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  • Maryland gay marriage: Don't cue the wedding bells just yet

    08/10/2012 4:28:04 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 41 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Aug 10 2012 | Richard Vatz
    Given the history of same-sex marriage referendums, poll results should be viewed skeptically There was a brief explosion of optimism from those supporting same-sex marriage in Maryland last week after a poll by Hart Research Associates indicated that voters in the state support it by a significant margin of 54-40. No state has ever approved gay marriage at the ballot box, but advocates here and elsewhere — The New York Times published a piece titled "Hopeful news from Maryland" — contend that the issue hasn't polled this well before either. They shouldn't get too excited just yet. Gay marriage is...
  • New York Times Publishes Socialist Cry to Nationalize the Big Banks

    07/23/2012 7:53:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | July 23, 2012 | Tim Graham
    The New York Times may develop a case of the vapors when a conservative calls Barack Obama a socialist, but they certainly aren't uncomfortable with socialist arguments. At the top of Monday's op-ed page, opposite Paul Krugman was an article titled "Wall Street Is Too Big to Regulate." Professor Gar Alperovitz, author of "America Beyond Capitalism," had his argument summarized in the pull quote: "Banks are larger than ever. Don't try to control them. Nationalize them." He also claimed this is a "market-friendly" step: With high-paid lobbyists contesting every proposed regulation, it is increasingly clear that big banks can never...
  • ‘To Fly!’ still soars: Air and Space Museum opened in 1976 with film’s first screening

    07/14/2012 8:29:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 12, 2012 | Sarah Freishtat
    Ezekiel, the top-hatted balloonist, has recited his “little poem” on the glories of flight and barely missed the white church steeple more than 20,000 times now. He has called out his warning of white water ahead to the unsuspecting canoeist far below for 36 years. Before giving way to hang gliders, barnstorming pilots and the Navy’s Blue Angels flight team, his silver balloon with the four American flags attached to the gondola has soared above the rolling green Vermont hills and churning, roaring Niagara Falls every single day the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum has been open.
  • HiTech RedNeck job search vanity: GERMANTOWN MD?!? Anybody near there???

    07/12/2012 7:59:24 PM PDT · by HiTech RedNeck · 47 replies
    Me | 7/12/2012 | HiTech RedNeck
    Dear Freepers, HiTech RedNeck struck out on the two other jobs whose locales were inquired about earlier: Madison WI and Bentonville AR. While a formidable challenger, HTRN had even more formidable competitors and did not win out. Stinging off of the Wisconsin loss (which had looked a lot like a win until the very end) HTRN signed up for two new job boards: corp-corp.com and engineerjobs.com. They looked rinky dink compared to the classy, complex Monster and Dice, but they were ranked high by Google, and I was thinking any new ports in a storm. Well, very shortly HTRN's email...
  • Amtrak plans 37-minute train from New York to Philadelphia by 2040

    07/10/2012 10:32:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jul 9, 2012 8:20pm EDT | Dave Warner
    Amtrak announced a $151 billion improvement plan on Monday that includes 37-minute trips from New York to Philadelphia at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour (354 km per hour). However, the U.S. passenger railroad will need substantial financial support from both state and federal governments to make its ambitious plan to transform rail travel in the Northeast a reality. The railroad predicted that super-fast train trips along the East Coast could be a reality by 2040. Travel times from New York to either Washington or Boston—both about 200 miles (350 km) in distance—would also be slashed, to 94 minutes, the...
  • Maryland:Web ad features black same-sex marriage supporters

    07/10/2012 5:08:46 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 9 replies
    Washington Post Politics ^ | July 10 2012 | John Wagner
    Proponents of upholding Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on Tuesday launched on a new Web video featuring a series of African-Americans explaining why they are supporting this fall’s referendum. “As an African-American male, I know what it’s like to be discriminated against,” says LeVar Michael, one of the featured voices in the three-minute video produced by Marylanders for Marriage Equality. African Americans are a key demographic for both sides in the fight over the November ballot measure. The percentage of black residents in Maryland is the largest outside the deep South, and polling has long shown their support for same-sex marriage,...
  • In Maryland, Higher Taxes Chase Out Rich: Study

