Monday, June 26, 2017

Removing Signs

Neighborhood Services Director Richard Oswald has responsibility for illegal signs within city limits. The city sign ordinance, available online, covers temporary signs which require a permit. In a recent article in the local paper Oswald speaks to the issue of illegal signs.
"If you look at any major intersection, you'll see numerous signs, and we try to get them pulled as quick as possible," Oswald said.

Although it may seem like a lot of rules, Oswald said it's a problem that can get out of hand quickly.

"If we didn't regulated it, imagine how cluttered it would be and them climbing up poles," Oswald said.
If you guessed this city is NOT Dunwoody you would be correct. It is Davenport, IA where it would appear they care about quality of life.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ossoff: Handel-ed

Though not nearly as bad as that fateful Wednesday when hordes of women queued up at Goodwill to drop off tear-stained blue pantsuits[1] this Tuesday's results have left them confused, angry and conflicted. Clintonistas whose argument inevitably devolved into "don't you think it is about time we had a woman president?" found themselves battling against sending the first female Republican to Congress instead supporting an ill-qualified rich white guy, a man who's money came from deceased relatives, a man who so loves the district he choses not to live here. But neither character nor logic has a place in personality, gender or party politics. Not then and certainly not now.

What of those who voted for Ossoff to "send a message"? These folks see our representative government as little more than an opportunity to raise the boy scout sign as they screech "read between the lines" to some far off unseeing, unhearing mythical foe. Are they of such an intellect or character that they can accept that a message has been sent? And that it has been sent to them? And what of the outside monied interests promoting an outsider for what is otherwise a local issue in the sovereign state of Georgia? Are they different in kind to the alleged Russian meddlers they blame for the bad press used to excuse their candidate's failure in November? Are the millions of dollars their establishment spent a projection? Does it say "Our votes in Congress are for sale, so we cannot comprehend how we cannot buy yours"? They tried. They failed. They will spin. But at least, for now, we can bask in the benign neglect these coastal elites afford the fly-overs.




[1] While you may have thought your Mexi-Maids had been issued new uniforms the fact is the second-hand market was flooded with blue pantsuits sporting only one wear, no wash and deep discounts.

Monday, June 19, 2017

How To Read The Paper

It is increasingly difficult to read the paper, not because of what is in it but because of what isn't. Back in the day, when newsprint was ink on paper and journalism had some integrity, a basic tenet of competent reporting was to answer the four key questions in the first sentence: who, what, when and where. This slowly eroded to the "get these in the first paragraph" and as that slippery slope got steeper it is uncommon to find these questions answered anywhere in the entire article.

So here is an effective and efficient way to gather information from a "news" paper: read the first paragraph of an article and if all four questions are not answered move to the next article. With this approach you get all the information available in the paper in under thirty minutes of which twenty nine are spent in the sports section covering the last remaining meritocracy in America.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Tax Man Cometh

Dunwoody's deceitful backdoor tax increase is about to scoot thru the process in the same kind of "What Happened During Your Summer Vacation" approach used to sneak in the cityhood referendum all those tax increases ago. The city is flogging the propaganda angle:
"No one owning a home when Dunwoody incorporated is paying more for the same property as they did in 2009 with this credit," wrote the city finance department."
Crafty bit of work, that. True enough that if you bought after 2009 your home was marked to market at the time of sale and there is no good basis for comparison but let's not knock the city logician for not understanding that your city tax bill was $0.00 in 2009 if you did not move here until 2012. The deception is a bit more troubling when considering that permitted work is another trip wire filling the city coffers. Their CYA is in the technicality of "the same property" because if you added that sunroom or replaced that drive it isn't considered "the same.

If you were paying Dunwoody taxes in 2009 let's hope you were not fooled into believing that more government would be better government when it is really just more, and growing taxes.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Circus In Village Overlay District




And the ever-present, cold-sore that just will not go away:


And why does the City seem hell-bent on giving Memorial Highway are run for their money as "armpit of the city?" It is by order of the Councilor "representing" this area.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

What Do These Signs Mean?

They mean that the last time any Dunwoody Police were in the area was when the trailer was dragged out and they won't be back until they come back to get it. Basically it says "Speed with impunity--there will be no enforcement." Like that was a secret.

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Day, Same Stuff

Pamela Miller at the AJC tells us that the Smart City is filling the recently vacated community development director position. Before you start thinking "well, it IS so bad it can only get better," take a look at what Pamela has to say.
"In his new position, McLeod will help implement the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted by City Council on Oct 12, 2015, as well as the Perimeter Center Zoning Code draft adopted May 22."
The City certainly needs help implementing almost any plan especially plans that might improve quality of life in daVille. One that has been neglected for over a year should top anyone's list.

Pamela adds:
"The city of Dunwoody's Community Development Department is responsible for managing the planning and zoning functions of the city as well as development regulation, code compliance and sustainability programs. "
Don't hold your breath on the "code compliance" part of the job description in the Village Overlay District. Especially as code enforcement is under attack by at least one council member more beholden to business than the voters. For now. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dunwoody City Schools

Should we or shouldn't we?

The answer to that question lies in the answers to many more. The first being "would the City of Dunwoody classify Dunwoody Schools as a 'sovereign government' exempt from all City ordinances, codes and regulations?" Recent history says "yes." Would these schools be run with the same integrity and respect for the community as we have seen with the City to date? Sadly this is likely a "yes." Would the schools be ring fenced from the City (think DHA) or would it be a Friends-and-Family patronage palace (think CVB)? Do you think this City can resist such a power grab? Really?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Danger On Campus

In order to understand some of the hysteria in academia over campus carry you have to understand that there are folks on campus, equipped with PhDs who sincerely believe that these things work:


Or do they really believe this?

Probably not because it is not a student with a firearm that poses an existential threat to those in their ivory towers. A prof's existential threat is posed by a pissed off student giving a bad evaluation. The promotion and tenure committee may claim to look at other factors including research and publications, peer reviews and service activities, but the fact is whining students can make all that irrelevant. It is pure lunacy to ask a student to rate the experience a) before it is complete (don't even think about having evals after the final exam) and b) before the student has advanced to the next course where the true value surfaces. That they not only allow this silliness but actively promote it undermines academia's pontification on just about any topic.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

What If?

If Only Ted had...


If Only Hillary had...

