July, 2006


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Jul 06

And people called me crazy for stockpiling water….

All right, just one person, but still, in light of this stuff from the AJC, I think I’m validated. To wit:

It’s safe to drink the water again in DeKalb County.

The county’s water and sewer department lifted its boil water advisory on Sunday afternoon, two days after a 48-inch water main broke in north DeKalb.

Water samples sent away for testing came back normal.

“We have a clean bill of health,” said Kristie Swink, a DeKalb County spokeswoman.

The water main break Friday afternoon forced officials to lower water pressure, raising the possibility that bacteria and other impurities might seep into the water supply.


28
Jul 06

Friday quotes

JC Penney

Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.

George Marshall

Get the objective right; then a lieutenant could write the strategy


28
Jul 06

Interesting thoughts from Belmont

These musings do make the Israeli strategy a bit more rational. To wit:

what is the most important component of Hezbollah’s power in the south? Again the answer is easy. It is the Hezbollah cadres themselves. Hezbollah’s most precious possession isn’t Katyushas, long-range rockets, night vision goggles or antitank missiles or electronic equipment. It is the trained core of its military force. Equipment can be replaced but Hezbollah’s cadres represent an expensive, almost irreplaceable investment. In them resides the organizational knowledge of Nasrallah’s organization. It embodies man-decades of operational experience against Israel. Rockets can be replaced. The stars of Hezbollah’s operational force are less expendable.

The Hezbollah are doing the single most stupid thing imaginable for a guerilla organization. They are fighting to keep territory. Oh, I know that this will be justified in terms of “inflicting casualties” on the Israelis. But the Hez are probably losing 10 for every Israeli lost. A bad bargain for Israel you say? No. A bad bargain for Hezbollah to trade their terrorist elite for highly trained but nevertheless conventional infantry.

That was why Spartacus’ revolt against the Romans failed as well.


28
Jul 06

Quick round up


27
Jul 06

Things that have vanished from the media

  • Bush’s approval ratings – these used to be big news, now they’re nowhere to be seen. If they had improved the usual retinue of hacks would have been vocal about that.
  • Japan – there’s very little news this country
  • Massacre at Beslan/Chechnya in general – it’s just disappeared, no post-mortem investigation, no obvious revenge attacks by the Russians, nada
  • Conflict in Kashmir
  • Outsourcing to India
  • Former VP candidate John Edwards
  • Genetically modified foods
  • The South Central LA farm where Daryl Hannah was arrested
  • UPDATE: Also, Bird Flu

27
Jul 06

Cool C#/AJAX things


26
Jul 06

More Silver Comet News

Paulding.com (an odd mix of local newspaper and blog) has more news. They claim the body was found approximately here.


26
Jul 06

At long last

The College Stories book is out. I don’t think my story made it in.


26
Jul 06

Scary

First Michelle and Luke get their car broken into, and now this. I ride the Silver Comet at least a couple of times a month, and some other, probably more dangerous routes as well. I think the Comet is the only route where one would stay missing though. From Today’s AJC

Woman missing from Silver Comet Trail
Searchers are combing the Silver Comet biking trail in Cobb County today for a missing Sandy Springs woman last seen Monday afternoon.

Two helicopters and about 100 family, friends and law enforcement officials are hunting for Jennifer Ewing, 54, who left from home in a Honda minivan with her red bike about 2 p.m. Monday to ride the trail.

The helicopters are equipped with infrared radar, a heat-seeking tool that allows searchers to see through dense woods and differentiate bodies on the ground, said Georgia State Trooper Larry Schnall.

Jennifer Ewing makes the outing on the 50-mile wooded path through Cobb and Paulding Counties about four days a week, said Smyrna police Sgt. Robert Harvey.

Update: Police have found a body along the trail, somewhere in Paulding Country.


25
Jul 06

It’s a small world

McKinney opponent Hank Johnson appears on Winds of Change, a very good blog I read periodically. I will be voting for him in the runoff. I wonder if this guest blogging thing will be the new craze.