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10 things to know about corporate inversions

Since the company becomes a foreign corporation after inversion, does that mean it is no longer a corporate person under U.S law and therefore can't make unlimited political donations to superpacs or have the same rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution?

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:36

New Kroger Marketplace opens Wednesday in Athens

Move over, Walmart.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 17:38

4 jailed after rocks tossed from freeway overpass

It pleases me to no end to hear these cowards got caught. WSB has a better write up of this story.


Kyhrie Harris, Juan Peterson, and Michael Ellis

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-arrest-2-after-boulder-throw...

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:01

Lawyers for Texas' Perry ask judge for dismissal

Here's the truth about special prosecutor Michael McCrum:

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/18/mccrum-story/

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 06:56

Refugee group hopeful despite opposition in Athens

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - It would seem, from the gist of the above article, they have made up their minds, and it's simply a matter of when, not if. Apparently you can't say no. [/quote]
Evidently not. It reminds me of when State Rep Doug McKillip's submitted a redistricting map of ACC without any input from the Mayor or County Commissoners.

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-04-22/commissioners-urge-feds-re...

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:51

Woman barred from Athens Kroger after she’s seen urinating in pot

Better headline: Woman arrested for using pot inside Kroger

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:23

Convenience store clerk shot to death in Atlanta

Tragic story, but it's pretty much irrelvant news to NE Georgia.

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:18

Georgia beer packaged in almost completely recycled can

Nobody buys beer. You only rent it.

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:38

2nd & Charles opens Thursday in Athens

I've visited their store in Augusta on Washington Rd, and it was pretty cool.

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:34

Refugee group hopeful despite opposition in Athens

“There was nothing in the email that made it seem like it was something I needed to be concerned about,” Denson said Thursday.

It sounds like our mayor was asleep at the wheel or disengaged at best. Where was her leadership when she was first contacted. She should have at least touched base with the person, regardless of whether she thought it could actually happen or made any sense. ACC has one of the highest poverty rates in Georgia, and this county can ill afford to take on refugees, who would be low income earners at best, if they could find jobs. They would be competing against longtime locals and college students for the same low paying jobs. Besides putting additional strain on our infrastructure and tax base, it would cause rents to rise for residents living in non-student housing. It makes more sense to relocate them to a major metro area like Savannah, Macon, or Augusta, where their degree of impact on local services would be less, and there would be more opportunities of employment. Our mayor really needs to play some serious catch up ball here.

McCrary said 90 percent of refugees helped by the International Rescue Committee are self-sufficient within six months. In that time, he said, refugees rely on federal assistance and receive no monetary help from state or local governments.

Whether you take money out of the front pocket or the back pocket, it's still money out of the pocket.

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 08:59

Woman who shot grandson likely won't face charges

[quote][b]ElevatorLady[/b] - Another Responsible Gun Owner. WTF. Seriously, who is that paranoid? [/quote]
Oscar Pistorius?

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 22:10

Woman barred from Athens Kroger after she’s seen urinating in pot

Strange -- the public facilities are next to the pharmacy area at the front of the store.

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 20:43

Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - As a Democrat ... [/quote]
Eh, no you're not. The Kennedy era ended over half a century ago.
[quote] He has stalled major legislation from being passed in the Senate. [/quote]
A purely political statement made without context or perspective:

Yes, the Senate is ignoring hundreds of bills passed by the GOP House. But it’s always that way.
By Philip Bump, The Washington Post, August 8

[Summary]

We parsed the data in a ton of different ways, trying to see if there was any reason that bills the House passed in this Congress are exceptional. We looked at the number of stalled bills as a percentage of the total number of bills introduced, at the size of the margin by which a party dominated the House, at the relationship between control of the House and control of the Senate. And there's nothing that makes the existing total of bills waiting for Senate action unusual. Nothing at all.

This Congress has introduced fewer bills than most past Congresses and put far fewer in front of the president to sign. It is, in fact, a remarkably unproductive Congress. But when it comes to House legislation that the Senate is ignoring, it's the same as it ever was.

