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Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

We mist ask ourselves, "Has our Representative or Senator done us any harm."  It's important to look at their voting record or what they propose. If a candidate dances around or fails to answer questions this should be a red flag. 
     Did they understand the full impact of legislation they voted for?  This is particularly true in the case of the ACA, did they vote for this bill without reading it.  Many provision of this law have not been implemented but will be after the election when the outrageous costs and restrictions are imposed.  if a politician voted for this TrainWreck,  or if a candidate would have voted for it, they do  not deserve my vote. 
      Does the politician or candidate understand the implications of the UN's Agenda 21  or the corrosive effects of something called  "Sustainability"?  If they are unaware of  Agenda 21, are in favor of it or are in favor of 'Sustainability' I would be scared to death of them and not vote for that person 
      Does a politician or candidate  support a   balanced federal budget?  
      Does a politician or candidate have a plan to save  the country from the trillions in debt this President has put us in?
      Does the Politician or  candidate support a strong and well controlled Norther and Southern border and on our East and West Coast? 
     Does the politician or candidate have a plan to being back jobs to the USA or increase the business climate so that companies and corporations can increase jobs and remove people from welfare and food stamps? 
     Does this Politician or candidate support a flat tax of 10 percent on all Americans and corporations? 
     Does the candidate understand the very read danger of radical Islamic terrorism and do they have a plan to attack and eliminate it?  
     Does the politician or candidate support and defend the Constitution. 
     At this point I am concerned that our elected representatives will do us no more harm and have a plan for progress. 

posted @ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 10:02

Athens officials to consider free parking for public meetings

The very fact that our local officials are even considering a voucher system show me they understand high parking fees, strict enforcement (booting) and high fines for overtime,parking are damaging to effective government and also business in the downtown area. Rather than the voucher system, why not review the entire parking structure to make it more favorable to business and government? To use a popular buzz word, why not make parking enforcement 'Sustainable' so that business and government access improves?

posted @ Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 09:50

Tired of fighting with offenders, Athens cops want Tasers

     Electronic weapons are very dangerous.  People have been killed by using these "less than lethal" weapons.  Department policy and procedure should be written to classify these weapons one notch below a lethal firearm.  They should not be used in an area where a suspect could fall to his/her death (person in front of an open window) nor should they be used when a person fails to follow instructions such as not getting out of a car. 
     Law enforcement was able to function very well back in the day without these devices.  We employed the night stick, sap; we were taught physical techniques to disarm and to put a person down with a foot sweep, wrist twist, and a pinky hold.  There is a very effective method which will slide a person out of a car quickly.  Make sure the engine is off. Many of  these holds would have the most violent person up on his toes and cooperating.  Officers  then did not have the benefit of back-up.  Bad guys and gals were just as bad then ( or worse) than now.  They were as big and as strong although there is nothing more dangerous than a 92 pound naked, drunk. pi--ed off female with a spiked heel. That is a handful!
     Effective training is the key to effective law enforcement.  

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 13:49

Defendant in Emily Bowman hit-and-run loses bid to suppress evidence

Disregard:

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 10:10

Defendant in Emily Bowman hit-and-run loses bid to suppress evidence

     The Court was correct in it's ruling. Evidence in plain sight can be obtained by police without a warrant.  I believe the wording of the law which allows law enforcement to tow a vehicle for any ' legitimate reason' is overly vague and broad.  Any reason to seize property Unconstitutionally without a warrant could be dreamed up.  However, in this case the vehicle was evidence of a felony crime and could be impounded to preserve such evidence.  
     The  big hurtle for the prosecution will be placing the driver in control of the  vehicle at the time the crime.  The bottle and cans of alcoholic beverage are just that.  The cellphone data, arranging a ride is circumstantial at best. Someone else could have been driving the truck and ran away leaving this guy stranded.  Placing the defendant in the vehicle will be critical, perhaps there is security video from the bar that might show him driving away.  Perhaps the friend who offered a ride will provide damaging testimony. 
     Criminal prosecution of a crime like this is not easy.  The burden is on the State, the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 10:10

House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

     Yes, finally a show of concern from members of the  US Government.  The British PM sounded an alarm for the citizens of the UK.  The Italians have stepped up security after intelligence indicated that the Islamic terrorist threat ISIS is targeting  the Pope.  Even a Saudi Prince warned Europe and the US about  ISIS.  They have made the threat that their goal is to fly the  flag of Allah over the White House.  This  is not a vague threat. 
     My daughter has a friend who is an Iraqi Christian, she and her family narrowly escaped with their lives. She said Americans have no idea how dangerous, committed to their cause and radical ISIS fighters are.  Isis fighters are here in the US she said.  They cannot be reasoned with.  ISIS fighters cannot be contained. 
     So thank you Senator Feinstein,  and  Rep, Rogers, Ruppersberger and Smith  for the warning and for joining with Republicans and urging this White House to develop a strategy and collect intelligence to eliminate this terrible threat. Now this President cannot say, "he didn't know."  
     The anniversary  of 9/11 is near. 

