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Sunday, December 30, 2012

HOBBY LOBBY TO DEFY OBAMACARE MANDATE

Hobby Lobby, the Christian-owned company that provides hobby, arts and crafts supplies to tens of millions of customers across America, will defy the Obamacare mandate that health insurance for its employees cover “abortion-inducing drugs.”

The confirmation is from a statement released by an attorney, Kyle Duncan, who said in a website statement that, “The company will continue to provide health insurance to all qualified employees. To remain true to their faith, it is not their intention, as a company, to pay for abortion-inducing drugs.”
 

The conflict is the latest firefight in the battle against Obama’s mandate that employers pay for abortifacients no matter their religious beliefs. The administration has argued in many of the dozens of lawsuit that have erupted over the conflict that religious people who own corporations must give up their rights to religious freedom.
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WAS ROSS PEROT RIGHT 20 YEARS AGO?

Occupy Wall Street Lawyer In Dash For Sandy Hook Cash

An attorney seeking to sue Connecticut for $100 million on behalf of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting survivor who heard Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage on a loudspeaker also serves as the official lawyer for Occupy New Haven, WND has found.

New Haven lawyer Irving Pinsky told the Associated Press today he is filing the claim against the state on behalf of a 6-year-old female student, nicknamed “Jill Doe,” claiming the student suffered emotional and psychological trauma.


“As a consequence, the claimant-minor child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined,” the claim says.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY 12-30-12

‘Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be for all people. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace towards men of good will.’

Leading Proponent Of Filibuster Reform Claims He Has 51 Votes

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option."

The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures — and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote — amounts to breaking the rules to change them.

“The crucial thing for all of you to know is Harry Reid’s got 51 votes to do the Constitutional option at the beginning of the Congress,” Udall said. “My sense is if he can’t get agreement on the other side, then he’s going to go forward.” 

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Somerset Residents Hit By Sandy Eligible For Aid

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — Some Maryland residents affected by Superstorm Sandy will be eligible to receive food stamps under a federal aid program.

The assistance for residents of Somerset County was announced Sunday by Gov. Martin O’Malley and Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

President Barack Obama this month designated the county as a major disaster area eligible for assistance.

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Government’s Failure To Deal With Criminals Breeds More Crime


Nidal Malik Hasan who’s accused of screaming “Allahu Akbar” and gunning down fellow soldiers at Fort Hood is still waiting to be put on trial. The massacre happened more than three years ago. While there a lot of stupid criminals out there, not every criminal is stupid. The trial delay sends a message to other terrorists that they can hold our justice system at bay. That’s what Hasan is doing and our military justice system is going along with it.

There is no doubt that Hasan was the shooter on that fateful November in 2009. In addition, there’s ample evidence that Hasan was not some mentally disturbed soldier. He is a member in good standing in Allah’s army as this report from WND shows:

“Intelligence officials . . . intercepted at least 18 emails between Hasan and the radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. Hasan told al-Awlaki in one of the emails, ‘I can’t wait to join you’ in paradise.’ He also asked al-Awlaki whether it was appropriate to kill innocents in a suicide attack, when jihad was acceptable and how to transfer funds without attracting government notice.

“In spite of this, Attorney General Eric Holder declined to press terrorism charges against Hasan. Instead the government has labeled the shooting as a case of ‘workplace violence.’ During a memorial service for the victims, President Obama never once used the word terrorism.”

What message does this send to other radical Muslims hell-bent on turning the United States into a Muslim stronghold? Don’t think that Obama’s foot-dragging on prosecuting Hasan hasn’t had an effect on what’s going on in Egypt.

Hasan should have been sent to “paradise” a long time ago.

Then there’s the murder of two firemen who had responded to a fire at a residence in Webster, New York. John Hoeffel and Matt Pearce, writing for the Los Angeles Times, report:

“Webster police identified the shooter Monday as William Spengler, 62, a neighborhood resident and an ex-convict, whom they later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

“It was not the first time Spengler had killed someone. On July 18, 1980, he beat his 92-year-old grandmother to death with a hammer. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, served almost 18 years in prison, and returned after his release, unsettling the neighborhood.”

He beat his grandmother to death with a hammer, and he was released from prison! Why wasn’t Spengler executed? Consider that if Adam Lanza had not killed himself, he could not have been executed in Connecticut. On April 25, 2012, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law that abolishes the death penalty signed a bill into law abolishing capital punishment.

