Wednesday, December 31, 2008
It has come to my attention - from a highly reliable source - that over the last week or so, trusted Bill Smith aides and possible fellow defendants, no doubt at Smith's direction, have been busy burning bushels of records. My source cannot confirm just what is being burned - only that burning of files is going on. Perhaps after Tommy takes office tonight, he will be able to discern what is missing. Fear not - if the feds did not think that they had gracious plenty of proof, they would have swooped on those records long ago.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:58 AM
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tommy was sworn in this morning by Judge Martin Gillette at a 10:00 AM ceremony in the small, Probate Court courtroom. Tommy called me at 2:00 today after noting my absence from the ceremony which he said was well attended. I told him that I would have been there but for the fact I was home keeping an eye on the two guys painting my fence. We talked for about an hour. I have to tell you, Tommy has really done his homework in preparation for taking over. I forget the exact number of dollars he's saved so far in reduced salaries, but it was quite substantial. By the way, some of the fired 27 may well come back as employees with different job title and ranks and significantly lower paychecks. All but the two newest boats will be turned back to the county to sell as surplus. That's about a half a dozen. The CCSO will no longer have two in-house mechanics at a cost of about $126,000 per year - before parts. Vehicle maintenance will be contracted out. Tommy said the cost for vehicle maintenance before BTW created the two mechanic's positions for old mill buddies was under $80,000 - total. Tommy will establish a list of available part-time bailiffs staffed with retired lawmen to be used as needed for heavier courthouse dockets. No benefits or overtime - just straight pay. He will be hiring people to replace the 27 at fair, but significantly lower salaries than what those folks had been earning. There was much more which escapes me, but I'm sure I'll get the opportunity to catalogue it as it unfolds - and I think it will all unfold very quickly. Tommy confirmed that he will indeed be there at 0001 HRS. on the 1st of January to meet and greet the oncoming shift and will also meet and greet all other oncoming shifts until he has met with them all. Oh, and yes, there will be a new CCSO uniform. It will be phased in as individual sets of current uniforms wear out. Tommy will wear a uniform and actually show up for work every day. What a concept!
Posted by Jay Moreno at 3:06 PM
Apparently, posting links to interestiung articles in other media and posting one's recipe for Killer Black Bean Chili are both disqualifiers for public office in Camden County. http://www.topix.com/forum/city/kingsland-ga/T5J6K2OTNASL3FFKI
Posted by Jay Moreno at 1:46 PM
shouldn't St. Marys city government buy a small herd of elephants NOW? http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6543878
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This afternoon, I had dinner at IHOP in Kingsland. I had a really good and well priced dish for the second time. It has been consistently delicious so I'm confident recommending it to you. They call it "Mediterranean Lemon Chicken." For nine dollars and change, you get both breasts of a plump, juicy chicken, a plate full of cubed red skin potatoes, and a generous serving of steamed broccoli. The chicken is seasoned with a little salt, lemon, garlic, and rosemary. It is served just on the good side of sufficiently done. I believe it is broiled rather than grilled. Golden brown skin and perfectly seasoned. The meat is tender and juicy. The potatoes are also broiled with salt, parsley and rosemary and perhaps a hint of garlic. Delicious. The broccoli is steamed just right and served with a really good mock Hollandaise sauce. Go try this when you are in no hurry. It takes about thirty minutes to cook that breast just right. Very good, attentive service, too. P.S., I also learned of a new breakfast dish. Just across from me, there was a traveling family of Indians (.i.e, from India.) They were all eating the usual breakfast items, except for the 25 or so rather chubby female. She had gotten and order of white toast, a large order of hash browns, water, and a bottle of ketchup. She would make a hashbrown sandwich and drown it in ketchup. She ate most of it, but convinced all of the other members of the party to try a bite. They all agreed that it was wonderful. Go figure. If only you could get hashbrowns with curry.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 4:47 PM
Two businessmen in Florida were sitting down for a break in their soon-to-be new store. As yet the store wasn't ready with only a few shelves set up. One said to the other 'I bet any minute now some idiot Senior is going to walk by put his face to the window and ask what we're selling.' No sooner were the words out of his mouth when sure enough a curious senior walked to the window, had a peek, and in a soft accent asked'What are you sellin' here?' One of the men replied sarcastically, 'We're selling ass-holes.'Without skipping a breathe old timer said: 'You're doing well, only two left.' Seniors - God bless them - don't mess with them.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 9:33 AM
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I went on-line sometime yesterday afternoon and ordered one of those digital, RF, indoor/outdoor thermometers and weather stations from a company called "Sales Innovations, Inc.," in Palm Harbor, FL. It arrived by Fed Ex Home Delivery at 1718 HRS today, barely over 24 hours after I ordered it - and on Christmas Eve, no less. Outstanding!
Posted by Jay Moreno at 5:21 PM
Really no surprise here. Lou has always delighted in being a sycophantic, apologist and mouthpiece for every no-count, corrupt, mis and malfeasant elected official in the county. Witness his myriad T&G apologias for the Brandon regime in years past. He and "Church Lady" Wall seem to have the same sycophantic affliction. http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2008/12/24/opinion/letters/07letter12.24.txt
Posted by Jay Moreno at 12:07 PM
http://www.tribune-georgian.com/articles/2008/12/24/opinion/letters/02letter12.24.txt By the way, I have no idea why the ability to link this way has returned. Nothing I did a while back worked. It's just back. ????
