Sunday, May 8, 2016

Trump continues to lose the war

It has been about a week since my last post about Donald Trump.  In that post I questioned HOW he was going to do all the things he promised to do.  The responses I received were quite honestly what I expected.  Not one single person could begin to justify let alone explain a single “platform” or concept that he has bragged about during the last years of campaigning.

The campaign rhetoric continued, with supporters parroting the statements of their new found leader, but not one could explain HOW.  The line that was the fail=safe fall back when I pushed:

“He is going to build the wall and Mexico will pay for it”

But for Trump supporters the mountain of BS only grew higher. 

"I would borrow knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal."

Trump has said he loves debt.  With interest rates being so low the US should be borrowing to pay for infrastructure repair and projects.  When the bills come due the US should ask for a haircut on the debt.

 In other words renege on our debt.  While this may be the way for Trump to escape bad business deals and play the system, doing that to the global financial markets would collapse economies around the world including ours.

Once again bravado and campaign slogans with no real understanding of real world wide consequences.

What of some of the other “promises” and bravado claims he has made and is now already changing?

The general election contest has not even started and he is changing his stance on taxes, minimum wage and the all so important self-financing his campaign.  So in the end, despite how we know he will spin it he will be part of the system.
Come on Trump supporters, give me something.  So far you are only deeper in the whole. 
As my good friend says, “it sounds like bullshit to me”

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Trump Wins the Battle and Loses the War

I resigned myself  a  while back that Donald Trump will be the nominee of the Republican Party. Two years ago I predicted that Ted Cruz could never win a national election

Hillary will be the nominee so it will be Trump vs the  Angel of Deceit and Lies in November.

We Republicans have managed to nominate the only candidate that Hillary will crush.

We are witnessing the self destruction of the Republican Party.

I wrote many a post about how the Tea Party or the American Liberty Party were trouble, not for the Democrats but the Republicans.  A wing of extremists that while believing that they or "right for America" are a wing that cannot win nationally.  It was the likes of Ted Cruz and Company that so polarized the the political scene with their scorched earth politics that brought the system to a halt.  That fueled the just as outrageous behavior of  Harry Reid who never allowed a Republican bill to even reach the Senate floor for a vote

The system that served us so well for 200 years came to a grinding halt.

Now Trump supporters claim that he will fix the system  He is change and that is what is needed. Nothing could be further from the truth.  The world is not a business deal.  The world has historically reacted negatively to any leader that  is viewed as a bully..  So no matter how much he shouts, insults, degrades he is not going to change it.  He will become a bad footnote in history if by some miracle he were able to pull of the most sunning upset of all time and actually beat Hillary

If by that miracle he  is elected we will  lose the House in 2018 and maybe the Senate.  In 2020 we will definitely lose the Senate and the WH to a democrat who is more like Bernie than Hillary. Perhaps Elizabeth Warren.  With all of these changes we will lose for another decade the opportunity to select and confirm Federal Judges including the Supreme Court.

The numbers bring us back to reality.  He cannot win when he will get no Democrat cross over votes.  He cannot win even with independents, because independents will tend to lean to the the left come November.  He cannot win  if he does not have support of more that 65% of the women in this country.  He cannot win if the Bernie supporters rally around Hillary.  That is going to happen because I believe that Bernie supporter hate one thing more than they dislike Hillary and that is the idea of a Trump Presidency

So congratulations Republicans,  you won the battle, scorched the earth, and lost the war

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Thank you Jean Williams

I was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Commissioner Jean Williams.  For those of you who are relative newcomers to Dunwoody, you may not even know who she was.  Jean was an early DeKalb County Commissioner and lived in Dunwoody.  The Williams Room at the Dunwoody Library is named in honor of her husband Bill who was also a DeKalb County Commissioner. 
Together they were a vital part of the beginning of the community of Dunwoody.  Long before City Councils, Preservation Trusts and the DHA, Jean worked tirelessly for her neighbors.  She helped introduce me to civic responsibility and showed me how to work for the community that she loved.
Here is the link to a story in this week’s Crier.

Thank you Jean for all you did for your neighbors

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I hear the FAT Lady singing

If this guy wins is it the end of the Republican Party? 

Government is not, despite what some would want you to believe is not a business. It is not a game where you can make mistakes and declare a "do over" by declaring bankruptcy.
It is not a game where you can alienate more than half of the electorate and expect anything to get done.( the last 8 years have shown that)
I mourn the loss of a Republican Party that would support a man that has been a democrat all of his lif

I mourn the loss of political parties that have lost the ability to govern effectively and employ a scorched earth policy that at the end of the day will leave us a weaker nation both internally and across the world.  Anger is not an agenda nor is it the foundation for a strong national policy.

God I hope I am wrong.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Apologies to Councilman Thompson and his staff

I attended a Dunwoody Homeowner's Association meeting last night to hear the presentation for the new development that is planned for the intersection of I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road:

It is going to be a game changer for this gateway of Dunwoody and I recommend that everyone pay attention and attend  future meeting to make sure you voice is heard.
On the subject of making sure your voice is heard, I heard Councilman Thompson loud and clear.  As most of you who know me, I am a man of many opinions and very seldom do I hold back expressing them.  They are neither right nor wrong, they are just mine.  I do however try to make sure I use statement of FACT when forming those opinions.  In my last post I missed a very important fact.

Councilman Thompson pointed out to me that while most of the city council has little or no professional zoning experience he in fact does.  He is a lawyer and as I knew and simply forgot, his practice does include business and commercial law.  He does have experience in the area of zoning and for that oversight I apologize to Doug and his staff.  There was no slight intended.  For the record, Doug mentioned this, not to call me out on it, but just to let me know that he and his staff found my omission  a bit "amusing"  It was all in good fun  My apology is real.

