Monthly Archives: August 2014

We should do away with secrecy of deals that hide corruption.

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Segun Eubanks – Laughing all the way to the Bank at the expense of the community.

Some of us think that history is a very important subject. In need, those who fail to learn history, Winston Churchill famously said, are doomed to repeat it. But history, if taught well, can point us not just to the mistakes we should never repeat but also to the successes that we should build on.

It is, indeed, a pity that today’s society accords little premium on history as a discipline especially in Prince George’s County under Mr. Rushern Baker III.

A colleague who was recently on a panel interviewing potential recruits was astonished to learn that some graduates in Prince George’s county did not know that the current county Executive Mr. Rushern Baker who has facilitated corruption in the county was once a member of the House of Delegates in Annapolis.

There was a time when education was about pursuit of knowledge, about understanding, interpreting, and even changing society.

Today, the accent is on training in skills for the job market. This reflects in the impoverished nature of public debate on some of the social, political, and economic challenges we face today.

The foregoing serves as an entry point into a discussion about a bit of history on the “HB1107 “skunk law which is affecting the families and the children of Prince George’s County.

HB1107 “skunk law is about the ease with which crafty businessmen, Educators, some political leaders led by Mr. Rushern Baker and some of their allies in government were able to collude to siphon off money from the reserve funds of innocent children by creating positions of authority and disguising salaries at the highest maximum to the tax payers. The”HB1107 “skunk law is also highly connected to the Prince George’s County Corruption and Four More Years!

For many months now, Maryland legislature was and has not detected this fraud being fronted by Mr. Rushern Baker in our view. This is because the Maryland legislature has no much control as such once the funds are realesed to the Public school Districts in Maryland. This is the loophole the scammers exploit.

Furthermore, the many contracts intiated by the cartels in Prince George’s County under the Rushern Baker III regime are not always subjected to public scrutiny because of secrecy rules and procedures. That is why as a county, we must remain eternally grateful to those persons, who have highlighted these issues by shining the big spotlight on the whole subject of manipulation of the public budget and the simponing of money through highly connected individuals.

Our point: In the name of  school take over, corrupt merchants have channelled out millions through a dubious process with a dual cover of close friends in order to defraud the county while requesting for another four year term. This, We must say “NO”.

We should demand more transparency in the budgets of Maryland State Department of Education, Board of Education for Prince George’s County and other institutions connected to Mr. Rushern Baker III. Call your eleceted officials now and the media. Let them know how distasteful you find the actions of Mr. Rushern Baker III and others. Above all, pledge to never give them business, or better still, get them trending on facebook and twitter #SomeoneTellBaker! Let us demand accountability and an end to this madness.  It’s time!

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Mr. Rushern Baker III

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Federal employees caught and admit to watching porn at work.

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Image courtesy Washington Times – Scene from the movie Office Space.

WASHINGTON –

According to documents obtained by the Washington Times, employees at the Federal Communications Commission were caught surfing porn sites for hours over extended periods of time.

“Disgusting,” said a government consultant who doesn’t want his face shown on camera or name used. “But I’ve observed it. That’s the problem and you’re just told, ‘Ignore it.’”

He tells FOX 5 he has caught similar problems at other government agencies and he is told to look the other way.

“And you ignore it because you don’t have a dog in that fight,” he said. “And if you want to make a living, you keep your mouth shut.”

According to the documents, one FCC employee viewed more than 13,000 porn images in six weeks. Another employee even admitted spending up to eight hours a week watching porn at work and he told investigators he did it “out of boredom.”

“That’s insane,” said Shawn Miller, a resident of Alexandria. “If it was anybody else, especially admitting to something like that, I mean I’d lose my job immediately. Everyone I know would lose their job immediately.”

The employees claimed they didn’t have enough work and had nothing else to do. The executive vice president of the taxpayers association says the problem is bigger than just these FCC employees and porn.

“This is apparently something that’s a pervasive problem throughout several federal agencies,” said Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President of National Taxpayers Union. “It could mean millions of dollars of wasted money. These folks get time engraved toward a pension that can keep paying year after year and taxpayers are the ones who get that bill.”

Sepp says many times after the scandal blows over, there are no consequences for the employees.

“Many times it just goes by the wayside after the hearing has been held and the blame has been assigned,” he said. Read more >>> Washington Times >>> Fox 5

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Prince George’s County Corruption & Four More Years!

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UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County Council has voted to amend the county charter to increase term limits for council members and the county executive from two to three terms, but county residents are promising a fight against the proposed change when it goes to the ballot in November.

