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As long as we have a president and an administration who are scared of offending people and won't even call terrorism what it really is, we don't stand a chance. America is stil a great nation, but internationally, Obama is seen as a weakling. Under his watch, America has no resolve. We don't want to offend anyone, much less the Muslims.

Other nations might give us lip service, but they aren't going to do the heavy lifting required to end this. We WILL be forced to put troops on the ground eventually. Liberals live in a pretend world. You can't negotiate with evil. You have to kill it.

Remember Nazi Germany and the Imperial Japanese during WWII. Obama and his crowd of academic elites didn't spend enough time studying history, and we are doomed to repeat it, only this time our enemy will be ISIS. You can't fight a political war. We tried that in Iraq and Vietnam. You have to fight to kill the enemy, destroy his territory, and wipe him out. There is no other way to deal with evil.

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 12:02

Obama: Combatting Islamic State not US fight alone

Who does Obama think he's going to get to help him? Other Muslim nations in the region? Doubtful at best. Our European allies? Likely not. He's thrown them under the bus so many times it isn't funny.

Obama was in full support of the "Arab Spring" movement that launched these people. He pulled out of Iraq, and left them all our military equipment. He helped force out Mubarak in Egypt, leaving the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of all our military equipment, plus he gave them more equipment and money later on. He helped force out Khadafy in Libya. Who took his place? The radical Muslims, of course. Obama has helped this movement every step of the way, and NOW he thinks it's a problem? He had a briefing over a year ago that foretold of this very situation. He and Kerry tried to destabilize Syria, and the people he wanted to help were.....(drumroll please)....ISIS.

Not only do we not have a strategy to deal with ISIS, Obama has been helping them every step of the way. Maybe the slip up in the interview with George Stephanopoulos where he alluded to his "Muslim religion" wasn't a slip after all.

To each and every one of you who thought Bush was so bad, and the Iraq war was just as bad.....Obama's actions have given away every gain we made, and every inch of ground that 4500 Americans died to secure.

We are an international laughingstock. Our foreign policy is nonexistent, and what there is of it is a complete joke. You have a president who as acted like a wuss every time he should have shown leadership. Our economy, with the exception of the stock market which has been artificially inflated by the Fed printing monopoly money, is stalled in neutral. Our GDP is almost flat. In order to make unemployment numbers appear favorable, this administration just quit counting people.

You people who voted for a pie in the sky should be ashamed of yourselves. YOU are the reason we are in this mess, because YOU elected this disaster not once, but twice. YOU elected someone who doesn't think America is exceptional, and YOU voted for someone who thinks we can negotiate with evil. If we have to go back in there with troops, it will be YOUR fault for electing someone with no experience.

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 11:16

Lumpkin to retire as Athens-Clarke police chief, named finalist for Savannah chief

Good riddance. Now maybe we can get a chief that has the respect of the rank and file officers.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 16:02

Jones: Election-year politics may bring reform to state ethics commission

The only thing that will change in state government if Carter is elected is that we'll have a different set of fingers in the state till. Somebody else's brother in law or good buddy will get state contracts. The Dems will talk about education, and do nothing. How high did we rank before Perdue and the Republicans took over? Were we ANY better in the rankings then?

The one thing that may very well change if Carter is elected is that right now, Georgia is rated as the number one place to do business. If we elect a young liberal governor, many businesses may change their mind about locating here. Think about it, people....when has a Democrat EVER been good for business?

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 15:59

Today's editorial cartoon

@TeeWee: Like I said in another post today.....you can't solve a problem unless you can define the problem correctly, and they're too bound up in political correctness to do that. I guess Obama doesn't want to offend his chosen people.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 15:42

Today's editorial cartoon

@TeeWee: The fact is we're going to do very little of anything. Obama made that speech last night because his poll numbers are in the toilet. As always, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Watch what he does, which will be very little. He isn't going to anger his Muslim friends. He won't even admit that ISIS is Islamic.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 14:17

Hiltzik: Despite business grousing, Obama good on economy

@nancy30683: You are correct. The growth in the NASDAQ and the Dow is primarily due to the money printed and released into the markets by the Fed, who is buying up worthless debt and keeping interest rates artificially low. This money was supposed to be lent to businesses by the big banks, but that's not happening. Of course, these are the same big banks who were the cause of the first bubble bursting, but who's looking at that now.

We have mid-term elections just around the corner, and the smoke and mirror crowd are going to do all they can to convince you that everything's coming up roses. Each month, the total of jobs added is barely enough to cover population growth, and sometimes doesn't do that. The administration has manipulated the unemployment figures by not counting those who have given up looking for work. They are only counting those who are receiving benefits. The real rate of actual unemployed is much higher.....but they don't want you to know that.

