Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ann Coulter in my email

HELP! SPAM POLICE! HELP!

Ann Coulter has emailed me 11 times in 10 days about her new book. How did she know I had an email account? How did she get past my spam filter?

I feel so dirty every time I open my email and I see ANN COULTER jammed tightly into the box.

Honest. I didn't ask her to get in there. I ain't helping her get back out. I am going to slam the box closed and weld the lid shut.

Even if that works, I plan on wearing a brown paper bag over my head for six months. I'd have to kill myself if I were walking down the street and somebody yelled, "That guy has been reading Ann Coulter emails!"

Oh, the humanity...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Enjoy this from Roger, too

To Gary Gambrell, for his selection of Alan Keyes and Herman Cain as more qualified than Barack Obama as President, I present the very first and I hope last Foot in Mouth Award.

Alan Keyes, is the very definition of a perennial candidate. A perennial candidate is one "who frequently runs for public office with a record of success that is either infrequent or non-existent. Perennial candidates are often either members of minority political parties or have political opinions that are not mainstream. They may run not with any serious hope of gaining office, but in order to promote their views or themselves."

Mr. Gambrell proudly notes his vote for Alan Keyes in the 1996 Presidential primary in a letter dated January 24 and published in the Community Forum of the Gainesville Times.

Alan Keyes clearly is the more distinguished collegian having performed in the Glee Club instead of editing the Law Review. While Obama has actually won a political campaign for President and the Senate, Keyes is the much more experienced campaigner. Keyes campaigned and lost running for U.S. President in 1996, 2000, and 2008. He ran and lost in campaigns for the U.S. Senate in 1988, 1992, and, in 2004, against Barack Obama in Illinois.

Mr. Gambrell also notes his vote for Herman Cain, aka the Hermanator, great self promotor, businessman, and talk radio show host. The talk radio host got 26% of the primary vote in his failed 2004 Senate bid. His campaign ended with about $300,000 of debt. Mr. Cain was not even able to raise enough money to be a credible politician.

But, these "politicians," if that is what they are, were selected by Mr. Gambrall as examples. Gambrell leaves us guessing as to why he voted for these two ambitious black men. He clearly believes both are more objectively qualified than Barack Obama to hold political office.

Ambition is good. Over-reaching can lead to personal growth. But losing repeatedly or 'Hermanating' yourself has no reward or purpose. So for your hubris Mr. Gambrell, I can say this about your choices in the polling place.

"Here's to you, Mr. Gambrell, the first and I hope only 'Foot in Mouth Award.' May you someday find a foot as big as your mouth."

R

Bigots

This can be found at the Gainesville Times, posted by Roger Godberd.

"A bigot is a person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles or identities differing from his or her own, and bigotry is the corresponding attitude or mindset. Bigot is often used as a pejorative term to describe a person who is obstinately devoted to prejudices, especially when these views are either challenged, or proven to be false or not universally applicable or acceptable.

The origin of the word bigot and bigoterie in English dates back to at least 1598, via Middle French, and started with the sense of "religious hypocrite", especially a woman."

That has been cut and pasted from one of those Wikipedia type things on the internet. Not the best source of information. But, it's fast and easy. I didn't choose a dictionary first but a dictionary would distill those two paragraphs down to something like, "a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion."

For example, in the Gainesville Times Letters to the Editor a woman writes that Barack Obama is so liberal. He is so liberal that even after praying on it, she could not vote for him. So, she voted in a Christian manner ["a conservative and Christian direction."]. She's not absolutely a bigot. Barack is a Christian, isn't he?

But, Barack Obama wasn't campaigning for senior pastor at a local church. So how does the respectable lady know her Christian direction is truly Christian? Well, it's not Obama's Christian direction. That's not my judgment. It's hers.

The President of the United States doesn't run a more just version of the medieval inquisition. The oath of office ins't a promise to hunt down non-Christians and purge them from government. Nor, does our way of government compel Christian practices upon citizens or government employees. Our government is not about sin!

If government were about "sin," we all might be wearing orange jump suits, wearing slippers, and living at GITMO.

And, who would be left to guard us except the "religious hypocrites?"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Is it True?

The allegation has been made that a person in power at the Gainesville Times is connected with Cagle. This connection to Cagle is the reason the Times will not investigate the missing $50,000.

Does that also cover the security fraud issues with Cagle's Oakwood Bank?

Does that also cover the bank nominating Cagle for the Board of Directors as a ... graduate of two colleges?

