Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lorraine Watkins! Dang that woman makes sense

From the Gainesville Times

Joan King’s Dec. 15 keyboard or memory slip certainly brought out the war apologists. No matter their own rewriting of the facts, they jumped on her like ducks on a June bug.

Partisan fun and games aside, the thrust of Ms. King’s column was spot on as she suggested questioning the wisdom of escalating the Afghanistan adventure. She is on firm ground with the history of Afghanistan as unconquerable.

It is disturbing how often our young men and, now women, have been thrown into harm’s way in causes known by their leaders to be futile. This was the case with Presidents Johnson and Nixon (and likely Kennedy) regarding Vietnam. And the distortions of information that opened these current Mideastern wars are there for any to see. Our country should be better than that.

We expect the military to declare that, with enough treasure at their beck and call, they can win any war. That is their job. The proclivity to dissembling by civilian leaders conducting and going to war is well established.

No one among the public can know what President Barack Obama or his administration actually knows or believes. It is however, a patriotic public that questions.

W. Lorraine Watkins
Dawsonville

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Busting the Liberal Bias in the Media

The story is a little complex and vulgar. But it comes out of Chicago.

The Tribune Company which owns several newspapers is under bankruptcy reorganization and protection. The current bailout expert is leaving the mess to Benjamin Homel aka Randy Michaels.

Homel or Michaels used to be one of those shock jocks at Clear Channel. At Clear Channel, Randy allegedly walked around with a "rubber penis" tied around his neck.

Kind of an odd business tie for anyone, but very odd for a gay bashing talk show host.

Here are two links to the stories and a blog.

Now it's hard to know which way this Michaels dude swings. Liberal? Can't be since he hates gays? Right? Conservative with his phallic symbols and need for masculine identity?

Maybe he's just a nut.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Nice Thoughts for the Day

Charlie Schulz Philosophy

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The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the 'Peanuts' comic strip.


You don't have to actually answer the questions.
Just ponder on them.
Just read the e-mail straight through, and you'll get the point.

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4
. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series Winners.




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How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..
Awards tarnish.
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.


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Here's another quiz.. See how you do on this one:


1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special!!
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.


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Easier?


The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials..
The most money..or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most

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Pass this on to those people who have either made a difference in your life, or whom you keep close in your heart, like I did.

'Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia !'

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''Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!”

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jackson EMC is lying to you

I'm not going to say something cute like "I'm searching for their credibility."

They are lying. It's being documented here and at Left on Lanier.

I have been emailing and asking for factual documentation.

Nada. Zip. Zilch.

Here's what is on at Left on Lanier.

I’ve questioned the figures given to the public at the Eggs and Issues breakfast by Mr. David Lee of Jackson EMC. Mr. Lee was saying EMC customers would pay $1,600 more under the current cap and trade proposals. I wrote, called, and emailed asking for a source on these numbers.

Kindly, Jackson EMC has answered my email request for a source. [This link goes to Jackson EMC's official statement]

I’ve checked the alleged source of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). And I’ve checked with the Environmental Protection Agency. Both of these fine sources have public reports on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) an an energy bill in the 111th United States Congress (H.R.2454).

The email response referred to this specific bill. The CBO study can be found here. It estimates, in Table 1, a cost per household of $175.

I could not find a figure near enough to let Mr. Lee off the hook for “spin.” Nor does the extra information from Jackson EMC support his use of the word “bill.” That would be as in “any of my bills.”

Jackson EMC and Mr. Lee have some explaining to do and they are on notice.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cap and Trade

Just an outline today on Cap and Trade systems.


1. The usual comparison of moderating human climate change is a Cap and Trade system vs. a Carbon Tax. Both have the exact same expenses and effects on the economy. But such analysis's are assuming a solitary goal of reducing carbon emissions.

Both systems have advantages and disadvantages depending on uncertainty. For politicians, a tax has negative connotations among voters if it can be quantified. But Cap and trade systems are regulatory methods. Most elected officials will opt for the hidden costs of cap and trade.

Despite the political preference, simple supply and demand models show similar changes in Government revenue, Consumer costs and Cuts in emissions

However there are profits in Cap and Trade systems. Stockholders in successful and innovative companies would get 60% or more of such profits. Government taxes would capture 40% or less based on the top marginal corporate tax rates.

Under any taxation plan, there are no profits to be shared with stockholders in private industry. All taxes are collected by the Federal government. However taxes can be redistributed, used to pay debt, and used to fund new programs.

Economists assume supply and demand will create winners and losers. Government revenues and regulations can also create winners and losers. In the supply and demand models, the cap and trade winners would be private innovators and private stockholders. In carbon taxes, the government will pick the winners, if there are any.

In conclusion a carbon tax would not create any profit incentive to conserve energy or reduce emissions as all taxes would be passed on to end users or consumers by pricing policy.

Cap and trade gives a profit incentive to reduce emissions and energy consumption.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Deal Quits Governor's Race

In a bold political prediction, I am calling Representative Nathan Deal a “Done Deal” in the 2010 Georgia Governors Race.

Looking today for headlines on the Deal Real campaign, I found nothing. The Deal website lists no statewide events. All events appear to be within North Georgia or the 9th District.

Deal has been stung by his corruption and allegations of corruption involving Lt. Gov. K.C. Cagle and state contracts. Those allegations, the recent GOP sex scandals, along with Deal’s love of Ghetto Grandmothers has eliminated the former front-runner from any possibility of winning.

I expect the Great Man to run a stealth campaign until the primary. It will be more of a good-bye tour of his old district.

My condolences for his staff who did a great job of constituent services while the Great Man did nothing in Congress.

Remember you read it here first.

Monday, December 7, 2009

See no Evil. Hear no Evil. Speak evil of the Democrats but never Glenn Richardson or the GOP

Everyone knows the three monkeys named, See no Evil, Hear no Evil, and Speak no Evil. The Hall County GOP has its three monkeys, Mills, Rogers, and Cagle. In the face of certainty about Glenn Richardson's abuse of power, breach of ethics, and criminal acts, these three monkeys continue to say:

"I didn't see Glenn Richardson having sex with that woman"

"I never heard a thing about Glenn Richardson trading laws for sex with that woman."

"I wish Glenn Richardson a rapid recovery from his personal problems and I just hate all these rumors being spread about him."

Winston Churchill said, "I didn't know. No body told me. I should have asked."

Glenn Richardson was caught with the woman at a GOP event in 2006. No one asked what was going on?

Glenn Richardson was accused of ethical misconduct with the lobbyist in 2007. No one asked what was going on?

Glenn Richardson was challenged from within the GOP in 2008 and 2009 because of his ethics. And no one from Hall County asked what was going on?

That's the difference between a world leader and the Georgia GOP. A leader takes responsibility for not asking, What is going on?

The Georgia GOP lays on its back and invites use as a doormat.

Or should I say the Hall County delegation is proof of reverse evolution. From men to monkeys ...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Too late, too late

Glenn Richardson will no longer be Speaker of the House on January 1, 2010.

Until then, taxpayers will pay for his Healthcare, expenses, and salary.

Who the Hell worked out that deal?

The salary is over $100,000 per year, dammit. Who knows what the healthcare costs, what goes into his retirement or what he can spend as expenses.

The GOP let this crap go on for over two years. That's a couple hundred thousand dollars to criminal.

They GOP did too little, too late.

Thurman Baker needs to convict this man.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Glenn Richardson, GOP Speaker of the House

For his crimes, Glenn Richardson should resign.

He abused his position as an elected member of the Georgia House of Representatives. His position as Speaker of the House is secondary to his responsibility as an elected official.

His crime is unacceptable behavior for any Member of the House.

Letting him resign as Speaker of the House as his only punishment isn't enough. It's like taking a machine gun away from a murderer as punishment for shooting a family of five.

His behavior won't change. He'll just find a new weapon and leave fewer clues next time.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Nathan Deal and Citizenship

Nathan Deal is silently advocating for U.S. Citizens to give DNA samples to his newly established National Health Registry. This, he said, can be done at birth for all future citizens. Current citizens will not be able to register their DNA without a Federally issued photo ID card. These ID cards will be available in every state except Hawaii. Hawaii isn’t really a state since no one from Hawaii signed the Declaration of Independence. Deal assured the loyal members of his new Birthers Party that although he supported long form certificates of live birth as possible proof of U.S. citizenship, only a photo ID, a DNA sample, and a proper family lineage should be considered proof.

