Monday, December 12, 2011
The last Town Council meeting was the inauguration of the newest members voted into office in our last election. This event was done very well and all new members, minus Norma Wells, took their oath of office. Liza Ward was sworn in and took her place on the Town Council.
In a dramatic turn of events, Councilor LaRochelle was voted in as this year’s Chairman of the Town Council. Apparently, puppet master Bowie did not have confidence enough in Pomelow for her to become Chairperson. I totally agree with him since her screw-up with the Council Working Rules and her short temper with residents. However, Bowie did allow her to remain as Vice Chair. Congratulations Fern.
The town received their annual audit presentation and passed with flying colors. Keep in mind this was not a forensic audit. Also the audit team does not review the Economic Community Development Department to ensure individuals receiving loans met the criteria for the type of loan received.
The Ethics Panel Chairman David Bowie gave the panel’s summary of findings and recommendation to the Town Council on whether or not there is a conflict of interest with Bowie. You all know the results and my feelings. No more needs to be said.
The Town Manager, who never provided on the town web site, the topics he was going to discuss. It will be impossible to comply with the Councilor Working Rules if the citizens have no idea what is going to be discussed. Is the new Chair going to force the Town Manager to post his agenda on the town web site or allow the people to address their comments during “Other Business”? We shall see how Chairman LaRochelle will handle this problem.
Finally, there were two Agenda’s posted on the town web site. One was posted on Friday and the other one was posted on Monday. It was amazing because Monday’s agenda did not have “Corrected Copy” on it so if you were not paying close attention one would never realize the changes. A simple act such as putting “Corrected Copy” at the top of the agenda would have eliminated any confusion. Instead of paralegal training, why not send our people for simple administrative procedures training. When can the people expect simple administrative procedures to be followed in this town?
December 12th, 2011 Via: Reuters:
A member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security Committee said on Monday that the military was set to practise its ability to close the Gulf to shipping at the narrow Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world, but there was no official confirmation.
The legislator, Parviz Sarvari, told the student news agency ISNA: “Soon we will hold a military manoeuvre on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure.”
Drones Officially Take Flight For Domestic Law Enforcement, Heralding a New Level of the Police State
|Predator B drone|
It is a sign of just how fast the police state is advancing that drones in American skies have gone from conspiracy theory to admitted fact in about a year.
In a precedent-setting event, local law enforcement in North Dakota nabbed three suspected armed men with the help of a Predator B unmanned drone. It was only after the drone confirmed that the men were unarmed that police moved in to make the arrest.
The EPA has finally admitted that fracking; the controversial act of pumping water and chemicals underground in order to facilitate the flow of oil or gas, is causing groundwater pollution.
The chemicals involved in the fracking process are highly toxic, and many activists have been speaking out against fracking due to the threat to public health that the technique poses. Many viral videos have actually shown residents of fracking towns lighting their tap water on fire due to the high gas content.
The new EPA findings could significantly impact the fracking process, with the possibility of future regulations going into place to halt the environmental impact of fracking. The real question is whether or not the EPA will take the appropriate steps to reduce or even stop fracking, after ignoring the threat for quite some time.
EPA Admits Fracking Causing Groundwater Pollution
“Like America’s national interest, Palestinians are sacrificed by the average voter’s indifference and the utter moral impotency at the highest elected political office in the face of the strongest US foreign interest lobby.”
The 2012 election season has started in earnest with Republicans and the President (Democratic) nominee pandering equally to the powerful pro-Israel Jewish lobby.
According to reports by James Corbett of the CorbettReport as well as an exclusive report on Boiling Frogs Post, U.S.-NATO troops have begun massing on the border between Jordan and Syria.
According to first-hand accounts and reports provided to Boiling Frogs Post by several sources in Jordan, during the last few hours foreign military groups, estimated at hundreds of individuals, began to spread near the villages of the north-Jordan city of “Al-Mafraq”, which is adjacent to the Jordanian and Syrian border.
BREAKING: Reports Claim US Troops Deploying on Jordan-Syria Border :
MOSCOW, December 8 (RIA Novosti)Russia’s foreign minister has warned of a repetition of its 2008 war with Georgia if the South Caucasus state joins NATO.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Dear Customer Thank you for all your letters in the past. Yes, I have been remiss in replying, but please understand that things get very busy at the North Pole, we only have daylight for 6 months, and being in the middle of an icecap floating on an ocean, everything we use at the toy shop has to be flown in. We're outside the usual Fed-ex routes, so we're still using the reindeer. Letters take paper. Paper requires trees. See any trees up here on those National Geographic specials? Okay, you get the idea.
