One look at the map and you know we are in big trouble here. I mean did they hire someone in the thralls of a high state of the palsy to draw the boundary lines? You note immediately that Pennsylvania and Delaware both drew strict straight lines, separating themselves from this madness.
Virgina and West Virginia for reasons best left unsaid at this point, were too lazy to demand some cleanliness of line, and allowed a river to dictate the state’s limitations. Babies!
So little self-respect has this silly looking state, that they carved out a section and gave it away to be the seat of the Federalies. The DC’ers as you note, did their best to have some straight lines, and straight thinking along three of their borders.
If you need further proof that this place is a little off in the head, take a look at this “state flag” and tell me, “what in the hell is that?”
Not only is it unintelligible, its butt ugly to boot.
One of its nicknames is the “Old line state.” I don’t even want to know what that means.
And then there is the manner of its naming. Maryland. One could just assume that these folks aren’t good spellers, and that in keeping with the frivolous boundary lines, it meant “Jolly times here land”, but frankly the truth is worse.
The state was founded by “Lord” Baltimore, a royal from the Irish House of Lords. The name was chosen to “honor” the name of Mary, Charles I, king of England’s wife. This of course may make some sense in those early days (1632), but the fact that it was not changed after the revolution, tells you just how lazy and/or suspicious these people really were and perhaps still are.
Calvert (the Lord’s real name) was a Catholic, so Catholics got all the high positions, but Charles the King of the realm, apparently as a joke, sent tons (tens of thousands) of convicts to live there. So we know that today, many a person who is a long time resident of “mary”land is the spawn of nefarious types.
Actually the boundary with Pennsylvania was a long drawn out affair, the subject of wars, and ultimately decided as the “Mason-Dixon line“. Similar disputes arose with Delaware which was once part of Maryland, but wanted to get the heck out of such a silly state and finally did.
The whole Catholic thing didn’t last long. Puritans arrived and soon put a stop to all that nonsense. Puritans you remember came here for “religious tolerance” but mainly only their own. They were ferocious opponents of anyone who didn’t agree with their take on all things Christian, and well, you can imagine what they thought of Jews and the poor Native Peoples.
Anyway the state moved merrily along up to the revolution, importing lots of indentured workers and slaves to do the dirty work, while the rich landowners sat on their verandas, sipping tea, and commenting on the plenitude of blue crabs that season.
For reasons no one knows, they joined the revolution. Fort McHenry, protecting Baltimore, during the War of 1812, served as the inspiration of The Star-Spangled Banner, that nearly impossible song for a normal person to sing on key.
Again for no discernible reason, Maryland freed most of its slaves and was on the right side of the Civil War, probably because Lincoln threatened to give back the District of Columbia if they didn’t and nobody had any use for all those buildings.
Still, loyalty was at a minimum, and nearly 25% of the state’s young men, joined the Confederate side. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus in the state and that really ticked off the Chief Judge, Roger Taney, who just happened to be a native of good old Maryland. Lincoln jailed the mayor of Baltimore and some others for their pro-southern sympathies. We are told “these matters are still being legally debated.” No word whether the mayor is still locked up or not.
Rich people still abound in Maryland, making it the richest per capita state in the union with median income at nearly $70,000 a year.
They fish a lot there. And they move stuff around a lot by rail and ship. A ton of them go to DC to work every day.
It has the dubious distinction of having been the home of Spiro Agnew, but then we told you that there is a lot of criminality in the history of the state. That is most surely the Republicans; it has been a Democratic state since time immemorial and certainly none of them is a criminal.
Animal wise, the do have the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, bred specially for water sports. That’s a good thing. A reptile that is prominent there is the terrapin which is a turtle. This, for some inexplicable reason was adopted as the mascot of the University of Maryland. Where most sports are about speed and agility, the school chooses to advertise that its sports teams are slow and clumsy. Go figure.
About the best that can be said is that a summer tour of the state boundary line would be a dizzying experience. All in all, a state which still retains the name of a foreign queen and was populated overwhelmingly by dangerous criminals, is simply not to be trusted. Drive through it if you must, but keep your doors locked.
- William Donald Schaefer, 1921-2011 (thepage.time.com)
- Donald Schaefer, former Maryland governor, dies (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
(@#$%!!! This is the second or third time this month that I posted a comment that never appeared. Let’s do this again…)
You did Maryland! Thank you so much!
I agree — the state’s borders are ungainly, and the Maryland flag is downright psychadelic. And, having driven through Baltimore several times, I definitely agree with your advice to keep the car doors locked.
Lol…well it was hard to find a lot wrong with it…The climate seems pretty good…But I have to say, that flag is ugly ugly ugly….lol
Snoring Dog Studio said:
Your comment had to wend its way through Maryland, okjimm. You’ll need extra doses of patience to post here.