    07/10/2012 8:05:18 AM PDT · by In Maryland · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | 07/09/2012 | Robert Frank
    A new report says wealthy Maryland residents may be moving out due to recent tax hikes – a finding that is sure to escalate the battle over taxing the American rich. The study, by the anti-tax group Change Maryland, says that a net 31,000 residents left the state between 2007 and 2010, the tenure of a "millionaire's tax" pushed through by Gov. Martin O'Malley. The tax, which expired in 2010, in imposed a rate of 6.25 percent on incomes of more than $1 million a year. The Change Maryland study found that the tax cost Maryland $1.7 billion in lost...
  • Crane topples in Bethesda family’s yard

    07/09/2012 5:43:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 8, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    The week had been difficult enough for the Weinberger family after a rare derecho storm knocked out power to their Bethesda home for four nights and an enormous oak tree had been toppled by the wind into their roof. And that was before a heavy duty crane tipped over in their yard. “We had a lovely driveway, a beautiful lawn you could host Wimbledon on,” said Lauren Weinberger with a laugh, as she chatted by phone on Sunday.
  • Surprise: Higher taxes in Maryland chasing out the wealthy

    07/09/2012 5:16:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/09/2012 | Erika Johnsen
    In light of President Obama's exhortation to hike taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year earlier today, here's a well-timed piece of evidence demonstrating what happens when you decide you'd rather engage in populist persecution and punish the wealthy for their economic contributions rather than make tough budget-cutting decisions. A new report indicates that the state of Maryland is bleeding residents and tax revenue — an emigration likely due to the wildly blue state's recent tax hikes. The study, by the anti-tax group Change Maryland, says that a net 31,000 residents left the state between 2007 and 2010,...
  • Dems target vulnerable GOP lawmakers over health law repeal vote

    07/02/2012 4:39:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/02/12 | Meghashyam Mali
    Dems target vulnerable GOP lawmakers over health law repeal voteBy Meghashyam Mali - 07/02/12 06:00 AM ET The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new campaign Monday targeting vulnerable GOP lawmakers on healthcare ahead of the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and congressional perks instead of protecting consumers," said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.), in a statement announcing the drive. "For 18 months, Republicans have been on defense for protecting millionaires over Medicare and now they're planning another vote...
  • More Than 1.5 Million Without Power; 4 Killed

    06/30/2012 8:01:42 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 96 replies
    A fast-moving line of dangerous storms knocked out power to more than 1.5 million customers in the D.C. area Friday night. A day of record-shattering heat ended with severe thunderstorms that rushed through the metro area with strong winds and an impressive lightning display. The storms produced hurricane-force winds in excess of 80 mph. Gusts of 82 mph were reported in the Reston area. On Saturday morning, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management confirmed that four people had died due to the storm in the Commonwealth. The National Weather Service reported a tree fell on a car in the area...
  • Secretariat Awarded Preakness Record at 1:53 After Review (Ruling: '73 Preakness Time is a Record)

    06/20/2012 3:31:38 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Daily Racing Form ^ | 06/20/2012 | Matt Hegarty
    Secretariat awarded Preakness record at 1:53 after review The Maryland Racing Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to change the official time of the 1973 Preakness Stakes won by Secretariat from 1:54 2/5 to 1:53, a time that will give the two-time Horse of the Year the record in all three of the Triple Crown races. The commission approved the change after two hours of testimony at a meeting at Laurel Park, the sister track of Pimlico Race Course, where the Preakness is held. Penny Chenery, the late horse’s owner, requested the hearing on the basis of analyses conducted by companies...
  • 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...
  • Md. man accused of selling bogus energy credits

