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Monday, July 31, 2006

20060730 KDDC Come visit us at the Fair

"Come visit us at the Fair"
(c) Kevin Dayhoff
July 30th, 2006

20060730 KDDC WBAL News Severe Weather Bulletin for Carroll County

WBAL News Severe Weather Bulletin for Carroll County

July 30th, 2006

If you plan to attend the Ravens training camp or the Carroll County Fair, be aware of the excessive heat severe weather bulletin from WBAL.

For that matter, if your employment or plans have you outdoors much in the next week, be aware of your exposure to the heat.


Issued at: 3:06 PM EDT 7/30/06, expires at: 11:00 PM EDT 7/30/06

Excessive heat watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.

The NWS in Sterling, Virginia has issued an excessive heat watch, which is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.

A large dome of high pressure will setup across the mid Atlantic from Tuesday to Thursday. Maximum temperatures around 100 degrees combined with high humidity will cause the heat index values to rise to around 110 degrees, with values in urban areas being highest.

Although locations west of the Blue Ridge Mountains are normally considered to be cooler, in this case, those locations will be nearly as hot as Washington DC.

Therefore citizens in cities such as Martinsburg, Hagerstown, Cumberland, and Waynesboro should take the threat of extreme heat very seriously. The air mass that is expected to move into our region is the one that was located over the western United States last week.

Now is the time to prepare for a heat wave across the region. An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses and fatalities will be possible.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.


Saturday, July 29, 2006

20060728 KDDC Ravens begin Summer Training Camp in Westminster

Information on the Baltimore Ravens training camp at McDaniel College in Westminster.

Baltimore Ravens flock to McDaniel

The McDaniel College web site reports:

Baltimore Ravens flock to McDaniel The Baltimore Raven’s 11th Summer Training Camp opens at McDaniel College on July 27. Daily practices run July 28-August 19, except for the following preseason game dates and the day after the game: July 30, August 5-6, 11-12, and 17-18.

Up to 60,000 fans are expected to check out the team’s preseason practices and new players like QB Steve McNair.

All dates and practices are subject to change, so call (410) 261-RAVE (7283) and press “5” to confirm daily practice schedules.

For all the latest information on Ravens Training Camp, including exclusive player and coach interviews on the Playbook Media Center, log onto:www.baltimoreravens.

The College has served as summer host to NFL players for more than half a century. The Ravens have roosted on campus since 1996 and followed in the footsteps of the Baltimore Colts who trained here from 1953-1971.


20060729 KDDC Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair Schedule Sat through Monday

Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair Schedule for Saturday, July 29th, 2006 through Monday, July 31st, 2006

See ya at the Fair.

DAILY – July 29 through August 4:

Pedal Tractors

AG-Stravaganza Tent

Silent Auction (Shipley Arena)

Pig and Hotdog Races – 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, and 8:00 p.m. daily

Saturday, July 29, 2006

7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Breakfast Served in Shipley Arena

8 a.m. Breeding Swine Exhibits In Place

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Carroll County Farmer’s Market

8:30 a.m. – 12 noon Woodworking Department Exhibits Entered and Judged

9 a.m. Bicycle Contest, Mini Horse Show, Breeding Beef Heifer Exhibits in Place

9 a.m. Breeding Swine Show followed by Breeding Meat Goat, Breeding Beef

Heifer and Breeding Sheep Shows; Rocket Entry and Judging

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ag Commodities, Canning, Natural Resources, Home Environment and

Family Life Department Exhibits Entered and Judged

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Wool Exhibits entered in Ag Commodities area (judging on Tuesday)

9 a.m. – 12 noon Plants and Flowers Department and Clover Department Exhibits Entered

and Judged

10 a.m. Alpaca Show, Breeding Sheep Exhibits in Place

10 a.m. – 12 noon Lost Arts Department Exhibits Entry and Judged

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Dining Hall Open

12:00 noon Rockets Launched; Children’s Pedal Pull Registration

12 noon – 2 p.m. Learning Stations Entered and Judged

12:30 p.m. “Uncle Pete with Kids” (Activity Tent)