“Many residents are not in favor of the term limit,” said Angela Holmes, president and community developer for Citizens Encouraging Community Revitalization, who spoke at last week’s council meeting. “What do the county council and the county executive seek to accomplish with the additional term?”
The council passed the amendment unanimously—9-0 and will move forward to the ballot for county voters to vote on in the Nov. 4 election.
Some council members argued the amendment is necessary to keep the county competitive with other counties fighting for resources. Extended term limits will help with continuity, Councilwoman Andrea Harrison said.  Read more >>The Prince George’s County Sentinel , Read more >>> Baltimore sun,  >> Read More Washington times

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Prince George’s County is a one-party system, so therefore you get very entrenched incumbents who it’s literally impossible to unseat,” Former county council member Dernoga said recently. He rejected the argument that the county was at a disadvantage compared with its neighbors.

“It’s all the same arguments that we’ve heard from Day 1; nothing’s changed,” he said. “And what I would say is one of the county’s most serious problems is the lack of government officials who have a sense of urgency. So when I hear elected officials say eight years isn’t enough, I have things I have to finish – giving them another eight years is going to continue the lack of focus and corruption. We need to reject this in a very hard way in November 4th, 2014.

We want the current council together with Mr. Rushern Baker to leave the office like yesterday. There are other deserving leaders who are patiently waiting for their term and promises to proof themselves. How long do they have to wait for their turn? Term limits should encourage a sense of urgency — get in, do something, make a way for someone else and get out. We demand term limits and not extensions. Otherwise, here in Prince George’s County, the old-fashioned way: when a politician is taken away in handcuffs for corruption, bribery and abuse of power might become the order of the day unless we stop this. Already the current regime of the Rushern Baker administration is involved in serious  shenanigans. This kind of maneuvering must be eliminated by the Prince George’s County citizenry and a shame the devil.  We must say no to corruption, nepotism, professional misconduct and fraud inter alia.

Read more >> Political sycophancy in Prince George’s County a dangerous trend. 

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The Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).

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Northern Lapwing is an elegant bird. Highly migratory, this species is common throughout temperate regions of Eurasia. Also known as the peewit or pewit (imitative of its cry), green plover (emphasising the colour of the plumage) or (in the British Isles) just lapwing (which refers to its peculiar, erratic way of flying), is a bird in the plover family.

Over the years, it has come to be known as highly migratory over most of its extensive range, wintering further south as far as north Africa, northern India, Pakistan, and parts of China. It migrates mainly by day, often in large flocks. Lowland breeders in western most areas of Europe are resident. It occasionally is a vagrant to North America, especially after storms, as in the Canadian sightings after storms in December 1927 and in January 1966

Adult male in breeding plumage has glossy green upper parts, including wing coverts and tertials. Scapulars show purple sheen. Primary flight feathers are buffy-white tipped. Rump is chestnut. Upper tail is white with broad sub terminal black band and narrow white terminal line. Outer rectrices are entirely white.
Underparts are white, except for black chin, throat and breast. Under tail coverts are chestnut. Under wing coverts are white, except for median and greater primary coverts which are black, as the flight feathers. Wings are long and broad.

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DIET:
Northern lapwing feeds on invertebrates such as earth worms and insects. It also consumes beetles (larvae and adults), ants, flies, moths, crickets, and also spiders and snails. They usually feed in cultivated areas and both during day and night.

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PROTECTION/THREATS/STATUS:
Northern Lapwing suffered past declines due to changes in the habitat such as wetland drainage. Today, intensification and changes in agricultural practices involve reduced breeding productivity.
The oil pollution threatens several stopovers habitats on the Baltic Sea coast line.

The nests suffer predation by introduced mammals and raptors. Hunting and egg collecting also play an important role in these declines.

However, populations are not threatened at this moment.   Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations).   The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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REPRODUCTION:
Northern Lapwing is monogamous for one season, and may be polygamous sometimes. The laying occurs from late March to early June. Very territorial, this species is usually solitary nester.
The nest is situated in short grassy area. It is a shallow scrape lined with vegetation such as grass stems and leaves.

Female lays 4 brown eggs with black markings. Incubation by both parents lasts about 21 to 28 days, and starts when the last egg is laid.
Chicks are covered in pale brown down streaked and blotched black, and have white nape.
Female broods them but they are fed and tended by both adults.
Young reach the sexual maturity at one year.

DISTRIBUTION
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The Lapwing can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales, Ynys-hir nature reserve. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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