Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Couple of things

- The folks with OneAthens are getting their ducks in a row, and I must add that the suggestions by Valdosta's Mara Register are interesting. It's startling to think they've got non-profits which are able to repair and/or build affordable housing at such a remarkable rate. It's an interesting concept to focus all of its Community Development Block Grant money toward one entity, and you definitely see it paying off down there. One would have to wonder if such a concept would be successful here, though the best way to distribute the funds would be to the newly formed Athens Resource Center for the Homeless which would be a collection of five anti-poverty non-profits.

- Hey Alex, take a breath man. The headline seemed pretty specific to me and wasn't unfair to the tens of thousands of law-abiding vegans out there.

- The Towns County Democratic Party is using its annual 'Spring Fling' event to raise funds for James Marlow's campaign. It'll be at the Square in Hiawassee on Saturday, May 26, from noon to 4 p.m.
May 26, from 12 - 4 pm.

- Comforting news No. 1 ... we've built a 'Disneyland' for al-Qaida in Iraq and our methods are outdated in curbing their recruitment. Awesome. The expert does put forth quite a dilemma ... he doesn't want us to leave Iraq, but also thinks we're not doing this the right way. Now, I don't favor a withdrawal either, but at the same time we're not just fighting al-Qaida there. There's got to be a logical way to still combat them, while removing ourselves from a largely secretarian conflict.

- I received a comment about the lack of 'Music for the Moment' as of late. My apologies. I'll try to get up a new version this Friday. How about Redneck Yacht Club until then? Since it's kinda a funny song.

- I shared some thoughts on the passing of Jerry Falwell.

- Comforting news No. 2 ... the U.S. ranks last out of the six wealthiest countries in the world in health care affordability, quality and efficiency. The other five countries have - gasp! - universal health care programs. Anyway, we apparently spend $3,000 more per capita than the next closest country, have little to no system of electronic record-keeping, have the longest wait times, have no manageable system for preventative care and ranked low in quality as well.


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