Middle Seaman said:
Hey, stop it! I live in Maryland and you guys don’t know the half of it. It is very very democratic, but also not very advanced. It has counties with the best schools, but also counties with bad schools. There a lot of fishing, but you cannot buy freshly caught fish. (In many parts of the world being on the water means freshly caught fish.)
Maryland is rich due to the closeness to the government: contractor in endless numbers, many lawyers of which many are doing extremely well, quite a few academic institutions with experts who can make a living off the previous items, etc.
Maryland is home to the National Institute of Health, FDA, part of CDC, genome research companies, etc.
You can’t get fresh fish? Wow! LOL…well it’s all meant in good fun. But the flag dude, that flag is awful…tee hee
Snoring Dog Studio said:
One of my favorite cakes is the Lady Baltimore cake. It is quite delicious. It’s white. It has none of those ugly colors of the flag in it.
I’ve heard of that cake and seen recipes for it over the years, but never made it. I suppose I should, but my husband is somewhat of a anti-britophile and I’m not sure it would go over well in my household.lol
Not veryb funny about Maryland: It is one of the Oldest States. The Flag is medieval Nobility/Royalty: CLASS. It almost surrpounds DC: The Home of Congress, And National Wealth, and National Organizations Like NIH And Defense Giants in the DC Suburbs: I live in Northern Virginia. Falls Church VA has the highest Percent of PhD’s in the Nation. Giant Corporations moved to where the contracts are: Closest to The Capital/Congress. ___________________________________________ It was the Uneducated, Unknowing buffalo Hunters, Settlers who drew Straight Lines in the Plains of the Midwest: Nothing There. But even Michigan has Horse era easily defined Boundaries: Rivers, except Straight Lines negotiated from our Foreign Neighbors: Canada. We captured Our Southwestern States from our Mexican Neighbors: New Mexico, etc., etc. in the 1830’s expand our Boundaries Wars. Thy were Catholic Hispanic Names: Las Cruces translates tio The Cross; Los Angeles to The Angels, San Francisco to Saint Francis. __________________________________________ Let’s not Rewrite History negatively as Glen Beck and Richest 5%’s Tried: Few National Founders were Religious, except a Minority Catholics: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, etc., etc., Barelly Believed in God; Only Property Owners could vote in George Washington’s time: The Opposite of a Democracy Or a Representative Nation: Only Big Money controled Earliest Congress, as it has Returned to doing: Historic Cheapest Labor National Founders often had Slaves, who were listed as a Part of a Human Being each. Teabaggers have had trouble trying to read the Constitution into Congess. Michigan was Settled by Fur Hunters, who exterminated the Locals: Highly Organized, Hard Working Native Americans. ___________________________________________ A Pope in the 1400’s, Before America was Rediscovered by European Settlers, Declared Slaver Being Inherent Evil, although it was the Common Labor then, wordwide; A;so Pope Pius the XI was the First, of Any Group, to Declare Nazism Inherently Evil; as did VERY CAREFULLY Pope Pius the XII, because Most Christians Were in Continental Europe, all Canquered by Hitler/Nazism. Few Know that Hitler, After the Failure of Invading Russia, Began the Holocaust Extermination of all “Enemies”, Like Tens of Thousabds of of Priests/Luthern Ministers., as well as The Jews, Slavs, Handicapped. The Holocaust Massive Killimng Exterminations Began in 1942: When Stalingrad proved a Failure, as Nazism was. ___________________________________________ Couldn’t Post earlier, because was The Catholic Observance of Holy Thursday, When Christ Had the Last Supper: Real Presence Eucharist and Mass He told the Aposles to do in His Remembrance. Holy Trinity Catholic Instant Mega-Church (12,000) Was Packed Very Solemly, Many Once-A Year Church people included: EVERY One was Very Solemn, the Unchurched kinda confused, but tried to copy. The Church, all decorations were removed, empty shell, after. Nice to see 1200 people: all Solemn, except little kids. ___________________________________________ Please excuse my Very Germanic Domineering Culture Capitalizations; New Age is Boring; Scrollled Old Fashioned hand-writing in Grade Schools is making a come-back among Grade Schools of intellect.
OOOOkay…it was just meant to be a bit humorous…
All due respect Sherry – you don’t know nothing ’bout no crazy kinda states!
I live in Florida. Say no more. Say no more.
HA! I live in IOWA say no more, say no more!
whoa…. there is a private club in town…. called Martyland. I get the two mixed up.
I can understand that Jimmy…have another beer
Sorry I’m so Serious, Sherry; I only Look funny!
Lol, I bet you dont look funny at all Tony