But I feel I owe you a reply after all this time, plus there are a few things I would like to get straight between us.
No more cookies. I always feel obligated to take a bite out of the cookie left by your Christmas tree lest whoever made it feel slighted. But that's 100 million cookies I have to nibble in the continental United States alone every single Christmas, and I am trying to lose weight because chimneys are getting smaller.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today announced commonsense legislation that would prohibit open-air cultivation of Genetically Engineered (GE) pharmaceutical and industrial crops, preventing biological contamination of our food supply. The bill would also establish a tracking system to regulate and ensure the safety of GE pharmaceutical and industrial crops.
“We must take steps to prevent genetically engineered organisms from being grown in a way that could do irreversible damage to our food supply. Under pressure from profit-minded industry, we have already allowed the spread of genetically modified crops into our agriculture at great cost to our economy and with unknown effects on our bodies,” said Kucinich.
Sherrie Questioning All: Senator Levin revealed - It was Obama who required the Indefinite Detainment Bill INCLUDE U.S. Citizens as part of the wording!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I like to think of myself as a pleasant and easy going person, but I just couldn’t help from being overcome with rage and disgust as I sat in my grimy holding cell this past Friday. The legal fees, the hassles, the boredom and the fact that I probably just lost my job definitely had me upset, but it was just the blatant corruption of the situation that I found to be absolutely sickening. The sheer arrogance and hubris exhorted by the mercenaries that were holding me and several others hostage. This language might be a bit strong for some, but I feel that I’m describing the situation quite accurately.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
What Really Happened in the Russian Elections » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
|Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station|
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today questioned whether FirstEnergy has been entirely upfront with the people of Ohio over the extent of the damage to the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. Kucinich requested full public disclosure of all relevant photographs, test results, analyses and reports by FirstEnergy after comparing reassuring public statements made about the damage by FirstEnergy officials to disquieting information received from the NRC during a briefing yesterday for the Congressman’s staff.
Ohio Nuke Plant Damage More Severe Than Previously Admitted
ED NOTE : If Sherwood Ross’ article Defense Authorization Act Will Destroy Bill of Rights is accurate when it states that the Military will be authorized to arrest and hold anyone without access to legal representation, habeas corpus, or trial, then the Law itself is unconstitutional and all it will take is a finding in the US Supreme Court to that effect to nullify it.
It is quite simple and straightforward. The Constitution of the Unites States of America clearly prohibits the Congress from passing any law which is in conflict or contradiction with any of the guaranteed provisions of the Constitution or its amendments. If the Congress wishes to pass such a law, it must first amend and gain ratification of suspension of those rights of habeas corpus, legal representation, and trial which are fundamental to the Constitution.
Defense Authorization Act Will Destroy Bill of Rights
The UK's Telegraph reports that preloaded Android software known as "Carrier IQ" secretly monitors and records the websites Android users access from their mobile phones, as well as the text messages they send and receive and even the individual keystrokes they make. The technology also logs a history of where users are located geographically while performing these tasks.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
December 8, 2011
If Donna Hopper, a 66 year old Redding, California, woman had listened to police during a 911 call, she may have been killed by an intruder.
During a 911 call, a police operator told Hopper not to shoot the intruder breaking into her home. She was told to put down the gun and wait for police.
Hopper instead shot and killed the man with a recently purchased .38 handgun.
The incident is another example demonstrating that police are unable to protect citizens
Wednesday - 12/7/2011, 12:34am ET
Bill Lefurgy, digital initiatives program manager, Library of Congress
Federal News Radio The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library's repository of historical documents.
"We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was sent out and declared to be public," said Bill Lefurgy, the digital initiatives program manager at the library's national digital information infrastructure and preservation program. The archives don't contain tweets that users have protected, but everything else — billions and billions of tweets — are there.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The FBI’s new definition of what constitutes rape, set to be implemented next year, could ensnare TSA agents and outlaw pat downs because it defines penetration, “no matter how slight,” using any part of the body as a rape offense.
