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Is nothing to be spared from the PC Police?

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Maryland’s first transvestite soldier, Miss Ann Tietum

The Old Line State’s Senate moves to cut references to “Northern Scum” from its state song.

Maryland’s legislature moved to toss Civil War-era lyrics about “Northern scum” and other lines disparaging President Abraham Lincoln from the official state song on Thursday.

The state Senate voted 38-8 to revise the state song, with sponsors saying a modern-day Maryland needed more unifying lyrics to represent it.

The state song was based on a poem written by James Ryder Randall, “Maryland! My Maryland!,” in 1861 when he was despondent about the shooting of a friend by Union troops in Baltimore.

We won the war without Maryland’s help, and if they were sore about that, I think they should keep their song the way it is, so they can remember, and we can laugh.

Lyrics to the song are here – I’d love to hear a kindergarten choir belting out all this blood and gore. Excerpts:

Maryland, My Maryland

I
The despot’s heel is on thy shore,

Maryland!
His torch is at thy temple door,
Maryland!
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!

III
Thou wilt not cower in the dust,

Maryland!
Thy beaming sword shall never rust,
Maryland!
Remember Carroll’s sacred trust,
Remember Howard’s warlike thrust,-
And all thy slumberers with the just,
Maryland! My Maryland!

 

V
Come! for thy shield is bright and strong,

Maryland!
Come! for thy dalliance does thee wrong,
Maryland!
Come to thine own anointed throng,
Stalking with Liberty along,
And sing thy dauntless slogan song,
Maryland! My Maryland!

VI
Dear Mother! burst the tyrant’s chain,

Maryland!
Virginia should not call in vain,
Maryland!
She meets her sisters on the plain-
Sic semper! ’tis the proud refrain
That baffles minions back amain,
Maryland!
Arise in majesty again,
Maryland! My Maryland!

VII
I see the blush upon thy cheek,

Maryland!
For thou wast ever bravely meek,
Maryland!
But lo! there surges forth a shriek,
From hill to hill, from creek to creek,
Potomac calls to Chesapeake,
Maryland! My Maryland!

VIII
Thou wilt not yield the Vandal toll,

Maryland!
Thou wilt not crook to his control,
Maryland!
Better the fire upon thee roll, Better the shot, the blade, the bowl,
Than crucifixion of the Soul,
Maryland! My Maryland!

IX
I hear the distant thunder-hum,

Maryland!
The Old Line bugle, fife, and drum,
Maryland!
She is not dead, nor deaf, nor dumb-
Huzza! She spurns the Northern scum!
She breathes! She burns! She’ll come! She’ll come!
Maryland! My Maryland!

 

 

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Pending

62 Brookridge DSrive62 Brookridge Drive, asking $4.795, so that’s good news for higher-end owners – that segment’s been pretty moribund lately.Lovely house, maintained and kept fresh since it was built in 1999.

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Sale price reported

46 Hendrie Avenue

146 Hendrie Avenue

146 Hendrie Avenue in Riverside, new construction that started off at $4.595 million, has sold for $3.625. Nice house, dubious location. I expressed some skepticism about its prospects back when it first hit the market, as did most of the commenters here.

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And a contract in Greenwich

10 Tinker Lane

10 Tinker Lane

10 Tinker Lane, asking $2.375 million.  This is a nice house, for the price, and it’s located on the side of Tinker away from the Merritt Parkway. Quick shot down Lake to town, and, obviously, an even quicker hop to the Parkway.

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Cos Cob contract

70Gregory Road

70 Gregory Road

70 Gregory Road (off Valley), asking $1.299.

Owners paid $985,000 for it in January, 2014, did a decent job renovating it and put it back on the market in July of that year for $1.350 million. It didn’t sell then, despite the listing’s boasting that “The pendants lights hanging over the custom made island is perfect for hosting friends & family gathering.’ Go figure.

In any event, after being rented out for a year, it came back on in July, 2015 for $1.5 million, gradually dropped down to this price with a notation, “owner anxious, bring any and all offers”, and someone showed up. It’ll be interesting to see, when the sale price is disclosed, just how anxious the sellers were.

 

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