Also, future natural-born citizens will be issued a proper Christian name at random by Homeland Security computers along with the tamper proof Federal Real-Deal photo ID card. When these future citizens reach the age of 16, a permanent tattoo will be applied to the backs of their necks. This will be a bar code and a graphic representation of the mothers DNA.

Deal says that any reasonable person will agree that the mother’s DNA, not the father’s, determines family lineage. “We can’t have all these Ghetto Grandmothers claiming Thomas Jefferson as an ancestor.” Deal went on to say that promiscuity and abortion will decline under the new laws and agencies.

“We will not have any more anchor babies popping out of illegal mothers on street corners and public restrooms.”

When confronted by a Jewish reporter, Annie Frank, ReaL Deal denied being a Nazi. “My DNA is very pure and I designed my program to be exactly the opposite of Nazism. Nazism used a number tattoo. I’m using graphics. Nazism put the tattoos on the fronts of undesirable people. My tattoos will be on the backs of desirable people. These two tattoo programs could not be more different.”

His National Health Registry will be a private owned corporation with its headquarters in Gainesville.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Glenn Richardson, GOP Speaker of the House attempted suicide

Glenn Richardson is the GOP Speaker of the House for the Georgia Legislature. He’s rather infamous for his sexual liaisons with a certain blonde lobbyist. His public affair led to a divorce. That’s no big surprise for a perennial family values candidate. Then the divorce was illegally sealed from public review. And a former law partner of Richardson personally handled the divorce case. As if that wasn’t enough ethical corruption, the case wasn’t assigned to Richardson’s friend.

So now the Gainesville Times has a story on the 911 call made by Richardson’s mother on November 8th. Richardson or his staff drafted a press release. In the press statement, Richardson confessed to having depression and getting medical treatment.

While I pity the man, who’s to blame? He wasn’t recalled to active duty in his guard or reserve unit and shipped to Afghanistan or Iraq. The man destroyed his life just for a little sex. Did he expect to get away with f–cking around with another woman, especially a woman paid to influence law makers?

Does he now remember supporting the wacko Nancy Schaefer? Nancy the Nut got campaign donations from him. She doesn’t believe in mental illness. Her reasoning? Mental illness doesn’t show up on an X-ray! Does he regret the harm his party caused thousands by supporting the Scientologist Schaefer?

Does his Party care? No. His GOP cronies re-elected Richardson as Speaker when reasonable leaders challenged Richardson.

So how about it Representative Mills and Rogers. Willing to go on the record to defend putting Nancy Schaefer in the Legislature with GOP money? Willing to go on the record about your support of sex for pay also called “aggressive issue negotiation?”

Your entire party is filled with scum. Your judgment of personal character sucks. Your silence convicts you of guilt by association.

Richardson should resign. Not because of his mental illness but because of the road he took that could have only self destruction as the destination.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cartoon from the AJC



I think that is advice being given to Obama, not Obama being quoted. At first, I thought Obama was giving a speech on his side of the image. He's not. He's reading a report of some sort, maybe from the 'generals.'

"The Generals." Wasn't that part of some phrase used under Bush? "I'm going to listen to 'The Generals" about Iraq/Afghanistan." Ain't that a great way to avoid making a decision or being held responsible if the decision doesn't work.

Obama, want ever he does, should take full credit for being 'The Decider.' That would be some more of that change we all need. Every President is the final 'Decider' at least in the White House. Unless Alexander Haig is in charge.

I have no respect for the scapegoating of field commanders. Oh heck, maybe Field Marshall Montgomery. But he was English. But, there's been a little bit of history since ol' Monty commanded anything. Afghanistan isn't Africa or Europe of the 1940's. Our commanders in Afghanistan have been using the tools inherited from the last wars against insurgencies. After eight years of using those tools, even our newest technology hasn't changed the 'Vietnam outcome.'

We're going to leave. We'll bring home empty boots and broken bodies. We'll show pride but only in the personal sacrifices of others. Then, we'll go back to bickering about who lost the war.

Some already see war as being the last tool of diplomacy. Or a tool of governments in dispute.

When will we see it as final defensive step in the face of attack? A choice between capitulation and destruction.

There are no un-wounded ... in a war.

Friday, November 6, 2009

9th Distict Congressional race in Georgia

I'm starting a rumor about this race.

I'm the Democratic Candidate. Nathan Deal's chief of staff has convinced me to run by raising $4,000 to kick start my fund raising. Congressman Deal will soon come out with a stinging endorsement of my character and qualifications. I am working closely with secret Republican operatives to use Deal's resources to bolster my name recognition in the district. I've been using back door sources to get a lucrative contract with the State of Georgia. But I've been unable to find K.C. Cagle in a dark alley to finalized the deal.

Carl Rogers called me last night to welcome me into the Brotherhood of Scum. He's working with James Mills. Mr. Mills doubts my sincerity. To appease James, I will be hanging out at Wal-Mart late at night stalking women. The former GOP Chair in Hall County, Big Pair, is starting a blog for me. With his coaching, I will not be blogging until after the election next year.

I can see myself soon going hunting with Dick Cheney. Dick already has called Nathan. Nathan says I should take up drinking while shooting. Or was that shooters for drinking? Always, I've heard it bird shot from a sissy 28 gauge gun doesn't hurt much if you're drunk when shot.

I look forward to defending my use of the internet to research birth marks on underage FEMALE porn stars throughout the 13 counties of the 9th District.

Instead of contributions to my political funeral, please send your cash to my Swiss Banking account. And I thank Sonny Perdue to helping me get that account set up.

:-)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

I need some Good News

Top ten reasons Kasim Reed will be the next President of Atlanta.

10. Mary Norwood.
9. Mrs. Reed, a real hotty.
8. The city loses the memory cards from a dozen voting machines.
7. Kasim Reed's Fantasy Football team is beating Norwoods.
6. Reed never attended a GOP convention that he liked.
5. The Democratic Party of Georgia's State Committee Members unite to back Norwood. That ought to be reasons 5 - 1 all by itself. Judging by the Atlanta lefty blogs, the Committee members have never picked a winner in a state party election.
4. Did I mention Kasim Reeds wife is a hotty?
3. Norwood drops out of the race and throws her support to Newt. Just to be nice to Norwood, I capitalized newt.
2. Pro-Life supporters send out a mailer supporting Mary Norwood as the candidate most likely to understand women's reproductive needs.
1. Kasim Reed's wife is a hottie.

Friday, October 23, 2009

K.C. Cagle's life story. Or, Casey Cagle exposed as liar.

“K. C.” Cagle, now running for President wasn’t born in a manger during a GOP Census. Nope. He was born in a log cabin that his pregnant, single mother built. He learned to write by using a stone to make scratch marks on the dirt floor of the family cabin. He walked miles to borrow books on wedding gowns and tuxedos so he could one day own a Bridal Shoppe.

Does that sound made up? No more so than his ‘official’ life story at his website, CaseyCagle.com.

“Raised by a single mother, Casey learned early the challenges that single-parent families face.” Ever wonder how old “K.C” was when his mother divorced or how old he was when she remarried? Ask him. Just a hint, … far, far less than 18 years. “After a leg injury ended his dreams of playing college football…” Exactly what leg injury was this? Did he get it making a heroic goal line stand to save a touch down. Nope. K.C. never played a down in a college football game. And for some reason he didn’t have enough drive to put himself through college like so many, many others. Just say college drop out.

In 1999 after “earning his reputation as a community and business leader in Gainesville, Casey focused his efforts on serving the citizens of Georgia.” Well, he only waited five years in the Senate before doing his job as “servant to the people.”

