I’m hoping it is a reminder to all elected officials that we don’t owe an allegiance to the federal government, we owe an allegiance to the constitution. We don’t need people in office who are going to help the federal government violate our constitutional rightsMaryland Representative Mike Smigiel • Offering up his thoughts on what he and seven other Republicans hope to accomplish with a new bill that they introduced to the Maryland House of Representatives last Thursday that aims to shut off the water, electricity and other services needed to keep the National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade fully operational. The bill would make it illegal for utility companies to offer their services to organizations that collect Americans’ personal data without a specific warrant, and would also bar any company caught doing-so from ever receiving state contracts. If passed, the bill could prove particularly troublesome for a planned NSA data center that the Washington Post says would need access to roughly 5 million gallons of water per day. source
I think this country is in a lot [of] trouble. I mean, what possesses someone to, on a Saturday afternoon, in this cold, to come to a mall and shoot people? Why? I just can’t understand what motivates that.Witness Laura McKindles • Offering up her take on today’s mall shooting in Columbia, Md. The shooting, which took place a little after 11:00 a.m., killed three, including a person believed to be the gunman.
spoopyraccoon says: What is the most underreported story/event of 2013 (so far)?
» SFB says: There are a few, but I’d say that the situation involving Robert Ethan Saylor, the Maryland man who was killed outside of a movie theater in the hands of police, is a good place to start. Saylor, who had Down’s syndrome, was watching a movie and liked it so much that he stayed in the theater to watch it again. He refused to leave; police were called. His aide, who was with him in the theater, warned police about his condition and to be careful about how they treated him. Police were not careful, and Saylor was restrained by three separate sets of handcuffs. While in custody, his medical condition flared up, leading to his death in a local hospital. Despite all that, a grand jury ruled that the officers had not committed a crime. Months later, people are still calling for an state investigation into the incident. — Ernie @ SFB
The differences in the two scenarios are most significant for the Maryland and Delaware beaches, where the exact storm track will have a big impact on the severity of coastal flooding. For inland areas (including Washington, D.C. and Baltimore), because this storm is so large, we will experience heavy rain amounts and strong winds in either case. It doesn’t matter if the storm first crosses land in central New Jersey or Chincoteague.Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow • Discussing the scenarios for more-inland residents dealing with Hurricane Sandy, including those in Baltimore and Washington, DC, whether the scenario is “very bad” (a near-direct hit in northern Delaware and southern New Jersey — 70 percent chance) or “worst case” (a direct hit in Delaware and northern Maryland — 30 percent chance) as far as a hurricane hit. Both will bring flooding and damage. One will bring worse flooding and damage than the other, and temperatures will dip as low as the 30s in some spots — which is unseasonably cool for the region.