Thursday, February 3, 2011

Will Houses Be Dropping From The Sky In Baltimore County?

Several people sent me copies of the following email sent out by Patrick Hussey, a member of the “Baltimore County Campaign for Liberty.” The Campaign is upset about the Baltimore County Council’s plans to increase the number of speed cameras operating across Baltimore County.

I concur with the Campaign’s ire – speed cameras are an obnoxious form of gotcha governance, as well as a scheme to boost revenue for county government.

What I don’t get, however, are the tactics this group has been employing to achieve its ends. First, they cajole and threaten Councilmen Todd Huff and David Marks, their most natural allies on the Council. Then, they resort to the kind of name-calling that earns you permanent enemies.

That said, if Councilwomen Almond and Bevins are “witches,” would that make Sam Moxley the Wizard – you know, the guy who toils in obscurity behind a little curtain, with few people actually knowing what he does?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Patrick Hussey <>
Date: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM
Subject: Was that Cathy Bevins on a Broomstick? Door-to-Door Against Speed Cameras!
To: Patrick Hussey <>

Dear Friends,

When I was campaigning against Cathy Bevins in her home precinct (precinct 15-6, near Oliver Beach Elementary School) the other day, I heard her cackle as she whipped out her broomstick and flew off to a County Council Meeting. That's why we've named her "The Wicked Witch of the East." We've got 9 activists going door-to-door to punish the Wicked Witch of the East for her misdeeds on the County Council, knowing that she has sponsored a very, very bad bill designed to kill our Essential Liberty with the swift stroke of her pen. We'll hit thousands of homes the next few days in her District. She knows she's the most vulnerable member of the County Council, since she only won by about 500 votes. We will do everything we can to peel her off this bad bill. There's only one problem.

You see, the Wicked Witch of the West is also flying around on her broomstick terrorizing District 2, and your Little Dog too. Her name is Vicki Almond, and I hear she's quite a nut! Without your help, this vote on Speed Cameras may very well go down 4-3. Would you like to help crack that nut Almond? So far, we only have one activist in Almond's District covering Woodholme Elementary School, precinct 3-14. Would you like help distribute literature in Almond's District and turn her constituents against her? We've got maps and opposition literature ready to go, as much as you and your teams of Freedom Fighters can handle. Please respond to this email if you'd like to fight for freedom alongside us.

For Liberty,
Patrick Hussey
Baltimore County Campaign for Liberty


  1. In their own mission statement it states,"That is why the Campaign for Liberty was established: to highlight the neglected but common-sense principles we champion and reinsert them into the American political conversation."
    Now what I want to know is, where is it common-sense to feel that because they have graduated to using "Big People" crayons that they use them in such a childish, elementary wording in what they think is lashing out at Bevins and Almond? The references to The Wizard of OZ just shows me that the Baltimore County Campaign for Liberty still hasn't moved from the school cafeteria when it comes to expressing that common-sense. It's a shame that you are still at a 4th or 5th grade vocabulary level. If you really want to express yourselves in an adult manner on these adult issues I'd say grow a pair, but that would mean getting that permission slip from your parents.

  2. Campaign for Liberty is a nonpartisan organization. This Patrick Hussey has clearly gone off the reservation.

  3. Too each, his own.

    I can't stand speed cameras and I wouldn't vote for candidates whom support them. I don't think knocking on doors will do much. Find out who received the tickets in her district and knock on their doors.

  4. I don't like speed cameras at all, but there are clearly ways of combating them and this is not one of them...