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Federal judge orders IRS to explain lost emails

Who REALLY believes those emails are lost? (I want to know if there are any people in Athens that stupid, so I can stay out of their way.)

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 17:23

Union pulls black college support after Koch gift

@crackerjack: who doesn't cut staffing when buying out companies? Do you think George Soros gives raises and hires extra people when he buys out a company? What about Warren Buffett? The Koch Brothers gave a $25 MILLION dollar donation to a charity, and what do you do? Sit there and snipe about what they do or don't do. How about YOU giving $25 million away? How about $2.5 million? $250,000? $250?

How about naming a company that doesn't cut staff when they make a buyout, and I don't know about the rest of the world, but there are LOTS of us who haven't had a raise in the last 7 years. Lots of them are lucky and GLAD to have a job.

By the way.....if you have to ASK for a raise, you don't deserve it.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 17:22

Athens restaurant robbed, manager pistol whipped and forced into freezer

The fact that they stopped to pick up the spilled change says volumes about their intelligence level.

It would be interesting to find out if they were considered accomplished enough to graduate from our public school system.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:01

Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

Anyone who is wiling to kill an animal like this would also hurt a person.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:40

Carter to report $1.8M in cash for Georgia gov's race

@maxcat07: "Both sides need to play by the same rules..."???

1.Although I have little use for organized religion, and specifically fundamentalist religions, I'll take this one. Do you not believe killing a fetus is murder? I believe that it is, and I would much rather see someone consider adoption, but I don't think I have the right to force that decision on someone unless I am willing to raise the child as my own. Nonetheless, I believe you are killing a living being.

Why don't the Democrats support efforts to limit births to unwed mothers? Births to unwed mothers have exploded since 1965 and the advent of the Great Society programs. Why is that? Rewarding behavior results in more of the same behavior, so we have more and more babies born to people who can't afford to feed them. Why aren't the Democrats out there encouraging more responsible birth control and parenthood? Have you EVER seen a Democratic ad saying "don't have more children than you can feed"?? (The answer to that is, of course, "no", because it's never happened. If the Democrats were concerned about children, they would advocate that people not have children they can't afford.

If you're going to cite an incident in Kansas, be specific, don't just say "google it", because I will not do so. Be specific about the tax cut, the homeless shelter, and be specific about the vote count, as in "how many Democrats voted in favor of the bill, and how many voted against, etc. Otherwise, you have a baseless argument with no facts.

2. You have a problem with Republicans taking HUGE campaign contributions from the "very evil" Koch brothers, which is fine. Do you also have a problem with Democrats taking HUGE campaign contributions from George Soros, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Goldman Sachs, and other large contributors? (Keep in mind your statement about playing by the same rules before you answer.) Hillary Clinton, for instance, has received something along the line of $2 million dollars from Goldman Sachs alone. Her estimated income since she left the State Dept., according to Dick Morris, is around $5 million dollars in speaking fees. Are you naive enough to believe that people are actually paying that much money to hear her speak?

In either previous campaign, was Obama required to release the names on his donor lists? Are the Democrats required to do this, while the Republicans are not? Really??

Let's be very honest here. Your problem is that you don't like Republicans, so anything they do is bad. Since you agree with the Democrats, you are willing to look the other way when they engage in the same behavior. That, my friend, is the ultimate in hypocrisy. You should just be honest, and say that you don't care what the Democrats do, as long as they accomplish their objectives.

By the way, since you're SO outraged with conservative Christians, are you equally as outraged with Muslims? Are you willing to "cut them some slack" with their treatment of women, and their willingness to butcher and kill those who don't agree with them, even resorting to beheading people and posting the videos on line?

You have a problem, all right, but it isn't Republicans, Christians, or conservatives. Your problem is with your character.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:28

Carter to report $1.8M in cash for Georgia gov's race

@maxcat07: $1.8 million isn't a "huge amount of cash"? It would be to me. So, according to your train of thought, someone seeking to buy influence with big donations to a Democratic candidate is perfectly fine. It's just Republicans taking donations that creates a problem for you.

Really?

Your hypocrisy is astounding.

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 09:06

The Editor's Desk: Sharing the road is a two-way street

I'm sure that cyclists, as well as drivers, are defined by the real jerks out there, instead of the thousands that are courteous and cautious. All of us have witnessed bicyclists and motorcyclists flagrantly violating the rules of the road, as well as automobile drivers. Those few seconds aren't going to get you there any quicker, so just chill out and wait your turn....please.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 17:18

Athens bicycle thief 'gravely' injured while making getaway

Boo.

