Friday, July 29, 2011
From Fox News
Breaking News---House of Representatives Boehner's Revised Debt Limit Bill Passes House, as Senate Dems Work on Rival Legislation
With the U.S. moving perilously closer to defaulting on its loans, the House passed an increase in the federal debt limit as part of John Boehner's third version of a deficit-reduction bill, which includes a balanced budget amendment -- a pivotal provision for securing the support of hard-line Republicans.
The bill passed in a 218-210 vote, with all House Democrats opposed, as well as 22 Republicans. But it isn't likely to advance in the Senate, where Democrats are working on rival legislation ahead of the Treasury's Tuesday deadline to increase the debt limit.
Ron Alessi and Jim Rapp made claims that they did in fact have the proper narcotics on premises to sedate the animal. The Daily Times was told this was not true but they went ahead and published what Alessi a Rapp stated.
The above documents prove just what happened that day. A bus load of children had just left that area when the Jag got out. The Zookeeper "Ann" was heroic, (IMHO) by risking her own life to call the animal back into the exhibit.
The event happened much longer than 4 years ago today but we published this information at that time.
Since Webster couldn't stand me, he held the conference outside in the extreme heat just to prove his point.
Well, where are we today. Webster is history and still searching the Help Wanted Ads after a devastating loss in Somerset County as he tried to run for Sheriff and lost by a landslide.
We’ll take what’s behind door #2 Johnny. The vested interests in Washington DC and Wall Street only care about power and wealth. They will never abandon credit expansion. It’s their drug. They must have it. They are addicted to it. They will keep injecting it into our system until they overdose America.
The mainstream media acts as if not raising the debt ceiling by next Tuesday will result in America defaulting. This is a crock. America chose to proceed on a path to default decades ago. We are just finally reaching our destination. Below are the choices we made as a people and a country to default on our obligations and eventually destroy our country:
- The enactment of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution in 1913 allowing the government to impose a tax on your income, thereby opening Pandora’s Box to a 60,000 page tax code and allowing politicians to sell their votes to the highest bidder.
- The signing into law of the Federal Reserve Act by Woodrow Wilson in 1913, transferring control of our currency system to Wall Street banks. The man made inflation created by the Federal Reserve has reduced the purchasing power of the USD by 97% since 1913 and has allowed politicians to promise $100 trillion of benefits to Americans, that can never be delivered.
- The Social Security Act signed into law by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935, supposedly to help widows and orphans, morphed into a giant ponzi scheme used by politicians to make Americans think it was a retirement plan and the money was in a lockbox. The scam continues, but ponzi schemes always collapse.
- Fannie Mae was created in 1938 as a government agency and Freddie Mac was created in 1970 as a quasi-government agency. By promoting home ownership and subsidizing loans to people who should have never gotten loans these agencies caused hundreds of billions in mal-investment. As tools of politicians, they were used to push social agendas. The result will be in excess of $300 billion in losses to the American taxpayer.
- The Korean War set a precedent where the President did not need to seek Congress to declare war as required under the Constitution. This has allowed the President the freedom to fight undeclared wars around the world for decades, while spending trillions, with no approval from Congress.
- LBJ’s Great Society programs such as Medicare and Medicaid were sold to Americans as cost saving programs that would improve healthcare for all Americans. We now spend 17% of our GDP on healthcare and these two programs have an unfunded liability of almost $100 trillion.
'We learned that whatever we did with our kids, to do the opposite'
Except that it’s been years since your mom took care of a newborn. And your mother-in-law is promising to move in a week before your due date, so she can “help you out,” and your dear old dad just doesn’t get this whole car seat business. Back in his day, they held their little angels on their laps, dang it, and you kids turned out OK.
Maybe it’s time to send grandma and grandpa back to school. Many hospitals now offer grandparenting classes, which cover everything from current trends in childbirth to updated standards on infant care.
by David Limbaugh
I hope that as we conservatives traverse these very difficult roads, we will always remember who the political enemy is. Our internecine fighting of late has given President Obama a bit of needed cover for his primary culpability in our nation's budget crisis.
Conservatives seem to be evenly divided on whether or not to support House Speaker John Boehner's budgetary plan to avoid a debt ceiling impasse. But the level of vitriol back and forth is increasing, with one side calling the other "crazy" and the other shouting back "RINOs," or Republicans in name only.
