Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Phil, a doctor, knows very little about risk and punishment from life as a Georgia doctor. If a Georgia doctor takes too many risks, the patient is punished. The punishment to risk taking doctor is giving a death notice to the next of kin. Then, collecting the medical bills from the estate. That's certainly not any different from the bailouts in Washington and other major capitalistic countries.
And capitalistic is an adjective that modifies a noun. The noun, country, isn't all one thing or all another. It's a spot on a map. With the modification, capitalistic, we can almost surely find the subject countries on a map.
Simply those locations that would favor private wealth. That would be private wealth versus Royal Wealth in the USA, if we look at our heritage prior to 1776.
We didn't choose between communism and capitalism in 1776. Our choice was entirely different from that. We defied a King and the entire system of monarchy. In the absence of Hobbs' Leviathan, we have a representative democracy. And, the dregs of mercantilism.
Gingrey's bastardized fusion of mercantilism and capitalism needs to die a sudden and violent death. But, Gingrey and GOP apologists aren't the only protection for the economic bastard.
People, too many people at least, really believe a "free market system" exists, somewhere. A system where hard work is always rewarded in this world with wealth.
The Wealth of Our Nation has always been in the hard work of the many and not in the gold of King Midas to a few.
King Midas wished for the ability to turn everything he touched into gold.
Ask his daughter how that worked out for his family.
[Yes, there are malpractice law suits. Just remember, Herr Doktor Gingrey voted himself tort reform which limits punishment to a cap of $300,000 for all medical malpractice suits. Well, some will argue that was needed to save insurance companies. Well, Wall Street didn't get the first government bailout, did they?]
Monday, December 29, 2008
As you look at them, try to remember how the rest of the world sees us and how we see them.
Then, compare the approaches being used to handle the global crisis.
Art imitating life?
Or, just life.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The Gainesville Times announced their personal list today. No, the story about James Mills and the illegal driveway on Thurman Tanner didn't make the list. Nor, did the story about Gainesville City manager getting paid to be a pervert.
The financial problems at the Gainesville School System got blamed on Ballowe again. Funny. The $10.6 trillion dollar debt gets blamed on the tax and spend Democrats who allegedly keep blacks in poverty. But, let a school system demonstrate that blacks and other minorities can learn to read, write, and do 'rithmetic, we'll fire the man responsible when an economic downturn starts. "Well, after all, the executive is ultimately responsible." Thank you to the School Board of Gainesville. You'all should remember this day. The city schools were out performing the county schools and were also above the state averages.
Story number nine amazes me, a positive pat on the back of local Republican, Casey Cagle. The Times has the details on a huge cash shortage tied to Casey Cagle. "Someone" has embezzled over $50,000 from his campaign fund. But, of course, the Times has never run the story. I personally emailed them the files. The money is missing. It has been missing for a long time. Cagle continues to file financial disclosures as if nothing improper has happened. If he's that dumb and has done nothing wrong, then he's unfit for public office. He would be unfit to be the head of a bank, the job he held when the cash went missing. The head of a bank would be fired for covering up a shortage in the vault. Possibly jailed. Certainly expected to pay the money back. Now, Cagle wants to be the head of the state government. Is the Times covering up the cash shortage to help elect Cagle? Do the voters deserve an idiot or a criminal as Governor? Well, at least let them know about "character defects" and "cash shortages" before handing Cagle financial responsibility for the entire $20 billion state budget.
But, the Gainesville Times doesn't hold local Republicans or any Republican to the same standards as the administrative head of a school system. If the mere appearance of financial incompetence was grounds for firing Ballowe, then Cagle's incompetence or embezzlement is worth at least one headline in the Gainesville Times.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The black man is the number one enemy of America.
Yes, I know the topic of southern racism turns off my readers. But, 75 percent of the Ninth District voted for Bush in 2000 and in 2004. In 2008 the Ninth District again voted 75 percent Republican.
In five national elections, the North Georgia electorate has denied reality. Reality hit the rest of the country in 2006 with the mid-term elections.
Republican policies do not work. That's reality.
With a national debt of $10.6 trillion dollars, North Georgia wasn't voting for a tax cut. The George Bush / GOP tax cuts increased the national debt $5 trillion dollars in eight years. In twenty years, according to OMB, the interest will be more than all taxes combined. Meaning, our taxes won't pay the interest and have anything left. Nothing left. Not even enough to buy a bullet for our troops, where ever they might be.
With the highest reported unemployment in 25 years, North Georgia wasn't voting to cut government work place regulations. Regulations don't cause unemployment. Bad management causes unemployment. Ask anyone that owns a foreign made car. Ask them. "Is GM, Chrysler, or Ford management team better than the team leading Nissan, Toyota, or BMW?"
Who's going to answer that question "Yes!" after the Big Three flew in private, corporate jets into Washington, D.C., where CEO's begged Congress for financial salvation?
No rational person would hire a limo, a driver, and a female escort for a bankruptcy hearing. Beggars can't be choosers.
North Georgia wasn't choosing the GOP to chop down government waste. What could be more wasteful than the Iraq War, a $3.1 trillion dollar budget, and a $700 billion dollar Wall Street bailout?
We fought the Iraq War over WMD that didn't exist. All we got was a dead dictator, over 4,000 American dead, and record profits for oil companies.
Clinton ran the government in 1998 with a budget of $1.7 trillion dollars. Ten years later, Bush and the GOP nearly doubled the budget. If we add back into the budget, the "emergency appropriations" and actual increases in the debt, Bush spends nearly $4 trillion dollars a year.
Here's the math on that.
A $5 trillion dollar increase in the debt in eight years. That's $625 billion a year as an average. This year, the debt increased over $1 trillion dollars in less than a ninety day period, August 15 to October 30. If we add the $1 trillion dollars of debt to the spending of $3.1 trillion, we just used up $4.1 trillion dollars (plus interest of $425 billion).
Compare that to Clinton's final budget of $1.9 trillion and a surplus to pay off debt of over $100 billion dollars.
If you ask me, Clinton took $1.8 trillion out of the private banking system in his last year. In his last year, Bush is taking $4.1 trillion out of the banking system.
So North Georgia wasn't voting for the GOP promises of less government regulation, less taxes, less debt, less spending, a ban on abortion, or an amendment to the Constitution to ban flag burning.
North Georgia was voting for the new theme song of the GOP, "Barack the Magic Negro" by Rush Limbaugh.
Why do I call it the GOP theme song?
Chip Saltsman distributed a CD containing “Barack the Magic Negro” as part of his campaign to be elected chairman of the Republican National Committee next month.
Read the "mainstream media piece" on the CD at this link.
If that song earns votes among the national leaders of the GOP, then racism motivates the average voter in North Georgia.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Earl Blowhart is more like it. Even as Blowhart takes pride in cutting government jobs like State Troopers, Fire Fighters, and Crime Lab Technicians, what else does he look forward to in the next year?
Well, Blowhart wants the state to spend some money in Cobb County, his district. Just ask him. First on his list is funding to allow high school students to have duel enrollment in technical schools. Okay. Fine. That isn't cutting 20 percent or 10 percent out of the budget. And, I have to ask why taxpayers have to fund high school students going to technical college when those same students will get Lottery Funds for tech schools. AKA the HOPE Scholarship.
But, I'm just being mean to kids in Cobb County who don't want to follow the rules in public schools.
Next on the list for Blowhart? A $19 million dollar science lab for Kennesaw State. Wow! There's another surprise cut of 10 to 20 percent.
Who's going to pay for it? People outside of Cobb County.
What does Blowhart say when his District is forced to pay for projects outside of Cobb County? "Pound sand!" Ehrhart said.
