Saturday, July 25, 2015

Casa-Rica for dinner in the Westminster Town Mall.





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We Bid Farewell to Aaron Wilson | Russell Street Report

We Bid Farewell to Aaron Wilson | Russell Street Report:

Sad for us. Great for the Houston Chronicle. SMH. I wish we could keep talent like this in Maryland.

LOMBARDI'S WAY

We Bid Farewell to Aaron Wilson

Tony Lombardi Posted 14 minutes ago in LOMBARDI'S WAY

http://russellstreetreport.com/2015/07/25/lombardis-way/we-bid-farewell-to-aaron-wilson/

"Back in 2005 I approached Aaron Wilson, then a beat writer for the Carroll County Times covering the Baltimore Ravens, about collaborating in some way. I sought to bring more volume and legitimacy to Ravens24x7.com and who better to do that than Wilson?

Since Aaron’s first assignment in Baltimore covering the 2001 NFL Draft, he has always been a beast with a work ethic second to none. His tenacity and tirelessness command the respect of his peers, the team he covers and of course the many fans who consider him to be the premier source for Ravens information.

With the permission of the Carroll County Times, specifically Aaron’s editor Bob Blubaugh, we were able to work out a mutually beneficial partnership."

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Fox News honors Frederick Co Sheriff Charles Jenkins as one of America's Top 10 Toughest Immigration Sheriffs

Fox News honors Frederick Co Sheriff Charles Jenkins as one of America's Top 10 Toughest Immigration Sheriffs

America's Top 10 'Toughest' Immigration Sheriffs



These top lawmen may not be household names, but they're vocal, vigilant and very determined to rid their counties of illegal immigrants.  Here's a look at some of the country's most outspoken anti-immigration advocates and some of their more significant actions:

Sheriff Charles Jenkins, Frederick County, Maryland


A lifelong resident of Frederick County, Md., Charles Jenkins initiated the controversial 287(g) Immigration Enforcement Program shortly after he was elected in 2006, becoming the first law enforcement official in Maryland to do so. The program, which some say leads to racial profiling, trains deputies to check the immigration status of individuals they arrest and has turned over at least 650 illegal immigrants in the county to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation hearings since its inception. Jenkins told "Maryland Sheriff" magazine last year that the program is the "single best thing" that any lawman could do to keep their citizens safe. He also testified before Congress in March 2009 on the importance of local enforcement of immigration laws. (Frederick County Sheriff's Office)
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bill Schroeder at Giulianova Groceria at 11 East Main Street in Westminster


Bill Schroeder at Giulianova Groceria at 11 East Main Street in Westminster takes a break to share a side dish of philosophy to go with his awesome Italian cold cut sub.

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Maryland Democrat Arrested for Indecent Exposure | Washington Free Beacon


"Maryland Democrat Arrested for Indecent Exposure
Flashed camera held by her ex-husband, Barak"
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July 14, 2015 5:30 pm


A Democratic state delegate in Maryland who is rumored to be considering a run for Congress was charged with trespassing and indecent exposure after exposing her breasts to her ex-husband and his fiancée at their home, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post.
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5 dead in Tenn. shooting, including 4 Marines and sole gunman

5 dead in Tenn. shooting, including 4 Marines and sole gunman

By Mark Berman July 16 at 3:37 PM


Multiple people were killed in shootings that occurred in Tennessee on Thursday morning, including one burst of gunfire at an armed forces recruiting center, according to officials….

Four Marines were killed in a shooting a Naval reserve center in Tennessee on Thursday, along with the suspected gunman, officials said.

The shootings occurred at a Naval base and at an armed services recruiting center on Thursday morning authorities said. In addition to the four Marines, the gunman also wounded a Chattanooga police officer and two other people, Mayor Andy Berke said at a news conference…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Baltimore Crime Beat May 6 - July 12, 2015: About 130 Baltimore Police officers injured during Baltimore riots


Baltimore Crime Beat May 6 - July 12, 2015: About 130 Baltimore Police officers injured during Baltimore riots 

Old Harley Davidson police motorcycle and mobile booking center.



Actually I do not know the date of the picture. I saw it on Pinterest and it really captured my imagination. I am working on a column about the early history of the Maryland State Police - and in particular, the early line of duty deaths. One of which occurred in Westminster at the intersection of Washington Road and Colonial Avenue. Officer Clinton R. Rhodes was killed in a motorcycle mishap in January 28, 1931.

I also found this:

BALTIMORE CRIME BEAT July 12, 2015

About 130 officers injured during Baltimore riots released from hospital

By Staff Reports - The Baltimore Sun MAY 6, 2015, 7:00 AM
 
All police officers injured during last week's protests and riots have been released from the hospital, Baltimore police said….