To me, Cagle sounds like that braggart Brother-in-Law at Christmas Dinner. Over dinner the braggart says, "I had such a great year in my business. It was so great that I bought everyone shares in my company as presents!"

I hear a certain local Gainesville CPA is somehow involved with Cagle's security fraud.

A partner in crime?

Hmmmmmm. Need to check some more public records, eh?

If I find the name of the person at the Gainesville Times, I'll publish it.

If you want to know the name of the CPA, I'll tell you how to find out. I already know.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Why does it matter?

Why does it matter? Does it matter?

I have my idea of what is the truth. Other people have an idea called the truth. Is it the truth because "we" believe it or do "we" believe it because it is true?

In Republican crazy North Georgia, it's been decided that I can't hold anything to be true if I don't believe it. In other words, my desires create a false truth.

Fine.

But, let's get the debate exactly where it needs to be in North Georgia. Let's show the facts to back up our individual belief systems.

Republicans go first. That should end all debate.

Stupidity in the Gainesville Times

Still no response from the Gainesville Times on my offer made weeks ago. If you remember, weeks ago, I offered to prove Casey Cagle is $50,000 short in his campaign accounts. Hard evidence. Numbers. Documents. Verifiable public information.

Not a peep from the community leaders at the Gainesville Times. Gutless bastards every one of them.

Meanwhile, they publish trash. Here's a small sample in the Letters to the Editor column from today.

"Politicians then sent out regulators with instructions to shut down funding in the housing industry because of a subprime mortgage crisis caused by unprecedented gas prices ..."

There's an accusation that needs more than token explanation. So, gas prices caused the mortgage crisis?

"
[W]hen the FDIC and banks started selling homes for pennies on the dollar, the housing and development business was destroyed."

Has any one bought a house for "pennies on the dollar" from a bank or the FDIC? Since the financial crash or ... before housing and development "was destroyed?" I think not.

"
Foreclosures began, and many banking officers saw this as a way to convert customer loans into discounted investment holdings, which has now grown the mortgage crisis to more than 20 percent of the market."

WOW! Foreclosed properties still had mortgages!!!! Who knew! No, once a house is has been foreclosed, there is no mortgage. Foreclosure ends the mortgage. Who is the idiot writing this trash?

"
Is it possible the Democrats set this up over the past four years for their political gain?"

Nope. Not possible. I'm a Democrat and I've never seen two Democrats work together for any length of time. But, if you want to think that a vast conspiracy of JUST Democrats, working together, IN SECRET, without getting caught LIKE CLINTON with the intern, ... well, just go ahead and think it.

Personally, I just wish you'd go away and take the Times with you, if that is what passes for
a letter "limited to one topic on issues of public interest." The only topic in that letter is the usual, "I hate the Democrats!" I don't think the public interest is served by publishing chaotic ramblings and emotional conspiracy theories. I say, LET THE MAN GET A BLOG!

If the Gainesville Times won't expose Cagle as evil, they shouldn't publish such an idiotic letter that has no substance and no purpose. Save labeling innocent people as evil.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Supidity in North Georgia's colleges

I was proctoring an exam yesterday at a local college. The testing had been advertised. The ad stated that pre-registration was a must. The test session would start at 9 am and last up to three hours. Registrants were told to show up 15 minutes early, that seating was limited and to bring two forms of ID.

How many students do you think tried to show up late without registering?

Three.

The last one showed up at 11:30 and threw a fit! She was married and had children. By the time she arrived, not only was the testing over but the room had been cleaned and set back up for the next class period.

She actually tried to block the door and prevent me from leaving as if I could be forced to give her the exam before the next class started.

If you can't read and follow the instructions by the time your reach college in the middle of your life, there might be a reason you're back in school.

I pity her children.

More on Unemployment

Please keep in mind, these numbers are already out of date by 3 weeks and do not reflect reports of retailers in the after Christmas lay-offs.


ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate shot to 8.1 percent in December, the highest rate reported since March 1983.

The department reported Thursday that 393,168 Georgians were jobless. About 40 percent of those people are getting unemployment insurance.

The March 1983 jobless rate was also 8.1 percent.

The rate was 3.6 percentage points higher than the 4.5 percent of people who were without work at the same time last year. It was also a 0.7-point increase over November's 7.4 percent unemployment rate.

The labor department says there are 121,800 fewer payroll jobs than last year, a decrease of about 2.9 percent.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Facts on Unemployment

Some new numbers out today on unemployment in the State of Georgia.

"The Georgia Department of Labor says unemployment insurance claims shot up 174 percent last month compared to December 2007, with one of the top increases coming in the Gainesville area..

