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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Whole Wide World

by Wreckless Eric

When I was a young boy
My mama said to me
There's only one girl in the world for you
And she probably lives in Tahiti

I'd go the whole wide world
I'd go the whole wide world
Just to find her

Or maybe she's in the Bahamas
Where the Carribean sea is blue
Weeping in a tropical moonlit night
Because nobody's told her 'bout you

I'd go the whole wide world
I'd go the whole wide world
Just to find her
I'd go the whole wide world
I'd go the whole wide world
Find out where they hide her

Why am I hanging around in the rain out here
Trying to pick up a girl
Why are my eyes filling up with these lonely tears
When there're girls all over the world

Is she lying on a tropical beach somewhere
Underneath the tropical sun
Pining away in a heatwave there
Hoping that I won't be long

I should be lying on that sun-soaked beach with her
Caressing her warm brown skin
And then in a year or maybe not quite
We'll be sharing the same next of kin

I'd go the whole wide world
I'd go the whole wide world
Just to find her
I'd go the whole wide world
I'd go the whole wide world
Find out where they hide her

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

He's Very Professional...


A new tie for The Bug. And he looks thrilled, huh?

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!

Hope your turkey day is lovely!

Bless The Broken Road

by Rascall Flatts

...Sometimes you have to forget what you've lost to appreciate what you have...

I set out on a narrow way many years ago,
Hoping I would find true love along the broken road,
But I got lost a time or two,
Wiped my brow and kept pushing through.
I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you.

That every long lost dream led me to where you are,
Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars,
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms.
This much I know is true,
That God blessed the broken road,
That led me straight to you.

I think about the years I spent just passing through.
I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you,
But you just smile and take my hand,
You've been there you understand,
It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true.

Every long lost dream led me to where you are.
Others who broke my heart they were like northern stars,
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms.
This much I know is true,
That God blessed the broken road,
That led me straight to you.

Now I'm just rolling home,
Into my lover's arms.
This much I know is true,
That God blessed the broken road,
That led me straight to you.

That God blessed the broken road,
That led me straight to you.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Taxes

Let's really talk about this.  Let's not even worry about who is at fault, but let's look at the solution and what happened.

  1. We had a budget deficit.
  2. We knew we had a budget deficit for a while, as was stated in the comments to my last post on the subject.
  3. We knew we had a budget deficit BEFORE the last regular general assembly met, which ended in April.
  4. We didn't fully address the deficit THEN, so we had to do a special session, which COST a bunch more money, ADDING TO THE DEFICIT.
  5. The 2-week special session lasted 3+ weeks, COSTING US MORE MONEY.
  6. SLOTS could help the deficit, but the voters are going to vote on it, so we're not even VOTING on it until 11/2008.  In the meantime, Former Gov. Ehrlich wanted slots THREE YEARS AGO, but the democrats opposed it and wouldn't even send it to referendum, so while that might have helped us to reduce the deficit over a minimum of the last year, now we're waiting even longer.
  7. Several people who were opposed to slots while Ehrlich was governor have now CHANGED THEIR STANCE... ??  Politics!
  8. They waffled about what they were going to tax.  It ended up that a bunch of stuff got both taken out and put into the bill at the LAST MINUTE when no one could lobby.
Computer consulting is now being taxed at 6%.  STARTING JANUARY FIRST.  Now, I'm not a consultant right now, but I have been in the past.  Let's think about what this means for a consultant.
  1. Starting in a mere FORTY-TWO days, they will have to start charging their clients a 6% sales tax, or else pay it out of pocket. 
  2. Consultants are easily dispensable, and tend to get fired quickly.  6% is a lot.  Customer doesn't want to pay, then guess what?  You're paying out of pocket.  So, while the Baltimore Sun claims that Martin O'Malley was trying to tax "Big Corporations," they can simply choose not to pay by either having their consultants pay it themselves or fire their consultants.  Neither hurts "big corporations" all that much.
  3. Then guess what?  They pay THAT, which amounts to income tax if the customer won't pay, or else they lower their rates, and then THEY PAY AN ADDITIONAL 1% SALES TAX ON WHAT THEY PURCHASE!!!
  4. Not to mention that income tax is going up also.
Computer professionals are already having trouble keeping their jobs, because so many are going overseas.  This is only going to make it worse, and what's more, it's happening almost over night.

ARE YOU SERIOUSLY TELLING ME THAT THERE WAS NO WHERE ELSE TO CUT SPENDING??????????????  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME.  This bill even includes expanding health coverage.  DO NOT expand spending while you introduce the largest tax hike in Maryland history.  It is TOTAL INSANITY.

