Saturday, November 30, 2019
Friday, November 29, 2019
Police describe Del Jones as being about 5’03” tall, 120 pounds, with brown eyes and long brown hair. She was wearing a black jacket and jeans when she disappeared.
Detectives say Del Jones is familiar with public transit, and believe she may be using it to travel. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Del Jones is asked to call the Montgomery County Police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (available 24 hours).
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Pepco reports there are currently four power outages in Bethesda. 161 customers are without power at this hour. The utility hopes to have those customers back online by noon, enough time to cook Thanksgiving dinner, possible with replacement turkeys and other ingredients (many grocery stores will be open this afternoon).
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Donate to the Children's Hospital Foundation, and Dr. Bear lights up all over the D.C. area, including at the above locations. There are new colors this year, to boot.
Monday, November 25, 2019
Sunday, November 24, 2019
|Robin Ficker (center) is mobbed by|
supporters after a 2017 speech in Rockville
Among other intriguing names on the ballot was Baltimore Orioles baseball legend Cal Ripken, Jr., who received only 0.3% as a write-in candidate. Other prominent potential candidates included State Senator Michael Hough, a highly-respected conservative who has raised his statewide profile with bipartisan efforts on sentencing and prison conditions; Brian Murphy, who excited many in the base with conservative bonafides on social issues when he challenged Gov. Bob Ehrlich in the 2010 primary - picking up a Sarah Palin endorsement in the process; and Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly Schulz, a former state delegate who has been seen as a promising statewide candidate by many in the party for over a decade. Schulz managed a strong showing at 5.6% among a list of dozens.
Prominent names missing from the poll included Wheel of Fortune host - and Annapolis resident - Pat Sajak, former Maryland First Lady Kendel Ehrlich, and 2014 gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar. Lollar, of Charles County, has a resume from central casting as a successful businessman and Marine veteran. One of the relatively few Maryland Republicans who can deliver a stemwinder of a speech, Lollar is one of several African-American GOP stars in the state who haven't received the support they should have from the party during election season.
Obviously, if Ripken or Sajak were to enter the race, they would instantly be frontrunners. Ripken in particular would have tremendous bipartisan appeal, but there's no indication he's even considering a run.
Ficker remains a force in Montgomery County politics, as the only figure to repeatedly defeat the MoCo political cartel in recent times, with ballot measures that have capped property tax increases and established term limits for County Executive and County Council. The Washington Post damaged Ficker's fortunes by entirely ignoring those triumphs. Instead of giving Ficker his fair paragraphs as a seasoned politician who would bring that same skill to addressing the County's many crises, and who had more impact on the County than his opponents, the Post bizarrely described him as a "heckler" through the entire campaign year.
|Jawar Mohammed (at right) prepares to speak|
at Church in Bethesda (via YouTube)
While Jawar has fervent supporters, as evidenced by the turnout, the apparent controversy relates to political violence in Ethiopia that opponents say he was responsible for last month. No injuries or arrests related to the Bethesda protest, which appeared to be peaceful, have been announced by police. It was simply an issue of safety for all involved, and traffic management. The protests appear to have begun earlier at a hotel, then moved to Bethesda after the venue change.
For those interested in international politics and global affairs, it certainly was an exciting and interesting evening in downtown Bethesda.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
One eyewitness told me it may involve a controversial political speaker, but that could not be immediately confirmed. Up to twenty police cars were on scene earlier this hour. This article will be updated if further details are forthcoming. For now, avoid driving in this area.
A new shooting range has opened at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda. Located on Level 2 at the Dining Terrace, Aim Point allows players to shoot at knock-down targets with guns that resemble assault weapons. This looks like a fun addition to the entertainment options at the mall, just in time for holiday shopping. It's also much more affordable than the flight simulator that just opened upstairs. As the range's motto exhorts, "Never give up!"