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Tonight on The Broadside.
Posted by Mark Newgent at 4/30/2012 01:31:00 PM
Posted by June Ray Smith at 4/30/2012 10:41:00 AM
If you missed it live listen to our broadcast from the Spring MDGOP Convention.
Posted by Greg Kline at 4/28/2012 11:20:00 AM
A cell phone video of the vicious miscreants beating the helpless victim that went viral captured a laughing crowd, gathered to watch the vile act. After the beating, the members of the crowd striped him, took his car keys, phone, and anything else they could steal and left him bleeding on the street.
Posted by June Ray Smith at 4/27/2012 07:11:00 AM
On this week's episode, Matt Boyle of The Daily Caller joined us to discuss the latest in the DOJ bribery scandal and the Maryland connection with the resignation of a top Justice official.
We discussed money in politics and the difficulties Maryland conservatives will have to overcome to prevail in the 2012 elections.
Finally, we had a call from our network colleague Jimmy Braswell to discuss the MDGOP convention and preview our Friday night special broadcast.
Listen in on the Red Maryland Network and catch all of the Red Maryland Network programming on iTunes.
Posted by Greg Kline at 4/26/2012 07:36:00 PM
After a cold, rainy weekend and a chilly start to the week, the temperature may reach the mid-sixties today. That’s good news for those of us ready to celebrate the Rites of Spring but it is unlikely that the upcoming forecast will include a proverbial “cold day in Hell” Governor O’Malley will need to get his way with the unresolved budget issues.
Posted by June Ray Smith at 4/26/2012 10:00:00 AM
We couldn't let June Smith get away with merely a guest post, so we are delighted to inform our readers that she has accepted our invitation to be a full Red Maryland Contributor.
Posted by Mark Newgent at 4/25/2012 02:34:00 PM
Posted by Mark Newgent at 4/25/2012 06:10:00 AM
Tonight on The Broadside
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Posted by Vatz at 4/19/2012 01:14:00 PM
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know we have been following a bribery scandal coming out of the Virgin Islands. The bribery, according the Matt Boyle of the Daily Caller, went all the way to the Justice Department itself with DOJ personnel bribed to slow the investigation.
Former U.S. Virgin Islands Sen. Roosevelt David was the man who delivered cash bribes to Gov. John de Jongh in the bribery scandal, The Daily Caller’s Department of Justice source said.
According to a knowledgeable government official who served on a Department of Justice team put in place to arrest finance executives close to that telecommunications deal, de Jongh accepted a portion of at least $20 million in cash bribes that floated throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands government.
The U.S. Department of Justice, the source said, never acted on sealed indictments related to a years-long criminal scheme involving bank fraud and other financial crimes.
The bribes, according to the source, were for de Jongh, his attorney general, Vincent Frazer, and assorted Virgin Islands legislators — all aimed at quashing local concerns about financial irregularities identified on the books of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Cooperative (CFC).
Yesterday the DC area was treated to the spectacle of the Space Shettle Discovery taking its final journey, being ferried from the Kennedy Space Center to Dulles Airport in anticipation of it ending up at is final resting place in Northern Virginia. Many area folks looked out in wide wonder of the Space Shuttle, as the shuttle program was the last in our direct links to NASA-supported manned spaceflight, stretching from Alan Shepard's flight aboard Freedom 7, to the Apollo project, to the International Space Station. Man's journeys to outer space culminated with the ambitious shuttle project.
A lot of conservatives took the opportunity for this flight yesterday to bemoan the plight of NASA under the Obama Administration, insinuating the the Administration was turning its back on centuries of progress by Western Civilization on pulling the plug on the Space Shuttle Program. However that's the wrong reaction entirely. Because NASA needs to get out of the manned space flight business.
We are blessed in this country, despite what you might be led to believe, with an abundance of ingenuity and capital. Folks who can take a risk and lead us toward greater leaps in technology at reduced costs. The privatization of space is nothing new. NASA has been looking at privatizing its cargo and astronauts delivery systems for at least five years.Any number of companies are engaging in the human spaceflight business, whether it be as government customers or as totally private ventures in order to increase space tourism. Just take a look at the number of private spaceflight ventures that are in the space business. And these are serious ventures, from Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic concept to shuttle tourists into space down to all of the projects being conducted by Space X. We're talking about serious people, doing serious things, at a serious discount of time and money when compared to similar projects by NASA.
That is not to say that government does not have an integral role in space flight and research. NASA still has a tremendous role in research and exploration of distant areas that are no cost affordable to private space flight, as conducted here in Maryland from Goddard Space Flight Center. And of course, there are military applications to spaceflight which cannot or will not be able to be contracted out. But the preponderance of our space flight can and should be undertaken by the private sector.
