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Pitts: Human rights not contingent on background checks

"He was a kid who may not have deserved what he got. And that’s the only thing that matters."

No pun intended, the event is not all as black and white as Mr. Pitts states it is.

That said, this year this nation has seen police abuse in this country as though it were/is a rampant disease.

"A Georgia man died after police shocked him with a Taser as many as 13 times because he said he was too tired to walk due to a foot chase, ..."

Mentally ill people beaten for little reason; "Two former Fullerton, California, cops charged with killing a schizophrenic homeless man, Kelly Thomas,"

The police were found "not guilty", but if you have the stomach for it, google Kelly Thomas and see for yourself.

"A 95-year-old man died after police Tasered him and struck him with bean bag rounds when he confronted officers with a butcher knife, a cane and a shoehorn."

95 years old. No reason why police could not have waited him out instead of being so macho (if you want to call it that).

We have some poor police training in this country.

And it wouldn't hurt if police hires underwent emotional training and periodic mental examinations related to their jobs.

We are fortunate, so far, to have had nothing like this in Athens.

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 08:45

Tanner: Bicycle-friendliness evident in many cities

@maxcat07; "You can just about predict who will say what."

Yes, you can. Statements like this, "How much more education does it take to know that bicycles are a nuisance on city streets and highways!" basically mean I want to get where I'm going and I want 'everybody' to get out of 'my way.'

It is a fact that in some cultures, bikes are the major mode of transportation to and from work. But, when you've been stuck in one state or one county or never been out of the country and seen it, you probably don't know that.

If there is one suggestion to bicycle riders, it is that your bike lights are too small for riding at night. Those little flashlight size beams are not adequate and it would be a help to car drivers, and a safety measure to you, to get bigger lights on bicycles.

Mr. Tanner has done his research and written a fine article.

posted @ Monday, September 1, 2014 - 08:16

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

@Snarkydude; As to my support of the Palestinians state, it's their land being taken by Zionist, the extremist of Jews, not all Jews. There are Jews within Israel who do not support the Zionist.

Could it be supposed you'd want them to leave Israel if they do not?

There are Jews within the U.S. who do not support the Zionist.
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Maybe, since you like Israel so much, you should leave this country and live over there.

Put your body where your talk is; take those conservatives on here who agree with you along on your migration.

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 09:56

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

[quote][b]snarkydude@dahreese: "Your assessment of Carter was too forgiving and generous. Carter was naive enough to think that the Ayatollah was a moral and religious man, and yes, the timing of the release of the hostages was deliberate."

Carter thought no such thing.

"The Iranians knew that Reagan would cause all hell to break loose on them if they continued to hold the hostages."

The Iranians needed the U.S. to back off supplying Iraq in the Iran-Iraq war. Their release of the hostages was their 'hope', not a guarantee.

"Your support for Islamics is well documented, and I'm sure what you read supports your beliefs. What you don't seem to understand is that the jihadists would just as soon kill you, too. Radical Islam is a cult that wants to force Sharia law on the world, and kill anyone who does not capitulate or comply."

That I am not anti-Islam is a fact.

That all of Islam, and most of Islam, is not 'radical' is a fact.

That you and others refuse to 'understand' that is a fact.

That radical Islam wants to kill us all, including me, is a fact, but that's radical Islam, not all Islam.

That there are warring factions within Islam as to an accurate interpretation of the Koran is a fact, but you don't know that because you're too academically lazy to learn it.

"What I also don't understand is your continuous bashing of America, when our system of capitalism and system of government is what gives you the opportunity and freedom to have the anti-American views you have."

It's not my continuous 'bashing' of the country, but my understanding of how American citizens, including you, are manipulated to the will and wills of people you've and I have never heard of and so willing to send America's finest into wars you don't understand for reasons you don't understand because you don't want to take the time to learn "why."

And you're damned right! I oppose the wrong doings of my country.

I DID VOLUNTEER to serve 'my country' for four years in the USAF....

............................................you....?.......................................

As to capitalism, is capitalism unique to the U.S. or the Western world? I think not.

The difference is, I don't just serve and support my country blindly because of capitalism.

You can't say that....