Posted by Jay Moreno at 11:23 AM
If you are into riding around checking out peoples' outdoor Christmas decorations, you might want to add Kristen's Place and Victoria Landing, (my S/D) to your list. Some folks have really gone all out. I'm seeing a lot of those inflatable characters this year. If you don't know, take Colerain to Mickler Dr. (where the original Krayons Academy sits on the corner.) Come down Mickler on past Mary Lee Clark Elementary on your right. Go to the last subdivision on the left, Victoria Plantation. Turn left onto Victoria's Circle and follow it all the way around. After you come back out onto Mickler and turn right, take your first right into Kristin's Place. Anyone know any other good neighborhoods for decorations? P.S. Andthen, there's this: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,24839835-23272,00.html Bah, Humbug!
Posted by Jay Moreno at 10:58 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Click on post title for link to TV4 website story. Click link below for composite sketch only. http://www.news4jax.com/image/18346580/detail.html
Posted by Jay Moreno at 4:51 PM
Monday, December 22, 2008
The last couple of days, I've had a couple of enterprising young fellows- 16 year old high school students - from the neighborhood doing some yard work for me. They were very personable and confident (somewhat overly so - but they are 16) young fellows of seemingly at least average intelligence. I would bet they both do reasonably well or better in school. If you remember the pictures of my house, on the right hand side of the front, there are a dozen like shrubs planted in a bed. The task was to rake out the builder's cypress mulch, install some 55, 19-inch, scalloped, concrete border blocks around the perimeter of the beds, then cover the bed with red rubber mulch. It was immediately apparent that the guys had never put down border blocks before. Not a problem. One thing I can still do well from a wheelchair is supervise. So, I showed them how to do, well, everything. That included pulling a string taut between the two surveyor's stakes on the front corners of the property for a reference line, using my 100 foot tape to mark where to put the stakes at the corners of the bed. Running the line around the stakes at the desired height, using a line level, (they had no clue what the bubble was for) etc. That they really had no clue how to go about it on their own was not at all surprising, given their age. One thing, however, really did catch me by surprise. They almost never understood what I was telling them the first time I told them. I would always have to tell it to them in other more rudimentary language, if not actually roll over and physically demonstrate what I meant. Here, so near as I can remember, is a list of the words and phrases I used which were the absolutely perfect words to convey my meaning, but yielded only blank stares and/or totally inappropriate physical responses. "Perpendicular." "Parallel." "Flush with it." "At a right angle to that one." "At a 90 degree angle." "Square it up." "It's canted to the right." "Staggered." Close the gap." "Tamp it down." "Butt it up." I ended up having to explain what each and every one of those things meant. Question to fellow boomers: Is my mind playing tricks on me, or did every sixteen year-old American boy understand all of those concepts back in the late fifties and the 60s when we were sixteen? I could swear that I did and I would bet you did too. If our recollections are accurate, what in the hell happened? The mythology would have it that today's 16 year- olds are far better educated. Let me take a moment to cut the pathological Jay haters off at the pass here. They earned $80.00 and will do my yard work in the spring and summer.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 9:33 PM
Today, at 1430 hrs, as I was heading to the register at Lowes, I spotted a markedly aged and haggard looking Bill Smith. As soon as he saw me coming, he averted his eyes and dashed off down one of the paint section aisles. That's a stark contrast to the last time I saw him - or, more accurately, he saw me - in Judge Amanda Williams' courtroom the day Jim Stein schooled her and Big Thug Willie on the Georgia Open Records Act. On that occassion, Big Thug sneaked up behind me, then bellowed across the courtroom for all to hear, "Hey, Jay - how's it going. I've been reading all those things you've been writing about me. Thanks a lot! It's really helping my campaign." My, how things have changed.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 4:37 PM
This just in from my housekeeper. I can't actually find a media report, but here's what she's telling me she saw last night then heard of on the morning T.V. news. At approximately 7:00 PM last night, two people drove up to the SeaParc Apartments in Kingsland (off of Hwy 40, just west of the Ace hardware store.) They got out, went straight to a particular apartment, where they shot two of the occupants, a man and a woman dead (died on the scene). As the two gunmen were leaving, another car drove up to the complex. The assailants immediately shot the two occupants of that car, then fled the area. Those two victims were life flighted to Jax (Shand's I would imagine.) My housekeeper saw the medevac flight land and depart from the Winn-Dixie parking lot. One of those two victims subsequently died. The condition of the other is unknown to me at this time. It has all the ear-marks of a drug thing. More as it becomes available.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 9:24 AM
Sunday, December 21, 2008
For the Thuggie ass who asserted that Bill Smith could not possibly have prevented me from having the record of my politically motivated false arrest
expunged from my record. Thanks to "Jimmy Justice" on TOPIX, Kingsland, here is the actual form. NOTE WELL what the first parenthetical statement is in Section 2. If the no damned good sheriff does not want to co-operate because you are a critic of his sorry ass, there is NOTHING you can do about it except sue in Superior Court in front of a stacked Camden jury - an obvious waste of time when Smith controlled jury selection. Here's the official form: REQUEST TO EXPUNGE ARREST RECORD O.C.G.A. 35-3-37(d) SECTION (1) ONE - APPLICANT INFORMATION (to be completed by requester) Name Date of Birth Race Sex Social Security Number Street Address City State Zip Code Arresting Agency: Date of Arrest Offense(s) Arrested For: (NOTE: Arresting or Prosecuting Agencies may require the use of separate forms for each date of arrest to be expunged.) Sections One and Two of this form must be completed in their entirety before request may be submitted to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. I request the arrest record information described above pertaining to me be expunged from the record(s) of the arresting agency pursuant to the provisions of O.C.G.A. 35-3-37(d). Signature Date O.C.G.A. 35-3-37(d)(1) provides in part