both their comments hit three flags and were sent directly to the principal's office. This may be something other bloggers may want to consider when deciding whether a comment moderation policy is necessary. I have a fear that if I hadn't set up the flag system to wipe out the comments, most of the attention would have been the nasty comments instead of the wonderful performance put on by our friends and neighbors.
Additional Note: I was trying to fight crime with burrito love last night, but there was too much love and no where to park. Frisco Grill was hopping and as I sadly looked through the window at the spicy burrito that was not to be, it appeared that the bar was standing room only.
From the article: Yakov Y. Shapiro, a musician and teacher, filed suit against the city after he was jailed for 40 hours on child abuse allegations because of a police clerical error. Evidently this is one of the other dangers of living in Baltimore City. About two or three years ago, I was almost put in the weekend holding tank for violating open container laws...when I did not have an open container. In trying to explain to the police officer that there was no open container, he told me that if I didn't shut up, he was going to call the paddy wagon. Kafka anyone? (It all worked out for the best when I decided that I was going to use my cell phone to take a picture of the closed container, which was duly observed by the police officer, and he let me go).
I have a feeling that the car-crash-marijuana-stash story is going to find its way on Leno or Letterman.
O'Malley saves Maryland horse racing. That's the good news. The bad news is that my generation doesn't really care too much for horse racing (which is a reason why it is dying). We don't like it that horses break their legs "in sport" and are shot on the track so that some poor schlub has somewhere to burn his kid's college fund. Your nostalgia is misplaced.
Wind Towers are bad for endangered bats. Maybe there's a reason why they are endangered.
CA President Philip Nelson received a new three year contract with a number of financial incentives built in. Mr. Nelson has served since May 2009, so I don't think it is fair to hang too much of the CA missteps on his back. In fact, I think most would agree that the problems with CA relate to the micro-managing of the Board. If you read further in this article, it appears that the CA is rather flush with cash, which is surprising considering the failed contracts that have gone over-budget.
The Howard County State's Attorney's Office is not bringing a criminal prosecution against Linda Stapf, the parent that hosted an underage booze fest, which led to the death of 17-year-old Steven Dankos. I can't say I disagree with this decision. Ms. Stapf was stupid, reckless, inconsiderate, and dangerous with her actions, but I'm not sure if that equals criminal culpability. Civil liability? Yes sir. I hope you are current on your home insurance payments.
WB was late to the flash mob party and missed the show. This is even more of a tragedy when you think of the parking situation he had to overcome to get there in the first place.
HowChow posts about more interesting finds at the Caspian Market.
Sarah wants you to try "Hot Bourbon Milk Punch." You had me at "hot bourbon."
Trevor strongly endorses the Nook and suggests that you get on the waiting list at your local library to try it out. I've had a Kindle for almost two years and I love it. The technology has almost been around long enough that people no longer find the need to interrupt me at my local Starbucks to ask me how I like the Kindle. Almost long enough.
Have a great Thursday!