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Besecker: Learn details of 10th District candidates' positions

Mr.Besecker, raising the Debt Limit allows the US Treasury to pay our past obligations. It does not give Congress the permission to add more debt, and your fundamental lack of knowledge about how this works is why it is scary that you can vote. When we don't pay our debts, the world looks at us as deadbeats. It causes rating agencies to downgrade our debt, so that the interest rates our government pays on our debt is higher. It causes massive stock market loses, which in turn causes businesses to stop spending. The ripple effect is massive. It's like you and your creditors. If you pay your bills on time, don't have more debt than you have in income, then you get the "good" rate. If you are always late, have too much debt, then you get the 21% credit card. We do NOT have more debt than we can pay. Do we have too much? Maybe, though I believe that our debt load as a percentage of our GDP is lower than it was when Bush left office. Now, do you want to lower the debt? Raise the taxes. Bush was told by his first two Treasury Secretaries that his tax cuts were slashing the revenue to the bone and would result in massive deficits. He fired them. Every economist worth their salt predicted that these tax cuts along with two unfunded wars, and Medicare Part D would bring us to our knees. And these predictions have been proven to be correct. Instead of voting for another idiot like Hice who will cause another market correction and great harm to "the full faith and credit of the US", vote for the man who is willing to compromise and really get us out of this mess. Broun was my representative, and he was a joke. No one in DC took his rants seriously because he is an ignorant doofus. Please, please don't elect another doofus!

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 06:58

Union pulls black college support after Koch gift

H-m-m--m....accept $25 million from the people we vilify as our enemy...or $50,000 from the group that has a vested interest in keeping us stupid, who are also our enemy, but we are too stupid to realize? Wonder how much of the money will actually trickle down to the students and how much will disappear into the United Negro College Fund Administrators bank accounts? If the Union was really interested in educating black kids, why would they pull their money? Even though it is a tiny crumb every dollar helps. What a bunch of idiots!

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 06:34

Bernard: GOP 10th District candidates problematic

@swimdawg68: I do not regret voting for Obama. I think he has done a exemplary job in absolutely crushing circumstances. I did not vote for George W. Bush because I knew him to be stupid, corrupt and hypocritical. When he ran, that was the first election that I ever voted for a Democrat. I knew what Bush's "handlers" wanted to do, and was terrified and filled with disbelief when he won. All of my worst fears came to pass--and then some. President Obama took over a disaster.Believe me, Bush will go down in history as the worst president. Obama took over a failing country swamped with staggering debt (Bush took over a stable, humming economy) Bush presided over two massive stock market corrections and recessions, the second of which was directly attributable to him. He was told by two Treasury Secretaries to not enact the Bush Tax cuts. He kept firing people til he got Paulson who agreed with everything the moron said. Bush made us a joke in the International Stage. When traveling overseas during his presidency, after he declared war on Iraq, no one wanted to be known as an American. I knew Americans that told people they were Canadian. And yet you people insist Obama give us a bad reputation! I think that, had McCain won, we would be in a Depression. Not to mention, being at war on five fronts (including Mexico!). I just wonder what Romney would have done when confronted with the crap in the Middle East. Since he appeared to be so spineless during the primaries, changing all his views, I would assume he would be puppeted by Cheney and Rove into many wars.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:57

John Wayne heirs sue university over the name Duke

@jtsim: Why are they morons? Surely a consumer would not associate the liquor (featuring John Wayne's picture) with Duke University. I would say the university legal eagles are the morons. Are they going after Duke Mayo next? Many families of celebrities use the celebrity in marketing. Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elvis, Michael Jackson....Mark Twain?

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 06:33

Hice is so stupid. He purports to be a Constitutionalist, yet is anti-ACLU! Does the idiot not realize the only reason the ACLU exits is to defend the Constitution? We HAVE to do better than an ignorant preacher and a mealy-mouthed, spineless TP wannabe.

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 13:31

Bernard: GOP 10th District candidates problematic

Vote for the Democrat? Just a suggestion. I was a Republican for over 40 years, but could not vote for Dubya the Dumb and "let's build a fish museum in the middle of nowhere " Perdue. I wrote in "Charles Darwin" rather than vote for the idiot Broun. I know a Dem has no chance in hell of winning, but for God's sake, we have to do something here in the 10th! And I am sick and tired of hearing how freedom is a God given right. What BS! Tell anyone that lives in a dictatorship or in a country ruled by the Taliban that God has given them rights. Do you Christians really think that God's power stops at our borders? Cause either he is a weak, hypocritical God that can't take care of anybody but us 'Mericans, or you are all full of BS! Our freedoms were granted by the Constitution, and until the SCOTUS destroys the Constitution, we shall remain free. God ain't got nothin' to do with it.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 19:56

