Uber Vs. The Status Quo – Bob Barr | TownHall.com

Police officials in the beautiful and historic South Carolina city of Charleston have identified a major new public safety menace requiring their immediate attention. This latest threat — being met by the authorities with an aggressive public awareness campaign and “sting” operations coupled with hefty fines in excess of $1,000 — is not drugs, gangs, or illegal immigration. The threat posed the good citizens of Charleston is: Uber!

Uber is a fast-growing, popular digital app for smart phones that provides consumers in Charleston and many cities across the country and around the world with an alternative to traditional taxi services. It is just one of many new digitally-based innovations having a major impact in the marketplace — entrepreneurial-based businesses creating new options for consumers in everything from online commerce (Bitcoin), to how you get around (Lyft), to where to stay on vacation (Airbnb). Even food trucks, a mobile spin on the concept of street food, have exploded with the formation of digital communities and communications.

So why is Uber seen as a public-safety threat rather than a benefit to consumers and businesses? Simple. Uber challenges the establishment; it is a threat to the status quo; it must be . . . regulated and controlled. And what better way to do this than through police power; in this particular case, the police power of the City of Charleston.

Welcome to the brave, new world that the Land once of the Free has become. Products and services like Uber are revolutionizing markets and marketing; shifting power long-dominated by large and powerful corporations and cartels, to individual entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. They are challenging the most powerful force in the universe – the force of the status quo.

Consumers are embracing these new technologies with open arms and open wallets; ready and willing to pay for new products and services that offer what they want, when they need it. But, in the same way that automobile manufacturers and dealers are fighting to keep upstart Tesla from competing against them on a level marketing playing field, government-empowered regulators whose mission is to protect the taxi industry from competition, are fighting Uber, and enlisting the support of the police to aid them.

via Uber Vs. The Status Quo – Bob Barr – Page 1.

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Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 29, 2014

General Robert E. Lee’s Confederates met General John Pope’s federal forces at the Second Battle of Manassas on August 29, 1862.

Union General William T. Sherman’s forces tore up 12 miles of railroad between Red Oak and Fairburn on August 29, 1864.

The United States Air Force Academy moved to its permanent home in Colorado Springs on August 29, 1958

The Beatles played their final concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

On August 29, 1971, Hank Aaron broke the National League record for most seasons with 100 or more RBI, as he drove in his 100th run to make 11 seasons hitting that mark.

On August 29, 1977, Lou Brock stole his 893d base, to surpass the record set by Georgia-born Ty Cobb.

Georgia Politics

A State Senate Study Committee met yesterday to hear about disciplinary issues in Georgia schools.

In Milledgeville, two years ago, a kindergartner was handcuffed at school. Last year in DeKalb County, a child was beaten at middle school. A few months ago, a child was confronted by another child with a knife in Newton County.

In each case, it wasn’t just the just the incident, but how the school handled it that angered parents. Either over-reaction – or no punishment at all.

Now, the state Senate committee is looking into criticism that the disparities and discipline across the state are harmful to certain kids.

There are five more public hearings planned across the state in the coming months.

The Study Committee is chaired by Sen. Emanuel Jones and includes Senators Hardie Davis (D-Augusta), Bill Heath (R-Bremen), Lindsey Tippins (R-Marietta) and John Wilkinson, (R-Toccoa). (more…)

The Marietta Daily Journal – Construction time uncertain for Georgia nuclear plant

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Power said its $6.7 billion budget to build a new nuclear plant is holding steady, but it reported Thursday that builders face “challenges” sticking to the construction schedule and costs could change in the future.

The Southern Co. subsidiary and its co-owners are building two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, southeast of Augusta. That plant and a sister facility under construction in South Carolina are the first in a new generation of nuclear plants built in the United States.

Georgia Power has so far spent $2.8 billion on the project, according to company filings. The other owners, Oglethorpe Power Corp., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and the city of Dalton, do not report their spending to the Public Service Commission.

The latest cost estimates are uncertain.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Construction time uncertain for Georgia nuclear plant.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 29, 2014


Ty is an American Bulldog puppy who is available for adoption from The Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA. His sister, Tallulah (below), is also looking for a new home.



Brock is an adult German Shepherd who is calm and sweet, and gets along with other dogs. He is available for adoption from Dekalb County Animal Services in Decatur, GA.



Hank is a year-old, 36-pound Boxer Lab mix who loves to smile, is very social and gets along with the other dogs. He loves to play and romp. Hank is available for adoption from SANG – Save the Animals of Northeast Georgia in Cleveland, GA.

The Savannah Morning News features local dogs available for adoption.

Adoptable Georgia Dogs for August 28, 2014


April is an eight-week old Boxer/Basset Hound puppy who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.


Starbuck is a two-year old female Chocolate Lab mix, who is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.


Volley is a year old female Hound mix, maybe with a Golden Retriever or Lab. She is a young dog – about a year old – and has a nice personality. She’s been trained to walk on a leash in her past and is well-behaved. On a hot day, she likes nothing better than to get into a kiddie pool to cool off. Volley is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.


Danny is a 4-year old, petite little male Dachshund. He has a merle pattern in his coat which is sometimes called ‘dapple’ in the Dachshund breed. Danny is available for adoption from the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, Ga.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for August 28, 2014

August 28, 1929 saw Governor Lamartine Hardman sign a Constitutional Amendment authorizing the levy of a state income tax. On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the “I Have a Dream Speech” on the Mall in Washington, DC. http://youtu.be/jw1R_JBuHEQ If you’re interested in the structure of speeches, Nancy Duarte has done an excellent analysis of the speech, which you can watch here: http://youtu.be/1nYFpuc2Umk?t=11m49s

An obscure college professor named Newt Gingrich began his political career on August 28, 1976, as he kicked off his first campaign against Congressman Jack Flynt.

Old Newt Pic On August 28, 2008, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools revoked the accreditation of the Clayton County Public Schools. Later that day, Governor Sonny Perdue removed four members of the Clayton County Board of Education upon the recommendation of an administrative law judge.

What have Republicans done?

My friend, Leo Smith, serves as Minority Engagement Director for the Georgia Republican Party. He wrote on Facebook:

As I travel the state to speak with civic organizations, churches, and black leadership groups about the Republican Party, the most prevalent question is this: “What have Republicans done to better the lives of African Americans in Georgia?”

And, of course, he went on to answer the question. I’d like to offer my own answer of three things the Georgia Republican Party has done to improve the lives of African-Americans. (more…)

Deal recommends computer programming satisfy core requirement | Governor Nathan Deal Office of the Governor

Governor: Georgia businesses say skilled computer programmers, software developers in demand

Gov. Nathan Deal today recommended the State Board of Education amend state policy to allow computer programming courses to satisfy core requirements — math, science or foreign language — for receiving a high school diploma. Deal is asking the Board of Regents of the University System to follow suit by accepting these courses for admission into institutions of higher education. (more…)

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