If Hillary used ProtonMail, she'd be President today.

And If Only Sheriff Mann had...

If Mann let the dog out at Brook Run he'd not be in trouble.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Friends In Low Places

Looks like our "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" City Council member is well on the way to helping a friend in need of a Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) ordinance custom tailored just for them. Perhaps written by them.



Combined with that Council member's stated view that any ordinance she doesn't like should be ignored as a matter of policy then mere citizens should not be surprised by, well, anything.  In fact, by now we should be numb. Nonexistent sign ordinance enforcement in the Village Overlay. Refusal to inspect school buildings and issue COs. No interest in curbing speeding in school zones. Has it really been that long since that kid was hit on Chamblee-Dunwoody? Do you think the kid would give the same answer? Illegal truck traffic thru a no-truck-zone? Merely a waste of signage and another rule to ignore at will. But when a business wants an ordinance just for them? Well that's a horse of a different color.

We are all but guaranteed that the BYOB will not actually happen. Instead, the "retail establishment" will provide the alcohol with full knowledge that no one will ever check up on them. That is what they want and what those elected officials who do their bidding have given them. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

In Vino Veritas

My wife was hosting the weekly bridge club and I was trying to be helpful. Really, I was. The phone rings and I answer.

Janis asks me who it is thinking it might be someone cancelling. Cancellations are apparently a big problem with bridge parties. "It's Dave. Kowalskis."

"Go."

"OK, Dave. Be right there."

Dave and Kathy have lived on the street forever and gave us a warm welcome when we moved in. The rest of the neighbors, not so much. Kathy says that she is the nice one--Dave just couldn't see past the car.

In '69 my dad put in an order for a new car, sight unseen, partly to get the color he wanted: British Racing Green. He had the first 240Z in town. It was his weekend pleasure drive and I was proud to inherit it. Dave could relate. His dad's best friend ran a car dealership who got his dad into a brand new '68 GT6+ in Laurel Green, Tan interior and overdrive. Since getting his dad's car Dave has restored it to showroom condition and he's helped me with the Z, particularly the interior. He couldn't sort the carbs with a bubble sync and I can do it by ear so we get together when the weather is nice to tinker, talk cars and inevitably, fathers. Kathy may be the nicer one in the relationship, but Dave has the better car.

Kathy is a minivan aficianado and she's driving the bus to Detroit with her sister riding shotgun to see their Aunt on the occasion of her 95th birthday. They will bring back a new supply of Kowalskis and this evening the last dogs of 2016 go to the rainbow bridge. Dave loves his Kowalskis--almost an unhealthy obsession. And wrapped in ritual. He'll get the dogs, unlink them and simmer in a huge pot of beer. "Blanching" he calls it. After cooling they are portioned, four to six together into a ziplock then covered with the now-cooled beer and into the freezer. He usually ends up with 40-50 bags of dogs. Pretty much an annual supply.

Cooking is no less of a ritual. A grill is involved but the dogs are on indirect heat. Dave hates it when they split. Onion wedges go directly over the coals and he does the chips-in-foil smoking trick. He calls it his smoke bomb. Coming off the grill the dogs go back into the beer along with the nearly burnt onions after they are sliced into ribbons. Dave keeps this on a low simmer until final assembly.

And assembly is no less complicated. Dave refuses to use buns, only French baguette will do. Cut to length, sliced thru and slits cut into the exposed white bread inside. "Makes it hold more goodness." Then the stack. Bottom bread. Onions. Roasted tomato--he roasts his own just for the dogs. Then the dogs, sliced, inside up. Then on the top bread goes blue cheese. Dave likes Maytag but will use Stilton in a pinch. "I'm from the midwest but I'm OK with the Brits." Somebody has to be.

This goes under a broiler until the cheese melts and the dogs get a bit of char. Takes it out, puts it together, slices it in half cross wise. "Presentation is important. After all you eat first with your eyes." Right Dave.

The weather is mild and Dave will have all the doors open to the patio. I walk around back and park myself beside the fire pit.

"Hi Sam, no Janis?"

"Bridge party."

"You're welcome."

"Thanks." He thinks he has saved me from a horrible evening. He's probably right.

Dave has the grilling done and is in the kitchen slicing the cooked onions. It's a hot mess. He finishes, washes his hands and calls out "wine?"

"Sure."

"Kathy pour?"

"Regular." His wife abhors waste and none more than the waste of space between the wine and rim of the glass. Somehow this aversion to waste has translated into an amazing ability to never spill a drop. That glass going from table to lips is poetry in motion. Dave comes out with a glass for me and puts the bottle on the table. The oven dings and he rushes back to play with his tomatoes. "Need help?"

"I got it. Only a few minutes."

I settle in by the fire. Dave is a man of his word. It isn't long before I hear "Dogs walking" and Dave arrives with a platter of Michigan's finest and a very full glass. He takes a seat and grabs the first dog, "to see if it is poison." Dave encountered a brief moment of silence as a child and it so terrified him that has never abided it since.

He starts. Neither dog nor wine can stop him. "So I was at Publix this morning to get the baguette."

"Best bakery in town." I'm not convinced this is true but I know Dave is and I said it just to slow him down.

"Right. So I get out of the car and this guy gets all up in my face. He's canvassing for Ossoff."

"The kid who's running for Price's seat?"

"Yeah, that guy. He starts with his script and I stop him."

"Of course." Dave is passionately apolitical. Never votes. Has never even registered to vote. He says that way no one can blame him for all the dysfunction. He might be on to something.

"I say 'look kid, there is only one thing you can tell me about Ossoff that will influence my vote. You tell me which candidate, including none-of-the-above, that Ossoff is going to vote for and that is who gets my vote.' The kid just looked at me with that vacant stare that starry eyed political staffers get when conversations go off script. I looked him dead in the eye, said 'exactly' and walked on by."

"Why do you do things like that? Why didn't you just tell him you're not even registered to vote?"

"Then he would want to drag me off to register."

"You could have told him you're a convicted felon. That's actually pretty believable."

Dave's had his last dog. "Dogs are like oysters. Can always tell which is the last one." He filled his glass emptying the bottle. "Wanna share?"

"No." He knows I brought my own, he just doesn't know if it is one bottle or two. I pull a bottle of Zin out of my purse. "Screw please." He slides the corkscrew across the table.