Hoo.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 15:36

Athens police arrest alleged gang member, seek three others in eastside armed robbery and assault

Notice the ages of these offenders? At 17, they have no problem putting a gun to the head of someone? Also notice that illegal drugs played some part in this. Our prosecutors and judges need to make an example of some of these young offenders, rather than plead them down to lesser charges. If these people are not charged as adults, they should be.....and that includes the 15 year old. Let's start handing out some 20 year sentences, and denying parole requests to send a message that we will not tolerate this behavior, and we will not have Athens becoming the Chicago of Georgia.

Criminals know that ACC has liberal judges and ineffective prosecutors, and if they are caught, they'll be back on the street before their clothes get wrinkled. The cops know that, too. I'd really love to see someone run against some of our lame-assed judges for once.

As far as Athens Gardens goes, complexes like it and Bethel Homes need to have their management cited for running a nuisance business, and they should be told to clean up the behavior of their residents, or be forced to close. Ever since they built that place, the areas around it have gone down hill. Nobody wants to live, work, or play anywhere near a bunch of hooligans. Clean them out, or close it down.

posted @ Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 12:15

Leubsdorf: Models of bipartisanship not likely to gain traction

Remember what I said last week: activists do not solve problems, they cause them. Activists do not want cooperation. They thrive on discord. Activists always demean and denigrate those who disagree with them. America elected an activist. Obama's "my way or else" attitude and "in your face" tactics are not the type of behavior that encourages cooperation, in fact, they cause the very type of stalemate we have today.

Did Obama and his administration seek bipartisan approval of the healthcare bill, or did they pass it with a seldom-used parliamentary procedure, because they knew that it would not stand open debate? Do you think we might have saved ourselves from some of the daily catastrophes of the ACA if there had BEEN open debate on the bill before passage? No.....Nancy Pelosi said we had to "pass it to see what was in it".

The nation is now beginning to admit what those of us who had endured Jimmy Carter already knew: electing an unqualified person to a job with this much responsibility is a recipe for disaster. Electing an activist to any position is a recipe for disaster. Electing the spokesperson for the "blame America first, down with the USA" crowd was an even bigger disaster. Every one of you who voted for Obama is directly responsible for the mess we're in right now.

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 17:50

Today's editorial cartoon

Y'all are just racist.

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 17:21

Carter to report $1.8M in cash for Georgia gov's race

Gosh! I wonder where Jason got that kind of money? I thought he was against big donors who could influence politician's decisions on various issues. Were all those donations the result of little Aunt Essie giving $25.00? Didn't he question Nathan Deal's ethics? Is it ethical to take almost $2 million dollars from people who will expect you to do their bidding if you are elected? Isn't that called "taking money from special interests"?

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 16:36

UPDATE: Athens police make arrest in Sunday drive-by shooting that wounded three people

Deer Park and that area was at one time a fairly nice apartment community, but it has gone downhill fast ever since that young woman was murdered out there a few years back. It's a shame that the debate about "affordable housing" doesn't focus on the fact that much of what's "affordable" in Athens is some place that decent, hardworking people wouldn't want to live in or around.

When are we going to decide:
1. that we are not going to tolerate gang activity in this county.
2. that we are going to hold criminals accountable for their actions, and hold the judges and prosecutors accountable for their decisions as well.
3. that we are not going to be the dumping ground for the region's poor due to the lack of resources in other counties. Let the other county governments take care of their own.

I still say that any area that has a lot of crime should have a mobile police substation on the property. Used RV's are a dime a dozen, especially the pull-behind types, so it wouldn't involve a huge investment in equipment, but we'd reap a huge benefit in stopping crime.

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 15:36

Sentencing nears for former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin

Maybe ol' Ray will find himself in a "chocolate prison", so he'll feel at home. I wonder if he'll bother apologizing to George Bush for blaming the conditions after Katrina on him and the federal government?

Nah...I bet not.

posted @ Monday, July 7, 2014 - 14:27

Turley: Obamacare facing another serious legal challenge

@dahreese:

1. Why should the GOP just rubber stamp more programs that continue the cycle of dependency? Democratic programs just offer more of the same...handouts....with nothing new or different, requiring the participant of the program to change anything at all.

You need to check and see who's getting the largesse of the Democrat-controlled Federal Reserve monthly bailouts. Since 2008, the Fed has dumped billions each month to the large banks, ostensibly for them to lend. Goldman Sachs has been one of the leading beneficiaries. They were also one of the leading donors to both the Clintons and the Obama campaigns.

G/S has paid the Clintons about $2 million in "speaking fees" and in donations to the Clinton Library and Global Initiative. The Democrats have allowed those big banks to continue to play the stock market slot machine, reaping huge profits, which benefit those ultra-wealthy of whom you speak, yet you continue to believe that the mean old GOP is the only culprit in benefiting the wealthy.

