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    Monica Smith

    Monica Smith
    Monica Smith writes Hannah's Blog. Born in Germany, she came to the United States as a child, living first in California, then after an interval in Chile, in New York. Married to a retired professor at the University of Florida, where she lived for 17 years, she moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia, in 1993 and now divides her time between Georgia and New Hampshire. (New Hampshire, she says, is always interesting during a presidential election.) She and her husband have three children and five grandchildren. Ms. Smith says she "learned long ago that I am not a good team player when I got hired at the Library of Congress, fresh out of college with a degree in political science and proficiency in four foreign languages, to 'edit' library cards and informed my supervisor that if she was going to insist I punch the clock exactly on time, my productivity was going to fall from being the highest to being the same as everyone else's. The supervisor opted to assign me to another building where there was no time-clock. After I had the first of our three children, I decided a paycheck wasn't worth the hassle."
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      man-made "improvements"

      I hate planning!

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Apr 27, 2014
      I hate planning!

      *+-Never mind that in the U.S. it has been become all the rage, since the supposed cradle of central planning, the U.S.S.R., crumbled. That raises suspicion about the sincerity of the opponents to begin with, but might be explained as a simple case of rivalry rearing its head. More worrisome is the realization that, in terms of man’s well being, failure may be what planning ultimately aims for.

      In other words, planning on a grand scale looks to be designed to destroy the population for whom it claims to provide…

      speculation

      ‘Not everyone named Michelle is a loser’

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Apr 11, 2014
      'Not everyone named Michelle is a loser'

      *+-That’s what the spouse said when I wrote him how surprised and disappointed I was to discover that Michelle Nunn has gratuitously endorsed the XL pipeline from Canada, because buying oil from “neighbors” is better than from overseas, as well as to read a report that Nunn wants changes to Obamacare to allow cheaper policies for the young.

      guns and domestic violence

      Preventing Crime: U.S. v. Castleman

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Mar 29, 2014
      Preventing Crime: U.S. v. Castleman

      *+-I’ve argued for some time that, if we are serious about preventing serious crime, then we address behavior at an early stage — i.e. when it’s just abusive and not the cause of serious injury. Now the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, has agreed that a proved abuser of another’s rights can be properly deprived of the right to own a tool, whose sole purpose is to perpetrate an assault from a distance. Mr. Castleman of Tennessee is prohibited from owning a gun because over a decade ago he was convicted of having abused a spouse.

      from pompey’s head

      How I came to be living on an island by the sea

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Mar 23, 2014
      How I came to be living on an island by the sea

      *+-From 1954 to 1956 we lived down the street from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Two years was about par for course for living anywhere, but I did get to spend my high school years in the vicinity of 161st Street, albeit in three different apartments. By that time, relocating every two years had become one of my maternal parents fixed habits.

      It is said that seven moves are equivalent to a house going up in flames.

      selective history

      Athens, Georgia in 1947

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Mar 13, 2014
      Athens, Georgia in 1947

      *+-The University of Georgia media collection features a handful of town films. The one about Athens, Georgia is the most complete in the sense of presenting the whole community, on the ground and from the air. The description accompanying the offering on the web page is somewhat inaccurate:

      Because of its business and housing content, we believe this 16mm color amateur film of scenes in and around Athens was made by Joel A. Weir who was, at that time, Executive Director of the Athens Housing Authority as well as Director of the Athens Chamber of Commerce (1931-1949). This short clip (14 mins.) is excerpted from the full film (approx. 45 mins.) and is silent.

      affluent effluence

      Sea Island: “Cesspool in the Dunes”

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Mar 1, 2014
      Sea Island: "Cesspool in the Dunes"

      *+-Instead of naming their new subdivisions the Dune Cottages, the Ocean Forest Cottages and the Riverside Cottages and then running their Dune Avenue down the Sea Island Spit, where the Loggerhead Turtles nest and 144 species of birds come to rest, making reference to the sea of effluent on which their cottages sit would be more honest, but it wouldn’t attract many new buyers for Sea Island Coastal Properties’ million dollar lots, would it?

      the power to corrupt

      North Carolina is not the only one

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Feb 22, 2014
      North Carolina is not the only one

      *+-James Holland has dug into his archives from his days as the Altamaha River Keeper (ARK) to remind us that it’s not just North Carolina that’s got a coal waste problem.

      The Duke Energy coal ash spill in North Carolina has been in the news a lot, as of late. This tragedy on the Dan River in North Carolina started me to thinking about how one of Georgia’s main rivers and lakes may be quite vulnerable to a coal ash spill at Milledgeville, Georgia. The lake is Lake Sinclair and the river that is dammed to create Lake Sinclair is the Oconee River in the Altamaha River watershed.

      corrupt diddling

      The TEA Conundrum

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Feb 14, 2014
      The TEA Conundrum

      *+-The Taxed Enough Already people were/are deceived, but they can’t see it. Why? It’s not the fault, as some people would have it, of the corporate (Koch) effort to take these disgusted citizens over. And it’s not that the corporate claim to being sympathetic and understanding of the plight of being taxed too much, which the corporations surely aren’t. No, the deception lies elsewhere and whether citizens and corporations are taxed too little or too much or just enough is actually entirely beside the point. Because the deception lies in the simple perversion of the truth…

      his katrina?

