Thursday, August 28, 2008
IN North Georgia.
Where in North Georgia?
Already. At Robinson Plaza, Highway 60 near the intersection of 400. Students from North Georgia College have the details. I expect them to be open Tuesday.
I'll let you know for sure. Today, they had a desk in the room.
Can all this really be true?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
If only Great Britain had 25 million five gallon buckets and a magical program. The current program in Britain involves finding a place, exactly like our Yucca mountain, to store the real, toxic, and radioactive waste from nuclear power plants. Those nuclear plants have created enough waste to fill 10 Albert Halls.
Not much more than enough to five a five gallon bucket, eh, Congressman Deal?
As of January 1, 2004, Britain had declared an inventory of nuclear wastes of 104,000 cubic meters. That converts to 5 million gallon buckets. All of that nuclear waste is radioactive.
You may check the accuracy of my information by downloading the Nirex Report N/090, CoRWM No. 1279, and CoRWN No. 700 at http://web.archive.org/web/*/nda.gov.uk/
CoRWM is the British acronym for the Committee for Radioactive Waste Management.
Link to video
State School Superintendent Kathy Cox flies to Hollywood to appear on the TV game show, "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" (Answer: probably not.) Meanwhile, her predecessor, Linda Schrenko, cools her heels in a federal prison for stealing a bundle from -- where else? -- the state education department.
Gov. Sonny Perdue finally gets his helicopter pilot's license. Now he can fly daily over the ground-bound peasantry trudging its way to work in lowly cars. He also zips off to China again. Wonder why he keeps going to China. Is there something we don't know?
State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh convenes a House panel to consider expanding the freedom to pack guns in Georgia. An "expert" witness testifies that the law ought to make it OK for adults to carry guns into schools, churches and other public places, even if they have criminal drug records. Georgia law already makes it legal for civilians to carry concealed weapons into airports and many other public and private places.
The nightly news continues to sound like a report from a war front, as citizens of Atlanta mow each other down at an alarming rate. The legislature apparently wants to increase the rate of gunfire.
Why is the national news media wasting time on the Democratic National Convention in Denver? They ought to be in Georgia. This is where the action is. The Denver conclave is so predictable. Some say it ought to be called "Prelude to a Butt-Kicking."
And Georgia's present government ought to be renamed "Aftermath of an Unnatural Disaster."
Look at this mess:
Almost overnight, the annual state budget has risen from $15 billion to $21 billion.
To help forestall a financial collapse, Perdue takes away the homeowners' tax credit and says the Barnes crowd never should have passed such a thing. Hey, former Gov. Roy E. Barnes hasn't been around for nearly seven long years. Don't blame him for your problems. He's too busy building a castle with a moat between Lost Mountain and Marietta.
To make certain Georgia doesn't lose its national standing as having the worst public schools in the nation, Perdue and the legislature are whacking money for public schools again. And higher education is being chopped to the bone. Courses have been cut and professors sent packing while student fees are skyrocketing.
Folks, thanks to Gov. Carl Sanders back in the 1960s and several of his successors, our colleges are about the best thing Georgia has going for it. So why is the state skimping on them, even as it drains millions from the budget to pay for the governor's Go Fish program?
Nearly 100 local school districts have raised local taxes to takes to try to compensate for millions ripped away by the state.
Georgia's mental health system has been allowed to virtually collapse to the extent that, after 40 years, Georgia's mental hospitals have regained the awful epithet "the snake pits."
Oh, yes, then there is the drought. The Gold Dome folks are dealing with that ongoing problem by stripping millions previously budgeted for new and improved reservoirs.
Of course, slipping and sliding revenues are forcing the state to cut spending somewhere, yet the budget axe is falling with extra force on education, the one state service that can rescue us from the bleak future ahead caused by the utter idiocy in the statehouse.
The whole bunch ought to go to Hollywood to appear on the coming production of "Are We Dumber Than Dirt?" What about it, audience? The answer has to be yes.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Georgia Democrats will lose almost every election this cycle. Why? County Chairs are staying home. Activists are working. Their work looks like a man fighting rattlesnakes with a toothpick. Frantic. As if the next attack could be fatal. Even one small wound early in the fight could mean doom.
Where are the elected leaders of the Democratic Party of Georgia? Are they working like snails for local and district candidates?
Let me know how many county chairs are nothing but arm chair warriors. I'm nothing but a toothpick warrior. But, I ain't afraid to fight.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Mr. Red Cavaney president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the trade association that represents America's oil and natural gas industry says "A significant percentage of federal leases simply may not contain oil and natural gas, especially in commercial quantities."
