Sunday, April 27, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Carrier shown above is the USS Nimitz. This Carrier is currently returning to the United States of America from yet another deployment to the Far East to support the mission of the United States in the War on Terrorism.
Friday, April 25, 2008
- Advanced Education. With the Spring Commencement Season soon to start everyone is talking about where they are going to College. Yes, we need educated members of our Society. Conversely, we need dedicated members of our Society to be plumbers, electricial workers, and the list goes on and on. My point being that not everyone should achieve a College Education. I respect the labors of all. Most especially in the Spring when the pollen falls and I can turn on my Central Air Conditioning System to remain cool, without the pollen getting into my breathing system. In summary, we need people of all vocations to enable our society to succeed. I say again, I do respect all vocations. The most important aspect of a person is how they conduct themselves. An honest plumber, an honest doctor, no matter the profession is to be held in high esteem. Besides, Doctors are available on Sunday. Just go to the Emergency Room. Have any of you ever sought the services of a Plumber on a Sunday?
- School Zones. Respect for the Young Citizens that attend our facilities who are in training to become future adult citizens deserve our respect at all times. How often do you travel through a School Zone and observe the speed limit to observe those self-serving fellow members of our Society speed through these Zones without regard for the safety of these Future Citizens in Training.
- Achieving a Standard of Living. In these current days of high energy prices and rice wars at our local food retailers we all need to take a break to really think about our own motives and our own wants. When you call to have a "service organization" repair or check out your home's heating and/or cooling systems are you so self driven that the service needs to be done NOW? With energy prices at their current level, I am confident that our respected service organizations plan their trips to safe energy. Of course they could run back and forth across their service area and waste high priced energy and pass the cost on to the customer. But that would also be senseless. They would have to reduce the number of service calls they could make in a day because of the excessive travel times generated by this random system. Emergencies would require a break from the norm, but service appointments just to please one self-centered customer who wants their service now is just that, providing service to one self-entered customer. One self-centered customer who does not respect Society, much less the organization in business to make a profit. Talk about making a profit, we need to examine how our Governments expend our resources. No one in government has to be responsible for making a profit, yet we the people must. At least the organization many of us work for or have worked for must make a profit to simply stay in business. If they desire to increase their business they need even more profit, which in most cases results in more openings for new employees.
- Government Budgets. This is the time of the year when City, County and Education Organizations commence their annual Budget Cycles. The current situation of high energy prices and the resultant increases in all the goods and services we have all grown to enjoy will simply cost us more than ever before. That stated, what can be done. I would enjoin each and every governmental agency to seriously look at how cost can be cut. The people who staff our Law Enforcement Agencies need first priority when it comes to funding. Education needs a top priority also. That stated, there are ways to achieve budget harmony within the means of the tax digest. Just one example, Please drive by the Georgia State Blind Academy on Vineville Avenue in Macon, Georgia any Friday afternoon at the time when they Scholars are preparing to spend time with their families. You would be shocked to see the large number of School System Buses that are only partially full. Could smaller vehicles be employed to transport these worthy scholars? Just a thought and we all know that image is everything. One fifty passenger school bus with a few scholars appears to be a waste of resources when this type of activity is viewed by the dedicated and also worthy taxpayers. Something for our duly elected School Board Members to consider. An to be fair, something for all of our duly elected officials to consider when they expend dollar resources on behalf of the "common good" of all peoples.
