Rapper Jay Z and his wife, R&B singer Beyonce Along With Salisbury’s Own Ron Pagano Join The “Lynch Zimmerman” Rallies. Will They Push For Race Riots Next?

Rapper Jay Z and his wife, R&B singer Beyonce, joined the Rev. Al Sharpton and Trayvon Martin’s mother at a Saturday rally for Martin in Harlem, N.Y.—one of at least 100 protest gatherings scheduled to take place across America.

Sharpton’s National Action Network organized the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies and vigils outside federal buildings from New York and Los Angeles to Wichita, Kan., and Atlanta, where people stood in the rain at the base of the federal courthouse, with traffic blocked on surrounding downtown streets. Most rallies were scheduled for noon local times.

Jay Z with Justin Timberlake dedicated the song “Forever Young” to Martin during their closing number at Yankee Stadium Friday night: “Everybody put a cell phone and light it up,” Jay Z said according to TMZ, “let’s light the sky for Trayvon Martin tonight in here.”

Beyonce dedicated her rendition of “I Will Always Love You” to Martin during a concert a week ago today, just after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering the unarmed teenager in Sanford, Fla., last year.

In addition to pushing the Justice Department to investigate civil rights charges against Zimmerman, Sharpton told supporters outside his headquarters on W. 145th Street that he wants to see a rollback of stand-your-ground self-defense laws.

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I am privileged and honored to be speaking at the Vigil for Trayvon Martin, part of the 100 City Vigil, organized by the Nat’l Action Network (NAN) and headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton. The Vigil will take place on Saturday, July 20, 12 NOON. The location is at the Billy Gene Jackson Sr. Park, 420 N. Lake Park Drive, Salisbury.

As most of us, I was shocked and bewildered by the prosecution’s failure to obtain a guilty verdict against Zimmerman. It seemed clearcut to me, as a former practicing attorney who had handled many criminal trials, that the issue upon which the entire case turned, was Zimmerman’s failure to follow the directions of a police officer. When he called 911 to report “suspicious activity” by a African-American youth, he was directed to stay in his car and not approach the individual. The resulting injuries he suffered and the death of Trayvon Martin, can be directly linked to his refusal to follow those directions. He put his life, and the life of Trayvon Martin, in jeopardy, by failing to stay in his car and instead, following, approaching and confronting a young man who had committed no crime, and for which he had no authority to act. The only reason Zimmerman felt safe enough to challenge the young man is because he knew that if things got out of hand, he had a “great equalizer” that he could use to end any violence. Such is not the actions of a brave and moral man, but, instead, they are the actions of a bully vigilante, intent on creating a situation where he could retaliate, free from repercussions, against those “punks.”

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There are lots of comments on the lower eastern shore news page covering this.

Americans storm streets against Obamacare

Tens of thousands of Americans stormed as many as 164 U.S. cities in nationwide rallies against Obamacare and its contraception mandate today.

The “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” protests come as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to make its decision this month on the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act.

As many church leaders and outspoken critics have warned, Obamacare mandates that all institutions – including religious schools and hospitals – offer employees and students with health care that offers contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

The “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” rallies are a project of the Pro-Life Action League, united with 70 other organizations. The groups are demanding President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius withdraw mandates requiring nearly all private health insurance plans to cover the prescription contraceptive drugs and devices, surgical sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, such as Plan B.

WND attended the rally in Washington, D.C., where several members of Congress, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R.-Minn., spoke in addition to former ambassador Alan Keyes and pro-life and religious leaders. The Washington rally was organized by Jack Ames of Defend Life.

Rep. Bachmann was cheered by the crowd as she greeted them, saying, “It’s a beautiful day for lovers of life.”

“[I]t was three years to the day after Barack Obama’s inauguration – three years to the day – that we saw Barack Obama’s true colors when it came to religious liberty,” she told the crowd. “And we saw that as he signed the health-care mandate for Obamacare.