He “found[ed] Southern Heritage Bank in 1999.” Wow! After warming a seat in the State Senate for five years, he starts a bank all by himself. Looking at the public documents, K.C. was a very minor player among the huge group that raised $8 million dollars in capital stock. K.C. Cagle provided about $25,000 in capital stock. Or, was that $50,000. Or, did he have to borrow the capital for his own stock from Banker’s Bank? Or, was it as reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission, “In February, 1998, [the bank's founders] issued to Lowell S. Cagle, in a private placement one share of the … common stock, $5.00 par value per share, for an aggregate purchase price of $10.” Just ask K.C. why $25,000 in borrowed money makes him the founder of a new bank with $8 million in capital. Or, as displayed in the 1998 balance sheet, out of 10,000,000 authorized shares, he never owned more than 5,001.

The proposed Directors and Officers purchased 91,500 shares. Eventually, K.C. Cagle got 5,000 shares or 5% among this group. 65,000 shares were purchased by the four investors with the deepest pockets, Milton Robson, Earl Gilleland, Palmour, and Merritt. But for the owner of Jean’s Bridal Shop, 5,001 shares of common stock in a bank must have been heady stuff. Or, was K.C. the President of Strateia Group of Atlanta? K.C. has never disclosed to the State Ethics Commission his position with Strateia Group. And Strateia Group is not ever mentioned by K.C. in his official biography. Never.

So was Cagle the President of Strateia Group? Nope. He says not. Was he the owner of Jean’s Bridal? The only remaining paperwork on file with the Georgia Secretary of State’s office doesn’t prove that. The CEO was a Georgia Liotta of 3XX8 Maple XXXX Lane. The CEO only runs the business, doesn’t own it.

So in 2009 K.C. claims to have been the “proprietor” or owner of a small business, Jean’s. But in 1998 he claimed to only be the co-owner. By 2001, someone else is running the business and we have no documentation with the Secretary of State showing K.C. ran the business or was the sole owner.

What ever mysteries unravel in the first two paragraphs of K.C.s official biography?

“At just twenty years old, Casey began realizing the American dream as his business expanded throughout North Georgia.” So in 1986, Cagle owned several business locations in North Georgia. Just ask him how many and where.

More another time about how K.C.Cagle has “led the effort to cut nearly $3 billion in government spending and championed important tax cuts to help encourage business development and job creation in Georgia.” Or we can just ask K.C. why he is so proud of cuts forced upon the government by an national economic crisis.

Friday, October 9, 2009

President Reagan and the Berlin wall

Didn't fall. Couldn't make it happen. Only in fairy tales.

Why did the wall fall?

Read this in the Christian Science Monitor, which gives the Reagan theory another burial in the bullshit pile.

The credit is due to those behind the Wall with enough courage to push it down.

Gainesville Times wants to buy half a horse

The Gainesville Times didn't answer my email or my open letter. Yet. They've been very busy ignoring the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to President Barack Obama.

Hard work that.

Also, some North Georgia horse farms have been fielding inquires from the purchasing department at the Times.

Seems the Times needs to buy the front end of a horse. They already have the back end.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Open Letter to the Gainesville Times

This message was electronically transmitted to the Gainesville Times at 9:45 this morning.

Why was the blog post at http://community.gainesvilletimes.com/blogs/detail/1585/
pulled down?

Why isn't the Times covering the racism of the Republican party in Cherokee County?

When a Congressman comments that the ghettos are full of illegitimate old women in front of an all white crowd of Republicans, that news. It's huge freaken news that the local party didn't apologize and condemn the language. It's huge news that my Congressman didn't apologize for days. Then, he issues a now apology saying that his opponents need to put the video cameras down.

I'm a blogger and political activist as you know. Your response or non-response will be in the public domains.

Michael W. Parker

No response expected. The truth doesn't get play in Gainesville.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Deal too real with his Ghetto Grandmothers

More on the Ghetto Grandmothers from Access North Georgia:

GAINESVILLE – Ninth District Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has apologized for comments he made during a speech at Saturday’s GOP breakfast gathering in Cherokee County, in which he used the term “ghetto grandmothers.”

During his speech, the Hall County native discussed documentation of being a U.S. citizen while applying for a birth certificate. Deal was quoted as saying:

“We got all the complaints from the ghetto grandmothers that didn’t have birth certificates and all of that. We. . .wrote some very liberal language as to how you can verify that.”

Deal has since released a statement about his remarks, saying, “I regret my choice of words and in no way meant to offend anyone.”

So what the HELL did you intend, besides getting votes out of white people?

It takes much more than good intentions, Congressman Deal. Ghetto Grandmothers isn’t in my daily language. It’s not a part of my culture. Until you used the term in public, I had never heard of such a thing. Wanna take credit for inventing the term or admit where and which whom you normally use such a term?

Transparency in government should be on your REAL agenda. Right after honesty and personal accountability.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pictures from Iran

Nope. I haven't been to Iran. Just to the New York Times webpages.

These pictures and a video allegedly show the nuclear weapons site. I say allegedly only to be nice. I'd bet the family farm on it being capable of making a really big BANG!

I've always been in favor of giving Iran all the nuclear missiles it could ever want. Everyone of them set to explode upon launch. Not that I want to create death and destruction, just more martyrs among the horrible fanatics.

Iran is not full of fanatics, just a few. It only takes a few, armed with the BIG BANG BOMB to kill millions.

Being the village idiot, I'd give the Iranian people as many nuclear power plants as they want, too. Run by Israeli scientists and technicians.

Only the best for my Iranian friends.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Scream, "You Lie!" at the Republican Party.

Monday, the GOP sent an Obama survey out in the 9th District. Local Republicans are now required to stand up and shout, “You LIE!” at Michael Steal.

“In order for our sampling of Republican opinion from your area to be as exact as possible, you must return your survey – Even if you leave some of the questions blank.” Or, just attach your “Contribution Reply” and personal check and stuff the postage free envelope …

“Do you agree with Barack Obama’s budget plan that will lead to a $23.1 trillion deficit over the next ten years?”

The Republican National Committee might want to ask the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) a few questions. Like why doesn’t the budget projection for 2019 agree with our numbers? Ten years from now, 2019, the projects a deficit accumulation of only $7,137 trillion. OPS! The GOP has raised the deficit exactly $20 trillion over ten years. For local Joe Wilsons, that is increasing the budget $2 trillion a year.

Now shout, “You LIE!” and be a real American Hero.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Gainesville Times, Letter to the Editor

Lorraine Watkins gave a some history lessons to Obamahaters in a letter to the Gainesville Times. I agree with her. The insurance companies are the only ones with someone to lose in healthcare reform. Somehow, in the mind of Michael J. Riemann, Bible history supports insurance companies but not us sinners. But, of course, Riemann thinks biblical stories are secular in nature. No wonder he confuses Pharaoh and fascism. Here's Lorraine's well measured, historically accurate response.

The letter by Michael J. Riemann of Sept. 2 is beautifully written, worthy of any first class PR advertising firm. His concern for Wall Street and the insurance industry is touching. The geniuses of free market capitalism, failed profoundly. They pleaded with the people to “take them over.” They are already back and flourishing while many ordinary people still can’t find work.

Medical care is not a luxury to be foregone, nor a commodity with competitive styles and versions. Priest or pauper, care is good enough or it is not. The health insurance industry has been an abject failure. A model demanding big profit is simply too expensive.

Mr. Riemann cites Pharaoh as a metaphor for the cruel and enduring consequences of concentration of resources in the few. Pharaoh was not elected by the people. He was placed and sustained in power by class and religion. Pharaoh was not a democrat and he certainly was not a socialist.

He more nearly resembles business doing what business does: exploiting desperate people’s needs and extracting maximum treasure. It always works until the treasure runs out. The appetite for wealth never seems to run out.

I am also intrigued with Mr. Reimann’s rhetoric of the ’50s. I wonder why we are seeing language reconstructing Third Reich history again. It has for years been familiar only to those alive during the McCarthy era.

Almost immediately following the end of World War II, American supporters of fascism began to rewrite history by conflating the Nazi movement with the Marxist Bolshevik revolution. Mr. Riemann’s letter repeats the misrepresentation.

Hitler was not a Marxist socialist of any stripe. The Nazis early on dropped “workers” from their name while retaining the word “socialist.” They never delivered on the promise its use suggests. It was set up with the collaboration of German and not a few admiring American industrialists.

