Archive for November 2011
During my drives taking service calls, I often find myself traveling through rural Georgia. For the past several years I’ve taken Hwy 16 west headed for Griffin. There is a tree that sits alone way out in a pasture. I believe it to be an oak tree.
That tree for some reason has always caught my eye when passing, and I keep telling myself to bring my camera. I’ve told myself that for the past 5 years, but never seem to have it on the right day.
Well a couple of days ago, camera ready, I again headed down Hwy 16, except that day was very rainy and a bit foggy. My hopes of getting a good photograph were very low. The tree is in a very rural area in a small town named Hollowville. There is no place to park anywhere, so I knew that when I arrived I would have to be ready for a quick shot as I passed.
As I got closer my hopes were growing dim with the weather being so poor. Lighting was not adequate for a passing shot without stopping. That stretch of Hwy 16 is a very dangerous two lane highway with lots of traffic so when I stopped it would have to be quick.
Arriving to the stretch of road that passes in front of the pasture where the tree sits, I was in luck. No cars coming either way, so I pulled my 4Runner off to the road side and quickly prepped my camera with my 200mm lens. The rain was coming down and a bit of fog still in the air. In my rear view mirror I could see traffic approaching about half a mile away. Setting my NIKON at – 1/60 sec F/5.6 , I fired away. Pulling back onto the road not sure if the shot was good or not. Arriving at my service call in Griffin I reviewed my photo and to my surprise it was great. It was a successful drive by shooting.
Lindsay and I will take off into the mountains of north Georgia or just head somewhere with no destination in mind with the hopes of getting a good drive by photograph. That rain and fog added something to my tree photo that would probably otherwise be just a picture of an old tree in a field with no character.
The weather and lighting all play into your scenic photographs. Don’t let a rainy day stop you. Nature will help paint your picture. Natural lighting is a beautiful thing.
The best child photographs are always the candid ones. Makes you wonder what she’s thinking about.
November 29, 2011 - I feel terrible for Cain’s family and all that they have been put through. Whether any of the stories are true or not, it does not matter now. He cannot possibly win the nomination with this recent story of an affair. Regardless of how many skeletons Ginger White has in her closet, she has put the nail in Cain’s coffin.
In my opinion, Herman Cain should have dumped his advisers after the first round of accusations of sexual misconduct and found someone who could manage his campaign properly. His decision to keep his handlers was a serious mistake on his part. I understand him wanting to be surrounded by people he called friends, but this was a mistake. A very serious mistake.
Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, each had dirty laundry either before, during, or after their presidency, yet it didn’t seem to matter. They all survived the minimal media scrutiny. Especially John Kennedy with his White House affairs that most everyone in DC knew about. Funny how times have changed.
Today we have a black man as President who has failed miserably. A man who bows to our enemies and apologizes for our countries greatness. A man who hates the idea of capitalism and individual thinkers. A man who’s hopes and dreams for change have amounted to turning the United States of America into a nation that would be unrecognizable to those who fought and died to create the Republic for which we stand for. A man who never held a leadership position before in his life, yet managed to get elected by those who saw false hopes and dreams in someone who had promised them everything. Obama, a man who promised to spread the rich mans wealth around to those less fortunate because he says it is the fair thing to do. Look around at what he has achieved and ask yourself was it really worth it? Was it worth choosing a man based on the color of his skin but not the content of his character or ability to lead the greatest nation on earth?
Is it so bad that Herman Cain, a successful businessman with a solid record for success, happens to be black? Isn’t that the real issue here? How dare a conservative black man compete with a liberal black man for the office of President. How dare Herman Cain challenge the great Barack Hussein Obama.
Herman Cain isn’t perfect, and most certainly not Obama. This recent news event charging Herman Cain with adultery should not be a major issue. This is a story that should have been handled within his family, not in the open media. Sure we want a leader that is bullet proof and has sunshine beaming from his ass, but guess what people…Ain’t gonna happen. Name one candidate, one individual that ever sat in the White House that fits your criteria for sainthood. You can’t.
What this country needs right now more than anything is a great leader and problem solver. That person has very likely been taken out of the race. Herman Cain will become material for Saturday Night Live skits and trashed by liberal media programs.
You people better hope like hell that Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney can pull an Ace out of their Conservative hats come November 2012 or we’ll all be singing the socialist blues as our Republic is systematically broken down with a hammer and sickle. -JRoycroft
This is one of my favorite photographs taken by my wife while we were on our very first scenic road trip together back in 2007.
While taking a scenic fall drive through the North Georgia Mountains we came upon this lake surrounded by spectacular Fall colors. I think what makes this photograph is the silhouette of the fisherman standing under the tree.
November 29, 2011 - Here we go again. Herman Cain is back in the spotlight with a woman claiming that she and Cain have been having an affair for the past 13 years.
Of course Herman Cain denies this allegation stating that he was just helping out someone he thought was just a friend who had fallen on hard financial times.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, Cains newest headache saying she had a story to tell. Read the original breaking story here
Prior to Dale Russell’s interview, FOX 5 did a background check on Ginger White and found some interesting facts about her:
In 2001 Ms White had filed a sexual harassment claim against an employer. That case was settled.
They also discovered a bankruptcy filing nearly 23 years ago in Kentucky.
In DeKalb County Georgia a number of eviction notices against her over the past six years. The most recent happened this month.
Here’s the real kicker – They also found a lawsuit filed by a former business partner, Kimberly Vay, who once sought a “stalking temporary protective order” against Ms. White for “repeated e-mails/texts threatening lawsuit and defamation of character.” The case was dismissed; but was followed by a libel lawsuit against Ms. White. A judge entered an order in favor of Kimberly Vay because Ms. White failed to respond to the lawsuit.