Lawn Mower Races

1 p.m. Children’s Pedal Pull

1 p.m. – 10 p.m.- Indoor Exhibit Area Open to Public

2:30 p.m. “Uncle Pete with Kids” (Activity Tent)

3 p.m. Consumer Education Judging Contest

4 p.m. Clover Food Entry Bake Sale; “Uncle Pete with Kids” (Activity Tent)

4:30 p.m. Garden Tractor Pull

5 p.m. “Chick” Parade

5 p.m. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Conservation Awards, Family-Fun Fest; Indoor Exhibit Champion Photos

6 p.m. Clover Small Pet (Activity Tent)

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Market Livestock Exhibits Arrive at Fair

6:15 p.m. Hypnotist Show (Activity Tent)

7:00 p.m. ‘Be A Farmer’ Contest (Shipley Arena)

7:00 p.m. Chicken Karaoke Contest (Activity Tent)

7:45 p.m. Old MacDonald’s Farm Heritage Show (Activity Tent)

8:30 p.m. Ray Owen’s Classic Tunes and Comedy Show (Activity Tent)

Sunday, July 30, 2006

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Market Livestock Exhibits Arrive At Fair

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Dining Hall Open

7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Breakfast Available at Shipley Arena

8 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Indoor Exhibit Building Open To Public

9 a.m. – 12 noon Rabbit Exhibits Entered

9 a.m. Dog Show; Market Goat Weigh In; Non-Denominational Worship Service

conducted by Fellowship of Christian Farmers

10 a.m. Weigh-in of Market Swine & Sheep

10 a.m. Automotive Contest; Entertainment – Carriage Show

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Dining Hall Open

12 noon Gospel Travelers Concert (Activities Tent); Livestock Exhibitor Orientation (Shipley Arena)

1 p.m. “Cow Pie Bingo” (Shipley Arena); Mule Show and Mule Jumping Event;

Registration for Children’s Pedal Pull

2 p.m. Small Engine/Garden Tractor Operator Contest; Children’s Pedal Pull; Storytelling Troupe (Activity Tent)

3:30 p.m. Small Animal Dress Up (Shipley Arena)

4 p.m. “Chick” Parade; Clover Poultry Exhibits Judged

4:30 p.m. Storytelling Troupe (Activity Tent)

5:30 p.m. Parade Line Up at Farm Museum

6 p.m. Parade

7:30 p.m. Campfire and Storytelling Troupe (Finch Stage); Farm Bureau (Contest Activity Tent)

Monday, July 31, 2006

7 a.m. – 10 a.m. Breakfast Available at Shipley Arena

7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Dining Hall Open

8 a.m. Rabbit Exhibits Judged; English Horse Show; Beef Steer in place/Weigh-In

8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Indoor Exhibit Building Open To Public

9 a.m. Poultry Exhibits Judged

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Dairy Cattle, Dairy Steers, Dairy Goat Exhibits Entered

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Dining Hall Open

12 Noon Meat Goat Department Show;
2 p.m. Poultry Showmanship Contest

5 p.m. “Chick” Parade; Mini Fashion Revue (Activity Tent)

5 p.m. Sheep Showmanship, Shepherd's Classes and Club Group

5:30 p.m. “Cow Pie Bingo” (Shipley Arena)

6:30 p.m. Beef Clip Out Contest; Entertainment – Carroll Co. 4-H Performing Arts

Club (Activities Tent)

7 p.m. Dairy Cattle Exhibits In Place

8 p.m. Dairy Fit-Out Contest

8 p.m. “Karaoke” by Marshall’s Melodies (Activity Tent)

8 p.m. Dairy Goat Exhibitor Orientation

8:30 p.m. Dairy Exhibitor Orientation



Friday, July 28, 2006

20060728 KDDC Flying Corn

"Flying Corn"
(c) Kevin Dayhoff
July 28th, 2006

20060728 KDDC Central Florida squirrel

The rarely photographed Central Florida squirrel. For those of you out West, this species has also been spotted in Arizona and California.

