Thursday, December 27, 2012

Red Maryland Radio: 12/27/2012 (The 2012 Year in Review)

It was another big episode of Red Maryland Radio  on the Red Maryland Network.

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This week was our special Red Maryland Radio Year in Review as we looked back at 2012. Some of our topics included:


  • The Election here in Maryland, including the Senate race and the Petition Drive
  • This Year in Democratic Corruption;
  • A review of Red Maryland Network programming for 2012.

All that and more this week. 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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Red Maryland Radio Tonight

Join us tonight at 8 PM for a special episode of Red Maryland Radio.

This week, our show will be a special Red Maryland Radio Year in Review as we take a look back at 2012 in state politics, national politics, and the local blogosphere, including a look back at some of the special highlights that you've seen and heard here on the Red Maryland Network.

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


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from Red Maryland

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas from all of us at Red Maryland to you and yours.



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The Broadside Christmas Eve Special


A special prerecorded Christmas Eve edition of  The Broadside
Jimmie Bise of Sundries Shack and The Delivery joins the show to talk about the fiscal cliff, Republicans and taxes, Star Trek, and Christmas.
A special call from Santa Claus and more. 
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The Broadside and all Red Maryland Network programming is available on Itunes.


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Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Myth of Mental Health Counseling as a Cure to Mass Murder


 


 
--Richard E. Vatz, Ph.D.

     Many of the reactions to the Newtown atrocities reflect the problems of new media in the new technological age: they provide more heat than light; they rush to judgment; and, in the area of mental health, they result from the frustrations of people who want to show they care by recommending irresponsible and ineffective cures that could only reduce danger by ignoring the Constitution.

     The consistent refrain that we must endure in the competition to be most empathetic includes specifically the President's plea to make "access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun."

     Let me make this point as clearly as possible: "mental illness" is an undifferentiated construct that includes speculative and unscientific diagnosing of average Americans (the American Psychiatric Association claims that over half of all Americans suffer from mental illness in their lifetimes) as well as manifestly dangerous and allegedly potentially dangerous Americans.

     The claims of the mental health community point to a variety of alleged mental health panaceas, including endless counseling – including more available psychiatric intervention and a host of other such aids --  for eliminating the type of violence seen in the cowardly Connecticut massacre of 20 children and 6 adults.

     Through what legal mechanism could yet another increase of involuntary psychiatric incarceration lead to fewer mass murders, or mass murders of school children?

     Even sympathetic sophisticated psychiatric observers cannot point to anything that would be effective. 

     Drs. E. Fuller Torrey and Doris  A. Fuller, psychiatrists at The Treatment Advocacy Center in Arlington, Va., argue in an article in The Wall Street Journal (December 19, 2012) that "ensur[ing] treatment for those who are known to be potentially dangerous" might reduce mass killings.  No evidence, because there is none, although criminally trying manifestly dangerous people rather than taking them in for psychiatric treatment might be effective.

     Charles Krauthammer in The Washington Post admits that the freedom/security continuum translates into the fact that increasing involuntary commitment has a Constitutional price.  Moreover, he can provide no evidence that short of mass incarcerations can we reduce mass murders without ignoring Constitutional rights, such as the due process clauses of the 5th and 14th Amendments.
 
     Regardless, there is no evidence that previously nonviolent potential mass murderers can be identified.

     The fact is that no study has shown that psychiatrists can predict who will be dangerous better than any well-informed layman.  Moreover, people intending to commit murder do not announce such to mental health professionals.

     Politicians and policy partisans feel compelled to evidence righteous indignation and unlimited public anger when there is an atrocity, whether or not they can offer any evidence that there is a mechanism for relieving a problem.

     Mass murders deserve a national discussion to try to locate incremental measures -- whether on the means or the motive -- to reduce national tragedy, but anger should be directed toward practical partial solutions, not simply feeling good by showing how outraged they are.

     We are all outraged.



Professor Vatz of Towson University has written on rhetoric and psychiatry for decades and is author of The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion (Kendall Hunt, 2012, 2013)


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Red Maryland Radio: 12/20/2012


It was another big episode of Red Maryland Radio  on the Red Maryland Network.


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Tonight was our Christmas show, and we'll be discussing all things Christmas including movies (It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story), TV Shows (A Charlie Brown Christmas) and music. 


All that and more this week. 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

Additionally, as promised, Essex Wonderland:


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Red Maryland Radio Tonight

Join Greg Kline and I for another big episode of Red Maryland Radio coming at you tonight at 8 PM only on the Red Maryland Network.

Tonight is our Christmas show, and we'll be discussing all things Christmas.