He gets up to clear. "Carrying?"

"Always. Unload?"

"Please." He heads inside. I'm doing the wine first. Dave is one of those gun nuts that hates guns and had a no-guns-allowed policy that died with Kathy's uncle. He had quite the gun collection and she inherited it. Hunting rifles. Upland shotguns. A couple of beautiful Italian clays. But the bulk of the collection was over two dozen S&W Victory models repatriated from the lend-lease program. These are stamped with details of the repatriating location and processing supply officer. It's like a postmark and they are collected like stamps. So now Dave has about forty guns in his house, not a single round of ammo and a new no-LOADED-guns-allowed policy. While the wine is breathing its last breaths I drop the magazine and rack the slide snatching the cartridge out of the air.

"Catch it?" Dave is still putzing around inside but I'm pretty sure he was watching. He usually does. He comes out, parking himself by the fire and then I hear the music. Big Brother and the Holding Company. I now know the price of a hot dog--the Woodstock story.

"Did I ever tell you about going to Woodstock?"

"Only about a thousand times."

"Good. You can tell me if I leave anything out."

And it starts. It is a story he finds halfway thru his third Kathy pour and always when Kathy isn't around. It starts with a young, rebellious man who on the spur of the moment tanks up his old Chevy pickup and heads off to some concert in the country. He meets the most beautiful girl he'll ever see. Long blond hair. Piercing, Steve McQueen steely blue eyes. The quick wit and even quicker smile. The deep philosophical conversations lasting thru the night, never forgotten but not fully remembered. She is a perfect jewel in the finest of settings-an older man's memory.

It's going to be a long night. Dave drones on. But the air is cool, the fire is warm, I've got a fine Zin and that bluesy voice is telling me "a woman can be tough." It's a small price considering we did just finish the last of the Kowalskis and that beautiful girl is bringing a new supply all the way from Detroit.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Home Wine Delivery

Hot on the heals of City Hall working aggressively to ensure that a Friend of the Family exercise emporium can likker up exhausted electrolyte depleted patrons we now find they are leveraging their "don't ask, don't tell" policy in support of home delivery of fine wines.

See Truck. See Sign. See Truck Go.
After all this IS Dunwoody, founded on the Three P's: Parks, Paving and most importantly POLICE. Certainly our ever-growing Police force would be enforcing a no-truck zone as those trucks also tear up the Pavement. Stopping in, between international trips, our chief concluded "the speeding and/or truck problem appears to be sporadic" so they're just not going to enforce in that area. Sadly that may mean that wine is not being delivered in DaVille and this is just another "sporadic" thru-truck. Just another "hear no evil, see no evil, fix no evil" from a City Hall that puts any business before every citizen. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Common To Whom?

Governor Deal has signed the so-called Campus Carry Bill. Now the fun begins.

Though still aligned with the Permission Society World View, supporters of the bill are celebrating this as "common sense" legislation, co-opting Obama's bumper-sticker phrase on the issue. Hopefully this causes the phrase and the idiocy behind it to fall into disuse as it has never been about common anything let alone just the loudest current social norms. That is, if you believe this country was founded on the precept of personal liberty. Then the Bill of Rights is little more than an enumeration of the liberties of the people that shall not be infringed by the government. The view of individual liberty does not sit well with those who long for the days of monarchies, of those bestowed with power, in particular the power to grant and withdraw at their discretion liberties to the little people.

Those nostalgists include the Left-Wing-Nuts who are now going nutzy-cuckoo. They see this as an attack on their breeding ground, an attempt to poison the fount of their life. Their histrionics cannot be contained.

Being the well educated grammarians that they are they fear the loss of their kingdom for the want of a comma. They invoke the "let's eat, grandma" vs "let's eat grandma" to make their case that a missing comma in the legislation actually allows a Weapon's Carry License holder to make it into "their" building. Being arrogant know-it-alls they have anointed themselves the sole arbiter of legislative intent concluding that this missing comma goes against that intent and therefore invalidates the entire law. In their world this missing comma can't be right (or could it?) so they intend to sue. HASHTAG: CommasMatter HASHTAG: WordsNotSoMuch

Academia is up in [un-]arms with UGA's Franklin College faculty resolving:
“If this legislation is enacted, and students and faculty are hesitant to discuss sensitive or controversial topics because of the presence of guns on campus and in our classrooms, the academic integrity of UGA will be greatly compromised."
Now THAT is gobstopping. This faculty seems so ensconced in their ivory tower that they are unaware that college campuses banned the liberty of free speech, especially on topics they deem "sensitive or controversial" long ago. The campus newspaper, the Red & Black, reported on limits the  University has placed upon those meeting their disapproval to Free Speech Zones where they will not offend sensitive sensibilities because they won't be heard. But trust them, it isn't censorship, it's free speech in a safe place. They live in an echo chamber and banish any dissenting speech to a small soundproof room.

This is why the term "common sense" has no place in any discussion about what happens on any college campus in America.

Monday, May 8, 2017

She's Baaaack!

The game is afoot. A new proposal will be put forth tonight to sneak booze into local retail establishments. Sounds like yet another attempt to cater to a local business wanting alcohol in their service offering. You gotta admire the persistence of their cronies down at Smart City Hall. Mere citizens just wish the City were half as pro-active enforcing ordinances as they are in creating ones that cater to their bidness buddies. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May The Fourth Be With You

Certainly you've heard folks running around chanting "may the fourth be with you." Some who hear this, distracted by a text message, involuntarily mumble "and also with you." Your employer may somehow think this is an opportunity for "team building" and if that's your company you will probably bump into Wally in the break room.

But there is a serious, dark side to all this--it is very hurtful to a group so often the butt of jokes,  snide remarks and mocking imitations: lispers. Not the AI programmers. The folk with the speech impediment--nay--speech distinction.

Suffering from a condition over which you have no control, one with which you were born, should not be a subject of public ridicule but an opportunity for the broader community to learn, to demonstrate understanding, to empower those with this speech-distinction to fully participate--to achieve their potential. Instead we have a society celebrating a comic's ridicule of Marlee Maitlin as if he is some Lenny Bruce of speech diversity. Far from it. Were he making fun of a Latina's accent the outrage would be palpable and direct action would be taken. Social media would be swift, forceful and complete with not a single YouTube video remaining. That this same indignation is not leveled at the oppressors of those with speech distinction tells us we, Speech Diversity Warriors, have much work ahead of us.