Hat Tip: Analog Jones Thanks

20060728 KDDC Blogger Ana Marie Cox makes good

Blogger Ana Marie Cox makes good

July 28th, 2006

Poynter Online calls to our attention that Ana Marie Cox has been named the new Washington editor of

David Weigel, writing on Wonkette, also carries a post.

See the press release at the bottom of this post…

For those not familiar with Ms. Cox, please enjoy her bio, as posted on her blog, “Ana Marie Cox:”

ANA MARIE COX had a long, disastrous career in mainstream media before being forced into the shallow waters of the blogosphere. While an editor at Mother Jones, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The American Prospect, her poor people skills made her unpopular, while her sarcasm drove people away. Internet journalism, with its higher tolerance for misfits, provided an early home—she is a survivor of, and She was discovered at a drugstore by Nick Denton, who made her Wonkette. She is now a columnist for TIME and and is at work on her next book, an anthropological study of young conservatives. Her husband Chris Lehmann is remarkably well-liked and an editor at CQ Weekly.

Admittedly, the path that Ms. Cox has traveled is not the most traditional; perhaps this is why I admire her accomplishments. She has tons of talent, enormous chutzpah and I rather like the non-traditional approach.

That is certainly not to say that I like everything that she writes nor do I wish to emulate some of her approaches, but the writer has a certain class and charisma, and I certainly welcome her refreshing approach.

As far as her writing on Wonkette, I never understood her gratuitous use of expletives. I felt that it detracted from her writing and was, well – unnecessary.


I’m not sure when I started reading Wonkette I do recall the web site’s instant celebrity status after Ms. Cox outed Jessica Cutler, better known as "Washingtonienne.”

If you will recall, it was Jessica Cutler, who cut a wide swath of entertainment on Capitol Hill, all the while, working as a staff assistant to Republican Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio.

Cutting a wide swath of entertainment is certainly not a new phenomenon in Washington, DC, but Ms. Cutler’s unique approach was to blog about her exploits and conquests.

Look up “Blog Interrupted” by April Witt, published Sunday, August 15, 2004; Page W12 on Or, for more fun than you can stand, go to: “The procrastinations of Kelly Ann Collins and friends.”


To be sure, not everyone appreciated Ms. Cox’s style. Which simply made for more amusement. Michelle Malkin certainly took issue with her in her piece: “The Skanks on Capital Hill.” Although I understand, if not even agree with everything Ms. Malkin said; all Ms. Malkin did was legitimize “Wonkette,” which is not quite what I think that Ms. Malkin had in mind.

In politics and journalism, some things are best left ignored. I’ve never, for a moment felt that moral underpinnings of American were going to be undermined by Ms. Cox.

All this said, we will have to see what she does with I’ve never included Ms. Cox on my list of must-read conservative writers, to say the least. When one considers Ms. Cox’s politics, it is not a wonder that Al Jazeera didn’t hire her.

Then again, Time magazine is barely on my list of reading material either. I get the same news from the Daily Kos – and it is much more colorful on Kos.

Meanwhile, Matthew Sheffield at NewsBusters has this to say…

Time Mag Elevates Liberal Blogger to Editor Post

Posted by Matthew Sheffield on July 27, 2006 - 14:55.

Time magazine's online operation announced today that it has promoted former liberal blogger Ana Marie Cox to be its Washington editor. Previously, she was the founder of the airhead politics blog Wonkette. Before that, she worked for the liberal magazine Washington Monthly.

Thus far, Time's online stable includes not one conservative blogger. At present the self-described politically neutral magazine employs Joshua Marshall, Andrew Sullivan, Cox, and its White House correspondent Mike Allen, not one of whom is a conservative much less a Republican. So how is it that Time can get away with this?