Late this afternoon, Cain’s attorney, Lin Wood, sent FOX 5 the following statement:
“Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.
Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.
Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.”
This may be the most dangerous woman in Cain’s life right now. Ms. White says she has been unemployed, and she is a single mom with two kids struggling to make ends meet. This woman carries all the baggage you would expect from a desperate, money hungry leach and will likely go to extremes to take down Herman Cain. This one is going all out because she has nothing to lose. I believe this will be the end for Herman Cain.
The price you pay for wanting to be the President of the United States … Tell me, is it really worth it? – JRoycroft
November 26, 2011 - Something scary to ponder on while we prepare for the 2012 election – A legitimate Washington insider, former Delaware Gov. Pete du Pont thinks the winning ticket for Democrats’ 2012 presidential hopes may be Obama/Clinton.
Du Pont, a Republican who served three terms in the House of Representatives and was elected governor of Delaware twice (term limits prevented a third term). In 1988, he ran for President.
In his monthly column in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Pete du Pont predicted that Obama will drop Joe Biden as his running mate and replace him with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Makes perfect sense to me considering how reckless Biden’s mouth can be. Hillary would be a perfect mate for Obama and would really bump the female numbers for him.
Pete du Pont cites these economic problems for Obama:
The Obama economy is the worst America has seen in four decades, with payroll employment today 5 percent lower than it was 41 months ago.
He adds the topic of spending and national debt to the equation:
Over the past three years, federal spending as a percentage of gross domestic product has been higher than at any time since World War II, adding $4 trillion to our national debt.
Republicans have three excellent candidates who can beat the Obama/Biden ticket, but can they beat an Obama/Clinton ticket? Hillary has a huge following among the Democrat population and would be a great running mate for Obama. She would also be a person that could have great influence over Obama’s decision making. – JRoycroft
November 25, 2011 - Black Friday … Is there something being stuffed in the turkey besides dressing these days that makes some folks go just plain crazy?
Seems like every year these stories get worse. How long before the government issues a health warning statement regarding Black Friday? Some of you people really do need to get a grip on your shopping techniques when it comes to holiday sales events.
Check out the links below for just a sample of the events of Black Friday.
November 25, 2011 - Alexander Tsiaras, an image-maker and the author of the book “From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds,” gave a recently-published TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talk, during which he unveiled a spectacular video about fetal development.
This video is opening up new discussion on the abortion issue. It is also making some liberals a bit uneasy knowing that the scientific community is using terms such as “it’s divinity” when describing the miracle of birth.
Regardless of your beliefs, you will find this video absolutely amazing. – JRoycroft
The video, which graphically shows the process of human progression, begins by showing an egg being fertilized and ends by illustrating a baby’s actual birth. Throughout the clip, viewers see the full fetal development, with explanations about what, exactly, is happening at each phase. But the imagery is spellbinding.
Watch the astounding video, below. The actual sequence of a fetus’ development begins at 2:05, with Tsiaras explaining the development process both before and after the clip:
November 24, 2011 - To all my friends and enemies… Happy Thanksgiving!
I’ve decided to change the layout of my blog and go with something cleaner and hopefully more appealing and easy on the eyes.
I’ll also be adding more variety, but not as much hard core political stuff that you’ve expected from me. Not to worry though, I’ll still have my rants against the moocher class and liberal agenda. After all, I have a reputation to maintain.
There will be sections for recipes and photography, both of which will be from my wife Lindsay and myself.
I welcome any and all suggestions from everyone.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and best wishes to all – JRoycroft
November 23, 2011 - Most everywhere today companies and governments are laying off employees, cutting budgets and limiting services.
Here in my home town of Newnan, a suburb of Atlanta, more than 200 city workers are getting a year-end bonus and a raise on top of that. In a time when many Americans won’t be getting raises, and haven’t for quite a while, citizens get upset when they hear of government employees getting bonuses and raises.
Not here in Newnan. The folks hear aren’t bothered by it at all. You see, the city of Newnan, Georgia has no debt, zero, nada. That is why Mayor Keith Brady can afford to give the two week salary bonuses and a 3.5 percent pay raises.
The city even paid cash for city hall thanks to a local sales tax approved by voters.
“When we can reward them with a holiday bonus for their actions during the year, we see fit to do that,” Brady told 11Alive News.
Many Newnan residents are pleased with how city leaders have guarded their tax dollars.
“I think it says a lot for how fiscally responsible our city council and mayor have been and I’m delighted for the employees; I think it’s wonderful,” said resident Madeline Barrow.
“I think the city has structured itself well, so I think it’s good,” said resident Paul Hyatt.
It also helps that our county, Coweta, is in better economic shape than most of its neighbors. Newnan city officials are doing a great job of managing our tax dollars wisely.
Our population continues to grow, unemployment is well below the state and national averages and expanding businesses, like our new cancer treatment center, have added hundreds of new jobs.
Bloomberg Business Week recently named Coweta County as one of the “best affordable places to live” in America, the only Georgia county to make the list.
After my many years of traveling and living in several different cities and states, Lindsay and I agree that Newnan will be the place we call home. We’ve lived in downtown Newnan for about two years, in Coweta county since summer of 2008. Our goal is to be in our new house within the next year. Like Newnan, we too shall be debt free. It’s a good town to raise kids and the folks here aren’t too busy to be friendly. For us, there’s no better place to call home than Newnan. – JRoycroft
- Food distributor to add 108 jobs in Newnan (ajc.com)
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America Has Begun Work on Hospital in Newnan. (hapevilleaerotropolis.wordpress.com)