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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

20070131 Congressman Bartlett What Made America Great

What Made America Great?
For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2007

Congressman Roscoe Bartlett explains why every one of our Nations' founders is rolling in their grave over today's politically correct but factually and historically incorrect interpretation of the First Establishment Clause as freedom from religion instead of freedom of religion.

TONIGHT Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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20070131 Welcome to "My Storage Closet"

Welcome to "My Storage Closet"


January 31st, 2007 - January 31st, 2008

“Welcome to
"My Storage Closet."

For my latest posts – please see -

“Kevin Dayhoff –

Soundtrack Division of Old Silent Movies.”

UPDATE: On Sunday, September 14, 2008, I was able to move all the posts on over to

It was a geek-feat for which I am proud.

‘This journal goes with any meal. On the essay evolutionary scale, this journal is a monkey on roller skates. The monkey may or may not be wearing a pink tutu - this is for you to decide.”

Wow, do I wish I had written that, but I didn’t and I haven’t a clue as to who to credit…

Anyway, where was I? Oh - - a bit of an explanation as to why I have two blogs on blogger. Last September 27, 2006 – this blog: – froze-up on me.

I immediately started a new blog on what was known at the time as “blogger beta.” That blog is “Kevin Dayhoff – Soundtrack Division of Old Silent Movies,” and it has two URLs: or

On December 20th, 2006 I managed to be able to “reconfigure,” for lack of a better was of explaining it, both blogs into the “New Blogger” platform and that unfroze this blog

I now use it as my storage closet…

For my latest posts – please see -

“Kevin Dayhoff –

Soundtrack Division of Old Silent Movies.”

Otherwise, please enjoy rummaging around in my storage closet.

Kevin Dayhoff. I can be reached at: kdayhoff AT

January 31st, 2007

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Statement by Bowling Brook Preparatory School

Statement by Bowling Brook Preparatory School in the Ongoing Investigation of the Death of Isaiah Simmons III

Last Update: 7:02 PM ET Jan 30, 2007

KEYMAR, Md., Jan 30, 2007 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ --

In connection with the tragic death of Isaiah Simmons III, the Bowling Brook Preparatory School continues to cooperate fully with local and state investigators.

Since its inception in 1957, Bowling Brook has had a stellar record of safety and achievement in providing for the needs of chronic and serious juvenile offenders. Bowling Brook has a long-standing tradition and commitment to providing quality residential and educational services to male adolescents in a challenging, safe and humane environment that is conducive to learning.

We believe that the investigation will reveal that Bowling Brook's procedures were appropriate, that our staff acted in accordance with our procedures and in a manner consistent with Maryland law.

Bowling Brook has an extensive training program for all staff that meets or exceeds the requirements of Maryland law, including the use of physical restraints. While state regulations require only a high school education, the vast majority of our staff has earned four-year college degrees. The staff involved in the incident was senior staff of the highest caliber with advanced training.

The Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) verifies Bowling Brook's compliance with all state law every two years via licensing certification, most recently in March, 2006. DJS also conducts periodic on-site reviews, the most recent of which was conducted eleven days before the incident on January 23, 2007. DJS raised no concerns during its January 12, 2007 visit.

It has been reported that Bowling Brook staff restrains students by sitting or kneeling on the head or torso. Bowling Brook categorically denies these assertions. Bowling Brook maintains that it is never appropriate to sit or kneel on a student's head or torso. Bowling Brook believes that the investigation of this incident will reveal that no member of our staff sat or kneeled on the head or torso of Isaiah Simmons.

In compliance with Maryland law, Bowling Brook reports all incidents in which it restrains a student. There has never been a concern raised by a student, a student's family, DJS, or any other agency regarding our practices.

SOURCE Bowling Brook Preparatory School

20070131 An inventory of my Tentacle columns from June 22nd, 2005 through January 31st, 2007

An inventory of my Tentacle columns from June 22nd, 2005 through January 31st, 2007

Kevin E. Dayhoff

January 31, 2007
Who was Deborah Orin-Eilbeck?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Saturday, the New York Post's Washington bureau chief, Deborah Orin-Eilbeck, passed away. Published accounts noted that she died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of stomach cancer.