Among the American enablers were John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, the Mellons and the Carnegies. It was Rockefeller that almost single-handedly exported the racialist philosophy, eugenics, to the medical establishment of Hitler’s Germany. Eugenics, of course, provided half the rhetoric fueling the holocaust. Violently anti-Marxist, the Nazi movement provided the other with propaganda inflaming fears of Red Menace. Sound familiar?

Well-read and educated scholars universally accept the term fascism as most descriptive of the managed economic system of Hitler.

Wealthy and ideological entrenched powerful men fear democracy. They fear a democratic government which empowers the people to share in the resources of the nation. It’s not democracy we should fear, and the Bolsheviks are buried in Red Square.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

What's Wrong with Jimmy Carter?

Nothing is wrong with Jimmy Carter. He just speaks truth to power. Power, in a democracy like ours, still remains with the people.

Carter tells the truth when he says humans have racist tendencies. We do.

We prefer to be with 'our kind.' Our kind of Christians. Our kind of family. Our kind of peers.

Whites move within white culture more often than within Korean culture. Short people don't seek out NBA players for friends. Those tendencies include the color of skin, not just geographic borders or traditional heritages.

To defeat the emotional urges left over from primitive life, just stop being a savage living in a concrete jungle where every stranger is an enemy first. And a friend only for mutual defense.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Gainesville School Board. It's Time!

It's time to explain the entire shortage of funds scandal, if there ever was a shortage of funds.

The public will no longer accept a simple press release or another weak article in the Gainesville Times.

First, we need a clear time line of events. Who knew what when. The current set of dates contradict themselves. One report says the accounting errors were in 2004 - 2005. Another statement says 2007-2008.

We need and we want a first date. When was the shortage first suspected. An exact date. Documents showing who discovered the anomaly. Who did they contact.

What was the first projection, when it was found, in dollars? How much money was alleged to be 'missing' at the first projection of a 'loss.'

How many times did this loss projection figure get changed? Who changed it. When was it changed. An exact dollar amount each time the estimate changed.

We need to know what adjustments to the budget were made, when those were made, and how much were those adjustments.

How much did our state legislatures give away in tax cuts? When did those exemptions take place.

How much money was taken back from the city school budget by state mandated cuts in school funds.

How much did expenses increase, since so many people say it was a problem of 'over spending.'

How much did the economy change the budget? Things like $4 per gallon price for gas and fuel. The surcharges from Georgia Power and the rapid increase in fuel cost were unforseen by everyone. Unless Carl Rogers wants to take credit for seeing into the future, again.

It is not too much to ask that those questions get answered in a final report to the citizens, teachers, administrators, and students.

Wait too long, and someone will file an Open Records Act (ORA) request. It's cheaper to fess up without the legal pressures of ORA deadlines.

Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 remembered

There will be other tributes to 9/11. This isn't an emotional statement. It's cold and rational.

President George Bush was sitting in a classroom full of children.

His first public comments were made in that atmosphere, in front of school children.

Anyone complaining that President Bush used or abused school children?

Anyone complaining that Bush programmed school kids to be religious warriors for revenge?

Ask the Obama school critics, "Where were you on 9/11?"

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Man in the Mirror

Michael Jackson wrote the song. The lyrics are lost to this blogger but the idea hangs with me.

Last night a Congressman screamed at the President during a national TV address to a joint session of Congress.

We're screaming and fighting on national TV, biting fingers off in street protests. This is democracy at its best and its worst. Or, at least people at their worst, barely more than a mob.

Democracy must have passion and participation. It need not be all Southern cordial manners to be civil.

I am not well mannered nor cordial towards liars, especially an Ann Coulter. But, even in my passion, I do not call her a liar without presenting facts.

Perhaps, last nights passion will be reflected in a mirror this morning. I know it will be an ugly image, UnAmerican, unpatriotic, selfish, ...

Is it the final image of American Democracy? God forbid.

And, please God, in my passion and praticipation, never let that image face me in my mirror.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Horse Faced Queen of Lies, Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter is flooding email boxes with lies again.

She says she just “learned GM had just been kicked off the Dow Jones Industrial Index. Yikes! Picture the New York Yankees playing so badly they were demoted to Little League status. That doesn’t sound so good. Also, I discovered GM’s share price was listed as N/A. Not applicable. Sounds to me like — “price so low it can’t be measured.”

Please, Ann. Tell the truth. GM was delisted when it entered bankruptcy proceeding. Every three piece vest Suit knows that. Even a witch like you knows it. That didn’t just happen. It happened about 8 am on June 1st, 2009.

On July 10th, a new company with all of GM’s assets emerged from bankruptcy proceedings. It’s a privately held company. Not a public company owned by stock holders. You knew that, too.

If you don’t know the facts, Ann, just shut your face. You’re so old news.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Representative Carl Rogers, a blogger extraordinary!

State Representative Carl Rogers doesn't like the public light.

He's offered to meet me in a "dark place" to answer questions I've asked on public blogs.

The exchanged started on LeftonLanier.

I'm looking for someone to post the exchange on the Gainesville Times.

Let's move politics out of the dark rooms and secret meetings of Cagle, Deal, and Rogers.

Answer the public questions, State Representative Carl Rogers. Or crawl back under your rock forever.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Cheney wrong on facts

Former Vice President Cheney lied on TV. Again.

Cheney said the President is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the United States. Someone get him a copy of the Constitution!

In the Sunday interview, he said, "I knew about the waterboarding, not specifically in any one particular case, but as a general policy that we had approved. The fact of the matter is the Justice Department reviewed all those allegations several years ago." OPS! He opened his mouth and put his foot in it.

Now the man is saying he knows far less about waterboarding and the specific information gathered from specific detainees.

In January of 2009, Cheney said waterboarding "been used with great discrimination by people who know what they're doing and has produced a lot of valuable information and intelligence."

Well, Mr. Former Vice President, how do you know that waterboarding was used with "great discrimination" if you only know about waterboarding as a general policy?

In December 2008, Robert Mueller, the Director of the FBI since July 5, 2001, had stated however that despite Bush Administration claims that waterboarding has "disrupted a number of attacks, maybe dozens of attacks", he does not believe that evidence obtained by the U.S. government through enhanced interrogation techniques such as waterboarding "disrupted an attack"

OPS!
Waterboarding did NOT disrupt a single attack. According to the FBI. Anyway,.

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Mr. Lott in the Gainesville Times

The wackos in the Letters to the Editor at the Gainesville Times have a new target, Harold Lott. All Mr. Lott did was tell the truth about how people are persuaded.

Published in the Gainesville Times under this headline:

Lott: Many appeal to emotion, not reason, in health debate

Most Americans want reform in health care that will reduce cost without sacrificing quality of care. This is long overdue and just about everyone agrees that the status quo is unsustainable.

So why is it that most Republicans and the extreme right are running scared on this critical issue and proving every day that they are willing to use any means to block real reform?

I don’t buy the old tired, worn-out excuse that the Democratic plan will create government control of health care and we’ll all be destroyed by the "evils" of socialism. Those who perpetrate such lies and fears will be the first to raise up in arms if Medicare or Medicaid programs were abolished. This is the height of hypocrisy by Republican-incited objections to government involvement in health care.

Let’s get real. What’s really going here is not being exposed in the media. The latter is a profit-driven business like "big pharma" and the insurance industry that’s more interested in sensationalizing public fears for the sake of ratings and the bottom line, than being channels for reason and common sense. This is an American tragedy in which we are both victims and victimizers. Why is that?

To understand what’s happening, we must first be able to see through the superficial facades that we hide behind, such as conservative or liberal, right or left, Republican or Democrat. Such labels may be good for our egos, but they are irrelevant to the demands of the 21st century.

The way I see it, there are only two kinds of people in this world: those who are willing to learn and grow and those fixed in their mindsets. I say this because one of the skills that Republican strategists have developed far superior than their Democratic counterparts, is knowing how to change people’s attitudes and thinking by manipulating their ignorance and fears. They have discovered that the issue of health care reform is fertile grounds for re-establishing their power, just as they used the fear of terrorist attacks for political advantage during the years of Bush-Cheney.

