"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Jackson County Courthouse - Maple Tree Update September 29, 2014

It looks like the old Courthouse Maple will soon meet the saw. Jackson County Commission Chair Matthew Hodges commented that as much of the tree as possible will be saved for lumber, benches etc. 

Report by Landscape Management Consultants (click on images for an expanded view)

Jackson County Commission,Meeting Continuation from September 22, 2014, Bid Opening

photo by G. Morgan

Scottsboro, Alabama September 29, 2014; continuation of last Monday's commission meeting on Sep. 22,  2014. One agenda item, bid opening for pick-up truck for Parks Department.


Winning bidder with the low bid meeting specifications was Truck Equipment Sales of Mobile, Alabama -$30,559 was low bid, delivered. Harbin Motor Co. bid was $31,972. This exceeds the 3% local bidder prerogative. 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Jackson County Commission Attorney States Agreement with the Liberty Institute is Not a Public Record - More on the 10 Commandments Issue and What is the Liberty Institute?

Scottsboro, Alabama - September 22, 2014, The 10 Commandments issue continues. After the Jackson County Commission meeting I ask the Chairman of the County Commission with the County Attorney, John Porter present, if I could inspect the agreement/contract with the Liberty Institute once signed. Porter's comment, "You may not have a copy as it is not a public record." Commission Meeting article http://arklite.blogspot.com/2014/09/jackson-county-commission-regular.html
Section 36-12-40 Code of Alabama

Rights of citizens to inspect and copy public writings; exceptions.

Every citizen has a right to inspect and take a copy of any public writing of this state, except as otherwise expressly provided by statute. Provided however, registration and circulation records and information concerning the use of the public, public school or college and university libraries of this state shall be exempted from this section. Provided further, any parent of a minor child shall have the right to inspect the registration and circulation records of any school or public library that pertain to his or her child. Notwithstanding the foregoing, records concerning security plans, procedures, assessments, measures, or systems, and any other records relating to, or having an impact upon, the security or safety of persons, structures, facilities, or other infrastructures, including without limitation information concerning critical infrastructure (as defined at 42 U.S.C. §5195c(e) as amended) and critical energy infrastructure information (as defined at 18 C.F.R. §388.113(c)(1) as amended) the public disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to be detrimental to the public safety or welfare, and records the disclosure of which would otherwise be detrimental to the best interests of the public shall be exempted from this section. Any public officer who receives a request for records that may appear to relate to critical infrastructure or critical energy infrastructure information, shall notify the owner of such infrastructure in writing of the request and provide the owner an opportunity to comment on the request and on the threats to public safety or welfare that could reasonably be expected from public disclosure on the records.(Code 1923, §2695; Code 1940, T. 41, §145; Acts 1983, No. 83-565, p. 866, §3; Act 2004-487, p. 906, §1.)

A comprehensive guide to Alabama Records disclosure and exemptions from disclosure - Alabama Open Records Study Task Force, 2008 by the Law Firm of Balch & Bingham, 2008 and reviewed by the Alabama Legislative Reference Service. Alabama Open Records Study Task Force   Competent legal council has advised that contracts and agreements made by the County Commission are subject to be disclosed upon request. That a refusal to produce such records, such as an agreement with the Liberty Institute for legal council, would be a violation of 36-12-40. 

The mission statement of the Liberty Institute ( along with bashing the ACLU here is their mission statement: https://www.libertyinstitute.org/about ) contains a clause that some might consider radical and extremist. It is reflective of the same mantra as Islamic Jihadists. It states, "...true religious liberty consists of recognizing individuals’ God-given right to follow their conscience and to live and act according to their faith in every area of life.” About the Islamic Jihad and Islam http://islamicsupremecouncil.org/understanding-islam/legal-rulings/5-jihad-a-misunderstood-concept-from-islam.html?showall=1  How far does the Liberty Institute intend on taking their mission in each individuals God Given right to live and act according to their faith? Does that include actions of Christian or Islamic extremists?

HISTORY ABOUT JEFFERSON, ISLAM and the SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE or Ignorance Breeds an Extremist Theocracy of the few.
"In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of his life long interest in Islam, and he would go on to acquire numerous books on Middle Eastern languages, history, and travel, taking extensive notes on Islam as it relates to English common law. Jefferson sought to understand Islam notwithstanding his personal disdain for the faith, a sentiment prevalent among his Protestant contemporaries in England and America. But unlike most of them, by 1776 Jefferson could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country."