that “An individual who was: (A) Arrested for an offense under the laws of this state but subsequent to such arrest is released by the arresting agency without such offense being referred to the prosecuting attorney for prosecution; or (B) After such offense referred to the proper prosecuting attorney, and the prosecuting attorney dismisses the charges without seeking an indictment or filing an accusation may request the original agency in writing to expunge the records of such arrest...” GCIC Record Expungement Form Rev 3/2006 2 SECTION (2) TWO - ARREST INFORMATION (to be completed by arresting agency) Date Request Received Applicant’s State Identification Number (SID) GA____________________________ Arresting Agency Name Arresting Agency ORI Number GA Case/Citation/Docket Number: Date of Arrest: Arrest appears on Georgia and/or FBI criminal history record? ___ Yes ___ No If arrest does not appear on either state or federal record, expungement can not be processed and therefore there is no need to forward request to GCIC. Arrest Charges: Disposition of Arrest: Disposition appears on Georgia criminal history record? ___ Yes ___ No If No, official documentation containing disposition information is attached for processing. If official documentation is not available, please provide explanation and request for exception in Prosecutor’s Comments. (Without a disposition on file, official documentation, or request for exception, request can not be processed) Prosecuting Attorney/Court Case Referred To: -------------------------------------------------------------------- Name and Title of Official Completing Form _________________________________________ Signature of Official Completing Form GCIC Record Expungement Form Rev 3/2006 3 SECTION (3) THREE - PROSECUTING ATTORNEY (to be completed by prosecuting attorney) Date Request Received Judicial Circuit/County Prosecuting Agency ORI Number GA________________________________________ District Attorney/Solicitor General____ __________ Prosecutor Assigned to Case Case/Citation/Docket Number Please select one of the following actions ______ Expungement Meets Statutory Requirements ______ No Information Available; Expungement Forwarded Without Objection ______ No Information Available at Prosecutor’s Office; Returned to Arresting Agency for Further Research. DO NOT FORWARD EXPUNGEMENT FORM TO GCIC ______ Expungement Does Not Meet All Statutory Requirements. DO NOT FORWARD EXPUNGEMENT FORM TO GCIC. Prosecutor Comments: Signature of Prosecutor Date So you see, "Anonymous" Thuggie ass, your claim that you know the law regarding requests for expungement is hereby proven to be pure crap. Ditto for you "Joe" of TOPIX. Here's what you had to say. "You don't need a lawyer to get an expungement, if the case was dismissed, all you have to do is fill out expungement papers and get the DA to sign it." Clearly, Joe, you don't know your butt from first base on this issue either. Like I've told you fools before: You would be better advised to sandpaper a wildcat's ass inside of a locked phone booth than challenge me to an intellectual pissing contest.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 7:40 PM
Click on title of post for link to TOPIX, Kingsland alaBAMA, if you were not so blinded by your pathological Thuggie hatred of me, you would realize that you are talking out of you anus about the WRONG CASE.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 5:04 PM
Stuff to ponder ... If you have sex with a prostitute against her will, is it considered rape or shoplifting?Can you cry under water?How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?Why do you have to 'put your two cents in'... but it's only a 'penny for your thoughts'? Where's that extra penny going to? Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity? Why does a round pizza come in a square box? What disease did cured ham actually have? How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up, like, every two hours?If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing? Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV? Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're going to see you naked anyway. Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural? Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat? If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him? If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat? Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs! If Wile E. Coyote had enough money to buy all that ACME crap, why didn't he just buy dinner? If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables,what is baby oil made from? If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons? Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune? Why did you just try singing the two songs above? Why do they call it an asteroid when it's outside the hemisphere, but call it a haemorrhoid when it's in your butt? Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride he sticks his head out the window? Why, why, why… why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection? Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him? Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'? If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes? Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialised?Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try? How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?' Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That really hurt, why don't you watch where you're going?'Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?And my FAVOURITE ... The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons are suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends – if they're okay, then it's you.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:47 AM
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Click on title of post for link to video.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 1:02 PM
The first is scrambled eggs and salmon. You'll need two fresh eggs (large or bigger); 1/4 cup of canned salmon (I use Black Top brand pink slamon from Walmart);1/4 cup of fresh, chopped white onion; and 1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro (fresh is best, but dehydrated perfectly OK - it's what I use.) Crack eggs into a mixing bowl. Add onion and cilantro. Whisk eggs 'til they start to fluff. Now, fold in salmon and about 1 tablespoon of salmon "juice." With a fork, break the salmon up a little , but don't make it too fine. Scramble to level of doneness you like in a non-stick frying pan. Serve with buttered grits. The second is also for fish lovers: scrambled eggs and kippered herring. Crack two eggs into a mixing bowl. Whisk until they start to fluff. Now, with a fork, fold in the entire contents - juice and all - of a tin of kippered herring. I use "Crown Prince" brand from Walmart. That's it. Scramble in a non-stick pan and serve with buttered grits.
