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Yarbrough: Nothing wrong with a Southern accent, y'all

@nowheregirl: Bless your heart, could it have been ya Mama and em? LOL

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:12

Yarbrough: Nothing wrong with a Southern accent, y'all

I'm reminded of the story where two ladies are seated next to each other on an airliner. One is from the South, the other from the North.

The Southern lady, in an attempt to make conversation, asks the other, "Where y'all from"? The Northern lady smugly responds, "I'm from where we don't end a sentence with a preposition." The Southern lady sweetly replies, "Oh, pardon me, where y'all from Enough said!!

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:07

Galis: Media wrong on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision

Unfortunately, it wasn't just the press that pushed misinformation on this Supreme Court ruling.

Politicians opposed to it, deliberately and continuously have misled the public on the scope and meaning of the ruling, in order to gain political points.

Knowing better, their pandering has been shameful.

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:38

Athens-Clarke County Finance Director John Culpepper announces retirement

@Jerry NeSmith: Agreed. He will be a hard one to replace. Thank you John, for your years of dedicated service to the ACC Government and the citizens it serves. Enjoy your retirement, you've earned it!

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:30

Stossel: Thin space between citizens and government

@proftom: "This is a big issue, but Stossel should know better as he is party to the network that insists on the problem being not enforcing the borders enough and blaming that on Obama alone."

And yet this is the same network that gives him his own forum to express his libertarian views. How dare they!

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 - 12:35

Stossel: Thin space between citizens and government

While I sympathize with Stossel's point of view, I think it is important to remember that our Border Patrol Agent's jobs do not stop at the border.

Many, if not most, of illegals who cross our borders, manage to make it far inland unabated. That they do, does not lessen the fact that they are still illegal, and should be apprehended.

The only way to stop the harassment of citizens going about their daily lives, is to secure our borders amply, and permanently. At this, we continue to fail miserably.

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:31

Athens-Clarke commissioners approve energy sustainability funding

And in other news, a century old water main breaks, flooding streets and businesses, costing them lost revenue, and possibly leaving ACC taxpayers responsible for cleanup via a lawsuit.

It's anyone's guess how many other of these relics exist among our infrastructure. Priorities people, priorities.

posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:20

S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

@Ben Had: "Accusing me of class warfare kind of ruffled my feathers."

I'd say it did more than that. It's amazing how sometimes in the heat of argument, one's true self emerges.

How many times have I heard liberals such as yourself, opine that the Republican Party is only made up of old, rich, white men, who only look down on those with less? Could it be that that description fits nicely in the Democratic Party? Pot meet Kettle.

Doling out just enough to those below poverty level to keep them dependent, while ensuring their continued votes, is hardly "representative" of their plight. Why they can't see it is beyond me.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:35

The Editor's Desk: More ideas on improving alternative transportation infrastructure

Considering the lead story above, referencing flooding along College Avenue, from an almost century old water main break, perhaps we should turn our attention to replacing our dated infrastructure, before we turn to "additional investments in alternative transportation"

I would guess that the "kind of place that is more attractive to economic development" would be one that doesn't produce flooded businesses.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:28

S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

@Ben Had: " I'm in the top 3% of wage earners." If I made 27k a year, I would kill myself!!!
Too funny.

It sounds to me like "scarborj", has a great deal more to be proud of than you do.

Raising two productive children on less than $30,000, doing so without public assistance, and being politically conservative is more typical than you might think. It's just that you don't hear about them as much. I wonder why?

Your response to her, and those like her, is not funny, it's pathetic.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:13

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

@mpd0.59: Can't disagree that the House Republicans are in disarray over this issue. As I stated above, they need to get off their duffs and pass something. That is what we are paying them to do.

I will disagree, however, that this is the major point here. The major point is that nothing is being accomplished in either the Senate or the House, and chaos continues to reign on our Southern border.

By the way, what's the difference in not being able to bring a bill to the floor for an up/down vote, and not allowing a bill to come to the floor for an up/ down vote, as continues unabated in the Senate. Seems like disarray is a two way street.

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:50

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

@snarkydude: Bingo!!

Had we been enforcing the current immigration laws now on the books, or had the President acted preemptively when first given notice of the coming crisis, there would be no need for a debate on how many millions or billions of dollars should be appropriated in a bill needed to feed, house, and provide medical care for the tens of thousands of illegals now on our southern border. Talk about closing the barn door.

As for the sex trafficking law passed by George Bush, how easy is that to amend?

Has anyone noticed that it wasn't in the years following the enactment of this law, that we witnessed a mass influx of children, teens and adults across our border at one time, but only after the enactment of the "Dream Act" created by the President with his pen and phone. It's not rocket science.

