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  • O’Malley pushes for raising Maryland gas tax

    03/15/2012 5:05:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley told House and Senate lawmakers Wednesday that failing to raise Maryland’s gas tax could lead to crumbling roads and bridges in the future, and that they should pass his proposal despite its lack of popularity with residents. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, touted his proposed 6 percent sales tax on gas while testifying before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and at a joint hearing of the House Ways and Means and Environmental Matters committees. Legislators have said a gas-tax hike appears unlikely during this year’s General Assembly session because of rising gas prices, public outcry...
  • Examiner Local Editorial: Another victory for the Second Amendment

    U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg's groundbreaking March 5 ruling that Maryland cannot refuse to issue a handgun permit to an otherwise qualified individual unless that person has an acceptable reason for wanting one is a jurisprudential gem that correctly shifts the burden of proof from the citizen to the government. His elegant reiteration of basic Second Amendment rights in Woollard v. Sheridan will be quoted for generations: "A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right's existence is all the reason he needs." Maryland...
  • Need address/footage of Pete Stark's mansion

    03/14/2012 3:10:30 PM PDT · by guyshomenet · 12 replies
    3/14/2012 | Guy Smith
    Pete Stark, who misrepresents a district out here, has a home (a minor mansion so I am told) in Maryland, which he tried to claim as his primary residence for taxes. See http://articles.latimes.com/2009/mar/20/nation/na-stark20. I intend to help unseat Stark, but I need some help from Maryland locals. I need footage of his mansion (3,600-square-foot, on 6.35 acres with an assessed value of about $1.6 million … should be easy to find) and it’s address. The footage goes into a video that will be released prior to the first campaign debates here.
  • State looks at all-electronic toll collection

    03/14/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 13, 2012 | Candus Thomson
    Maryland may eventually do away with tollbooths on the state's highways, bridges and tunnels and switch to electronic toll collection. A preliminary report by the Maryland Transportation Authority concluded that converting its seven toll plazas is feasible but would cost as much as $180 million. Transportation officials initiated the study as they look for long-term savings and ways to reduce travel time and increase highway safety. "It's something we're interested in doing. It's something the industry is moving toward. But it's complicated and we're in the earliest stages," said Harold Bartlett, the transportation authority's executive secretary. At least eight states...
  • O’Malley seeks support for Maryland gas tax hike

    03/14/2012 4:45:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley will go before House and Senate committees Wednesday and ask them to raise the state’s gas tax, but he might get drowned out by the talk from constituents back in lawmakers’ home districts. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, has clung to the proposal in recent weeks even as skepticism of the plan has mounted in the face of rising gas prices and persistent objections from the public. The governor says the tax increase is a necessary investment in the state’s congested, too-long-ignored road and transit infrastructure. But with gas prices climbing toward $4 a gallon, leading...
  • Maryland Senate Democrats Favor Across-The-Board Hike To Personal Income Taxes

    03/04/2012 12:22:32 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 27 replies
    Wa Po ^ | 3/3/12 | Aaron C. Davis
    Maryland Senate Democrats have coalesced around a plan to jettison Gov. Martin O’Malley’s array of proposed tax increases on six-figure earners in favor of a simpler, but no less controversial, across-the-board hike to Marylanders’ personal income taxes. A majority of the Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee, which could vote on the plan as early as this week, said in interviews Friday that they have felt too much public resistance to O’Malley’s (D) plan to cut the state’s structural deficit by capping personal deductions and exemptions for residents making $100,000 or more. O’Malley’s proposal has been derided by homeowners groups and...
  • 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...
  • And now, a new definition of 'Romney-CAIR'

    03/13/2012 6:51:35 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WND ^ | March 12, 2012 | Ryan Mauro
    In what could be called a new version of “Romney-CAIR,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Maryland campaign chairman, former Republican Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich, is an endorser of the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations. “I’m glad that you have established such a strong voice in the community and that you are working to maintain a strong sense of cultural and economic identity,” Ehrlich is quoted on CAIR’s website as saying in December 2005. Under the headline “What They Say About CAIR,” dated March 2010, there are lists of comments from religious, law enforcement and election officials. Ehrlich’s comment is included...
  • The Second Amendment Foundation steps up in Maryland concealed carry fight

