Look at That! Salary Board Violates Open Meeting Act! Shocker!

While we’re at it, can we point out that Fred Homan, a senior county official, admits that the Personnel and Salary Board violated the Open Meetings Act. Of course, he only admitted this after Bryan Sears, Patuxent Publishing, starting asking questions. Here’s what he found.

“A salary advisory board violated the state Open Meetings Act, a senior county official said today.

The Baltimore County Personnel and Salary Advisory Board met Nov. 18 to recommend pay increases for the county executive and members of the County Council but did not open to the public an earlier unannounced meeting during which the particulars of their recommendations were discussed.

County Administrative Officer Fred Homan acknowledged in a brief phone call made to a reporter late Friday afternoon that the board violated the act by not opening the unannounced meeting.

Salary advisory board violated Open Meeting Act

By Bryan Sears

“We do believe that, in fact, they did (violate the law) and we’re going to institute some training,” Homan said.

The county Office of Law began a review of the lawfulness of not making public the unannounced meeting after Patuxent Publishing Co., publisher of this Web site, raised questions with a county attorney.”

Check out the full article to read more about it.  I just found out that copying the entire article is a copyright violation.  Oh well, I guess it’s better to keep it short and sweet anyways.

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Video of Steve Whisler’s Testimony of The Great Pension Debacle

Several other friends of the PVRC spoke on Monday night, but I didn’t have time to get to them all before heading to Happy Hour.  Thought I’d go ahead and post Steve’s though. Enjoy!

Case in Point or Are Naive Christians In Fact The New Taliban?

In an earlier post today, I talked about the bumper sticker catch phrase, “Pray for Obama, Ps 109:8.”   Remember what I said about the Left taking it to the extremes?  According to Frank Schaeffer (who I’m not sure is really a credible anything, especially not to speak on spiritual issues), the people who have this bumper sticker on the back of their cars, unaware of the context of this verse, are the American version of the Taliban.  Seriously, can Rachel Maddow actually be considered a journalist?  She’s far from unbiased, but then again, I don’t watch MSNBC, maybe she doesn’t proclaim to be.  The scary thing is that people really believe this crap.  MY uber liberal, Obama-loving BF believes that the people behind this slogan actually pray for Obama’s death, that they are comparable to the Taliban.  That just seems so absolutely ridiculous to me.  I can’t imagine that this “campaign” is that deeply rooted in hatred, but then again, maybe I’m just naive.

I can say this though; I am the epitome of the Republican base, a poster child for conservatism, and I have never, before today, seen or heard about this slogan.  I get tons of forwards every day, skim several websites, blogs, and news sources and have yet to come across “Pray for Obama, Ps 109:8.”  I have several conversations a day with fellow conservatives and have not even heard it mentioned.  So what does that say about the scope of this newly formed Taliban?  I’m thinking that the Left has made this into a bigger thing than it actually is, another poor excuse to pick of those sinister, evil Christians.  It’s part of their agenda.  You know what I say: Bring it on, Leftists, Bring it!

Here is Rachel Maddow & Frank Schaeffer, who were kind enough to prove my point.  Enjoy the craziness!

Get Involved: Third Friday Happy Hour

The Details:

Friday, November 20
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dewey Lowman American Legion Post 109
1610 Old Sulphur Spring Road
Halethorpe, MD 21227

This is a “Can’t Miss’ event. What a great way to network with like minded individuals, as well as local candidates such as Steve Whisler, Al Nalley, and new to the team, Dave “Augie” Aughenbagh. Where else can you go and get cheap booze, great conversation, and the possibility of seeing Leslie Tinker do Karaoke? I mean, let’s be real here. You can’t get this kind of deal anywhere but at the PVRC.

See you there!

It Seems the County Council Is Getting a Raise Afterall!

Days after dozens of citizens testified against the current pension program, a county board recommends a raise for our favorite civil servants. I remember a councilman shouting out in the midst of the testimonies that there was no raise on the table.  So did this just spurt up out of no where?  Are these guys trying to get fired?

Here’s an excerpt from Bryan Sears article at ExploreBaltimoreCounty.com

“The county five-member Personnel and Salary Board voted 4-0 Wednesday morning to approve an 8 percent raise for the next county executive. The salary will increase from $150,000 to $162,000. A fifth member was not present and did not vote.