“[T]his president, on that day of his inauguration, lifted up his right hand and he swore before all of America to that he would uphold and defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. But he had had no problem telling the religious organizations and religious oriented people of this nation that they must be forced to violate their religious beliefs under his health-care mandate. Never before, in the history of the United States of America, has this government required an employer to provide health insurance that would include taxpayer-subsidized abortion; that would mandate the provision of contraception; that would mandate sterilization; and abortion-causing pills. We know this wrong.”

Bachmann declared that the fight against Obama’s dictates are a “heart and soul” fight for religious liberty. (Her entire speech can be seen at the end of this article.)

Her colleagues from the U.S. House, Andy Harris, M.D., R-Md., Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and Steve King, R-Iowa, addressed the crowd as well.

Read more here.

Ron Pagano: Salisbury’s Loony Occupy Leader Who Spouts Lies

A Letter to the editor:

Everyone leaves a legacy. When you die, you’re remembered, perhaps, for how you tried to make a better world for your children and grandchildren. Rep. Andy Harris’ legacy will be one of “lies, misleading distortions and half-truths” resulting in a less-safe, less-healthy world for women, children and the chronically ill.

The Republican playbook in 2012 includes taking credit for other people’s work. Romney tried to take “a lot of credit” for the auto industry recovery. Bogus is the nicest word I can muster on that claim.

Not to be outdone, Harris issued a news release last week claiming credit for keeping the U.S. Postal Service from closing facilities or offices. Can anyone tell me what Harris did? Anyone familiar with this issue — including hundreds of postal workers on the Eastern Shore — know it was Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin who led that fight. Mikulski even sent letters to Harris seeking his support to save these jobs — without even a response. Chalk one up for lies.

Polls show how most women feel about the lack of Republican support on issues ranging from health insurance to equal pay for equal work. Harris and his extremist cohorts have failed to support women’s issues. Of course, it should be different when it comes to violence against women, right?

Wrong. Last month, Harris and other right-wing radicals refused to extend the Violence Against Women Act, which has reduced domestic violence by 58 percent since 1994. Last week, in an attempt to fool women everywhere, Harris voted for a gutted version. The purpose was to muddy the waters and by confusing people, to appear to care about women.

What is it about the treatment of women in the 1800s that is so appealing to Harris? Here’s one for the misleading distortions column.

Now, for half-truths.

Truth: Harris talks big on making America energy independent. So why do we sell America’s oil and natural gas abroad? Why hasn’t Harris supported research into alternative energy sources that could reduce traditional energy costs? Why is he so intent on supporting fracking? The answers: Harris’ contributors want bigger profits. Fracking is being suspended by other countries and across the United States, because of health and pollution dangers.

Will it create jobs here on the Eastern Shore? No. But Harris gets lots of money from the Koch brothers and other out-of-state supporters in the oil industry. Harris has even voted to take away all powers of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to control greenhouse gas emissions, which affect our health and the environment.

These are just a few issues that affect Harris’ legacy. Ask yourself: Is this a legacy I would be proud to leave my children and grandchildren? I sure wouldn’t.

Ron Pagano is a retired attorney, entrepreneur and disability activist.

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The lies just keep coming from the left. Are they capable of telling the truth or being moral at all? I do not think so.

Mike Calpino For Congress

I am declaring my candidacy for congress in the first congressional district in Maryland and I am going to run as an independent. Such an announcement naturally raises two questions. First, why would anyone want to try to get into a club whose approval rating is consistently in the single digits? Second, why run as an independent? I will answer each of these questions in turn.

First, why am I running? Several reasons. First, I am sick and tired of my government taking my money and using it to put me in a regulatory straightjacket. I am tired of being forced to pay for other people’s irresponsibility and immorality. I am tired of having my pocket picked to build my own cage. I am tired of listening to politicians and bureaucrats who think they know how to run my life, raise my children and worship my God better than I do. I am tired of hearing that everything that made America the greatest nation on earth is evil and that I, because I believe in the principles of our founding, of limited government, and individual freedom and responsibility, I am stupid, ignorant, bigoted and wrong.

