Friday, July 08, 2005

Friday night open thread

Post away people! Occasional blogging this weekend, so check in once or twice. Again, if you have something you think deserves its own thread, post it or send it to the e-mail posted in the profile section. We'll check it a couple times a day.


Blogger sharky said...

With the new paycheck system, has anyone else noticed that when two previously separate payrolls show up on this new paycheck system, the checks are getting far less in taxes taken out? Compare some old checks and the new ones, and see what I mean. Under the old system, I had the full tax amount taken out of my checks when they were issued separately, a rate of about 38%. Since they are combined now (ie on 01 July regular payroll and out of grade on same check), it seems that the city only taxed the regular payroll, and took no taxes on the out of grade. Same thing with the checks we got on the 7th. The shift differential and supervisor quarterly checks came on the same check, but it seems that taxes were only taken out of the shift differential. This has tax implications for me with side jobs I work where no taxes are taken out. How do you know whether taxes will be taken out of a particular check now? A check that happens to get combined with another check this month and not get taxed , will that get taxed in the future if it is on its own check? See what I mean?

7/09/2005 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I know is that this year, I'm looking at professional accountants to help me out with the city screwing up everything so bad

7/09/2005 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody know what's happening with the Lt's contract? Wasn't it supposed to be passed by the City Council by now? Inquiring minds want to know!!!!!!!

7/09/2005 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger sharky said...

The Lt's contract was ratified a month late by the city council, done in June instead of May. The mayor now has his 120 days to sign off on it, so provisions don't kick in for a while yet--mid October?

7/09/2005 08:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subject: the shoe bomber

Remember the guy who got on a plane with a bomb built into his shoe and tried to light it?

Did you know his trial is over?

Did you know he was sentenced?

Did you see/hear any of the judge's comments on TV/Radio?

Didn't think so.

Everyone should hear what the judge had to say.

Ruling by Judge William Young, US District Court.

Prior to sentencing, the Judge asked the defendant if he had
anything to say.

His response: After admitting his guilt to the court for the
record, Reid also admitted his "allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to
Islam, and to the religion of Allah," defiantly stated "I think I will not
apologize for my actions," and told the court "I am at war with your country."

Judge Young then delivered the statement quoted below:

January 30, 2003, United States vs. Reid. Judge Young:

"Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes
upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the
custody of the United States Attorney General.

On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in
prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run
consecutive with the other.

That's 80 years.

On count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years
consecutive to the 80 years just imposed.

The Court imposes upon you each of the eight counts a fine of
$250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million.

The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to
restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre
Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment.

The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply
because the law requires it.

But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need go no

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes.

It is a fair and just sentence.

It is a righteous sentence.

Let me explain this to you.

We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators,
Mr. Reid.

We are Americans.

We have been through the fire before.

There is all too much war talk here and I say that to everyone with
the utmost respect.

Here in this court, we deal with individuals as individuals and care
for individuals as individuals.

As human beings, we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist.

You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist.

To give you that reference, to call you a soldier, gives you far too
much stature.

Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney
who does it, or if you think you are a soldier.

You are not----- you are a terrorist.

And we do not negotiate with terrorists.

We do not meet with terrorists.

We do not sign documents with terrorists.

We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court.

You are a big fellow. But you are not that big.

You're no warrior. I've known warriors.

You are a terrorist.

A species of criminal that is guilty of multiple attempted murders.

In a very real sense, State Trooper Santiago had it right when you
first were taken off that plane and into custody and you
wondered where the press and where the TV crews were, and he said:
"You're no big deal."

You are no big deal.

What your able counsel and what the equally able United States
attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as
I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific.

What was it that led you here to this courtroom today?

I have listened respectfully to what you have to say.

And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of
unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are
guilty of doing.

And I have an answer for you.

It may not satisfy you, but as I search this entire record, it comes
as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious.

You hate our freedom - Our individual freedom.

Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we
choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.

Here, in this society, the very wind carries freedom.

It carries it everywhere from sea to shining sea.

It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here
in this beautiful courtroom.

So that everyone can see, truly see, that justice is administered
fairly, individually, and discretely.

It is for freedom's sake that your lawyers are striving so vigorously
on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their representation
of you before other judges.

We Americans are all about freedom. Because we all know that the
way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.

Make no mistake though.

It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to
preserve our freedoms.

Look around this courtroom. Mark it well.

The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here.

Day after tomorrow, it will be forgotten, but this, however, will
long endure.

Here in this courtroom and courtrooms all across America, the
American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice,
justice, not war, is in fact being done.

The very President of the United States through his officers will
have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which
specific matters can be judged and juries of citizens will gather
to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape
and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr Reid?

That's the flag of the United States of America.

That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten.

That flag stands for freedom. And it always will.

Mr. Custody Officer. Stand him down.

So, how much of this Judge's comments did we hear on our TV sets?

We need more judges like Judge Young, but that's another subject.
Pass this around. Everyone should and needs to hear what this fine judge
had to say.

Powerful words that strike home.

God bless America.

Please forward this---------so that every American has a chance to
read it.

7/12/2005 09:59:00 AM  

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