63 abducted females escape extremists in Nigeria

@Used2baFreeCountry: you are very dumb. IF you read this article written by the Associated Press, you will see, in the very first sentence, "...women abducted two weeks ago...by Islamist extremist have escaped." So, please tell us again how they stopped using the phrase.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 19:23

Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

@Kwijibo Junior: No, can't have it both ways! You cannot use a legal construct to limit your families' personal liabilities, etc. and still claim you are a person with the same civil rights. No, no, no! And this is going to open a huge can of worms. But let's not be hysterical. Hobby Lobby officers 16 of 20 types of birth control coverage. They, wrongly, say the others are abortion aids--which science says they are not. So their employees still have coverage. Also, their employees can still go buy the morning after pill with their own dime. I am pro-choice, and this does appear as one more way for this Taliban Supreme Court to chip away at women's right to choose. Last thought...Scalia, the hypocrite that says this is about religious liberty ruled against Native Americans using peyote in their ceremonies. So, yet again, we see, you only have religious rights if you are a Christian. I want to see the case of a Muslim owned business go to the Supreme Court because they want to make their female employees wear the habib or head scarves. After all, that is their religion. Or, better yet, a Muslim owned business that wants the right of Sharia Law as regards to interest rates in their business. It is going to be interesting. I can't wait to see the POS Scalia tap dance his way out it that one!

posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 07:27

Boehner says House plans to sue Obama

Really? There aren't enough things undone, so this do- nothing Congress lurches off the tracks again. What a--holes!

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 18:23

Allen: Turmoil in Middle East reflects Presidnt Obama's lack of policy

Just like the old Yugoslavia was held together with the iron fist of a dictator (basically), so too Iraq was held together with the iron fist of Saddam. I have laughed my ass off as one by one these dysfunctional Middle Eastern countries have elected the worst of the worst in the first "free, democratic" elections that George W. Bush touted as his "success". Please go back and read and listen to Dubya the Dumb natter about his reasons for invading a sovereign country that had NEVER done a damn thing to us. Remember,please, that it was only when his stupidity was revealed and no WMDs were found, that his "mission" became bringing democracy to the Iraqui people. He took a beautiful city like Baghdad with parks and schools and museums and bombed the crap out of it, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraquis. Now you want to blame Obama for a failed foreign policy??? Blame Cheney, who needs to be slapped for his utter shamelessness as he goes on news shows and says these things about our President while it was his and his cadre of stupid whack jobs that have delivered us to this point. You can have your opinions Conservatives, but YOU CANNOT REWRITE HISTORY! We the people will not let you get away with this. And the headline of this pathetic editorial should be" Turmoil in the Middle East is due to Dick Cheney and George W. Bush's desire to let personal wealth trump intelligence." The French told us why they were not going to join our trumped up war. They told us why and how we would fail, and Dubya the Dumb did it anyway. You neocons make me sick!

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 06:32

Man reports car broken into while he exercised at YMCA

What kind of an idiot would take a Tory Burch handbag and a Louis Vitton wallet to the Y? Then leave them in the car?

posted @ Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 16:11

Broyard: Software will improve local anti-poverty efforts

First of, let me say that Community Connection does a fantastic job. I have worked with charities that have interacted with that organization, and you could not ask for a more dedicated group of people. However, I would like to make a few points. Our poverty rate has increased since the One Athens initiative because, as I have observed, there has been no incentives for those living In poverty to work. The more our local organizations have worked to give them access to free programs, the more they have taken. I have watched heroes like Tim Johnson work his tail off on various programs--Whatever It Takes being the most incredible attempt to get kids to go to and stay in school--as I can imagine. Yet, it seems to me, there is a declining interest in the kids he sought to serve as they got older and moved to middle and high school to get an education. I have seen young teens get pregnant and ask for and receive help, from many agencies --again, agencies filled with hard working, well intentioned volunteers and directors-- who then only turned around and got pregnant again, and again and again. One young woman, still in her twenties had five children. All with different fathers, none of whom helped with child support. I was at a community workshop where one organization was getting input from the people in the community, and I had an interesting conversation with a young woman who was a community organizer, a term for someone who tells people where to get free services. She had three kids, and she had learned how to game the system! All three kids had benefited from many programs. This I didn't begrudge, since these kids didn't ask to be born. That was why we volunteers were there, trying to help. But this woman was bragging about getting so many free services that stunned me. One of her kids had just gotten braces, paid for by some service. I guess what galled me is that we had just spent a fortune on braces for our two kids. None of her worthless baby daddies chipped in a dime. Every Christmas, our office spent literally thousands of dollars collecting and giving toys to he Salvation Army. The parents would give us the first names of their kids, and tell us what they wanted and needed. They gave us clothes sizes, colors, etc. We had so much fun tracking down the toys and clothes. The last year we did it, one of our volunteers that had taken the toys to the event where the families could come get the gifts which had been requested was verbally attacked because the woman's son had not received a Play Station! He said he felt like s__t by the time she got finished dressing him down in front of her friends? The next Christmas, we decided not to participate. I have lost heart trying to help fix a system that cannot be fixed by giving people goods and services. Mr. Broyard, improving your software is NOT going to do it! I promise you. We need to get young women into programs that will help them learn that they are better than sperm deposits for men that have not interest in them beyond sex. We need a "Just say NO" program for pre-teen and teen girls. We need cheap and accessible birth control. We need to figure out how to glorify education to young men as well as we glorify basketball and football. We need to keep these men in school and try to get companies into the area that will pay them a living wage. If you ride around the streets of certain areas during the day, all you see are young men wearing the gang uniform of their street hanging out on porches and on corners. You need programs to teach these young men to value themselves enough to wear pants that don't fall off when they run (yes, I HAVE seen that embarrassing thing occur). We have to stop giving and giving without asking the recipients to give back something in return. It's like feeding bears. It makes you feel good to do it, but when you run out of money, as many charities are, the bears are going to eat you.

