Thursday, May 31, 2012

Red Maryland Radio: 5/31/2012

Another great albeit very special episode of Red Maryland Radio came at you this week:

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On this week's show, Jimmy Braswell joins me as my co-host for a discussion that went pretty far afield, including the start of hurricane season, Mike Bloomberg's soda tax, rugby, and that time Jimmy stopped a casino robber in Las Vegas.

Be sure to listen every Thursday night at 8, on the Red Maryland Network.......and don't forget that you can subscribe to the Red Maryland Network on iTunes.

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Syrian Atrocities Continue: Kofi is Really Going to Get Angry Now

--Richard E Vatz

     What could Syrian President Bashar al-Assad be thinking? 

     Attacking Houla again?  Killing more women and children?

     Kofi Annan is on the case -- and the warpath.

     The best geopolitical analysts agree that nothing is more dangerous than re-angering the tough-talking, former United Nations Secretary General Annan.

     Our sources have discovered a statement that Mr. Annan plans to make if over 1000 more women and children are killed by the Assad forces: 

     "This is directed to the honorable presidency of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad:  please stop or at least lessen the murdering of innocent civilians in your country.  If you don't, I may be forced to forge a commission next year to study why you continue to ignore the world-wide disagreement with some of your policies."

     All observers agree that Kofi Annan has come to the end of his rope.

     President Obama also is reported to be "strongly dissatisfied" with Syria's "continued difficulties."

Prof. Vatz teaches political rhetoric at Towson University.

A more dispassionate bit of news:

Syrian troops shell Houla; U.N. chief warns regime
Updated 1m ago
 [Associated Press]

BEIRUT (AP) – Syrians fled a new round of government shelling Thursday in the area where more than 100 people were massacred last week, activists said, as the U.N. chief pleaded with the regime to stop its attacks.

By Bulent Kilic, AFP/Getty Images
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon urged Syria on Thursday to honor its commitment to a peace plan.
By Bulent Kilic, AFP/Getty Images
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon urged Syria on Thursday to honor its commitment to a peace plan.
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The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees activist groups said government troops unleashed heavy machine guns and mortar shells in Houla, a collection of poor farming villages in the central Homs province. A young man also was killed by sniper fire, both groups said.
The assault came nearly a week after 108 people, many of them women and children, were killed in the area. Activists said government forces first shelled the area on Friday, then pro-regime fighters known as shabiha stormed the villages. The Syrian government denied its troops were behind the killings and blamed "armed terrorists."
Facing international outrage over the killings, Damascus said it would conduct its own investigation into the Houla deaths. It was expected to announce the findings at a news conference later Thursday. Syria also announced that special prayers for the victims would be held at Syrian mosques across the country on Friday.
The Houla massacre was one of the deadliest incidents since the uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime started in March last year. The U.N. said several weeks ago that more than 9,000 people have been killed in the past 15 months while activists put the number at about 13,000.
Persistent bloodshed despite a cease-fire agreement has raised pressure on the international community to act.
But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out the clearest case yet for why the Obama administration is reluctant to intervene militarily in Syria even as the U.S. expressed revulsion over the Houla killings.
Clinton said Russia and China would have to agree before the U.S. and other nations engage in what could become a protracted conflict in support of a disorganized rebel force.
"We're nowhere near putting together any type of coalition other than to alleviate the suffering," Clinton told reporters Thursday after meeting with top officials in Denmark, a key contributor to last year's NATO-led mission against Moammar Gadhafi in Libya.
Thursday's shelling appeared focused on the Houla village of al-Tibeh. The Observatory reported that residents were fleeing to nearby towns and villages "fearing a new massacre" as the area again came under fire.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Syria to stop the bloodshed.
Nearly 300 U.N. observers have been deployed around Syria to monitor a cease-fire that was supposed to go into effect on April 12 as part of a peace plan negotiated by international envoy Kofi Annan. But the plan has unraveled amid daily visit and the images from the Houla massacre caused outrage to spike.
"The massacre of civilians of the sort seen last weekend could plunge Syria into a catastrophic civil war — a civil war from which the country would never recover," Ban said Thursday in Istanbul. He added that the international community was united in demands that the Syrian government act on its responsibilities to its people.
"We are there to record violations and to speak out so that the perpetrators of crimes may be held to account," Ban told a summit of the Alliance of Civilizations, a forum promoting understanding between the Western and Islamic worlds.
"Let me state plainly, however: The U.N. did not deploy in Syria just to bear witness to the slaughter of innocents," he added. "We are not there to play the role of passive observer to unspeakable atrocities."
Annan, meanwhile, arrived in Lebanon, where 10 people were killed in clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian groups, raising fears the conflict could spread to neighboring countries.
In the wake of last week's massacre, the United States, Western and Asian nations expelled Syrian diplomats in protest.
Also Thursday, Syria's state-run TV said 500 people who had gotten involved in recent events in Syria were released from detention. It gave no further details.
In Damascus, the Syria International Islamic Bank, or SIIB, criticized the latest sanctions imposed Wednesday by the Obama administration as "irrational and unjustified."
The Treasury Department said Wednesday that SIIB has been acting as a front for other Syrian financial institutions seeking to circumvent sanctions. The new penalties will prohibit the bank from engaging in financial transactions in the U.S. and will freeze any assets under U.S. jurisdiction.
SIIB said it would undertake all necessary measures toward the U.S. decision, saying it has no assets or accounts in the United States. It added that the bank, like other Syrian banks, halted all banking operations with the dollar since U.S. sanctions were first imposed on Syria.
With Washington unwilling at this point to pursue military options in Syria, the U.S. has relied heavily on economic sanctions as a means for pressing Assad to leave power. The United States will host other nations in Washington next week to look at ways to tighten international sanctions further.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Red Maryland Radio Tonight