if you have a modicum of sense left, you will remain anonymous. Here is your latest absurdity you published on TOPIX, Kingsland. " Anonymous Saint Marys, GA Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #18 1 hr ago Rick Rogers wrote:
'You are complaining because Gregory is going to follow the law and release open records? Is that what you are complaining about?' Put what ever kind of spin you would like on it Rogers.The point is Jay Moreno is already saying (dictating) what one of Tommys First acts of sheriff will be. Let me promise you that Tommy will not be told by anyone what to do.Jay getting his record expunged has nothing to do with Bill Smith or Tommy. If he had a lawyer that was worth his salt, then his record would have already been expunged and there is nothing Bill Smith could have done about it. You need to sell that stuff to someone who does not know the law.. What promises were you made Rogers? THIS is why we need to adopt Fla Law and allow Sheriff's in Ga to hold office for only two terms. Tommy or anyone else who wants to remain Sheriff for any amount of time in Ga has to make promises that sometimes may be frowned upon by you and I. I voted for Tommy and I know he will be good, but when Tommy is faced with "little Johnny is a good boy and he knew better than to have that in his car sheriff" can we help him out? It is a fact of life for Ga Sheriff's. Get over it. "
In at least this particular instance, Dumb ASS, you DO NOT know the law. The sheriff has everything to do with it. Let me spell it out for you (again.) The procedure: 1. You ask the DA's office how you go about it. 2. They direct you to the clerk of court's office for the form you need to fill out requesting expungement. The lady who handled it at that time - and probably still does - was Dot Mercer. She instructs you to fill out your portion, then take it over to the sheriff's office, where the sheriff has to sign off on it. If you are perceived (correctly) by a no-good sheriff as a political enemy, he can simply refuse to co-operate - which is exactly what Bill Smith did, not once, but twice.
When you then call back to the DA's office to ask what recourse you have, he tells you "absolutely none," shy of hiring a lawyer and filing a law suit, because the sheriff is a constitutional dictator who can, if he is no damned good- as is clearly the case with Smith -abuse his office by screwing those who dared to see him for the scum he is and say so. A phone call to the office of the Attorney General of the State of Georgia confirmed that not a damned soul in the legal system outside of a jury could compel the dirty bastard to cooperate.
Now, you tell me, genius, in 1995, what the hell do you suppose my chances were of winning over a jury to my side in Camden County?
Now, if you don't believe me, why don't you call the DA and ask him. Or better yet, call Tommy and ask him. While you're at it, why don't you suggest to Tommy that I am telling him what to do, rather than asking him to do the right thing to right one of innumerable Bill Smith wrongs. Good luck with that.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 9:26 AM
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Congratulations upon making the climb out of the dung-pit known as "Topix Kingsland." When you have finished reading the first page, click on "Older Posts" to get caught up. You might also want to scroll down on the right hand border until you can click on "view site statistics." So far today, at 1940 HRS, 168 individuals have viewed this blog today a total of 528 times, making it far and away the most read blog in Camden County. I do not engage in gossip - only facts.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 7:36 PM
Multiple sources are reporting to me that former JDA Director Bob Noble resigned from that post yesterday, then was found shot to death this morning - an apparent suicide. Here are a couple of communications I've received: 1 comments: Anonymous said... Jay,Not sure if you heard or not put it is being reported that Bob Noble of the JDA fame committed suicide or was shot to death this morning. My source also said the pressure of the enclosing walls was to much for Mr. Noble to handle. This tie in with the Airport is getting really serious.The source also shared that SHIT is about to hit the fan so the County is trying to align itself for freedom by eliminating all of the players Loretta Riggins-Hlyton Planning Director, Preston Rhodes County Commissioner and Bob Noble JDA Director. Bob could not take the pressure. He resigned from two boards that he serves on Monday and resigned from the JDA yesterday. The insiders wanted him to be the fall guy. December 18, 2008 11:51 AM Post a Comment Then there is this from a local guy who sent me a personal e-mail under his real name: "Jay, Not sure if you heard so I will pass the news on to you. Bob Noble resigned from the JDA yesterday, and shot himself to death this morning. Very sad." Though I always that the Mr. Noble's job performance was absolutely worthless to the taxpayers of Camden County, it is a sad story, nonetheless. Does anyone have any further details on this story? Question for anonymous: Could you explain what you meant when you wrote that "the county is trying to align itself for freedom?"
