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Dickson County, TN

Developers predict growth spurt for Dickson

It sounds almost too good to be true what with all the vacant buildings in the "downtown Dickson" area. But buildings alone do not make for a boom. There must be something productive to occupy those buildings.  (May 22, 2009 | post #1)

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Holocaust or Black Slavery which was worse?

The holocaust was worse if you were a Jew in Nazi Germany during WWII. Slavery is bad if you are enslaved anywhere in the world at any time. Slavery and horse thieves or cattle rustlers was worse if you were accused of either and hanged in the early days of the wild west in the U.S. But for many, slavery was a home, job and 2nd family on farming plantations in the South in the U.S. and many stayed on after being freed. Of course, just like different jobs and different employers today, some plantations were run in horrible conditions for the slaves, while others were not. But slavery was the law of the land at the time and it was not wise to question it. The founders that claimed that all men were created equal were slave owners themselves and did not consider slaves as men. But that was then and this is now. There are no living slaves or slave owners today and slavery is not the law of the land in the U.S. However, slavery does still exist and is practiced elsewhere in the world with horrible conditions more the rule than the exception. There is also oppression that is very much akin to slavery and there is forced poverty in the world as a means of having the same effect as slavery. Some of these countries and societies are thousands of years old and are no where near having made the progress away from slavery as the U.S. has in less than 200 years. History is what it is. The future is what we make it.  (Aug 14, 2008 | post #6)

Asia

Cheney says Russian action 'must not go unanswered'

Go answer them, Mr. Cheney. We'll watch from an undisclosed location deep inside a secret bunker and monitor your progress.  (Aug 12, 2008 | post #120)

Baghdad, Iraq

Iraq demands 'clear timeline' for US withdrawal

It's put up or shut up time for GWB. He said many times that we would leave Iraq when the elected government asked us to. But no timeline. Well, the elected government of Iraq has now said what the people in the streets have been saying all along: Thanks, now go home. The elected government said it a little differently: Set a timeline for pulling combat troops out of Iraq. What's not to understand?  (Aug 12, 2008 | post #139)

Mikheil Saakashvili

Russia Sends Troops Into Rebel Enclave in Georgia

While the bombs were falling and the tanks rolling and the troops were marching all last night, all the U.S. media could focus on was John Edwards caught with his pants down again with the same person he cheated with in 2006. Meanwhile the U.S. administration was scrambling behind the scene to respond to Georgia's request that the U.S. fly the Georgian troops from Iraq back to Georgia to defend their homeland. When the dust settles, we may or may not find out how long it took to pull those troops from Iraq to Georgia. But more importantly, how long will it take to pull the U.S. troops out--50 years is one estimate we've all heard. BTW, on the way to the games in China, GWB met with Putin and soon after Russia invaded Georgia. Hmmm, coincidence of course? Keep smiling (it helps to prevent crying!)  (Aug 9, 2008 | post #208)

2008 Presidential Election

Drilling for answers

Ah, to drill or not to drill--is that the question? Let's be clear: The U.S. does not need imported oil for energy. Energy we have in abundance. The imported oil is for TRANSPORTATION, as in internal combusion engines. Replace gasoline as the fuel for the internal combusion engine and we are independent of imported oil. Oil is needed for many products & chemicals used in manufacturing all sorts of things with petrochemical bases. So, we do not need to burn it all up. The "we" is the human race. The "we" in oil drilling is the oil companies. The oil companies are international conglomerates. The oil they extract from anywhere are fed into the world supply at world prices. Brazil is not "energy" independent. Brazil in independent of imported oil because they fuel their flex fuel internal engine vehicles (made in the USA) with ethanol. What follows is a previous post in another venue: The Truth About Energy By HillBilly Bill - Aug 5th, 2008 at 12:11 pm EDT Somebody should tell both candidates that the U.S. has all the energy it needs and more from all the sources they talk about. The latest figures indicate that we get only 1.1% of our energy from Petroleum Coke Fueled Boilers, 0.2% from Oil Fired Boilers and 3.9% from Natural Gas Fueled Boilers. We get 49.1% from Coal Fired Boilers, 12.4% from Combined Cycle Natural Gas and 19.4% from Nuclear power generators. Remaining sources account for the balance. The one source that they talk the most about is imported oil. We do not need that for energy. We use that for transportation. The breakdown of vehicles which transport people/goods on ground, air or water: 61% gasoline fuel, 21% diesel fuel and 12% aviation. Oil replaced whale oil for lamps at the beginning of the 20th century and went on to be used to manufacture lubricants and fuel for kerosene and oil lamps. While it is still used for producing plastics, other chemicals and powers various industrial processes, today 2/3rds of oil consumption in the U.S. is in the form of its derived transportation fuels. It replaced alcohol as fuel for the first automobiles because it was plentiful. When it became not only plentiful, but also cheaper to import it from the Mideast than to drill it at home, the U.S. and most of the world became dependent on imported oil for TRANSPORTATION (fuel for internal combustion engines). Therefore, replacing it as fuel for the internal combustion engine is the simple answer to becoming independent of imported oil. Alternative renewal liquid fuels for the internal combustion engine in flex fuel vehicles is the easiest transformation to eliminate the need for IMPORTED OIL. All other powered vehicles, such as compressed natural gas, would be welcome during the weaning period, but not as practical. Let's stop the hysteria, politicking and get real. Brazil did what president Jimmy Carter recommended the policy the U.S. enact in his televised speech of July 15, 1979 and guess what? Today Brazil is totally independent of imported oil and driving flex fuel vehicles manufactured in the U.S.  (Aug 6, 2008 | post #19)

2008 Presidential Election

'Are you better off?'