January 24, 2007
The State of the Union Address
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Perhaps not since Matt Drudge broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal a couple of days before President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address in January 1998 has there been such an anticipated annual address by an American president.

January 17, 2007
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Thursday President George W. Bush addressed the nation with his long awaited "New Way Forward in Iraq."

January 10, 2007
"A Message to Speaker Pelosi"
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Wednesday our nation witnessed an historic first when California Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected to be the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives.

January 3, 2007
Castro Watch
Kevin E. Dayhoff
We have many things to look forward to in 2007 and certainly at the top of the list is the eventual demise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

December 27, 2006
It's a Wonderful Life
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Sixty years ago on December 20, 1946, the timeless Frank Capra Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" had its premier at the Globe Theater in New York City.

December 20, 2006
An Uneasy Truce
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Christmas is within a week and my thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women in uniform who are deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

December 14, 2006
Time to Support A Wounded Protector
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Maryland State Trooper First Class Eric D. Workman, 36, from the Westminster Barrack, has family traveling to Maryland from all over the country. They are staying in Baltimore while he is hospitalized at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot early Tuesday morning in Woodlawn, in Baltimore County.

December 13, 2006
Farmers' Friend Turning In Political Plow Shares
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley announced last week at the Maryland Farm Bureau Convention in Ocean City that he plans to retire in January.

December 6, 2006
Go Ask Stuckey
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The Associated Press' Tom Stuckey, one of the venerable and distinguished members of the Maryland Statehouse press newsroom has retired.

November 29, 2006
Blackwater and municipal red ink run deep
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The state announced in November it was going to purchase hundreds of critically sensitive acres in the vicinity of the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore.

November 22, 2006
Now Comes The Hard Part
Kevin E. Dayhoff
With the Maryland general elections over and one for the history books, the really hard part begins for Maryland Governor-elect Martin O'Malley, currently mayor of Baltimore: the business of governing.

November 15, 2006
A Marine Corps Birthday Present
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The United States Marine Corps has had significant participation in every American armed conflict since November 10, 1775; and its role as a rapid deployment force to fully defend our nation against terrorist threats and to effectuate foreign policy has never been more important than today.

November 11, 2006
Veteran's Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Today is Veterans Day: a day originally set aside to pay respect to the veterans who fought in World War I.

November 8, 2006
Rumsfeld must stay
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Just in time for the mid-term elections, the Military Times Media Group, which publishes the Army Times, Marine Times, Air Force Times and Navy Times, ran an editorial last weekend which pronounces: "Rumsfeld must go."

November 1, 2006
Michael Steele Endorsement
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Monday brought more good news for the Michael Steele campaign for Maryland US Senator.

October 25, 2006
When It Rains Frogs
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Perhaps I have my head in the sand and suffer from a great reality disconnect, but I'm just not buying the grand Democratic Wave Theory that is being drubbed into everyone's head these days by the main stream media.

October 18, 2006
Barbra! Shut Up and Sing
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last June it was announced that Barbra Streisand would begin a fall North American tour on October 4. The tour, her first since 1994, is scheduled to have 20 shows.

October 11, 2006
A Sale from Hell
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the wee early morning hours of Monday, PNC, a $94.9 billion bank based in Pittsburgh announced that an agreement had been reached to purchase Maryland's largest independent bank, Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, in a $6 billion deal.

October 4, 2006
Oriana Fallaci: A Refreshing Approach
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On September 15, Oriana Fallaci, the Italian lioness of letters, died of cancer. Although Ms. Fallaci was one of the world's greatest conservative artists of letters; she is - to this day - relatively unknown in the United States.

September 27, 2006
Mike Miller: He's a Contender
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Wednesday evening, the telephone wires and computer screens lit-up across the state screaming that Maryland Senate President Thomas V. (Mike) Miller, Jr., (D., Calvert and Prince George's) took offense at a land-use hearing in southern Maryland at someone's verbal support of the Senator Miller's opponent; and it was alleged that he hauled-off and punched him.

