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What Others Say: Who does Congress work for? (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

@dahreese: AMEN and well said. We complain about the government we have yet keep sending the same people back to "fix" the mess they helped create. Even when the incumbent does not win we usually elect who will fall into line and forget who elected them pretty quickly. Term limits might help as it seems most elected officials top priority is to get re-elected, not be a representative of the folks back home, and this is where the corruption and favors come in.

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 12:04

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

It's about time.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 07:26

VIDEO: Pakistan mourns 142 slain in Taliban school attack

142 dead, mostly children, in order to install a more "Islamic" government. The Middle East has been insane for decades. Time to get every American soldier out of this cesspool of death in the name of religion and let them fight it out. You can't reason with people living hundreds of years in the past and who hate you. Let them fight it out and deal with the result.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:05

113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

This should be called the "put your own self interests over the needs of the country" Congress.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:01

No doubt now: Jeb Bush eyeing 2016 race

@Oistrakh: I'm not too sure about that. I usually vote Democrat but Hillary is not a candidate I can support due to the baggage she carries. I cross over sometimes and Jeb Bush is a Republican I could support. He's was a good governor for Florida, is realistic about immigration control and is willing to compromise, which has disappeared from American government. I think there are a lot of voters like myself, willing to look at all candidates, who would support someone like Bush given the needs of our country. I might be wrong. I do think if a "true conservative" is on the ballot the Republicans can kiss this election goodbye as Hillary will defeat them.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:59

$2 for a gallon of gas? Yes, please

jtsim and mpd.59: The pipeline has nothing to do with your gas prices. The oil comes from Canada, gets pumped to Louisianna, where it will be loaded on tankers to be sold on the world market. It is not American oil to be sold here in the U.S. It will benefit Canada, not the U.S.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 07:52

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

I'm as liberal as they come but on the issue of waging war and using torture...I have no problem with torture if it helps to save one life. The people who were tortured have aligned themselves to a cause that has no problem beheading innocent people for the whole world to see. They believe they will be rewarded for killing innocents. I don't know how you defeat that any other way without having an all out approach to defeating them. I've never been in a battle or a war. I'm going to allow those who have to decide the best course of action to bring the war to a close. You cannot defeat an enemy who has sworn to kill you and your family with understanding and empathy. Take care of the problem and win the peace.

I just read that the terrorists we are having a debate over torturing just massacred 126 people at a school, most of them between 10 to 14 years old. There is no reason here. You cannot pet a mad dog.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:10

Rep. Broun again makes news regarding presidential address

Mr. Broun, thank you for your service, stop acting like a fool and just quietly go home. My only regret with your leaving is the bigger fool replacing you.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:55

Blackmon: Georgia educational accountability measures are wasteful

Georgia has been the first at trying lots of things when it comes to education reform. Look where it has gotten us. Here's a novel idea, copy what the successful states are doing. Everyone wants to be the "cutting edge" and appear to be out front of the game. There is nothing wrong with a game plan that has already been proven to work.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 07:55

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 07:45

Mideast peace push at UN puts US in tough spot

Sorry to say but this is a waste of time, energy and effort, and sadly, later a waste of lives.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 07:42

Slain Auburn football player remembered as 'good kid'

Make a public spectacle of the shooter as if he were a white police officer. Show the statistics of how many young black men die at the hands of other young black men. Compare them to the numbers of young black men shot by police officers, then unleash the outrage on which is a greater hazard in the black community. So far, it's as if the black community is saying "we can kill each other all we want but you can't kill us".

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 07:40

Budget would raise limits on political money

"Superrich" donors can now buy off bigger chunks of our government. Any questions about who actually runs this country?

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:11

Budget would raise limits on political money

"The bill's main focus was research on childhood illness" yet somehow increasing campaign donations got into the mix. Here is what is wrong in a nutshell. Our "representatives" just gave us their version of what we want which includes more for them than anyone else. This amounts to no less than the prostitutes down on the corner just raised their prices. Congress should be ashamed.

