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Editorial cartoon for Dec. 28

If the people in the cartoon have a retirement account, a pension, a 401K  or other investments they are profiting for now.  The market is on a 'sugar' high due to the actions of the  Fed.  The money printing and the very low interest fetes are a false Indicator.  When you look at individual investments, there are few bright lights out there.  A correction will happen and we will need to pay the price for the Fed's actions through high interest.  The big question is when will it happen?  

posted @ Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 11:30

Arizona police officer, suspect killed in shootout

Again, we have a young officer being sent on a domestic violence call with a great potential for violence, alone.  Why did this officer go in alone, without a partner or without bsck-up.  Does the agency policy authorise this?  With all the anti law enforcement sentiment in the media and discontent fanned by community activists, police administrators must review policy to protect officers bu reassigning two officer cars only and end procedures which might appear to be abusive.  

posted @ Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 11:18

AP-Times Square poll: Most feeling good about 2015

Clearly the voters are looking forward to ending the gridlock which has blocked economic, budget, trade and employment legislation which has been stalled in the Senate.  The President hopes he can get his foreign trade legislation passed now that the leadership of the Senate has changed hands. 

posted @ Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 09:45

Athens Academy Upper Students participate in annual Service Day

While these programs are good the young kids should be true volunteers and not be forced or pressured to volunteer.  My grand daughter is an honors student, she works 32 hours a week, attends on-line college courses and is involved with Dog Rescue with her mom  yet she MUST volunteer for special programs established by the school for a specific number of hours in order to graduate in May.  I contend this requirement does  not teach volunteerism and is more a lesson in communism.  We hope  she can find some time to sleep. 

posted @ Sunday, December 28, 2014 - 09:38

Poll: Most feeling good about 2015

Let us hope we can continue  to make progress.  The glut of crude oil from new extraction processes and the resulting low energy prices has proven the President wrong when he said that,"We can't drill our way out of high prices."  We have proven that we can and supply side economics will win out.  Great progress can likely now be made with ending the gridlock in the Senate.  I fear the President might keep his 2007 campaign promise by 'necessarily increasing the price of electrical energy,'  by repeating the mistakes made in Europe which is  devastating their economies through draconian EPA regulations.  Let's insist we continue this progress. 

posted @ Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 12:30

Georgia authorities urge New Year's partyers to avoid drunk driving

Those of us who consider ourselves 'professional drinkers' have always considered New Years Eve as amateurs night.   If you're gonna get tanked, do it at home. If you're gonna go to a party, take a pillow and 'shelter in place' that night.  Happy New Year everyone. 

posted @ Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 11:16

In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

Could this all be in anticipation that we will now end the gridlock in the Senate and the 300 or so bills pertaining to employment and economy will be addressed and voted on.  We Democrats are pointing proudly at the recent economic activity but I nor my friends can point to one legislative initiative enacted by the President or the Senate responsible for this activity.   

posted @ Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 09:21

Christmas Eve brings travel troubles to many parts of U.S.

Persons nearing retirement should investigate the lifestyle of the Nomad.  Look into the large camper trailers or motor homes/coaches and travel.   Most folks travel South or Southwest for the winter then move up North for the summer.  There are many who are young enough to remain active and work-camp. Part time employment  is gained at various RV resorts, generally the gals work in the office and the guys do odd jobs and maintenance on the grounds.  The Nomad lifestyle can present great tax advantages also. This lifestyle often gives the best of both wolds. 

posted @ Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 09:27

VIDEO: Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson

Why was the officer on patrol alone in such a tinder box as the St. Louis area.  Why did the lone officer approach several  urban youth  alone without back-up?  After the assignation of two officers in New York City, that department has changed it's policy and procedures and now require two officers on all calls.  A wise move because we have returned to 1970's  style urban conflict. Some police administrators appear to be tone deft and operate as nothing has changed.  Not only must patrolling operations change but policy which might be considered abusive (seizure of property  without warrant, physical arrest for infractions rather than criminal citation,  traffic stops for minor regulatory violations, etc.) must be re-examined.  We must work smarter.  

posted @ Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 16:23

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

@Mark Farmer:
I don't really want to debate this CAGW issues into the holidays, I did want to acknowledge you were correct that the global axis shift was not 4 degrees as I originally posted.  We could debate CAGW 'till the cows come home.  My intent was to mention some some  natural causes that could have an impact on 'climate change.' When we consider all the new data pertaining to solar and geological events combined, as well as the false date that came to light following the released e-mails from the CRU,  natural forces  could have more of an impact on climate than just CO2.  I believe Marshall would agree.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours.  I have enjoyed our discussions. 

posted @ Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 11:16

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

Three scholarly sources have debunked Cook's 97 percent story. His 'peer' review panel included his daughter and other like minded individuals. Some of the 'resesrch' the included was legal actions which were not sustained. I included one study, I'm not going to waste my time looking up the others. If Cook told me not to drive across a bridge, I would get a second opinion.