September 20, 2006
Lamoned, again
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The conduct of Maryland's primary election on September 12 is a national disgrace. We've been "Lamoned!" Linda Lamone, that is. You know - the Democrats' state elections administrator for life.

September 13, 2006
Fenno's Paradox
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the acid acrimony and caustic commentary of today's political arena, many Moms and Dads at the kitchen table are wondering who to trust - or more to the point, in which candidates or political party to place their faith for the future.

September 6, 2006
An Apple for The Governor
Kevin E. Dayhoff
It certainly appears that improving education in Maryland is developing into one of the main election issues for Marylanders this fall.

August 30, 2006
Why go negative?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The election season is upon us and - like a horde of ravaging locusts - the negative campaigners are out in full force this cycle. Why?

August 23, 2006
Good planets are hard to find!
Kevin E. Dayhoff
If anything has become evident since the United Nations cease-fire took affect August 14 in the latest go-round between Israel and Hezbollah, it is that no-one won and everybody lost. Ultimately things aren't looking good for the home planet.

August 16, 2006
London's calling
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On Tuesday, August 8, Connecticut voters got confused on their dates and thought that it was really September 10, 2001.

August 9, 2006
Joe Lieberman v. The Lemmings
Kevin E. Dayhoff
By the time you read this, the Connecticut primary will be over and we will know whether or not Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman will be moving on to the General Election in November.

August 2, 2006
Confirm Joltin' John Bolton
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On March 7, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Baltimorean John R. Bolton to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations. It is time for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - as well as the entire upper chamber - to confirm our Maryland-bred leadership in the U.N.

July 26, 2006
Sharing the Joys of Black Bears
Kevin E. Dayhoff
A recent event in our neighboring city of Rockville provided another reminder of legislative high-jinks and a caution to Maryland voters in the upcoming election.

July 19, 2006
Fruits and Vegetables for Peace
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On June 25, in the lower end of the Gaza Strip, very near the border with Egypt, militant Palestinian members of Hamas attacked an Israeli watchtower and two armored vehicles at Kerem Shalom. Two of the Palestinian gunmen were killed as well as two Israeli soldiers. Three other Israeli soldiers were wounded and one soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, was taken hostage.

July 12, 2006
Is it time for Japan to Re-Arm?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On the 4th of July, North Korea attacked the Sea of Japan with seven missiles - to the chagrin of the United States and Japan which had repeatedly warned it to discontinue its ballistic missile and nuclear armament program.

July 5, 2006
4th of July
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Yesterday was the 4th of July and hopefully you had an opportunity to spend the day with your family and loved ones and took time to reflect upon our nation's birthday and the freedoms and opportunities that we have come to understand as inalienable rights.

June 28, 2006
Operation SHAFT
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Once again, The New York Times has exposed another top secret anti-terrorism plan put in place to protect Americans.

June 27, 2006
The Running Mate Decision
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As the July 3rd filing deadline approaches, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., will officially announce his candidacy for re-election tomorrow in Arbutus.

June 21, 2006
Mr. Smith: Back to Gaithersburg
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On June 11, Robert J. Smith referred to homosexuality as ‘‘social deviancy” during a political round-table discussion on a Montgomery County Channel 21 cable show.

June 14, 2006
Flag Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Today is Flag Day in the United States. The Second Continental Congress passed the "Flag Act of 1777" on June 14 that year. It is a mere 32 words: "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

June 7, 2006
Electrocuting The Elephant
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In response to a judge's decision on May 30 to overturn Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s "April Plan," to phase-in increases in electric rates, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) decided last Friday to go back to the original "March Plan" to phase in Baltimore Gas & Electric's deregulated electric rates due to go into effect July 1.

May 31, 2006
The Great Mexican Maginot Line
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Thursday, the United States Senate passed the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006" by a vote of 62 to 36. The legislation has sparked rigorous and rancorous debate as it supports a bi-partisan, multi-disciplinary approach to the challenges of immigration reform embraced by President George W. Bush.

May 24, 2006
Lest We Forget!
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Monday is Memorial Day. It was almost 140 years ago that the tradition of setting aside a day to honor our country's fallen heroes began with Gen. John A. Logan's May 5th, 1868 General Order No. 11 to adorn the graves of Union soldiers with flowers.