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 09:46

Athens-Clarke police officer shot while responding to domestic dispute

     Weapons retention is always a serious concern for officers.  Weapons retention training should be a part of recruit and In-Service training.  Some holsters keep weapons more secure than others.  The more effective holsters are designed to hold the officers weapon in a struggle yet allow the officer quick access to it if needed. 
     Some 'smart weapons' are being designed so they cannot be fired by anyone but the officer, They employ a magnetic ring which unlocks the weapons safety, others employ a thumbprint reader.  Even if the 'bad guy' gains access to the weapon, it cannot be fired.  These weapons are being developed.   Weapons retention should also apply to electronic weapons.  
     I'm happy to hear the officer's injury was not serious. 

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 09:33

Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US

     Yes, finally a show of concern from members of the  US Government.  The British PM sounded an alarm for the citizens of the UK.  The Italians have stepped up security after intelligence indicated that the Islamic terrorist threat ISIS is targeting  the Pope.  Even a Saudi Prince warned Europe and the US about this terrible threat.
     My daughter has a friend who is an Iraqi Christian, she and her family narrowly escaped with their lives. She said Americans have no idea how dangerous and radical ISIS fighters are.  Isis fighters are here in the US she said.  They cannot be reasoned with.  ISIS fighters cannot be contained. 
     So thank you Senator Feinstein,  and  Rep, Rogers, Ruppersberger and Smith  for the warning and for joining with Republicans and urging this White House to develop a strategy and collect intelligence to eliminate this terrible threat. Now this President cannot say, "he didn't know."  
     The anniversary  of 9/11 is near. 

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 09:12

Today's editorial cartoon

@Kwijibo Junior:      Thanks for the input.  To me these bike riders are anything but invisible.  They impede traffic, fail to obey traffic laws (red light violation, riding the wrong direction on a one-way street, fail to signal intent, riding w/o head and tail lights) and a total lack of road courtesy.  I could understand if these bike riders were children.  Children are inexperienced and make mistakes.  But these people appear to be adults (at least they are as large as adults) yet continue to ride a child's toy. 
     Thank goodness I drive. 

posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 17:25

Today's editorial cartoon

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posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 14:11

Summer drought has Georgia farmers feeling the heat

@Greg Benson:
There was a pretty hard rain last night.

posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 12:39

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@mpd0.59:
     Well yes, technically you are correct.  Oil and natural gas are ancient forms of energy but except the the stuff which bubbled out of the  ground and was used raw by the ancients, modern Cracking technology to turn this resource into useable products is relatively new. Indeed, the process to turn coal Into motor fuel was advanced by the  Germans in WWII. General Electric has improved upon this process and has developed a better way to process our 500+ yesr known supply of coal into usable products. Nylon is a relatively new product also as are some types of plastic.
You and I are in agreement that we should use a variety of energy sources. Unfortunently, many (EPA) want to curtail coal power generation, and nuclear is now the equivalent of a 4 letter word.
     I firmly believe we must learn from the mistakes of others and not rush headlong into a peogram that has proven desastrous for others. Thanks for the input. 

posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:50

Saudi king warns of terrorist threat to Europe, US

     It appears most world leaders have a strategy.  Putin has one.  The UK's Cameron recently announced a rather comprehensive strategy for the Brits  The Saudi's have a strategy and are shouting a warning about the very real danger from the Islamic terrorists. The Italians have a strategy because the Pope has been threatened by islamic terrorists.
    Our President mentioned ISIS in a speech over a year ago.  When asked in a press conference he called them Junior Varsity. Later he said he was unaware of their organization and abilities. Most recently he told us he has no strategy.  What's taking so long?   We seem to move from crisis to crisis without direction or leadership.  As we approach 9/11 Islamic radical chatter is picking up.  Let's hope our lack of strategy does not blind-side our President again with another 9/11 crisis.

posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 09:43

Woman reports her car is surrounded by a large group of youths

     When we were young adults we hooked our cars up to old Model 'T'  ignition coils.  We used the coil and a secondary  battery. If anyone touched the car they would get a tremendous electrical shock. Sometimes it was enough to knock a person down.  This woman could have used one of these, I guarantee these 'juveniles' would never  want to touch another car without permission again.  
     Did any of  you all ever do this?  For the life of me I can't recall how we hooked it up. 

posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 09:28

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@proftom:
Ahhhhhh, it's the main stream media that is touting global warming. I might listen to local news but I rely or other sources, often foreign publications for world and national news. You would never hear of UHI, the leaked e-mail from the CRU, Stevenson Screens, or the RSS satellite data showing no global warming for 17 years 10 months which surpasses the Santer Threshold for man made causes in the main stream media I read scholarly reports.

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 20:48

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@maxcat07:
     All scientific claims and research must be subject to review and criticism.  If this was not done, we would still believe Newton was correct about this theory of the universe and Albert  Einstein  would be an unknown funny looking German working as a file clerk.   
     Because people asked questions we learned about the false reporting of temperature data and the effects of UHI, the heat generating equipment inside Stevenson Screens and that the Hockey Stick was based on, at best a flawed scientific method.   
     Always question authority.  

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 20:39

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@Mark Farmer:
Thank you for this information. The skeptic in me (I try to always question) finds it odd that only one station would report this spike. Perhaps the location is a factor, perhaps winds blow pollution from China which might skew the data. Perhaps CO2 is not uniform, and I think I read some new research on this, but after painting, I'm too tired to look and I think I'll enjoy football.
I appreciate your post.

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 20:11

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@Mark Farmer:

Dear Sir:  All scientific research and findings must be subject to criticism and review. Thank you for responding to my post and if I was a little harsh, intended to be.  Because what was attributed to you and reported in the  ABH so closely parallels the global warming theory, when I read the 400 ppm reference, I rolled my eyes and shook my head.

Ocean Acidification:   I am sure you are aware of the recent study published in   Paleoceanography which is  indeed not good news.  A natural event which occurred 56 million years ago when a massive amount of CO2 was entered into the  atmosphere.  In the oceans of the world carbonate  sediments dissolved, some organisms went extinct and other evolved.   So e were able to adapt, others not.
    We must be careful of once respected sources.  NOAA published a story on April 12, 2012 and printed in the  Oregonian the concerning acidification and how it impacts Ouster fishing.  Based on a  . 1 percent unit of reported acidification however, they reported an increase  30 percent because of human CO2 emissions.   I don' t believe they have  corrected the error
    Scripps reports that a total of 15  SeaFET sensors located in seven different marine habitats, four sites were fairly stable pH but other reported wide fluctuations from 0.024 to 1.430 pH.  Have all these sensors been calibrated correctly or does pH differ widely?  Clearly pH is not constant. 
     In his paper The Electric Oceanic Acid Test, Willis  Eschenbach argues that alkalinity is much harder on living things than acidity.  If you want to get rid of a body, use lye rather than acid.  While both are corrosive, alkalinity  has a much more serious effect.  He argues that Increasing CO2 makes the oceans less corrosive and more  neutral.  He submits that the oceans are not becoming acidified but are becoming more neutralized.  

400 ppm:  It was hard not to be aware of the CO2 spike at Mauna Loa.  The breathless media was almost orgasmic reporting this event. This level spiked and then fell off.  We did not hear much mention of the decline  from this point. 
     What is normal for the Earth, what is a consistent level of CO2?  The vast amount of CO2 is from neural sources, humans contribute only a small amount.  The new volcano activity will really skew the CO2 level. 

Extinction:  I will not burden you with sending me your research.  I am willing to concede that hunting, human encroachment and other events will cause strain on living populations.   People must eat.  Following a UN report indicating that food production will need to double by 2050, they suggested people consume Crickets as a wonderful option.  Well, I dunno, they  might fall through the grates on my grill.  

