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  • Republican Gov.-elect Hogan promises hope and bipartisan change in Maryland

    12/02/2014 9:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan reassured an auditorium packed with political leaders Monday that his Republican administration will “put aside partisanship” to steer the state in a better direction. But seasoned political hands are raising doubts that the Democrat-dominated General Assembly will meet him halfway. “I stand before you today full of hope, hope for Anne Arundel County, hope for our state and hope for our future,” Mr. Hogan said in a speech at the inauguration of Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh, a fellow Republican who took charge of the county that is home to Mr. Hogan...
  • Girls’ Night Out: First Lady Michelle Obama Attends A Concert In Annapolis

    03/04/2014 6:40:03 PM PST · by workerbee · 20 replies
    CBSBaltimore ^ | 3/4/14 | Monique Griego
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—We’re used to seeing First Lady Michelle Obama at a podium addressing crowds, but even she needs a girls’ night out once in a while. This weekend she chose a small venue in Annapolis to let her hair down. The first lady and three of her girlfriends attended a concert at Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis. The staff there says they had no idea she was coming up until right before the show! Sunday night started off pretty normal for Zach Price. As general manager of Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, he was getting things ready...
  • Raw Milk Could Be Legal in Maryland… Again

    01/22/2014 5:04:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 22, 2014 | Joshua Cook
    A proposed Maryland bill would restore the right of the states’ citizens to participate in cow shares, or cow boarding, to obtain raw milk. Maryland citizens lost the right to raw milk via cow shares in 2006, when the appointed director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene redefined the word “sale” to include agistments. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for January 28 at 1:00pm at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis. Cow shares or cow boarding refers to a practice in which people buy shares in individual animals for a portion of the milk...
  • George Washington: A Victor in Battle, a Freeman at Heart

    12/24/2013 10:12:59 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 9 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | December 24, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On December 23, 1783, the Continental Congress met in their temporary home – that’s all they had, temporary home after temporary home, since the United States had no permanent capital city, let alone capitol building – to listen to a history-making speech. General George Washington had arrived at Annapolis to resign his commission. The Continental Congress represented an odd cross between a country and an organization. The United States, under the Articles of Confederation, was more like today’s European Union than the America of today. There was no direct election of the delegates to the Continental Congress; they were selected...
  • Will Annapolis council strip mayor-elect Pantelides of key powers? [Republican = Political)

    11/12/2013 1:58:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies
    Maryland Capital Gazette ^ | November 11, 2013 | JACK LAMBERT with Elisha Sauers
    Mayor-elect Mike Pantelides’ honeymoon as the new chief executive of Annapolis might end before it begins, as City Council members say that next term they plan to revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Alderman Ross Arnett, D-Ward 8, said he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a full council-manager form of government. This would create a position similar to the current city manager, except that the official would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor. He or she would also manage all department heads. The mayor’s post would...
  • The Republican Donor Class Doesn't Understand What We're Up Against

    11/11/2013 5:04:26 PM PST · by servo1969 · 20 replies ^ | 11-11-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I sometimes wonder, and I'm sure you do, too, if the Republican Party really knows what they're up against. Let me tell you a little story here that happens to be true. I don't think the Republicans have the slightest idea. I think they are so far behind the times, in terms of where the culture is. They certainly do not know, I'm convinced, enough about their political opponents to effectively deal with 'em. Try this. This is a short little story, not a big deal. It's from CBS Eyeball News in Annapolis, Maryland. Just recently last...
  • Annapolis Council To Consider Stripping Republican Mayor-Elect’s Power

    11/11/2013 11:29:14 AM PST · by redreno · 25 replies ^ | 11/10/2013 | unkown
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor’s office of much of its power. Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.
  • Annapolis City Council considers stripping mayor's powers (Dem Council upset GOP won election)

    11/10/2013 10:22:46 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 11/10 | Colin Campbell
    Annapolis Alderman Ross Arnett insists the City Council's decision to take another look at making the mayor's job a more ceremonial role has nothing to do with party politics. But if the Democrat-majority council acts to remove the mayor's power, the timing will coincide with the election of Annapolis' first Republican mayor in nearly two decades, Mike Pantelides, who defeated the incumbent Democrat, Mayor Josh Cohen, last week.
  • NRA beat Bloomberg anti-gun group in 65 of 67 Va. delegate races

