During the two year “break” that I was unemployed I ran for public office in a vacant seat left by the Leslie Johnson, wife of the then County Executive Jack B. Johnson, both whom were arrested for corruption. I did it for the commute, the pay and the opportunity to serve the community I live in. As a Washington Post reporter confirmed, “You don’t have a chance in hell.” (Hell must be full because a lot of the demons are here.) It was as 95 – 5% loss. I ran as a conservative in a overwhelmingly liberal/democratic area. I didn’t try to be anything I wasn’t. I learned a lot. Mostly, who my friends weren’t (pastors). I am not anxious to do it again. It was not just the election of the President of the United States that made us weary of politicians. Prince Georges County has a reputation for crime and corruption. We have had plenty of people that help with that perception.
Tommie Broadwater https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/2001/02/11/tommie-broadwaters-world/8fc7b559-c8b7-4b8d-b13f-5e10799024f1/?utm_term=.5395b2e15842
Local media are partly responsible for that because most of the shootings and property crimes are concentrated in the same areas county inside the Beltway.
Before the rise of casinos to Maryland we have had more than one case of corruption. Cases go back before my generation but there are a few happening today.
There was a scandal back in 2005 involving accountants, Thomas, Wright and Isom. A Prince George’s County grand jury indicted a former county official and an Upper Marlboro accountant yesterday on charges of conspiracy, bribery and felony theft in a $250,000 shakedown of a county contractor.
Robert L. Thomas, former deputy director of Prince George’s County Department of Central Services, and accountant Paul L. Wright are accused of soliciting the $250,000 bribe to award a contract to install security systems at two county government buildings. Robert L. Isom, 67, of Upper Marlboro, told Prince George’s Circuit Court Judge Michael B. Whelan that he conspired with Robert L. Thomas, the former deputy director of the county’s Office of Central Services, and others to demand and receive a bribe.
In 2015, George Joseph Grillo, age 64, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy arising from a scheme to make it appear that a minority business enterprise (MBE) performed work on Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) contracts, when in fact, the MBE had not performed the work. The conspiracy involved between $1 million and $2.5 million of laundered funds.
Lets talk about Jack.
Recently, former Prince George’s county executive Jack B. Johnson has left federal prison and entered a residential facility in Baltimore six months ahead of his expected release next summer, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons registry.
Johnson, who led the Prince George’s County government from 2002 to 2010, pleaded guilty in 2011 to corruption charges connected to a wider conspiracy involving bribes and transactions that entangled county business officials, developers and his wife, Leslie Johnson.
The once-popular Democratic county executive served most of his 87-month prison sentence at federal correctional institutions in Butner, N.C., and Cumberland, Md., before being transferred to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons’ residential reentry management program, which has an office near Fort Meade, Md.
Bureau spokeswoman Jill Tyson said Johnson, 67, will serve the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house in the region. She said the agency does not disclose the specific locations of such facilities.
The reentry program helps inmates such as Johnson reestablish ties to the community, and it may permit him some freedom to leave his assigned facility to look for work, receive counseling or visit people, according to the Bureau of Prisons website. But the program closely monitors inmates whenever they venture out.
The investigation into Jack Johnson, who led Prince George’s County, Md., from 2002 to 2010, came to light when federal authorities tapping his phone heard him direct his wife to flush down the toilet an illicit $100,000 check from a developer and to stuff nearly $80,000 in cash in her undergarments. FBI agents had arrived at the couple’s home after witnessing Jack Johnson accept $15,000 from a developer.
Leslie Johnson, who was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for her role in the scandal, was released in early 2013. Since then, she has been seen around the county, attending church and working the polls during the Democratic primaries in April on behalf of congressional candidate Glenn F. Ivey, a former Prince George’s state’s attorney.
When Jack Johnson completes his sentence in June, he will have served the longest term in prison for a politician in a corruption case in Maryland history.
But wait there’s more…
A member of the Prince George’s County Council member Jamel “Mel” Franklin (D) was arrested after a crash that occurred Nov. 21., 2016. He has been charged with driving his county car under the influence after he was involved in a car crash that sent two people to the hospital, Maryland State Police said.
Then there is the former Prince George’s County Council Member and Maryland Delegate William A. Campos-Escobar, 42 of Hyattsville, pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy as part of a wide-ranging FBI investigation that has also looked into the practices of Prince George’s County Liquor Board members.
