Category Archives: Property

PowerTo The Bureaucrats aka PLAN MD

This is vital to any and every Maryland resident that owns a home/real estate and more.


by Ellen Sauerbrey

On October 31st, Carroll County Maryland and several private organizations hosted a forum on Plan Maryland, an Annapolis power grab that threatens private property rights, local land use decision making and economic development. Plan Maryland, is a “Sustainable Growth” or “Smart Growth” plan that makes many unfounded environmental assumptions as a basis of changing our way of life.

Expert speakers challenged many of the assumptions put forward by the O”Malley Administration to back up their call for a State Development Plan, State Transportation Plan, State Housing Plan and strategies to address Production, Distribution, and Consumption of Food, Water, Energy. Plan Maryland transfers power from accountable local elected officials to unelected state bureaucrats.

Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild has been the Paul Revere on this issue, working tirelessly to awaken local governments in both Maryland and other states about this international “Sustainable Growth” movement that began as a UN blueprint for action called “Agenda 21”. Agenda 21 calls for action to be ” taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the UN, governments, and major groups in every area in which humans directly affect the environment”. But unfortunately, the environmental movement has been hijacked as a convenient excuse to attack capitalism; transfer wealth; impinge on private property rights; and foster a government run socio-economic system.

In 1992 President George HW Bush signed a ‘declaration’ in support of Agenda 21 that stated “Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced…” President Bill Clinton signed an executive order (2852) in 1993 that organized left-wing groups into a new President’s Council on Sustainable Growth to translate Agenda 21 into public policy administered by the federal government.

President Clinton’s advisor on Sustainable Growth was quoted saying, “Participating in a U.N. advocated planning process would very likely bring out many …right wing conspiracy groups…who would actively work to defeat any elected official…undertaking Local Agenda 21. So we call our process something else, such as “comprehensive planning,” “growth management,” or “smart growth.”

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) was created to implement Agenda 21 at the local level. Harvey Rubin, recent Vice Chair of the ICLEI gave insight into the agenda when he declared “individual rights will have to take a back seat to the collective.”

ICLEI USA’s stated mission is “to build, serve, and drive a movement of local governments to advance deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and achieve tangible improvements in local sustainability.” It acts as a consultant and resource-sharing network to its local government members. ICLEI includes over 1227 local government members worldwide in 70 countries, with more than 600 in the United States and is training “planners” in the development of plans like Plan Maryland.

Carroll County is the first county in the U.S. to withdraw from the ICLEI. The Commissioners recognize that the agenda being promoted is an attack on Middle America , finding our current lifestyles and consumption patterns involving high meat intake, the use of fossil fuels, electrical appliances, home and work-place air-conditioning, and suburban housing – are not sustainable.

Plan Maryland is a draft executive order scheduled to be signed by Governor O’Malley in November . The plan has not been voted on by any legislative body. The underlying goal has been described as a “war on rural America”, forcing development into “stack um and pack um” urban communities, and “no growth” in much of the rest of the state.

It will menace farmers by dramatically reducing land values in rural communities, making it difficult for farmers to obtain necessary lines of credit. A Farm Bureau letter states, “If Plan Maryland goes unchallenged, the unelected Secretary (of State Planning) Hall automatically becomes the land czar of Maryland, controlling where we live and where we work”. The Farm Bureau also expresses concern that the Secretary of the Environment may be given the authority to veto the subdivision of property.

The plan focuses on the future of transportation, since the automobile is seen as a major threat to the environment. There is a strong bias in favor of mass transit., which we are already seeing in the inequitable distribution of Transportation Trust Funds to transit rather than roads. And of course the higher the gas tax and tolls, the less people will be able to afford to drive

While it is characterized as a voluntary plan it will utilize a carrot and stick approach. Counties that do not comply with the edicts of state bureaucrats can be denied state funding. In addition to state funds, federal grants will be available to counties that accept the goals of “Sustainability.”

Something has gone terribly wrong when an unelected bureaucracy, by Executive fiat, can be given this much control over so many decisions affecting our fundamental rights.

Ellen Sauerbrey


Wrongful Forfeiture

By your government, fedeeral or local. This is abuse. Plain and simple.

Cheap Housing

$10,000 per house, for starters, here in Baltimore.
Where, exactly, I have no idea.

Got money? That’s the question.

My next question: What’s the property taxes on the property?????

Our Founding Constitution In Danger

This is not new news, but this article might have some new bits of information within.

For those that have watched Glenn Beck, the progressives are pushing to alter the Constitution to incorporate a Second Bill of Rights. These are not the unalienable, nature’s God given rights – but ones “determined” by people (notice I am not even saying ‘government’ at this point). This is dangerous beyond imagination. For rights determined by man, can be later taken away, by man. And that, rings the death knell.

It is vital they be named.

Cass Sunstein, Lisa Brown, Eric Holder – all (and likely far more) operate within the Soros-funded American Constitution Society. Ring a bell?