"If you support Islam as much as you say you do, and you have this love for Hamas and the Palestinian cause, why are you still here?" If America is so bad, why are you still here? Oh...I get it.....nowhere else in the world could you spend your life getting a government paycheck every payday and have the freedom to criticize the government that gave it to you."

This is some of your usual BS. Sounds like wealth envy. And it's what you throw out every time you have nothing to say.

"If you were over there, you'd have to scuffle around to get something to eat just like everyone else."

With those countries being bombed out by the U.S. and the Islamic extremist, you're probably right.

"And....I don't mind reading. I just don't waste my time reading crap."

You do mind reading, and you don't know if it's crap or not. You don't read enough to know the difference.

Interesting how many top level (although not enough) academics read the two books I mentioned above.

But then, you don't have any use for pro/con academics, do you? You base your opinions on "life experience."

If you read at all, it 'crap' like John Stossel and then, you think you've done something....
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Oh! Carter did order the military to make an effort to rescue the hostages, the military just screwed it up.

Don't be so cheap. Get online and find a (cheap) copy of "The Ugly American." It's about a sixth grade reading level.

posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 09:37

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

@snarkydude: I feel certain that your 'life experience' 'remembers' that the Shah came to power in 1953, under the presidency of Eisenhower, and in doing so a rising a democratically elected government was overthrown because it was not friendly to the OIL 'interests' of the U.S and Brittan; Brittan in particular have been cheating on the finances due Iran from that oil.

Therefore, Mohammad Mosaddegh, the prime minister nationalized Iran's oil and for that was overthrown by the CIA.

So, the Shah was lifted to power, but he wanted to be a dictator and refused to listen to the warnings of Carter to be a little nicer to his 'subjects.' Carter made the mistake of praising the Shah at a banquet and a few days latter, the students, remembering 1953, took over the U.S. embassy and some American hostages and at some point the Ayatollah established himself.

Problem was the Ayatollah was NOT pro western either.

"Ronald Reagan was sworn into office on January 20, 1981, and just MINUTES after Iran released 52 Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for 444 days.

The timing was deliberate.

The young revolutionary regime did not want the hostages freed until after Jimmy Carter, who had supported the Shah and allowed him into the United States, left office.

At the same time, Tehran wanted to clear the slate in the face of a new Republican administration that had vowed to take a tougher stand on terrorism and hostage-taking.

BUT!

Iran also had bigger problems.

Four months earlier, on September 20, 1980, Iraq had invaded, and Iran was embroiled in a life-or-death struggle" and needed the help of the U.S. to keep Saddam away.

The U.S. supplied arms and information to both sides for awhile until it could chose which side to come down on - and it chose Iraq/Saddam to support.

You still refuse to grasp this, or can't; this whole deal, in the Middle East, including the overthrow of Saddam, is about OIL, OIL, OIL.

How did "our oil" get under "their sand?"

And George Herbert Walker Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, et. al. supported the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein; feared by his own people, the countries surrounding Iraq, and peace in the Middle East (compared to today after his 'fall') existed.

Islamic terrorism is about two things; who, within the various countries will control each country, and, kicking the U.S. and Western countries out of all of them at all costs - even if it takes 'terrorism' to do so.

Fools rush in.

Iraq is a good example (and so is Iran, Afghanistan).

Fortunately, some of our military personnel realized that before the Iraq invasion (and that it was Saddam keeping the peace over many of those nations)

Unfortunately, Donald Rumsfeld had different ideas.

"A full year before the invasion if Iraq, the State Department had launched an ambitious project called "Future of Iraq," which was aimed at finding ways to establish security and begin the transition to democracy after Saddam was gone. Large teams of experts, including more than two hundred Iraqis representing almost every ethnic and political group in the country, produced thirteen volumes of recommendations about how to rebuild everything from the country's oil industry to its cranial justice system. They brought their recommendations to the Pentagon, along with a list of seventy-five Arab- speaking specialists who were ready to go to Iraq as soon as Saddam was gone. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld summarily rejected them and their ideas."

Thus we have what we have today - ALL OVER THE MIDDLE EAST.
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Your 'life experience' isn't really all that good.

Don't be so cheap.

