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Washington Supreme Court to hear case

Blaming the pipe because the water's dirty?

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:54

Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments

Sounds like Mitt is reframing himself for a 2016 run.

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:34

Athens cop assaulted

Evidently the meaning of the c-word and the n-word are similiar and depends on who's saying it and in what context.

Cracker, sometimes white cracker or cracka, is a usually derogatory term for white people,[1] especially poor rural whites in the Southern United States. In reference to a native of Florida or Georgia, however, it is sometimes used in a neutral or positive context or self-descriptively with pride (see Florida cracker and Georgia cracker).[2] - Wikipedia

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:26

Cinco y Diez out of business in first year

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: "Big Family Cafe". Open 7 to 3.

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:13

Medical supplements can be implicated in cancer diagnosis

Nice article, April.

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 08:04

North Korea detainee due back in Ohio

The State Department has consistently communicated the risks of and posted warnings against travel to North Korea. While I'm glad Mr. Fowle is back, he should compensate the federal gubbermint for expenses incurred for his repatriation.

From the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs

North Korea Travel Warning
Last Updated: May 20, 2014

The Department of State strongly recommends against all travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or DPRK). This replaces the Travel Warning for North Korea of November 19, 2013, to update information on the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention of U.S. citizens in North Korea.

Travel by U.S. citizens to North Korea is not routine, and U.S. citizen tourists have been subject to arbitrary arrest and long-term detention. North Korean authorities have arrested U.S. citizens who entered the DPRK legally on valid DPRK visas as well as U.S. citizens who accidentally crossed into DPRK territory. The Department of State has also received reports of DPRK authorities arbitrarily detaining U.S. citizens without charges and not allowing them to depart the country. In the past 18 months, North Korea detained several U.S. citizens who were part of organized tours. Do not assume that joining a group tour or use of a tour guide will prevent your arrest or detention by North Korean authorities. Efforts by private tour operators to prevent or resolve past detentions of U.S. citizens in the DPRK have not succeeded in gaining their release.

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 07:53

Georgia electorate shrinks; fewer new voters are white

The nation as a whole is on a demographic trajectory to have a majority non-white population by the early 2040s.

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 07:36

Athens-Clarke commission to consider parking permit program near UGA medical campus, elsewhere in county

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - Does this mean that you have to pay $10.00 a year to park in front of your own house? [/quote]
Under the residential parking permit program, which must be approved by 65 percent of the property owners in an affected area, households are issued two parking hang tags for an annual fee of $10.

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 07:20

Georgia governor names Ebola Response Team

Why does the same or similar headline appear 4 times in one edition of the newspaper? It's confusing/distracting. Readers want to see the latest article on the subject. Cull out the duplicate, obsolete, and superseded ones.

posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 07:02

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of vehicular homicide charge in death of Athens school crossing guard

It sounds like our DA's office needs to hold some refresher courses on Criminal Law 101. Having to drop from vehicular homicide to failure to maintain lane is quite a fall.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 14:34

Man steals TV from Athens Target

[quote][b]OconeeJoe[/b] - Are you really a copycat if you're copying your own robbery? [/quote]
Good point, plus the use of the word "robbery" is incorrect.

Definition of rob: to take property unlawfully from (a person or place) by force or threat of force.

Like a shoplifter, he stole merchandise from the store, but he didn't rob it. He would be more accurately described as a serial thief.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:16

Georgia Gov. Deal forming Ebola response team

A political plum for the politician. Who's the group's czar?

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:06

Super drunk woman arrested, mistook jail for bar


posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 08:02

Deal, Carter, Hunt clash in debate

I've seen a couple of recent polls, and they have Deal and Carter both tied around 45%. A Rasmussen poll showed Deal ahead by 6%, but I don't trust Rasmussen, as it has a conservative bias and is used frequently by Fox News. Sometimes, their results don't even add up...

59% + 35% + 26% = 120%

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 07:55

Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

[quote][b]Oistrakh[/b] - To fly people from the affected areas to the US is basically bio-terrorism. Nobody is suggesting they not fly supplies and doctors in.(2nd paragraph) [/quote]
A travel ban "is intuitively attractive, and seems so simple," said Mike Leavitt, who led the Health and Human Services Department from 2005-2009. "We studied it intensely in preparation for H5N1. I became persuaded that there are lots of problems with it." (Last paragraph)

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:40

Statham woman warns police after receiving suspicious checks

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - Good to hear that not everyone falls for this scam. [/quote]
She fell for the first Fedex envelope. "The woman did as instructed."

