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Hollywood liberals who never fail to weigh on political topics, especially ones they know nothing about are some of the biggest hypocrites when it comes to gun control.  

As they demand an end to guns, they continue to accept movie roles that have them performing acts far more violent than what normally occurs in reality.

This video shows just how hypocritical they are.  

The University of Maryland caught the ACC most of the NCAA off guard, when they announced on Monday that they would be leaving the ACC and joining the Big 10 conference starting in 2014.

For Maryland it was an offer they felt they couldn’t afford to turn down, as the Big 10 offered the university a chance to earn more money through television contracts than the ACC could hope to and in the process help close a yawning sports budget deficit that led to the cutting of seven sports programs.

The announcement has brought widespread disbelief from the student body, and concern from coaches and players who aren’t sure what the future holds for the program.

Maryland isn’t the first team to change sports conferences, but it may be one of the most shocking considering they had been a charter member of the ACC since its inception in 1953.  They now become just the second team to ever leave the conference- South Carolina departed in 1971,  and they weren’t on anybody’s radar screen as a potential defection.

As a Maryland graduate, I have mixed feelings.  If the school can improve its bottom line when it comes to athletics, then that’s great.  It was a tragedy that they had to chop some of the non-revenue programs, especially ones that were competing quite well, but now maybe, some of them will get a second chance with the Big 10 realignment.

There are still some hurdles facing Maryland- including determining whether or not the regents vote was legal, as well as the $50 million exit fee they owe the ACC- one that they voted against, making me wonder if a move wasn’t in the works long ago.

I won’t miss the regular beatings in football that Maryland suffered at the hands of Virginia Tech and FSU, but they will only be replaced by Penn State and Michigan , and maybe a few others, making their conference play a much tougher road to hoe.  On the other hand, it might be fun to travel to a Big 10 away game and the huge stadiums most schools play in.

But I will miss the basketball rivalries against Duke and UNC in particular, but the Big 10 has some excellent basketball schools and more exposure for Maryland’s resurgent basketball team won’t hurt.

College sports has become a big money game-witness the constant realignment of the various conferences all done on the basis of automatic bowl bids and more television money, which means that Maryland’s move while certainly not the first, will definitely not be the last.

It’s not quite the bridge to nowhere but the Obama adminstration’s  awarding of $1.25 billion in stimulus funds to Florida to build a high speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando has more than a few people scratching their heads.

For residents between the two cities the drive only takes about 90 minutes currently.  With a high speed train going up to 168 miles per hour but with a projected five stops what on paper looks like a 30 minute rail trip will be more like 60 resulting in a minimal time savings.

Besides the cost of the rail link another potential problem with the idea is that the system is being built in two cities with a less than admirable record for mass transportation.   What it does look like is a plan to make it easier for passengers to get from the Orlando airport to Walt Disney World with the park being the beneficiary and the taxpayers picking up the tab.   Sounds a little like those fancy new sports stadiums that cities are tripping over themselves to build.

Rep. John Mica (R-FL) whose district won’t benefit from the rail line questions why the administration picked Florida over the Northeast corridor which is heavily congested and could use something like this far more than vacationers in the sunshine state.

I actually don’t object in general to high speed rail.  I would take the train to New York more often if the Acela which is the current standard for high speed rail was actually allowed to run at it’s top speed.  But because the Northeast corridor is so congested and the rails haven’t been upgraded to handle faster trains it moves along marginally faster than a regular train shaving  just 20-30 minutes off a DC-New York trip despite fewer stops and a premium fare.

After all we have been promised this for decades and we are still crawling along and yet with the stroke of a pen the administration decides to fund something where the need doesn’t really exist.

Why was Florida chosen?  Think votes.  There is an open Senate seat and the GOP is mired in a battle between a young conservative go getter and the more moderate governor whose once large lead has evaporated leaving an opening for the Democrats to grab a much needed seat.

This project wasn’t awarded to Florida based on any urgent need or merit, it was all about buying votes in November as well as 2012.

Chalk this up as another example of our taxpayer money now called stimulus funds being used where it will give the biggest political return rather than where it is actually needed and useful.

Thanks Mr. President for nothing.

It has now been a week since the second of two major snowstorms buffeted the Washington area and though most of the local governments have managed to get back to business for residents of the District of Columbia it is a different story.

First of all let me state that I live in Maryland and commute to my office in D.C. every weekday morning.

Driving in D.C. is never a picnic but the city’s snow removal efforts have been both comical and tragic as they have left residents with barely plowed streets and major thoroughfares with suddenly disappearing lanes.

I have observed traffic both in downtown D.C. and in a residential neighborhood and as of yesterday the government is still trying to untangle the morning and evening rush and return it to its previous sloth like pace from the current standstill situations that plague the city.

The residents have fared far worse.  I took a short drive to the post office near my office yesterday and began to feel like I should have taken either a defensive driving course or needed NASCAR like credentials to navigate the streets.

In its infinite wisdom the D.C. Department of  Transportation announced yesterday that they have completed plowing the residential streets so they can concentrate on the major arteries and side streets.

That’s great for commuters but not for the taxpayers of D.C.

My drive was still relatively short in time but every street had only one lane plowed making for a game of chicken when I encountered a car in the other direction.  That goes for streets that normally have enough room for two lanes of traffic and for cars to park on both sides of the street.  One lane?  Are you kidding me?  Who is the clown that made that decision?

While the residents continue to suffer from the slow thaw and government inaction D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty who is already reeling from low poll numbers has been justifiably pounded for not having a firm plan for the snow which was predicted to fall in large amounts and an insufficient amount of working snow plows.

Don’t forget these are the same people who think that the District should have the ability to govern all aspects of the city and be freed from Congressional oversight.