posted @ Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 07:11

State should allow sexual health questions on teen survey

@Duke Briscoe: I don't believe it. Too many young, impressionable girls who would do anything to be in the limelight. Juno was one long ode to brave young motherhood. The problem is, these girls don't understand what this entails. The grandmas end up "taking care" of the kid. Why can't the media highlight women and girls with real accomplishments?

posted @ Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 07:17

State should allow sexual health questions on teen survey

As long as the religious Right rules this state, you will never have a hope of lowering the teen pregnancy rate. I also think that, throughout the country, there seems to be a certain cachet to be a teen mother. TV and movies glamorize and dramatize it. It's sad. There are third and forth generations of single mothers. I know of one family where the grandmother is only 32! No fathers anywhere to be seen. Again, sad.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 20:07

Echols: New carbon rule is administrative overreach

When SoCo says jump, Tim Echols asks, "How high?" The PSC in GA is a joke. They rarely turn down a rate hike for the utilities, and, never, to my knowledge force Southern Company to adhere to the laws making them update their existing plants. Do we really want our cities to be like The miserable cities in China, where the air is unbreatheable? Anyone over the age of fifty remembers how awful our cities were becoming in the seventies. In NY, when it rained, the water created acid which pitied the paint on cars. The strict controls on the factories upwind, in other states, eventually solved the problem. Many rivers in this country were so polluted, you couldn't eat fish from the, couldn't drink water from them, and one river in NY, actually caught on fire. Because many of the pollution problems crossed many state lines, the EPA was the most intelligent way to handle the issues. Acid Rain could not have been halted without the EPA. Los Angeles was beginning to look like what Beijing looks like today until CA clamped down on gas mileage and emissions control. Until the PSC let's the people of Georgia have the same incentives to convert to solar that other state have (leasing solar panels,etc), we are going to be at the mercy of SoCo. And Echols will continue to tell us how much better off we are with things the way they are. If he is so worried about the costs, let us have the same laws CA has that incentivizes every alternative energy source. Eventually, the costs come down and, more importantly, asthma and other diseases will go away.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 07:01

Basu: All angles on mass shooting motives should be considered

Am I the only one that sees parallels to religious fundamentalist beliefs that hold women accountable for all men's woes? The conservative religious groups in this country that force women to have five, six, seven children and feel that if a woman does not submit to a man's sexual demands she deserves the punishments that she receives. We see this type of behavior in the Taliban, which for decades operated without scrutiny, committing horrible acts against women (rape, stoning, beheading, burning) in public stadiums. It was only when they endangered our access to oil, did this country do anything. And now these types are coming back en masse like cancer in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the rise of the culture in this country that gives these misogynists "permission" to blame women for males frustrations ( job loss, sexual frustration, lower SAT score!) coupled with virtually no gun control, we can look forward to more "justified" killing of women. And if you think we don't have religious groups like this here, surf the internet. The horrible things these people say about women will make you want to vomit.

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 07:35

What Others Say: President's move on coal makes sense (The Miami Herald)

@Used2baFreeCountry: Yeah, and look where that lack of long term planning has gotten us! In the Seventies, if, as a country, we had gotten our heads out of our a$$es, we wouldn't have been in the position of being held hostage by Middle Eastern oil interests, promoted by a dangerously ignorant oil industry president (Dubya the Dumb). Southern Company has slithered out of every regulation they could. Here in Athens we live downwind of one of their coal fired plants, and some summer days the air just stinks. It smells and tastes toxic. This President was overwhelmingly elected because of his platform of at least attempting to improve the environment. You Cons are so convinced that the only people who voted for him were the entitlement mentality "takers" that you overlook the fact that millions of folks that voted for him were intelligent, employed people that were no longer willing to let corrupt, lazy politicians create policy that would allow the pollution of our air and water to continue. Our children and grandchildren deserve better.