I believe both sides are acting honorably; they mostly agree on goals and disagree on tactics. But it's a bit more complicated than that. They also differ somewhat in their operating assumptions.
Additional tips can be found on the Police Department’s website, http://www.salisburypd.com/. On the lower right side of the page is a link to a crime prevention tips page. On that page there are a number of additional links for personal safety tips.
Any questions can be directed to the Salisbury Police Department Community Affairs Division at 410-548-3165.
As we wait for the vote on the Boehner Debt Bill, some wonder what is the best way to handle the debt crisis? The crisis was created by our President and the Democrats in Congress. For two years the President had a Democratic majority in both Houses and could pass an increase in the debt limit authority. They chose not to do this as it might be viewed negatively by the populace. Now we are on the brink of creating another market collapse as the President has heightened the stakes by repeatedly addressing the public on this issue while ignoring any real compromise and using this crisis as a means to get another tax increase.
The legislation passed recently by the House sets the correct tone by limiting spending, requiring balanced budgets, and capping the growth. However, it will never become law as the balanced budget amendment cannot ever pass enough states as there are many that will fear the loss of federal funds in the future. Yet, this is a worthy goal and one that the TEA Party supporters favor. I find it analogous to the attempt years ago to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
Most of us know (or have known) a weasel or two in our lifetimes. Some of us know more than a few, and a few of us are unlucky enough to be surrounded by them. Escaping real life encounters with weasels is a fortunate state of affairs indeed. Nevertheless, you will undoubtedly be assaulted by proxy either through media or legislative mandates. Pick up any form of print media and their visages smile up at you with a plastic intensity matched only by the accompanying pontificating on their plans for maintaining and expanding the status-quo controls on your life. I challenge you to find a news channel where you won't hear those same plans (or worse ones) regurgitated through flashy, cutesy sound bytes on the hour by more (or the same) plasticine personas. Our nation's capital seethes with them. Their offices overflow with favored crony lobbyists, and their legislative droppings have spread over the land burying our Republic in the stink of rotten tyranny. Yes, weasels are rampant on the Hill. So much so that one might wonder whether D.C. suffered an invasion of the weasel-pod-people one fine night while the country slept. Of course we have been asleep for quite a long time, so perhaps it shouldn't surprise us to find that our house has been overrun by weasels, the clean up of which – to borrow a favored weasel phrase – is a "shovel ready job". This one, however, would actually be of more than temporary benefit to America.
The weasels would like us all to accept that their infestation is not only normal, but "just the way things are". At which point they expect us all to go back to sleep, so the merry-go-round of fraud and plunder can continue spinning money out of our pockets and into theirs. Since that proposed state of affairs has been a long-standing given, it's not surprising that they can't recognize the winds of change, even after the gusts carried a good number of them out of office this past November. Some are beginning to get a clue, but they have yet to realize that the people mean serious business this time. The dysphoria hanging over the land is not just a temporary phase easily placated with business as usual platitudes mouthed blithely out of one side of their faces or the other. Too many Americans caught a glimpse of the underlying decay exposed to sunlight during the 2008 debates by the sheer strength of honest words voiced by a man of impeccable integrity. If as Justice Louis Brandeis stated (and Obama so blithely quoted out of one side of his face) "sunlight is the greatest disinfectant," then Ron Paul – who simply wiped away years of grimy obfuscation with a few clarifying statements – is the mightiest cleaning agent since the advent of Clorox
In the early morning of July 29, 2011, Officers responded to a residence on the four hundred (400) block of Virginia Avenue. Upon arrival the officers found that an unknown suspect had thrown an object through the rear window of the residence, destroying the window. The scene was processed and resulted in the recovery of suspect evidence.
On the same date, a short time later, Officers received a call to respond to a residence on the eight hundred (800) block of Camden Avenue for the report of damage to a motor vehicle. Upon arrival the officers found that an unknown suspect had broken the window of the vehicle. Additional suspect and witness evidence was collected at this location.
Both locations are the residential properties of two (2) members of the Salisbury City Council. These incidents are under investigation.
If anyone has any information regarding these incidents they are asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at 410-548-3165 or to contact Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776. Information may be left at both locations anonymously.
