February 19, 2014
Stay at home moms, or homemakers, catch criticism from some moms who toss their kids into daycare and head off to work each day. I know this because my wife is a homemaker, and a damn good one.
My wife gets frustrated when she hears the critical comments and the stupid questions like, “what do you do all day while your at home with the kids?” or “Why don’t you work?”
I won’t get into a long rant about how I feel about the ignorance, or more realistically, the jealousy people display towards my dear wife because she chooses to stay home with our kids. I will say that if more moms made the choice to be home with their kids instead of dropping them off at the local daycare to be raised by strangers, America just might have a chance of regaining it’s lost ambition for a better life for the future.
We both made the decision that when Lindsay became pregnant, she would stop her career endeavors and stay home to raise and nurture our children, and she did. I happen to make a decent enough income so that she can stay at home to raise our girls.
Some people think that stay at home moms are just lazy and do nothing but sit around watching trash tv and change diapers. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. My wife puts in more hours and works harder than any career mother ever could. My guess is that most career working moms couldn’t handle the daily house duties required of a stay at home mom. They simply have no clue.
My wife is doing what mothers should be doing, raising our own children and insuring that they will grow up and be responsible, productive, members of society. She is instilling our values into their little minds, not some part time teenagers values, or God forbid, the values of a Liberal.
Working moms make a choice typically based on money and material things. Some women are afraid to sacrifice their social lives because their children might interfere. What ever their reasons, working moms miss out on a lot.
Now before you start yelling at me I understand that every mom doesn’t have a spouse for various reasons. I’m talking about moms who made a choice, who are married and can otherwise afford to stay home with the kids. Not the moms who got knocked up, divorced or kicked the dead beat boy friend out of the house. I’m talking about moms who chose career over motherhood.
So to all those stay at home moms out there, don’t take any crap from those snobby career moms. You’re highly respected and appreciated and if not for you our country would be in deeper crap than it already is. -JRoycroft
I love Uber – certain Georgia Legislators do not!
By Neal Boortz
…. and I can’t stand Atlanta taxis. In a word, they stink. So when Uber entered the Atlanta market it didn’t take long for riders to switch and taxi drivers to start screaming (in some unintelligible foreign language) bloody murder.
I’ll leave the details on Uber to the newspapers and other sources. I’ll just tell you how Uber works for me. Now when I’m traveling from my Atlanta condo to and from the Airport I use Legacy-Premiere transportation. Other than that, and unless I’m in my own car, I use Uber. I open the Uber app on my smartphone. There I see a map centered on my location. There are cars and SUVs depicted on the map. I tap on one, enter my present location and where I want to go, and wait – never more than a few minutes. As soon as I’ve chosen a sedan or SUV I’m sent a picture of the driver, his name, and how previous customers have rated him. I can watch the icon on my smartphone and see the car approaching to pick me up. When it arrives I climb in. The driver, who’s name I already know, knows where I’m going. When we arrive I get out and walk away. Easy as that. Uber already has my credit card information, and in just minutes I receive a receipt for the trip by email along with a link to rate the driver and his car. The cost is automatically billed to the credit card they have on file. The cost is very competitive with a taxi, and sometimes actually less. The sedans are usually a black Lincoln Town car … clean, smelling fresh, and the driver usually has a suit on. Really? What’s not to love?
Well … you can rest assured that taxi companies and drivers don’t love Uber; not one little bit. They’re losing customers. Now rather than trying to clean up their act so that they can compete, they’re doing what so many businesses do in a situation like this. They’re whining to the government. Whah whah whah! These people are providing a better product than we are, and they’re taking away our business. We want you to stop them!
Now … here’s the disgusting shocker. The taxi companies have found at least six members of the Georgia General Assembly that are perfectly willing to carry the water for the taxi companies and who are trying to run Uber out of business. What’s worse … five of these legislators are Republicans!
Here’s the list of sponsors for HB 907 … the Kill Uber Bill:
Mary Margaret Oliver … Democrat
Alan Powell … Republican
Tom Rice … Republican
Harry Geisinger … Republican
Jimmy Pruett … Republican
Rick Jasperse … Republican
Here’s the approach the taxi companies are using with their helpers in the legislature. They’re saying that Uber, which is not a taxi company, doesn’t have to abide by the same regulations that they do. Now there are two approaches the cab companies could take here. One; they could ask the general assembly to loosen the regulations they operate under so that they can compete with Uber. Two; they can ask the legislature to increase the regulations on Uber to prevent them from competing. So guess which tactic the taxi company have chosen. Sure .. no real guessing here. They’ve done what so many other regulated companies do … ask for more regulations, not less, to drive out competition. Sadly, they’ve found five Republicans who are willing to help. The Democrat? Well … that goes with the territory.
The only thing that will save Uber from the taxi industry’s desire to regulate them out of business is a level of outrage from the voters. These lawmakers aren’t going to continue carrying water for the taxi companies if they think it will cost them votes. Let the know that the answer here is less regulation for the taxi companies, not more for Uber.
In fact … regulations can be blamed for the dismal state of Atlanta taxis.
I think we can all accept the fact that taxis in Atlanta are a complete disaster. Generally speaking, the cars themselves are in hideous condition. There aren’t three working shock absorbers in the entire fleet of Atlanta taxis.
The upholstery, if there is any upholstery, is threadbare and uncomfortable. The drivers barely speak the English language and frequent taxi users know to carry a small can of Lysol with them … especially if the windows can’t be opened. Hand sanitizer is a must. Talk to business travelers who frequently visit Atlanta – they are universal in their condemnation of Atlanta taxis.
