Speaking of complaints - I see we have a brand new bar in the Columbus Main Street area with a brand new back-lite sign. This is against some ordinance (no back lite signage in the historical district) and I've been told it is up to the building inspector to police this. Well - he ain't doing his job so someone should contact his superior.
I find it strange that a small town has no say in what can go into the buildings in a historical district. I know you can't have a strip club but anything else can go in. I'm not saying Columbus should make certain laws on what and what can't go in but what surprises me is that no one seems to really know what is going in. You could open any shop you want and not tell anybody and there is nothing we could do about it.
What do other small towns do???
I must address something LHL mentioned in a comment yesterday (thank goodness I said SOMETHING controversial) and I fear he got me going.
I mentioned my angst against the Republicans and the NFL for passing a bill that is impossible to be regulated and put 100,000 people out of work and put bankers in a pickle.
The bill he mentioned was/is called the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006). This was sponsored by Robert Goodlatte , Bill Frist, former majority leader of the Senate, and Jon Kyl, and in basic terms prohibited the transfer of funds from a financial institution to an Internet gambling site, with the notable exceptions of fantasy sports, online lotteries, and horse/harness racing. This did NOT make online gambling illegal. it only stopped people from using a bank to transfer gambling money to other safe banks overseas.
Why the exceptions? Because "gambling" is not a game of skill and those three ARE games of skill. They say poker and sports gambling are NOT a game of skill. Also, one the major sponsors (Bob Goodlatte) owns MANY race horses and online lotteries are huge money makes for States.
Now I said Republicans because, well, all the sponsors were Republicans. Although all were neo-conservatives and oddly ALL were voted out of office in the 2006 elections.
In fact I guarantee that because this bill was passed, the Republicans lost the majority in the House and Senate in the 2006 elections. They angered so many gamblers that NEVER vote but now they were having $$ ripped out of their hands, they voted. In one article I read over 80% of online sports and poker "gamblers" voted Democrat and 60% of those had never ever voted before.
I think that thing that irked the over 1 million poker players was how shady the deal got passed.
There was no way the UIGEA was going to pass the Senate. It was not even close to being passed so what they did was they stuck the bill inside a HUGE 1000+ page anti terrorism bill that would be passed AND it went in a 12:45 in the morning, one half hour before Congress adjourned.
So Congress had a choice of canceling their vacations OR passing the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006 and anything else that was hiding inside and going on vacation.
The next day, 30 online poker sites were closed to Americans locking their accounts, Neteller, a HUGE safe bank in Europe froze all American accounts with over 70 million dollars. American magazines that dealt with poker saw their advertising drop to zero and went bankrupt and thousands of small business's that sold all sorts of poker related stuff went belly up.
Full Tilt, a magazine that was about to actually PAY me to write for them closed.
WHO's will tell you that the banks were sort of screwed. How were they going stop funds going to poker sites. That is like saying stop all funds that are used to buy dog food. HOW???
So with Neteller closed, a very safe bank, us poker players were forced to find other ways to fund accounts. This is not a big problem but instead of a safe haven for money we have to go through el Presidante' in the Republic of Godonlyknows and hope there is no coup in the next 5 years
On a side point - Americans were crushing Europeans and bringing in a ton of money from overseas.
So when I said Republicans I was just including ALL of them because if this anal herding instinct that BOTH parties seem to have. Not many free thinkers in either party.
I'm not anti-Republican. I'm anti neo-conservatives. It's good that people question the other side. Checks and balances are a good thing.
And don't get me started with FOX news (who has joined with the Taliban denouncing Obama's Nobel Peace Prize) which is calling DOW 10,000 a "Bush recovery". "If it was not for George Bush we would not be having a recovery."
HELP STOP ME!!!!!!
on to better things!!
I normally don't post other peoples photos (copyright and all that) but I found an exception this time. This was taken by Koushik Ray with a Nikon Cookpix.
Give Peace a Chance
Sorry for getting carried away!