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Towery: GOP shouldn't laugh at Trump presidential bid

Trump is "Rough and Tumble" ??? Try "Rude and Truculent" The right has binders full of men all claiming to be the next Double R. Steel your mind as these clowns play political bumper cars and stagger into 2016.

posted @ Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 09:26

Column: Finally time for UGA to pay Bobo what he’s worth


The days of "Rah Rah" are over. Major college sports have become so beholden to the TV dollar and corporate sponsorship that they probably would do well to be franchised and out-sourced to the highest bidder. The major conferences have a monopoly and and are happy to pay their players, why not level the field and go totally free market? Make the players contract employees and stuff the romantic notion that they are student athletes. The best players end up at the highest paying schools and the rest return to the love of the game.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 20:10

Column: Finally time for UGA to pay Bobo what he’s worth

Bobo's a great guy and good coach but, Wow, he already makes about as much as the president of the university and much more than any state official entrusted to govern our state. He may be underpaid compared to some of his brethren, but the concern he isn't paid enough, highlights how obscene and out-of-whack big time athletics have become on college campuses. 500 K a year for a job in a town you love is a pretty sweet deal. Not to mention a great pension and the best medical coverage for him and family. All that being said, in today's market, the Dog's will probably pony up that extra 500 a year to keep him on.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 09:00

Carolinas politicians get payouts from lender

The height of hypocrisy from these political crooks that skim big money off the top while hyping "fiscal restraint" when reducing benefits for us in the middle and lower class. Of course Sanford and McCroy would tell you "they have worked for a living" and "deserve" any benefit they can finagle out of their wealthy associations. Why should the average guy deserve any of the spoils? Or even the right to health care and a living wage? Voters, get to the polls in 2016 and retire these crooks from office--We won't be voting for McCroy or Sanford but there are plenty career criminals in Georgia to boot out.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 19:10

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

Here's a fact check of Cheney's statements on Meet the Press this weekend. If we see ourselves as a world power we should hold ourselves to a higher standard than that of war profiteer like Dick Cheney.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:24

New York woman sends inherited quilt home to Athens

Nice story during this holiday season. Beautiful work--thanks for providing the close ups of the fabric and stitching.

posted @ Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 07:49

Athens businessman, philanthropist Leon Farmer dies

@Kwijibo Junior:

There is a detailed memoriam of Mr. Farmer on the Company website I think Mr. Farmer's father started the business.

posted @ Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 08:42

Looking at bowl scenarios for Georgia

Remember the old days when there were only 4 or 5 bowls and it was an achievement and honor to be selected? As someone put it recently, bowls have become a little like participation trophies in youth sports--everyone gets one. We're overloaded and over saturated, but there is a need to fill tv air time and sponsors will pay, so Florida here we come!

posted @ Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 14:36

Schram: Focus on health care hurt Democrats

“Democrats must embrace government,” Schumer said.

Schumer should be addressing his remarks to the opposing party who would like for the voters to believe that government is an evil entity, to be handcuffed, blindfolded and left for dead, allowing their corporate buddies reap the spoils. As the republican majority continues to exorcise the evils of government from the body of the american people, will the voters realize that the McConnells, Boehners, and their brethren, are the problem?

Obama hasn't given up but he is a realist and acted accordingly through executive action.

posted @ Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 09:10

NeSmith: After 70 years, WW II pilot's family hears his amazing story

I had a relative that was a B-17 crew member towards the end of WWII but never heard any stories about his service. Recently, toured the Collins Foundation plane that flew into Athens to get a feeling for what it was to fly on one of those planes. Eye-opening to see the cramped and spartan interior of the plane and learn that the crew depended on oxygen and heated electrical suits to survive when flying at high altitude. In early versions of the plane the waist gunners actually fired their machine gun out of open windows on the side of the plane, at minus 40 degrees with the wind rushing by. "Combat Crew", written by a Flight Engineer / Gunner, John Comer, recounts his 25 combat missions out of England in the 1943-44 period of the air war. Fascinating, and well-written, gives good insight into the life and crew of those stationed at one of England's many Eighth Air Force air fields.

posted @ Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 08:43

Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

The DA didn't want this case to come to court and guided the grand jury to that decision. Regardless of what one thinks about Wilson's guilt or innocence the facts should have been presented in a jury trial rather than being hashed out on social media.

posted @ Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:19

Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out

This oil in not light sweet crude. Tar Sands oil is the "bottom feeder" of energy resources. Extracting it from the earth destroys the environment, consumes vast amounts of water and natural gas, pollutes rivers, and leaves a denuded landscape and huge toxic tailing ponds in its wake. Why create an environmental catastrophe to produce a high sulfur, dirty-burning oil that does not directly help the United States in meeting its energy needs?

Why pipe this oil though our country? What happens when the pipe leaks? These sticky spills are toxic and cannot be cleaned up.

If Canada wants to ship this oil to Vancouver for export, let them. Keep their pollutants out of our country. There are many more permanent construction jobs to be had by rebuilding our infrastructure and focusing on developing clean burning, people friendly energy sources.

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 08:22

Parker: Blame and division don't define America's future

The belief that the government needs to get out of the way so business can fix our country is pure hokum. Yeah, Right, let business rule, de-regulate, do away with the EPA, destroy the Affordable Care Act, lower taxes, public education? forget about it. All you poor suckers out there think its bad now, let the Right rule and get back in few more years.