Let us not forget that speech diversity is more than dialect, colloquialisms and accents. Speech diversity is a large tent covering all manner of speech distinction from the eloquence of Tourettes to stammerers, stutterers, and yes, lispers. Embracing diversity does require stepping out of your comfort zone but remember this: you are the guilty party should you fail in taking this small step to break out of your self imposed cocoon.

So next time someone has the audacity to ignorantly say "may the fourth be with you" let the Force be strong in you. Stand up for speech distinction by embracing--celebrating speech diversity.

HASHTAG: LispthLivesMatter

BYOB

Under Council's Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Policy Cyclebar is expanding its outreach program to young adults. It isn't clear if this is a BYOB event or the bar is open but no one should be surprised if someone spikes the kiddy's punch.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Squeaky Wheels

Code enforcement has been run "on complaint" since day one and folks at City Hall have been very open about it. Of course this should be like honey attracting flies* but it turns out it is just a honeypot.  It serves little purpose other than getting whiners and complainers to self-identify with the shakers and movers with increasingly little done with regards to actually enforcing our local codes. Ironically this seems to be as bad in the Village, with its much ballyhooed Village Overlay District as it is in other areas in Dunwoody.

Apparently some on Council like it that way.

One, most noted for undermining rule of law by publicly stating that the City will not enforce certain ordinances by employing a don't-ask-don't-tell policy seems opposed to enforcement of sign ordinances in the Village. This individual admits to confusion but seems unaware that others are not so afflicted. All the more unbelievable as the Blue Bag Rag tells us that the soon-departing head of code enforcement saw the job as education and not just for citizens but "code enforcement program educated city leaders" as well. Seems to have skipped the business community. But as it turns out the DVO ordinances are not only written in plain english but for the less than literate there are pictures. Finding "confusion" in Subsection (f) is baffling to the point that one must consider that the pretense of confusion is a deflective ruse. Perhaps Dunwoody has too many folk on Staff and Council who see local business as their primary constituents and are more beholden to them than the citizens and voters. On this point there is no doubt serious, potentially harmful "confusion" that needs to be addressed.






*Studies show that vinegar is a better fly attractant than honey as vinegar is associated with rotting fruit. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Charter Schools

In an article on the closing of a Cobb charter school the AJC offers this definition:
"Charter schools are public schools that operate independently and are held accountable for academic results, finances and governance."
It should be noted that DeKalb County public schools do not meet these criteria. 

Just Say No

Colleges and Universities across the United States are dropping entrance exams like a hippity-hopper droppin' da mike. And this isn't just your local community college trying to grow enrollment at any costs, there are some big names including Harvard Law. It don't get no better than that.

Some believe this allows them flexibility in favouring diversity over competence without discoverable evidence that could put them on the losing side of a civil lawsuit. Maybe, maybe not. But there is some merit to the argument that lowering application requirements encourages a greater number of applicants without increasing the number of asses-in-classes thereby decreasing their acceptance rate. Acceptance rate is one of US News & World Reports key performance indicators, the lower the better and better numbers mean greater prestige. This is close but no WEO. They do want significant increases in the application numbers but not just to appease a questionable rag. Applications are not free and no one gives a refund to any applicant accepted or not. So these Colleges and Universities are tapping their brand for new and growing revenues.

And this isn't chump change:

  1. University of California-Los Angeles:$5,369,840
  2. University of California-Berkeley:$4,681,320
  3. Stanford University:$3,632,130
  4. University of California-San Diego:$3,608,290
  5. University of Southern California:$3,419,440
  6. Harvard:~$3,000,000

Millions of dollars taken from dumb chumps many of whom don't belong in any college let alone a big name school. This is taking candy from babies. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

HOPE Not

North Fulton is looking pretty chill on the Milestone end of grade assessment:
Hell, it is over twice as good as South Fulton! And yet, in no category does North Fulton score better than fifty-fifty. Then it gets interesting. In the same AJC article we find that neither SAT nor ACT scores are blowing anyone away and yet sixty percent qualify for the HOPE scholarship.

Your education dollars at work.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Outlawing Amway

The Smart City is working to ensure that the Amway Showroom you keep in your house is verboten as you cannot keep any for-sale merchandise at home. Not sure yet about selling out of the trunk of your car or the back of the van.

Sec. 27-168. - Home occupations.


(g) Use permits and supplemental regulations for Type B home occupations.


(2) Supplemental regulations.
e. page2image23456No stock in trade may be displayed or kept for sale on the premises and no on-premises sales may be conducted.  
This also impacts Tupperware parties but that is redundant as they will also be outlawed under the "no more than one customer on-prem at one time" rule. Unless burping the bowl is a "learning experience" in which case you can have up to three. And those lingerie parties? Fuggedaboutit!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Anencephalic Journalism

Folks are wondering why respect of and trust in mainstream media is at an all-time low. This little gem showed up recently an AJC article about millennials:
"In 1980, two-thirds of 25-to 34-year-olds were already married. One in eight had already been married and divorced. in 2015, just two in five millennials were married, and only 7 percent had been divorced."
Did you get all that? For starters these "journalists" really like to mix up their numerical metaphors, like "how many olympic sized swimming pools does it take to stack up to the top of the empire state building?" Now they could have normalized using percentages replacing "two-thirds" with 66.7%, "one in eight" with 12.5%, "two in five" with 40% and just left "7 percent" alone. That would enhance the clarity but somewhat undercut the dramatic effect and isn't "journalism" just about dramatic effect?

But the waters are muddied in other ways. In the first case, the near-but-post-boomers, they examine a cohort spanning 10 years - count fence posts, not rails. In the second case, without an explicit definition from the "journalist" but relying on Wikipedia (the only real source of truth) we can place the millennials' birthdates from 1985 thru 2005. To make it apples and apples let's say it ranges from early eighties to the early naughties to cover the 25-35 year old range.

So why didn't the author just say "when comparing two 25-34 year old cohorts, the first from 1980 and the second from 2017 we see these percentages of marriages and divorce?" Could be ignorance on his part or presumed ignorance on yours. Could be he just needed words to waste ink. No matter, he did more to undermine the overall credibility of the media than he did to inform the public. And that is why media gets no respect.