Buy, and read, those two books I mentioned above.

But then, you hate reading, don'cha?

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 21:08

Johnson: Change in black community will require intergenerational work

[quote][b]theold33[/b] -
I'll let you know as soon I get my EBT card and other free stuff.
[/quote]

I think it's green colored.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 16:48

Johnson: Change in black community will require intergenerational work

@theold33: How does it feel to be a minority now?

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:50

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

@opinionsarelike: " But don't hold your breath… the new strategy will be same as the old one, and about as counterproductive."

Right.

I've tried to encourage some of our posters to read "The Ugly American" by William J. Ledere and Eugene Burdick, (regards American blunders in Southeast Asia) and a new book recently out somewhat similar in political/social message, "No Good Men Among the Living" - America, The Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes; by Anand Gopal.

(Both books, in short, how America screws up).

Alas, most of our posters seem to, as one poster recently said, post from their "life experiences."

And you see where? that gets us....

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:43

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

@snarkydude: "Obama supported the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt."

And George Herbert Walker Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, et. al. supported the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein; feared by his own people, the countries surrounding Iraq, and peace in the Middle East (compared to today after his 'fall') existed.

I suppose your "life experience" has forgotten that.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:16

Johnson: Change in black community will require intergenerational work

[quote][b]theold33[/b] - According Ms. Johnson, rioting and looting was the only way for some blacks to have their voices heard. BS on that.
[/quote]

If you've been listening at all, it's to the complaints because that's what you chose to hear.

And then you tune them out because that's not what you want to hear.

You, and people like you, all think you're self-made, never mind that for years in this country being born white was a head start on being born black.

That said, Scarbroj is right that there are more opportunities for Blacks than there were fifty years ago.

Nor have opportunities decreased for Whites, who ought to be doing better than they are doing rather than their constant complaining about those who need social assistance to maintain a livable existence.

We have too much poverty - created, and ignored, by the top economic one percent of this county, and corporations that are holding their taxes off shore - which would build up our treasury like nothing else if they were paid.

The South is changing and becoming more racially integrated as have states like California and places like New York City been for decades. And red-necked Whites need to get used to it.

If Blacks can not blame everything on race, neither can Whites.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:18

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

[quote][b]theold33[/b] -
Some fools just stand there saying, which way did they go, George? Which way did they go?
[/quote]

Right direction or wrong direction, when they do go, at least they know where they're going.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:48

Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

Fools rush in.

Iraq is a good example.

Fortunately, some of our military personnel realized that before the Iraq invasion (and that it was Saddam keeping the peace over many of those nations)

Unfortunately, Donald Rumsfeld had different ideas.

"A full year before the invasion if Iraq, the State Department had launched an ambitious project called "Future of Iraq," which was aimed at finding ways to establish security and begin the transition to democracy after Saddam was gone. Large teams of experts, including more than two hundred Iraqis representing almost every ethnic and political group in the country, produced thirteen volumes of recommendations about how to rebuild everything from the country's oil industry to its cranial justice system. They brought their recommendations to the Pentagon, along with a list of seventy-five Arab- speaking specialists who were ready to go to Iraq as soon as Saddam was gone. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld summarily rejected them and their ideas."

Thus we have what we have today - ALL OVER THE MIDDLE EAST.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:01

Serial shoplifter caught again in Athens

[quote][b]crissy9323[/b] - She is nuttier than a fruitcake.
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Let's suppose she is.

That's something nobody would chose to be.

So, does society have any responsibility for her because of her condition?

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:33

Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths?

[quote][b]theold33[/b] -
I'll take freedom. You can have your liberation.
[/quote]

That's a deal.

Once the moment of enlightenment occurs, the action is somewhere else.

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 20:03

Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths?

@CharlesB: "Americans are being controlled and being played off against each other."

It's always been that way, but it takes a little living and willingness to question your social, political and religious upbringing to understand that.

Once you understand that, you can't go back to living in your conservative, stuck, staid ways.

And you won't want to.

You're liberated - liberal.

Once the moment of enlightenment occurs, the action is somewhere else.

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 18:21

Isakson pushed river negotiations along

Eventually, we will regret deepening the river channel.