Time Inc. news release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday July 27, 2006


NEW YORK-Ana Marie Cox has been named Washington Editor of, it was announced today by Richard Stengel, managing editor of TIME. Her appointment is effective July 31, 2006.

Cox joined TIME in March 2006, as a contributing writer. In her new role she will be coordinating's political coverage as well as continuing to create features and essays for both the print and online editions.

Prior to her experience at TIME, Cox was the founding editor of the political blog Wonkette.

"Ana Marie is a sharp and witty observer of the Washington scene and has the ability to spot political angles in surprising places," says Stengel. "In her new role, she'll bring her great web instincts to covering the hot topics of the day."

Cox is also the author of the novel Dog Days, a political satire of Washington, D.C.


Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster Maryland USA.

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20060727 Mrs. Owl at the Bar at the Folies-Bergère

Mrs. Owl at the Bar at the Folies-Bergère

Photoshop with Mrs. Owl …

Kevin Dayhoff July 27th, 2006

With all appropriate apologies to Édouard Manet, who painted a wonderful piece of art entitled, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère in 1882. The painting by Mr. Manet was an oil on canvas, 96 × 130 cm. in dimensions and it was his last major piece of art painted by Mr. Manet.

The Folies Bergère is a famous Parisian music hall, located at 8 rue Saulnier, that remains in business to this day. It originally opened as an opera house called the Folies Trevise on May 2nd, 1869. On September 13, 1872 it was renamed the Folies Bergère.

Some of the famous American dancers who performed there were Loie Fuller in the 1890s. In the 1920s Josephine Baker was quite a sensation with her provocative “Bananas Dance.”

Although Mrs. Owl has not, to the best of our collective knowledge, danced at the Folies Bergère, the above Photoshop hypothecates what it would like if she were to appear at the bar…


Thursday, July 27, 2006

20060727 KDDC Miss Caroline at the Bar at the Folies-Bergère

Miss Caroline at the Bar at the Folies-Bergère

Photoshop with Caroline…

Kevin Dayhoff July 27th, 2006

With all appropriate apologies to Édouard Manet, who painted a wonderful piece of art entitled, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère in 1882. The painting by Mr. Manet was an oil on canvas, 96 × 130 cm. in dimensions and it was the last major piece of art painted by Mr. Manet.

The Folies Bergère is a famous Parisian music hall, located at 8 rue Saulnier, that remains in business to this day. It originally opened as an opera house called the Folies Trevise on May 2nd, 1869. On September 13, 1872 it was renamed the Folies Bergère.

Some of the famous American dancers who performed there were Loie Fuller in the 1890s. In the 1920s Josephine Baker was quite a sensation with her provocative “Bananas Dance.”

Although Miss Caroline has not, to the best of our collective knowledge, danced at the Folies Bergère; the above Photoshop hypothecates what it would like if she were to appear at the bar…


20060727 KDDC FruitBird

(c) Kevin Dayhoff
July 27th, 2006

20060726 KDDC Upcoming Carroll County Political events

Upcoming Carroll County Political events

July 26th, 2006

Attend as many as possible. Be informed. Be involved

Also, check along the right hand column… scroll down and if you do not see your campaign website listed – e-mail it to me. Thanks


>Commissioner Candidates Forum sponsored by the Eagle/Gazette/FACC
August 3rd 7:00pm Sykesville Fire Hall
Senator/Delegates Forum sponsored by the Eagle/Gazette/Facc
August 17th 7:00pm South Carroll Senior Center

>South Carroll Business Association
Candidate's Forum
August 10th
Sykesville Fire Hall
6:30pm Delegates
7:30pm Commissioners

> The Doug Howard for County Commissioner campaign will host an information meeting, 3-7 p.m., on Aug. 11, with the topic of community services, at the office of BDG Entrepreneurial Services, 174 Klees Mill Road, Sykesville. RSVP at dougforcarroll

> The Republican Women's Club of Carroll County will host a "Meet and Greet the Candidates" picnic 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Free, donations welcome. Call Josie, at 410-848-4678; or Linda, at 410-871-0699.