    11/08/2013 7:18:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 8, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    Nearly 10 percent of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns retired from their job or were sacked in Tuesday’s elections, including the organization’s two leaders: Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Some 95 key members of the group that targets and criticizes lawmakers backed by the National Rifle Association are losing their title of “mayor.” According to an election review of Bloomberg's membership list of about 1,000, three quit the group, 69 retired from their jobs, and 23 were rejected by voters.On the retirement list: Bloomberg and Menino.Among the defeated members of Mayors Against Illegal...
  • New Maryland Laws, Effective July 1

    06/30/2013 4:12:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Maryland Legislative Watch ^ | June 30, 2013 | Maryland Legislative Watch
    Residents of Maryland may or may not know that over 100 new laws will be effective July 1. The laws include myriad new or adjusted rules on licenses to serve alcohol, requiring union representation fees for those in public education institutions, and fifteen million dollars in potential bond debt.Garrett County Memorial Hospital is a 55 bed hospital. Senator Edwards (Republican, D-1) sponsored the successful bid to authorize the County Commissioners to borrow up to $15,000,000 in order to assist in financing the cost of hospital improvements. The votes for this legislation were 135-0 in the House and 46-0 in the...
  • US Naval Academy Instructor Teaching On Behalf Of US Muslim Brotherhood

    06/01/2013 8:56:54 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    Global Watch ^ | 6/1/2013 | Staff
    According to promotional material, a United States Naval Academy professor is teaching on behalf of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood and where global Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi reportedly serves as a trustee. IIIT recently announced its Summer Students Program for 2013 to be held from May 26 – July 3. According to the IIIT announcement, one of the instructors for the program will be Professor Ermin Sinanovic, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland who will be teaching the following...
  • Naval Academy probing alleged sexual assault by 3 football players

    05/31/2013 3:00:22 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    AP via CBS ^ | May 31, 2013, 4:54 PM | AP
    WASHINGTON The U.S. Naval Academy is investigating allegations that three members of its football team sexually assaulted a female midshipman at an off-campus house last year, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday, and a lawyer for the woman says she was "ostracized" on campus after she reported it. The names of the players were not made public and the athletic director deferred comment to a Naval Academy spokesman, who said school leadership were monitoring the investigation but declined further comment. The allegation is the latest in a string of sexual assault cases that has drawn attention in Congress and at the...
  • US Naval Academy Instructor Teaching On Behalf Of US Muslim Brotherhood

    05/17/2013 5:23:29 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    According to promotional material, a United States Naval Academy professor is teaching on behalf of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood and where global Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi reportedly serves as a trustee. IIIT recently announced its Summer Students Program for 2013 to be held from May 26 – July 3. According to the IIIT announcement, one of the instructors for the program will be Professor Ermin Sinanovic, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland who will be teaching the following...
  • Maryland Senate approves gas tax increase; gun-control bill survives House panel’s fight

    04/01/2013 6:13:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2013 | John Wagner and Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland lawmakers gave final approval Friday to the first increase in the state’s gas tax in 20 years, acting to replenish a transportation fund that is rapidly running out of money for highway construction and long-planned mass-transit projects. Under the bill, which passed the Senate 27 to 20, motorists can expect to pay between 13 and 20 cents more per gallon by mid-2016, according to legislative analysts. The increase would be phased in, with the first bump of about 4 cents a gallon coming in July. The legislation, which transportation officials say would yield $4.4 billion for new projects over...
  • Maryland State Senator Plays Chess While Ignoring Pro-Gun Testimony

    02/07/2013 8:16:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | February 7, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Last night in Annapolis, Maryland a hearing was conducted on new sweeping gun control proposals for the state via SB 281, the Firearm Safety Act of 2013. State Senator Jamie Raskin (D), an anti-gun advocate, decided to ignore the pro-Second Amendment testimony that others were listening to and instead opted for a game of electronic chess. Just makes you proud doesn’t it citizens of Maryland? The photo seen here was provided courtesy of the Maryland Shooters Facebook page.Many commenters on the page were, shall we say, a bit upset at his lack of performance in the role as State Senator.The...
  • Assembly Session 2013: prepping for the creeping lunacy (Maryland)

