Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
It's truly a sad story, good kids who have a bright future. Yet their silence did not protect them. The code of silence only protects the strong and perpetuates crime. If you see a crime, talk to the police, you can remain completely anonymous, even if you are in a witness protection program.
Friday, September 26, 2008
No comment. Except for one: Tax the corporate pigs more next fiscal year, because I'm getting sick of the word "Budget Cut".
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I thought all prisons in Maryland I have a protective custody unit, then how come former Howard County teacher Alan Meade Beier was assaulted by five immates inside his cell? Not to mention after he recovered from the hospital, he was in 24 hour segregation.
Did I mention I'm so glad to be back at the University of Maryland, without dealing with economics or math?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Yesterday in the UK, the British Conservative Party has released a report entitled An Unfair Britain: Why Labour Has Failed in Fairness in which one of the main points is that the number of people in “…deep poverty has rising by 900,000 since 1997 and the gap of life expectancy is now the highest since the Victorian age.” That is one of four main facts that are on the first page of the dossier. But if you look closer you’ll realize that the reason why it’s like is not because of Labour’s perceived socialism or its nanny state mentality. Even worse, the Conservative policy website is silent on how to reduce the deep poverty and the gap in life expectancy.
Since 1900 the Labour party was established as a democratic socialist party. It’s manifestos reflected its political orientation, even when Thatcher came to power in 1979. But it all changed in 1997 when Tony Blair came into power under a manifesto that changed Labour into the socialist democratic party into one which supports the "free market" . Since then, they’re more into making deals with business rather than than making deals with the voters. So there is some blame involved with Labor.
But would the Tory’s be any better? I do not think so, because when you actually visit the website, there is no mention on their policy section of their on how to reduce this deep poverty. As for life expectancy, there is a health policy available on their website to read entitled Delivering Some of the Best Health in Europe: Outcomes Not Targets. However it’s more to about focusing on outcomes and phasing out Labour led targets for NHS (National Health Service)
For all it’s worth, I’ll wait for the speech the Tory’s will hold in Parliament today. But by the looks of things, their plans will be no different than Labour’s.
P.S. For your reference to support the second paragraph, see this website of archived UK Labour Party Manifestos dating back to 1900. It's best that you compare the one's dated 1982 and 1987, and the ones dated 1992 and 1997 to understand how Labour changed from the democratic socialist party to one that more caters to the "free market".
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I also like this short description of the recent anime convention:
Halloween gone mad
But the main question is will conservative policy sort out the problems caused by Gordon Brown? My guess? I think not.
More to come this afternoon (Morning for those in the US).
Monday, August 18, 2008
P.S. Please pardon the header, it will be replaced tommorrow EST.
Friday, August 08, 2008
will not improve their human rights record since they won the Olympic
2. King Dubya went to the opening ceremonies despite the fact that china
will not improve said record.
3. The games have become too commercialized.
More later after the weekend. Don't expect me to watch any of the
olympics. Unless there will be a tienamien square incident.
The Prophet Has Spoken.
P.S. I'll be having too much fun at Otakon 2008 to watch the Beijing
Olympics anyway. Fuck Emperor Hu Jintao and his Chinese "Communist"
Monday, July 14, 2008
There, homelessness solved easy.
Source:Shelter plan upsets neighbors -- baltimoresun.com
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Yet again, schools in the Washington DC area are planning to, again, increase class size in the face of a tighter budget. Fairfax County,Virginia is planning to save $11 million. Loudoun County,Virginia is planning to save $7.3 dollars. The Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s: their planned savings has not been disclosed, are either seeking to combine smaller classes or cut support staff and teaching specialists.
Haven’t I seen this before last year?
Increasing pay for teachers would not solve another problem: purchasing supplies. Even with the cost of living increases they still have to buy school supplies that the school itself is supposed to buy.
As for the middle class families can transfer to a private or parochial schools, what about children of working class families? What about disabled children? What about those who speak English as a second language? If they remove the specialized staff, they will have a difficult time in school.