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


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A MEMORABLE MOMENT

June Smith

Rest thee, softly, softly rest.”
From The Chorale of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
 
Ron Smith
December 2, 1941-December 19, 2011
 
“What is a mere individual to do? Lead as sane and decent life as you can, love your family and your friends and understand that everybody is in this together.” — Ron Smith

Grandson Steven Francis Zappardino’s first high school
freshman composition written September 6, 2012;
the assigned topic was "A Memorable Moment":
A Memorable Moment
On the date of December 19th, 2011, a man by the name of Ron Smith passed away. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer. This man was the best grandfather I could ever ask for. I know that he is in a better place now, wherever he may be. I am not happy he died, but everything happens for a “Reason”.

If you did not know him personally, I feel bad for you. He was an amazing man with many outstanding accomplishments. He won an Emmy and many amazing awards for his work. He was a very persuasive talk show host and worked at WBAL and 98 Rock for some time. Some people called him “The Voice of Reason”, because he always could make someone see his way as the correct way.

He found out that he had pancreatic cancer in October, 2011. He could have done chemotherapy, but he did not want to suffer. He figured he was going to die soon, so we knew he was going to make the best of it. Before this moment, I really did not know what it was like to lose someone and I really didn’t like the feeling of it.

It was especially hard on me because of how I was informed. It was just a normal Monday afternoon. When I came home from school, I was very tired, so I took a nap. Around 5 p.m., my stepfather woke me by saying, “Frank? Please get up. We have to go to your grandparent’s house; Poppy (which is what I called him) has died.” And I was shocked. I was still tired so I thought I heard incorrectly, but I knew something was serious. I ran upstairs, hopped in the shower and put on some fresh clothes.

We drove to their house, and still a little groggy, I was not ready for what I was about to endure. We got to the house, and even though I did not know for sure, I did not want ask. As I walked in to my grandmother’s house, I knew what had happened. I could just feel it.

I kept my composure throughout the night, but there was one moment that tugged my heartstrings. When my grandparent’s good friend, Scott, carried him downstairs and outside to the waiting vehicle, was the moment when I just lost it. I tried to stay strong for him, but I knew he was okay with me getting teary eyed for now.

It has been almost a year now since he passed and we are doing well. We had an amazing memorial service for him in January, where Mr. Jari Villanueva arranged a custom composition of The Ron Smith Show theme song played by the Montebello String Quartet.

We are raising money for pancreatic cancer research at Johns Hopkins in Poppy’s honor and have already raised nearly $150,000.

I feel that he is still with me in my thoughts and my heart, even though he isn’t here physically.

We all said that if he were going to go, it would be peacefully. I believe this experience has brought some of my family closer together. Also, I learned that humans usually respect a person more when they are gone. I respect him even more now than I did on any day when he was here.

I believe my grandfather’s death did take a toll on all of us, but we are better people because of this. I believe he left the world with his intelligence and his wisdom.

Once, my grandmother and grandfather were debating if he was going to live past the age of 70. My grandfather thought it was not going to happen, but my grandmother had faith. She won. He died exactly 17 days past his birthday.

If I could speak with him, I would tell him that I love him, and he would say that everything is going to be okay, and you know what? He would have been right. Like always   
                                                                                                                    — Frankie Zappardino


June Smith is the widow of Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy® Award winner, and Baltimore Sun columnist, who was a media titan in Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website, founded in his memory, is www.friendsofronsmith.com. She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is june@friendsofronsmith.com.

 


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Monday, December 17, 2012

Predictable, Expected, and Wrong

There is very little that can be added to the thoughts of grief and sadness and outrage over the atrocity committed in Newtown, CT last week. It is a thoroughly stomach churning, senseless almost too heinous to believe crime committed by an individual who can only be described as evil. When such acts are committed we, as human beings, try to rationalize them and try to make it feel like we are doing something to prevent "the next one." 


Which brings me to the topic of guns.

The souls of the dead had barely ascended into heaven when the left-wing took to the airwaves and to their computers blaming this atrocity on gun owners and the "gun culture." Clearly, they said, if we only had more restrictive gun laws, this atrocity could have been prevented. Clearly, we must move forward to ban "assault rifles", and clearly nobody needs the type of weaponry that the killer used: just ask the Baltimore Sun, right? And besides, "if it saves just one child...."

Again, the idea of wanting to take swift and demonstrable action in the wake of a tragedy gives people a sense of empowerment, a sense that they are doing something that makes sense when nothing around them does. But of course doing something and doing it fast doesn't mean that the best course of action is going to be taken. Remember, in the post 9/11 environment when we had to do something in order to fight terrorism we were saddled with the Patriot Act, TSA, and the Department of Homeland Security, none of which have been effective solutions to fight the problem. 

