The ethical man keeps his hands to himself and does not destroy what he admires and loves. The ethical man does not subscribe to the excuse that “you always hurt the one you love.” The ethical hurts no-one at all.
Most of the electorate is probably too young to remember the perverse responses Jimmy Carter’s admission of having lusted in his heart occasioned among Republicans. In retrospect, it seems rather obvious that people, who live and die by the euphemism, were ready to believe that Carter had uttered a prevarication, as they, surely would have done themselves. Moreover, because it came out of the mouth of a Democrat, it had to be amplified and speculated about until ridicule drowned out common sense. I, and perhaps others, still resent that.
These are the seventeen white men and two white women serving as the Board of Directors for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Presumably, they are exemplars of what it means to “run government like a business” — i.e. to generate profits for the principals by exploiting our natural resources without, one hopes, destroying them entirely.
Doesn’t look like there’s much treatment going on, but that was almost two years ago.
No question it was in violation of the Water Quality Control Act. To wit:
Note the use of the word “shall” in the legislation. In legal speak, that means the public entities tasked with protecting our waters have no option. And, of course, the reason the law can make such demands is because public officials are hired to follow orders and are liable to being dismissed, if they fail. For some reason, that getting paid restricts their autonomy and limits their options doesn’t register with some public servants. They call it using their discretion to do nothing. (more…)
My friend Lee Leslie over at “Like the Dew” is an editorial genius. His graphics always improve what I send in by a hundred percent. You don’t even have to read the story to get the message. Of course, I won’t mind if you do.
If you feel even a tiny twinge of guilt for ignoring the pleadings of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee let me relieve you of it. For, while electing Democrats to do our bidding in Washington is obviously desirable, politicians ought not to be involved in the selection of their colleagues.They can argue that they need the votes, but history has provided no evidence that lock-step voting is beneficial. Well, except for the careers of politicians whose longevity in office is crucial because they don’t know what else to do with themselves. (more…)
Conservation easements require on-going stewardship by entities such as Land Trusts — i.e.they provide a constant stream of revenue and income for a cadre of middlemen (accountants, lawyers, surveyors, appraisers). The Saint Simons Land Trust, for example, pays out $200,000 annually for five conservation easements. On the other hand, the development value of land, established by appraisers (also middlemen) rather than actual sales, can be donated and claimed as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. That’s a benefit derived at someone else’s expense. A free good, so to speak. And a two-fee. Exemption from local taxes makes it a triple treat. (more…)
An admission. When I use the letters USA to refer to that part of the North American continent that is not Canada and definitely distinct from Central and South, it is in recognition of my sense of not being a part and, to be honest, glad of it. Who would want to be a part of the fearful glop much of the melting pot has become?
But, to answer a question on Kos about how it happened, read on. (more…)
There is a slight augmentation with a contextual introduction for the Dailykos readership. Also, it should be noted that the appended Youtube video seem to show that the damage to the shoreline is recent and perhaps the result of having removed the old docks carelessly.
This image from the Southeastadventures video of the old dock at Taylor’s Fish Camp seems to show much more high marsh extending far past the tree line. The shore restoration being planned by the “Preserve” is to cover up what they destroyed. Besides, Cannon’s Point property ends at the shoreline. Sea Island Acquisitions owns the marsh and the creek. If SIA wants another dock, let them get the permit and admit it’s for a commercial operation. All of this eleemosynary pretense is sickening.
The Lord sent a little gully washer to the Reserve at Demere and then he James Holland to take a gander. They left the goose at home and it’s now her job to prick the conscience of some bureaucrats. I won’t name them, but I could. They know who they are and what they should do. (more…)