Ask yourself this question: if the Democrats were as committed as you think they are to ending tax breaks, loopholes, and other things that benefit that evil, old "1%", why didn't they end every one of them when they had control of both the Congress and the White House? They had two opportunities: 1992-1994, and 2008-2010. The last Dem majority could have cut off funding for both wars, closed every tax loophole in the IRS code, eliminated any tax break for any wealthy person, and enacted any program for the poor they wished. Why didn't they? As it was, the President spent his first two years ramming Obamacare down the throat of America, and making global tours where he shared his view that America was no more exceptional than Turkey.

You know how you end poverty? You create jobs for people, and you train them to be able to do those jobs. The government can't create the jobs, but it can create an environment in which people are willing to risk capital to create jobs. The government CAN educate and train people for those jobs. The Democratic party has failed to do either.

Next time you want to rail against the ultra-wealthy, you need to look at the leadership of your party. Eliminating tax breaks and closing loopholes will hurt them just as much as anyone in the GOP. Do you honestly think the ultra-wealthy are going to allow anyone to take money from their pockets? The ultra-wealthy Dems make a big noise and show about "helping the poor", and then support politicians who enact programs that keep the poor dependent, addicted, and uneducated. They don't want the "poor" to know they can do any better, because if the "poor" ever figured it out, they wouldn't vote Democrat (just like 1952).

And....once again....why are you so jealous of people who have more than you?

posted @ Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 09:11

Turley: Obamacare facing another serious legal challenge

Obamacare was a house of cards, and was set up to fail from the beginning. The ultimate goal of this administration, and the last Democratic administration, is the total collapse of the private insurance system, and the institution of socialized medicine via a single payer system.

We have single payer with the VA, folks. You see the problems it faces. "Delayed appointments" is the same thing as "rationed care". They just put you off until you die.

The Democrats want to cloak this latest effort to control you as "helping the poor and unfortunate". Ask yourself this: is there ANY government program that helps the poor end their dependence on government handouts, and rise out of poverty? If the Dems were really committed to helping the poor and ending poverty, poverty would be a thing of the past by now.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 17:07

The Editor's Desk: Elected officials should have range of interpersonal skills

"Activists" do not solve problems, they create them. Activists have no use for compromise. It doesn't earn them any publicity or face time on TV.

Activists ALWAYS demean anyone who dares disagree with them. After all, their intelligence has to be superior to that of anyone else, and anyone who dares disgree with them faces their wrath or rebuke. That also helps explain their "in your face" attitude.

Activists play on the emotions of people. Logic normally won't support their position, and they have to inflate and inflame everything they do, to get attention.

Activists often play fast and loose with the facts, because a 30 second sound byte plays better than a five-minute factual explanation.

We elected an activist in 2008, and we can see the absolute disaster of that decision. We don't need to elect an activist on the local level, and repeat the process.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 16:39

Pears used to smash window at Athens office

President Obama will now announce a ban on pears.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 16:06

Athens-Clarke commissioners pass rezoning that allows farm-to-table dinners

We used to have farm to table stuff all the time. Mom would say, "go pick some of those peas", and we'd eat them that day. I didn't know we needed a permit.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 16:03

Third person shot in Athens in less than 24 hours

Did this happen in Five Points? Cedar Creek? Homewood Hills? Gosh....I wonder what the common denominator is here?

(fingers drumming....)

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 12:17

White House: Court ruling risks women's health

@Mr Charlie Told Me So:

1. The pendulum always swings back as far as it swung the other way. You can delude yourself into thinking we couldn't get a more conservative government, but it can happen. Once one party thinks they have all the strings tied together to prevent the opposition from re-gaining control, it inevitably happens. I will remind you of your prediction of the control of the Senate in November. You might want to read some of the predictions of the pollsters who normally lean Democratic. They are also predicting a GOP-controlled Senate.

2. HL determines the options and levels of coverage they are willing to purchase. At the time the premium is paid, the money becomes the property of the insurer, to pay EXPENSES and claims, but HL ultimately determines what coverage they will buy. (As a "business owner", you should know that.)

3. Those people whose skills are in high demand are still working and always have. Those who have skills that are more common and in great supply, are the people who have not found jobs. People who are highly skilled in science, technology, math, and medicine don't have a problem finding jobs. You are correct about companies passing over older workers, because young ones are cheaper to hire, and you don't have to un-train them. Some companies prefer older workers, however, because their work ethic is much better. Working young people is like trying to herd cats.

4. Without a profit, no one gets a paycheck (as a "business owner" you should know this). Before currency existed, people traded and bartered for what they could not grow or produce. There has always been commerce, and trading/bartering means you get something of more value than what you gave up. (You failed this one.)

5. HL is not practicing their religion at the expense of others. No one forces anyone to work there. All employees are free to choose another employer.

6. "All corporations should pay a living wage".... Who determines what costs a business must incur to produce a product for a profit? We already have a minimum wage. Define a "living wage"? You want the government to dictate what insurance coverage a business must carry, you want the government to dictate the pay scales of the employees, and you want the government to limit the amount of money the head of the company can make. Do you want the government to dictate what profit a business is ableto make as well? In your "consulting business", do you want the government to dictate what fees you may charge? Why not?