PUBLISHERS NOTES: As of this moment there is a $750.00 REWARD for the arrest and conviction for the individual/individuals who committed these crimes.
OCEAN CITY, MD - Construction of the long-discussed expansion of the Ocean City convention center is expected to begin next week.
Convention Center Director Rick Hamilton and Mayor Rick Meehan went to Annapolis Wednesday to receive the final approval from the state Board of Public Works on the construction contract. The state, through the Maryland Stadium Authority, is a partner in the facility, so it must approve all contracts.
“It’s already been negotiated, so I think it will be a formality,” Hamilton said of the state approval.
Once the approval is in hand, construction can begin. Hamilton said the contractor is “waiting to start” on Monday.
There is only ONE 3 wheel vehicle permitted to travel in just that City alone. They are NOT permitted anywhere else in Maryland, regardless of what some people might say.
Hence the little red thingamabopper no longer seen roaming the streets of Salisbury. Besides, a 14 year old isn't permitted to drive, period.
I guess there will be more of this from the establishment as Dr. Paul climbs in the polls, but this one runs Congressman Paul's views through a distortion mirror at least a dozen times and comes out with these conclusions:
[Ron Paul]argues that this [a default] will mean, as the President, Wall Street and the Treasury Secretary argue, an increase in interest rates, not just for the government, but for regular Americans. The cost of car loans would go up. The cost of house loans would go up (and the values would probably come down), as would the monthly payments for people with adjustable rate mortgages. The amount small businesses pay to get loans to expand their business would go up....Nowhere does Ron Paul say that defaulting on the U.S. debt will result in higher interest rates in the private sector. In fact, getting the government out of the debt market will increase by trillions the amount that is available from the markets for the private sector.
So to summarize, here is what Ron Paul, who may yet win the biggest GOP polling test of 2011, is advocating: Less short term employment, slower economic growth, and higher costs for things that Americans buy regularly.
Claude has a cool story about how Philadelphia Gas Works went the extra mile to make sure his girlfriend's car wouldn't explode after a gas leak started nearby.
My girlfriend is out of the country for the month, and I was in charge of her car. This past Saturday, I left Philadelphia for California where I would be meeting with my girlfriend for a wedding and a short vacation. She had very limited internet access, and received two emails from a PGW employee asking her to move her car because of a gas leak where she was parked. What was remarkable about the emails is who they came from.
The first email was from a current tenant at her old apartment — PGW looked up her tags, called the old landlord, and then got the tenants information who then emailed my girlfriend. The second email came from the president of a small organization she volunteers for; the PGW employee had seen several flyers in the back seat of the car, and called that number as well.
Unfortunately, we weren't able to call them in time, and I assumed the car was towed and we would have to deal with it when we got back. I emailed the PGW employee to ask what to do, and he wrote back saying they were able to move some cars that were parked behind my girlfriend's and they just pushed her car back. No car towing. No hassle, and an appreciated effort from our end!
Hey! Something in Philly works! Awesome! No, really, it's pretty cool how they got all private detective and tried to track Claude's girlfriend down. Of course most of it is that they didn't want a four-wheeled box full of gasoline sitting around a possible gas leak, but they were also pretty cool by just pushing her car out of the way. Maybe there's something magic in that melted Cheese Whiz after all, like a little squirt of kindness.
Dominant Social Theme: With a little more money the IMF can fix all.
Free-Market Analysis: We have been predicting in these humble pages that the current crises sweeping through the world's financial marts would be used to galvanize support for an even greater consolidation of globalist power. And now, here comes Christine Lagarde, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, warning not only America's "wise leaders" to get their financial house in order, but also the Europeans too. She truly speaks to all nations with a very authoritarian voice.
Lagarde is wasting no time in positioning the IMF as the ultimate provider of wisdom and understanding – the ideal institution to help lead the world forward. As she winds her way through her performance, we envision a crowd of CFR attendee's swooning to-and-fro in gleeful unison, machinating how to advance the new world order. Oh how much more pleasant she is at this than DSK! (Sarcasm off.)
The reality of the global financial turmoil that has everyone's attention right now, and deservedly so, is NOT going to be fixed as long as we-the-people continue to give these "wise leaders" the license to oppose the laws of nature. It is the inconsistencies associated with econometrics and central planning, which run counter to the basic operating systems that drive individuals and communal realtionships generally.
