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National Politics / Re: We are Off to Another War
« on: September 20, 2014, 07:52:39 PM »
I believe exterminating ISIS is a war that can be won.

How did we do with the Taliban?

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They are recommending that all put their lot into a single new 501(c)(3) with government buying their seats at the table by closing their departments and directing the funding to the new umbrella, and then being fee-driven membership-based to gain input and leadership from the private sector.

Sounds a lot like a new version of TGCC, adding tax-payer funding without accountability.

Indeed. These quasi-public economic development entities are an excellent opportunity for rich folks to spend other people's money without the expense and hassle of running for office.

I am so totally sure this new entity will live by the letetr and spirit of the Maryland Open Meetings Act and MPIA.

Just like the Baltimore Development Corp! ;)

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They are recommending that all put their lot into a single new 501(c)(3) with government buying their seats at the table by closing their departments and directing the funding to the new umbrella, and then being fee-driven membership-based to gain input and leadership from the private sector.

Sounds a lot like a new version of TGCC, adding tax-payer funding without accountability.

Indeed. These quasi-public economic development entities are an excellent opportunity for rich folks to spend other people's money without the expense and hassle of running for office.

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Allegany County Discussion / Re: Footer Dye Works Bid Accepted
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:10:48 PM »
I want to see more of the specifics

This.

Let's hope this is a better deal than the last one the CPPDA signed.

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Allegany County Discussion / Re: City Police New Patrol Cars
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:25:45 AM »
I hope the CPD made a better decision on these cruisers than they did on the Chargers. It doesn't take lot of research to tell that those things have bad visibility and small interiors.

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National Politics / Re: We are Off to Another War
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:34:30 PM »
But when they publicly taunt us, you need bring out the big hammer. The lion eats the lamb.

Congratulations!

You've just placed control of US foreign policy into the hands of every nut on the planet with a knife and a camcorder.

I suppose what we need to ask ourselves as a country is, what threat does a caliphate pose to the United States? If the US withdraws from the ME and a caliphate is established the world would have to be united in preventing such a state from ever acquiring strong military and nuclear capabilities.

The nations of the region have small, but well-trained and equipped militaries. If these goofballs ever posed a serious threat, they would be squashed like bugs. Look at how the Jordanians dealt with the PLO, or the Gulf states with the unrest in Bahrain.

Our intervention just lets those (wealthy) countries off the hook while continuing to provide a 'Great Satan' to blame everything on.

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Silver Screen and the Boob Tube / Re: Dr. Who
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:05:56 AM »
I remember my grandmother watching Doctor Who late at night on PBS. That was usually my cue to go to bed. :)

I haven't seen any of the newer ones, but I'm a big Peter Capaldi fan (from The Thick of It) - so I've been meaning to check out this season.

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National Politics / Re: We are Off to Another War
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:12:34 PM »
But when they publicly taunt us, you need bring out the big hammer. The lion eats the lamb.

Congratulations!

You've just placed control of US foreign policy into the hands of every nut on the planet with a knife and a camcorder.

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National Politics / Re: We are Off to Another War
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:47:38 AM »
The US should simply withdraw all military forces from the Middle East.

This.

Does it strike anyone else as insane that a year ago, the president wanted to bomb the Assad regime, and now he wants to bomb its opponents? I guess it's par for the course, though...

Prop up Hussein, then invade Iraq, then refuse to help the rebels trying to overthrow him, then launch another invasion, then let our puppet regime fall apart, then send troops back in. Try to kill Gaddadi, then talk him into giving up chemical weapons, then depose him, then leave Libya a failed state.

What has US military intervention in the Middle East actually accomplished? Ever?

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Home, Health, and Body / Re: Furniture Removal
« on: September 13, 2014, 12:29:00 AM »
If you live in the city, you can schedule a bulk trash pickup. I think it's $10 or so.

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Local Events / Re: Allegany Boardgaming Society
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:29:04 AM »
The Allegany Boardgaming Society will be hold its next Game Day on:

Saturday, September 13th, 11AM-5PM - at the Frostburg Library meeting room

And we're now on Facebook!



Come 'Like' us here:

https://www.facebook.com/alleganyboardgamingsociety

See you Saturday!

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National Politics / Re: Obama's (Latest) Illegal War
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:53:09 AM »
But, hey, why not double down on our mistakes and keep trying to figure out who "the good guys" are in a part of world where there are only gradations of terror, tyranny, oppression, and travesty. 

We'll dig our way out of this hole yet!  ;)

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National Politics / Obama's (Latest) Illegal War
« on: September 11, 2014, 12:15:40 PM »
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Obama's New War on ISIS May Be Illegal

In a stunning turnaround, the Obama administration is arguing that a law authorizing a war on al Qaeda be used to justify strikes on al Qaeda’s foes.

The president has managed to one-up his last illegal war in Libya by violating the UN Charter (along with his now-customary violation of the Constitution):

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According to the U.N. Charter, “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.” Exceptions are granted for self-defense, or when the U.N. Security Council specifically authorizes it. The Obama administration worked hard to secure a U.N. Security Council resolution before using American military force inside Libya in 2011.