A case can be made that governments are complicit in future murders for not dealing with past murders.

Lawyer: $100M School Shooting Claim About Security

A lawyer who's asking to sue Connecticut for $100 million on behalf of a 6-year-old Newtown school shooting survivor who heard violence over the school's intercom system says the potential claim is about improving school security, not money.

"It's about living in a world that's safe," New Haven attorney Irving Pinsky told The Associated Press on Saturday. "The answer is about protecting the kids."

Pinsky asked this week to sue the state, which has immunity against most lawsuits unless it gives a party permission to go forward with a claim. Connecticut's claims commissioner couldn't be reached for comment Saturday.

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BREAKING NEWS: SECRETARY CLINTON IN HOSPITAL WITH BLOOD CLOT FOLLOWING CONCUSSION

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital with a blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained several weeks ago, her spokesman reports.
From Fox News

Survey Question 12-30-12

What is your prediction for the game?  Who will win? Score?

Gambling Industry Dominates 2012 Maryland Employment Forecast

New casinos account for 40% of new job announcements

Annapolis:
The gambling industry emerged in 2012 as Maryland's top job-generating sector, far outpacing new economy mainstays including bio-tech, cyber-security, information technology and traditional economic engines such as construction and manufacturing. This conclusion is derived from Change Maryland's analysis of the state's Department of Business and Economic Development year-to-date tally of companies setting up or expanding facilities and the estimated numbers of jobs created.

The state's estimate is derived from gaming facilities slated to open or expand by Lakes Entertainment in Allegany County; the Cordish Companies in Anne Arundel County; and Caeser's Entertainment in Baltimore. The estimate does not include a new casino slated to open in Prince George's County following the passage of the question seven ballot referendum in November.

"Maryland should not rely on casinos as a crutch to generate jobs," said Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan. "I am deeply concerned that so much attention was focused on casinos this year that elected officials dismissed other productive components of the economy as an afterthought. While I'm glad that some will get jobs as black jack dealers and cocktail servers, the best careers are those that require science, technology and engineering skills that Maryland educators are working so hard to develop in the classroom."

Combined, the gambling industry is expected to generate 3250 jobs or nearly 40% of the 8500 new jobs announced in 2012. Other sectors pale in comparison with cyber security expected to generate 2612 jobs, healthcare 379 jobs and manufacturing 334 jobs. By contrast, such lauded sectors by the O'Malley Administration, most notably green energy, are expected to generate just 110 jobs.

"I don't know how Martin O'Malley can say with a straight face that jobs are a priority of this Administration with numbers like these," said Hogan. "These numbers are lopsided and pitiful."

Maryland and Virginia maintain files that track new and expanding facility announcements. Virginia's equivalent list shows 13,640 jobs announced in 2012. Although both states' data is subject to revision, the information is an indicator of future economic performance. Virginia's list is downloadable in excel format, is up to date as of December 2012 and is searchable by industry sector.

Change Maryland's analysis of DBED's "New and Expanding Businesses" comes on the heels of dismal economic development results including 6500 small businesses lost between 2007 and 2010, shrinkage of state-based Fortune 500 companies to just three and the loss of companies including Accentia, Bechtel and Northrop Grumman to Virginia.

According to DBED, Maryland's data is gathered on a regular basis from department staff, county economic development officials and published sources.

Dozens Of Crab Steamer Pots Stolen In Md

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) — Police in Cambridge say the person who stole $170,000 worth of crab cooking pots is going to be in hot water over the thefts.

A tractor trailer with 55 stainless steel crab steamer pots was reported stolen Dec. 23. Cambridge police say the truck was parked outside the Kool Ice and Seafood at 110 Washington Street when it was stolen.

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GUN BANNING LEGISLATION REVEALED

They’re coming for your guns. Get ready.

ALERT: Legislation Details: Senate to Ban Hundreds of Semiautomatic Rifles, Handguns, Shotguns, Magazines; Includes Fingerprint Registration Requirements


Mac Slavo and Ed Thomas December 27th, 2012 www.SHTFplan.com
For anyone who may have thought Senator Feinstein and her colleagues in Congress were bluffing aboutcoming firearms legislation that would restrict the sale, transfer and possession of certain firearms, think again.

A summary of the proposed legislation has been made available, and it’s a whopper.