He entered his guilty plea in Federal Court on January 5, 2017.
Campos was elected to the Prince George’s County Council in 2004 and served until his election to the House of Delegates in 2014. He resigned from the House of Delegates on Sept. 15, 2015.
According to documents, officials say Campos was essentially selling county money in exchange for bribes. He has admitted to taking $340,000 in bribes. The former Maryland delegate from Prince George’s County collected an estimated $40,000 worth of bribes in exchange for directing tax-supported grants to certain nonprofit organizations, among other favors, and he even directed those soliciting his help to create fake entities to receive the grant money, according to federal prosecutors.
I’ll talk about the school board later.
My wife was glad that I didn’t win the position as an elected official. Her belief that “politics is a dirty business,” has never been more true locally and nationally.
I know it sounds audacious and egotistical for me to post something that tells others how to pray but if you have ever wondered about this, believe in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, and follow me as a minister of the Gospel, read on.
Prayer is communication with God. Communication is a two way street. An effective prayer is one that is heard. You have probably heard someone pray that you thought was good and others that you thought didn’t go further than the ceiling tiles. It is my belief that the difference is in the heart not in the delivery. Some people that have grown up in certain denominations have learned the “right” phrasing, tone, and intonation to “sound” good. That is not what I am referring to here. Be careful that you don’t allow “that guys” prayer to make you think that your prayer is not reaching the throne of grace. Envy is not good.
It is not about the length, or flowering content of your prayer. A good prayer based on the one Jesus taught his disciples contains only four elements.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. – Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
There are different kinds of prayers but the one that I am referring to here is one where you have been called upon to pray for someone else or you are seeking the Lords help personally.
The first part is the Adoration or Acknowledgement. Who are you talking to? There are a lot of spirits, demons and self-made gods floating around. Are you talking to the Creator of Heaven and Earth?
The next part is the confession. David asked that God create in him a clean heart. You are approaching the Throne of Grace. The seat of God. You cannot go there in sin. You must ask for forgiveness, which is only available through the sacrifice of Jesus. That is why people say things like, I plead by the “blood of Jesus.” I often ask God to forgive me of anything that would prevent me from being heard right now. If I have time and alone, I may even go into detail about it, knowing that nothing I have done was in secret to Him. This confession is private and only between you and your God. You don’t need a third party here.
I believe that speaking your prayer is better than just thinking it. I base this on the fact that God spoke the world into existence and that I would rather hear you say I love you than just think you do.
The third part of this process, which takes longer to explain that to do is to thank God for what He has already and will do.
And the final part, the forth is the actual supplication. Or what you came for. The Lords prayer has all four of those elements in it. Though not in that order.
To remember it, think of the acronym, A.C.T.S. acknowledge, confession, thankfulness, supplication.
You can talk to God about anything. You should talk to God about everything. I believe that you were created by God for a purpose. I believe you are special to Him. And because He loves you better than anyone, talking to Him more would be a good thing. We wrongfully think that we should only talk to God in times of emergency. I say wrongfully because, how would you feel if you only spoke to someone of great power when you needed something. It wouldn’t feel like you had a relationship with them at all. But merely like you were using them. God wants you in a relationship with you not a religious experience. Would you want a doughnut in the back of your car or a full sized spare tire? We often short change God in more things than we realize.
There is power in prayer. Having the ability to seek counsel, and wisdom is just a couple of the things available. Don’t just wait for the miracles. There are things that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob can do for you right now that can make your day blessed. And there is the “faith” element. But I’ll talk about that later. You must have it, and pray in it.
… you have not because you asked not. James 4:2
During your prayer do not be alarmed if you feel sleepy when you are in private conversation with God. His Spirit brings a peace that sometimes knocks you out. Do not freak out if you start getting ideas and solutions to problems while you are praying. You are now connected to the Source of life, and your creative side gets charged when you do. You are an offspring of God. You have to learn to save your notes( inspirations) when this happens.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.- Psalm 27:14
Join me Wednesday nights at 9 pm est for online prayer at http://blanchardchapel.us or by calling 202-780-1279 (you can just listen or join in live)
If you want me to pray with/for you, just call.
God bless you.
*special thanks to Richard Smallwood for allowing me to use his music here. I hope it blesses you.