But those are just my personal pet peeves. More importantly, I have three children who are nearing adulthood and I fear for their future. Are they going to be free when they can’t afford to drive to school or work because the government has made war on cheap energy? Are they going to be free when they can’t afford to buy the necessities of life because the government has destroyed the dollar? Are they going to be free to work when my and my parents generation has placed a crushing burden of debt upon them and made them slaves to the Chinese and Saudis? Are they going to be free when their dreams are put into the straightjacket of political correctness? Are they going to be free if they live the in fear that global jihad will come to their doorstep; or even worse, a government bureaucrat?

America; our ingenuity, our wealth, and our voluntary charity has been a benefit to billions of people. We have been the bedrock of freedom in the world for over two hundred years. We have been the best hope of mankind to escape tyranny, we have been the check against totalitarianism, we have demonstrated that when men are left to rule themselves, to reap both the positive and negative results of their free choices, a nation of unparalleled wealth and morality results.

If we lose our national soul, if we abandon our ideals, it is not just we and our children who will suffer, but we will condemn generations of people around the world to oppression and tyranny. We have been losing our spirit for decades and it is accelerating…rapidly. We defeated totalitarianism from abroad and are succumbing to it from within. We are suffocating inside the bubble wrap of a government that tries to meet every need and regulate every action and in the process we have bankrupted our nation and relinquished our freedom. If we allow this process to continue, very soon we we will lose all those unique traits that made us Americans and a blessing to the world.

Therefore, for the sake of my children and their future children, that they may have a chance to live in the freedom the great men who founded this nation believed in, I am compelled to do everything I can to give that to them. It would be the greatest honor if representing the first district is part of that effort.

However, I have no desire to be someone who just tries to stick his finger in the dike to stop the flow of tyranny, I am not interested in conserving the status quo. An individual and an campaign need a positive program for what they would do. In contrast to any other major party candidate you will hear, my platform is not based on how I plan to use government to “fix” our problems. Daniel Webster warned us against men with ‘good intentions.’ “Good intentions will always be pleaded for in any assumption of power. The constitution was made to guard people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men of all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.” The “good intentions” of our politicians and bureaucrats have cost us trillions of dollars, given us a mountain of debt and destroyed our essential liberties. The fact is this. Anytime government expands beyond the negative-protecting only natural, God-given rights, and becomes proactive, when it tries to “do” something, it will always plunder one man to give to another and thus destroy the humanity of both men and the legitimacy of the government itself. “To secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men”.

To restore our great nation to its foundation, I have identified three areas that need to be addressed which I have written about at length in “Leave Me Alone; A Patriot’s Plan to Restore Pride and Prosperity in America.” Our great country is in mortal danger from three fronts. First, and foremost on the minds of many, is our economic peril-debt, deficits, spending, monetary policy, regulation, taxes, trade deficits, economic stagnation, unemployment, inflation. The second is our loss of American culture-multiculturalism, a lagging work ethic, gay marriage, abortion, crime, the celebration of immorality and the assault on religious liberty and expression. Finally, there are the threats from outside our borders-Islamic militancy and terrorism, illegal and unrestricted immigration, a powerful China and reassertive Russia.

The first two are problems we have created for ourselves by departing from the wisdom of our founders and the principles upon which our nation is based. To restore our moral condition we must once again embrace the only moral system for organizing society, capitalism. Capitalism is the idea that all of our interactions with our fellow citizens should be voluntary and that private property is sacrosanct. Government, in a capitalist system, exists only to protect the God-given rights of the people it serves. Therefore, it is immoral to use government as a mercenary to steal the property of our neighbors for any reason, no matter how noble it may sound. Not for our food, not for our housing needs, not for our education, not for our retirement, not for our health care. The necessities of our lives are our responsibility, not our neighbor’s, and a just government exists only to ensure we have the liberty to pursue what we determine is the most pleasant way to fulfill those responsibilities without infringing on the rights of our neighbors to do the same. In reality, capitalism produces the society we all idealize; a prosperous, charitable, moral and religious society where each man is responsible for his own life and enjoys the fruits of his own labor. It was our nation before big government.