Red Maryland Radio returns tonight at 8 PM only on the Red Maryland Network.

Tonight, Greg Kline will be off playing fan boy as Andrew and Mark host WBAL at Night starting at 9 PM with Mike O'Meara. But Jimmy Braswell will be sitting in with me on the big show.

Be sure to tune in tonight at 8, only on the Red Maryland Network.

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Did the DGA Pick the Wrong Guy?

Did the nation's Democratic governors--what's left of them--pick the wrong guy in Martin O'Malley to lead the Democratic Governor's Association?

Going by state rankings of business climate, economic freedom, and corruption, Governor O'Malley's record leaves a lot to be desired.

For example, Maryland ranks 42nd in the nation on the Tax Foundation's Business Tax Climate rankings. Even accounting for just the Democratic governors Maryland ranks 15th out the 20 blue states. 

Maryland doesn't fare much better in CEO Magazine's Best-Worst States for Doing Business index. Maryland ranks 40th overall and 13th among the 20 states with Democratic governors.

Looking for personal and economic freedom? Don't look to the Free State.  O'Malley's Maryland ranks 43rd overall in personal and economic freedom according to the Mercatus Center, and 16th among his 20 fellow DGA colleagues.

When it comes to ethics, transparency, and preventing corruption Maryland comes in with an embarrassing 40th ranking nationally on the State Integrity Report.  Even more embarrassing for Governor O'Malley, is that Maryland ranks dead last among the 20 states run by Democrats.  What does it say about O'Malley's Maryland that it makes Illinois, home to Rod Blagojevich,look good. 

High taxes, poor business climate, low personal freedom, and corruption--is this the record national Democrats want associated with the new face of their party? 

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

VRCW Radio: 5/29/2012

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Don't Forget: RM Tweetup and live broadcast this Saturday

Just a reminder that the Maryland Young Republicans Convention is this Saturday. You can still register online through 10 PM tomorrow night by clicking here and have the opportunity to interact with young activists and here from great speakers such as David Craig, Nancy Jacobs, Tony O'Donnell, and Bill Campbell. 