The next big ticket item on Blowharts list is $8 million dollars for a charter school at the Aviation Museum in Marietta. Wow! Who ever thought of having a school inside a museum and tourist attraction. Not someone wanting to cut up to 20 percent out of government.
Is there anything else that Blowhart has put on his list? He wants $500,000 in taxpayer dollars that was cut by Perdue. Let me say that more simply. Perdue cut out $250,000 in Ehrhart pork for a Cobb County law enforcement academy in 2007 and 2008. Ehrhart thinks Perdue owes him that money plus another $250,000 this year.
So Ehrhart wants his pork and his cake and he wants to eat it all with no weight gain in the government. And, he wants the State taxpayer to fund it all while in the middle of the greatest economic crisis in a fifty years.
Yup! Another Republican with one of his hands in the cookie jar and his other hand on a bullhorn.
What does the Blowhart want? He wants your tax dollars spent in Cobb County. And, he wants to cut your school budget, your road building, bridge repairs, your fire protection, your law enforcement by as much as it takes to get HIS money NOW.
Like Earl Blowhart said, "It's a spending issue."
Monday, December 22, 2008
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Through an unusual financial arrangement, three Atlanta City Council members have showered thousands of dollars' worth of prizes, parties and food on their constituents with donations from dozens of local businesses, city records show.
The council members solicited the donations from the companies, some of which have had business before the council. And the contributions have come in the form of checks written to, and held by, the city in special "trust fund" accounts. Expense records and interviews with the council members suggest that they spend the money as they see fit with little oversight from the city.
Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr., for example, has spent the money to bus hundreds of his 3rd District constituents to his annual Sun 'N' Fun Senior Citizen Beach Extravaganza at a Clayton County park, according to documents obtained under Georgia's Open Records Act. The parties featured a reggae band and donated prizes such as free round-trip airplane tickets to anywhere in the United States.
Young also bought toys and thousands of Thanksgiving turkeys he handed out to his constituents around the holidays.
"I played Santa at a couple of sites," Young said.
In recent years, Young spent more than $50,000 from trust fund accounts, city records show.
Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd has spent more than $5,000 on holiday parties for her 12th District constituents while supplementing money from her trust fund with money from her campaign account.
Mayoral candidate and at-large Councilman Ceasar Mitchell spent at least $2,200 from his trust fund to take constituents to the Georgia Aquarium and feed them lunch.
The council members say they are trying to help needy children and elderly and poor residents. "This is just an opportunity to reach out to them and give them a day of rest," Young said of the Sun 'N' Fun parties for his elderly constituents. "We rely heavily on their involvement in our council office to help us be our eyes and ears on the streets for crime and other issues."
Critics, however, say these types of events amount to campaigning for re-election.
"They are certainly advancing their own political ambitions by that sort of thing," said Emmet Bondurant, a city resident, trial lawyer and former chairman of Common Cause Georgia, a government watchdog group. "There are a vast number of nonpolitical, charitable organizations that are fully capable of accepting and administering those funds without a council member, in effect setting the stage for the next election by currying favor with members of the district."
A city watchdog panel is investigating the legality of the spending. A report is due by year's end. The council requested the probe Oct. 5 after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution started examining the council's expenditures. The AJC later reported that several council members had spent tens of thousands of dollars from their taxpayer-funded expense accounts over the past two years hiring their relatives for city work and handing out flowers, gifts and food to constituents. Mitchell and Councilwoman Natalyn Mosby Archibong have since announced they would refund taxpayer money they had paid their relatives.
Since 2004, Mitchell, Young and Sheperd have sponsored measures to establish their trust funds. The council approved unanimously.
Though state law limits how much money donors can give to election campaigns for council candidates, the council didn't limit contributions to the trust fund accounts.
A spokeswoman for the Georgia Municipal Association said her organization is not aware of any other cities that have such trust funds. Officials in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties say they do not have such trust fund accounts.
Young is chairman of the council's Zoning Committee, which makes recommendations to the council on rezonings and other development matters. Among the donors to his Sun 'N' Fun event in past years are real estate investors, developers and builders.
H.J. Russell & Co. and its development arm, Russell New Urban Development LLC, each gave $500 for the event last year. Wayne Mason, a Gwinnett County real estate investor, gave $3,000 for the event in 2006.
"There is absolutely no connection between Mr. Mason's contribution to help seniors and Councilman Young's activities in City Hall," said Mason's spokeswoman, Jane Langley.
Some of Young's donors also gave political donations to his City Council campaign. For example, the Sembler Co., a commercial real estate company with offices in Atlanta, gave Young $500 for his Sun 'N' Fun event in July 2005 and then gave his political campaign the maximum allowed under state law — $2,000 — in September of that same year.
Donors to the council's trust funds say they contributed to support community events and received nothing more than recognition in return.
"They don't receive favors. They don't receive any personal treatment or anything," Young said. "It doesn't get them any brownie points when it comes to going through the legislative processes that are required for a rezoning."
Donors to Sheperd's holiday party have included Georgia Power, an Atlanta-based electric utility, which gave $1,500; Brock Built, an Atlanta-area home builder, which gave $300; and NorSouth Housing Partners, a developer that has offices in Atlanta, which donated $300.
City records show $2,500 in donations went to Mitchell's trust fund for a "senior day at the aquarium," with $1,000 coming from Georgia Power.
When council members want to spend money from their trust funds, they submit requests to the city's Finance Department, which cuts the checks. City records do not indicate that the spending requires further approval. The city's newly hired chief financial officer, Jim Glass, did not respond to repeated requests for comment about the trust funds.
State law requires elected officials to list on their annual financial disclosures all fiduciary positions they hold with trusts. Mitchell, Sheperd and Young failed to mention the trust funds on their 2008 disclosures.
After the AJC questioned them, all three indicated they would amend their state forms to reflect the trust funds.
Also, earlier this month, no city gift disclosure forms were on file for the donations to the council members' trust funds, as is required. Sheperd and Young filed city disclosure forms Dec. 10 and Dec. 11, respectively. Mitchell said he would file his forms.
In one case, Mitchell paid a relative out of his trust fund.
Mitchell said he hired Pendulum Consulting to buy the aquarium tickets and boxed lunches from a Subway restaurant for his constituents. Pendulum is owned and operated by his brother and former council campaign manager, David Mitchell. City records show Pendulum was paid $2,263 from Ceasar Mitchell's city trust fund.
City law prohibits council members from participating in city contracts in which they or their immediate family members — including siblings — have a "financial or personal interest." Mitchell said his brother's company did not profit on the goods he provided but merely expedited purchases and was later reimbursed by the trust fund. The councilman provided the AJC with copies of invoices from Pendulum that appear to back up his claim.
City records indicate that only three of the council's 16 members have their own trust funds.
"I don't need a trust fund, and I keep my campaign funds totally separate from city expenses," said Councilwoman Anne Fauver, who voted to create the trust funds for her colleagues.
Mayor Shirley Franklin said the city has accounts set up for various activities connected to her office, but she does not personally direct spending from them.
"I think the council very rightly has asked the ethics officer to look at the ethical question," Franklin said.
About the council's trust funds, Franklin said: "I don't operate that way. But just because I don't operate that way doesn't mean there is not a way to do this that meets all the ethics standards and the transparency standards."
Democracy won't work if the media is in bed with local politicians.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
But, the "execs" kicked me off the blog on that "News Site" for doing nothing more than reporting stories of criminal behavior.
Has anyone looked at the blogs on the Times since I was kicked off?
No one is blogging. And, I expect soon there will be no more blogging there. Bloggers aren't welcome. Their opinions aren't welcome. Their news stories aren't welcome.
Why aren't the bloggers welcome? The "execs" at the Times can't control them. Oh My God! What if one of those bloggers burns our advertising base? What if all of them start digging up shameful truths about "the pillars of our Community?"
