Since I haven't done this in a while and there are a few various articles I wanted to comment on simultaneously, I decided to prepare a news roundup around the internet. Let's go through all the news I feel you should know about. At least for today.
- In Maryland news, legislators in Annapolis passed with minimal fanfare legislation to further dilute property rights last year. Dan Bongino has an excellent opinion piece at Watchdog Wire. Read it, it's informative.
- Also in Maryland, let's talk about waste. I began my 2013 legislative session foray into discussing waste with a critical eye to EJ Pipkin's $500k toward a private school in Queen Anne's County. Check it out.
- I recently wrote a piece about why I think Don Dwyer should resign. Monoblogue responded to my piece, saying, "Certainly Dwyer has serious charges against him, but I would rather wait until his day in court has come and his fate is determined. Perhaps this was a ‘one-time occurrence’ which will not affect his performance in Annapolis.'...if Dwyer is convicted I may change my mind. But the facts in the case seem to suggest the other boater was perhaps more at fault for the accident which left five children and Dwyer injured, so I think caution is in order." I disagree. Dwyer admitted to being drunk behind the wheel. Additionally, it matters very little that Dwyer may not be at fault, in my opinion, what matters is Dwyer violated the law willingly.
- Over the weekend, a group of conservatives on Twitter put together some "O'Malley Proverbs" - you can read them at Red Maryland. Thanks to Mark Newgent for compiling them.
- Speaking of Red Maryland - they have a detailed 2014 poll out about a variety of issues facing conservatives, including people's thoughts on the 2014 GOP Gubernatorial primary, Attorney General primary, etc. Check it out and vote!
- In New York State - it appears Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) or someone in his administration was trying to squash / hide a study completed by his administration which showed that hydrofracking would be safe to conduct in New York State. Kind of hurts the anti-fracking narrative when a liberal Governor's own administration proves it's safe by their own, independent studies.
- The Census Bureau has some fascinating statistics if you really want to delve into the cross-tabs / details. Here's some information on marriage. Most interest item I saw was that in 2008, the percentage of divorces to marriages was 39%. That's down from a high of nearly 50% in the late nineties and also a major step in the right direction. The preservation of marriage is what the pro-traditional marriage crowd (myself included) need to focus on. We should be calling out those who treat marriage as a flippant institution and not a lifelong commitment to another person. We should be opposing no-fault divorce proceedings.
- Love the original Star Wars trilogy? Check out these pretty sweet maps walking through each character in the films. Well, at least every major character. Very cool maps.
- Dave Miller of SBC Voices wrote an interesting piece on Christian actions in, what he calls a more non-Christian America. It's an interesting piece worth a read and definitely worth considering.
- TIME wrote a cover story piece stating that the pro-choice movement is...losing the argument. Bottom line, according to TIME, was they had a big milestone with Roe v Wade, but public opinion has been supportive of restrictions on abortion ever since. I say, good. Trevin Wax of the Gospel Coalition has a bit more commentary on the topic here.
- Speaking about life issues, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has proposed legislation to prevent Planned Parenthood from getting federal funding. Again, I say, good. When talking on the topic, Blackburn recently said, "As a woman, I believe America deserves better than abortion. America shouldn’t celebrate abortion and our taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, who profit from the destruction of human life with taxpayer money." As a pro-life gentleman, I agree.
Any news I missed? Let me know in the comments or comment on the issues / articles I posted.
Academy Award winning writer of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3, Michael Arndt will be writing the first script for the Star Wars: Episode VII. Sounds cool to me. Here's the formal announcement from StarWars.com:
As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).
Lightsaber Rattling has more rumors on the topic, including the rumor that Arndt already wrote a 40 page treatment story for Episode VII. Thoughts welcome.
Picture via Ashley Loves the Letter P.
Here's a brief news roundup of all the news I feel like sharing:
- Republicans should fight internet taxes according to Ben Domenech and...obviously he's right. He proves it with charts, facts, and figures - generally something left out of debates about raising taxes.
- In an interesting piece from Borrowed Light, Mike Leake writes about us Christians who are waiting on the Holy Spirit and missing out on opportunities to serve the Lord. Don't wait, just go - he's right.
- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has said that he'd be okay with raising taxes on those making under $250K, the usual "rich" cutoff. For this and many other reasons, people of Hoyer's district should look into former MD House Minority Leader Tony O'Donnell (R) as a MUCH better alternative in Congress.
