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Georgia paying more than $40,000 to Gurley's attorney

Got $400 measly bucks, Gurley threw away a chance at the Heisman, and if he doesn't recover sufficiently, a chance at a million-dollar-plus pro career......$400 lousy dollars. How shortsighted can you be.

As for the slimy jackass that paid him the $400, they should print his picture on every UGA ticket stub, in hopes that some fan somewhere will see him and give him a good ol' South Georgia ass-whippin'.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 15:24

Lanoue named finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

Our graduation rates are still miserable, despite spending almost $12000 per pupil per year. If this performance gets you superintendent of the year, the rest of the crowd must be sorry as hell.

When you "close the achievement gap" between groups of students, does that mean the ones on the bottom do better, or does that mean there are fewer students in the top group still in the system to use in comparison?

Lanoue came here with one objective in mind: beef up his resume for his next job, by manipulating numbers and statistics. I don't believe our students are any better off than when he came, the teachers I know aren't any happier, our schools aren't any safer, and people still avoid this school system like the plague.

So what's to celebrate?

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:57

VIDEO: Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal

I personally am not concerned if this heralds a brighter future for Cuba. I'm concerned about the United States, and the message that this, and other actions of Obama, send to the rest of the world. Let's keep exchanging spies and terrorists on a three for one or a five for one deal. That makes us look real smart, doesn't it? Let's start supporting more dictators and more Communist regimes like Cuba, or radical Islamic countries like Iran. Let's give away the whole store while we're at it. Is the administration and the entire Democratic party serving the United States, or are we back in the business of trying to make our enemies like us (which will not work....never has.)

The only thing this shows me is that Obama and the elitists, socialist Democratic party are the most anti-American they have ever been. Obama will negotiate with Cuba and Iran, but he won't talk to the members of the Republican party. He's like Carter.....never met a dictator he didn't like.

We need to think long and hard before we ever elect anyone who spent their formative years in another country. Obama might have had an American mother and grandparents, but he wasn't raised as an American, and he doesn't seem to share and understand the values and traditions that people who were raised in this country have in common with each other. My honest opinion is that his intent is to bring this country down from a superpower to the level of European countries that can't wipe their own noses. Without a doubt, this man is the worst president in our history.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:53

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@TheBetterGeneration: Explain where and how I have "attacked" you. (Again.....another characteristic of those on the left......any disagreement is seen as an "attack").

You said you weren't going to respond, but you did. You also said people didn't like commenting here. Aren't those two statements in conflict with your post?

I would consider your retorts a "tantrum". My four year old granddaughter acts like that sometimes, when she gets mad.

You're really rather thin-skinned, aren't you? (That's also a common characteristic of those on the left, as well as those on the evangelical right.)

And, thank YOU.

Your BFF,
Snarkydude

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 13:18

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

@dahreese: "Ah!, another revelation of the depths of your shallow world view." Again, you are not able to respond without demeaning the person to whom you reply. Is that because of a deep-seated feeling of inferiority? Do you think your background REALLY makes you smarter than other people? Please tell us how smart you are again. It's entertaining.

You consistently try to justify the actions of radical Islamists on these pages. Time and again, you have said how you felt they were justified in doing what they do. Remember "those whom they kill, they do not see as innocents"? Scroll up a few lines if your memory is bad. Does that make their actions palatable to you? (Epic fail, here, bub.)

The release of this report had nothing to do with what we have done wrong, or right. If that was the case, we would have had a full report on the Benghazi affair right after it had happened, we'd have those missing IRS emails from Lois Lerner, and we would have the subpeonaed documents from the Justice Dept. on the Fast and Furious debacle. This has nothing to do with ethics, right, or wrong. This report is an attempt by a failing administration to distract the public away from those failures, and rally support among its base after being devastated in the November elections. It didn't take eight years to gather this information, and if I'm correct, no CIA personnel were interviewed during the creation of this report. I don't think either of the last two Democratic presidents, or ANY of the last several Democratic candidates for president could accurately define ethics, and I'm sure Mrs. Clinton has never heard of the word.

I question many things, among them why the leadership of the Democratic party, the President, his advisors and the leadership of the Senate think that trying to make political points at the expense of our national interests is good policy.

I questioned why LBJ wanted so badly to get more involved in Vietnam. I questioned why the leaders of the Democratic party supported George Bush when he asked for their votes before invading Iraq, and then turned tail later on, when it became politically expedient.

I don't question scaring people in order to get information, when those same people kill schoolchildren, shoot young girls in the head for getting an education, or behead people who are there to help civilians, and do it on video. I guess you can empathize with their justification when they do that.

Maybe "around the world", other countries are glad that one nation is willing to stand up and fight for freedom, including the freedom of those countries, so that they don't have to do the heavy lifting themselves. That gives them the opportunity to feign disapproval, and gives you the freedom to have your opinions as well.

Somebody has to make the hard choices. Not all of them work, and not all of them are good choices, but someone has to stand up and do so. Might I suggest you take a turn in that chair. it's probably a lot different than just teaching school.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 13:03

Camille Cosby's statement on assault accusations

@GaltMeister: The left doesn't believe in personal responsibility. That's so "yesterday". They believe in "fairness", "equality", and a "level playing field", which in reality means we all have the same amount of nothing.

