Friday, October 30, 2009
Md. test standards for reading, math called among lowest in U.S.
Housing grant funds at risk in Prince George's
Opposition to school closing gets organized
Politicians take on public defender oversight
MARC passengers, prepare to have your bags searched
Drop in Maryland jobless claims signals layoff slowdown
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Few schools still celebrate Halloween
Counseling service victim of state cuts
Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park Go to the Poles Next Tuesday
Montgomery County residents fight school's closure
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
MTA to step up security at MARC stations
Md. will ask counties to consider cell phone ban
Monday, October 26, 2009
A bill pending in the House would allow states with unemployment rates of 8.5 percent or higher to continue paying out unemployment benefits for 14 additional weeks. But a Senate version applies that change to all states. Maryland’s unemployment rate was 7.2 percent in September.
OK if Congress is really serious in helping workers in this Great Recession, he's what they really should do. Make all unemployment benefits permanent Yes you heard me, make all unemployment benefits permanent, until the person finds a full-time job. The standing beneficial unemployment rate is 6%, right?
Here are the unemployment rates for all counties in Maryland from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Mid-Atlantic Information Office. (Stats are in %.)
Allegany County: 8.6
Anne Arundel County:6.9
Baltimore County: 8.0
Prince George's County:7.5
Queen Anne's County:6.8
St. Mary's County:6.1
It's going to take about two years for private sector jobs to be back at the 2008 level at this point. That means for people who have been unemployed by the recession, it's going to take a long time to get a decent job. So instead of extending it 14 weeks and risking another beg session with Congress, why not make it permanent? The unemployed payed their federal unemployment taxes, and corporations who fired their employees are still making record profit, they should have the responsibility for taking care of their own fired people, until they get anohter job, by paying their unemployment taxes.
Montgomery County and Healthy Eating! Council Debates on Requirng Resutants to List Nutrition Values!
But this year it will be heard by the Health and Human Services Committee of the council on Thursday. Yes this Thursday.
What does this bill means to you? This means that when you step into a resutrant you will able to find out how much calories, fat, oil, vitaimins and minerals, your food contains. This will allow you to make better informed and healthier choices. Great for those who are dieting or just courious of much calories you will be consuming for your next meal in a fast food resturant.
Opponents have spoken out of the bill and said it would would hurt small business owners. The owner of two IHOP restaurants in the county estimated that the "bill would cause customers to take longer to read menus and make selections, leading to losses of more than $62,000 a year for a business centered on speedy service."
I have to ask that man how much does the resturants he own make in year in profit and revenue. If he's really concerned because of the lost profit and instead of health concerns, that's something else.
For reasons unknown (to me)Article X is vacant.
Art. 37 of the declaration of rights: No religious test is required except for declarartion of belief in the existence of God.
Art. 41. That monopolies are odious, contrary to the spirit of a free government and the principles of commerce, and ought not to be suffered. (An anti-monopoly law)
Art. 46 Equality of rights under the law shall not be abridged or denied because of sex (Equal Rights Amendment)
1. SEC. 4. The General Assembly by law may regulate or prohibit the right to vote of a person convicted of infamous or other serious crime or under care or guardianship for mental disability (This is called the mental illness and felony disenfranchise clause of the Maryland constitution)
The three branches of of government in Maryland are called Departments. So instead of the Legislative Branch, you have the Legislative Department, and so on. This is a relic of the time when the State constitution was written. But Branch and Department are one in the same in seperation of powers.
- SEC. 18. No Senator or Delegate shall be liable in any civil action, or criminal prosecution, whatever, for words spoken in debate.
- SEC. 21. The doors of each House, and of the Committee of the Whole, shall be open, except when the business is such as ought to be kept secret.
- SEC. 39. The books, papers and accounts of all banks shall be open to inspection under such regulations as may be prescribed by law.
