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Barry Considine

Barry Considine
I returned to political activism a few years back. It started with a blog. Then when someone described me as an online activist I decided to take it to the streets. Since then I have testified before state government committees and met with a senior policy advisor for my congressman. My legislative respresentatives both federal and state are on my virtual speed dial, my favorites list. I write them often and encourage other to do likewise.


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It has been a hectic start to the legislative session. Thursday the first bill to make news was introduced by Del. Curt Anderson (D) Dist. 43 of Baltimore City… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2012 1:40PM

Living Under Trickle-Down

Why do people still believe in trickle-down economics? Why are they satisfied with a trickle? At its root the whole idea is its okay for the rich to keep most of the money and just let us have a few coins. It is being satisfied with begging for alms. It is… Read full post »

MAY 4, 2012 10:23AM

The Next FDR

Nearly every president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has been trying to be one thing, the next FDR. Even Republicans want to be the next FDR and they hate Roosevelt. Some have had some pretty good support, JFK, Reagan and Clinton were all popular presidents but none come close to FDR. Some… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2012 10:18AM

Incredible Journey

Okay I'm guilty of stealing my title from Sheila Every Burnford's book of the same name. However, this story is truly a "That's incredible, Cathy Lee" type tale.   Somewhere off the coast of Venezuela, heading towards the southern Caribbean Matt Rutherford of Annapolis, Md. is on the last leg ofRead full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2011 2:03PM

From Kitchen to Desk

When I decided that living in cockroach filled rooming houses were not for me I gave up on the idea of being an actor. After all I kind of liked what I was doing to supplement my meager income. I was working as a sous chef in suburban Philadelphia restaurant. While there were… Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 12:34AM

It’s a crime scene now

Knock, knock, knock, the innocent knocking on a neighbor’s door is how it began. One of life’s every day tragedies. As the next few minutes passed the knocking begins and stops a number of times. Each time it starts up again it is louder and more insistent, growing to be frantic.… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 4:32PM


September 11, 2001 approximately 8:45am – What a beautiful morning it was. I remember doing as was my custom back then; I turned on the little portable TV that sat atop our refrigerator. Poured myself a cup of coffee and went to sit on my deck while I drank my morning… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 12:32PM


September 11, 2001 approximately 8:45am – What a beautiful morning it was. I remember doing as was my custom back then; I turned on the little portable TV that sat atop our refrigerator. Poured myself a cup of coffee and went to sit on my deck while I drank my morning… Read full post »

President Obama set out his plan for creating jobs in a fiery speech to both houses of Congress on Thursday. Once he again he has tried to craft legislation that the Republicans can support. Once again the Republicans in Congress are already lining up to block it. Michelle Bachmann with her… Read full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2010 9:28AM

Gearing Up In Maryland

Well 2010 is three quarters gone. With the election a little less than a month away it is time to start thinking about 2011. Medical marijuana activist are all ready gearing up for the 2011 Maryland General Assembly Session. What will happen when the legislature returns in January? What we are… Read full post »

The catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is just the latest prophecy fulfilled. Environmentalist warned before the first oil well was drilled offshore that this would happen. Every senator and congressman since owns this disaster. You were warned but instead you made excuses. Now we are all reaping what… Read full post »

I recently wrote of my opposition to Maryland House Bill 712. I'm here to revise and amend my remarks. Last Friday afternoon February 26, 2010 in Maryland's Joint Committee Hearing Room was a sight to see. A bill that already had an impressive list of sponsors had an even more impressive… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2009 10:31AM

Father "T"

"Did you hear that Father Tinder died?" "When?", I asked.”Back in August I think." my mother-in-law, said. What a relief I thought. We had exchanged e-mails back in November so it couldn’t be "my" Father Tinder. Even so, I went to the church website and there it was the horrible trut… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 9, 2009 10:31AM

Me and The Wall

Twenty years ago this evening I did something that my family has yet to let me live down. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. The Berlin Wall, the icon of the Iron Curtain, was possibly the first lesson in world history I remember learning about in school. It was also NikitaRead full post »

NOVEMBER 4, 2009 7:41PM

No More Vicodin For Me

That's right no more Vicodin for me. No more Flexiril either. You might ask why would someone who has taken Vicodin and Flexiril as a part of a pain management regiment for about eight years make such a drastic decision. Three letters is all the answer you need, DEA! If I… Read full post »
OCTOBER 21, 2009 9:53AM

Pot City, USA

Monday night the A&E network ran the documentary Pot City, USA. The documentary highlights the conflict in Humboldt County, Ca. The conflict lies in California's Compassionate Use law that allows patients to use and grow cannabis for medicinal purposes and the illegal growing of marijuana for proRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 9:28AM

My Journey to Political Activism

For the last five plus years I have become politically active. The two issues I work for passage of new legislation on are medical marijuana and health care reform. Recently I have reconnected with some people I knew way back in high school. Most have them have openly offered their support… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 9:17AM

News From Patients Out of Time

I first learned about Patients Out of Time from Irv Rosenfeld. Don’t get me wrong, Irv’s story as one of the last living federal medical marijuana patients is compelling. Even reason enough to pass a medical marijuana law for everyone. However, Patients Out of Time is a unique organizatio… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2009 11:35AM

Remembering Teddy

At the end of any posts or comments I may write is a part of a quote, "Dream things that never were and ask "Why not"". I remember vividly learning the whole quote one day in June of 1968. It was the occasion of Robert F. Kennedy's funeral. In his moving… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2009 11:32AM

Doing the Right Thing

This was inspired by a post by my online friend Deanie Mills. You can read her story at It also comes from unbelievable frustration with how hard it is to do the right thing sometimes.

We have spent the last several months preparing to and moving in with my mother-in-law.… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2009 10:56AM

Sky & Ozone

“I’m so sorry, but we’re full.” That is what the animal rescue facilities said when I called. I was trying to find some place to take my two Siamese cats. I have moved in with my ailing mother-in-law. We have given up our home of 18 years. We have given up… Read full post »

JULY 3, 2009 4:27PM

Sin Tax Orgy has to Stop

July 1st has come and gone but has left something behind for all of us. New taxes! I am not a tea party, taxes bad, governmrnt bad, kind a guy. For instance I still favor strongly the graduated income tax. But these incessant sin taxes have got to stop! Forget my… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2009 11:34AM

The Humanization of the Presidency

It seems that it takes a Democratic president to bring humanity to the White House. It doesn't matter if they come from great wealth like JFK & FDR or spit like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. You can also add Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter to that list. In my lifetime… Read full post »

MAY 23, 2009 3:57PM

Drive Time Radio

I really don’t like drive time radio without music. I want a morning laugh. However, these morning radio personalities that think they can do three hours of stand-up comedy should face facts – they can’t! Even a great inprov comedian like Robin Williams wouldn’t be able to be… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2009 1:17PM

Mrs. Florence Kendall

In January 2007, I posted the following on the blog Casey's Dream, Mrs. Kendall Recently Kathy Knechtges wrote about the man in her life who happens to be a polio survivor. As a polio survivor myself, I immediately identified with this man. ThRead full post »