Again, this is easily solvable. Repeal the property tax. Implement a county income tax. Use general taxation to fund schools.
As for the class sizes: Reduce classes to 15 students, per class. From elementary to high school.
Monday, March 03, 2008
A state Senate subcommittee Friday approved over $80 million in total cuts from the governor's proposed budget, including $6.8 million in cuts to the University System of Maryland, which includes the state's 13 universities and research institutions.
- More than $10.5 million of the system's unrestricted funds will be held until each institution can prove its student enrollment is growing at a healthy rate. Institutions that meet their goals will be given their portion of this money, and those that don't might see some of their money go elsewhere in the system.
- Nearly $6.8 million in unrestricted funds will be cut from the system budget, and the cuts must be distributed fairly among all the system institutions. The system will be required to spend at least 4 percent more on each student than it did last year.
- $15 million will be cut from the system's allotment of general fund money. In its place, the system will be allowed to take $15 million from the Higher Education Investment Fund, created last year to set money aside for higher education and supplement state funding when needed.
State officials expect that there will be nearly $15.4 million in the HEIF at the end of this fiscal year, so the subcommittee effectively voted to drain the savings account. When Gov. Martin O'Malley released his budget in January, he proposed using HEIF money to freeze tuition next year and possibly the following year, as well. So even if the General Assembly adequately funds the system this year, next year's safety net is gone.But if that HEIF spending plan falls by the wayside, and O'Malley approves the cut, it will be proof that the first rule does apply, and that most Democrats are just as conservative as Republicans since the Regan era.
Madaleno said spending the HEIF money now rather than saving it for later makes sense in the long run. He noted the importance of "keeping higher education off the funding roller coaster" it has been on for about a decade. He said if the state moderates spending during good economic times, cuts when money is scarce won't seem so severe.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
While the murder was truly senseless, what is really senseless is that Smoot was been convicted as a adult.
James Edward "Lil' J" Smoot was 14 years old when his fellow Bloods gang members pressed a loaded 9 mm gun into his hand and directed him to knock on the door of an Essex man who failed to pay a weekly $250 "protection fee" to sell marijuana on the gang's turf.
When the man, Marquel "Marty" Smith, opened his door, Smoot pulled the trigger, shooting the man in the head and chest.
"He killed him because somebody told him to," prosecutor J.R. Francomano told a judge yesterday at the young gunman's sentencing hearing. "This was nothing less than a gang hit."
Saying he was disturbed by gangs' ability to "suck in young men like this" to commit the worst of their crimes, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Timothy J. Martin sentenced Smoot to 20 years in prison.
Smoot, now 15, pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder and a handgun charge. He was prosecuted in adult court.
Juvenile courts were established for a reason, to rehabilitate youths and keep them separate from adult prisoners. Due to the "tough on crime" political polices established by the political whores in Annapolis and in Congress more children, as young as 14 are being sent to adult prisons. As I mentioned, prison facilitates are currently run as human warehouses. They do not rehabilitate inmates because the way they are run.
The facts about children in adult jail speak for themselves.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Lawmakers have been looking for $200 million in cuts in O'Malley's proposed budget to compensate for the flagging economy, but now they are saying that could rise to $300 million or more when updated revenue projections come out next week.But I bet there will not be any cuts to corporate welfare and their prison-industrial complex. I can promise you that. But there is one way we can stop this mania: Abolish balanced budgeting.
Three months ago, O'Malley called the General Assembly into a special session to close the state's structural deficit with $2 billion in tax increases and spending reductions, and a proposal to legalize slot machines that is subject to ratification by voters.
"The likelihood is, given the national economic downturn, that those difficult series of decisions will continue," O'Malley said. "Everybody is looking at the revenue estimates, and if they are coming in lower than projected, there will have to be further cuts."