About 130 officers were hurt in protest­related injuries, said police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert…

Gov. Larry Hogan visited injured officers … at Shock Trauma last week


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BALTIMORE CRIME BEAT July 12, 2015


Kevin Rector and Natalie Sherman

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, law enforcement officials and prosecutors have created an around-the-clock "war room" to address the spike in violent crime that has racked Baltimore since the death of Freddie Gray, they said Sunday.

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Mass transit in Baltimore is part of the problem


Mass transit in Baltimore is part of the problem

Kevin E. Dayhoff July 12, 2015

I am a staunch supporter of public transportation, but Mr. Kelly (Jacques Kelly: Baltimore is not a public transportation town, July 10, 2015 Baltimore Sun,) is so right:

"Right off, I'll say that Gov. Larry Hogan's refusal to back the Red Line plan does not shock me. I thought it was expensive and grandiose, involving the construction of deep tunnels and too much infrastructure. I am sorry that neighborhood leaders feel shortchanged, but it was a good idea that over the years went haywire as it grew more complex. Baltimore is a place where it is best not to apply logic or expect much when it comes to public transit..."  [J Kelly: “Baltimore is not a public transportation town:” http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-kelly-column-bus-20150710-column.html]

I have good memories of the trolleys... But I have been all over the world and I have never seen public transportation run worse than the manner in which it is run in Baltimore - and Maryland.

It goes from nowhere to nowhere and the customer service is horrid - you would think it was run by Comcast or Verizon. No wonder it does not enjoy popular support.

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To which a reader on Facebook asked a fair question, “So what is a reasonable solution for people in the city who cannot afford a car to get work, hospitals, etc.?”

I am not sure that I know the answer, but I am sure that Facebook is ill-equipped to answer this question in depth.

Eventually many folks who do not like Md. Gov. Larry Hogan will rail about the governor’s decision to stop the politically-created boondoggle, the red line; no matter how the metrics and the merits of the decision indicate that the transit line was ill-conceived from the very beginning. Come a little closer…. The whispers in the hallways of Annapolis are that the red line was essentially conceived as a political bone to throw to the folks who bristled at the idea of the mismanaged but nevertheless widely used and poplar DC metro, getting money for the purple line.

Essentially, the current management of mass transit in the Baltimore area does not meet the needs of Baltimore's workforce and has long-since become part of the problem. Again, be sure to read Mr. Kelly’s article: Jacques Kelly: Baltimore is not a public transportation town, July 10, 2015 Baltimore Sun - http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-kelly-column-bus-20150710-column.html.

Employment and economic opportunities do not widely take into consideration locating in Baltimore, in part, because the transportation system put in place to move employees from where they live to where the jobs are located, does not work. Thus perpetuating an endless vicious cycle.

The previous administration in Annapolis recognized that the Potemkin red line was poorly conceived and kept kicking the can down the road because it recognized the political fallout of stopping the project.

There is a solid reason why the purple line was given the go-ahead and the red line was stopped. The purple line makes sense - if some of the extravagant costs can be contained.

The red line was an imaginary illusionary creature of politics from the very beginning. The purple line was a manifestation of a recognized need that will derive a well-utilized return.

The red line looks great on paper and the rhetoric is utopian and wonderful. In the end, it would not have worked or solved any transportation problems. The red line would have robbed precious taxpayer resources and literally thrown money down a very deep tunnel that went from nowhere to nowhere.

The construction of the project alone would have irreparably damaged the local economy, it was supposed to better, beyond recovery and put countless businesses out of business and put many folks out of work.

The previous administration knew full-well that the red line and mass transit lacked popular support because mass transit in Baltimore and Maryland is so poorly run. It lacks critical popular support - except for political astroturfing.

The more the project was studied in order to avoid stopping it, the more convoluted and complicated - and extraordinarily expensive it became. In the end, no matter the cost, the red line would have served very-very few folks at an untenable cost - that would throttled any other future consideration for re-organizing and revitalizing mass transit for many-many years.

If the red line had been appropriately priced, it might have served well as another spoke in the mass transit wheel. But it was never the silver bullet it has been made out to be in the current rhetoric. Perhaps as a light rail – like the old successful trolley lines? Might have been worth the cost? Maybe?

In the big picture, the red line would have served very little of the folks in the city that "cannot afford a car to get to work, hospitals, etc."

Of course the irony is that the escalating costs of owning a car in Maryland, to help pay for a transit system that does not work, only became part of the problem...

And the red line would have certainly not done a darn thing to help alleviate traffic on the beltway - which, of course, is another manifestation of a failed transit system.

