Category Archive:Frederick County

This is not going to go over well with some close friends of mine but here goes.  There has been a long standing push to get narcan in the hands of every possible first responder as a way to “combat” the scourge of opiate overdose that is running rampant.  When this first started here in Frederick County, Maryland ambulance crews and paramedics have it onboard and I have no problem with them having it as they are properly medically trained.  That quickly became not quick enough as it was then pushed that people are still dying…we need to get them into the hands of the sheriff’s office and any other LEO’s that can “usually respond before the EMT’s do”.  I argued against this for a variety of reasons.

  1.  Leo’s are NOT medically trained.  They are given a crash course in symptom recognition and administration.  There are other protocols yes but the fact of the matter is if they administer narcan and there is an adverse reaction they have just put the life of that person in even more danger.
  2. EMT’s ARE medically trained and even then they have protocols to follow that include consultation with personnel on the scene AND the inbound paramedic before a dose is given.

I also argued against non medical personnel carrying these things for another reason.  It WILL remove the fear of dying from a CHOICE you make to take a powerful drug for non medical reasons.  I am not concerned about the illegality that is another issues separate from this one.  I was told I was wrong, heartless, narrow minded, and called bigoted.   I decided to not fight anymore and let things play out.  Sure enough it took a couple of years but now it has begun.  I shall elaborate.

I was getting maintenance done on my vehicle when I saw somebody I have watched grow up over the years.  He didn’t look as good as he normally did but what set me off was the obvious heavy drug use of his passenger.  My stare must have been noticed because I was then told a story about this person’s long history of drug abuse.  However this person stayed on “the lighter stuff” to stay away from the consequences of the heavy stuff.  As of this day, that pattern had recently changed..  The young person recently went to South Baltimore with some “friends” to get some heroin and have some fun.  Everyone did their doses but the young man went right into OD.  His friends responded by literally dumping out of the vehicle and basically leaving him for dead.  A passerby called 911 and a LEO arrived first and gave him narcan which saved his life.

You may think that’s a good thing…actually it isn’t.  The ensuing conversation revealed the disturbing truth.  The young man intends to go back and do more heroin.  Why?  He now knows(as do many many others) that they can safely OD as long as they are in high visibility areas and the first thing they get is narcan…they get all the benefits of the high and no real other issues.  When asked why would he do this he replied, “with narcan everywhere overdosing isn’t that big a deal”.  When I heard that all I could do is shake my head.  Opioid dependency is the product of two things.  Our bad economy and the lack of fear of death due to OD.  The war on drugs and the “humanitarian” responses are going to cause this epidemic to explode even IF the economy turns around.  May God have mercy on our populations.

I’m not saying all same gender folks are like this..but this is unfortunately typical with those that disagree with this agenda..:(

 

Someone sprayed glue and pasted marriage equality messages on the windows of the Chick-fil-A restaurant in Frederick overnight on Saturday, according to police.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office responded to the restaurant, at 5501 Urbana Pike, early Sunday morning after the store reported destruction of property.

Cpl. Gregory Santangelo said the items glued to the store’s windows included marriage equality stickers and an image with the American and gay pride flags combined. There were also several homemade signs, he said.

The store hired a cleaner to remove the items early in the day, Santangelo said.

Physical evidence and video surveillance of the suspect were collected at the scene, according to police.

via Chick-fil-A vandalized with marriage equality stickers, image of gay pride flag – The Frederick News-Post Online.

I am going to cross post this to both blogs as this affects me both as a person and a business man.

 

Now consider this — the PPACA sets forth a “fine” (tax) of $2,000 per employee for a business that has 50 or more and does not provide “at least” the minimum “insurance” to all.

There is no health care plan I’m aware of that a business can buy today that costs less than $2,000 per employee per year, and which also meets the requirements in the law.  None.  That was almost impossible to meet back in 1995 for a healthy, 18 year old insured single male.  It’s flatly impossible now and it’s doubly-so if your workforce has other than 18-year old single, healthy males in it.  I know this to be factual because I was responsible for buying it for our employees as a CEO of a company.