    03/13/2012 5:00:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Raquel Okyay
    Good Lord, what would we do without the Second Amendment Foundation? SAF was created in 1974, currently having 650,000 members, to combat anti-Second Amendment crusaders who use “safety” as an excuse to restrict our Second Amendment rights. Consistently battling the opposition in the Courts and otherwise, thanks to them, a positive Court ruling has been issued by the Honorable Judge Benson E. Legg in the Maryland district court on March 5, in the case of Woollard v. Sheridan. The main Plaintiff in this case Raymond Woollard, a Maryland resident and Navy veteran, attempted to renew his gun carry permit, but...
  • Maryland March for Life in Annapolis Monday March 12th

    03/12/2012 11:33:21 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 2 replies
    Maryland March for Life ^ | 3-12-2012 | Maryland March for Life
    Join Maryland Right to Life for the 2012 Maryland March for Life in Annapolis, this Monday, March 12th! This annual event takes place in downtown Annapolis, beginning with non-denominational and Roman Catholic religious services at St. Mary's Church on Duke of Gloucester Street at 5:15pm. The annual march will then begin, culminating in a rally in front of the Maryland State House. Speakers will lead the rally with emotional testimony and inspiring words about the value of human life! A mixer will be held after the rally back at St. Mary's Church. Free Chic-Fil-A will be provided! During the mixer,...
  • The right of protection

    DOES THE Second Amendment protect an individual right to carry a gun outside the home? Last week, a federal judge in Maryland concluded that it does and in the process struck down a Maryland licensing provision for carrying concealed weapons in public. Judge Benson Everett Legg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Maryland issued a thoughtful and measured decision but one that should be reviewed by the federal appeals court.
  • Brooklyn hunt for spirit of 1776 soldiers

    03/11/2012 7:05:35 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 24 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 11, 2012 | GARY BUISO
    Brooklyn civic groups are leading a charge to discover the exact burial place of over 200 Revolutionary War soldiers killed at the dawn of the United States and dumped near the Gowanus Canal. “These are the men who allowed America to come into existence — it’s a question that needs to be resolved,” said Marlene Donnelly, a member of the Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus,... “The Battle of Gettysburg has an entire field put aside to remember it — and this one, we just don’t remember,”... The grave concern is that development in and around the putrid canal, a...
  • The Right To Bear Arms Is A Risk Worth Taking

    03/10/2012 7:46:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 9 March, 2012 | AWR Hawkins
    Washington DC - -(Ammoland.com)- The Founders who “drafted and ratified the Second Amendment surely knew that the right they were enshrining carried a risk of misuse,” but risk is an integral aspect of freedom. For example, because we are free to speak our minds, we run the risk of hearing things we don’t want to hear, and of saying things others don’t want to hear. Because we have a God-given right to security in our own things, we run the risk of having people use their possessions in ways of which we don’t approve, and they likewise run the risk...
  • Lesbian denied Communion at her mother’s funeral is also a Buddhist

    03/09/2012 4:33:00 AM PST · by IbJensen · 75 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3/8/2012 | Ben Johnson
    GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND, March 8, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The lesbian who is attempting to get a Catholic priest removed from his parish for denying her Holy Communion at her mother’s funeral is a Buddhist who describes herself as a “naturally born agitator” committed to a “culture war.” Barbara Johnson created a national feeding frenzy after alerting the media that Fr. Marcel Guarnizo had refused to give her the Eucharist after asking her not to come forward to receive, because she is a sexually active homosexual. On February 26, Fr. Marcel Guarnizo of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, covered...
  • It's 'Constitution 101' for Maryland cops

    03/08/2012 8:32:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    WND ^ | March 7, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    It’s going to be “Constitution 101″ for state police in Maryland, who will be undergoing training on the First and Fourth Amendments as part of a settlement of a lawsuit over the illegal arrests of pro-life protesters there. Confirmation comes from officials with the Alliance Defense Fund, who argued that the officers’ decision to arrest, take into custody and strip-search the protesters simply wasn’t allowed. The ADF noted that the settlement with Maryland State Police will include “training on rights protected by the First and Fourth amendments to the U.S. Constitution.” “Under the terms of the settlement, Maryland State Police...
  • Maryland’s ‘doomsday’ budget used as club

