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Yarbrough: Ethics case has cost taxpayers millions of dollars

@dahreese: My friend, the Tea Party did not put Deal up as their choice for governor. Deal is part and parcel of the Republican establishment here, just as he was in Washington. Karen Handel had the backing of the Tea Party, just as she did in her bid for the Senate. Don't know where you got that tidbit from, but you need to go back and check your source.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:47

Georgia exchange subsidies in jeopardy after court ruling

To quote Alfred E. Neumann of Mad Magazine, "What?? Me worry??"

We don't have to worry, because the President will just ignore the law (again), and do what he wants (again) without regard to the separation of powers (again), just like he has done in the past....
again, and
again, and

You liberals seem to like this kind of behavior. Boy, he's really stickin' it to 'em. Just remember that this sword cuts both ways, so don't start screaming like the 8th grade girls you are, when a Republican president does the same thing in the future.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:43

Dupuy: Bergdahl is latest GOP target for 'Two Minutes Hate'

One more consistent point about liberals....everything with them is always highly charged with emotion. HATE is the new tactic. Anyone who disagrees with, or expresses an opinion which veers from the official Democratic party line is guilty of HATE. I guess that "racism" has been used so much that people don't listen when they cry "wolf" anymore, so now, you HATE.

It doesn't matter that you disagree with Ms. Dupuy's assessment of Obama and his "love for his country", even when he consistently displays a lack of enthusiasm for America. It doesn't matter if you find his policies to be socialist at best and Marxist at worst. It doesn't matter if you think Obama's foreign policy has been a just don't like him, or those associated with him, because you HATE.

Liberals can't survive without emotion. They can't base their policies and statements on fact or common sense, so they have to resort to highly-charged emotional claims. If they operated based on logic, facts, and common sense, libealism would cease to exist.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:28

Dupuy: Bergdahl is latest GOP target for 'Two Minutes Hate'

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - "To those who can’t admit President Obama is, in reality, a moderate Republican...." LOL! You need to read no further than this statement to garner the gist of this op-ed.
Bowe Bergdahl was at best AWOL, and at worst a deserter. There should be no surprise that the trading of five of the best and brightest of known Terrorists for his release would result in outrage. The President and his Administration handled the aftermath of his release very poorly with his Rose Garden appearance, and the ridiculous statements by Susan Rice that Bergdahl had been captured on the battlefield, and had served with distinction. By doing so, they only managed to exasperate the outrage.
The labeling of anyone who disagrees with liberals on this, or any other issue of the day, as racists, bigots, and haters, has become the mantra of the Democratic party. When all else fails....
If Greg Benson or anyone else fails to find examples of histrionic outrage and humorless hate among those of the liberal persuasion, they obviously are not looking very far.

Bravo to you on this one.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:04

Dupuy: Bergdahl is latest GOP target for 'Two Minutes Hate'

[quote][b]Greg Benson[/b] - @Kwijibo Junior: Maniacs like Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter and Beck ushered in this present era of histrionic outrage and humorless hate. I fail to find liberal equivalents.

There are liberal equivalents, they just don't stay on the air as long, because people don't want to hear what they say. Pick almost any on-air person at CNBC, try Chris Matthews, as an example. The left is not immune.

When Ms. Dupuy starts out describing Obama as a moderate Republican, she loses all credibility. Liberals almost always operate in a fantasy world, because the real world does not lend itself to their vision of utopia. I've never seen one yet that wasn't' out there in la-la land.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 14:02

Yarbrough: Ethics case has cost taxpayers millions of dollars

Olens must believe that if he keeps a low profile, he can run for governor in four years.

Yarbrough used one word that sums up the entire problem with the Ethics Commission and those they oversee......


None of the people involved even know what it means.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:53

The Editor's Desk: No 'thuggery' in gaming electoral system

I worked late on primary voting day, and missed my window of opportunity to vote by just minutes after 7pm. deadline. You can bet I'll be there today, and if Debbie Dooley, or anyone else, thinks they can "interview" me or question me in any way whatsoever, they won't like the response they will get.

So far, we still have the right to vote any way we damn well please. For anyone, from any party or group, to think that they have the right to question anyone about their vote, or their motives for voting, flies in the face of everything that men and women have died for in every war we have ever fought.

