Tuesday, December 18, 2007

It's Here - The 50th Conservative Refuge Podcast!!

A year in the making, it is the Special 50th installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast which you can enjoy by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In this very special installment, I look back at the purpose of the show and share our very first segment.

We share clips from our blogger contributors: Brandon Wright, Brian Griffiths, Victor Henderson, David Kyle, Jimmy Braswell, Brian Gill, Mark Newgent, Tom Gardner and many more!!

The best of our special guests Delegate Nic Kipke (R-31), Delegate Don Dwyer (R-31), MDGOP Ex. Dir. John Flynn among many others!!!

The clipmania continues with some highlights of the issues covered on the show!!

In our closing segment, I share for the first time our ratings and let you know just how many people have listened to the Conservative Refuge Podcast.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make this show a success and I hope you enjoy this very special look back.

Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Our Guests

As we approach the 50th Conservative Refuge Podcast, another look back at the people who helped make the show what it is.
This time a look back at the many special guests who have been on the show.

As I noted early in the show's run, the Conservative Refuge has an "open door" policy inviting Republican elected officials, party leaders, etc. to come on the show to discuss an issue or promote an item of interest. Here is a list of those who, to date, have walked through that open door.

Delegate Nic Kipke (R-31) Delegate Kipke was the first elected official to come on the show. Before the 2007 General Assembly session, Nic joined us to talk about his experience being elected to the House of Delegates and his insight into the leadership debate within the Republican caucus.

Recently, Delegate Kipke came on the show again to address the controversy surrounding the Citizens for Better Government and answered the tough questions surrounding the group.



Delegate Don Dwyer (R-31) During the 2007 General Assembly session, Delegate Dwyer came on the show to discuss his efforts to defend marriage and express his concerns about the pending "gay marriage" case before the Court of Appeals.
As we discussed here, only two justices took the position Delegate Dwyer feared but with Governor O'Malley's ability to reshape Maryland's highest court and the legislature's efforts to address this issue, a lot more will be said on this subject.


Mike Dye (Annapolis City Republican Central Committee) With another special aldermanic election pending in Annapolis, we recall that two such elections held in January, 2007. Mike Dye came on the show to give us the lay of the land and let our listeners know how they could help.


John Flynn (Executive Director, Maryland Republican Party) The seemingly always controversial executive director of the MDGOP has made a couple of appearances on the show. In February, John came on to the show to discuss the plans for the new MDGOP leadership and their strategies for the General Assembly session. In June, John discussed the recent Maryland Republican convention and changes to party by-laws. In both appearances, John also answered some of his critics about the direction of the party in Maryland.


Jay Breitenbach (Anne Arundel Republican State Central Committee) Former Delegate and recently appointed central committee member Jay Breitenbach came on the show to introduce himself and to address some of the controversy around his appointment. In this illuminating interview, Jay traced his path to the party leadership and discussed his plans and goals for the county's Republican party.


Tom Hood (Executive Director, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants) Before the recent special session, Tom Hood joined us to discuss the various tax proposals. Despite some listener skepticism at the time, Tom's prediction of a 7% sales tax proposal turned out to be prescient.


Richard Falknor (Executive Vice President, Maryland Taxpayers Association) Longtime conservative activist Richard Falknor joined our show to discuss the aftermath of the recent special session. Mr. Falknor, in his own inimitable style, expressed his frustration with anti-tax legislators who could have done more to stop things and provided an outline of how the taxpayer movement in Maryland can move forward.


All of these guests added immensely to the discussion that is the Conservative Refuge Podcast and I hope they, and many of their colleagues, join us in the future.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Our Blogger Contributors

This is the first in a series of posts heading toward the 50th installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast.

As part of our look back, I wanted to mention (in no particular order) the contributors to our various blogger roundtables.


Brandon Wright Brandon was our first blogger contributor and has regularly appeared on the show. Brandon is the former President of the Anne Arundel Young Republicans, is a former aide to Congressman Wayne Gilchrest and now works as a petroleum lobbyist.

Brian Griffiths The always opinionated, often controversial and occasionally most influential blogger in the state has been a mainstay of the blogger roundtable. Brian's blog and his status as one of the original contributors to Red Maryland are the font from which his no holds barred opinions flow.




Victor Henderson The first guest blogger to make an appearance on the roundtable, Victor serves as corresponding secretary of out county's GOP central committee. Victor is a local activist and former candidate for the county central committee.




David Kyle Everyone's favorite unaffiliated constitutional expert has made a couple of guest appearances on the blogger roundtable. David is well known in local circles not only for his involvement with the Institute on the Constitution but for his prior work with Delegate Don Dwyer. Fueled by salt infused drinks and his insatiable thirst for all things constitutional, this Candid Truth author holds the distinction as the only non Republican to appear on the show.


Tom Gardner My former colleague on the county central committee, political and military veteran Tom Gardner appeared on our post session show. Tom has been a mainstay of conservative Republican politics in Anne Arundel county for decades. In addition to his military service, Tom had a long and stellar career with the MVA.



Jimmy Braswell This salmon shirt loving attorney is the author of the The Bully Pulpit and has made a couple of memorable appearances on the blogger roundtable including our discussion of the recent Central Committee fiasco and our technically challenged FredHeads United segment.


Streiff The single-named co-editor of RedState and force behind RedMaryland has to date made only a single appearance on the show. His appearance was a milestone for the show as he was the first nationally known blogger to join the roundtable. In addition, his efforts have brought together some of the state's leading conservative bloggers, many of whom have made their way to the Conservative Refuge podcast.


Mark Newgent Author of The Main Adversary, RedMaryland contributor and talk radio mainstay Mark Newgent has become a regular contributor to the blogger roundtable. His in depth knowledge, keen insight and on air presence have been a great addition to the show.



Dan Bowen Former AAGOP central committee member, longtime activist and candidate Dan Bowen appeared on the show's FredHeads United segment. Always a friend of the show, Dan's extensive experience in local politics belies his age.





Mike Netherland The always opinionated author of Mike's Nether Land and founder of the Elephant Club's The Public Square email group was an original supporter of the show and contributed to its format. Mike's sole appearance on the show, however, was on the FredHeads United installment where he adroitly pointed out how Senator Thompson's Hunt for Red October experience would be handy in a confrontation with China.




