Monday, March 19, 2018

No Pain No Gain

You have to give Kneelin' Colin Kaepernick his props. Whether or not you agree with his cause he believed in it so deeply that he was willing to risk losing his career. Which he has.

Not so for those who "committed" to The Seventeen Minute March out of the classroom as these staunch defenders of righteous protest first demanded assurance from the titular, if not actual, powers-that-be that there would be no consequences for their actions. It reeks of the inmates running the asylum but punishment-free violations magnified the effectiveness of peer pressure: all the cool kids are on the Seventeen Step Program so everyone should join it. Plus, you can skip Pre-Remedial Intermediate Math I that day. This was hailed as a movement of seismic proportions by the very same folks who claim these munchkins' brains aren't fully jelled until they are twenty-six and that most of them occupy some space on some spectrum. But now they are the voice of reason. Right.

The only thing these spineless, entitled whiners have done is virtualize the Cool Kid's table, moving from the cafeteria and placing it squarely in front of the pandering media's TV cameras.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Zombie City Staggers On

The wannabe City of Cliffside, in this incarnation hash tagged as "Greenhaven," has been put back on the shelf for another year. It isn't clear if "Green" refers to the money already sunk into the effort, the money the aspirants hope to syphon off their fellow, unwitting and perhaps unwilling citizens or the moldy bits taking root on this stale idea. Perhaps all three.

More of everyone's green is being syphoned off and handed to the Carl Vinson Institute for a commissioned report to beat back the forces of incorporation supporting Cliffside or any other new city or annexation. The only way to get real bang for our bucks would be for DeKalb to commission a CVI study showing that the proposed city is NOT viable all the while City Quixote's commission studies showing exactly the opposite. This would be best if both studies come from the same "objective" source, but likely one would be from the UGA region while the other would come from Ga State. Hashtag toobadsosad.

Perhaps the two teams will take it up a notch in the next go round. And there will be another round as the zombies simply will not die and the overlords of DeKalb have built a moat filling it with sewage from uncontrolled overflows and water from broken mains to keep the zombies at bay. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Left Wingnuts: Seeing Stars

Some left-wing-nut from the upper left coast whose claim to fame is a book on the NYT best seller list and a keyboard that is faster than the brain went open loop nutzi kukoo upon seeing the flag of Norway flying in HER neighborhood. HER NEIGHBORHOOD for chrissakes. Who the hell do they think they are? Or so she blasted on social media. But not to cause a stink or anything. Because she did not say it was the flag of Norway. No. She said it was the Confederate flag.

And what was her problem? Manifold. First, this was the flag that was flying (below a US flag it is worth noting):

Flag of Norway
But what this voice of politically correct "progressive" America saw was:

Confederate Staes of America BATTLE Flag
Mainstream media, you know, the ones with the real facts, reported her as claiming she saw "The Confederate Flag" when in fact it was nothing of the sort. Because that would mean she mistook the Flag of Norway for this flag:

Flag of the Confederate States of America

After a daily dose of this, posing as "real" news, what do most folks see?

Never Mind!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Electing Idiots

You'd think in Red State Georgia where guns are red meat politics we'd elect someone other than an idiot, or someone who plays around with idiots, to government positions. But no. We elect someone who gets pulled driving drunk enough for two riding around with foreign exchange students in the car and a Glock in his possession. Thankfully he is exiting, stage right. For now.

Unfortunately we have more like him. Seems U.S. Representative Tom Graves and a staffer, the son of another U.S. Representative (who says politics isn't incestuous?) managed to part ways with some firearms they left in a vehicle. Fine. We get it. Guns. After all you were in downtown Atlanta.

And this was a GMC Yukon. Why is that important? Well, in some ways it isn't, but it just so happens that there are pretty good console vaults available for that vehicle. In other ways it doesn't depend on the vehicle as there are some secure car gun safes that attach in a variety of ways and some provide a secure way to transport your weapon and secure it at your destination. And some are priced in the range of a few boxes of ammo.