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bullshit Walks

TOD has already pontificated on the absurdity of local government supporting a business that will put folks in a sweaty state of dehydration, likker 'em up and dump them into rush hour traffic and the supporting ordinance has been pulled. For now. The backpedaling sponsor clearly intends to ground-hog-day the measure: "I believe [...] that there will be a right time to introduce this." So expect the hammer to come back out and drive this screw in. When you least expect it. Until then the policy is 'go back to the "don't ask don't tell like" we have always done' which is a blatant statement that our elected officials are a bit more beholding to whoever "we" might be than to the wee folk who put them in office. 

More importantly this fundamentally undermines rule of law and the very ordinances that Council is responsible for crafting. Do any ordinances really matter when those responsible for them address being on the losing end of a debate or compromise by simply ignoring the law of the burg? This kind of attitude has no place in civil society let alone in representative government. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Money Talks

In his letter to shareholders Jamie Dimon, J.P. Morgan Chase Chairman and CEO, offers this observation:
Education is leaving too many behind.

Many high schools and vocational schools do not provide the education our students need – the goal should be to graduate and get a decent job. We should be ringing the national alarm bell that inner city schools are failing our children – often minorities and children from lower income households. In many inner city schools, fewer than 60% of students graduate, and many of those who do graduate are not prepared for employment. We are creating generations of citizens who will never have a chance in this land of dreams and opportunity. Unfortunately, it’s self-perpetuating, and we all pay the price. The subpar academic outcomes of America’s minority and low-income children resulted in yearly GDP losses of trillions of dollars, according to McKinsey & Company.
The inexorable decline of Government Schools is a "wrap-around service" that has stabbed society in the back. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Government Mandates

Recently a member of the left wing punditry pontificated on the potential passing of a campus carry bill. Let's dissect a few bits of what passes for logic in those circles.
"Georgia law mandates no firearms safety training to carry a gun on campus."
In fact Georgia law has no training mandate to acquire a carry license and carry anywhere, on or off campus. Training, practice and range time are not prohibited by law either. And this is important as one seeks a thread of continuity in what appear to be random synaptic firings.
"It is hard to fathom that my children or anyone else's would be safer sitting alongside an armed classmate with no training."
This author has demonstrated time and again a difficulty to fathom things involving the simplest of logic and this self-awareness should be nurtured. On the one hand it is posited that no one, particularly those seeking a concealed carry license would have or acquire any form of training unless it is mandated. This is a paternalistic world where a mandate is necessary to compel behaviour. OK. But. There is no mandate saying that "if you can get a carry permit you must get a carry permit" is there? So by the logic of the author's mandate manifesto a law merely allowing legal carry on campus will result in no guns on campus because carry is not mandated.

Then the author offers "the right answer."
"The only people who should be carrying guns across our colleges are campus police." 
A more coherent argument could be made that there should be no campus police and certainly not armed. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Double Taxation

Sam bought his car, new, two years ago for twenty grand. At the time he paid fourteen hundred dollars in Sales Tax to the state of Georgia. Yesterday he sold the car for ten grand to his nephew and now the state wants an additional seven hundred dollars because of another transaction on property that has already been taxed on this value. Keep in mind this is not tax on increased value of an appreciating asset. Instead it is a second bite at the apple on the remaining value of a depreciating asset and is commonly considered double taxation.

In the early days of the TEA party this would have caused an uproar but today it doesn't warrant a peep out of the formerly anti-tax crowd. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Solution To All Our Schools' Problems

Marlyn Tillman, president of the Gwinnett chapter of the NAACP spoke with the AJC about the benefits of school board diversity emphasizing the impact on demographics she endorses. She cites data showing graduation rates from black and Latino students below that of white students as proof that racial diversity is needed on the board. The last nail in her intellectual coffin was driven home when she was quoted as saying
"You are not turning out the majority population as graduates and for higher-level learning opportunities."
But one thing has proven true: adding blacks and Latinos to school boards ensures more students of color are given diplomas. Someday someone in this sad situation may actually learn something.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Frightened By Unicorns

Democrats are strange creatures, particularly of late. Could be they feel a bit endangered. It's not like they are unicorns but they are certainly afraid of one. Tis the season down at the gold dome and the silly just cannot be stopped. The Quasimodos are down there screaming past each other about sanctuary with our very own Fran Millar supporting legislation he posits would be "clarifying and adding to the particular current law[AJC]." This elicited a nanny-nanny-boo-boo response from the other side of the aisle: "or muddying the water and unclarifying." Take that Fran! But wait! There's more! And it is the juicy bit because it is in the politicians' wheelhouse--self contradictory. Having never heard "no harm, no foul" this Democrat followed up with "You're proposing legislation to address something that doesn't exist." When you are one of the wee folk, taxpayers and the like, the second best legislation is legislation for unicorns[*].



[*] The very best legislation is no legislation at all.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jeezy Creezy

Those public school magi over at Cross Keys High must be all but walking on water when it comes to the Tres R-s. How do we know? Because the teachers have covered all the educational sacraments so well they have time to flash-mob a passion play lest the little buggers not be entertained. But their What-Did-Jesus-Do historical play was widely misinterpreted. By teachers as proselytizing and by some students and parents as Where Did Jesus Go? as he and his family fled the ansturm of the Trump Troopers. Some are calling for a spoiler alert or at least a trigger word warning. Safe places, right? Some faculty, apparently rejected for key roles formed a mob of their own screaming for action from the powers that be. A deaf Pontius Pilate down at the Palace stands with clean hands as he watches the mobs rule.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Now You Know

You may be immune to the hysterical rhetoric around the "Campus Guns" bill. You may be all wrapped up in it. You may be spreading it. Let's start with one steaming pile of stinking silliness: personal protection. As in "this isn't about someone over 21 years of age protecting themselves." Or even those 21+ year olds who willingly offer up their fingerprints and actually clear an FBI background check. What's that you say? You were told that every hung-over frat boy with a chip on his shoulder because a professor "gave" him a grade he didn't like was also being given guns and ammo.