“The FBI’s definition of “rape” is about to get a long-awaited update, for the first time since 1929,” reports the New York Daily News.
The new definition, approved by the the FBI’s UCR subcommittee Advisory Policy Board back in October and set to be officially adopted by the FBI in 2012, states rape is, “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Life isn't so rosy if you're a Rumford resident: Your commute is longer, your job pays less and that family next door is a lot more likely to be living in poverty.
Read more here
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Ron Paul’s supporters in Iowa are very loyal and very excited. And they are poised to make Paul the winner of the Iowa Caucuses next month.
This isn’t the script the media has been writing for this campaign. Instead, “Tea Party Queen” Michelle Bachman, who beat Paul by just a few score votes at the Ames Straw poll earlier this year, was supposed to win this state – and confirm that the GOP has gone bonkers.
Bachmann is polling in the low single digits now. Since Ames, Ron Paul has put in the most time in Iowa, he is running the best ads, making the sharpest criticisms of his rivals, and putting together the best organization.
In Iowa he polls behind only Newt Gingrich, the latest flavor of the week. But Gingrich commands little in the way of organization, money, or loyalty with voters.
The Tube is Killing You: Every Hour of TV Watched Takes 22 Minutes Off Your Life by Sylvia Anderson - Anti-Aging - InsidersHealth.com
The study was conducted at the University of Queensland in Australia and tracked data from 11,000 Australian volunteers older than the age of 25. Results showed that for this age group, every hour of television viewed could shorten the average human lifespan by 22 minutes. According to researchers, it appears there is a direct correlation between how much time you spend in front of your flat screen and how long you'll live.
The Tube is Killing You: Every Hour of TV Watched Takes 22 Minutes Off Your Life by Sylvia Anderson - Anti-Aging - InsidersHealth.com
Boiling breast tumours kills them in 10 minutes: Doctors develop treatment using targeted electrical current By Rachel Ellis
The procedure uses a targeted electrical current to heat tumours to 70-90c (160-190f).
read more here
Despite the evidence gained over the years showing that aspartame is a dangerous toxin, it has remained on the global market . In continues to gain approval for use in new types of food despite evidence showing that it causes neurological brain damage, cancerous tumors, and endocrine disruption, among other things.
| Sit-in at the office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison |
© AFP Karen Bleier
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hundreds of people from across America demonstrated in Washington Tuesday for jobs and stronger social security by converging on the offices of US lawmakers in Congress.
The action, by activists from unions and other organizations, was dubbed Take Back the Capitol and passed off peacefully.
Hundreds 'occupy' US Congressional offices
Chicago, IL—On December 8, a group of mothers and others will defy the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on “distributing” fresh milk across state lines by transporting 100 gallons of raw milk from Wisconsin to Chicago’s Independence Park and distributing it to customers waiting at the park. Rally time is 11:30am – 2:00pm.
Federal law 21 CFR § 1240.61 prohibits interstate movement and distribution of raw milk for human consumption. The FDA regulation applies to individuals, or “agents” acting on their behalf.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Have you ever noticed how the four national media networks usually report on the same news events every night. They also push a similar viewpoint usually the governments.
Of the many thousands or more possible stories how is it possible they pick the same ones without some sort of direction. Is our Government or some other powerful group telling the major networks what to cover?
Are we being manipulated by the media?
There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the in depth articles about Councilor Bowie’s conflict of interest and the Ethics Panel’s findings. The following few words are an attempt to boil it all down into a easily digestible summary of the relevant facts.
1. Councilor Bowie’s wife being an employee of Police Department creates many perceived and/or actual conflicts of interest one of which is documented by a previous Ethics Panel finding. (Fact)
2. The Lisbon Ethics Panel is not addressing the true conflicts created by the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bowie and the Police Department.
3. The Ethics Panel is guiding the investigation to keep it away from the true conflicts. They are requiring the public to word the complaints in some unspecified form only known by the panel. I believe (opinion) the panel knows what the problem is but doesn’t want to hear the complaint because they will have to render an uncomfortable decision that will anger the powers that be in Lisbon Government.
4. The Town Council and Ethics Panel are attempting to insulate the Council from ethics scrutiny. I doubt this was ever the intent of the framers of our Ethics Panel.