Brian Gill This GOP activist, local businessman, RedMaryland contributor and author of Annapolis Politics made a couple of appearances on the roundtable. Another in the new wave of Anne Arundel conservative bloggers, Brian covers not only the Annapolis area beat but has been bold in his challenge to the democratic representatives of this increasingly Republican area.



Looking back, this has been an impressive group of people who have contributed their thoughts, insights and opinions to the Conservative Refuge Podcast. The blogger roundtable is and will always be the heart of what the show is about.


Thank you to all of you and I hope will be a part of the next 50 Conservative Refuge Podcasts.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 49 - Special Interview with Del. Nic Kipke (R-31)

Your source for local Conservative Republican news is the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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In this very special edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast, we have an extended interview with Delegate Nic Kipke (R-31). Delegate Kipke answers the tough questions about his involvement with the group Citizens for Better Government and directly addresses concerns raised about this organization. Delegate Kipke also announces critical changes made as a result of the criticism heard on the Conservative Refuge Podcast and elsewhere.

You need to listen to this podcast to hear the latest news and the most thorough discussion of the concerns about this group anywhere.

In our closing segment, I share some closing thoughts on our interview with Delegate Kipke and update some news items you heard about only on this show. There is also a preview of our special 50th podcast.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-305-4252 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Lest We Forget

As the Special Session rolls into the rear view mirror, last week's promises to take action against those who made this recent tax increase possible begin the test of time.

In the interest promoting the "never forget" mantra, here is how the Gazette saw things:

"Losers

Moderate Democrats — Some voted against the tax increases, but by and large, GOP challengers will flail all the Dems over what is likely the largest tax increase in Maryland history. Nay vote or not, anyone with a D after their name in a right-leaning district could face rough going in 2010.

House GOPFive Republicans defected on the slots referendum measure, which made all the difference. Had the caucus stuck together, Democrats would have needed four more votes, a gap that may have been too great to overcome."

Refresh your memory and let us gird ourselves to give all of these legislators a "rough going in 2010."

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Refuge Podcast #48 - Special Session Wrap-Up

The latest news, views and a little controversy await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, we have an interview with special guest Richard Falknor, Executive Vice President of the Maryland Taxpayers Association, discussing the recent special session. Mr. Falknor boldly discusses his disappointment with previously anti-tax legislators who failed to stop or even slow this tax juggernaut.

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to wrap up the special session and relate all the details about the largest tax increase in Maryland history. Who were the winners and losers from the session? How did the lack of Republican unity in the House of Delegates harm the cause of taxpayers and where do we go from here?

Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I provide an update on the backlash to the proposed Ronald Reagan Dinner we discussed in the last installment including a post from Red Maryland colleague Brian Gill about the hostile reception received by event organizers at the recent Wednesday Morning Republican Breakfast Club meeting. You will want to hear the details of the growing push back to this group.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-305-4252 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

How You Know You Made It

If you ever saw the Howard Stern movie Private Parts, you remember the scene where the WNBC program director wants to fire Stern but cannot because of the ratings. He has a heated conversation with a ratings researcher who tells him that Stern haters actually listen longer and more intently than the fans.

"But if they hate him why do they listen?" he asks. "Most common answer, they want to see what he will say next" is the response.

That is how you know you made it. When people you have never met hate your guts but live and die on every syllable.

Well, I guess I made it. See, there is this blogger (I mentioned him before) who seem obsessed with everything I do and say. He blogged about me here and here and here and here, made a parody (actually multiple parodies) of little old me. Never met the guy (though I heard a rumor he is Ed Reilly's slow witted cousin) and for the life of me cannot see what his problem is.

So now Mr. Nudnik insists that my helpful suggestions regarding Delegate Milquetoast (you know that Infamous Fiver James King) are just "showing off" for the "hard right" and that the people in District 33A really know what a great guy King is.

I know he will be listening to our next podcast when a few others might disagree, that is others in addition to of these right thinking Americans who just don't see the "inner beauty" my biggest fan does for the good delegate.

After all, he will want to see what I say next.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Striking While the Iron is Hot

Many have expressed their consternation, nay anger, at the vote of Del. James King (R?-33A) to enable the largest tax increase in Maryland history. In case you missed it:

Red Maryland's Mark Newgent adds to our rich lexicon
O'Malley Watch (and commenters) set the record straight
Our friend Brian Griffiths documents King's continued weaseling

And many more. As the guy who lost to King in the recent primary, I would be lying if I did not admit feeling some vindication, but rather than engage in a puerile "I told you so" let me offer some concrete suggestions to the many taxpayers angry with the Del. Milquetoast.

1. We have documented that King has ambitions for higher office, namely the District 33 Senate Seat in 2010 (assuming Sen. Janet Greenip retires). His likely rival is his colleague in District 33 Tony McConkey. Tony is a solid conservative (read endorsements here) and a consistent vote against slots and taxes.

Send King a message that his plans are in jeopardy by sending a check to Del. McConkey

Friends of Tony McConkey
207 Cypress Creek Road
Severna Park, Md 21146

2. Many have suggested boycotting restaurants in which King has a small ownership interest. Take this one step further. Demand that Republican groups, like the West County Republican Club, not meet at these restaurants and vow to never support any group or candidate who has an event there.

King gets great mileage from making his places available to others. Boycotting his ability to collect political chits will do much more than trying to reduce overall business.

Start by emailing the West County Club President Eric Flamino eflamino@aol.com and Vice-President Chuck Gast chuckgast@yahoo.com

3. As reported on the podcast, King is part of a new PAC trying to influence Republican politics in Anne Arundel County. They are trying to organize a dinner for January in the name of Ronald Reagan. If it is successful, King's star will rise and he will have a lot of money to buy more influence (see #1).

Make sure you don't support this dinner and encourage others to do the same. (The group has already removed his picture from their website.)

4. Keep writing letters to the editor decrying his vote, especially in the local papers in his district.

Baltimore Sun letters@baltsun.com
Annapolis Capital capletts@capitalgazette.com,
Severna Park Voice LonnieL@SevernaParkVoice.Com

Every letter printed will be ammunition to use against him in 2010 and beyond.

