I personally don't care which one wins this race.
And statements like these;
1) "Perdue is the former chief executive officer of Dollar General and Reebok, whose career took him all over the globe. He argued that he would bring fresh ideas to Washington.
2)“David offered voters a clear alternative to the typical politicians,” said his spokesman Derrick Dickey. “As a political outsider and first-time candidate, his message resonated with voters who are fed up with business as usual in Washington.”
3) "I have a plan to go to Washington and reduce taxes...blah, blah, blah....
are rehashed every two years and folks still fall for them.
If you're going to be a politician in the big leagues, you've got to produce the kinds of legislation the big money folks want - like corporations and CEOs and Chambers of Commerce, those to whom what they have is not enough and they always have to have a little bit more - just a little bit more....
Otherwise, you aren't going to get any financial support and you aren't going to be elected and you aren't going up the ladder to higher political office.
Yes, there's always someone, waiting in the wings, who's willing to sell his/her soul to be a politician, be seen with the 'in-crowd", "the people that matter."
"You can find the scum of the earth in every society."posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 22:24
"Georgia voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2004."
Conservative's views are hard to change, even if they are wrong. That's why their called 'conservative.'
And why is Olens messing with this when he should be investigating the governor's office?posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:21
@snarkydude: "None of the people involved even know what it means."
Do you suppose the tea party knew what ethics meant when it put Deal up as their choice for governor?posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:11
"And where has Attorney General Sam Olens been?"
That's a damned good question....
"Olens was given the incriminating memo in August 2013, yet chose to withhold it from lawyers involved in four whistleblower lawsuits filed against the ethics commission. That decision adds to concern that the political system was more concerned about protecting Deal in getting to the truth. After all, the core issue in those lawsuits was that ethics investigations had been compromised by political pressure, and the LaBerge memo addresses that explicitly."
AJC July 21/14
OCCountry: "“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
I notice you have no comments on the unwarranted attack of the US Liberty, or the murder of Rachel Cory.
Not a single one of you who rah, rah for Israel understand the overall history of the shameful treatment of the Palestinians by Israel, and the 'winking' at of their mistreatment by the US.
And it can be asked of you, and the other uninformed on here, if today, the US sided with Palestine and Syria and Iran, would you swing that way, too?
During the Iran/Iraq war, the US played both sides until it could make a decision as to who it wanted to win that war.
We cheered as East Germany gained its freedom from Russia, but we are not to cheer other nations who want to separate from Russia?
Castro and Cuba are no threat to the US and Castro has offered many times to come to terms with the US, but it is the US who has kept that from happening.
You've read this far, and I have other things to do.
If you really want a small picture of how US history and US loyalties work, search the net for a Bob Dylan song, "With God On Their Side."
And did you view any sites about the US Liberty?
Did you view the Israeli soldier kicking the kids?
Or did you just comment.....
If foreign invaders were in this country, you'd call any group like Hamas "freedom fighters."
Say you wouldn't.posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 09:10
@OCCountry: If a group like Hamas was in this country trying to throw out a foreign invader, you'd call them 'freedom fighters.'
Israel was forced on the Palestinians and the land of Palestine.
But when you don't know history....
So, if Israel is so righteous, let's send another American Navy ship for them to blow up and kill American sailors like they did the USS Liberty.
The USS Liberty - If Americans Knew
On June 8, 1967, 34 American servicemen were killed (see list with photos and bios) and 174 were wounded during an Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.
And you can also encourage them to bull doze another unarmed American like they did Rachel Cory.
As to children;
Israeli soldier kicks 12 year old Palestinian boy, after peaceful demonstration in Beit Ummar
If foreign invaders were in this country, you'd call any group like Hamas "freedom fighters."posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 20:35
This is an outstanding example of ignorance and self-importance.
"Rich Lowry: Boys killed on Gaza beach should have gotten out of the way of Israeli explosion."