    01/08/2013 2:12:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 7, 2013 | J. Doug Gill
    Dread. Usually not a word one associates with the New Year… well, provided one is not a glass half-empty sort. Hopeful, encouraged, positive… that sort of rot is what travels the aural circuit in the week or so following clean-slate day. But ‘round these parts – and near the nether regions of other state capitals – the newly-birthed year is greeted with a level of enthusiasm rivaled only by the anticipatory feeling derived from the possibility of a TSA cavity search. And that point of comparison is frighteningly accurate; given said cavity is the only place our local legislators have...
  • Md., Va. lawmakers to go different ways on guns

    01/03/2013 8:56:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 2, 2013 | Steve Contorno
    Maryland and Virginia have vowed to tackle the issue of guns when their state legislatures convene this month in the wake a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, but the neighboring states are taking drastically different approaches. In Maryland, Democrats running the General Assembly have called for a crackdown on the kinds of powerful firearms and high-capacity magazines used last month by the Newtown, Conn., shooter to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Republicans who control Virginia's General Assembly, however, not only dismissed the need for new gun restrictions but expressed interest in arming...
  • Breaking: Major power outage in Annapolis MD. Reports of "fire in the sky"

    12/20/2012 6:28:26 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 215 replies
    Relative on Eastern shore says all lights out on Western side of Bay Bridge. Green and red lights in sky.
  • Reading List For Life - US Naval Academy at Annapolis (LONG but worth it)

    11/13/2012 7:25:12 AM PST · by King_Corey · 27 replies
    United States Naval Academy at Annapolis ^ | October 15, 2012 | US Navy Instructors at Annapolis
    United States Naval Academy Nimitz Library 589 McNair Road - Annapolis MD 21402-5029 • 410-293-2420 Home About the Library Hours Catalog Lending Policies Reference Services Contact USNA Home Complete List By Subject Introduction Arranged by Recommender's Name To contribute to this list, or add to your own list below, please use the Reading List for Life suggestion form. Professor Richard Abels, History Department: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller. (PS 3558 .E476 C3 1961) Regeneration by Pat Barker. (PR 6052 .A6488 R4 1961) Waiting for the Barbarians by Joseph Coetzee. (PR 9369.3 .C58 W3 1982) The Making of the Middle Ages...
  • Archives burst at seams with Maryland history

    06/18/2012 4:40:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 17, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland State Archives collection is among the largest in the country with nearly 400 years of history, including Colonial-era paintings, keepsakes of the state’s governors, and thousands of land, court and genealogy records. With all that history, the Archives has run out of space. The agency first filled its Annapolis headquarters to capacity in 2000, then leased and filled a warehouse. It leased a second warehouse and a third before brokering a deal to store some of its property at the Baltimore City Archives. All of the facilities are now full, and state archivists have been pushing...
  • Annapolis to BUDS Requirements...

    05/20/2012 6:32:39 PM PDT · by Carthego delenda est · 21 replies
    vanity | 10-20-2012 | self
    A youngster working on the ranch here expressed interest in becoming a SEAL. I mentioned that I may be of help in his acceptance to Annapolis. He, of course, wondered if he could go directly from Annapolis to BUDS after graduation. I did not have an answer for him. Any FReepers know the answer?
  • House approves offshore wind bill 88-47, administration accused of coercion

    04/01/2012 1:07:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | March 31, 2012 | Daniel Menefee
    The House passed the administration’s offshore wind power bill Friday amid accusations Gov. Martin O’Malley secured votes on the House Economic Matters Committee with disparity grants to committee members’ districts. “Those of you who have been here longer than two weeks know there’s a lot of complicated pressures that go into making a bill pass or fail,” said House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell. “Sometimes it takes a little nudge, sometimes it takes a carrot, and sometimes it takes a stick.” The disparity grant program in Maryland provides subsidies to jurisdictions with income tax receipts that fall below 75% of the...
  • New American Cardinal Calls Abortion "Civil Rights Struggle" Of Our Time

    03/13/2012 6:57:42 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Freeper Exclusive | 3/13/2012 | My eyes and ears
    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland- Joined by Bishops from nearby Baltimore and Washington DC, America's newest Cardinal Edwin O'Brien called abortion the "the civil rights struggle of our time" at the opening Mass of Maryland's annual March For Life. O'Brien went on to criticize the Obama administration's new health care law requirements that would force the Catholic Church to provide contraception drugs including those that cause abortions. He also called Maryland's recent legalization of homosexual marriage an attack on the family and the institution of marriage itself. The Cardinal thanked all those who were working on the pro-life and traditional marriage causes and...
  • Bill to Allow Organ Farming from Unconscious Patients!