 "A handful of the Founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims (then deemed the ultimate outsiders in Western society) to fashion out of what had been a purely speculative debate a practical foundation for governance in America. In this way, Muslims, who were not even known to exist in the colonies, became the imaginary outer limit for an unprecedented, uniquely American religious pluralism that would also encompass the actual despised minorities of Jews and Catholics. The rancorous public dispute concerning the inclusion of Muslims, for which principle Jefferson’s political foes would vilify him to the end of his life, thus became decisive in the Founders’ ultimate judgment not to establish a Protestant nation, as they might well have done."  http://www.monticelloshop.org/208079.html

It is revealing that the Liberty Institute attempts to demean the United States Armed Forces by the false accusation that they do not support religious freedoms. 

Does the Liberty Institute support the Islamic Jihad and are they anti-U.S. Military?  In this document the Liberty Institute falsely claims in testimony before Congress, "...the military used existing laws, regulations, or policies to justify its hostility towards religious freedom."  http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AS/AS02/20140129/101681/HHRG-113-AS02-20140129-SD011.pdf   The Liberty Institute's claim is a false claim, they use an Equal Opportunity  training course which describes hate and religious intolerance as a basis for their claim. Other right wing organizations then pile on supporting the attack on Race Relations Equal Opportunity Training in the military along with the usual bashing of President Obama. Reference: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/10/31/pentagon-training-manual-white-males-have-unfair-advantages/  Then as if it is a justification for absurdity and fallacy they use the opinion of a former military officer who is a disgrace, LTC Allen West who should have been Court-Martialed for his undisciplined actions and threats to Prisoners of War which included the coercion of false confessions by the threat of murder. West accepted non-judicial punishment and was forced to retire. The true story about a disgraced commander. Mr. West provides Fox News and the Theocratic Republicans their not so perfect African American token. http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2010/03/allen_west_military_career_abuse_iraqi_detainee.php  The right wing Republican Theocrats are always looking for additional tokens. Such as the case of the Alabama theocratic right : "see, we are not bigots, we pardoned the Scottsboro Boys." An act which could have accomplished much, such as race relations education. But of course, that is a real solution to problems and education costs money which right wing corporate theocrats do not wish to expend, they prefer their facts, not actual facts which support science, math and enlightenment. 

WHAT IS ALL OF THIS ABOUT? Simple, "the theocratic right, "Religous Right," regressive populism, and White racial nationalism make up a hard right political sector that is distinct from and sometimes in opposition to mainstream Republicanism and the internationalist wing of corporate conservatism." From the Public Eye - http://www.publiceye.org/lnk_antidem.html#Christian Right

"The best known sector of the hard right--dogmatic religious movements--is often called the "Religious Right" It substantially dominates the Republican Party in at least 10 (and perhaps as many as 30) of the 50 states. As part of an aggressive grassroots campaign, these groups have targeted electoral races from school boards to state legislatures to campaigns for the US Senate and House of Representatives. They helped elect dozens of hard-line ultraconservatives to the House of Representatives in 1994. This successful social movement politically mobilizes a traditionalist mass base from a growing pious constituency of evangelical, fundamentalist, charismatic, Pentecostal, and orthodox churchgoers."

"The goal of many leaders of this ultraconservative religious movement is imposing a narrow theological agenda on secular society. The predominantly Christian leadership envisions a religiously-based authoritarian society; therefore we prefer to describe this movement as the "theocratic right." A theocrat is someone who supports a form of government where the actions of leaders are seen as sanctioned by God--where the leaders claim they are carrying out God's will. The central threat to democracy posed by the theocratic right is not that its leaders are religious, or fundamentalist, or right wing--but that they justify their political, legislative, and regulatory agenda as fulfilling God's plan."

Enter Mr. McGill, Mr. Guffey, Jackson County Commission, their legal representative and the Liberty Institute; supported by right wing ultraconservative hypocritical theocrats.

More on right wing extremism: http://www.hsaj.org/?fullarticle=2.2.3

   Welcome to Alabama - We Dare Defend Our Rights! When this motto was first conceived it was representative of white males. Commissioner Guffey has remarked, "We are the majority and we should not bow to the minority." What Mr. Guffey and others who stand for ignorant concepts of theocratic rule is this, we are not a Democracy nor a Theocracy; WE ARE A REPUBLIC, where the rule of law governs our nation and communities for the benefit of all Americans, not just a few or the majority.

Many of us have shed our blood and given our lives so that even ignorant citizens may rise to office. It is the citizens responsibility to insure our nation remains a REPUBLIC and not decline into the throws of a theocracy by right wing religious extremists..

