Friday, April 13, 2012
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Did I mention that I called Comcast this week?
It’s not that I mind these menu-driven switchboard systems, but I have always believed – and call me crazy — that they would be more efficient if they GOT YOU WHERE THE H*** YOU WANTED TO GO.
Press secretary Jay Carney said the president would support legislation banning discrimination against gay contractors. Gay rights groups said that Congress won't pass such a law. They said the White House should step in with an executive order.
This habit of hers has become so ingrained that Maddow runs the risk of caricature, as in -- there she goes again, pulling a Maddow.
Think I'm exaggerating? Allow me to cite examples from her MSNBC show in the last week.More
OCEAN CITY -- An Ocean City man, arrested on child pornography charges last year after an investigation into his alleged illicit activities dating back to June 2010, was formally indicted last week in U.S. District Court by a Maryland state grand jury.
In December, Ocean City Police arrested Laurence John Bode, 60, of Ocean City after a Worcester County grand jury indicted him on 16 child pornography possession and distribution charges. The county grand jury indicted Bode after a nearly two-year investigation into his alleged activities dating back to June 2010. However, before Bode’s case could come to trial in Worcester County Circuit Court, a Maryland grand jury indicted him in U.S. District Court last week on five counts ranging from possession to distribution of child pornography, turning the case into a federal one.
A new report finds that the United States' education system is putting the country's national security at risk.
The independent study, sponsored by The Council on Foreign Relations, finds K-12 school systems across the country are failing to adequately prepare kids to grow up and protect the U.S.
"For starters, we don't have nearly enough people who are capable in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math," said former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, a member of the council's task force that wrote the report, titled "U.S. Education Reform and National Security."
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13 (see trends).
In a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup, President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 45%. Matchup results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Texas Congressman Ron Paul holds a one-point edge over the president, 44% to 43%. See tracking history for the Republican candidates.
Greyhound, President Obama and friends might have to throw it in reverse again over the person of Dem surrogate Terry O'Neill. The NOW president suggested to Ed Schultz tonight that Ann Romney, along with Mitt, lacks "life experience" and "imagination" needed to understand most Americans.
For good measure, in the very same segment Dem congresswoman Maxine Waters called the Republican candidate for president Mitt "Rot-ney." Classy bunch! View the video after the jump.
Date of Incident: 12 April 2012
Location: Eastern Shore Drive Salisbury, MD
Suspect: Andrew J. Durkin, 23, Salisbury, MD
Narrative: On 12 April 2012 at about 2:15 AM a deputy from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding and failing to stop for a red signal. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Andrew J. Durkin. During the investigation, the deputy detected an odor of alcohol on Durkin’s breath. Field sobriety tests were conducted which led to Durkin being placed under arrest. A breath test was completed which confirmed that Durkin was over the legal limit. Durkin was
later released with the issuance of citations.
Charges: Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - As more and more children are having their credit ratings damaged by identity theft before they think of borrowing a dime, Maryland lawmakers have approved a first-of-its-kind measure to enable parents to take steps to protect their kids.
The Maryland Child Identity Lock bill, which a spokeswoman for Gov. Martin O'Malley says he is likely to sign, will allow parents to take the step of freezing their child's credit at any time. Supporters hope it will be a model for other states to protect not only children, but also disabled and elderly people who can be particularly vulnerable to identity theft as well.
"This just freezes the information to ensure that it's not used for ill purposes," said Delegate Craig Zucker, a Democrat who sponsored the bill in the Maryland House of Delegates.
Brig. Gen. David Brahms said in a written statement, “I do not believe that … the behavior in question violates the cited UCMJ provision.”
The statement was among filings presented to Judge Marilyn Huff with the U.S. District Court in California asking her to stop the Marine Corps from fast-tracking a discharge of Sgt. Gary Stein.
Detectives investigating the incident developed evidence indicating that one of the victims had been involved in planning the armed robbery. That individual, identified as Davonna Lee Shockley, 30yoa of Federalsburg, MD, was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to commit Armed Robbery and related counts.
Shockley was released to the Wicomico County Detention Center. Further investigation identified one of the gunmen as Derral Eugene Washington, 26yoa of Hurlock, MD. An arrest warrant was obtained charging Washington with Armed Robbery and related counts.
