• Atlanta

    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.

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  • Quotes

    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

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  • Israel,  Lebanon,  Middle East

    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.

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  • Media

    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
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  • Atlanta,  Crime,  Cycling,  Silver Comet


    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.