Come on, Debbie....just ask me. I'll be glad to suggest some physical impossibilities for you to tackle.....and the horse you rode in on.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:44

Motorist exposes himself to Athens jogger

I'm upset and I want to claim discrimination......

Why do we not have any women who expose themselves? This is the land of equal opportunity. Why pay to go into a strip bar, when they could just as easily accomodate us on the sidewalks? I think all of us guys need to file a class-action lawsuit, to force women to expose themselves on city streets.

While I'm on a rant, where were all those hot teachers that have sex with students when I was in school? All we had were a bunch of fat old maids that would stop an eight-day clock if they got naked in front of it.

Discrimination, I say!

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:33

Candidates Rachel Watkins and Melissa Link talk lessons learned on campaign trail, vision for commission

I recently picked up a copy of the Flagpole while waiting for my dinner at a local restaurant. Melissa Link had endorsements from Pete McCommons and Carl Jordan.

I don't like activists on a general scale anyway, but when you get the endorsement from the publisher of a paper that leans so leftward that the racks tilt sideways, and from someone who was, without a doubt, the most argumentative commissioner in my memory, that right there tells me she isn't the right candidate for the job.

Remember Carl Jordan? He was the commissioner who would argue with a fencepost, and strain so hard at a gnat his eyeballs would pop out. Do you REALLY want another argumentative over-the-hill hippie to deal with?

All I have to say is that if the residents of Dist. 3 elect Melissa Link, then they, like those who voted for Obama, deserve everything they get.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:15

Former residents of Pauldoe gather for reunion, remember the good times they had as a community

The rest of us, however, are celebrating the fact that Pauldoe no longer exists, and are hoping Bethel Homes is next on the list......

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 12:06

UGA DL Taylor arrested for aggravated assault

Now we know two things about Mr. Taylor:

1. He's stupid. Anyone who thinks you can cash a check twice is too stupid to be in college.
2. He beats on women.

Put his stuff in some garbage bags, give him a bus ticket to Millen, and send him home. I'm sure there's some deserving athlete who would love the opportunity to play at UGA, and knows how to behave. Send this clown back to the hood, and let him go to prison with the rest of the vermin.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:56

Zimdars: Questions about Hice endorsement

@rzimdars: those lenders who approved loans to non-creditworthy borrowers would not have done so without pressure from the government under the CRA. That is a fact. If you doubt my words, talk to a few bankers around town. The banks were not going to make those loans and keep them on their books, because they knew they would eventually go bad.

Clinton repealed the Glass-Stegall Act, which kept banks from going into the investment business. Prior to the CRA and Clinton's maneuver to pacify his big-bank donors (you do know that the big banks and brokerage houses on Wall St play both sides of the street, don't you?), you would have had to go down to your local savings and loan, and had 20% down, or you went through the VA or FHA, which required 3 1/2 % down. If you were lucky enough to find a motivated seller with an assumable mortgage, you paid them their equity and assumed their existing mortgage. Mortgage loan rates then averaged anywhere from 6% to 8%. My first home in 1974 was an assumption.

This mortgage crisis wasn't caused by poor judgment, it was caused by politicians who thought if they gave people something they couldn't or hadn't earned on their own, they would have a voter base for life. Those politicians didn't care that doing so was bad financial policy, and continued to maintain that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were fiscally sound right up until the house of cards fell. (Do your "research" on Sen. Chris Dodd, and Rep. Barney Frank. Also "research" Franklin Raines, head of Fannie Mae and an Obama advisor. See how much they made, and what perks they got before the market fell.)

Markets do self-regulate. More accurately, they self-correct. When something gets hot and goes up, you can be sure it won't stay there. Consider today's stock market. At some point, the bubble will burst and it will crash again. The primary beneficiary of the Fed's money releases have been the big banks and brokerage houses, which you Democrats espouse to hate, even as they are Obama's biggest donors.

If the truth is told, the crash was caused by government manipulation of the markets, for the purpose of advancing a specific social policy. The Democrats started it, and the Republicans failed to stop it. The big banks and financial services companies contribute to both sides, and they were making money from it. The construction industry, which normally supports the GOP, was making money, so there was little incentive on either side to look too close and see if everything was fiscally sound. In true political fashion, both sides looked the other way until it was too late, and then each sought to blame the other.