- SECTION 1. The Judicial power of this State is vested in a Court of Appeals, such intermediate courts of appeal as the General Assembly may create by law, Circuit Courts, Orphans' Courts, and a District Court. These Courts shall be Courts of Record, and each shall have a seal to be used in the authentication of all process issuing from it
- SEC. 44. There shall be elected in each county and in Baltimore City one person, resident in said county or City, above the age of twenty-five years and for at least five years preceding his election a citizen of the State, to the office of Sheriff. He shall hold office for four years, until his successor is duly elected and qualified, give such bond, exercise such powers and perform such duties as now are or may hereafter be fixed by law. In case of vacancy by death, resignation, refusal to serve, or neglect to qualify or give bond, or by disqualification or removal from the County or City, the Governor shall appoint a person to be Sheriff for the remainder of the official term. The Sheriff in each county and in Baltimore City shall receive such salary or compensation and such expenses necessary to the conduct of his office as may be fixed by law. All fees collected by the Sheriff shall be accounted for and paid to the Treasury of the several counties and of Baltimore City, respectively
Article XI is mostly dedicated to the City of Baltimore except for Articles XI-E and F.
Article XIX is dedicated to Video Lottery Terminals that was amended on November 8 2009. They could have simply passed a regular law allowing these terminals, but the gambling lobby wanted the provision to be amended by the constitution.
Next Week: The Maryland State Code of Statues (If I can find a way to read a section of the code without clicking on each clause one by one first.)
Maryland addresses health impact of climate change
Montgomery to resume debate on restaurant nutrition labeling
Sen. Cardin urges Congress to extend unemployment insurance benefits
Baltimore Sun circulation drops almost 15 percent
Watchdog Cites Youth Isolation
Pr. George's looks to rely more on transit, HOV
Monday, October 19, 2009
Maryland Public Television celebrates 40th anniversary
P.G. County's Revenue Authority to set out speed cameras
Md. transportation meeting in Towson today
Prince George's continues to lead in Beltway deaths
Report: 50,000 Marylanders have lost health insurance
Monday, October 05, 2009
Why hard news? Because local TV news in Baltimore/Washington area, rarely report hard news, because doing hit-and-run crime blotter stories, showing AP copies of national stories, reporting on sport, celebrities, human-interest stories, and the latest uncited health study is just too profitable. Newspapers? They just either too focused on Washington or too focused on Baltimore.
So why not have a regular person, a regular African American, to report hard news? And probably do it’s own investigations as well? Probably even better than the various consumer story laden investigative reports that our local TV station “I-teams” trot out once in a while.
Most of the modern day prophet will be mix of news, news with commentary, or just plain commentary. It will be focused on the state of Maryland. Social and political issues, civic events and issues, culture. If it happens in Maryland, it goes here.
Even a news blog has to have some investigative reporting. Once in a while if a topic comes up and I want to investigate it, I’ll do it. If a newspaper has interesting story that I see that they just hit-and-run I’ll pick up the story and do most of the heavy lifting.
Long Form Reports:
Long form reports could be anything, like a regular news report or on a civic or cultural event that I attended. It’s just like a news report
But not everything in this blog will be plain hard news.
The Black Otaku:
The black otaku is a section of the blog where I discuss anything related to anime, manga, video games, comics, music, films, television, music. Basically anything that is related to the otaku culture in the United States. There will be news, previews, reviews, observations, and reports of anything in the culture.
Why? I have been an avid fan of anime for years, my first ones was Dominion, and You’re Under Arrest. The First DVD series I bought for Christmas was Neon Genesis Evagelion, the entire series including the End of Evagelion. I have played video games since the NES and I currently own a Dremacast, PS2, a Nintendo DS, an Xbox and now an Xbox 360.
This is where I’ll post information about upcoming anime convention in the DC-Baltimore area. I usually attend four major conventions in the area: Anime USA, MAGFest, Katsucon, and Otakon. During these conventions I usually do most of the conventions taking pictures of cosplayers, events, and taking videos of the same. I tend to take upwards of an average of 1500 pictures during conventions, about 30% are pictures of cosplayers. As such this will be the section where I will be posting my convention reports from each convention, as well as post videos and pictures of the conventions a few days after I return home.