Among outright banning 120 ‘assault’ related firearms (such as AR-15′s and AK-47′s), the bill will also target any weapon that utilizes a “detachable magazine,” as well as any magazine with a capacity of over ten rounds, which would include semi-automatic handguns and shotguns.

Moreover, if you already own a firearm or modification that ends up on the ban list, you will be required under Federal law to register that gun, complete with a background check, fingerprinting and local law enforcement verification.

Those who have recently purchased firearms that would fall under the ban may soon find Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) at their door looking to confiscate ‘illegal’ weapons or engage in home searches for illegal accessories like ‘high capacity’ magazines (over 10 rounds), flash suppressors, pistol grips, and bullet buttons (a feature designed to circumvent ‘fixed’ magazine laws in states like California).

The following is a summary of the proposed Assault Weapons Legislation:

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Save the Bald Eagle, $55 Billion


It’s symbolically appropriate that one of President Obama’s preferred forms of “green energy” crony capitalism has the effect of killing off the national bird. The federal wind production tax credit (PTC) is mercifully set to expire on New Year’s Eve. The PTC provides a financial boon, at great taxpayer expense, to well-connected companies that build eyesore wind farms that kill great birds of prey and pretty much anything else that flies within the range of their “green” blades. The nonpartisan Institute for Energy Research estimates that if this cozy arrangement between big government and big business were to be extended, it would cost American taxpayers $55,000,000,000. The fate of the PTC — and of that $55 billion— now rests with House Republicans, who would have to approve the PTC’s renewal.

As John Fund writes today at National Review Online:

“[N]o matter how much money is blown its way, wind power — for simple scientific reasons — can’t graduate to the kind of large-scale, reliable energy production that its backers tout. Physicist and environmentalist John Droz Jr. notes: ‘There is no real environmental benefit to wind, because a) it’s an unpredictable commodity, b) output from any group of wind projects can and will go to zero on many occasions, and c) energy generated from industrial wind power cannot be economically stored.’ Germany, which has gone stark raving mad in building wind turbines, has proven just how unreliable it is. On one day this February, wind power delivered a third of Germany’s electricity needs, but four days later, on a still day, it contributed precisely zero.”

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HOURS AT CRISFIED DISASTER RECOVERY CENTER CHANGING

HUNT VALLEY, Md. – Residents in Somerset County affected by Hurricane Sandy who wish to visit the federal-state Disaster Recovery Center in the coming days are advised that the hours of operation are changing.

The operating hours through New Year’s Day are: Friday, Dec. 28: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 29: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 30 through Tuesday, Jan. 1: CLOSED.

Beginning on Jan. 2: Monday through Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Disaster Recovery Center is located at:

The Lower Somerset County Ambulance & Rescue Squad Building
#2 Mill Lane
Crisfield, MD 21817

For more information about this disaster, go to www.fema.gov/disaster/4091 orwww.mema.maryland.gov. Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.

Guns Are Ok As Long As They Can Profit From Them.

Somerset County Sheriff's Office Press Releases 12-30-12

George Andrew Whittaker of Crisfield, charged 12-26-12 for pedestrian failing to yield right of way to vehicles, and pedestrian unsafely crossing in path of vehicle. The charges stem from a traffic accident investigation that occurred on 11-6-12. Deputies were called to the area of Ocean Highway for a traffic accident involving a vehicle striking a subject trying to cross Ocean Highway at Steward Neck Rd, Princess Anne. The victim, George Whittaker tried to cross Ocean Highway, and was struck by a south bound motorist. Deputies interviewed Whittaker who was later transported to PRMC. Whittaker had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. Whittaker’s blood alcohol content later showed that he was intoxicated three times above the legal limit. Whittaker was issued citations pending court actions.

Cartez Marian Lilliston of Fruitland, arrested 12-18-12 on a theft warrant. Lilliston was released on personal recognizance.

Avery Antonio Spence of Princess Anne, arrested 12-18-12 for warrants regarding cds possession other than marijuana, possession of marijuana, and cds intent to distribute narcotics. Spence was released after posting a $50,000 bond.

Zachary Depriest Scott Jr. of Crisfield, arrested 12-18-12 on a warrant for 2nd degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Scott was later returned to the Somerset County Detention center where he is being held on un related charges.

Justin Davar Baltimore of Crisfield, arrested 12-18-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Baltimore was turned over to the Worchester County Sheriff’s Office.