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:19

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

I agree the Republicans should get off their duffs, and pass an immigration bill. The chaos a handful of them are causing is not productive. Having said that, there is this from the article above:

"So even if the House did succeed in passing a bill Friday, there was no prospect for reaching a deal to send a bill to Obama's desk."

It's clear that one of three things would have happened had the House agreed upon, and sent to the Senate an immigration bill.
1) Harry Reid would have refused to let it come to vote, as he has countless other bills that have come from the House.
2) Had it come to a vote, it would have been defeated by the Democratic Majority.
3) If by some miracle it had passed a Senate vote, President Obama would have vetoed it. He isn't going to settle for less than what he wants.

Either way, we are right back where we started from.

"TeeWee" is correct with his assessment put forth in his last paragraph above. I am convinced President Obama isn't interested in any Congressional legislation, period.

He wants to unilaterally address this situation with his phone and pen, to achieve the goal he himself has set for immigration reform. He has all but said so publicly.

He may regret any such action, however, as he has pushed the envelope on executive action. Many constitutional experts, who are hardly raging liberals, have testified that he is over reaching his executive powers.

He has already been chided by the Supreme Court when it comes to his recess appointments. Agree or not, he currently faces a lawsuit over his actions. Any unilateral action he might choose to take on the vital issue of immigration, which will affect Americans for decades to come, would, I believe, result in a decision against him, by the Supreme Court.

Also, from the article above: "The American people expect us to do our jobs," "Overall, we all agree we should stay until we get a vote," I agree with both statements!!

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:54

EPA says cutting coal use might save lives

@TeeWee: "This will negatively impact the lives of all of us. We must say No to the radical EPA."

Indeed. Many of our grandparents could remember the time when electricity was a luxury, and not a necessity. Looks like we are headed that way again. Bend over folks.

The sad reality is, no matter what we do, unless other countries follow suit, carbon emissions will not be lessened, and we are only shooting ourselves, and our economy, in the foot.

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:50

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

Interesting. I don't believe this is the response the Administration was expecting, or hoping for.

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:29

US economy grew at 4 percent rate in spring

I think it's great! About time after six years, wouldn't you say?

It might even get better, if Harry Reid would just man up and allow voting on House bills accumulating in the Senate. But who knows?

One thing it clearly demonstrates, is the resilience of the American economy, and the American people, when you consider what is going on in Washington. Perhaps gridlock isn't such a bad thing after all.

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:26

Probe exposes flaws behind rollout

"—The cost of the project grew by tens of millions of dollars as the contractors tried to accommodate administration requests."

Wow! That amount of money would have gone a long way to providing the much needed care denied to our Veterans.

Anyone surprised here?

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:15

Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

There's that word again. The favorite of the left

Hate is a powerful word, one that should not be so casually thrown about, especially by the President of the United States, when referring to fellow Americans.

Mad? Angry? Frustrated? Indeed, many Americans are, and not just Republicans, as is reflected in the President's approval ratings.

I guess we should be grateful he didn't call Republicans a...holes and crazies, as our favorite IRS star employee was recently shown to have done.

He is beginning to remind me of the typical playground antagonist who loves to poke at, and provoke others, when they can't get there way otherwise. Stay classy, Mr. President.

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:08

Mayor: Atlanta should welcome immigrant children

@Ben Had: No, you can't get RICH having babies in this country, but when you can have all your basic needs met with very little personal effort, why not?

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:37

Mayor: Atlanta should welcome immigrant children

@marshalld: "Obama did not create this."

By ignoring advance warnings of unaccompanied children crossing the border into Texas, he did. He had the ability to head this crisis off by providing additional border agents and putting the National Guard on the border. As usual, he was re-active, instead of pro-active.

Creating the "Dream Act" with his phone and pen, gave even more incentive to illegals. He may as well have moved the Statue of Liberty to the southern border.

After recently seeing tens of thousands of illegal children, teens, and adults in a massive illegal influx into this country, the border remains the same, unprotected, open and inviting.

I don't disagree with you on a gutless Congress, but when it all comes down to votes, who casts them, and who gets them, what else do you expect? We don't need immigration reform, we need to enforce the immigration laws we already have.

No doubt, most, if not all of these children, teens and adults will be allowed to stay. There is no "solving this problem we have now". It will remain with us for decades as we struggle to feed, house, educate, and meet the medical needs of these people, along with our own citizens, stretching our already overburdened social services to the maximum, as we watch our ever increasing debt grow daily.

Of all the problems this country faces, this is really the simplest to remedy. Seal our borders, and send back those who choose to disregard our laws. Problem solved.

As to Mayor Reed's statement that his city should be "a safe place for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S. border", he should ask himself how safe it is for the children already there.

"....welcoming the children is the moral and right thing to do" he states, as he places the burden for caring for them squarely on the shoulders of his constituents. It's easy to be welcoming as long as others foot the bill.