On the incoming tide, more salt water will infiltrate the marshes destroying shore bird habitat, the crustaceans they eat, and affecting the drinking water in the deep aquifers.

Most of the "jobs that will be "created" by deepening the channel already exist.

And who, the taxpayer, or the shipping industry pays for the continued removal of sediment in the channel? (I'm not clear on that).

Eventually, Georgians will rue the day.

And those politicians and corporations responsible for damages will be long gone and will say "It's not our problem."

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:01

Today's editorial cartoon

The cartoon is more onto truth than one might think.

Fortunately, some of our military personnel realized that before the Iraq invasion (and that it was Saddam keeping the peace over many of those nations)

Unfortunately, Donald Rumsfeld had different ideas.

"A full year before the invasion if Iraq, the State Department had launched an ambitious project called "Future of Iraq," which was aimed at finding ways to establish security and begin the transition to democracy after Saddam was gone. Large teams of experts, including more than two hundred Iraqis representing almost every ethnic and political group in the country, produced thirteen volumes of recommendations about how to rebuild everything from the country's oil industry to its cranial justice system. They brought their recommendations to the Pentagon, along with a list of seventy-five Arab- speaking specialists who were ready to go to Iraq as soon as Saddam was gone. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld summarily rejected them and their ideas.'

Thus we have what we have today.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 22:07

Today's editorial cartoon

@TeeWee: Spssst. Do you mean 'vigilant', not 'virulent?'

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 21:55

Johnson: Young black males still face harsh realities

@swimdawg68: I did reply to this - a rather lengthy reply, but it seems to have gotten lost in e-space, somewhere.

If I can locate it, I will post it..

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 21:33

Johnson: Young black males still face harsh realities

@swimdawg68: "Sadly, a person like you defines a lack of an effort to continue to learn as one who happens to disagree with your left wing point of view on many subjects."

Bless your mom. She was way ahead of you.

Leaving the discussion of money in any way shape, form or fashion completely out of it, what is your view of the difference between being conservative and being liberal?

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 09:46

Georgia Senate group to discuss school discipline

And may I add, when we get to the point of praising and rewarding academics as we do athletics, we just might see a great improvement in academics.

The changes we want and need in education are not going to happen over a one or two year period and some fancy new program every time the teachers turn around.

Such improvements in academic and discipline will take years.

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 09:00

Georgia Senate group to discuss school discipline

No classroom experience, but they're going to solve the problem looking at a study someone has done.

This is what the study will say;

There are too many minority students being punished vs white students, especially black males.

Punishments are harder on minority students vs white students, especially black males.

Too many minorities are being suspended vs white students, especially black males.

The study will not say too many minorities vs white students, especially black males are continually repeat offenders.

I speak from personal experience and teachers being told to stop writing up so many misbehaving students, and, from discipline records being re-written by school administrators, and, being totally destroyed from the official records.

Nor are all minorities vs white students, especially black males, or the majority of them, discipline problems.

Please understand that I am not speaking against minority students, especially black males.

Rather, I am speaking for the support of teachers.
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I want to see these political people get into the classroom and show teachers 'how it's done.'

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 08:44

Michael Brown's family prepares to lay him to rest

"President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides, and Gov. Jay Nixon said he will attend."

Political posturing and nothing but.

"Rev. Al Sharpton is also expected to speak."

A racist if there ever was one.

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 08:23

Johnson: Young black males still face harsh realities

[quote][b]theold33[/b] -
They should do as I do. Finish school, get a job, work hard and be self-supportive. You should quit worrying about my grammar and worry about your idiotcy when it comes to more important things.
[/quote]

Actually, I don't care about your grammar nor do I disagree with getting a job and being self-supporting. Nor is finishing school necessarily a mark of being educated.

Your posts, however, show a lack of effort to continue learning; rather instead show a disdain for re-learning anything you've ever been taught (and I was taught the same things) that was wrong.

Nor are you the only conservative posting on here with that mind set.

I don't think its my idiocy you have to worry about.

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 19:02

Johnson: Young black males still face harsh realities

@theold33; " Get an education... learn to speak properly."

They should follow your example...?

They should not do as you do, but do as you say....

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 16:38

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