May 17, 2006
The Water Wars Are Heating Up
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The increasing problems over water availability as a key component of the current warfare over growth are only going to continue to be complex, contentious and difficult.

May 10, 2006
A Tale of Double Standards
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Two well-known national personalities, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D., RI) were recently in the news for suffering from the misuse of prescription medicines. The two events had different outcomes. You be the judge as to why.

May 3, 2006
Congressional Pork: The Other Red Meat
Kevin E. Dayhoff
A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll provided insight into the mind of the electorate. We are tired of pork, otherwise known as “earmarks.” And, rightfully so.

April 26, 2006
Baltimore’s Sun Still Dimming
Kevin E. Dayhoff
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, however, the spirit of the day lives large in the way we get our news the rest of the year. Some will say that for too long, the joke has been on us.

April 19, 2006
Guess Who’s Coming to the Election
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In a remake of the classic 1967 movie, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” the royal blue portion of Old Line State just doesn’t quite know what to make of the continuing success of Maryland’s Dr. Prentice – Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.

April 12, 2006
Governor Crothers, Meet Dan Rodricks
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Recently Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks wrote a remarkable column that may earn itself an Olympic honorable mention in the annals of populist political propaganda: “Legislators grabbed power to put public back in Public Service Commission (PSC).”

April 5, 2006
Shock and Amps – the Second Candle
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Members of the Maryland General Assembly’s leadership deserve a lifetime achievement award for ducking their responsibilities, scapegoating and obfuscating the truth in their response to the rate caps coming off Baltimore Gas and Electric as a result of the 1999 electric deregulation legislation.

April 4, 2006
Shock and Amps
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The recent power surge of Maryland General Assembly legislative initiatives in response to the end of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s electric rate price freeze ought to be referred to as the “Omnibus Rolling Blackout Acts of 2006.”

March 29, 2006
Who was Gordon Parks?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On March 7, a cultural icon and one of America’s greatest artists, Gordon Parks, passed away at the too-young age of 93. Born in abject poverty, Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks came into this world on November 12, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas, a new addition to a tenant farming family.

March 22, 2006
The Art of Community
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Quality of life issues, including, but certainly not limited to, growth and sprawl, traffic congestion, overcrowded schools, art and cultural opportunities, and local community employment are on the minds of citizens throughout Maryland.

March 15, 2006
Who is Wendi Thomas?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In an internal memo distributed to Baltimore Sun employees last Friday, it was announced that Wendi Thomas, an award winning newspaper columnist from Memphis, will be joining the newspaper in April replacing former Michael Olesker, who retired in January.

March 8, 2006
An Oscar Tribute to the Maryland National Guard
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Like most Americans, I missed the Oscars Sunday night. I was too busy sorting my socks according to color.

March 1, 2006
A Worm in An Apple
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the theater we know as Maryland state government, House Bill 588 and Senate Bill 793 should be referred to as the “Common Sense Ethics Act of 2006.” This legislation involves three issues dear to many voters – farming, ethics and the environment. Otherwise stated, regulations to protect the Chesapeake Bay are only as good as the availability and capability of the professionals hired to implement the laws.

February 24, 2006
Kelly’s Dream Deferred
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On February 16, it became official that a longstanding friend of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., conservative Western Maryland Democratic Del. Kevin Kelly, would not have his name submitted to fill the judicial vacancy of the District Court of Maryland for Allegany County.

February 22, 2006
Annex This
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Once again the Maryland General Assembly is being asked to step between municipalities and county governments over an issue that threatens the peace and tranquility that should exist between them. This time another crisis is building over growth and development.

February 16, 2006
It’s Really Opera! – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Mark Twain wrote: "The only difference between fiction and nonfiction is that fiction should be completely believable." Is there evidence that Mr. Twain ever visited the Maryland General Assembly?

February 15, 2006
It's really opera! Join in the Fun
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Many phrases have been used lately, to describe the Maryland General Assembly: political theater, drama, intrigue, melodramatic and entertaining. The answer to the question as to what it really is: it’s opera!