    06/17/2012 9:28:29 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-16-12 | ALEX DOMINGUEZ
    BALTIMORE—A Maryland man faces trial in a $9.1 million fraud case that is shedding light on problems in a renewable energy credits program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Federal prosecutors accuse Rodney Hailey of Perry Hall of selling renewable fuel credits even though his company, Clean Green Fuel LLC, did not produce any renewable fuel. Instead, prosecutors say he pocketed the money and bought Ferraris and other luxury cars, as well as tractor-trailers, homes, jewelry and computers.
  • Officers fire 33 shots at suicidal man

    06/13/2012 12:06:58 PM PDT · by RetroSexual · 39 replies
    The Frederick News-Post ^ | June 13, 2012 | Brian Engler
    Two law enforcement officers fired a total of 33 rounds at an armed man who had threatened suicide Sunday, striking him with four or five shots, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office. James Jacob Jardina, 45, who had addresses in Myersville and Smithsburg, remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday night at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Jardina was shot when he pointed a handgun at a Washington County sheriff's deputy and a Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police officer at a park-and-ride off Md. 66 near Boonsboro, the sheriff's office said in a news release. Responding...
  • Maryland residents leaving for Virginia

    06/09/2012 4:28:54 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 52 replies
    Culpeper Star-Exponent ^ | June 07, 2012
    Back in January, we noted in this space that Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell "offer competing political visions. … McDonnell stresses fiscal restraint and believes government should live within its means," while O'Malley "sees taxes as boosters of prosperity." The piece noted that others have remarked on the dichotomy — such as The Washington Post's metro columnist, Robert McCartney, who wrote: "Two states. Two governors. Two philosophies. Take your pick and see which succeeds." We concluded "conservatives are fond of likening the states to laboratories of public policy. The experiments on opposite sides of the Potomac...
  • Police Overkill

    06/07/2012 1:49:37 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 87 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | June 6, 2012 | ROBERT KAHN
    BALTIMORE (CN) - When an architect crashed his car while suffering a diabetic reaction on the way home from Bible study class, state and county police pepper sprayed him in the face and clubbed and Tasered him to death, his wife claims in court. Linda Johnson sued the Maryland State Police, Baltimore County Police, their top commanders and six officers who allegedly beat and Tasered to death Carl D. Johnson on May 27, 2010. Johnson suffered a diabetic attack sometime after 8:15 p.m. that night, after calling a friend to tell him he was leaving his Bible class, according to...
  • Anti-gay marriage group: We have signatures for Maryland ballot

    05/30/2012 7:56:13 AM PDT · by kevcol · 7 replies
    pMSNBC.com ^ | May 30, 2012 | Miranda Leitsinger
    ay marriage opponents in Maryland said Tuesday they’ve handed in more than double the signatures required to hold a ballot referendum to squash the state’s new same-sex marriage law. . . “What we’re finding is that people are just engaged and passionate about this, even after Obama and the NAACP came out” in support of gay marriage," McCoy said. “Anybody that was on the fence is no longer on the fence.” A similar effort is under way in Washington state, where legislation approving same-sex marriage was signed into law by the governor earlier this year. Six states and the District...
  • EDITORIAL: The Not-So-Free State (Maryland)

    05/25/2012 4:59:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | The Washington Times
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a quarter-billion dollars’ worth of tax increases into law on Tuesday. The move is meant to keep the state’s ever-expanding budget on a path toward growth. “Growth” is the last thing the private-sector economy is going to see in the Free State. According to the latest Labor Department figures, Maryland lost 6,000 jobs in April, the largest such drop in the nation. Unless the General Assembly and the governor begin to rethink their free-spending ways, Maryland soon will be in the fiscal hole like California and Greece. Like a good Democrat, Mr. O'Malley has taken...
  • Blacks help push Maryland toward gay marriage