- I have one word to say to Jon Huntsman: Boo. He's skipping the GOP convention saying the GOP isn't providing a "bright" or "bold" enough future for America, whatever that means. The man was ready to be all for the party, including introducing Palin in the 2008 GOP Convention, but decided now that he made many in the party angry by poking conservatives in the eye throughout the Presidential primary that he's happy staying out. His loss.
- In a move that is going to continue to make the left hate him, Maine Governor LePage (R) has compared the IRS to the Gestapo. I normally love bold statements which occasionally get under liberal's skin, but something like that is counter productive. When you make the Nazi reference, you're have or are about to lose the argument.
- South Sudan turns 1 today. The fledgling nation still needs a lot of help against greater Sudan and the threat of war is still the biggest threat facing their people. The Christians and animists who live there need our prayers.
- The Hollywood Reporter provides wild speculation about the Holmes-Cruise divorce, most of which surrounds Scientology and the organization's role it will play in the divorce or attempts to smear Katie Holmes. I hope none and pray for their child who will be in an awful situation. I won't speculate.
- Soren Dayton has an excellent piece about looking downballot on a Republican to watch in Massachusetts, Tom Keyes. We can not ignore downballot races. From lower levels of government came lesser known State Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), County Executive Scott Walker (R-WI), and Mayor Bill Aslam (R-TN). We need to pay attention to downballot candidates for future leaders, including in Maryland.
Any news I've missed? Probably. Feel free to comments below or add additional information.
I've read a bunch of random news articles recently - so decided to compile the ones I'm interested and hope that you are too. Here we go:
- Scott Walker has been successful in Wisconsin. How much so? Looking like a surplus in their upcoming budget. Walker's getting recalled - so if you're a Republican or a reasonable fellow who likes seeing serious budget cuts, join me in standing with Walker.
- Speaking of recalls - I oppose recall elections.
- In the most obvious headline ever, Maryland Reporter wrote that "Maryland is Too Reliant on Income Taxes, One Group Reports." Clearly, Maryland is. In fact, it's the #2 in the nation in regards to reliance on personal income taxes for state budgeting.
- Lifeway Research released some polling and Ed Stetzer released a fascinating infographic regarding people's opinions on whether homosexuality is a sin. 44% believe it to be a sin, 43% do not.
- Regarding homosexuality, Erick Erickson has a thoughtful piece entitled, "Where is the Balance?"
- Speaking of Maryland - a special session is on its way as requested by the Governor. Obviously, he's pushing for tax hikes. Here's what's currently on the docket.
- Obama forgot the magnitude of the recession. Yes, he really did say that. Why did Americans vote for this man again?
- President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission Richard Land has formally apologized for his racially insensitive comments regarding the Trayvon Martin case. You can read my comments on the topic here and here. African American leaders in the SBC have come out supportive of his repentance, which is wonderful. Ed Stetzer also responded to the apology here.
- A piece where Marie poses the question as to what if God had a Gmail account.
- Also - "It's a Von Trapp!"
Other interesting news I miss? Let me know in the comments section.
Delegate Sonny Minnick (D) owns a bar in the 6th Legislative District with his brother. On June 29, the police raided the bar and found five video devices associated with illegal gambling. Minnick just won reelection by a close margin in 2010. Here's an excerpt from the Patch article.
Video devices linked to alleged illegal gambling were seized late last month from a Dundalk bar owned by Del. Joseph "Sonny" Minnick" and his brother.
Det. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman, said Thursday detectives raided Minnick's Restaurant, located in the 7100 block of Sollers Point Road, around 7:30 p.m. June 29.
Five video game devices were seized.
"No charges have been filed at this time," Batton said. "It's an ongoing investigation. We do expect to file charges at the end of the investigation."
Del. Joseph "Sonny" Minnick, his wife Barbara Jean Minnick and brother Daniel Minnick are listed as owners of the restaurant, according to county liquor license records.
Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman, declined to comment on whether or not the state delegate was a target of detectives, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Josephy "Sonny" Minnick, a 6th District Democrat, declined to comment on the investigation when reached by phone Thursday afternoon.
"I don't want you to run this story," Minnick said. "I won't talk to you in the future."
My opinion is that video gaming machines should be legal. BUT, they are not and if you are a sitting Delegate, you should know better. Hopefully, we'll be able to vote him out in 2014.