Even though I would prefer less federal government interference it is clear that the D.C. government is still not ready for prime time.

Will Mayor Fenty feel enough political fallout to lose his job?  That’s possible as poor snow emergency management has brought down mayors in other cities in the past.  But I think that the voters of D.C. who keep giving cocaine induced former mayor Marion Berry more chances than the average cat has lives will probably follow the same pattern as they have in the past and reward incompetence while they wait for the next big storm.

Oh yeah and then there is the garbage pickup….

The liberal media and pro-abortion groups worked themselves up into quite a lather after CBS agreed to air a pro-life ad during the Super Bowl featuring 2007 Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow and his mother.   Yet after the ad aired Sunday my initial feeling was what was all the fuss about?  When the ad aired at the beginning of the game I didn’t event realize it was the controversy laden ad until Tim Tebow appeared at the end.

For Focus on the Family which paid $2.5 million to air the ad I guess they got their money’s worth based on the press the ad generated.  As an effective pro-life message I’m not so sure.  It was a very soft sell and I was frankly underwhelmed.

In the end the media and the pro-abortion groups got worked up over nothing in my opinion but then again what else can we expect from people who thrive on rumor and innuendo and not the facts?

Normally right after Thanksgiving the cards come flooding into our home.  Many are pictures of friends and their families, some are e the standard festive card with a small personal message scribbled inside and others are letters that often include scanned photos of friends and family far and wide.

But this year the flood has turned into a trickle.  To date we have received so few cards that my wife is looking for cards from last year to place in front of our relatively small fireplace mantle.

Our experience apparently is not out of the ordinary though.  An article in the Washington Post chronicles others in the D.C. area who are wondering what happened as well.

Is it juts our collective imagination or is this a real phenomenon that signals a new trend?  According to the Post it’s real alright.  Mail volume is down some 10% compared to a year ago and that can be largely attributed to the decline in Christmas cards being mailed.

Now I have to admit that I am as much a culprit as I am a victim if not more so.  To date I have sent zero Christmas cards.  Yep, I’m definitely a  Grinch and a Scrooge this year.  This is down from the 50-60 cards I used to send when I first got married nearly 25 years ago to 25-30 that I recall sending last year.  But I still have time to fix my miserable record and I plan to do so this week.

Yes our lives are busy and social media seems to have consumed many of us to the point that it now is becoming acceptable to send e-cards and use Twitter and Facebook to wish our friends and family a Merry Christmas.  It’s not very personal but it is efficient.  In one fell swoop I can send a Christmas greeting to over 2,400 people and all it would cost me is my time.  It’s very tempting to say the least.

For me I can’t help but feel a little conflicted.  As a child growing up in the ’60’s and ’70’s I watched my father very meticulously send out some 100 plus cards every year to people all over the world.  He had a very thick notebook that contained the name and address of every recipient.  At the bottom of the card he drew a line.  Above the line he wrote the year a card was sent.  Below the line he recorded if a card was received.  If a person didn’t reciprocate with a card he was thus unlikely to receive one the next year.  When you are sending out as many cards as he was the only way to remember to whom he sent and received cards from.

I can still remember logging in the cards received which since the notebook wasn’t completely alphabetized took quite a bit of time and while it may seemed fun while I was a child I certainly don’t miss those days.

But I never thought I’d see the day where Christmas cards would become irrelevant.  As I said earlier our busy lives and the onslaught of social media probably plays a part but I wonder just how much the recession affected the sharp drop in card mailings this year.  After all we still have sky high unemployment, foreclosures continue unabated and the outlook isn’t really that bright in the year ahead so I guess it’s hard to be too cheery.   The other part of this equation is the cost of the cards themselves.  A box of cards fully priced will normally run about $1 or more per card.  Factor in postage and if you are sending out a lot of cards it adds up fast.  Even at the peak of when my father was sending out 100 plus cards a year I bet he didn’t spend more than $100 for cards and postage including the ones he sent overseas.

In any event I hope that this is only a blip on the radar screen.  I know I have been lazier than usual but my close friends can expect a card in the next few days, while my Facebook friends will have to settle for a cheaper electronic greeting.

Whether or not you send a card this year don’t forget to let your friends and family know how grateful you are for them.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis came to Washington D.C. this week as part of what she called her “set the record straight tour” but sounded more like a “don’t blame me tour” to many in the audience.

Lewis whose organization has come under fire for voter registration irregularities and more recently for workers who advised a fake pimp and prostitute on how they could set up a house of prostitution with ACORN’s help passed most of the blame to her predecessor who left after allegedly embezzling $5 million from the organization.

According to Lewis workers who broke the law by falsifying voter registration cards were actually reported by ACORN to the authorities and blamed them for not prosecuting the violators rather than address any laxity in ACORN”s hiring policy.

When addressing the foreclosure crisis Lewis said that had the financial institutions followed ACORN’s guidelines which she claimed advised only issuing sound loans there wouldn’t have been a crisis.  But it is the very same Community Reinvestment Act that Lewis cites as the solution to affordable housing for low income people that fueled the problem as banks were forced to make loans that didn’t follow sound business practices.

Lewis accused those that attacked her organization as being a part of a modern day ACORN McCarthyism and that only last week members of Congress were asked if they were or have ever been a member of ACORN to back up her claim.  It sounds good but I doubt that it was true

As for the lawsuit ACORN has filed against filmmakers James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles Lewis said that “Nothing trumps breaking the law”, and pooh poohed any notion that that what they uncovered was important.  In other words discovering that an organization that depends on government taxpayer dollars employs people who are willing to break the law to help set up a house of prostitution is not germane

If one were to believe Lewis ACORN is nothing more than an innocent victim of some misguided employees and opponents who want to see them fail.

For the rest of us we know better.

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