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 07:20

McManus: Sadly, VA scandal fits Obama narrative

@dahreese: Amen! It's strange the Neocons never seem to "get it".

posted @ Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 07:14

Pitts: Ridicule of hashtag campaign sobering

@sweept: most media reporting does call them Muslim terrorists. If you read and listened to intelligent journalists rather than being told by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity that the media doesn't do this, you would know this. Sad.

posted @ Monday, May 26, 2014 - 18:05

Parker: Republicans must be clear about who they are

Can you really, with a straight face, deduce that, in order to solve our problems with Social Security we should produce more children?! I have to admit your editorial is so poorly written, I actually have no clue what "values" you are espousing . You are not well informed, Ms. Parker. In a world with ever dwindling resources-- water comes to mind--insinuating we need to stop abortion to have more people to support old people is insane. The elderly will eventually die. We all die. In the meantime, if you want to assure a more secure old age then produce fewer people, raise the normal retirement age to 70, and eliminate the SS withholding level. Right now it is $103,000, I believe (haven't looked lately). If we ALL paid a portion of EVERY dollar into SS, we would have a sustainable program. Having more babies who will, in turn, become old and non-producing is ludicrous. As to blaming President Obama (I think that was what you did--though it's hard to tell) for "the trend toward more government interference in private American life..." you are laughable! Which party slammed through the USA Patriot Act, which requires government knowledge of every aspect of our financial, educational lives? Which party espouses government interference in our sex lives? Which party fought tooth and nail just to keep us from buying a bottle of wine on Sunday? I would love for you to re-write this and enumerate your party's values (yeah, we can tell you're a Republican). Betcha can't do it.

posted @ Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 07:11

Catholic principal regrets Ellen DeGeneres dance photo

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Rather than use the photo of one of the best hosts of the Oscars, ever, who will they go with? It's sad these people have nothing better to concern their narrow little minds with.

posted @ Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 15:12

Grimes: Renewing driver's license should be easier

Want another egregious example of government intrusion? FINRA, the agency which polices financial institutions has decided to implement a data gathering system called CARDS which will gather data on and monitor EVERY investment that an individual makes to "make certain the investment is appropriate"! If you do not think this is terrifying, then think again. The government will store all of your personal financial information, including account numbers, in one convenient place. I've been in this business 26 years, and FINRA has always had the power to take our license or take us to jail if a client had a beef and proof of wrong doing. In a free market an investor should not be treated as a idiot that cannot decide for himsel or herself what an "appropriate investment" is. No details on how this CARD system will work, but I do not want the government to have this information on myself, as an investor.

posted @ Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 07:11

Schram: Rove again shows mastery of media manipulation

Read the book, "Bush's Brain" it is frightening how much power this A-hole has, and how he got it. The night of the 2012 election, he was insisting on Fox News that Obama was losing, even as most reputable pollsters were telling the media otherwise. It made me queasy, since I honestly believe that he has been able to manipulate the vote in the past (hanging chads???) to get his candidates elected.

posted @ Friday, May 16, 2014 - 07:21

What Others Say: Time for real answers on Benghazi (Savannah Morning News)

All administrations have "talking points", We the People know this as "spin". Dubya the Dumb and his brain, Karl Rove, were masters at spinning. Listen to anything out of Bush's mouth, Cheney's mouth, Rumsfeld's mouth, or Wolfowicz's mouth, around anything this Axis of Evil conspired to do, from ignoring the warnings that were given to Condi Rice that might have prevented the 9/11 attacks, to outing Valarie Plame in retaliation for her husband telling the world, that Iraq didn't get yellowcake from Africa, to why they missed killing Osama Bin Ladin. So, Repugs, get off your damn high horse, the attacks in Benghazi started and ended in 45 minutes. The milatary has testified, ad nauseum, that they just couldn't get to this outpost in time. The ambassador was a friend of Hilary Clinton's--do you really think that they didn't do what they could to get there? And, you pontificating, hypocritical, brain dead amoebas, what difference does the reasons behind the attacks make? I will take Obama's foreign policy vs The Republican's any day. You are wasting our time and money on this crap, when we have real problems that need to be solved.

posted @ Friday, May 9, 2014 - 07:18

Nevada rancher Bundy condemned for racist remarks

Look at his pathetic, bony cows! Here in GA, the authorities are debating whether to take away the malnourished cows of an 80 year old man. Too bad the Humane Society can't just confiscate Bundy's cows for abuse. Also, too bad the Wingnuts that worship at the altar of Hannity and his ilk can't see what a sham this worthless piece of dung is.

posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 - 07:15

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