The idea that the state is the be all and end all destroys our humanity, it puts our lives in the straightjacket of government acceptability where someone other than ourselves determines the scope and feasibility of our lives and dreams. That is wrong, it is immoral and we need to change it. In America, of all places on the earth, we are to be all we can be, realize our full potential, take risks and reap the rewards of a full life. We can’t do that when we need to apply for a government permit for every activity, perform an environmental impact study for every undertaking, pay for the privilege of pursuing every endeavor and ask the government if our dreams are politically correct. It is up to our fellow man to determine the worth of our endeavors through their free acceptance or rejection and it is up to us to measure the value of our lives and ideals. Free men and women acting in their own interest with respect for the rights of their neighbors is what made our nation great and will once again.

The most severe assault on our economic well being is the existence of the Federal Reserve Bank. The idea that a private corporation of unelected bureaucrats, with the blessing of our representative government, has the power to determine the direction of our economy by manipulating the value of its most fundamental element, our money, is anathema to the liberty of the individual and the health of the republic. It is the Fed’s ability to legally counterfeit money that has allowed our government to grow beyond all bounds reasonably constrained through taxation and borrowing. It is the Fed’s intervention in the market that causes the severe swings in the business cycle. It is the inflation caused by the Fed that impoverishes us through that hidden tax and prompts us to put our money in banks and the stock market for the benefit of the banking cartel that created the Fed. It is the Fed that exacerbates our trade deficits. It does all this in secrecy without oversight for the benefit of government and the banking cartels. This must end, the Fed must end. Only by returning to sound money and transparent free market banking will consistent, long term prosperity return to the people of America.

Finally, we face external threats in an increasingly dangerous world. This is not new, of course. From the conflicts with the British Empire in the first half century of our founding to an aggressive Soviet Union spreading the tyranny of communism throughout most of the twentieth century, there have always been enemies outside our borders regardless of our desire to live at peace with all. A resurgent, militant Islam is this century’s ideological totalitarianism bent on world domination and it needs to be recognized as such. Why did the communists hate us, why does every tin pot dictator rail against America, why do the Muslim militants despise us? Because the health and prosperity of a free people is a black eye to every totalitarian who wants to convince his miserable slaves that he knows what is best for them, that his way is the only way to happiness. For almost two hundred years we defeated every challenge to our sovereignty and identity. It was not only a question of military superiority, unquestioned today but non-existent in our early years. It was even more so a result of our strong cultural identity, the belief in the morality of, and the divine blessing on, our noble experiment.

In the 1960’s we began to lose that and have allowed the “elites” in our nation and government to convince us that our enemies are right, that our nation is responsible for all the evil in the world because we are racist, homophobic, sexist, slave owning, money grubbing, warmonger imperialists. Relativism and multiculturalism are trying to persuade us all that our culture of freedom founded on Judeo-Christian morality is no better than the brutal atheistic communism of Stalin, the murderous genocide of innumerable dictators or the barbarity of the “Religion of Peace”. America became great because America was good. Not perfect, but very good. However, we are losing the strength of our virtue, which is a culture of a free people based on Judeo-Christian principles. We have diluted our culture through unrestricted legal and illegal immigration from third world nations and those of our enemies, we have degraded our culture through the government’s enforcement of political correctness and multiculturalism in our schools, workplaces and political institutions and have destroyed the American spirit through the welfare state. We have put ourselves at the mercy of those who desire us harm through energy dependence and debt. We have abused our military and our national good will through military adventurism and misguided attempts at nation building. If the America we know is going to survive, we must treat the threat of Islam, which has been at war with the West for over a millenium, as the most serious since communism. We must get our fiscal house in order, control the border, maintain military superiority and stop attacking our own culture and lying about our own history. It is this that will ensure a free nation for our children.