> Michael Zimmer, candidate for county commissioner, is holding a lunch fund-raiser at Liberatore's in Eldersburg, on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at noon. $50 per person; sponsorships are also available for $1,000, $500 and $250. Sponsors receive two admissions. RSVP by calling 410-552-0685 by Aug. 3; or visit

> Lt. Gov. Michael Steele will be at a fundraiser for Larry Helminiak, candidate for the House of Delegates, District 9B, on Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m. Call 410-795-0567 by July 30 for details and to RSVP.

> A pasta buffet dinner catered by New York J&P Pizza will be held at Freedom Optimist Community Center, Sykesville Road, Eldersburg, on Monday, Aug. 14, 6-9 p.m. to benefit the commissioner campaign of Dave Greenwalt. Music will be provided by the jazz band Brad Collins and Company. Tickets are $35. To reserve, 410-795-1122.

> The South Carroll Republican Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at Ledo Pizza, 577 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg. Dinner is 6 p.m., meeting starts at 7. Call April, at 410-875-0520.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

20060726 KDDC Vacation Minestrone Soup

"Vacation Minestrone Soup"
(c) Kevin Dayhoff
July 26th, 2006

20060726 KDDC Flower

"20060726 Flower"
(c) Kevin Dayhoff
July 26th, 2006

20060726 Flower

"20060726 Flower"
(c) Kevin Dayhoff
July 26th, 2006


20060725 KDDC The Shining City on the Hill

"The Shining City on the Hill"
(c) Kevin Dayhoff
July 25th, 2006

20060725 KDDC Recycled Water

Recycled Water

July 25th, 2006 by Kevin Dayhoff

Paul over at Wizbang has posted an interesting item about what very well may be a portion of the water supply for all of us in the distant future.

For those not following the story, Australia is experiencing quite a drought.

As the world – and Maryland – continues to search for the increasingly elusive future sources of water - - desalinization and recycling anthropogenically tainted wastewater may very well be the future.

Indeed, the water that comes out the discharge pipe of the Westminster Wastewater Treatment Plant is arguably cleaner that what is brought into the intake at the Water Treatment Plant.

Although, a closed system is worthy of consideration, perhaps what may be more palatable is to position a re-uptake intake several hundred yards downstream from the Wastewater Treatment Plant and give Mother Nature an opportunity to further purify the water.

Beyond, public perceptions, the one scientific challenge is the increased number of pharmaceuticals that now make it through the wastewater purification process.

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) such as Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Carbamazepine, Cimetidine, Codeine, Cotinine, Diltiazem, Hydrocodone, Ketoprofen, Metformin, Nicotine, Paraxanthine, Salbutamol, Sulfamethoxazole, Trimethoprim, and Estrone.

For more information on the issue of pharmaceuticals and PPCPs, go here or here.

More research may be needed in utilizing recycled water - and Maryland certainly does not need to be the beta on this, however, years in the future, recycling – or using “reclaimed water” may be a solution.

For more information, consider going here.

The San Diego municipal web site, says:

“In San Diego water is too precious a resource to be used just once. To meet future water demands and avoid shortages, while reducing our dependence on imported water, the City of San Diego has built the North City Water Reclamation Plant and the South Bay Water Reclamation Plant. These plants treat wastewater to a level that is approved for irrigation, manufacturing and other non-drinking, or non-potable purposes. The North City Plant has the capability to treat 30 million gallons a day and the South Bay Plant can treat 15 million gallons a day. Recycled water, also referred to as reclaimed water, gives San Diego a dependable, year-round, locally controlled water resource. Using recycled water is cost-effective, reliable and good for the environment.”