5. Go visit him tomorrow morning at the Wednesday Morning Breakfast Club meeting at 7:30 am at the Eastport Yacht Club, 317 East Street in Annapolis.

King is counting that your memories are short, that your outrage won't last, that no one reads the blogs and that he will be able to rewrite history in 2010.

Don't let him get away with it.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 47 - Taking Reagan's Name in Vain

The latest news, views and a little controversy await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I raise some concerns voiced by party leaders and activists about the upcoming Ronald Reagan dinner. I report the facts behind the group supporting this effort and how the money raised may lead to more harm than good for the GOP cause. You need to hear this segment that will have people talking!

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to discuss the second week of the special session. With both chambers supporting tax increases, what will the final tax package look like? Will any self-styled "conservative" democrats change their votes and imperil a final bill? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I relate the very latest from the special session. We also open the "Fat Files" to share a report that being overweight may actually have health benefits which has not stopped British parents, frightened by obesity hysteria, to enroll their 4 month old babies in gym classes.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-305-4252 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 46 - You Heard It Here First

Plenty of news that you will not hear elsewhere awaits in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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In our opening segment, I relate the ongoing saga of who will replace Judge Wilner on the Maryland Court of Appeals. You will want to listen as I relate the latest information from sources close to the appointment process as to who will and who will not be the next member of Maryland's highest court. You are only going to hear this news by listening to this podcast!

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to discuss the first week of the special session. Will the Governor get all of his proposed new taxes passed? Can the Republicans find a way to derail some or all of these tax increases? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I relate the very latest from the special session including a report that confirms what you first heard on this show regarding a proposed 40% increase in the sales tax. I also open the "Fat Files" to reveal how Santa Claus is being targeted by the nannystaters as a "bad example" for children.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 45 - Ron Smith Belongs in the Nut Ball Box

More news, views and insight into conservative Republican happenings await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, we visit the "Nut Ball Box" and I explain why WBAL radio personality Ron Smith belongs in the Nut Ball Box. You need to hear the outrageous and offensive comments of this popular local radio personality claiming that our armed forces are engaged in a genocidal war to control middle east oil.

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to discuss the rumors that Governor O'Malley may leave the mess he has made in Maryland to become Hillary Clinton's Vice Presidential candidate. With rapidly falling poll numbers, does O'Malley see the VP spot as an escape hatch for his political career or will his proposed massive tax hikes ruin his chances for national office? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I relate some listener feedback concerning the recent gay marriage decision and the O'Malley tax proposals. I also share an update on the tax proposals being considered in the upcoming special session.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Monday, October 22, 2007

Thompson wins Maryland Republican Money Race

In the most recent fundraising quarter, former Senator Fred Thompson out raised his Republican opponents in Maryland. Here are the numbers:

Republicans Third quarter Election cycle to date
Rudolph W. Giuliani $118,100 $655,060
Mitt Romney $104,989 $602,023
John McCain $122,090 $455,745
Fred Thompson $160,050 $160,050


While his competitors have had a substantial headstart, and the efforts of Maryland's top Republican fundraisers, these numbers show that the Thompson campaign in Maryland has considerable momentum heading toward the February 12, 2008 primary.

Friday, October 12, 2007

The Refuge Will Return to Regular Progarmming Soon



The Conservative Refuge blog and Podcast will be taking a short hiatus as Kline family heads to Disneyworld. We will return to normal programming in the next couple of weeks and sprint toward out 50th show.

Due to technical difficulties and the constraints of time we were unable to produce a recent podcast featuring a great blogger roundtable with Brian Griffiths and Mark Newgent discussing the O'Malley VP controversy. I apologize to Brian and Mark and hope to share that segment, and many more like it, very soon.

In the meantime, make sure to catch up on what you have missed on the Refuge Podcast and let us know your favorite moments.

Also, please visit our sponsors who make the show possible.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Congrats Monoblogue

Just heard our friend Mike Swartz author of the Monoblogue on Rush Limbaugh's show.

Way to go Mike! Let us know if you were really "fried" a promised by Rush.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Let Me Put It To You, Gentle Listener


As some may have noticed, the Conservative Refuge is rapidly approaching its 50th podcast. Some regular listeners have asked if the event will be marked with any special celebration.


While that issue is very much up in the air, you can be assured there will be a special 50th installment highlighting the ground our show has covered over these many months.


In that vein, I would ask you, gentle listener, what would you want to hear on a 50th show?


What are your favorite moments from the show?


Which of our contributors or guests was the most entertaining, informative, etc.?


And since I know any successful show draws its detractors who listen intently (for Rush Limbaugh its Harry Reid for me its this guy), for the haters, what is your least favorite part of the show?


Feel free to post your comments here, or email me at gregorykline@aol.com


Thanks for listening.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Thompson Campaign organizing locally

Sources close to the Thompson campaign locally inform me that there will be an announcement very soon about the Maryland leadership for the Fred Thompson for President campaign.

While an official statement is expected next week, sources indicate that the Marylanders for Thompson effort will be led by House Minority Leader Tony O'Donnell and Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley.

There are no details yet on who will lead the effort in Anne Arundel county but the organization is coming together rapidly.


Needless to say, this is great news. O'Donnell and Brinkley are solid conservative Republican leaders and bring a great deal of gravitas to the campaign here in the Free State.

Of course, it never hurts that Tony O'Donnell is a friend of the Refuge.

Local campaign information can be accessed at http://www.mdforfred.com/

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Refuge Podcast #44 - Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

More news, views and insight into conservative Republican happenings await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, a special guest interview with Tom Hood, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. Tom breaks down the various tax increase proposals and what their impact will be on individual Marylanders and our state's economy.

Our blogger roundtable convenes, with regular contributor Brian Griffiths and guest blogger Mark Newgent, to discuss the political ramifications of these proposals and the possibility of a special session. Is a special session in the offing? Can the Republican caucus be decisive in blocking any of these proposals? Will these tax increases damage the democrats in 2010? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I revisit the "Nut Ball Box" and discuss a disturbing trend of the liberal blogosphere to parrot the talking points of America's enemies. You will want hear the disturbing praise the Daily Kos gives to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 43 - A Victory for Marriage

More news, views and insight into conservative Republican happenings await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.blogspot.com/

In our opening segment, I break down the Conaway v. Deane decision of the Maryland Court of Appeals and give you a primer on why the Court determined to upohold traditional marriage here in our state. I cut to the heart of the opinion and share with you, in the Court's own words, the well reasoned logic of our state's highest court.