Fortunately, the latter was temporary as the fear-mongering was carried too far, and the same thing is poised to happen with health care reform.

People are passionate about their attitudes and opinions, make no mistake about it. The fact that the economy is bad and more people are struggling now to make ends meet only serve to bring these hidden attitudes to the surface. Many of them have racial overtones, especially with the fact that we have a black president for the first time in American history and Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority. This means that Americans who are invested in the old ways are least likely to change and are easily persuaded by demagogues appealing to their raw emotions.

According to researchers, there are basically two ways that people can be persuaded (Petty & Cacioppo, 1981; Eagly & Chaiken, 1992; Petty & Wegener, 1998). The first is called the "central route" which involves persuading the recipient of a message to think reasonably by carefully weighing the arguments.

The second way is called the "peripheral route" which bypasses the rational thinking mind and appeals to the limbic system, or one’s lower nature and instincts. Advertisers are known for using the latter, which has proven extremely effective in selling products and services.

When demagogues like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity use the public airways to inflame and incite people’s fears, by labeling President Barack Obama as a socialist, or comparing him with the evil dictator, Adolf Hitler, they are deliberately using the "peripheral route" to appeal to your lower, irrational nature. They are trying to change your attitude not just about health care reform, but also about Obama.

Recipients of such messages don’t have to bother about thinking for themselves, nor do they have to concern themselves with facts. The truth is, the Limbaughs and Hannitys are well aware that their listeners (without whom they would not be paid millions of dollars) are both not motivated nor able to think deeply about the issues they present.

My question is, shouldn’t these listeners be directing their outrage toward their leaders who persistently show contempt and disrespect for their intelligence, and essentially use them to increase their influence and bottom line?

Misguided Republicans and their supporters have already made up their minds about health care reform, or any other crucial issue facing Americans. A fixed mindset sees failure as defeat, not as an opportunity to learn from mistakes and improve.

This explains why the GOP prefers winning over public service by maintaining a campaign of lies and distortions, and avoiding high-effort cognitive and rational debate.

Cagle's Affair

I did not get confirmation of details. I did get the same name as my other sources. PeachPundit first released the story then recanted.

The 'staffer' got 'moved' to a new job. Seems she failed at the new job.

Let's just call her "Eve."

I think that fits since I'm ribbing Cagle and the young lady could have become Georgia's First Lady/Woman in Read.

;-)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Did Casey Cagle have an affair with a staffer

I've been hearing this rumor since March when Cagle gave his tearful public speech. His wife and children were standing by him. His sons didn't look very happy. His wife looked lovely.

So let's get the story out of the rumor stage. I have a name. Someone confirm that name and the background details.

I'll publish it. Right here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gainesville Times blog

The Gainesville Times is removing lefty bloggers and blogs that reveal other allegations of unethical and immoral behavior by Lt. Gov. Lowell S. "Casey" Cagle.

The blog space does belong to the Times. And, it is expected that bloggers be submissive to the owner of any blog space.

However, giving free blog space is just like giving someone a stage and a microphone. You invited them to speak. Don't expect them to kiss your ass.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nathan Deal and Casey Cagle caught cheating

"Ah shucks. We weren't doing nothing wrong."

I wonder which of our two favorite sons of bitches from Hall County will turn states evidence against the other?

I've already proved that Cagle has committed security fraud. Now he's implicated in the Nathan Deal scandal. That scandal includes my good friend, Chris Riley.

It's alleged that Chris violated federal law when using a government email account. That email arranged a meeting between Cagle, Deal, and Georgia Revenue Commissioner Bart Graham.

Graham, perhaps after having his head bashed against a metaphysical political wall, privatized a state service. Deal got the private contract with no public bidding process.

So what did Cagle get? Hmmmmm....

Story link.

Banging your head against the wall

Let's say your spouse thinks you're cheating or having an affair. How many times can your head be bashed against a wall just to get at the truth?

The CIA has guidelines on head bashing or "walling." A detainee being questioned "may be walled one time (one impact with the wall) to make a point or 20 to 30 times consecutively when the interrogator requires a more significant response to a question."

However, make sure the wall is made out of plywood to prevent serious injuries.

For more guidelines from the CIA on how to get at the truth, read today's story on CIA interrogation methods at this link.

But always remember, the "goal of interrogation is to create a state of learned helplessness and dependence."

I always feel like that on election day in Hall County, Georgia where Republicans hold every elected office.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Now you're MAD!

You didn't get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn't get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate energy policy.

You didn't get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn't get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn't get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn't get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn't get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn't get mad when you saw the Abu Grahib photos.

You didn't get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn't get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn't get mad when we didn't catch Bin Laden.

You didn't get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn't get mad when we let a major US city drown.

You didn't get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.

You finally got mad when.. when... wait for it... when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all ok with you but helping other Americans...that's where you draw the line?

Borrowed from the Gainesville Times

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Impeach Karen Handel NOW!

Being an unconvicted felon won't stop Karen Handel from becoming governor or from controlling election out comes

The issue that came up was a ‘legal vote.’ That could be a problem in defining “legal” on this blog.

Not that anyone wants “illegal votes.” But, can’t we agree that many votes are “illegal” and counted every election that have nothing to do with race or citizenship?

Because of Handel’s action, the argument can be made that all votes cast in a system not in full compliance with the Constitution are illegal.

Karen Handel cheapened all the votes and shamed all honest voters. Why make such changes in the legal voting system just before an election except in an attempt to change the outcome of that election.

Judge the actions not only by effect and intention but by timing.

It wasn’t the first day on the job for Karen Handel. And, it wasn’t an unfunded mandate forcing her to do a job on the cheap. Nor, a court ruling. Or, a piece of legislation a thousand pages long being ‘rushed’ through committee. We weren’t being attacked by terrorists or little green men from Mars.

The argument has been made that the 'billions' of new registrations required mass verification.

Be advised! Each Georgia county is responsible for verification before issuing a voter registration card. It is not a function of the Secretary of State (SOS) to mass verify county voter registration. It is the responsibility of Karen Handel, SOS, to follow the law even she or Sonny Perdue doesn't like it.

Why couldn’t Handel, if there was a problem, solve that problem in a methodical way without breaking the laws, cheapening honest votes, and stopping honest voters from fully enjoying the benefits of freedom and democracy?

Somebody answer that for me.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Clara Barton supports Healthcare Reform

The American Nurses Association supports the current healthcare reform efforts and has created a website with a tool kit for nurses.

Link to the nurses tool kit.

The kit includes the follow letter to be sent to each Congressman. Brain surgeons never argue with their nurses. Neither should Congress.

The Letter

I am writing to request that you support health care reform legislation that includes a strong public plan and guarantees quality, affordable health care for everyone. As one of the nation’s 2.9 million nurses, I see firsthand how important access to affordable quality health care is. As the number of uninsured Americans continues to grow at an alarming rate, the only place the uninsured can get treated is in the emergency room, which is often the most expensive form of immediate care. This creates a huge strain on the health care system and its providers.

Now is the time for health care reform. I share the American Nurses Association’s belief that in order to meet our nation’s health care needs we must have an integrated and well resourced national healthcare workforce policy, a system that focuses on wellness and prevention, and a high-quality public insurance option that complements and competes fairly with options offered by private insurers.

I believe that health care reform must happen this year and I join the ANA in their push for meaningful health care reform that includes a strong public option. I look forward to your reply.

Give 'me Hell, Clara!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Did Deal and Gingrey support the guns at town hall?

It's bring your gun to the townhall meeting season! No hunting license required. No firearms training classes needed. Just a willingness to carry a gun while protesting .... healthcare.

This new open season for gunners include public appearances of President Obama. Former President Bush banned cameras, microphones, and intelligence from his public appearances. Perhaps this new open season preys on the recent banning of intelligence. Only an idiot would stalk around with a gun during a presidential event.

Imagine if Squeaky Fromm had been caught with her Colt .45 before pointing it at President Ford. "Officer, I was just affirming my right to carry arms."

How about John Hinckley, Jr.? "Oh, officer. That's a violation of my Constitutional rights to stop me and ask about my gun!"

It's always open season on stupidity. This season only the idiots have the guns.

