Month: July 2011

Georgia labor commissioner gives misleading explanation for grim new employment data

I’ve been increasingly frustrated by the spin promoted by the Georgia Department of Labor under new Commissioner Mark Butler. In the spring, he cited weak job growth numbers as a sign of improvement in Georgia’s employment picture, but did not…

Jazz Night with Transcendental Swing – The Sentient Bean – 07/21/11

I’m breaking one of my own rules with this post. I’m focusing my music calendar, which can be seen in its entirety here, on exceptional or promising gigs by touring acts — the go-and-hear-this-group-if-you-want-a-better-music-scene acts. All very subjective, of course.…

Quick update to rising gas price graphs

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Gas prices retreated rather dramatically from their most recent peak, but lately they’ve been on the rise and have retraced much of that recent decline. According to Gasbuddy.com, Savannah area gas prices are averaging $3.68 per gallon and are on…

Senator Isakson’s brother, son being sued for $30 million in real estate default

People make mistakes — they make horrible investment decisions that sometimes go bust. That’s been especially true during the housing crisis since the groupthink of the boom era made dicey deals seem like sure bets. So I guess it should…

Still on the books in Alabama: a tax to support needy Confederate veterans

Well here’s a curious story. The AP reports today about a remnant property tax in Alabama, originally used to support the Alabama Confederate Soldiers’ Home but that now — even though the percentage has been sliced from 1 mill to…

More on today’s column about Savannah’s sales taxes and infrastructure projects

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In my City Talk column today — “Leaks, mold and questions about infrastructure spending” — I recap some of the key details regarding the current 2008-2014 round of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), a 1% sales tax…

Brooks, Douthat on the debt reduction talks

As I write this, the so-called Gang of Six in the U.S. Senate appears to be getting good response to a long-term debt reduction plan. From the Washington Post: “We’ve gone from a Gang of Six to a mob of…

Drive By Truckers – Trustees Theater – 09/08/11

From the event description at Scadboxoffice.com: Thursday, Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m. Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. Presented by Wagatail Productions Prices: $25 (additional service fees may apply). Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 912-525-5050, at the…

Walmart receipt has image of Jesus on it!

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“If you know God, would you realize it if you saw him?” asks the young woman in this video. Well, she and her fiance sure realize it. The face of Jesus appeared on a Walmart receipt that they left on…

Deja vu all over again: online voting now open for new Georgia license plate

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I can’t believe I’m writing — again — about the Georgia license plate design contest. But in for a penny, in for a pound. Or whatever that phrase is. We’re voting on this again because of controversy spawned by “In…

Lack of demand — not uncertainty over debt — is biggest obstacle to economic recovery

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A few days ago on the Newshour, in response to a question from Ray Suarez about the debt and deficit, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said: Well, my hope is, if we pursue that, we ultimately have some long-term structural changes,…

Follow up on today’s column about proposed T-SPLOST, I-16 flyover removal

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In my City Talk column today, I focused on two issues: the shaky status of the I-16 flyover removal, which didn’t quite make the cut for funding via the proposed sales tax for transportation that is part of the state’s…

Green Bridge Farm: zero energy i-House, communal organic garden, endless blueberries

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Back in 2008, I wrote a column about Green Bridge Farm, a small sustainable development in Effingham County about a 30-minute drive from downtown Savannah. Michael Maddox’s family has owned the property since the 18th century, and he’s now crafting…

Jonathan Byrd & the McMaken Brothers – Blowin’ Smoke – 07/17/11

From the Facebook invite: Jonathan Byrd is an acclaimed songwriter and flatpicker from North Carolina. His music is rooted in the traditions of southern Appalachia and narrative style of Texas songwriters. In his last visit to Savannah in January of…