Monday, January 3, 2011
In an awesome display for the Wicomico County residents that elected him, Matt Maciarello has made a State's Attorney Dream Team. He has hired Joel Todd and Karen Dean as new ASA's in his office. This is terrific and exciting news for Wicomico residents as these two will make Matt's staff deep with talent and trial experience. More pics to come
I also know there were several let go and we wish them the best
Canada's government says the cuts and other business-attracting measures should bring more investment to the country. Economists say it's tough to figure out what the actual effects of such moves are, though some companies say Canada's relatively low taxes and stable financial and regulatory environment swayed their decisions to move operations and capital north.
We are witnessing martyrs for the Christian faith in our own time. In the latest string of attacks on Christians in the Middle East by Muslim extremists,
A car bomb exploded last night [New Year's Eve] outside a Coptic church in Alexandria, Egypt, just before Mass ended. The death toll from the bloody attack is, for now, 21 dead and 43 wounded.
On October 31, Al Qaeda attacked and killed Assyrian Catholics in a church in Iraq during Mass. They made a promise to rid Iraq of Christians; they're succeeding.
The Islamic effort to cleanse the Middle East by Christians has increased," writes a Coptic website. In a statement published by the Egyptian press, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has appealed to Egyptians, "Copts and Muslims, to maintain their unity in the face of the terrorist forces that undermine the stability of the homeland and its unity.
Pope Benedict XVI has invited the leaders of the world's religions to come together at a summit planned for October 25, 2011 with the theme of working toward world peace. This date will mark the 25th anniversary of a similar summit convened by John Paul II in Assisi in 1986.
Benedict told pilgrims and tourists in St Peter's Square the aim of the meeting would be to "solemnly renew the commitment of believers of every religion to live their own religious faith in the service of the cause for peace."
World leaders can make promises to try and contain their more radical members, but we all know extremists desire only to destroy, not to cooperate with peacemakers. The leaders at the summit ought to condemn the acts of their radical members. To speak of peace without reference to the destruction perpetrated on innocents is like burying one's head in the sand. It does no good.
It really doesn't matter if you agree with the Catholic faith and its practices, or whether you think the Pope is the devil. No one should be killed because of his or her religious beliefs. Just as the first Christian martyrs were slaughtered simply because they followed Jesus, so too our present day Christian brothers and sisters in humanity are being murdered for their faith.
While Mike McDermott is waxing philosophical on his departure from making Pocomoke one of the worst little Cities in America ,the rest of the citizens are celebrating the toppling of their own Saddam Statue.
I am very excited about the future of Pocomoke now and once they get a new Chief Of Police the City will once again become the small little jewel on the Shore. I think it is amusing that Mike will be in Annapolis with zero power as a Delegate from the shore so I will laugh everyday he gets ignored. Bye Bye Mikey hope your not a sponge on Annapolis
In truth, this was a problem created by both politicians and unions, as the Times quotes Manhattan Institute historian Fred Seigel:
Fred Siegel, a historian at the conservative-leaning Manhattan Institute, has written of the "New Tammany Hall," which he describes as the incestuous alliance between public officials and labor.
"Public unions have had no natural adversary; they give politicians political support and get good contracts back," Mr. Siegel said. "It's uniquely dysfunctional."
Even if that is so, this battle comes woven with complications. Across the nation in the last two years, public workers have experienced furloughs and pay cuts. Local governments shed 212,000 jobs last year.
A raft of recent studies found that public salaries, even with benefits included, are equivalent to or lag slightly behind those of private sector workers. The Manhattan Institute, which is not terribly sympathetic to unions, studied New Jersey and concluded that teachers earned wages roughly comparable to people in the private sector with a similar education.
Not mentioned by Powell is the $2 trillion question (that's how big the pension shortfall is nationwide): if public unions are earning comparable dollars to private sector workers, why are their benefit packages so outrageously better?
It does no good to demonize public workers. They are teachers, fire fighters, policemen, sanitation workers, and other employees who make life livable in big cities. But the taxpayers surely have a right to demand that their benefits be kept in line with those offered in the private sector. It's now not only a question of fairness, but also one of solvency as well.
By the end of this week, the 111th Congress will be nothing but an abomination to be analyzed in the history books and paid for by your grandchildren. This 111th Congress began in January 2009, with Democrat majorities in both houses. Princess Pelosi led the helm in the House. Think about this ..... in less than 48 hours, Nancy Pelosi will no longer be 3rd in line for the presidency. Now THAT gives you something to celebrate. But the damage her Congress has done will be long, long lasting. In fact, the 111th Congress managed to set a record! Yup .. unfortunately it is not a record to boast about (although I am sure the Democrats will find a way to spin it in their favor). Let's let CNSNews do the honors:
The federal government has accumulated more new debt--$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)--during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury.
That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census.
The total national debt of $13.859 trillion .. now equals $44,886.57 for every man, woman and child in the United States.
In fact, the 111th Congress not only has set the record as the most debt-accumulating Congress in U.S. history, but also has out-stripped its nearest competitor, the 110th, by an astounding $1.262 trillion in new debt.
Mind you, these Democrats only continued the trend of the Republican Congress' of prior years, but they far and away exceeded the Republican-led increases. We are truly stuck with the lesser of two evils. Now all eyes turn to the Tea Party Republicans - those who were elected not because we trust the Republicans but because we trust Democrats a little less. So when the Republicans take over the House this week, they themselves are going to make history. For the first time in chamber history, they are going to read the Constitution aloud. Pretty amazing to think that the foundation of our country, the document that all these politicians swear to uphold, has never been read in its entirety in the House chamber. I have a sneaking suspicion that this will be the first time some of these politicians have even heard the Constitution in its entirety. Based on the way they have been governing, one would think it to be obsolete. This is also part of the reason why the incoming Republicans in the House will require that every new bill have a statement citing where in the constitution we have the authority to enact such legislation.