People make billions and billions, perhaps trillions and trillions, of decisions each and everyday about a whole host of things that affect their lives. The totality of all these decisions shapes the overall environment around us. And the closer the decision maker is to the ultimate effect of the actual decision being made, the more likely the individual will choose a course that best represents his or her interest.
by Linda Chavez
When the history of the debt limit fight is written, the failure of presidential leadership will constitute a major chapter.
Once again, President Obama has proven himself lacking in the most fundamental attribute necessary to the office he occupies: leadership. His idea of leading his party and the American people in a crisis is to give a speech, as he did earlier this week in prime time. But when it comes to fashioning a concrete plan or rallying support of his own troops, he's missing in action.
Contrast President Obama's leadership to that of House Speaker John Boehner, who not only has worked diligently to come up with real numbers matched to federal programs to reduce future debt but has been personally engaged in trying to persuade skeptics within his party to go along. And when the Congressional Budget Office determined the GOP numbers didn't add up as claimed, Boehner went back to the drawing board to come up with new ones that delivered what they promised. As of this writing, the vote on the Boehner plan has yet to occur — but win or lose, the speaker has demonstrated he's willing to lead.
There’s nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose. Our revolution didn’t abolish danger or death. It simply made danger and death worthwhile.
H. G. Wells
The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement – but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
John F. Kennedy
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
A revolution can be neither made nor stopped. The only thing that can be done is for one of several of its children to give it a direction by dint of victories.
Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.
In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
First Mariner Bancorp's bleeding increased during the second quarter as continued write-downs on real estate and bad loans left the Baltimore company with $11 million in losses.
The 1st Mariner Bank parent, locked in a battle for survival, said Friday that its loss during April through June was more than double that of a year earlier.
But the almost $4.7 million loss during the second quarter of 2010 would have been higher if not for a $3.8 million tax benefit during that period, the company said. It received no tax benefit this year.
As I've pointed out  for years, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is owned by the world's central banks, which are in turn owned by the big banks. See this  and this .
It turns out there may be a very interesting wrinkle to private ownership issue.
By way of background, BIS is often called the "central banks' central bank", as it coordinates transactions between central banks, and which is the entity determining the level of reserves banks are required to keep worldwide.
As Spiegel reported  in 2009:
But the New York Federal Reserve Bank currently states  on its website:The BIS is a closed organization owned by the 55 central banks. The heads of these central banks travel to the Basel headquarters once every two months, and the General Meeting, the BIS's supreme executive body, takes place once a year.
So the private banks own the Fed (and most other central banks), and the central banks - and private shareholders - in turn own BIS, the global bank regulator.As of March 2006, the BIS had 55 shareholding central banks from around the world. As of March 2006, the Bank’s assets were approximately $221 billion, including $5.8 billion of its own funds.
When the BIS initially raised capital, participating banks were given the option to buy BIS shares or arrange for those shares to be bought by the public. Currently, 86 percent of the shares of the BIS are registered in the names of central banks, and 14 percent are held by private shareholders. The shares owned by private shareholders consist of part of the French and Belgian issues and all of the shares that were in the original U.S. issue in 1930.
It would obviously be very interesting to find out who these private shareholders are.
SALISBURY, MD - Last night the homes of Salisbury City Council members Debbie Campbell and Tim Spies were vandalized. A cinder block was thrown through the rear window of Bill Campbell’s car and a brick was thrown through a window in Spies’ home. (the photos below are from Spies’ home)
Given that both victims are members of the Salisbury council and political allies, it is unlikely that these acts were random. The enemies shared by both members is a relatively small list.
The Salisbury Police Department is investigating the matter.
BERLIN, MD - The National Trust Main Street Center has recognized Main Street Berlin as a standard for historic preservation and business friendly effort.
Berlin’s Economic and Community Development Director Michael Day said the town’s Main Street program was evaluated by Main Street Maryland on behalf of the national-level nonprofit according to 10 performance points.
“We’re a small Main Street, so we have challenges with volunteers and time constraints. But Terri Sexton of Treasure Chest is chair of Main Street Berlin and has been doing a great job,” Day said. “Our historic façades on our buildings have been pretty well received and have been a good improvement. Main Street Maryland looks to us when a new town comes along and wants to become a Main Street program. They send the town officials to us to show them an example of how to go about preparing to become one. They like how we pretended as if we were a Main Street for three years before we were designated as one.”