National Review Editorposted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 12:02
[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - @dahreese: probably more like that more people have cell phones with good video. [/quote]
Recently an old man in a nursing home refused to come out of his room and go for dialysis. The Home called the police. The old man was waving a cane and the police shot him, point blank, eight feet away, with bean bags and killed him.
In another situation police had handcuffed one arm of a man to a wall at the police station, but somehow let the situation get out of control. There was a confrontation that lasted almost two hours of spraying him, tazzing him, shooting him with bean bags.
The event was recorded and better trained police said those officers involved looked like the keystone cops and the film would be used as a training film to teach their officers what NOT to do.
The events of officers busting protestors over the head simply because they were cops....posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 11:53
[quote][b]proftom[/b] - This is indeed a complex problem. Like most of the complex issues we have, most Americans resort to simplistic opinions based on their own political beliefs.
When you're raised, politically or religiously, especially religiously, to think and believe 'conservatively' and to 'conform', it's not an easy thing to change.posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 11:09
It would take some research for most on here (which they aren't going to do) to understand that a great deal, if not all, of this is caused by U.S. policies in Central and South America.
(And now, I'll/let's hear it from the "You hate America" nuts).posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:32
These kinds of 'incidents' have really been on the increase these past two years.posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:12
We can't have reporters reporting the truth.
That's bad for corporate profits.
The "news" is what we say it is....posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:04
[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - The most recent fatality was a Bedouin tribesman. These people do not have bomb shelters as they are largely Nomads and live in tents. His young child was also critically injured in the rocket attack. The Bedouins are clamouring for Israel to continue their attack on the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza and to protect them from these rocket attacks.
Never mind the four Palestinian children killed by an Israeli gunship as they were playing ball on the beach? Recorded by the American news media - oops!
Just another daily incident by Israel against Palestinian children.
What the hell, right?posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 20:55
@yeti: "Israel needs to ignore all the international chatter and wipe out Hamas."
If the Zionist Lukud had been wiped out in the beginning by the U.S., this never would have happened.
Democrat or Republican, administration after administration have expressed 'concerns' about Israel's continued claims to more and more Palestinian land - a lot of talk (and winking), but no action.
Obama is the same way.
Lyndon Johnson didn't do a damned thing when Israel attacked the U.S. Liberty - an AMERICAN boat, sent on ORDERS, to observe the 1967 Israeli war in the Middle East.
The problem with most of you who are pro Israel is that you don't know the history of Israel/Palestine.
You promote the rights of Israel against the Palestinians and the Palestinian's land and then you turn around and you make rants against Hispanics taking over this country, as though you have the same historical claims to this land as Israel claims to have in Palestine.
Hamas is David and Israel is Goliath.
Do you suppose if Hamas stopped fighting Israel would return the land to its rightful owners?posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 20:49
[quote][b]TMKvetch[/b] - Anosognosic's Dilemma.[/quote]
"Merkel leads Obama not the other way around."
For someone like yourself with Anosognosic's Dilemma, that's the way it's supposed to be.posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 14:58
@TeeWee: That isn't the way it happened.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 21:24
@TMKvetch: I do not suffer from the Anosognosic's Dilemma.
The same cannot be said for you, nor by you.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 13:46
@Snarkydude; I'm going to be real busy today,, but I'll get back to you.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:51
@yeti: Since when has Israel been pure in it's motives?
Everyday, the Israelis illegally take over Palestinian land while American politicians/presidents pretend to be "concerned."
This would not have happened if Harry Truman had not given his consent to support establishing a state of Israel in the historical land of Palestine.
And CNN has just pulled one of its reporters from Palestine for telling it like it is.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:47
[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: "I think that both sides have gone too far in snooping on the public. First, it was done in the name of terrorism, and I think there is some validity to that,...."
On suspected terrorists, yes. After 9/11, the FBI quizzed some Arab students, who had absolutely nothing to do with that tragedy, at their home here in Athens. Then went and told the neighbors to watch out as the students were in possession of automatic rifles.