So the idea that the idea of stricter gun control is something that would have broad based appeal in the wake of this tragedy. And while gun control leaders, many of whom are hiding behind their private security, police protection, or in the case of Dianne Feinstein her concealed carry permit, are quick to call for additional curbs on guns in order to stop the "next one", there are a few key points that they tend to forget:
And that says nothing about one basic premise of gun laws: the idea that criminals, those that are most prone to commit such heinous atrocities, are going to be stopped a by a law. The killer in this instance broke any number of gun laws before committing his crime; other than disarming law-abiding civilians, what practical impact will additional gun control measures have? None.

I tend to agree with Kurt Schlichter's assessment that we should have a conversation on guns, though not necessarily the one that gun control enthusiasts would like us to have. 

Again, I am sympathetic to the idea that people want to "do something." I get that. But we need to actually address problems which are relevant to the discussion. And we cannot allow the liberty of law-abiding gun owners to be abridged based on the horrific actions of one madman.


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The Broadside Tonight, 8pm

Tonight on The Broadside at 8pm.

Mark and Andrew talk about The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT, and the inevitable political ramifications.

Jim Pettit of Change Maryland on the curious case of the IRS discontinuing the collection tax migration data.  This important data shows migration patterns between and within states. Why does the IRS no longer want to collect this valuable informaiton?

Red Maryland Fantasy Football, Network Notes and more.

Tune in right here tonight at 8pm on The Red Maryland Network


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“REMEMBERING RON — RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST”

June Smith

Ron posted a "Recommended Book List" every year around this time. Continuing his legacy, here's the first annual "Remembering Ron 2012 Recommended Book List". Ron read many of these books and I’ve added those I believe he would have wanted to read and asked our friends to add their best reads.

-Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?, Patrick J. Buchanan (Pat’s book was published late 2011 book but tops this list as it is a “must read”. There are two copies on the Smith’s bookshelf: one I bought for Ron last November and one Pat sent Ron a few days later, inscribed “To Ron Smith, in admiration of the good fight he has waged in our common cause and in appreciation of all he has done for this author. God bless, my friend, Pat.”

As you may know, Pat was the last person Ron interviewed. Off-air, they shared a fond farewell. After Ron left this mortal coil, Pat sent me a beautiful note and made a very generous donation to the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Hopkins.

His columns have helped fill the intellectual void in my life since the loss of Ron, as have many of these books:

-Imperfection, Patrick Grant

-Colonial Consequences, John Wilson Foster

-The Subprime Solution, Robert J. Shiller

-The Economics of Enough: How to Run the Economy as if the Future Matters, Diane Coyle

-Cyberspace and National Security: Threats, Opportunities, and Power in a Virtual World, Derek S. Reveron, Editor

-Ethics Beyond World’s End, Eric Patterson, Editor

-Persuasion and Power: The Art of Strategic Communication, James P. Farwell

-Strategy in the Second Nuclear Age: Power, Ambition and the Ultimate Weapon, Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes, Editors

-The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion, Richard E. Vatz, Ph.D.

-From Ellen Sauerbray: Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities, Stanley Kurtz

-From LaneyB: Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph, Dennis Prager

-From Rob Douglas: The Real Crash, Peter Schiff; a “second motion” on Suicide of a Superpower, Pat Buchanan; The Road to Freedom, Arthur Brooks; Freedom Manifesto, Steve Forbes; and, Top Secret America, Dana Priest and William Arkin (noted that it was a late 2011, but a book every American should read).

Reading is fundamental and informative. Learning is life-changing and is a journey that leads to the truth.

You're welcome to send me books you recommend throughout 2013 for next year's list.

June Smith founded this tribute website in honor of her late husband, Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy Award winner, and Baltimore Sun Columnist. Smith was a media titan in Maryland and beyond for almost forty years. Mrs. Smith is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. She blogs for Red Maryland www.RedMaryland.Blogspot.com; her email is june@friendsofronsmith.com.


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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Prayers for Newtown


The editors and contributors of Red Maryland extend their deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to the families of the victims of the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.

This was a horrific act of unspeakable evil, leaving 27 people murdered, 20 of them young children.  Many of us here at Red Maryland are parents, and the thought that 20 sets of parents must now bury their children, is heartbreaking. 

We pray for the families of the victims, and pray that Almighty God may help assuage their grief. 


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Red Maryland December 2012 Poll Results

Below are the full results of the Red Maryland December 2012 Poll...