So I looked up the success rate for 2007. In 2007, roughly 43 of open leases were producing commercial quantities of oil. Oil lease aren't bought or sold unless there is an expectation of finding oil. Finding oil isn't the same as finding a new car or an ex-boyfriend. There's a lot of geology and science involved. Even with that science, there's a 57% failure rate on federal lands.
So, is there a better than 50-50 chance in the ANWR? I can't say that I know. But, the oil industry and Republicans can't have it both ways. It can't be both a huge risk to drill for oil and a sure bet to drill for oil.
Republicans can say, as Nathan Deal has said, 'There's a vast depository of gas and oil' in the Alaskan Natural Wildlife Refuge. But then they can't say with any honesty, there's a huge risk in drilling for oil. Such a big risk that federal lease payments on unproductive land cripples oil discovery.
Like Red said, "Exploration is time consuming, very costly and involves a great deal of risk. Importantly, you see neither a drop of usable oil nor a cubic foot of natural gas while it is going on. But it is absolutely essential, and there is nothing "idle" about it."
Costly? To drill about 700 holes a year looking for oil in the entire USA? The actual drilling might be expensive.
But, the rent payments on federal land are a joke.
Let's be sure we cover this carefully. No one forces an oil company to explore or buy leases on private, public, or federal lands. No oil company shows up at your front door and says, "We'd like to explore for oil in your back yard by drilling a hole in the ground about 5,000 feet deep."
Pretty much some academic folks are studying geology for a variety of scientific reasons. Oil companies also have reasons for studying geology, to find the most likely places to drill for oil. The Federal government also has lots of reasons to study the geology of federal lands. So at least three groups are looking in the rocks to see what might be there.
How do you see through rock? Well, first you kidnap Lois Lane or Jimmy Olsen. When Superman shows up, you trade with him for some X-Ray vision. If you're not lucky enough or brave enough to kidnap reporters from the Daily Planet, you've got to wait on the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to "look" under the rocks.
So, step one of oil exploration is free. The government goes out and looks for mineral resources.
Under George Bush, any scientific discovery has to be reported first to USGS leadership and communications staff. Especially if the "findings or data ... [are] ... especially newsworthy, have an impact on government policy, or contradict previous public understanding to ensure that proper officials are notified and that communication strategies are developed."
So, if we find oil, call the oil men who hold office first.
So step two is free to insiders and campaign supporters with deep pockets. The rest of us have to wait until the "proper officials are notified and that communication strategies" are handled internally.
So once the insiders release the information, there's more to come. More studies and estimates of how much oil or other resource might be under federal land.
Some private companies are allowed to make additional studies and exploration prior to the offering of leases via auctions.
So no one is buying a pig in a poke. The oil companies have the best information possible before placing a bid.
Now, the leases are offered at auction. Bids are collected.
How does the government know the value of the bid? Is it too high or too low? Again, the government predetermines the expected amount of oil on the land being offered for lease. The oil companies also have a best guess based on public and private information gathered by the best scientists money can buy.
So, the bids are market based. High bid wins.
So that bid is in three parts. The up front price. The rent until developed or abandoned. Royalties on commercial production.
How much are the upfront prices? Whatever the market bears. Today's price of oil might support a huge upfront price but when the oil comes to market, the price might be higher or lower. That's the market risk. So neither the government or the bidder can determine exactly the upfront worth of a lease.
Then, the buyer continues to pay a rent on the land.
Now, this is a big political issue today. Those poor gamblers in the oil industry are being forced to pay rent! And, oh my God! They have to pay rent even if they are not drilling! Save us all from the federal government!
Oh get over it. The rent is $1.50 an acre for the first five years. $2.00 an acre after that.
I bet that fifty extra cents a month hurts ...
So, the federal government gets a token rent check until the lease expires. Prior to expiration, the lease can be extended. During exploration, leases can be extended. Hell, it looks like I could buy a damn lease, find oil, cap the well, and just keep extending the lease forever. There's no requirement to pump the oil out of the ground.
In Alaska, lease sales have occurred in Cook Inlet, the Gulf of Alaska, Norton Sound, and in the Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.
The only active leases in the Region are in Cook Inlet and the Beaufort Sea.
We're giving away our natural resources to the oil companies who have no time pressure to produce oil.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The American Petroleum Institute is lying about the vast amounts of oil exploration that is being done on behalf of the ... "American people."
