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