Thursday, April 15, 2021

Only?

Only. Sounds restrictive, right? As in singular. Unique. Like Costco saying "only those over 60" allowed during Olde Farte Power Hour, and enforcing it. Sounds like a clear definition, plainly stated in plain English. 

Of course, none of this applies at city hall, where a "Seniors Only" apartment complex really means 80 percent reserved for seniors. That's right, the "Seniors Only" apartments, vocally supported by a majority of the seven dwarfs, with one effusing about looking forward to this development and stating, incorrectly, that it will not affect our schools. 

Wrong on two counts.

First, council approval supports twenty percent open-market units and there will be no prohibition against school age children for any resident demographic. Do you NOT know a grandparent who is raising a grandchild? Or two? Nonetheless, one in five units may well go to a family. With kids. And this is not a slippery slope, it is a mud slide. That this development will be just another unwanted apartment complex isn't likely. It is all but certain.

Then there is the always there damage this city does to our schools on behalf of developers when they throw tax "relief" their way. The city, by way of the developer's authority, takes these properties off the tax rolls, stealing money from our schools so they can hand it to a developer. In this case the corporate welfare check is $7M, most of it coming from school taxes.

Yet someone has the unmitigated gall to suggest there is no impact on our schools. So, is the difference between mistake and prevarication what you know? Or is it what you should know? Or have we sunk to the level that ignorance is an acceptable excuse? Or maybe we just don't care. No one at city hall does.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Whatcha Gonna Do?

With that pandemic windfall?  You know, that $1400 Biden Bonus? Let TOD offer a suggestion. Something of lasting value. Something that commemorates the greatest generation this country, this planet has ever seen. 

Get yourself an M1 carbine. This is the tool your grandparents, or if you were born in the naughties, your great-grandparents used to conquer fascism and socialism. Real fascism. The kind that really killed real people. If you've ever fired an M1 or even just held one, well you know. 

Now you could go out an buy a classic, an M1 that actually saw service in WWII, and there is a legit collector community supporting M1-s. But as a collectible you'd not want to fire it, at least not often, and you may have trouble staying within budget. But it could take place of honor on the wall beneath the flag that graced your forefather's casket. 

There are also competitions centered around the M1 and consequently there are current manufacturers, including one tracing back to an original WWII supplier, offering competition and honest replica M1-s. Many of these, from Auto Ordnance and Inland, can be had for well under the BB limit leaving funds for enough ammo to get acquainted with your heritage. 

Now if you're willing to add some funds of your own, Springfield Armory offers a fine line of M1A rifles including their M1A Loaded .308 though you may find one of their competition rifles more to your taste should budget allow.

The great thing about all these options is you can get a honest-to-God battle-proven military firearm celebrating the greatest generation in a hands-on way. So if you get one, get yourself some range time and when you get home, pour a stiff one, put on Band of Brothers, toast those who served and sacrificed and shed not a tear for how far we've fallen. You're earning this.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Work Really Cuts Into His Day

You probably have a job. All in that would consume 40, 50, maybe more hours of your week. Especially if you hold a non-clock-punching, exempt position, leaving little time for fun, games and time with the family. Unless you're heading up the police department in one of the built to suit (developers and businesses) faux-cities.

Like Dunwoody.

Dunwoody's Top Cop (his words, not ours) is also an instructor at Guardian Leadership. This is in addition to his very own consultancy advising wanna-be-s on how to become just as good a cop as he. In between he's been the globe-trotting cop FROM Dunwoody. So is it any surprise that when he actually is in town and at least somewhat attentive to what is going on in his own department he is penning or just signing off on white-washing reports to deflect his and his department's culpability for extremely unsavory goings-on?

Is this really what the city wants? Apparently, as the city manager has done nothing about this, has said nothing about this, and so it must be concluded, at the very least, he approves of this.

So what to do?

Fire the city manager, with cause, for dereliction and replace him with someone committed to serving the residents of this community. His replacement's contract will ensure this is a condition for ongoing employment and given the disastrous experiences we've had with run-of-the-mill city managers this will require vigilance and frequent review. The first action of this manager would be cleaning house. In the PD and throughout city operations. Hard as it is to believe, in little over a decade we've allowed bureaucratic bloat to spread like kudzu. 

So how to do this?

This will require some significant changes in our elected representatives at city hall. Very likely some, perhaps most, are not salvageable and require replacement. With significant improvement over the current office-holders. 

Only then do we stand a chance of making the best of a very bad situation.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Inhospitable

And unsavory.

After purloining a regional artist's work the city has received an award for having done just that. Though it was a blatant misappropriation for self-serving, but well connected interests a hospitality group determined it was worthy of an award. Not to Kofke, the artist and IPR owner, but to the purloiners of his work. 

It is a twisted world we live in when those who deserved a criminal conviction instead are given awards. Shame on the perpetrators and shame on this misguided group.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

It's Pollen Season

A recent comment on Stan da Man's idling blog characterizes the dumpster fire known as DCSD as an approaching "perfect storm." From the outset let's be clear, this is not a trashing of that individual or the specific comment because the observations and conclusion are and have been shared by generations of parents and teachers in DeKalb, but THAT is part of the real problem. So this is not a perfect storm, a rare occurrence, it is more a routine, regular event like the pine pollen coloring our world yellow. It has been here before. It will be here again. And no one has what it takes to prevent it-cut down all the pine trees. 

