BREAKING NEWS, December 2007
29, 2007. Baltimore Sun: Court lifts obstacle in GOP lawsuit.
"Court hearings on the arguments in Westminster have been postponed
until Friday so that Monahan, who has been on vacation, could be found
28, 2007. Bernie Becker Capital News Service in gazette.net: A
state of exodus. Thousands flee Maryland in search of jobs, homes. Almost
20,000 more left state in 06 than moved here. "A state losing
residents usually means 'the job base is shrinking,' said Peter Morici,
a professor at the University of Marylands Robert H. Smith School
of Business. Marylands high-regulation, high-tax environment could
be turning off businesses, Morici said, noting that rising energy prices
might also prompt residents to move south."
28, 2007. Bernie Becker Capital News Service in gazette.net: Many
now keeping jobs in Maryland but commuting from nearby states. "Worcester,
president of Maryland Business for Responsive Government, said 'its
at least 50/50 now' between Pennsylvania and Maryland license plates on
I-83 at rush hour. He added that, while rush hour used to be a breeze,
now 'you can expect to go around three to five miles per hour' at some
21, 2007. Iain
Murray in National Review on Line: Oil
Is Not the Enemy. "With all due respect to Robert Zubrin and
the splendid Cliff May, their argument against oil seems to be based on
a syllogism: Islamists produce oil, Islamists are bad, therefore oil is
bad. The fact is that 80% of our oil comes from non-islamist sources.
Our top sources for petroleum are
20, 2007 U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed
Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007. "Over 400 prominent
scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant
objections to major aspects of the so-called 'consensus' on man-made global
warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants
in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized
the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore."
20, 2007. Heritage Foundation: Omnibus Earmarks Out: President Bush
Should Cancel Congresss Pork Spending. "Immediate Ways
to Reform Fiscal Year 2008 Earmarks. President Bush should consider
three options for keeping his pledge to rein in pork projects:"
17, 2007. Washington Times: Pardon Ramos and Compean now.
"There is a growing, bipartisan understanding in Congress that
Ramos and Compean do not belong in prison. Lawmakers ranging from conservative
Republicans like Mr. Rohrabacher and fellow California Republican Rep.
Duncan Hunter to liberal Democrats like Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California
and Rep. Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts have raised objects to the incarceration
of Ramos and Compean. The president should correct this oversight now
and pardon the men so they can be home with their families for Christmas."
14, 2007. Baltimore Sun: GOP legislators sue to invalidate special
session. "Dan Friedman, an attorney at Saul Ewing and author of
a book on the Maryland Constitution, said courts typically do not overturn
legislation on procedural grounds unless a gross violation takes place.
In this instance, the bills were given the prescribed three readings in
each chamber, enacted by majority votes, certified by the presiding officers
and signed by the governor -- all the steps required for properly enacted
legislation in a bicameral legislature, he said. 'What courts don't like
is when somebody would reap a procedural windfall for what is a substantive
political complaint,' Friedman said. 'They're trying to get what they
want politically out of a minor procedural flaw, if it's a flaw at all.'"
14, 200. Washington Times. Grasmick wants governor to stay out
of education. "Mr. O'Malley has been upset with Mrs. Grasmick
since at least 2004, when he was Baltimore mayor and she first wanted
to take control of the city's failing school system. Last year, Mrs. Grasmick
attempted to take control of four failing high schools and make the city
find a third party to run seven poorly performing middle schools, but
the Democrat-controlled General Assembly blocked the move."
13, 2007 Board Estimate State Revenues for 2008 and 2009.
11, 2007. Examiner: Audit: 52,000 receiving aid in Maryland lack
valid SSN's. "About 52,000 people who received public benefits
like food stamps and temporary cash assistance in Maryland last year didnt
have valid Social Security numbers, a state audit has found."
11, 2007. Examiner: Editorial: Dont go wobbly on spending,
Mr. President. "Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has suggested a temporary
way out of the current impasse. The continuing resolution (CR) currently
funding the entire federal government expires Dec. 14. DeMint points out
that simply extending the CR would save taxpayers $30 billion a year by
maintaining current spending levels, compared to the Democrats alternative
11, 2007. Washington Times: Regulation gives partners benefits.
"'We were assured there would be an open process of defining this
by regulation,' said Sen. Andrew P. Harris, Baltimore County Republican.
'I guess all we get is a regulation issued without sunshine. ... Is it
unusual? Yes. Is it surprising? No.'"
11, 2007. Baltimore Sun: Letter aims to hold off Grasmick appointment.
"In addition, Maryland regulations say the board should appoint a
superintendent by July 1, and some Grasmick supporters have argued that
Maryland regulations clearly are intended to take educational policymaking
out of the political process by having the superintendent appointed by
the state board, rather than the governor."