Obama and his crew have a constant flow of incorrect information coming from the very-compliant media, trying to pee on the public's leg and tell them it's raining. AbidingDude is correct. Ask any person who is in business, and you will get few positive outlooks. "We're holding on", or "we're getting by" is the most common remarks I hear.

Here is the hard truth: liberal policies do not work. They do not work in the economy, and they are not effective in national or foreign policy. Liberalism is based in fantasy, not on common sense. Pretending something is what it isn't doesn't make it so. When our GDP barely moves the needle, how can ANYONE say that Obama has been good for the economy. When our national prestige and influence are at an all time low, how can ANYONE say Obama has been good for anything?

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 14:08

School administrators show preference for Carter

"Deal’s campaign has said that Carter’s promises aren’t possible without a tax increase, but the audience of administrators seemed more interested in the spending than the concern of higher taxes."

So.....let's not pay attention to common sense. Let's play "let's pretend" with someone who has no experience in managing ANYTHING, and believe he can pull money out of thin air.

You're going to put education before law enforcement and prisons. Way to go, Jimmy...uhh....Jason. Let's pretend that will make a difference. You're going to go after delinquent taxpayers. Sounds good on paper, doesn't it? If that debt is over a year old, your likelihood of collecting it decreases sharply. How are you going to get money from people who have no money? You already have a tax lien on them. What is there to get? (Obviously, Carter has no experience in collections, but then, he has little experience in anything, so he's just parroting what his advisers tell him will sound good to a specific audience.)

Let's get to the real meat of the problem: school administrators, who are charged with being excuse-makers and trying to explain why, after spending tens of thousands of dollars on each child, we continue to get poor results, are supporting a guy who tells them what they want to hear. Absolute fantasy at its best. It's like reading "The Emperor Has New Clothes" all over again.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 13:51

Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

How lukewarm is "do our part"? These Arab countries are the original funding partners of ISIS. Do you honestly think they are going to put their "boots on the ground" and fight their fellow Islamists? Really?

Again, the White House and our dilly-dallying President are playing footsie with word games. They want you to believe that ISIS is not Islamic. (Think about that one a while.) They want you to think we're going to be able to solve this problem without putting troops back in the area. They won't even call it a "war". The 9/11 commission said "they are at war with us, but we were not at war with them". How many people does ISIS have to behead on video for this administration to understand and admit that we ARE in a war with radical Islam? Here's a hint at the root of the problem.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGdkqfBICw

You can't be part of the solution unless you are willing to identify the problem. The administration is afraid of offending Muslims, so we won't call it a war, and we won't say we're fighting Islam. Will it take another terrorist attack on our soil before these liberals are willing to believe that Islam wants to kill us? I've always said that political correctness will be the death of this nation, and we're seeing that take place before our very eyes. We're scared we'll offend the enemy. Can you imagine where we'd be today, if we had been afraid to offend Hitler?

Radical Islam is this century's Nazism. They are a barbaric, bloodthirsty group bent on forcing the world to adhere to their beliefs. The leading nations of the world tried to negotiate and appease Hitler, and all that did was give him time to build strength. Attempting to negotiate with radical Islam is seen by the other side as a sign of weakness, and Lord knows, Obama seems weak enough.

Since 1976, the Democrats have nominated and elected weak men. Their weakness has cost this nation lives and influence on the world stage. I guess being politically correct only attracts men with little courage and backbone, and no moral compass. The Democrats need to learn the lines from the Aaron Tippin song: "You've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything."

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 12:30

Homeless man charged with trespassing at Athens book store

@yeti: I'm guessing you couldn't fiind the sarcasm font.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 12:12

Go back to drawing board on grading teachers, Lanoue tells lawmakers

Here's a novel idea, and it's worth considering: instead of testing the children and evaluating the teachers, let's start evaluating the parents.

The teachers aren't the problem. Money isn't the problem. We have some of the finest teachers in the state. Most, if not all, of them are dedicated to seeing that their children get the most they can offer. Almost every school in the CCSD is new or nearly new, having been totally renovated. Physical facilities aren't the problem. Textbooks and technology aren't the problem. The problem is the culture from which many of our students come. Education is not viewed as a priority, or in some cases, even necessary. Our teachers can NOT change this culture of failure and dependency by themselves.

Let's stop evaluating teachers for the time being. Let's grade the parents' involvement with an A, B, C, D, or F. If they come in at a C or lower, then let's get special tutoring, behavior modification and counseling for their children.