Losing control of the guns is bad chi, but then it gets really odd. They also parted company with a driver's license, credit cards and...wait for it...birth certificates. WTF? But do you really walk around with birth certificates? Whose, pray tell? And who leaves their driver's license in their car, or worse yet, someone else's? Along with credit cards? REALLY? Does this pass the average Dem-Lib "smart enough to carry a gun" test? Perhaps not, but what is really scary is they're smart enough to get re-elected. Or we're just dumb enough to keep sending them back.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dick's Grows A Pair

Balls or boobs, the jury is still out but based on the likelihood of getting bitch-slapped the smart money is on the latter. Responding to the hashtag hysteria following yet another public school shoot-em-up[1] Dick's has decided to cease all sales of "assault rifles"[2]. Fine. It is a business and it is their business and if they want to take a product off the shelves, for any reason, that is really no one else's business.

But then they went a bridge too far. They decided that they would not sell firearms and ammo to anyone under the age of 21. Hypocritical hashtag hurrahs all around. But imagine they didn't want to sell a weapon to someone over 60 or a 20-year-old soldier, or that someone didn't want to sell a fast car to someone under 25, or an expensive house to someone of "a certain skin tone" or, hey, how about this, what would these hashtag heretics think of a baker who doesn't want to make a cake for a gay couple's marriage? Exactly! That would trample the Constitution along with the enumerated rights of several groups.

Dick's is a business, not a sovereign country and they do not get to pick and choose which laws of this land they consider worthy of their consideration or observance. The Constitution of the United States protects the 19 year old shopping in their store every bit as much as the gay couple wanting that special cake.

Even in the United States of Hashtags you cannot just make laws on your own because you're terrified of a zombie army of Twitter Stormtroopers.

[1] You know that these are drug free zones as well as gun free zones. "Soft Target" is the term nutbags use for these sites.

[2] Unlike a similarly capable "hunting rifle" an "assault rifle" has no shiny bits and is exclusively black making it the only thing left in America where it is politically correct to declare that something so black can be so evil. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Any Excuse Will Do

When a politician is justifying a pay raise for their cronies holding patronage positions or, gasp, themselves, it seems almost any excuse will suffice. No matter how vapid. Case in point: DeKalb commissioners, failing to get the Gold Domers to do their dirty work, gave themselves a raise and erected a Ruben Golden mechanism to ensure future raises. Justification: "we put in a lot of hours." Apparently "by any means necessary" also applies to these politicians' hijinks.

Pardonne-moi, mon chéri? Was the work schedule a surprise? Aren't you the best and brightest? Do you have something better to do? Like, something where someone pays for your services? Then go do it.

It was a part-time job when you got it. It is a part-time job now. comes with a staff budget supporting generous payola for friends and family. Yes...Yes...the whole P-Card kerfuffle cut into the rather indiscrete payola but the official compensation for scheduling photo-ops is difficult to match in the private sector. And the benefits...

What is interesting is the excuse this time is "hours worked" but when justifying outrageous paychecks for patronage it is almost exclusively "we have to compete with the private sector." But there isn't a job in the private sector where you give yourself a raise with other people's money.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Water Woes

DeKalb County simply cannot get its act together with regards to wet work. The CEO refuses to follow consolidation recommendations intended to improve the outrageous billing fiasco preferring instead to work on intra-bureacracy communications. Perchance the alternative would work but might cost jobs.

Then we have the effluent side of the equation. DeKalb has not exactly been good stewards of the stinky pipes routinely overflowing raw sewerage throughout the county. New developments always require storm water retention and increasingly other waste retention facilities are required, at the developers' cost. About as attractive to new development as the overflows are to current inhabitants.