February 8, 2006
Why Tax Military Pensions?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In his State of the State address, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich mentioned an important legislative proposal to “exempt from state taxes military retirement income earned by those with two decades of service.”

February 1, 2006
Who is Donna Brazile?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Donna Brazile, campaign manager for the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in 2000, recently was the featured speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at McDaniel College, in Westminster.

January 26, 2006
An Upside Down World
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The problem with words… The war over what words are appropriate for online versions of newspapers hit The Washington Post last week. Whether we like it or not, it is a drama that will come to our local newspapers soon.

January 25, 2006
How is Internet media held accountable?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On January 19 The Washington Post put an abrupt end to one of the components of the latest experiments in this grass roots democracy dynamic we call blogs – the real-time, live “comment” section.

January 18, 2006
''We all share a dream''
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born 77 years ago on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA. He is best remembered as a courageous civil rights leader in the tumultuous era of the late 1950s and 1960s when America finally addressed the scourge of racism and worked to transform our country into a more just and humane society for everyone.

January 12, 2006
The Kool-Aid Acid Test
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As this column is being written, the opening session of the Maryland General Assembly is still a couple of days away. It is looking increasingly like “Open Season” rather than “Opening Day.”

January 11, 2006
Journalism in 2005
Kevin E. Dayhoff
When one thinks of the mainstream media in 2005, the consistent theme is that of a reluctant, haughty and often pretentious dinosaur with its out-of-touch editorial boards. One can only hope 2006 is better.

January 4, 2006
A Tale of Two Introductions
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Tim Franklin was brought on board by Baltimore’s Sun in January 2004 to navigate the paper through the treacherous waters that has become the newspaper business in a new era. In December 2005, Bo Harmon was brought on board to navigate Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich through the treacherous waters that we have come to know as Maryland politics for the next election.

December 28, 2005
Operation Mata Hari
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the war against terrorism, folks, whose only goal is to promote themselves in total disregard for our safety, recently launched “Operation Mata Hari.”

December 23, 2005
Anther Envy
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Merry Christmas. As an incredible year draws to a close, we learn that the gender of Santa’s reindeer is in question, Barbie dolls in England are being tortured, Kathy Afzali has uttered the words “Merry Christmas” in public and – in Belgium – they are napalming the Smurf village.

December 21, 2005
Who is Max Cleland?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The Maryland Democratic Party’s election campaign website, otherwise known as Baltimore’s Sun (BS), ran a “news story” December 10 on Bo Harmon, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich’s selection to be his campaign manager.

December 14, 2005
Politics in the Enchanted Forest
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The political silly season has already begun in Howard County, known as the former home of the "Enchanted Forest." In our neighboring county, politics have recently started to resemble the storybook theme park that prospered in Ellicott City from 1955 to 1988.

December 8, 2005
The Lieutenant Governor Decision
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Now that Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is off and running to be our next U.S. senator from Maryland, many are wondering just who would make a good choice for a running mate for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich. Never mind that the election is almost a year away.

December 7, 2005
Why We Have a Lieutenant Governor
Kevin E. Dayhoff
How did Maryland ever survive without a lieutenant governor? In over 371 years, there has been a constitutional office for that job for only 38 years.

November 30, 2005
Winning Over Hearts and Minds
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Folks who want to draw broad sweeping partisan conclusions from the results of Frederick’s recent election – or for that matter, Virginia’s or New Jersey’s elections, are grasping at straws. “All politics are local.”

November 21, 2005
Time to put 2005 behind us
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As the holidays approach, it is time to learn the lessons of 2005 and put it behind us. 2006 will be another long year. If the liberal media and the Democratic Party are setting their sights on the mid-term elections in 2006, they will need to do better than this fall’s bad polling numbers.

November 16, 2005
Insensitive Moment
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Many have routinely enjoyed reading Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated columns in The Washington Post since 1985. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for distinguished commentary. His column appears in 150 newspapers across the nation and many enjoy his commentary as a regular on Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume.

November 11, 2005
Veterans Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff
“My family is going to go to Gettysburg on Veterans Day. What’s Veterans Day?” The words come from a little sandy-haired child as I was leaving an elementary school in Westminster after giving a talk to two third grade classes on “Living in Carroll County.”