Why are Atlanta taxis so bad? Blame politicians. For as long as I can remember Atlanta politicians have pretty much been in the pocket of the cab companies. Perhaps there are hidden cameras that have caught the elected class at their worst. Who knows — but, as I’ve outlined above, you can count on politicians to protect the worst of the cab companies from the ravages of competition.
How easy would it be to radically improve the quality of taxi service in Atlanta? This easy. This is a solution I proposed nearly 30 years ago, and it has been studiously ignored or rejected by every elected official I’ve discussed it with.
Hotels. That’s the key. You simply allow hotels to select the taxi companies that will be permitted to park their cabs on hotel property to wait for customers.
Now think about this. Most area hotels have restaurants, gift shops and newsstands. Many have spas and other amenities. Now what if some smarmy looking vagrant walked into the hotel with a carton of sandwiches and started selling them in the lobby? The hotel security folks would show him the door. The back door .. with a boot in his ass. What if someone walked into the hotel with a massage table and decided to offer massages to guests? Out the door. Can anyone with a stack of newspapers and magazines just walk in the door of a hotel and set up shop? Ain’t gonna happen. So why should anyone with a taxi sign on their roof be allowed to drive their motorized wreck onto hotel property and wait for a fare?
Yup! Now you see the problem here. A hotel can chose the operator of all restaurants, spas, newsstands, shoeshine stands, ATMs, or any other guest amenity … except taxis. Somehow the influence the taxi companies have over our lawmakers is such that hotels are forbidden from contracting with any particular cab company to occupy its taxi stands. No matter how trashy the cab or its driver, they’re legally allowed to wait on the hotel’s private property to pick up one of the hotel’s guests. It wouldn’t hurt if the airport started mandating higher standards as well .. but Hartsfield is owned and operated by the city of Atlanta, so don’t wait on that one.
On what planet does this all make sense? Oh yeah, almost forgot. Uranus. In fact Uranus is the astrological sign for Atlanta taxis.
If the law would simply be changed to allow hotels to contract with one or several cab companies the situation would change. Hotels would award contracts on the basis of the condition of the cabs and the appearance (including smell) and familiarity with the English language of the drivers. Marginal taxis and unkempt drivers would either have to improve or start transporting people to dog and cock fights or to pick up cheap hookers on Ponce. I can see the logo on the cab door now: B&G Taxis.
In the meantime, we will wait with pregnant anticipation to see what new regulatory gems the august members of the Georgia General Assembly come up with to restrict competition and to pat favored constituents on the head … or elsewhere.
- See more at: http://m.wsbradio.com/weblogs/nealz-nuze/2014/feb/16/i-love-uber-certain-georgia-legislators-do-not/#sthash.Q1sY3hSE.dpuf
February 13, 2014
What I am about to say here relates only to Georgia’s recent winter weather as reported by local media.
Well I guess Ga. Governor Nathan Deal got his name cleared considering this entire bogus “catastrophic” ice storm took the media pressure away from his failings during the last weather event.
It was indeed a sloppy mess around here and yes people lost power and had some property damage. Yes businesses suffered losses. As I see it, this entire weather event amounted to some ice and snow that really didn’t add up to being considered “catastrophic” or “of Biblical proportions” as some have claimed in the media. Not even close. We knew early on that it wasn’t nearly as bad as the weather predictors and talking media heads wanted so badly for us to believe. It was however a perfect opportunity for an orchestrated MEDIA EVENT that scared the hell out of a lot of folks and it successfully cleared Gov Deals name. Had it occurred during rush hour it would have been a repeat of two weeks ago. Timing was everything. It was the perfect storm for Gov Deal to use media hype to regain public trust in his ability to lead his state out of harms way and to save his good name and reputation. Apparently it worked.
I’ve lived through a whole lot worse in Atlanta, Kentucky, North Carolina, New York and Germany. This was two days of authentic winter weather. Of course for a passive wimpy society that we live in today, the mere idea of it snowing or sleeting is enough to be called catastrophic.
In reality Mother Nature got the last laugh again.-JRoycroft
February 11, 2014
It's about to get really interesting here in middle Georgia. Downed power lines, trees will fall on cars and houses which means there is a real good chance that someone is gonna die over the next few days. It's amazing what an inch of ice on tree limbs and power lines can do. Then the wind comes pushing the weight of ice covered pine trees and 200 year old oaks to their limits sending them crashing down upon homes and cars. Some will have people inside.
This will be my third major ice storm here in Georgia. My first was in 1973. That was the worst to date for Atlanta.
On January 7, 1973 it began to rain. It soon turned into an icy monster which covered power lines, pine trees and exploding power transformers. For three solid days, over 300,000 people were without power, many of them were without heat, phone service and no way to travel or move about. The entire city of Atlanta was shut down.
During the very dark nights you could here the sounds of trees cracking and slamming to the ground. A local reporter said, “It was like the sound of an artillery barrage, and the results were just as devastating.” Trees fell crushing homes and cars. Power transformers exploded all over the city illuminating the night with bright flashes of white and blue light. The city was plunged into a cold darkness from which it would not emerge for 7 days. The temperatures were well below freezing and stayed that way for an entire week. Everyone stayed by their transistor radios for any news of hope. People prayed for a Georgia Power truck to come into their neighborhood. Cars and homes caught fire and many could not be reached by fire trucks. It was a living nightmare.
The next few days will either be a repeat of 1973 or possibly worse. That prediction came from a Georgia Power official.
We all laugh at those reports of snow and how us Southerners can’t drive in it. This is not snow and it certainly is not a laughing matter. Snow is manageable, ice just plain sucks, and I don’t care how far north you come from. Ice is a different beast and it couldn’t care less how far north you come from.
No one here in Georgia is laughing tonight. -JRoycroft