Rushern Baker should pass torch to a new leader to reinvigorate Prince George’s county.

In Summary
The brand is very strong, but the message is tired political cliché.
The Prince George’s County leadership’s second biggest weakness is lack of depth in agenda.
The third weakness of the Prince George’s County leadership is its refusal to appreciate Prince George’s County ’s political realities. The political fundamentals have not shifted. In fact, it is correct to state that the majority of the county leans towards a new administration and are too willing to give it more time to deliver.
Putting its fate in Mr. Rushern Baker to finally deliver the prize is unwise. An objective analysis of the political matrix in Prince George’s County shows that Mr. Rushern Baker’s brightest political days are behind him and he is in his sunset days! By passing the torch to a younger leader, Mr. Rushern Baker will give the Prince George’s County leadership enough time to build the components of a new political machine around a new leader with no corrupt links.


 Mr. Rushern Baker III

The biggest problem in Prince George’s county is our refusal to face the facts. We are forever pointing fingers, chasing shadows, creating scapegoats, burying our heads in the sand like an Ostrich and sweeping everything under the carpet.

As long as we refuse to acknowledge the real issues that confront us, we will never find the solutions especially in our schools (Prince George’s county public schools). It’s one thing to appoint leaders  at Sasscer Administration Building for the sake of it. But if there is no real meaning but cover up. It’s going to be a waste of time as we have pointed out in the past.

The two momentous events of the past two months — Primary election and the one year take over of our schools led by one County Executive Rushern Baker III  – show the promise and perils of Prince George’s county leadership. Both events portrayed the Prince George’s county leadership in flattering and deprecating circumstances.

On the one hand, the Prince George’s County leadership can huff and puff, make all kinds of change threatening those who speak out by making all kinds of noises, hold huge rallies and even create a sense of siege within government.

However, everything the Baker administration tries to do completely fizzles out in a matter of days. The roar becomes a whimper and the Prince George’s County new Board of Education becomes an irrelevant irritant. The political threat it poses and the promises of the coalition are checkmated by harsh internal and external realities that reduce it to a smouldering rubble of unfulfilled potential and promise.

Prince George’s County new Board of Education’s potential for growth is undermined by the shackling grip of these internal and external challenges. As such, it is most unlikely that it will ever realize its potential unless radically changed and a rethink in strategy undertaken. The risks of confronting the internal challenges are enormous but it is worth taking them.

The biggest asset and biggest liability of the Prince George’s County leadership is its leader, the enigmatic, irreplaceable and evergreen Rushern Baker III. Rushern Baker III is Prince George’s County ’s Yasser Arafat. Like Arafat was to the Palestine Liberation Organization, Rushern Baker III defines the coalition by promoting nepotism at every turn, shapes its looks, pulls the masses to it, personifies the threat it poses to the powers that be, but monopolizes power in a manner that cripples its full potential by promoting corruption directly and indirectly.

When the leading light of  county leadership polarizes the population, he arrests the growth of the body politik. He makes it a force to be reckoned with but fails to build it into a machine that can ultimately maintain power and move the county forward. Prince George’s County leadership must rethink the Rushern Baker III riddle in November 2014. It can’t do without him, but the Prince George’s County citizenry knows that he cannot lead it to the Promised Land. This is one reason why change in leadership this fall is an important step in helping fix the county.

Prince George’s County’s potential is further compromised by the fact that it is headed by a leader who has failed to deliver the ultimate prize on several occasions. The brand is very strong, but the message is tired political cliché. The solution is a gamble, worth all the risk in the world. It is the right time for Rushern Baker III to pass the torch to Angela D. Alsobrooks, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk,  venerable Senator C. Anthony Muse, Timothy Wilson, Ms. Aliya Mullins or Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr.

Putting the county’s fate in Rushern Baker III to finally deliver the prize is unwise. An objective analysis of the political matrix in Prince George’s County shows that Rushern Baker III ’s brightest political days are behind him and he is in his sunset days! By passing the torch to Angela D. Alsobrooks, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, venerable Senator C. Anthony Muse, Timothy Wilson, Ms. Aliya Mullins or Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr. Rushern Baker III will give the Prince George’s County leadership  enough time to build the components of a new political machine around the new leader.

