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(Washington Post)   If you consider college costs and ignore the terrible drivers, permanent Democratic majority, omnipresent traffic cameras, Baltimore, suburban sprawl, traffic congestion, and stratospheric taxes, then Maryland is totally the best state in the union   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 116
    More: Unlikely, National Center for Education Statistics, college costs, Cecilia Munoz, Martin O'Malley  
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2014-06-14 03:19:56 PM  
Maryland has long been known for being full of drivers who buy whatever Consumer Reports tells them to buy, without having any driving skill whatsoever. The Belgians of the U.S.
 
2014-06-14 04:12:22 PM  
Basically, if you lean left, MD is for you. It's the anti-MS, in that regard.
 
2014-06-14 04:46:09 PM  
Maryland drivers are the almost the worst in the nation, second only to Pennsylvanians.

Q: How do you confuse a Maryland driver?
A: Follow traffic laws.
 
2014-06-14 05:14:12 PM  
"ignore the terrible drivers"

There are easier ways to commit suicide, subby

/learned to drive on the beltway
//always keep a watch out for those incompetent farks
 
2014-06-14 05:20:13 PM  
Sshhh....people, the more you talk about how great Maryland is, the more people will want to move here.
 
2014-06-14 05:22:08 PM  

Lsherm: Maryland drivers are the almost the worst in the nation, second only to Pennsylvanians.

Q: How do you confuse a Maryland driver?
A: Follow traffic laws.


You obviously haven't been to south Florida.
 
2014-06-14 05:23:13 PM  

ariseatex: Sshhh....people, the more you talk about how great Maryland is, the more people will want to move here.


*deep base voice at bottom of well* "no they wont"
 
2014-06-14 05:35:55 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Lsherm: Maryland drivers are the almost the worst in the nation, second only to Pennsylvanians.

Q: How do you confuse a Maryland driver?
A: Follow traffic laws.

You obviously haven't been to south Florida.


I remember someone saying that it isn't that drivers in South Florida don't follow traffic laws, they just follow the traffic laws of their home country.
 
2014-06-14 05:36:49 PM  
My introduction to Maryland driving was when I was going 85 mph in the left lane on the Beltway (55 mph speed limit), and a cop passed me on the right.  No sirens...I was just going too slow.
 
2014-06-14 05:37:24 PM  
Cincinnati has farking traffic cameras everywhere and Atlanta a shining example of suburban sprawl gone to stupid extremes.
 
2014-06-14 05:39:04 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Lsherm: Maryland drivers are the almost the worst in the nation, second only to Pennsylvanians.

Q: How do you confuse a Maryland driver?
A: Follow traffic laws.

You obviously haven't been to south Florida.


I have it's filled with a combination of elderly Maryland and New York drivers.

You have every right to be very afraid.
 
2014-06-14 05:41:30 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Lsherm: Maryland drivers are the almost the worst in the nation, second only to Pennsylvanians.

Q: How do you confuse a Maryland driver?
A: Follow traffic laws.

You obviously haven't been to south Florida.


Seconded, south Florida is awful.

Pennsylvanians are a treat compared to drivers in CT and Boston.
 
2014-06-14 05:41:31 PM  
In Montgomery County, I've never lived in a place that had nicer things and more miserable people. People walk around their fancy little suburb with permanent scowls on their faces.
 
2014-06-14 05:43:07 PM  
After you go to college, you won't be able to find a decent job so you don't have to worry about taxes and driving to work.
 
2014-06-14 05:45:16 PM  
I wasted 10 years of an otherwise happy life in How-weird County, Maryland.  Frank Zappa was right.  Maryland is wretched.
 
2014-06-14 05:45:29 PM  
Grew up /went to college in MD, then promptly moved. College and education was affordable and pretty high quality, but the rest of life wasn't. Once I moved and informed my peers of my massive improvement in quality of life, I think I have started a trend, which if extrapolated, doesn't bode well for MDs future. O'Malley taxed RAIN for godsakes.
 
2014-06-14 05:45:53 PM  

Mrtraveler01: TheGreatGazoo: Lsherm: Maryland drivers are the almost the worst in the nation, second only to Pennsylvanians.

Q: How do you confuse a Maryland driver?
A: Follow traffic laws.

You obviously haven't been to south Florida.

I remember someone saying that it isn't that drivers in South Florida don't follow traffic laws, they just follow the traffic laws of their home country.


I've heard that explanation spoken verbatim from my dad, who travels around Central and South America constantly. Pretty much everyone down there groans when they see New York and Canadian plates every winter, though.
 
2014-06-14 05:46:12 PM  
Oh subby, show us where the nasty dems touched you
 
2014-06-14 05:49:48 PM  
Also don't forget the 1971 Orioles had 4 count'em four 20 game winning pitchers. Plus Boog Powell Frank Robinson Brooks Robinson. Then they made dumb trades and it was all downhill 1972 and then 1973 Maryland's ex-governor USA VP Spiro Agnew resigns in disgrace for bribery and kickbacks. How the mighty have fallen and this college scheme won't resurrect past glory.
 