    02/24/2012 4:10:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    First Things ^ | February 23, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
  • Maryland Tea Party Rally 10/18

    10/17/2011 1:17:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Maryland Society of Patriots ^ | October 12, 2011 | admin
    Let’s show the losers from Occupy Wall Street how a real rally is held!The Maryland House of Delegates Tea Party Caucus will hold the Rally for Good Government on Tuesday, October 18th from 12:00-2:00PM on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis. Many of Maryland’s great conservative leaders will be speaking including Delegate Mike Smigiel, Ambassador Ellen Sauerbrey, Charles Lollar, Delegate Mike McDermott, MSOP Founder Sam Hale and others! Please join us for what should be an incredible opportunity to show solidarity against the radical liberal gerrymandering, taxes and social change that will be up for discussion in the upcoming legislative special session....
  • (Maryland) Senate budget committee gets lesson in sales tax options

    07/27/2011 12:25:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | July 26, 2011 | Julie Bykowicz
    A Senate committee listened Tuesday to the pros and cons of expanding Maryland's sales tax base to include more services, as well as goods purchased over the Internet. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee spent the day in Annapolis receiving briefings on taxes, the federal debt ceiling, education funding and toll increases. Legislative committees meet occasionally between the 90-day General Assembly sessions. Tangible products, but few services, sold by Maryland retailers are taxed at 6 percent. This year, the sales tax is predicted to generate $4.2 billion, about 30 percent of the state's general fund revenue, according to the Department...
  • Shock or Awe?

    03/18/2011 11:24:08 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul
    The Narthex at The Catholic Review ^ | March 16, 2011 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Moments before the Maryland March for Life kicked off March 14, I watched a handful of participants move to the front of the line and unfurl a banner with graphic images of aborted fetuses. It was a sharp contrast to the other images that were in abundance that day - pictures of smiling babies, banners with messages such as ”Protect Maryland Women” and bright yellow balloons each stamped with a smiley face surrounded by, “Smile! Your Mom Chose Life.” Someone discreetly told the holders of the graphic banner to step away from the front of the line. They complied, and...
  • Packages explode at Md. (Annapolis, Hanover) state government buildings

    01/06/2011 11:24:46 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 45 replies
    WTOP ^ | 01/06/2010 | n/a
    Two packages have exploded in Maryland state government buildings. A government official tells WTOP one package was at the Jeffrey Building in Annapolis and another was at the Maryland Department of Transportation building in Hanover. The official says no one was hurt in either incident, but the packages both gave off a small explosion or flare-up when they were opened. State agencies have ceased all mail operations until hazardous materials crews can investigate....
  • Mitchell to Israel, PA: Annapolis accord non-binding

    03/08/2010 10:05:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 95+ views
    haaretz ^ | 3/8/10 | Barak Ravid, Akiva Eldar and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondents
    The Obama administration announced Monday night that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to resume the peace process by means of indirect negotiations, facilitated by U.S. special envoy for the Middle East George Mitchell. Mitchell told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that the understandings reached following the 2007Annapolis Conference are non-binding in the current round of negotiations, Haaretz has learned. Mitchell met with Netanyahu Monday, and then went to Ramallah to meet Abbas. Advertisement "I'm pleased that the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships have accepted indirect talks," Mitchell said in a statement last night. "We've...
  • Senior Chinese military General to Visit Pentagon...

    10/18/2009 6:22:23 PM PDT · by Flavius · 10 replies · 1,004+ views
    A top Chinese general will visit the United States this month and tour major U.S. bases as Washington seeks to improve relations and reduce the risk of conlict, offi
  • Democrat Pierre drops out of race for Annapolis mayor

    09/18/2009 5:39:28 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies · 501+ views ^ | September 18, 2009 | By Nicole Fuller
    Zina C. Pierre, a virtual unknown in Annapolis politics whose primary victory this week put her on track to become the city's first African-American mayor, dropped out of the race Friday evening in the wake of revelations of personal financial problems. Pierre was besieged with questions about the foreclosure of her Bowie home and several state tax liens. "Zina Pierre has decided that for personal reasons she will withdraw from the race for the city of Annapolis," said her spokeswoman, Michael Matthews, who declined to comment further. According to city code, the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee must choose a replacement...
  • In Annapolis, a miracle worthy of sainthood?

