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Athens officials to consider fines for bad downtown parking

I understand the issues.  I travel extensively in my motor coach and often venture through rural towns along state  highways.  Many folks in this areas drive pick-up trucks and park at angled parking.  Try maneuvering a large motor coach along a two lane highway while facing on-coming trucks.  We manage and have yet to 'nick' any parked vehicles.  My issue I guess was with the headline blaming bad drivers (or parkers) when these folks are just trying to drive (or park) for the conditions which they are facing.  Then, the city wants to fine rather than fix a problem they caused.  

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 15:01

Barrow County Sheriff's Office awarded Traffic Enforcement Grant

Here is more graphic evidence that our federal gasoline tax money is being wasted.  All state high safety offices enforcement projects are funded by federal DOT.  The money comes from the taxes we pay on every gallon of gasoline into the highway trust fund.  These funds were mandated to fix roads but the money is being siphoned  off and wasted on these useless ' enforcement projects' that pay law enforcement overtime.  This  just one example but projects are funded on a monthly they basis throughout the State.  So, Remember this wasted money the next time GDOT or Fed. DOT wants to raise the gasoline tax.  Say NO and tell them to spend the money on road repair. 

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:23

Athens officials to consider fines for bad downtown parking

It isn't the drivers who are responsible for the 'bad parking' as the headline reads, is is  a bad parking plan of the city which Is causing the collisions.  The degree of angle is such so slightly longer vehicles (crew cap pick-ups) extend into to the traveled portion of the street. The problem is with the design of the parking spaces and not the driver so let's stop blaming them.  The city does not welcome people into the downtown area.  

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 09:45

New traffic light proposed at Armstrong & Dobbs site

Federal Law under Title 23 USC as mandated in the MUTCD governs whether a traffic signal can be placed at this location. The  Mayor nor GDOT can trump federal law.  There are warrants governing the installation of this type of a traffic control device. Every time ACC accepts federal highway funding a official agrees to abide by the MUTCD.    If federal law is violated the city and county can lose federal highway funding and the intersection will be more dangerous.  We urge ACC to obey the law. Redesign the intersection to avoid right angle conflict 

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 09:34

Autopsy: St. Louis officer shot Myers from behind

In a shoot out a gunman will often turn and try to flee or will spin in an attempt to flee as the officer continues to fire at the threat.  The fleeing gunman's body will soon shut down.  A lot is  determined by the caliber of weapon the officer is using.

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 - 09:11

Athens recognized for water, beer and planning

One outta three ain't bad.  On second thought two outta three. You need a drop of water to being out the flavor in a good Scotch.  

posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 16:27

Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles

At one time we were provided with the ability to have a switch which would disable these explosives inside a car.  I was able to detach the explosives on my Z-28  but now the attachments are so complicated that I fear setting them off by accident.  My body shop man fears liability and will not disconnect them.  The explosives were intended to provide protection to drivers and passengers who do not wear their safety belts.  These explosives are redundant and have  proven to be dangerous to children, they are dangerous to first responders and now innocent drivers.  We should be given the option of having them removed or at least deactivated if we don't want them. 

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 19:31

FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

These radical Islamist planed their trip to join the terrorist group ISIS to fight in jihad.  They are no longer juveniles they are radical Islamist. They should be charged as adults, given a fair trial and if the evidence proves their guilt, they should be committed to the SuperMax facility in Colorado for the rest of their lives.  We have an Islamist killing people in Canada today. No grace and no quarter for these islamist terrorists. 

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 18:52

Today's editorial cartoon

It's not just the Republican wing nuts, we have many solid Democrats running away from this guy as if he is toxic.  Very few Dems. up for reelection want the President to campaign for them.  He did hold a rare campaign  event in Maryland and people walked out on his speech.  His fund raisers are successful but he is speaking to wealthy supporters and the events are closed to average Americans. The cartoon must have been from the Daily Kos, it's not representative of true reality.   

posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 11:18

Georgia Gov. Deal forming Ebola response team

As the cold  and flu season approaches this is a wise move.  It appears he has selected some key players.  Clearly, state government is more responsive than our inept, out-of-touch  and aloof federal government so no political czar is needed.  It's  good the State is being proactive and the Gov. is showing leadership.

posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:41

On campaign trail, Obama says GOP is peddling fear

Yes indeed, what a great win and what an outstanding example of leadership qualities exhibited by the coaching staff and key players.  Adversity builds character and we are seeing It play out. 
    Why stop with Reagan, let's go back to the March of Dimes, a private non-profit organisation founded by FDR to combat Polio. No federal government involvement.  
     TB was found in 17,000 year old Bisons Where we're the Indians?  With Columbus Day just passed, let's us not forget that Indians cultivated and traded a plant product that was introduced to the Europeans. Tobacco is causing millions of deaths still to this day worldwide.  
     Malaria dates back to 2700 BC in China.  Where we're they, why was no action taken.  The government put people with TB and Malaria in 'Pest Houses'.
     We agree on the brilliant play of our Dawgs, but I see a pattern and practice of too little too late, inept leadership, disfunction, fibs and dishonesty at the national scene.  Let is then agree to disagree and see how this plays out.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:55

On campaign trail, Obama says GOP is peddling fear

Here It comes.  In response to the ham handed way that this administration is managing a public  health care crisis, they point fingers and deflect  blame.  The nurses who caught Ebola we're thrown under the bus and blamed for not following protocol but now we know there was ever changing and confusing protocols.   There is still massive confusion.  Bush cannot be blamed, indeed he foresaw Ebola being weaponised and a military response was drafted and likely sits on a shelf somewhere unused.  Lack of  money is not an issue  H&HS Funding is second only to the Defence Department. The Presidents nominee for Surgeon General is a young doctor with no leadership or public health experience.  This detached, inept and aloof administration continues to fail to take responsibility and always points fingers of blame  at others. 