7. Executive compensation is the sole responsibility of the board of directors of a corporation, or the owner of a small business. in your....(ahem...cough) "consulting business", I think I should be able to walk in and decide what you make. I think that's fair. Consultants make too much money. I think you should share accordingly with other consultants who may not make as much as you. That's only fair, right?

8. Let's talk about that "resounding yes" about owning a business.....Have you ever signed the front of a paycheck for anyone else but you? How many employees do you have? Do you pay them as much as you make? Why not? They work hard, too. They deserve a lifestyle similar to yours, don't they? You're a bad, greedy person if you don't agree. Have you ever had to fire someone due to poor performance? Have you had to make the decision to lay someone off, in order to keep the business solvent? Selling programs at the UGA games and selling furniture out of the back of a truck in the KMart parking lot has about as much in common with running a business as riding a tricycle does with the Peachtree Road Race. In a "consulting business", if you don't have any employees, you're selling your time alone and you're not responsible for anyone else but you. "Consulting business" my red royal behind.

posted @ Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 09:06

White House: Court ruling risks women's health

@Mr Charlie Told Me So: a shorter reply...

1. "The government say...." So, the government is in charge of determining "fairness" now? When (not if, but when) we get a more conservative government, will you also like their definition of "fairness"? The government has no right to tell a company of any size that they must purchase a product. That is not a function of government. Companies can also decide to pay the calculated amount of the fine, and opt out of providing health insurance at all.

2. If an employee chooses to purchase a product, it is no business of the owners of the company what they do. Argument invalid.

3. Wages have nothing to do with what someone's "time is worth". Wages are based on the cost of providing a product or a service at a profit. I can tell you have never owned a business. If someone doesn't make a profit, any other discussion is pointless. Employees would not have to resort to welfare if they had the skills and education necessary to compete in the workplace. Only those who have not obtained those skills and education are on welfare. If you have the skills, the job hunts you.

4. Profit rules. Without profit, nothing else exists. HL is applying their moral code to their business. It just doesn't agree with yours. Is yours better? Do you have the right to impose yours on someone else?

5. CEO's have much more responsibility, time invested, skill and ability than the average worker. Why should the average worker expect to make anywhere near what the CEO makes? If the company loses money, is the average worker going to take the fall, or is the CEO? Again, it's obvious you have never run a business.

Corporations and any other business fulfills their responsibility to their employees when they hand them the paycheck. That's where their responsibility stops. If the business CHOOSES to provide any other benefit, it is solely up to that business owner or board of directors as to what they provide. YOUR responsibility is to find a job that you like and can perform well. If you don't get a paycheck on payday, then they have not fulfilled their responsibility.

Have you EVER been in a position where your effort alone determined your level of compensation, or have you always gotten a paycheck for showing up and having a pulse?

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 17:50

Athens woman arrested for DUI after hitting bicyclist with car

Say "cheese"....

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:55

Aggressive panhandler arrested after asking off-duty Athens cop for money

@mpd0.59: Using pepper spray should be an acceptable response to aggressive panhandling.

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:07

White House: Court ruling risks women's health

@Mr Charlie Told Me So: "This is such a cop out. It's not that easy to just quit your job and get a new one these days. Lots of people are stuck in crappy jobs because they have bills to pay and no one is hiring. People work where they can and their employers should provide basic health coverage that includes all forms of birth control

Walmart is always hiring. There's Target and any number of other retailers who almost always have openings, and their pay scale is similar to HL. Nobody owes you, or anyone else, a damn thing. If you agree to go to work for HL, you agree that you will abide by, and accept, their policies. You know what they are before you go to work. If you object, don't work there. Find a job somewhere else. Nobody tied an anvil to your ass.

"some women are allergic to certain kind of birth control others have side effects, that's why all form should be availiable"

All forms are available. The question is "should I be required to pay for someone else's birth control method, if I object to the result of that method". Because you may be allergic to a certain drug, where does it become my responsibility to provide you with choices? That's your job, not mine.

What HL and other companies really should do, is to take the amount they pay for health coverage, and provide that, tax free, to the employee. Let that employee go out into the marketplace and purchase the coverage they like with that money. If their premium is less than the subsidy, pay tax on any excess. If their premium is more, then the balance of the premium comes out of the employee's pocket. Insurance premiums paid for employees are a deductible expense for businesses, so let that subsidy also be deductible. Voila! Perfect solution. You can buy coverage you like, and HL isn't forced into paying for benefits to which they object.

Get it through your head.....nobody...repeat....nobody....owes you or anyone else anything, regardless of what the Obamas of the world think. You and the other whiners out there need to start thinking of how to provide for yourselves, instead of thinking someone else should do it.

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:06

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