Thursday, April 3, 2014

I am moving to a new home

Somehow Google and Blogger got out of sync and the passwords that I use for for my gmail an other Google stuff no longer worked with my Blogger account.  I will leave this blogger, website,techno stuff to Dunwoody Working Mom.  She gets it, I do not
Me, I just want to blog for free and own my domain name.  So WordPress here I come
Now hopefully my all 9 of my loyal readers, the 50 top haters, and the 1000 or so people who accidentally come to Dunwoody Farmer Bob will now go to:
Now all I have to do is figure out how to add pictures, videos, links, spell check ( STOP Laughing) and I will be ready to go.

All my older posts will be there as well as all of the comments that have been left by others

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Billy, Jimmy and the LOOPER (app)

Guest star Billy Joel and host Jimmy Fallon, totally ROCK the The Tonight Showing by creating a do-wop duet using an iPad and the Loopy App. Listen to their rendition of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’. These 2 guys need to hit the road with this performance. :)


Sunday, March 30, 2014

A note from Dunwoody's State Representative Tom Taylor:

Hi Neighbors!

I have an opponent in the Republican Primary election on May 20th. As the incumbent, I am prohibited from campaigning during the Legislative session. Now that the session is over, I am in full campaign mode. I would appreciate your help deploying my campaign signs.


Tom Taylor
State Representative, District 79
Cell: 404-376-7862

My PROVEN and EFFECTIVE conservative leadership have delivered RESULTS to District 79 (Dunwoody and North DeKalb).

* Leading legislative effort to form an independent municipal school system
* Passed legislation to cap State personal income tax at 6%
* Preserved Dunwoody’s representation on DeKalb School Board redistricting
* Founded and was VP and Board Member of Citizens for Dunwoody
* Led legislative lobbying effort that allowed Dunwoody to become a city
* Provided blueprint for Dunwoody Police as Police Task Force Chair
* Elected to first City Council, ramped up City of Dunwoody government
* Successfully promoted legislation that allowed Dunwoody to take control of parks

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Signs of getting old

  1. When all my friends look as old as as my father used to look when I graduated from High School.  Then I go by the mirror and do not recognize the person staring back as he looks OLDER than my dad
  2. I use to make fun of TV commercials about needing to know where the bathrooms are in public places. While not searching them out specifically now, I do begin to look for restroom signs in big buildings ( note, there are not that many in the State Capital)
  3. Getting pictures of my High School days from PHS Alumni and not being able to find myself even in a photo with only 4 people in it
  4. Watching the race between going  grey and my receding hairline. (I am taking bets)
  5. Being asked if I qualify for the Senior Discount at the All Saints Fish Fry
  6. Getting the Senior pricing at the movie theater WITHOUT even asking for it.
  7. Seeing a picture that showed me as a member of the 3rd place mile relay team in the NJ State qualifying track meet with a time of 3 minutes and 37 seconds, knowing now that I could not run my quarter mile split in  3 minutes and 37 seconds.  Worse I may not even FINISH the quarter mile leg at all.
Need to take a break I have a headache from squinting to read this computer screen and I really have to pee.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Easter Season at the Capital UPDATED 430 PM !!!

Only at the Capital can bills that have been crushed on the floor or not supported by a single house member who lives in an area they are voting to change forever, rise from the ashes and find new life.
The non partisan CEO Bill, passed in the Senate but was tabled in the House by an overwhelming vote of 101-51 is back and will get out of committee today.
The Lakeside city bill which was tabled by none other that Rep John Meadows, the Chairman of the
powerful House Rules Committee, is back as well.

The Lakeside /Tucker  fight is an interesting one.  For the first time the house will get to pick one group of citizens over another.  They have never before faced city bills with overlapping maps. So concerning was this issue that Rep Meadows appeared at the Legislative Affairs Committee and tabled the Lakeside bill;  "too many maps and last minute changes".  As of today that has not changed and these maps have not been reviewed by a single citizen who will be impacted by these city votes.
6-8 folks, non elected and a couple of high paid lobbyists will determine the fate for over 100K citizens.  However the leaders of both city hood initiatives have reached an agreement, so that should make the 100k people in these proposed cities feel good.

