Archive for October, 2009

October 30, 2009

0-7 and a much needed bye week for Tampa

This week the Buccaneers have a much needed Bye week to settle some of thier fustrations out on prior game film and to extend the review of the up-coming game against the Green Bay Packers in the battle of the Bays game.

There is rumors going around that intel the Bucs resorting to full-padded practices and an extensive emphasis on fundamentals as rookie quarterback Josh Freeman is expected to take the regiens and promote the struggling offense of the team as of now. Lets just hope than during the off time the Bucs have that some good come out of One Bucs Place and that much needed win is placed in the winners bracket for them finally this season as the mid-point is near.

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October 29, 2009

Homeownership Zone as an Affordable Assumption

At a point in time were the struggles of this nation have called for the working class as well as middle classed Americans to explore the potentials of affordable living practices. The uncertainty of housing as a concern has become a major issue of now as the affects of the recent foreclosure crisis and unemployment increases made the average assumption of financial conditions to bringing even middle class Americans to considering the 30 percent mean illustrated as a condition of affordable conditions.

The generally accepted definition of affordability is for a household to pay no more than 30 percent of its annual income on housing.

An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more then 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing, and a family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States. The lack of affordable housing is a significant hardship for low-income households preventing them from meeting their other basic needs, such as nutrition and healthcare, or saving for their future and that of their families. As the current times consider, low-incomed has hit an all time high as applications for newly funded programs are drawing record numbers of families seeking these options as money has become tighter than ever.

As funding concerns are being handled as of now as the economic worries of this nation come to the front of families trying to maintain other programs and options are being considered. We can not continue to afford to maintain ourselves as the cost of living and living standards are continually changing as the economic conditions of this nation are being tested as of now. The continual placement of affordable programs are needed to allow the people of this nation to continue under the assumption of living life with-out the changes made towards financial conditions as of now. This nation has not made adequate progress toward the goal of national housing
policy, as set out in the Housing Act of 1949. The supply of affordable rental housing is diminishing as the demand is ever rising.

To achieve the goal of national housing policy, there is a need to strengthen nationwide a cost-effective community-based housing partnership designed to expand the supply of rental housing that is affordable to very low-income and
low-income families, improve homeownership opportunities for low-income families.

The Home Program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing for low- and very low-income families by providing grants to States and local governments called participating jurisdictions or “PJs”. PJs use their HOME grants to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities. HOME is the largest Federal block grant to State and local governments designed exclusively to create affordable housing for low-income households. Each year it allocates approximately $2 billion among the States and hundreds of localities nationwide.

October 28, 2009

Warrior Homecoming Against New Port News Apprentice

What can be expected this weekend as the Webber Warriors take on the Newport News Apprentice Program, well you can expect to see more of Freshman QB Torrance Moise as he tries to claim a homecoming win this weekend. So far he has 1138 passing yards in which he averages about 189 yards a game. You can also expect to see Taylor Atwood who under the current offense has slow starts in game in which he faces bigger opponents, but, when facing equally sized schools, the warriors rushing game is stated to be attestable. In the last two games against NAIA schools the warriors put up over 500 yards on the ground in an efficient manner. Hopefully there will be no troubles moving the ball down the field and scoring as the warriors try to claim its second victory on the season and at home.

Leaving the fundamentals of the game to being handled by the struggling defense of the Warriors. A defense that does have potential but not the adequate stability to handle the pressures of small dominate forces. Although being small themselves the warriors could handle what’s thrown at them as the team has 8 total interceptions on the season, however, as a young unit, they leave the passing lanes open for big gains and large threats downfield. Not having very many vet or seasoned players on the team is what has been hurting this program as of now as they try to adjust to having a team in the first place as the warriors are in their fifth season of play as a competitive N.A.I.A program allowing them to make the mistakes of going 1-5 on the season thus far but not to give up hopes of claiming another win.

October 26, 2009

Why won’t New York Target Federal Housing Aid to the Homeless

While searching for information on preventative measures of homelessness I came across some information that would have Orlando residents flaming hot over some of the actions New York City mayor has done to make it even tougher for the homeless to attain suitable affordable housing. As if homeless people through-out the city of New York do not deserve to be included in the same voucher programs that allow the usage of Section 8 for the purpose of assisting those that are low-incomed. At a time in which ones economic status could be that access point in getting the much needed attention to assist the living conditions some families are currently facing, homeless people in the state of New York have been excluded from the federal assumption of funding aimed to assist the low-incomed.