Here's the link to the lies about active drilling on existing leases at WSJ. It's called the "The 'Idle' Oil Field Fallacy" by Red Cavaney. Mr. Cavaney is president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the trade association that represents America's oil and natural gas industry. Of course, it's published as an opinion article. Opinion can be denied later but until someone speaks up, opinion is used as fact by professional politicians, like Nathan Deal.
Let's see of Mr. Cavaney speaks in weasel words like a politician.
"A significant percentage of federal leases simply may not contain oil and natural gas, especially in commercial quantities."
Would Mr. Cavaney use the words may not when talking about the ANWR where no wells have been drilled for exploration or production. Or, would he say like Nathan Deal has repeatedly that the ANWR is a "huge depository of oil and gas."
I don't think an oil man would be as reckless as Nathan Deal by saying .. the ANWR is a "huge depository of oil and gas."
But an oil man would say the exploration process is very active.
"Exploration is time consuming, very costly and involves a great deal of risk. Importantly, you see neither a drop of usable oil nor a cubic foot of natural gas while it is going on. But it is absolutely essential, and there is nothing "idle" about it."
How idle are the oil companies on federal lands?
Exploratory wells drilled for crude oil in 1973 … 642
Exploratory wells drilled for crude oil in last 12 months … 711
An 11 percent increase in 35 years …
Thank GOD the oil companies are drilling for oil as fast as Nathan Deal is drilling for the truth! If Big Oil and my Congressman weren't doing their jobs, then our country would be out of gas and all politicians would be liars.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
What exactly did Mister Deal have to say about the FairTax. Just that he's a sponsor and has been a sponsor for many years. Nothing about being ready to fly back to Washington to take a vote. Nothing about forcing Nancy Pelosi to bring the bill to the floor to give it an up or down vote.
Nope. Nathan Deal offered the FairTax supporters no hope for GOP leadership on this issue.
Funny, there are over a hundred Republicans in the House of Representatives who smell a rat in the FairTax but Deal didn't urge the FairTax supporters to "grassroots" his GOP counterparts.
No, Deal said to call Democratic member of Congress.
And, what were the Deal staffers saying about the FairTax. Deal only supports it to make the Democrats look bad on taxes.
What about the faithful grassroot activists? To Nathan Deal and his staff, those people are just pawns in the political processes to bring greater glory to all things Republican.
Just to punctuate that more clearly. In the 2007 Congress, 9,227 bills and resolutions were introduced. How many Republicans introduced a resolution or a bill for the FairTax? And, how many resolutions and bills were presented?
The 2007 Congress spent a total of 2,854 hours in session. How many hours covered the FairTax?
In the 354 combined days of the Senate and House, on how many days did a Republican speak on the FairTax?
If Deal really believed the FairTax would grow the economy by 10 percent, wouldn't he drop everything that he is doing to save our economy now?
But, what's the great man doing? Campaigning for more oil drilling even when he knows it would be 10-12 years before the oil reaches your gas tank.
Which should be more important? The economy now or gasoline a decade from now.
Deal's answer. Big Oil now.
What's the only hope, in the words of Nathan Deal, for those FairTax people? Back to the grassroots. But, don't call me. I've been a sponsor for many years and I'm busy working for Big Oil.
That's exactly what it sounds like when the first handful of dirt falls on the casket of dead legislation.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The local Republican Party dominates government. Dominates is the key word. That word seems to have a special meaning to the party chair, E. Paul Stanley. I knew Paul loves politics but I didn't know he had a sense of humor.
Here's a little sample from his blog.
"Oh and at the top is a picture of what a big set looks like." Of course it helps if you can see his picture of a "big set."
Does a "big set" come with a "wide stance," Paul? Nice sunglasses by the way. Has Arnold missed them yet?
Just remember to view the "big set" from a "safe distance."
Monday, August 11, 2008
I won't share the email but I thought this blog comment should open a few eyes.
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul , Minnesota , points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:Racism isn't dead in the south, as the comment came from a former slave state. I have confirmed the sender's email address.
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19 Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000 Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2 Republicans: 2.1
You live in one of those demoncrat counties, or a safe, white county? Humm?
Just to make sure everyone notices this error. If the GOP won 29 states and the Democrats won 19 states, then we only have 48 states.
The information on the murder rate is incorrect as well. The average murder rate in the year 2000 was 5.5 per 100,000. If the murder rates were correctly stated, the average murder rate would have been over 7.3 per 100,000.
I see no point to the comment other than racism.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
In my email I asked for copies of the graphics used on this poster. I did not file a Freedom of Information Act request. I requested the pictures and graphics as a citizen and as a voter in the 9th District which Deal should serve.
