Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

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Posted Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 6:26 AM
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  • My first reaction to your comment, Unique-Lies, was that the "alternate route" really doesn't create that much additional traffic through Shelbyville, and so it really wouldn't affect or be affected by the paving project one way or another. I confirmed that with B.J. Doughty, a spokesperson for TDOT, and here's what she e-mailed me:

    "We have been closely monitoring both interstate and detour route traffic -- and were prepared to halt the work in Shelbyville if we were seeing more than normal volumes/back-up.

    "By nature, daytime paving operations are going to cause some congestion. It's not ideal to have that work going on at the same time as Bonnaroo, but we felt we had a great traffic plan this year. I-24 has been free flowing yesterday and all day today. We've seen no traffic jams anywhere around the festival site.

    "Our project supervisor in Shelbyville will continue to keep us posted on the situation there so that we can take action if necessary."

    That's the end of the quote from TDOT.

    As for the paving itself, from everything I've seen, it's standard procedure. The state paves and repaves highways, to try to head off damage, and occasionally there's enough built-up pavement that some of it needs to be scraped away before you apply a new layer. You use the term "fraudulent," but paving is part of what the transportation department is supposed to be doing. There would be a lot more complaints if they didn't re-pave and that resulted in potholes on a heavily-traveled route like 231.

    I'm not privy to how they schedule what segments to do when, or how often, but I haven't seen any evidence that the work taking place on 231 is outside the norm.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Thu, Jun 7, 2012, at 6:03 PM
  • Thanks John. At first blush it would seem like questionable timing but they seem to be on top of it.

    My wife and I were talking a day or two ago about the condition of the road and why it would need repaving, but we certainly did not get out and inspect it up close. And if we complain, they can find ways to make us regret it, so....

    There are numerous places around the country I have wondered why roads were being repaved, but I am not an expert, so hopefully they have a good reason.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jun 8, 2012, at 10:21 AM
  • I don't know what TDoT does with the milled asphalt, but some states re-use it on secondary highways, and others use it to re-build shoulders. So, in most cases, it doesn't go to waste.

    -- Posted by Tyger on Sat, Jun 9, 2012, at 7:36 PM
  • If they need ideas, I can think of a driveway that would be very appreciative :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jun 10, 2012, at 7:02 AM
  • Your comment, Steve, reminds me of something else we sometimes get calls about. Of course, neither TDOT nor the local highway department is supposed to be working on private property. But the county highway department does, fairly frequently, push back fence rows if asked to do so by the landowner. The work takes place on the public right-of-way, making it legal, and the reason the highway department is happy to do it is because it improves visibility for drivers at intersections and in curves. But we'll invariably get a call telling us that the highway department is working on so-and-so's property.

    -- Posted by jcarney on Mon, Jun 11, 2012, at 8:18 AM
  • Made me think if I had any fences I needed reworked but I'm just farming deer, turkey and anything else that shows up so.... guess I don't need it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 11, 2012, at 10:06 AM
  • *Our government and nation has gone to you-know-where quicker with Obama than with any other president. We are so deep in debt, that there is no way out. The US government is so concerned about trying to rule other countries, that it tends to forget that there are millions of Americans who are looking at them for help; but the SOS is clearly not being heard. They are more concerned on getting votes and legalizing all of the illegals/terrorist.

    *Everyone knows that Obama, Holder, and others knew what was going on. If they didn't, then they wouldn't restrict the papers on the "mission". They will do whatever they can to save their own hides and throw everyone else under the bus. In the eyes of the government - it's the American way.

    *The election in Egypt, they did announce the new president, which is Mohamed Morsi a leader in the Muslim Brotherhood. If you know how to play chess, then you will see that this is a very strategic move. You try to position all of the pieces at certain areas so when it comes time, they you can overpower the Queen. The Queen in the Muslim's game is the takeover of the US and the world. Just like those in the past (Stalin, Hitler, and so on).

    *Everyone knows that Obama is going to win a second term. Even though, he clearly stated when he ran the first time, that he would be a one-term president. It doesn't matter if no one shows up at the poles to vote - he will continue to reign.

    *This country is no longer "our country". Americans are so distant to each other, that they time that they come together is in the eye of destruction. But even then, there will always be separation. The government sees us as dollar signs and numbers. We are no longer concerns to them, unless it is election time. If, American people would grow a backbone and get people into Congress, Senate, and the House who are REAL people and not politicians, then we may be able to save the US. Politicians do not care about their constituents - just the contributions. There are a few out there that are trying to fight for the American people. But there are sadly outnumbered by the ones who are just looking to line their pockets.

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Sun, Jun 24, 2012, at 11:53 PM
  • I hope those of you who voted for the King, are happy since his ObamaCare was approved by the Supreme Court today. Now, my family and I will have to figure out how exactly we are suppose to afford this new illegal mandate.

    I hope that all of the Obama followers are happy that families will now have to figure out if they are going to pay for food, rent, utilities or insurance. If they chose not to pay for the insurance, then they will have to figure out how to pay for all of the fines and penalties that they will receive from our socialist government.

    For us, we have cut everything that we can anyways to save money. We are down to the bare minimal of everything. The only thing left, in order to afford the new illegal insurance mandate, is to cut our utilities and our cable/phone/net service. If we cut all of these, then we will save almost enough to pay for the amount that we will have to pay each month.

    But what about the 2million+ families who cannot cut anything else? Those who are unemployed currently and are fighting to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads? Which obsessed fan of Obama will pick up their tabs?

    -- Posted by -Beth- on Thu, Jun 28, 2012, at 1:51 PM
  • Unique, Okay, I'm interested, but not convinced. I have a few questions.

    1. How can every individual be sovereign within a republic? Do we not relinquish our sovereignty to our representatives, and exercise our sovereignty through the act of voting?

    2. If artificial entities (like corporations or governments) were ever devoid of rights, did they not achieve them through a legal framework, which was ultimately (or at least theoretically) affirmed by the population, thereby conferring legitimacy?

    3. If congress voted on the bill (Obamacare), does it matter if the premiums are called "taxes" or not?

    4. What is a 14th amendment citizen exactly? I remember asking this before, but either I forgot or you never answered.

    5. Did you know that advising people not to pay their taxes within a public forum is probably not a good idea?

    6. This is the hardest for me to articulate, so please be patient. I know many examples of the word "person" being used to confer rights to entities clearly not "persons" in the traditional sense of the word, but no examples stripping a traditional "person" of that designation. In other words, I agree that an inclusive legal use of the word does exist, and does convey rights to non-people. I am, however, skeptical of an exclusive legal use that simultaneously excludes people from the tradition umbrella of the word "persons". Can you provide any examples?

    -- Posted by memyselfi on Mon, Jul 9, 2012, at 4:24 AM
  • I appreciate you taking the time to explain. I have been seriously thinking about it for a few days. Unfortunately, unless I am missing something, I just do not see the reality of your assertions. I am not implying that you are "wrong" just that when contrasted with precedence and intent (at least as I understand it) your interpretations are questionable.

    It seems as though you have become fixated upon the minutia of certain words and phrases, but neglect to appreciate the context of their use entirely. To further confuse the issue, you do not make a clear separation between natural and positive law.

    I would explain why I think so, but it would take a couple of hours and likely only serve to aggravate you.

    -- Posted by memyselfi on Thu, Jul 19, 2012, at 7:01 AM
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