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Archive for 24 October 2008
In 120 hours, the Mr and I will be boarding a plane! Whoo Hoo! Escape from the political commercials is at hand!
Nope! Not gonna tell ya where we’re heading. A few folks know, but they WILL NOT say….RIGHT?????
A 36-year-old Manitowoc man is accused of urinating on his roommate’s dog after the woman refused to have sex with him.
Police say the man was arrested early Thursday morning on tentative charges of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct related to domestic violence.
According to police reports, the man was drunk when he argued with the woman. After she resisted his advances the man went to the basement where he urinated on her dog and the floor.
Police say the argument continued, and when the woman’s sister stood up in defense the man pushed her into a wall. He then allegedly stormed from the home and punched out a window.
Yup. That would be in Wisconsin.
I don’t think 2004, with all the sign stealing, and property destruction was this bad, was it? ’04 ain’t gotten NOTHIN’ on ’08!
After releasing this morning’s numbers showing McCain ahead in Ohio and Florida, the Strategic Vision polling company received several death threats through the contact e-mail on the company’s web site.
David Johnson, the CEO of Strategic Vision, shared the messages with National Review Online.
One of the messages stated:
My goodness, your polls stinks. There are 3 polls that have Obama by double digits and only yours has Obama down. WOW!. How come your poll is the only one giving Palin high favor ratings? I think you nee dto be careful tonight when you get in your car and might want to check underneath your car. SCRAP YOUR IDIOTIC POLLS OR ELSE!
A poll that gave Sarah Palin and Barack Obama the same favorability rating is wrong off the bat. Be careful going outside tonight because you might not see tomorrow.
A third message stated:
Why would your presidential election poll results be so drastically different from every other reputable poll taken over the same time period? Are they that dumb or are you guys that smart? Smart guys wind up dead.
The company has contacted the FBI and appropriate authorities, Johnson said. There was, thankfully, nothing in the messages that indicated that the sender had actually sought out the location of the company or its employees. Johnson noted that while the messages came from different addresses, they all came within a short period of time, and that it was possible they were from the same person.
Johnson said he’s not fearful, but taking appropriate measures.
“It’s probably just a bunch of nut cases, but this is first time we’ve ever experienced something like this,” Johnson said. “It’s highly, highly unusual. We get messages in the vein of ‘your numbers are wrong, the other guy’s numbers are right’ all the time. But this has never happened before.”
Once again, you’re going to have to take my word for it!
The local economy
City/county sales tax receipts how much of the local business sector is still doing OK
Despite the deflating of the national housing bubble and Wall Street’s worries and losses, here at home, Hardin Country’s economy is still on its feet.
Local sales tax collections are continuing to grow. The most recent figures available show sales tax revenue from Savannah businesses up more than 4 percent this August compared with the same month a year ago.
“Alot of folks are not driving to Florence and Jackson. With the gas prices what they are, I stay a whole lot closer to home,” said Savannah City Manager Garry Welch. “We’ve got where Savannah businesses have just about anything you need.”
Well, ALMOST anything ya need. Since I saw gas at $2.44 yesterday, shopping around town might not be all that common. When you have a sales tax higher than neighboring states, folks tend to do a little driving to get the better deals. Of course, people still have to eat, and unless you have a freezer in the back end of your vehicle, odds are, you’ll shop local.
What business people are saying about sales
To get a feel for the local economy, The Courier contacted a small sampling of local and area businesses for comments this week.
They were each asked, “Comparing sales this month to October 2007, is business about the same, better or worse?”
Here are a few responses.
Propane company – “About the same. If cold weather had not arrived early, business would be down because some customers are switching to wood.”
It’s cold? Hmmm… Reckon it’s all a matter of perspective.
Consignment store – “A little better. People are looking for bargains.”
Restaurant (not a chain) – “About the same. It seemed down, but I looked back and it’s about the same. I couldn’t believe it.”
Sadly, my favorite restaurant (not a chain) closed. Why? Well, folks in Podunk don’t like REAL good food is all I can think. Otherwise, I don’t see empty parking lots at the other places.
Auto dealer – “Worse. You know that smell from the papermill? That’s how business is.”
Not surprising. And trust me, if you’ve never had the ‘pleasure’ of that papermill aroma….well, it seriously STINKS!
Many voters are casting early ballots
Employees at the Hardin County Election Commission haven’t had much time to catch their breath since the early voting period for the Nov. 4 election began.
With five days of early voting passed, a total of 1,750 ballots had been cast early as of closing Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning, a steady stream of voters was walking through the door of the Hardin County Election Commission office in the basement of the county courthouse in Savannah.
When the Mr and I voted on the first day of early voting, on the 15th, we only ran into 4 other people voting. My guess, it’s picked up quite a bit.