After the convention, we'll be holding a Red Maryland Network tweetup and live broadcast on Saturday at 4 PM at the Ports of Call Restaurant at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis. Be sure to catch me, Greg Kline, Jimmy Braswell, and Andrew Langer for this live broadcast.

See y'all on Saturday!

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This is What It's About

We usually don't publish videos without a purpose, but this is a great video from Ben Howe and deserves two minutes of your time. Just a reminder why we all better be pulling from the same rope this November....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

VRWC Radio Returns tonight

The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Radio returns at 8 PM tonight with Jimmy Braswell and Ethan Grayson.

Tonight, the guys will discuss:

  • Zombie Bath Salts. 
  • Escape from New York; Maryland Next! 
  • New Ticks. Home Prices Plummet
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June Smith
My views on some of this week’s news:

▪ Apparently, visiting with his mother in Williamsburg, VA, 120 days a year isn’t enough for John Hinckley, Jr. He’s waiting for the ruling for more free time from the judge who heard his plea in November.

A video has surfaced showing Junior strolling around Williamsburg. So many historic sites, so little time to see them all. So much for the not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting President Regan outside a DC hotel in 1981. He’s sane enough to want more freedom.

For now, he’ll have to settle for prowling around the grounds at Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington where he is “kept” when he’s not visiting his mom.

▪ The government is getting ripped of millions of dollars from food stamp recipients who are illegally selling their electronic benefits cards for cash—to those in the ‘Hood and online at eBay and Craigslist—and requesting replacement cards.
New rules of the game are being proposed by the Agriculture Department. The Department wants states to “demand formal explanations” from those who ask for replacement cards more than three times a year.

Consider it the equivalent of the Little League Mercy Rule, only in this case, it’s the taxpayer that’s being slaughtered rather than the team of thieves made up of the government-funded recipients of the food stamps and the smarmy retailers who swap cash for the cards. There’s also stealing among the thieves: store owners take a cut from each deal.

▪ Here’s another example of your tax dollars at work: Opportunity, NASA released a photo taken by Opportunity, it’s rover on Mars, took a photo of its shadow in March. NASA released it last week and the Associated Press playfully announced it.

It’s understandable. The little robot has been there since 2004, was in the same spot on the Red Planet for the last five months, and probably just wanted to send a postcard home. 

Twin robot, Spirit, stopped communicating with NASA in 2010. No official word on Spirit’s whereabouts or if the meter is still running.

Opportunity is moving on to explore more rocks and photo ops.

▪ Cattle call for Veep. Call 1 800 Please-pick-Me! Ask for Mitt.

▪ Obama’s campaign said Romney “is trying to move the goal posts” by reversing his position on unemployment”. Unfortunately, the defensive coach on Team Obama read the play wrong and dropped the ball by not getting the facts right.

▪ Mitt’s feeling mighty good about his chance to move to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  “Day One”, his new ad, outlines which Obama policies he’ll reverse first. He'll be changing lots of things. No word yet on whether sour grapes will be planted in the Rose Garden as a memorial to Obama.

▪ No details have been released on the cause of the fire aboard the USS Miami, the nuclear-powered sub dry docked at Portsmouth for a 20-month makeover, and the investigation “will take some time” according to the commander of Submarine Group Two in Groton, CT, where the sub is based.
As soon as the smoke and noxious fumes clear, an assessment of the damage will be made. It’s likely the high priced repairs won’t be made to the 22-year-old attack sub, far from state-of-the-art, or that she’ll ever return to service.

The good news is that no one was injured, there’s little risk of another fire breaking out, and that no nuclear components were “threatened”.

▪ Lady Gaga honked off most of Thailand after tweeting about wanting to buy knockoffs from the seedy street vendors from her private jet as it cooled its engines on the runway.