5. The Ethics Panel refuses to investigate this obvious conflict on their own. There is nothing written in the charter that prohibits them from initiating the investigation.
The recent finding of the Ethics Panel is really just A Red Herring used to divert attention away for the most egregious conflicts.
The only way to fix this “Good Old Boys Network” is to install new ethically minded people to the council next November.
The free concert includes coffee and desserts.
A’chording to Kantele to perform free Christmas concert | Sun Journal
Occupy Congress on Jan. 17: ‘Largest Occupy protest ever’50 marchers arrived at McPherson Square from New York and then marched on the Capitol. Yesterday, Occupy DC targeted congressional Democrats at a campaign fundraiser. Now, protesters say they plan to Occupy Congress on Jan. 17, in the “largest Occupy protest ever!”
Monday, December 5, 2011
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Police swarmed into an anti-Wall Street encampment in Washington on foot and horseback Sunday and arrested around two dozen protesters near a large wooden structure that had been erected overnight.
Officers from the US Park Police arrived at 11:30 am at McPherson Square, just two few blocks from the White House and where demonstrators have been living in tents since late September, prompting a standoff.
Police surround 'Occupy DC' site in Washington
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Councilor Bowie should never have been placed in this position in the first place because it is in direct violation of the Ethics Panels prior decision in January 7, 2009. If everyone on the Town Council had full knowledge pertaining to Mrs. Bowie’s duties in the communication center, why would the council appoint Councilor Bowie to participate in this project in direct violation of the 2009 ruling? Also, if the consolidation on communication centers does not remain under the jurisdiction of the Lisbon Police Department, Mrs. Bowie’s job description would have to be redone and her salary adjusted. This is an industry standard practice. So it is imperative to Mrs. Bowie's salary, the communication center remains under the jurisdiction of Lisbon Police Department.
Councilor Bowie, as an appointed representative of the Town of Lisbon, has a direct impact on influencing County Commissioners and fellow Town Councilors. Their decisions will have a direct effect on Mrs. Bowie’s salary. Yes, this project is in an exploratory and conceptual state but his actions will effect the final decision of this project. By stating there is no conflict of interest at this time, the Ethics Panel has enabled Councilor Bowie to influence the County Commissioners decision on the Consolidation of Communication Centers. It is their decision which will determine Mrs. Bowie’s future compensation.
Councilor Bowie should have been replaced as the representative of the Town of Lisbon on this project once Mrs. Bowie was hired as the Administrative Assistant because her daily duties involve the Lisbon Communication Center and constitutes a direct conflict of interest to the County Consolidation Communication Center project.
The Ethics Panel findings are rendered on the assumption both the County audience and the Town Council has full knowledge of Mrs. Bowie’s involvement with the Lisbon Communications Center and the fact the Consolidation Communication Center project is in an exploratory and conceptual state. First, we all know what “assume” does; it makes an ass out of u and me. Second, because this project is in an exploratory and conceptual state does not means Councilor Bowie’s impact will not have a dramatic impact on his wife’s salary in the future. Waiting to lock the barn door, after the horse has run away, is too late; so is waiting until the County Commissioners make their final decision which will be influenced by Councilor Bowie, too late.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Lisbons Ethics Panel’s Duty
Does Lisbon Maine’s Ethics Panel have a hidden policy of ignoring blatant ethics violations
when they involve the Lisbon Town Council?
Is there some written regulation that bars the panel from rooting out problems.
I have searched the Town Charter for sections that apply to the panel and can find no such regulation.
What possible reason then would the panel have for ignoring the obvious violation involving
Councilor Bowie and his wife? Is there some unstated agreement between the Ethics Panel
and the Lisbon Council?
What is the purpose of any Ethics Panel if not to bring possible ethics violations to light. Do we have an Ethics Panel for appearance sake only.
These are all valid questions that we must ask ourselves and attempt to answer.
It may be time for us to seek outside intervention to
help with this problem. Einstein said you cant solve a problem with the same thinking that created the problem.
We need an Ethics Panel with teeth to oversee our governmental actions. We don't need one that protects the 1% in charge from scrutiny and stands as a roadblock to correcting unethical behavior.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Naked ambition: Ukrainian topless protests go
exactly what Ukraine’s Femen group is hoping for with a series of high-profile
demonstrations against the abuse of women's rights which has made the news
across Europe. And as RT found out, the Ukrainian feminists are ready to conquer
new horizons.On a chilly morning in Kiev, half-naked women in racing outfits
drink champagne and chant slogans. This is how the Femen movement
celebrated the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi. Several days prior to that,
Femen were in Rome, lending their support for the anti-Berlusconi protests.