The bottom line seems to be, What if bloggers were better than editors and faceless "execs" at informing the Community?
Blogger. That starts with B and it rhymes with P and that stands for Pool.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
How does your credit card interest rate compare?
Or, your next car note?
Wanna buy a house?
Bank of America would gladly take your house as security and require you to pay 6.25 percent [6.346 APR] and $1,400 in fees and ONE point so you can buy a house.
Wachovia, recently saved from the trash pile, will help you buy a car for 9.84% and up. Branch Banking could save you some money at 9.14% and a nominal fee of $100. SunTrust quotes a range of rates from 6.29% to 13.50%.
For that Christmas Credit Card, Bank of America quotes a rate between 9.99% to 19.99% for a GOOD Credit rating.
Have a little nest egg that you don't want to invest in the stock market?
Dance on down to the Regions Bank branch offices. Regions is willing to pay .20% on a Money Market Account of $10,000 with a monthly fee of $15.
Branch Banking and Trust can be trusted to pay a whopping ONE percent with a monthly fee of $15 on a deposit of $10,000 cash.
Wachovia and SunTrust will fight for that cash infusion of $10,000 with a very inviting rate of 0.50 or 0.54 percent.
Capitalism doesn't work for those with very strong backs and good hearts.
It does work very, very well for bankers, Wall Street, and the Paris Hiltons of the World.
I've handled them full blown background investigations on corruption by Casey Cagle.
The Times wouldn't even acknowledge the email.
I've emailed Michael Beard and questioned why bloggers are held to a higher standard than public officials. I didn't get a heart warming response.
So, I blogged directly accusing Republican James Mills of having illegal access to Thurman Tanner for the Mills property on Robinson Drive.
The Gainesville Times removed that blog entry and all of my blog entries from the Gainesville Times website.
Proving once again, "You can't fight City Hall." Especially a Republican City Hall protected by the local newspaper.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I merely posted the truth.
The James Mills Family has illegal access to Thurman Tanner. The Times knew this and refused to run the story BEFORE the election.
Drive up Thurman Tanner from Mundy Mill. There's a huge driveway built into Thurman Tanner from a backyard.
Legally, that does not exist. In fact is does exist and the Times should be asking why our tax dollars were spent to give a business advantage to the family of Repuglican James Mills.
If I owned a business along Thurman Tanner, I'd be suing some folks in local government.
Oh, that's right. In Georgia, we can't sue the government or government officials for stealing taxpayer money.
Nor, can we force a newspaper to fight local political corruption.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Let me name the Republicans and make it just a little more clear.
The Times knew before the election that the family of Republican Representative James Mills illegally accesses Thurman Tanner drive from a property on Robinson Drive.
Those large tractor trailers blocking traffic on Thurman Tanner are owned by ... JTM Distributions. The Robinson Drive property is owned by ... etc etc etc.
The Georgia Department of Transportation says it did not build the concrete driveway from Thurman Tanner onto the Mills property.
I reviewed the Hall County records for the property. The property is not being taxed for two addresses (access to two streets). There is no record of permits to make the improvements required for a second driveway and legal access to Thurman Tanner.
Looking at the property, the concrete for the driveway was poured AT THE SAME TIME as all the other concrete.
So how did Representatve Mills get this driveway built with out any legal evidence of its existence and why can't any other "business" on Robinson Drive have the same free "enhancement?"
And, why did the Times bury the story during an election cycle?
I have a legal right to know these answers. So do all the voters in Hall County. And, all the taxpayers in Georgia who furnished the concrete for FREE.
What about it, Gainesville Times' "execs?" Are you manipulating the voters? Are you complicit in the crimes of local Republicans and the Georgia Department of Labor?
I think you are.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
You're blinded by your own racism. My point in mentioning the 14th Amendment was to say that the Civil Rights Act was redundant and wouldn't have been necessary if the 14th A. [sic] had just been enforced better. I recognize that blacks weren't treated equally then, but they no longer need affirmative action, which is just legalized discrimination now. Jason JonesPerhaps Mr. Jason Jones, legal scholar, can give us all an example of any enforcement of the 14th Amendment in the absence of other legal mechanisms.
In simple terms, Jones, "affirmative action" is enforcement.
Would you like to revise your comments again?
‘Appropriate' city severance pay is zero
Some decisions are easy for elected officials; some are more difficult. In the case of the recent resignation of our city manager, Bryan Shuler, I am a bit surprised at the seemingly difficult time that our leaders are having simply saying what will be done in the case of the "appropriate" severance package to be awarded to the former city employee.
Let me make a suggestion: Be gracious. Award him the same package a city school teacher receives when they voluntarily leave their post after 11 years. Or maybe the same as a city policeman or fireman when they leave for personal reasons. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
Not one citizen of Gainesville works to toss their hard-earned money down a bottomless hole, especially in economic times such as we are now experiencing. In his own words, Mr. Shuler, stated that he was voluntarily vacating the post as city manager to care for his elderly parents. We wish him and his family all the best.
But let's not forget, his contract states that if he voluntarily resigns, he is entitled to no severance package. Playing on an old joke, "How many lawyers (or city council members) does it take to read a contract?" I would hope that the answer would be five council members, one attorney and a time span of about 30 seconds.
Don't make this harder than it is. Do the right thing for your citizens. Just say, "no."
Friday, December 12, 2008
Well, ... yes.
On October 18, 2006, CNN aired a small portion of a videotape sent to them which showed snipers shooting at and apparently killing American troops. After the news report was shown, Press Secretary Tony Snow accused CNN of "propagandizing" the American public. Representative David Hunter, then-chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, asked Donald Rumsfeld to remove CNN embedded reporters following the airing of the news report,claiming that "C-N-N has now served as the publicist for an enemy propaganda film featuring the killing of an American soldier."
Kind of a heavy handed use of persuasion, used in public.
The Bush White House paid public funds t0 right wing media commentators by several U.S. Executive Departments under Cabinet officials to promote various policies of U.S. President George W. Bush's administration. Thousands of dollars were paid to at least three commentators to promote Bush administration policies. This included Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, and Michael McManus.
An example of how a little public funds can go a long way in the press.
And, how about something more to my personal taste? A newspaper having a story about a crime and not printing it? What was the story about? Well, a politician accused of statutory rape. The reporter, who did have the courage and courageous editors to confront crime and politicians, won a Pulitzer. How long did the newspaper sit on the allegations? Years and years.
The integrity of The Oregonian took a blow after it was revealed that the paper failed to act on evidence that former Democratic governor Neil Goldschmidt committed statutory rape. Willamette Week, another Portland newspaper, ran a story that alleged that Goldschmidt engaged in sex acts with his 14-year-old baby sitter. As with the Bob Packwood scandal in 1992, The Oregonian had information which it failed to seriously investigate. The Oregonian was further criticized for its follow-up coverage, which called Goldschmidt's statutory rape an "affair." Willamette Week writer Nigel Jaquiss won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage. 
Do I think newspapers are free to print the facts? No. Not always. Not nearly enough. Newspapers stories can be bought and sold. News reporters can be bought and sold. Local merchants can threaten "execs" and back up those threats by pulling advertisements. Elected government officials can threaten and belittle reporting by newspapers. Those threats can be backed up and enforced by banning reporters and them denying access given to other "friendly" reporters and newspapers.
And, what have the courts said? "The public interest in being fully informed about controversies that often rage around sensitive issues demands that the press be afforded the freedom to report such charges without assuming responsibility for them."
BTW, still no interest from the Gainesville Times in seeing my video.
Not even crickets making noises.
No desire to uncover corruption by Republicans from Hall County?
I guess I better start posting a few stories on how Republicans have manipulated or attempted to manipulate the media and press under George Bush.
