The stuff we shove in our mouth. Amazing.posted @ Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 08:15
Yeah, but that'll never make press. Having a handicapped person of color who is a hustler would just crush 90% of Athens citizens. Some are questioning if he has a business license and does he collect and remit sales tax on his works? But again, it'll never make it to press.posted @ Monday, March 2, 2015 - 08:20
Don't rightly know, but their country cousin goes by Bupkis, and their European nephew is called Zilch.posted @ Friday, February 27, 2015 - 16:40
Null is the daughter of Mull and Nell and the sister of Zip and Nada.posted @ Friday, February 27, 2015 - 09:57
Now, you know you'll settle for a 99 cent subscription in a lawyer second.posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 14:29
A big dud on the weather forecast. Traffic was thin this morning. I guess more businesses made an early call to start late. Oh well, it's only business, money, schooling, etc.posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:58
Ok. That story. I remember it, but didn't follow the chatter to the end. and of course, now it's gone.posted @ Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 09:55
Damn. I just say that, then turn around and it's coming down hard as a rain/sleet mix. Might not be long now.
Back to the comments, It would be nice to have a place to start off-topic comments outside of the news story ones. That or we just pick one to hijack each day.
Stay safe tonight & in the morning.posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 15:39
Still showing 37 here, and nothing is landing in the puddle in the parking lot, so.....
No, it's good for the sheep to heed the call of their governor. What lacking common sense and personal responsibility and all.
If commenting (or cursing) while driving were illegal, I'd be a lifer in prison by now. In fact, I betcha someone's gonna get a cussing on my way home.posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 15:35
What story?posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:38
My outdoor thermometer is showing 37 right now. Chanel 2 radar shows the rain in ALA, sleet in MS and snow in LA. Maybe we'll get hit, maybe not.
As far as the veto thing, the Wall St Journal (I think it was) said O was setting himself up to be in isolation from the realities of the world and responsibilities of the office for the next 23 months. He's checked out, long ago by some calculations. And it seems he's going to be as divisive as possible, not only stateside, but globally too.posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:36
If (more likely when) this site goes black, I'll not know who anyone is under their "real" name on the new posting regime. So it's been a fun, funky, interesting and educational ride while it lasted. I've been blessed to "know" each of you, as well as all the other posters from the roaring years of yore.
It won't be the same. And it won't be "better", which is sad.
Keep it real folks.posted @ Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:52
@OCCountry: Huntsville went to a couple times a week printing..... a few years ago maybe? Anyway, hadn't heard about the migration of reporters though, but wouldn't doubt it. Of the many towns I travel through, I wonder if the mega massive news buildings are laughing at the fate of that industry, and directly at teh egotistical owners that built a moment to themselves.
@Kwijibo: You mean they renamed you "Ralph"?posted @ Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 11:46
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Yup. Going to the graveyard.
So long all my good commenting friends.
Just in the event we don't see each other on "the other side".posted @ Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 15:17
By the way, another board - more professional than this joint - has all new posters comments reviewed by the moderator, of which there are several. Regular posters get a pass though, and their comments or replies allowed to post through unread by the moderators, although they get seen after the fact. Violators of the posting ;policy get put in time-out, basically back to square one with posts being approved before going public. Clean and neat in my opinion.
Maybe that's where they're headed. Maybe not.posted @ Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:47
@OCCountry: Don't know if you remember, but several of us got into it with JT or Joe about the paper's revenues. They insisted it was from subscriptions more than ads, but that's a big steamy pile from my perspective. Ad revenues drive the revenue stream, and they are set, to some degree, by readership. I know in print they base it off of subscriptions and counter sales (boxes, kiosks, and retailers). There might be some mechanism for the comp papers sent to schools, hospitals, hotels, etc, but I don't know for sure. I can guarantee that they'll not share that info. For on-line, it's got to be like all other sites, by page views, unique visitors, time on the page, click through, etc.
My guess is they'll die off and get merged with Gainesville or someplace, and maybe have a handful of house reporters living here (probably two - tops) that report in via the web, do local reporting and make sales calls in the interim. The rest of the staff is out of the "big city".
They (the ABH) already does some of this to a degree. Got a call from the ABH "sales" department wanting me to buy ad space - the caller was from Jacksonville of all places. Thought it would be a long drive for them to actually visit my place of business.
Let's see how it plays out though.
Tons of other news sites have commenting via registration, no fee though.
Oh well. One day this place will go black.posted @ Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:33
They want to tamp down on us scofflaws. I had see a few pissing wars of late. And someone, can't remember who, got smashed by the ban hammer, again, a few weeks ago.
Seems that the new girl is quietly ruining the place.
Not like it was much of anything since the meltdown of a year or so ago.posted @ Friday, February 20, 2015 - 15:19
Anyone know what the expected rental rate per bedroom is?
You looking for an in-town "crash pad"?posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 17:24
Nope. Because they'd move it waaaaaay far awaaaaay from downtown and the bars.
Doesn't matter anyway. They'll all have at least one vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, scooter, moped, skateboard, etc.)_. And they'll ~drive~ the two blocks to class.posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 17:23
@mpd0.59: The easy fix is to make people pay their own way on health care. do stupid stuff, pay for the damages - - to yourself, others, and property. Period.
Oh, and pay for your rescue by government agencies. The Coast Guard risked the lives of a crew to rescue stranded sailors off the coast, in heavy seas, in the middle of winter. It's February. You're supposed to head to the Bahamas, not Maine.posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:53
You are correct. ISIS is at war, with the US, and the rest of the world really. And you are correct that the US - or at least our limp wristed government - isn't at war with ISIS. Hell, they can't even bring themselves to say their name hardly. Fear of offending those that wish to annihilate us at any chance they get.posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 15:03
I guess it's ~only~ five weeks away. Maybe they'll tell you the venues the shows and such are in, what, two, maybe three hours before show time?
"five Athens city blocks and dozens of venues" ..... maybe folks would like to know what blocks to avoid (driving and such) or what venues are impacted.
Or is it five blocks walk between venues? What's that..... from the 40 Watt to Comer?posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 14:17
I doubt that'll be "the cause" since there are other events that happened prior to the shooting that weren't religious related. Basically the guy is a hateful a*hole who fatally lashed out at some students, and they ~happen~ to be Muslim. I doubt there will be proof that he fatally lashed out at them ~because~ they were Muslim.
But, it seems that's the route so many folks take these days with crimes. They look for that angle and play it for all it's worth. Exceptions for crimes against white, middle to upper class, college graduated, married, employed or business owner, taxpaying, males. No one ever says those crimes were "motivated" by something, or that the victim's rights were violated.posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 13:41
They (the coaches at least) got caught cheating, the team loses their wins (per the league rules), and the parents play the race card.
Wonderful.posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:41
I am in favor of allowing the LOCAL citizens (legal by the way) to decide things for their community. And, they have to be responsible for teh results of that decision. Good, bad, or otherwise. State and Feds can butt out.posted @ Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:38
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
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