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond describes the increase as "stunning and sobering."

Among metropolitian areas with the highest increase in claims last month, Rome and Dalton were up about 350 percent and Gainesville 216 percent."


That's not real news to anyone. Well, at least not anyone who's been visiting the Georgia Department of Labor's Gainesville Career Center.


Go in and ask the guard how many people come in a day. For weeks, at least November and December, 700 to 750 people were coming in per day. When those kind of numbers are coming in on Mondays and Tuesdays, that's new termination.


How come these numbers are just now showing up in statistics?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jeb Bush, "When will the time be right?"

Yesterday, former President Bush, Jeb Bush's father, said he'd like to see Jeb in the White House.

He'd better hurry. I don't think Obama is going to invite Jeb over once Dumbya leaves for the last time.

Meanwhile, Jeb says he's not running for office until the timing is right. Let's hope Hell doesn't freeze over any time soon.

Story

Jeb meandered around a couple of half truths during his little press conference. He let the press know that his decision didn't have anything to do with his brother's performance or record low approval ratings as President. However, saying "I'm not George Bush" works very well for 6 billion other people on the planet, too. But, it's a start toward getting into office.

Jeb thinks he can help reshape the Republican Party's message even if he's not holding an elected office. "I'm not George Bush" is a good start on reshaping that message, what ever it might be after the crushing defeats of 2006 and 2008.

While the GOP looks for a message to lure voters back to the party of failure, the younger Bush brother says he will continue his personal journey, whatever that means. Maybe it means finding himself. Just remember, Jeb, you're not George Bush.

Click your heels and keep saying, "I'm not George Bush. I'm not George Bush. I'm not George Bush."

Monday, January 5, 2009

FairTax Attack Dogs have Rabies

Every time I mention the FairTax, which is misnamed, I get slammed by emails from self important "Regional Directors" who are just rabid dogs chewing on invisible bones.

"Charlie," one of the FairTax dogs amused me so I'm going to share.

His invisible bone is the tired old refrain about "corporations" pay no taxes. Corporations pass tax expenses back to people with higher prices. He wanted me to know this great "truth" since I reported that most corporations paid no federal income taxes. The study on corporate taxes was released this year by the GAO.

If we go by the GAO, corporations aren't paying taxes. If they aren't paying taxes, then they aren't sliding tax expenses along to people. Sort of makes that invisible bone harder to chew, eh Charlie?

But, let's ridicule the idea and not the person. Every year, I add up the amount of federal corporate taxes I pay as per Charlie's bone. Then, I just include that in my wages for next year and charge them back. Same bullshit as Charlies spews.

But let's be reasonable.

When a corporation makes no money, who paid the taxes? Of course, a corporation pays no income taxes if it doesn't make any money. Yet, I bet if we check the balance sheets, expenses aren't less with no federal income tax to pay. Changing the way corporations pay taxes, which is what Charlie wants under the FairTax, wouldn't make that corporation solvent. It wouldn't make that corporation able to 'defeat' foreign competition. Competition doesn't reward bad management. Ask the CEO of GM who just apologized in front of Congress for decades of crappy management. Taxation didn't ruin our domestic car industry.

What about a corporation that goes bankrupt? Who was paying the taxes? If you remember Enron and it's sudden bankruptcy, after the management team robbed the employees, vendors, and stockholders, whatever was left of the corporation asked the IRS to return hundreds of millions in "overpaid" taxes. If you remember, the management cooked the books to show a profit that didn't exist. The corporation paid the taxes on the cooked up income. So who paid the taxes? There wasn't a sale to a person or another company. Who paid the taxes? The employees, vendors, and stockholders paid those taxes.

The really troubling thing about these invisible bones, the dogs keep chewing them. Never try to take a bone from a rabid dog. Not even an invisible bone. Unless you want your email box full of spit.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Nuclear reactors' water use draws concern (Georgia Times Union)

Georgia Power, through a couple of subsidiaries, owns two nuclear power plants on the Chattahoochee River. To cool the nuclear reactors, the plants draw water from the river through two pipes, each with an 18 ft. inside diameter.

One third of the water is lost to evaporation.

BUT, that's not all the water use for the plants.

The plants must return the water to the river without super heating the river. To protect the river, the plants must either use electricity to cool the water before discharge, discharge the water very slowly, or only discharge the water during maximum river height. Maximum river height can be controlled by the discharge of water from impoundments along the river.