November 9, 2005
The Appalling Silence
Kevin E. Dayhoff
We're waiting. The time is now. Responsible leaders of the Democratic Party must denounce the blatant racism being used in reference to the United States senatorial candidacy of Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.

November 2, 2005
Gray Ladies Down
Kevin E. Dayhoff
American newspapers are in deep trouble. I have mixed feelings about this. For many of us who have hit the half-century mark, we remember the days when the bulk of our news was delivered by several newspapers in a single day. This gave us the news from many different points of view.

October 26, 2005
Frederick's Future Is Here
Kevin E. Dayhoff
For the past several years many have said that Frederick needs to do things differently in the future. On Election Day, next Tuesday, the future is now. It's time to begin all over again.

October 19, 2005
The Sun and the Bay”
Kevin E. Dayhoff
A big advantage of advancing age is that you get to recognize news media silliness when it happens. Many in the agriculture community did not find the July 26th article in Baltimore’s Sun by Tom Pelton to be silly and are quite annoyed.

October 12, 2005
Working on the Farm
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On September 20 the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released its long awaited olive branch to the agriculture community in Maryland. CBF was founded in 1967 and their website reports that it "is the largest conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay watershed."

October 5, 2005
Kurosawa's History of Hurricane Katrina
Kevin E. Dayhoff
American Anthropologist Ernest Albert Hooten once said: "History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have happened." How will history record Hurricane Katrina?

September 28, 2005
What You Did Not Know about California
Kevin E. Dayhoff
San Diego – September 15 - Greetings from the conservative bastion of California. As I have quickly learned, California’s reputation as a left-wing redoubt is overly simplistic and certainly not totally correct.

September 21, 2005
One Small Step for Civility
Kevin E. Dayhoff
"In a decent society that wishes to survive as a self-sustaining democracy, there must be a high degree of civility, because that mirrors the respect that we have not only for our constitutional order but for our fellow citizens."

September 14, 2005
Katrina – Who Did What and When?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The intemperate criticism directed at the Hurricane Katrina response – the rescue and recover efforts – is more polluted than the floodwaters of New Orleans and contributes nothing to a noble American tradition of coming together at a difficult time and helping fellow Americans in a time of need.

September 9, 2005
Shut up and call the cavalry
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Compassion exceeds all else in importance on the Gulf Coast in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. Only the truly heartless can be left untouched. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the rescuers.

September 7, 2005
The 2005 Maryland Luddite Act
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Competition is stiff as to which piece of legislation dropped in the hopper during the 420th session of the Maryland General Assembly, was truly the most thoughtless and imprudent - bar none! House Bill 514/Senate Bill 401 wins the 2005 Luddite Bill of the Year Award.

August 31, 2005
Respect for Conscience
Kevin E. Dayhoff
U. S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R., TN) is currently the target of an advertising campaign in Iowa criticizing him for voting his conscience and backing expanded embryonic stem cell research.

August 24, 2005
Cindy Sheehan’s Texas Quagmire
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Just when you thought that Dr. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was one fry short of a happy meal, in walks – stage left, way-left – Cindy Sheehan to super-size the totally bizarre state of political discourse in our great country.

August 17, 2005
A Ray of Hope in an Age of Arrogance
Kevin E. Dayhoff
When Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, (Order of Canada), passed away on August 7, it was the passing of an era for the traditional “Big Three” televised news broadcasts.

August 12, 2005
Maryland Agriculture’s Seat at the Table - Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last February, Gov. Robert Ehrlich announced that he would be conducting a forum on the issues of Agriculture in Maryland on February 13, 2006, at the Prince George's County Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro.

August 11, 2005
Maryland Agriculture's Seat at the Table - Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
When it comes to Maryland Agriculture, we are in a deep hole and need to climb out. Moreover, it seems that the hole has been getting deeper while we have tried to turn things around.

August 10, 2005
Agriculture's Seat at the Table - Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
When Gov. Robert Ehrlich first took office, one of the many welcome things he said was that agriculture in Maryland "had a seat at the table."