It is actually about a right guaranteed in our Constitution, the one with the phrase "shall not be infringed" which seems to serve as an invitation to government at all levels to do just that. This includes our government-run public universities. It is not surprising that the natural habitat of left wing nuts would espouse a religion where "words matter" except those in the Constitution but the real problem is knowing just what is, and is not campus property. To wit:



It may look like a regular, commercial hotel offering short term lodging and convention facilities, but it is also an infringement zone. Is the nearby Classic Center part of UGA? It is not, but it is a government facility and guns are prohibited--at least they have signage. What about MSTC and The Meat Sale? Open to the public, no student/faculty/staff ID required. But it is on campus and current infringements apply. Same for the Georgia Museum of Art. Then there is the State Botanical Gardens, owned by the State, well off the main campus, but operated by UGA. The gardens include five miles of nature trails which might dredge up that self-defense bromide. Not to pick on just UGA, Tech, with it's expansion into midtown, has similar unmarked infringement zones.

What this bill is really about is uniformity of our statewide infringements (Georgia is not a constitutional carry state) extending equality of access to all without regard to their own personal arms identifications. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Do The Unions Know?

Read This VERY Carefully

Is it possible for a school, even a Charter School, to actually exclude 99.9% of all teachers from applying to their faculty? Is it legally acceptable or even politically correct to state:
...have a master's degree in mathematics (not education or math ed)...
This is akin to screening applicants based on race or religion.

Where are the unionists with their tar and feathers? How can they stand idly by while a school applies such high standards for the qualifications of their faculty. Is it possible they might also have similar standards for their students? If so, this is the end of public education as we know it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Magic Eleven

Eleven is both odd and prime and it is not disparaging to observe that being prime means it is most likely odd as two is the only even prime. It isn't two, but its sum of digits is. It is a twin prime with thirteen. Eleven is also a sexy prime--think five and seventeen. How special is that?

Well Spinal Tap showed us knobs that go up to eleven and we all know how special that is. That it is ten percent more than ten only sounds recursive.

Eleven is the number of Obama's magic, mass-killer bullet. That just-one-too-many cartridge that transforms a gun from self-defense to a weapon of mass destruction. That it is just common sense should in no way detract from the magic.

Lately we have been getting it from all sides about eleven million people.

First it is the number of illegal aliens in the United States. What makes this magic is there have always been eleven million illegals and there always will be. This number has not changed in decades having weathered the vicissitudes of amnesty and lax enforcement without change. It is a Montezuma's Revenge that defies logic and physics. If Trump deports all illegal aliens there will still be eleven million illegals. Get used to it.

Then there is the ObamaCare eleven million who receive health insurance with premiums ponied up by their fellow taxpayers. We are all to wring our hands over the prospect of these eleven million losing their perq should ObamaCare be forced to address hardships foisted on the remaining three hundred million.

Even George Will invokes the magic of eleven million. In a recent op-ed he speaks to government bloat reporting eleven million as the number of employees in the tax-exempt or independent sector funded by the federal government.

Here in DeKalb eleven is a race. No. Really. Check out the following official document kept by DeKalb County Schools in records associated with one beachhead of the PC tsunami created by the election day earthquake of Trump.

Is This REALLY High School Level Writing?
Eleven is magic. Simply magic. So next time you're buying those lotto tickets don't get ten quick picks. Get eleven.


Monday, March 6, 2017

He Got That Right

"Our diversity is our strength."
DeKalb School Superintendent Steve Green
This epitomizes what has been rotting public education from the inside out for decades: taking credit for something over which they haven't the slightest influence in order to divert attention from the accelerating failure of their true mission. Dr. Green is a product and proponent of an ongoing culture of failure to which he speaks with great authority.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Trump Imposes National Speed Limit

Have you noticed that traffic sucks a bit more than usual of late? Would you like to know how this happened? Then read on...

Like all bad things, from soggy onion rings to identity theft, we can lay the blame at Trump's well-heeled feet. Trump has actually imposed a new, strict national speed limit that has everyone in the slow lane. How did he do this? Well, if you're a product of the left wing indoctrination being passed off as education you may think he passed a new law. But if you have a passing familiarity with our Constitution and separation of powers you were probably home-schooled but do understand that the President, even Trump, cannot pass laws but is entrusted with their enforcement. And that is exactly how he did it though it should be noted that it was unintentional.

What Trump actually did was suggest there might be real enforcement of immigration laws as passed by the U.S. Congress. Chicken-Littles snowballed this into a mass roundup of The Eleven Million (have you noticed that "11 million" number has been holding steady since the last amnesty?) and this has caused The Eleven Million to keep a low profile. Not to the point of fluency in english but to the point of hiding out in their apartments with Telemundo cranked down low. And should they have to venture out to visit an immigration lawyer (you'd think they would know the law beyond just what is needed to violate it) they are damn sure not going to get caught speeding lest this become the first step in their pathway to citizenship--in their mother country--you know where everybody speaks spanish.

So there you have it. You're stuck in traffic behind a slowpoke van with ladders on top and it is all the fault of one Donald J. Trump. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Medium As Massage

There has been a lot of real and virtual lip flapping about mainstream media being the enemy of the people with the fourth estate shouting back about the importance of an independent press. It often seems as if the two parties are talking past one another but not really disagreeing. Politicians have always objected to media criticism and charges of bias are increasingly undisputed. So let's take a look at just a few things from the front sections of one issue of the AJC and see what the poor, ignorant masses are being fed as a daily diet of "critical, independent media."

This is attention grabbing:
Forget Texas, FEAR Tennessee!
Big data is a big buzzword and makes for a big, effective headline. If by effective you mean "grab the reader's attention without exposing too much information." And if a picture is worth a thousand words that photo screams "Tennessee is going to figure out where accidents are about to happen and send out a trooper to shoot the survivors." Is this the message mainstream media wants to send? Are they incompetent or misleading?

We also get the AP's solution to the opioid crisis:
Only The Media Knew It Was This Simple!
If the media had not squelched this information the Obama administration could have nipped this epidemic in the bud by simply paying the Chinese to close the loophole. Surely this would have been cheaper than fighting a drug epidemic sweeping our rural areas (talk of an urban problem is still off limits) but we'll never know because mainstream media hasn't "informed the public."

Media are as big a set of windsocks as any politicians have ever been. Case in point: the Swedish Immigration story.
Trump NEVER mentioned riots, only after false reporting were there riots!
So maybe media are correct. When THEY inform the public then that informed public can and will take informed action. It would be nice were the information complete and correct but hey, he was vague and that opened the door wide enough for even the AP to drive a truckload of ambiguous disinformation.