Homeowners who had used the equity in their homes as a credit card found themselves under water, and those who took out variable-rate mortgages didn't pay attention until the rate reset, giving them an unaffordable payment. It was a classic case of "hear no evil, see no evil".

We had a similar crisis in 1973-74, when specific banks took on builders who over-built, and used the proceeds from a new job to finish the last job. Interest rates skyrocketed, and many builders bit the dust. The crisis was contained to a few banks, because the law had not yet changed to allow the big banks to gobble up all the little banks. Locally, the C&S Bank (now BankAmerica) teetered on the brink of failure due to the actions of one local builder.

The results of the New Deal programs taught Democrats that requiring people to work for the benefit provided makes them, proud, self-sufficient and independent. They also found out that when those people become independent and self-sufficient, they don't continue to vote Democratic, because in 1952, Eisenhower won by a landslide, and won again in 1956. Had Kennedy's father not bought the union vote in 1960, the GOP would have won again. Beginning with the Johnson administration, the Democrats decided not to try to end poverty by making people self-sufficient again, but to keep them in generational poverty by handing out just enough to make those most vulnerable dependent on the government, and dependent on Democratic power. Dividing people into victim groups, and convincing them that someone else is responsible for their lack of achievement has been a hallmark of Democratic policy ever since.

By the way....did you try swapping that diploma for a hotdog yet? How did that work out for you?

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:24

Zimdars: Questions about Hice endorsement

@rzimdars: You've been a poster here for some time. It's a well-documented fact that I have been in the automobile business for 40 years. I also owned a grocery store/gasoline outlet/coin laundry, owned a rental car franchise, and worked to maintain mechanical voting machines for 34 years until the state purchased touch-screen machines.

You are right that I am not a professor of history, but I don't recall that we were discussing Middle East history.

I like music. I just don't have much use for music professors who think that their position in the School of Music gives them some omnipotent position elsewhere. If we were discussing music, I would defer to your knowledge on the subject.

You didn't go to that meeting to learn anything. You aren't going to vote for either candidate. You went with a chip on your shoulder, hoping to find something that would offend you, and you did. Why would you go to a gathering that was staged by people who overwhelmingly profess a more fundamentalist approach to Christianity, and expect accommodations to be made for your religion or anyone else's? That would be like me going to a dinner at a synagogue and being mad because they didn't offer me a ham sandwich. I'm an Episcopalian. Should I get mad if I go to a mosque, and they don't offer me wine?

Our Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantees us the freedom to worship as we choose, but it doesn't guarantee us that anyone must make special accommodations for us to worship as we please. You went there, wanting to be offended, and you were. If you, or anyone else, didn't like the tone or message of the meeting, you were free to leave at any point. Why didn't you?

In answer to your other post, yes, the GOP has a fringe that includes many fundamentalists. The Democratic party has a fringe that includes many people who favor socialism and Marxism. Does the fact that those people find a home in the Democratic party mean that you will vote for them? I don't care for preachers. I didn't vote for Paul Broun, and I will not vote for Hice, but the Republican party comes closer to holding those values I find important than do the Democrats. Also, I don't have a problem with candidates who espouse and stick to strong positions. I'd rather have someone state their position, whether I agree with it or not, than try to please everyone by not taking ANY position, which is true of many Democratic candidates.

The problem with liberalism is that it is always based on emotion, not logic and fact. Your column and responses highlight that fact. There really isn't much difference between you and the fundamentalist preachers you detest. Neither of you are willing to consider views which do not coincide with your own. Neither of you are willing to compromise to move the bigger picture forward. It's either your way, or the highway. That is also one of the biggest problems with your president, by the way.

Academics live in a vacuum. Liberal thoughts and views exist because you have a guaranteed paycheck every payday, and you all go around patting yourselves on the back because you managed to meet all the requirements to get advanced degrees. If you want to find out what that advanced degree is worth outside the confines of the university, go downtown and see if you can swap it for a hotdog. Being a music professor has value, because you're around people who give it value.

If you want to step out there and espouse your opinions, then you open yourself up for people to disagree with you. I've written letters to the editor before. When someone challenges me, I don't act like an old woman. If you can't handle disagreement, don't put it out there.

