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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This week in The Tentacle

This week in The Tentacle 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Never bet against the American farmer
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Greetings from Southern California. This week I had the opportunity to attend a nationwide agri-business economics conference in San Diego and what I found is somewhat a mixed bag – of sorts.

Raya – The End of Ramadan
Tom McLaughlin
Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – We begin with anticipation. Raya does not officially start until the new moon of the Islamic month of Syawal and has been sighted by the Islamic Rulers.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Seeking Gadhafi for Revenge
Roy Meachum
Reminiscent of the search for Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, triumphant rebels are beating Libyan bushes, looking for Muammar Gadhafi; when they find him, they announced the 40-year dictator will stand trial and probably be executed, following the example in Baghdad.

Repressive Public Policy
Nick Diaz
As a native of a Spanish-speaking country, I’m often asked by natural-born Americans whether Spanish-speaking people living in the USA today are getting too comfortable with having translation readily accessible to them.

Governor’s Power Grab
Shawn Burns
What is PlanMaryland? Why do we “need” it? And what is the true purpose of this policy proposal?

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Vote for Jobs Starts at Home
Adam Avery

While two of every 10 Americans remain un- or under-employed; while our troops fight wars with no clear objective and no end in sight; while our borders remain a porous political play; while the value of 401Ks and IRAs slump back to 2010 levels; and while our deficit and debt rise due to Congress' unwillingness to look past their own self interests, the dog and pony show circuit – beginning with the Ames (IA) straw poll – offered voters a false premise for meaningful change.

Engulfed by Irene
Steven R. Berryman
Al Roker and Joe Bastardi are now the media icons of America. On Saturday and Sunday, while absorbing hurricane Irene, we all hunkered-down in our safest places and watched these weather video journalist he-men flex their muscles, leaning into the wind for emphasis.

Grove Stadium Issues Debated
Michael Kurtianyk
One of the great joys about being active in local politics is meeting with local elected leaders to discuss issues. Much has been made in recent weeks about issues specific to Frederick City.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Earthquake and Hurricane
Roy Meachum
The 6.0 earthquake hit Market Street while Pushkin and I took our early afternoon walk; we had just returned from West Frederick Veterinary Hospital for the English Pointer’s biweekly acupuncture. None of the places I’ve lived in has a reputation for tremors; Tuesday’s was my very first.

Invasive State Control of Growth – Part 4
Farrell Keough
In reviewing Gov Martin O’Malley’s PlanMaryland proposal, we have but one remaining area to cover. We have seen six others areas and how this proposal might affect Marylanders:

The Return of The Muppets
Joe Charlebois
The Muppets return this fall with an all new movie for young and old alike. Release of the ninth Muppet movie Thanksgiving weekend comes nearly six years after the last theatrical release and 32 years since the first.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Did you know…..
Joan Marie Aquilino
Did you know: That a teachers union in a nearby county is handing out postcards to send to the state demanding they fund – and more – the Maintenance of Effort budget for the school system when, in my last recollection there wasn't any money left to be had.

Filling The Shoes for Success
Amanda Haddaway
The current crop of Republican presidential candidates is less than awe inspiring, and many knowledgeable voters are already grumbling, “Can’t we find someone better?”

Defending The Second Amendment
Blaine R. Young
Liberals love to talk about the Bill of Rights. In fact, they have created an entire national organization, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is devoted to defending the Bill of Rights.

Invasive State Control of Growth – Part 3
Farrell Keough
In our continuing conversation about of the governor’s PlanMaryland proposal to restrict land use, we now move forward to analyze two areas directly affecting every Marylander.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

As You Like It Richard III
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Now is the winter of our discontent… On the morning of August 22, in 1485, a defining moment in English history took place with the death of King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field.

Invasive State Control of Growth – Part 2
Farrell Keough
Yesterday we began a conversation on the O’Malley Administration’s proposal entitled PlanMaryland. We covered two areas: Unmanaged Development and Smart Growth as driving factors to promote and justify this plan. We saw that the crisis portrayed about growth is not quantifiable by the actual data and the public is not embracing the concepts of Smart Growth.