    03/07/2012 8:13:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 6, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — State budget analysts Tuesday suggested nearly $800 million in potential cuts as part of a “doomsday” budget that Senate leaders have vowed to consider if lawmakers cannot agree on a mix of cuts and revenue increases in this year’s spending plan. The analysts briefed the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on the reductions, which include cuts to education and health services, elimination of 500 state jobs and more than $300 million in cuts of local aid to counties. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. said lawmakers are determined to make more aggressive cuts than those in Gov....
  • Anti-abortion protesters set for settlement (Abused pro-lifers get $385,000 settlement in MD)

    03/07/2012 5:14:53 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 06, 2012 | Mary Gail Hare
    The Maryland State Police have agreed to pay a $385,000 settlement to 17 anti-abortion protesters arrested by Maryland State Troopers four years ago in Harford County. The protesters, two of whom were 14 at the time, were arrested and processed and spent a night in the Harford County Detention Center. ... Members of the Alliance Defense Fund,... were holding up graphic images to passing motorists, claimed they were mistreated by the police and filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore against Harford County, the town of Bel Air and seven local and state police agencies. The suit claimed...
  • Law to prohibit non-citizens from voting

    03/07/2012 10:50:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 8 replies
    abc2news.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | abc2news.com
    Law to prohibit non-citizens from voting link only copyright This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Read more: http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/state/law-to-prohibit-non-citizens-from-voting#ixzz1oSSjYveg
  • Courthouse Partially Evacuated for Coconut

    03/07/2012 10:01:31 AM PST · by RetroSexual · 29 replies
    The Frederick News Post ^ | 3/7/2012 | Staff Reports
    A coconut lying next to a column near the Frederick County courthouse caused police and fire personnel to evacuate the outside area and one inside office for about 20 minutes today. A courthouse deputy on his morning perimeter check spotted the coconut about 7:55 a.m. It looked like it had been sliced down the center and put back together, according to a Frederick County Sheriff’s Office press release. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s bomb squad was called in to assist members of the sheriff’s office, the Frederick Police Department and the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Services in determining whether...
  • Maryland ruling: State AG will appeal, antis demonize decision

    03/07/2012 5:25:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 March, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Monday’s big win for gun rights in Maryland – courtesy a lawsuit filed by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation on behalf of Maryland resident Raymond Woollard – is already being demonized by anti-gunners, and will likely be appealed by the State Attorney General. The case is Woollard v. Sheridan. It was admittedly a big win for SAF, which has in the neighborhood of 20-plus cases in progress challenging onerous gun laws on constitutional grounds. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb coined a slogan about two years ago that seems appropriate: “Winning Firearms Freedom One Lawsuit at a Time.”...
  • The right fix for I-95 travel plazas (pro-O'Malley barfer by O'Malley appointee)

    03/07/2012 2:06:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Baltmore Sun (Pravda on the Patapsco) ^ | March 6, 2012 | Ted Venetoulis
    Pot holes are not liberal or conservative. Nor are bridges, sewer lines, roads, airports or tunnels. They are our infrastructure. And much of it is deteriorating, in Maryland and across the nation. There is simply not enough money. At least, not enough public money. And so, most state governments simply put off the new construction and slow down the maintenance. This is what happened with the state's two crumbling travel plazas along Interstate 95. What to do? A recent example of a creative solution to the state's infrastructure problem is instructive. Faced with a crisis confronting the Port of Baltimore...
  • Right to carry victory in Maryland: Woollard v. Sheridan

    03/06/2012 6:53:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 5 March, 2012 | David Kopel
    Earlier today, Maryland federal district Benson Everett Legg decided the case of Woollard v. Sheridan. Plaintiffs on the case are Robert Woollard and the Second Amendment Foundation. The lead attorney for plaintiffs is Alan Gura, the winning attorney in D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. As explained in the district court’s Dec. 2010 ruling, rejecting a motion to dismiss: Plaintiff Woollard initially obtained a handgun carry permit after he was assaulted by an intruder in his home in 2002. The permit was renewed in 2005. At that time, the intruder had recently been released from prison, providing a “good...
  • Federal District Court Recognizes Right to Carry Gun Outside the Home, Holds Unconstitutional