That is before I make some allegation that the "execs" at the Gainesville Times are afraid to report the facts.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
You would think a local newspaper would jump at the chance to uncover a news story about corruption in the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Especially since I have video tape.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
My information would prove "criminal conduct" by certain "local" Republicans.
I'll let you know if Hell doesn't freeze over first.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This is the first contact to notify me of actions taken by the Times and the reasons why.
Allegedly, I have been ignoring them. Until this morning, I had no contact at all from the Times.
The Times has been in contact with me before this subject of the Gainesville City Council.
I do not understand their actions or the recent message.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Gainesville City Manager quit, giving no notice. His resignation, according to the City Council, would allow Bryan Shuler to help with his ailing parents.
So the City Council blessed his sudden departure with a $76,000 lump sum of taxpayer money.
Those facts are not in dispute. He quit. The City Council approved his severance package and discussed the sick parents.
I can believe the part about his parents being sick. They're sick about their son being caught in some sort of a sexual perversion at work. While at work, Mr. Shuler allegedly sexually harassed a co-worker. That co-worker might be male. We don't know because the City Attorney refuses to properly respond to taxpayers about the situation.
The Gainesville Times uncovered the situation and filed a legal request for all the public documents which has been denied. The information is private.
I understand the City Council wants to keep the information private! All of it. Except for the part about how Mr. Shuler has resigned to help his sick parents. And, needs an early Christmas Present, $76,000 in taxpayer money.
Will we ever learn the truth? Not in Republican Hall County. So what about it Republican Party members.
"I get to keep my dress with the stains on it. And, I'll promise to never tell your dirty little secrets. All for the bargain basement price of $76,000."
Clinton at least acted alone and in private. The Gainesville City Council had an public orgy.
Story in the Gainesville Times.
Monday, December 1, 2008
People believed these lies. Lies are much easier to believe than a harsh truth.
In truth, when the polls close tomorrow, I expect a liar to win. He won by lying six years ago. He lied to avoid serving his country in Viet Nam. If his lips are moving, he's lying.
He's been a part of the most corrupt and dishonest Senate ever. He's been a fan of every special interest spending program. He's lied to support George Bush and every other Republican liar.
He's lied in his press releases. His worst lie, in a press release, was that the Patriot Act stopped the notorious Shoe Bomber from killing innocent people on an airplace.
Saxby, the shoe bomb was a dud, just like you. The only difference between you and that dud? Stupidity prevented it from working. You're counting on stupidity to keep working.
God help the fools that keep a liar employed in the United State Senate.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
But, back to the letter published in black and white.
Jason Jones, who wants to live in a colorless society, asks, "So what is to become of affirmative action? It seems to me that it is no longer needed, if it ever truly was in the first place. Lest we forget that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution already mandates equality."
"IF it ever TRULY was" needed in the first place because the 14th Amendment mandated equality? Jason needs to borrow a time machine, some skin dye, and put that to the test. If he could return to 1961 physically as a black male while retaining his present education and attitude, would he choose that 1961 existence instead of his current existence?
Jason said, "
Formally established by President Kennedy via executive order in 1961, the primary goal of affirmative action was to ensure fair hiring and employment practices. It has since become a rallying cry among the leftovers from the Civil Rights era."
Leftovers? As in almost in the garbage leftovers? Leftover.
Jason, can you explain what you mean by leftovers? Would that be just the blacks who haven't died yet? Or, maybe you just meant the "Al Sharptons and Louis Farrakhans"of the world." I guess judging an entire race of people by looking at Louis and Al isn't an example of prejudice. Al Sharpton wasn't even ten years old when Kennedy signed his 1961 executive order. I wonder how many other Civil Rights leaders were eight years old. Oh, I forgot! Al is a leftover from the Civil Rights era.
I could choose a few "leftovers" from the Civil Rights era for 'judgement." But, I'd rather judge the white race by the examples of the Three Stooges than by David Duke. Or, maybe judge the entire United States by the life and times of one Jason Jones, Gainesville, Georgia.
I'd respect him more if he just wore white sheets and stopped pretending to be "colorless."
Saturday, November 22, 2008
What do the "Christian Nationists" say about the Mayflower Compact and the Pilgrims? "We all learned in school the story of the Pilgrims’ trip to the New World and their desire to live in a place where religious freedom was a fundamental right."
Someone clarify that story for me. Were the Pilgrims the only people to get off the boat?
What about the "Mayflower Compact" as a 'historical document. Who besides the 'Pilgrims' signed it? What needed to be fixed by a contract?
Why was it signed AFTER arrival?
Where did the Pilgrims come from?
What were the political beliefs of the group?
Were the "Pilgrims" the only ones to get off the boat?
No. Among the many non-Pilgrims, John Billington got off the boat. John becomes the first man executed for murder by the mixed colony. He also insulted Myles Standish, who was not a member of the "Pilgrim" sect. John got sentenced to having his heels tied to his neck for his freely spoken criticisms or insults. Billington is one of those who signed the "compact." Of the 102 passengers on the Mayflower, 28 adults were "Pilgrims," 18 adults were "servants," and 27 adults were not members of the "Pilgrims" sect.
Why was the Compact signed after arrival?
Generally, dissent driven by 'broken promises' to land in Virgina, an established colony. So, the Pilgrims weren't the first to move into the new neighborhood.
Where did the Pilgrims come from?
They first fled England to the Netherlands, illegally. Some of the early leaders of the group were executed for not following British religious laws. Some male members of the group abandoned their families, literally on the beach as they were fleeing the English (Christian) Church. Many of the English parents had Dutch children. The Dutch government let the Pilgrims worship freely in whatever manner the Pilgrims wanted.
However, in jolly ol' England, "under the 1559 Act of Uniformity, it was illegal not to attend official Church of England services, with a fine of 12d (£0.05; 2005 equivalent: about £5) for each missed Sunday and holy day. The penalties for conducting unofficial services included imprisonment and larger fines. Under the policy of this time, Barrowe and Greenwood [two separatist leaders who inspired the "Pilgrim Congregation."] were executed for sedition in 1593." So to be clear, if you didn't worship in the King's church, you were committing sedition.
What were the political beliefs of the Pilgrim group?
They didn't call themselves "Pilgrims" for one thing. That name is applied decades and decades later by others. The group believed in "separatism." Separatists held that their differences with the Church of England were irreconcilable and that their worship should be organized independently of the trappings, traditions and organization of a central state church.
Clearly not a honest example of a desire to form a "Christian nation" or a country. It's the story of a single congregation that was in three countries. The first, England, had a state church. That government executed men for having separatist beliefs. The separatist congregation was stable and secure in Amsterdam. But, the original members were aging, had never fully fit in with the Dutch, and were upset with how well their children were adapting to the languages and traditions of the Dutch. When the congregation left their Dutch city, they weren't fleeing religious persecution or seeking a safe place to worship freely.
How did that get turned into, "We all learned in school the story of the Pilgrims’ trip to the New World and their desire to live in a place where religious freedom was a fundamental right." Or, twisted into a proof the Pilgrims were seeking to found a new, Christian Nation by leaving Amsterdam.
Not a story the apostate Christian politicians want repeated.
Just as a footnote. Myles Standish wasn't a captain, more like a mercenary soldier hired by the investors in the adventure. I wonder how come no one mentions the investors when trying to use the Pilgrims as founding a Christian Nation?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
An independent report by former Maryland Attorney General Stephen Sachs found that state police violated federal regulations and intruded on the First Amendment rights of residents by spying on the groups. He also found that police did not have reasonable suspicion to conduct the surveillance.
It's unclear whether the activists ended up on a national terror watch list as a result of being labeled terrorists. Maryland's senators, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, have asked federal agencies to look into whether any information about the activists was passed on to them.
What were the activists doing? Typical Democratic themes like the environment, Peace, and animal rights.