Some of the key points require a Main Street community to have an active board of committees; have a paid professional program manager; conduct ongoing training for staff and volunteers; exhibit a historic preservation ethic; and display commercial revitalization support for the downtown area from public and private sector groups.
Still, the mainstream media and the performing puppet politicians need to create a fearful frenzy among the masses to insure maximum public relations exposure for their lies, misinformation, and mistruths. Wall Street will exert their control over the debate by threatening to crash the market if they don’t get what they want (aka TARP). I generally ignore the talking heads on Fox, MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC, as I could learn more from watching Cash Cab than listening to ideologues spouting their talking points. But, last night I happened to see an hour or so of Fox, CNN and MSNBC. I saw the full spectrum of right wing and left wing rhetoric and fear mongering. These stations should be ashamed to call themselves news organizations. They do not even purport to report the news. They spew talking points generated by the left and right, depending on the station’s bias. Truth is unavailable on the mainstream media.
What the public doesn’t see is the rooms filled with PR maggots in the bowels of Congress generating talking points and testing them in over night polls of the public. Their sole purpose is to generate a message that will convince the public the fiscal debacle is the fault of the other party. The goal is to gain an advantage in the next elections. The long term future of our country is unimportant to the soulless autobots that get paid to misinform and mislead the masses. Leaving unborn generations with an un-payable debt so we can selfishly cling to benefits promised to us by corrupt politicians who only made the promises so they could be elected, is the ultimate in egocentric myopia.
The deceptive talking points created in smoky backrooms in Washington DC and vetted by Madison Ave maggots are easy to detect. Each side pounds home the exact same phrases on every “news” station:
Republican Talking Points
- We refuse to increase taxes on all Americans to fix a spending problem.
- Spending has been out of control since Obama took control of the White House (reference $800 billion stimulus package, home buyer tax credit, and Obamacare).
- Say that Obama doesn’t have a plan and mention his ten year budget.
- Tell the American people Republicans are fiscally responsible and the real party of change.
- The people told them to change Washington with the 2010 election.
- The Tea Party EXTREMISTS have hijacked the Republican Party and want to destroy the country by forcing the country to default on its debt.
- The Bush tax cuts and the Bush wars are to blame for the entire increase in debt and deficits.
- The Republicans want to protect the richest Americans while cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits for the poor.
- The Democratic Party will never cut Medicare or Social Security.
- The Democrats are willing to compromise and act like adults, while the evil Republicans resist all offers to strike a deal.
From the Department of Legislative Services' briefing on services that are not subject to the 6 percent Maryland sales tax. The Senate Budget & Taxation Committee said the briefing was part of a hearing that was "educational" and not a road map to future taxes. Hmm. How do you like totally hypothetical taxes on this totally for-informational-purposes-only list of services?
Business Services: Employment; payroll processing
Entertainment Services: Health and fitness centers; golf courses
Financial Services: Financial holding companies; corporate managing offices
Information Services: Cable television; satellite television
Personal Services: Barber and beauty shops; parking garages
Professional Services: Engineering; legal
Repair Services: Automobiles; commercial machinery
Transportation Services: Couriers; taxis and limousines
by Michelle Malkin
"Millionaires and billionaires," President Obama says derisively, must make more "sacrifices" and live by the same rules the rest of America lives by. But there are seven little words that will never appear on the White House teleprompter: "And that means you, too, George Soros."
For all his (and his wife's) bashing of greedy Wall Street hedge-fund managers, Obama has shown nothing but love to the world's most famous hedge-fund mogul. The feeling is mutual and deep(-pocketed).
Soros and his family shelled out $250,000 for Obama's inauguration, $60,000 in direct campaign contributions and untold millions more to liberal activist groups pushing the White House agenda. While the class warrior-in-chief assails conniving financiers who exploit loopholes and corporate titans who imperil the planet, he lets the Soros exemptions to his attack-the-rich rules slide like butter on a hot plate.
They think so logically.
A teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class.
She came to the part of the story where first pig was trying to gather the building materials for his home.
She read. "And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said: 'Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house'?"