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:28

GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

"Nunn treads lightly on her party affiliation. Her ads don't mention she's a Democrat."

Interesting. She takes money hand over fist from Dems all over the country, but won't mention she's a Democrat in the ads they pay for? Can you say hypocrisy? She uses her maiden name, shies away from her party affiliation, and won't be specific on her stand on many issues of concern to voters.

"Georgia Democratic Party Chairman DuBose Porter compared Perdue to Mitt Romney, whose wealth became a liability for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee."

Another bit of hypocrisy. Romney and Perdue's wealth are considered liabilities and Hillary Clinton's is not? At least they don't pander regarding their wealth, as Clinton has ridiculously attempted to do.

News flash: the evil 1% so touted by the Dems, is made up of as many liberals, as it is conservatives. Never let facts get in the way of opinion.

posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:13

Towery: Republicans could face serious challenges this year

@cyou299: First, op-ed writer's name is Towery, not Lowery.

Second, Romney and millions of other citizens, pay a less percentage rate on their income because it is based on interest and dividends derived from investments.

Earned income is taxed at a higher rate. The middle class isn't being treated differently. Any savings or investment income they have, is taxed at the same rate Romney and others are taxed on theirs. Attempting to play on people's ignorance is the real "con".

There is nothing shady, or illegal going on here, it is the way the tax code is set up. Don't like it, lobby to change it. However, remember that you would be hurting a lot of "ordinary" citizens, such as retirees, who's income is derived from just such investments, and those saving for retirement, college for their children, or any other goal.

Also remember that money invested, was originally taxed at the higher rate at the time it was earned. Do you really advocate taxing interest, dividend or other retirement income at the same rate as earned income? If the Government ever tries that, a lot of citizens will be [filtered word] off, including myself, and I'm no Mitt Romney.

Right now, the rich are getting richer, due to a Stock Market artificially propped up by the Feds. If they EVER see fit to stop pumping money into the economy, and raise interest rates to a normal number, you may see a different picture. Another bubble about to burst? Perhaps. Unfortunately, once again, all will be hurt by it.

posted @ Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:30

Georgia governor chides president over young migrants

There are millions of men, women and children throughout the world who face persecution and starvation daily. Should we take them all, or only those who can conveniently break our laws and cross our southern border at will? If we only choose the latter, then those who daily lament "compassion" are hypocrites.

"nowheregirl" is correct. There is only so much one nation can do. Our schools are overcrowded, public housing, food stamps, and medical care for legal citizens have become stretched to the limit. Many of our elderly are being forced out of their homes due to increased property taxes, and some forced to choose between eating, or paying for ever increasing life sustaining drug costs. Right here in Clarke County, our schools provide meals to local children twelve months out of the year.

This nation has nothing to apologize for. Throughout our history, we have given our blood and treasure to advance freedom throughout the world. We have, for decade after decade, been the first to step up in natural disasters, and have provided military and humanitarian relief to threatened countries everywhere. Our Churches and Charities to this day, continue to send their members on missions to build schools, housing, and help educate and feed many wherever needed.

We have, for generations, opened our doors to those in the world seeking to come here legally. No other nation in the world can come close to matching our generosity.

How many of the "compassionate liberals" who daily lament that we should "turn no one away" are willing to take any of these illegals into their own homes, feed, clothe, and educate them? They want compassion as long as someone else pays for it. Talk is cheap, especially when it is others, many themselves struggling, they are asking to foot the bill.

Lay off the guilt trip, it isn't working. There is a limit to what we can afford to do. Trillions of dollars in debt, with no end in sight, when does actual reality set in?

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:11

Georgia children's wellbeing lags most states, report says

@Duke Briscoe: "Always nice to have some hard data to think about. National leader in low birth weight babies - that sounds like it really needs some attention"

Indeed it does, by the women carrying these babies. Until these women put the health and welfare of their unborn children above their own personal bad habits, nothing will change.

All women, including those living below the poverty level, have access to healthy foods, vitamins, and good prenatal care. They also have access, through their local Health Dept., to birth control. If a woman does not wish to take personal responsibility for the health of her unborn child, she should avail herself of them.

It begins with the Mother, There is just so much a state can do to improve these statistics.

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:48

Worst of recession over, outlook bright, Morris CEO tells UGA audience

How many who now pay to subscribe to the on line edition of the ABH think that it has improved? Obviously, I can't speak for all of it's publications, but in this case, when you can increase your revenues without having to better your product, your bottom line is bound to increase.

I am glad, for the sake of it's employees, that Morris Communications has improved it's financial bottom line. However, considering that many businesses and individuals still find themselves struggling, perhaps Mr. Morris should speak for himself regarding his rosy outlook.

“The Great Recession touched us all, but I think the worst of it is behind us.”

As nice as this sounds, it isn't reality for everyone.

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:33

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