    03/06/2012 6:39:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 5 March, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    Maryland law provides that people may not carry a gun (concealed or otherwise) outside the home without a license, and the license is to be given only when the applicant has “good and substantial” reason to carry a gun. Such reasons, according to Maryland authorities, can be: “(1) business activities that involve heightened risk, such as the need to carry cash or other ‘street valued’ commodities, (2) participation in ‘regulated professions,’ such as security guards or armored car personnel, (3) participation in ‘assumed risk’ professions that involve the ability to restrict or take away civil liberties, such as judges, prosecutors,...
  • State gun-carry law unconstitutional, federal judge rules

    03/05/2012 6:01:00 PM PST · by RedMDer · 19 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 5, 2012 | Tricia Bishop
    A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a provision in Maryland law regulating who can carry a handgun, effectively loosening the restrictions governing firearm possession on the state's streets. In a 23-page memorandum opinion, made public Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Benson E. Legg said a state requirement forcing those applying for a gun-carry permit to show that they have a "good and substantial reason" to do so "impermissibly infringes the right to keep and bear arms," as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. "A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted...
  • Maryland Ruling a 'Huge Victory' for Second Amendment, Says SAF

    03/05/2012 10:52:47 AM PST · by Bill Buckner · 24 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 5 March 2012 | UBM
    BELLEVUE, Wash., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A federal court ruling in Maryland, that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends beyond the home and that citizens may not be required to offer a "good and substantial reason" for obtaining a concealed carry permit, is a huge victory, the Second Amendment Foundation said today. Ruling in the case of Woollard v. Sheridan - a case brought by SAF in July 2010 on behalf of Maryland resident Raymond Woollard, who was denied his carry permit renewal - the U.S. District Court for Maryland ruled that "The Court finds...
  • MARYLAND: Gun law found unconstitutional

    03/05/2012 10:29:29 AM PST · by Bill Buckner · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 5 March 2012 | By Joseph Weber
    BALTIMORE — A federal judge has ruled that Maryland’s handgun permit law is unconstitutional. In an opinion filed Monday, U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg says a requirement that residents show a “good and substantial reason” to carry a handgun infringes their Second Amendment right to bear arms. He says it isn’t sufficiently tailored to the state’s public safety interests. Plaintiff Raymond Woollard was denied a renewal of his permit in 2009 because he could not show he had been subject to “threats occurring beyond his residence.” Woollard obtained the permit after fighting with an intruder in his Hampstead home...
  • Delaney (D) would be 4th-wealthiest in House

    03/05/2012 10:16:02 AM PST · by Bill Buckner · 2 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 02, 2012 | By John Fritze
    John Delaney, the Potomac financier running for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's 6th Congressional District, is worth between $51.8 million and $232 million, which would make him the 9th most wealthy member of Congress if elected, according to a financial disclosure statement released by his campaign Friday.
  • A million-dollar mortgage goes unpaid for years while couple fights foreclosure

    03/05/2012 9:56:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3 2012 | Annys Shin
    The eviction from their million-dollar home could come at any moment. Keith and Janet Ritter have been bracing for it — and battling against it — almost from the moment they moved into the five-bedroom, 4,900-square-foot manse along the Potomac River in Fort Washington. In five years, they have never made a mortgage payment, a fact that amazes even the most seasoned veterans of the foreclosure crisis. The Ritters have kept the sheriff at bay by repeatedly filing for bankruptcy and by exploiting changes in Maryland’s laws designed to help delinquent homeowners avoid foreclosure. Those efforts to protect homeowners have...
  • Second Amendement Victory in Maryland!

