Monday, August 30, 2010

Death, Taxes, and Mondays (Monday Morning Links)

I just spent the past 48 hours with 20 of my closest college friends.  The remainder of this post should be viewed through such a filter.  This is an annual party that my brother and I put on in order to keep in touch with our friends who have moved all over the U.S.  Most of us are in our late twenties and early thirties, which means more and more are being...ahem..."picked off" by the obligations of child-rearing (and wives that say "You are NOT going down to some party while I change 30 diapers and deal with a teething child.").  Although I am happy to say that I reclaimed two such Daddies for two days of fun.

Anyhow, enough about me...LINKS:

Larry Carson writes a great article about the political dynamics of the speed camera issue in Howard County (sponsored by our own Senator Robey at the state level).  Not to be presumptive, but by waiting until the next legislative session of the Council, it may be the case where Greg Fox has more support than Courtney Watson...and HoCo doesn't install the speed cameras sponsored by its former County Executive.

When your child starts school today, there is a good chance that Little Jimmy/Sally will have at least one brand new teacher...spitballs at the ready!

The Sun covers the issue of candidates living outside of their district.  I hope they follow that up with an examination of the gerrymandering nonsense that has become the norm in this state and across the Country.

Courtney Watch: Day Two with No O'Malley Endorsement.

HowChow posts that MOM's in Jessup is getting bigger!  Normally, Mom's are quite offended by such a suggestion.

WB and Paul Skalny sit down with Greg Fox for another round of And Then There's That.  I haven't had a chance to listen yet, but hope to tap in sometime this afternoon.

No one is a better grave-dancer than 53 Beers.  Today's performance: TAG.

Frank Hecker posts a three part series on whether Howard County could become the Silicon Valley of Cyber-security (in response to a quote in on my of pieces [thanks for the plug, Frank]).  I think the final quote in part three would be informative for anyone interested in the future of our County and its ecosystem.  Most importantly: "As Steve Blank says, no successful startup ecosystem was built from local talent."  (BTW: In my own "defense" [although I don't perceive Frank's piece to be a criticism], the point of my original post is that we need positive ideas from our politicians, rather than defensive government.  It is for our electeds to think big things for our County, not necessarily our County government, and tell the electorate what they plan to do to get those things accomplished.  I don't know the first thing about Silicon Valley, how it started, or whether it can be replicated, which makes Frank's series such a great and informative read.)

I want to say again how much I missed you all and how much fun it is to be back in the saddle.  I have a deposition up in Frederick this afternoon, so I don't anticipate being able to post very much today.  Have a great Monday...and remember that your are hurtling towards a Three Day Weekend, followed by the neatly trimmed post-three-day-weekend-four-day-work-week.