Peter Thomas Emery of Mardela, arrested 12-19-12 for warrants regarding failing to register as a sex offender, and failing to notify law enforcement of address change. Emery was later held without bond.

Lisa Rose Richardson of Princess Anne, arrested 12-20-12 on warrants regarding violation of probation. Richardson was later held without bond.

Lance William Cline of Princess Anne, arrested 12-20-12 on a warrant for theft over $1,000. Cline was later released on a $3,000 un secured bond. The arrest was the result of a theft investigation conducted by deputies where Cline allegedly stole jewelry from a family member, and sold it to pawn shops.

Robert Lee Lipsett of Princess Anne, arrested 12-20-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Lipsett was held on a $100,000 bond.

Whitney Nicole Smith of Fruitland, arrested 12-20-12 on a warrant for failing to appear in court. Smith was held on a $250.00 bond.

Wendy Marie Brewer of Crisfield, arrested 12-21-12 for driving on a suspended drivers’ license, and speeding. Brewer was released on signature pending court actions.

Rhonda Shae Banks of Eden, criminal summons served for 2nd degree assault. Banks was released on signature pending court actions.

Craig Lamar Douling of Eden, criminal summons served for 2nd degree assault. Douling was released on signature pending court actions.

Michael Lee White of Salisbury, arrested 12-21-12 for driving on a suspended drivers’ license, and an equipment violation. White was released on signature pending court actions.

Md. Bill Would Close Child-Sex Loophole

A Maryland delegate wants to close a loophole that prosecutors say forced them to drop charges against a Montgomery County high school coach who allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old girl.

Del. Sam Arora, D-Montgomery County, has prefiled a bill that would alter the definition of a "person in a position of authority" at schools across the state -- a bizarre loophole in state law exempts part-time school employees from a ban on having sex with students, Arora said.

The technicality forced the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office to drop two fourth-degree sex offense charges against 47-year-old Scott Spear in March. Spear, who coached cross country and basketball at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old girl he coached.

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Benghazi Penalties Are Bogus

The four officials supposedly out of jobs because of their blunders in the run-up to the deadly Benghazi terror attack remain on the State Department payroll — and will all be back to work soon, The Post has learned.

The highest-ranking official caught up in the scandal, Assistant Secretary of State Eric Boswell, has not “resigned” from government service, as officials said last week. He is just switching desks. And the other three are simply on administrative leave and are expected back.

The four were made out to be sacrificial lambs in the wake of a scathing report issued last week that found that the US compound in Benghazi, Libya, was left vulnerable to attack because of “grossly inadequate” security.


State Department leaders “didn’t come clean about Benghazi and now they’re not coming clean about these staff changes,” a source close to the situation told The Post., adding, the “public would be outraged over this.”

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Local Officials Not Expecting Reimbursement For G8

THURMONT, Md. - More than six months after President Barack Obama and seven other world leaders converged on Camp David for the G-8 summit, local officials appear to hold out little hope that taxpayers might ever recoup the cost of preparing for and hosting the event.

"Are we expecting it? Not necessarily now," Thurmont Mayor Martin Burns said. "If we were, we should have been paid by now, but we're about to go over a fiscal cliff here."

Obama's announcement in March that the event would move from Chicago to Camp David near Thurmont sent local officials scrambling to plan for the unknown. Previous summits in other cities have attracted massive protests.

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DAKOTA THE BLOOD HOUND HAS BEEN FOUND

We were out again this morning before church with no luck then at 10:15 she was spotted near Atria....then around 10:45 her owner found her at the Salisbury Dog Park by the park...she ran again but he was able to corner her on Beaglin Park drive and got her to come to him!

Thanks everyone for the good thoughts, prayers and help!! We appreciate all who came out to help these folks.

19 People Who Are Having A Way Worse Day Than You

Think you're having a bad day? This might change your mind.

New Maryland Laws Include Ban On Arsenic In Chicken Feed

As of New Year’s Day, arsenic is officially off the menu for Maryland chickens.

The nation’s first statewide ban on the use of additives in chicken feed containing the toxic metal is among a dozen new state laws that take effect Jan. 1. The new civil marriage measure that was affirmed by Maryland voters in November, allowing same-sex couples to take their vows, has grabbed the most headlines, but less-publicized laws will take effect as well.

