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AP Exclusive: Many sex offenders killed in California prison

Perhaps the answer to the predatory and dangerous sex offender problem is to send them to prison. While many inmate are the 'scum of the Earth' some do have children.  In their own way they are protecting their kids and the kids of others also.  

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 16:38

Keselowski still taking long road toward respect in NASCAR

I turned them off.  The Daytona qualifying (?) was stupid, and idiotic.  They tout this qualifying as similar to F1 in Europe but  because of the nature of nas-cars, the philosophy is much different. If I want to see race cars parked, I will go to an auto show.  When NASCAR decided they want race cars to go fast perhaps I may come back.  The Food Channel was more exciting that NASCAR qualifying.  

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 16:15

VIDEO: West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river

A local newspaper reports that one of Warren Buffets sand tar oil trains almost caught fire in Nebraska.  A train engine caught fire, the train was stopped along a section of track next to the Platt River.  The mile long train of tank cars containing 35000 galling of oil each could have proven to be an ecological disaster.  Apparently engine fires are a concern on these  oil trains because right behind the engine is a car filled with sand to act as a buffer.  The fire  was out when local fire departments responded.   Some cities have expressed strong concern about these dangerous trains rolling through towns.  This shows the grave danger of transporting all that  oil by train.  Build the KXL.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 15:59

Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

Glad you asked.  The differences when a budget issues between Congress and the White House based on philosophical and constitutional differences  it's a political issue.  The lack of  leadership then becomes apparent.   Two to three inches of snow is a 'snow day' amd reason to close down the government? LOL.  Executive actions can be used when Congress and the Executive are in agreement.  Executive action is not intended to rewrite the law of the land passed by Congress. 

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 15:57

Thousands still without power in Georgia, including in Athens area, after ice storm

I wonder now much power was generated by these record number of solar panels in Georgia.  We have had heavy overcast with rain, freezing rain and mist the past several days.  Now the panels are coated  with ice.  Clearly they could not produce the promised amount of power  and a nearby coal, gas or nuclear generator needed to remain spooled up to supply needed power.  

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 13:55

Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

WOW!  Now that is news.  The Feds can set priorities but the President cannot change the law passed by Congress in a bipartisan manner.  BTW, the Government is shutdown today because of the snow.  I guess this shutdown is OK though and the media will not make a big deal of it 

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 09:45

Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

The law is very specific.  The  Supreme Court had ruled that the government can assess a tax or a fine.  The three law makers now want the law ignored?   They helped write it and they voted for it  The ACA is the law of of the land.  If they want it amended they should go through the legislative process, write  an amendment to the ACA and run it through the process of how a bill becomes a law.  

posted @ Monday, February 16, 2015 - 22:35

Governor issues state of emergency, but Athens area likely to miss brunt of winter storm

@Greg Benson:
We must not confuse weather events or  Global Warming (CAGW which has stopped) and Climate Change.  Climate change has been going on since the beginning of time.  The Sahara was once a sea, Kansas was a swamp and the Arctic was once a tropical forest.  The climate is governed by solar and geological forces. Right now we are in a Inter Glacial period when much of  Earth was covered with ice.  Some climate researchers believe we are beginning a mini ice age.  Global warming has now been debunked by a January peer reviewed study in the prestigious Science Bulletin.  Scientific data shows the Earth has not warmed for 18 years 3 months far surpassing the Santer Threshold for human caused activity.  Hope you all took my advice and purchased a coat.

posted @ Monday, February 16, 2015 - 16:46

Gunshot fired on UGA campus in dispute between fraternities

As a former TKE I am  shocked.  

posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 18:55

Today's editorial cartoon

No, I'm not going to jump up waste my time with your demand  You sit there and make smug,  foolish and ridicules pronouncements totally devoid of fact or knowledge of current events then demand  someone prove their point when they see the world differently.  Ok...Ok...Ok. 

How  'bout the ISIS statement that, ..."we will fly the flag of Allah over the White House."

Or,  remarks from an ISIS leader saying he will see us in New York.;_ylt...

Or how 'bout ISIS threats on social media.

As far as Fox is concerned, don't watch them.  I don't...except Fox Sports which I am watching now, Daytona qualifications are on and I no longer want to waste my time with you. 

posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 14:25

Today's editorial cartoon

@cyou299: You are very correct and it is very  clear, we (US)  are not at war with Islamic terrorists.  The Islamic terrorists are at war with us however.  

posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 12:45

Indian man slammed down after caller reported 'black guy'

Many department have had to reduce training because of budget cuts.  Officers must be very careful dealing with people who may be deft, have disabilities and in this  case, a foreign born person.  Indeed, we are faced more and more with people who do not speak English. Training is the key.   Officers are also under pressure by their command  to make arrests, issue citation and meet an acceptable level of performance.  There is also the problem of police 'socialization' or police attitude as it applies to the civilian population for whom the officers work.  It is not the officer's law that is being violated and in this case there was no violation of the law except on the part of the officer.  

posted @ Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 10:38

Blacks conspicuous by absence at UGA

This quota and numbers game is so tedious.  Let's stop the race game . Let's allow everyone to  archive based on the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, their national  origin or sex.    

posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 23:38

Report: Georgia creating solar jobs 6 times faster than other states

Patrick:  In the early days of wind and solar it was touted as, 'free energy from the sun and wind.'  This was obviously a way to peak the interest of people.  It really got my interest, blew warm air up my kilt.  Solar collectors were inexpensive back in those days, people with a little bit of woodworking and metal working skills could build their own  hot water heaters or collectors to  heat a house.  Success was marginal at best.  A friend of mine used sheet plastic and 2x4s to heat  his plumbing shop. It really worked well until a wind came up and blew everything down. Thanks for asking. 

