Isis, oh, Isis, you mystical child.
Posted by David Keelan on Tuesday, March 6, 2007
That is a line from one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs. I am a big fan of Bob Dylan. His son, Jacob (Wallflowers) could have a big career ahead of him too. I like all of Bob Dylan’s music except for the album he did with Johnny Cash. Both men have unique voices. Put them together and it will make you … Well you decide. I am sure you can find a sample on line.
Isis, oh, Isis, you mystical child.
What drives me to you is what drives me insane.
I still can remember the way that you smiled
On the fifth day of May in the drizzlin’ rain.
Hayduke is waiting for proof of those allegations laid out in Lynn Anderson’s Baltimore Sun hatchet job on (among others) Chris Merdon. Ian, you will have to keep waiting. Ian might make good editorial decisions. I would say that The Sun should hire him because he must have better instincts than Lynn Anderson and her editor.
Lynn Anderson says that ISIS was registered with the State the day after Chris Merdon met with Ted Bayer and Mark Anzman – August 26th. Do you understand what she is implying? A private meeting was held with DHR, and three men. The next day they formed a shell minority owned business to do unfairly win State contracts. That is it right? Did anyone else get a different impression?
That is a notice of the meeting Ms. Anderson is referencing. It is a pre-bid conference that over 40 people attended. I counted twice and came up with 42 people both times. Lynn Anderson writes her article in such a way as to imply the Merdon had a private meeting with DHR and these two men. That is not a very “private” meeting and could not be further from the truth. The attendee list can be found on the link provided. Did Lynn Anderson bother to read the 8 page document?
Do I need to explain what a pre-bid conference is? Well just in case you don’t know. It isn’t a meeting. It is more like a lecture. “We are seeking bids on the following. These are our requirements… and blah blah blah” for an hour or so. They are not fun, but if you want the business you got to be there. Guess who runs those meetings. Usually the procurement staff Ms. Anderson writes about.
Ms. Anderson notes that ISIS was to “perform 11 percent of the work”. She doesn’t mention that ISIS provided a couple of contract employees for a few hours of work. They never approached 11 hours of work.
That is only after looking at the beginning of her article. That is her definition of a “direct role” in the formation of ISIS on Merdon’s part? Lynn Anderson is an embarassment to real journalists. A blogger can do better research than that. My apologies to all bloggers. The Articles of Incorporation don’t mention Merdon either. Look it up on the SDAT web site.
“DIRECT ROLE”. That is a DIRECT quote.
Lets go further. She implies that it was improper of Merdon to hire Gantech as a sub-contractor because of political donations. She fails to mention that Gantech was also at the pre-submission meeting (referenced above), expressed interest in the project, was qualified to do the work, had provided work for the State previously and was known as a reliable prime contractor and sub-contractor. She implies Merdon was doling out political favors. I wonder why she didn’t say Gantech had a “direct role” in the formation of ISIS since they were in the private meeting too. Hmmm.
Here is a question.
Can anyone explain why it takes 120 days to be approved as a minority business in the State? Why shouldn’t it take only 30 days? Should it take less time than 30 days? Seriously, there are only 6 requirements to become an MBE. Race/Gender, net worth, US Citizen, small business. How long does it take to do an assets test? Never mind I will ask Calvin Ball the question about assets testing.
The Comptroller said this:
“We want to be a pro-business state in Maryland, and that means that everybody plays by the same rules,” said Franchot, who previously served as chairman of the transportation and environment subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. “And if the playing field is tilted for any reason, normal businesses turn away from Maryland.”
He is absolutely correct. He should also ask the Secretary of Transportation (who runs MBE) to stream line the application process so it doesn’t take 4 months to be certified as a minority owned business. I think during the investigation they are going to find that many businesses (if not all) were trying to expidite a ridiculously long 4 month time period. And why would anyone be surprised if that turned out to be the case. Think about it if you had to wait 4 months for certification in anything. If you are a business that means money. Yes money. That is what businesses are about. They have employees and bills to pay too.
In the end the investigation will go foward and we will never hear another word about it. Why? Cover up? No. Because it is not a story even worth the bits on this page.
Merdon should sue Anderson and the Baltimore Sun.