Monday, February 25, 2008
"We need to have adequate enforcement of our air pollution laws, and we don't have that - only 18 inspectors looking after 11,600 sources of air pollution," said Sen.Here's the difference, the latter were just electric bill increases so that Constellation (who owns BGE) to make more profit. The former is a non issue, because air pollution affects everyone. You want to know a better idea? Outlaw all air pollution except for trace amounts.
Brian E. Frosh, a Montgomery CountyDemocrat and sponsor of the bill. "That means more air pollution, which causes more health problems for people."
Critics of the legislation say that raising the fees on smokestacks would place an unfair burden on businesses and could lead to higher electric bills for a public already complaining about rate increases.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Rising Textbook Costs-A monthly living expenses check of 2,000 per semester (and prorated by month on Summer and Winter semesters) with inflation adjustments would help out a lot with rising textbook costs, so that it will not put students into poverty
There are other alternatives to this problem, that is by implementing a county income tax. The income tax would be similar to the federal income tax but smaller. Another idea would to limit property taxes to businesses and people who have more than two homes (so they can only tax the second or subsequent home). I would recommend that both of these ideas be implemented next year, if not this year.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
The threatening words discovered on the side of Virginia Trotter's Odenton home sent a chill down her spine: In dark red spray paint, someone had written a racial epithet and the letters KKK in what she saw as an act of racially motivated vandalism.
Anne Arundel County police investigating the crime weren't so sure: Trotter and her husband are black - but so are the teenage suspects.
After initially saying that it was not investigating the incident as a hate crime, the department reversed course yesterday and said the case deserves "special handling."
Sadly, there's No (Rich) Child Left Behind and the sexual orientationalists who would prevent such a thing from happening because the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender variency.(They rather have teens perpetuate hate crimes than give them education about the people who will eventually meet in real life)
Monday, January 28, 2008
Yesterday it was announced that without major changes from the Federal Transit Administration, the Dulles Rail Link will be put on the back burner. The Project needs $900 million dollars from the Administration. What's a Commonwealth to do?Here's private equity to the rescue! In the form of the Carlyle Infrastructure Fund. Yet with private funding, part of the project and the end resulting Rail Link will be owned by Carlyle.
But there is a better idea, why not the Virginian Government gives up many of its road buliding projects for the Rail Link? We have too many roads any way and the more we build, the most traffic will come. Why not build a rail track that reduced road traffic?
Yesterday I been to the store and half of it's stock already stripped. All of the books now cost 50% of the retail price. I picked up a few books out of curiosity to see what the prices where. A strange oddity that the final novel of Harry Potter and Densha Otoko (Train Man) manga where stocked at the shop. But in the end even though I got the price of those and 5 other books I wanted to get, it was not wroth it. I could could easily get these books online at a much cheaper cost.
With competition coming from big name bookstores, independent chains such as Karibu are being pushed out of the market. And with little minority ownership in bookstores these days: No book store will possibly replace Karibu.
P.S. The title of this post is based on a lyric from 50 Cent's Bulletproof track called "Maybe We Crazy"
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Anyway I'm going to watch Lockup: Raw Criminal Minds, featuring one convict who thinks that killing someone is a no brainier. Expect my synopsis soon after.
Frederick County Commissioner Charles A. Jenkins has proposed another anti-illegal immigrant law, even though his other one died in council last year. His proposal is to periodically audit local businesses that have building permits for any illegal immigrants. If they are any, the company could be fined and have the workers removed. But his proposal has more questions than answers.
Like, how would the law be enforced and funded? Would the law be funded by the fines it would impose? What about legal immigrants? Also, why enact a local law to enforce federal laws against hiring illegal immigrants. But what about the goal of the proposal? Is it to persuade illegals to leave the country? That and the others remain to be seen.
With the State of
Other taxes for cigarettes, vehicle titling, and corporations have already in effect as of New Years Day 2008. The tax for corporations has been raised from 7% to 8.25%. Taxes for cigarettes are now two dollars per pack. And vehicle titling tax was raised by 20% to 6 cents per dollar.
This article from Gazette.net has a convenient chart of the tax changes in full around the bottom of the page.