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Mexican Independence Day celebration to be held today in Athens

The insanity here is the involvement of Athens - Clarke county government. The same government that won't call the parade at Christmas time a Christmas parade.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 07:34

Push continues for convention of states to amend U.S. Constitution

"Critics have questioned the issues singled out for consideration and worry such a convention would devolve into chaos."

I don't see how they [the critics] found time to consider anything given all the current chaos.

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 07:40

Sheriff, feds: Rancher Cliven Bundy must be held accountable

"U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they agree with a Nevada sheriff's position that rancher Cliven Bundy must be held accountable"

Sounds like typical pick and choose of law to enforce by our fed. government.

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 17:59

Record low river flows show need for improved water planning

@proftom: "But the increased evaporation is a loss to at least that local area."
My point is that the obvious increase in evaporation cause by exposing more surface of water by creating a reservoir can be compensated for by storing water from "flash" rains (that would otherwise race to the ocean) and then releasing the water over an extended period of time. The heavy rains in our region can increase river floes very exponentially as compared to normal rain events. This is exactly what lakes Hartwell, Russell and Strom Thurmond where designed to do in order to insure a more even flow of water during dry and times of flood. The fluctuations in the reservoirs of +-4' can store large amounts of widespread rains from tropical storms. Local heavy rains have little impact on the elevation.

posted @ Monday, June 2, 2014 - 11:50

Record low river flows show need for improved water planning

Even though it's hard to discern by looking at the US geological river flow data that there is less river flow I certainly except the fact that his studies says there is. If for no other reason then certainly by increased human consumption.

I am curious though about the connection (relationship) of the "flash" runoff caused by our increase in impervious surface and our reservoirs. It seems to me that the fast runoff is captured by the reservoirs and can then be released at a normal pace. Same is true for extreme short rain events. It also seems that the reservoirs would recharge ground water supply by subjecting water to a larger area.
Then of course there is the increased evaporation from warmer temps which causes the atmosphere to hold more moisture (clouds) which causes the sea level to drop and temps to go down which causes more rain.
"But it’s still more complicated than that, Georgakakos explains."
Indeed.

posted @ Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:54

Politicians disagree over how to spur job creation

@mpd0.59: "What happened to all the rhetoric about Obama stimulus spending adding to the deficit, increasing the national debt, and destroying our country?"

That wasn't rhetoric, that was complaining. Rhetoric is what got the bill passed in the first place.

"Why aren't Georgia Republicans walking their talk by refusing to accept any budget busting stimulus money? Why?"

Now that the money has been taken what do you suggest, give it to Alabama?

posted @ Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 09:07

Athens man, 45, in and out of prison his entire adult life arrested again

obviously prison life is just to pleasant to be a deterrent.

posted @ Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 06:45

Filler: World without work may be on horizon

"When this nation was founded, 98 percent of workers toiled in agriculture."
And if you can understand how we went from this to where we are now, then you can understand that we can do the same over the course of the next 200+ years. Only different.

posted @ Monday, March 17, 2014 - 05:53

Ponsoldt: Reasonable minimum wage would support 'trickle-up' economics

And some also argue that unemployment compensation and food stamps help (stimulate) the economy. I don't argue against them but I don't believe they help the economy, more a symptom of a bad economy than helping one.

I believe we will find that the answer to a strong economy lies in the total energy of our people based on an optimistic outlook based on a sound constitutional government.

posted @ Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 08:07

CVS to stop tobacco products sales

CVS should be able to not sell anything they want. That's their right.
I would also say, for example, that a restaurant should be able to allow smoking. They own the building. Anybody that doesn't like need not come in.

posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 14:14

A new entitlement? The right to preschool

Remember back in the 20th century when the USA was unquestionably the most technologically advanced nation in manufacturing, electronics, medicine, agriculture and so on?
You know, back before mandatory kindergarten, pre-K, not to mention others.