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 08:35

Zimdars: Questions about Hice endorsement

@rzimdars: the lack of leadership under both Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton gave the Arab world the idea that America wouldn't fight back, and contributed greatly to 9/11. Had either of those men responded with force when US interests were attacked, the story would most likely be different.

You can trace our financial problems farther back than Bush. Our economic collapse was a direct result of the policies of, and policies created to advance, the Community Reinvestment Act. Bill Clinton repealed the Glass-Stegall act which put banks back into the investment business, and helped facilitate the creation of all these derivatives, which were basically turds with cream-cheese icing to make them look more apppetizing.

The Democrats thought everyone should have a middle class lifestyle, whether they had earned it or not. Their buddies, the big banks, weren't going to stand still and keep those stinky loans on their books, so the mechanism for selling them off was created. Prior to this insane policy, you either had 20% down to buy a home, you assumed a mortgage, or you went through VA or FHA with a smaller 3 1/2% down payment. The Republican's problem, then as now, was not standing up to this stupidity. IF we had maintained those practices and strict banking standards and accountability, this problem would have never occurred. Being a music professor, I don't expect you to understand this, but there is one thing you can depend on when you loan money to people with poor credit, and none of their own savings in the game: you will lose your money.

I'm not a fan of Hice, because I do not like fundamentalist religions of any type, and I do not care for preachers, period. However, if you were vain enough to walk into a debate between two people who loudly profess their beliefs in a given religion, and expect special accomdations to be made for your religion or for someone of the Muslim religion, I think the problem is yours, not theirs.

I will vote for Collins, because I don't want to elect any preacher to public office. Preachers are very much like music professors. They don't serve any real purpose, and they make a lot of useless noise.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:26

Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

Is there any other country on this planet that would allow an unchecked invasion of their borders by ANYBODY, regardless of who they are? This really is a slap in the face to those who have waited in some cases, for years, and spent thousands of dollars trying to legally come to this country. You can bet your last nickel, that if each one of these immigrants signed a pledge to vote for the Republican party, Obama and the Democrats would shut the border down tomorrow.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 11:42

Ukraine says Russia helping destroy crash evidence

Send Obama over there. Maybe he'll draw another red line or something, or make a speech. Better yet, send John Kerry. Let him threaten a ketchup boycott. Nah....send Hillary. She can stamp her foot and yell, "WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?"

The Democratic party really has reached the absolute bottom of the barrel. Putin wouldn't be trying his hand, and would not have attempted this territory grab, had he not correctly believed that Obama was a paper tiger who was all bark and no bite.

This is what you get, when you elect people based on emotion, or on the basis of their skin color, and not experience. This is what happens when you elect people who have no strong moral values, and who do not believe in the country they are supposed to be leading. Putin believes in his country, and he backs up his statements with action. He knows that Obama doesn't have the balls to do anything other than run his mouth.

Liberalism has failed. Keynesian economics have failed, and have not turned the economy around. Pretending to "feel your pain" hasn't put any more money in your pocket. Promising "hope and change" hasn't made your house payment or secured a middle class existence for anyone. Bottom line: liberals.....can' It's high time we "changed" back to people who know how to get things done.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:41

Denson: Link has right vision for Athens

Equality: we don't already have equal opportunity to go to school, and excel? If we excel, do we not all have equal opportunity at the HOPE scholarship? Or, does Tim think "equality" means all of us having the same amount of income, regardless of how hard we work? How about defining what you think "equality" is, Tim?

Sustainability. Are we going to burn our trash, and use that for electric power? Are we going to build a recycling facility that will separate glass, metals, and decomposable matter, so that we can sell what we can and burn the rest for fuel? Can we start using sink and shower water to water our lawns? Or, is this just another liberal buzz word for taxing those who earn more and more? How about defining "sustainability" for us, Tim?

Prosperity. Ah...we all want to be prosperous, don't we? But, being prosperous would mean we'd all have to get jobs, wouldn't it? Or, maybe Tim's idea of "prosperity" means I give up more of my share of income and give it to someone who didn't try in school, or started having kids when they were fifteen. Prosperity would mean attracting businesses to ACC that might need the limited skill sets of some of our many "poor" people. These people can't do much, so what kind of industries and companies would need that vast number of low-skilled and unskilled people? Would Tim and Melissa actually allow those kinds of businesses in ACC, or would they be "better than that"? You know, it might even mean another Walmart. Walmart hires a lot of these low-skilled, marginally employable people. Wait....we had a chance at another Walmart.....but we were "better than that". So, Tim.....why don't you define what your version of "prosperity" is, so that we can be clear.