A special edition of our blogger roundtable we are calling FredHeads United. Local bloggers and activists, Dan Bowen, Brian Griffiths, Mike Netherland, Jimmy Braswell and myself discuss why we support Fred Thompson for President. Our blogger contributors also break down the race as well as giving our listeners information on how they can become more involved.

In our closing segment, I share some listener feedback on our discussion of illegal immigration here in Maryland.

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Greg Kline
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This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Thursday, September 13, 2007

FredHeads Unite!

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Like my blogger colleagues Brian Griffiths, Mike Netherland, Jimmy Braswell and the rest, I am supporting Fmr. Senator and "Barbarians at the Gate" star Fred Thompson for the Republican nomination as President of the United States.
Thompson is the best and only viable Reagan Republican in the pack and while the fight will be tough and he is getting in later than I would prefer, his strength to this point is testament that he is the man of the hour.
Much more to come.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 42 - The Last Word

The latest news and the views of Maryland's leading conservative opinion makers await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

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We have a very special edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast in which our very special blogger roundtable discusses last night's meeting of the Anne Arundel County Republican State Central Committee in which the Chairman Michael Collins was removed. Joining us are bloggers Brian Griffiths, David Kyle and Brian Gill who all attended the meeting and provide their perspectives on what happen and offer their insights into what it all means.

You will want to hear our spirted discussion from a variety of perspectives about this dramatic event in Anne Arundel Republican politics.

Listen in and share your thoughts! Spread the word!

Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.

Our Nightmare is over

As one of those in attendance last night for the Anne Arundel Republican Central Committee meeting, I wanted to relate a few thoughts. I know many of my fellow bloggers were there and will have their own takes and I hope a number of us, with differing viewpoints, will also have a great discussion for the next podcast.

Then I will be content to never speak of this unpleasantness again.

To his credit, my friend (and I get no end of grief for that I can tell you) Brian Griffiths, has been among the first to give his account of last night's events. Reading his entry, however, I began to wonder if we were at the same meeting.

The factual events are fairly portrayed but I walked away with a very different feeling. Mike Collins did try to ignore members of the committee who wanted to move his removal to the top of the agenda. It was silly and unnecessary and a terrible way to start the meeting.

Ms. Belcher did try to limit debate. The committee spent nearly half an hour deciding to only slightly limit debate which Mike as chair would be tracking. This also seemed unnecessary as those who spoke did so only briefly and only a few people who did not contact the committee beforehand had any comment. Most, like me, came to listen.

There was a statement that everyone who spoke from the audience was against what the committee was doing but this was not the case. Mike had a number of supporters who did speak on his behalf and who came to support him but many of the speakers simply lamented that this issue had gotten out of hand because it was not conducted internally and because when it became public those who supported removal stayed silent. The statement "there is plenty of blame to go around" was oft repeated and for good reason.

Alan Rzepkowski and Erik Robey made particularly good explanations of why the committee was doing what they did. There were many legitimate reasons why the committee wanted someone else to lead them and all the wild speculation that this was ideological or some backdoor plotting by certain politicians, which I always doubted on this blog and in our podcast, was rightly put to bed. The committee just did not like the way Mike was running things. They did not like his public criticism of the state party, whether real or percieved. They did not feel the transistion to his leadership was as quick or as efficient as it should have been.

In fact, Collins began his remarks by stating that he originally intended to resign in September but changed his mind to stay on only until January. The committee members met to convince him to step aside and to work out their issues but Mike, for reasons which are disputed, did not attend the meeting.(This is the infamous Kaufmann's encouter).

In other words, this was much ado about nothing.

It was tragic that this had to play out in the public. It was a crying shame that the members of the committee, for sincere albeit mistaken reasons, chose not to address this when it did become public. This fueled the rank speculation and allowed Mike to get his view of the story out, that this was a right wing coup, without any question. The members acknowledged the whole thing got out of hand. It did and "there is plenty of blame to go around" that it happened.

What many people missed, because they left after the removal vote, is that the committee finished their agenda with surprising collegiality and aplomb. They got back to the work of the committee, namely organizing events for the upcoming county fair and voted to make a significant contribution to the state GOP. The little debate on these points was vigorous but polite.

So it seems that we will look back at this and wonder what all the fuss was about. Truly it was a comedy of errors.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Refuge Podcast #41 - The Invasion of Illegal Immigrants into Maryland

The latest news and the views of Maryland's leading conservative opinion makers await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I share some news and comment on the invasion of illegal immigrants into our State. You will want to listen how liberal leaders, special interest groups and some in the business community have conspired to make Maryland a magnet for illegal aliens.

Our blogger roundtable convenes to discuss what our county Republican leaders are doing to combat illegal immigration. You will want to hear as we are joined by special guest Brian Gill, local blogger, activist and business owner and our regular contributor Brian Griffiths, recently named again as the most influential blogger in Maryland.

In our closing segment, we take another page from the Fat Files. I share an article discussing DC's ranking as #1 for obese children and how liberal activists claim that the Government must do more. Listen in as I share the words of liberal "fat fighters" who want to destroy the idea of personal responsibility and allow the Government to control our lives.

Listen in and share your thoughts! Spread the word!

Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Actually, no we don't

Maryland liberal leaders are in a tizzy trying to figure out what to do to save state homeowners, now facing foreclosure, from themselves.

The seemingly omnipresent superlib Tom Perez put it this way:

"We need to prevent people from getting into loans that set them up for
failure," Maryland's secretary of labor, licensing and regulation, Thomas E.
Perez, said yesterday at a hearing in Annapolis.

Actually, Tom, we don't.

One of the central fronts on the ideological war between liberals and conservatives is the notion of personal responsibility. We see it play out in the smoking debate, the effort to outlaw transfats, work requirements for welfare, etc. etc.

Liberals have a paternalistic view of us all, specifically that we cannot tie our own shoes without them. They really believe that only the government, that well known bastion of common sense and efficiency, can save us from ourselves or worse the bogeymen corporations praying upon us
poor saps for (gasp!) profit.