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:50

GBI investigating death of man in Athens-Clarke County police custody

Because DUI enforcement is such a cash cow for the agency, officers, lawyers, courts and treatment providers law enforcement often assumes a person has been drinking to explain any odd behaviour.  The fact that a person is suffering a life threatening medical emergency is not even a consideration.  A man died several years ago waiting in line at an NC check point.  He was not allowed to take any medications by mouth until he provided a breath test. He died.  Several serious medical conditions can mimic an intoxicated person.  We must  take the financial incentives out of DUI enforcement and  establish a medical model to treat alcohol addiction. 

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:32

Today's editorial cartoon

Now the political class responsible for this 'ham handed' response to a public health issue are pointing fingers like the old Boss Tweed cartoon of Tweed and his henchmen in a circle pointing fingers at the next person. Politicians are blaming a lack of money although H&HS has the second largest budget next to the military and the CDC budget has increased.  They are saying we have no Surgeon General which is a lie, we have an acting because the Presidents choice has no public health experience or leadership skills.  They can't blame Bush because we have military action plans to deal with Ebola that are sitting on shelves.  We see the same ol same ol from this administration. 

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 09:34

Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

According to AG Holder, the requirement to prove identity is discrimination towards minority persons.  If this is true, then DOTs discriminate against protected class persons when issuing drivers licenses. Protected class people are discriminated when they fly on airplanes, enter a federal building, purchase drugs or cash checks.  I never realized there was such massive discrimination going on right under our nose.  All DOTs should be investigated right away.  Let's eliminate drivers licenses as being discriminatory. police can no longer ask for ID. 

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 09:23

Cruise ship with monitored health worker returns

Gee, sounds to me like Mexico and Belize have closed their borders to people with or suspected to have Ebola.  I guess they don't understand that they are making matters worse, according to our President.  

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 09:13

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

@Duke Briscoe:
If you strip away the political drama it is likely very wise that the President's nominee for Surgeon General is being held up by the Senate.    Dr. Vivek Murthy is 
Likely a good young Doctor and has some accomplishments in that regard.  He has however, no credentials to serve as the rank of Rear Admiral as Surgeon General  which requires exceptional leadership qualities.   Dr. Murthy has never been a hospital administrator, he has no experience with any in public health agency.  His only clam to fame is that he founded  ' physicians for Obama.'  and under the circumstances the President should show leadership and  nominate a Doctor with public health experience and proven leadership abilities. 

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 21:30

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

Who gets inspired?  The political class, the people who know him as a political operative get inspired. Clearly not health care policy makers. Their lives will be nightmares because this guy has no experience other than politics. Look at this guys track record, lots of politicsl scandals.  We are dealing with a health crisis, there is fear.  We hear  half truths about protocol or lack thereof, we are told this disease can be treated by any hospital and now we know that is not true.  Sick nurses are blamed for catching this illness and now we know they were never given Instruction  from the CDC.  Workers were given permission to travel.  Ebola is a terrible political nightmare for the President. Now he has a political cover but we still have Ebola. 

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 16:38

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

At least the new guy is a lot better than the other one. We are in agreement on one thing, GO DAWGS!!!

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 15:00

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

You must watch or listen to those two, I don't waste my time with them. But name calling is not an acceptable rebuttal when we try to engage in ideas.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 12:45

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

He is a Political Problem solver.  He has no experience managing a large organization not to mention several large agencies and  at best he has supervised about 10 people.  He also carries a lot of baggage being involved in the Solynra scandal and the Fannie Mae sub prime disaster which contributed to the real estate collapse. Being Joe Biden's Chief of Staff is not a resume enhanced. His job now to gather all political factions together to protect the President.  The President could have picked a person with respected leadership abilities, some who could inspire confidence in the America  people but he chose a political  operative.  Very sad but not surprising.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 12:41

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

Now we see the Presidents true intent. He could have selected a well known and respected person with leadership abilities to bring together all the loose ends in the Ebola fight.  He could have selected a person who would inspire confidence in the American people who fear Ebola and feel the government's handling has been inept.  While the world and the USA has an Ebola scare, our President has a political problem which is Ebola.  His job is to manage the President's political problems of Ebola. 

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 09:09

UN health agency: Ebola outbreak over in Senegal

Interesting what was not mentioned in this story. They  also closed their borders and prevented people from the other Ebola countries from entering.  Very Interesting. 

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 17:03

Today's editorial cartoon

We jump from one crisis to another.  We can go back to the Shovel Ready projects of the Stimulus plans, Fast & Furious,  Benghazi, IRS, EPA, Global Warming, VA, CDC and now Ebola and witness a lack of leadership and failure to manage from the top down.  Let's not even consider right now at the inept bungling of foreign policy.  The President's juvenile understand of the ISIS danger was apparent when he called responding to violent terrorist groups as Wack-a-Mole.  Then he picked a political operative to manage the health crisis.  Wow! 

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 16:20

Quiet 'whiz kid' now public face of Ebola fight

Now is is very clear how the President views this world health crisis.  He views it as 'political' and has selected a political operative to manage the inept  performance of his agency heads.  This man has no public health experience, no medical background, no leadership qualities other than through a political lens.  Perhaps now the President can continue his fundraising and golf Nd let this hack take the heat.  

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:39

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