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Creature Comforts Brewery builds out in downtown Athens

@wilson30601: I suspect you are trolling but I'm also glad you don't live here. Good beer, good food, and good music are positive developments by the standards of most folks in Clarke County. This business will either succeed or it won't - let the market decide, not the morality police. I can walk to Snow Tire in 15 minutes, as I used to when I serviced my car there, so don't worry about my drinking and driving.

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:30

2 shot at Florida movie theater, 1 later dies

And it wasn't even at an "art house" cinema where people are serious about film. If only the victim had been armed, then they could have had a shootout in a dark theater - what could go wrong?

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 22:22

Legal weed sales bring long lines to Colorado

Prices will come down as more growers are licensed and supply increases, it is not expensive to produce marijuana. In Washington you can grow 6 plants at home, don't know about Colorado. All those people lined up in the picture were criminals last year, for enjoying a non toxic herb, democracy works. When do the people of Georgia get to vote on legal weed?

posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 12:51

Man slapped, threatened with gun at Athens gas station

@riff-raff: But the Jews were given their own nation, heavily subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. Should slaves have been given their own country and BILLIONS in tax dollars every year? That's what European Jews got, and it seems to have worked for them,

posted @ Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 16:08

Youth pot smoking rises as attitudes shift

60% of seniors see through the government's misinformation about cannabis? Good for them. No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose and no one ever will because it is impossible - you'd have to ingest a pound in 20 minutes or something. At least they are getting the message that cigarettes are bad for you. These surveys are not that reliable - we lied on them all the time, there was no way I was admitting anything, and some students exaggerated.

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 14:32

Guns, drugs seized in Athens raid

@matt1141a: I doubt that. Most of the cost of weed comes from the fact that it is illegal. Even with the taxes it will be cheaper. Where did you hear/read that?It goes against common sense and economics.
The convience factor will also come into play - "I'll have a six pack of Guiness, a half ounce of Northern Lights #12 and a pack of Joker 1.5s. Thanks, have a nice evening."

- The weed will of course be very cheap for those with the new freedom to grow their own without worry of arrest from local police.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 20:32

Guns, drugs seized in Athens raid

@Realist: Yes, Happy New Year - a friend of mine is Seattle says it will be available at liquor stores but an internet search shows that stores will open that just sell weed. The state has granted the licences and the Feds are taking a wait and see approach. Washington will then begin busting the neighborhood dealers who are unlicensed. It will also be legal to grow your own as long as you don't sell it - like home brewed beer. The sky will not fall, people who already smoke will continue to without worry of arrest, people will show up for work on Monday morning, and the world will keep turning. Since a majority of Americans favor legalization at this point it is only a matter of time before it spreads to other states.

posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 09:06

‘Historic’ Athens sign stolen

It took a week for anyone to notice - clearly an important sign.

posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 23:05

Guns, drugs seized in Athens raid

Legal sale of cannabis in Washington state liquor stores starts in less than two weeks - I bet the sky does not fall. Officials are trying to gauge demand and it was announced yesterday that folks in Washington state consumed an estimated 175 metric tons of weed in 2013. This is a low start up, high profit industry and the Feds simply do not have the resources to patrol Colorado and Washington in the name of stopping weed. Once the local cops stop making arrests, it's all over.

posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 23:03

Interest in hemp grows in S.C., while Georgia takes a pass

Why not give citizens an up or down vote on full legalization? What are they scared of? 49 percent of rural, conservative, Arkansas voted to legalize medical marijuana; so the times are a changing. I bet legal, recreational, liquor store sales of weed would pass in Georgia- if our politicians from "the party of less government and more personal responsibility" would ever allow it. Would taxes on weed bring in more money than the money coming in from fines and forfeitures that come with keeping it illegal? I bet it would.

Cannabis prohibition is a failure. It's just too easy to grow and too profitable because millions of people are enjoying the safest intoxicant in the world. Willie Nelson is 80, so the whole gateway argument is a lie.

posted @ Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 12:42

Athens teen robbed at gunpoint

@Athens_Rottweiler: He walked the mile or so back to his apartment instead of driving, seems like a good decision to me. You never had a drink when you were in college and not 21? Or was the drinking age 18 then?

posted @ Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 12:09

13-year-old caught selling pot at Athens school

@Emperor1972: I know plenty of people who smoke weed. They own businesses and have families etc. They are NOT criminals, NONE of them do hard drugs. You "gateway" argument has been proven false in study after study. I never touched weed as a teenager - I thought it was for stupid baby boomer hippies to toke on while they listened to their damn Fleetwood Mac albums. I skipped weed and went strait to LSD, had some great times, don't regret it, but LSD is taxing on the body and mind. Weed does not do anything for me - I prefer bourbon or a well brewed beer, but I have been around marijuana enough in my life to know that it is a mild, harmless, psychedelic with less side affects than most of the medications advertised on every commercial break on TV. Should be and will be legal.

posted @ Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 14:48

13-year-old caught selling pot at Athens school

Here's an argument from the pro legalization majority - America declared cannabis to be illegal 75 years ago yet even a 13 year old can get his hands on some. Sounds like a complete failure of a policy to me. Kids will occasionally get their hands on alcohol and try it too- one big difference is that alcohol can kill you but a marijuana OD is impossible. Marijuana legalization is coming in this country - thank God for democracy as a way for the people to fix the errors of their government.