Washington was located in Caroline County where he was taken into custody and is currently being held without bond.
Investigation is continuing. Anyone with any information on this incident should contact the Salisbury Police Department at 410.548.3165 or Crime Solvers at 410.548.1776
OCEAN CITY -- The 10th Annual OC Bridal Show will take place on Sunday, April 15 at Seacrets from 1-4 p.m. A special ribbon cutting will open the event at 12:30 p.m.
The event provides an exciting opportunity for brides to catch up on their wedding planning while enjoying a fabulous day at the beach.
Amber Nicole’s Bridal of Salisbury will be providing the lady’s fashion expo on Morley Hall’s main stage. You’re Invited of Ocean City will launch the Men’s Fashion demonstration. The main stage will also feature an entertainment lineup of Zumba and chair dancing. Rox Entertainment’s DJ Armando will be teaching guests the latest in club line dancing.
Some parts of Maryland are experiencing a moderate drought and there is still no rain in the forecast.
ABC7's Gail Huff reports from Owings, Maryland with the story.
The goals of the conference are to discuss issues relating to multiculturalism/diversity and to help improve the educational experiences for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). All families and educators are invited to attend. Participants must be preregistered for this conference. Registration fee of $5 (nonrefundable) includes lunch. Space is limited and preregistration is required.
The conference will begin at 9 a.m. with a performance by students who attend Prince Street Elementary School. Consecutive breakout sessions will follow including “Embracing and Implementing Cultural Diversity Strategies,” “Building and Sustaining Relationships,” “Making Cross Cultural Connections,” and “Culture in the Classroom vs. The Classroom of Culture.” Some of the workshop presenters include professors from Salisbury University (Dr. Anjali Pandey, Dr. Althea Pennerman, Dr. Joaquin Vila) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore; classroom /ESOL Teachers of Wicomico County Public Schools; and Eduardo V. Gonzalez, Esq.
Lunch will be provided. Keynote speaker Nora Courtland, Vice President of the Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium and Senior Educational Equity Specialist, will speak during the luncheon. The Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium promotes academic rigor for students and supports educational opportunities to help ensure all students have equal access to a quality education. The conference will conclude at 2 p.m.
For more information and/or registration forms, please contact Dr. Judylynn Mitchell, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. George Whitehead, email@example.com. The registration form is also posted at www.wcboe.org, under Highlights.
Please make checks payable to WCBOE and write “Diversity Conference” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to Wicomico County Board of Education, c/o Dr. Judylynn Mitchell, PO Box 1538, Salisbury MD 21802.
COVINGTON, Va. - Firefighters continue to battle wildfires that have burned more than 20,000 acres in Virginia.
The largest fire is in a remote area in Alleghany County 10 miles west of Covington. The U.S. Forest Service says more than 7,600 acres have burned since Saturday.
Another fire in Page County is more than 6 miles long and has burned 5,400 acres.
The Tonopah Solar company in Harry Reid's Nevadais
getting a $737 million loan from Obama's DOE.
The project will produce a 110
megawatt power system and employs 45 permanent workers.
That's costing us
just $16 million per job.
One of the investment partners in this endeavor is
Pacific Corporate Group (PCG).
The PCG executive director is Ron Pelosi who
is the brother to Nancy 's husband.
EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW HOW THEIR MONEY IS BEING STOLEN
Philly Mayor Doesn’t Worry About Terrorists – Because They ‘Wouldn’t Last 15 Minutes’ in Some City Neighborhoods
“I never worried much about al-Qaeda in West Philly, because Osama bin Laden wouldn’t last 15 minutes in some of the neighborhoods that I represent,” Nutter said at a recent summit on preventing youth violence in Washington.
“But I do have to worry about Pookie, Man Man and Junebug,” Nutter added. “They are domestic terrorists. They prevent my children from being out in the street playing. They prevent my seniors from going to their meetings. They prevent good, hard-working citizens from going to work.”
Cat owners say their family pets were unnecessarily euthanized by Animal Control
A number of West Ocean City residents reported Wednesday that local pet cats had been trapped recently and unnecessarily euthanized by Worcester County Animal Control.