Posted by Jay Moreno at 12:56 PM
From the dung pit known as Topix Kingsland: Anonymous Saint Marys, GA Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #1 11 hrs ago Judged: 1 Jay Moreno said... Well, let's see. "a law abiding citizen with no criminal record whatsoever (one of Tommy's first acts as sheriff will be to release the form Smith refused to to enable me to have my politically motivated false arrest of 1995 completely expunged from my record; " Anonymous Saint Marys, GA Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #2 11 hrs ago Judged: 1 Now this individual is already saying what one of Sheriff Gregory's first acts of sheriff will be. Another 4 years of promises, and to get that vote "I will do this for you" For what it's worth, asshole, the first time I mentioned that to Tommy was at a party at a mutual friend's house well AFTER the election, BUT, it would have been perfectly appropriate had we discussed it prior to the election. THE FACTS: In 1995, an individual citizen of St. Marys, GA., probably at the request of, if not my opponent in the race for St. Marys City Council, then someone else in the Brandon regime, perjured himself by swearing to a false affidavit that I had threatened him with a gun. That never happened. The charges were dismissed by the DA, with a stern warning to the affiant that if he pressed the issue further, he would be looking at charges of filing a false police report. It is now widely recognized by people who were here at the time as a politically motivated false arrest. After the dismissal, I inquired of the DA's office what I need to do to get even the record of the arrest totally expunged from my record, as it should have been. They were most helpful in telling me who to see for the right paper work. It turned out to be Dot Mercer (Pete's wife) in the old courthouse. I was to fill out the form, then take it to the sheriff's office for some requisite records and form they had to release to me, then take everything back to the DA's office, where it would become a done deal. When I took it to the sheriff's office, that no good, dirty bastard Bill Smith would not release the papers. I subsequently sent a second set by registered mail. No response. You should know that it was rumored that Bill Smith was a campaign advisor to Kyle Lewis, the incumbent city councilman I was running against. The DA's office informed me that there was really no way that they could force him to do it, even though they agreed that my record should be expunged. The office of the Attorney general of the State of Georgia told me the same thing. However, if I was willing to move to another state, I could bring a federal action. So, ever since 1995, whenever I've applied for a job or a state occupational license, I've had to go into a lengthy explanation of why I have an arrest record, even though I've never merited being arrested. So, you see, you low-lifing Thuggie scum, Tommy, unlike that that piece of human debris, your hero, Bill Smith, is actually doing the right and decent thing to right a grievous wrong done by the human garbage you idolize, you scum.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:39 AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I've had a request for my recipe for Jay's Killer Black Bean Chili - a Jay Moreno original. The single most important ingredient is the chili powder mix. Get yourself a jar with a tight fitting lid - like say an instant coffee jar - to store your mix in. Hint: If you will put a square of folded Saran Wrap over the mouth of the jar and then screw the lid on tight, your mix will stay fresher longer. With two exceptions, you will not have to buy the high priced, brand name spices. Go to Walmart. Look for the "5th Season" brands along the bottom shelf. They are perfectly good - and only 50 cents for a good sized bottle. Buy 4 bottles of their chili powder; one of garlic powder; one of onion powder. Now, you will probably have to go to McCormick or Spice Island on the upper shelves to find a bottle of powdered cummin. Ditto for one bottle of ground coriander. Go to the canned vegetable aisle. You'll need a large can of Walmart's store brand, "Great Value," "CRUSHED"tomatoes (white label). Go down to the left a ways and get a can of Great Value black beans and a can of Great Value real CHILI beans (NOT kidney beans or red beans.) Get the kind with no seasoning in them. Cruise over to the aisle with Hispanic products. Get a bottle of Goya brand SPANISH olive oil. Continue on to your left over to the ground beef. Get 1 lb tube of 8o/20 ground chuck. You're almost done. Go to produce. Pick up a large, white onion and three plump jalapeno peppers. You will want to make this over and over again. You can buy fresh garlic every time and mince it yourself, or, the better course, is to buy a jar of Great Value minced garlic. Lasts forever in fridge and works well. Okay, get all your spices together with a mixing bowl, a whisk, and a measuring cup and measuring spoons. Here's the basic recipe for the chili powder mix. After you make the first batch, if you like particular flavors and want more of them, you can modify it to taste. For every ONE CUP of chili powder, add in: 1 TEAspoon of onion powder (not onion salt - there is NO salt in this chili); 1 TEAspoon of garlic powder (not garlic salt); 1 TABLEspoon of cummin; 1 TABLEspoon of coriander. Mix well with wisk, then store in your jar. Keeps for a year - but you will use it all way before then - trust me. Time to cook. 1st: Brown your beef in a skillet. Break it up with the sharp edge of a spatula until no piece much bigger than a BB. 2nd: Pour one tablespoon of the SPANSH olive oil into a small frying pan and set heat on medium. ( I use 2 tablespoons, but you might want to start with one if you are new to olive oil in chili. Trust me - you'll soon move to two!) 3rd: While your beef is browning on medium heat, mince your white onion, mince your garlic (if you bought fresh); and seed and chop your jalapenos into pieces no larger than your index finger nail. 4th, Into the pan with the olive oil, place all of the chopped jalapeno; one or two heaping tablespoons of the minced white onion ( I like two); and one teaspoon of fresh or jarred minced garlic. Mix all together well, coating with the olive oil. Sautee' until onions are translucent. 