The teacher paused then asked the class, "And what do you think the man said?"
One little boy raised his hand and said very matter-of-factly...
"I think the man would have said - 'I'll be a son of a bitch!! A talking pig'!"
The teacher had to leave the room.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the appointment of Walter B. Palmer, III, to the Caroline County Board of Education. Mr. Palmer is a life-long resident of Caroline County and comes from a family of teachers. He is an attorney with his own practice in Denton. Prior to opening his own practice, he served in the Office of the Caroline County State’s Attorney handling child support and juvenile cases.
“Mr. Palmer brings a broad knowledge and a wealth of experience to the Board,” said Governor O’Malley. “He is an active member of the community with a strong commitment to education. I am confident that Mr. Palmer possesses the skill and the leadership necessary to ensure every child in Caroline County receives the quality public education they deserve.”
From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Palmer served on the Caroline County Education Study Commission where he served as chair of the Performance Audit subcommittee. He has also been the attorney advisor for the North Caroline High School Mock Trial Team. Palmer is an active member of his church, the Rotary Club, Character Counts, and various mental health, addiction and family violence organizations. Additionally, Palmer has been a Boy Scout leader for decades.
A graduate of North Caroline High School, Palmer earned his BA in History with honors from Gettysburg College. He earned his JD from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. In addition to the Caroline County Bar, he is a member of the Maryland Bar and the American Bar Association. Mr. Palmer resides in Denton.
Networks Bid $1.5million For Casey Anthony's Story As ABC Announces It Will End Payments For Exclusive Interviews
OCEAN CITY, MD - A discussion over how to thank visitors for coming to Ocean City became a thankless business at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, as members mixed it up in a dispute over marketing.
Councilmen Brent Ashley and Joe Hall have pushed for the city to create and distribute silicone wristbands with the city’s Web site printed inside. They suggested that local businesses buy the wristbands at cost and give them to patrons and the special Web site will take visitors to a survey where they have a chance to win an Ocean City trip.
Some other council members have said that is not the best way to say thank you, because people might throw away the wristbands or not visit the Web site. Having businesses offer top-notch customer service is the best way to make visitors happy and wanting to return, they said.
by Donald C. Fry
What’s the biggest consideration in making decisions about where to locate a business operation?
“The cost of doing business,” was the consensus of more than 50 Maryland CEOs, entrepreneurs, and experts in business development and retention who participated last year in the Greater Baltimore Committee’s series of focus groups, from which the GBC compiled eight core pillars for economic growth and job creation.
While the cost to do business isn’t the only factor, it’s the elephant in the room for location decision makers, say experts.
A state’s individual income taxes, business taxes and property taxes and other taxes and fees, as well as regulations, and policy measures that impact business operations all contribute to overhead and directly relate to any business’ bottom line. Together, they are key factors in the perception of a state’s environment for business growth, participants in the GBC study universally agreed.
That’s why fundamental prerequisites relating to business costs comprise three of the eight core pillars for a competitive business environment.
Donald C. Fry is president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
by Mona Charen
It is true, so true, as Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, argues in the Washington Post, that the doyens of liberal media have been attempting to paint tea party members as the villains of the debt-ceiling confrontation. But this shouldn't surprise. From the inception of the movement, liberals and Democrats have purported to see dark and dangerous trends afoot. The movement has been insulted as stupid and radical, and slandered as racist and nativist.
Perhaps liberals have a hard time understanding the tea party phenomenon because it's so at odds with the spirit of the times. Those funny 18th-century costumes they sport at rallies have a deeper meaning than simply a reference to the original Boston Tea Party. Unlike most 20th- and 21st-century political activists, tea party members are not asking for anything from the federal government — not "full funding" for this or that program, not more research for this or that disease, and not more tax exemptions for this or that industry. They simply ask that the federal government not spend more than it collects in taxes and not continue its suicidal expansion.
Tea party activists are excellent patriots — but during the debt-ceiling confrontation, some have displayed an obtuse and even vain rigidity.
Moody's Investor Services is threatening to downgrade the credit ratings for dozens of local governments in Maryland, Virginia and 29 other states, based on how the federal government's negotiations concerning the U.S. debt ceiling affects financial markets.
The ratings agency placed more than two dozen counties and cities in Virginia and at least seven local governments in Maryland on its credit rating "watch list" on Thursday, citing concerns over the federal government's presence in those areas.