Leslie Dow, a resident of Waterview Drive in West Ocean City, said a relative newcomer to the neighborhood had requested that Animal Control trap cats after complaining about them being on his property.
“My cat jumped off the balcony March 20,” Dow said Wednesday, “that was the last time I saw him.”
- Henry Hazlitt “What You Should Know About Inflation“
Though commenting on the state’s backing of union thuggery, Hazlitt pinpoints one of the essential rules of conduct for public officials. That is, intervene in private life to appease one wealthy interest group to then create the groundwork for further power grabs with the inevitable disaster which emerges. Thankfully, blatant usurpation of authority by lawmakers is still frowned upon by many taxpayers. That’s why, less a case of opportunistic disaster (“you never let a serious crisis go to waste” as lifelong parasite and former ballerina Rahm Emanuel put it), authoritarianism is achieved in small doses.
Can’t be feeding the people too much information on what their money is really being used for, now
At the beginning of April, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper revealed his budget for the fiscal year of 2013. Contained within the budget, besides the promising feature of axing 12,000 public sector sponges, was the provision where the Royal Mint of Canada is to cease the production of pennies. The government blames the cost of production for its decision while ignoring the culprit of relentless currency debasement. As Maple Leaf Metals Exchange founder Chris Horlacher documents:
The cavernous new 85,000-square-foot store dwarfs the company’s former facility on the site, which opened in 1999. The old store will eventually be torn down and the site will be paved over to create parking for the new facility, which officially opened around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and will be open 24 hours a day. In the meantime, shuttles are transporting customers from five stops around the old parking area.
Let's take over the GOP from the inside rather than fight them in a rigged election process where third-party candidates are hidden by a news blackout enforced by both parties and the main street news media. For example, how many times have the national LP candidates been in a debate with the candidates of the GOP or Democrats? Contrast this with Paul's repeated debate inclusion during the 2012 primary season.
Americans historically do not vote for third-party presidential candidates in the general election. At the end of this election will we be remembered and feared as a 15% voting block that is taking over the GOP one county at a time from the good ol' boy establishment or do we fall for the third-party attraction and receive a meaningless one time few percent of the national vote in November?
Our one chance for ultimate victory is to take advantage of the GOP party rules used for years to rally conservative and free-market voters at election time. Of course, they then dismiss us after election day until the next siren call for voters to support a GOP with less government rhetoric but, in fact, almost a mirror image of the socialist Democrats. Like the unions and liberal voting blocks of the Democrats, we are considered little more than voting cannon fodder to be used at election time.
In my opinion, a rush to the Libertarian Party or another third party if Ron Paul doesn't win the GOP presidential nomination is a big mistake that could dramatically weaken the power and cripple the future viability of his liberty movement. I personally will not even consider voting for Romney unless he picks Ron or Rand Paul as his VP candidate, and if it is Rand, Ron is offered a top cabinet position as Secretary of the Treasury etc.
Note, I'm certainly not urging Paul supporters to support a Romney/Paul ticket; rather, I'm keeping my options open in order to provide the maximum leverage to Paul forces at the convention by categorically stating, "No Paul = No Vote For the Republican Ticket in November."
Second, no meaningless gestures like a prime convention-speaking slot or influence over the party platform will buy my support. I suggest you do the same until after the GOP convention, and then let your conscience be your guide.
My name is Nicole, and I am a classified sales representative for The Daily Times. I am contacting your company with an opportunity regarding Service Directory advertisement. Service Directories classify and promote your business to our readers. Below are the rates & sizes for a Service Directory. If you would like to purchase a Service Directory, or have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
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Gee, let's see. Salisbury News, (who reaches a larger local audience) only charges $100.00 a month for FRONT PAGE ADVERTISING and not some BS Directory section. Why do we only charge $100.00 a month when we can offer even better service, because its about giving back. Its about "Paying It Forward". Its about helping local businesses in an extremely difficult economy.
The author of the first paragraph is right, no one is reading the Daily Times any more. They know it and this is why they are discounting like crazy, yet still not even competitive. More importantly, since the Daily Times is targeting Salisbury News Advertisers e-mail addresses, are YOU getting the same discount offers? What I mean is, if you already happen to advertise in that so called Directory, are they currently giving you the same pricing?
