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Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

What they say you get and what you end up getting is a pipe dream.  I  have been working since I was 11 and still am working.  My actual amount was 1/3d what they projected.  It's barely enough to buy beer.  And...they tax me.

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 15:27

Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

Another Federal Agency not doing its job.  We saw the regulators supervising  the BP Platform in the gulf busy watching porn.  A new report shows the computer geeks setting up the ACA were doing everything else and now the  NHTSA, who is supposed to be watching out for our safety is asleep at the wheel.  BTW, this outfit is supported by our federal highway gasoline tax money.  We see another agency suffering from a total lack of leadership. should we reward incompetency? Likely, the people who are responsible for this will be promoted.

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 08:50

Obama: Ebola outbreak a threat to global security

Why the military?  Why Boots on the ground in Africa.  The last time we went on a humanitarian mission there are helicopters were shot down and our people were killed and they're bodies drug through the streets.  Why not send people from the CDC to Africa?  Where are the Chinese?  

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 08:39

Theater shooting victim's parents sue ammo seller

Body armor is a legal product.  Parents can obtain ballistic material to place 
in a child's backpack as protection.  You  can purchase 4x8 panels to cover the walls of your home. The  body armor is moot because no honest citizen was allowed to carry self protection because the theater was a firearm free zone.  This is the point that escapes most people, If a trained and licensed person was in the theater the deaths may have been less, body armor or not.  A triple tap (two in the chest and one in the head! will defeat body armor. 

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 20:02

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

@Kwijibo Junior:
You are correct Jr., I was jammed today and  I didn't call but I will e-mail.   I like to e-mail because then I have  a record.   I will also e-mail my Representatives in other states where I own property or have interests.  Thanks for the wake up call.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 19:29

Braves' new stadium has a name: SunTrust Park

Cool compound  name.  Sun,  which is  warm, inviting and something GA has a lot of.  There is also  Trust, something we need more of.  The name is better than 'Bob's Big Boy Park" or 'Veto's S-- Shop Park'. 

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 19:11

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

This is very welcome news although it will not calm the radicals from screaming that this method of extracting energy is responsible for every ills known to man.  An interesting side bar is that depending on the process the amount of water needed to produce one million BTUs of energy from the following ecology pure  sources are...
Soy Biodiesel = 14,000 to 75,000 gallons of water,
Corn Ethanol =  2,500 to 29,000 gallons of water,
Hydraulic Fracturing =   0.6 to 6 gallons of  water.

The source for this data is the US Department of Energy. 

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 16:30

US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

Now we are sending military troops to Africa?  Boots on the ground into this deadly area.  Not only is disease killing thousands but so are  various roving gangs of thugs  and terrorists.  Will these troops be armed?  Will they be endangered by stupid 'rules of engagement' in case they are attacked?  What steps are being taken to protect troops from disease or bringing it bsck home? Congress  needs to ask hard questions. 

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 09:28

Income inequality complicates Georgia consumption tax

Wasn't there a story last week in the ABH that tax revenues in GA were above projections? Yup, there was and some of the folks posted above credited the Obama economy. The reality is that the Governor and the House and Senate have made GA a business friendly state and the results speak for themselves. I believe we need to look at who funded this political hatchet job.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:40

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

Odd isn't it that she brought Bill along.  Some political observers whisper that she cannot 'go it alone'.  Bill has had to bail her out of her gaffs.  Her surprisingly   disastrous book tour has caused the more radical base to look elsewhere. Our party threw her under the bus with Obama, I sure hope she can overcome the obstacles ahead of her. 

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:23

Strict dress code nets 200 detentions at NY school

..."interferes with the  learning and teaching process."  What a catch all phrase that one is. That could be and has been used as a reason to punish any type of  behaviour.  Yet school systems retain inept teachers and many complain about the testing process to grade teachers.  Do not the inept, unskilled or incompetent interfere with the  educational process?  If this were statutory law, it would be ruled as unconstitutionally vague.   Just calling attention to the  dress code and detentions does enough damage.  Perhaps this 'educator' does not understand that the child's brain is the important body part. 