She said, “I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex.”  Apparently, boasting about the sleazy underground shopping opportunities is frowned upon by the Thai. You can do it but you can’t talk about it. 

Despite the tweet tussle, Gaga was greeted by a screaming mob at the airport.
Wonder if she’ll come across any bootlegged Lady Gaga CDs while she’s at the illegal mall.

I accidentally heard a few of Obama’s comments on Memorial Day before I could switch the channel. He was at Arlington National Cemetery talking about those who sacrificed their lives for this country “in every corner of the globe.” Someone needs to tell him the Earth is round.

Did the Butler do it? Only the Pope and a flock of Cardinals know for now but the Holy See is about to part.
▪ So much news, so many signs of how close we are to the edge of the slippery slope, and so many people insisting that I “Have a Good Day!”

June Smith is the widow WBAL talk show host and Sun columnist, Ron Smith, who posthumously received an Emmy® for his lifetime achievement in television and radio at WBAL in Baltimore, MD. Smith was a media titan in the central Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Mrs. Smith’s tribute website honoring his legacy is  She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is

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May 28, 2012 Washington Post Letter: No-tax Pledges

--Richard E. Vatz

     No-tax pledges are like other signed pledges: They are the mirror image of flip-flopping. They are promises to no longer consider exigencies, no matter what they are, in making a decision on a particular issue.
     The presidential candidate I support, Mitt Romney, changed his position on whether to sign a “no-tax” pledge. I do not think such an action should be dispositive as to whether he gets my vote, as I support his politics in a wealth of other positions. But it is disquieting.
     In a representative democracy, pledges mean that the politician no longer represents his or her constituency or even his or her own current opinion, but only the opinion the representative held on the day the pledge was signed.
     If you want a perfect example of “pandering,” it is the signing under pressure of pledges to never reconsider a position that made sense to an important constituency at a particular place and time.
     I oppose raising taxes, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t support a reasonable pairing of drastic spending cuts with a negligible tax increase. Why tie the hands of good legislators so they lose their freedom of choice — a conservative value?
Richard E. Vatz, Towson, Md.
 Richard E. Vatz, Towson, Md. Professor Vatz teaches political persuasion Media Criticism at Towson University

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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Broadside Tonight 7pm

Tonight on The Broadside at 7pm

We will address the idiotic comments of the Nation's Chris Hayes on MSNBC about our fallen heroes.  Yes, some ideas are so stupid only an intellectual could think of them.

Governor O'Malley was burning straw men on Meet the Press with Newt Gringrich yesterday--we'll break that down along with some audio.

Losing the war of ideas the left has devolved into SWATing--faking 911 calls from conservative bloggers claiming to have shot members of their families.  Stay classy progressives. 

All that and more tonight on The Broadside. Watch the show live on the Red Maryland Network's Ustream channel. 

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Sunday, May 27, 2012


June Smith
Remember when Memorial Day was celebrated on the 30th day of May?
The first Memorial Day was May 30, 1868, proclaimed by General John Logan, to commemorate fallen Civil War soldiers.
All Americans who have died serving this country are now honored annually on Memorial Day. It’s a federal holidaydebated, tinkered with, and voted upon so it is no longer observed on May 30; rather, on the last Monday of May.

As with the super-sizing of everything these days, it is now known as Memorial Day Weekend. Look for an auto maker's gigantic Tent Sale, or Memorial Day Savings Sales, or the illegal fireworks distributor's tent—all urging us to celebrate. Sales end at 11:50 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2012. Void where prohibited by law; prices do not include taxes, titles, warranties, or any other after-tax-dollars that can be squeezed out of the buyers.
Other than the requisite photo op or video on the nightly news of the placing of a wreath on a grave or memorial by one of the people who keep the wars going, there are few formal observations of the meaning of this day.