August 3, 2005
Cowadunga! More Absurdity!
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the far away distant land of California, concern about air quality has spawned a new law requiring air permits for all agricultural operations whose methane gas emissions exceed a certain threshold. I'm not making this up.

July 29, 2005
A Quiet Family Nags Head Vacation – Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Today, the treasure to be found on the Outer Banks is in the form of real estate. The place in which we are staying is on the market. The fiscal conservative in me naively wanted to inquire, thinking perhaps, that if we are going to keep coming down here, year after year, for many years in the future, we may as well own the place and rent it out the balance of the year, and get our vacation free.

July 28, 2005
A Quiet Family Nags Head Vacation – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Many folks use the term “Nags Head” to generically describe what is really North Carolina’s “Outer Banks.” They consist of 125 miles of narrow islands just off the Atlantic coast.

July 27, 2005
A Quiet Family Nags Head Vacation - Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As I keyboard this, I am on a private, intimate and quiet vacation with my wife, and, uhm, 15 members of my extended family, in a "small vacation cottage" in Nags Head, North Carolina, a favorite vacation destination for many folks. I guess "private, intimate and quiet" are relative terms. All right, it is NOT private, intimate or quiet, but I sure am enjoying myself.

July 21, 2005
A Skunk by Any Other Name Still Stinks
Kevin E. Dayhoff
If there was ever proof that evolution can go in reverse, it is the news that House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., have actually (for real, I’m not making this up) appointed a committee of inquiry to look “into the personnel polices of the Ehrlich administration.”

July 15, 2005
Local Government’s Nuclear Option – Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Immediately after the U. S. Constitution was adopted, few questioned the public taking of land for a new national capital. Two hundred years later, I am not quite sure our Founding Fathers meant to allow a Donald Trump to convince the Atlantic City government to condemn the home of an elderly widow so he could build a limousine parking lot.

July 14, 2005
Local Government’s Nuclear Option – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Before 1954, eminent domain issues were primarily focused on the government’s ability to lawfully obtain private land for public projects and just compensation. Since 1954, in the current era of the eminent domain mess, the issue has been extended to deal with the expansionist liberal Supreme Court’s interpretation of the definition of public use to include: “highest and best use” private sector economic development.

July 13, 2005
Local Government’s Nuclear Option – Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
I have heard it said that no property, money or individuals’ rights are safe when the Democrat-controlled Maryland General Assembly is in session. After June 23, 2005, perhaps we can expand that to say: or when the U.S. Supreme Court is in session.

July 6, 2005
July 4th's Rights and Responsibilities
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The 4th of July has always been one of my cherished holidays. As a student of history, I have accepted July 4th as the celebration of the American Spirit.

July 1, 2005
Moving the Primary Date – It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again – Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Westminster – Governor Spiro Agnew was the 55th governor of the State of Maryland since 1776. My research indicates that he was the 14th Republican governor (if you include the five ‘Democrat-Republican’ governors between 1801 and 1812 and you count Governor Thomas H. Hicks (1858 – 1862), who started out a Democrat and later changed parties to Republican. Seems that there have been so few Republican governors, that the Democrats react very badly every time it happens.

June 30, 2005
Moving the Primary Date - It's Déjà Vu All Over Again - Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Westminster - Most all Marylanders were proud when Gov. Spiro Theodore Agnew (born Spiro Anagnostopoulos) was elected vice-president of the United States in 1968. (The second Marylander to hold such a high office if you include John Hanson, the 1st President of the United States, November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782, under the Articles of Confederation.)

June 29, 2005
Moving the Primary Date – It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again – Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Westminster - And now the Democrats in Annapolis, in all their wisdom, have introduced a House of Delegates’ bill to fulfill their blind obsession to change next year's Maryland State primary from the second Tuesday in September to June 20; “in the voters’ best interests”. But of course!

June 22, 2005
Mark Felt is No Hero
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Westminster - So Mark Felt, once the second highest-ranking FBI officer in America, has decided to come clean after 32 years. In a Vanity Fair magazine article, he wore his best pair of flip-flops and now admits that he was, after all the denials for over three decades, "Deep Throat". (Remember his remarks in 1974: "It was not I, and it is not I.")

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

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