and all the BS fit to read!

Brian Williams and NBC- The Nonfactual Broadcasting Company

Brian Williams and NBC- The Nonfactual Broadcasting Company

Feb 6, 2015

In the network’s proud tradition of reporting news that never happened, NBC Nightly News reported in 2003, and again last week, that a helicopter in which anchor Brian Williams was a passenger, was hit by an RPG. In fact, it was a helicopter in which Williams wasn’t a passenger that was attacked. It’s easy to understand how such a mistake could have been made. Just the other day a vehicle in which I wasn’t a passenger was involved in an accident. I did see the cars with the dented fenders on the side of the road, and as I drove by, I thought, “How will I ever forget this day when there was an accident in which I wasn’t involved?” On the other hand, when I recounted the story to a friend, I felt no compulsion to say that my car had been damaged. Williams’ could have easily avoided the controversy created by his nonfactual story. After all, he does work for the same network that planted incendiary devices on GM trucks, filmed the resulting damage, and then reported that the explosions were caused by impact on side-mounted gas tanks. The network clearly had the technology to create explosions suitable for filming years ago, and obviously has no problem using such technology to create nonfactual reports. To preserve his reputation as a “trusted” reporter, Williams could have arranged for a few incendiary devices to be attached to the side of his helicopter and detonated after he had disembarked. Then his report would have had a shred of credibility as the helicopter in which he was riding would have actually had signs of damage. Williams’ spin on the incident is equally disingenuous. According to a post on the NBC web site, “In a piece last week on Nightly News, Williams took Sergeant Major Tim Terpak, who just retired with three bronze stars, to a New York Rangers hockey game, where the vet was honored with a standing ovation by some 18,000 people at Madison Square Garden. In honoring Terpak, Williams told the story of his helicopter being hit by an RPG, but that wasn’t accurate. On Wednesday’s Nightly News, Williams admitted, “I made a mistake...

Veterans’ Day Transformation

Veterans’ Day Transformation

Nov 13, 2014

Snellville sets a new standard for celebrating Veteran’s Day.

Jason Carter- One Fell Out of The Peanut Tree

Jason Carter- One Fell Out of The Peanut Tree

Oct 21, 2014

For reasons that are beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, the race for Georgia’s governor’s seat is said to be as tight as a penny-pincher’s grip on a dollar bill. Incumbent Nathan Deal is being challenged by current state senator Jason Carter. Carter’s biggest asset appears to be that he is the grandson of the nation’s most ineffective president, former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter. As evidenced by Carter’s record as a state senator, the apple, or perhaps more appropriately the peanut, doesn’t fall very far from the tree. (Non-indigenous Southerners may be surprised to learn that peanuts grow on bushes,  not on trees. Hence the previous inference of a  “peanut tree” is a creation of poetic license.) Carter’s latest validation of his peanut tree heritage is his criticism of Deal for his 2011 appointment of then-current state senator Jim Butterworth (a former captain in the Air Guard) as leader of the state National Guard unit. According to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Carter alleges Deal, “put politics first instead of placing people where they should be. Economically, it’s a serious issue for us and in terms of respect for the National Guard it’s a serious issue.” Serious issues –Not Worth a Vote? Carter found these issues so serious, that when legislation came before the state senate, (to change the law that enabled the appointment to be made) he FAILED to vote. He didn’t vote against the bill, he simply couldn’t be bothered to vote. Not bothering to vote, or changing his position on issues aren’t the only hallmarks of Carter’s campaign (and career).  During a debate in Perry, Georgia, Nathan Deal asked, “Senator Carter, you have been in the State Senate the entire amount of time I have been Governor of this state. You’ve never passed a bill, you’ve never been voted to a position of leadership within your DeKalb delegation, and you’ve never been elected to leadership within the Democratic Caucus of the State Senate… Why would anybody decide that you have the leadership skills to lead this state?” Carter’s response was the rhetoric of avoidance, completely devoid of substance. “I knew you were going to ask that question. … Right now, what we need...