I’m down with celebrating Memorial Day with a cookout for family and friends, the O’s game on in the background, and cold beer. At the very least, it is a gathering of family and friends, a rare thing for the busy men, women and children of America today. And they are all tired. Have you noticed that? Everyone is tired all the time. But I digress...
Lots of flags are flying in this neighborhood. Banners drape from porches, and tiny replicas decorate gardens and driveways. I put mine on the mail box. The mailer carrier won't see it. She has the day off.

These flags will all be put out again Independence Day and Labor Day, on the dates designated to be observed by the government.

How ironic that the date of the day established to honor those who died in service to this country is determined by those elected by the many who serve the few, after first serving themselves. Yet, the United States remains the greatest country in the world.
Let us all take a moment to remember the men and women who died fighting for our freedom—as well as those fighting on this day.

Now that Obama and his G8 pals have come up with a way to get out of the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the troops only have to keep fighting and dying for two years, seven months and six more days.

I pray there will be fewer dead from wars on foreign soil to commemorate on the last Monday of May, 2013.

The Honorable Andrew P. Napolitano, often a guest on Ron’s show, has witten an excellent piece: What if We Have Only Memories of Freedom?  You can bet super producer Ryan would have had the Judge “booked” for Monday’s show.

Start your search engine. It's American. You can find it, even on a holiday weekend. And it's free.

June Smith is the widow WBAL talk show host and Sun columnist, Ron Smith, who was posthumously awarded an Emmy® for his lifetime achievement in television and radio at WBAL in Baltimore, MD. Smith was a media titan in the central Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website honoring his legacy is  She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Ben Cardin: Soldier in the War on Women

So Ben Cardin is a "proud sponsor" of the Paycheck Fairness Act" to close the allegedly patriarchal wage gap between men and women.

Of course, "our friend Ben" should start with his own office, which pays female staffers 31.5% less than male staffers.

Other notable Senators whose “gender pay gap” was larger than 23 percent:
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.)—47.6 percent
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D., N.M.)—40 percent
  • Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.)—34.2 percent
  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.)—31.5 percent
  • Sen. Tom Carper (D., Del.)—30.4 percent
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.)–29.7 percent
  • Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.)–29.2 percent
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.)—26.5 percent
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore)—26.4 percent
  • Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa)—23.2 percent

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Red Maryland Radio: 5/24/2012

Another great episode of Red Maryland Radio came at you this week:

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On this week's show
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Red Maryland Radio Tonight

Red Maryland Radio returns tonight at 8 PM only on the Red Maryland Network.

Tonight, Greg and I will be joined by Bill Campbell, the 2010 Republican Nominee for Comptroller (whom we endorsed in the primary), who has announced that he will also be seeking the Republican nomination in 2014.

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June Smith

▪ Main Street isn't getting the same info that Wall Street is getting.

▪ The recent misbehavior by Secret Service agents wasn't an isolated incident.

▪ The Euro is hanging on by its French-manicured nails.

▪ Egyptians get to choose from five candidates, we only get a choice of two.

▪ Jimmy Carter was on the network evening news.

▪ There was a fake vaccination program.

▪ Bain Capital may be bane for the Romney compaign.

▪ Prince Charles did a gig as a DJ following a stint as a BBC weatherman.

▪ An invitation sponsored by BP  to visit the Gulf Coast beaches & other attractions is being advertised on television.

▪ There's homicidal hazing in big-time college and university bands, possibly resulting in 3rd degree felony hazing charges.

▪ Greece is on the skids.

▪ Meet the Press is still on.

▪ A man attempted to kiss Will Smith.

▪ Women are turning 50 shades of red when their kids find 50 Shades of Grey on their Tablets.

▪ 4,200 people are on the NY Public Library waiting list for it.