In the mean time, if you want to reach a larger local audience and not 10,000 people a day from Arizona, California and the rest of the country and not the Eastern Shore, switch or add your advertising to Salisbury News for only $100.00 a month and finally get a positive return on your investment. That goes for WBOC and Metropolitan too.
One thing is for sure, you know every one comes to Salisbury News. There's no denying that any more. If every one is coming here and we have so many advertisers, who's the smarter business person? I mean, advertising is TO BE SEEN, right?????
I say that there were basically several budget scenarios presented - (117 million verses 114.7 million) - that is because when the Maryland General Assembly ended this past tuesday night - there were many major financial matters that were left in limbo. Unofficial reports are that Maryland is suppose to call another Special Session to try and work out the shift in school teacher pensions from the State level to the County, and, to resolve the rebasing questions regarding each localities maintenance of effort. Some authorities have called the rebasing formulas - black mail - and the author of this article also concurs.
Bottom line - Wicomico residents can expect to get a .07 cent increase in the Real Property Tax rate regardless of which budget is implemented. The rate is the maximum allowed by Wicomico's County's charter 2% property tax limitation. The Board of Education budget is to be increased by 7 million dollars - (not an easy endeavor - emphasis added by author). The rainy day fund and carry forward balances from prior years budget will be used to help balance the current fiscal budget.
Basically, Wicomico county is in a 'financial pickle' as sales tax collections are down, property evaluations have diminished, and the unemployment continues to sag at a pathedic 9.7% - ranked 20 out 24 jurisdictions - ( US Labor statistics -http://www.bls.gov/ro3/mdlaus.htm).
As if the above mix isn't enough to contend with - Annapolis legislators continue to pass off more and more unfunded mandates onto the Counties - (i.e. school teachers pension bailout, Assessments & Taxation expenses, Maryland States Attorney's office may have to provide newly required lawyers during commissioners hearings, and, slashing of the State Highway Maintenance budgets).
As Bill Duvall used to say - 'All is not well in the Transchoptankia Republic of Wicomico'
DATE & TIME: April 13, 2012
Case # 12-0080
LOCATION: Golf Course Road, West Ocean City
CRIME: First Degree Burglary
ACCUSED: Joseph Bernard Kelly Jr.
CHARGES: First Degree Burglary (3 times)
On April 4, 2012 a concerned citizen walking to the Royal Farms store in West Ocean City for a cup of Coffee observed a Trailer with the front door wide open and a large screen television sitting on the floor just inside the door. The citizen observed the glass portion of the door to be shattered. The citizen contacted 911 to report a possible burglary. The Maryland State Police arrived and determined a burglary in fact was committed. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigations (WCBI) was contacted to handle the burglary that had occurred at 9916 Golf Course Road, Delmarva Trailer Park, West Ocean City, Worcester County, Maryland. The case was assigned to (WCBI). It was learned that the victim resided in Pennsylvania and had no knowledge of the burglary to his Summer residence.
The Maryland State Police Crime lab was contacted and responded to collect forensic evidence from the residence. WCBI along with Maryland State Troopers canvassed the Delmarva Trailer park talking with numerous witnesses. A suspect was developed from observations from several citizens. The suspect developed by the name of Joseph B. Kelly who was staying in the area of Golf Course Road. A search warrant was obtained for his residence and numerous items were recovered from the Burglary. Mr. Kelly was arrested and charged with Burglary in The First Degree, 3rd degree, and Malicious Destruction of Property and Theft less than $1,000.00. He was held on $15,000.00 Bond.
It was learned through a continued investigation that Mr. Kelly was also a suspect in two other Burglary’s that occurred in the same trailer park. There was evidence that was located from in Mr. Kelly’s residence to link him to the other two Burglaries. He was subsequently, charged with 2 additional First Degree Burglary charges and Theft $1,000.00 to under $10,000.00.
A preliminary hearing has been set in Court for April 30, 2012 in Snow Hill, Maryland.