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:11

Today's editorial cartoon

     I have been involved in the process of 'innovation and implementation' many times in my past careers. The process is so involved that I was going to write a book.  Innovation or the process of introducing a new product or implementation of policy requires strong leadership skills.  There is a great need to obtain feedback when determining a course of action and then getting all staff and key individuals to have ownership and buy into the task at hand.  
     In this case mixed messages were sent at the outset.  Kerry opened his mouth concerning the 'War' word at first saying no we aren't and then yeah, we are.  There is nothing but confusion and other foreign leaders (and ISIS) pick up on  this quickly.  

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:51

Mexican Independence Day celebration to be held Tuesday in Athens


posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:36

Mexican Independence Day celebration to be held Tuesday in Athens

Why would we want to celebrate the holiday of a foreign country?  Why would Americans want to acknowledge this foreign event?   

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:36

South Carolina upsets Georgia, 38-35

@georgia guy:
Ya know, next week the  Coach might not have a victory strategy.  All he will have the Dawgs do is stand up, ridicule and chastise the other team.   Regrets, I couldn't resist this last one.   Good night.  Wink

posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 22:55

South Carolina upsets Georgia, 38-35

@georgia guy:
I know, and I too enjoy football.  I really was not trying to inject politics as much as I wanted to show the true leadership qualities of members of a football team and the lack of leadership we see from Washington.  If we put what we see in Washington into the context of a football game or team, we get a much different perspective. I don't know if my comments were stupid, I thought I was being rather instructional. You seem to have understood and you receive a gold star. Thanks for the post.  

posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 22:23

South Carolina upsets Georgia, 38-35

After the game,  Coach Richt took a page from the Obama leadership Playbook.  He said he was never told by anyone that SC was such a strong team.  Nobody told him and he was blindsided as to their power, strength and abilities.   He then went on to blame the previous UGA coach for leaving the team in such a mess. 

posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 12:39

Today's editorial cartoon

     The Russian economy is based on the export of oil and natural 
 gas to Europe.  As the price of oil continues to fall ($92.15 ppb) the py6 (Russian Ruble) continues to fall in value (37.78 against the dollar) and inflation in Russia goes up.  So Putin must raise revenue.  
     Our President could take other decisive action to pressure Putin.  He could begin to install defensive missiles in Poland and other Eastern European countries. He won't because we all remember when he held the hand of the  former Russian President and promised he wouldn't. 
     With the low oil per barrel prices we must ask why gasoline prices are so high in GA.  The price of RBOB Gasoline is $2.51.  When we add state and federal the price should be under or very close to $3.00 per gal.  

posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 09:44

Humans altering climate is nothing new, but today's scale is more massive

     In some respects the good professor is correct in his assumptions that humans have in some ways impacted  nature.  I do object to the term 'unprecedented' in describing global impact. I can point to dozens of  natural events in the history of the Earth which had a devastating impact on life on Earth.  From the dawn of time we must remember, the time  of humans is only a blink of an eye.  The article does not mention if the professor believes human impact is positive or negative. 
     There is evidence that non-human life has negatively  impacted Earth,  at least in various regions.  Animals have overgrazed areas destroying vegetation and ground cover. Animal trails have caused erosion. 
     The professor is correct in his assessment of the Industrial revolution in the USA  caused dramatic social changes to the lifestyle of millions of Americans. We can see our friends in China having similar experiences today.  While  industry plays a part, one of the most serious causes of pollution are the smouldering cooking fires of poor people  in India.  Progress has enriched and extended the lives of humans and animals to become more productive. 
     New research  published in Scientific America indicated that when forests  are destroyed to build  dams for 'sustainable'  renewable hydroelectric power generation  in the tropics of Asia, Africa and South America, the decaying forests produce massive amounts of Methane.  
     We know 'sustainability' can be deadly,  wind turbines kill  thousands of birds and Bats. There is one study that shows these things contribute to warming as they disturb the cool night air which settles to the ground. There is also the serious mental health issues of people  living near these windmills. 
     On a positive note, Yale  University  released a study entitled How Conversions of Forrest to Crop.and Affects Climate  which demonstrated the cooling effect on climate brought on through human agriculture. 
     Concerning global warming, there has been none for 17 years 11 months according to the RSS Satellite global mean temperature data.  Professor Ross McKitrick  of the University Guelph, Canada published research showing no global warming for 19 years.  IPCC now has revised their model to show a 0.01 degree temp increase this century.    
     Earth's  geology and the solar system has the greatest impact on climate which has been changing since the beginning of time. 