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[To walk with a stiff, haughty, or angry gait]

Karen Handel violated Federal Law! Again

Handel will get off the hook for this but why isn't the far right demanding someone be held accountable?

In violation of the Voting Rights Act, Secretary of State Karen Handel refused DOJ review of changes in voting laws, a federal crime. This is a federal court ruling and has so far resulted in no penalty for Handel.

Handel was too busy losing her campaign for Governor to follow the letter of the law.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Alleged Doctor sends letter on Healthcare

There's letter circulating the right wing blogs allegedly from a Steven E. Frazier, MD.

The American Medical Association does NOT have a listing for a Steven Frazier for the State of Indiana.

Allegedly this DOCTOR has an active practice.

Better check again guys. On the face of it, it's a fraud.

Congressman Deal uses pagan symbol.



Here's the picture from the Gainesville Forum ... that shows the pagan symbol used by Congressman Nathan Deal and Phil Gingrey.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pagan Symbol used by Congressman Nathan Deal

I stole this post from Mad Dog on the blog, LeftonLanier.

It seems Congressman Deal let the former doctor, Representative Gingrey, use the pagan symbol of deception in a slide presentation in Gainesville this morning.

You can read the whole post at this link.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

He's not a Doctor

Georgia’s 11th District Congressman isn’t a doctor. That would be the honorable Phil Gingrey.

Reading the Congressman’s biographical information, he graduated medical school in 1969 and only practiced medicine for 26 years. Doesn’t that mean he stopped being a doctor in 1995? He better not be touching female patients pretending to be legally a doctor. His Georgia medical license expired 25 months ago.

So what can the 11th District Congressman bring to a 9th Congressional district discussion on healthcare? Pretty much nothing beyond partisan talking points. But maybe Nathan Deal needed an attack dog from outside the 9th District. That would make some sense.

Deal must cultivate the Republican radicals to win the gubernatorial nomination without destroying his support among moderate Georgians.

Expect the Congressman formerly known as Dr. Phil Gingrey to lead the partisan charge at tomorrow’s healthcare discussion in Gainesville, Georgia while Congressman Deal slinks in the background.

It’s time for honesty in politics. No more fake witnesses. And, no more fake doctors in the healthcare debate.

Friday, August 7, 2009

No Public Comments Welcome

More Georgia politicians have adapted the George Bush Cut-n-Run style of public meeting. Nathan Deal and Phil Gingrey will showcase their stylish adaptation on August 12th. Yesterday our local government, Red Elephant Republicans, squashed all public comments at the Georgia Mountains Center. Story link.

Over 100 people the Mountains Center auditorium to make public comments on a proposed water reservoir. The elected official adjourned the meeting and slinked from the venue before listening to voters.

Republicans have been telling us for years, the government is the problem. They prove that again and again and again, as our elected government officials.

Republican government doesn't work. At least Republican government doesn't work for the average voters. It doesn't even listen to the people.

Vote them out!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Partisan Event

Yes, the NON town hall, town hall meeting is a partisan political event.

You will learn the truth about what is going on in Washington from 2 Republicans.

One sided. No active healthcare professionals.

I wonder if the hospital booted them for that reason?

We'll know on the 12th. The hospital, had it truly approved a community related healthcare event, could have held 300 - 400 people.

Only room at the Civic Center that will hold more people is the Ballroom.

"Yeah, yeah. Sure, sure."

Nathan Deal running scared!

No town hall meetings for Nathan Deal. Don't expect any either. Our half pint version of Napoleon is afraid of voters and the public. Look for the Hall County Chamber of Commerce to run interference for him through a family connection at the Chamber. Nothing wrong with nepotism.

There will be a NON town hall meeting on Health Care August 12, 8:00 am to 9:30 am at the Gainesville Civic Center. The public is invited but you better RSVP through the Chamber.

I see no one invited a Democratic representative to speak. Expect the focus to be on how Deal and Gingrey have been fighting Obama to save us all.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sarah Palin cheating on her husband

Sarah Palin will divorce her husband within a few days. The story is already been verified by Alaskan sources including staffers for the former Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate.

Seems those cold winter nights got very boring for Mr. and Mrs. Palin. Both of them committed adultery. Sarah gave her farewell speech with no wedding band on her left hand. Todd is going back to drilling for oil. Sarah and the brats are buying land in Idaho.

No more moose for you, Sarah.

Details on Republican family values, Alaskan style at this link.

Medicine and you

What are the biggest killers of Americans? Cancer, stroke, and heart attacks.

What are the biggest medical advances from our private drug companies?

Viagra and Rogaine.

How about dentistry?

A dentist can bleach your teeth so white that the enamel falls off.

Compare that to what the government has charged you for exposing tobacco and smoking as the biggest causes of cancer, stroke, and heart attacks. Or, the simple addition of fluoride to public water systems.

Government healthcare. You already have it. It's free and more effective than Viagra.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Links to cartoons

Maybe all you need is some humor today.

Cartoon blog

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Economy

Let's do some good news.

Existing home sales have increased three months in a row. Foreclosed property inventory seems to be falling. The supply of existing homes for sale is also falling, or at least the number of homes listed for sale has fallen.

New home buyers can get a federal tax credit for as much as $8,000. With just a little work, a buyer can use that money for a down payment, or refile their 2008 taxes to get the money this year instead of next year. Thank you, Uncle Sam.

My least favorite uncle, Uncle Sonny Perdue, is giving a very humble tax credit for buying a home. It's $1,800 spread over three years.

Uncle Sam will put $8,000 in your pocket this year. Georgia will give a $600 allowance over three years. And, these two programs expire very soon.

We either need to remind our sons, daughters, and friends of this deadline OR lobby to continue the programs until our economy gets going.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Conservatives have no guts

I'm posting this from another blog. The owner of the blog made the post, an Eric somebody. The blog is PeachPundit, a conservative political blog in Georgia. The rather gutless Eric calls Jimmy Carter the greatest monster in History.


Does anyone really care that History’s greatest monster, the man who laid hands
on, endorsed, and applauded many of the most heinous regimes of the last part of
the twentieth century, has left the Southern Baptist Church? And he did so now
because of, among other things, the role of women in the church?


That, like most of what Jimmy Carter says, is simply attention getting pablum by an senile old leftist.*


The man is an unrepentant anti-semite and leftist. About the only part of the Bible he likes to take literally is the part about the Jews killing Christ. That gives him his anti-semetic justification.


Other than that, Carter wants to be free to live as he wants, not as God wants him to. Good riddance.


* I did delete the part about the pearly gates as that can offend
some peoples sensibilities and I really shouldn’t speculate on what St. Peter
will do when Jimmy approaches the gates.



Wow! A compassionate conservative on the Macon city council without guts.

Eric, if you have the power to condemn Carter and cast him out of the church, do it. That's not a bit different from damning him to Hell. Unless of course, you and your fellow church members don't expect a trip to Heaven. If your church members are damned to Hell, I ain't goin' attend your church. No one else should either. If you're going to damn Carter, stand by it all the way to the Judgment Day.

Monday, July 20, 2009

It ain't in the Constitution!

Did you ever hear the conservative idiot say, "It ain't in the Constitution!" I bet you have. So where are the words, "A Human Fetus has rights?" Or, "Birth Control is controlled by the legislative branch?"

Let's shock some Republicans with their own rhetoric!

Video

You'll want to watch around the 25th minute when Sen. Franken asks Judge Sotomayor is the words "abortion," "birth control," or "privacy" appear in the Constitution. The Judge gives a great lesson as to whether words MUST be in the Constitution.

A good lesson for us all.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The other bad news

Unemployment in Georgia is now over 10% and expected to continue rising. I expected that. I see unemployment as something that changes in response to the economy. I mean that it takes a while for employers to let people go. Before letting people go, some monthly report, or weekly report, or even a quarterly report has to show hard evidence of a turn down.

Yes, some managers might act when the work load appears to be falling. But, how do they know that isn't just a normal fluctuation? So firing happens after things get bad. And, rehiring won't happen until after reports show good things are happening and a continuing trend shows the good things aren't a fluctuation.

Meanwhile, another 1.5 million people are facing foreclosure on their homes.