Studying Stromatolites in Deer Cave
Tom McLaughlin
Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – One of the joys of living in Borneo is one gets to meet some of the top scientist from around the world. Being a biologist, I was eager to attend a talk about Deer Cave, the second largest cave in the world.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stadium Stuttering
Roy Meachum
WHAG-TV’s Tim Wesolek first brought attention to the stuttering going on over the Harry Grove Stadium. In the latest episode of the confusing situation, Alderman Carol Krimm’s motion to declassify the meeting’s minutes received unanimous support from the board. Still the confusion lingers on.

Invasive State Control of Growth – Part 1
Farrell Keough
For the next few days, we will review a new proposal from the O’Malley’s Administration entitled PlanMaryland. This plan has far-reaching consequences and should be thoroughly reviewed before any type of implementation.

Firing-up The Contenders
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh
Now that the Republican Iowa Straw Poll is in the rear view mirror, the level of speculation regarding the GOP’s true national presidential front runner has kicked into high gear.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Creation vs. Evolution: Re-staging the battle
Richard B. Weldon Jr.
If you’ve read these columns, you’ll recognize a familiar pattern. Every few years, the call of the live stage is too strong to ignore. A show comes along that peaks an interest, and the juices start flowing.

Family Fundraiser FUNomenon!
Steven R. Berryman
Next Saturday, August 27th, you can see The Oak Ridge Boys cover their classic country and gospel standards at the all-day family oriented benefit “Family Fundraiser FUNomenon” at the Great Frederick Fairgrounds.

Learning Wisconsin’s Lesson
Michael Kurtianyk
It was with great amusement that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) offered to meet and discuss a compromise on a new law limiting collective bargaining among unions in that state. The bill, known as SB-5, was signed into law on March 31.


High Food Prices are Here to Stay


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Latest News from the Farm Credit Council

Latest News from the Farm Credit Council

Retrieved August 30, 2011

Latest News from The Farm Credit Council
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Fact Sheet: Find out the latest update about  Farm Credit's Financial Strength -- The Farm Credit System's financial strength means that U.S. farmers, ranchers, agricultural cooperatives, farm businesses and rural communities continue to have access to a competitive source of credit to meet their needs (updated with first quarter 2011 figures)
Doug Stark, President & CEO of Farm Credit Services of America, testified before the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Operations, Oversight and Credit on April 14 at a hearing to review credit conditions in rural America -- more
Ann Trakimas, Chief Operating Officer of CoBank, testified before the House Agriculture Committee on March 31 at a hearing regarding product classifications under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- more
The Farm Credit Council Board of Directors recently elected a new Chairman and Vice Chairman --more
More fact sheets and news releases available in the Media Center.
Phelps-Martin Award for Community Service
PM_2011.JPGFCS Institutions: Download the nomination form for the 2011 Phelps-Martin Awards for Community Service.
The 2011 Awards will be presented at The Farm Credit Council's Annual Meeting, January 23-25, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Agriculture News
crops.JPGTotal agricultural production expenses are forecast to rise sharply in 2011, due to changes in both price paid for inputs and the quantity of inputs used. Prices for all crop-related inputs are expected to rise in 2011, while acres planted to principal crops are forecast to rise to 326 million acres, a 3-percent increase over 2010. Expenses for several crop-related expenses are expected to show some of the sharpest changes this year. After steady increases between 2002 and 2008, fertilizer expenses dropped roughly 10 percent in both 2009 and 2010. In 2011, fertilizer expenses are forecast to resume their climb, going up 14 percent. After stalling in 2010, the upward movement in seed and pesticide expenses is also forecast to resume. Seed expenses are expected to rise over 5 percent in 2011 after dropping by 2 percent in 2010. Pesticide expenses are forecast to rise around 7 percent after falling about 5 percent in 2009-10. This chart is found in the ERS briefing room on Farm Income and Costs, and reflects the February 14, 2011 forecast. (From USDA's Economic Research Service, Charts of Note)


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gawker ramps up Fox News feud with O'Reilly article; Feds botch gunrunning sting; Bachmann's "great sense of humor"; and more from The Slatest.


