Morning Reads – Thursday, July 18, 2013

On this day in history in 1925, Hitler published Mein Kempf, in 1940, FDR was nominated for his 3rd term in office- an unprecedented event, and in 1995, Barack Obama’s Dreams of My Father was published.

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum

And finally, plan on the sun shining for 4 hours today before it rains. Again.


  1. Scott65 says:

    Think we can get Sonny to host a “pray in” for no rain…he obviously over did it the last time

    • Scott65 says:

      Yeah that really was cool. Its amazing that the technology has been around since the early 1900’s…electricity(part can be solar powered), and magnets (overly simplified of course). Its basically the same tech that you use when you go to the bank drive thru and the vacuum delivers your transaction to the teller. But thanks to mobile banking my interaction with tellers these days is limited.

    • Joshua Morris says:

      He’s got some real problems to work out: 1) Supporting the structure of a transfer tube over some 3,000 miles, accounting for movement caused by numerous forces including capsules and the air around them moving at phenomenal speed, 2) Keeping the capsule from ever touching the tube, especially at 4000mph–uncanny kinetic energy in that situation could disintegrate the capsule and its occupants, 3) Static electricity. Friction from air moving in a tube at that speed could create static electricity that may require extensive electrical grounding. 4) Acceleration. Assuming a ‘comfortable’ maximum acceleration of around 4ft/s^2 (2.73 mph/s), getting to 4000 mph and returning to a stop would take approximately 24-1/2 minutes on each end of the trip. This means that nobody’s getting from NY to LA in 45 minutes, even with the targeted top speed.

      These are just the issues that come to mind immediately. Obviously, there would be myriad more engineering and routing issues to tackle.

  2. saltycracker says:

    License plate scanners ? Why be busybody when we can be busy processing real work. With all the high tech stuff in patrol cars when will they at least put scanner stickers on the tags & drivers licenses? As it is now it takes a mound of paper and writing to process any traffic situation resulting in wasted hours and impeded traffic.

  3. Will Durant says:

    Until everyone has payed the new up-front ad valorem tax on their vehicles there is more revenue to be gained by the municipality or county in ticketing for expired tags. I’ve read the rate that is charged somewhere but forget now but the fine is somewhere around 3 or 4 times what the tax and tags would have been and this goes into the local coffers not the state. For now, these gadgets pay for themselves in a hurry.

    Gwinnett spent $10 million of SPLOST money to buy a scanner/printer system from Motorola for an “E-Ticket” ride to traffic miscreants. But like a lot of SPLOST purchases the training, manning, and maintenance monies cannot come out of SPLOST and were not available in the general budget so they attempted to have the legislature allow them to add a $10 “user fee” to every ticket which died somewhere along the process. I have no idea if they are yet using the system as I have not received any fast driving awards as of late.

    • saltycracker says:

      Spent many years involved in the industry on the management side and GM management left a lot to be desired – to say it nicely,

      • Harry says:

        I had a little bit of dealing with Ford management, and they struck me as being elitist and unbelievably out of touch. No wonder Ford, GM and Chrysler had their butts handed to them each and every time by UAW. Believed in having consensus and a partnership with the union. What a bunch of wimps. The politicians act the same with government pension negotiations, and taxpayers get shafted.

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