“An extensive body of careful research has demonstrated that housing vouchers are critically important both for preventing families with children from becoming homeless and for helping those who do enter the shelter system to leave it for permanent housing and not become homeless again….For families who do become homeless, housing vouchers are an extensively tested and demonstrably effective tool for moving to permanent housing and remaining stably housed.” – Jill Khadduri (2008), Abt Associates and former senior HUD official, research review prepared for Homelessness Research Institute

Beginning in 2005, the Bloomberg administration dramatically changed 20 years of City policy – cutting off homeless from priority for Federal housing programs including Section 8 vouchers and public housing. Currently, Homeless policies are taking new light as the definition homelessness is under fire. Anyone without their own housing is stated to being homeless under the current assumption of the term. An assumption that under certain city, municipality, metropolitan standards does not included affordable housing efforts to expand to include transitional efforts of those that are homeless seeking affordable housing measures.

“Formerly homeless families are generally quite similar to other low-income families. Homelessness for most is not a protracted experience, and housing subsidies alone are sufficient to allow the vast majority to leave shelter and maintain stable housing in the community.” – Marybeth Shinn (2009), Vanderbilt University, research review prepared for
Enterprise Foundation and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Why? How could the Mayor come in and just rearrange the way the low-incomed and homeless had been provided assistance through-out a city that thrives on the popularity and extremes take to bring forth the attention of poverished and homeless residents in need? Those that are in need and are currently homeless has risen since the action had been suggested and made and since more and more people are turning out to seek the potentials of shelters. Subsidized housing succeeds in curing homelessness among families, regardless of behavioral disorders or other conditions. No wonder the homeless that were offered those free plane tickets over the summer were so anxious to leave the state this summer, there is absolutely no help for those that are homeless in the city of New York. Man!

Something has to be done about this issue. Between the rising shelter rates that are being witnessed through-out the city as well as the 30 to 40 percent of homeless people that are not eligible for low-income housing something has to be done to express a universal assumption of low-income housing. Federal housing programs are a proven, cost-effective way of reducing family homelessness. The act of targeting Federal housing aid to homeless families will reduce the family shelter population and save City and State taxpayer dollars – a high priority given the fiscal crisis.

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October 24, 2009

Magic first seasonal game is Wednesday October 28

As though I might have forgotten, the Orlando Magic had a terrific preseason run to open the season with, finishing with a perfect 7-0 record. As if the fact that they lost in the finals against the Lakers wasn’t enough motivation for them to improve on, the Magic have proven that this season they will be the Eastern Conference team to beat this season.

October 21, 2009

Now, to change the drug screening policy Mr. President

Recently, The president made it a federal policy to not arrest those that are in state compliance with state policies in which detail marijuana as being legal for those that have been prescribed by a licensed physican. Wow. Since the 1930’s a move as such has been lobbied upon by tose of interest in Washington.

Currently there are 13 states that allow marijuana to be prescribed and used by those that have doctors permission to aid in the effects taken on by ailments such as cancer or diabetes. Now those people may smoke thier pot in peace with-out the fear of being arrested for possession as Mr. Obama ordered that these people are in compliance with state laws and are not the drug war risks that have plauged this nation for some time now.

Since marijuana is now semi decriminalized, shouldn’t we now make the move to allow marijuana to be a part of the drug screening process for these people as an attempt of employment may now be considered for those that are medical marijuana patients? It is almost a legally prescribed substance that if a patient were screened while on marijuana it should pass as that of a medicinal function rather than to be viewed as the harmful substance of the past. This effort to change the drug screening policy might be the most effective in the push to bringing this substance to becoming a legal medicinal substance.

October 21, 2009

Section 8 Housing

The three most important differences between homeless families and other poor families concern not their personal characteristics, but the resources they need to secure housing.

Subsidized rental housing or Section 8 Housing provides housing assistance to low-income renters and homeowners. During a time in this nations economic history, we are currently witnessing a large increase to those that are applying for the service due to the large number unemployed people that have been affected by the fall of the automotive industry, closing of this nations leading practicing lenders, as well as the change that has been taken towards the minimum wage assumptios as the cost of living has forced people to seek other options of staying sheltered.

Just recently here in Florida, Volusia County issed it’s first application process for those seeking assistane in the form of Housing Choice Vouchers in which thousands turned out for the waiting list hours before the process was to be considered to take effect. How? There use to be a census system that the state in effect with the federal government issues to aid in the enforcing of programs as such that are designed to assist people that are experiencing troubles with rental housing and the attempt to keep it in a supportive measure. With the current effects taken on by the economy there has been a very large increase in the consideration of assistance in which funding options may not be able to assist those in need. Currently, Volusia County is only allotted about 2 million dollars to assist with efforts to assist those seeking options such as the housing choice voucher system, an amount that need to be reconsidered as more and more people are seeking alternitives.