"... and I think Obama has done it in the name of controlling and eliminating opposition to his policies."
Kinda like Nixon...? And Hoover...?
"I have no doubt that Edward Snowden would be dead had he not fled the country. I think there's also reason to be suspicious about the deaths of Breitbart and the other journalist (forget his name) who was investigating the Obama administration, and was killed in a car crash that caught on fire. I don't put anything past these people."
Right. The friend of Clinton, Vince Foster, as well.
"Conservatives have to be concerned about money matters, because someone has to pay the bills. There is truth to the saying that "at some point in time, you run out of everyone else's money."
If you're spending everybody else's money, yes. But liberals pay taxes too, and when that money goes into the common pot that we all pay into, by law, it's not 'somebody else's money.'
"We already see the effect of higher taxes here vs lower taxes in other countries, and more stringent regulations here vs other countries."
We could go back and forth on this one. Business has shown that it will not behave without "stringent regulations" whether that's in the market or the environment.
"Any time you want to complain about corporations moving jobs overseas, ask yourself "why". If they could make the same amount of money here, they'd stay here. They go where the profit potential is the greatest."
Of course profit is the reason for getting into business. But, again, business has shown that when it comes to profits in these foreign places it doesn't give a real damn about the people or their environment.
Profits first, to hell with who or what gets in the way.
Is that what we want in this country? Apparently not, therefore business goes to where it can control the situation....with the help of the United States Military, the CIA....
Come on...there's no such thing as a "free market economy."
"IF liberals were more concerned about where the money came from, maybe that situation would change."
As I said above, liberals pay taxes too. I think I pay too little state tax. I am a (Oh, boy!) "senior citizen" and therefore pay no state income tax on my retirement.
It means my kids have to pay it!
It means the poor pay a greater 'percentage' of their income in state sales tax than I/you/we do to make up that difference that you and I benefit from.
You and I and those in our income bracket are living on the backs of the working poor.
You and I pay a greater percentage of our income in state sales tax than the top one percent.
They are living on your back, and mine.
"As long as the left continues their push to punish people who achieve, it will continue to stay the same."
Are there no liberals who "achieve?"posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 13:39
[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: I provided that while I owned my own business, in my grandmother's memory, for a child who had potential, but probably wouldn't have the ability to go. The last one went to Athens Tech. I paid the full tuition for her for a year.
This is what I meant in a post a good ways back, that no one is "self-made."
I did not have tuition for my second years of college and a couple with no children offered to lend me the money at no interest only on the promise that I would pay it back.
Through the ensuing years there were also other times that I was in the right place at the right time and with the right people.posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 13:14
It's too bad the editor of the Augusta Chronicle isn't reading these negative, but truthful, comments about the AC's day in and day out far right editorials.
But I doubt it would make any difference.
It's not that an occasional AC commenter doesn't.
My family in Augusta laughs at them.posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:31
@Used2baFreeCountry: "The mainstream media mocked George Bush as dumb."
Did you say 'mocked?'
Are you in his league, or is he in yours?'posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 21:10
@Snarkydude; And tell me how that scholarship at the high school works. A scholarship for/to...?posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 18:35
[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @dahreese: you vote....what does violence solve?
Let's see.....I'm old now, so I vote and support people with whom I agree, but...
I provided a scholarship at the local high school for a long time.
I mentored kids who were at risk for not graduating high school.
I paid the college tuition for my employees, and let them make payments at no interest while they worked for me. (The HOPE scholarship wasn't around then.)
I supported many local charities, and paid out of my pocket to individuals based on their need.
I've slowed down a little, but I still do what I can.
What do you do, besides talk on here?
That's a fair question.
'Activist' organizations, yes.
Mentoring, no. I taught for 33 years and I burned out on that (if you don't mind).
I admire your support for college kids who worked for you. Few employers would do that.
Active in a small group for awhile at Advantage Behavior until it was disbanded.posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 18:26
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