We need to quit making excuses for the problem, which is obvious: the culture of dependency and failure is the reason these children are doing poorly in school. The teachers can't make students into something they are not. Instead of putting our resources into more tests and more excuse-making administrators, let's invest in classroom tutors and behavior modification specialists so that these children will have a chance at success.

posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 12:06

Bowen: Respect for funeral processions is heartwarming

Even more heartwarming and encouraging are the crowds of people who line the streets to honor the families of fallen soldiers. This is a tradition that seems to be unique to the South. I am also proud to be a Southerner.

posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:04

Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

@marshalld: So, you think we should dally around, instead of act? We should have acted long ago. I'm still not sure that these "rebels" Obama wants to help aren't some of the same people we're going to have to fight.

If Congress covened a special session to debate and authorize the president to act, you would say that they were being obstructionist. You can't have it both ways. The House alone is not the problem. Several hundred bills have been passed in the House, many with Democratic support, that have not been allowed on the floor of the Senate. The President and Harry Reid are just as much at fault for this "obstruction" as anyone else.

Obama WANTS to use this "in your face", "my way or the highway" approach, giving the finger to Congress. He has never had any intention of working with anyone, unless they capitulate to his agenda. Since he has the media on his side, he has been able to lay blame at the Republicans' feet, without anyone challenging that except for Fox News.

You need to start paying attention to what Obama DOES, not what he SAYS. Let's see if any hard, concrete action comes out of his speech tonight. He has consistently helped and supported those who want to spread Sharia law across the Middle East.

Time and again, he has ranged from disrespectful to outright rude toward Israel and Netanyahu. (That's probably because Netanyahu won't buy into Obama's bullcrap rock star persona, and could break him in half with one arm tied behind him.) Obama has acted like a middle-schooler, making snotty remarks about ISIS being the JV team, and not correctly assessing Putin as a threat. The only people who give Obama any credibility are the yes men and yes women on his staff. Even Michael Moore came out today saying that Obama's only achievement will be his status as the first black elected President.

As is true with any organization, when there is disfunction, confusion, lack of direction, and a lack of morals........the problem is at the top. Obama's own attitude has sent the tone and agenda for his presidency. If he wanted cooperation, and had acted like he was WILLING to cooperate, it would have happened. Pointing the finger at anyone else as the source of the problem is simply ignoring the obvious.

posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 10:42

Hawks discipline GM Ferry for racist comments

Yesm=, heaven forbid that you say what you honestly think, because you might offend someone. I guess he should have said that based on what he read, the player had bad character traits that overshadowed his playing ability and was not a good risk. It seems that the only people that it is politically correct to offend are white, heterosexual, Christians, of Southern heritage, or any combination of the above. We have truly gotten to the point where the tail wags the dog.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 14:53

Janay Rice breaks her silence, describes situation as ‘horrible nightmare’

Her comments do a disservice to battered women everywhere. These men are role models for a lot of young people, and their wives are role models for many young women. What message does this convey? It's okay for him to beat you, because you don't want to give up the money, fame and media attention? Is she that shallow? (Obviously, yes.)

Men who abuse women, whether physically, mentally or verbally, are cowards. The NFL should have permanently banned Rice, and the team should have fired him when the first video surfaced. These people make huge sums of money. It's not too much to expect them to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects good values.

One more thing.....that everyone's thinking but probably scared to say.......it's high time we....the public.....started denouncing and ridding ourselves of this urban thug mentality and lifestyle, instead of highlighting and idolizing those who represent it. Anyone, regardless of their position, who participates in or represents this trashy behavior and lifestyle should be should be soundly criticized, shunned, and held in the greatest of disdain.

The very idea that any man, much less a public figure, would knock his wife out, and drag her by the hair is inconceivable. The NFL or any other organization who sees the first sign of domestic abuse should terminate these individuals immediately, and let them find a job flipping burgers somewhere. We as a society should not tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of the stature of the offender.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:29

Georgia ethics commission fires director

@SIGNOFF: Who would you choose to replace him? Jason Carter has no experience, and we don't need to put training wheels on the governor's chair. Roy Barnes was a decent man and a decent governor, but he made all the teachers mad.

Cathy Cox or Karen Handel could have done a good job, I suppose, but they didn't get elected, and then there's the question of whose hand got greased when as Secretary of State, Cox had the state purchase these touch-screen voting machines. Deals of that magnitude don't get done on merit alone.