If we get snow Monday, It will be a hoot watching folks up on their roof brushing the snow and ice off their collectors.

posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 20:13

Study predicts big gains from boosting Georgia's tobacco tax

Several jurisdiction have learned that dramatically increasing taxes will lead to 'bootlegging' or the importation of untaxed tobacco products from foreign suppliers, Indian Reservations  or from lower taxed states into GA.    The harsh arrest and subsequent death of Mr. Garner in New York City resulted from the NYPD crack down of untaxed street sales ordered by the Mayor. Always unintended consequences.  With all that law enforcement needs  to be concerned with, should we saddle them with tobacco crime also?  

posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 16:15

Forecasters expecting cold, potential snow in north Georgia

Note to Four or All Wheel Drive owners.  You  might be able to move around better on ice and snow but you cannot stop quicker.  On ice and snow, drive like a little old lady and give yourself plenty of separation between vehicles.  Hope you all took my advice and purchased a coat.

posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:52

Today's editorial cartoon

Indeed.  They do provide a valuable service to the Media and the political  class by providing  information on behalf their clients.  Lobbyist often present pro and con arguments on specific issues which free the  law makers staff to draft legislation.   Most all states now have legislation outlawing elected officials accepting expensive gifts, trips, etc.  

posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 10:43

NBC probe should look beyond Williams

Looking beyond  Brian Williams?  Have  we forgotten about the old scoundrel Al Sharpton and his lies about the  Twanla Brawley hoax.  He is also a tax dodger owning the State of New York for his real estate scams and the Federal Government $4 million in back taxes.  Hillary said her airplane was shot at on approach into Bosnia and she had to run under fire to armored vehicles at the airport.  News footage show nothing whatsoever, there was a very casual presentation of flowers and speeches upon landing.  Then we have Liz Warren and her fib about being an Indian even though she is not a tribal member.  Let's not even go near the lies used to sell the ACA.  

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 18:25

Georgia creating solar jobs 6 times faster than other states

Patrick:  My intent was to sound a note of caution.  People get all warm and fuzzy about solar panels on the  roof and if you want to spend thousands of dollars for these things, go ahead. Heck,  one came installed on the motor coach to charge the battery's.  I have studied them for years and was caught up in the solar scam to a limited extent in the 1980s.  I believe they are a fraud and will never deliver the promised results.  Some things are made to work, some things are made to sell.  Perhaps solar has some limited value in tropical areas to heat water but the generation of useable electrical energy is inefficient, unreliable, expensive and inconsistent and a back up power supply Is necessary. 

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 18:18

Off-duty Athens-Clarke police officer charged with DUI in Gwinnett County

I would hope ACCPD has an employee assistance program in place.  Perhaps an assessment can be made, and as Chief Green said, the totality of the circumstances can be determined.  One of our officers (patrol rank but very well known in the  department)  who had a serious addiction developed a program which saved many careers.  Your  PD has a lot of time and money invested in this officer and others who may need help.  An EAP is time and money well spent.  

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 17:57

Athens gun shop owner testifies to Congress on asset seizure

Yes  I did and thanks for injecting politics into legalized theft of an innocent persons property.  It was a poorly crafted and unconstitutional law then and it is a terribly implemented practice now.  Today, it is not the Reagan IRS or Justice Department taking this action against innocent Americans.  Since it was Reagan's fault I hope we can count upon your support and you will join with is to pressure our elected representatives get this terrible law rescinded.   

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 15:23

Report: Georgia creating solar jobs 6 times faster than other states

    Solar is  most effective when the sky is clear and the sun directly overhead for most applications.   For small applications battery's will store solar or wind produced energy for a short time.  I have mentioned we have friends off grid in Colorado who have solar banks and wind chargers. They need a propane back-up generator to supply energy during periods of overcast and calm.  Battery's for a large scale operation are impractical.  Some have attempted to store energy in dams and release water over generators during the night which causes some environmental issue and if there is  not maximum sunlight during the day, maximum energy can not be generated to supply customers and pump water at the same time.  I mentioned Spain because I thought it fit the story line and I inserted a note of caution.  Many lost fortunes during the big solar hype in the 1980s.   If you believe the Spanish are wrong or 'false' take it up with their government officials.  The  Germans are trying to cope with no longer  being competitive on the world stage.   A new Merc. plant is being built in GA.   Thanks for your input.

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:41

Georgia creating solar jobs 6 times faster than other states

Having  7000 years of Scottish heritage, If I found a source of 'free' energy as solar was once touted, I would be the most robust supporter of solar  in the world.  I would beat a drum while walking down the middle of  the Atlanta Highway.  Show me how solar generators  will produce energy at midnight and I'll do it. 

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 09:49

Georgia creating solar jobs 6 times faster than other states

A note of caution:  Years ago the Spanish government planned to corner the market on 'green energy' and be a major supplier to the world.  They learned  that green energy jobs are not sustainable and eventually that  government believed their economy collapse resulted from their investment in this field.   

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 09:42

Athens gun shop owner testifies to Congress on asset seizure

The Civil Asset Forfeiture Law must be rescinded.  Allowing local law enforcement and the federal government an avenue of legal theft of property owned by innocent people is terrible.  The IS Constitution forbids this action yet it goes on.  Innocent people must prove their innocence, we have the stripper I  Nebraska who had $1 million seized by state police and this local guy.  Both were innocent.  Let's demand our representatives recimd this terrible law. 

posted @ Friday, February 13, 2015 - 09:34

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