If anything, may any discussion of future use of recycled water be a signal that we need to really start taking this water thing very very seriously.

For the immediate future, the county needs to pull out all the stops on developing the Union Mills and Gillis Falls reservoirs.

And oh, the editorial in a local publication on July 5th, 2006, was a simplistic and uninformed cheap shot that certainly did not serve the best interests of the public.

Before one endeavors to criticize the City of Westminster about water allocation, please bear in mind that you are preaching to the choir. Westminster painfully understands that it must find more water.

The current administration and board of elected officials have continued to work hard at identifying and securing future sources of water, including ideas that cannot be discussed publicly which involve property acquisition.

Other ideas that are working their way through the system are along the lines of running a pipe up to the Union Mills reservoir water source while the reservoir works its way through the permit process.

The formula that MDE is currently using is sound as far as maintaining a basic public health, safety and welfare matter. If the drought of record from 1964 to 1966 were to be repeated, public safety would be a concern. Working in concert with MDE will be in everyone’s best interests. Never-the-less, the new, retro-active conservative quantification of water supply resources have put municipalities across the state in a bad place.

To deal with this new reality, scaling back the number of building permits per year is undoubtedly in order, but one thing that City officials may very well want to look into, is finding a good opportunity to give the Bair v. Mayor and Council of Westminster, 221 P.2d 642 (Mary. Ct. of Appeal 1966), a court test. A lot has changed since 1966.

Please know that two years after the City purchased the water system from a private company (in 1964,) the Maryland Court of Appeals declared the water system a "public utility" and promulgated a ruling that forces the City to provide water to any property near an existing water line.

In Bair v. Mayor and Council of Westminster, 221 P.2d 642 (Mary. Ct. of Appeal 1966), the Maryland Court of Appeal found that “when a municipality undertakes to perform duties of public service companies, it must, insofar as services are reasonably within its range of performance, furnish services to all applicants within the area supplied and cannot unjustly discriminate between consumers therein.”

Speaking for myself, housing developments are getting old. The continued onslaught on our quality of life is getting well beyond acceptable levels of collective tolerance. We must re-think this and plan better.

Meanwhile Paul at Wizbang writes:

Drought-stricken Australia Considers Accepting Reality

As a scientist, I'm amazed this is even being debated.

Drought-stricken Australia considers drinking recycled sewage

Residents of a drought-stricken Australian town will vote this week on whether they're prepared to drink water recycled from sewage -- the first such scheme in the country and one of only a handful in the world.

The controversial proposal has divided the town of Toowoomba in the state of Queensland, which has faced water restrictions for a decade.

Local Mayor Dianne Thorley, who is leading the "Yes" campaign, said that without drought-breaking rains the town's dams could dry up within two years.

She insisted the 73 million dollar (US 55 million dollar) plan to pump purified wastewater back into the main reservoir for drinking was safe.

"Somewhere, sometime we have got to stand up and change the way we are doing things," she told AFP as the town prepared for the July 29 referendum.

"Otherwise our great grandchildren are going to be living in something like the Sahara desert."

A vocal "No" campaign opposes the proposal, and says there are unforeseeable health risks for the town's 100,000 residents.

"The scientists say it should be safe," said local councillor Keith Beer, one of three members of the nine-strong council that opposes the plan. "That is not good enough for me, for my kids and my grandkids."

Paul at Wizbang sums it up this way:

For those of you cringing out there, I have some bad news for you. Every drop of water you've ever consumed has been recycled sewerage. Yes, even that fancy French bottled stuff.

Water, like everything in life, has a cycle. That coffee you consumed this morning was dinosaur excrement at one time. I live at the bottom of the Mississippi river. I don't need to tell you what I drink every day.

We're so self-deluded. We'll dump treated sewerage effluent into a natural body of water then we'll later use that same body of water as an input for a municipal system... But if you try to hook one to the other, people freak. What do they think happens in the middle and why don't they think we can reproduce it?

