Saturday, February 11, 2012

Virginia State Legislators Smoking Dope?

Virginia State Legislators Smoking Dope?

By; Steve Klein

Okay, let's look at whats going on in the world around us. We are clearly in a shrinking economy. It's not going to get better any time soon and everyone knows this, yet our state legislators are sitting in Richmond planning on the largest budget in the history of Virginia. All I can ask, are they all smoking dope in Richmond? Where is it that they are planning to get all the funding for this new massive cash cow from? We the people? Are you kidding? Who has it? You folks have already taken it. Ain't nothin left thar, Jeb.

Maybe the legislators in Richmond have found a new money tree? They need to share that. New businesses coming into Virginia that we are not being told about? Massive new plants coming into the state? Are we the new China manufacturing machine? Get real. Our politicians need to stop playing games with the money that obviously isn't there and come into real life. I know where they can get a lot of their money from. Do not take any pay for the work you are all doing in Richmond and do not take any write off's for all the travel you have to do to the state capital either. Pay for that out of your own pockets. Pledge your pay to help fund the new budgets. Won't do that? Don't do it with our money either then.

In fact, all you legislators should sell all your assets and pledge them to the new budget to show how serious you all are to the health of the state and the people. Sell your cars and take public transportation to the next meeting in Richmond. Can't afford a room there? Go to one of the homeless shelters for the night. Have other income from other businesses? Donate 100% of it to the state budgets. In fact, just donate your entire business to the state and sell off all the assets. Liquidate all your holdings and add it into your new budgets. Show us how serious you are about your plans. Lead by example.

Maybe we can get a loan from China for the new state budget. Wait, let's just sell the state capital to the Chinese. I bet we can get a barrel of oil for it. Let's also sell route 95 to the Arabs. Maybe we can also sell 64 to the Russians for some Vodka. Let's also sell the Chesapeake Bay to the Germans and let them worry about cleaning it up. We can also give Mathews county away to anyone willing to put up with the new UN rules and laws. Let someone else deal with that headache. Wait, let's open a bunch of casino's and meth labs. We can use all the old schools for the new meth labs. Who cares if they blow up then? Legalize dope then we can tax the hell out of it and the legislators won't have to worry about getting busted.

Okay that was purposely absurd. But then again, so is putting together the biggest budget in the history of the state of Virginia during a shrinking economy. That is if our legislators are planning on funding the budgets through new and or increased taxes. Maybe the state should just take it's excess holdings and fund everything that way instead? Ya think? Nah, they are not going to admit they have it. If that were to happen, a lot of people would get awfully mad once they found out about it.

California Prop 8 Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional?

California Prop 8 Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional?

By; Steve Klien

A judge in California who is now retired has made a decision that any ban on gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional. After he made that decision, he retired and then announced he was gay. He refused to announce that life style choice before being called on to make the constitutional decision. Hence his decision was biased. He was also very wrong on his call on the constitutionality of that decision. He showed he knows very little about the US Constitution whatsoever.

“The US Constitution was written for a Christian people and will serve no other”. John Adams. Throughout history, Christianity has never supported gay relationships and is against the Christian bible. Our founding fathers were Christians and would never have dreamed of allowing gay marriages. I myself do not care, but do not force it down our throats and ask us to accept it especially under any form of religion. I have a zero sum issue with states allowing state sponsored gay marriages as long as religion is kept out of it and not asked to ever recognize it under any form. A ban on gay marriage is not unconstitutional but instead it keeps within the Constitution. The judge in California should be disbarred for life and fined very heavily for his decision and deliberate failure to disclose his own preferences in this matter. Any time he wants to debate the US Constitution, I will be happy to teach him what he obviously fails to understand.

Also, the media forcing this down every American citizens throat throughout the day was a very clear propaganda ploy to get ,“We The People”, divided on this issue. It was deliberate to force everyone to deal with it. Divide and conquer. Makes no difference what the issue is, just get people divided on it.