Fortunately for the citizens of Georgia, businesses seem to feel comfortable locating here with Deal in charge. Rick Perry of Texas has done a great job of attracting companies to his state, and Deal has done a good job here. So, tell us....who do you think would do a better over-all job of administering the state, and why do think they would. It's easy to say "someone should go", but you have to have a plan for a replacement. A majority of the people thought the Republicans should go in 2006 and 2008, and look what we got in return.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 10:56

Georgia ethics commission fires director

@proftom: The ethics commission should be independent of the governor's office AND the legislature, and the employees should be merit system employees to protect them from political retribution. I'm not sure of the best way to assure their funding, but I've never seen a government agency that said they were "adequately funded"....ever. Possibly their funding could come from a surcharge on the qualifying fees for candidates for state offices, and a surcharge on money spent on campaign ads.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 10:50

Obama defends decision to delay immigration action

There is one reason, and one reason only, that Obama decided to delay action: he has been told by his advisors that it is an unpopular issue on both sides of the aisle, and Democratic lawmakers know it will help them get defeated in November.

If he waits until after the election, there will still be calls for impeachment, and the voters will remember his actions in 2016. But then, Obama doesn't give a damn about the voters and never has. His only concern is pushing his agenda, and not taking any responsibility for anything that goes wrong.

Obama's only success is that he has made Jimmy Carter the SECOND worst president in the history of America.

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 17:08

Obama to outline strategy on Islamic State

To do this, Obama would have to exhibit leadership, which is something he has not done in the past. Trying to put together a "coalition" just once more shows he is not willing to take the lead to tackle this problem head on.

WHO does he expect to join in this "coalition"? We've heard this before. Remember, we had a "coalition" of countries invading Iraq, but it was still the United States who did the heavy lifting.

Also, this problem is ENTIRELY of Obama's own making. ISIS is using the military equipment we left in Iraq, when Obama has us pull out to satisfy is uber-liberal, left-wing base. He was eager to oust Mubarak in Egypt, giving the Muslim Brotherhood access to all our military equipment there. He has constantly given Israel the cold shoulder and back of his hand, trying to force them into making more concessions to Hamas, when Hamas is the source of the problem.

The people in ISIS were the same "rebels" he wanted to help in Libya, who were also the people who killed Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans in Benghazi (which didn't seem to make much "difference" to Hillary....by the way, where has SHE been. By now, you'd expect some nebulous statement out of her crooked mouth.)

Obama has time and again, shown that he does not have the backbone to stand up to the rogue nations of the world, unless he can send in a drone and kill them by pushing a button. Remember those "red lines" in Syria? Now, we are getting news reports that maybe Assad wasn't gassing those people, that it was possibly ISIS doing so.

When Obama said last week that "we don't have a strategy" to deal with ISIS, he wasn't kidding. He and his admnistration don't have a "strategy" to deal with ANYTHING, including ISIS. In order to have a strategy, you have to be willing to stand up and take a position. You have to be willing to say someone else is wrong, and stand behind what you said. We all remember Obama's reasoning for not saluting the flag, early in his campaign and first term, don't we? He didn't want to be seen as "taking sides". Well, he'd better be taking a side now, because if he doesn't the Nazism of the 21st Century will be even harder to stop.

Next time you want to vote for some hippie crap about "hope and change"........think about what you voted for this time. If America isn't a strong leader and presence in the world, who do you want to take our place?

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 16:54

Arab League agrees to combat Islamic State group

@retiredandhappy: I was thinking the same thing. Does anyone really expect these Arab countries to do anything? I'll hold my judgment until I actually see some action and not just another bunch of hot air. We have enough hot air coming from our own Islam-friendly president.

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 14:34

Athens man and sister arrested for threatening to shoot during fight at Bethel Midtown Village

I'll bet both have master's degrees, good-paying jobs and have never been in trouble with the law before.

Jesse?: Al? Barack? Eric? Any comments on how racism from whites created this problem? Of course not. The culture of dependency and sorriness borne out of the welfare system created this. Change your culture. People are sick and tired of paying to support this one.

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 14:30

Georgia ethics commission fires director

Remove the ethics commission from any influence of the governor and legislature. Put its operation under the jurisdiction of the State Supreme Court, and give it subpeona powers. Let members be appointed by the SC judges, and let the budget for the office come under the direction of the SC.

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:50

Athens man indicted on charges he robbed, strangled, imprisoned elderly victim

He's already been to prison, and that didn't work. Just put him away for good.

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 12:44

Kerry, Hagel urge coalition against Islamic State

Translation: "we don't have the guts to do this ourselves, and Obama doesn't want to make his Muslim friends mad, so we want someone else to help."

posted @ Friday, September 5, 2014 - 10:01

Nunn rolls out business plan

The biggest obstacle to business growth and expansion is the Affordable Care Act. What will she do to reform or replace it? Everyone comes out for motherhood, baseball and apple pie. This is just a VERY feeble attempt to put her near the center. In reality, she will be just one more vote of approval for whatever the President sends down the pipeline. A vote for Nunn is a vote for Obama.

posted @ Friday, September 5, 2014 - 09:54

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