Lack of depth in agenda

The Prince George’s County’s ’s second biggest weakness is lack of depth in agenda. Prince George’s County leadership has miserably failed to convince Prince George’s County citizenry that it has a plausible agenda for the county. One will be forgiven to think that the current point agenda touted as the blueprint by the Prince George’s County leadership was drafted right at the podium during the political rally at Largo or some other place.

The song and dance acts by various Senators can win them the November 2014 election, but Prince George’s County citizenry expect the opposition in Prince George’s County to churn out solid programmes and well thought-out ideas to show that they have better policies than the current regime led by Mr. Rushern Baker’s government.

The third weakness of the Prince George’s County leadership is its refusal to appreciate the Prince George’s County ’s political realities. The political fundamentals have not shifted and the corruption continues as usual within the county. In fact, it is correct to state that the majority of the county leans towards a new administration and are too willing to give it more time to deliver.

Prince George’s County citizenry are political realists and appreciate that days of political miracles are long gone. The Rushern Baker III administration is facing huge challenges, but it is utter nonsense to think that the Prince George’s County leadership is in a position to fix the issues with corruption running the show behind the scenes.

Fourth, Prince George’s County leadership is a poor reader of the national mood. By engaging in a new round of politicking, picketing and covert corruption including manipulation of the court system, the Prince George’s County leadership is swimming against a strong national and international current that wants stability, peace and economic growth for everyone.

Prince George’s County leadership is pushing the politics and the interests of the “self” and going against the wishes of the public. Prince George’s County leadership wants power for its leaders and not bread for its followers. This must be checked.



County executive candidates looking to challenge Baker.


(From left to right Ms. Aliya Mullins; Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr and  Dr. Timothy Wilson)

UPPER MARLBORO – County Executive Rushern L. Baker III seeks reelection the fall election, but he faces three candidates who say the county is in dire need for a change in leadership. As shown above, the three candidates currently running against Baker are;

  1. Timothy Wilson, a U.S. military veteran.
  2. Ms. Aliya Mullins
  3. Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr

Baker said he is proud of his accomplishments regarding public safety, economic development and education.
According to the county police, since Baker took office the county has seen a 38 percent reduction in homicides, a 30 percent reduction in violent crimes and a 27 percent reduction in total crimes.
“That is because of things like the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative,” Baker said. “It is not just about the number of police but it is about also looking at quality of life.” >>> Read more Prince George’s County Sentinel


Mr. Rushern Baker –The all powerful current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter. He makes promises he cannot keep and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. (Read more Major scandal Developing in Upper Marlboro). On this note, Mr. Baker needs to take responsibility and resign! It’s time for a change.


The Tiger (Panthera tigris).


The largest of all the Asian big cats, tigers rely primarily on sight and sound rather than smell. They typically hunt alone and stalk prey. A tiger can consume up to 88 pounds of meat at one time. On average, tigers give birth to 2-3 cubs every 2-2.5 years. If all the cubs in one litter die, a second litter may be produced within 5 months.

Tigers generally gain independence at two years of age and attain sexual maturity at 3-4 years for females and at 4-5 years for males. Juvenile mortality is high however—about half of all cubs do not survive more than two years. Tigers have been known to reach the age of 26 years in the wild.

Males of the largest subspecies, the Amur (Siberian) tiger, may weigh up to 660 pounds. For males of the smallest subspecies—the Sumatran tiger—upper range is at around 310 pounds. Within each subspecies, males are heavier than females. Tigers are mostly solitary, apart from associations between mother and offspring. Individual tigers have a large territory and the size is determined mostly by the availability of prey. Although individuals do not patrol their territories, they visit over a period of days or weeks and mark their territory with urine and feces.

Across their range, tigers face unrelenting pressure from poaching, retaliatory killings and habitat loss. They are forced to compete for space with dense and often growing human populations.

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Less than a century ago, tigers occupied a range extending from eastern Turkey and the southern fringes of the Caspian Sea eastward across Central Asia as far as the Sea of Okhotsk, south through eastern China to the Indian sub-continent, and the whole of Southeast Asia as far as the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali. This former range has contracted and been fragmented dramatically in recent decades. Tigers now occur only in scattered populations in parts of the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Sumatra, and the Russian Far East, with a small number still surviving in China.
Range States: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Russian Federation, Thailand and Vietnam.


The Tiger can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Himalayas, Indian subcontinent.


Steep Rise in Ivory Sales and Availability in Thailand

New undercover report from TRAFFIC finds disturbing growth in the world’s largest unregulated ivory market


Though Thailand reveres elephants and holds the animals as an important part of national identity, the country remains one of the most problematic worldwide when it comes to the illegal ivory trade.