Papa Perez is a perfect example. Homeowners who signed up for these mortgages are just victims of "predatory lenders" and the Government (funded by the real saps who manage to work and pay mortgages they can afford) needs to ride in and save the day.

The low mortgage rates and soaring property values Marylanders have seen over the last several years fueled a massive increase in people who otherwise could never afford to buy a home to do so. Some of these loans had steep increases in interest rates and monthly payments after a couple of years. With rising home values this was of little concern because refinancing was readily available. It is important to note also that this particular crisis is having a far lesser effect on Maryland than most of the country largely because our property values have not taken the same hit.

In too many cases now, however, that no longer appears to be the case.

That is bad news for lenders and investors who took risks in lending money to people on terms they should have known would exceed their ability to pay and which were collateralized by property that no longer secures the debt.

It is also bad news for would be homeowners who took on obligations they could not afford but who otherwise would be in the same position in which they are now forced to return, renters with no immediate hope of home ownership. But these folks assumed this risk, which were fully disclosed, and they really have no one to blame but themselves.

A taxpayer funded bailout, at a time when we already cannot afford the crazy spending habits of our liberal masters, will only reward bad behavior and will do nothing ultimately to help those in this mess.

Also, greater regulation will severely limit, if not destroy, the sub-prime mortgage industry which has helped to over 90% of mortgagees who meet their obligations increase their wealth and financial security by making home ownership a reality.

Sadly, the Papa Perez viewpoint is in control in Annapolis. Bad policy is sure to follow. Just remember we told you so.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Refuge Podcast 40 - The Way Forward

The latest news of conservative Republican happenings here in Anne Arundel County await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In a special edition of the Conservative Refuge, we discuss the unfortunate state of affairs with our Anne Arundel Republican State Central Committee. We are joined in a very special interview with regular contributor, top blogger and media darling Brian Griffiths who summarizes what we know about this issue.

If you have not heard or read all of the information about this, you must listen to this interview to get the latest and most complete discussion of this issue in any media source and make up your own mind about how we can move our county Republican party forward.

As always, we welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue and have extended our standing invitation to Republican leaders to answer the questions so many local Republicans are asking.

Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Refuge Podcast #39 - Red Maryland

The latest news and the views of Maryland's leading conservative opinion makers await in the next installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I share a piece from Annapolis Capital columnist Eric Hartley pointing out the failings of an appointed school board in the county. You will want to hear why Mr. Hartley feels the school board appoined by "certain elected officials and their cronies" is truly acting like spoiled children and why a board accountable to the voters is necessary to create a workable budget system in our county.

Our blogger roundtable convenes to discuss the latest in the Maryland state budget debate. You will want to hear as we are joined by very special guest Bill Streiff contributing editor of Redstate.com, the nation's leading conservative blog and our regular contributor Brian Griffiths, recently named as the most influential blogger in Maryland.

In our closing segment, some news about how fat is the new tobacco. I share the latest from the "Fat Files" as the phony "obesity epidemic" has reached a new milestone in demonizing the 2/3 of Americans our government says are overweight.

Listen in and share your thoughts!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast


This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Shocker : The Baltimore Sun is down on the GOP

One wonders how many interns got crushed in the editorial stampede for The Baltimore Sun to print its opinion piece "Can GOP bounce back?" (no that's not a typo the GOP is unworthy of an article in the Sun)

Don't let the title fool you. The author, self-hating Republican pollster Frank Luntz, paints a pretty dim view of future Republican chances. Ahh, the media loves nothing more than "Republicans" validating their view that the GOP is a gang of washed up losers who can do nothing right.

For the true believers reading this tripe, however, there is great solace in the fact Luntz's diagnosis is as flawed as his prognosis.

He begins by cherry picking some meaningless, generic poll numbers and then points out the obvious that the President's poll numbers are low and to make his point. It takes a few paragraphs before he acknowledges that the approval of the Democratic Congress is lower. (He dismisses this as one piece of good news is sea of bad.)

Not to worry, though, Good ol' Frank has the answer. Like all self-important political consultants whose ideological loyalty is as strong as the size of their next payment, his remedy for the Republican party is simple: Stop being so Republican!

His course of treatment is a "forward-looking agenda, unparalleled message discipline, a strict focus on the tens of millions of independent voters, an innnovative candidate and campaign and a lot of luck." You have to love consultants but let's break that down a bit.

Luntz claims that "the success of the Republican Party since 1980 was to eschew definition or brand." In one sentence, Luntz has revised the history of the conservative movement over the last three decades as non-ideological. Correct me if I am wrong, but a commitment to lower taxes, strong national defense, traditional values and pro-growth economic policies sounds a hell of a lot like a definition and brand. It is also the description of the stated beliefs of the Republican Party since 1980.

Even more absurd, Luntz suggests that the GOP develop a "forward-looking agenda" even though since 1980 "whatever hopes, dreams and aspirations people saw in themselves were seen in the Republican Party." Who exactly did that happen without an agenda, a definition or a brand?

These are just a couple of the astounding idiocies in this piece. I will let you, gentle reader, have a field day with the rest.

What Luntz ignores in his independent-loving, Reagan-denying pulp fiction is that the setbacks of our party have been the result of discontent within our party. It is not that we don't have a "forward-looking agenda" or a brand or definition its that we have leaders who have alternatively, ignored, denied or violated it. Lump in some scandal and a long and difficult war and you still have to be amazed that it will only take a 15-20 seat swing in the House of Representatives and 2 seats in the Senate to swing it back to Republican Control.

Whatever people think about President Bush, he ain't on the ballot in 2008. The barely more popular than pedophiles Democractic Congress will be.

We do not have to deny our success. We do not have to redefine ourselves. We do not have to change what we believe to court independent voters who choose to consider themselves above partisan identity.

We need to be true to our conservative beliefs, a well sold and markatable brand and recruit candidates that convince Republicans who want to be convinced that they really mean it this time.

While The Baltimore Sun may fall all over itself to print the views of a RINO consultant that our best days are behind us, it does not make it so.