Go ahead, say it ain't so, but it is.
June Smith is the widow of WBAL talk show host and Sun columnist, Ron Smith, who was a media titan in the central Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website honoring his legacy is  She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Public Losses

Government is designed to provide services that the public cannot provide itself. Government is not deisgned to be a hotelier, so it should come as a surprise to absolutely nobody that Baltimore's publicly-owned money pit continues to take losses at a staggering rate:

The city-owned Hilton Baltimore lost nearly $11.5 million in 2011 — about $400,000 more than it lost the previous year, according to a recently released audit.

In addition to losing money last year, the hotel dipped into its reserves in February to make payments on its debt service.

The Baltimore Hotel Corp., created in 2005 to oversee the hotel's operations, withdrew nearly $4 million from its $9 million operating reserve account to make a semi-annual bond payment in March.
Fantastic. If you recall, this operation was the brainchild of then-Mayor Martin O'Malley, who sold the public on the idea that that a publicly-owned hotel would be both extremely profitable and would allow Baltimore to actively compete in the convention market. But that doesn't seem to be happening either as conventions are looking toward places that have a better business climate than Baltimore.

Of course it was painfully to many that the people of Baltimore were being sold a bill of goods when it came to the hotel. Let me take you back to what I wrote in August of 2005:
The Mayor's persistence on building a city owned hotel in downtown Baltimore is an absolutely absurd concept. I have yet to understand where the city of Baltimore has the capital or the ability to construct a hotel at a cost of over $300 million dollars. Even more absurd when you consider that private developers have offered to buy the land and build the hotel for far less than the $300 million price tag.

This in a city that continually runs deficits in its school system. A city where the crime rate remains one of the highest in the country. A city where drug dealers rule many streets. To spend that amount of money on a business venture is nearly criminally absurd.

What makes it more absurd is the failure of other publicly financed projects of similar magnitude in other major cities. As the Sun cites, similar projects in Myrtle Beach, St. Louis, and Sacramento have been built at tremendous costs to the taxpayers, but without the expected benefits in bookings and revenues the city expended. And on top of those projects, the Rocky Gap resort in Garrett County and our very own Compass Pointe Golf Course are local publicly financed projects that have run in the red since their conception. 
The writing was on the wall seven years ago that a city-run hotel was going to be a money pit for the city government, and that the economic benefit of constructing such a hotel was being grossly overstated in order to get this thing built at any cost. So after all of these years still seems like the only people who have profited from the city-owned hotel are the politically connected donors like the infamous Ronald Lipscomb to whom O'Malley gave the hookup.

If Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake really wants to do something beneficial for the city, she should cut her losses and get Baltimore out of the hotel business.

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The Myth of the Well Run State

Over the weekend liberals tried to get the myth going that Maryland was a "well run state." Well, we took to Twitter to disavow them of that notion, which led to what you see below...

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Bill Owens, Executive Editor of 60 Minutes, Wins Honorary Degree at Towson University

--Richard E. Vatz

     Those who are familiar with my prolific -- okay, excessive -- media criticism of network news know that I am not a big admirer of Brian Williams’ work, or, for that matter, many in network television news.  In fact the last time I wrote something nice about someone in national television news, it was for Scott Pelley, the brilliant CBS News anchor who also heads up the unsurpassable “60 Minutes,” a show of consistently exquisite journalistic investigation.  Mr. Pelley was the recipient of the Honorary Degree in 2011 Spring Commencement at Towson University.

     On Friday, May 25th at the Towson Center, Towson graduate and current Executive Producer of “60 Minutes” William W. Owens, or Bill Owens, as I know him, will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.  Also receiving an Honorary Degree will be Vivienne Shub, the extraordinary and perhaps unique great and indefatigable professional actress, about whom The Washington Post said 4 years ago, “Actresses about to turn 90 don't have a wide selection of roles, but that doesn't stop Vivienne Shub.” 