Therefore the incentive is for all businesses to drop health care. 

Period.

Second, your choice is to either (1) buy and have said plan (whether through employment or individually) or pay a “fine” (tax) of 1% of income (increasing to 2.5% of AGI in 2016.)  The minimum “fine” is $95 starting in 2013, rising to $695 in 2016.  The average family income is about $50,000/year, which means that the fine (tax) will be $1,250 in 2016.  It’s less now.

You cannot buy health insurance at their “minimum level” for anything approaching $1,250 a year no matter how healthy you are at any age. 

The law prohibits insurance companies from charging you more if you’re sick, or refusing to cover you at all.  They must accept everyone on equal terms.

Therefore:

Businesses will drop coverage; it’s cheaper (by far) for them to pay the fine and, for those under 133% of the federal poverty level, those employees can go onto Medicaid.  This is a “family of four” income of $31,900 (as of today; it will go up of course.)  That’s roughly the second quintile.

Individuals will drop coverage and pay the fine, since it’s far cheaper than to buy the “insurance.”

Both will buy the “insurance” only when they get sick, since they cannot be upcharged.

The cost of “insurance” will thus skyrocket to 10x or more what it costs now, just as it would if you bought auto insurance only after you wrecked or homeowners insurance only after you had a fire.

At the higher price nobody will be able to afford to buy the insurance at all, since that will be indistinguishable from just paying for whatever is wrong with you, plus the insurance company markup.

In very short order the entire medical system and health insurance scheme will collapse, leaving only two choices — either a return to free market principles (including all I’ve argued for since this debate began) or a single-payer, fully-socialized system ala Canada.

You can bet the government will continue to try to change the terms of the deal — including ramping up the tax/fine and other games, to prevent this outcome, but they will fail.

Now the question becomes this:

Which Presidential political candidates have told you the above, and what are their answers to this dilemma?

Let’s go down the list.

We know what Obama’s is — he passed it.  You will lose your private health care under Obama.  Period.  We are headed for a fully-socialized medical system and a collapse of the current medical paradigm under Obama.

We know what Gary Johnson’s position is — he wants to “block grant” all Medicare and Medicaid to the states, cut the amount of money in the budget (all line items) 43% and repeal Obamacare (including the mandate.)  But he refuses to demand an end to the cost-shifting where Juanita the illegal Mexican immigrant who is 7-1/2 months pregnant while drug and alcohol dependent shows up in the hospital, in labor, and foists off a $2.5 million NICU and birth expense bill on you!  He also refuses to stop the drug companies from effectively forcing Americans to bear the cost of all drug and device development and he has refused to put a stop to differential billing.  The latter two only exist because of explicit federal laws that make lawful in the health industry market behaviors that are illegal in virtually every other line of work (see The Sherman Act, The Clayton Act, and Robinson-Patman for starters.)  All of these facts are why the costs are ramping in the first place, which means his plan will simply force the States into bankruptcy and continue screwing you at the same time.

We don’t know what Romney’s plan is in detail.  He’s been oddly silent in that regard.  He says “Obamacare is not the answer” but he passed it as Governor on a state basis!  He too advocates nothing to put a stop to the cost-shifting and anti-competitive acts of drug and device makers nor hospitals and other medical providers.  He too wants to block grant Medicaid but that does nothing to address the problem and will simply bankrupt the state budgets (as noted for Johnson.)   Conspicuously absent from Romney’s plan (as is true for Johnson) is (1) a repeal of EMTALA, (2) a demand for level, consistent pricing irrespective of how one pays for a service (3) and a demand to remove anti-competitive laws protecting differential billing across state and national boundaries (e.g. Viagra for $2 in Canada .vs. $20 here) so that Americans are not forced to subsdize everyone else in the world and you pay the same price as the guy next to you in the hospital for the same product or service, instead of 2x, 3x, 5x, or even 100x as much.