When I say 'river height,' the Chattahooche isn't very deep except during peak water discharge from an artificial impoundment, like Lake Lanier. When water is flowing from Lake Lanier into the Chattahoocher, not only is the depth increased but the discharge greatly increases the speed of the water flow.

With that increased water flow, the nuclear power plants can release their heated cooling waters back into the river with less worry about 'super heating' the river.

The river and the lakes can be a wonderful resource for all citizens. But, if a choice is being made to give free favors to Georgia Power by taking from property owners and local economies, we are making a bad choice.

Mike
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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Old News for a New Year

If you're a supporter of the 'alleged' FairTax, you have no need to continue reading.

Readers will remember my personal point of view on the very bogus and misnamed, "FairTax." The "FairTax" is just another political tool of the GOP, an extension of the Southern Strategy started under Nixon. Although Nixon gets most of the credit for moving Southern voters away from the Democratic Party, Reagan worked the Republican method of carrying Southern states and conservative Democratic voters in the latter decades of the 20th century and first decade of the 21st century by exploiting racism among white voters as well as anyone white man in history.

As explained by Kevin Phillips in a 1970 interview:

From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that... but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans. That's where the votes are. Without that prodding from the blacks, the whites will backslide into their old comfortable arrangement with the local Democrats.
Now what does a 1970 quote have to do with Reagan and the FairTax plan?

Let's cover Reagan, first. Reagan's first campaign stop in any Southern State after winning the GOP nomination, was in Mississippi at the Neshoba County Fair. That county fair isn't a small town event that means nothing and never had a place in history. It's the site where 3 Civil Rights workers were murdered in 1964. The 1964 murders were unsolved when Reagan proclaimed his support for "states rights."

Under the concept of "states rights," the federal government would have been barred from investigating the murders. The only murder trial was held in 2005.

In the 1964 uproar over the murders, Lyndon Johnson presured the FBI into investigating the three murders. During its investigation, the FBI also discovered the bodies of at least seven other Mississippi blacks, whose disappearances over the past several years had not attracted attention outside their local communities.

Did Reagan walk into this local community where so much violence had taken place with no intention of honoring the dead?

There are recordings of Reagan's comments. He commented that he had ridden in a surrey or a carriage for real. He wanted everyone to know that Ted Kennedy was concerned about poverty. Especially since Ted had never had any. Reagan commented on some mysterious and unnamed institution that he had read all about in the National Geographic.

Let me quote that passage.

Our young men are told to pre-register in the event that we need a draft. May I suggest something I think we need much more than that, because I don't believe we need a peacetime draft. What we need is to recognize what we're asking of the young people of this country who are in the volunteer military and then provide a pay scale and benefits commensurate.

But you'll never know how rewarding this is, this institution that has existed for so long-and as I said in the beginning, I know there is nothing-I have read all about it in the National Geographic. How did you ever accomplish this without a federal program?
Those who wish to debate the rambling and disfunctional quote can listen to the recorded speech by contacting the Reagan Library. That is, if the Library will let you listen to it. But, I've left nothing out. Reagan went from talking about a peacetime draft to discussing a rewarding but nameless institution. Thank God we can trust the National Geographic!

So Reagan wants to throw the FBI and federal agencies out of issues better handled by locals, like Sheriff Lawrence Rainey and his Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price. Price and Rainey more or less murdered three men in 1964, possibly many more. Reagan ignored those unsolved crimes when making this 'historic' speech before 30,000.

Trent Lott, remember him? Reagan went to the county fair because Trent Lott thought it would be a good idea.

It is a good idea to tell Southern people that the Federal government has no rights in the South. Especially if you want to run the Federal Government. Sort of like saying to voters, "Give me the job of running the federal government and I won't do it! Then, everyone can be put back the way it belongs. Anarchy!"

It's just more believable to accuse Reagan of seeking the racist vote. Perhaps more logical when looking back at the incredible growth of the national debt under Ronald Reagan.

The FairTax is like Reagan's use of the Southern Strategy. "Through the use of language, we'll use some words like fair and state's rights to attract certain groups of voters. These voters already have an agenda like racism.The only problem will be avoiding the agendas .

The FairTax agendas? One agenda under the FairTax is removing all federal taxes from corporations. Corporations aren't paying any federal taxes now. "Two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report from Congress."

The FairTax has many false premises, among these that domestic corporations are unfairly taxed by the federal government.

The FairTax, like 'state's rights,' is lip service to the dysfunctional. Who would be proud of being the member of a mob?

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Cartoon



Is this was we expected from trading carbon credits maybe?