    05/25/2012 4:38:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | David Hill
    The nation’s changing views on same-sex marriage and new support from black leaders could put Maryland on track toward becoming the first state to cast a public vote in favor of gay marriage, according to a poll released Thursday. The survey from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling showed 57 percent of Maryland voters would vote for gay marriage if it is put to referendum this fall and just 37 percent would vote against it — a stark departure from past polls by the firm and other groups that have shown Marylanders to be almost evenly divided on the issue. More than...
  • The House's octogenarian incumbents

    05/24/2012 8:39:12 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/24/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    When Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost the GOP primary to challenger Richard Mourdock this month, Beltway types saw the voters' verdict as a victory for the Tea Party and a defeat for the kind of Republican who could work across the aisle. I think Lugar, 80, lost because he was out of touch with Indiana. He started the primary registered to vote at an Indiana home he had sold in 1977. The Lugars have resided in Virginia ever since. Lugar had been working in Washington for so long that he didn't realize he needed to keep up at least the...
  • High School Freshman Wins Award For Pancreatic Cancer Test

    05/23/2012 5:01:12 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 48 replies
    WBAL News ^ | May 22, 2012 | Robert Lang
    He is only a freshman at North County High School in Anne Arundel County. However, 15-year-old Jack Andraka is being recognized for developing what may become an effective way to detect pancreatic cancer.
  • African American leaders blast NAACP 'gay marriage' support

    05/23/2012 2:58:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    CNA ^ | 5/23/12 | Michelle Bauman
    The NAACP's recent endorsement of “gay marriage” drew harsh criticism from within the African American community for misrepresenting civil rights and undermining families. Pastor Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's “unfortunate” stance on the issue will contribute to the “further demise of the family.” McCoy told CNA on May 21 that the NAACP is “endorsing an epidemic” of fatherless households, a “tragic” phenomenon in the United States and particularly in the African American community. On May 19, the association released a statement in support of redefining...
  • Md. Megachurch Gives Tearful Ovation to Trayvon's Mother ["this generation's Rosa Parks"] (barf)

    05/22/2012 10:58:54 AM PDT · by kevcol · 38 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | May 21, 2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    A megachurch in Baltimore, Md., had an emotional service Sunday as Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, hugged each parent whose children had been victims of "senseless violence." At least a dozen women and men stood before the altar after the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant of the Empowerment Temple church asked for anyone whose child had also been the victim of "senseless violence," The Baltimore Sun reported. . . . Bryant introduced Fulton to the congregation as "the mother of the new civil rights movement" and "this generation's Rosa Parks." "It's so easy for me to cry right now, but I...
  • Police: Man, 19, beaten by two groups of students downtown (Dag-nab those Amish!)

    05/19/2012 3:03:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 18, 2012 | Justin Fenton
    A 19-year-old student from Baltimore Polytechnic High School told police he was beaten by two separate groups of juveniles from a rival school in downtown Baltimore on Thursday afternoon, an attack that comes amid a pitched debate over downtown safety. According to police, the student was walking in the 200 block of W. Fayette St., a block north of the First Mariner Arena, before 4:20 p.m. when he said he was attacked from behind by an unknown male. Nine other juveniles joined in as he tried to defend himself, and his phone was taken during the attack, he told police....
  • Maryland Assembly OKs $260M tax hike, teacher pension shift

    05/17/2012 7:28:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2012 | David Hill
    The Maryland General Assembly passed a $260 million tax increase Wednesday as it adjourned from a three-day special session that ended with Gov. Martin O'Malley saying he will bring lawmakers back for another session this summer. The House gave final approval to two bills that will raise income taxes and shift a portion of teacher pension costs to counties to balance the state’s $35.5 billion budget, which is nearly $1 billion larger than last year’s spending plan.
  • Archbishop Lori embraces tradition at vespers service

    05/16/2012 6:55:46 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 4 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | May 15, 2012 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    Moments after praying silently at the tombs of eight of his predecessors, Archbishop William E. Lori said their legacies and the legacies of all those who "went before us in faith" put Catholics in touch with sacred tradition - a tradition "deeper, richer, more beautiful and coherent than anything any of us could conjure." "To be sure, the tradition is not like a box of dead things and neither is it a storehouse of ready-made answers," said Archbishop Lori, speaking in a May 15 homily during a vespers service for women and men religious inside a packed Basilica of the...
  • Maryland’s Special Tax Hike Session Kicks Off Today