This is not going to get figured-out at our pay grade. It is at times like this that we sorely miss Md. Del. Pete Rawlings… I have a great deal of respect for Congressman Elijah Cummings. I disagree with him on the red line… But wholeheartedly agree with his quote about Del. Rawlings, “A politician worries about the next election. A true statesman worries about the next generation, and children yet unborn, and that was Pete Rawlings." -Congressman Elijah Cummings.

I have close friends, whose opinions that I really respect who very much disagree with me and I respect their thoughtful approach. However too many folks in the know, are well aware that the cost of another much-underutilized Potemkin transit line would bode well in a populist campaign for re-election, but set back transportation in Maryland decades - no matter how high you raised taxes to pay for a line very few folks will use.


The reasonable solution is to be a wise steward of finite resources so that they may be spent in a manner that gets the most folks and workers from point-a, to point-b. Look that up in the dictionary and you will not see a picture of the red line. And this analysis come from someone who is a staunch unrepentant supporter of mass transit and has the scars to prove it. Just saying. We now return to our regularly scheduled program of cat videos and cute pictures of dogs and children. 
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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Leave the front door open and your back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don’t serve them tea. Shunryu Suzuki


Leave the front door open
and your back door open.
Allow your thoughts
to come and go.
Just don’t serve them tea.
Shunryu Suzuki

Leave the front door open and your back door open. Allow your thoughts to come and go. Just don’t serve them tea. Shunryu Suzuki #partylikeajournalist

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I meditate. I burn candles. I drink green tea, and I still want to smack people.

Old Harley Davidson police motorcycle and mobile booking center.

Old Harley Davidson police motorcycle and mobile booking center.


Actually I do not know the date of the picture. I saw it on Pinterest and it really captured my imagination. I am working on a column about the early history of the Maryland State Police - and in particular, the early line of duty deaths. One of which occurred in Westminster at the intersection of Washington Road and Colonial Avenue. Officer Clinton R. Rhodes was killed in a motorcycle mishap in January 28, 1931.

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The milkweed is keeping the bees quite happy on these long hot summer days





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The stain glass windows at Grace Lutheran Church have stood silent sentinel to our community for almost 150 years.


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July 9, 2015 update to Feb. 2008 story: “Compact avoids Do Not Deliver free newspaper law.”

July 9, 2015 update to Feb. 2008 story: “Compact avoids Do Not Deliver free newspaper law.” http://kevindayhoff.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-9-2015-update-to-feb-2008-story.html

Update July 9, 2015 - A reader has been in touch to say that the link is dead for this story, “Compact avoids Do Not Deliver newspaper law, February 29, 2008.

Kevin E. Dayhoff July 9, 2015

Westminster Md. - The February 29, 2008 story was about proposed legislation in the Maryland General Assembly to stop the delivery – that is to say, the littering - of unwanted spam newspapers on your front yard – and the agreement that was reached that stopped the legislation from moving forward.

Word on the street in February 2008 was that the “do not deliver” legislation faced an uphill battle but had a better than average chance of passing because unwanted papers piling up in your front yard annoys both conservatives and liberals.

In Carroll County, the bipartisan initiative was spearheaded by a leading community liberal as far back as 1995 – and introduced in the Maryland General Assembly in 2008 by a leading community conservative. A copy of the November 13, 1995 citizen’s complaint was forwarded to the Westminster mayor’s office on November 14, 1995. 

The issue of the free newspapers littering neighborhoods was brought-up frequently in community meetings with homeowner associations and community groups from 1995 to 2008.

Actually, the free newspapers in the area ultimately made the decision for the legislative initiative as a result of failing to respond to the citizen complaints of many neighborhoods throughout the community.

Many in February 2008 felt strongly that the agreement did not go far enough. That in addition to the opt-out phone number, the agreement ought to have required the free newspapers to stop delivery at an address where it was obvious the free papers were not being retrieved – and as a result the papers were piling-up in an unsightly mess.

The accumulation of unwanted newspapers on a property in the neighborhood is an eyesore. In the words of one neighborhood newsletter, “Free papers laying around make the neighborhood look bad, and can invite crime by advertising when you may be away from home.”

More often than not, the accumulation of the unwanted free papers eventually has to be cleaned-up by municipal or county maintenance workers – which is a burden upon the taxpayers.

Or worse yet, the unwanted free newspapers end-up clogging the stormwater drains, causing damage and more cost to the taxpayers because government maintenance workers need to spend time cleaning-up the mess.

Apparently the problem has raised its ugly head again.

If you will recall, the February 2008 agreement with local newspapers was successful in getting Carroll County Delegate Shewell to withdraw the “do not deliver free newspapers” legislation.

In return for the withdrawal of the legislation, the local papers would provide a phone number that homeowners could call and opt-out of the free delivery.