Everyday photography is the section where I post at I post a picture of I taken during the day. I usually bring my camera and my camcorder everywhere I go, and there’s at least one picture I take or one video per day. One of the pictures will be posted on the website. Also, there will be daily (when possible) videos I’ve shot with my camcorder.
The pictures you’ll see on the website will be made into headers for my blog, soon after I post it.
The Vast Wasteland
The Vast Wasteland is the section of the blog which covers the current state of American media. From broadcast television and radio, cable news, children’s programming, high definition offerings, basically anything related to the degenerate state of American mass media. Because even if you get cable, most of it is junk unless you pay more, especially with HD programming.
Trains, Subways, and Buses
This is the dedicated section of public transport in the blog. I have been an avid supporter of public transportation for several reasons. It’s more energy efficient that using a car, it saves money and cost less than using or maintaining a car, and is more efficient. Despite the fact that the America worships automobiles more than their God, many still use public transport. This section will feature news of public transit developments not only in the United States, but across the world as well. Commuter rail, light rail, subways, trams. Anything that has to do with public transit, it’s in here.
The Modern Day Prophecies
The Modern Day Prophecy is essentially the main commentary of the week. It could be anything related to the State of Maryland, civic issues, politics, the main news storties of the week. The commentary’s would be at least a page long. But it will not be your average commentary or the daily news commentary I do for the news reports.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Maryland Board Issues Toll Recommendations for ICC
Dixon details $12 million in spending cuts
Md. to get $6 million in stimulus money for port, transit security
The State of the Arts District? What Arts District?
Deal With Private School in Environmental Dispute Criticized
D.C. Area Transit Agency to Fund Fix for Faulty Train Doors
Department of Natural Resources Seeks Law Requiring Those Under 13 Wear a Flotation Device.
The End of the Hoff? Plans to Reopen the Hoff Theater as Auditorium
Montgomery County Recycling More Items than Before
Franchot to run for second term as Comptroller
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
In plain english: Even if this bill is passed, we will lose profit"The Maryland Chamber of Commerence practically sides with the health insurance industry in the Health Care debate. Again, I'm opposed to universal health care if it has a forced private insurance mandate, like Massachusetts. I rather prefer universal health care that a single-payer (The Federal Government), pays for. No deductables, no co-pay, any and every medical procedure is covered. That is single-payer health care. The American people want it, and I would want it too.
But I doubt even the MD Chamber of Commence would support single payer either.
Questions Remain on Purple Line Proposal and Purple and Red Lines Being Built
Maryland Plans to Boost Math and Science Learning.
Maryland Regulators to Approve Deep Coal Mine
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
2.Blue Bird: Owned by Scott Bretner, but his son Scott Bretner is the president of Blue Bird-controls 186 medalions (reportedly controlled as many as 400 of the Taxicab operating certificates then in existance)
3. Paramont Cab/Paramount Cab-owned by Hashmatullah Haider-controls 102 medallions
Source: Dispatching Injustice: Cab Driver's Struggle in Prince George's County. Advancement Project. July 2009.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Many landlords accused the city of having an ulterior motive behind the ordinance — to rid neighborhoods of students from the University of Maryland, College Park.
"You can't come out and say, ‘We don't want students living here,'" said Bryan Mack, a College Park landlord who lives in Mount Airy. "But I think that's what's lying underneath everything."
While many landlords favored the outright abolishment of the ordinance, students at Tuesday's hearing spoke in favor of extending rent control to apartments as well as houses.
"The new [apartments] that are being built have an unfair advantage. They can charge rents that are artificially high," said Bob Hayes, a UM junior. "The only reason that I can afford to live in College Park is because I'm able to rent a single-family house with a group of people."People should be able to rent rooms to other people, as long as they pay their share of the rent and don't disturb the community. The vote is scheduled on August 11 and this blog will cover it.