Most new laws adopted by the General Assembly and signed by the governor take effect July 1 or Oct. 1, but in some cases the legislature decides to delay implementation until the new year.

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Thought

A woman can say more in a sigh than a man can say in a sermon. 

Companies And Government Agencies Ban Smoking In 2013

Those who are craving a smoke will have a harder time finding a legal place to light up after the New Year. More companies and government agencies are ramping up restrictions on spots where smoking is allowed.

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports that employees of 3M and Delaware's state government will not be able to take a smoke break at work, including in parking lots, sidewalks and other outdoor areas on state property.

In addition, North Dakota banned smoking in most public places.

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GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY NAMES STEPHEN NEUMAN DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Martin O’Malley announced Stephen Neuman as Director of Public Affairs. Neuman will advise the governor on a range of issues, including communications and policy.

“I am pleased that Steve will join our Administration as Director of Public Affairs,” said Governor O’Malley. “With years of experience on the federal, state and local levels of government, he will be a seasoned advisor and we are confident in his abilities to help move our Administration forward.”

“Governor O'Malley has fought hard to create jobs, invest in schools, and help middle class families in Maryland get ahead,” said Mr. Neuman. “I'm honored to join his team.”

Mr. Neuman joins the O’Malley-Brown Administration with a wealth of experience in government and policy. He has worked in two governors' offices: as a senior advisor to Gov. Bev Perdue of North Carolina, and as a special assistant to former Gov. Mel Carnahan of Missouri. In addition, Neuman served as a legislative assistant under two U.S. Senators: Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Jean Carnahan (D-MO). Neuman also worked as law clerk for the Hon. Judge James B. Zagel, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and as a corporate attorney for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Mr. Neuman graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Political Science, and earned his J.D. at Washington University in St. Louis.

Neuman replaces Rick Abbruzzese, former director of public affairs and will begin work in the Administration effective January 3.

No Deal? You’ll Pay More Taxes Tuesday

WASHINGTON If the nation goes over the “fiscal cliff,” some Americans will wake up Tuesday with financial headaches to rival a New Year’s Eve hangover.

More than 2 million long-term jobless would receive their final unemployment benefit check within days. Millions of taxpayers would be unable to file their returns early, resulting in delayed refunds. Taxes would rise immediately on workers across the board. And although some of those increases may eventually be reversed, the first paychecks of the year would be smaller until any legislative fixes kick in.

Even if the crisis is resolved quickly after the new year as pressure mounts on President Barack Obama and lawmakers, it poses a short-term administrative nightmare for businesses. And it would be a financial blow to millions of people struggling to make ends meet in the aftermath of the recession.

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Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/28/3752852/no-deal-youll-pay-more-taxes-tuesday.html#storylink=cpy

TAKERS OUTNUMBER MAKERS


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Government Dependents Outnumber Those With Private Sector Jobs In 11 U.S. States
By Michael, on December 26th, 2012

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-number-of-people-on-welfare-exceeds-the-number-of-people-with-jobs-in-11-states

America is rapidly becoming a nation of takers. An increasing number of Americans expect the government to take care of them from the cradle to the grave, and they expect the government to dig into the pockets of others in order to pay for it all. This philosophy can be very seductive, but what happens when the number of takers eventually outnumbers the number of producers? In 11 different U.S. states, the number of government dependents exceeds the number of private sector workers. This list of states includes some of the biggest states in the country: California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Maine, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, New Mexico and Hawaii. It is interesting to note that seven of those states were won by Barack Obama on election night. In California, there are 139 “takers” for every 100 private sector workers. That is crazy! The American people have become absolutely addicted to government money, and it gets worse with each passing year. If you can believe it, entitlements accounted for 62 percent of all federal spending in fiscal year 2012. It would be one thing if we could afford all of this spending, but unfortunately we simply cannot. We are drowning in debt, and we are stealing more than a hundred million more dollars from future generations with each passing hour. No bank robber in history can match that kind of theft.

Yes, we will always need a safety net. There are many people out there that simply cannot take care of themselves. We certainly don’t want to see anyone sleeping in the streets or starving to death.

But if the number of people jumping on to the safety net continues to grow at the current pace, the net will break and it will not be available for any of us.

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PSC Chairman Gets Judicial Post

The chairman of Maryland's Public Service Commission has just been appointed to Maryland's second highest court.