My wife had me thinking of getting a Victory touring bike. (great wife, I know.) Of course, I had to wait till, I either sold the motorcycle I have or we were in a better financial situation. She liked the one she saw at the Arlen Ness shop in California. I had visions of the Motorcycle Radio Podcast riding again. Then out of the blue, BAM! I heard that Polaris, the mother company of Victory cycles was killing the thing. WTF! Say it isn’t so…
Direct from the Polaris site:
POLARIS INDUSTRIES TO WIND DOWN VICTORY MOTORCYCLES OPERATIONS
STRENGTHENING ITS POSITION IN THE POWERSPORTS INDUSTRY
MINNEAPOLIS (January 9, 2017) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced it will immediately begin winding down its Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. Polaris will assist dealers in liquidating existing inventories while continuing to supply parts for a period of 10 years, along with providing service and warranty coverage to Victory dealers and owners. Today’s announcement does not affect any other Polaris business units.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, my team and the Polaris Board of Directors,” said Polaris Industries Chairman and CEO Scott Wine. “Over the past 18 years, we have invested not only resources, but our hearts and souls, into forging the Victory Motorcycles brand, and we are exceptionally proud of what our team has accomplished. Since inception, our teams have designed and produced nearly 60 Victory models that have been honored with 25 of the industry’s top awards. The experience, knowledge, infrastructure and capability we’ve built in those 18 years gave us the confidence to acquire and develop the Indian Motorcycle brand, so I would like to express my gratitude to everyone associated with Victory Motorcycles and celebrate your many contributions.”
Several factors influenced today’s announcement. Victory has struggled to establish the market share needed to succeed and be profitable. The competitive pressures of a challenging motorcycle market have increased the headwinds for the brand. Given the significant additional investments required for Victory to launch new global platforms that meet changing consumer preferences, and considering the strong performance and growth potential of Indian Motorcycle, the decision to more narrowly focus Polaris’ energy and investments became quite clear.
“This decision will improve the profitability of Polaris and our global motorcycle business, and will materially improve our competitive stance in the industry,” said Scott Wine. “Our focus is on profitable growth, and in an environment of finite resources, this move allows us to optimize and align our resources behind both our premium, high performing Indian Motorcycle brand and our innovative Slingshot brand, enhancing our focus on accelerating the success of those brands. Ultimately this decision will propel the industry-leading product innovation that is core to our strategy while fostering long-term growth and increased shareholder value.”
Polaris will reduce the appropriate operating cost based on this decision, while continuing to support the future growth of the ongoing motorcycle business. Polaris remains committed to maintaining its presence in the Spirit Lake, Iowa community with Indian Motorcycle production and in the Huntsville, Alabama community with its Slingshot production.
Any one-time costs associated with supporting Victory dealers in selling their remaining inventory, the disposal of factory inventory, tooling, and other physical assets, and the cancellation of various supplier arrangements will be recorded in the 2017 income statement in respective sales, gross profit and operation expense. These costs will be excluded from Polaris’ provided 2017 sales and earnings guidance on a non-GAAP basis.
Great mother of pearl! Now what? Do I get a bike from my friends in White Plains, MD and squirrel it away or just wait? What do you think?
Domestic violence is a sensitive issue that may lead to serious repercussions if continued.
It can be defined as an aggression or physical abuse aimed at one’s spouse or domestic partner; typically violence and brutality by men against women.
A good proportion of women globally, are affected by a number which doesn’t pay heed to age, race, religion, ethnicity, academic background or economic position.
Women are often treated as a commodity. Social isolation, lack of comfort to the native language and deprivation of financial security is what is added to the dilemma and often aggravates their situation.
Let’s take a look at some of signs of Domestic violence which would suggest that it is prevalent in an arrangement.
Controlling- People, generally men who abuse are often seen as bullying or commanding.
Restricting- Abusers imposing restrictions on victim’s day to day activities.
Envy and possessiveness – Excessive passion and possessiveness is seen owards their belongings, family members and pets.
Unstable and Hot-tempered – People involved in domestic violence are usually very short tempered. They often like to make a mountain out of a molehill.
Destruction of self worth – Every action of abusers is aimed at depletion and destroying victim’s self esteem and confidence.
- Horror and Fear – Abusers would often try to instill feeling or fear and dismay out of victim’s mind.
From contributing author Amy D.