Hang in there, we will get there.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Allegiances switch in Gilchrest-Harris race

As we have been speculating, two Anne Arundel delegates have announced their endorsement of Andy Harris against Wayne Gilchrest. The two newest supporters of the challenger Andy Harris are Delegate Steve Schuh (R-31) and Delegate James King (R-33a).

As reported by the Examiner both Schuh and King supported Gilchrest previously and, in King's case, were among the special guests for Congressman Gilchrest's recent fundraisers.

Will these switches of allegiance be a sign of strength for the challenger or dismissed as the Machiavellian positioning of ambitious politicians.

For consideration of the latter, let me submit the following from our friend Bud the Blogger before the announcement:

Kipke, Schuh and Dillon won't witch sides. They co-sponsored an event with
Gilchrest last week. All three have too much integrity to play both sides in
this race.

Enough said.

If you listened to the recent podcasts, you know we reported that Delegate King's camp was reaching out to Gilchrest to broker a deal for King's support in this race in return for Gilchrest's support of King for the 33 Senate seat in 2010. The report caused a bit of a stir and the heat from Delegate King's conservative backers apparently convinced him to switch sides.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Gather Ye Speculation While Ye May

(Cross-posted at Red Maryland)

We in the Conservative Refuge have been covering closely the machinations of local elected Republicans as they swear fealty in the Gilchrest-Harris Congressional primary. There has been no shortage of intrigue.

The lastest is that the campaign of Senator Andy Harris has announced a news conference within the next few hours (their release actually says Tuesday, July 18) to announce "Key Endorsements from Anne Arundel County Legislators". We know who some of these will be as local Senators Janet Greenip and Bryan Simonaire are a part of the Harris exploratory committee. It will be no surprise if other, as yet unaligned, Republicans join their ranks.

The question is whether some of those who were Congressman Gilchrest's "special guests" at his recent fundraiser (held the day after he joined the Pelosi-Murtha junta to surrender in Iraq) will switch sides. The camps of some of these officials have been denying their support of Gilchrest, though not publicly.

Will the Gilchrest loyalists stand by their man or will some sense a shift in the political winds and switch sides?

We will know soon enough.

Homer Simpson - Bane of Pagans Hero of the Faithful




In a brilliant promotion of the upcoming Simpsons movie (yes I will be there at midnight) the producers placed a large picture of Homer Simpson near a famous earth etching in the British hillside.


Local pagans are not happy. Apparently a large underwear clad man holding a donut reverently is less spiritual than a poorly drawn man carrying a stick. No sense of humor.
Three words. Best Promotion Ever!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 38 - The future of the Republican Party here in Anne Arundel County

All the local conservative news and views await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I share some news and comments on the mainstream reporting of the local blogosphere. You will want to hear how the liberal media ignores our strong local conservative blogosphere while Democratic politicians are stealing a march on their Republican counterparts by taking advantage of technology.

We are joined by our special guest, Jay Breitenbach, who served briefly as a Delegate from Anne Arundel county and was recently appointed as the newest member of our Anne Arundel County Republican central committee. Jay honestly addresses some of the controversy surrounding his appointment and discusses his goals as well as some of the challenges facing the party in the coming years.

In our closing segment, I weave some front page news and listener feedback to begin a discussion of how radical views once thought crazy are now becoming mainstream. As our society becomes more segmented and the media more diffuse, the public challenge to nonsensical "conspiracy theories" and crazy views has waned. What effect will this phonomenon have on the marketplace of ideas and the future of politics?

Listen in and share your thoughts!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Representin' on the Right

Funny how it takes a liberal politician starting a blog before the mainstream media realizes there is political blogosphere here in Anne Arundel County.

For the Capital it was Councilman Josh Cohen's blog. They ignored that other points of view may be out there.

Now the Sun has figured it out. In today's Arundel section, the Sun reports on the growing blogosphere here in the county. The Refuge is mentioned prominently and, if you did not know better, one might think it was the only conservative blog in the county. (The Sun never contacted me about the story.)

While I would love to have people think that, it is not true. I link to other local bloggers here and feature them on the Conservative Refuge podcast (which is a far better listen then Mayor Moyer's lefty-fueled rantings).

We will keep fighting the good fight in the blogosphere on the right.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

RedState - Maryland Style

One of the editor's of the premier conservative blog, Redstate, has opened up shop in the Maryland blogosphere.

The Maryland Politics/Red Maryland blog led by Streiff has already put up an impressive array of posts which I encourage you all to read.

Our friend Brian Griffiths has already signed on to cross-post and sure enough has brought his own inimitable style to the RedState's Maryland auxiliary. Think of it as a heaving helping of Old Bay.

Streiff has agreed to join us in the future Conservative Refuge podcasts and maybe, like a cold Natty Bo, you might see a cross-post from the Refuge in the future.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 37 - Martin "Tony Soprano" O'Malley / Supreme Court Review

News, thoughtful analysis and some controversy await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, some breaking news on how the O'Malley administration is strong-arming localities to join the Governor's propaganda campaign to support massive tax increases. You will want to hear the details of this shocking story.

The blogger roundtable reviews the recent Supreme Court term and discuss how certain key decisions will affect national politics and policy. What do some of the cracks in the conservative majority foretell about the future direction of the Roberts' Court? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinion.

A follow up in our closing segment on the Harris-Gilchrest race. Our report on how local elected Republicans are lining up has generated considerable discussion. Listen in for the latest on this developing story.

Listen in and share your thoughts!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Who needs the Kwik-E-Mart? ....... I dooooo!!!



As an obsessive Simpsons fan, I just had to check out the converted 7-11 in Bladensburg made over to the Kwik-E-Mart. I was not disappointed.







(Chief Wiggum with my daughter Samantha (her hair was painted as part of her award winning July 4th costume)















The store had all the little touches that make the show great and, of course, all the great Simpsons characters.







Monday, July 02, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 36 - Republican Primaries Get Interesting

News, views and some controversy await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, some news you will not hear elsewhere about the Republican primary for Maryland's First Congressional district. You need to check out the details of how local politicians are maneuvering in this race in hopes of bolstering their chances in 2010. This is segment that I guarantee will have people talking.

The blogger roundtable, with special guest David Kyle, convenes for a discussion of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "Mormon Problem". Can Gov. Romney say or do anything that will make evangelicals more comfortable with his Mormon background? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinion.