The message of the original post remains.  We are entering a new  stage of life for the city of Dunwoody. I hope that all members of the City Council and residents are prepared.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Dunwoody Advance Zoning

Dunwoody Advance Zoning

When I was in college, our classes were numbered in order of their difficulty.  Political Science for freshman was “political science 101”. Sophomores took “poly sci 201” and so on.  From there it was advanced courses in Grad School.

Since the city was founded, Dunwoody zoning officials have benefited from a bit of a lull in zoning activity.  The economy was down and mega projects that once fueled the explosive growth of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs disappeared or were put on hold

Well that is all changing and changing very quickly.  Mega-projects in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs will take the Dunwoody City Council to Advanced Zoning. From Freshman Zoning 101 to Doctorate in no time at all.

We already have State Farm and Mercedes under construction and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

The development of Perimeter has been a double edge sword.  Perimeter is one of the largest business and commercial districts in the southeast. We are the home of countless Fortune 100 companies and some of the largest employers in the state.  Our office capacity will exceed all of downtown Atlanta, including Buckhead.  With that comes the strongest tax base in the metro area and dollars that fuel the very existence of the city. It is the primary reason why homeowner property taxes are so low.  It could be said that without the Perimeter, Dunwoody as a city would never exist.  Without some type of continued growth in the perimeter area property taxes will rise.  With too much growth, we threaten to kill the golden goose.  If we adopt a “no growth” mentality the city will begin to wither as other surrounding cities pick up what we pass on.

With all of that growth and wealth comes huge problems.  You know of what I am speaking, TRAFFIC and the ongoing concern of overcrowding our schools.
High Street

The days of small zonings; townhouses in Dunwoody Village, a simple subdivision of a lot in Dunwoody Club Forrest or a drive through restaurant on Ashford Dunwoody Road are over.  Big money, big developers, and some of the best zoning lawyers in the country will be knocking on our doors to restart the boom that ended 7 years ago.
Reprter News Paper John RuchPosted by  on January 20, 2016.

This will be a test of one of the most important reason we became a city; “to control our zonings”.  It will also test the notion that if the citizens yell loud enough the council will turn an eye to the law and do the peoples will.  A noble gesture that will be tested by private property rights, Federal law and State law. 

The idea and suggestions of building no more, or limiting buildings to 5 stories are just not realistic in this market.  The idea that you can force developers to reduce previously approved plans is at best a stretch if not impossible.  The request of developers to build 40 story buildings, even in Perimeter is not a guaranteed right either.

So we have 7 members of Council who have little or no real world zoning experience, a Planning Commission that has never dealt with projects of this size or complexity and a residential community that has some real concerns about traffic, overcrowding and schools

Hang on to your underwear, these are going to be a long drawn out fights that could very well end up with the city in court and members of the Planning Commission and the City Council being sued as well. 

The Crier is going to use a lot of ink covering these projects.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AEDs Saves Another Life

If anyone ever wonders  if starting an effective AED program in their community is a good idea, this should answer that question.  The City of Dunwoody has had their program since the city was founded.  Citizens  donated the money to purchase  AEDs for all of the police cars in the new city. .
This post shows the importance of not only the city having  the AED, but the fact that it was in the police cars.  9 times out of 10 the local police are the first responders to any emergency call.

Some critical pieces of information :

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest KILLS over 300,000 people a year in the US
  • For every minute a victim is down and unresponsive, their survival rate decreases by 10%

This great news from Dunwoody, coupled with the story on the volleyball player who was saved last fall ( Volleyball Save ) highlight the importance of, having AEDs, having them available within minutes of a collapse and having ALL first responders, whether it be police, EMTs or teachers trained  to use them.
Thank you Officer Styles. Vernon Taylor, Paramedic Nora Barlow Dunwoody PD and all the citizens of Dunwoody for giving this young man a second chance at life.

Let us tell you about this picture because you are going to love this story!
On January 7, 2016 Officer Terell Styles was on patrol when Chatcomm 911 advised of an in-progress medical call. Officer Styles was very close to the location and responded. The medical call was that a 28 year old patient was not breathing and unresponsive. Chatcomm Supervisor Vernon Taylor was instructing the caller on CPR procedures. Officer Styles arrives at the home within 2 minutes. He finds the patient unresponsive, not breathing, and without a pulse. The victim's girlfriend was administering chest compressions. Officer Styles deployed his issued AED (automatic external defibrillator) and it immediately detected that a shock was needed. Officer Styles resumed chest compressions as the AED continued to analyze the patient's heart. A total of 4 shocks were administered and Officer Styles gave approximately 6 minutes of solo CPR. Paramedics arrived and resumed CPR. According to paramedics, they were able to restore a pulse while enroute to St. Joseph's. The patient was admitted into ICU and survived!
Paramedic Nora Barlow wrote this about Officer Styles, "This kid might not be alive and definitely would not be neurologically intact (alert) without Officer Styles's great work. I was extremely impressed by his cool head and calm demeanor during a major medical call, especially since he was alone. It is genuinely thanks to him and his use of the AED, along with high quality CPR, that this male is alive."
AMR's Medical Director called it a "great save...and fantastic job to all involved"
Join us in praising:
Chattcom Dispatch Supervisor Vernon Taylor
Officer Terell Styles
Paramedic Nora Barlow
Thanks to these people and their actions this young man is alive today.