How were they treated? Well, we don't know everything yet in this case. In this case, 53 tree huggers, and their peace loving friends were labeled terrorists by police investigators.
"Other files reveal that an undercover trooper attended a meeting of a socialist student organization at the University of Maryland. The founder of that organization, Shane Dillingham, and its faculty adviser, Laura Lising, were among the so-called terrorists. Such infiltration "has a chilling effect" on the formation of student groups, Dillingham said.
The files were also riddled with errors, Rocah said. Nadine Bloch's file identifies her as a participant in an animal rights conference in Washington in July 2005. Bloch said Wednesday that she is not an animal rights activist, and she was in Hawaii at the time of the conference."
So what could happen to someone labeled a "terrorist" by the State Police. Lose your job when a background check is done? Not get a job because your background check labels you a terrorists.
Now, how does that match up to the comments being made about Obama? Should those folks be put on a terrorist list until proven innocent?
Don't ask me. I have an opinion and I will share it!
How do I know?
Let's start slowly with events that don't make our local North Georgia newspapers. That would exclude nationally publicized assassination plots.
But what about the gun shop in Hull, Georgia that advertised an Obama Gun Sale within hours of the election results? A call to murder?
Here's the full text of the story in the Savannah papers.
HULL, Ga. - An east Georgia gun shop has stopped using President-elect Barack Obama's name to sell weapons after some passers-by interpreted it as a call to violence against the country's first black leader.
The Georgia Outdoor Sports shop in Hull used an outdoor sign to advertise an "Obama Sale" on guns and ammo Wednesday morning just hours after his victory was announced.
Shop owner Carrie Mentel said she was trying to capitalize on gun owners' concerns that their right to bear arms will be limited under a Democratic administration. On Thursday, she changed the message on the outdoor sign to "Support the 2nd Amendment Sale."
Hull is about 80 miles east of Atlanta.
The link is here for as long as the paper keeps the link open.
Now, was that just too stupid for words? Or, did the gun shop owner really think President Obama could change the Constitution with his magic marker? Just in case, I don't believe Obama uses a magic marker. Some gun shop owners do use magic markers, I'm sure.
What did the hard line GOP supporters have to say about the sign?
"Every gun owner knew the meaning of that sign." I'm a gun owner. There are so many possible meanings of that sign that I wouldn't try to guess the intent. That includes the intent of the human heart versus the intent of the human mind.
"Obama’s view on gun ownership should worry everone." But, what are those views and if you're worried about that view, what can you change with a gun? Regime change? Isn't that assassination by another name? And, the 2nd Amendment Sale, was that a call to form a militia and then cause regime change? To win with violence what couldn't be won by a vote?
"I think I am going to join 'the resistance.'" Ouch! There's an organized resistance? To what? Why?
"For all the gunowners out there - political signs make great targets." Is that especially true if the sign has a picture of Obama?
"It’s OBAMA BInlaDEN!" So when Obama and Biden are combined, they're wanted Dead or Alive, just like bin Laden?
"Eff the stupid, pansy Dems who want a disarmed America so that their candle-light vigiled heroes can roam the streets without fear of someone killing them if they attack someone." That statement is confusing. Or, just stupid and ignorant. Or, irrational. Murder is an irrational act, isn't it? Eff you, too, buddy. Whatever that really means.
So, am I wrong to quote these few comments, made on a prominent right wing Georgia blog? None of the comments directly say, "It's time to kill us a ________."
But, what kind of people would do that? People who shoot political signs? White resistance fighters? People who equate Obama with Osama? People who shoot political signs?
Should we judge potential domestic terrorists in the same way as potential Islamic Terrorists? Send them to GitMo for six years of interrogation?
I'm going to ignore the threats for now. I think the threats are as hollow as the heads making the threats. I'm going to have a George Bush pretzel sale. It will be open to George Bush and anyone who wants to come have fun. An Obama gun sale doesn't sound like fun or like an event open to Obama's attendance.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
As a nation, we have overcome great adversity by pulling together in times of crisis to make our nation stronger. The adversity that we now face -- including two wars, economic turmoil, lingering threats of terrorism and declining civility -- appears to be intensified by another monster that has been asleep for some time: open racial strife.
Although Barack Obama's election made a powerful statement around the world that reinforces our standing as the world's last best hope, an ugly underside is being revealed in our local community that does not bode well for our future. I was not surprised when both of my high school-aged children came home saying that many of their classmates were unhappy regarding Obama's election. However, I was shocked to hear that young people are spewing venom of ages past.
On at least eight separate occasions their classmates said that our president-elect should be assassinated, or expressed casual expectations that he would be assassinated within coming months. One young "lady" who comes from an apparently respectable family in our neighborhood said she would be willing to carry out the act herself!
Do we have to wonder what these young people are learning from mom and dad?
I have also heard unreasonable fears expressed by adults in our community following Obama's election, even from some who are pillars in our community. You have probably heard the same. Like hatred, such fear drives hysteria, strife and unrest. For all those who are worked up, relax! If our federal government is your primary source of security, you have been in trouble a long time anyway.
On the other hand, I have heard others in our community express a patriotic and godly desire to support and pray for our president-elect in spite of the fact that they do not agree with all of his policies. These are our true patriots and these will be the true winners regardless of who occupies the Oval Office.
I encourage all people of good will to refuse to stand by in passive agreement with those that would tear us apart. As we have heard repeatedly, all evil needs to prevail is to have good men stand by and do nothing.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"A sweeping audit of the Georgia Department of Transportation found the agency overstated its federal funding by nearly $2.4 billion before the past fiscal year, leading to a massive deficit that has shut down local road construction aid and threatens the jobs of hundreds of state employees.
Officials with the department said the audit supports their contention that some of the previous transportation commissioner's funding methods were unconstitutional and are ultimately responsible for the deficit now rocking the agency. "
$2.4 BILLION! And, what's the defense for this? It's just an accounting change.
What's the reality?
"The deficit already has prompted the department to cut off millions of dollars in state aid for local road projects, angering lawmakers who say the agency should instead lay off hundreds of employees as part of any plan to right the financial ship.
"The tragedy here is that we have basically shut down road and bridge projects in this state for the past 11 months. ... And the result is we have put thousands of Georgians out of work as a result in the private sector, and of course, there are calls for us to lay off hundreds of GDOT employees at a time when the state of Georgia has the second-highest unemployment rate in the United States," Mr. Doss said."
Well, Mr. Doss, do you have the money or not? In my humble opinion, you don't have the money and you know you don't have the money. Stop lying about some mysterious accounting change.
If you really had the $2.4 BILLION, then you wouldn't be stopping "road and bridge projects in this state for the past 11 months."
Mr. Doss must be a Paul Stanley/George Bush Republican.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I was a college student studying business and political science in 2004 when Bush won a second term in office.
Boy o Boy was there rude and crude comments towards Kerry! And, Kerry supporters. Comments like the Democratic Party is finished. And, some others that we just don't need to visit now that the rest of the country has spoken on race in politics.
Do you remember the maps printed in the newspapers? The ones that allegedly showed county level support for the "Bush Mandate?"
In those maps the country was red with very little bluish purple. Losers, kindly remember that map when crying about media bias.
Remember the battle cries from the victors of 2000 and 2004?
The Bush Cabal shoved that 'rebel yell' right back down his supporters throats with $5 trillion dollars of deficit spending and we're still counting.
Yet, we have GOP victors in this state, like Nathan Deal.
What's his victory cry?
"Where will Obama and the Democrats get the revenue to run the government?"
Obama and the Democrats should beat it out of your hide, Nathan Deal. When things were going good, you took all the credit. Now that reality is upon us, you still won't accept responsibility for your "party at taxpayer expense."