If we are to accept this, why not accept child porn as a life style choice? Human sacrifice for the soon to be departed against their will, for religious freedom? Free opium for everyone so we can all trip the light fantastic? Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds anyone? Let's distribute pot in the schools so all the children know and understand what it is. It's all in the Constitution. The right of freedom of choice you know. The Freedom to be happy. For that matter, let's all just go out and take everything we want from anywhere we want and never pay for any of it. It's freedom of choice to do so. Rape should also be legal too since it's a freedom of choice life style. Legalize anarchy as it's our constitutional right to be happy.

Time to call ridiculous what it is.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sheriff Steve Gentry Steps Down And The Real Reason Is?

As of Friday this past week, Sheriff Steve Gentry stepped down from his recently elected position to spend more time with his family. Well anyone who looks at the facts knows that you do not spend a great deal of time and energy as well as those who invested in getting you re elected into your post and then just step down a few months later. The official reason reported in the papers is because Mr Gentry wants to spend more time with his family. The unofficial reason that has already been made public is sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. I will not defend that but I do question it.

I have a number of years of experience dealing in that area of law. From what I have seen in the public posts about this issue, this is something that has been going on for a long time. Inexcusable as it may be, the legal precedence in this type of situation where sexual harassment has been going on for an extended period is hard if not near impossible to prosecute. The reason as I have seen in the past is because a precedent was set and no early charges were filed. Even where multiple charges are filed through a number of employees, if it has been going on for some time, the precedence has been set. Again, I am not defending what he did if he is in fact guilty of this.

What I am saying however, that the chances of the charges actually going all the way through are not in favor of those making the charges. I am not blaming them for making them either mind you. I just do not see sheriff Gentry stepping down because of these charges. I think it might be some other reason. What that reason is I do not know at this time. But I do know that we are now looking at an all new election for sheriff. It takes a very special kind of individual to fill those shoes. It's a rare person who has the stamina both physically and mentally to handle such a job. You have to play politics at the local, state and federal level. Then you have to deal with all the issues in and around the county. Everything from those who want to argue a ticket to the street criminal and everything in between.

Either way, things are rather interesting to watch right now. This should prove to be an interesting year.

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Gloucester To Waste $70,000.00 of Tax Payer Funds?

Back in October of 2011 the majority of Gloucester supervisors voted to spend about $35,000.00 per year over two years on a Pictometry tool for use in aerial photography. Guess no one on the board of supervisors ever heard of Google Earth? A free tool that even the federal government uses? Will show all the aerial photography anyone in the county can use for planning. $70,000.00 can be put to better use in many areas. School funding is cut yet the county has money for a fancy aerial camera that they do not need?

More of your tax dollars working against you. We spend a lot of time criticizing the county on many areas, the objective being to help make Gloucester a better place to live. It is always possible that there are very sound reasons for all the folly we presently are reporting on. Then again, it might just very well be folly that needs to be pointed out and something done about it. There are plenty of families in Gloucester that need help so spending $70,000.00 over two years on an expensive aerial camera in this economy when there are free tools already in place makes no sense. We would like to hear why the county can not use free tools in place of expensive tools. What about the possibility of hiring an outside contractor to take the aerial photography needed at a much lower cost where Google Earth might have some unknown shortfall for county assessments in certain areas?

Gloucester County Court House Circle A Disaster

New Court House Circle A Disaster

by; Steven Klien

Anyone who has had the privilege of driving around the new court house circle will note that the width of the street has been considerably cut down from it's previous size. This has been done in an effort to spend state and federal money or lose that money. Engineering was not well thought out as the new street width is cut down considerably. When parking now occurs on the side of the street and traffic has to get around the new circle, the area is much tighter. Complaints are already coming in that trucks are having a very hard time navigating the area and are driving across the grass and the curbing. I won't say the area did not need some work, but not the total make over that the county has implemented. In a county meeting it has been admitted that the new design was made with the intention of curbing traffic through the area.

Why not put up worthless stop lights to make it very clear to everyone they are not wanted? If you are trying to improve business on Main Street, you do not block or curb the flow of people moving through the area. I have a question here, if you are going to cut down the amount of people coming into an area and there are people who have substantial investments in local businesses and you are hurting those businesses because you have purposely restricted traffic to them, are you going to compensate those business owners or just feel sorry for them when they close shop because they can no longer afford to sit in their shops doing nothing and not making any money?