Obamacare- Hitting One Iceberg After Another

Obamacare- Hitting One Iceberg After Another

Jan 8, 2014

The desire to provide health insurance for every citizen is a noble one, but can only be achieved if people who can afford insurance pay the premiums for those who cannot. Consequently, it is an economic impossibility for Obamacare to be implemented without significant additional taxes plus cost reductions in other areas. One of those areas is Medicare which will experience a $700 billion reduction in funding- euphemistically called “cost containment”, by the administration. And that’s just the tip of the latest iceberg. For more, click the link below....

Snellvile Election Season Facts & Rumors

Snellvile Election Season Facts & Rumors

Sep 30, 2013

Shortly after being sworn in as member of the Snellville City Council, I began writing “Council Confidential”, a section of the CutToThe-Chase.com blog devoted to City Council activities. “Council Confidential” posts are written to provide an insight into the process and reasons behind Council decisions, which are often far more complex than they appear. With election season at hand, the complexities of city business take on a new life as they are compounded by opinions, misunderstandings and incorrect information. Many times, wrong information is spread because people didn’t understand what they heard, and then repeated facts that are incorrect.Fortunately, the true facts are almost always well documented matters of public record, and can be easily verified by contacting the City Manager’s office, or reading through meeting minutes on the city’s web site.  (Please feel free to contact me if you have trouble finding any documentation.) A few examples of some recent false claims that are circulating: the City is broke, the Council is preventing Wi-Fi from being installed on the Towne Green, the City is going to sue the Summit Chase HOA for Lower Johnson Lake repairs and the Council has blocked installation of “Welcome” signs at entrances to the City. Residents of Snellville should rest easy because all of these claims are false. City Financials The City is actually in excellent financial shape, with cash reserves that well exceed the recommended minimums. Every city should have cash on hand to handle emergencies and unexpected events; the figure referenced by many experts in the field is 22-25% of a city’s annual budget. As a result of the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) settlement with the county, and a carefully crafted budget that eliminated unnecessary and excessive expenses, Snellville has considerably more than 35% in cash reserves. This despite the fact that over the past three years, the millage rate has been reduced one full point. Better yet, during the past year, the value of Snellville’s capital assets increased by $2 million, debt decreased by over $1.8 million, total revenues exceeded the budgeted amount and total expenditures were lower than the budgeted amount. The bottom line is that Snellville began the fiscal year with a balanced...

Troubled Waters, Broken Dam- Part 3

Troubled Waters, Broken Dam- Part 3

Aug 19, 2013

Barring any unanticipated monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, civil unrest or legal entanglements, work will soon begin to repair the drainpipe and standpipe that will enable the restoration of Lower Johnson Lake. On Monday night, (8/12/13) the Snellville City Council unanimously approved a contract with McEachern Dredging to make the repairs. The City will pay an amount not to exceed $34,800 to slip line approximately 115 feet of pipe that passes through the dam; the Summit Chase Homes Association will pay approximately $7,000 for the standpipe repairs and attachment hardware. One of the questions asked most frequently about restoration of the Lake is, “Why did it take so long?” There are a number of reasons– some of which are valid, while others are real head-scratchers. The core issue is that by state law, (with one or two specific exceptions having to do with non-profit entities) public funds cannot be used to repair or maintain private property. The Summit Chase HOA board of directors has repeatedly stated the lake and dam are owned by the association. That being the case, the HOA is responsible for maintaining the water handling equipment that establishes and controls the lake. However, the road that crosses the dam is a city-maintained street, so the city is responsible for maintenance, including work required to assure the integrity of the road surface and its base. Repairing the drainpipe without connecting the standpipe does not fix anything. The drainpipe is at lake bed level so if it was open to water flow, it would quickly fill with mud and debris—unless was connected to a standpipe. Clearly, both pipes need to be repaired at the same time. The City has been ready to fund its portion necessary repairs for over a year. However, most Council members were not willing to enter into a contract that would have been in violation of state law. Some of the original proposals for repairs would have had the City doing just that. In fact mayor and Summit Chase HOA member Kelly Kautz publicly criticized other Council members for not being in favor of the City paying all repair costs. State law notwithstanding, she took issue with Council members being against...