One driver dead, one injured in head-on crash
A Savannah woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash near Reagan in Chester County that left the other driver dead.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Mitizi L. Williams, 24 of Savannah, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro southbound on Tenn. 22.
The driver who was killed in the Oct. 15 crash, margaret P. Alexander, 57, of Sardis, was operating a 1996 Ford Explorer northbound on the highway.
My prayers are with both families. One thing that surprises me though. When thinking of a Camaro vs an Explorer, you’d think just the opposite would happen, with the driver of the Camaro being hurt/killed. I’m glad she wasn’t, but it does seem unusual.
Commission talks water probems (hey, their spelling, not mine)
Should Hardin County get into the water business if existing water providers such as the Savannah Utility Department cat’s or won’t expand their system to serve new customers?
Several members of the Hardin County Commission floated that idea Monday night during discussion about applying to the state for a $500,000 Community Developement Block Grant for a possible water project. Areas under consideration include Burnt Church, Cerro Gordo and Smith Fork Road.
Huh? I’m all for water. I like water. I use it daily while showering. I use it to wash dishes and clothes, too. I even use it to make coffee in the morning.
Commissioner Mike Jerrolds suggested the county apply 3 to 5 cents of the county peoperty tax rate to water improvements, which he said might cover the cost of up to six miles of new line per year.
Ah HA! The meat. Now, you know, as well as I do, they won’t take the existing monies for this use. They’ll tack ON more to the property taxes. And of course, it won’t be enough, so they’ll raise ‘em some more! That’s how gubmint works, no matter what level they are, local, state, or federal.
Book signing will benefit Buford Pusser Museum
Dwana Pusser Garrison will be signing copies of her new book, “Walking On,” in Adamsville on Saturday in an event to benefit the Buford Pusser Home and Museum.
The book is described as an “intimate, thrilling and heartfelt biography (that) presents Pusser as only his family and closest friends knew him. A well-deserved addition to the lore surrounding the clebrated sheriff, this title is certain to surprise and captivate old and new Buford Pusser fans alike.”
Gee, I’ll be sure to rush right on over. :? Y’know, I’ve driven by that house/museum. It’s NOTHING like what they show in the movie (the original, not the Rock version, which has nothing to do with Pusser at all). Sometimes, I get this impression that all this attention has nothing to do with the ‘legend’. Rather, it seems that the daughter wants to keep her name in the limelight. I dunno. Just an opinion.
The NYT has been endorsing candidates for POTUS since 1860. For a while there, they did pretty good at ‘predicting’ winners. Their average, however has declined in recent years. Let’s hope that trend continues.
I don’t suppose you’d be shocked to find out they’ve endorsed Bubba H, would you?
Yeah….I was pretty surprised too, but evidently, there really are some left, as evidenced by this ‘letter to the editor’ from Orson Scott Card. Pretty long, but worth your time.
An open letter to the local daily paper — almost every local daily paper in America:
I remember reading All the President’s Men and thinking: That’s journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know.
This housing crisis didn’t come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush administration.
It was a direct result of the political decision, back in the late 1990s, to loosen the rules of lending so that home loans would be more accessible to poor people. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were authorized to approve risky loans.
What is a risky loan? It’s a loan that the recipient is likely not to be able to repay.
The goal of this rule change was to help the poor — which especially would help members of minority groups. But how does it help these people to give them a loan that they can’t repay? They get into a house, yes, but when they can’t make the payments, they lose the house — along with their credit rating.
They end up worse off than before.
After the City Council voted 29-22 yesterday to extend the limit on city offices from two terms to three, Bloomberg was targeted with charges and cursing by enraged hecklers who called him “liar” and “sellout” as he was escorted by police to his car parked outside City Hall.
Heckling can always be written off as part of the terrain. But there was something ominous in the air yesterday inside the council chamber, too. For one thing, the margin of the vote tally was less than impressive.
I gotta tell ya, when I read about this vote yesterday, I wasn’t as shocked as I should have been. The folks of NY voted TWICE for the 2 term limit for mayors. Along comes this arrogant SOB, who won on Guliani’s coattails as a Republican. Then he decides he’s not really a Republican after all. Nooo….REALLY???? Pfft! Has he switched back to the Dhimms yet? So, he bullies the city council to go against the wishes of the people. Remind you of anything???? Yup! The courts! Yep, he’s a liar alright! But then, he’s also a politician. Kind of redundent. Then another thought occured to me. If Bubba H wins the WH, will he pull a stunt like this?
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and the local branch of the NAACP have teamed up to launch an initiative called “Justice in Jackson” to stimulate public discussion about whether there is a prevalence of racial profiling by local law enforcement.