So we have three Presidential candidates, none of which will do a damn thing to fix what’s wrong with health care.  All three are promoting a path that will bankrupt the States, bankrupt the Federal Government, bankrupt you or all three.

via PPACA And The Death Of Medical Care (And Choice) in [Market-Ticker].

This school board caved to the teachers.  First they are doing this work to contract stuff and now through their temper tantrums they get over 6 million more in pay..and the students loose not only people but needed programs that help them.  This is insanity.  It’s time for the BOCC to tell these clowns you won’t get any more money than what’s allocated last year..period.  The fact that spending increased nearly in lockstep with teacher’s pay is disgusting.

 

The elimination of media assistants was one of several cuts the school board made while building its spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The budget — which represents a $6 million increase over fiscal 2012 — also includes less money for supplies and school materials and a deferal of $1.9 million in textbook replacements.

In exchange for these cuts, school officials were able to avoid class size increases and furlough days for staff — which had been proposed in earlier versions of the spending plan.

The adopted budget allocates $1.2 million to support enrollment growth and building expansion, $861,000 for the opening of the new Carroll Creek Montessori Charter School and $2.6 million to continuation of existing programs and services.

The budget also includes a $6.8 million resource pool dedicated to salary increases, which serves as a placeholder while the school board completes negotiations with its three employee unions.

via Gazette.Net: Frederick eliminates school media assistant positions.

I’ve been trying to be “more civilized” the past few years…it’s gotten me more problems with folks who think they know more than me about many things they have no idea about.  The lid’s off now…:)  I’m going to express how i feel and if folks can’t handle it..too bad for them.  My loving wife likes to tell folks i’m a redneck…that hasn’t shown much…i won’t be vulgar or destructive but the filters are gone now…if i don’t like something..or you..you’ll know…right then.  I’ve had a better life when I’ve remained true to myself….it’s a hard lesson to learn..one I’ve recently been reminded of by a coward recently.  Now i have the Gov’t getting into my affairs.  It’s time for this lunacy to stop…and it’s time to get out of any kid of incorporated “city” entity…Frederick county isn’t rural enough anymore…because of Frederick city.  Their cancer is now spreading into the rest of the county..of course it’s a symptom of the state of Maryland being the way it is.  I’m looking for Kentucky or maybe Tennessee type rural area. Some folks are in for quite the awakening….i’ll leave those details as a “surprise”…watch for the rattlesnake..they tend to bite when tread upon..:)  My previous post with Aaron Lewis has some great lyrics:

 

I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

That’s where i’m going…as Charlie Daniels says at the end of the song:

I love my country…I love my guns.

I love my family…I lvoe the way it is now

And anybody that tried to change it has to come through me.

That should be all of our attitudes

Cause this is america and a country boy is good enough for me son.

Just how i feel about everything..not just the government..but about most groups of people as well….seeing as how many of them think they know how to run my life.  Get out and leave me and my family alone.  Even Brunswick is feeling too big these days…time to start praying for a change in homestead location.

 

AARON LEWIS – “Country Boy” (Official Video) – YouTube.

Well I grew up down an old dirt road in a town you wouldn’t know
My pops picked the place up for 1500 bucks back in 1964

My grandfather was a drinker back in the day he put em down
But a war is known to change a man and the whiskey is known to change a man

That’s not me
I rarely drink from a bottle but I smoke a little weed
I still live in the sticks where you wouldn’t go
In a town of 1200 off an old dirt road
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Now it’s been 12 years since I sold my soul to devil in L.A.
He said sign your name here on the dotted line and your songs they all will play

He set up shop on sunset, he put me up at the marquee
He said you wanna sell a million records boy better listen to me

He said change your style, whiten your smile, you could lose a couple pounds
And if you want to live this life, you better lose that wife, do you need your friends around?

