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March 25, 2009

Official “state walking stick” bill stumbles in committee

An Annapolis Dispatch from the Baltimore Sun's Gadi Dechter:

An effort by Del. Frank M. Conaway Jr., a Baltimore Democrat, to make the “shillelagh” the official Maryland “walking stick of statesmen and gentlemen,” is dead.

The Health and Government Operations Committee voted it down on Tuesday.

Here’s a backgrounder on the shillelagh from the Department of Legislative Services:

“A shillelagh is a wooden club typically made from a stout knotty stick with a large knob on the end that is associated with Ireland and Irish folklore. Shillelaghs are traditionally made from blackthorn wood or oak. The wood is smeared with butter and placed up a chimney to cure, giving them a black shiny appearance. Shillelaghs are commonly the length of a walking stick.”

Still to come, for those of you keeping up with this year’s fights over state symbols: the fate of state song “Maryland, My Maryland.” The ditty is under mounting pressure of rewriting or replacement by the legislature this year on account of its disparaging reference to “Northern scum.”

Posted by David Nitkin at 11:17 AM | | Comments (11)


Walking sticks, songs, baseball leagues.......More waste of tax dollars. These people need a furlough.

We vote in these incompetent people, this is what we get.

Each of these stupid bills costs in the neighborhood of $1,000.00 for the drafting, editing, and processing it takes to develop a piece of legislation. Maryland should seriously consider adopting rules similar to Virginia, which limits the number of bills any member can introduce.

They are wasting their time about walking stick or state song.

How about getting rid of the silly legislation and work on the state budget.

We need to put term limit on General Assembly and Congress. Maybe then they actually do some work becuase they know only have so many years to accomplish something.

Has anyone from the Sun's hardhitting political team asked any Senate or House member the obvious question "Why is the legislature discussing such topics during a time of economic distress?"

Conaway the Younger is also the author of "Baptist Gnostic Christian Eubonic Kundalinion Spiritual Ki Do Hermeneutic Metaphysics".

I offer that fact without other comment.

Cheap Jim, I thought you were yanking our chain. Nope, here is a quote from the book.

"My birth name is Frank Melvin Conaway, Jr., but among fellow spititual people I am known as Meta. I am called Meta due to the level of metaphysical knowledge I have been granted directly related to my biblical research and outspoken declarations of faith."

Chum, you are so very correct. State legislators definitely need furloug days. I suggest from January through April which is the legislative session time.
Les, term limits already exist since we have elections every two(2) years. Perhaps the online intellectuals should organize and put forth a slate of good candidates. Forget the old political machines. They can be defeated. Obama has shown us the impact of grassroots efforts of the common man, and how we can use the technology and the internet to promote and elect good people into office.

Ugh, our legislature is a disgrace. Can we kick them all out and start over again?



You are correct that we have elections every two years.

However, if we keep sending the same people back over and over again.

What changes can we actually expect.

With defined term limits. That will make more people in involved with decision making process.

About 7 years ago Mike Miller stood in the General Assembly and told then Gov Ehrlich that he will give him 3 out of 4 good years.

How can a person say that and keep getting re-elected?

It suppose to be his or any leader job to work with who ever is elected to better our state.

It works both way for the other party leaders.

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