You may agree with a lot of what I have said so far, maybe most of it. You may be asking, why can’t we have courageous people in Washington or at all levels of government with ideals, clarity, courage and common sense. Because the system is rigged against it. Because the two parties we currently have exist for the purpose of acquiring and expanding government power. Because the mindset of every major party politician and appointed bureaucrat assumes that government is good and can solve all our problems even if one of those problems is a lack of liberty. Government, by definition, is the greatest threat to freedom; it is foolishness to believe that by using government, adopting some new policy, trying some new program, government will restore what government, by definition, is designed to take. In the last twenty years we have seen rule solely by Democrats under Clinton and Obama, solely by Republicans under Bush, and split or shared rule under both. No matter what, government has gotten bigger and more intrusive, debt has increased, freedom has retreated and our standard of living diminished. The only way this is going to change is to stop supporting our current masters, to stop voting for the lesser of two evils, and to have the courage to support men and women who truly believe that liberty, not government, is the answer-economically and morally.

In the first district we have a unique opportunity to make a national statement. We could vote Mr. Harris back into office or replace him with a Democrat and nothing is going to change. Two years from now we will be a couple trillion deeper in debt, government will be bigger, corruption more widespread, our freedom will have retreated further and the parties in power will remain secure and complacent in their position. Or we could stand up and say “NO MORE” and elect an independent not beholden to the parties or special interests, whose only passion is to protect the liberty of those he is elected to serve. I have no desire to make a career out of organizing, directing, ruling or plundering society. I don’t want to reform, conserve or “fix” anything; I want to dismantle. I, like you, want government to stay out of my life and my pocket; I want to be left alone. If the first district rejects the status quo of the two parties and the edifice of power they have created, we will have cracked the wall for the first time. We will have shown that it can be done, that even a rigged system can be overcome by determined voters. We will give courage to other candidates and other voters in districts all over the country and two years from now there will be others. And then we will begin to tear down the monstrosity on the Potomac that has for too long stolen our money and freedom. If we muster the courage to step outside convention, if we believe liberty is worth the pledge of our lives, fortunes and sacred honor, if we believe in ensuring a free America for our children, we can be the tip of the spear, we can make history.

Sincerely,
Michael Calpino
For more information go to www.electmike.webs.com

Toll increases not in Shore’s best interest

Last month, Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration made its final proposal for a massive toll hike that will more than triple the price to cross the Bay Bridge, from $2.50 to a whopping $8. Even larger toll increases are planned for trucks.

The bridge has already fully paid for itself and its maintenance, and even generated a $10 million surplus last year. That means that these proposed new toll increases are not user fees — they are tax hikes. I oppose these hikes because, in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, they will hurt Lower Shore job creators, businesses and families.

The reason for this massive tax hike is simple: The state spends way too much on mass transit projects that lose money — and is planning to build even more. During his re-election campaign last year, O’Malley promised to build yet another urban mass transit project around Washington, even though there never was a funding source to pay for it.

Now, with the election over, the governor wants to divide Maryland by forcing the Eastern Shore — a place where he did not receive many votes — to pay for urban transit projects in places where he received most of his votes.

Whether it’s a toll hike or the proposed gas tax increase, those of us who drive on the Shore will be paying for riders on light rail in Washington and Baltimore who aren’t paying the cost of their transportation.

The result of these toll hikes will be devastating to our economy and will destroy jobs on the Lower Shore. I’ve spoken to folks in the poultry industry who rely heavily on trucks that cross the Bay Bridge every day to transport grain and finished products. Ocean City businesses depend on tourists from the western shore to meet their bottom lines. Families that fill up gas tank every day need gasoline from refineries across the bay.

If we triple the amount it costs to cross the bridge, it will mean higher unemployment, higher prices on the Shore and less money in your pocket.

Although this tax hike is being proposed at the state level, Maryland does depend on the federal government for millions of dollars in transportation money. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have spoken to the chairman to investigate whether options exist to prevent Maryland from raising these tolls on rural areas. Why should we send hundreds of millions of federal highway dollars to Maryland when it turns around and taxes drivers to build mass transit instead of roads?

I will continue to stand up for you even when the big spenders in Annapolis won’t. On Thursday, the O’Malley administration will hold a public hearing on the toll increases at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Berlin. I urge you to participate in these hearings and have your voice heard. Thanks for the opportunity to serve you.