Despite having fallen out of favour with a history-purging PC crowd Thomas Jefferson was correct in his conviction regarding the absolute necessity of an informed electorate:
Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own liberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree.
If we are to rely on mainstream media for accurate unfiltered information then our time is past.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Fifty First Star

During his world tour to soothe the nerves of Europe's leftist world leaders, Mike Pence, the U.S. Vice President, found himself in Brussels standing in front of a faux American Flag. It was blessed with an extra star. Now we know what the lower fifty represent--one for each state in the union. But what about the Brussels' uber-star? What does that represent? It could be the EU or NATO or even the UN or perhaps all three. But it does represent what these world leaders think of the United States: a source of gold star families to protect their borders and do their bidding.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Yet Another Logo

The City appears doomed to yet another attempt at copping a logo. That presentation does not exactly give hope of dramatic improvement as we learn on foils eight and nine that the United States has expanded to include Toronto, Montreal, Melbourne and Sao Paulo. Wow. Who knew? Well the Smart People down at Smart People City Hall knew, that's who. And they are the folks driving this bus.

It is foil four that offers the greatest [entertainment] value as it solicits "the one word that best describes Dunwoody." This is followed later in the prezo by a list, but it is missing a few that just leap to mind. Let's play word association. We say "Dunwoody," you say:
Exclusive
Restricted
White
Insular
Selfish
Wasteful
Arbitrary
Hypocritical
Inconsistent
Reactionary
Enervating
Taxing [all definitions apply]
And the granddaddy of them all:
Hubris

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Charter School Accountability

Fans of maintaining the status quo have been lining up against DeVos and the Trump administration's support of alternatives to this culture of failure. The AJC's Public Education Pundit decries DeVos' refusal "to affirm the need for greater accountability of the growing charter school sector." This shows a fundamental disconnect between those incapable of critical thinking and the impact of "the money follows the student." What they refuse to affirm is the fact that when a parent selects a school for their child that is the very essence of accountability. And when deflecting blame for their failures public educators have no moral issue with blaming the parents suggesting that they, the parents, are the real cause of failure in public education. Fine. Let's agree to agree: hold parents accountable and give them the means to fulfill their obligation. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Usage Billing

Remember the early days of Cellular Phone service? No, not the days of Moto Bag Phones, but that period in time when every text message you sent, every message you received cost you around seven cents. Remember that? There were even laws passed to ban unsolicited messages sent to your phone.

And you want to know something? Not a single cell phone provider had any problem counting the number of text messages or sending you a bill that matched up. Not. A. One. Then it got more complicated as competition forced plans with blocks of "free" messages before per message charges applied. This was counting AND separating charges by the number of that count. Sounds like something a fifth grader could do, doesn't it?

Well maybe DeKalb County should hire some fifth graders to work in and run their water billing department because they sure as hell cannot get it right. And this isn't some brain fart of competence due to a retirement bubble of baby boomers. This is systemic and longstanding. This is cultural. It is a culture of anti-meritocracy where factors totally unrelated to supporting the department mission push aside factors that might lead to a competent operation. Not efficient. Not optimized. Just competent.

And it has not been tolerated, it has been fostered and will continue to be fostered as rooting out incompetence must, perforce, roll back decades of preferential treatment, cronyism and set asides. It is political suicide and when the county is run by someone who openly admits his political infection can only be cured by formaldehyde we can rest assured this problem will grow. As hard as it is to believe he can and will make it worse. He will not replace the incompetents any more than Trump will put down the tweeter. He will grow government attempting to "augment" the barnacles of incompetence with enough who are capable enough to mask the heritage of failure covering up for those who installed it and excusing those who commit it.

In DeKalb County it is humanly possible to do better but not with the humans we have available.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Clayton Should Not Lose Federal Funds

Why not you ask? Because Clayton County, like all other counties in the United States should not be getting Federal Funds. But we should all be alarmed by this quote from the AJC:
'We're trying to get to the bottom of this. We need to find out where this (designation) originated from and correct it and move on from there. We can't afford to lose any money.'
- Jeff Turner
- Clayton Commission chairman
So much for local control by local government. This is a clear indication that these local political systems are reduced to petri dishes of corruption as they pass Federal Money thru like a starving child with dysentery. When they have positioned themselves, us, where we cannot afford to lose any money they have empowered politicians and bureaucrats in D.C., a vast majority neither elected by nor beholden to the local poll, to run our lives with the mere threat of withholding even the smallest amount of money. The way our local governments operate, Dunwoody included, they will grow their "revenue" to further a "grow at any cost" paradigm benefiting the pols, their friends and families and at the expense of those they insincerely claim to "serve."

The UK voted for Brexit because they realized that laundering their money thru Brussels constituted exporting all of their control to a growing number of foreign interests. They did not take back their country, they took back their control and in so doing a certain necessary measure of their freedom. It is time for the States, Counties and Cities of the U.S. to do the same.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Another Mystery Solved

Ever wonder why the world seems so messed up? Well it could be the shakers and movers, particularly those attending the Cirque de Davos:
One notable event is a simulation of a refugee's experience, where Davos attendees crawl on their hands and knees and pretend to flee from advancing armies. It is one of the most popular events every year. [AJC]
So after fifteen intense minutes of Refugee Twister these One Percent of the One Percent swill down some champagne, the real stuff, retiring to a repast starting with amuse-bouche starring foie gras and caviar to share, amongst themselves, their epiphanous insights into real hardships of refugee crises across the world. Then, sadly, they share them with us.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

If You Like Your Doctor

Regarding the Republican's stated effort to replace Obamacare BHO is quoted as saying:
What you don't want is a situation where they make a promise they can't keep.
The voice of experience.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Let's Make A Deal

How about this? We'll stop running home-businesses in residential districts if you'll stop putting homes in business districts. Deal?

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Guest Post : The Mitzvah And The Mensch

The relates to a recent event in Dunwoody. It is presented in its entirety [changed only for anonymity] but without further comment or context.

Last June/July, before I got sick, one really hot day, I took bottles of water down to the trash pickup crew.

Today, I figured out if I took my time, I could get down to the street using my walker, then fold the walker up, place it on top of the empty cans and roll back up the driveway slowly.