“We had staged a lot of protests against Berlusconi and his sexual
adventures here in Kiev. And we are really happy his political career
has finished,” activist Aleksandra Shevchenko told RT.
Senate passes defense bill with Defeat of Detainee Amendment
Bussiere decided to give back to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital for how important they have been to him and his family. He was diagnosed with ITP when he was five years old and spent many years being treated by doctors and hospitals. Recently his five year old brother was hospitalized in serious condition at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and once again Bussiere saw firsthand just how important it is to do this project.
By Staff report
Helen Koulouris, 58, died at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick shortly after she was taken there by ambulance, Maine State Police Trooper Jonathan Leach said.
He said Koulouris was struck by a truck driven by Lisa Green, 42, of Bowdoinham. The accident took place on Fisher Road, a short distance from Green’s home, at about 6:15 p.m.
more here | Sun Journal
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Authorization Act Is Shameful
The Media’s Blackout Of The National Defense Authorization Act Is Shameful
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The broadcast media’s ignorance and unwillingness to cover the National Defense Authorization Act, a radical piece of legislation which outrageously redefines the US homeland as a “battlefield” and makes US citizens subject to military apprehension and detainment for life without access to a trial or attorney, is unacceptable.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The purpose and intent of Chapter 12 of our charter is to protect the integrity of Lisbon Government against actual or reasonably perceived conflicts of interest without creating unnecessary barriers to public service.
I'm sure the founders of our charter never intended sec. 12-4 (d) (Referral) to be used as a roadblock to eliminating unethical behavior. Nowhere in Chapter 12 does it say the Ethics Panel can only hear referrals. By its very nature it should searching government for potential problems and advising the council on its findings.
Recently when our Ethics Panel used the charter to hide from its duties it became obvious that we have a much more serious problem than a simple conflict.We have a systemic problem. Our very system is being used to hinder the elimination of conflicts.
Hopefully this is due to ignorance of the actual intended purpose of the Ethics Panel. Possibly the members of the Panel are unaware that they have an obligation to the town to expose conflicts when ever and where ever they find them.
There comes a time in everyones life, usually in their fourth or fifth decade, when they have to decide if they will stand up and make the morally right decision regardless of the social consequences or hang their head and slink off into obscurity. I believe that time has come for Lisbons Ethics Panel.
I hope the panel makes the right decision.
On Monday night Lisbon’s Ethics Panel gave a fine performance dancing around the most pertinent issues surrounding Councilor Bowie’s Conflict of Interest.
The following critically important facts were never addressed:
- A large portion of the Bowie family income is derived from the Police Department payroll. To say that it is possible to be unbiased under these circumstances is expecting too much from human nature.
- If the Police budget and/or personnel ever need to be slashed can we really expect Mr. Bowie to have an open mind on the cuts. Could YOU indirectly fire your own wife or spouse.
- As long as the Councilor’s wife is a Police employee there is potential leverage to obtain a favorable vote from at least one Councilor.
This relationship is in clear violation of our Town’s Charter Chapter 12 “Ethics and Conflicts” section 12-5. - Additional standards.
(A)----Standard of conduct. A public official, other than the town manager or the superintendent of schools, who is a municipal or school department employee shall not hold a supervisory position, or be senior in the chain-of-command, to an individual with whom he or she has a personal relationship or a financial involvement (other than the municipal or school system employment relationship),
Councilor Bowie is obviously a senior in Mrs. Bowie’s “chain of command” and is covered by the above charter excerpt. And due to the lack of a higher municipal governing body they are also unable to fulfill any exempting requirement that would rectify this conflict.
I feel that instead of confronting this conflict the Ethics Panel decided to skirt the real issue and use the ethics guidelines to hide from an uncomfortable ethics decision. By doing this “end run” they have placed their own integrity in question.
We all know what needs to be done here. Lets put integrity back in Lisbon Town Government.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
With the bill expected to be up for a vote within 48 hours, Senator Rand Paul has offered an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that will kill a provision allowing the militaryto detain individuals, including American citizens, without trial or due process.
