Better Never Late: Rooker, Mallek Flip on Dumler Ouster - Schilling Show Blog - In a long-overdue turn of events, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors chair, Ann Mallek, and board member Dennis Rooker have about-faced regarding fellow supervisor, Chris Dumler. Dumler, who recently pled guilty to sexual battery charges, until yesterday has had the tacit support of Mallek and Rooker—both of whom originally refused to vote for a resolution calling on Dumler to resign. In today’s Daily Progress, Mallek explains her change of heart: “I now realize that this is about much more than Mr. Dumler,” board Chairwoman Ann H. Mallek said Tuesday. “We have a crisis of confidence in the county … and I just sense a cloud over the whole operation, and I would like that to be over.” Rooker continues: “My personal opinion is that it would be better for the county and [Dumler] for him to resign, but he is legally qualified to serve. The voters elected him and the decision is his to make,” Noting his consistency on the issue, Rooker then claims: “This has been my position all along. My position has not changed on this.” However, regarding the position change, Supervisor Rooker seems to possess an exceptionally short memory. On January 31, 2013, The Schilling Show asked supervisors about the Dumler situation: Hi Dennis, I’m looking for your comment on Chris Dumler’s guilty plea to Sexual Assault. Will you call for his resignation? Thanks for your prompt response to this request. To which Dennis Rooker replied:No. If he had committed a felony, he would have had to resign. He didn’t, and whether or not he decides to continue to serve on the board is up to him. A Clintonesque practitioner of linguistic legal hair-splitting, Supervisor Rooker may not consider a statement of “personal position” the same as a “call,” but the typical county constituent would hard pressed to ascertain the difference, as is the Daily Progress. Rooker had many opportunities to make clear his position on Supervisor Dumler and chose not to elaborate; that is an abdication. Albemarle County has paid a high price for Mallek and Rooker’s delayed arrival at the station of explicitly undeniable. Better late than never, Ann and Dennis, but in the future: better never late. Read original article.......
(2) Albemarle Supervisors Rooker, Mallek Join Chorus for Dumler Resignation - Daily Progress - Albemarle County Supervisor Christopher J. Dumler is out of allies among his board peers.
"I now realize that this is about much more than Mr. Dumler," board Chairwoman Ann H. Mallek said Tuesday. "We have a crisis of confidence in the county ... and I just sense a cloud over the whole operation, and I would like that to be over." Both Mallek, a Democrat, and Supervisor Dennis S. Rooker, an independent, called for Dumler's resignation Tuesday. Their remarks came following a wave of protest Monday night during a public hearing on the county budget. Police escorted one protester from Lane Auditorium in the County Office Building after a profane outburst.
Mallek and Rooker dissented Feb. 6 in a 3-2 vote urging the youngest supervisor in county history to resign following his Jan. 31 guilty plea to misdemeanor sexual battery. Supervisors voted 5-0 to censure Dumler. Dumler abstained from both votes.
Mallek said she sees Dumler's presence putting an unfair burden on county staff.
Rooker said the meeting Monday did not change his opinion.
"This has been my position all along. My position has not changed on this," he said.
Rooker said this did not represent a turn from his opposition earlier this month to the board calling on Dumler to quit.
"My personal opinion is that it would be better for the county and [Dumler] for him to resign, but he is legally qualified to serve. The voters elected him and the decision is his to make," Rooker said Tuesday. Read more.......
(3) Obama's First Sequester move: Releasing "Waves" of Illegal Immigrants from Detention Centers, Hot Air - C’mon. What’s his next move, ordering the Border Patrol to stand down because he supposedly can’t afford to pay them? Oh, right. That is his next move.
This makes me more enthusiastic about the sequester, just because now I’m curious to see how derelict he’s willing to be in his duties to in the name of putting political pressure on the GOP. Next up: Suspending TSA checkpoints at America’s airports, maybe? Where else is he going to find two percent savings in three-plus trillion in spending?
In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released hundreds of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said…
The agency, Ms. Christensen added, “is continuing to prosecute their cases in immigration court and, when ordered, will seek their removal from the country.”
Officials did not reveal precisely how many detainees were released or where the releases took place, but immigrants’ advocates around the country have been reporting that hundreds of detainees were freed in numerous locations , including Hudson County, N.J.; Polk County, Texas; Broward County, Fla.; and New Orleans; and from centers in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and New York.
While immigration officials occasionally free detainees on supervised release, this mass release — so many in such a short span of time — appears to be unprecedented in recent memory, immigration advocates said. Read more........
(4) Phil Gramm: Obama and the Sequester Scare - Wall Street Journal - President Obama's message could not be clearer: Life as we know it in America will change dramatically on March 1, when automatic cuts are imposed to achieve $85 billion in government-spending reductions. Furloughed government employees, flight delays and criminals set free are among the dire consequences the president has predicted. If the Washington Monument weren't already closed for repairs, no doubt it too would be shut down.
Scare tactics such as these are similar to the ones that were made when I co-authored the first sequester legislation in 1985, the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act. The 1986 sequester was triggered anyway, but the predicted disaster never came. The nation survived then. It will now. The president's response to the sequester demonstrates how out of touch he is with the real world of working families. Even after the sequester, the federal government will spend $15 billion more than it did last year, and 30% more than it spent in 2007. Government spending on nondefense discretionary programs will be 19.2% higher and spending on defense will be 13.8% higher than it was in 2007. Read more.........
(5) City Wants to 'Disarm Individuals During Crisis - Infowars - Guntersville (Ala.) Mayor Leigh Dollar is working with city officials to pass an ordinance that would give police the power to “disarm individuals” during a disaster, a chilling example of how the second amendment is being assaulted via the back door.The new rule would allow authorities to confiscate guns of “unruly” people during an extreme weather event such as the April 2011 tornadoes or any other emergency.
“The ordinance states officers could disarm individuals, if necessary, reports ABC 31. “Dollar says the proposal is just way to give officers more authority to protect themselves.”
Dollar denied that the ordinance would be used to take away constitutional rights, but residents questioned why authorities would need to pass a new ordinance given that police already have the power to arrest citizens who are being “unruly,” whether armed or not.
“Well, it seems like an infringement on the 2nd Amendment and that’s the biggest problem I have with it,” said Guntersville Music Academy teacher Paul Landry. Read more......
(6) Another Reason Mitt Romney Lost: He had a Full Blown Idiot (Stuart Stevens) Running His Campaign - Redstate - Sometime before Election Day, before the debates, people already knew Stuart Stevens and his team were in over their heads. From the utter fiasco of Romney’s convention speech, which he stripped down to a thin gruel of bland forgettable pablum (and of course, stripped of any mention of America’s servicemen and women abroad), throwing aside Bush’s micro-targetting programmed wholesale, allowing his Hollywood aspirations to make him give the prime speaking slot at the RNC to Clint Eastwood (without any vetting) instead of people who would humanize his candidate,...... “[Obama] spent less on advertising than Romney and his allies but got far more — in the number of ads broadcast, in visibility in key markets and in targeting critical demographic groups, such as the working class and younger voters in swing states … Romney not only paid more for his ads but also missed crucial opportunities to advertise, for instance during the political conventions and on Spanish-language television …”
When it came to online advertising, the graph above tells you the entire story. Read more........
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