Will there be help for those that are seeking? Needless to say that the event in Volusia County is only to be placed on the waiting list, the number of people that have turned out to seek the federal surplus would influence legislators to agree upon funding and budgeting changes to being made to account for those that are in need of the assistance offered by the Housing Choice Program. There are only about 200 people currently in Volusia County that are benifactors of the program as of now.

October 21, 2009

Young Warriors facing the nations eldest college in that of Wesley Wolverines

The warriors of Webber International University have a big game this week against the Wolverines of Wesley College. Coming off the first win of the season against N.A.I.A rivals Edward Waters 45-24. The warriors are not expected to win against the Division 3 undefeated Wolverines, however, the same level of play is expected now that it is known that the offense works of the warrior play scheming.

It going to be a very tough game Saturday as the warriors travel to Dover, one question that comes to mind is if the warriors will be able to keep running the ball as they have done, more so against N.A.I.A competitors. Out of the last two recent N.A.I.A games the warriors have played , nearly 600 yards rushing have been produced of the warriors offense. An offense that at times seems to be in need of a spark when facing a defense that is just as fast as the warrior offense, however, more witted as the warriors are now seeking their second win on the season to bring them to 2-5 if so. If not the warriors will fall to 1-6 on the season and will have made the worst seasonal outcome thus far since becoming a team back in 2004.

The game will be broadcasted live via the Wesley College audio-streaming site here:

October 18, 2009

0-6 and counting

I’m sure that a sign of dismay is on the face of those in the front office at Raymond James Stadium as the Bucs lost it’s first divisional game against the Panthers 28-21. I’m sure that Raheem Morris is feeling pretty frustrated being the head coach of the Bucs whom have not only been able to record a win on the season thus far, but, have still failed to manage a consistent rushing offense. Once again, Carnell Williams the starter only had 84 yards rushing, while QB Josh Johnson had 45 yards with 8 attempts on the ground. What does this say about the Bucs offense that just recorded it’s first first-quarter touchdown on the season. What more could go wrong for this team as of now?

Well needless to say, they Panthers as expected had a field day with the buccaneers defense, racking-up 267 yards on the ground for the day. A part of the Panthers offense that the buccaneers have never been ever to stay committed to, to make an impact against although the passing defense in the form of the ever-loved Tampa-2 was very effective holding the Panthers to 66 yards in the air. Although the Bucs are losing there are signs of life that could validate the fact of ineffectiveness and a lacking of fundamentals, this is still a new team coming to terms with what is at hand, and that’s a very tough schedule for such a young team. An excuses that had been worn-out after the first two losses taken on the season, now we’re at that point in the season where wins are needed to show improvement rather than a loss filled with statistical assumptions and the sense of leaving room for development. What ever happened to that Tampa Bay team that use to put out at least 6 or 7 pro-bowlers a season that were at least winning and ending the season with play-off admirations?

The way Tampa positioned itself to show production on the season has left the Bucs in a position that the only signs of life that may come from the team as a result of tactical roster management venues will be noticed maybe next season as the play scheming will become second nature to the young team with only a hand full of veterans amongst them. Speaking of veterans, the Bucs play the Patriots next week at home. Another loss or can a win be squeezed out of the offense some how?

October 18, 2009

What’s missing from the Bucs rushing game

As the Bucs prepare for their meeting against the Carolina Panthers, the expectation to rely on the exhausted rushing game will be taking a three-headed approach. Why? Well for the most part the Tampa offense has suffered a major loss this season due to the fact that the buccaneer have not been able to average a single game with a 100 yard rushing attack played. Seems that all is riding on this scheme as the Bucs are expecting there first win spawned from a consistent rushing attack.

Should Tampa’s rushing game have been an impact on the NFL already? I mean this is the only position that has not really suffered in a loss of talent rather gained in the signing of Derrick Ward, a 1,000 yard seasonal rusher coming from the Giants. The Buccaneer backfield is in much need of some serious attention especially when facing the Panthers, probably at one point the most dominate rushing team with-in the NFC South. In the past the Panthers have keep the Tampa rushing attack quite with a big defensive front, something that seems to be lacking from the team as of now as the Panthers are 1-3 on the season and searching for a rushing attack to form as well to promote the struggling offense.

If anything is sure about the productivity of the Buccaneers offense as they it tries to form a solid rushing attack on the season, one thing is for sure is that the Bucs need to stay consistent with what ever works from the rushing game come kick-off.