The very ststement that there is a consensus in science is foolish. I believe Dr. Farmer will agree with me. Recall, we all knew how the universe worked, Newton proved it. We all knew and there was consensus. Then along came a funny looking little German working as a clerk in Austria who published a Theory of Relativity. He was mocked by many, until his theory was proven correct.

The CAGW theory was based on weighted models primarily which have proven to be false. The Arctic was to predicted to be ice free by September 2013. There was consensus. It was not true.

I do have a back up plan. I purchased a heavy coat.

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 14:04

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

@Mark Farmer:
Thank you for hour input Dr. Farmer. I would be interested in your opinion of the following. I I believe that climate change is driven by solar and geological events over which we have no control. There was such a land mass shift following the earthquakes in Japan and Indonesia that the Earth's axis shifted (I believe 4 degrees) as a result. Because weather and climate are effected by the angle at which the sun shines on the Earth would not a 4 degree shift in the angle cause a major shift in climate? Much more than a slight increase in the trace element CO2. Thank you for your time and attention for this matter.

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 13:47

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

@rzimdars: OMG, you are referring to Dana Nuccitelli, the guy who is  in cahoots with John Cook and the debunked 97 percent story????  C'mon man!  

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 13:34

Athens area law enforcment officers remain vigilant in wake of New York killings

Many department are moving to the two officer concept.  Nobody makes  a single call.  Officers are at risk from traffic stops so these have ended.  Watch your back, have a minimum of contact with people.  Only respond for Calls For Service (no officer initiated actions) and then don't roll up right in front, come in from the back or have the caller come to you. Act as if your lives depend upon it.  

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 09:15

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

     It's  has been debunked as false   The 97 percent story was crafted by Australian John Cook while sitting  in his tree house with his  laptop and was researched by Popular Technology who went so far as to interview the few respected scientists who were cited in the Cook report. Dr. Craig Isdo said what Cook reported "was not an accurate representation of my work."  Dr. Nicola Scafetta said, "Cook Et al.(2013) is based on a straw man argument and does not represent the IPCC AGW theory..." Dr. Nir J. Shaviv said about Cook, "Nope, it's not a representation."   One of the most telling rebuttals of Cooks 'consensus' was by Richard Tol who  dissected Cook in the UK Guardian.    I don't have time to go on, Cooks numbers are a fabrication.
     The National Association of Scholars reported in May of 2014 that much of  the US sponsored research behind the scientific consensus on CAGW may be less rigorous that it's advocates should have the public believe.  
       One clear fact  is that often a consensus is wrong.  Science NEW how the universe operated, Newton proved it. There was a consensus.  But then along came a funny looking little  German working as a patten clerk in Austria and he proved E=MC2 and suddenly everything science knew was wrong.  The  workings of the universe were shattered and are still a mystery. 
     For these who  believe in the power of consensus or lack thereof, here is another interesting 97 percent factoid. 
97 percent of these scientist in the 1970s believed we were headed towards a new ice age. 
97% of the children believe in Santa
97% of paranoid believe they are being followed
97% of the homoeopaths believe in homoeopathy
97% of the politicians think they are doing some great things
Don't forget that 97 percent of dogs put their nose out the car window.
I'm glad we could clear the air. 
Even NASA agrees that there has been no global warming. 

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 09:06

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

@dahreese: This Just In:  In a paper published in the Journal of Quaternary Science, Esper et al. (2014) write that tree-ring chronologies of maximum latewood density (MXD) “are most suitable to reconstruct annually resolved summer temperature variations of the late Holocene.” And working with what they call “the world’s two longest MXD-based climate reconstructions” – those of Melvin et al. (2013) and Esper et al. (2012) – they combined portions of each to produce a new-and-improved summer temperature history for northern Europe that stretches all the way “from 17 BC to the present.” And what did they thereby learn?

