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Breaking News / Re: Ferguson in Turmoil
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:40:13 PM »
As someone who follows police killings pretty closely, my comment on the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent outrage is - why this one? No video, conflicting witnesses, a less-than-sympathetic victim...

I think police use of force is out of control, but there are much better hills to die on.

How about this toddler who had his face burned by a flash-bang during a no-knock drug raid?

Or this 12-year-old who was shot and killed while holding a toy gun?

Or this unarmed man shot to death in Utah - a state where 15% of homicides are committed by police?

It goes without saying that looting the Dollar General is a pretty stupid response to what happened. But we shouldn't let those actions cloud the fact that police in this country have a serious problem with the use of force.

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General / Sauerkraut?
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:49:21 PM »
A New York Times story has been going around that lists which Thanksgiving foods are unusually popular in each state. Maryland's unusually popular food is sauerkraut.

Growing up in Baltimore, everyone I knew had sauerkraut on the table at Thanksgiving. Is that true up here as well, or is there another Thanksgiving food unique to the area?

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National Politics / Amnesty!
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:51:38 PM »
Can''t wait for President Rand Paul's executive amnesty for hardworking families burdened by the threat of crushing federal taxes...

Anyone who fails to file a tax return ("undocumented workers," let's call them) is hereby deferred from prosecution for tax evasion. Congress has sadly failed to abolish the federal income tax - so President Paul was forced to act. :)

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Local Politics / Re: is to much closeness a bad thing?
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:20:13 PM »
AC cannot have an independent county commissioner beholden to the delegation for his food on the table.

We have a county commissioner who works for an entity governed by the county commissioners. We have a school board member who is related to many BoE employees. We have a mayor who works for a state agency, and a city councilman who works for a county agency.

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Local Politics / Re: is to much closeness a bad thing?
« on: November 20, 2014, 03:03:04 PM »
I want my representative to have an actual economic stake in our community.  I want him to drive the same roads I do on a daily basis.  I want him to pay the same taxes I do.  I want him to drink the same water, use the same utilities and be generally in touch with the day to day issues of our County.   Spending 5 days a week three hours away seems in conflict with all of that.

Should everyone who commutes out of town for work be disqualified from holding public office? Should we even allow them to vote?

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Local Politics / Re: President Valentine?
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:53:31 PM »
To my knowledge, the legislative aide position is a full time gig.  So does Jake live here or Annapolis?  I don't think that is a commute that he can achieve from Cumberland.  So he will have to live in Annapolis at least 4 nights per week.  What does that mean for his residency?

Also, what happens when Jake Shade County Commissioner disagrees on a matter of public policy with his boss, Delegate Jason Buckel?  Will he be willing to put his personal interests aside to take a position contrary to his boss?

This deal looks shady to me.  No pun intended.

There have been and continue to be many General Assembly members who serve in local and state government positions.



Don't worry - those grapes were sour, anyway. ;)

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Local Politics / Re: is to much closeness a bad thing?
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:47:29 PM »
Old, retired people in office is bad... Middle-aged business owners in office is bad... Young people with jobs in office is bad...

Why not just cut to the chase and say, "Anyone but me in office is bad"? ;)

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National Politics / Re: Where are the liberal posters?
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:57:40 PM »
President No stands in the way of popular bipartisan legislation:

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As House approves Keystone pipeline, Obama veto grows more likely

Even as the House passed legislation Friday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by a decisive vote of 252 to 161, President Obama is signaling he is increasingly skeptical of the project.

Congressional momentum for granting the permit has accelerated in the wake of last week’s mid-term elections: Senate Democrats have agreed to vote Tuesday on the same question in an effort to boost the fortunes of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who faces a Dec. 6 runoff against the author of the House companion bill, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Thirty-one House Democrats, including a handful who lost reelection last week, joined with all but one Republican who voted present in favor of Cassidy’s proposal.

He might use a third veto in 5.5 years.

Without Harry Reid to hold things up for him, I think the president's veto pen is going to get quite a workout.

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National Politics / Re: Where are the liberal posters?
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:00:52 PM »
President No stands in the way of popular bipartisan legislation:

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As House approves Keystone pipeline, Obama veto grows more likely

Even as the House passed legislation Friday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline by a decisive vote of 252 to 161, President Obama is signaling he is increasingly skeptical of the project.

Congressional momentum for granting the permit has accelerated in the wake of last week’s mid-term elections: Senate Democrats have agreed to vote Tuesday on the same question in an effort to boost the fortunes of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who faces a Dec. 6 runoff against the author of the House companion bill, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Thirty-one House Democrats, including a handful who lost reelection last week, joined with all but one Republican who voted present in favor of Cassidy’s proposal.

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Allegany County Discussion / Re: A bad idea among bad ideas
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:06:41 AM »
WKRP Turkey Drop...........

"As God as my witness..."

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Local Politics / Re: Mineral County pulls out of airport
« on: November 13, 2014, 11:06:06 PM »
From the Times-News:

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Brodie’s appointment will get the authority back on track, McKay said. McKay said he didn’t want to leave office as a commissioner with the matter unresolved.