Again, we must change the foreclosure process in Georgia to allow homeowners a legal process. As it is, lenders can foreclosure and auction the property without no court records or impartial review by the state.

It ain't right to take a man's house without due process. Let's make that an issue in 2010.

Links to stories.

Employment
Foreclosures

Independence British style

Here's a link to a related topic on my post about how the Constitution could be perverted for linquistic tyranny. It's from the New York Times and it's about how closely our Declaration of Independence closely resembles another 'English' language document.

Link

The 'other' document can be seen here.

I did not find this information on my own. I owe some thanks to a friend and former professor at NGCSU. If he keeps on teaching, I'll keep on learning. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Constitution as possible tyrant

So what’s really wrong with trying to restore our society to the values and principles of a “Constitutional government?”

Let me start with language. The meanings of words aren’t in dictionaries; they are in people. People use a dictionary for spelling checks, pronunciation clues, and for a list of possible meanings to any one word. The word blue is a simple example. Blue is a color but I can see several different blues. Blue could be a mood. Blue could be an unlawful behavior as in ‘blue laws.’ Any one word could have more than one meaning and that meaning could be revealed by the context. Context being dictionary defined as the “words, phrases, or passages that come before and after a particular word or passage in a speech or piece of writing and help to explain its full meaning.” But, using that dictionary definition, context only helps to explain the full meaning of a word by how it was used by a person.

But, that doesn’t yet capture language.

Everyone had a first language. As a Zen Master might ask a student, what was the language that you spoke before you learned to talk? Before we learned to speak, we had some sort of internal language that included labels for things like “warm” and “cold.” Those labels didn’t include any concepts of Fahrenheit or Celsius. Words like Celsius and Fahrenheit do not form naturally in the human mind. The human mind naturally discriminates. Salty tastes different than sweet. Warm feels different than cold. Light is different from dark. And, from the moment of our birth, we began a catalogue of judgments. Those judgments could have been simply, I like this and I don’t like that. So we had to have an internal language with ‘words’ for this and that. Plus various commands to do things like move the hands and feet. And, simple questions like, “What is that and why can’t I reach it with my hand?”

Each of us developed an internal language during our change from fetus to baby to infant right up to and including learning our first vocal and foreign word. We still have our non-verbal and native language. We use it every day. We do things that require no unspoken use of our verbal languages similar to those first natural discriminations, like picking a color for a wedding theme or a setting for the thermostat. We experience an internal clue that starts us down a path to language. My internal temperature should be an ideal 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When I feel ‘cold,’ it doesn’t mean my body temperature has dropped. My body temperature might still be 98.6 degrees but the effort of keeping that ideal temperature exceeds my ability to ‘warm’ myself. So I could feel ‘cold.’

One cold fact of our language, we kept our first, internally created catalogue of words and meanings. We use them everyday prior to translating our needs, desires, and feelings into our adopted, social language. Our social languages merely give us one set of clues for communicating with others within our personal and human society.

To plead the case of language, the men who wrote and signed the Declaration and the U.S. Constitution are dead. Their society is gone from our planet along with the environment that created and supported it. The circumstances of those men and their society contain clues that are missing from any modern resurrection.

If we could resurrect each of those men, they could not understand our modern questions or fit themselves into our times. Each had a unique interpretation of the documents. Of the 74 men appointed to the Convention in Pennsylvania, only 55 would ever attend. No one from Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, now known as Rhode Island, ever attended. Only 11 states ever voted on the creation of the Constitution, as the New Hampshire delegates were too late to the convention. When the document was completed, only 39 of the 55 signed. One signature, John Dickinson’s, was added by George Read.

So, in addition to language and its meanings, which men would we resurrect? All 74 or only the ones that personally signed the final draft? How do we account for the mob actions on September 29, 1987? In Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania assembly lacked a quorum. Without a quorum, meaning enough members to conduct legal business, the assembly could not vote on calling for a state ratifying convention. A mob formed and dragged two assembly members from their homes to the State House. The two members were forced to remain while their opposition voted for a state ratifying convention. Certainly, a strange way to bring principles like equality into government. Do we resurrect that mob or the two members opposed to the Constitution?

If we resurrected only Jefferson, author of the Declaration and anadvocate for a bill of rights, he would have to answer this question, “If slaves did not have equality under the U.S. Constitution, why did they have any value in proportioning seats in the House of Representatives?” Simply repeating. “All men are created equal ” explains nothing about a slave having less value for the purpose of a decennial census. Jefferson doesn’t have to explain that slaves had less value, less rights, and less freedom than others during his lifetime. That is the circumstance of his time and his society. But he must explain why such slaves had any value in allocating power among the 13 states as determined by a federal census.

He could answer, “It was a necessary compromise to get Southern ratification.”

And, it was a compromise. It was a compromise between King George and King Cotton. Any compromise answer eliminates Jefferson and the U.S. Constitution as the ultimate foundation of all government principles. If compromise is a principle of government, then the U.S. Constitution is a starting point for negotiations and citizenship becomes a yard sale.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Time to crash land the F-22

Need 187 unused fighter planes?

These have never flown more than 2 hours at a time. Seems they break after 1.7 hours in the air.

Very good planes for the arm chair warrior. You'll get to spend 30 hours working on the plane for every hour that you fly it.

They're all low miles, too. Never been flown outside the United States. They won't stay in the air that long.

You could even get one that sits in the hanger all day as only half the planes are available for missions defending the United States.

And, we thought Detroit couldn't make reliable transportation, eh?

Details on how the F-22 Raptor, the worlds greatest fight plane, is a piece of flying junk. Click this link.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

My wish list for the election?

Well, first ...

A system for tracking employment that is meaningful.

How many people between the ages of 21 and 57 have jobs. What kind of jobs do they have?
Full time
Full time with sick days and vacation
Full time with sick days, vacation, and retirement
Full time with sick days, vacation, retirement and health care
Part-time with no benefits
Part-time with no benefits and expected to last less than 6 months
Part-time with no benefits and with some hope of more than 1 year of steady work
On-Call with no hope of steady work
Outside Contractor that does not have a company or business beyond a status of "outside contractor"
Temporary with no advancement to permanent
Temporary beyond six months
Temporary beyond a year

That would be a good start on employment statistics. Changes and trends between these categories might reveal more than our current system of .... Unemployment is at a percentage ... or 565,000 new jobless claims were filed last month when seasonally adjusted ...

New legislation that stops banks from lobbying or contributing to political parties or campaigns. Why? In this day and age I have to use banking services. My fees shouldn't be used to mobilize an army that might not share my political views. Same thing goes for utilities.

Laws that make sense of PAC names. I shouldn't be able to start a new PAC with a name like National Rural Electrification PAC. It should be named Electric Company PAC. Yeah, there is a PAC with a name like Rural Electrification PAC. How do we enforce such a law? License a PAC. Want to lobby for electric companies? Then, you can only lobby for electric companies and electric company issues. Not electrification. Not energy. Want to lobby for whales? Then, only lobby for whales. Just make a list of issues that should have a lobby for it. How about the Poverty Lobby, the GED Lobby, Unemployment Lobby, Truth in Government Lobby, ...

Just set up a list of things that should have a lobby. Then, set up a list of companies that can collect or donate to the issue.

If we can't do that, outlaw PACs making donations to other PACs. And, candidates making contributions to other candidates. And, outlaw candidates from moving their campaign funds around, period. At the end of the race, whatever money is left, tax it 100% for the state.

I'll get back to this topic.

What do you want changed ...

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Just bad news

I hate to print the bad news but the point is to print the truth.

Consumer debt delinquencies have hit new record highs. Some of that isn't new. Or, news.

Over 6.6% of all credit card accounts are maxed out. Over 4.5% of credit cards are past due.

Loans for mobile homes, which are mortgages in fact, have a delinquency rate of 3.7% and home equity loans were close behind with a 3.5% rate.

The number one cause? Job loss.

As I've said before, the unemployment rate in the U.S. isn't a decent measure of unemployment. The unemployment rate can be figured by the number of people who present an unemployment claim to a state agency. Or, the Census Bureau can ask people. That second option is done all the time through the Current Population Survey or CPS.