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I found a dog a few years ago and you found the owner quickly. Last night I lost my tenants dog; it got out and would not come to me. I had to leave to pick up my son at daycare and returned to the tenants house 40 minutes later and the dog had vanished. I checked with the Humane society this morning and they claim he was not picked up I filled out a lost dog report. Please help I am a dog lover and I feel terrible about this. Last seen at 27140 crooked Oak lane; Hebron MD 21830 at 6pm; at the corner of Crooked Oak Lane and Quercas drive (near Rockawalkin/Crooked Oak Ln). Small male brown poodle wearing a brown sweater and red collar, about 5 years old 20 lbs; answers to the name of Riley and is very wary of men will come right up to women. The Dog ID tag clasp broke so the dog does not have ID tags; a very timid dog .
From The Owner:
She placed an ad on craigslist last night; Riley is in the white sweater....
I just moved to a new neighborhood and my dog ran out of the house. He has been missing since last night on Crooked Oak Lane (close to Nanticoke Road), in Hebron MD. He means the WORLD to me so if you have found him or seen him please give me a call or send an email. He is a light brown fuzzy miniature poodle, but a lot of people cant tell he is a poodle. His tags are not on him but he should have on a red collar. PLEASE let me know if you have seen him or have him. Thanks so much!
FREDERICK, Md. - Every day, physicians and staff at Meritus Health Trauma and Emergency Services in Hagerstown see patients who are injured because a driver was not paying attention to the road, according to Mary Rizk, a spokeswoman for Meritus.
With that in mind, Meritus is partnering with Frederick County Public Schools to teach students the dangers of distracted driving.
Meritus' "Stay Alive! Don't Text and Drive" campaign kicked off this week at Oakdale High School with 543 of 874 Oakdale students signing the pledge not to text and drive.
Just wanted to update you on the lost dog. He was reunited with his owner this morning. Thank you SO much for allowing me to post on your website. I am glad we had a happy outcome on this. Thanks again you are wonderful.
Good Morning!! I am writing to you because I have found a dog this morning. I live by North Salisbury School.
Thank you for your help.
Publishers Notes: We're so sorry for the last minute notice on this event. You see, the Board of Education only published this last night or perhaps early this morning, acting as if they just learned about it themselves.
This is one of my major issues with the BOE. They know well in advance about ALL of these events but they wait until the last minute OR even wait until the event is actually over before they publish it on their website.
So, you might ask why. Well, they also just published the $50,000.00 donation that was all over the news yesterday, photos and all, go figure! Seems to me their partner, (the Daily Times) gets information well in advance while others, (YOU) must wait or even read about the event AFTER it already happened.
Sorry, just thought you should be made aware of what the BOE does.
According to media reports, "fairness" will be one of the central messages of the entire Obama campaign. So fittingly, the Senate will pretend to vote on the Paying a Fair Share Act -- or the "Buffett rule" -- later this week. Sure, the United States may own $15 trillion of debt and a stagnant, underemployed economy, but nothing says leadership like coordinating your populist message with a sham congressional vote to propel fundraising in Florida.
"Fairness," an elusive idea normally exploited by spoiled children, is now the foundation of the Democratic Party's economy policy. If implemented, anyone earning $1 million a year or more would be required to pay at least 30 percent of his income in taxes. That would help reduce the deficit by raising $31 billion over 11 years, according to congressional tax analysts -- 2.8 billion a year, or less than a day's worth of new debt incurred by Washington.
That's nothing to sneeze at, says Jason Furman, a key member of the Obama economic team. "We think $47 billion is actually a meaningful amount of money for us and most Americans," he explained, overestimating the Buffett rule. And it is. It is meaningful enough to be the centerpiece of the Obama campaign, though, not meaningful enough to cut from a budget and save taxpayers the burden of paying it back.
“In October 2009, an ecologist identified a plant growing in a concrete-bound median strip along Doyle Drive in the Presidio as Arctostaphylos franciscana,” the U.S. Department of Interior reported in the Aug. 10, 2010 edition of the Federal Register. “The plant’s location was directly in the footprint of a roadway improvement project designed to upgrade the seismic and structural integrity of the south access to the Golden Gate Bridge.
What to make of this?
