Posts Tagged ‘Georgia’
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
January 29, 2014
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said early Wednesday that the National Guard was sending military Humvees onto Atlanta’s snarled freeway system in an attempt to move stranded school buses and get food and water to people. Georgia State Patrol troopers headed to schools where children were hunkered down early Wednesday after spending the night there, and transportation crews continued to treat roads and bring gas to motorists, Deal said. MORE…
Well it happened again. It snowed in Georgia. Only this time it will become one for the records on how a Governor, a Mayor, and Government School Officials helped to create a historical state disaster that will be the center of discussion for years to come.
As I type this, there are people who have been stuck in their vehicles since 2pm today. It’s 10:58 pm EST now.
It began yesterday when our local weather guru, Kirk Mellish, WSB Radio Atlanta, began to warn everyone about the probability of a sleet/snow mix to hit central and southern Georgia beginning today at around 1:00pm. He told us to expect about 1 inch in the city and upwards to 2-3 inches south all the way to Columbus. Thats not very far from the Florida state line.
The Dept of Transportation bragged about how prepared they were for this impending weather event. We heard all the usual hype about how they learned there lessons last time this happened and how history would not repeat itself. They had everything planned and under control.
The mayor of Atlanta assured the residents in the city that everything was going to be just fine. History will not repeat itself.
5:45 am – Climb into my 1989 MR2 and leave my Newnan home to take the 60 mile drive to my office.
7:00am – I arrive at my Norcross office. Temperature 28 degrees F. Cloudy and dry.
7:15 am – I leave to head south to Griffin. A 71 mile drive.
9:00am – Arrive in Griffin, to visit a customer. It began sleeting. Temperature of 27 degrees F.
10:30am – Still sleeting and I then head to Peachtree City taking scenic back roads because I know if the weather gets worse the expressways will become a huge clusterfuck. That’s a 40 mile drive.
11:30am – Made it to Riverdale. Sleet has now turned to snow and the roads are beginning to get slick. Several cars in ditches. Memories of our last day time snowfall and how that ended. Hear we go again.
12:45 pm – Sending pics of road conditions to management advising field techs should probably head home.
1:30 pm – I notify techs to head home due to poor road conditions.
One technicians usual 30 min commute home which began at 1:30 pm today ended at a gas station where he is forced to spend the night in his car because all roads are closed. I want to help him but cannot get to him.
By 3:00 pm all of Atlanta is in a complete traffic lock down. Roads were covered with ice and snow and it had only just begun to get bad. No where. Not anywhere are there DOT sand trucks spreading deice mix on any roads. They are no where to be seen. Right now Atlanta is a complete gridlock with vehicles running out of gas, people abandoning their cars and walking in 21 degree weather. Children forced to spend the night in schools because buses and parents are unable to get to them. Thousands of people stranded in traffic including children.
A 20 car pile up on one Interstate.
Even right now, as I type this, news in the background reports people are still stuck in traffic trying to get home. “Thousands are stranded, unable to get out or get home.”
You cannot imagine the anger that Atlanta has right now towards Mayor Kasim Reed and Governor Nathan Deal over another complete failure to prepare it’s citizens for predicted bad weather. They knew for a fact this was coming hours before yet did absolutely nothing. Governor Deal blames commuters for tying up traffic preventing Road crews from spreading sand and salt. Un-fucking believable.
The speed on all major Interstates that are not shut down have traffic flowing about 8 mph. Vehicles accidents everywhere.
Governor Nathan Deal has declared a State of Emergency. The National Guard is being called out.
You will hear people laugh about how screwed up our city is and how dumb us Southerners are because the perception will be that southerners cannot drive in a little snow. You will hear excuses and finger pointing by every elected official in Georgia. Has nothing to do with our driving abilities. It has everything to do with State and Local Officials not knowing their asses from a hole in the ground. They couldn’t plan or prepare for a weather event if their incompetent lives depended on it. This bunch can’t even keep road side storm drains cleaned out. Flooded streets in Atlanta are so common it’s taken for granted around here. Then our Governor points the blame at motorists clogging the freeways as his excuse for roads not being prepared for ice and snow.
