Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Who put the dip in the dip-de-dip-de-dip (Wednesday Links)

We recorded another episode of "I Can Fix That" last night, and the topic for discussion was "Budgets."  One of the questions Jodi asked me (in a non-accusatory or aggressive manner, of course) was "Have you read the budget?"  Despite a quick inquiry last year, I've never read a state budget (I read the Howard County budget last year and boy is that a thrill-ride, especially if you have a thing for sidewalks).  Also, I don't think I ever will read a State budget.  It made me wonder whether it is a obligation of an informed citizenry to read the budget and keep our legislators honest, or whether we can rely on journalists to give a thorough read and give us an honest scoop.  The latter just seems so lazy, but the former is just too onerous.

Maybe we need budget reading study groups.  Split the budget into sections, every one read their portion and then reports back to the group.  ...   Sorry, law school flash back.  That doesn't sound like such a good idea after all.

At the end of the day, we may debate this budget, but we really will have no idea who put the dip in the dip-de-dip-de-dip, or whether it deserves to be there.

LINKS

Baltimore City schools need more funding for building updates at just the wrong time.  Unfortunately, it seems like they are already past due.

Harford County Republicans are shutting Democrats out of the redistricting process by way of a "fringe party" exception for political party inclusion.  I guess these are the dangers of a one-party County.

This article about the Columbia sign code almost comes off as a satire.  "Everybody's getting lost!  We can't find a daggone thing.  Only reason I can eat is because I stumbled across a McDonald's while looking for a hair salon."

Cordish has hired Billy Murphy in a $600 million defamation lawsuit.  Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

Maryland has received $6.2 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to set up a model health exchange that may be implemented in other states under the new health care law (PPACA).

I don't know if people realize how much of an effect O'Malley's septic ban could have.  This ban would effectively put a ban on rural development, which is a driver of growth in many of the Counties that don't lie along the 95 corridor.  AKA the red counties.  I'm not going to suggest that this is politically motivated (or at least not solely politically motivated), but you can assume that the deep red folks that are concerned about the new ban do not have the ear of the Band-leader-in-Chief.

Sarah posts about women's experiences in public spaces.

Trevor is taking off his dentist coat and putting on his lobbyist hat today.  In other news, Trevor charges $300 for teeth whitening.

WB posts about local bean sprouts, record breaking, and sex.  Don't worry, the three categories remain separate throughout the post.

It seems the big news in the local blogosphere yesterday was HowChow's post about a new kosher deli coming to Maple Lawn.  Despite all of the good food in Howard County, I feel like a good sub is one of the areas where we fall short.  My favorite is still Boarman's, but that may be nostalgia since I grew up down the road from there.  I also hear the BP Gas Station in Maple Lawn has some good hoagies.  Any thoughts?

Have a great Wednesday!