A closed system is actually safer as there is less chance of accidental contamination by toxins.

I understand it's "icky" to many people but closed (actually they're semi-closed) systems make infinitely more sense.


Tuesday, July 25, 2006

20060725 Cutting edge online military knowledge management resource sharing

Cutting edge online military knowledge management resource sharing in the military

Army 2.0: the U.S. Army collaborates online

Friday, July 21st, 2006

Who’d a thunk it? Fascinating introduction to something completely new to me: collaborative information-sharing websites were started independently by soldiers, independently of the U.S. Army, and were since absorbed into and supported by the .mil hierarchy. Here’s a selection, but read the whole thing on

As another knowledge management resource, the Army is developing global communities of practice. Rather than top-down hierarchies, such communities are networks of peers who share information electronically and learn from one another’s experiences.

The explosive growth of social networking and online collaboration tools have produced a groundswell of activity among the Army’s younger officers, many of whom grew up with the Internet. Communities of practice are rapidly spreading knowledge across the Army in ways never before possible.

Two communities in particular — and — blazed a trail for other virtual Army groups to follow. Nate Allen and Tony Burgess, both Army majors and graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, created the Web sites to serve as professional forums…

Read more here.

And read more here.


20060725 KDDC Allan Lichtman visits the Laurel City Council Meeting

Allan Lichtman visits the Laurel City Council Meeting
July 25th, 2006

Wonkette is reporting that Maryland U. S. Senate candidate
Allan Lichtman has visited a meeting of the Laurel City Council and made quite an impression.

Yes, this is an unsubstantiated story and the immediate question that comes to mind is that anyone who knows Laurel Mayor Craig Moe wonders why in the world would Mayor Moe put up with this behavior. Well respected and a seasoned veteran of municipal matters, Mayor Moe is not one to suffer fools easily.

Whatever, this is what Wonkette says:

Believe it or not, there’s another Maryland U.S. Senate candidate who wakes up every morning asking “How can I make an ass out of myself?” If this keeps up, who wants to run Wonkette’s Baltimore office? Today’s This hour’s story, about the race’s most Hobbit-like character, comes via an anonymous e-mail.
Maryland Democratic US Senate candidate Allan Lichtman turned up unexpectedly at the City of Laurel Council meeting last night with three ill kempt campaign workers in tow. His appearance was a surprise to most of those in attendance, who were expecting only to get on with the public business. While the scruffy volunteers clad in shorts, sandals and Lichtman t-shirts handed out campaign literature to the attendees, Lichtman generously (and loudly) offered to autograph a copy of his book for the City Council. He then spoke from the lectern for 15 minutes and concluded by claiming that Bill Clinton had originally decided to run for President after being inspired while reading one of Lichtman’s books. The candidate’s minions also solicited contact information from the audience as he shook the hand of everyone, including the Mayor, the Council, the staff and the audience… while the Council meeting continued. It was a wild and surreal experience.

20060725 KDDC President signs American Flag Display Act

President Signs the "Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005"

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett present for the signing

July 24, 2006

Back in January 2005, Congressman Bartlett (R-MD) introduced H.R. 42, "Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005,” which would prevent condominium and homeowner associations from restricting how the American flag can be displayed.

It certainly may seem a no-brainer to the average American, however, as unbelievable as it seems, such legislation had become necessary. We live in an era when many privileges we had come to accept as routine, are not acceptable in a world turned upside down.

For example, I find myself bewildered that we find ourselves in a time and place in our society where School Prayer is a Crime and pornography is a protected form of free speech.

Cliff Cumber, writing for the Frederick News Post notes, “Mr. Bartlett, a Republican representing Western Maryland, said he was shocked to learn from constituent and flag dealer, Hugh Warner, that some homeowner associations and condos prevented the flying of the flag.”

Well, “shocked” is one to put it. Can someone please explain what a homeowners or condominium association was thinking when it was written in the by-laws that a person could not display a flag.