From the Washington Post... "House leaders want to double the state's hotel tax from 5 to 10 percent, a provision not in the Senate bill. The proceeds would be directed to a new fund that would pay for tourism, arts and cultural initiatives."  WHAT?????  WHAT WHAT WHAT?????????????  Are you f*cking kidding me???  Art and culture?  Yeah, because people are already tripping over themselves to visit MARYLAND, I'm sure doubling the tax would help...  And who the hell increases art and tourism spending when you're trying to cut the budget??  Would this spending be like the commercials I've seen for California and Louisiana lately advertising THEM?  Do you really think people go, "well shit, I'm going to California now!"  OMG, I can hardly type straight.

But see, if this bill ends up eliminating jobs for people like me, it will do so indirectly, so the politicians won't be directly at fault/blamed.  We don't want to cut spending by eliminating jobs directly, after all. 

Maryland reminds me of the over-spending slacker with too much credit card debt... In order to pay the debt, he doesn't stop buying things, going to bars and partying!  Oh, no, he asks all of his relatives for money. 

I'm so disgusted.  Some of my computer friends are talking about moving out of state.  I am, as always, considering Florida as an alternative (except Florida will be underwater soon...).  At least I can go ahead and vote to kick these dickheads out of power.

Maybe I'm not as liberal as I thought.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Once Again...

This recipe got rave reviews.  It was for Potluck Lunch Day (see my Twitter about how Potluck Lunch Day at my company is like Pretzel Day on The Office.  A LOT like Pretzel Day...).  This time, I decorated the cupcakes with my company logo, which is easy to draw.  And I got icing that was easier to use than the stuff I used for Superbowl.

Friday, November 9, 2007

ON NOTICE: Martin O'Malley

I loved him.  I wanted him to be president.

And I won't lie and say that part of my opinion of him lately is based on the Martin O'Malley-like character on The Wire.  But, he's really just done a piss-assed job since he got into the Governor's office.

Keep in mind that I used to work in the Governor's office under Glendening (ugh).  I saw so much waste, so many things that were done for no reason at all except to spend money (or so it looked like to my high school eyes).  Part of my job was to make 250 photo copies a day of about 100 different news clippings clipped out of newspapers, and then interoffice them and fedex them to people in Annapolis and around the state.  That was 1995/96, so let's hope that part of the office has gone electronic.

I KNOW there are things that can be cut out of the budget.  You want to bring in slots AND raise taxes???  Are you KIDDING ME?????????  Where did Ehrich's money go??  I mean, I can't 100% trust the republicans to say what is going on, but it does seem like we were in better shape and then Martin did NO work on anything and now suddenly is like "oh shit, we've got a deficit!"  And the deficit is being RAISED by the special session he called...

It's mind blowing.  I can't fathom how insane this is.

You just don't raise a bunch of taxes when (in my opinion), we're on the verge of a recession.  We're trying to avoid recession and he wants to raise taxes.  And even worse, he wants to do it to things like lawn services and hair services - small businesses that are having a hard enough time in economic slow downs.  These are the people who need the cash the most.  Are we raising taxes, then putting them out of business, and then we get to support them with state money that we got from raising taxes??  Is that what this is??

More on this later (I'll edit this), but I have a meeting that I must get to.  But, everyday I get more and more angry over this stuff.  And don't get me started on GW Bush's comment yesterday, "You can't be president and the head of the military at the same time..."  UGH.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Remember, Remember... A later date

Sadly, Bonfire night was rained out, but we will be celebrating "Guy Fawkes Night (Observed)" on the next clear night. The good news is that I got to watch Heroes and Weeds, but I think I lost in Fantasy Football.

UPDATE: No! I won! Huzzah!

Monday, November 5, 2007

November 5th

What to do, what to do...
  1. Ravens Game
  2. Heroes
  3. Weeds
  4. Bonfire Night
Hm.

Well, Weeds will be on again tomorrow night, Heroes usually reruns on the internet (and hasn't been that good lately anyway), the Ravens play every week and seem to have better luck when I don't watch...

But BONFIRE NIGHT is ONLY ONE NIGHT A YEAR!!

Fire on the deck... fire on the deck... bottle of wine...  blankets...  starlight...

I'm way excited.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thoughts: Picketing at Funerals

So, this happened in Westminster (yay!  Right in my backyard!)

  1. I have really been disliking religious fundamentalists of late.
  2. I completely disagree and dislike what they were saying - that God is punishing the US for its tolerance of homosexuality.
  3. It was totally inappropriate to protest at a funeral - ESPECIALLY one of a serviceman.
All of that being said, I believe STRONGLY in the first amendment and even if I hate everything these people are saying (and I do!!), if they're doing it peacefully and in a public place, they're not breaking any laws.  Constitutionally, don't they have the right to protest, even if their protest is inappropriate?  And is $10 million appropriate for "emotional distress"?  Asking for such a large settlement just makes the father of the soldier greedy.

So, I'm sorry that he lost his son and I am VERY sorry that people ruined his son's funeral, but I have to side with the church on this one.

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