As the international team of researchers from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Sweden and Switzerland describes it, this history depicts “a long-term cooling trend of -0.30°C per 1,000 years over the Common Era in northern Europe” (see figure below). Most important of all, however, they note that their temperature reconstruction “has centennial-scale variations superimposed on this trend,” which indicate that “conditions during Medieval and Roman times were probably warmer than in the late 20th century,” when the previously-rising post-Little Ice Age mean global air temperature hit a ceiling of sorts above which it has yet to penetrate.

Northern Europe summer (June, July, August) temperature reconstruction. Data shown in°C with respect to the 1961-1990 mean. Adapted from Esper et al. (2014).

And so we continue to collect ever more real-world evidence for the fact, that there is nothing unusual, unnatural or unprecedented about the Earth’s current level of warmth.

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 09:04

Timberlake: Global warming data misleading

Thank you for that well reasoned opinion.  You are very correct.  CO2 is a trace element but a very necessary element in the atmosphere.  The 400 ppm anomaly is such a small amount people have trouble grasping its insignificance.  During the Cretaceous period CO2 was 1700 ppm and life was abundant and diverse. An outside force was necessary to end much of life.  CO2 had to be considered a pollutant (even though we exhale it) so  governments could tax it and exchange wealth.  The Sun and geology could not be taxed, although GA did find a way to tax rain.   

posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 - 22:10

Georgia's Bobo poised to become Colorado State coach

Big mistake.  Colorado teams are stoned. 

posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 - 21:56

Supreme Court ruling may affect many Georgians using Obamacare

The language in question is very specificity written.  It allows for  person to receive government subsidies to help defer the high cost of the ACA only to those individuals who live in states that have set up their own health care exchanges.  This clause in the law was an attempt by Congress to sweeten the pot so states would set up their on exchanges.  Many governors understood the subsidies clause was short lived and after it  expired the states and tax payers would be stick for paying for the high cost inherent in the ACA. So may Governors legally opted out and citizens of the respective states then went to the  federal exchange which turned out to be a TrainWreck.  To avoid sticker shock of the ACA, Obama Administrstion then violated the language of the law and proclaimed subsidies for all.  The hope is the Supremes will look at the specific  language of the law rather than the wishful intent and lawlessness of the administration. 

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 22:12

Lawmaker wants investigation of St. Louis prosecutor

Why do we Democrats need to form a circular firing squad?  Representative May is a Democrat, the St. Louis Prosecutor McCulloch is a Democrat and Missouri Governor Nixon is a very Liberal Democrat.  Ferguson as well as the St. Louis Metro area is a very Blue (Democrat).  All this involves us.  To quote Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us."   

posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:36

Truck driver to face charges in I-85 wreck in Barrow County

Was the truck driver unable to move over because of traffic to his left? Many serious collisions have happened as a result of Move Over Laws.   Did the officer have his cruiser positioned close to the traveled portion of the  road.  Was 'the Moth Effect' in play here?  USDOT published research several years ago that the majority of traffic stops were for minor regulatory offences which place the officer and stopped motorist in danger.  These minor traffic stops need to end.   Does the need to write that infraction citation (and for the collection of revenue) outweigh the need for safety.  Hope the truck driver was carrying a dash camera to prove what happened from his/her perspective. 

posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 10:12

Today's editorial cartoon

War is coming. 

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:43

North Korea fully capable of Sony computer hack, says UGA expert

I really don't think we have a clue as to who  behind this. This is kind of like the missile launch off the coast of California which we still have no clue.  The Russians could be behind this as well ac the Chinese.  The danger now is everything operated by computers is vulnerable.  The power grid, water system, banking, government (local, county, state, federal) military, etc.  I'm having trouble finding ink for the ribbon on my underwood typewriter.  

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:40

Jackson deputies anger repo man

Good for those officers.  I would question if the repro man can legally enter private property without a replevin action issued by a Judge.  While the  Constitution limits government from the seizure of property without  a warrant (which most jurisdictions disregard) it does not apply to private individuals unless they are working as agents of the government.  

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 - 10:25

Funt: Democrats' worst 2016 enemy is themselves

Now that Jeb Bush has his hat in the ring, it is more important  than ever that we draft Liz Warren as President and Bernie Sanders as her running mate for Vice  President. Liz will appeal to our base and the Independent Sanders will appeal the vast number of independent voters.  What a winning pair for 2016.  

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 11:38

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