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Nice article. Wayne Ford has also written an article about a young Merriweather Lewis coming from Virginia and settling with his family on the Broad River in Oglethorpe County during that same period.

The "Early History of Jackson County" is available as a free download from Google Books.

Hover your cursor over the Red "Ebook Free" block and the format options will come up.

posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 10:38

According to Wikipedia Georgia's current gas tax is 27.5 state plus 14.4 federal for a total of 44.9 per gallon. The proposed legislation calls for a 29.2 state tax. Does this mean that the total tax per gallon would go up by 1.7 cents per gallon plus any additional local tax?

posted @ Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 09:20

We are a wasteful and disrespectful civilization that doesn't seem to know or care that we are destroying the oceans with our litter. Cities are beginning to outlaw the use of plastic bags and foam containers. Plastic bottles and six-pack rings should be next. Many states have deposits on drink containers but Georgia lags behind because the strong lobbying efforts of Coca Cola and convenience stores.

posted @ Monday, February 9, 2015 - 08:04


I don't agree with Michael's politics but he does make some good points about the state of the news talk shows. Serious news is hard to find although MSNBC still does credible job most of the time. It is a bit scary that the FOX tag-team entertainers are the most viewed news network.

Love this quote--
It’s rarely a fair fight. Alan Colmes and Bob Beckel are the Washington Generals of Fox News. And what good does it do for more than 2 million people to watch four conservatives beat up Beckel every night on “The Five”?

posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 08:41

Part of the 2015 State budget is the removal of health insurance coverage for bus drivers and other non-certified state employees. Nathan Deal terms stripping insurance from the employees as "matter of fairness" since the state does not give similar part-time employees health coverage. The Fair, Moral, and Christian thing to do would be to continue the coverage of these non-certified employees and move to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Stop playing politics Governor, and show compassion for the people of our state.

posted @ Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 09:07

The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law but has brought health care to millions of people. Republicans hate it because it is a success. Rather than listening to those who want to destroy the bill, they might look to improving it and bring universal, affordable coverage to every citizen. It is indeed time for the Party of NO to stop [filtered word]-footing around.

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 08:29

Fist Nathan Deal refuses to extend Medicaid coverage the the most needy in the state. Now he wants to balance the 2015 Ga budget on the backs of the least able to pay. Certainly he can find the revenue and continue to fund this benefit. Does he not care about the citizens of our state?

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 08:13

From an article in today's New York Times on Republicans and the wealth gap.

"Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, said Republicans needed to do a better job of explaining their policies in an emotional way that shows voters they care about them and understand their life experiences."

How can the right explain to the American people that they refuse to modify a system that allows the top 2% to benefit from record profits while none of the wealth "trickles down" to the middle class. Republicans may find they are sorry that they got what they asked for.

posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:35

What is the location of the new building?

posted @ Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 10:53

It's all about priorities. The old days of money for public health, schools, roads, and pay raises are gone under the republican administration--replaced by tax breaks and toll lanes for Lexus drivers. As long as the voters of Georgia elect the those that favor the rich, the lower and middle class don't have a chance.

posted @ Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 14:03

If Romney dedicates himself, he could challenge Harold Stassen's futility record for the number of tries for the presidency with no victory.

posted @ Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 10:39

Congrats to Ohio State. The Dux made a big mistake by wearing those white, angelic looking uniforms-- Where were the wonderful green vid-game outfits that make them look like they are playing at 10x speed? They lost their mojo.

posted @ Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 08:49

Yes, the US has some of the highest health care costs in the world which will only keep going up until the republican party works with the democrats to bring a universal, medicare coverage to all citizens. Until that time, our middleman insurance companies, and drug companies and physician cartels, will reap the benefits, while medical care is parceled out to the rest of us.

posted @ Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 09:33

@Kwijibo Junior:

The Affordable Care Act is the best that could be enacted given the Republican united front to block ANY Democratic legislation. It is a sad commentary on the the politics of the right to think that they worked to deny universal, "reasonably priced" health care coverage to everyone in the United States simply because they were out to defeat our sitting President.