I had done round 1 with the recycling can and the mail when the trash truck came down the street. They were at the [end of the cul de sac] when I folded up the walker to start back up the hill. The truck stopped a second time in front of our house. The same crew from the summer. They stopped the truck, and one of the guys off the back insisted on pulling the empty can up the driveway for me. I shook his hand and then the driver rolled down the window and told me "God bless."

It is a very simple thing, but it's made me cry.

There are still people out there who just want to do something good.

Sharing is caring, so I wanted you two to know.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Putting The "A" In CCRPI

To the casual observer the Guv appears to be right--many of our schools do suck. In fact, they suck even more this year than last.

But opponents will not stand idly by. The AJC reports on a report from an Assistant Professor in UGA's College of Education who looked at three other states finding them less harsh in evaluating their schools than Georgia is of hers. That the AJC mentions only three indicates that only three states even make such assessments (explaining the sad state of US education in global terms) or someone somewhere along the line may be cherry picking.

Now there are gut rumbles from the Legislature indicating once again that for education their motto is "When all else fails, lower your standards" and they appear poised to do just that in an effort to cover up a failed system.

You can probably guess where they're going to put that "A."

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sokal Affair

President-elect Donald Trump [as of this writing he is still PEOTUS] has a lot of nerve making disparaging remarks about Representative John Lewis. Or any remarks for that matter. If he would stop with the tweeting long enough to read the Wikipedia entry on John Lewis he just might learn of all the legislation authored, sponsored and passed by Representative Lewis on behalf of his constituents, the State of Georgia and indeed the entire country. One would be hard pressed to find any legislator who has accomplished as much over the last thirty years as Representative John Lewis and we should all hope that President Trump aspires to accomplish a tenth as much.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Surcharge Or Tax?

The Atlanta airport, run by the City of Atlanta is making honest operations of Uber and Lyft but requires a $2.35 "Security Surcharge" for the honor. The publicly aired propaganda claims this is for those services that "use private background checks instead of a state fingerprint check."

This is kind of BS that only a government bureaucracy can toss out and one must wonder if they think the public will believe it or they just don't care. Probably the latter because the lie is so easily exposed.

During the negotiations it was revealed that medallion wielding cabbies don't have these state checks either but somehow they don't represent sufficient security risk to warrant this "surcharge." And just what additional cost is incurred by the airport when the Uber driver does a pickup? And why is that cost based on the number of passengers? And how is that risk mitigated when it is a drop-off? The answers to these questions make no sense because the fiction around justifying this "surcharge" is just that. A fiction.

And politicians wonder why there is so little public trust in government.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Red Necks, White Socks And Blue Ribbon Beer

Back in the day when bicycles were a kids' stepping stone to freedom because they actually got you somewhere we all mowed our grass at least once a week, usually with a push-behind blade mower. Pastoral. Bucolic. And in the bone-sucking heat of the dog days of summer just enough of a reminder of hell awaitin' to make you really consider going to church tomorrow. But tomorrow is another day and after sweating off about five pounds what you really want is an ice cold PBR. Just make sure you're done with all the yard work and cleanup before you pop that top because in your dehydrated state it will knock you on your ass.  Squirrels will laugh at you.

Things have changed. These days we pay for someone else, with brown skin but lacking the red neck to mow our lawns and then turn around and pay someone else, with blond hair and a bodacious bod to force us to exercise on a bike that goes nowhere, often with only one wheel. Thankfully indoors with A/C and TV's. But after spinnin' up a sweat we still want that cold brew. And right here in DaVille we have a biz hoping you'll finish up your exercise with a cool down of eight ounce curls. Normally this would require a pour license but when a member of council is a member of the club, well you know, this IS Dunwoody where rules don't apply to the well-connected. Consequently someone is floating the idea of a special dispensation, a properly priced indulgence to allow hosting a Friday night "Spin and Sin." That's right, Friday--amateur night for drinkers everywhere.

City Attorneys object, hopefully strenuously, but only on the basis that this action would undermine city licensing and enforcement. Indeed. But no one is asking how smart it might be to get folks sweatin' out electrolytes, have them hammer down a brew and should they survive the "hot tub heart attack" pour themselves into a car to slug it out in DaVille's renowned Friday traffic. Because this is THE Smart City and the smartest of the smart are sitting on Council and are convinced this is a Smart Idea. And a done deal.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Trump's Military

After the Ferguson shooting Obama took a break from funneling military equipment to local yokel police, a policy Trump is expected to reverse before his first tweet from the oval office. In anticipation of a renewed opportunity to abandon serving as a community police force in favor of joining a local army of Dukakis-like posers Dunwoody intends to ante up for a mobile SWAT command center. Not to worry, the Dunwoody taxpayer share is only $42K hardly putting a dent in the City's recent tax hike and now you know what they needed that money for.

Dunwoody was an early trendsetter in police shooting citizens so it is little surprise that their ambition extends beyond onsey-twosey open field plinking. Now that Dunwoody is a joint task force with the other li'l cities aspiring to re-create Milton County maybe they can get all their military regalia  together for our parade on the 4th. With this new command center, everybody's bearcats and maybe a few of Trump's MRAP's we can put on an inspirational display the likes of which are not seen outside of Tiananmen Square. Given the city has delegated neighborhood protection to neighbors you may find yourself inspired to get a Georgia Weapons Carry License. While you can.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

How Can They Do This?

Remember back in the day when Brewster's first came to town? The franchise owner plopped down the standard Brewster's Building all red and modern with a pre-build aspect to it. The locals were so angry they pulled out their metaphorical pitchforks and axes forcing a Williamsburg makeover with brick veneer and a faux mansard roof. Oh, and beige. Lots of beige. Now it is a burger joint with a deck out front that looks like dock on Lake Lanier washed up in the parking lot.

But it fits the mandatory Williamsburg of the Village Overlay.

Then there is this:



That's right. Painted brick. Not painted beige, painted white. And the bad actor is right beside an office that still respects All Things Dunwoody.

And in case you thought that was white siding, not unusual in DaVille here's a closer look:


Light the torches and break out the pitchforks!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Work-Shopping Ideas

In retracting the ill-conceived attempt at expanding government opacity the Fulton County Attorney who proposed to limit the public's access to the public's records dismissed it as "merely work-shopping an idea." One has to wonder how many bad laws, destructive to public welfare are slipped past a blinded public as a "work-shopped" idea. More than the public needs and less than the governments want.