You folks remember that Tim Denson wanted to base the property tax on the wealth of the property owner, don't you? This guy is recommending someone for the commission post who thinks like he does. Y'all getting the picture yet?

I wonder if Melissa will get an endorsement from Lenin?

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 17:32

Democrat Jason Carter again asks for investigation

One more thing.....

If this "investigation" is SO important to Carter, you know, being concerned about ethics and all.....why didh't he call for an investigation of Deal a long time ago? Was Deal's ethics violations not so bad, until Carter wanted to run for governor? Could he stand all that unethical behavior until it became an election year issue? Hmmm......??????

Don't you just love it when candidates get all sanctimonious and indignant about someone else's ethical lapses......when they run against them, and they're behind in the polls?

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 17:16

Fake power bill fools Athens businessman

Is anybody REALLY that stupid??

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 17:11

Democrat Jason Carter again asks for investigation

So.... Carter doesn't want to tell us why we should vote for him, he only wants to concentrate on Nathan Deal. Didn't the country fall for that "vote for me, I'm not the other guy" crap twice before, and aren't we still suffering from that decision? Do we really want to put an un-tried, untested, inexperience thirty-something year old in the Governor's office? Do you REALLY think Carter has what it takes to run the state, when he's never run anything before?

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 16:43

Georgia city to dissolve its police department

@mpd0.59: If I lived in Inman Park, Grant Park, or any neighborhood in Atlanta that was west of I-75/85, and south of Ponce De Leon Avenue, I'd have razor wire around my house and pay for armed guards 24/7. The ghetto culture that surrounds south Atlanta has made walking your dog unsafe in many areas. More evidence of the degradation of society caused by the ripple effects of the Great Society programs.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 14:17

Obama: Plane shot down by missile, 1 American dead

Obama is powerless to do anything. He can make a speech or act like he's all mad, but he can't (and won't) do a damn thing. It's like Hillary. The news interviewed her yesterday. Why? She holds no public office, and her opinion on this or any other matter is worthless. (I did wonder if she was going to blame this on a video, too.)

Obama has drawn so many red lines, made so many bullish statements that have no validity, and told so many bald-faced lies that no nation gives him, or John Kerry, and validity any more.

There will always be one nation in a leadership position in the world. For decades, it was the United States. Since Obama took office, he has done all he could to reduce and minimize American influence world wide. He has been successful, and the current situations across the globe are the result of his wimp-iness. Say what you want, but I can't help but believe that had either John McCain or Mitt Romney been elected, the world would be a more stable place.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:51

Georgia city to dissolve its police department

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - Just tell the residents to arm themselves and organize neighborhood watch programs. If someone wants more, the private sector should be able to provide it at a private cost.

I"m quite sure that a large percentage of those in Washington already own firearms. Actually, paying the county for protection isn't a bad idea. You eliminate an entire administrative department, communications center, and you eliminate the vehicle maintenance and employee costs. Just pay a flat fee per year, and let it go.

(But I'm sure a valid examination of the situation wasn't what you were looking for when you made your comment, snippy as it was.)

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:34

Georgia city to dissolve its police department

@OCCountry: much of the reason to create a county police force in ACC was because the commissioners could not control the sheriff's office. Legally, the sheriff's dept. is required to maintain the jail, serve warrants, and staff the courthouse with bailiffs. The commission at that time, under Jim Holland, voted to remove the duty of patrolling county roads from the sheriff, and created the Clarke County Police. The city had their own police force for a while after that.

The whole unification process was sold to the public as a cost-saving measure, but I don't think it saved a dime. It just gave the in-town neighborhoods a method of taxing county residents and controlling where all the money went, instead of just what the old city spent.

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

South Georgia woman sentenced in embezzlement scheme

Good luck getting any money back, because it won't happen. Just look at the CCSD debacle a few years back. Not one person has paid a thin dime of restitution.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:18

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