Paying the $5 trillion back should be your only job for the next two years.
So what does yesterday mean?
It means the GOP will blame the Democrats, do nothing to help run the country, and just collect their salary/pension.
Just out of curiosity, can anyone tell me about Nathan Deal's 'signature legislation?'
I want to put it on George W. Bush's political tombstone.
Here lies the second Coming of Ronald Reagan.
The Great Decider and 'Uniter,' not divider.
Killed by the signature legislation of one Nathan Deal.
The Deal legislation was called the _________________ Act.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I'll be watching to see how much more pours out of the treasury to prop up the final days of the Bush Administration.
On the subject of Bush and his free spending on Wall Street, he's spent half a trillion dollars on just paying the annual interest on the debt.
The exact amount for this fiscal year is $451,154,049,950.63.
What would the house payment be on $10.5 trillion over thirty years?
We would need a house payment of $63,397,000,000 per month. That's $760 billion a year.
That's about half (44%) of the annual budget under Clinton, $1.8 trillion (2000).
Now Bush planned to spend $3.10 trillion this year. That was before the $700 billion Wall Street bailout. Before the off the budget spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before the trillion spent between August 1st of this year and November 3rd.
But, the GOP runs the government like a business. Into bankruptcy.
Remains to be seen if we'll ever escape our debt. But, we know who the GOP will be blaming, starting tomorrow night.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Today, 90 days later, the Treasury is $10.5 trillion dollars in debt.
Your President, Vice President, Congress, and Treasurer borrowed and spent $1 trillion dollars.
Easily the greatest shopping spree in history with $900 billion spent since September 15th.
What did it buy? Higher CEO compensation? Stock options for insiders. Commissions for brokers and dealers in bad mortgage papers.
And, a debt burden for generations of working families.
When the depression hits, Bush won't be in office. Paulson won't be Secretary of the Treasury.
And, the racist GOP can blame the welfare loving "black man."
Stolen Obama Signs
Gainesville is not unique, but we are in the "most red area" of Georgia!
Folks have come in the campaign office ever since the first Obama sign was sold, to report their sign stolen and purchase another one...some have put out 5 signs!
Middle of this week someone said that signs were being systematically stolen...well, I wasn't sure that was really true...
Then, Friday, a volunteer came in for another sign (because her's had been stolen) and said the same "systematic theft" story...and said that Joe Diaz (a lawyer in Gainesville - office on historic Green Street - main thoro fare) had his HUGE Obama sign...custom made!...stolen, the frame broken, and he had filed a police report...and the attached picture is Joe's new sign!
I didn't attach the picture.
The Republican vandals who are racists also like to spray paint an "N" on the larger signs. Just visit Dahlonega and make sure you pass the intersection of 400 and 60. The defaced sign really spells out Republican Family Values, like respect for private property.
Here's a comment from a reader:
I have had 4 Obama signs stolen from the front of my business so far, it’s a joke. Unbelievable how many Republicans say we believe in America's Constitution and Bill of Rights. You can have Freedom of Speech, if we agree with it. They believe in freedom of religion, if it’s their religion. They say they are Christians but don't adhere to the basic tenets of Christ, love they neighbor and feed the poor. Tops on their list are protecting guns and ammo manufactures and the Teflon coated bullets that penetrate police vests. Tax breaks for the companies, even when they export American jobs, that their pad their reelection and slush funds. Many Republicans, born on 3rd base and think they hit a triple.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We went past $10 trillion and we are well on the way to $11 trillion with our total debt today at $10,525,823,144,117.64.
So Tom missed it by over $500 billion dollars. Didn't Gainesville fire that School Director guy over some small amount like a couple million?
Isn't Georgia short a couple of billion?
Aren't we giving $700 billion to a few Wall Street firms? Didn't we just pump $150 billion of tax credits into the economy? What about the $123 billion given just to AIG? Didn't the taxpayers just buy Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae like a pig in a poke with no price tag? On September 18, the Federal Reserve pumped $105 billion into "money market funds" to prevent a collapse. The largest savings and loan company in the U.S., Washington Mutual, aka WaMu, was seized by the government with no price tag. On October 1st, we pumped another $100 billion of tax credits into the bailout bill, further inflating the $700 billion price tag. October 7th, the Federal Reserve created another new financial thing called the Commercial Paper Funding Facilty (CPFF) with no price tag. On October the 14th, the US began purchasing stocks in bank to the tune of $250 billion dollars. [The total liability assumed through this action is $2.25 trillion including a $1.5 trillion guarantee of new senior debt issued by banks and a $500 billion guarantee of deposits in noninterest-bearing accounts (business accounts used to pay current obligations such as payroll).] On October 27th, the US bought another $33 billion in bank stocks.
That's about $1.5 trillion since the middle of September.
So, how much was the debt on September 5? $9,669,798,894,468.78.
In less than 60 days, your government borrowed and spent $856 billion dollars.
I didn't get a T shirt. Did you? Someone did get the shirt off my back.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
He's been busted!
Georgia now taxes families in poverty, which is a new development under the GOP.
"The tax Georgia levies on families of four at the poverty line jumped 38 percent between 2005 and 2006 because the state failed to adjust its exemptions, standard deductions and low-income credit to keep up with inflation. Without legislative action, Georgia’s income tax threshold will sink further."
This is not new information. It's called bracket creep and GOP President Reagan promised to eliminate it.
So I don't want to hear the usual song and dance number from Casey Cagle or his professional handlers that "I've never voted for a tax increase."
Nope, Casey, you didn't have to lift a finger.
Like that old saying, "Evil exists because good men do nothing."
You did nothing so you must be a good man. Even better, a Paul Stanley Republican. So, don't plead ignorant of your duties. You let a 38 percent tax increase steal food off the table of families.
You let it happen despite the promise of Ronald Reagan to end bracket creep.
I've seen that plan in detail and it is nothing but crap and lies.
But, Georgia already has a backwards tax system that taxes people in poverty! Families in poverty are having trouble feeding and clothing their kids. Yet, Georgia is cutting business taxes, building boating ramps for fishing tournaments, and cutting tax refund checks to Sonny Perdue to the tune of millions of dollars.
But, why tax the poor?
We're not talking about playing Monopoly, a board game with that card that says, Pay Poor Tax! At least in that game, everyone has an equal but random chance of being taxed. But, in Georgia, the poor tax is a certainty.
The number of states taxing extremely poor families of four -So, a family of four, making less than $15,902 in annual income, pay state income tax in Georgia since the GOP took over the budgets, the voting booth, and damn near every elected office.
those with incomes below three-quarters of the poverty line
($15,902) - increased from six in 2006 to nine in 2007. Three
states that previously exempted such families began taxing
them: Georgia, Illinois, Ohio. They join Alabama, Hawaii,
Indiana, Michigan, Montana, and West Virginia in taxing
extremely poor families
So ask Casey Cagle about his promise to never increase taxes. Cause, according to this information, he increased income taxes on the poor in 2006.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wow! There's a level of intelligence seldom seen in politics.
Someone thinks the Democratic Party went out and HIRED some black guy to take up space on the ballot because DEMOCRATS will vote for a "nigger" over a war hero.
I really should post the guys real name, email address, and IP.
Nope, dude. Anyone can vote in the Democratic primaries, as a rule. Even white people. Even the ones wearing sheets and holding their nose. BTW, they hold their nose because anyone besides the KKK stinks, in their humble opinion.
So, I don't even think the Democrats have a race card. It's Republicans who have the race card.
Who really thinks the KKK will line up and vote for any black man?
If there is such a thing as a 'race card' in politics, the GOP has it up their sleeve everyday. Especially with Barrack Obama running for President.
And, if the GOP wants the racist vote, they've got it. They can keep it.
I'd rather lose than have the KKK vote put me in office.