More news and comment in our closing segment about how the immigration debate is impacting local county politics and policy. Listen in and share your thoughts!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by the law firm of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC has been a leader in the Maryland legal community for over 80 years. Contact them to assist you with all your legal needs at www.AdelbergRudow.com or call 410-539-5195.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Am I the only person who thinks we should not have police officers with tattoos on their necks?

It appears that the county chief of police agrees with me. A new policy requiring Anne Arundel County police officers to cover their tattoos has been adopted. All the details are in today's Capital here.

The police, and especially the police unions, seem to feel that it is inhuman to ask police officers who have tattoos on their forearms, lower legs and yes even their necks to cover them in the summer heat. Such a policy would require long sleeves (to cover those lower arm tattoos), full length pants (leg tattoos) and turtlenecks (you can figure that out).

Are you kidding me? I guess I am just old fashioned but since when is it acceptable for an officer of the law to tattoo his neck and worse unreasonable to expect him (or her I guess) to cover it when on duty? What are we going to do with face tattoos? Even with a summer uniform there is plenty of body space to mutilate (I mean tattoo) if you want to knock yourself out.

The policy, long held by our Sherriff's department without an issue, seems the minimum we should have. We should not even be hiring people with neck tattoos let alone have them on full display when they are on duty.

How will we tell the cops from the criminals otherwise?

Monday, June 25, 2007

The System Works

For those following the saga of the "Judge" who sued his dry cleaner for tens of millions of dollars, take comfort that his claim was rejected outright. The Plaintiff will also have to pay the Defendants' court costs and the payment of attorneys' fees is pending.

All the details are here.

A couple of points. First, it is nice to see the media report the final result of one of these "crazy lawsuits" with roughly the same level of coverage as when the case was filed. It shows that while anyone can sue anyone else for anything the law does have some provision for frivolous lawsuits. Of course, frivolous is often in the eye of the beholder.

Second, this idiot is not a judge! No robe, no gavel! He does not hear criminal cases. He is an "administrative law judge" which hears administrative appeals with local agencies. In Maryland, these people were called "hearing officers" until a few years ago. They are lawyers and have the name judge in their title but the media played this up way too much to make too broad a point about the out of control legal system. Keep in mind, if it was a judge the judicial canons of conduct would apply which may be more rigorous than the ethical rules governing attorneys, though they might be implicated as well.

Finally, the case does show how well intentioned "consumer protection" laws can be abused to promote needless litigation. If you think it is a coincidence that trial lawyer groups, usually dominated by plaintiff's attorneys and often exclude those who represent businesses, give money to politicians, consider all the recently passed statutes creating new causes of actions. There were no "educational law" attorneys until Congress gave every parent a right to sue if their child did not receive an adequate education. Now it is one of the fastest growing concentrations in the legal world.

So, the system can and, in this case at least, did work. If you want to help the defendants, you can visit here http://www.customcleanersdefensefund.com/.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 35 - Petition Drive Wrap-Up and Talk of Global Warming

Plenty of conservative news, views and insight awaits in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I wrap up the school board petition drive. You must listen to the details that you will not see elsewhere about how the Board of Elections pulled the rug out from under this effort and the obstacles overcome to send a clear message to county politicians.

The blogger roundtable convenes for a discussion of Maryland colleges and universities participating in the global warming hysteria and wasting our tax dollars in the process. How will this boondoggle cost taxpayers and can anything be done to turn back this "green" tide? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinion.

In our closing segment, more talk of global warming. I share news and comments on how trial lawyers are getting in on the act to push the global warming agenda, at a tidy profit. Listen in and share your thoughts!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Petition Drive Update

I will have a lot more to say about this in the next edition of the Conservative Refuge Podcast but here is an email that I sent to all of our hardworking volunteers:

Friends,

We have received the news we dreaded from the State Board of Elections. It appears that after the counting and validation of the petition signatures turned in for May we have come up short by 275 signatures.

We are seeking more information and exploring our options but it would appear that our petition drive has fallen painfully short. Our volunteers did a conscientious job in collecting signatures and the rejection rate was about half of the typical average for these efforts. However, it appears that signatures which were invalidated for technical reasons were the difference.

You will be reading about this in the paper today and I wanted to give you a head's up.

I also wanted to thank all of you for the hard work you have given to our effort. Given that the effort was completely grassroots and all volunteer, what you accomplished is nothing short of amazing. Time, not any lack of support, was the enemy.

Thousands of our neighbors joined us in sending a message that our voice should not be silenced in the school board selection process.

While the focus of our efforts may now shift, I hope we can continue to work together to give power to the people and not the politicians.

Thank you again for all your hard work and make sure everyone who helped us gets this message.

Greg Kline
Chairman, Citizens for an Elected School Board

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Refuge Podcast # 34 - Republican Fiscal Prudence vs. Democratic Doomsday

Jam-packed with conservative goodness it is the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I share some news and comment on the recently passed county budget. You will want to hear the surprising comments of one member of the County Council noting the fiscal prudence and record educational investments made in the 2008 budget.

The blogger roundtable convenes for a discussion of the "Doomsday budget" being put together by state legislative leaders to scare Marylanders into supporting massive tax increases. Will this political ploy work with the electorate and what would be the proposed "cuts" that would convince Marylanders they would rather pay higher gas, sales and income taxes? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinion.

In our closing segment, some news and comment on political firings by the O'Malley administration. Listen for the details of the latest democratic hypocrisy which has not been reported in the mainstream Maryland media.

Listen in and share your thoughts!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Monday, June 11, 2007

Another Night at The Wire

I had the opportunity for the second year in a row to attend "A Night at the Wire" charity event supporting the Ella Thompson Fund.

For you poor souls who are not familiar with HBO's hit drama "The Wire" you are missing one of the best and grittiest crime dramas on TV. The writing is superb, the acting sublime and it all takes place in our backyard. Not only based in Baltimore, but it is filmed here and written and produced by those intimately familiar with the streets of "Bodymore, Murderland".

The event allowed fans to meet and greet all the cast from the show (a very unique and cool experience for fans of any tv show) in a fun and laid back environment. There was great food and drink and a tour of the soundstages and sets (which are in use currently for filming of the show's fifth and final season). And as a bonus, I also got to hang out with the stars of Food Network's "Ace of Cakes". (Duff is a smaller guy than you would think.)