IF I do not have an answer or acknowledgement of my request in 24 hours, I will write an open letter on this website and pressure my overpaid political hack in Congress to give me the information. After all, he has already produced the information. The information is public and was created using taxpayer dollars.
It's a no brainer to respond to an email on such a simple request.
Michael W. Parker
p.s. I will be following up on this request and the request with the other partisan hack, Karen Handel.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Today was my day off from work, so I decided to listen to Nathan Deal at a couple of town hall meetings. I figure I should since my tax dollars paid for his entourage and staff.
So what did I get for my tax dollars?
I got a chart showing the price of gasoline under a Republican controlled Congress versus the price of gasoline under a Democratic Congress.
So my tax dollars paid for a campaign trip? Seems like it.
I also got to hear about Deal's energy ideas. I call it his Drill More, Drill here, Drill now plan for American energy dependence on Big Oil.
I have no idea of the pro or con for selling the last acres of federal mineral rights or why that has to be done while Mr. Deal is in Congress. I heard no statistics on many new wells were drilled last year in the rest of the country. None. I heard nothing on the sources of Congressman Deal's information.
"Well, that isn't entirely true" to quote the mythical Secretary of Defense in the movie, Independence Day.
Twice I heard the old line about, "I've been told."
As in "Well, I'm been told and that's good enough for me, A Congressman, so it should be good enough for a town hall meeting. And, by golly, it's good enough to make decisions on national energy policy."
Hearsay works very well in politics. Especially when avoiding "personal responsibility." But, Nathan Deal has a Constitutional duty which is greater than the concept of individual 'personal responsibility.'
His Constitutional duty is to know the facts. If those facts aren't known to him, he has a staff. That staff wasn't paid to repeat hearsay.
So I went to the town hall meetings and all I got was hearsay repeated by a well worn politician who knows how to avoid his Constitutional duty to get the facts. Even if the facts aren't politically expedient for him.
But, I almost forgot the important part of "I've been told."
Nathan Deal was presenting a picture of the area supposedly within the ANWR where exploratory drilling might be done. The picture can be downloaded from http://www.anwr.org/Latest-News/Photo-Gallery.php
He might at least have said it was one of a series of pictures taken in the ANWR before saying, "I'm told it looks like this. It's frozen. It's basically a barren landscape. Not much there other than a huge depository of oil and gas." Those are his exact words from my video recordings.
I'm uploading the summer time view also taken from the same point of view and downloaded from the same source, www.anwr.org.
Thanks, Nathan Deal. You're everything we've come to expect from professional politicians.
Monday, August 4, 2008
In my humble opinion, the expertise Carl Rogers has displayed is as a self serving incumbent for 12 years.
Is the man qualified to discuss a meeting he didn't attend? No, especially budgets. Carl is very good at second guessing distant events and at attending meetings where he has no business. Do you remember him voting on environmental issues when he should have been attending an insurance commission meeting?
That would be the time he tried to vote ... and did vote ... for SB 510 ... without a legal reason to cast a ballot? Do you remember, Mr. Rogers?
Carl was scheduled to attend the March 16th, 2006 meeting of the Insurance committee at 3 p.m.. However, he went to the wrong meeting? He went to a meeting for Environmental Quality. How well prepared was he for the discussion on the environment on the day he should have attended the Insurance committee meeting? Did he have any notes on SB510 before voting for it?
Didn't he notice anything unusual about the meeting? Tom McCall has a very distinctive voice and accent. Has he ever chaired an Insurance committee meeting when Carl did attend?
Don't tell me Carl doesn't know Tom McCall. Our happy little incumbent has donated money to him. Tom McCall has donated money to Carl.
Maybe Carl meant to attend the Appropriations committee meeting and thought, gee, we always talk about the environment and money at the same time. Did the environmental discussion sound like money to you, Carl Rogers?
Maybe we should ask a very good friend of Carl's, a Mr. Hulsey, who operates a sludge farm in White County, the only sludge farm in the state protected by HB54. But, that's an entirely different issue than voting in the wrong room, on the wrong issue, for the wrong reason.
But, did Carl's lifelong friendship with the owner of Hulsey Environmental move you to a little, itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeney, mistake that looks like a strong conflict of interest?
Dirty politics and voter turnoff, brought to you by the party of incumbents hidden under the tent.
Read the stories:
The illegal vote on SB 510
The special state law for his friend
The state budget meeting Rogers just couldn't make