Well, for starters, the poll has an inexplicably large Democratic advantage – the party breakdown in the poll is 34 percent Democratic, 23 percent Republican, and 34 percent independent. As a point of historical comparison, the party spread in four of the last five elections since 2002 has basically been an even split between the two sides. In 2008, a “perfect storm” of bad news for the GOP, the party ID advantage was “only” +7. So, a Democratic advantage of +11 is an unjustifiable number, at least in terms of what the electorate is thinking.
BERLIN -- While the 2012 General Assembly session is being considered an epic failure by many because state lawmakers were unable to reach a balanced budget before the 90-day session expired on Monday, triggering the so-called “doomsday budget,” local representatives this week said the session was productive in terms of legislation germane to the shore.
While much has been said and written this week about what wasn’t accomplished during the session that ended on Monday, local legislators were claiming victory for securing the passage of several bills of local importance. The following are some of the highlights of legislation important to the Lower Shore that made it through:Ava’s Law Passes
The General Assembly passed legislation enhancing the penalties for driving under the influence of drugs, making them more in line with the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol. Called Ava’s Law, the legislation was introduced following a tragic accident in Ocean City in December when a local man, Andre Kacyzinski, plowed his truck into the back of a passenger vehicle on Coastal Highway while admittedly under the influence of PCP, and severely injured 18-month-old Ava DelRicco and her mother, Lisa DelRicco.
Dominant Social Theme: The enemy has penetrated American universities and must be repulsed. The FBI will need a bigger budget.
Free-Market Analysis: The FBI has discovered that American Universities are swarming with spies. This is ironic because US Intel agencies generally have been responsible for generating false-flag "war on terror" operations that have been criticized by the US legal community.
There are difficulties, in fact, with many "war on terror" operations in particular, with charges of entrapment surrounding more than a few of these episodes. It can surely be speculated – and has been – that terrorist hysteria is being whipped up to justify US Intel generally and to expand budgets.
This sort of thing, unfortunately, is part of a larger history that goes back at least to the 1950s in the US and the so-called communist scare that the FBI in particular was involved in hyping.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - After a wildly surprising budget meltdown this week in Maryland's Legislature, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday he accepts some responsibility for the failure to replace $512 million in spending cuts with a package including tax hikes and alternate savings, and he expressed uncertainty about when _ or even if _ he would call a special session to try again.
The Democratic governor also made the painful admission that the state's vastly outnumbered Republicans have prevailed by default so far in this year's budget debate due to a lack of Democratic leadership, including his own. The Maryland Senate has 35 Democrats and 12 Republicans. The House of Delegates has 98 Democrats and 43 Republicans.
"Well, we managed to do something to ourselves that the Republican caucus couldn't do to us in five or six years," O'Malley, who is in his second term, said on WAMU's "Kojo Nnamdi Show," which was hosted by Matt McCleskey.
When President Obama traveled to Florida this week, he sandwiched a partisan speech at Florida Atlantic University between two multimillion-dollar fundraisers for his 2012 campaign, allowing him to label at least part of the trip to a critical battleground state as official business.
While Mr. Obama can rely on Air Force One and other military aircraft at his disposal for official business, federal election laws require his campaign to pay for these presidential perquisites at just a fraction of the cost - the equivalent of a commercial airline ticket - whenever he or other administration officials are using federal government resources for political activity.
Yet, like most of his recent predecessors, Mr. Obama has shown a penchant for piggybacking fundraisers onto official trips, and figuring out the details of how much the Obama campaign must reimburse taxpayers for the mixed trips is complicated and opaque, confounding presidential scholars and even the most experienced federal election law experts.
Planted atop a remote hill in the middle of California's Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base rests two 13-foot crosses.
Originally erected back in 2003 by seven Marines grieving over lives lost in the war on terror, this site originally established for reflection has now become grounds for controversy.
“It's not a religious spot at all, it's a place for the Marines to grieve and to grow to let go of their burdens of what they had in their soul, so they can go back down that hill and back into battle and put their own lives on the line,” says Marine widow Karen Mendoza.
Her husband Ray was one of those original seven who climbed the hill that day, three of whom have since been killed in action, including Ray.