      Deal’s Jam

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Jan 30, 2014
      Deal's Jam

      *+-What is it with Republican governors and traffic jams? Up in New Jersey, we’ve got Chris Christie’s staff ordering up some “traffic problems” for Fort Lee, perhaps as a prank, and in Atlanta, Georgia, we’ve got Nathan Deal and the Mayor of Atlanta hosting each other at lunch while the traffic all around the city flops around in slush.

      leave nothing but footprints

      Sea Island Turds

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Jan 21, 2014
      Sea Island Turds

      *+-One of our coastal Georgia environmentalists has got a bug about Sea Island Equestrians letting their mounts leave turds in the marsh and on trails through the dunes. Which, of course, is not how the new owners, Sea Island Acquisitions, or the contracted equestrian service provider would describe the “experience.”

      anti-families with children

      What do Johnny and Saxby and Lindsey have in common?

      by | 3, Add your Comment | Jan 14, 2014
      What do Johnny and Saxby and Lindsey have in common?

      *+-What do Johnny and Saxby and Lindsey have in common with the ladies from New Hampshire and Maine, Kelly and Susan? The U.S. Senators, Isakson, Chambliss and Graham, along with a handful of others, couldn’t wait to gum up the longterm unemployment compensation legislation, so they attached themselves to number one amender, Senator Ayotte.

      our general welfare

      What does our Federal Reserve Board do for us?

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Jan 3, 2014
      Federal Reserve Building (DonkeyHotey)

      *+-President Kennedy famously advised, “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” in his inaugural address. That was a cop-out. After all, the rebellious colonists organized a government to provide for the general welfare. So, for the hireling-in-chief to task his employers, instead of focusing on the duties and obligations he had committed himself to assume, was, to say the least presumptuous. And, since Kennedy was a Democrat, it just goes to show that the role of servant was not foremost in the minds of any of our public officials back in 1960.

      ebenezer would be proud

      Bad Press Better than No Press

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Dec 19, 2013
      Bad Press Better than No Press

      *+-Jack Kingston, the Republican representative from Georgia’s first district and esteemed member of the Republican theme team, has apparently decided that, if he wants to be a viable candidate for the United States Senate, he’s got to get himself some press coverage. Since he’s not a novice, we have to assume that targeting the children’s lunches is not an accident. According to Daniel Molloy, writing for the Atlanta Journal Constitution Kingston said: “On the Agriculture Committee we have jurisdiction over the school lunch…

      control issues

      In the land of the Cons

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Dec 5, 2013
      In the land of the Cons

      *+-Nothing is as it seems in the land of the Cons. We’ve got to remember that. Sometimes it seems that, regardless of the issue, con men have to deceive, even if it means cutting off their own noses or, if they happen to be politicians, the noses of the constituents they expect to vote for them. If that makes no sense, it is still a fact in the twenty states where Governors, no doubt on the advice of their Representatives in Congress, are rejecting the extra dollars that would extend health care to people not earning enough to afford even subsidized insurance policies.

      the sublime cannibal

      Thanksgiving is a euphemistic feast

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Nov 28, 2013
      Thanksgiving is a euphemistic feast

      *+-“Where is the Love?” Kristof asks in his Thanksgiving column for the New York Times.  Thanksgiving is a euphemistic feast. I still haven’t found just the right term to describe cannibals bloodlessly and indirectly destroying and consuming their own kind. Some call it “sacrifice,” but that too is a euphemism. “Symbolic predation” doesn’t work because the injury and destruction are all too real.

      stoop to their level

      Disgusting, disrespectful Democrats

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Nov 5, 2013
      Disgusting, disrespectful Democrats

      *+-Is being obnoxious catching? My email in-box is currently featuring messages with the following headings:

      Beat the snot out of them.

      and

      I’m here to kick some Tea Party ass.

      strings attached

      Extortion on Capitol Hill

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Oct 5, 2013
      Extortion on Capitol Hill

      *+-Extortion is a Congressional staple. It’s what members have been using for decades to insure incumbency. What’s new is that the tactic is being exposed to public view because the executive is not going along and because the recently arrived Tea Party are novice players.

      it’s the name

      Congressional Caprice

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Sep 27, 2013
      Congressional Caprice

      *+-Years ago, when some friends were to spend a sabatical overseas, they entrusted their Caprice to me for safe-keeping. That turned into a peculiar experience. Strangers kept asking me if I would be interested in selling them the car. It reminded me of being propositioned for a “good time” in certain neighborhoods of New York City and Washington, D.C. What attracted attention to the Caprice was a puzzlement, but in the years since, it’s been stolen from the same owners any number of times, apparently for joy rides, and then abandoned when it ran out of gas. Maybe it’s the name that triggers the theft.