    03/05/2012 9:14:02 AM PST · by George - the Other · 29 replies
    Maryland Shall Issue ^ | 3/5/2012 | Maryland Shall Issue
    Victory For The Constitution in Maryland We just received word that the United States District Court for the District of Maryland has granted a motion for summary judgement for plaintiff Ray Woollard in the Woollard v. Sheridan case that challenged the good and substantial requirement for issuance of a permit to carry a handgun. "Because the ―good and substantial reason requirement is not reasonably adapted to a substantial government interest, the Court finds this portion of the Maryland law to be unconstitutional. Woollard is entitled to summary judgment. " "A law that burdens the exercise of an enumerated constitutional right...
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Baltimore Mayor Prohibits Police From Enforcing Federal Immigration Law

    03/02/2012 9:06:00 PM PST · by montag813 · 14 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-03-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona What's wrong with this picture: Arizona and Alabama pass legislation mandating that police officers enforce Federal immigration laws - and are sued for doing so by the Federal government. And now this: a mayor of a major city orders her police to REFUSE to enforce those laws - and will face no lawsuit whatsoever. The inmates are truly running the asylum in America, when it comes to illegal immigration. The latest demonstration of this finds Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, MD, ordering the city police and all other agencies to prohibit any inquiry about citizenship...
  • O’Malley signs Md. same-sex marriage bill

    03/02/2012 4:53:44 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 176+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the state’s same-sex marriage bill into law Thursday, making Maryland the eighth state along with the District to legalize gay marriage. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, signed the bill during a brief ceremony at the Statehouse which was attended by hundreds of supporters and lawmakers. He was joined by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, who also put their signatures to the bill. “All of us at the end of the day want the same thing for our children,” said Mr. O’Malley, who was the legislation’s lead sponsor....
  • Maryland governor signs same-sex ‘marriage’ bill as referendum clears first hurdle

    03/01/2012 3:29:15 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 18+ views
    Life Site News ^ | March 1, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, March 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The governor of Maryland has signed a new law extending the definition of marriage to include homosexual couples one day after opponents were given the green light to collect signatures for an initiative to put the marriage question to state voters. The bill was approved in a 25-22 Senate vote after only 48 hours of deliberation on Feb. 23, six days after it passed the House of Delegates. Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature makes Maryland the seventh state to redefine marriage, in addition to the District of Columbia. Meanwhile, traditional marriage supporters have already...
  • Rising gas prices start to sink O’Malley’s tax hike

    03/02/2012 4:38:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 225+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS —Gov. Martin O'Malley’s proposal to increase the state’s gasoline tax is looking more and more far-fetched because of rising gas prices and persistent public outcry, say state lawmakers from both parties. The Democratic governor’s bill to phase in a 6 percent sales tax on gas has been met with skepticism from Republicans and moderate Democrats in the General Assembly. Now with gas prices climbing toward $4 a gallon and lawmakers focused on fine-tuning a state budget that could include several other tax increases, some legislators say they are running low on time and political will to tack on a...
  • Some colleges' weapon policies spark student debate (MD)

    02/29/2012 7:00:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    retrieverweekly.com ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Aakif Haque
    Though the vast majority of college campuses across the United States do not allow guns on campus --whether concealed or not-- states like Colorado, Michigan, Virginia and Utah have mandated some of their institutions to allow guns on their respective campuses. Last semester, Oregon joined the ranks of such states, when a state appeals court ruled that the Oregon University System had overstepped in its authority by enacting a policy of disallowing both concealed and unconcealed guns on its properties. The three-judge panel of the court further ruled that only the state legislature had the power to make such laws....
  • So Now It's the Lacrosse Murder

    02/27/2012 3:25:04 AM PST · by abb · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 27, 2012 | R. B. Parrish
    The American public loves stories. It loves stories better than explicated truth, because stories entertain better. Ask Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Ask the Hofstra lads. And when the media gets something wrong, don't expect apologies or hand-wringing; there's just a rush to get on with the next story; because the truth would require so much explanation it would bore people and lose the audience. Now we have a murder committed in Virginia. Alcohol played a part. But too many people enjoy alcohol to focus on that; and besides, the media wouldn't want to come across as prudes. The defendant was a student...
  • Immigrants, city fear divide over status checks