And I said no, that’s not me
Cause the biggest things in life are your friends and family
[- From :http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/aaron-lewis-lyrics/country-boy-lyrics.html -]
And I like my jeans and my old t-shirts
And a couple extra pounds never really hurt
Cause a country boy is all I’ll ever be

Cause Hank taught me just how to stay alive
You’ll never catch me out the house without my 9 or 45

I got a big orange tractor and a diesel truck
And my idea of heaven is chasing whitetail bucks
And as a country boy you know I can survive

Now two flags fly above my land that really sum up how I feel
One is the colors that fly high and proud
The red, the white and blue
The other ones got a rattlesnake with a simple statement made
“Don’t tread on me” is what it says and I’ll take that to my grave
Because this is me
I’m proud to be an american and strong in my beliefs

And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
Cause I’ve never needed government to hold my hand
And I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again
Cause my family has always fought and died to save this land
And a country boy is all I’ll ever be

This is going to work well.  Because you want to have things exactly your way however it is and don’t get it you are going to cause the cancellation of various after school activities that specifically help students to expand their horizons and help them move forward in life. That’s interesting that in one hand the unions says we want appreciation but then they are going to take an action that while legal goes against the very thing they say they don’t want to do.  Folks wonder why i don’t like modern unions…it’s right here in plain view in our county.  The commissioners next time need to let the teachers strike then use replacements until the teachers themselves start loosing their own incomes(strike funds last maybe two weeks).  The teachers will realize they union isn’t helping them at all…at least the smart ones will.

 

Frederick County teachers are upset with budget decisions made by the Board of Education, and beginning March 30 will “work to the contract,” according to Frederick County Teachers Association president Gary Brennan.Theyll put in 100 percent during their seven-and-a-half hour workday to teach and grade papers, but theyll take a duty-free lunch, as the contract stipulates, he said.Once their workday is up, teachers will go home to their families, leaving any papers left to be graded at school, since they are supposed to have time during the school day for grading, according to Brennan.Brennan said the action centers around budget decisions made at the Feb. 22 board meeting where the board decided to put in a request for extra funding from county commissioners while balancing the budget by slashing the proposed salary resource pool for employee raises in half.The budget also includes possible furlough days dependent upon negotiations and the reversal of a 1.5 percent salary adjustment in fiscal 2012, which was a one-time stipend.”We feel that both the BoE and the county commissioners have not shown the commitment to public education that employees have,” Brennan said.The decision to implement a work-to-rule action was made unanimously March 8 by the unions representative assembly, which includes members from every school, according to Brennan.The teachers association is asking all of its nearly 2,800 members to participate in the upcoming work-to-rule. Teachers are going to work to the spirit and letter of their contract, Brennan said.The expectation during the action is that teachers will perform up to contract expectations, but it may take longer to assess student work and to get back to parents, as teachers will have to prioritize their core functions, he said.”What they really want from the community and the elected officials is appreciation,” he said.Ballenger Creek Elementary School will cancel its annual talent show because teachers volunteered their time for the event and were not compensated, according to a letter sent home to parents Friday.Theres probably a laundry list of similar situations in the county where after-school programs will need to be canceled, Brennan said.He said this action is “horribly negative,” but teachers have come to be taken for granted.”Its not a positive thing, but what I hope comes from it is a recognition of how much educators in this county do to see children succeed,” he said.

via Teachers: We wont work off the clock – The Frederick News-Post Online.

this is the very reason i advocate to my daughter that if the school tells you to do something that is dangerous to you or others..do not participate…and i’ll deal with the school over it.  me and my wife are looking to get our eldest out of the public schools and we hope we can also not have to put our youngest into the prison camps called the public schools system.

 

Maryland’s highest court has ruled that state agencies are not required to ensure children aren’t served food to which they are allergic.

The Maryland Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by a former Frederick resident who sued after her 5-year-old daughter was served a peanut butter sandwich despite being allergic to peanuts. The decision was released Wednesday.

In 2005, Liana Pace, a kindergarten student at Frederick’s Hillcrest Elementary School, did not have a lunch or enough money to buy one. She was given a peanut butter sandwich, but told a cafeteria worker she wasn’t allowed to eat peanut butter.

