“What is a mere individual to do? Live as sane and decent a life as you can, love your family and friends and understand that everybody is in this together." 

 · Ron Smith

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Wednesday
Oct222014

As if anyone needed another reason to vote for Larry Hogan...

Remember that little matter recently when Maryland officials lowered the projections of state tax revenue for this year and next by a combined FOUR HUNDRED FIVE MILLION DOLLARS and blamed it on an economy that is still recovering at a more sluggish pace than expected.

That’s the first time I’d heard any mention from the Governor or Anthony Brown that Maryland’s economy is still recovering at a more sluggish pace than expected.

But I know why: It’s an election year so they are claiming it is a “lowering of projections”.

I’m saying it is a shortfall.

The definition of shortfall in finance is the amount by which a financial obligation or liability exceeds the amount of cash that is available.

A shortfall often indicates poor financial management practices and if a significant concern for a company, and is usually corrected promptly through short-term loans or equity injections.

But this doesn’t apply to the State of Maryland because Maryland isn’t a company.

If Maryland was a company, it would have gone out of business years ago.

But back to the wildly missed the administration’s projections.  

I get it. Some budget analysts missed the projection – but what I don’t get is how they missed the projection by four hundred five thousand million dollars.

If you work in the private sector and missed a budget projection by four hundred five thousand million dollars, you’d be fired. 

But that’s not the case with Maryland Government employees. I’m just saying…

Ah, Maryland, my Maryland: The higher the tax rate, the lower the Revenue. 

Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here.

Oh my.

As if anyone needed another reason to vote for Larry Hogan...

 

 

Monday
Oct202014

More than three weeks ago, the federal judge overseeing the case of “alleged” Boston Marathon bombing suspect delayed the trial start date for two months despite the Defense request for a ten month delay.

The judge said a two month delay would provide quote “additional, though limited time” for the Defense to prepare for the trial.

I know the wheels of justice grind slowly but it has been one year and five months since three people were killed and more than 260 people were injured when two pressure cooker bombs hidden in backpacks were left near the finish line of the annual marathon.

That tragedy took place in April twenty thirteen. One year and five months ago.

The judge rejected a defense request to move the case out of the Boston area and set the final pre-trial conference date for December eighteenth, twenty fourteen.

That makes it one year and seven months and eighteen days after the tragedy in Boston and it’s only in the pre-trial conference stage.

In the meantime, the “alleged” suspect remains in protective custody with three hots and a cot courtesy of the United States Justice System. Oh my.

By the way, the sister of the “accused” Boston Marathon Bomber claims she never made any of the bomb threats that recently landed her behind bars in Manhattan.

She turned herself in to the New York Police Department on August twenty seventh and was charged with misdemeanor aggravated harassment over the threats she allegedly made to the Harlem woman.

She “allegedly” told the Harlem woman that "I know people that can put a bomb where you live.”

Her lawyer said that being the sister of Boston Marathon bomb suspect has made her an easy target for prosecution. 

“Easy Target?” Easy target?  – that’s a rather ironic phrase to use, isn’t it?

Tuesday
Oct142014

According to the Associated Press (AP), with cool weather returning, it is expected that the numbers flooding across our uncontrollable Southern border will increase dramatically. 

Imagine that.

And, as predicted, the majority of illegal immigrants released around the U.S. have failed to show up for the appointments to determine if they are eligible for asylum in the U.S.  

Failed to show up for their appointments?   Failed to show up?

The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged “privately” that tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents, as they had been so instructed to do.

And an official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that about 70% of the immigrant families the Obama administration released into the U.S. never showed up weeks later for follow up appointments.  Seventy percent. Seventy percent!

The Obama Administration refuses to report on where these "New Americans" are located and has not specified the total number of families released into the U.S.

As the AP reported, since only a few hundred families have already been returned to their home countries and limited U.S. detention facilities can house only about 1,200 family members, the 70% figure suggests the government released roughly forty one thousand members of immigrant families who subsequently failed to appear at federal immigration offices.

Of the more than 860 people ordered for deportation since being “caught” at the border in May, only 14 people have reported as ordered.

The Homeland Security Department did not dispute this information.

Oh my.

Friday
Oct102014

Ron often referred to the Republican Party as the stupid party and he was right. 

Nationally, the GOP is a faux opposition party, a faux conservative party, a party of “go along to get along,” a weak party that is afraid of its own shadow, and a party that stands for little if anything.

The Democratic Party is a Party of Power.  When the Party nominates a candidate, it is with the purpose of winning. 

The Republicans, on the other hand, are a hierarchical party. 

Candidates are nominated not so much for the purpose of winning but as a reward for long and faithful service.  

Electability does not count.  It is sort of an honorarium to be nominated to run for the highest office in the land. 

Thus we have had Bob Dole, Mitt Romney, and McCain among others who have been the standard bearers for the Republican Party.  

I lost interest in the GOP in 1996 when Jack Kemp was added to the ticket to “bring excitement and energize the Republican Party.”

Jack Kemp – exciting and energizing?  Really?  All around good guy, maybe, but exciting and energizing? That was just silly.

The Energizer Bunny would have been a better selection.

But I digress. Back to today’s Grand Old Party.

Rumors abound that Romney will run again in 2106:  another bright idea from the hapless Republicans.

And, it is rumored that the Party has an October surprise for this year's Congressional elections.

Been there, done that. 

In 2008, The Republicans swore there would be an October surprise that would take out Obama – and we all know how that turned out.