Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Idle Hands

"The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it.
- Laurence J. Peter"

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Those Crazy British Cops!

‘Foolish’ photography condemned - Times Online: "
Penryn A Cornish photographer has been ordered by the police to take down a montage of properties called Suspected Second Homes after an increase in the number of burglaries.

Oliver Udy, a 26-year-old teacher, of Penryn, wanted to highlight the number of houses that were occupied for part of the year. “People who own second homes are contributing to the death of the community. They are also pushing up property prices. It would be naive not to realise that there is a lot of anger about this.”

The exhibition was on the King Harry Ferry, which crosses the River Fal near Falmouth, Cornwall. It featured 40 images of homes in Feock, Portscatho, Penwith, Fowey and Roseland. Police said: “This sort of photo-journalistic essay can only be seen as foolish.”"

Monday, April 6, 2009

the human race

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.
- Anonymous

TV

Don't you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There's one marked 'Brightness,' but it doesn't work.
- George Goebels

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Group: Detained immigrants kept in squalid basement - USATODAY.com

And it's still cleaner than from where they came.

Group: Detained immigrants kept in squalid basement - USATODAY.com:
"Upward of 200 detainees are at times crammed into temporary holding rooms in the basement of a downtown federal building, with as many as 60 immigrants in each room, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, which filed a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement late Wednesday."

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Licensing Live Music in Balto City?

In another blatant money-grab, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Balto City Council are looking at the prospect of charging bars a licensing fee of $1500 per year to have live music. That's right, in addition to all the fees now paid by bar and club owners, they may have to pay this too.

From a musician's perspective, this is awful. It's already next to impossible to find places to play in Baltimore that pay anything at all. Now, clubs' and bars' live entertainment budget will be eaten away by the mismanaging city council.

Once again, we see that those in government not only don't have a clue about business, but also don't care a whit for the little guy, unless that little guy has enough money to give them a kickback. Corruption? No, it's the business of government. Let me give them a clue: do what you can to improve the business's gross, and you'll make up tax revenue in spades on the other things that are teaxed and regulated to death (like alcohol, property, the business itself, income of all working in the establishment, and other things). When is enough enough?

So hold on, kiddies; if you're a musician, your pay just took one in the pants.


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