News That Matters
Good Monday Morning,
It's back to some semblance of normalcy now that the holidays are behind us. So normal, that Patterson Crossing is back in the news, Greg Ball has resurfaced, and the county is talking about a Community College for Putnam at some undetermined point in the future. Maybe. Caroline Kennedy is still the apparent front-runner in the faux race for the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton and I've noticed that it's not quite as dark when I get up in the morning anymore which means the gardening catalogs will be on their way soon!
My jeep has started making strange clunking noises again and strange clunking noises are never good. According to my mechanic strange clunking noises are never inexpensive either. Therefore, I'm looking for a car/wagon or light truck. A (near) freebie, of course. It should run and be street legal. Other than that, I don't care if it has a radio or if the passenger side door opens or if it's sporting a McCain/Palin bumper sticker. Look in your driveway for a spare vehicle.
The Washington Post reported the other day that more groups than thought in the past were had spied upon by Maryland State Police in a wide-ranging effort that ended in 2007. One officer spent 14 months infiltrating peaceful protest groups and the department incorrectly named 53 individuals as "terrorists", information shared with the FBI. Groups such as those who worked for the creation of bike lanes and human rights were spied upon and one of the possible "crimes" listed by police was an interest in "civil rights". See the article below.
As Washington works through the distribution of your tax dollars to Wall Street and Detroit and as credit allegedly tightens across the board, citizens are reeling in their charitable giving and it's being felt across the not-for-profit world. This chart below from the book, Green Inc. by Christine MacDonald, gives us an idea of what those at the top of some of our largest environmental groups are earning. Most Wall Street executives don't even come close.
On the other hand, the director at Arts on the Lake earns the incredible sum of $0. Now you know where to send your donation dollars. I did. You can too.
And now, the News:
PATTERSON – State Assemblyman Gregory Ball of Patterson, a Conservation Republican, has formed a new political action committee aimed at bringing more conservative Republicans into government on the local and state levels.
How much longer must we endure those gigantic Greg Ball billboards?
The state attorney general's office says new rules put California's threatened and endangered wildlife in greater danger and could cost the state more to protect the plants and animals on the list.
By Julie Cart
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown filed suit against the federal government Tuesday, charging that a recent rule change by the Bush administration illegally gutted provisions of the Endangered Species Act, essentially quashing the role of science in decisions made by federal agencies.
New Documents Reveal Md. Program's Reach
Monday 29 December 2008
There is something approaching a consensus that the Paulson Plan -- also known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP -- was a boondoggle of an intervention that's flailed from one approach to the next, with little oversight and less effect on the financial meltdown.
But perhaps even more troubling than the ad hoc nature of its implementation is the suspicion that has recently emerged that TARP -- hundreds of billions of dollars worth so far -- was sold to Congress and the public based on a Big Lie.
Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 12:37:01 PM