A new undercover survey of markets in Thailand’s capital Bangkok from January 2013 until May 2014 by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, revealed:

  • A significant increase in the availability of ivory products, from 5,865 items to 14,512 items in the past 18 months
  • A steep rise in the number of outlets selling ivory in Thailand’s capital city, from 61 to 120

The report Polishing off the ivory: Surveys of Thailand’s ivory market concludes the vast majority of ivory being sold in Thailand is illegal under international commitments the country made under the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The publication comes just days before a crucial CITES meeting where Thailand will be asked to outline how it has implemented a national plan to end the illegal ivory trade, which was submitted to the Convention last year.

“As the poaching crisis continues to decimate elephant populations across Africa, we cannot afford to turn a blind eye on Thailand’s failure to revise outdated ivory legislation and live up to its international commitments,” said Crawford Allan, senior director at TRAFFIC. “Thailand has had over two decades to do the right thing and it’s past time for them to close legal loopholes that and shut down the illegal ivory trade.”

Halted progress

Last year, WWF delivered a global petition with nearly 1.6 million signatures to the Thai government urging leaders to shut down the ivory market. But despite a public commitment to action, little progress has been made.

A 75-year-old law permits the legal trade of ivory from domesticated Asian elephants in Thailand, often from the ivory left after captive elephants’ tusks are trimmed. But with no registration system in place, the government cannot trace the ivory. This makes it easier for ivory from illegal sources to enter the market place. The report shows the amount of ivory for sale in Thailand far exceeds the amount that could possibly come from domestic elephants. And since 2008, more than 13 tons of African elephant ivory have been seized in Thailand.

Tens of thousands of African elephants are slaughtered each year for their ivory to meet the heavy demand from Asia. Transnational organized criminal gangs are believed to be behind much of the trafficking.

TRAFFIC and WWF are working closely together to stop wildlife crime. We are applying the strength of our worldwide networks, our influence with partners and governments, and the passion of our supporters to end a crisis that is threatening to undo years of conservation progress.

You can help. Sign on to stop wildlife crime. 



A Kenyan wildlife ranger inscribes markings on the 775 elephant tusks that was seized by the port police at the container terminal destined for Malaysia in the coastal town of Mombasa


Boycott ivory products such as these ones pictured here and help save the Elephant and the Rhino.


 A car covered with carved ivory. How many elephants died for this?


PGCPS Employee Harrassed by Supervisor Suing.

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A high-level Union executive, the Ace-AFSCME Local 2250 and the Prince George’s County Public Schools are currently being sued by a former Employee Ms.Antoinette Murphy who worked in the school system under a bully supervisor Mr. Palmer. According to the complaint currently in progress in Federal court; Ms. Murphy is accusing her union, former boss, Maryland State Department of Education and others of sexual harassment and other threats at the job.

In the case which has been going on for two years now, the complaint states that, Mr. Palmer, was employed by Prince George’s County public schools as a supervisor with the authority to hire discipline and fire employees, but intentionally discriminated against plaintiff in violation of Title VII by subjecting plaintiff (Ms. Murphy) to quid pro quo sexual harassment.

The complaint specifically, alleges that Mr. Palmer discriminated against plaintiff (Ms. Murphy) by threatening Plaintiff (Ms. Murphy) with termination if she did not give in to his sexual advances.

Mr. Palmer forced the Plaintiff (Ms. Murphy) to meet with him on a daily basis throughout the course of his supervision in order to control, harass and intimidate her, according to the complaint filed in Greenbelt Federal Court, Maryland.

Ms. Murphy is seeking monetary as well as punitive damages. The lawsuit also names Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq (Previous Board Chair person) as a defendant.

In the complaint, Ms. Murphy further states that, Mr. Palmer’s actions were reported to the supervisor Mr. Reginal Wilks and management official Mr. Homesley but they failed to act. She further accused Mr. Palmer of subjecting her to harassment based upon her sex, who treated Ms. Murphy in a humiliating and derogatory manner, made inappropriately statements, and engaged in other misconduct that was targeted and directed at Ms. Murphy based upon her sex and the fact that she refused his advances. The lawsuit alleges that the Prince George’s County public school’s human resources personnel (PGCPS HR) refused to conduct an investigation when she complained about her direct supervisor’s advances and the union failed to represent.