Read the author's analysis at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/08/yes-the-senate...

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:28

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - The media and others like to point to other Presidents who left the White House to travel home (The Bush or Reagan Ranch, LBJ's Ranch, Kennedy's compound) but is going home really a vacation?[/quote]
Thank you for discrediting your own argument about Obama taking vacations.

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:40

Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

The American-Asian community isn't complaining, because they've heard these ribbings before done in the spirit of camaraderie. Common sense tells you you don't go in front of your loyal supporters and insult them to their faces. The only folks trying to make a bfd out of it are Republican operatives. Ironically I bet some of them are the same ones who object to changing the name of the Washington Redskins.

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 09:16

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

Insight from someone who's actually done the job rather than just talk about it:

Bush defends Obama's golf games
by David Jackson, USA TODAY 9:16 a.m. EDT September 24, 2013

In an interview on the Golf Channel, [George W.] Bush said Obama "ought to play golf" when he can.

"I know what it's like to be in the bubble," Bush said. "And I know the pressures of the job. And to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/09/24/obama-george-w-bush-gol...

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 08:53

UGA Ag school to tear down 155 buildings across state

$1.5 million to down 155 structures and replace a few seems reasonable.

posted @ Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 08:26

Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

I like his cool designer glasses, yet no one is speculating about his health as they did Hillary when she temporarily donned a pair. Perry now has that folksy Palin/Fey "you betcha" look, which should help him with Tea Party voters.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:28

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - @mpd0.59:
I am puzzled that you are unable to comprehend this simple fact.[/quote]
I'm not puzzled at your endless capacity to create speculations without any basis in fact. You should have been a defense attorney.
[quote] It was not Fox News that broke the law, It was not the Pentagon that broke the law. It was the President that again, broke the law. [/quote]
Strawman argument because I never said nor implied any of those things. Once against you're making things up inside you head.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:18

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - Here are excerpts from the Fox News article linked below:
"Senior military officials had advised President Obama not to make the Taliban-for-Bergdahl trade, a senior Defense official told Fox News. . ."
"The Defense official, in explaining internal military opposition to the exchange, said many in the military considered Bergdahl to be a traitor. . ."
[/quote]
Quoting from Fox News is like reading only the right side of a book.

McClatchy Washington Bureau - July 10, 2014
Military leaders back Bergdahl prisoner exchange
By James Rosen

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top military commanders unanimously support the controversial swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five imprisoned Taliban leaders, letters released Thursday show.

In the wake of criticism of the May 31 exchange, mainly from Republican lawmakers, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin solicited the views of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

All seven members of the Joint Chiefs, who head the major military services, sent Levin letters in support of the deal.

“Each of these military leaders emphasized a simple principle - America does not leave its troops behind,” Levin said in a statement.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/07/10/233024_military-leaders-back-bergd...

In its claim to be "fair and balanced", it's puzzling how Faux News could have neglected to include the views of the JCS and select "unnamed" sources instead. Methinks there's some shaping of the news going on.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:45

Bus driver cleared in fare issue

[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] - Further review showed that was actually missing was the other modals that make the center multi.[/quote]
Based on its project description, the only mode missing is commuter rail.

http://athensclarkecounty.com/2233/Project-17-Athens-Multimodal-Transportat

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:20

Record-setting new Bolton Dining Commons a long way from the Revoltin' Bolton of old

It'll be interesting to see if the football fans hit Bolton on game day.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:08

Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

I'm always suspicious when a lawyer speaks of the intentions, the motivations, and the remorsefullness of his/her client instead of letting the client speaking for him/herself. I have to wonder how much of what the lawyer is saying is truth versus haloing his/her client.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:03

Man claiming to be Marine questions service of wrong Athens cop

If he was a Marine, he would have had his military id on him.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 14:43

UPDATE: Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

Clarke County can't handle the influx on top of what they already have, so send the newcomers to Oconee County. They have everything.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 14:37

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