5th: Okay, you beef is still browning and your vegetables are sautee'ing. Get out a wire strainer. Open both cans of beans and the can of tomatoes. Pour both cans of beans into your strainer and strain over sink. While they are draining, pour your tomatoes into a pot large enough to hold all ingredients. Adjust heat to medium. 6th, To your tomatoes, add 3 to 4 HEAPING tablespoons of your chili mix. You might want to start with three. That's plenty flavorful, but I like the little extra heat from 4 myself. Mix in well BEFORE you add beans. No since busting your beans. 7th. Add the entire contents of your sautee' pan, ESPECIALLY every drop of the olive oil, and stir in well. 8th: Now, gently fold in your beans into the tomatoes. 9th: By now, your beef should be browned. Drain it thoroughly in your strainer. Hint: Drain the grease into your blue tomato can. 10th: Add beef to tomatoes and beans. Stir in gently and thoroughly. Let simmer (covered or not - uncovered is a little thicker) for 30 minutes. If you do this in the order I've listed, you will be surprised at how quickly you can make this. Rachel Ray, eat your heart out! You will also be surprised at how inexpensive each satisfying serving really is. Serve with a side dish of Great Value extra sharp, shredded cheddar cheese and some white corn tortilla chips. If you think it is great when it's first done, wait until you've refrigerated it or frozen it (keeps well in zip lock type freezer bags) then reheat and eat it. Noticeably better. Enjoy! Let me know how you liked it. P.S. Get yourself some Nathan's "longer-than-the-bun", all-beef Kosher hot dogs and make the best chili dogs you've ever eaten. Just add spicy mustard, raw, minced white onion, shredded, sharp cheddar cheese, Jay's Killer Black Bean Chili, and the hot dog, in that order. Oh, and if you want a killer breakfast that will put hair on your chest, make a Jay's Killer Black Bean Chili omelet. Add raw, chopped white onions to eggs before you whip them. Butter omelet pan. After you put in the chili, top it with shredded, sharp cheddar. Cook until bottom of omelet is golden brown. Serve with grits. Trust me- it will cure the breakfast blahs!
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:32 PM
About 30 minutes ago, a neighbor, "Miriam," from across the street, accompanied by her teen-aged daughter, rang my door bell, bearing a welcome-to-the-neighborhood and a still-warm, delicately seasoned, spice bundt cake with maple icing and crushed pecans. Miriam, if you're a reader, it is absolutely delicious. I had a generous slice and a cold glass of milk for supper. Thanks again, and Merry Christmas! I think I'm gonna like it here. I'm no baker, but a gallon or so of my famous killer black bean chili is definitely headed to Miriam's house shortly.
That well known political pundit, perennial DMA officer, and all purpose emcee, Thug Void, opines on Airport Authority Massacre.
Click on title of post for link to Thug's letter-to-the-editor in T&G in which he sucks up to his boss, Greg Bird, and strengthens his lock on the votes of the Downtown Merchant's Association members.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 2:44 PM
Click on title of post for link to whining, sour-grapes letter-to-editor in T&G.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 2:42 PM
FLASH: This just in: At approximately 11:40 hours today, as Commissioner Steve Berry, having eaten his usual lunch at Aunt B's, was attempting to pull back out onto Kings Bay Road, his gold Cadillac was rammed by an oncoming, large SUV which subsequently ran off of the road. Berry's car sustained very heavy damage to the left front fender which was smashed way into the engine compartment. The SUV had major front end damage. When I passed by at 11:44 Hrs, all parties were out of the two vehicles, walking around and apparently uninjured. No police or ambulance had yet arrived. Berry's wife and usual lunch companion was no where in sight. She usually arrives and departs in her gold Lincoln Navigator. Update: Posted at 1433 HRS. I was back down there for lunch at 12:40. Based upon the marks on the pavement and what I recalled from my having passed by moments after the accident, it would appear that Berry probably pulled out in front of the SUV which was on Kings Bay headed towards the base in the inside lane. I saw no indication that the SUV braked at all before impact. One possible explanation is that a large vehicle in the outside lane of Kings Bay base bound and turning right into Aunt B's may well have blocked Berry's view o fthe SUV and the SUV's view of Berry. If that is the case, Berry will take the hit, legally. Prediction: Although all of all-male adults (3, I think) were out of the SUV and walking around in no apparent distress, just as soon as they realize who Berry is, they will be in the offices of a chiropractor and a sleazy lawyer within hours. Berry no doubt carries the highest Property Damage and Personal Injury limits he can buy. He'll need it.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 11:55 AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
A bigot, appropriately self- named "Puke," vomits a gratuitous expose' of his bigotry on (where else) Topix, Kingsland.