Instead, according to the complaint, Ms. Murphy has been threatened with termination in Prince George’s County Public schools, the latest being 2010 and 2011. The cover up of the misconduct continues as business as usual at Sasscer Administrative Building under the current Baker regime being affronted by his brother in law to the county Executive (Dr. Segun Eubanks) who has been laughing all the way to the bank in recent months.   >>> Read more Complaint -ACE-AFSCME LOCAL 2250



Call your Elected Officials now and the Media.


As the Prince George’s county in the State of Maryland falls short of $62.5millions, the county officials pictured below and others who are currently squandering more than $18 million from the children reserve fund are crying wolf.  This is unacceptable and it should not be overlooked. These officials and others involved in the scam must be held to account for this unethical practice.  Fighting corruption is a global concern because this is a crime that affects both rich and poor countries. However, it also harms people disproportionately, causing major damage precisely to those who are the most vulnerable. Everyone can be a victim of corruption. We all pay its price. Here in Prince George’s County, we must say no to this practice irrespective of the players involved in the practice.


James Fisher


George H. Margolies


Shani K. Whisonant



Mr. Rushern Baker –The all powerful current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter. He makes promises he cannot keep and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. (Read more Major scandal Developing in Upper Marlboro). On this note, Mr. Baker needs to take responsibility and resign!


Ms. Monica Goldson  Public Enemy Number 1 - Chief Operating Officer for Prince George’s County controls millions of dollars on behalf of  other conspirators. She is the Architect of mismanagement involving public funds currently underway in Prince George’s county Public schools which is facilitated by ASASP Union (the union)  fueling the fire.  


Dr. Segun Eubanks (Courtesy of the National Education Association)…is brother – in -Law to Mr. Rushern Baker. Talent usually runs in families but this one takes the cake. If this is a sample of Top Executive team that Mr. Baker has assembled for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), then GOD HELP US. Only a miracle can rescue us from this mess. Dr. Segun is identified with weak financial controls within Prince George’s county school District and has been smiling all the way to the Bank for the last twelve (12) months. (Read more)


Dr. Kevin Maxwell got a hefty $90,000 hand shake on the way out from Anne Arundel County Public Schools and $1 million sign up with guess whose pot cash bonuses?  - PGCPS. What does this guy promise to do for us? Is this performance based appointment? Even wall street sets performance goals. The last time we checked with our school performances, we cannot surely in this economy blow cash on these willy nilly appointments for sure.  Dr. Maxwell was indirectly a subject of the Maryland legislature in the last session for the $90,000 he took with him. (Read more)



Community opposes proposed Walmart.

Entrance to Wal-Mart Store

BOWIE— Not everyone wants a Walmart store in the Duvall Village shopping center.

According to Jennifer Dwyer, a community activist, a majority of the community oppose making a Walmart store the anchor tenant in the shopping center. To combat Wal-Mart’s efforts, Dwyer circulated a petition, which has accumulated more than 300 signatures. The petition cites safety and traffic concerns, as well as concern that a Walmart store will create a net loss in jobs for the community.

“I went door to door with a lot of my neighbors and tried to raise awareness about this issue,” Dwyer said. “Economically, the only group that benefits from Wal-Mart’s existence is Wal-Mart. The community doesn’t benefit because there’s a net loss in jobs, on average, where there is a Super Walmart.”

Wal-Mart spokesperson Nina Albert said the community is very receptive to the idea of a Walmart store in the Duvall Village shopping center.  “Since this project was announced, local businesses and hundreds of area residents have voiced their support for Wal-Mart’s involvement,” Albert said One of those businesses is Bowie One, a locally-owned barbershop. Marquette Douglas, the shop’s owner, said he fully supports Wal-Mart coming to the shopping center.

“The services of Wal-Mart are great,” Douglas said. “I shop there.”

As a business owner, Douglas said he wants a reputable company to be the anchor for the shopping center because the space has been vacant for the last five years.  “Do I want just anything there?” Douglas said. “No, I don’t just want anything there.”

Dwyer and her supporters say they also have security concerns regarding a Walmart store.

Dwyer said the community has spoken with Wal-Mart about putting up a wall or a fence to provide additional security for neighboring residences, but the company has not been receptive to the idea. “I think people have a right to be concerned here about a 24-hour store on top of their houses,” she said.