Also recommended was an 8 percent raise to increase the council chairman’s salary from $60,000 to $64,800 and the base salary for a council member from $54,000 to $58,320. That proposal failed.”

Check out the full article for all the juicy details including council member’s reactions.

Watch What You Say?!?

My post today comes from the oddest of sources.  My uber liberal, Obama-loving BF tweeted a link concerning a certain bumper sticker circulating around some religious sects, “Pray for Obama Ps 109:8.”  She described it as disturbing, and I happen to agree.  Now, don’t jump down my throat or go accusing me of flip flopping before you read the explanation.

The verse reads: “Let his days be few; Let another take his office.”

Doesn’t sound too bad, right?  Wait for it.  Here is the context.

When he is judged, let him (A)come forth guilty,
And let his (B)prayer become sin.
8Let (C)his days be few;
Let (D)another take his office.
9Let his (E)children be fatherless
And his (F)wife a widow.
10Let his (G)children wander about and beg;
And let them (H)seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.

I’m all about praying for Obama.  I think if you profess faith in God, you should pray for all of our leaders, for their decisions, for wisdom, for direction, but not for their demise.  I’m all about replacing Obama in 2012, but I’d rather win on a platform for ideas and values versus hatred and bitterness.  I remember all too well the “jokes” that people on the fringe left would make about George W, jokes that could readily be interpreted as threats on his very life.

In a quick Google search of the bumper sticker phrase mentioned above, I found far more references to it from libs than people advocating it on the right.  I could not find the orgination of it and only one site, Zazzle.com, was selling them.  My guess is that someone thought they were being clever, coming up with a tagline that would become a buzz phrase similar to that of “Nobama.”  The problem is that whoever came up with it probably paid no attention to the context of the passage, a tool that the left has now picked up and ran with, accusing people who are using this catch phrase as “calling for the assassination” of Obama.  I can not imagine this even being any where close to the truth.

We have to be careful about the tools and phrases we use.  I’m a Christian, and it’s never a good idea to use Bible darts (picking verses out of the Bible and using them to make a certain point that may not be supported if taken in context).  Not only does it send the wrong message, but it’s also contrary to what God intended.  I’m not going to turn this into a sermon, but I wanted to make the point that we need to be careful about the message we’re sending.  Let’s not give them more ammo then they already have.

Is Obama’s Administration god-like?

Can they speak and things just happen?  If Obama says there are 57 states, do 7 more magically appear?  If they make up congressional districts to prove that Stimulus money is being spent wisely, does that mean that the States automatically get a few more Congressmen?  In other words, can they speak things into existence?  It’s a valid question, but the obvious answer leads me down the path of even deeper questions.  For instance, where exactly did all that money go?  If the people who sanctioned it can’t keep up with it, then who knows where in fact it went.  Any ideas.  Feel free to discuss in the comments below.

Here’s a stimulus success story: In Arizona’s 15th congressional district, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending. At least that’s what the Web site set up by the Obama administration to track the $787 billion stimulus says.

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Discrepancies on government web site call into question stimulus spending.

There’s one problem, though: There is no 15th congressional district in Arizona; the state has only eight districts.

And ABC News has found many more entries for projects like this in places that are incorrectly identified.

Late Monday, officials with the Recovery Board created to track the stimulus spending, said the mistakes in crediting nonexistent congressional districts were caused by human error.

 

“We report what the recipients submit to us,” said Ed Pound, Communications Director for the Board.

Pound told ABC News the board receives declarations from the recipients – state governments, federal agencies and universities – of stimulus money about what program is being funded.

“Some recipients clearly don’t know what congressional district they live in, so they appear to be just throwing in any number. We expected all along that recipients would make mistakes on their congressional districts, on jobs numbers, on award amounts, and so on. Human beings make mistakes,” Pound said.

The issue has raised hackles on Capitol Hill.

Rep. David Obey, D-Wisc, who chairs the powerful House appropriations Committee, issued a paper statement demanding that the recovery.gov Web site be updated.

“The inaccuracies on recovery.gov that have come to light are outrageous and the Administration owes itself, the Congress, and every American a commitment to work night and day to correct the ludicrous mistakes.”

Honestly though, what other kind of error is there?  Really, come on.  To pass the blame on to the recipients for being too stupid to know their own district number?  What ever happened to fact checking before publishing?  I mean, it’s just a suggestion, but if I knew my neck was on the line for something this big, I might want to do a quick Google search before hitting the Publish button.