     I wrote the following nomination for Mr. Owens in March, but was told that unbeknownst to me, he coincidentally had already been chosen as our Honorary Degree recipient:


     I would like to nominate Bill Owens, a Towson University graduate two decades ago, for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

     Mr. Owens has been the Executive Editor of “60 Minutes” for four years and introduced [CBS Evening News Anchor] Scott Pelley at Towson’s Commencement in 2011, as they are occupationally quite close and have worked together for years, producing segments for “60 Minutes II” and in Mr. Owens’ role as CBS News' White House producer.   Scott Pelley is himself one of the most impressive and hard-working journalists in the country.  Mr. Owens also worked with Rita Braver, another excellent CBS journalist (whom I brought to speak at Towson years ago).

     The success of “60 Minutes” is indisputable.  In 2011, this exquisite news journal won seven Emmys – the most of any single program -- in the News and Documentary awards in New York City.  This constituted the most successful evening for a news entity in this century.

     Bill Owens was integrally responsible for that success and was named in many of the awards along with Mr. Pelley.  Moreover, Mr. Owens has always credited Towson University as a significant factor in his success. 

     Bill Owens would be an exceptional choice for a Towson Honorary Degree. 

     The perspicacious Towson President’s Office of Maravene Loeschke chose Mr. Owens.  They’ve been at the helm since January, and I swear they are virtually error-free.

     It is an honor to have Mr. Bill Owens as the Honorary Degree recipient for the #1 Maryland university, Towson University.

Dr. Vatz has taught Media Criticism at Towson University for about 20 years.  He is the author of The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion, for which Bill Owens wrote a short commendation.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

VRWC Radio: 5/22/2012

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The Broadside 5-21-12

Hope you caught another exciting edition of The Broadside. 

Thanks to Richard Cross III, Greg Kline, and Jimmy Braswell.

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Monday, May 21, 2012


June Smith

▪ Cuban-American author/blogger, political commentator, impassioned conservative and ardent anti-communist, Humberto Fontrova, is outraged that the Obama State Department has granted a U.S. visa to Cuban first daughter Mariela Castro.
The venue for her venom is a panel on “sexual diversity” at a Latin American Studies Association conference in San Francisco May 23-26.
Raul’s little girl, 50, is a gay rights activist and director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana. I was surprised to learn Cubans have gay rights.

Fontova recently wrote, “Here’s a high official of the regime that denounces the U.S. as ‘the great enemy of mankind!’ that (twice) tried to nuke the U.S., that tried to incinerateand entomb thousands of New York Holiday shoppers, whose spies managed the deepest penetration of the U.S. Defense Department in modern history, and on and on—and as usual, the venue given this official to further damage America is being challenged mostly by Americans of Cuban heritage.”
Senator Marco Rubio chimed in with: “(Mariela) Castro represents an arm of the Castro regime...I think the U.S. government’s decision to grant the daughter of Raul Castro a visa to come to the United States and spread the propaganda of her father’s regime is outrageous and an enormous mistake. It is shameful that they would grant that visa.”

Article 1 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Cuba, the fifth constitution since its independence from Spain, proclaims “Cuba is an independent and sovereign socialist state of workers, organized with all and for the good of all as a united and democratic republic, for the enjoyment of political freedom, social justice, individual and collective well-being and human solidarity.”

You’ll be hearing all about her visit and her cause as the loyal liberal media lauds her landing on U.S. soil.

Roll that into a fine cigar and puff on it a while if you can find a smoking area.

▪ # is now the “hashtag” for Twittering.
▪ The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Italy deployed "20,000 to protect sensitive targets."

A recent story stated that “Italy increased security Thursday [May 18] at 14,000 sites, and assigned bodyguards to protect 550 individuals after a nuclear energy company official was shot and letter bombs directed to the tax collection agency.

“Under the enhanced measures, Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri deployed 20,000 law enforcement officers to protect individuals and sensitive sites. In addition, 4,200 military personnel already assigned throughout Italy will be redeployed according to new priorities.

It was also reported that “Authorities will also increase intelligence to ‘neutralize’ the risk of subversive actions ‘that can be nourished in moments of tension.’”