ETHICS PANEL HEARING
I left the hearing last night in shock. When I arrived home I went over my letter to the panel, all the documentation to see how I failed the people of Lisbon. I also went over the meeting in my head and came to the conclusion; I did not fail the people.
During the summation of the evidence gathered, Chief Brooks stated Mrs. Bowie never received any additional compensation for filling in as a dispatcher, or words to that effect. However, I have an email stating Mrs. Bowie received overtime pay for filling in as a dispatcher. This can be easily verified. Since overtime pay is an additional compensation, if true, means Chief Brooks’ statement would be false.
Also, Mr. Cunningham asked Councilor Bowie how he could be sure members of his audience were aware of Mrs. Bowie involvement in the Lisbon Communication Center, or words to that effect. Councilor Bowie responded by saying because she worked for the County in the Communication Center, or words to that effect. Mrs. Bowie’s job description is Administrative Assistant and not Communications Specialist. These two positions require completely different skill sets which are far reaching making it impossible to connect the dots. Asking anyone to know what each member of the audience does or does not know about any situation requires speculation and not facts. It is the intent of the charter to eliminate any speculation. Requiring Public Officials to divulge a possible/perception of a conflict of interest and/or financial interest prior to speaking on any subject matters ensures each member of the audience has the same level of knowledge and enables them to render a fair evaluation of the Public Official’s input.
The Ethics Panel’s advisory recommendation is based solely on speculation and not on documented facts. There were no additional facts presented during the summation of evidence. I was compelled to provide documented proof and Chief Brooks and Councilor Bowie were allowed to speculate. This was not a level playing field.
I thought the Ethics Panel would render a fair decision. I am extremely disappointed in the Ethics Panel.
Colorado’s Boulder County was the latest health freedom hotspot to stand up against Monsanto and genetically modified produce, with Boulder County advisory committees announcing plans to phase out GMO crops on open space in pursuit of sustainable and ethical farming practices.
Monday, November 28, 2011
It seems Tennessee is the first state to allow TSA agents to inspect citizens during traffic stops. They have road blocks set up and are inspecting all vehicles, both commercial vehicles and private cars for possible terrorist activities, with no probable cause.
Lone Star Watchdog: What Happened to Probable Cause?: Written by Robert Smith TNM It seems Tennessee is the first state to allow TSA agents to inspect citizens during traffi...
On Monday Nov. 28th there will be a Lisbon Maine Ethics Panel Meeting to consider the possible problems associated with Councilor Michael Bowie discussing and voting on any issue involving the Lisbon Police Department. As many of you probably already know, Councilor Bowie's wife is employed by the Lisbon Police Department.
I believe it would be very difficult for anyone to make an unbiased decision on Police Matters when a large portion of their family income comes from the Police Department payroll. To say that it is possible to be unbiased in such a situation is expecting too much from human nature.
If in the future it ever becomes necessary to cut the police budget or personnel, can we really expect Mr. Bowie to be unbiased on the matter. I don't think anyone should be required to indirectly fire their spouse.
As long as the Councilor's wife is a police employee there is potential leverage, in the departments favor, on a Council Vote.
At the very least there is an appearance of Conflict of Interest.
It will be interesting to see how the Lisbon Maine Ethics Panel handles this problem.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
“Experts” Push For Lithium To Be Added To Our Drinking Water
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Upon the throne sits Lisbon’s high Seven
Gorging on visions of spending our wealth
Debating foul plans never thought of in Heaven
Abounding with high craftiness cunning and stealth
With a nod from the Master another plan takes form
To relieve Lisbon’s poor of their hard earned money
Never considering the price so far from the norm
Just taking the prize with a laugh that's not funny
Without remorse or fear they scheme and plan
Reveling with glee for each new demand
Directing the new among their clan
Promising her wealth gifts and a command
But alas - as November draws near for All
They fear nothing but silence in their great hall
Sonnet written by
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Jennifer Fox, 19, told The Stranger that she had been with the Occupy protests since they started in Westlake Park. She said she was homeless and three months pregnant, but felt the need to join activists during their march last Tuesday.
“I was standing in the middle of the crowd when the police started moving in,” Fox recalled. “I was screaming, ‘I am pregnant, I am pregnant. Let me through. I am trying to get out.’”