      down the drain

      Six of One

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Sep 13, 2013
      Six of One

      *+-Half dozen of the other. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

      Creatures of habit have an advantage. When they repeat what’s failed in the past, it comes as a surprise. Add to that the cliché and the euphemism as instruments of deception and you’ve got the essential ingredients of clandestine enterprise. John McCain has been running his own foreign policy shop at the International Republican Institute (set up by Congress in 1983) for so long that it has probably become a cliché.

      the insurance racket

      Ralph Hudgens — “Protecting” Consumers with Lies in Georgia

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Sep 1, 2013
      Ralph Hudgens -- "Protecting" Consumers with Lies in Georgia

      *+-Protection is a racket and insurance is the handle. The insurance commissioners in every state are why a single payer health care system for all Americans was infeasible. So, here we’ve got Ralph Hudgens, a graduate of the University of Florida, explaining how obstructing the free market and milking the populace works.

      Northern Hospitality

      From Maine to Tennessee

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Aug 3, 2013
      From Maine to Tennessee

      *+-We visited the rocky coast of Maine the other day and stopped in at the Kittery Trading Post.. Lo and behold, I discovered a cast iron griddle made by a company in Tennessee to replace the one that disappeared from my cook top. Although it would probably work better on a stove with perpendicular burners, the first batch of pancakes turned out pretty tasty.

      right to privacy

      NSA and TSA, a worthwhile two-fer

      by | 2, Add your Comment | Jul 29, 2013
      NSA and TSA, a worthwhile two-fer

      *+-All of a sudden, Congress is having second thoughts. The New York Times reports that the strategy of letting the National Spy Agencies build haystacks to look for needles is going to be reconsidered by Congress. This is good news.

      Backers of sweeping surveillance powers now say they recognize that changes are likely, and they are taking steps to make sure they maintain control over the extent of any revisions…

      who's screwing you?

      Reflections on Detroit declaring bankruptcy.

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Jul 19, 2013
      Reflections on Detroit declaring bankruptcy.

      *+-The thinning of the cities was no more a happenstance than the thinning of the electoral herd is now. After the civil rights era and the rioting in the cities, the powers that be took fright and embarked on an agenda to distribute the population — build suburbs and roads and sell people cages on wheels to get there. Disinvestment in the cities and the reduction of services was part of the agenda to promote “urban removal” and replace people with commercial structures and parking lots.

      rewarding donors

      Mica down on Amtrak

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Jul 15, 2013
      Mica down on Amtrak

      *+-Maybe it’s just that the idea of reconnecting America turns John Mica off. After all, the Cons have put much effort into isolating/segregating the population.

      Perhaps it is just a coincidence that the trains from Miami to D.C. are not WiFi equipped.

      ineffable reality

      We report; you decide

      by | 0, Add your Comment | Jun 27, 2013
      We report; you decide

      *+-That little flourish, “we preport, you decide,” with which FOX radio announcers conclude their segments is actually an accurate representation of their operation. It would also be applicable to FOX TV, which is really nothing but radio with pictures and a written scroll, just in case the talking heads get boring, but I don’t know that they use it.

      “We report; you decide” fits perfectly with the binary model of the world in which instinct-driven people reside.

      Citizen Obligation

      To Do or Not To Do

      by | 1, Add your Comment | Jun 18, 2013
      Pig In A Poke by James Herriot (Border Fine Arts)

      *+-That is the 21st Century question. Whether agents of government are tasked with telling the public what to do or, as the United States Constitution suggests, are to limit themselves to prohibiting socially injurious behaviors by individuals and corporations.

      Republicans, being descendants of royalists, whose model of social organization is the family with its paternalistic head of household, continue to hold fast to the belief that their fellow man needs to be strictly ruled. Because people doing their own thing make them feel really insecure.

      Authorization For Use of United States Armed Forces

      The AUMF reconsidered

      by | 2, Add your Comment | May 26, 2013
      President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office of the White House (White House photo by Eric Draper - public domain)

      *+-Let me suggest again that while we know that the PATRIOT Act was sitting on the shelf just waiting for an opportunity to be enrolled and passed into law, that the AUMF was waiting in the wings has received less consideration. But, if the interest in a “unitary executive” whose authority is above the law was real, then making the Commander-in-chief during wartime a constant was just as important a component of the re-establishment of the sovereignty of the term-limited presidency.

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    Settlement or Extortion?

    By: Monica Smith

    The reports of a settlement on Sea Island, Georgia, are disturbing on many counts, not the least of which is that the Sea Island Company no longer exists. Not only have many of the assets of the bankrupt, family-owned firm been acquired by an artificial body that called itself “Sea Island Acquisitions,” as if acquisition were an honorable enterprise, but that Limited Liability (little responsibility) Corporation has now morphed into an alphabet string that’s not even a pronounceable acronym, SIA PROPCO II, LLC. So, it’s no wonder references default to the historical moniker, which may well be the intent. Then too, th  Read on →