Washington in the past has also used international humanitarian law to justify use of military force without U.N. endorsement—for example, when U.S. forces attacked Serbia during the Clinton administration. President Obama said Libya had to be attacked to avert a genocide in Benghazi.

In Iraq, Yemen, and Somalia, host governments invited U.S. forces in, as opposed to Syria. But President Obama is not seeking any U.N. Security Council permission for this fight. He is not seeking permission from the government in Damascus to conduct airstrikes, and he is not asserting that the strikes are needed for humanitarian purposes. A draft U.N. Security Council resolution circulated this week makes no mention of authorizing such a war.

And this old Obama quote can't be repeated enough:

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The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

:D

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National Politics / Ray Rice Thought Experiment
« on: September 08, 2014, 11:59:02 PM »
Watch the Ray Rice video and pretend that instead of a football player, Ray Rice is a police officer.

What consequences does Officer Rice face?

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Local Events / Re: Allegany Boardgaming Society
« on: September 06, 2014, 12:23:26 AM »
"Chess played with Magic: The Gathering cards."

That's the best description I've heard of Summoner Wars:



Like chess, you are moving your pieces on a board in an effort to destroy your opponent's leader. But your 'pieces' are cards, with different abilities and costs. And instead of black and white mirror matches, Summoner Wars gives you many wildly divergent factions to choose from.

It's an excellent game for two players - highly recommended. If you're interested, there's a great video series on YouTube called Watch It Played, and they did a series of instructional videos on Summoner Wars. OR...

You could come try it tomorrow with the Allegany Boardgaming Society!

Saturday, September 6th, 11AM-5PM - at the South Cumberland Library meeting room

See you there!

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National Politics / Re: Putin, air pirate
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:16:53 PM »
Putin is intent on re-establishing the Soviet empire.  He has said as much.  He is not leaving power through election or any other means for that matter.  Ukraine is just a symptom of failed American leadership and foreign policy at this point.  Chinese saber rattling is a result of it as well.  These are perilous times for a lack of strong leadership from the supposed leader of the free world.

What specific action do you want Obama to take?  I mean really.  Something specific.

This "show leadership" argument just sounds like Republicans complaining about a tough diplomatic situation and they ahve no idea what to do either.  Take a position.

Obama will do the same thing about Ukraine that Bush did about Georgia. ;)

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From the Sun:

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The victim's lawyer and an advocate for sexual assault survivors expressed frustration with prosecutors' decision not to proceed.

"The victim is tremendously disappointed the state didn't prosecute the case," said Edward Delaney, a Cumberland lawyer who represents the woman, a married mother who lives in Allegany County.

And:

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Dando's medical license had been set to expire at the end of this month, but under a letter he sent to the Board of Physicians on Aug. 20, he agreed to give it up and avoid further prosecution by board officials. The board had suspended his license in June after his indictment in Allegany County. On Tuesday, officials accepted the surrender and posted it online.

So the SAO got nothing. But what else is new?

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With this State's Attorney, I'm more surprised when someone actually goes to jail.

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Local Politics / Re: Airport Issues
« on: August 29, 2014, 08:40:02 AM »
Wow - I think we've found why the PHAA wants so badly to ignore WV law:

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6-9A4: Exceptions

(a) The governing body may hold an executive session during a regular, special, or emergency meeting, in accordance with the provisions of this section. During the open portion of the meeting, prior to convening an executive session, the presiding officer of the governing body shall identify the authorization under this section for holding the executive session and present it to the governing body and to the general public, but no decision may be made in the executive session.

Taken from page 15 of the WV Open Meetings Handbook.

In contrast, the MD Open Meetings Act expressly allows final decisions in closed session. Seems like a slamdunk for any West Virginia citizen willing to call them on it.

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Local Politics / Re: Airport Issues
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:30:09 PM »
We can bet the farm on a show pony clean, West Virginia compliant love fest this Thursday.

As you predicted, Dave, tonight's meeting had all PHAA board members singing from the same hymnal. "Moving forward" was the mantra. They may be wrong about the autocross, but at least they are confidently wrong. :)

I can't speak to West Virginia law, but when the board went into closed session, they did so in compliance with Maryland Open Meetings Act procedures. Board attorney Ramon Rozas was well prepared with the required written statement, and all topics to be discussed were adequately described.

As for what went on in the (lengthy) closed session, board chair Dr. Gregg Wolff reported only that the board had decided to "reject a settlement" and to "move to dismiss an appeal and pursue their claim." The agenda had included an item reading "Motion per Dr. Lechliter concerning Terry Malone," but that item was not discussed in the open portion of the meeting.

One moment of unintentional comedy came when airport manager Ryan Shaffer relayed a compliment he had received from a TSA official (video here). The official told Shaffer that "Cumberland was the nicest general aviation airport that he had been to in the state of WEST VIRGINIA." Guess that settles the jurisdiction question. :)

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