I'm not better off, but I am as well off having survived both partie's administrations and both partie's congressional majorities & minorities since FDR. And candidates at all levels: local, county, state and federal are still promising the same things today as they were in all previous campaigns: "Fixing" Education, Health Care, Well paying jobs, freedom & plenty of everything for everybody, etc. etc. If any of them ever did accomplish those things, there would be nothing to promise and campaign on for election---and especially for re-election (as in lifetime careers). The promise for change by both candidates is no change at all--it is the tried and true campaign promises to assure the extremes while rushing to the center for those uncommitted deciding votes. The choice is always the same: The Happiness Forever party or the Eternal Joy party. It always bewilders and confounds the rest of the world while assuring us that we can count on things continuing as usual while we pursue whatever it is that makes our day.  (Aug 6, 2008 | post #210)

2008 Presidential Election

Paris Hilton issues tart rebuttal to McCain ad

My previous less than funny joke: Which should Obama choose as his VP--Paris or Britney? Now seems like not such a bad idea afterall with her "I approve of this ad". She just may have more than air in that head of hers? Couldn't be any more ridiculous than the stuff the paid advisors put out for both candidates.  (Aug 6, 2008 | post #5)

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Obama's speech on energy

The Truth About Energy By HillBilly Bill - Aug 5th, 2008 at 12:11 pm EDT Somebody should tell both candidates that the U.S. has all the energy it needs and more from all the sources they talk about. The latest figures indicate that we get only 1.1% of our energy from Petroleum Coke Fueled Boilers, 0.2% from Oil Fired Boilers and 3.9% from Natural Gas Fueled Boilers. We get 49.1% from Coal Fired Boilers, 12.4% from Combined Cycle Natural Gas and 19.4% from Nuclear power generators. Remaining sources account for the balance. The one source that they talk the most about is imported oil. We do not need that for energy. We use that for transportation. The breakdown of vehicles which transport people/goods on ground, air or water: 61% gasoline fuel, 21% diesel fuel and 12% aviation. Oil replaced whale oil for lamps at the beginning of the 20th century and went on to be used to manufacture lubricants and fuel for kerosene and oil lamps. While it is still used for producing plastics, other chemicals and powers various industrial processes, today 2/3rds of oil consumption in the U.S. is in the form of its derived transportation fuels. It replaced alcohol as fuel for the first automobiles because it was plentiful. When it became not only plentiful, but also cheaper to import it from the Mideast than to drill it at home, the U.S. and most of the world became dependent on imported oil for TRANSPORTATION (fuel for internal combustion engines). Therefore, replacing it as fuel for the internal combustion engine is the simple answer to becoming independent of imported oil. Alternative renewal liquid fuels for the internal combustion engine in flex fuel vehicles is the easiest transformation to eliminate the need for IMPORTED OIL. All other powered vehicles, such as compressed natural gas, would be welcome during the weaning period, but not as practical. Let's stop the hysteria, politicking and get real. Brazil did what president Jimmy Carter recommended the policy the U.S. enact in his televised speech of July 15, 1979 and guess what? Today Brazil is totally independent of imported oil and driving flex fuel vehicles manufactured in the U.S.  (Aug 5, 2008 | post #2)

Dickson County, TN

Dickson to consider elderly tax relief resolution Monday

What did they decide, if anything? As an elder on a fixed income (fixed as of 1995) every little bit helps. As costs continue to rise, but income remains the same, retirement seems more and more like a punishment for a lifetime of work.  (Aug 5, 2008 | post #1)

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Can We Drill For Oil?

I don't know about you, but I can't--even if I bought leases on land or sea for the drilling rights. The government cannot--or at least does not--drill for oil. ONLY THE OIL COMPANIES CAN DRILL FOR OIL--AND ONLY THE OIL COMPANIES CAN BUILD REFINING CAPACITY. But suppose they do suddenly rush about and drill, drill, drill. Whatever oil they extract will not increase supply or reduce the price because the OPEC cartel will reduce the amount they drill in order to continue doing what they are and have been doing--control the supply and price for the world. Do we need oil for energy? Only a very small percent of oil is used for energy. Oil is used for transportation. Alternative liquid fuels in flex fuel vehicles for transportation is what will wean us off of imported oil. It did it for Brazil. They began in the '70's after that OPEC artivicially created shortage. If the plan detailed in President Jimmy Carter's televised July 15, 1979 speech had been enacted, we too would be independent of imported oil today. Forget the play acting and check the actual figures.  (Aug 4, 2008 | post #1)

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Prove there's a god.

Prove there is a God? Prove there is not a God. Many learned scholars have tried to do both, but to date none has suceeded in proving to the other's satisfaction. But trying has kept the blood pumping for both and doctor's tell us that is good for one's health.  (Aug 4, 2008 | post #17088)