Affected governments include Fairfax, Arlington and Prince William counties in Virginia, as well as Rockville, Prince George's County and Montgomery County in Maryland, as well as smaller incorporated cities and towns in the Washington area.
"The ratings of these local governments, particularly those with a high economic dependence on federal activity, would be vulnerable to a downgrade of the U.S. government," said Moody's Senior Vice President Matt Jones.
The action comes after Moody's placed Maryland, Virginia and three other state governments that have AAA ratings on its "watch list" last week, pending a possible downgrade to the federal government's credit rating as a result of congressional budget action.
I'm sorry but when I saw this earlier this morning and I just couldn't help myself.
Fifty-five-year-old David Bart Goldstein was also sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to five years of supervised release and ordered to register as a sex offender.
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY FOLLOWING PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW FUEL STANDARDS
TOLCHESTER, MD - The discovery of a partial human skull on a remote stretch of beach last week has produced more questions than answers.
The skeletal remains are those of a man who was murdered, most likely this year, according to Maryland State Police. While investigators have not been able to identify the victim, they have determined that the man is not Rock Hall resident Bruce Edward Freeman, who was reported missing in June 2010. Dental records eliminated Freeman as a possibility, MSP Cpl. William McFarland said in a telephone interview Wednesday. McFarland is the supervisor of the Kent Bureau of Investigation, which is assisting the MSP Homicide Unit.
The investigation into Freeman's disappearance is ongoing, according to Rock Hall Capt. William Dempsey. He said Freeman's information has been entered into the national missing person database, and that a KBI investigator talks to Freeman's family on a monthly basis.
Christie, 48, who is heavily overweight and has asthma, was given "routine tests as a precautionary measure," spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement earlier on Thursday.
One worker was killed and another severely injured after a wall collapsed at the slots parlor construction site at Arundel Mills mall,Anne Arundel County officials said Friday.
A male worker in his 20s was trapped under the wall and pronounced dead at the scene, said Chief Michael Cox of the county Fire Department. The second worker, a man about 35 years old, has life-threatening injuries and has been taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Cox said.
Police received a 911 call at 9:58 a.m. after the accident at the site in the 7000 block of Arundel Mills Circle, police said.
by L. Brent Bozell, III
They say the movie theaters make more money on popcorn, candy and soft drinks than they do on the movie tickets. If that's true, theater owners really ought to reconsider the previews they're airing. They can make you sick to your stomach.
I don't know why Hollywood moviemakers are so fascinated with flatulence and excrement. It's become almost an obsession, a formality of sorts in the "humor" oeuvre.
Watching a recent preview of the forthcoming movie "The Change-Up" is bad enough when you consider the plot — two men mysteriously switch bodies, and just how many times will they beat this horse to death? One is an uptight lawyer and family man, and the other a foul-mouthed slacker and relentless womanizer. Aha! The womanizer will be presented with the opportunity to have sex with another man's wife! Genius!
Auditors found that Morgan State University has a litany of problems with controlling spending on scholarships, research and development grants, and granting access to its computer systems – but on the whole, the university is doing much better.
According to the report published on Thursday by the Office of Legislative Audits, Morgan State has 10 major areas where controls need to be tightened.
This may sound like a lot, but the last time the university was routinely examined by the office – three years ago – auditors found 17 major problems, including potentially criminal activity in the capital division. Auditors found that Morgan State cleared up 16 of those problems, and the activity referred to the Attorney General’s Office is still under investigation.
DENTON, MD - A Denton man was arrested Saturday on drug-dealing charges after police seized 119 grams of crack cocaine from a home he was in, according to a news release from the Denton Police Department.
Police said Jermaine Lotez Ringgold, 38, of High Street was charged with possession of a large amount of drugs with the intent to distribute, drug possession with the intent to distribute, drug possession not marijuana, drug paraphernalia possession and failure to obey a lawful police order.
Police said Ringgold was riding on the back of a motor scooter driven by Michael Seth, 47, of Denton, which failed to stop at a stop sign at the Goose Creek gas station on North Sixth Street.
MILTON, DE — With very few revenue streams, Milton is expected to enter the fiscal year 2012 budget year with a deficit of $348,000.
