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Lack of Internet access has Oconee residents lining up for an explanation

@sweept: Don't know about rights. I know you can have more than one cable company competing in the same area and against satellite/dish providers. Even if Charter had exclusive rights, it still wouldn't make business sense to a provide service that loses money unless they are forced to by the gubbermint. Maybe that's what the conservative residents of Oconee County wanted, i.e. a mandate from Big Brother or for Big Brother to run its own internet business.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 13:11

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." - Benjamin Franklin, key Founding Father.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:35

In final Georgia Senate ad, Perdue zeroes in on trust

The trust issue could backfire in Perdue's face: gender based wage discrimination, outsourcer-in-chief, education on cruise control.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:27

Odds of catching Ebola small

The ones most at risk are the dedicated heathcare workers who volunteer to treat Ebola patients.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12:24

Lack of Internet access has Oconee residents lining up for an explanation

The $5K resident should remember it's all a matter of free market economics. A cable company isn't going to invest in laying a line out to a new area unless there is sufficient customer density to recoup their construction and maintenance costs and make a decent return on capital. Now, if that $5K resident could get other residents to chip in and finance that new line, Charter might be willing to maintain it, if there are a sufficient number of customers. Does AT&T have DSL service out that way? How about wireless internet services like 3G? Otherwise, there's always dial-up providers.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:45

Athens CVB looks to renovate historic fire hall

@Kwijibo Junior: I'm assuming your speaking about Levy Restaurants. We're listening, so give us some examples/specifics.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:20

Lack of Internet access has Oconee residents lining up for an explanation

@grove600: That's only guaranteed for the first six months.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:08

Athens woman tries to pay for police report with fake bill

I had a five dollar bill once that was rejected by the retailer based on the pen test. I looked at it real closely and couldn't find anything suspicious, so I took it to the bank and let them run it through their machine. It was genuine, confirming the low reliability of the pen test.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:58

Broun facing continued scrutiny over ethics complaint

Couldn't happen to a more deserving guy.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:51

Solid third-quarter US economic growth is expected

"Slow and steady" is sustainable as it reduces the chances of another bubble due to "irrational exuberance".

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:37

Women voters likely to decide Georgia elections

@cyou299: Another Stepford wife.

posted @ Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:31

Lack of Internet access has Oconee residents lining up for an explanation

Charter has plenty of internet capacity in ACC. Maybe that's why it sometimes takes over a minute to change tv channels, since they went to all digital access.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 23:46

Rocket explosion setback for commercial space

Elon Musk and SpaceX are exactly right.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 23:41

How well did the Fed's stimulus work?

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - The POLICIES of George W Bush did not cause the recession. [/quote]

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The fundamental question remains, "Are you better off economically today than you were on Jan 19, 2009?"

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 20:06

Georgia officials to meet privately with strip club owners

@crackerjack: Exactly.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 19:47

Convention & Visitors Bureau looks to renovate historic fire hall

@Kwijibo Junior: Paul Cramer has done an excellent job of building up the Classic Center.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 19:44

Houston bus owner gets probation in 2008 crash that killed 17

Basically, no one was accountable.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:58

Wreck cleared on W. Broad St.

Unusual spot for an accident. Usually it's at the major intersection one block up.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:49

NCAA says Gurley must sit two more games

Sit, Gurley, Sit. Good Dawg, Good Dawg.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:46

How well did the Fed's stimulus work?

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - Liberals.....royally screwing things up until a conservative comes along to straighten it out, and then complaining about it when they do. [/quote]
It was President Bush who led us into the 2008 Great Recession (nearly Second Great Depression) and then used taxpayer money to bailout those financial institutions he deemed too big to fail in order to keep the credit markets from freezing up. President Obama inherited his predecessor's mess and tried to straighten it out as best he could. Did he do everything right? No, of course not, but it was a crisis for which there was no precedent except perhaps the 1929 Great Depression. Ben Bernanke, nominated by Bush for Fed Chairman, was a student of the Great Depression, and it was clear in his mind what should NOT be done in order to avoid another ten year depression. Overall, today we are clearly much better off economically than we were on Jan 19, 2009. There is so much oil being produced, the cost of crude keeps going down along with gasoline prices, while the oil producers are having a time finding the storage space to put it all. Ditto natural gas. The stock market is at very high levels even as the Fed just announced an end to its bond buying program aka Q.E. aka "printing money". There is very little core inflation, which is why fed interest rates remain near zero for the foreseeable future. The 8.7 million jobs lost during the Great Recession have since been recovered. The unemployment rate is back to its pre-recession level with four million job openings looking for qualified candidates. On the negative side, middle income housing hasn't recovered, low interest rates are hurting folks on fixed income, there are high numbers of long term employed, middle income earners are still struggling while high income earners have more than recovered, a possible student loan bubble in the making. In other words, there's still work to be done, but the worst is behind us. How's the car business? My understanding is that GM's domestic sales are doing well despite all the recalls. You'll remember the bailout of GM started under Bush and continued under Obama. The greatest threat to our economy is whether the EU can keep from going into a deep recession. They are where we were.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:00

Feds: Engineer's sleepiness caused derailment

"Our focus on on-time performance versus our focus on safety." is one of the leading causes of worker unionization.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:42

Sarah Palin hopes to run for office again some day

She didn't want her spotlight taken away by a Monica come back.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:36

Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

What did Jesus have to say about homosexuality?

Ann Naffziger Answers:

If you were to read all four gospels thoroughly in search of Jesus’ teachings on homosexuality it would be a futile endeavor. Not only would you come to the end of the gospels without finding anything attributed to Jesus on the subject, you wouldn’t even find a single reference to the issue in any context.

In fact, there are only a handful of references to homosexuality in the entire Bible, but they are found in the Old Testament and Paul’s writings. (To put it in perspective, while there are only seven references to homosexuality, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of references to economic justice and the laws governing the accumulation and distribution of wealth.)

Jesus’ silence on the subject suggests that an issue which can be controversial and/or fraught with emotion these days was simply not a central issue in his lifetime 2,000 years ago in the land of Palestine. The fact that he didn’t address this issue leaves us all to ponder what he might say were he here today.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:32

Body cameras record Athens police and public interactions

I guess citizens should wear Google Glass to protect their rights.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:10

Cause sought for space-supply rocket explosion

Too much vinegar; not enough baking soda.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:08

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