posted @ Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 11:06

NYPD: Man fatally shoots 3 ex-bandmates, himself

@E.J.: Plenty of vengeful, violent Americans reach for the gun right away as well- don't you read the news? This has to do with one mans mental illness - being "Middle Eastern", in his case Persian, has nothing to do with it. Persians are for the most part generous and intellectual people. Anyone playing Rock and Roll in Teran is not the kind of crazed Mullah you are thinking of- which is why they moved to NYC in the first place, to get away from the fundamentalists so they can rock out. This could have happened in Athens, be glad it did not.

posted @ Monday, November 11, 2013 - 20:50

Lou Reed, iconic punk-poet, dead at 71

@BorisBadEnuff: So you don't ever appreciate artists that probably vote Democrat? You must have a sad little collection of Pat Boone, Ted Nugent, and Anita Bryant records, to say nothing of movies you can't watch and books you can't read. I guess that leaves out the New Testament too, since Jesus was something of a long haired sandal wearing commie,turning water to wine, feeding the poor and healing the sick without ever asking for payment.

Lou Reed had plenty of talent - and more influence on the music of the past 40 years than maybe any other individual. His death is news, like it or not, the article simply recounted his life & career. He needs no "propping up".

posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 20:07

S.C. woman charged with trafficking 30 pounds of pot in Jackson County

Another life ruined over a non toxic herb that anyone can grow.
Mean while the folks in S.C. will simply call their other dealer and roll up a nice joint before their game of choice starts this afternoon or tonight. With two states growing legally (more will follow) and countless basement, closet, and small outdoor gardens, there is no stopping Americans from smoking weed if they want to. Too many people know the only negative effect is jail and to few people are getting caught for that to be a real deterrent. Lots of reefer drove right through on I - 85 yesterday, we don't read about them.

posted @ Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 11:15

Man charged after drugs found in home

Does a cruelty to children charge come automatically when children and weed are in the same house? If so the charge is another example of the hypocrisy in this state (I can no longer say this country, thank God) when it comes to cannabis. Liquor is potentially fatal, especially to children, yet it is perfectly legal for me to keep a bottle of bourbon sitting on the bar in my dining room. Marijuana is never fatal by any stretch of the imagination to adults or children and it is "cruelty" to keep in the house?
We are maybe 20 years from cannabis being legal in this state. Tennessee will legalize before us and by that point you will see jury nullification happening and the local police throwing up their hands and being done with it.

posted @ Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 11:10

Timeline for Obamacare implementation

@Long Sufferer: Is Canada communist? Is Israel, Japan, Europe? Seems like most modern industrialized countries implement national healthcare, spend way less on it than we do AND many of them live longer. Obama care is a baby step in the right direction.

posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 13:19

Career academies aim to build workforce, give sudents head start

I guess he is getting a first hand look at the criminal justice system now. Probably out on probation already.

posted @ Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 12:13

Uruguay takes step toward full pot legalization

What's interesting about Uruguay is that most Uruguayans do not support legalization (heard it on NPR), but the government realizes that prohibition of cannabis is a failure, so they are trying a new approach. In America most citizens support legalization of reefer but our federal government clings to prohibition, because of the lobbying power of big pharma and because many in congress are in the 60+ age bracket, the only demographic with a majority supporting continued prohibition.
Most Americans personally know someone who is a regular user of marijuana, whether they realize it or not. The vast majority of these users are hardworking, productive people. The idea that cannabis is some kind of gateway drug has been disproved time and time again. The idea that pot smoking leads to cocaine use is especially absurd, considering the effect of cocaine is the opposite of marijuana. Cocaine makes people stay up to late and run their mouth too much, reefer generally makes people shut up, chill out, and get to bed at a decent hour. Most folks have the good sense not to do hard, addictive drugs. If crack or heroin were for sale at the Golden Pantry most would not buy it.
The times are changing when it comes to weed and the feds to not have the resources to stop what is going on out west. Any guesses as to the first Southern state to decriminalize weed? I'd bet Tennessee or Kentucky - they are already making lots of money off of a much more dangerous drug, why not something safe?

posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 17:31

Bus on Bieber tour in border pot bust

@SIGNOFF: Weed is the safer than alcohol and it don't cost that much. Bieber is what, 20 now? I was smoking it then and I sure wasn't making millions. I also knew enough not to cross an international border with it. There's plenty of cannabis in Detroit- he could have just bought it there.

posted @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 07:12

ADDA backs 'small South by Southwest' for downtown Athens

@solidroque: If they booked some hot, exciting bands with some hype and maybe a classic then people would turn out whenever the festival was. I'm talking about better bands than the 40 Watt books most of the time, that club has rested on it's laurels for way too long and probably does not pursue bands anymore.
I for one would much rather go to a festival in cold weather than hot, I can always put on a jacket, this is Georgia, not Minnesota.

posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 - 23:27

Athens police chase drug trafficker into woods

Only a fool would ride around with that kind of weight after dark.

posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 - 19:56

Georgia school class size increases while funding drops

@matt1141a: Really? Do a google search and compare nationalized test scores in New England (Democrat run for the most part) vs. the South (Republican run for the most part.

As for Gwinnett and Cobb Counties - Of course, upper middle class, college educated parents tend to raise upper middle class, college educated children. This is true even in very liberal enclaves and it has nothing to do with which political party happens to control the county government.

posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 - 19:52

ADDA backs 'small South by Southwest' for downtown Athens

@solidroque: My only gripe about Athfest is that the festival for the most part showcases the same bands that play Athens every week. Hopefully a new festival would bring in some national or even international talent.

posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 - 19:39

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