* * * * * * * * RED MARYLAND DECEMBER 2012 POLL RESULTS Result Summary for Survey:Red Maryland December 2012 Maryland GOP Survey

Red Maryland December 2012 Maryland GOP Survey
1. What is your gender?
 answered question435
 
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Female
26.2%114
Male
73.8%321
2. Which category below includes your age?
 answered question435
 
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
18-29
16.8%73
30-39
20.5%89
40-49
27.1%118
50-59
22.3%97
60 or older
13.3%58
3. What county are you from?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Allegany
1.1%5
Anne Arundel
22.1%96
Baltimore City
2.8%12
Baltimore County
12.0%52
Calvert
1.6%7
Caroline
1.6%7
Carroll
2.5%11
Cecil
7.8%34
Charles
1.1%5
Dorchester
0.7%3
Frederick
7.6%33
Garrett
0.5%2
Harford
5.5%24
Howard
8.3%36
Kent
1.4%6
Montgomery
10.1%44
Prince George's
2.3%10
Queen Anne's
2.8%12
St. Mary's
1.4%6
Somerset
0.5%2
Talbot
1.1%5
Washington
2.5%11
Wicomico
1.4%6
Worcester
1.4%6
4. How do you identify your political ideology?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Very Conservative
23.7%103
Conservative
50.1%218
Libertarian
16.8%73
Moderate
8.5%37
Liberal
0.7%3
Very Liberal
0.2%1
5. Cecil County Executive Tari Moore left the Republican Party to become an independent. Should she resign her office?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
30.8%134
No
49.9%217
I Don't Know
19.3%84
6. How satisfied are you with Maryland Republican Party Chairman Alex Mooney's job performance?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Very Satisfied
5.7%25
Satisfied
14.7%64
Neutral
32.4%141
Unsatisfied
25.5%111
Very Unsatisfied
21.6%94
7. How satisfied are you with your local Republican County Central Committee?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Very Satisfied
8.0%35
Satisfied
19.1%83
Neutral
27.8%121
Unsatisfied
19.8%86
Very Unsatisfied
25.3%110
8. How likely do you believe that the eventual Republican Candidate for Governor of Maryland in 2014 will win?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Very Likely
0.9%4
Likely
5.7%25
Somewhat likely
10.1%44
50/50
17.9%78
Somewhat unlikely
17.2%75
Unlikely
26.7%116
Very Unlikely
21.4%93
9. What issue is most important to you in the upcoming Maryland General Assembly Session?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Taxes
40.5%163
Spending
41.0%165
Regulation
5.5%22
Education
1.5%6
Transportation
0.5%2
Crime
0.5%2
Abortion
0.7%3
Adoption
0.2%1
Death Penalty
0.2%1
Corruption
5.5%22
Gambling 0.0%0
Health Care
1.5%6
Higher Education
0.5%2
Environment
1.7%7
Other (please specify)
 
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10. What is your opinion of the following Republican leaders?
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 FavorableUnfavorableDon't KnowResponse
Count
Tony O'Donnell39.9% (164)22.4% (92)37.7% (155)411
Allan Kittleman40.8% (164)13.4% (54)45.8% (184)402
E.J. Pipkin41.1% (171)36.3% (151)22.6% (94)416
Andy Harris64.2% (271)23.2% (98)12.6% (53)422
Mike Smigiel28.8% (119)31.0% (128)40.2% (166)413
David Craig43.2% (178)19.4% (80)37.4% (154)412
Blaine Young38.4% (156)14.5% (59)47.0% (191)406
Charles Lollar41.6% (170)25.7% (105)32.8% (134)409
Dan Bongino78.2% (333)18.8% (80)3.1% (13)426
Brian Murphy39.3% (160)24.1% (98)36.6% (149)407
Bob Ehrlich55.0% (233)39.2% (166)5.9% (25)424
Pat McDonough29.1% (120)39.7% (164)31.2% (129)413
Nancy Jacobs54.6% (226)17.6% (73)27.8% (115)414
John Leopold6.9% (28)53.7% (218)39.4% (160)406
Richard Rothschild18.8% (77)14.2% (58)67.0% (274)409
Eric Wargotz24.4% (99)39.4% (160)36.2% (147)406
Alex Mooney31.5% (128)38.2% (155)30.3% (123)406
Diana Waterman26.8% (109)22.4% (91)50.9% (207)407
William Campbell27.5% (112)13.3% (54)59.2% (241)407
Christopher Shank26.6% (107)14.2% (57)59.2% (238)402
John Fiastro, Jr.17.6% (72)19.1% (78)63.2% (258)408
Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio32.4% (132)13.2% (54)54.4% (222)408
Ed Reilly28.1% (114)13.3% (54)58.5% (237)405
Michael Steele40.1% (168)52.0% (218)7.9% (33)419
Chrys Kefalas6.5% (26)15.3% (61)78.1% (311)398
11. If a Republican candidate hired a consultant that worked for an independent candidate in the 2012 election would you support that candidate's campaign?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
39.3%171
No
29.7%129
I don't know
31.0%135


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