The major problem confronting the citizens of the USA is that a significant portion of the body politic do not agree with the basic principles according to which the country is organized. The framers of the Constitution, which spells out this structure, proceeded from two assumptions which are still in dispute. The first is that the common man and his common sense rule and that the natural person is good. The second is that the artificial bodies or corporations we set up to carry out certain specified functions are made up of many members and are ipso facto mandated (they shall) to carry those functions out. Or, to put it in other terms, the people are sovereign and the agents of government are the public’s servants. It is this second principle which does not sit well with our designated agents and their supporters, in large part because they are convinced that the common man is bad and government has been instituted to make him behave. (more…)
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 man 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.
The men and women serving in the Georgia National Guard will be doubly relieved when Nathan Dean is retired from the governorship at the end of this year. That’s because, since the term of the Adjutant General of the Guard ends with that of the person who appointed him, MG JIm Butterworth will be sent packing, as well. (more…)
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…)
James Holland went to take a peek and, sure enough, the asters are in full flower. We have them in the marsh in New Hampshire, too, but by now the first frost will have done them in. While the fall colors in Georgia are not as spectacular as those that lure tourists to the White Mountains, they last a lot longer.
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.