    06/30/2009 9:53:19 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies · 855+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 6-28-09 | Arthur Hirsch
    The treatment for terminal cancer that Annapolis resident Mary Ellen Heibel took at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 2004 and early 2005 worked beyond anyone's wildest hopes, wiping out malignant tumors in her lungs, liver, stomach and chest. Her doctor did not expect it, nor could he explain it. Surely the outcome was remarkable, but was it - in the sense applied by the Roman Catholic Church in such cases - a miracle? In a few weeks, a committee appointed by the Archdiocese of Baltimore will begin exploring that question, examining 11 witnesses, including Heibel, pressing her doctors, nurses and friends...
  • The cost of a diverse Naval Academy

    06/15/2009 10:03:06 AM PDT · by Saint X · 32 replies · 2,227+ views
    The Capital (Annapolis, MD) ^ | June 14 2009 | Bruce Flemming
    The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced in Annapolis recently that "diversity is the number one priority" at the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, echoed him. Everyone understands that "diversity" here means nonwhite skins. Fowler insisted recently that we needed to have Annapolis graduates who "looked like" the Fleet, where enlisted people are about 42 percent nonwhite, largely African American and Hispanic. The stunning revelation last week was that the Naval Academy had an incoming class that was "more diverse" than ever before: 35 percent minority. Sounds good, only this comes with a...
  • Obama Is Embraced at Annapolis

    05/22/2009 7:07:52 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 71 replies · 2,875+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 5/22/09 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Nobody protested President Obama’s commencement address Friday morning at the United States Naval Academy. Nobody told Mr. Obama he was undeserving of an honorary degree. Instead, under a nearly cloudless blue sky, the president was treated to a 21-gun salute, a Blue Angels flyover — and a respite from the controversy that has dogged him at two previous graduation ceremonies.
  • Why We Should Get Rid of West Point

    04/19/2009 12:22:35 PM PDT · by Radix · 87 replies · 2,558+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, April 19, 2009 | Thomas E. Ricks
    <p>Want to trim the federal budget and improve the military at the same time? Shut down West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy, and use some of the savings to expand ROTC scholarships.</p> <p>After covering the U.S. military for nearly two decades, I've concluded that graduates of the service academies don't stand out compared to other officers. Yet producing them is more than twice as expensive as taking in graduates of civilian schools ($300,000 per West Point product vs. $130,000 for ROTC student). On top of the economic advantage, I've been told by some commanders that they prefer officers who come out of ROTC programs, because they tend to be better educated and less cynical about the military.</p>
  • Netanyahu is being smart about it.

    04/03/2009 5:22:56 PM PDT · by tedbel · 8 replies · 613+ views
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | April 3.09 | Ted Belman
    The Netanyahu government is looking good to me. First, Netanyahu studiously avoided giving anything away upfront to the consternation of the EU and Livni. He offered negotiations on "three parallel tracks, economic, security and diplomatic" with the Palestinian Authority. As the NYT put it Netanyahu Offers Conciliation, but Not Concessions His sole position on the peace process was that he would abide by all signed agreements. As Minister Lieberman made forcefully clear today, that didn't include Annapolis. The International community was dying to make discussions under Annapolis binding on Israel but the Netanyahu government would have none of it and...
  • Arabs lavish jewels on Secretary of State Rice (Arab leaders gave Rice $300K in jewelry)

    12/22/2008 2:41:13 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 43 replies · 1,964+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | Mon Dec 22, 1:22 pm | By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer Matthew Lee, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush's foreign policies may be unpopular in the Middle East, but Arab leaders showered his top diplomat with jewelry worth far more than a quarter of a million dollars last year. While Bush himself didn't fare nearly as well, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice raked in at least $316,000 in gem-encrusted baubles from the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia alone, making her one of top recipients among U.S. officials of gifts from foreign heads of state and government and their aides in 2007.
  • An exercise in sacrifice

    05/23/2008 11:28:35 AM PDT · by JZelle · 2 replies · 89+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5-23-08 | Brian Witte
    ANNAPOLIS (AP) — The all-day physical exercises that mark the end of a midshipman's first year at the Naval Academy were never exactly fun. But this year, they've gotten even more serious. Dodgeball is no longer on the program. Parents aren't allowed to gather on bleachers anymore to cheer. And each stop of the exhausting day is dedicated to a fallen service member. The academy has put greater emphasis on wartime sacrifices, hoping to inspire plebes — the term the academy uses for freshmen — to think about what they are doing behind the academy's walls on the picturesque Severn...
  • Annapolis is all about ending the occupation.