10, 2007. U.S. Senator James Inhoff in Human Events. Climate Bill Will
Devastate American Families and Jobs. "Because this bill will
strike a devastating blow to American families, American jobs and the
American way of life, I vow to lead the charge in the Senate against this
bill and work closely with my Senate colleagues to ensure this bill never
10, 2007. Denver News Story - KMGH Denver. Security Guard: 'God Guided
Me And Protected Me' -
9, 2007. Baltimore Sun: Repeal sought for computer tax. "The
result of the rush to enact the tax will be a levy that is impossible
to enforce, opponents say. John Nyland, IBM's senior executive in Maryland,
said much will depend on whether the tax will apply to Maryland consumers
buying services from companies in neighboring states or vice versa. 'If
Maryland consumers have to pay the tax to in-state companies but not when
they hire out-of-state companies to do that work, it puts the Maryland
tech companies at a disadvantage,' Nyland said."
7, 2007. ALERT! from NRO - - - "Democrats Suddenly Change Mind,
7, 2007. Washington Times: Bush urged to commute ex-agents' sentences.
"'It's outrageous,' said Mr. Delahunt, a former prosecutor, 'that
these men should be serving more time than killers and rapists. They were
law-enforcement officers; of course they carry firearms. To hit them with
a gun charge carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years is harsh
7, 2007. Washington Times: Anne Arundel goes after illegals.
"The county has gone 'above and beyond the normal course of business,'
said James Dinkins, special agent in charge of Immigration and Customs
Enforcement's Baltimore field office. 'They're taking it another step,
and I have to say it's an outstanding avenue to look at people
who are receiving benefits and contracts and receiving local tax dollars.'"
5, 2007. Mortgage Bailout Unjust | OpenMarket.org. "The Washington
Times has an editorial today,
5, 2007. Conservatives bemoan mortgage bailout - Victoria McGrane and
Patrick O'Connor - Politico.com. 'Its akin to negotiating
with someone who has put a gun on the table in front of you,' Derek Hunter,
federal affairs manager for Americans for Tax Reform, said, describing
the administrations effort to oversee a coordinated response from
the private lending sector to assist distressed homeowners."
5, 2007 AIM Cliff Kincaid Huckabee Supports Special Rights for Terrorists.
"Weeks ago Mike Huckabee courageously bucked the "international
community" by opposing the U.N.'s Law of the Sea Treaty and calling
for the impeachment of federal judges who use foreign law in making decisions.
Now he's in favor of closing the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo
Bay because "the rest of the world" is demanding it."
5, 2007. Holman Jenkins in the Wall Street Journal: What if everyone
believes in global warmism only because everyone believes in global warmism?
"How this honor has befallen the former Veep could perhaps be
explained by another Nobel, awarded in 2002 to Daniel Kahneman for work
he and the late Amos Tversky did on 'availability bias,' roughly the human
propensity to judge the validity of a proposition by how easily it comes
to mind. Their insight has been fruitful and multiplied: 'Availability
cascade' has been coined for the way a proposition can become irresistible
simply by the media repeating it; 'informational cascade' for the tendency
to replace our beliefs with the crowd's beliefs; and 'reputational cascade'
for the rational incentive to do so."
5, 2007. Washington Times: Panel to propose strictest caps on carbon
emissions. "The commission also will urge more education about
the dangers global warming poses to Maryland. 'Students in Maryland schools
are learning about the impact of global warming on polar bears, but they're
not necessarily learning about the impact on Maryland wildlife,' said
Zoe Johnson, a planner with the Department of Natural Resources."
3, 2007 Editorial: Speak up, business, for all. "According to
Rocky Worcester, president of Maryland Business for Responsive Government,
'Maryland business is cowed and averse to the kind of conflict required
to challenge the status quo.'
3, 2007. David Freddoso in National Review Online: Millions of late tax
refunds. "If the Republicans were wise about this, then every
single Republican Congressman and candidate would be giving home-district
speeches and calling local news stations and newspapers to do interviews
on this issue. This is an issue that hits very close to home for a lot
3, 2007. Baltimore Sun: "Funds unsure for Md. groups."
"A year away from opening a new education complex in Owings Mills,
the Irvine Nature Center had been counting on the $335,000 in federal
funding that Rep. John Sarbanes worked to secure for it in the 2008 budget.
But with President Bush threatening to veto the spending bill that contains
that earmark, the federal contribution to the $11.5 million building project
is now in limbo."
3, 2007. Washington Examiner: "Partys over in Montgomery."
Cities that adopt below-market housing mandates actually drive
housing prices up by 20 percent and end up with 10 percent fewer homes,
the Independent Institute concluded. The mandates act like price controls
by restricting supply and thus forcing prices up.
2, 2007. Baltimore Sun: "GOP puts hopes on session fallout
" "I just think that anybody who is running against any individuals
who voted for the tax increase or in the Senate opposed a filibuster are
going to be held accountable," Kittleman said. "Once they are
reminded, the voters will hopefully realize those individuals didn't represent
1, 2007. Wall Street Journal: "Sovereign Impunity - - - There's a
difference between Abu Dhabi now and Japan in the 1980s." "We'd
add that it is in their own interest for these funds to become more transparent.
The American political system is remarkably open to foreign capital, and
it should be. But it is not likely to accept a big buying spree of
American assets by foreign governments through entities that operate in
the shadows. This goes double for a city-statelet like Abu Dhabi,
which has a history of flouting U.S. banking laws in the BCCI scandal.
Perhaps the most disturbing part of that scandal was that it had to be
uncovered by Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau--because much of official
Washington had been either conned or bought off." (Underscoring MTA's)