But this being the capital and having only 2 days before all these fine folks head home, a miracle occurred.  An event fitting of the Easter Season, these bills rose from the dead to sit on the right hand of a single Senator and a couple of House Representatives.  How cool is that?  Anything is possible down here.  In a greater miracle still not a single member of the house that will vote to pass these bills lives or even REPRESENTS anyone who does live in these proposed cities.

We have come 180 degrees from the fiasco that the democrats created when for 25 years screwed around with the creation of the City of Sandy Springs.  Republicans now have control and are doing exactly the same thing that those dreaded democrats did back then.

Don't get me wrong, I support cities in DeKalb, but this process just does not pass the smell test anymore.

25 years ago we saw the enemy and over took them.  Today we see the enemy and it is us.


Mike Jacobs of Martoc
Chairman of the Rule Committee John Meadow
Sennator Millar will have to wait till next year
Seems that  power greater than I agreed the miracle of resurrection should be restricted to religious leaders and not elected officials. In a statement that caught everyone in the Committee Room by surprise  Representative Mike Jacobs, a staunch supporter of cities, asked the Legislative Affairs to not pass either City this session.  Lakeside and Tucker died in Committee.  Representative Meadows, Chair of the  Rules Committee made it clear he had committed to moving both bills forward together, yet to do so would require the House CHANGE its own rules and procedures.  Meadows was not going to be a party to that. He suggested that both bill be held to next year. Senator Millar withdrew the Lakeside bill rather than taking on the powerful chair of the House Rules 

Committee.   Senator Millar seemed a bit miffed that Representative Jacobs did not let him know prior to the hearing.

So making sausage under the Gold Dome can be very ugly.  People go in believing they know what is going to happen after spending hundreds of hours meeting and planning.  They often have their best laid plans shot to hell by a call to a Senator or House Rep by a leader very high up the chain.  

Politics, down and dirty

Thursday, March 13, 2014

AEDs: The discussion begins

Here is the opening comments from Councilman Terry Nall from last night's discussion of an AED ordinance for the city of Dunwoody.

AED Ordinance
Public Safety is a cornerstone of Dunwoody’s existence.  In 2008, it was a key reason for our incorporation.  On April 1, 2009 we had our very own police department.  Later that year in September 2009, the fundraising efforts of Bob and Kathy Lundsten led to the delivery of 53 AED units for the Dunwoody Police Department vehicles.  Dunwoody signaled we were a city willing to step up for public safety.  Over the last 4 ½ years, the police AEDs have successfully resuscitated  five (5) lives that without the AED, may have resulted in death.

·         Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is a leading cause of death in the United States.   SCA is often brought on by ventricular fibrillation, a condition in which the heart’s electrical activity malfunctions.  It can happen to anyone at anytime, anywhere.  For the best chance of survival from the most common cause of SCA, a shock from a defibrillator should be delivered within the first few minutes of collapse.
·         The likelihood of a successful resuscitation decreases by 7 to 10 percent for every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation.   In cities where defibrillation is provided within 5 to 7 minutes, the survival rate is as high as 45 percent.  

Now that the economy is improving, new construction and development is on the increase. Dunwoody has an opportunity to once again step up to a higher standard for public safety.  The next step in public safety is to ensure these newly constructed, larger public gathering spaces have AED equipment installed as life safety equipment just as an overhead sprinkler system and fire suppression systems, fire extinguisher, and emergency telephones for elevators are already required.

