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

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

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.
. 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.

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.

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.


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
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 !'
''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.