That's why I'm study during the summer.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I'm watching this story as it develops, and I need to read the report to see what is going on.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Why hard news? Because local TV news in Baltimore/Washington area, rarely report hard news, because doing hit-and-run crime blotter stories is just too profitable. Newspapers? They just either too focused on Washington or too focused on Baltimore. So why not a regular person, a regular African American, to report hard news? And probably do its own investigations as well. Probably even better than the various consumer story laden investigative reports that our local TV station “I-teams” trot out once in a while.
Monday, July 13, 2009
This is a bit of old news because it was reported on July 10. But what cuts is the Governor planning to propose?
Saturday, May 02, 2009
He also mentioned about the current recession that Maryland is doing a lot better than in other states "but that doesn't mean that people aren't struggling in our communities".
Interestingly Republicans still outnumber Democrats in the county. While the Governor were elected with about 53 percent of the vote in 2006, defeating incumbent Republican Robert Ehrlich voters in Frederick county however, favored Ehrlich by a wide margin.
But the real question remains: What will be their priorities for next year election?
Brown: we're running for re-election
Lt. governor says he and O'Malley will run in 2010
Four schools in the State of Maryland are being closed for an extended period to isolate cases of the influenza. Those schools are Rockville High School in Montgomery County, Montpelier Elementary School in Prince Georges County, Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore County, and Folger McKinsey Elementary in Anne Arundel County. Those schools will be closed for a period of two weeks to prevent the spread of this season's influenza.
These schools are closed are based on new guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and discussions with other State Governors on a conference call today, the Maryland State Government will close any public or private school and cease all extracurricular activities for up to two weeks in the event a student is deemed "probable" for the H1N1 influenza virus.
So what to do to prevent getting this virus. Surprisenly simple things you can do: Wash your hands after touching possible containmiated surfaces and cover your mouth when sneezing.
Governor Martin O’Malley Declares Public Health Emergency
Md. Schools Hit by Flu Staying Shut For a While
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
New Laws to be introduced in the Maryland General Assembly 2009.
Two! Yes Two More Prisons Coming To Your Community.
Plus: The Analysis of the Maryland State Budget 2009 (If I have time)
remainder of the day at 12:30pm. All afternoon and evening classes has
been canceled. However the basketball game will continue as scheduled.
If you are not a dorm resident in the university I suggest you leave now
and go back home for the rest of the day. You don't want to get frostbit
Also in analog deathwatch front, the US Senate has voted to delay the digital changeover to June 12, 2009. The House has to vote for their own bill, and then reconcile it with the Senate. The President Obama has supported a delay in the digital changeover for sometime because the coupon program has ran out of funds. The problem is that the legislation will not actually solve the actual problems. One there are areas where no matter what they do, even if they have to get an outdoor antenna, they can't get any digital reception at all. Forcing them to pay more in monthly fees to satellite and cable television companies. While the FCC advised them licensees that they can install relays to transmit the signal to dark reception spots, they do not have to.
Another big problem with the digital changeover is that it has there is really no actual change in the content. Aside with crappy weather radar, sport archives (NBC's Universal Sport), and bowdlerized movies broadcast in 4x3, they are not really taken advantage of digital television revolution, except for broadcasting High Definition programs. What worse, is that there is no talk of re-regulating the airwaves to ensure that they use the new frequencies for the public interest, becuase they will not. Come on Obama, do I have to demand change in order to see it!?
Although I did see a special on the digital changeover on MPT, and as a concerned citizen I called their toll-free number and asked this question: What if I have a converter box, and I can't get any signal even if I use an outdoor box. Short answer: You should consider subscribing to cable or satellite service. Other questions include that cable companies may not service the area or the satellite may get a clear view of the southern sky. The represenative said that you may petition that cable regulation authority to service the area, and as for satellite, they can hook the dish in such a way so that you can recive satellite serivce. They even say the signal goes through trees.
(If you can prove the last few sentatives wrong, please contact me ASAP.)
Anyway that was your morning update for Tuesday Januray 27, 2007.