In her petition, Dwyer cites a 2006 study published by, which claims an average of 269 police incidents occurs at Wal-Mart stores annually, with 80 percent of those crimes committed in parking lots. Dwyer said the information was pulled from a comprehensive study on over 500 Super Walmarts around the country.

Wal-Mart did not comment on the crime statistic cited in the petition, but company officials say they have been speaking with citizens in the community, with a majority supporting the company’s efforts. “We have held more than a dozen community meetings over the past year with representatives from approximately fourteen registered homeowners associations and civic associations in the immediate vicinity of the store,” Albert said. Read more >>>Prince George’s County Sentinel



Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus).


Accelerating from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in three seconds, the cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal. These big cats are quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of dinner. Before unleashing their speed, cheetahs use exceptionally keen eyesight to scan their grassland environment for signs of prey—especially antelope, gazelles and hares. This big cat is a daylight hunter that benefits from stealthy movement and a distinctive spotted coat that allows it to blend easily into high, dry grasses. They inhabit the grasslands of eastern, central, and southwestern Africa, as well as a small portion of Iran.

Cheetahs have several special adaptations that allow them to reach top speeds. Wide nostrils and large lungs combined with a powerful heart and strong arteries provide more oxygen to their muscles. Their huge leg muscles mainly consist of fast twitch fibers, which contract faster than normal muscles. Their small body frame is lightweight and aerodynamic. With long legs, loose hip and shoulder joints, and a flexible spine, cheetahs can cover 7 m (20-25 ft.) in one stride.

Running this quickly takes a lot of energy, and cheetahs can only maintain the sprint for about half a minute before burning out. With this limiting factor, they try to get as close as possible to their prey, which include antelope, wildebeest calves, and hares, before starting the chase. Camouflaged against the tall grasses, they quietly sneak up until they are confident of the attack. They burst out, using their tail as a rudder to help keep balance while making sharp turns. Their claws, which do not fully retract, grip the ground like cleats. Once they reach their target, they use their front paw to trip the prey. Then they strangle the animal with a bite and drag it to a hiding spot before another predator, such as a lion, leopard, or hyena, steals it. Cheetahs need only drink once every three to four days.

Although sometimes confused with leopards, cheetahs are distinguished by their “tear-stained” black marks that run from the corners of their eyes down the side of their nose to their mouth. Their smaller stature and small, flat heads also set them apart. They cannot roar, but they can purr and chirp. Unlike most cats, they have terrible night vision, which is why they hunt during the day. They also cannot climb trees.

Female cheetahs typically have a litter of three cubs and live with them for one and a half to two years. Young cubs spend their first year learning from their mother and practicing hunting techniques with playful games. Male cheetahs live alone or in small groups, often with their littermates. In the first few weeks, Female Cheetah moves the cubs from den to den, hiding them while she goes out hunting. At this point, they are very vulnerable to predators such as large eagles, lions, hyenas, and baboons. Young cubs grow a thick yellow-gray coat on their backs called a mantle. The mantle protects the cub from the sun and rain and helps camouflage it in the shadows. It also makes the cub resemble a honey badger, which is a small feisty carnivore that most predators leave alone. The mantle starts disappearing when the cub is around three months old and thins to a mane at around two years. Despite these protections, cub mortality rate is high, at around 90%.

The cubs that survive start following their mother at around 6 weeks. They practice hunting though play with each other. After a year and a half, their mother leaves them to breed again. The cubs stay together until the females reach sexual maturity at around two years. At that point, other male cheetahs chase the male cubs off. But the male offspring often stay together for life, forming a group called a coalition. Coalitions are beneficial because they help male cheetahs gain territory.

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Conservation Status
Today, around 7,500 cheetahs live in the wild, with about 200 living in small isolated populations in Iran. Cheetahs are threatened by habitat loss and conflicts with farmers. With low genetic diversity, the IUCN Red List considers them vulnerable of extinction.

What You Can Do to Help

If you would like to help cheetahs, you can support organizations like the Cheetah Conservation Fund through donations or volunteer work.

Cheetah Distribution

Most wild Cheetahs inhabit the grasslands of eastern, central and southwestern Africa as well as a small portion of Iran. Those that remain are under pressure as the wide-open grasslands they favor are disappearing at the hands of human settlers.

Sub-Sahara Africa and a small portion of Iran is the home to the world’s fastest land mammal in the world, Cheetah.