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2014 - 07:43

Dodd: 'Policing for profit' through asset forfeiture

The Washington Post did a three or four part series on police seizures back in September and may have been the paper that broke the story. Terrifying that police departments across the country are training to seize money and goods from motorists without due process. Some fortunate victims have gotten their money returned though the court system, some only receive only a partial refund or lose all that was taken. These victims have their lives turned upside down by police using Gestapo tactics and law enforcement gets away without blame.

posted @ Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 07:39

Unranked Florida runs all over No. 9 Georgia's playoff hopes

Sadly, Georgia looked like the Falcons yesterday. They had the early lead, everything was clicking during the first quarter, then Florida took over the game--out hustled, out muscled our struggling defense and left the Dawgs with their tongues wagging. The missed Field Goal in the second quarter was the turning point of the game. Georgia should have gone up 14-0 but wind blown fate left them with no points and seemed to energize the Gators. Falcons "bad luck" and the beginning of the end for the Dawgs national championship hopes. Unlike the Falcons, they are still a good team and will look forward to Gurley, Chubb and company winning out to finish the season.

posted @ Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 07:44

Zimdars: GOP is party of unsbustantiated claims


You make a good argument for increasing taxes on the millionaires and billionaires who make out like bandits under today's tax laws. The tired republican hack of reducing taxes to stimulate the economy has never worked. They enrich their wealthy friends while our infrastructure, schools, and health care underfunded. Where does the money come from when the average middle class income continues to decline under the guise of business friendly policy?

posted @ Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 05:57

Deal says his performance merits re-election

Here are facts that our Ethically-Challenged governor wants us to ignore:

1.Georgia has the Highest unemployment rate in the United States.
2. Georgia is 36th in education spending per pupil
3. Rural hospitals close and hundreds of Georgians die each year because Deal plays political games and will not accept federal Medicaid money
4. Deal has cost Georgia taxpayers millions of dollars while profiting off back room deals.
5. Deal gives tax breaks to the wealthy taking money from rural counties and towns that struggle to fund schools and roads.

Deal has worked the system at the expense of the average Georgian. Time for a change.

posted @ Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 09:05

Athens-Clarke commission to consider parking permit program near UGA medical campus, elsewhere in county

Wonder if the people parking on the side streets are employees, students, or faculty from Health Sciences or whether they work at the hospital. There is no question that the Normaltown area is getting more congested and there are more problems with single lane traffic flow on narrow streets. Affordable and frequent public transport should be a priority of the Mayor and Commission.

posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 06:16

As UGA prepares for Missouri, Gurley gets a lawyer

Sadly, Todd Gurley and Dawg fans are learning that the pen is mightier than sword.

posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 08:28

Latest Georgia polls show runoffs in the making

12 years of republican control of the state and the average Georgian is worse off. Georgia leads the nation in unemployment and denies health care to the most needy. We have fewer teachers, a crumbling infrastructure and no transportation plan. The wealthy business owners love the lower taxes but the rest of us are not doing so well. Run off Nathan Deal and David Perdue. Vote Jason Carter for Governor and Michelle Nunn for US Senate!

posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 07:48

UGA engineering students hope flashy parade float is a winner

Sounds really nice! Hope the ABH will post a video and/or photos of the COE float and the other parade entries. Tough luck for all the students that worked so hard to get these ready for the festivities. Go Dogs!

posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 07:42

Carter blasts Deal on economic development, transportation

As reported in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution, Georgia's unemployment rate has increased to 8.1 %

The average Georgian cannot afford four more years of Nathan Deal

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:13

Carter blasts Deal on economic development, transportation

Nathan Deal gives tax breaks to his wealthy friends, and pays for it by cutting back on funding for education, heath care and social services while Georgia has the second highest unemployment rate in the country at 7.8% right in front of Mississippi at 8%. Our ethically-challenged governor cost the state 3 Million dollars to settle suits filed by members of the State Ethics Commission that he had terminated because they were looking into his campaign finance practices. Mr. Deal has made his money and could care less about the 100's of Georgians that are dying every year because he refuses to expand Medicaid to help the most needy among us. He won't accept the money from the Affordable Care Act for fear of losing big political donations from his wealthy donors and PACs. Not only would this Medicaid expansion save 100's of lives but it would help much needed rural hospitals stay open and boost the Georgia's economy by creating more health care related jobs. We cannot afford 4 more years of Mr Deal.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:04

Deal, Carter duel over education at Atlanta forum

Before becoming governor, Nathan Deal left the US Congress to avoid prosecution for using the influence of his House seat for personal gain. Now as governor he rewards his wealthy business friends with tax breaks paid for by reducing money for education, health care and social services. He is content to let hundreds of Georgians die every year by refusing to expand Medicaid with money offered though the Affordable Care Act. Not only would this expansion save lives, but it would add 1000's of job to our economy and help struggling rural hospitals survive. Nathan Deal is a puppet of the wealthy and connected--and has no vision or concern for the average working Georgian trying to make a living. The voters of Georgia should not be fooled by Bad Deal again.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 08:31

Poll: tight governor's race, Perdue leads by 10

Who came up with the misleading "Perdue leads by 10" headline for an article that mentions tighter differences in the other polls. Should have been "Perdue worried as Nunn closes Gap" I would think that both the senate and governors race are pretty tight as the right is now on a campaign to suppress democratic voter registration in the state.

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:47

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