Today’s entire snow clusterfuck lies squarely in the hands of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, Mayor Kasim Reed and that bunch of mindless and corrupt Atlanta Government School Officials.
This story is far from being over. Heads should roll for this and it should start at the Governors office! -JRoycroft
December 14, 2012 – Is it not enough in this hate filled society of ours that we now have a Democrat from my home state using such an insensitive word as “midget?” What the hell?
Thanks a lot there Congressman Johnson. First you embarrass us with that stupid comment about Guam tipping over. Now you go and hurt the feelings of all our little friends out there. You set one fine example for your home state sir. That was mighty small of you.
Washington Post- The Georgia Democrat used the word — offensive to some, who prefer the term “little people” to describe those with dwarfism, he noted today — in a metaphor about the Michigan labor situation in which he made a point about an unfair matchup. “What happens when you put a giant with a midget in a cage fight?” he asked rhetorically.
Ok, so I gotta know, just what do you get when you drop a midget into a cage with a giant?
Alright, enough of the insensitivity. We should all learn to appreciate the little things in life. Now show some love and go hug a midget. -JRoycroft
Georgia Students for Concealed Carry is hosting our 2012 Fall Kickoff and nobody seems to care. So many adults cry about the liberal spin on college campuses and even though we have no official party association, more “conservatives” or Republicans tend to support 2nd Amendment rights. However, there have been none who seem to be interested in hearing Madison Rising play in Georgia for the first time or supporting USA Shooting, which gave Georgia two bright spots in the 2012 London Olympics, Jamie Gray, assistant CSU Rifle Team coach won a Gold Medal and Jonathan Hall, NCAA Champion and a founding member of CSU Students for Concealed Carry left the games ranked #1 in the US and #27 in the world in 10m Air Rifle, not bad for his first Olympics.
Here is a link to our event page: http://gascc2012fallkickoff.eventbrite.com/
- GA Tech students push for guns on campus (wtvm.com)
- Olympic Gold medalist Jamie Gray comes home to Pennsylvania (pennlive.com)
April 9, 2012 – Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal has a decision to make whether or not to require Georgia welfare recipients be drug tested. The bill is in his hands but he has yet to make the decision.
If Governor Deal signs the bill there will be lawsuits filed by several groups of advocacy bed wetters. These whiny little cry babies claim that drug testing welfare applicants is in violation of the 14th amendment which protects against illegal searches. This is true, however they obviously missed the part of the amendment which also protects against unreasonable seizures. Kinda like when the moochers force me to pay for their lavish lifestyle or that illegitimate nipple sucker some brood mare plopped out at my expense. Yea, in my book that’s an unreasonable seizure of my hard earned cash. Never mind the cost if the little one is born addicted to crack or heroine. Which brings up another issue – How about a law that gives the state the right to take your kid away if you fail the drug test. I’m not a big fan of government getting in my personal life, but I have absolutely no problem supporting our government saving a kid from a filthy drug addict.
So if Governor Nathan Deal has an ounce of courage and cares about the future of children born into welfare, he’ll do the right thing and sign the bill into law.
Oh, and I have no problem at all with the bill including lawmakers having to be drug tested either. -JRoycroft
- Drug-test bill draws legal heat (ajc.com)
- Bill To Drug Test Colorado Welfare Recipients Fails (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Oklahoma May Drug Test Would-Be Politicians (thinkprogress.org)
- Romney Thinks Mandatory Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients Is ‘An Excellent Idea’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Colorado Welfare Recipient Drug Test Bill Advances (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Drug test for welfare checks. Why is this so complicated? (teapartywit.com)
- Legislator In Favor of Drug Testing Welfare Recipients, Not in Favor of Drug Testing Legislators [Drugs] (jezebel.com)
Here in Georgia we have a local Police Department who’s officers are facing economic hard times like most citizens. I don’t normally support any government union actions, nor do I condone the actions of government employees who create job slow downs in an effort to get a message across that benefits a union cause at the expense of tax payers.