» Andy Harris represents Maryland’s 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Maryland: The Land that TEA Forgot?/A Monoblogue Post

I actually sent this in to PJM early this but they decided not to run it for whatever reason. Maybe it’s a little bit off-message, or perhaps we are a true backwater of conservative politics.

Last year in Virginia and New Jersey, the first successes of the TEA Party movement swept unabashed fiscal conservatives Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie into office.

Similarly in Pennsylvania, the latest polls show Republicans with wide leads in statewide races for governor and U.S. Senate. Next door in West Virginia, a Republican has a good chance of taking over the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat stalwart Robert Byrd.

Even where the polls aren’t as friendly, such as Delaware, they garnered national attention when a TEA Party-backed upstart in Christine O’Donnell upended longtime moderate Republican Congressman Mike Castle in the September 14 primary. O’Donnell made her final push to victory after getting financial backing from the TEA Party Express and the endorsement of Sarah Palin.

Yet as all that political turmoil roils states which border Maryland, TEA Party activists there bemoan the fact that they’ve been bypassed by the excitement.

Sarah Palin’s endorsement of TEA Party favorite Brian Murphy did little to help his campaign for governor as he was spanked by a nearly 50 point margin in the September 14 primary. While Delaware voters turned their political world upside down by going against the state’s establishment Republicans and selecting O’Donnell, Maryland’s state GOP apparatus placed their support behind former governor Bob Ehrlich almost immediately after he formally announced he would seek the office again. The move angered conservative activists but more mainline Republicans bought the argument that only Ehrlich could unseat current Governor Martin O’Malley – who defeated Ehrlich in 2006.

Unfortunately, as of this writing, Ehrlich trails in the latest Rasmussen Poll by 8 points, which is larger than his 2006 margin of defeat. A similar (and more recent) poll by Gonzales Research has Ehrlich down 5.

Of course there are bright spots for conservative activists in some portions of the state. Andy Harris is a TEA Party favorite who is giving freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil all he can handle in a spirited First District race that’s also a rematch, from 2008. Even more popular is the man challenging Steny Hoyer in the Fifth District, Charles Lollar. He’s a dynamic speaker who has excited crowds anywhere from a small campaign event to the 9-12 rally in Washington, D.C.

But for two TEA Party believers I spoke to, the lack of good choices on the Maryland ballot is disheartening.

Read about the Two Tea Party Patriots here.

Campaigning as usual bad for one businessman

Onetime TEA Party organizer and Wicomico County Council hopeful Chris Lewis is also a business owner. And while he’s not a complete stranger to the political process, recent events surrounding his downtown Salisbury deli have left a sour taste in his mouth.

It started last week when a representative of Andy Harris’s campaign contacted Lewis about stopping by his deli as part of a business tour through Salisbury’s downtown area. Last Monday the stop was called off, only to be re-added to the schedule the next day on one stipulation – Lewis, who supports Andy’s GOP opponent Rob Fisher, would have to take Fisher’s signage down.

“I had no problem with that,” said Chris. But just hours before the scheduled appearance to discuss economic issues with the businessman, Andy’s campaign backed off.

Oddly enough, incumbent Congressman Frank Kratovil had campaigned in downtown Salisbury days before with Mayor Jim Ireton. But Lewis’s deli was skipped as Kratovil was “picking and choosing” which businesses to enter.

That was an attitude Chris didn’t care for too much. “If they win, they’re still supposed to represent you,” he said. “If I want someone to act like a Democrat, I’ll vote for the Democrat.”

Needless to say, the snub by Harris didn’t sit well. There’s “no way I can support (Harris),” said Lewis. His staff “made a bad call” by canceling the appearance and playing politics.

Lewis, who reluctantly registered as a Republican after years of being independent – including a 1998 County Council run as an unaffiliated candidate – in order to facilitate ballot access, is running for one of the two at-large seats on the Wicomico County Council. He’ll need to survive the September 14 primary against two other opponents to advance.

Read more here.