Category Archives: Down the drain

50% + 1

What was the original intent behind the requirement that candidates for public office need 50% + 1? Are run-off elections relied on to ensure the election of the desired one by having other candidates pledge their supporters to the preferred candidate, even if he comes in last in the first round?

The 2018 election continues

People are waking up to the fact that the count cannot be completed on election day. And then there is this kind of problem:

The Georgia count has been extended to Friday, November 16th and a run-off will start on the 26th for at east four positions.

The Jekyll Creek Dredge Project

On the dredging of Jekyll Creek:

“I have looked through a good bit of the 290 pages of documents provided to potential bidders on this project.
The following seems to be the salient information.
That said, soil samples taken 15 years ago hardly seem relevant. Nor is there any mention of what constitutes a “contaminant.” The suggestion that output has been reduced has no basis in fact. GA simply reclassifies water bodies as they become more degraded and Brunswick Cellulose continues to spew out many pounds of mercury which then return to earth in the rain.
Finally, I think the time-frame is unrealistic.”
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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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