Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Be careful when frying Thanksgiving turkey

Be careful when frying Thanksgiving turkey

BOC schedules extra meetings during holiday season

BOC schedules extra meetings during holiday season

McKoy: Paint your nails, put on your fuzzy socks, and be thankful

McKoy: Paint your nails, put on your fuzzy socks, and be thankful

Residents make volunteering a holiday tradition

Residents make volunteering a holiday tradition

Watkinsville city clerk named grand marshal for Christmas Parade - Oconee Enterprise: Lifestyles

Watkinsville city clerk named grand marshal for Christmas Parade - Oconee Enterprise: Lifestyles

Local Community Members Hold Legislative Breakfast

Local Community Members Hold Legislative Breakfast

Come what may to Kumquat Mae, I still love the restaurant and the Tailored Event was wonderful

Everyone who reads this blog knows I am a huge fan of the bakery/restaurant Kumquat Mae that used to be located on Barnett Shoals Road in Watkinsville but recently moved to Mitchell Bridge Road in Athens. My loyalties do not waver because of a county line or a little rain, so I was very happy to attend the Tailored Event with drinks from the Old Pal (damn that vermouth) and the National as well as Tracey Stewart of Kumquat Mae.
The evening started with a salmon paste on crackers and drinks from a very overworked bartender from the Old Pal. I stuck with the tried and true gin and tonic, which had a color I do not remember in my decades of drinking the ol' gin and tonic. But it was tasty nonetheless. We then grazed on a variety of outstanding venison, chocolate and cake, as well as roasted cauliflower, potatoes and sweet potato soup among various treats.

Condor Chocolates will be opening in Five Points soon with amazing dark chocolate desserts. I look forward to tasting more of Peter Dale's gourmet chocolate in the near future.

There were some grilled venison sausages as well as grilled and marinated venison that was extremely tasty and not too gamey for this critic's tender palate.

I look forward to future events upstairs in the special second half of the building where Kumquat Mae now resides, and yes it is worth the eight minute drive from Watkinsville any number of ways to get brunch or an almost famous nut burger in Athens.






Michael Moore: What's ahead for education in Georgia

Michael Moore: What's ahead for education in Georgia

Feds probe Kingston campaign

Feds probe Kingston campaign

Sports author switches gears to write 'Athens'

Sports author switches gears to write 'Athens'

High school roundup: Two more victories for Oconee Co. wrestling

High school roundup: Two more victories for Oconee Co. wrestling

Monday, November 24, 2014

Why bother with a general election?

Georgia needs a new generation of better candidates, and not just good ol' boy lobbyist/preacher types either. We need women and man, young and old, black and white, red and yellow, pink and green. The Democratic party better define themselves better or ass wipes like Rush Limbaugh and Eric Erickson and John Padgett will do it for us. Since when did education become so uncool? Why is conservation not hip with conservatives? Why do women never get elected statewide in Georgia? We need to have articulate, intelligent, capable candidates in every race up and down the board. We need to show that sexual preference really has no bearing on governmental performance. That marriage between the same gender will not cause Stone Mountain to crumble, and legal marijuana will not destroy families. We need to stand for something besides mediocrity and closing hospitals.

Why bother with a general election?

Thompson files Medical Marijuana Legislation



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Thompson Files Medical Marijuana Legislation

'We have the opportunity to provide doctors with an additional tool'

Atlanta, Ga. - November 24, 2014 - Georgia State Senator Curt Thompson (D-Norcoss) today pre-filed legislation that would legalize medical marijuana, along with a separate measure that would legalize and regulate marijuana retail sales to adults.

"Few would disagree that physicians need every good tool in their medical toolbox to provide the best health care possible to their patients. Whether that tool is a new diagnostic test, a new antibiotic or a form of proven pain reliever, doctors need the ability to provide the best possible short and long-term health care for their patients, SB 7 is designed to do just that," Thompson said.

Thompson's SB 7 would allow doctors to proscribe marijuana of up to two ounces for specific debilitating medical conditions, including: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis-C, ALS, Chrone's Disease, Alzheimer's and chronic or debilitating condition that cause Cachexia (wasting syndrome), severe and chronic pain, severe nausea and seizures/muscle spasms from epilepsy or MS. SB 7 also includes a number of common sense limitations and guardrails for dispensing the drug. Marijuana, like any other prescription drug, would be regulated.

In addition, Thompson has filed SR 6 to advance the conversation of marijuana use. This constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, would legalize, regulate and tax the sale of retail marijuana through licensed establishments. The tax collections would be constitutionally earmarked for education and transportation infrastructure. Many other states have passed similar measures.

Thompson said the retail marijuana would co-exist with, not replace, medical marijuana. SB 7 includes lengthy requirements about licensing facilities, excise taxes and fees, the creation of a state authority to regulate the sales. SR 6, while separate from medical marijuana treatment, puts the discussion of retail marijuana regulation and taxation on the table.
Thompson said SR 6 provides an opportunity to regulate sales and to make available another revenue stream without raising existing taxes.
 
"During the 2015 legislative session, we will have the opportunity to provide our doctors with an additional tool by legalizing marijuana for medical use. This past summer, a joint study committee examined the options for legalizing marijuana and, already, three bi-partisan bills have been filed," said Thompson. "Our discussions of marijuana in Georgia - in its many forms - have been largely limited to children's health. While I adamantly support cannabis oil treatments for children with severe medical problems, I believe physicians should have the ability to care for all of their patients, regardless of age. SB 7 would provide doctors another tool for care and treatment."

Thompson said Georgians will be hearing a great deal about these issues in the coming months and citizens deserve no less than a full exploration and debate by their elected officials.

"I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to advance the discussion of marijuana use and regulation and finding the best possible solution for Georgians," he said.

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Delta has Obama’s back on ‘much-needed’ immigration reform | Political Insider blog

Delta has Obama’s back on ‘much-needed’ immigration reform | Political Insider blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Loran Smith: Former UGA QB, state governor, Sanders was good to his alma mater

Loran Smith: Former UGA QB, state governor, Sanders was good to his alma mater

Oconee County’s Williamson signs with Georgia

Well done Harvey Humphries. I had the pleasure of working for him briefly in 1994. I am always happy when any Oconee County athlete inks with UGA or plays or walks-on or participates in any manner. Go Swim Dawgs, paddle, stroke, stroke, stroke.

Oconee County’s Williamson signs with Georgia

Athens' GDOT Representative Is Using His Influence on Behalf of a Client

Athens' GDOT Representative Is Using His Influence on Behalf of a Client

Jody Hice, Oconee's New Congressman, Only Wants to Create Conflict

Jody Hice, Athens' New Congressman, Only Wants to Create Conflict

Work begins on Mars Hill Road construction

Work begins on Mars Hill Road construction

Georgia Democrats try to find a way forward after election losses

Georgia Democrats try to find a way forward after election losses

Jason Carter on a potential comeback: ‘I’m not ruling it out.’ | Political Insider blog

Jason Carter on a potential comeback: ‘I’m not ruling it out.’ | Political Insider blog

SLIDESHOW: Rivers Alive Rose Creek Clean-up

SLIDESHOW: Rivers Alive Rose Creek Clean-up