    05/14/2012 12:10:17 PM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-14 | Will Upton
    Evidently a spending increase just shy of $1 billion is not enough for Governor Martin O’Malley and the Democrat leadership in Maryland’s General Assembly. Today, May 14, lawmakers will return to Annapolis to pass the Governor’s tax hike proposal, allowing Gov. O’Malley to increase spending by over $1 billion from last year’s budget. Under Gov. O’Malley’s proposal, about one in five Marylanders will see their taxes rise. WBAL is reporting that the proposal will set new income tax rates on Marylanders making over $100,000 a year. However, there is a potential House-Senate compromise that could lower the threshold to just...
  • Maryland GOP gives voters the last word

    05/08/2012 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2012 | David Hill
    When Marylanders go to the polls in November, the most interesting races might not involve political candidates. The state’s voters will elect eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one U.S. senator, and will help choose a president, but an unprecedented slate of ballot initiatives is expected to set the state’s course on social issues, including same-sex marriage and illegal immigration, and potentially on gambling and congressional redistricting. This will be the first time in 20 years that a voter-petitioned referendum makes the state’s ballot, and as many as three could appear. All were initiated by Republicans who...
  • Josh Hamilton Rips Four 2-run HRs

    05/08/2012 7:54:37 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 28 replies
    ESPN.com ^ | 5/8/2012 | Richard Durrett |
    Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton's torrid 2012 season now includes his first career four-home-run game, all of them two-run shots in a 10-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Hamilton homered off Jake Arrieta in the first and third innings, added another off Zach Phillips in the seventh and topped it off with a one-for-the-books shot against Darren O'Day in the eighth. During the last at-bat, Hamilton took a mighty hack and missed, lined a foul into right-field seats and then sent an 0-2 pitch over the center-field wall. It marked the 16th four-home-run game in major league history. Hamilton is...
  • Medical Sleuths Discuss the Forensics of Death (Lenin, Lincoln, Custer, etc.)

    05/07/2012 1:52:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 6 | Manuel Roig-Franzia
    Death never dies here. It just keeps getting more interesting, more beguiling. More, well, alive. Alive in every cringe-worthy detail, in every clue about its causes, in every shard of evidence waiting to be spliced to another shard . . . and another shard until a picture starts to form, an image assembled from nuggets of information collected decades or centuries ago. Death, at least for the doctors and history buffs who gather each year at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, is the coolest of puzzles, leading them to the coolest of theories. Could Abraham Lincoln have been saved? (Yes.)...
  • What Killed Lenin? Poison Called Possibility

    05/06/2012 8:59:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, May 6, 2012 | Alex Dominguez
    Stress, family medical history or possibly even poison led to the death of Vladimir Lenin, contradicting a popular theory that a sexually transmitted disease debilitated the Soviet Union’s founder, a UCLA neurologist said. Dr. Harry Vinters and Russian historian Lev Lurie reviewed Lenin’s records Friday for an annual University of Maryland School of Medicine conference that examines the deaths of famous figures. The conference is held yearly at the school, where researchers in the past have re-examined the diagnoses of figures including King Tut, Christopher Columbus, Simon Bolivar and Abraham Lincoln.
  • “Racist” Fire Captain Brian Beckmann Must Go, Says Petition

    05/04/2012 6:24:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Sunshine State ^ | May 4, 2012 | Mark Christopher
    (IMAGE AT LINK) [Miami, FL] When Miami-Dade fire captain Brian Beckmann let the word know how he felt about the whole Trayvon Martin thing, the reaction was swift in calling for his removal from the force. Sunshine Slate noted back on April 18 that Beckmann posted an offensive rant on Facebook, as originally reported by TheGrio.com. Here is his post in its entirety: “Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman. The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban...
  • 2nd Amendment still MIA in Maryland as federal judge refuses to enforce his own ruling