    02/26/2012 9:18:51 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 25, 2012 | John Fritze and Erik Maza
    Julio Cesar Ayala knew he was taking a risk when he decided to overstay his tourist visa four years ago, but he never expected to be threatened with deportation for climbing behind the wheel of the family's silver minivan. The 53-year-old Salvadoran was stopped by a Baltimore County police officer last year and had to admit that he didn't have a driver's license. Hours after he was handcuffed and separated from his 9-year-old granddaughter on the side of the road, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement received an automatic notification of his arrest through a controversial and burgeoning federal program called...
  • Democratic governors discuss bypassing Congress with Obama

    02/25/2012 2:08:01 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/24/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    President Obama met with a group of Democratic governors on Friday and discussed plans to work around Congress toward policy goals. Gov. Jack Markell, the Democratic governor of Delaware and the vice chairman of the National Governors Association, told The Hill that the meeting was “very good” and said many of the governors were responsive to ideas about bypassing Congress. “There was a sense that none of us should wait, we can’t wait for things to happen in Congress,” Markell said of the meeting. “We’re going to do what we can do [now].” Obama has positioned himself against Congress as...
  • Police: Intruder Shot By Homeowner Dies

    02/25/2012 5:39:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    wbaltv.com ^ | 10 January, 2012 | NA
    GLEN ARM, Md. -- A home intruder was shot and found dead more than a mile away from a house that he was trying to break into, police in Baltimore County said. At about 9 a.m., police said they received a call for a burglary in progress with shots fired from a house in the 11500 block of Glen Arm Road in Glen Arm. SkyTeam 11 Video | SkyTeam 11 Pictures SkyTeam 11 HD Capt. Roy Taylor said police found numerous shell casings and a blood trail at the scene. Police said there were two bullet holes in the home's...
  • Maryland becomes eighth state to legalize gay marriage (Another domino falls)

    02/24/2012 6:18:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 02/24/2012 | AllahPundit
    It passed the House last week and the Senate tonight, and the governor’s signature is a fait accompli: The final vote by the state Senate ended a yearlong drama in Annapolis over the legislation, and marked the first time an East Coast state south of the Mason-Dixon line has supported gay nuptials…Despite one of the largest Democratic majorities in any state legislature, backers of gay marriage in Maryland had to overcome fierce opposition from blocks of African American lawmakers and those with strong Catholic and evangelical views to cobble together coalitions big enough to pass both chambers. The bill didn’t...
  • Intercounty Connector traffic lighter than many expected

    02/24/2012 1:29:59 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WJLA ^ | February 22, 2012 | John Gonzalez
    The Intercounty Connector, the new toll road that connects Gaithersburg to Laurel, was envisioned and created to alleviate the traffic headaches that have plagued local roads and the Capital Beltway for decades. While some trips for commuters have been cut in half, though, some officials and commuters have been left to wonder why the $3 billion highway looks so empty. Maryland Transit Administration officials say that the average ridership on the ICC - which is hovering around 21,000 cars per day - is exactly where they want to be. That's a stark distinction, though, from preliminary traffic and revenue studies,...
  • FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS

    02/23/2012 8:28:10 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 9 replies · 1+ views
    F-35 Lightning II ^ | 23 February 2012 | NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND
    F-35 Lightning II Program Public Affairs Release – 2012 02 23 FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Over an Atlantic test range, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time Feb. 22. The test measured flying qualities with external pylons, inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and centerline 25 mm gun pod. Significant weapons testing for the F-35B and F-35C variants is scheduled for 2012, including fit checks, captive carriage, pit drop and aerial drop tests. The F-35B is the variant of...
  • Jurors find Huguely guilty in Virginia lacrosse slaying

    02/22/2012 5:47:14 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 19 replies
    msn.com ^ | February 22, 2012
    Jurors on Wednesday found former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, NBC News reported. Huguely of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged in the death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love, whose body was found battered, bleeding and bruised in the bedroom of her Charlottesville apartment in the early hours of May 3, 2010. The jury of seven men and five women also found Huguely guilty of grand larceny but not guilty on four other charges: felony murder in the commission or attempted commission of a robbery; robbery; burglary - breaking...
  • Jurors find Huguely guilty in Virginia lacrosse slaying

    02/22/2012 4:07:29 PM PST · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    Jurors on Wednesday found former University of Virginia lacrosse player George Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, NBC News reported. Huguely of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged in the death of 22-year-old Yeardley Love, whose body was found in the early hours of May 3, 2010.
  • An Almost Perfect Support Our Troops Rally - Olney, MD- Wk 317, Feb 18,2012