Should have titled this one “ACLU, NAACP team for ‘INjustice’” since neither of these groups are actually about justice, but more for preferential treatment. Now, honestly, the south does have a bad reputation, mostly earned, for treating people of one color different from another. It was quite common 50 years ago! Today, they might want to consider whether or not folks of one color are committing more crimes than another, before they start pointing fingers. Do black cops treat white criminals different? Is there a group studying this? Or, is it just whether or not black criminals are getting the ‘white glove’ treatment? If you’re going to start a dialog, make sure you’ve got ALL the facts, not just one side, ok? And the ACLU? Pfft! They like pedophiles, and hate Christians. Not much to say about them without inserting a few choice four lettered words.
A passenger aboard a domestic Russian flight has hijacked the aircraft and ordered it to divert to Vienna, according to Russian law enforcement, Reuters reported.
“At 5.20 p.m. one of the passengers on a flight from Adler to Moscow cried ‘Allah Akbar’ and announced that the flight had been hijacked and demanded to change the course from Vnukovo (airport outside Moscow) to Vienna,” Reuters quotes Russian news sources as reporting.
I pray for the people on that plane!
Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president on Friday, citing the senator’s steady leadership, good judgment and ability to unify Democrats, Republicans and independents.
“Sen. Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America’s standing in the world,” Weld said in a statement.
Good judgment? Has this clown looked at the list of “friends”??? Steady leadership????? What leadership??? The guy hasn’t done a damn thing! NOTHING! ZILCH! ZIP! Transform? Yeah, that’s what I’m afraid of. Transforming isn’t always a good thing, and our standing in the world? Who gives a flying F what the socialist world thinks? If that’s your idea of a leader, you’ve got some serious issues! What is going on? Is there some kind of mass hypnosis happening? I sure wasn’t invited to that party, and damn glad I wasn’t!
In his nearly 36-year Senate career, Delaware Democrat Joseph Biden has cast hundreds of votes on foreign policy issues. He’s been in the chamber long enough to have voted in favor of the 1978 treaties relinquishing U.S. control over the Panama Canal.
However, no action by Biden has drawn as much scrutiny in the 2008 presidential campaign as his October 2002 vote authorizing President Bush to use military force against Iraq.
Did someone draw him a map? Honestly, I think that’s the only way Biden could find his own ass with both hands!
The reports come after Ahmadinejad, 52, canceled a series of public appearances, including two speeches and a cabinet meeting.
A top aide to Ahmadinejad, Amir Mansour Borghei, told journalists the president was “indisposed”.
Iranian news Web site Shahab said doctors had advised the president to reduce his workload if he wanted to avoid illness, quoting “sources close to the government.”
Hmmm….. wonder if they are poisoning him.
Vandals late Tuesday and early Wednesday spray-painted graffiti on the homes and garages of Sens. Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Jim Ramstad, John Kline, Keith Ellison and Michele Bachmann.
At the Coleman residence, “U R A criminal resign or else” was spray-painted on the garage along with the words “Scum” and “Psalm 2.” At Ellison’s home, “scum” was scrawled on the garage and “traitor,” “resign now” and “Psalm 2″ on the house.
The Bible’s Psalm 2 warns “kings of the earth” against incurring God’s wrath.
Perhaps the vandal should have read ALL of Psalm 2. This kind of behavior is unacceptable, from all sides. I really do hope they find the scum and prosecute. I also think they should have to pay for any repairs! I don’t care what political party association you have, this is criminal, not political. I also don’t think the Good Lord encourages such behavior either. At least not in MY Bible.
An Iranian ship captured by Somali pirates carried sealed containers of a powdery substance believed to be nuclear or chemical weapons agents.
Western intelligence agencies have been monitoring the capture of the Iran Deyanat, seized by Somali pirates on Aug. 21. The cargo ship, owned and operated by the state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, or IRISL, contains sealed cargo thought to be linked to the death of 16 pirates.
This story is from 2 days ago. Did I miss the news of this on any of the channels? Was I oblivious?
At issue is an appeal made by three residents who were accused of falsifying income statements to lower their rent in public housing by hundreds of dollars a month. They were charged with theft, but they claimed that the law prosecutors cited didn’t specifically say that what they did was illegal.
A judge agreed and dismissed the case, in a ruling that a state appeals court upheld this summer. At the request of local prosecutors, Tennessee’s attorney general is considering whether to ask the state Supreme Court to take on the case.
Uh…..HUH? What part of “Thou Shalt Not Steal” is so hard to understand? I’m fairly sure there are laws on the books that pretty much say the same thing, perhaps not in those exact words, but with the same idea. Stealing is stealing. How is it not illegal?
I wouldn’t advise watching this at work, or with children around. Trust me on this one, ok? But at some point in time…..WATCH IT!
H/T: Facbook user Triffid
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.