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:30

George Dean's store in downtown Athens to close after 48 years

[quote][b]concerned citizen in athens[/b] - This would be a great place for Red Dress to open a store, in light of their recent 1.2 million $ deal from the Shark Tank. [/quote]
Why would they want to do that, if they already have a store in the former Barnett's location?

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:21

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

Meg Whitman and Lou Gerstner took over as CEOs at HP and IBM respectively during troubled times at each company, but they didn't have a background in the computer industry. Meg came from eBay and Lou from Amex. Hmm.

Addendum @ 12:30 . And then there was the late Steve Jobs.

Apple CEO’s legacy

Steve Jobs is a very difficult man to categorize. He was not a programmer nor a design engineer at the computer company he turned into the world’s biggest. His philosophy and management were, however, incredibly important in making the company what it is today. He leaves few lessons for designers and engineers.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 11:04

Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - 1) A travel ban from the African nations affected by this disease would have prevented the original Ebola patient, Mr. Duncan, from ever coming to the U.S. [/quote]
Really, now?

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:12

Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned

It's an election year, and politicians are trying to garner votes by stoking fear in the hearts of voters then offering them a simplistic "solution" to a complex issue involving many moving parts.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 09:31

Ebola 'czar' knows Washington, but not medicine

Facilitate, Coordinate, Communicate.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 06:22

Christie campaigns for Deal, makes connections for possible presidential run

I heard if Deal doesn't get re-elected, Georgians should expect major delays on the interstates during rush hour.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 16:16

Obama weighs Ebola czar; Texas toughens monitoring

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - Another czar? Really? Typical liberal solution, add another layer of government to an already massive bureaucracy.[/quote]
"Typical liberal solution"? Really? Look at this article, then get back to us. Note particularly the "czars" appointed from across political parties to deal with the AIDS epidemic.

[quote] That will solve the problem. [/quote]
G. W. Bush must have thought so, being he had so many of them. "Czar" is a poor choice of words, because it conjures up images of a Russian dictator to the emotionally immature. A so-called "czar" is meant to be a position with a singular focus and the authority to cut through bureaucratic red tape in order to get something done in as short amount of time as possible. For example, a military organization needs a totalitarian structure in order to move quickly to ensure its survival.
[quote] 1), 2), 3) [/quote]
20/20 hind sight is great, especially when it comes from an armchair politician.
[quote] 4) Privacy laws and civil liberties MUST take a back seat in an incident where potentially thousands of citizens lives could be affected. [/quote]
"Typical liberal solution" from a supporter of big gubbermint stepping on our rights to privacy. You must have been a cheerleader for the NSA. And then there's this ...

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

[quote]@mpd0.59: Sorry, but blaming the Texas Governor, the city of Dallas, or the Texas Presbyterian Hospital and it's employees, doesn't cut it.[/quote]
You need to brush up on your critical reading skills. Who's blaming Gov. Rick Perry for the outbreak? That's a bit like saying President Bush is to blame for Katrina hitting Louisiana. What I am saying is that both CEO's are responsible for being there to oversee the recovery. Imagine if Gov. Christie had just phoned in his efforts after hurricane Sandy hit. Recall G.W. Bush was severely criticized for only flying over New Orleans in AF-1 to view the devastation instead of "putting his loafers on the ground". Perry's optics are he's out of touch and preoccupied with his 2016 presidential campaign bid. Who blamed the City of Dallas? I do blame the administrators (not the rank-and-file employees) of TPH , who have admitted their culpability...

[quote] Blaming the victims, which all of the above are, is a pathetic attempt to pass the buck. [/quote]
I think Duncan deserved blame for lying about not having been in West Africa in order to be cleared for travel to the U.S. I don't place blame on nurses Pham or Vinson for doing their jobs as best they could under existing CDC protocols and the management of TPH.

[quote]Well whoop-dee-do. [/quote]
You political partisanship is exposed. Cover it up or you might catch something.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 15:18

Fraudulent checks laundered through UGA athletes' bank accounts

[quote][b]Oistrakh[/b] - The student "victims" provided transaction cards and PINs to the "thieves" is my guess. [/quote]
Why would the student "victims" rip themselves off?

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:06

Jackson County deputy helps two stranded motorists

Nowadays, if you aren't careful buying a new car, you could end up with one that carries no spare tire and jack, only a can of aerosol puncture sealer. Spare tires are becoming an additional cost option on some models, and perhaps no option at all on others. I don't know much about those "run flat" tires.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 09:59

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