The CPS was once known as the the "long form" of the decennial census. So, we can sample people who file claims or we can statistically sample a survey ...

Neither works well for me.

I look at the percentage of people holding a job.

Under Clinton as recently as 2001, 64.4% of people over 16 had a job. That fell under Bush to 62 to 60 percent. It's now fallen to 59.5%. I expect that to fall further.

Those statistics have four categories that suck. "1) independent contractors, 2) on-call workers, 3) temporary help agency workers, and 4) workers provided by contract firms."

I don't think the "on-call worker" really has a job. Seems like a dishonest way to inflate employment statistics.

Here's the statistic I love and hate at the same time. The total percentage of unemployed plus marginally attached workers plus workers forced into part time work ...

That number just hit 16.5%. Ugly to the bone. Under Clinton, from 1999 to the end of 2000, that number varied between 6.8% and 7.7%. In 1994, the percentage rate was higher than 11 for four months. In the past ten months, the rate has grown from 10.9% to 16.5%.

As the number of people without secure jobs increases beyond 16.5%, we'll see more foreclosures and more delinquent debt.

Foreclosures in Georgia? Rates? Numbers?

No one knows. That is the raw fact. Georgia's State Legislature doesn't care enough to track it.

What are the national numbers? According to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), new foreclosures were 1.37% of first mortgages. That doesn't sound so bad, eh?

Mortgage delinquencies were 9.12%. So about one in TEN homeowners are dealing with the possibility of foreclosure.

Now I'm going to get to the point.

We live in a state where foreclosure on a home doesn't require a legal procedure. The lender doesn't have to file a single piece of paper.

If I'm a lender in Georgia, I just send a notice of default to a homeowner and then sell the property on the court house steps. Over 7,462 homeowners in just five Georgia counties had their homes sold on the court house steps. In April ... this year. Five counties out of 159.

Am I getting the message across?

Republicans whine about property rights. Georgia homeowners don't have property rights in Georgia. Lenders have all the rights.

Every homeowner in Georgia is thirty days away from losing their home. All it takes is one missed payment. No legal process. No court review. It's all in the hands of the lender.

That isn't right.

As employment drops, as the number of people forced into part time work, as the number of temporary jobs increase, we need real action to save our neighbors.

Kennedy may have said that a rising tide raises all boats. But, it does nothing for those with their heads barely above water.


Just for kicks, read this foreclosure story about from the AJC. Link It's about an NFL football players ex-wife in Atlanta. The wife has been featured in The Real Housewives of Atlanta. It's something of a takeoff on Desperate Housewives. The house was bought for $2.4 million. It sold in foreclosure for $1.1 million. Allegedly, the ex-wife trashed the house before leaving. She says someone broke in. Interesting story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bill O'Reilly, a lying Bast_ard!

On a recent Sunday, Bill O’Reilly wrote a column that appeared in the Gwinnett Daily Post. Mr. O’Reilly is a highly intelligent man and he has had a huge amount of success in his life. He’s been a an American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator. He had an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government His greatest talent is lying.

Accusing a well-known man like Bill O’Reilly of being one of the greatest liars in American history requires proof. I’ve already stated that Mr. O’Reilly is smart, well educated and successful. Some criminals are very smart, well educated and successful; consider Bernie Madoff and the executives of Enron.

I rate Bill O’Reilly as a better liar than those men. O’Reilly remains trusted despite being caught several times.

What did he do this time? He misrepresented the polling results of a recent opinion poll. Why? He disagreed with the source and the results.

O’Reilly pointed to two questions in the recent CBS/NYT poll on healthcare conducted the week of June 12th. In some headlines, reporters have focused on the cost, in taxes, of national healthcare. The healthcare poll asked, “Would you be willing or not willing to pay higher taxes so that all Americans have health insurance that they can’t lose no matter what.” The answers were 57% would be willing and 37 would not be willing with 6% not answering Yes or No.

Bill O’Reilly changed that question to, “'Would you be willing to pay higher taxes so that all Americans have health insurance?'” Clearly that wasn’t the question in the poll. And, with his education and experience, he knows how to frame polling questions. He knows what happens when just a few words are changed. Leaving out just a few words not only changes the question, it changes the answers. In this case, no one answered Bill’s question. But, Bill says that according to the Times, Americans overwhelmingly want government financed health care.

Bill knows better. He doesn’t think his audience knows the difference. But, that’s not the worst lie in Bill’s column last Sunday. Bill says the Times intentionally selected Democrats for the poll based on another question in the poll. The poll asked of those who voted in the 2008 presidential election, “Did you vote for Barack Obama, John McCain, or someone else?”

It’s a simple enough question, if you voted, who did you vote for? Of those who voted, 48% said they voted for Obama, and 25% said they voted for McCain. Oddly, that doesn’t add up to 100%. Some 19% of the people who answered that question said they didn’t vote. That wasn’t the question. Did you vote? If you did, who did you vote for?

Just as revealing, 86% of the people in the poll said they were registered to vote. Nationally, only 62% of people eligible to vote are registered.

Clearly we have two questions, at least, that weren’t honestly answered. In one case, people proudly answered that they were a registered voter. In the other case, people were too proud to answer, “I voted for the loser.”

Today’s loser, the liar Bill O’Reilly, claims the entire poll was “a con,” “a fix,” “a deception,” and that the Times “scientifically stack[ed] the deck” based on one set of answers to one simple question.

Answers from people aren’t always honest, not even under oath in a court of law. In polls and in life, our backgrounds, incomes, and our ages aren’t always revealed.

What O’Reilly revealed in his column wasn’t that some liberal lied to the nation. O’Reilly got caught lying about polls, the questions in polls, and the answers in a poll. All because Bill didn’t like the answers.


You can read his column at The Gwinnett Daily Post.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Nathan Deal for Governor

Why don't we just call Nathan Deal a fat, little man with no leadership skills?

A blind member of a herd that walks with his head down, eating the left overs?

Had his father ever been inclined to beat young Nathan, Father Deal would have beat him in Morse Code. Maybe that would have carried a message.

What is Nathan Deal? Another little man with a Napolean Complex assisted by a perverted campaign staff that includes a young man who once thought it was funny to shoot women in the ass with a pellet rifle. [Don't forget the unauthorized heliocopter rides. BTW, did the government ever get repaid for those, Nathan?]

Nothing but filth in the office. Nothing upstairs in the man.

Hoover statistics

In 1928, 0.1 percent of people earned 47 percent of all income.

One tenth of one percent of the population had half of all income.

Real investment began falling in 1925. I define real investment as spending money on concrete and bricks. Machines and technology. Something that adds jobs.

The only growth in "investments" between 1925 and 1929 was investment in the stock market and its schemes.

Who owned the stock market though share ownership? Roughly 300,000 people owned 75% of all the shares of stock being traded.

What did this group get just in dividends? $3.571 trillion dollars. That's just in dividends.

Without adjusting for inflation, that's more than half the total income for the United States in 1999, $5.580 trillion. It's roughly 63% of all 1999 income.

Want to know with inflation? $44 trillion dollars just in dividends to 300,000 people.

That would be one quarter of one percent of the 1928 population.

Before Roosevelt, the United States didn't have a middle class.

Who wants to bring back the Conservatives of Hoover and Coolidge? Who wants to live as a slave?

Republicans...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Continuing Roosevelt vs. Obama and Hoover versus Bush

I'm working through this issue because I've heard a lot of lies in the Gainesville Times by local Republican officials.

One of the lies is that Roosevelt, the Democrats and Obama created the heavily progressive tax system that we have today.

Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we weave to decieve.

The Conferderate states instituted the first income tax in North America. Lincoln soon followed with one.

At the time of Hoover, Roosevelts predessor, only the top three percent of Americans paid an income tax.

That would be far more progressive than todays alleged imbalance of taxation, usually stated as the top ten percent paying sixty-eight percent of all income taxes.

That 3 percent paying 100 percent versus 10 percent paying 68 percent.

I thought I'd make it easy for Republicans by using numbers instead of words.

Hoover also created the business income tax during the Great Depression. With the help of a Republican Congress.

I'll debate any Republican on the facts. Anytime.