Observation

Observation

2016 was a bad year for US growth.

2016 proved to be a really bad year for the US economy.

In the 4th Qtr the economy grew at an anemic 1.9% but that was trying to lift the year which was even worse totally at 1.6%. The economy slowed from 2015 which already was not a great year for the economy.

The economy was the worse since 2011.

https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/national/gdp/2017/pdf/gdp4q16_adv.pdf

Another positive story about a police officer

A white police officer spotted a young, African-American male walking in an area where few people walked. He did NOT hassle the young man, He did NOT arrest the young man, He did NOT shoot the young man. Rather he and other officers with whom he serves helped the young man. Read what they did and why they did it here: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/this-teenager-was-walking-for-hours-to-...

Hickey ran past the WLS Admin Building on Tuesday

It was at about noon. He was shirtless and wearing a skimpy pair of blue running shorts. He came down Woodley, rounded past the Kern house, and hopped from the street to the sidewalk. He trotted on WLS property towards West Lincolnshire and directly in front of the window of his old office/the new superintendent's office.

Funny...not funny.

Watching the many posters on here become unhinged

Sitting back and watching the posters on here has brought hours of entertainment in the last several months.

I haven't even had to make a post. Just come in and read and it's been hilarious. So many have become almost completely unhinged and just keep writing and writing much to my enjoyment.

Thanks for the laughs.

Parallels between Baylor University scandal and Republican Party's nominating The Donald for POTUS

Baylor University is a Christian, faith-based, private university the leadership of which enabled innumerable male university athletes in allowing them to create and maintain an air of sexual terror among the female population of that campus.

Where were this girl's parents (and the authorities) when she left Sweden?

Here's a link to an article showing how one young girl was convinced to go to the Middle East with a radicalized young man. https://www.yahoo.com/news/im-going-die-swedish-girl-tells-life-under-04... In short, she was so young, she had no idea what she was getting into. I guess she was "in love."
This girl was SO YOUNG. She was only 15! Why was she so free to travel without some parental involvement? Why didn't any authorities stop what amounts to kidnapping and statutory rape? And, shouldn't this story be shared with teenagers throughout the "West?"

Rich Kinder calls this stock market: "...a Chicken Little, the sky-is-falling market."

Rich Kinder is the founder of energy giant Kinder Morgan. His analysis of the current investment environment, I admit, parallels my own. But (very) Rich Kinder has much better credentials than do I. There are very knowledgeable people who disagree with (very) Rich Kinder. No one is infallible.

GuestZero's last post

I don't do this often, but this time, it is worth it.

It is with great sadness that I have to inform all of you that GuestZero won't be posting here anymore. It is not because of his behavior or language, but I have been told he passed away yesterday. GZ was someone I got to know online and offline, and he was a nice guy and is not as caustic as he appears online. He went out of his way to help the community, even been known to apprehend a robber or two making where ever he lived safer.

Even though he was not as caustic in person, he still believed in everything he posted online. Knowing the full picture of who he was, I always smiled the way he said things. It would be almost in the same way as a comedian would make a point in a sarcastic way; he would make points in his way. He loved the area and loved the schools and wanted to make them better. He did go above and beyond armchair quarterbacking and did things to make the community better in person.

He will be missed on this site and in real life. Thank you for everything you shared with us. :(

If you have a story about GZ either online or offline, feel free to share it.

Why Vicki Donovan-Lyle's delinquent tax history is worse than it appears

A couple of days ago, Thomas posted a story about Vicki Donovan-Lyle's tax delinquency for almost 2 years.

A couple of commenters mentioned about it not being much, so what is the big deal?

Here is why this is worse than it appears:

When talking about a public figure goes from free speech to libel

There is a site out there about Patrick Hickey and Jeremy Baumhower which probably steps across the lines of what is acceptable and what is not. Public figures have a high threshold to prove slander and libel and they have to prove there is malice in the presentation of speech. In this context, the phrase refers to knowledge or reckless lack of investigation, rather than its ordinary meaning of malicious intent.

Education Is an Effective Investment in the Future.

I am providing a link to an article which shows -- unsurprisingly -- that those states with the highest percentage of citizens with college educations, also, generally, spend the most on k-12 education, AND have higher median incomes than do most other states.
Here's the link: https://www.yahoo.com/realestate/the-most-educated-states-in-america-203...

Superintendent Patrick Hickey of Washington Local Schools

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Flag City Water experience

There are times when you have problems and the test of a company is how they respond to the problems. I had such a situation with Flag City Water where their water softener was a little underpowered for our house. After discussing the situation with them and letting them know how disappointed I was with their product, they went out of their way to fix it. Justin worked hard to upgrade our water softner for a nominal fee and went the extra step with some ohter items we wanted. So a bad situation turned better by great customer service and I came away happy with how things turned out.

Northwest Ohio's for sale politicians? You be the judge.

Wood and Fulton County residents are fighting the proposed NEXUS Pipeline. Within the districts of State Rep Barbara Sears and U.S. Rep Robert Latta local governments have come out against the NEXUS Pipeline. Resolutions against include:
Fulton County
Wood County
Waterville Township
Swancreek Township
Providence Township
Middleton Township
Amboy Township
Fulton Township
The village of Swanton
The village of Metamora

ALEC Does Dallas
ALEC Agenda: Medicaid, Schools, and Exporting Our Gas

Try Stepping Into Trayvon Martin's Shoes For A Minute

We all know George Zimmerman's side of the story regarding the night he shot Trayvon Martin, his state of mind, how he feared for his life. But, Martin can't tell his side of things. He was a human being with a state of mind too. With all that was going on that night, does anyone ever consider that he was probably fearing for his life as well. At what point would he have had the right to take action to defend his own life?

Let's stop making it all about George for a moment and put ourselves in Martin's shoes.

Doesn't This President's Dealings With Iran Make You Mad?

Everybody's upset with Obama, but they seem to love this guy.

Don't Believe Everything You Hear

For those of you that listen to Rush Limbaugh, you might want to know he tried to fool you today. He did so by taking Sen. Tom Harkin's words out of context. Hopefully you all had the sense to check things out for yourselves before believing everything you heard.

If you make $50,000 per year, you pay:

Why Obama is blatantly breaking U.S. immigraton laws

Only scanned this article about Stockman's opinion:

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/congressman-at-border-obama-begging-to-be-imp...

But think he is on to something. My question when this unilateral amnesty deal started - and then when it was revealed that Obama started recruiting "amnesty helpers" (to coin a term) BACK IN JANUARY -- my question was WHY is he doing this, when he knows that congress will eventually be forced to slap him down, so to speak?

Breeding Hatred and Swampbubbles

It is this kind of hatred and disrespect that I see here that breeds the kind of people who shoot down airplanes and kill innocent men, women and children. I'll not be posting on Swampbubbles any longer until the atmosphere changes. Chris Meyers, thanks for providing a venue for people to share ideas and interact with the community of humans. I have been a member for 7 years and 24 weeks but the air has become way too toxic for me.

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