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nuclear Regulatory Commission(NRC) - Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Public Hearing - Concerning TVA's Sequoyah Nuclear Facility (NNSA Public Hearing Links on TVA Tritium Production)

(photo - wikipedia, Fair Usage rights for non-profit news reporting)
4 part video presentation, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for license extension-

The Sequoyah Nuclear Plant is a nuclear power plant located on 525 acres (212 ha) located 7 miles (11 km) east of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, and 20 miles (32 km) north of Chattanooga, abutting Chickamauga Lake, on the Tennessee River. The facility is owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

The plant has two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors. Sequoyah units 1 & 2, as well as their sister plant at Watts Bar, both have ice condenser containment systems. In case of a large loss-of-coolant accident, steam generated by the leak is directed toward borated ice which helps condense the steam creating a lower pressure, allowing for a smaller containment building.

The operating license of Sequoyah's Unit 1 expires in 2020. Unit 2's operating license expires in 2021.[2]

TVA's Sequoyah operating license was modified in September 2002 to allow TVA to irradiate tritium-producing burnable absorber rods at Sequoyah for the U.S. Department of Energy. The process of irradiating tritium-producing rods produces tritium, which is used in nuclear weapons and for various forms of research into nuclear fusion for commercial power production. Wiki article:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequoyah_Nuclear_Generating_Station

NRC information on the License Extension - http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/licensing/renewal/applications/sequoyah.html  It is remarkable that there is no date on the cover or other substantial documents listed on the NRC site references listed on the link referenced.

The Sequoyah plant has two pressurized water reactors. The current operating licenses are due to expire Sept. 17, 2020, for Unit 1 and Sept. 15, 2021, for Unit 2. The operator, Tennessee Valley Authority, submitted its renewal application Jan. 15, 2013.  

The NRC’s review of the application consists of a technical safety review and an environmental review. The draft supplemental environmental impact statement is Supplement 53 to NUREG-1437, Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants. It is now available on the NRC’s electronic document database, ADAMS http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. under accession number ML14211A454.

In a related Federal Register notice, the NRC provided detailed instructions on how to submit written comments on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement. Comments will be accepted through Sept. 29, 2014 .Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2013–0037   Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey; Office of Administration, Mail Stop: 3WFN–06–A44M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
David Drucker, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, telephone: 301–415–6223, email to David.Drucker@nrc.gov ; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–
0001.  GPO Federal Notice Record link:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-11/pdf/2014-18966.pdf

NRC Aug 12, 2014 · Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants: Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2  http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr1437/supplement53/

TVA's home page on Sequoyah: http://www.tva.gov/power/nuclear/sequoyah.htm  No indications on  Sequoyah's home page concerning any documents relating to a license extension.
TVA  info on license renewal and environmental impacts

Videos, NRC EIS Public Hearing  regarding a 20 year license extension of TVA Sequoyah Nuclear Facility, 4 part video presentation with  Citizen Input Regrding the EIS on September 15, 2014 at Soddy Daisy, Tn. Municipal Complex.

NRC EIS Public Hearing Pt.1-TVA Sequoyah Nuclear 9-15-14 

NRC EIS Public Hearing Pt.2 TVA Sequoyah Nuclear 8-15-14 

NRC EIS Public Hearing Pt.3 TVA Sequoyah Nuclear 9-15-14 

NRC EIS Public Hearing Pt.4-TVA Sequoyah Nuclear 9-15-14 

BEST-MATRR's investigations into health, cancer and radiation in the Tennessee River Valley current summary:  Government health statistics and scientific investigations point toward this fact - radiation from man made ionizing radiation sources such as nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel facilities, nuclear weapons facilities and nuclear experimental facilities have increased ionizing radiation levels in the environment within the Tennessee River Basin area. Since the addition of nuclear facilities in the Tennessee River Valley, the cancer incident rates and mortality rates have steadily increased.  (National Cancer Institute statistics and maps http://seer.cancer.gov/statistics/scp.html  and BEST/MATRR Report: http://best-matrr.org/pdfs/AL_BFN_Report_2013-final-dig2.pdf  )" BEST-MATRR's investigations are ongoing in East Tennessee and North Alabama.

NNSA Public Hearing - The public comment period ends on September 22, 2014. 
Videos in Chattanooga, Links:
NNSA introduction - Public Hearing, NNSA, Tritium Production 9-10-14 

Public comments, part 1:  NNSA-SEIS, 9-10-14 Public Hearing Chattanooga, Tn. Part 1 

Public comments, part 2:  NNSA-SEIS, 9-10-14 Public Hearing Chattanooga, Tn. Part 2 

Public comments, part 3   NNSA-SEIS 9-10-14 Public Hearing Chattanooga, Tn. Part 3