Now, for your further education on slavery, since that also came up in my emails and comments.
Texas: 21,878 slave owners and 76,781 families or roughly 28% of households had a slave.
Louisiana: 22,033 slave owners and 74,724 families or roughly 29% of households had a slave.
Alabama: 33,730 slave owners and 96,603 families or roughly 34% of households had a slave.
Florida: 5,152 slave owners and 15,090 families or roughly 34% of households had a slave.
Georgia: 41,084 slave owners and 109,919 families or roughly 37 percent of households had a slave.
Mississippi: 30,943 slave owners and only 63,015 families. So, roughly 49% of households had a slave.
"Economically, few southerners could afford slaves. Practically, few had any need or desire to own any slaves."Now that is a racist lie if I ever heard one. No desire to own slaves. No need to own slaves. No money to own slaves. The poor South! Who forced them to own all those slaves?
Anyone doubt the depths of racism in the South and in Southern politics?
It's time for a change.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Chatham includes the city of Savannah, so it’s not completely rural. It’s far enough away from Hall County that I can’t be making direct accusations of my neighbors.
Chatham County had about 1200 slave owners in 1860 out of a total population of 23,901. That’s about 1 in 20 people as slave owners. However, 14,018 slaves are included in the total population. Eliminate those from the equation and we have about 1 in 7 people owning slaves. But, women could not own property aka slaves. So we only have 4,794 while males in Chatham County or 1 in 4 white males owning slaves. But, children didn’t own slaves. When we deduct underage white males we have 1861 white males over the age of 19. Or, we have about 2 out of 3 adult white males owning slaves. We could try looking at the number of dwellings in the County. For all the population, there were only 1,915 houses, about 5 people per house, including slave dwellings. Now, this might give the best data on the number of households that owned slaves if we could determine how many whites had homes. But, if we assume every white male had a house, which leaves only 54 dwellings for 14,018 slaves, 250 slaves per dwelling. That assumption can’t be right, can it? A barn couldn’t hold 250 people to eat and sleep. So the earlier assumption that all 1861 adult white males were the head of a household is wrong. So, I haven’t really found a truth at the beginning of truth. But, in Chatham County, it's possible that almost every white household owned a slave but it is not possible that only 1 in 17 households owned a slave.
Now, racism needs to die in the South. Personally, I’m tired of hearing it in conversations about the race to the White House. ‘The black man’ isn’t going to burn down ‘whiteys’ house and rape all the white women if Barrack Obama becomes President. Nor, is Obama going to take away 40 acres and mule from every white voter in the South.
The vote on November the 4th isn’t about slave ownership, slavery, or mules. It’s about the here and now. Stop fighting for The Cause and start planning our future.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Greenspan says the market has a flaw in how it defines way in which the world works. Specifically, the market does not act to protect shareholders.
As if we needed Greenspan to tell us that! The horse is out of the barn, laying dead in the water hole, and closing the barn door ain't goin' to help.
"Greenspan, 82, acknowledged under questioning that he had made a "mistake" in believing that banks, operating in their own self-interest, would do what was necessary to protect their shareholders and institutions. Greenspan called that "a flaw in the model ... that defines how the world works."
He acknowledged that he had also been wrong in rejecting fears that the five-year housing boom was turning into an unsustainable speculative bubble that could harm the economy when it burst. Greenspan maintained during that period that home prices were unlikely to post a significant decline nationally because housing was a local market.
He said Thursday that he held to that belief because until the current housing slump there had never been such a significant decline in prices nationwide. He said the current financial crisis had 'turned out to be much broader than anything that I could have imagined.'"
So Greenspan played the fiddle while Rome burned thinking the Market would put out all the fires.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Does our government have the power to rescue our economy after another 1929 era banking scandal?
People are looking at the stock market for clues. But, there are no clues in stock prices. None.
The stock market is a bunch of kids wearing expensive 3 piece suits trading baseball cards under the jungle gym during recess! What's the value today of a Barry Bonds card? Nothing. He's not in favor anymore after we all found out that his 'numbers' were juiced.
What's the value of Wachovia today? Yesterday? Tomorrow? Well, nothing if we find out that their 'numbers' are juiced!
Our stock market didn't need a bailout to support still yet another set of juiced numbers.
AIG, a financial and insurance giant, fell. Before it fell or failed, it was one of the stocks in the Dow Jones average. The Dow was readjusted after the collapse of AIG and a new company added in to the numbers. Kraft Foods replaced AIG.
How is that an equal trade? A food company replacing a insurance and financial company? Did any of your elected leaders just look the other way as the Dow was rebalanced with a non-financial company?
So the Dow Jones Industrial average doesn't any longer reflect conditions of even one month ago.
Juiced numbers ... everywhere. Except in your wallets.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Yet, Texas and Texans suffered much of the same tragedies with no media coverage.
So I offer a tale of double meanings. There are floating coffins lost in a storm.
Up to 80 percent of these coffins floated away under the lashing rains and swirling flood waters of Rita.
But, no one cared enough in the liberal elite media to punish Texas for grave indifference to the dead.
Does that echo in your minds?
Have you looked in the grave of your 401(k) lately? Is it still full or has the hollow casket floated away in a storm?
Did your Congressman act with grave indifference to your dead end investments after the last financial storm?
But, did the liberal elite media care enough to warn you?
At the end of my doubled thoughts, we're all dead to GOP Congressmen, Presidents, Governors... our caskets heaved up from the earth and cast into the maelstrom.
Is there anyone looking for the financially dead and buried?
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Okay, so I've seen the Tina Fey photo from Maxim magazine.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Five Debates Cancelled!
We're getting ready for the big day, but we were blown away with ANOTHER surprise today. Our opponent in this State House contest has cancelled the fifth debate with Chris!
Here's an excerpt from WDUN's email to Chris this morning:
"We'd like to schedule you for The Bill and Joel Morning Show Friday of this week of 9:10 AM ET to do about a 10 minute live segment on your race for Georgia House District 25. It will not be a debate but more a chance for you to discuss your reasons for running and your outlook on Georgia's future. We have asked your opponent to be on Friday as well and he has agreed. (at a different time)"
So, to recap:
Hall County Educators Association Debate (CANCELLED)
Hall County Chamber of Commerce Debate (CANCELLED)
Sterling on the Lake Homeowners Association Debate (CANCELLED)
WDUN First Tuesday October Debate (CANCELLED)
WDUN Bill & Joel Morning Show Debate (CANCELLED)
Five separate times, our opponent has refused to answer questions from people inside his own district with Chris Strickland in the room. Why?
He's scared of his record. And, he's scared Chris will point it out to everyone.
Just thought you'd like to know. Thanks for helping us make a difference- even if we can't get our 16 year incumbent legislator to answer your questions in a public forum.
If James Mills can't stand up for his record, he stands for nothing.,
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Immigrate legally to the United States, move to Cobb County, become a U.S. citizen and be denied the right to vote by a Republican controlled state and county.
Hey! Cobb County, would you like a warning sticker in your Political Science books to go with your lesson in Civics? Or, did you burn your books when the courts ruled creationism couldn't be taught in science classes?
Here's the story on how Cobb County denied a U.S. Citizen the right to vote in violation of Federal Law!
But on Tuesday, Morales received another letter from the office indicating he may not be qualified to vote because he may not be a U.S. citizen, the lawsuit said. It said if Morales did not contact the Cherokee Elections and Registration office before Oct. 15 or appear at a court hearing on the same date, his name would be removed from the list of registered voters, the suit said.Ops! I meant Cherokee County. Really, I did.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
With nearly two million requests since Oct. 1, 2007, Georgia has made far more social security number verification requests than any other state, according to the . Alabama.