2014-06-14 05:53:46 PM  
Maryland is a horrible, terrible state.   You should move to NoVa if you're moving into the area.
 
2014-06-14 05:57:45 PM  
Been there a few times.
It sucked.
 
2014-06-14 05:58:59 PM  
Maryland sucks, and that's coming from someone who lives here.

Honestly, it's not even worth being a state. The central part of the state is owned part and parcel by the Democratic National Committee, the eastern shore is a completely separate world that wants nothing to do with the rest of the state, and the western 5 counties are perpetually wanting to split from everyone else and form their own little mountain stronghold.

I think everything west of State Route 124 should go to WV. Everything East of SR-124 to the Bay, and south of I-70 should go to NoVA. Everything north of I-70 east of SR-124 to the Bay should go to PA. The eastern shore should go to Delaware. And Baltimore should be walled off and hit with multiple nuclear warheads.
 
2014-06-14 06:01:36 PM  
Carroll County... whooo hoo .... you're screwed.
 
2014-06-14 06:02:32 PM  

tallen702: Maryland sucks, and that's coming from someone who lives here.

I think everything west of State Route 124 should go to WV. Everything East of SR-124 to the Bay, and south of I-70 should go to NoVA. Everything north of I-70 east of SR-124 to the Bay should go to PA. The eastern shore should go to Delaware. And Baltimore should be walled off and hit with multiple nuclear warheads.


I escaped Maryland in 1973. This sounds like a reasonable plan.
 
2014-06-14 06:03:24 PM  

Naesen: O'Malley taxed RAIN for godsakes.


No, the Maryland Legislature approved a fee on property owners based on square footage of impervious surfaces, at an amount to be set by local jurisdictions. This is because the Chesapeake Bay is contaminated by all of the fertilizer, chemicals, dog shiat, and other stuff that washes off of paved surfaces and into storm drains when it does rain. Even if the people of Maryland wanted to cockpunch the environment and let the bay be polluted like the Republicans want them to, the Federal government is requiring that they comply with Clean Water Act standards, so this will actually save money in the long run, regardless of whether or not you want to live next to a cesspit.

I can see how you might think of that as a literal tax on rain, though, what with the hydrocephalus and all.
 
2014-06-14 06:06:45 PM  

2wolves: Maryland is a horrible, terrible state.   You should move to NoVa if you're moving into the area.


Move to NoVA if you enjoy horrendously engineered roads and having YOUR tax dollars sucked down to southern counties that do things like elect David Brat in the primary.
 
2014-06-14 06:08:19 PM  
There are places without terrible drivers?

/MA
 
2014-06-14 06:08:48 PM  
My ex is from Baltimore and we went there to visit family. I never wanted to leave a city more. It could have been the ex's family, (they still had their fake Christmas tree up and it was April) but that crap city didn't help.
 
2014-06-14 06:10:27 PM  
Imagine the Dukes of Hazzard with Bo and Luke driving around in Ford F150s plastered with Ravens stickers, and every other car is either a soccer mom squatting in the left lane with her SUV or Boss Hogg cutting people off in a Lexus.  And they're all on handheld cell phones despite the law against it.
 
2014-06-14 06:12:15 PM  
Just because they're the meanest SOB's in the State of Maryland... GUARANTEED!

Fark You Baltimore (NSFW language)
 
2014-06-14 06:15:00 PM  
Meh, I've never had too many problems in my visits to Maryland, but I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who has noticed the strange driving habits of the average Marylander.  For me, I've never had problems in the urban areas--Baltimore, around DC, etc., but when I hit the more rural areas of Maryland, my mind keeps screaming ohhhhhhhhh shiat!
 
2014-06-14 06:15:43 PM  
Ignore Baltimore?

www.myfacewhen.net
 
2014-06-14 06:19:53 PM  
Meh...I've lived in Merry Lund for 10 years now and it isn't that bad.  I paid 1/4 of what I would have had to pay in NOVA for the same home the same distance from downtown DC and 5 blocks from a metro station, I don't have to pay car taxes like NOVA, or sales taxes like DC. Also have better food than NOVA for better prices (Wegmans 4 life).

/Yes, driving here sucks, but NOVA and DC drivers are as bad as Maryland
 
2014-06-14 06:28:51 PM  
You can't even drive through the place without being covered with crabs. And then there's the seafood.
 
2014-06-14 06:35:11 PM  
Permanent Democratic majority would explain the terrible drivers .
 
2014-06-14 06:36:40 PM  
I have lots of family around Balmer, and it's never seemed that bad to me...
 
2014-06-14 06:37:10 PM  

ariseatex: My introduction to Maryland driving was when I was going 85 mph in the left lane on the Beltway (55 mph speed limit), and a cop passed me on the right.  No sirens...I was just going too slow.