posted @ Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 08:36

Galis: 'Bleeding heart libertarians' lead way on income inequality issues

A few random observations:
-!n 1800, it took 275 man hours to produce 100 bushels of wheat, the USA workforce was 90% agriculture. Today it takes 3 hours to do the same. That people continue to blame technology for high unemployment baffles me.
- millions of illegals have risked coming to this country in the last 20 years because why? Because of a demand for their labor all the while the unemployment rate has gone up (it's much higher than reported). So we really need more income redistribution and safety nets? For what, so more people can draw government checks and while more illegals come in to do the actual work?

posted @ Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 18:25

Winner announced in Athensmade logo contest

I like it but it may not be "artsy" enough for main stream Athens. Too much geometry.

posted @ Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 09:13

Weisbrot: New economic approaches could address climate issues

Brilliant opinion!

• A carbon tax: That will ensure the governments full support of carbon emissions. "Give the money back to the people"- not gonna happen.
• Pursue full employment: Never thought of that one. May be on to something there.
• Labor law reform: Yea that will help Ford and GM increase employment and pay while competing w/ Toyota and Honda.
• A financial speculation tax: Anything that encourages more investment I'm sure will help.
• Public investment in energy: approve the Keystone pipeline, the public won't have to invest.

posted @ Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 09:05

VIDEO: What you need to know about the 'polar vortex'

Another interesting thing Time magazine could tell is that in an article in 1974 they blamed a "polar vortex" on global cooling and the recent one they blame on global warming.
http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2014/01/07/time-magazine-swings-both-ways/

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 08:11

Marines delay female fitness plan after half fail

As the political correct philosophy of the recent past is assimilated into our military, it will appear to be accepted by them (military), but what we don't see is the fact that those (in the military) who don't agree with it will slowly disappear from the ranks,
The unforeseen consequences will be very consequential.

posted @ Friday, January 3, 2014 - 09:10

Judge: NC possum drop allowed to go on

Peta should be happy, that's at least one possum that won't become road kill
(while their playing "possum drop" with him).

posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 18:49

Obama enrolls for health coverage, won't use it

.......Awe, never mind.

posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 09:53

Morgan: Obamacare can work

Glad to hear someone had a good experience with it.

And if you like your plan you can keep it. ( I mean the word period)

posted @ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 20:41

Grimes: Is it time to increase federal minimum wage?

@geronimo509:

No, your not aiming low enough, I say $1 on gal. of gas and $0.25 on milk.

posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 - 18:05

Grimes: Is it time to increase federal minimum wage?

@avenger:

$0.75 in 1955 has a buying power of $6.54 today.

$3.35 in 1985 has a buying power of $ 7.27 today. (Reagan)

$7.25 today has a buying power of $7.25 today.

http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm

posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 - 17:38

Grimes: Is it time to increase federal minimum wage?

Walter Reuther should have known that if the evolution of mechanized farming didn't create 90% unemployment then he had nothing to worry about from a computer in the early 1950's.
A computer replacing 100 workers in the early 1950's? Really?

Through the last 5 decades of raising min. wage has the poverty level changed? You think maybe raising the minimum wage accomplishes anything more than stimulating inflation?

posted @ Monday, December 16, 2013 - 08:53

Boehner hits tea party as budget vote moves closer

The Pelosi led house passed health care bill that had to be "passed so you could read it".
Boehner just went into a rant against his own for criticizing a bill before they read it (although it had surly been leaked) that paled compared to any he said about Pelosi. I guess he braved up thinking the "compromise" loving media would not criticize him. Enjoy the day congressman, that's about how long it will last.

posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 - 20:06

Smith: Compromise is key to nation's future

"Many in Washington have forgotten we have a Constitution which has guided our republic for 224 years. The last two administrations have trampled the Constitution to meet their own needs. We need to follow the Constitution instead of trying to find ways to supersede it."

I agree totally but I see nowhere to compromise.

posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 - 07:32

Experts urge feds to measure, pursue our happiness

I know one family that's "Happy, Happy, Happy".

posted @ Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 08:55

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