Yes, the word respect is certainly germane in every aspect of each of our lives. There is not a citizen alive today that can meet all their needs all by themselves. We must appreciate others for what they accomplish so that our needs are met. As we prepare for the future we all may have to reduce our list of "wants" to a more manageable level. After all if we want to remain employed and travel to the work place we just may need more money set aside for energy. Additionally, we may have to re-evaluate our food budget. We can continue eating as we have or we can simply reduce our food intake to live with fewer dollars available to expend on food. I know that in the case of the "Flower Child, that a reduction of food intake may allow him to get down to a more healthy weight.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This new and modern Fuel Outlet has only been in operation for a short time, yet it appears that it has been abandoned. True, there is a sign nearby that indicates that this Fuel Outlet is for Rent. The Flower Child would like to think that this outlet is no longer operational because the buying public in our Great State and Nation is simply fed up with the National Oil Company of the Venezuela. Within the past year our local media has identified the Government of Venezuela as being friendly to Terrorist Nations. So maybe this is why our local CITGO Fuel Outlet is now out of business, even though it is a fairly new and clean facility. Please note the barred Doors and Windows. Hardly a friendly looking place to conduct Fueling Operations.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Message from the Commissioner 1996-2003 CASI Report
"The Department of Motor Vehicle Safety is proud to present the Crash Analysis, Statistics &
Information (CASI) Notebook 1996-2003. DMVS developed the CASI Notebooks to provide
straightforward, easy to understand crash information. Each page or table can be used as a stand-alone
document and can be used for print dissemination. Some topics will be several pages long while other topics
will be a single page. Topics will include crashes, injuries and fatalities, trends, basic demographics on
population and licensed drivers, rural and urban roads, young drivers and other highway safety issues in
The magnitude of the problem is almost beyond belief. In Georgia over the past eight years there
have been 2,493,352 crashes involving 4,733,494 drivers. From 1996 to 2003 the total number of drivers,
passengers and pedestrians involved in crashes is an astounding 6,664,713. In 2003, 1,610 people were
killed in motor vehicle crashes in Georgia. On average each week 31 people died in motor vehicle crashes.
Although injuries have declined the number of people injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2003 would fill
Turner Field the home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team two times over.
The Department of Motor Vehicle Safety is committed to continuing to provide this vital information
in the coming years. We are developing cost-effective means of maintaining the high quality database this
information is based on and will continue to look for new ways of providing this information to highway
safety advocates and the people of Georgia."
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Because the achievement of this record was quite possible many fans had signs and banners to aid in the celebration. Here you see the view of four loyal fans who had the largest Sign to signal the establishment of John's 3000 Career Strikeouts. It is unfortunate that the Braves lost to the Nationals 6-0, but it was an exciting game. Besides that, years from now Flower Child's Grand-daughter can say she was there. A Wonderful Evening at the Ball Park.
Monday, April 21, 2008
You can view this Strawberry Festival Photo Contest this Saturday, April 26th at Reynolds, Georgia. The Photo Display will be in the Depot.
This Festival has a website at: http://www.ga-strawberry.org/main.htm
Enjoy the Strawberries. I can testify that they are good, in fact great!!!
Friday, April 18, 2008
A Fringe Tree Bloom
also known as "Grancy Grey Beard"
One Miniture Rose Bloom
A delightful Hibiscus
The Azaleas are done and the Dogwood Blossoms are past their prime, so today the Flower Child took some pictures of the beauty that abounds in his Gardens. The Lenten Roses are well past their peak, but they still provide interesting beauty. The Oakleaf Hydrangea and the Mop Head Hydranges are setting bloom buds. Should burst forth soon!!!!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The top of the Micro-Wave Door did not align to the heating space.
This is a view of the defective Micro-Wave.
A quick check of the packing material revealed that the shipping box must have been dropped during shipment to Macon, Georgia. At this point a quick phone call to the local vendor to ascertain if a full refund could be obtained. Yes, Yes!!!! The defective applicance was returned to the local Vendor and a full refund was obtained.
We were able to obtain a larger Micro-Wave with more power for less money than the first Amana we acquired on January 28, 2008. It is a shame that the formerly good folks of Amana and the follow-up owner, Whirlpool do not employ decent standards of "Customer Service/Satisfaction."
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
The two pouring vessels above are works of Joy Raynor of Houston County, Georgia.
This display will be on exhibit through April 30, 2008.