This is different. We are talking about the men and women who would stand in the way of a bullet to save another human life. These are the dedicated men and women of the DeKalb County Police Department.
I will not involve myself in the politics of DeKalb County, but I will however share these officers concerns with my readers. I have friends in the department and will do whatever I can to show my support. Like most police officers, they are under paid and some are forced to work second jobs to make ends meet.
The same situation is occurring in the Atlanta Police Department – their officers have been given the orders to increase traffic citations in an effort not for safety, but for increased revenue for the city.
Meanwhile there are city workers who, for the most part are slackers and rely on city and county governments as job programs. Millions of $ per year could be saved if city and county officials targeted their job cuts at over payed and bloated staffs.
Just like our screwed up federal government, DeKalb county suffers from the disease of a liberal Democrat ruling class supported by class of moocher citizens who vote for the officials who will find new ways to waste taxpayer money.
We are tired of being used, abused, and molested. You and the commissioners have cut our pay and benefits and yet demand more from us. Well Mr. C.E.O., there is no more!
Your days of taking and taking are over. Your days of taxing the general public at gunpoint are over! These revenues should be a bonus for the county at the end of the fiscal year, not relied on to fund the general budget.
To our fellow officers: don’t let the threats scare you. Read your manual and know policy. We do not have a quota. You cannot be forced to issue citations. Citations are at our discretion.
Stay strong,stay united. Let’s show them that 2010 was just a prelude.
According to a scathing 413-page investigative report released Tuesday by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history. The investigation revealed that the cheating has been going on for that past 10 years.
A state investigation in Georgia has found that Atlanta teachers and principals erased and corrected mistakes on standardized tests for students, a widespread practice that was covered up by Superintendent Beverly Hall.
More than three quarters of the 56 schools investigated cheated on a 2009 standardized state test, with 178 educators implicated, including 38 principals. Eighty-two teachers confessed to erasing students’ answers and correcting tests. The report says widespread cheating has occurred since at least 2001 and that orders to cheat came from the top.
“Superintendent Beverly Hall and her senior staff knew, or should have known, that cheating and other offenses were occurring,” the report says. Hall retired in June, after serving as the Atlanta Public School System superintendent for 11 years. Hall’s lawyer told the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which originally uncovered testing anomalies in Georgia public schools last year, that the former superintendent “definitely did not know of any widespread cheating.”
In 2009, she won the national Superintendent of the Year award for the gains Atlanta public schools made. Between 2002 and 2009, eighth graders’ reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress reading test jumped 14 points—more than that of any other urban area. At the time, Hall said Atlanta’s students were “digging out of a deep hole and doing it at a significantly fast rate.”
Governor Deal’s report says Atlanta’s school system didn’t deserve the praise it received. “Many of the accolades, and much of the praise, received by the APS over the last decade were ill-gotten,” the report says. “There was a failure of leadership.”
And who do you suppose is being blamed for this cheating scandal? It’s Bush’s fault! Yeah! Blame Bush for the cheating in Atlanta’s government schools. The ObamaMedia is actually pushing the idea that No Child Left Behind is the reason why educators voluntarily cheated in Atlanta.
Everyone here is pointing the finger at No Child Left Behind, the federal policy that made test scores king , closing schools with low scores, and rewarding schools with high ones. This former superintendent is accused of encouraging the cheating. She received hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses tied to improved test scores. I’m personally friends with a good number of teachers in this community who tell me that they’re under tremendous pressure. They say that the same parents who are angry about all the cheating would be even more furious if the schools started reporting lower test scores …
What? … Parents would be even more angry is the schools had reported lower test scores? Are you serious? How about those parents should be more concerned about whether or not their children are actually learning anything in their government schools. Period. End of story.
I predict this massive scandal will not be isolated here in Georgia. This is going spread across the country as government officials nation wide begin to look into their own schools for cheating.
Government schools … The main reason why the dumb masses voted for a Community Organizer to lead our nation into economic disaster. They are the products of government education!