By Monday's deadline, Georgia registered just over 406,000 new voters this year for the Nov. 4 election, said Matt Carrothers, a spokesman for Karen Handel.
So Karen Handel really appears to be using her office to purge existing voters by using the Social Security numbers of registered voters.
Karen Handel's office has requested five times more verifications of Social Security numbers than new voters?
Where is her head?
Monday, October 6, 2008
October 6, 2008
'Chickens Have Come Home To Roost'
by Rep. Alan Powell (D-Hartwell).
As one of the handful of Georgia legislators who have actually voted and spoken against the fiscally irresponsible annual state budgets of the past several years, I must say the recent reports of a $2 billion hole in the current fiscal year’s budget do not come as a surprise.
As the administration scrambles to make its next move – which unfortunately appears to include higher property taxes at the local level – let’s first examine what got us here in the first place: a total lack of fiscal restraint by the leadership of state government. Since 2002, we have witnessed the following:
* A massive 46.2 percent growth in state spending, or nearly $1 billion more per year in expanded government and bonded indebtedness. The state budget in 2002 was $14.5 billion and has swollen to $21.2 billion this year.
* A tax shift of more than a billion and a half dollars onto the backs of local school systems and property taxpayers in the form of unfunded mandates on top of six straight years of cuts to the local base QBE funding formula.
* Six consecutive years of cuts to public health budgets, with pass-throughs to local governments and property owners to make up the shortages.
* Severe cuts to the wildlife management program funding, despite the fact that two-thirds of these dollars come from hunting and fishing license fees paid by Georgia sportsmen.
* Tens of millions of dollars worth of pork-barrel spending included in this year’s budget, despite warnings during the legislative session that the state would have to dip into its “rainy day” reserve fund to pay the bills.
* The FY 2008 budget that ended on June 30, 2008, was $600 million short and reduced the “rainy day” reserve fund to $900 million, which coincidentally that was built on the tax shifts of QBE cuts originally.
All of this is courtesy of the self-described conservatives who promised a “new day in Georgia.”
Despite six years of liberal spending at the state level and higher property taxes at the local level, more Georgia schools are showing up on the “needs improvement” list, our rural health care system is on life support and our transportation department is years behind schedule on needed road and bridge construction and repairs.
When I voted against the record $21.2 billion state spending plan for fiscal year 2009, I did so partly because of the almost non-existent opportunity to debate these issues on the floor of the House of Representatives. Dialogue and debate are the essence of a democratic, representative government. The lack of discussion – coupled with a top-down legislative process – has been a major contributor to the problems we are now experiencing. Those elected to serve should never fear asking questions or voting against faulty public policy. Fiscal policies to keep our government stable had been a hallmark of Georgia leaders in years past. It’s time for a wake-up call!
While I have the greatest respect for my colleagues on both sides of the political aisle, those in power are unfortunately often too eager to get back to their districts to deliver checks for pork-barrel projects than to answer serious questions about our state’s fiscal policies or deliver on promises of relief to taxpayers, especially property owners.
Now the chickens have come home to roost. A good question is, “Where did the money go?” But a more important one is, “What are we going to do now?”
Sadly, the administration is continuing to pass the buck to the local level by freezing $429 million worth of homeowner tax relief grants. Another $178 million in the form of a “No Child Left Behind” mandate on local school boards, additional Medicaid cuts and planned cuts to public safety funding will, as usual, be absorbed by the tax bills of local property owners.
Clearly, it is time for the liberal, big-government thinking behind Georgia’s present tax-shift-and-spend system to end. After six long years, it is time for our state to stop trying to mimic Washington, D.C., and begin to stand up for the taxpayer once again. It is time for our budget priorities to focus on core services like public education, health care, transportation and public safety. It’s time for government to live within its means.
Will our administration set aside the smoke-and-mirrors approach that shortchanges our citizens? Will we finally reverse the colossal growth in state spending? Will we consider a broader base of revenue sources that takes some of the burden off the local taxpayer?
Will we at least get a chance to ask these questions?
Saxby Chambliss isn’t cutting it as a trustee.
He allegedly voted down federal debt in March of 2007. But, he just helped increase federal debt $850 billion dollars or more with the bailout plan and earmarks.
He allegedly cut federal spending $40 billion dollars in December of 2005. But, he just helped increase federal debt $850 billion dollars or more with the bailout plan and earmarks.
He allegedly works for a balanced budget amendment and line item vetoes. But, he just helped increase federal debt $850 billion dollars or more with the bailout plan and earmarks.
As a Senator, from January 3, 2003 through October 2, 2008, Chambliss has already spent $3.766 trillion in borrowed taxpayer dollars.
As a Senator and as a Representative combined, Chambliss has spent $5.359 trillion in borrowed taxpayer dollars.
Senator Chambliss owns more than $100,000 in SWGA Financial Group Bank Holding Company stock and investments with Gateway Capital.
Bo Chambliss, the Senator son, is a very well paid lobbyist for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
So, who exactly got the bailout? The financial industry, speculators, and investors like Senator Chambliss or the economy?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
But, I thought it would be a good break from the confidence crisis in Washington and Wall Street.
So Nathan Deal, who calls Nancy "His Nanny" Pelosi the Devil at every campaign stop, who can't make up his mind how to vote unless he can poll the will of the people, and who thinks the ANWR is a frozen block of ice, voted on February 7, 2008 against H.R. 4137.
H.R. 4137 became law by a huge margin in a bi-partisan vote in the House and the Senate.
What was the first item in the bill? Title 1, (1) admit students whose secondary education was conducted in a home school setting.
So Home Schoolers, Nathan Deal voted to exclude your children from attending college. Nice, eh?
The bill did many very good things besides give every kid a chance at a college education. It required the Secretary of Education to provide a "net price calculator and, within three years of this Act's enactment, HEA-funded IHEs to adopt and make available for use on their websites such net price calculator to help students, families, and consumers determine the net price (tuition minus grants and discounts) of IHEs."
Who wouldn't want to know how to compare the full cost of a college education between two or more schools? Yes, I want the best education for my children. I'm going to send my children anyway but why can't I shop a little on price? Why must I get the bill after my child gets the education?
Ask Nathan Deal. And ask the little man with the cold heart why Institutes of Higher Education, IHE, shouldn't "provide concise, easily accessible, on-line consumer information to prospective students and their families."
I want to see him blame that on his Nanny Pelosi.
By the way, the law passed the House, 380 to 49. Deal being one of the 49 white male Republican firmly against this bipartisan law.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
That's my advice to Representative James Mills. Mills is being challenged by school teacher Chris Strickland in the race for State Representative.
Allegedly, Rep. Mills says he has debated Strickland three times and will debate Strickland again on WDUN. Strickland says Mills has refused to have a debate.
I haven't seen any email or public announcements for a single debate from Mills. I've challenged him to prove that he has debated, in the public eye, at a neutral location, with a proper moderator.
I've reminded him that the WDUN/Brennau forum specifically denied candidates the opportunity to debate.
Here are the Brenau rules:
1. Introduce one segment/race at a time.
2. Presidential surrogates arrive promptly at 8:30 AM.
a. Candidates will wear name tags.
b. Water, pens and paper will be provided for candidates.
c. Doughnuts and coffee will be provided for candidates and audience.
3. All other candidates should arrive thirty minutes before their scheduled times. Please see attached agenda for details.
4. Candidates for each race will sit at a table together. Introductions will be done individually, allowing each candidate up to three minutes for an opening statement.
5. The moderator, Martha Zoller, will pose questions for ten to fifteen minutes in each segment. Each candidate will step up to the podium to answer the same question, and then return to his seat. No debating will be allowed.
6. Each candidate will be allowed two-to-three minutes for wrap-up.
7. A break will be provided around the 11:00 hour.
Are your supporters listening Representative Mills? I hope they are.