    04/13/2008 7:43:30 AM PDT · by tedbel · 1 replies · 68+ views
    ISRAPUNDIT ^ | April 13/08 | Ted Belman
    It is standard practice for athletes and magicians to fake us out. They distract our attention to mislead us as to their intentions. Politicians do to. It used to be Israel's policy to put facts on the ground to strengthen Israel's hold on Judea and Samaria and to make time work against Palestinians. That was when we considered such lands "disputed territories", when we sought to get agreement on "defensible borders" and believed that Jerusalem would be Israel's undivided capital forever. No more. As a result of this activity, the US declared war on the settlements. The Mitchel Report in...
  • Why must Israel create a “horizon of hope”?

    04/11/2008 12:10:08 PM PDT · by tedbel · 4 replies · 79+ views
    Israpundit ^ | April 11/08 | Ted Belman
    PM Olmert announced that he expects to reach an agreement with the PA (whatever and whoever that is) by the end of the year, and went on to say it won't be implemented for many years. "We will insist on all the terms of the Road Map, first and foremost among them a cessation of terrorism, as a precondition for implementation of any understanding. But the first step creating a horizon of hope for us and for the Palestinians can be taken, it must be taken, and we will make every effort in order to successfully do so this year."...
  • Podhoretz in defense of Bush, Sharon and himself.

    04/07/2008 12:28:16 PM PDT · by tedbel · 2 replies · 114+ views
    Israpundit ^ | April 7/08 | Ted Belman
    Norman Podhoretz, as you will recall, was a staunch supporter of GW Bush, and is staying the course, and was in support of Sharon's Disengagement. He now replies to his critics of both these positions, in his Commentary article, Israel and the Palestinians:Has Bush Reneged?. Anyone interested in the peace process from its beginning in Madrid should read this very informative article. He begins, On June 24, 2002, George W. Bush, having already become the first American President to come out openly and officially for the establishment of a Palestinian state, attached two stern conditions to that new policy. The...
  • The ?peace process? is a loser?s game

    04/01/2008 9:58:36 PM PDT · by tedbel · 5 replies · 117+ views
    Israpundit ^ | April 02/08 | Ted Belman
    Often our efforts are to no avail and unfortunately we must be reminded of that time and again. American Friends of Likud just held a worldwide conference on "Israel at the Crossroads: The Palestinians and Gaza in the Shadow of Iran" featuring MK Yuval Steinitz, Maj. - Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror and Dan Diker. Their remarks were recorded and available HERE.In essence they advise the current government on its pursuit of peace through the peace process, that "Es vet dir gournisht helphen.". More importantly, they argue it will hurt you/us. Iran, through its proxies Hamas and Hezballah is intent on...
  • What ever happened to Annapolis?

    04/01/2008 12:08:07 PM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 10 replies · 34+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | April 1, 2008 | Norman Podhoretz, Hillel Halkin
    On June 24, 2002, George W. Bush, having already become the first American President to come out openly and officially for the establishment of a Palestinian state, attached two stern conditions to that new policy. The United States, he declared, “will not support the establishment of a Palestinian state until its leaders engage in a sustained fight against the terrorists and dismantle their infrastructure.” This commitment constitutes what I have called the “Fourth Pillar” of the Bush Doctrine, and many friends of Israel now believe that Bush has reneged on it. Paul Mirengoff of the influential “Power Line” blog puts...
  • History hidden under the soil of Annapolis

    03/27/2008 7:42:10 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies · 781+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Mar 27, 2008 | Gabriella Boston
    The American fight for liberty was not only the domain of John Adams and his fellow Boston patriots — although HBO's miniseries might lead us to believe that. The fight also took place much closer to home in places like Annapolis, where a recently opened archaeological exhibit at the Banneker-Douglass Museum shows how an 18th-century printmaker protested the British Stamp Act tax and how mid-19th-century freed slaves fought discrimination by purchasing brand-name canned goods and bottled libations. "They preferred national brands because of the predictability of price and guarantee of quality," says Mark Leone, founder and director of Archaeology in...
  • After Annapolis: What Chance for Agreement with Abbas and the PLO?