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The Slatest: August 30, 2011

Gawker Ramps Up Fox News Feud With O'Reilly Article

Gawker Ramps Up Fox News Feud With O'Reilly Article

Gossip website claims the TV personality tried to get the cops to investigate his wife's boyfriend.

ATF Loses its Head in "Gunwalker Scandal"

ATF Loses its Head in "Gunwalker Scandal"

Acting director reassigned following disastrous "Fast and Furious" operation.

DSK Gets Warm Welcome During IMF Visit

DSK Gets Warm Welcome During IMF Visit

Those on hand say staff broke into spontaneous applause before their former boss spoke.

Bachmann Defends Hurricane Irene Joke

Bachmann Defends Hurricane Irene Joke

"I have a great sense of humor and I think it's important to exhibit that."

Holocaust Survivor Among Irene's 40 Confirmed Casualties

Holocaust Survivor Among Irene's 40 Confirmed Casualties

82-year-old woman drowned in a Catskill cabin after nearby creek flooded.

Qaddafi's Daughter Gives Birth

Qaddafi's Daughter Gives Birth

Meanwhile, NATO says Tripoli is "essentially free" of Qaddafi regime

Latest Madden Video Game Hits Store Shelves

Latest Madden Video Game Hits Store Shelves

TNC video: EA's gridiron classic also available in the App Store.

Chaz Bono Joins Dancing With the Stars

Chaz Bono Joins Dancing With the Stars

TNC video: Season 13 also includes Nancy Grace and Ron Artest.

Cantor Says Irene Recovery Aid Will Need to Be Offset

Cantor Says Irene Recovery Aid Will Need to Be Offset

Weigel: The post-storm slap fight will be about what can be cut in order to pay for disaster aid.

Germany Calls Off Hunt for Fugitive Cow

Germany Calls Off Hunt for Fugitive Cow

Not even the "George Clooney of cattle" could convince Yvonne to turn herself in.


From Slate:

Spitzer: How the Decline of American Men's Tennis Explains Global Economics

Spitzer: How the Decline of American Men's Tennis Explains Global Economics

Your ZIP Code, Sex, and Birthday Reveal Your Exact Identity 87 Percent of the Time

Your ZIP Code, Sex, and Birthday Reveal Your Exact Identity 87 Percent of the Time

An Epic Journey in Search of America's Best Barbecue

An Epic Journey in Search of America's Best Barbecue

Help! My Mother-in-Law Wants To Come on Our Honeymoon.

Help! My Mother-in-Law Wants To Come on Our Honeymoon.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Anchorage Daily News Daily Briefing

Saturday, August 27, 2011 7:26 am

Daily Briefing

Cloudy49°L:49° | H:63°
statewide forecast 

Weakening Irene blasts ashore in N. Carolina

Hurricane Irene battered North Carolina's coast this morning, wreaking havoc in the 
form of power outages affecting hundreds of thousands of customers, scattered 
flooding and splintered piers as it began a potentially catastrophic run up the East Coast.
Alaska Air National Guard to aid hurricane relief effort
100 Alaskans sought to help hurricane cleanup
Photos: East Coast braces for Irene

top stories

Teacher gets 12-year term for sex abuse
A local music teacher who admitted to having sex with two teenage students will serve 
12 years in prison, a sentence recommended in a plea agreement and accepted Friday 
with some reluctance by an Anchorage judge.
 Fair vendors await word from fire marshal on log booths
 Linehan drops request for medical leave before retrial


 Police locate shooting victim after he vanishes from scene
 Cruise ship plans vampire fest


 BP shareholders' suit halted
 Alaska business people


 West picks off win from Lynx
 Wolverines wear down East in second half


Fair vendors await word from fire marshal on log booths
Vendors in the log cabin concession booths at the Alaska State Fair are 
wondering whether next year will be the last for the booths. The state fire marshal 
wants the buildings brought up to code.


Sullivan, Coffey ignoring citizens' hard work
A few years ago when I was an Assembly member, I asked a local developer 
why he wasn't more active in the Title 21 process.


 This week should be hot for trout
 Popular public use cabin in Tongass refurbished