Mayor Cliff Newlands said the town has only enough cash reserves to last another year.
“In our money market account we have just enough to cover [the deficit],” he said. “We have a few dollars on our CDs. Other than that, after this year we’re broke. We have no money.”
The town council worked with the first draft of the budget at a workshop July 26, and council is expected to discuss revenue-producing opportunities at its regular meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, at the Milton Library. Among items that will be pondered is Newlands’ proposed gross rental receipt tax, which is estimated to generate about $200,000, or a little more than half the budget shortfall.
Regardless, I don’t hear members of the county council giving talks to groups attacking Fredericksen. If only Fredericksen was able to exhibit such self restraint.
Lately Fredericksen has been meeting with groups of WCBOE employees at various schools. The nominal reason for these meetings is to explain the budget cuts for the current fiscal year.
At some of these meetings he has made the statement, “If you’re laid off, you can blame the council”, or specifically council person X or Y. (The folks who have reported this to SBYNews have asked that specific council members not be named in case Fredericksen could figure out which meeting he mad a specific comment and then retaliate against specific individuals.)
I find this very interesting. Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt cut the BOE’s budget by $5 million. The council cut an additional $2 million (a cut I opposed). Yet, this is the fault of specific councilmembers?
No, I think this has more to do with Fredericksen being embarrassed because certain council members have dared to demand some accountability. Some council members have reminded Fredericksen that the dollars he spends come from the hard work of our citizens. And that is FAR more important than educating our children … at least to people like John Fredericksen.
CAMBRIDGE, MD - Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge recently announced that the refuge, through the leadership of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has added more than 400 acres of vital property.
"We are pleased with this important addition to the refuge which will help support multiple goals outlined in our Comprehensive Conservation Plan and will play a key role in supporting the developing sea level adaptation planning effort that is currently underway," said refuge manager Suzanne Baird in a written statement. "This new addition would not be possible without the significant support of partners."
The property, which was gained through efforts of the Chesapeake Conservancy, the Maryland congressional delegation and the Conservation Fund, will support present and future wildlife habitat management needs and maintain the region's ecological diversity.
Earlier this week a forum hosted at Salisbury University was to discuss public school funding. Unfortunately for the representatives of the Wicomico County Board of Education (WCBOE), their core assumption was shot down straight out of the box.
The WCBOE wishes to argue that that the county’s share of BOE funding has dropped to $36.2 million. In reality, the county is spending $47.3 million in FY 2012 on education.
WHY THE DISCREPANCY?
The difference lies in how the money is being spent. It is true that $36.2 million has been allocated to the BOE’s operating budget. However, $11.1 million is going to principle and interest on inconsequential items like the new James M. Bennett High School.
WCBOE comptroller Bruce Ford argues that this is “apples and oranges.” On one hand it is. On the other hand …
Tax dollars are tax dollars. They are a limited resource in Wicomico County thanks to the revenue cap. Even without a cap in place, our elected officials and entities such as the WCBOE should treat them as such.
Given that they are limited, when you increase debt service to build new schools (a fact that Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt and the WCBOE still don’t grasp regarding plans for a new Bennett Middle School), that money has to be taken from somewhere else. Unlike the US or world economies, Wicomico is dealing with a zero-sum game (actually zero + 2%). Therefore, investment in education is investment in education. It doesn’t matter whether that money is spent on operations or capital projects.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
It’s unfortunate; but the WCBOE seems to believe that the citizens of Wicomico County are like a rigged slot machine. The BOE wants (pull the handle) and money magically comes out. That simply isn’t the case. There are limited resources which have to be spread out among ALL county services (county departments PLUS other services such as the WCBOE, the State’s Attorney’s office, Health Department, etc.).
WCBOE Superintendent John Fredericksen wants to build new schools. That requires borrowing money; which must be paid back. To quote Wicomico councilwoman Stevie Prettyman, “It’s not a matter of how much you can borrow, but what you can afford to pay back.”
Each time Fredericksen or his minions propose a new capital project (such as a new James M. Bennett Middle School) and demand that it be a palace (rather than merely functional) they need to be careful what they wish for. Other county departments have already been severely cut. The BOE needs to remember that a new school isn’t much good if you can’t afford to staff it with teachers.
After all, IT’s FOR THE CHILDREN.