Governor O'Malley says PSC Chairman Doug Nazarian has demonstrated, "an ability to handle complex issues is a fair and through way," adding that he is a good fit for Maryland's Court of Special Appeals.

Nazarian, who had previously served as as the general counsel for the PSC has served as the commission's chairman for over four years.

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The Farce Is Complete: In The Case Of Countrywide, Congress Finds Itself Innocent Of Being "Friends Of Angelo"

Just when you thought the seemingly endless rabbit hole of Wall Street-Washington corruption, cronyism, co-option, crime and kickbacks may have finally come to an end, here comes the House Ethic Committee to pronounce that no ethics breaches were found among House members in its investigation involving the scandal surrounding Countrywide "VIP loans" and the "Friends of Angelo." And in just doing so, the House effectively cleared itself of any wrongdoing and that's it, case closed - move along... Move along.

For those who may have forgotten, it was only back in July [19]that yet another House Committee, that for Oversight and Government Reform, found "Countrywide used its VIP Program to aid its lobbying efforts as well as to strengthen its relationship with taxpayer backed Fannie Mae. Countrywide partnered with Fannie Mae in a strategic business alliance that also included joint lobbying efforts." Specifically, the report alleged that:
“The Committee’s investigation found Countrywide lobbyists and CEO Angelo Mozilo used discounted loans as a tool to ingratiate itself with policymakers in an effort to benefit the company’s business interests,” said Issa. “A former lobbyist for Countrywide testified that Members of Congress, staff, and other government officials were directed to the company’s VIP program as part of an effort to create a favorable impression of the company on Capitol Hill. This preferential treatment – that varied depending on the influence of the borrower – was not routinely offered to the public.”

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Attackers In India Rape Case To Face Murder Charge

Indian police charged six men with murder on Saturday, adding to accusations that they beat and gang-raped a woman on a New Delhi bus nearly two weeks ago in a case that shocked the country.

The murder charges were laid after the woman died earlier Saturday in a Singapore hospital where she has been flown for treatment.

New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the six face the death penalty if convicted, in case that has triggered protests across India for greater protection for women from sexual violence, and raised questions about lax attitudes by police toward sexual crimes.

The tragedy has forced India to confront the reality that sexually assaulted women are often blamed for the crime, forcing them to keep quiet and discouraging them from reporting it to authorities for fear of exposing their families to ridicule. Police often refuse to accept complaints from those who are courageous enough to report the rapes, and the rare prosecutions that reach courts drag on for years.

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Eating Out Increases Obesity

Americans started eating out a lot more over the past thirty years, a trend that likely caused obesity rates to skyrocket, according to a new USDA report.

The study tracked caloric and nutrient consumption at home versus restaurants, fast food establishments and schools between 1978 and 2008.

Their results:

Over the past 30 years, food prepared away from home (FAFH) has become a regular part of most Americans’ diets, and those who monitor food trends expect this to continue...Unfortunately, consumption of FAFH has been found to increase caloric intake and reduce diet quality."

Here's their data for percent changes in calorie source:

calorie source USDA
And foods served away from home have a ton more sodium than ones not served at home:
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Director of AG's Civil Rights Office Resigns

The head of the Maryland attorney general's civil rights office has announced he is retiring, a decision that comes in the aftermath of legal problems.

Carl Snowden released a statement by email Friday saying that he plans to retire effective Jan. 8.

Snowden, a longtime Maryland civil rights leader, has a Jan. 7 court date on charges of violating his probation in a 2010 drunken driving case. Snowden also was convicted last month by a Baltimore jury of misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He received a suspended 60-day sentence and a year of probation.

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Feinstein's Gun Control Bill Will Trigger The Next American Revolution

All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party - Mao Tse Tung

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military - William Burroughs

Revolution? Yes, it all sounds rather “extreme”, but the cold hard reality of our era is not going to comfort us with diplomacies and niceties, so honestly, why should I have to sugar coat anything? We live in extreme times and there is no longer room for prancing around the ultimate consequences of that which is taking place in America today. This country is increasingly sliding towards the edge of internal conflict. The Liberty Movement and true Constitutionalists see it, subsections of Republicans and Democrats see it, and most of all, the federal government sees it. In fact, they may even be counting on it.