    In reality, there is no fundamental difference between the ultimate goals of Hamas and the PLO vis-ŕ-vis Israel: Neither accepts the Jewish state's right to exist and both are committed to its eventual destruction. The only difference between the two groups lies in their preferred strategies for the attainment of this goal. Whereas Hamas concentrates exclusively on "armed struggle," the PLO has adopted since the early 1990s a more subtle strategy, combining intricate political and diplomatic maneuvering with sustained terror attacks. In the candid words of Farouq Qaddoumi, the PLO's perpetual foreign minister: "We were never different from Hamas. Hamas...
  • Speaking truth for peace [A Communist Shills for Terrorists]

    12/19/2007 4:16:23 PM PST · by Alouette · 8 replies · 151+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 19, 2007 | Michael "I'm a Cute Commie" Felsen
    For years, countless synagogues and other Jewish institutions in the United States have flown the banner declaring "We Support Israel in Her Quest for Peace." For most American Jews, these words have given voice to a shared love and concern for Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people, and to a hope that the conflict that has raged on and off since even before Israel's founding in 1948, will finally end. For some, this devotion to Israel has been embodied in unwavering support for the policies and actions of her government. For others, it has included criticism of that...
  • Fundamentally Freund: Introducing George W. Clinton

    12/18/2007 3:49:14 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 195+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/19/2007 | Michael Freund
    Will the real George W. please stand up? After seven years of fearlessly confronting evil, both rhetorically and militarily, the Bush Administration in Washington seems to have faded away, replaced instead by a meek shadow of its former self. Firm resolve has given way to disappointing frailty, as the shape and direction of US foreign policy increasingly resembles something taken straight out of Bill Clinton's playbook. Across the board, on nearly every major issue of the day, from Iran to Syria to North Korea, the Bush administration is in retreat, abandoning the principled stands of yesteryear and replacing them with...

    12/18/2007 5:26:50 AM PST · by PRePublic · 5 replies · 290+ views
    KURDS VS ARAB 'PALESTINIANS' IT PAYS TO BE ILLEGITIMATE & MURDEROUS "PALESTINIAN" THAN TO BE A LIGITIMATE PEACEFUL KURD   Dec. 2007   As the world's about to give yet another state [Jordan ain't enough?] for the [group of immigrant Arabs into Israel that call themselves as] "Palestinians", that have never behaved and do not merely fight for a 'homeland' which Israel was never theirs anyhow, but have their goal of eliminating Israel, ethnic cleansing and racist genocide, the poor Kurds still sink under oppression by Turkey, by Arab racism in: Syria, Iraq, and by Islamic fascists regime of Iran.   __________________________________________________________________________   THE KURDS REAL...
  • Al-Qaida's No. 2 criticizes Annapolis peace conference as betrayal of Palestinians

    12/14/2007 3:56:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 191+ views
    AP via Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/14/7 | Maggie Michael, The Associated Press
    CAIRO, Egypt — Al-Qaida's deputy leader denounced last month's Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Md., as a "betrayal" of Palestinians in a new audio message posted Friday on an Islamic militant Web site. It was the first reaction by the terrorist network to the Mideast conference, sponsored by President Bush and attended by key Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Syria and Egypt, as well as Palestinian and Israeli leaders. The conference relaunched Palestinian-Israeli peace talks after a seven year hiatus — a key breakthrough in the region's core conflict. "The Annapolis meeting was held to turn Palestine into a Jewish...
  • Quiz Yourself on the 'Israeli Arab ("Palestinian") Conflict'

    12/14/2007 3:02:54 AM PST · by PRePublic · 513+ views
    Quiz yourself on the Israeli Arab ["Palestinian"] conflict       1) When was the Arab immigration to [the historic Jewish land of] Israel -"Palestine" boosted?   A When they wanted to see Jewish holy sites. B When [anti French and anti British] Arab nationalism spread across the middle east. C When the Zionists Jews came and cultivated the deserted land.     2) What's [Arab "Palestinian" highest "national" icon] Yasser Arafat's country of origin?   A Israel ["Palestine"]. B Jordan. C Egypt.     3) Why were there --initially-- more Arab immigrants ["residents"] than Jewish immigrants (Arab majority)?   A Because...