Mr. Cumber also reported: “In a press release sent in late June, National Independent Flag Dealer's Association President Lori Watson said people in every state were affected by the law that banned the flying of the U.S. flag. ‘I've had WWII veterans in tears, calling me and begging us for years for our help so they can fly the American flag,’ she said.”


In many published accounts, the American flag display act is one of ten pieces of legislation being referred to as the "American Values Agenda."

Perhaps they should be referred to as the “Common Sense Acts of 2006.”

The collection is reported to include “protections for the public display of religion, tax relief for families, prohibition of cloning and defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The agenda was developed by House leadership.”

Of the flag display act, according to the White House web site, President George W. Bush said, “Today, I was pleased to sign into law the "Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005."

“Americans have long flown our flag at their homes as an expression of their appreciation for our freedoms and their pride in our Nation. As our brave men and women continue to fight to protect our country overseas, Congress has passed an important measure to protect our citizens' right to express their patriotism here at home without burdensome restrictions.”

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett’s office reports:

“Americans Now Free to Display the Their American Flags at Their Homes

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett Present When President Bush Signed H.R. 42 into Law - First American Values Agenda of House Republicans to Become Law”

“It was quick, but very exciting," said Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of the meeting in the Oval Office today with President Bush where he signed his bill, "The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005" (H.R. 42) into law.

The press release went on to say, “Effective immediately, it will ensure the right of an individual to display the flag of the United States at their home.”

The House approved it on June 27. The Senate approved it on July 17.

"It's very exciting to know that Americans are now free to fly the flag at their homes," said Congressman Bartlett. "I was alarmed when I learned that some homeowners associations and condos all over the country prevent Americans from flying the American flag.”

“It's hard to see how flying an American flag could depreciate the value of a condo. That's why I introduced this bill. H.R. 42 provides reasonable guidelines to guarantee Americans the freedom to display the American flag at their homes.

I am grateful for the support I received for this bill from the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, American Veterans (AMVETS), Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Gold Star Wives of America, Inc., Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), the American Legion, the National Independent Flag Dealer's Association and the Community Associations Institute (CAI)."

U.S. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after President Bush signed into law the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act, sponsored by Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD):

"Every American should be able to display the American flag on their own residential property. Simply put, homeowners associations and condominiums should not be able to restrict the rights of those wanting to display the flag at their homes. Displaying the American flag should be the right of each and every citizen and I'd like to thank Rep. Bartlett for his work on this important legislation and the values it represents for our country."

Various newspaper articles can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Compiled from a press release from Congressman Bartlett’s office, various news accounts and information gathered from

For additional information: Contact Lisa Lyons Wright at 202-225-2517 or 202-225-9554 or


20060724 The Virginia Pilot: QandA Blackwater founder, Erik Prince, on the record

Q&A: Blackwater's founder on the record

The Virginian-Pilot

© July 24, 2006

Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater USA, is famously media-shy. But the former Navy SEAL agreed to an e-mail interview with The Virginian-Pilot. Here’s the complete text:

Q. Can you tell me a little about your personal history? I know you were a SEAL. When was that? Is that what brought you to the Hampton Roads area? How long did you live in Virginia Beach?



I earned my pilot’s license at 17 and entered the Naval Academy after high school intending to be a Navy pilot. I didn’t like the academy but loved the Navy. This is where I was first exposed to the SEAL teams. I resigned after three semesters at the academy and attended Hillsdale College in Michigan, where I graduated in 1992. I re-entered the Navy through Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a naval officer. I then joined the SEALs, where I served as an officer at SEAL Team 8. I deployed to Haiti, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, including Bosnia.

As I trained all over the world, I realized how difficult it was for units to get the cutting-edge training they needed to ensure success. In a letter home while I was deployed, I outlined the vision that is today Blackwater.

Read the entire Q&A here: Q&A: Blackwater's founder on the record