Over the past two years alone, multiple draconian policies have been enacted through executive order by the Obama Administration which build upon the civil liberty crushing actions of George W. Bush and press far beyond. The Patriot Acts, the FISA domestic spy bill, the bailouts of corrupt international banks, attempts at CISPA and SOPA, actions like the NDAA authorizing the treatment of U.S. citizens as “enemy combatants” without rights to due process; all paint a picture so clear only a one-celled amoeba (or your average suburban yuppie) would not see it. You and I, and everyone else for that matter, have been designated potential targets of the state. Our rights have been made forfeit.

There is no ambiguous or muddled separation between the citizenry and the government anymore. The separation is absolute. It is undeniable. It is vast. It is only a matter of time and momentum, and eventually there will be unbridled oppression, dissent, and conflict. All that is required is a trigger, and I believe that trigger has arrived…

Though made to appear “complex”, the gun control debate is actually an incredibly simple issue. It all boils down to a couple of questions which gun grabbers rarely ask: How does the 2nd Amendment affect the future? That is to say, what was the original intent, and should we still value that intent as it applies to tomorrow? And, what will really happen if it is forcibly removed? Gun opponents act as though they are unaware of these questions, or maybe they don’t care. However, it is vital to their safety and the safety of our culture in general that they do finally consider the bigger picture.

We’ve all heard the prefabricated gun control talking points before. Some of them so old they predate us. They are numerous and most of them incredibly thin. The gist of the anti-gun position, though, could be boiled down to these three points...

Common Anti-Gun Arguments:

1) The 2nd Amendment is “outdated” and no longer relevant in today’s modern society.

2) We do not want to stop you from “defending yourself”, or interfere with the American tradition of hunting, but people do not need “military assault weapons” for either.

3) Your claimed freedom to own guns should not supersede my freedom to live without fear of guns. We exist in a society, and our society requires us to give up certain freedoms so that it can function.


Woman Charged In New York Firefighter Slayings

William Spengler raised no alarms in prison for 17 years and for more than a decade afterward. Well-spoken, well-behaved and intelligent, his demeanor was praised by four straight parole boards that nevertheless denied him parole, worried that bludgeoning his 92-year-old grandmother with a hammer showed a violent streak that could explode again.

After his sentence was up in 1996, he stayed out of trouble until 2010, police said Friday. That's when Spengler went to a sporting goods store with a neighbor's daughter, picked out a Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle and a shotgun and had her buy the guns that the convicted felon couldn't legally possess. On Monday, he used the weapons to ambush firefighters lured to a blaze he set at his house in upstate Webster, killing two people and wounding three others before killing himself.

On Friday, state and federal authorities charged the woman who bought the guns, 24-year-old Dawn Nguyen, with lying on a form that said she would be the owner of the guns she bought for Spengler.

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Why Not Renew The “Assault Weapons” Ban? Well, I’ll Tell You…

[EDIT: Since this article was published, the Democratic party has officially added support of the assault weapon ban renewal to their party platform and Senator Feinstein has vowed to introduce it again in the upcoming session, hoping the Newtown massacre will help it push through. This bill WILL be debated and voted on, and I hope you can learn something about it here.]

Between Two Worlds

It’s not easy being a leftist who loves guns. It’s like being a Republican who listens to NPR or supports single payer health care. But being a leftist, I get exposed to all the liberal publications and media that invariably call for gun control every time someone does something stupid with one. Being a gun enthusiast, I also get exposed to the political Right’s oversimplification of those liberals as somehow lacking moral fiber or true appreciation of freedom. Rather than agreeing with both, I tend to end up arguing with both. It’s exhausting to always feel like I’m apologizing for the other “side”.

This article takes a point of view, but aims to do so in a way that members of both sides of the political spectrum can understand. I’ll try to give some idea as to why we on the political left roll our eyes at the rhetoric of the NRA, and how we in the “gun culture” can possibly defend something called “assault weapons”.

We all know the cycle by now: Tragic incident occurs, both sides attempt to use it for their political gain, both sides act shocked that the other would attempt to use it for political gain, insults are flung, statistics are cherry-picked, rinse, repeat.

I began writing this some time after the Aurora massacre, but it was just this morning that news started coming in of the mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. I knew the wave of cries for a renewal of the “assault weapon” and “high capacity” magazine bans hadn’t yet faded from Aurora, and that they would be reinforced by this next event, regardless of how relevant either of the topics were to the incident.

So in order to get around to why the assault weapons ban was an utter and absolute failure in its attempt to deter violent crime, I have to start with mass shootings.