“It’s a black eye for our community ... that we have not been able to get along,” McKay said.

 Brodie was appointed to fill out the remainder of his original term, which will expire when the new county commissioners take office, tentatively scheduled for Dec. 18. Commissioners had not appointed anyone to take Brodie’s place since his June resignation.

It was such a black eye that the sitting commissioners did absolutely nothing for four months... then rammed this through with no notice.  ::)

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Allegany County Discussion / Re: Allegany County Methadone clinics
« on: November 13, 2014, 07:28:11 PM »
Because drugs are bad - unless the right people are profiting from them.

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Allegany County Discussion / Re: A bad idea among bad ideas
« on: November 13, 2014, 07:16:56 PM »
Yeah, I never go out on Black Friday, but this is prime Youtube material. :)

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Local Politics / Re: Lame duck McKay
« on: November 13, 2014, 11:41:38 AM »
Not so fast, lame duck:

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Commissioners add Airport Authority to agenda on morning of meeting

CUMBERLAND — At the last minute, Allegany County Commissioners have changed their Thursday agenda to include the agenda item “Potomac Highlands Airport Authority Update” under the portion of the agenda Report of the President, a time when Commission President Michael McKay makes comments on a wide variety of topics.


The item is not listed on the agenda as an item set for action or a vote, which would require the matter to be on the consent agenda or action agenda. Typically, county appointments to various boards are placed on the consent agenda for a vote.

It’s unclear if commission members would further amend the agenda during the meeting to allow for a vote appointing a member to the authority Thursday.

Allegany County does not currently have an appointee on the board, since Commissioner Creade Brodie, Jr., resigned months ago. The last meeting of the airport authority in October was cancelled because there was not quorum after Mineral County representatives left the board. West Virginia and Maryland government bodies and authority members have been in conflict for the past year over autocross racing and whether West Virginia or Maryland law should apply to the authority.

The commission meeting is set for 5 p.m. at county offices on  Kelly Road.

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Local Politics / Lame duck McKay
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:45:08 AM »
I've been trying to get an answer out of our county commissioners for the past day about whether they were planning on making any lame-duck appointments to the PHAA board. They finally broke their silence and posted an amended agenda - seven hours before tonight's meeting - with the following item:

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REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT
 
• Potomac Highlands Airport Authority Update

When I asked if that meant an appointment to the PHAA board, Commissioner McKay answered, "It may, depends on the discussion."

Isn't it a bit odd that the commissioners let this situation fester for months... And that only now - after Jake Shade pledged to clean up the airport and then finished first for commissioner - do the current commissioners take action? What other lame-duck antics will this group get up to?

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National Politics / Re: Where are the liberal posters?
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:05:16 AM »
Swim, rats, swim! :D

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House, Senate to vote on Keystone XL pipeline

For the first time in the six-year fight over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, both houses of Congress will hold a vote on the proposed project, giving each side in a Louisiana Senate election a chance to boost its candidate.

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National Politics / Re: Obama greatest economic president of modern times
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:57:11 PM »
Interesting perspective from Canada:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/11/1343931/-Another-Open-Letter-To-Americans-About-Midterms-This-Time-From-Canada-This-One-Hurts#

You Americans Have No Idea Just How Good You Have It With Obama

Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country's adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there's no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason.

When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?

Richard Brunt
Victoria, British Columbia

Canada has had a Conservative government since 2006. Their recovery from the recession was much faster than ours, with less fiscal damage.

Mr. Brunt may be pining for Obama, but it seems that most of his countrymen are not.

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Allegany County Discussion / Re: New business coming to Cumberland
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:50:43 PM »
Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled to see jobs come to town, but does anyone think maybe these jobs are coming here because no one down state will work for $11.50 an hour.  In a time when everyone is yelling to raise minimum wage in fast food joints to $15.00/hour, how will they get workers to do hard work when a burger flipper can make $3.50 an hour more.  It is a shame when we get this excited over jobs paying less than $24,000.00 per year.  I agree with Jeff Metz.  I do not get 1 person per month come to my business and actually look for a job.  As a manager of another company in the area, when I run an ad for workers and do interviews I tell the prospective employee 3 things. 1) we are a 7 day a week business which means you will have to work some weekends, 2) you will have to work your share of evenings, and 3) we have a pre-employment drug screening program with an ongoing drug testing program.  I never see or hear from 99.99% of them again.  And I start them at $12.00 per hour with full benefits.

And this is why the area suffers somewhat from a brain drain. 

When you are trying to attrack new college graduates and young professionals to an area, $12.00 simply does not compete with what is offered in other areas.

College graduates and young professionals aren't driving forklifts and pulling pallet jacks.

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Breaking News / Re: Denny's @ Lavale..police, fire truck, ambulance
« on: November 11, 2014, 08:30:27 PM »
Is that what knocked out the power?

I was in Arkham Games playing Blood Bowl by phonelight. :)

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Local Politics / Re: Troubling Local Police Trend
« on: November 10, 2014, 12:37:45 PM »
From what I read in the linked story about New Jersey, you can test for it, but a lot of departments don't - due to cost and/or employee and union resistance.

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