Like the weather, and pollen season, folks like to complain about school systems. The same recurring complaints. The super is some kind of ambitious, self-serving creature that doesn't care about the teachers and staff, complaints that could be leveled against Crawford, Green, Watson-Harris and a host of others. It isn't the super and changing the name and face won't make a meaningful difference. That someone [else, it is always someone else] must do something. They say the State, or the Governor must step in and do something even though this has already been tried and failed. This Governor would be no more effective than the last. Then there is the accrediting agency. Why don't they step up and step in and protect the teachers and staff? That's because SACS>AdvancEd>Cognia is a business beholding to the customer so they stand up for the district administration, protecting them from outside influences and they will punish micro-managing boards long before they call a super to task. 

The root cause is in the community, resting in those folks who say things like "stand up for all the stakeholders, especially the students." Just as in that phrasing, the students always come last, as if they are just an afterthought. But they are not an afterthought at all. They are tools. When an eSPLOST comes up school apologists will tout "it is for the students" even as they acknowledge that most of the money will be wasted but there is hope that some funds will make it to the classroom. Despite the blatant waste, this has proven compelling. And parents, no matter how vocal, generally limit their true concerns to their child and their focus hopscotches from school to school as their child, inevitably, moves on. And that inevitability is an intentional, foregone conclusion: students will not be held back; they will not learn; and outside sports they will never be subjected to a meritocracy. That's why colleges and universities have remediation, whether explicit or embedded. 

So this is not a perfect storm. It is not some unlikely confluence of bad circumstances creating an unusual crisis. It is structural. It is systemic. And it is by design. And the catalyst for all this is "for all the stakeholders, especially the students." So long as this remains effective our schools will remain in their current state. Or worse. 

So whenever you hear "for the students," just inhale, exhale and move on.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Stay In Your Lane

Seems like the Seven Dwarfs and most of the bureaucrats at city hall want to do anything but their own job. We, the people, are treated to this:


Wow! Dunwoody's got a vaccine site. What could that possibly mean, since, well Dunwoody has nothing to do with the delivery of vaccines and never has. But take a click on the wild side and see what we got:



Look at that. Only one click away from propaganda to admission that this city doesn't have anything meaningful to offer, like an arm jab, on the Covid-19 vaccine front. 

So why the hell are they doing this? Why can't they take care of their own business before they posture and grandstand on an issue they have absolutely no responsibility for nor any authority to address? Is it because they want to distract us from the fact that they're not doing the job they were hired for, and by hired we mean "a referendum was passed." Now the politicos may actually be, all too infrequently, beholden to the voting public, but the bureaucrats seem to have forgotten that without the vote of the people creating this city they wouldn't have the jobs and paychecks they now have. Yet it seems we have too many of each of those, jobs and paychecks, because a whole bunch of folks are doing things that aren't any of their business. Maybe they should get back in their lane and do their jobs. With a little less attitude and a whole lot more gratitude.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Perimeter Mall Closes Food Court...

...and moves it to Dunwoody Village. Can Perimeter Mall caliber crime be far behind? Will the city do anything about that? Does anyone at city hall have the stones to even try?

Monday, March 22, 2021

Don't Work So Hard...

...they will just take it away. That seems to be the message from the woke-ity woke cancellibs and one guy seems willing to call out the woke folk on their intentional systemic racism: 

He even seems to think it is about time for people of color to stand up for themselves.


Maybe this is the start of a new movement in our society-MAMA: Make America a Meritocracy Again.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Guest Post: What The Truck?

Your head has to have been in a warm, dank, dark place for quite some time if you are not painfully aware of the dumpster fire that the city manager and the seven dwarfs have made of the Dunwoody PD. So stand up, make that popping sound and listen up: they've made it even worse.

That's a real Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, now ain't it? So we have a police farce that can turn a walk about into a fair-weather tax collection opportunity by fining folks stopped at a red light. Same po-po that REFUSES to enforce the no-truck zones. Same po-po that REFUSES to patrol for speeders in our neighborhoods, instead expecting a nanny-nanny-boo-boo post on FeceBook to do THEIR job for them. 

And why might that be? 

Because the speeders may well be speeding to a job or a shopping spree at one of the profiteering Dunwoody businesses and as we all know the folks running these businesses have city hall on speed dial. Same for habitual truck violators. The city is one citation away from a hands on lesson on how shit flows downhill.

So how are phone-taxes different?

Because the cop can make a much, much better assessment as to who they are collecting their tax from thereby ensuring it will not be business related taxation but a local resident. After all the city has to get the money to pay businesses to come and stay from somebody.

That somebody might just be you.

Monday, March 15, 2021

Now? Or Forever?

The pandemic has touched nearly every aspect of every one's lives. None have been more greatly impacted and none are more important that our community of developers, particularly the developer of the property at 84 Perimeter Center East. From the developer's statements in justifying this entirely unnecessary and unwanted development of even-more-apartments we learn that the pandemic has drastically and permanently altered the hospitality industry making the previously planned hotel unprofitable. And if developers are about anything it is profits with the city more than happy to help out with a $7M boost to their bottom line. But not to worry, a vast majority of that money is robbed from your children's education. No harm, no foul, right?

What's really interesting is how very quickly they pivoted from hotel to apartment. It's as if that was what they had planned all along.