Category Archives: Down the drain

The Lament of the Middleman

So, from the perspective of the entrepreneur or middleman, the problem with directly provided public services is thaft there is no “cut” for the middleman.
That was brought home by James Holland’s recitation of his encounter with the Gowens after last night’s hearing on their proposal to turn the Village Landing into a money-making enterprise. They claimed he was against them ‘cause he is our friend and they reminded him again about the supposed hole where we dug up the trash on what we call HANNAH’S MARSH.
Gowen’s fixation is hard to explain unless he perceives free public access to the marsh as unfair competition with his desire to charge.
Gowen and his brother-in-law paid $875,000 for 1.5 acres.

Ah Exclusivity!

Exclusivity is a marketing ploy. Imagine paying $650 for three days of access to visit the eroding beaches all Georgians used to visit for free! Way to pimp Mother Nature!

And for what? To hobnob with a bunch of political has-beens?

The State of the County

Given my commitment to the proposition that “to stand silent in the face of abuse is to be complicit” I find it necessary to comment in writing on the “State of the County” power point presentation by Glynn County Manager, Alan Ours, on October 4th, 2018. As is typical of Board of Commissioner meetings, there was no opportunity for members of the public to respond. And, as is also typical of the Board of Commissioners, they found no reason to discuss or comment on the Manager’s self-initiated review of his administration’s performance.
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Qatar in the news again

The Department of Defense is always preparing for war. Saudi Arabia threatening to turn Qatar into an island by building a canal is an interesting development. Note that the base in Qatar is just temporary. “Permanent bases” are a red flag all over the Middle East.

Time is of the essence

Prepared Written Testimony of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh
Nomination Hearing to Serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court September 27, 2018 (submitted September 26, 2018)
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee: Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name.
Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something—anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last- minute smears, pure and simple. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.
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The easiest way to accumulate money is to steal it. Legal thievery makes it even easier.
So, Kavanaugh via judicial ruling facilitated Trump’s theft of money from the workers at a New Jersey casino, which was then pushed into bankruptcy so Trump could walk away rich.
The irony is that, except as a cover for predatory behavior, the stuff (money) is worthless. Does this worthlessness contribute to its use as a fig leaf for deception and chicanery?
An unanticipated consequence?


Now, I will grant that, from the perspective of a first responder such a fireman or EMT, proper equipment can mitigate the effects of the hazards posed by fire and flood and ice to a particular person. However, once underway, the hazards themselves can not be mitigated. Ordering people to get into cars and flee along the avenues of death is not mitigation. The only way the effects can be modified is by setting up no-go or safety zones ahead of time.

We already know that insurance requirements did not prevent people from inhabiting unsuitable areas. It is also the case that the federal government cannot dictate where structures are to be prohibited. All they can count on is that, when the hazards are known by the public, local people will call a halt.

Until now, under the rubric of private property rights, the profit motive has ruled. But, profit is essentially immoral, an effort to exact tribute for no contribution. So, while “socialism” has been falsely accused of restricting individual choice, predatory exploitation has slipped through the cracks. Profit is short for predate.

Kavanaugh the Enforcer

The culture of obedience is coercive and rape is its basic expression. Rape is the violation of one body by another. The gender, nor even the species of the violated, does not seem to matter. (I still have not fully comprehended the significance of the relationship between the boy and his sheep in the autobiographical film “Padre Padrone”).
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