    05/05/2012 10:04:14 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/5/2012 | Doug Book
    In early March, Federal Judge Benson Legg ruled unconstitutional the provision in Maryland law requiring a “good and substantial reason” be provided by anyone applying for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Such a contingency “impermissibly infringes on the right to keep and bear arms” wrote the Judge in his opinion. (1) The ruling had come down in the case of Woollard v Sheridan. In 2010, Plaintiff Raymond Woollard attempted to renew his permit to carry concealed but was refused because he had not provided to Maryland State Police “…sufficient evidence ‘to support apprehended fear’…” therefore failing the “good...
  • GOP upstart defeats party stalwart for national political seat

    05/01/2012 8:05:35 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 14 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 28th | Michael Dresser
    A conservative activist running an insurgent candidacy against the Maryland Republican establishment seized the post of national committeewoman at the state GOP convention Saturday, beating longtime party stalwart Audrey E. Scott. The victory by Nicolee Ambrose of Baltimore represents a generational changing of the guard for Maryland Republicans. Her win came after a bitterly fought internal struggle that played out in blogs and on Facebook.
  • Elijah Cummings to Darrell Issa: Stop ‘witch hunt’

    04/30/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/30/12 | DARIUS DIXON
    Rep. Elijah Cummings warned Rep. Darrell Issa against turning a potential contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal into “an election-year witch hunt,” he wrote in a letter late last week. “Holding someone in contempt of Congress is one of the most serious and formal actions our Committee can take, and it should not be used as a political tool to generate press as part of an election-year witch hunt against the Obama Administration,” the Maryland Democrat wrote Friday to Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Last...
  • Maryland Puts Gift Card Bounty on 'Fish From Hell'

    04/05/2012 9:57:20 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 5, 2012 | Greg Wilson
    Wildlife officials in Maryland have put a bounty on the snakehead, the so-called "fish from hell" that can migrate on land and devastates the eco-systems of lakes, ponds and streams. The state will give out $200 gift cards for Bass Pro Shops as well as other prizes for catching and killing the fish, which is native to Africa and Asia but is believed to have made its way to America through Asian seafood merchants.
  • Teen pleads guilty to killing 92-year-old neighbor (15 yo black male kills 92 yo white woman)

    04/18/2012 6:47:49 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2012
    A Forestville teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally stabbing a 92-year-old neighbor who had acted like a grandmother to him and then making off with her credit card and cash last summer, authorities said. William Fitts, 16, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and theft in the killing in August of Thelma Steele, authorities said. Prosecutors said that Fitts stabbed Steele several times with a pocketknife after the two argued about family issues and that he then left her for dead on the couch in her home. Her body was not discovered for several days, after Fitts’s family became...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • Maryland returns unprocessed handgun permit applications

    04/14/2012 6:36:52 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 70 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | April 13, 2012 | John Pierce
    After Judge Legg handed down his ruling in Woollard v. Sheridan that Maryland's requirement of a "good and sufficient reason" to receive a handgun permit was unconstitutional, hundred of applicants flooded the Maryland State Police Licensing Division with applications. However, Judge Legg subsequently issued a temporary stay of that order and the state is petitioning for a permanent stay pending appeal. Given those circumstances, Maryland has been returning applications unprocessed with the following letter ...
  • What did pass the Maryland General Assembly

    04/11/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | Greg Masters
    Although negotiations over a package of tax increases and a proposed casino collapsed Monday night, the Maryland General Assembly passed a lot of bills this session — 791, to be exact. Of those, 96 percent were passed in the last week, including hundreds in the hours and minutes before midnight on Monday. Here are some highlights from the 90-day session’s last day: STORMWATER FEE The Senate spent much of the session’s waning hours fiercely debating a stormwater fee bill that was on few people’s radar earlier in the session. The bill requires localities to fund projects to reduce polluted runoff...
  • Romney win, now almost certain, won't decide future of GOP