Puke Anonymous Proxy Reply » Report Abuse Judge it! #10 32 min ago Jay wants to be a comissioner. He is rude, vendictive,agnostic, and better than you. Firstly, Puke, the word you were trying for is spelled vIndictive, with an "i." You are certainly entitled to your opinion as to my perceived rudeness, vindictiveness, and hubris (look it up.) However, you un-American, bigoted vermin, you step over the line when you list my agnosticism ( you really should look that one up too) among the reasons you would posit that people should take into account when deciding whether or not to vote for me. We don't do that in America. Our Constitution does not allow the state to impose a religious litmus test as a qualification for holding elected office. That of course does not prevent knuckle dragging, mouth breathing, red-necked Thuggies like you from practicing your vile and despicable religious bigotry. I can honestly tell you that with the notable exception of Deborah Hase, who misses no opportunity in both her public and private life to gratuitously proclaim her Christianity, I have no idea what the religious affiliation is or was of any elected official who has ever served in any capacity in Camden County since I arrived here on August 3rd, 1993. Moreover, I absolutely do not care. It is simply not relevant nor does it serve as a reliable predictor of how morally and ethically a candidate will actually perform in office. I'm just curious, Puke: perhaps you could come on here and give the folks a list of religious affilitions which would meet your approval for prospective office holders in Camden County. And while you're at it, tell us the religion beliefs which you think should disqualify a fellow American from holding office in America. Moreover, why not tell us what you would do with all Americans who do not believe as you do, had you the power to effect a final solution.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 7:23 PM
Click on documents to enlarge. While it may turn out that council was a bit precipitous in solving the problem of a rogue board thwarting the will of the majority, in the best interests of the majority, I seem to recall that the annual time for appointing new members to this board comes up in the early part of 2009. It should then be a simple matter for each of the four who voted them out prematurely to each appoint one member with compatible views. I'm available.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 3:19 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Starting at the bottom, you see the entrance to the subdivision, just beyond Mary Lee Clark Elementary on Mickler Drive.
Then you see exterior views of the house. The colors are a little off. The blue is a little richer and darker. What looks like white trim is actually more the color of egg nog. The carriage lamps, the house numbers, and the mail box are all actually brass.
Note the extra concrete pad I had poured in front of the front door to accommodate the ramp on my van.
Note that I had the kitchen counter tops and the upper cabinets lowered for easier access from a wheelchair. Note also the higher and more recessed toe kick.
The master bedroom originally had a bath on one side and a walk-in closet. I took out the walk-in closet (replaced it with a more traditional bi-fold door closet by moving one wall 30 inches into the LR space) in favor of a much larger, wheelchair accessible master bath.
I designed the cultured marble bath with a seat I can transfer onto from my wheelchair. Note that in addition to controls at my end, there is a regular shower and controls at the other end.
The vanity is lower than usual and allows me to roll up under it a ways. Note the picture of the vanity where you see me in the mirror. Notice that you don't see a door to the bathroom. That's because I designed it with a pocket door which disappears into the wall. No open door taking up maneuvering space in the bathroom.
The higher toilet has plenty of space for rolling my chair up beside it.
All interior doors (save one) are 36 inches wide for easy passage.
Way, way, more convenient than the old retrofitted apartment.
The builder was Oscar Wells, owner of Baytown Homes, Inc.
His sales/office manager, Kenny Crocker, was most helpful. His CADD wizardry made turning my hand drawn to scale bathroom modifications actual blue prints in a jiffy.
Atlantic Marble, out of Jax, did the tub and vanity.
Kenny Boatright, local painter, did the painting.
I had additional, post-closing work done by:
Jay Ross (Ross Irrigation): irrigation system
L&R Electrical, Inc.
Joe Cowatch (Cowatch Home Services)
All did excellent work.
Jack Barfield, Sr., an employee of Oscar Wells, was most helpful correcting a few design oversights on my part after the closing. I did not realize that I would need self-closing exterior doors ( via self-closing hinges) and brass kick plates on them (see front door) until after I moved in.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 5:40 PM
As You Slide Down the Banister of Life, Remember 1. Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert have written An impressive new book. It's called ........ 'Ministers Do More Than Lay People' 2. Transvestite: A guy who likes to eat, drink And be Mary. 3. The difference between the Pope and Your boss, the Pope only expects you To kiss his ring. 4. My mind works like lightning, One brilliant Flash and it is gone. 5. The only time the world beats a path to Your door is if you're in the bathroom. 6. I hate sex in the movies. Tried it once. The seat folded up, the drink spilled and That ice, well, it really chilled the mood. 7. It used to be only death and taxes Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too. 8.. A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression that he just cleaned the whole house. 9 My next house will have no kitchen - just Vending machines and a large trash can. 10. A blonde said, 'I was worried that my Mechanic might try to rip me off. I was relieved when he told me all I needed was turn signal fluid.' 11. Definition of a teenager? God's punishment...for enjoying sex. 12. As you slide down the banister of life, may The splinters never point the wrong way.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 10:49 AM
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Click on title of post for link to GTU story. One would hope that the surviving 18 have been informed that they are on thin ice and had better damned well shape up or prepare to ship out. I feel confidant that Tommy has done, or will do, just that.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:40 AM
Friday, December 12, 2008
Click on post title for link to GTU article.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 9:00 AM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Camden Commentary scoop: Late this afternoon, Attorney Jim Stein won a temporary injunction from the court barring the St. Marys City Council from removing four members from the St. Marys Airport Authority. Not to be outdone, immediately upon receiving the news, Mayor Eskridge piled on by vetoing the council's action of this past Monday night. Prediction: the four will still be removed (and Steele will resign), but only after a due process hearing.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 7:59 PM
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
When I moved into my new house, I bought a new, higher efficiency, washer and dryer set. My old washer and dryer still work perfectly well. They are Kenmore heavy duty models that I bought new 15 years ago, They are still going strong. By the time I paid for an ad to sell them, my net profit would hardly be worth the effort. So, if you want them or know someone who needs them, just give me a call at 673-7037. You will have to pick them up yourself, of course. Update: Gone. At the suggestion of a reader, I've donated them to Habitat for Humanity, the only thing worth a damn Jimmy Carter after did after his inauguration as president.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:38 AM
Click on post title for link to GTU story.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:02 AM
Good. It's a start. Click on post title for link to GTU story.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 7:57 AM
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
All but 2 are upper management. Last day for all will be January 4th. Some will be replaced by some of the other 12 who were fired when Tommy was 4 years ago. Names not released (so far - Main Mole, are you on the case?) Click on title of post for link to GTU story.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:34 AM
Monday, December 8, 2008
A Christmas Story for people having a bad day: When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure.Then Mrs Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drank all the cider and hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.Just then the doorbell rang, and irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree. By the way, I do know where to break into paragraphs. Unfortunately, something happened to my blog a while back. Since then, you can't make paragraphs. ????