I do not know if they will hold another event like this, but if they do I will be there.

Greg with Felecia "Snoop" Pearson from HBO's hit drama "The Wire"


Greg with Andre "Bubbles" Royo from HBO's Hit Drama "The Wire"


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Refuge Podcast #33 Special Interview with Md. GOP Ex. Dir. John Flynn

News, views and some controversy await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, we have a very special interview with Maryland Republican Party Executive Director John Flynn. You will want to hear John give his frank and unapologetic response to the anonymous attacks in the media against the current MDGOP leadership.

The blogger roundtable convenes for a discussion of the "Scooter" Libby case. What, if anything will it take for President Bush to pardon a key advisor many conservatives view as the victim of a partisan witch hunt? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinion.

We share listener feedback on the GOP Presidential Race in our closing segment. Listen in and share your thoughts!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Monday, June 04, 2007

Refuge Podcast #32 - Petitions Plus Presidential Primary Politics

All the conservative goodness you have come to expect awaits in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I share some news and comment on the school board petition drive. You will want to hear how the hard work of so many in our community is succeeding. You can join this effort by visiting http://www.voteonschoolboard.com

The blogger roundtable convenes for an extended discussion of the Republican Presidential Primary. Updating a discussion from a couple of months ago, our blogger contributors review the national and local developments in the race for the Republican nomination.

Share your thoughts and feedback!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Monday, May 28, 2007

Refuge Podcast #31 - What has not been said about the BGE rate hike.

More news, views and insight into conservative Republican happenings await in the latest installment of the Conservative Refuge Podcast. You can listen by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

In our opening segment, I share some comments you did not hear on WBAL's Ron Smith show about the PSC approval of massive electrical rate hikes. You must hear why all that has happened was predicted and how it exposes the hollow lies of the O'Malley administration and the Busch/Miller led General Assembly.

The blogger roundtable convenes to discuss the immigration debate in Congress. Will the success of the Bush/Kennedy/McCain immigration bill be the death kneel of the Republican Party? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, I respond to some listener feedback asking for the scoop on the recent Maryland Republican Party State Convention. With a nod to our friends at Monoblogue, I share some insight and opinion.

Share your thoughts and feedback!

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Greg Kline
Host, Conservative Refuge Podcast

This installment of the Conservative Refuge is proudly sponsored by Carpe Diem Consulting, LLC, specializing in forensic accounting, litigation support, business valuations and expert testimony in the areas of white collar criminal defense, contract disputes and other litigation matters. Contact John DeLuca and his associates at 410-672-5624 or via email at jdeluca@carpediemconsult.com

Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Frost Warning Issued for Hell

At the risk of being self-indulgent, I just had to share the recent email of Ms. Joyce Thomann, an activist I have admired but who has hated my guts for years. (No, I am not sure exactly why.)

"Dear Friends:

A few minutes ago, the new Democrat appointed Maryland Public Service Commission APPROVED the 50% rate hike requested by Baltimore Gas & Electric(BGE).During the Ehrlich Administration, when the Republican chaired Maryland Public Service Commission approved the same rate increase, the Commission and its Chairman, Republican Ken Schischler [sic] were accused of malfeasance, and the Democrats demanded the entire Commission be fired!

Ken Schiscler [sic] was forced to hire attorneys and defend himself in Court from these spurious charges. At the time, the Republican Chaired Maryland Public Service Commission honestly stated that they were forced to pass along the rate increase – because IT WAS THE LAW! A law written by the Democrat majority in the Legislature a decade earlier!Today, the Democrat appointed Maryland Public Service Commission passed THE 50% INCREASE along to you and to me – BECAUSE IT WAS THE LAW! An absolutely outstanding individual, Ken Schischler [sic], was hounded by the Democrat dogs baying at his heels.

The legal fees which he was forced to incur should be paid by the DEMOCRATS – (individually and from their own personal funds would be my preference) – but don't hold your breath for the Democrats in the legislature to do the right thing!
When you hear one of your friends, neighbors, co-workers complaining about this new rate increase REMEMBER – that increase was brought to them by the DEMOCRATS who have been in control of Maryland's Legislature for more than 40 years! *Many of those who complain are reaping the harvest from the seeds they have sown by their votes.*Many thanks to Ken Schischler [sic] and the other members of the previous Maryland Public Service Commission for being individuals of great principle!

Best regards.
Joyce"

[emphasis mine]

As one of the attorneys who defended Ken Schisler, I cannot tell you how delighted I was that Ms. Thomann is so concerned about putting money in my pocket!

Hell may freeze over any second!

BTW, Joyce is dead on regarding the entire issue. The dems' hypocrisy is so well laid out so many places I really do not know what more I can add.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Refuge Podcast #30 - Of Republicans, Budgets and Vetoes

After a brief hiatus, the Conservative Refuge Podcast is back with our 30th show jam-packed with all the conservative goodness you have come to expect. You can listen to by visiting here:

http://theconservativerefuge.libsyn.com/

Two special blogger roundtable segments in this installment.

First, the roundtable discusses the county budget. Will the County Executive be successful in holding the line on taxes while confronting the untenable desires of the school board and the insatiable desires of local special interest groups? Our blogger contributors offer their opinions.

Second, the blogger roundtable, with special guest Jimmy Braswell, discuss Governor O'Malley's veto of a bill to give drug dealers parole. Does the Governor have to veto this far left legislation to prevent the disintegration of his future political ambitions? Our blogger contributors offer their insight and opinions.

In our closing segment, some news and comment on the criticism of our Maryland Republican Party by former party chairman John M. Kane. You need to hear what the architect of the 2006 election debacle has the chutzpah to say about our current leadership who are trying to rebuild the party*. Share your thoughts and feedback!

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Greg Kline
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*Correction - I mentioned in the last segment that the current state party counsel is Dirk Haire. It appears my information was outdated. Mr. Haire, who served the party faithfully for years pro bono, was replaced by paid counsel with ties to former Lt. Gov. Steele. The criticism of this move has some merit. Thank you to our studious listeners for helping me with this one. -GK