I was once going 70 in the left lane of the beltway in PGCo and was passed by someone on the left, going 85 ... on the inside shoulder.

I actually enjoyed living in MD - that part of the country has an old-world feel that CA lacks - but damn the state government is farking incompetent.
 
2014-06-14 06:37:13 PM  
We live in Delaware... we would never live in Maryland because of their (now even more) farked-up gun laws, and we don't even cross the line into MD if we can possibly avoid it because they don't honor our concealed carry permits.

/liberals
//really! but stupid gun laws are non-partisan
 
2014-06-14 06:41:17 PM  
I noticed subby left any mention of murder and other crimes off the list.
How come? Just didn't feel the need to point out the obvious?
 
2014-06-14 06:42:43 PM  

Godfrey Daniels: I wasted 10 years of an otherwise happy life in How-weird County, Maryland.  Frank Zappa was right.  Maryland is wretched.


I didn't know he'd said that, that's pretty funny. His family stayed in Bmore - I grew up next to some of them.

tallen702: I think everything west of State Route 124 should go to WV. Everything East of SR-124 to the Bay, and south of I-70 should go to NoVA. Everything north of I-70 east of SR-124 to the Bay should go to PA. The eastern shore should go to Delaware.


This. Maryland got its shape in a map room in England, the Colony could never mount its own defense against Indian wars, and disaster planning today requires an unusual amount of cross-border negotiation.

And Baltimore should be walled off and hit with multiple nuclear warheads.

Hey now. We've got... I dunno... well there's all that history.
 
2014-06-14 06:51:19 PM  

Lsherm: Maryland drivers are the almost the worst in the nation, second only to Pennsylvanians.

Q: How do you confuse a Maryland driver?
A: Follow traffic laws.


This.  Every time I see some jackass doing something jackass-y on the Beltway, they have Maryland plates.

Every.

Damn.

Time.
 
2014-06-14 06:58:23 PM  

Kevin72: Also don't forget the 1971 Orioles had 4 count'em four 20 game winning pitchers. Plus Boog Powell Frank Robinson Brooks Robinson. Then they made dumb trades and it was all downhill 1972 and then 1973 Maryland's ex-governor USA VP Spiro Agnew resigns in disgrace for bribery and kickbacks. How the mighty have fallen and this college scheme won't resurrect past glory.


That, along with Michael Steele explains why people in the DPRMD avoid Republicans
 
2014-06-14 07:01:59 PM  

GopherGuts: We live in Delaware... we would never live in Maryland because of their (now even more) farked-up gun laws, and we don't even cross the line into MD if we can possibly avoid it because they don't honor our concealed carry permits.

/liberals
//really! but stupid gun laws are non-partisan


Every time someone thinks I'm a "gun nut" I point to people like you.

Do you really need a concealed carry everywhere you go? There are few people who really need one outside of mountain lion country.
 
2014-06-14 07:04:33 PM  
For golf and duck hunting, Maryland is a 1st class place to visit.  However as soon as the weekend is over, I'm doing 95 on 95 or 83 on 83.
 
2014-06-14 07:11:48 PM  
I've lived in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Northern Virginia.  They all suck.
 
2014-06-14 07:14:32 PM  
Oh come on, Subby. Nobody who is worried about that "permanent Democratic majority" is bright enough to go to college anyway.
 
2014-06-14 07:23:59 PM  

Turfshoe: I've lived in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Northern Virginia.  They all suck.


NoVA has pockets of pure gold.  You've just gotta know where to look, man.
 
2014-06-14 07:31:26 PM  
I'm sorry, but it's a scientific fact that Indiana drivers who have "In God We Trust" plates are the worst drivers in the universe. No matter where I am in the country (including Alaska and Hawaii), if someone's doing something remarkably dangerous and stupid, there's a 99.6% chance they have that plate on their car.
 
2014-06-14 07:34:01 PM  

Lsherm: Maryland drivers are the almost the worst in the nation, second only to Pennsylvanians.

Q: How do you confuse a Maryland driver?
A: Follow traffic laws.


If these places are anything like the rest of the southeast, it's not the drivers. It's the clueless departments of transportation and the corrupt governments who will let a developer build anything anywhere and demand tortuous roads be placed between all these bullshiat developments. Pair that with the NIMBY system and your streets look like spaghetti from the sky and neighborhoods called "five points" because of the farcical intersections that result from no one giving a fark about order.

The drivers are just reacting to the fact that there's no grid and no consistency and thus a wrong turn will fark your trip sideways.
 
2014-06-14 07:36:14 PM  
I have no issue with a permanent democratic majority or suburban sprawl (as if those are bad things) but bad drivers and high taxes are things I take issue with.  The real killer though is that it snows there.  That is simply unacceptable.  Places with snow are uninhabitable.
 
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