▪ I hear a currency change coming in the Euroworld.

▪ The violence in Syria has now spilled over the border of Lebanon.

▪ Weekend warrior Obama said the U.S. is making "diligent progress" on the re-opening of supply routes from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

▪ At the summit this weekend, he and his G8 pals came up with a way to get out of the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The troops only have to keep fighting and dying for two years, seven months and ten more days.

As they say, “Have a good week!”

June Smith is the widow of WBAL talk show host, Sun columnist, and Emmy® Award winner, Ron Smith, who was a media titan in the central Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website honoring his legacy is  She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is

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The Broadside is Back, 7pm Tonight

The Broadside returns tonight as both Andrew and Mark are back in studio.

Tales from Hollywood and Mexico, and returning home to a huge honking tax increase.

Richard Cross III (RC3 as we like to call him) joins the show to talk about the man, the myth, the toupee Patrick L. McDonough. Check out Richard's piece on McDonough's latest stunt here. 

The Great Osteen Debate continues as dueling Red Maryland Network hosts Greg Kline and Jimmy Braswell settle their theological argument live on the air.  

Watch live tonight at 7pm on the Red Maryland Network Ustream Channel

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Seeing Red returns tonight

Seeing Red with John and Andi Morony returns tonight at 7 PM.

Listen in or watch live.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Devastating Psychobabble: Premeditated Child Killings by an Allegedly “Loving” Mother

--Richard E. Vatz
     This professor has written extensively over the last 25 years or so regarding the insanity plea in criminal jurisprudence.
     That plea is used almost exclusively to exculpate and eventually provide freedom for those who have committed criminal acts but did so in an unconventional way.  The plea allows defendants, through their hired forensic psychiatrists, to claim: 1. They didn’t know what they were doing, or 2. They couldn’t control what they were doing.  This is the American Law Institute's Model Penal Code Test defense.  I want to say the “infamous” defense, but I suppose it is not sufficiently stigmatized.
     I would not be writing now on just another of the uses of this bogus defense, but a psychiatrist and another behavioral scientist have reached my pretty high threshold of outrage. 
     About a week ago, Florida resident Tonya Thomas shot and killed her four beautiful children, and then -- thank God for small favors -- she killed herself.
     This mass murder is, if possible, made more outrageous by the fact that the perpetrator-mother, according to the account in USA Today, tricked her victims – Pebbles Johnson, 17, Jaxs Johnson, 15, Jazzlyn Johnson, 13, and  Joel Johnson, 12 -- into returning home from a neighbor’s house, where she shot them and ended their lives.
     Interpretation: the woman was frustrated with her troublesome children, found financial life difficult and couldn’t care less that she would forever end the chance of her own children to find their own fortunes in a lifetime of seeking and conquering challenges, having their own children, having jobs and trying to make a happy situation in this wonderful country.
    But there was another interpretation by a poetic, excusing psychiatrist.
     Phillip Resnick, a professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University, opined that this brutal slaughter was “altruistic;” wherein the mother genuinely believed she was helping the children by ending their lives.  As he was quoted by USA Today, “It’s a murder out of love rather than a murder out of hate.”

      Let me not disparage the fake medical diagnosis for lack of contemplative consideration: it took Dr. Resnick, oh, days to come up with this counterintuitive justification.

     The newspaper also quotes yet another rationalized account by the author of a book on mothers who kill their children, Michelle Oberman, who says that this catastrophe falls into the “loving category” of murders; she “loves her babies.”

     There is no punishment that can be meted out to such a woman, of whom Oberman says, “It’s too simple to say they are monsters who hate their babies.”

     Correct: I would add that such killers are sadistic cowards whose reputations can be counted on to be rehabilitated by opportunistic, psychobabbling pseudo-doctors of behavior.

Professor Vatz teaches psychiatric rhetoric in his Persuasion class at Towson University and is author of The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion Kendall Hunt.


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