But this is where it gets interesting because the potable and the unpalatable do in fact intersect. Oddly enough on your water bill. We all know this. Well all but a very few--those folks who are on a septic system. Yep, that's right, there are operational, well maintained septic systems in DeKalb County. There are even some in DaVille. And there are some folk on the County Commission who would like the county to encourage folks, by lowering tap-on fees,  to abandon their own system and tie into county sewer. Perhaps they think this is "fair" but it isn't to the homeowner, who thru their purchase price, paid the original developer the thousands required to hook up when the subdivision was built. Maybe they think the only problem with the county system is there isn't enough stuff running thru the pipes. Doesn't sound logical, but we are talking politicians here and logic beyond a bumpersticker or a hashtag won't fit in their little heads either.

Now you may know someone who actually has a home on septic. You may have heard them talk about their water bill: "Bill came yesterday...four-fifty this month...a bit higher than usual" and it may lead you to wonder what they mean by four-fifty. That would be $4.50 and not $450 which is closer to YOUR water bill. That's right, if you're on septic you're not paying the bill for a failed sewage system that overflows raw fecal matter into creeks, rivers and homes and if you do not insist on dumping drinking water on the ground to green up your grass, you will get by on less than a tenner per month.

Yes there is a downside. Only an idiot would plant shrubs and trees on the septic drain field. Thankfully, even with re-branding, Dunwoody is still a city that smarts. And if the field is in your back yard (you know who you are) there goes your dreams of a back yard pool. Well, maybe an above ground pool. And some will tell you that septic systems do not support garbage disposals. Jury is out on that one, but really, do you have to grind and flush potato peels and eggshells? And coffee grounds? Seriously? Get a Keurig, dude, and waste the whole thing. But there is a maintenance cost. You need to pump the tank every so often, maybe 5-7 years and it will cost a few hundred dollars. That might drive your overall bill up towards a Jackson. And if you don't pump it out you will be looking at a new drain field, but with newer technology (you know your system is over 30 years old) it will be more efficacious and smaller. Technology marches on. Even down there. And government, with its bureaucrats and politicians, remains the same. Even up here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Exemplary Accomplishment

Though many arms were nearly dislocated patting themselves on the back the City has issued the 2017 Edition of "How Great We Art" that includes this primo example of code enforcement in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District:

It is as if someone at City Hall commanded the sun to come out and dry off that parking lot.  Now that's what we voted for!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Go With Luck

Another flailing retail operation finds the exit unable to save itself even with open disrespect for City ordinances and supported by the blind eye of their representative on City Council.

Nearby, the most egregious violator of the Dunwoody Overlay proudly claims the title of "Enemy From Within." Shame on them. They should and probably do know better and their disregard for this community is all the more repugnant. Shame. On. Them. And the Councilor in their back pocket.

To each and every business and politician who holds this community in disdain: go with luck--but go!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

We're Not In Switzerland, Dottie

Guess when the 12:18 from Lausanne to Geneva departs the station? That's right. At 12:18. Not 12:30. Not even 12:20. It leaves at 12:18, with or without you. And here's a mystery yet to be solved in Atlanta: they run non-stop express trains and multi-stop trains on the same tracks at the same time. That's right, they've figured out how to get trains to pass other trains. Wow. Those half-blind watch-making elves have made their whole world one big clock.

Now our little international city's Olympic sized ego is going to dethrone the Swiss. MARTA is taking over the white elephant* known as The Streetcar with this cornerstone to righting the rails:
And it may align transit schedules to make it easier for passengers to hop off a MARTA train and use the streetcar for the last legs of their journeys.
Have these people even used their own service? Don't they know that MARTA never runs on time? Note that tardiness even applies to the first train of the day departing the North Springs station. How can that be given:
“Transit is our core competency,” MARTA Chief Operating Officer Richard Krisak told the MARTA Board of Directors on Thursday.
Because the most important word in the first of these AJC quotes is "may," not because it is aspiration but because of the political cover offered by the implicit "may not."

* Isn't it interesting in this world of hyper-sensitivity where so many words and phrases are virtual cyanide that one can still say white elephant? At least in Atlanta.