Posted by Jay Moreno at 7:15 PM
as of 1800 HRS today, Monday, Dec. 8th. Thanks to friends Bill and Sarah Sneddon, Brian and Margaret Schmidt, and Bob Kremicek for helping me move on Saturday. Who am I kidding - they did it all. I just tried to stay out of their way as much as possible. Man, I can't believe U-Haul now gets 89 cents per mile on a 17 foot van! Had my satellite T.V hooked up this morning. The TDS man just now finished hooking up my phone and DSL. The sod truck arrived late this afternoon. They got started and predict they'll be done by noon tomorrow. Things are shaping up. Now if I can just get all of thses boxes unpacked and get my pictures back up on the walls, things might start to settle down. Has anything interesting been going on in Camden? Oh, by the way, I could fire a BB gun out of my bedroom windows and literally hit some of those 230 + tank cars. There is a railrod line along the back border of the sub division, but it only very rarely sees any traffic.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 6:06 PM
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I saw an interesting sight today. Around 1:00PM, I was basking in the sun on my driveway at my new house in Victoria Landing. Like many area S/Ds, it is built on former pulpwood land. All of the pine trees have been clear cut. I live on the outer perimeter of the S/D. I have a buffer of thickly planted, tall, skinny pine trees behind my house , but the view from the front towards the center of the S/D is just all clear sky. As I was sitting there watching the guys putting in my sprinkler system, I suddenly heard this loud and un-familiar squawking overhead. I look up to see in the clear sky a Cooper's hawk - which I immediately recognized by its distinctive silhouette, chasing after some sort of a black bird which I did not immediately recognize, until it took an evasive action and I could make out clearly that it was a Pileated Woodpecker. That's the largest one in north America (unless there really are still Ivory Bills living in Arkansas.) The Cooper's hawk feeds almost exclusively on other birds. As you can well imagine, he's pretty good at it. In the open air, I saw him close to within inches of snatching that pileated woodpecker out of the sky twice only to have the wood pecker do some amazing, high -G jinks at the last second that would have made an F-22 Raptor pilot green with envy. It was not looking good for the woodpecker, that is until the woodpecker made it into the thickly planted, scrawny pine trees. Man. once he got down amongst those trees, he was whipping in between those thing like a steel ball in a pin ball machine. The old hawk tried to keep up through the first couple of trees but then seemed to realize he was outclassed at tree dodging and gave it up. Last time I saw the woodpecker, he was still on afterburners and zig-zagging his brains out.
Camden Commentary will be off the web from sometime tomorrow morning until the afternoon of Monday, December 8th. More accurately, it will be here - I just will not be able to edit it. I'll be packing up my computer Friday morning in preparation for friends coming Saturday to help me move. The phone guy will hook me back up at my new house on Monday.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:55 AM
Click on post title for link to today's GTU coverage.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Earlier today, I looked in the yellow pages for an electrical contractor. I just need maybe 2.5 to 3 hours of work at my new house. (Taking down two ceiling fans from my apartment, re-installing them in the new house [pre-wired], and pulling a new wire through the attic and out the front soffit to install a motion activated light so that I can see geting in and out of my van at night; and replacing two chrome-looking, builder-installed chrome wall lanterns with nicer looking brass ones.) I will not mention the name of the contractor, but I noted than one of the electricians had the same last name as my late paternal grandmother who was originally from Brunswick, so I called him out of curiosity. Well, it was about 1:00PM and I found him at his home. He had his partner, who handles the residential work, call me about 10 minutes later. After I told him what I needed, explaining rather apologetically that even though it was such a small job, I could no longer do it myself because of my disability. I then asked if he thought he could get to it later this week or early next week. To make a long story short, he and his "crew" will be at the front door of my apatment at 7:15 AM tomorrow morning. Think about it.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 9:09 PM
Click on post title for link to GTU story.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 8:26 AM
Monday, December 1, 2008
that any of us registered voters with a phone number does not know it, there is a run-off election tomorrow, Tuesday, December 2nd.. For Gawd's sake, please go to the polls and vote for Saxby Chambless so that the Dem's will not have a veto-proof majority in the U.S. Senate. Thank you. P.S. As of 1418 Hrs this date, I am officially a St. Marys homeowner. Perhaps now I will not be so reticent to express my opinions.
Posted by Jay Moreno at 4:15 PM