If progressives manage to bring this about, it will be the beginning of the end.

For they know not what they do.

Stand up and be counted. Never give up, never give in. Remember November 2012. Now, more than ever.

SCOTUS To Review GPS Tracking

Be sure to watch the video in the Hot Air article on this subject of warrantless monitoring.

There are references that court rulings suggest “no expectation to privacy when driving on public roads.”

And yet, to have the FBI covertly place a tracker on your car means it has to be parked and the owner nowhere in sight. Likely, your driveway. But, that’s your property. Meaning the car AND the driveway. (How about when you park inside your garage?) Check your land deed for your property lines. Only so much of your property may be easements or locally managed property. And even then, there are arguments over how much of your trash is still your property or public for the sake of criminal investigations.

Are we a nation of laws, or aren’t we? The U.S. Constitution and local laws seem to say so.

“The law applies to everyone or it means nothing.”

Homeowner Forecloses On Bank

Heh. That is accurate.

Ever hear of a bank trying to foreclose on a homeowner that didn’t have a mortgage with them?

Well now you have. Taken to court, losing, refusing to pay costs to homeowner. Sweet Justice indeed.

Financial Future For Who?

Us? China?

There is way too much in the way of articles, essays, opinions to opine about here.

Instead, here are a few links to whet your whistle, or increase your angst:

China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011, the most recent month reported by the U.S. Treasury. . . .”

29 Months into the most Left Wing U.S. Presidency and we are heading into an economic disaster.

More bad economic news.

I have one question:

How can one man, such as our President, solve this crisis when it is Congress that has helped him more than triple our indebtedness (and waants to spend even more) and our primary lender is separating itself from our poor financial dealings?

Retirement Plans

At risk? At colleges and private plans?

Not good. Not. Good. At. All.

Black Boxes Are Not GPS

However, for those of us that have GPS in our vehicles … your speed can be determined by the GPS device itself. Continually. Just ask this guy.

Now, on to the issue of those Black Boxes in vehicles we drive:

First, they don’t broadcast. They record. They store only the last so many seconds of data in the event of a crash and/or activation of the airbags. And if you think they haven’t been in any vehicle yet, I’d recommend you look here to see if your car may have one already. My 2007 Silverado truck does.

This all boils down to – are these going to be a help, or the opposite. That depends.

It depends if you are going to be a victim, or the opposite. If you like to speed or drive recklessly, I have news for you – even without such a black box in your vehicle you could have related problems as simple as a ticket, or much worse. I only mention this as a reality, not from a legal or constitutional standpoint.

There is a lot of misinformation out there pertaining to what these boxes do, will do. Get technically informed, then argue the finer points of – should these be employed, or not. Should you be able to face your accuser, even – and especially – if it is an emotionless pile of technology.
Most recently there have been statements from various outfits that we will soon have no choice about having these in every vehicle in the United States. Such as here, here, here and here.

Some still say the issue is being “considered” rather than going to happen: Here, here and here.

The issue of such black boxes in our vehicles goes back in time as far back as 1974 (as I have found so far). Some examples: Article from Feb 2010.

Article from June 2003: (an excerpt)

The devices’ primary function is to monitor various sensors and decide whether to fire air bags. But secondary and more recently installed features in many recorders store data from a few seconds before a crash.

Though capabilities vary widely among carmakers, most recorders store only limited information on speed, seat belt use, physical forces, brakes and other factors. Voices are not recorded.

General Motors Corp. has been using recording-capable devices, called Sensing and Diagnostic Modules (search), since the 1990s to help improve safety and gather statistics. GM spokesman Jim Schell said consumer privacy has always been a top concern.

Article from August 2003: (excerpt)

Black boxes—event data recorders like the ones found in airliners—are increasingly common in automobiles and vary from one type of car to another. But cars with airbags have long had onboard computers with the sensors and software necessary to determine within 1/100 of a second that you’re in a crash; that’s how cars know when to deploy the bags. These computers, called sensing and diagnostic modules, are located inside the transmission hump, behind the dashboard, or under the seat, and constantly collect and process data on the car’s acceleration or deceleration. Airbag-equipped cars made by General Motors (which owns Cadillac) have had SDMs since 1974.

Beginning in the 1999 model year, though, GM upgraded SDMs to include an event data recorder. The newer SDMs track the car’s speed (from the speedometer), engine RPM, the exact position of the gas pedal, and whether or not the brake pedal was pressed, among other statistics. The SDM keeps the previous five seconds’ worth of this data in its onboard memory and, if the airbags are deployed, saves the most recent five seconds as a snapshot of events leading up to a possible collision. Ford and Isuzu added similar features to some models in this decade. Santa Barbara-based Vetronix sells a $2,500 “crash data recovery” gadget that will download the logs from these computers (the company lists what years and models it works with, and what data is recoverable).

Auto engineers designed and installed event-logging SDMs to study accidents and improve their cars’ safety, but the data from the boxes has also proven admissible in court.

The Rights of Man

Most excellent.