    04/07/2012 3:10:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Salem News ^ | April 7, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    SILVER SPRING, Md. — Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin this week tell us who has a commanding lead there. The second visible contest pits Romney against President Barack Obama. That one began this month with their twin addresses to the convention of editors in Washington. Obama has a 4-point lead, according to a Gallup poll conducted last week for USA Today. Now to...
  • Crowd Beats, Strips & Robs Tourist On St. Patrick’s Day; Incident Caught On Camera

    04/07/2012 8:11:54 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 70 replies
    BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Caught on camera– a tourist being beaten in downtown Baltimore and instead of helping him, a crowd laughs and steals his belongings.
  • Maryland offering $200 gift cards for dead snakehead fish

    04/06/2012 8:05:15 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 04/06/2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Getting paid to fish sounds like a dream come true to some. But does it have the same appeal if you're going up against a "fish from hell" that can travel on land and sink its teeth into a steel-toed boot?
  • Alleged Mega Millions winner says she lost ticket

    04/06/2012 12:54:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 6, 2012
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- A woman who has claimed to have Maryland's winning Mega Millions ticket now says she has lost it. Mirlande Wilson of Baltimore told WRC-TV (http://bit.ly/Hk55w9 ) in Washington she would claim the jackpot if she finds the ticket.
  • Maryland to appeal the ruling in Woollard v. Sheridan

    04/04/2012 10:43:24 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 6 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | April 4, 2012 | John Pierce
    As expected, the Maryland Attorney General’s office has filed a timely notice of appeal in the case of Woollard v Sheridan which struck down Maryland’s requirement that an applicant for a handgun [carry] permit demonstrate a subjective “good and substantial reason.”
  • Romney picks up two wins in Republican race (Maryland and Washington, D.C called for Mitt)

    04/03/2012 6:27:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/03/2012 | Steve Holland
    Mitt Romney won contests in Maryland and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to tighten his grip on the race for the Republican presidential nomination and looked to land a big blow on rival Rick Santorum with an expected victory in Wisconsin. It was a strong start for the front-runner on a big day in the Republican search for a candidate to send against Democratic President Barack Obama in the November 6 election. Television networks projected that the former Massachusetts Governor Romney was the easy winner over Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in Maryland. NBC predicted Romney also won in the...
  • Romney piling up delegates in states that Obama will win nonetheless in the 2012 general election.

    04/03/2012 4:20:42 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    4/3/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Before I get to the thread title material, let me say that Bush is not going away anytime soon. Obama brought him up today with Medicare Part D and will continue to bring him up again & again. If Romney praises Med. part D, Obama can say "See, Romney agrees with me that the first Republican president was right about the federal gov't..." as he said today. If Romney attacks Med. Part D as being big gov't, Obama can retort "Why is Romney attacking me for attacking Bush? Romney has also attacked Bush." And the issue of whether or not...
  • Bush Sr. Endorsed Romney. But Where Is George W. Bush? Romney Needs His Endorsement Quickly, Right?

    04/02/2012 4:08:21 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    4/2/2012 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    So many (Ryan, Rubio, GHWB, etc) have come forward recently to endorse Romney to be the standard-bearer for the GOP. But curiously missing is GWB... Secondly, Bill Clinton has said very recently that he will soon hold fund-raisers and even stump? for Obama. So where is 43 at - and very recently at that? Pro-Romney forces have said that it is time to quickly rally around the front-runner (Romney). If so, then what better way than for perhaps Romney, Ryan, Rubio, etc, to get or seek Bush 43 to quickly endorse Romney, stump for him and hold fund-raisers for Romney?...
  • CNN: First Winner Declared In Baltimore, Maryland - Mega Millions Lotto

    03/30/2012 10:46:35 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 39 replies
    CNN | 3-31-12
    CNN Breaking News Alert - First winning ticket declared in Baltimore, Maryland. $640 Million Dollar Jackpot Developing....