Today, over seven years later, no one remembers the legislation or the agreement that stopped the legislation - - and the number published on the front of the free newspapers has evolved into voice mail jail that ultimately, if you are patient enough, lands you with someone who does not know where Westminster or Carroll County Maryland is located. “Never heard of it.” You cannot make this up.

In other words, it is a number provided so that the free newspapers can say that they are in compliance with the agreement. After-all, no-one said that the agreement required that the published number has to actually work as it was intended by the agreement… Just saying.

Meanwhile, what many folks have long forgotten is that according to Channel 2 in Baltimore, “Newspapers would have seven days to comply with a request.  If it's still delivered, consumers could register a complaint with the Attorney General's Office and the newspaper could face a fine.”

Maybe more folks ought to contact the Attorney General's Office and complain - or maybe better yet, this legislation ought to be brought back for re-consideration with stiffer penalties or maybe just outlaw the unwanted spam from being littered on your property altogether.

To be sure, we have greater problems to solve in the greater community, but this might be one small step in the correct direction to take pride in the appearance of our community, protect our neighborhoods from unwanted corporate spam, obviate the potential for attracting crime and protect the environment.

I’m just saying.

Kevin E. Dayhoff July 9, 2015

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Compact avoids Do Not Deliver newspaper law


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ANNAPOLIS — Four free-delivery newspapers in Maryland have agreed to crack down on deliveries to customers who say they don’t want them, pre-empting an attempt to set up what would have been one of the nation’s first “Do Not Deliver” laws.

The newspapers have agreed to publish a phone number that homeowners can call to stop deliveries. The number will be on the second page of each home delivery edition and will be in a 12-point bold font.

Under the agreement announced Thursday, the newspapers also said they would increase supervision of carriers to make sure deliveries stop when people make requests.

“We’re certainly not out to hurt businesses, but we do need to answer constituents’ concerns,” said Delegate Tanya Shewell, R-Carroll, who said she plans to withdraw two bills that would have fined newspaper publishers who failed to meet requests to stop deliveries within seven days.

Shewell says she proposed the bills after a flurry of complaints from constituents that the free newspapers littered their lawns and deliveries didn’t end even after homeowners requested them to stop.

The agreement applies only to Carroll County, northwest of Baltimore. But the director of the Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Press Association said many free newspapers would comply with provisions to prevent consumer complaints.

“Newspapers don’t want them going to people who don’t want them and won’t read them,” John “Jack” Murphy said during a meeting with Shewell.

The papers include The Examiner, the Carroll County Times (which distributes both free and paid papers); The Gazette, and Kapp Advertising, which produces a free-delivery periodical called The Merchandiser.

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"Do Not Deliver" Bill Delivers Controversy


Some say it's a nuisance and others call it community service. Free newspapers pop up on your front steps everyday. Now one Maryland lawmaker wants a "Do Not Deliver" registry.

"I do recycle them, but some of them do fly away in the yard and go onto the street and down the gutters," said Essex resident Cathy Benzig. 

In fact, a state delegate from Carroll County goes as far to say the newspapers, that are delivered with no cost, infringe on the rights of property owners.

Delegate Tanya Shewell from Carroll County says consumers have the right to say what's on their front lawn.  She wants a phone number printed on newspapers that you can call to stop delivery.

The bill is modeled after the national Do Not Call Registry that let's you decide about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home.  Delegate Shewell wants consumers to have the final say with free newspapers.  But some of her colleagues in Annapolis think the plan will hurt small businesses.

"I think it's much to do about nothing.  It's an intrusion.  It's shooting a flea with an elephant gun.  And it's unfair to local publishers who do a wonderful job for the community," said Del. Pat McDonough, (R) Baltimore County.  

Delegate McDonough says he's talked to publishers of local papers who say they'll stop delivery when asked.  But we talked to people with failed attempts. 

Newspapers would have seven days to comply with a request.  If it's still delivered, consumers could register a complaint with the Attorney General's Office and the newspaper could face a fine.

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

U.S. women's soccer team defeats Japan in World Cup Final 5-2

U.S. women's soccer team defeats Japan in World Cup Final 5-2


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Greece defiantly rejects Europe's bailout offer


Greece defiantly rejects Europe's bailout offer

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/greece-votes-no-on-euro-bailout-conditions-polls-indicate/

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Sunday dinner at IHOP with Grammy and Caroline.


Our server is Ryan. He is awesome.

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Amazing Grace - Condoleezza Rice & Jenny Oaks Baker



Amazing Grace - Condoleezza Rice & Jenny Oaks Baker
Published on Jul 2, 2015

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Download “Amazing Grace” by Condoleezza Rice and Jenny Oaks
Baker on iTunes: http://apple.co/1LElsTB All proceeds will
be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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