Why didn't the county wait to start working on the roads and bridges by the library on 17 business until after the court house circle was completed? Now traffic is a major nightmare trying to get to any business on Main Street no matter which direction one takes. Once it's all done it will be nice, no question about it. But at what cost? The sheer lack of planning by those in charge of doing the planning is a nightmare.

Politicians Unresponsive To The Masses

Politicians Unresponsive To The Masses

by; Steven Klien

In TTC Media polls, 96.7% of the people polled said that they believe elected officials should answer to the people who voted them in. 100% of the people answered however that they do not believe that our elected officials actually do answer to those who voted them in. 25% of the people did however feel that once in a while, elected officials make somewhat of an effort to seem like they do care about what their constituents issues are.

Commentary from those polled believe that politicians instead answer to the bankers and wherever the money is flowing from. The statistics do not speak well at all on the current state of political affairs as the polling made no distinction between democrats, republicans or any other political party. Finger pointing from one party to another can not be done here.

The statistics would suggest that the system is now so corrupted that it no longer matters who you vote for or who gets in. Politicians are going to do whatever they want despite the promises and it's for the power and the money, not for the people they are supposed to represent.

The death of the American system as we have been taught from early childhood has been long held by many with more people adding their names to the list. The future isn't looking very bright when it comes to politics.

TC Walker School To Close

In a meeting held for teachers of the TC Walker school here in Gloucester this past week, it was announced that the TC Walker school would be closing it's doors to students for good. The results of a meeting held behind closed doors on Tuesday evening last week? Yet the speculation continues that Gloucester is planning on building the new middle school replacing the damaged Page middle school just across the street from TC Walker? Gloucester is looking at an 18 million dollar loan to finance the construction of the new middle school across from a school they are now closing. Anyone mad about this yet? The 18 million dollar loan is coming from the tax payer pockets mind you, not from out of thin air.

Now I have some questions here that I am sure will not be addressed unless the county officials are forced to address them, as they should be. For a county that makes a lot of noise about being part of the green environmental movement, (just go to the official Gloucester County Gov site and you get inundated with messages about how the county has been going green), why would the county close one school and build another across the street instead of recycling a school they are planning on closing? For that matter, why not rebuild Page middle school right where it has always been? There is still a perfectly usable shell there in place with all the land already cleared. Why is the county going to destroy forests, killing trees and shrinking the wild life in order to build a new school when they already have the land and a partial building still in place? Or another school they are closing and will not be filling for the much needed replacement of Page middle school?

This is not at all green but instead, hypocritical. One must ask if the real motive for these acts is just a way of some seeking to maintain their positions and try to increase their value in a governmental system? Further questions to explore, we understand, that students at TC Walker produce the highest grades overall in the county. That would make TC Walker the model school of the county and not the one you would think any sane body would dream of closing, unless of course you are seeking to lower the overall value of education throughout the county for some reason.

What TTC Media has always said about those who claim to be green not really believing what they preach is self evident throughout the county anyway. Anyone traveling along the 17 business corridor by the public library can clearly see that EPA violations seemingly are taking place except when done by either the county or the state of course. Then no violations exist. If that were you or me disturbing the wetlands the way that are being done by the library, we would be forced to pay massive fines and also pay to restore everything we disturbed. We would probably end up with jail time to boot. Anyone still see any value in green environmentalism or is it just a way of controlling the masses against their will?

Further questions to ask is why is the county holding closed door meetings while planning on spending tax payer money without any input from those they are going to be taking the money from? That is government by the government for the government. Not government for the people who elected them. But then again, many people still believe that the US Constitution is still in place somewhere.

It's easy to criticize the county and those in charge. In these areas the criticism is needed. There are other areas that the county excels in and I do not take the position that the county officials are always flawed. We have some very outstanding people doing a superb job and we are blessed to have them. Many buildings along Main Street have been saved from demolition and have been restored. They are not eye sores and there is a lot of community involvement here in Gloucester that you do not find in other areas of the nation. Cities and towns have deserted Main streets that look horrible, yet our own Main street is in great comparative shape and we are blessed with the Gloucester Main Street Association that works very hard at attracting new business to the area and also maintaining high standards for the area. They work closely with the county and it all works to the benefit for all of us.