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 10:23

Today's editorial cartoon

He really got slammed because of his, "no strategy" gaff. Then we learned that he received a beiefing paper about a year ago concerning ISIS as a threat. We wonder what he did with the report. Then Lurch (Sec. of State Kerry) said we are not in a war. This Administration can't get everyone playing from the same sheet of music. It's now Obama's fault.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 15:01

Yahoo describes surveillance fight

@mpd0.59:     It's time we get over Bush.  He has been gone for half a decade, he is content sitting out his life in Texas painting.  We now have an even bigger threat, one who is using the IRS, BLM, VA, EPA and NSA against Americans.  Richard Nixon wouldn't believe what os going on now.  

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:37

Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

     The simple answer to this question  is NO!  The US Constitution gives this power to Congress in very plain English.  Look for yourself, the powers are granted to Congress under  Article I, Section 8,  Number 11.  Only Congress has the power to...
     "To declare War, grant  Letters  of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Capture on Land and Water."  
     Indeed in Number 12 of Article I, Section 8 Congress has the power of the purse and is allowed...
     " To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that use shall be made for a longer Term than Two Years."  
     Under Article II Section 2, Number 1, the Executive.
     " The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of  the United States,..." 
     There is the War Powers Act which allowed the President to take  swift action but seek approval from Congress within 60 days.  The President is half way through this requirement because of the bombings he has already engaged in.
     Congress did give the President (Bush) power to wage war against AQ, but ISIS is not AQ and we also have the issue of 'nation building' in Syria.  Laws cannot supersede or undermine the Constitution which is the law of the Land. 

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 11:26

French women bid topless sunbathing 'adieu'

     What sad and shocking news.  The French women were so confident and sure of themselves.  They were  take charge women with great body image.  French women would walk the beaches of the  world with pride and respect in themselves  and with great aplomb. This all must be the fault of their socialistic government.
     Now is the opportunity for Americans to step up to the plate and accept the challenge.  What the French gals started, American women can do better than ever and show them what they are made of.
     Tan lines are ugly and grotesque. 

posted @ Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 20:31

New tropical depression forms south of Mexico

2014 Hurricane season has failed to materialize/ 

So far, four storms have gotten names in the Atlantic this year. In records going back to 1851, Sept. 10 is the day when the odds are greatest there will be at least one tropical storm or hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic.

From Bloomberg:   The statistical peak of the Atlantic hurricane season has arrived and for the first time since 1992 there isn’t a named storm in the basin.
     While forecasters are watching a pair of potential systems, neither is likely to grow into a tropical storm by the end of today.
     It would still be a mistake for everyone to let their guard down, said Gerry Bell, lead hurricane forecaster for the U.S. Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.    “The season isn’t over and it is not shut down,” Bell said. “While it is weaker than average we already had one hurricane strike North Carolina this year. We need people to stay prepared.”   It is also too early to tell if there is a larger shift under way in the Atlantic that could herald in an era of fewer storms, he said.
     Since 1995, the basin has been in the midst of what is called the warm phase of the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation. This means it has been warmer than normal and the chances for weaker storms to grow stronger are enhanced, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

     Today also broke a 128 year record.  A summertime snow storm  covered Rapid City, SD with 6 inches of snow.  

posted @ Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 19:14

Today's editorial cartoon

     Let' s see now if I have this correct.  President Obama drew a red line in the sand and Bashar  al-Assad  kept pushing back  as he fought a rag-tag bunch of rebels  of questionable loyalties who were intent on over throwing Syria.  Obama kept moving his red line in the sand until  he ran out of  sand.  He showed the world world that he had no sand and no stones. 
     Then he said al-Assad would not last long and he should step down.  Al-Assad is still there. 
     So now we have ISIS,  an outgrowth of AQ when the War on Terror (according to Obama) ended.  Obama pulled out a US force from Iraq which was in place to provide stability and contain and manage radical forces.  He said Iraq was a better place now than when we arrived. He left our military equipment, ISIS grew and now is using our equipment.  
     Now ISIS is fighting in Syria against al-Assad, the red line guy and the guy Obama wanted out. Obama wants to bomb in ISIS in Syria which would benefit al-Assad and he wants to arm and train this band of rebels  whom we know little about.  
     Wow, I'm sure glad we now have a strategy. 

posted @ Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 19:00

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