Later this month, a Space X Dragon capsule is tentatively scheduled to become the first privately operated spacecraft to fly to the International Space Station. This is going to be a great leap forward in our ability to deliver people and things to low Earth orbit in a safe and affordable manner.
We shouldn't be bemoaning the passing of the era of manned spaceflight. Because manned spaceflight is just getting started.
Mark and Andrew were joined by Pajamas and Coffee blogger Mary McCarthy.
Our friends over at Conservative Victory Maryland have a nice video skewering Governor O'Malley for cherry picking jobs data to make misleading claims.
Kara Markley, a mid-Atlantic regional economist with the BLS, made a similar observation. "We would typically compare the same month year-to-year with the not seasonally-adjusted data," she said.
That data paints a far different picture from the one O’Malley framed.
In December 2011, Maryland added 24,700 jobs to its 2,529,300 tally from the previous December -- a 0.98 percent increase. Virginia added 35,600 jobs to its total of 3,644,500 from 2010 -- an 0.97 percent increase.
By that method, Maryland’s job creation rate topped Virginia by 1/100th of 1 percent.
Using the same month-to-month method, we ran a comparison for all of 2010 and 2011. Virginia came out ahead in eight months, Maryland did better in four.
Editor's Note: The following is a guest post from Scott Shaffer. Mr. Shaffer was the highest bidder at a silent auction in which RedMaryland donated an opportunity to write a guest post. The proceeds of the auction supported the Anne Arundel County Republican State Central Committee. We thank Mr. Shaffer for his support.
“What we need to defeat President Obama is another Ronald Reagan.” You’ve heard this before, particularly heading into the latest election cycle. Debate after debate, each of our Republican presidential candidates tried to convince us that he or she was the closest thing to the next Reagan. At times it was unclear whether they were actually debate participants, or contestants on a Ronald Reagan trivia game show. But you can’t place all the blame on the candidates. Republican voters, driven by nostalgia for better economic times, perpetuate the desire for comparisons. Because for most of us, Reagan is the only model we have of a Republican leader who brought our country back from the brink of collapse. With our country once again facing difficult times, we turn to our experiences for a solution – and our experiences tell us to elect another Reagan.
This is the “single savior mindset,” and it has consumed our party for 20 years. It’s time to let it go. There will never be another Ronald Reagan. Moreover, our continual search for an ideal political savior who will right all wrongs is inconsistent with our party’s belief in limited government and unlimited individual freedom.
It is not up to a president to save our party or our country. It is up to us to save the Presidency. Our nation was founded on the principle of “we the people,” and we the people are the only ones who can keep it that way. Handing off that responsibility to a single political hero is voluntarily surrendering the freedom given to each of us. There was a reason, after all, that George Washington was our first president and not our first king.
Say what you will about the TEA Party, but the originators of that movement understood this. Now, there are those in the upper ranks of the RNC who also see the light. They believe that the goals of the Republican Party can be better obtained with a bottom-up approach, rather than the top-down hierarchal organization currently run by the RNC and state parties. In order to articulate this perspective, they have created a new group called Project Liberty.
A recent Washington Times article profiled the philosophy behind Project Liberty:
Project Liberty organizers say the GOP should not be a kind of social club whose members gain power and wealth by beating rivals inside their own coalition. Instead, they see the GOP as a vehicle of mass influence more congenial to maximizing individual responsibility and the freedom to take risks than the Democratic Party.
Solomon Yue, the RNC’s National Committeeman from Oregon (a state politically similar to Maryland) and one of Project Liberty’s founders, likens this year’s presidential election to the D-Day landing at Normandy Beach. Taking back the White House is a means to an end, and not the end itself. There will still be much work needed to restore our country’s prosperity. Winning that first battle depends on all factions of the Republican Party uniting behind Mitt Romney in November, but winning the war depends on “we the people” making sure that President Romney sticks to the core principles of our nation’s founders.
Posted by Greg Kline at 4/16/2012 09:57:00 AM
Here’s something for our esteemed governor and state legislators to keep in mind as they consider a special session for the purposes increasing taxes: Maryland ranks 43rd in income lost due to interstate migration.
According to tax return data compiled by the Tax Foundation, Maryland has lost $5.6 billion in income over the period 1999-2011 due to migration to other states.
The Tax Foundation’s state migration calculator tells the tale. Here is a screen shot of Maryland’s out migration data.
Just more proof of the Californication of Maryland.
Governor O’Malley may believe the utopian claptrap of “One Maryland” but the sad reality is that it’s not just millionaires disappearing from Maryland the middle class is as well.