posted @ Friday, January 9, 2015 - 10:32

I had a relative from Grand Rapids Michigan visit recently who loves visiting the Bells Brewery located there. He and my son went on the Creature Comforts tour one night and came back surprised that CC was not open as a Pub as most of the famous breweries in the US are. I thought it was a business decision that CC was open only for "tours". Didn't realize that Georgia is way behind the curve on updating our Craft Brewery regulations. Our neighbors in Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, and North Carolina all have modernized the laws on Craft Brewery sales and are attracting businesses that won't come to Georgia under the current regulations that serve to protect the old-line distribution system. Here's to our state legislators working to revise the Brewery sales laws and encourage new investment and tax dollars coming into our state.

posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 09:06

Trump is "Rough and Tumble" ??? Try "Rude and Truculent" The right has binders full of men all claiming to be the next Double R. Steel your mind as these clowns play political bumper cars and stagger into 2016.

posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:26


The days of "Rah Rah" are over. Major college sports have become so beholden to the TV dollar and corporate sponsorship that they probably would do well to be franchised and out-sourced to the highest bidder. The major conferences have a monopoly and and are happy to pay their players, why not level the field and go totally free market? Make the players contract employees and stuff the romantic notion that they are student athletes. The best players end up at the highest paying schools and the rest return to the love of the game.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 21:10

Bobo's a great guy and good coach but, Wow, he already makes about as much as the president of the university and much more than any state official entrusted to govern our state. He may be underpaid compared to some of his brethren, but the concern he isn't paid enough, highlights how obscene and out-of-whack big time athletics have become on college campuses. 500 K a year for a job in a town you love is a pretty sweet deal. Not to mention a great pension and the best medical coverage for him and family. All that being said, in today's market, the Dog's will probably pony up that extra 500 a year to keep him on.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 10:00

The height of hypocrisy from these political crooks that skim big money off the top while hyping "fiscal restraint" when reducing benefits for us in the middle and lower class. Of course Sanford and McCroy would tell you "they have worked for a living" and "deserve" any benefit they can finagle out of their wealthy associations. Why should the average guy deserve any of the spoils? Or even the right to health care and a living wage? Voters, get to the polls in 2016 and retire these crooks from office--We won't be voting for McCroy or Sanford but there are plenty career criminals in Georgia to boot out.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 20:10

Here's a fact check of Cheney's statements on Meet the Press this weekend. If we see ourselves as a world power we should hold ourselves to a higher standard than that of war profiteer like Dick Cheney.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 09:24

Nice story during this holiday season. Beautiful work--thanks for providing the close ups of the fabric and stitching.

posted @ Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 08:49

@Kwijibo Junior:

There is a detailed memoriam of Mr. Farmer on the Company website I think Mr. Farmer's father started the business.

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 09:42

Remember the old days when there were only 4 or 5 bowls and it was an achievement and honor to be selected? As someone put it recently, bowls have become a little like participation trophies in youth sports--everyone gets one. We're overloaded and over saturated, but there is a need to fill tv air time and sponsors will pay, so Florida here we come!

posted @ Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 15:36

“Democrats must embrace government,” Schumer said.

Schumer should be addressing his remarks to the opposing party who would like for the voters to believe that government is an evil entity, to be handcuffed, blindfolded and left for dead, allowing their corporate buddies reap the spoils. As the republican majority continues to exorcise the evils of government from the body of the american people, will the voters realize that the McConnells, Boehners, and their brethren, are the problem?

Obama hasn't given up but he is a realist and acted accordingly through executive action.

posted @ Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:10

I had a relative that was a B-17 crew member towards the end of WWII but never heard any stories about his service. Recently, toured the Collins Foundation plane that flew into Athens to get a feeling for what it was to fly on one of those planes. Eye-opening to see the cramped and spartan interior of the plane and learn that the crew depended on oxygen and heated electrical suits to survive when flying at high altitude. In early versions of the plane the waist gunners actually fired their machine gun out of open windows on the side of the plane, at minus 40 degrees with the wind rushing by. "Combat Crew", written by a Flight Engineer / Gunner, John Comer, recounts his 25 combat missions out of England in the 1943-44 period of the air war. Fascinating, and well-written, gives good insight into the life and crew of those stationed at one of England's many Eighth Air Force air fields.

posted @ Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 09:43

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