    02/22/2012 5:00:18 PM PST · by trooprally · 14 replies · 1+ views
    With regulars Fraxinus and GunsAreOK not being able to make it today, our ranks were filled in by other FReepers. Sensei Ern and Cindy_True_Supporter with her dog Augie unexpectedly showed up to make eight. Just like at Walter Reed, one never knows who actually will stop by but the good number of patriots makes for part of the Almost Perfect Rally. The 8 patriots this week include Legionnaires Halsey (USMC - Korea) and Carl (Army - Vietnam), Lurkers Bill and Jim, and Cindy_True_Supporter, Sensei Ern, [Mrs] T and myself. If you have been keeping up with the moonbats’ numbers the...
  • WHY FIGHT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE? Is There Really That Much at Stake?

    02/20/2012 9:01:52 AM PST · by narses · 95 replies
    Touchstone Magazine ^ | Douglas Farrow
    Why fight same-sex marriage? Even in America, where the outcome is not yet decided, there appear to be good reasons not to. The optics are poor and the mandate seems uncertain. Prospects for victory appear slim. Resources that might be reserved for more important fronts—abortion, for example—are squandered in defense of an institution to which our modern urban society is no longer committed. Industrial economies, reprogenetic technologies, and new ideas of autonomy—not to speak of new moralities—have called into question many of the assumptions on which that institution has always been based. Read more: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=25-01-024-f#ixzz1mwQvlVp6
  • Liberal Montgomery County Drops Israel, Goes for FGM

    02/19/2012 7:03:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Algemeiner ^ | February 16, 2012
    American Jewish liberals can congratulate themselves – finally, the boycott of Israel has gone mainstream with Montgomery County, MD, deciding to drop its “Sister City” agreement with the Israeli town of Beth Shemesh. The reason for this unprecedented decision to stick it to a poor Jewish township within the “green line” has to do not with the Palestinians, but with the internal affairs of the Jewish state – namely, the recent spate of ugly attacks against women by some members of a local ultra-Orthodox sect. Celebrating this “brave” decision by his hometown, Marc Tracy pointed out in “Tablet” that Montgomery...
  • Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelection

    02/18/2012 5:18:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/18/12 | Jordy Yager
    Pelosi endorses Rep. Jackson for reelectionBy Jordy Yager - 02/18/12 12:24 PM ET Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) has endorsed Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), whose reelection bid has been plagued by an ethics investigation. Pelosi joins President Obama and several other top Democrats in their endorsement of the Chicago lawmaker as he goes up against former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson (Ill.) in a fierce primary battle next month. Though Halvorson has raised only one-fifth the amount of money that Jackson has, she has waged a relentless campaign against the incumbent lawmaker, frequently pointing to the House Ethics Committee’s ongoing...
  • Maryland House OKs gay marriage bill; governor likely to sign (Another Domino Falls)

    02/18/2012 6:58:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/18/2012 | Ian Duncan
    The Maryland House of Delegates narrowly approved legalization of gay marriage late Friday, clearing the way for final passage next week and the expected signature of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. That would make Maryland the eighth state with a law on the books legalizing gay marriage, though it would have to survive an expected attempt to block it by referendum. In debate before the vote, Delegate Anne Kaiser, one of seven openly gay members of the House, said that she wanted, "Marriage. Nothing more. Nothing less." The final vote tally was 71-67, with the minimum number of votes needed for...
  • Why higher gas taxes are the right medicine for Maryland (BARF)

    02/18/2012 1:44:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post (BARF) ^ | February 17, 2012 | Douglas M. Duncan
    For years, we’ve been hearing from experts across the political spectrum about the need to invest more in our failing transportation infrastructure in Maryland. The D.C. region is at the top of the list of the most-congested cities in America, and Baltimore is not far behind. Almost half of Maryland’s roads and bridges are in poor or mediocre condition, and 55 percent of our urban highways are heavily congested. Maryland’s construction industry and its thousands of workers have been decimated by years of severe cuts in transportation investment. Despite what is clearly a growing need, Maryland’s transportation program is a...