Warm June:  While your talk might not have anything to do with global warming, you mentioned the warm June 2014.  One of the interesting things we see are the Zombie reporting stations.  These are Stevenson Screens which have been removed or closed down, yet 'estimated' readings are still being received from these no  existent stations.  The estimates are always warm.  Hmmmmm.  The effects of Urban Heat Islands still skew reporting as to the algorithms.  
     One month does not a trend make particularly since the record low minimums out number the record high maximums 3 to 1.  In non scientific terms, it's getting colder.  
     I gather data from a number of sources. Forbes is an exceptional source for financial and investment information.  I look at the RSS satellite data, which reports No global warming for 17 years 10 months which surpasses the Santer threshold for man-made causes.  NOAA grudgingly was forced to admit there has been no global warming for 10 years,  Other sources report no warming for 13 years.  
     Indeed, those who were championing CAGW establish a new term and they chose climate change because there wasn't any global warming.  
     Again, thank you for the honor of a reply.  I have enjoyed this discussion. 

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 20:00

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@Mark Farmer:

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 13:24

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@mpd0.59:
Thank you for the chart as it proves the 400ppm was a blip, a glitch, an error. I would not waste my time attending this lecture. I would not accord him the honor of my presence nor give him any respect. See my reply to Liberalady. Either the professors research was so sloppy that he didn't pick up on the glitch or he was satisfied to use the false data. Because of this gross error, all his findings are suspect.

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

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@Libralady:      Either the good professor's scientific method was so sloppy that he failed to determine that the 400 ppm reading at the Hawaii reporting station was a glitch, a false reading, or  he purposely included the false data hopping his audience was full of low information people and nobody would notice.  Either way  if he committed such a gross error, all his other findings and predictions are highly suspect. 
     As a criminal investigator, if I manufactured evidence against a suspect  I would be suspected to criminal sanctions, contempt of Court and I would lose my case.  As a researcher, if I failed to authenticate information and data to satisfy myself that the data was true and accurate, my research would be flawed. 
     The professor used false data and therefore he loses his credibility and his case. 
     

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:21

Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

@mpd0.59: Thanks for the  information.  It is always good to be informed.  We thank the Judge for his service to the country,  both as a Marine and for his time on the bench.  

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:23

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

@makeitso:      There will be new energy sources in the future.  The work being done at CERN will eventually produce a new form of inexhaustible energy.  There is also very exciting research being done to identify Anti Matter.  Researchers are also making discoveries into Dark Matter.  These two sources could also produce tremendous and inexhaustible energy.  Such could also produce new dangers.  What happens when Anti Matter and Matter touch?   Hmmmmm.  
     Wind and solar are ancient forms of energy  which have proven to be u reliable, ineffective and expensive which is why they were replaced.  Nature has provided a very effective energy source now and this will have to provide us with the  energy we need until these new sources are fully developed.  

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:12

World is on brink of unprecedented wave of extinction, says UGA's Farmer

"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."  Yogi Berra. 

     Why  do we give any weight to these  wild eyed professors who run down the street with their  pants on fire shouting their radical  predictions?  
     This guy is employing false data.  The 400 ppm CO2 report was a brief blip 
 from one reporting station in Hawaii and researchers published a correction a short time later.  The reporter should have challenged  the Professor on this false statement alone.   If your foundation is built on false data, your entire structure will crumble.  Me thinks he has received funding from the Environmental/Industrial Complex.
    This guy also fails to report that while some species may become extinct, other new species (plant and animal) are being discovered.  
     The release of e-mails from the CRU in East Anglia was most interesting. One of the leading researchers championing the CO2 theory could not understand why tons of carbon was being emitted into the atmosphere but global temperatures were not increasing.  The thought never occurred to him that his hypotheses was incorrect.  
     The  IPCC  about a year ago  was forced to admit they could not identify one specie which became extinct as a result of global  warming. 
     Depending on the reporting data, there has not been any global warming for 13 to 17 years 10 months.  Let is not forget that the Sahara was once a sea, parts of Sweden was a tropical forest the Earth has been hotter and colder than now.  

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:34

Today's editorial cartoon

     We began carrying guns when we were about 10 years old.   Parents taught us at a very early age the responsibilities of gun ownership. When we had shoot outs with people at the end of the road, I would reload while Mom and Dad fired back at about age 6.  I carried my 22 pump, Jeff had a nice 30-30 lever action and Jim always had his 4-10.  We were crack shots.  At school we kept them In the cloak room with safety on.  
     I taught my grand daughter how to shoot.  She very good.  If she is home alone and burglars  kick in the door, I want her to be able to pull and use effectively something other than lipstick. 

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 18:49

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