According to the decision, “The worker mistook her protests as misbehavior and ordered her to eat the sandwich.” The girl went into anaphylactic shock and was given a dose of epinephrine to relieve the symptoms.

Her mother, Nicole Pace, sued the state of Maryland, the state Department of Education and others. The case was dismissed in Frederick County Circuit Court and appealed until it reached the Court of Appeals. Pace and her daughter no longer live in Maryland, according to the decision.

A spokesperson for Frederick County Public Schools could not be reached Friday.

The decision involved the National School Lunch Act, passed in 1946, which requires that free or low-cost meals be provided to schoolchildren.

According to the decision, “The NSLA was not designed to protect a particular subset of students, such as those with food allergies, but rather, to serve the needs of all eligible school-aged children.”

via Gazette.Net: Court: Frederick schools not liable in peanut allergy case.

This is an excerpt.  Hit the link at the bottom for the full article.  Very well written.

Currently in the Maryland Senate there is debate over the same-sex marriage bill that was recently passed by the Maryland House of Delegates. It is likely to pass and then be signed into law by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D).

 

The issue of legalizing same-sex marriage has gained tremendous momentum in the United States over the last 10 years. The acceptance of more open discussion of homosexuality has – in large part – been due to the rapid change in an ever-evolving media culture that allows for freer expression and celebrating life outside the norms of society.

 

Those who don’t embrace the homosexual lifestyle, but accept or tolerate it, are a majority of our society. The societal norm for couples is and will always be defined as a woman and a man. For those who won’t – or don’t want to – accept the gay lifestyle as the norm do so because they believe homosexuality to be unnatural or abhorrent.

 

The left, which flexes its might through bullying tactics, treats those with traditional values as “out of step” with society. They deride these same people as “homophobic” – a term, if defined properly, would mean fear of the same – or afraid of homosexuality. Those who don’t tolerate homosexuality are not afraid of anything; they either have religious convictions or personal belief that it is an immoral act. Because they hold these beliefs does not make them bigots.

 

In the United States there are estimated to be well over 11 million illegal immigrants – this number would be much higher if it weren’t for a faltering economy. Attempts at curbing the tide of immigration and even deporting those here illegally comes at a price for those supporting deportation. The left, which benefits by the presence of illegal immigrants, will frequently and unhesitatingly intimidate those who disagree with them.

 

They attempt to intimidate opponents by claiming racism. But aren’t all men and women from the same race – the human race?

via TheTentacle.com.

State mandated.  Sure they got tons in grants BUT they still have 5 million in debt which is crushing for a small municipality like Emmitsburg.  Keep in mind Emmitsburg is nearly half the size of Brunswick just to get an idea of the size and how crushing this debt load is.  400k a year in costs(that will also only go up) are huge for this community and it is only going to get worse.

 

Commissioners voted this past week to increase rates to fund construction of a new state-mandated wastewater treatment plant. The new plant comes with a $20 million price tag, and the town has been awarded $14.5 million in federal and state grants toward the cost. The town proposes to fund the remaining cost with a $5.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, necessitating quarterly payments of $51,000.On top of the loan payment, the new plant will cost the town $48,000 per quarter to operate, bringing the quarterly tab to nearly $100,000.

via Emmitsburg sewer rates could rise by 50 percent or more – The Frederick News-Post Online.

Just heard it on the stream.  11-3 with a huuuuge  11 run third inning.  Way to go Keys!

A gentleman came up for public comment and said they Keys has previously abused the internal maintenance section of the previous contract.  Once the final contract that was passed(it was amended slightly before the vote) is posted online I’m going to read it and see about that.  Then it will be interesting to see if any such abuse occurs.  I am not saying or intimating it did or will.  The amount of accusations being thrown around is quite intense.  the gentleman also told Alderwoman Aloi he thought she should take this Keys contract negotiation to the State Ethics Board because in his eyes he has seen some unethical things happen in that room before and this keys negotiation was another one of those things. It appears the saga may not be over yet.