Georgia has a number of statutes to promote the use of AEDs.  One statute states, “It is the intent of the General Assembly that an automated external defibrillator may be used by any person for the purpose of saving the life of another person in cardiac arrest.”
Georgia statutes also apply liability immunity through Good Samaritan laws and this statute:  “Any person who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency care or treatment by the use of or provision of an automated external defibrillator…”

The American Heart Association  and as we heard tonight, the American Red Cross, supports placing AEDs in targeted large public areas such as hotels, office complexes, sports fields and arenas, shopping malls, etc.  Public access to defibrillation (PAD) means making AEDs available in public and/or private places where large numbers of people gather or where people who are at high risk for heart attacks live.  Both of these organizations are committed to partnering for AED/CPR training programs.

Depending on the source, AEDs run around $1,200 and would be a minimal cost in total scheme of a larger development project.   In my view, the key is to find the appropriate minimum size criteria for which an AED unit would be required for new construction or significant renovation.  There is no intent to place a burden on small businesses.

The purpose of tonight’s agenda item is to have a discussion of whether others on City Council will join with me in redefining public access to defibrillators as a mandatory life safety equipment requirement in Dunwoody for certain types of construction going forward, as evidenced in the agenda packet memo from Steve Foote.  It is my hope that we can find consensus on the parameters for an ordinance to move forward.  Mr. Mayor, let’s begin the discussion.

I had commitments that prevented me from attending last night City Council meeting.  I plan to watch the video sometime today.  I hope that now that the discussion has been started some basic questions can be answered so that everyone, including the Mayor, will realize that a PAD program in Dunwoody is a win for all parties and is a huge step in saving lives of those who live work and play in our community.

Monday, March 10, 2014

AEDs:: Should they be required in Dunwoody?

Tonight,Monday March 10th, the city of Dunwoody will BEGIN, and I stress BEGIN, the discussion whether or not the city should require that AEDs be installed in building and businesses have public access. 

For me, the answer to this question is a no brainer.  If the City has within it powers the ability to mandate that buildings with public access be required to install and maintain AEDs, then there is no doubt that they should do so.  It is simple; AEDs are a simple, cheap, and effective way to saves lives  and should be in every building, the same as we require fire extinguishers, fire suppression systems in commercial kitchens and sprinkler systems in buildings with public access'

Fundamentally there is no difference.
Let me be proactive and address some of the straw dog arguments that I anticipate will be put forward in opposition to this ordinance change as:

1.       Over regulation; an argument that my friends on the far right love to throw out all the time.  This is a matter of public safety not over regulation.  AEDs save lives.  We mandate fire extinguishers in buildings and seat belts in cars.   No one now questions the validity of the requirement now because both of these safety devices are proven to save lives.  Sometimes, though we hate to admit it, the private sector needs to be prodded to do the right thing sooner rather than later.  An AED requirement is no different.

2.       Cost is a hidden tax; with the average AED costing about $1200, this is probably the weakest objection argued by the opposition.  With the cost of building in Dunwoody, a $1200 AED is not a deal breaker in anyone’s budget.  That is even truer when the cost is justified by the benefit of saving lives.  If the city REQUIRES them, the cost can be included in construction expenses and financed the same as the light fixtures.  Over 10 -20 years of financing it is insignificant.  A policy decision can be made as to where we set the requirement threshold.

3.       Liability; Georgia has in place a good Samaritan Law that specifically highlights the use of AEDs by the general public while responding to a fellow citizen in obvious distress. 

31-11-53.1. Automated external defibrillator program; establishment;
regulations; liability.

(3) “First responder” means any person or agency who provides on-site care until the arrival of a duly licensed ambulance service. This shall include, but not be limited to, persons who routinely respond to calls for assistance through an affiliation with law enforcement agencies, fire suppression agencies, rescue agencies, and others.
(b) It is the intent of the General Assembly that an automated external defibrillator may be used by any person for the purpose of saving the life of another person in cardiac arrest in order to ensure public health and safety.

My hope is that we will have more discussions on this topic.  We as a city can in
fight over other political footballs, but this should not be one.  I welcome the opportunity to share what knowledge I have on this subject and engage is meaningful and fruitful discussions.