Friday, April 04, 2008
The Electronic and Print Media covered the unveiling of the "Korean War Veterans Highway Marker." Additionally the Republic of Korea assisted with funding of three Memorial Markers which will be erected on U. S. Highway 80 which runs through Georgia. The Markers will be installed near the beginning of this Highway at Tybee Island, East of Savannah, one in Macon, Georgia, near U. S. Highway 80 and the third marker near Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia as U. S. Highway 80 crosses into Alabama.
The Official Program for this event also contained "A Resolution" issued by the State of Georgia in connection with this Dedication and the establishment of U. S. Highway 80 as the "Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway." The Resolution stated that hundreds of thousands of men and women served in the Korean War and over 34,000 died and over 100,000 were wounded in combat.
This Dedication and establishment of U. S. Highway 80 as the Memorial Highway is viewed as a very appropriate and fitting Momument to these brave Men and Women who served their Country with Valor and Honor.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
- Where do we stand on a "Airline Passenger's Bill of Rights" that will cover the operation of all Domestic Airlines operating in the U. S. A. What provisions do we have to also insure that U. S. Citizens are able to be fed and cared for while in an International Airliner, which may not be able to take off in a timely manner from a U. S. Airport?
- What has our U. S. Congress, both the House and Senate accomplished to show the World that we are working to resolve our dependence on Foreign Oil? Do not even tell me about using "Ethanol" because we can not grow enough grain to make a dent on our energy needs. The current "Ethanol" craze is just that. Our Food prices are skyrocketing, etc.
- What about the "Identification Theft Crisis" that has such a horrible impact on the lives of far too many U. S. Citizens?
- While our U. S. Senators have formulated a policy regarding the gathering of intelligence to protect all U. S. Citizens from terrorism, our U. S. House of Representatives has filed to even act in a timely manner. Yet, In the Nightly Film Clips of the Three Campaigns, there is no mention of how our U. S. Representatives are failing us all. After all, each of the Three Campaigners is seeking the Office of President. One of them, when elected, will have to function on the behalf of all of us to protect each of us, yet they remain mute on this critical and vital subject.
Each of the above mentioned concerns has a direct impact on the lives and the welfare of each and every U. S. Citizen, yet we are now having individual states taking up the mantra of leadership simply because the good folks in "Washington, D.C." do not want to make an issue of these vital concerns because it is an election year. I say, come out of the closet, each of you, running for the Office of President of the United States. Come January 2009, one of you will most likely be sworn in to protect and defend the "Constitution of the United States of America." I would submit that today is an excellent time for you to voice your concerns about problem resolution. In fact yesterday, was too late for any of you to introduce any meaningful legistation to at least attempt to resolve the issues I identified above. As a U. S. Senator, each of these presidential hopefulls has a task to accomplish. First and foremost, they should be displaying their leadership skills so we "The People" can make an informed choice. Campaign soundbites are not enough. "We, The People," do indeed deserve better. I know that Senators Clinton, McCain and Obama are too busy trying to become President to answer this Blog or even post a comment here; but you can be sure that I will send the contents of this Blog to their respective Campaigns. Additionally, they will also receive it at their U. S. Senate Website.
Now, before you even think that I forgot to discuss the "Home Mortgage Crisis," please be aware that I consider this problem one that was enabled by the Home Loan Industry to write loans that were not adequately vetted by the respective brokers. Of course there is also plenty of blame for those who may not have accurately stated their incomes, etc, when they applied for their respective loans. Plenty of Blame to Go Around to everyone involved. A sad situation to be sure. And, Yes, I am aware that our current President has also stated that at no time in our Nation's History, have so many citizens owned their own home. Yes, I have a home loan, but I do not feel that my peers, my fellow Americans should be forced to make my payments. Enough stated about that problem. The Home Mortgage Industry can best resolve this short term crisis. I am confident that it will be short term, unless the Federal Government takes it on and it becomes a lingering crisis.