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 07:38

Carter: Advice for dealing with police

Georgia Boy and SwimDawg68 and others:
This is not a liberal/conservative, Fox News or NPR matter at all. I usually lean to the liberal side on most things but cannot on this one. There seems to be two underlying issues in this sad event. First, you do not rush a police officer or anyone else for that matter who has a gun. This is common sense and it's a shame this young man found out the hard way. Second, you do not overlook the facts when making a logical decision, especially if you are emotionally vested in that decision. The grand jury heard evidence, we did not. The victim was on video stealing cigars from a store prior to his death. The officer stopped the victim on suspicion of this crime and he was correct. Forensic evidence showed there was a struggle, indicating the victim was not complying with the officer's demands. At that point the victim was shot and at that point the officer had reason to shoot him. If anyone is looking for evidence to prove a point you do not have to make stuff up or refuse to acknowledge the facts. I did notice on most news accounts the victim was usually referred to as "an unarmed teenager", leaving out "who had just stolen from a store". I do think in the Eric Garner case out of NYC the police did act improperly. I don't need experts to tell me that when someone says "I can't breathe" eleven times then they probably can't. There's your police brutality case without having to make stuff up or leaving out any facts. The police are not the problem, criminals are. Almost all police officers are out there risking their lives so we can be safe every day. Yes, there are a few bad ones just like there are a few bad at anything...teachers, doctors, etc. I appreciate what our police officers do and am glad they are there if I need them.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:25

Carter: Advice for dealing with police

@TheBetterGeneration: Sorry...I thought you were asking "should" the ABH have published this letter. Too much skimming this morning.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 10:10

Carter: Advice for dealing with police

@TheBetterGeneration: Yes.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 07:58

Company president in chemical spill facing charges

This man is responsible for 300,000 people not having drinking water and should be held liable while executives at GM are responsible for the deaths of at least 39 people because of decisions made on ignition switches and they are not responsible for anything. What a curious world we live in.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 07:56

Detainee Zubaydah a key figure in Senate report

I'm pretty liberal on most issues but this is one where I side with the right. War is war and war is played by a different set of rules, especially our war against terrorism. When rules of engagement, policies and tactics to be used against enemies were devised over the past 50 years no one envisioned an enemy like the ones we face today. Methods had to change because of the brutality of the enemy we are facing. We've never fought a war against people who think it is acceptable to seize innocent people, missionaries, reporters and aid workers, execute them in the most gruesome way possible, while on display for the whole world to watch. Call it whatever you like but if torture and cruel treatment helped save lives it had to happen. Wars are won by any means necessary, then you win the peace.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 07:53

Deal waits for legislators to recommend transportation reforms

Ask anyone, especially in the metro Atlanta area, where almost half of the state lives, the biggest problem they are facing. The answer will be transportation. Wouldn't you think someone, anyone would step up and take the lead in developing a decent transportation network? Everyone is too busy being politicians. They all know that despite being the most important local issue for so many Georgians it is one of the most politically charged issues as hardly any town, city or county in the metro area wants to be told what to do when it comes to transportation. They are more worried about votes than doing what is necessary.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 07:44

Free to play again: Howard standing out for Clarke Central

@crackerjack: They have school in juvie and he said he "focused on his education" while there. It seems this young man made the best of a bad situation brought on by mistakes he made. This has the makings of a "turnaround".

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 08:32

Legislators arrive at UGA for education

The most powerful and influential branch of the Georgia state government was meeting over in the downtown hotels...the lobbyists. I'm sure they were putting together lists of whose votes will be easiest to buy. I'm sure the agenda does not include an average Georgia citizen. There voice is seldom listened to when our state government is at work. God save us.

posted @ Monday, December 8, 2014 - 07:40

Suspected US drone strike kills 4 in Pakistan

Good!

posted @ Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:23

More changes ahead for Georgia's ethics agency

The recent scandals with the ethics commission brought to light the underlying problems with the commission. Up until now political appointees have answered to a different agenda than the mission of the ethics commission. The solution is not more political appointees. The problem with the commission today is the power does not lie with the commission but rather those who appointed them. The governor's plan is more political appointees. This solves nothing and is another attempt at the Georgia political machine to give the citizens of the state something far less than what they want. Remove the ethics commission from the oversight of the governor's office and the state legislature. Place control of the commission with the Georgia State Department of Justice and allow them to hire full-time employees rather than hand picked minions of the powers in charge. The governor only wants to expand the present system which allows for the mess the commission has become over the past few years.

posted @ Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 10:21

UGA football player assists in Athens strip club brawl

Part of the "uniqueness" that is downtown Athens. I can see why they fought so hard to keep Walmart out.

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2014 - 07:48

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