"Fairness" and "equality" mean we all have the same opportunities to put our talent, innovation and work ethic into practice. As for a "level playing field", I've never seen one of those. All pathways through life are filled with highs and lows, and it's up to the character of the person to make of life what they can. Nobody ever said that everyone was supposed to have an "equal amount of stuff".

When people become self-sufficient and prosper, the argument of the left rings hollow. They realize they got to wherever they are not by handouts, but by taking advantage of every opportunity they could. Saying someone else owes you something doesn't mean very much to a person who has achieved his own measure of success.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:43

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@TheBetterGeneration: "You will note that snarkydude is falling in line with most people who are ignorant."

I rest my case. You can't say you disagree with me without demeaning the person with whom you disagree. I can assure you I am not ignorant. I have differing opinions than you, but that doesn't make me ignorant. It is a common denominator with those on the left, and particularly one or two commenters on here, that they must have a self-perceived, self-created vision of themselves as being of superior intelligence. Otherwise, what do they have?

You want to cite some study or opinion piece that agrees with your pre-determined conclusion. That's fine. I've been around a long time. I've managed to absorb a great deal of knowledge during that time. For every study you wish to cite, it's very possible to cite one that totally disagrees with yours, many times using the same information. So much for studies.....

Finally, regarding another character flaw I have found common with people who are liberal, progressive, or whatever the term of the day happens to be.....whenever someone expresses a differing opinion, and then doesn't accept your position or fires back, those on the left swell up like a two-day old roadkill, have a tantrum, and take their football, go home and pout.

"That is why no one wants to comment on here."......(so says TBG, not noticing that the page is full of comments and rebuttals).....again....I rest my case.

If you continue to behave like that, your mother will make you sit in the corner.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 12:37

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@GaltMeister: You will note that TBG is falling in line with most people who are liberal. They have to believe that they are intellectually superior to anyone else. Without that falsely perceived self-importance, their arguments fall flat. I've also observed that the only people who value and praise those who are in the "soft" areas of study, are others in the same field.

It's fine to discuss and debate literature and art at a cocktail party, but if you can't sell your books or your paintings, then it's just a lot of conversation. I agree with your statement about offering literature and arts as electives only. We waste far too much time and money in post-secondary schools requiring freshmen and sophomores to take fine art courses. Of course, it those courses weren't required, a lot of professors would actually have to find real jobs. (That last statement will probably set some of them on fire.)

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:35

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@dahreese: So.....you're saying that "these kids" are incapable of learning or changing their circumstances? Isn't that the core of racism itself? You have just admitted....right here.....what I've been saying for years, which is that the left believes that blacks and other low income people are incapable of being self-sufficient and obtaining prosperity.

Whatever happened to evaluating someone based on their character, as opposed to the color of their skin (or their culture)? Not only has the hypocrisy of the left been revealed by the Sony emails, it's revealed right here on AthensTalks.com.

Thank you for finally admitting what most conservatives have known for years.

posted @ Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:22

Megathlin: Here's a question to start conversation on race

Here's the one question to which I can't get an answer:

Why do other races, many of whom have a different skin color, and much more difficult language and cultural barriers that they have to cross in order to become productive, successful citizens, almost always uniformly excel and succeed in our society? Why are blacks almost always at the bottom of the ladder?

Asians almost always do well academically, and they are rarely discipline problems in school. As a community, they are not prone to rioting, and many are successful merchants and professionals. They have a strong family structure. It's the same with people from India and Pakistan, many of whom are dark-skinned, and most of the immigrants from Africa I have met are hard-working to the point of having multiple jobs to support their families. Most of them have a strong family structure, their kids seem to do well in school, and don't seem to be a discipline problem.

Can anyone name any other ethnic community that constantly preys on itself, has so many of its people in the correctional system, has so many of its members on public assistance, and is in such a state of disarray as the urban black ghetto community? We all....meaning whites, Asians, Jews, people of Indian or Pakistani descent, native Americans and African immigrants.....can't be the problem. Why does this confusion and crime not exist to the same degree in other communities?

It can't be lack of educational opportunities, and it doesn't seem to be the lack of opportunity for advancement in commerce. Are we to believe that the color of one's skin causes one to disobey instructions from the police, to have multiple children by many men, more than one can support, and to victimize your own community on a daily basis?

It's the culture, people. We created it, and we subsidize it......and nobody's got the guts to say so. It ain't Jim Crow days anymore. Time for excuses is over.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 18:09

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

'After many years of teaching college......"

Notice the writer didn't say "after many years of fighting terrorists". We can't pretend this is a pillow fight. During WWII, we had to make some hard choices in order to defeat the evil of Nazi Germany and Japan. Like it or not, we are at war with radical Islam. We don't want to think we are, but they are most certainly at war with us. They intend to kill us. They slaughter innocent people with abandon. They behead people for all the world to see.

So.....what did we do? We scared some of them. In order to make political points, a political party whose main objective is to weaken the United States at home and across the globe prepared a report they thought would gin up support from their base after a complete blowout at the polls. That's all this report is about: distract the public from the failure of the Obama administration's domestic and foreign policies.

Ferguson, MO did it for a little while. Obama could almost look like a leader when he appealed for calm. When that news cycle waned, the administration needed something else to keep you from looking too hard at the complete collapse of the Middle East on their watch, the economy which is still foundering, despite their best attempts at manipulating statistics, and the complete laughingstock they made of themselves with Putin. They only people who have benefited from Obama's pollicies are his big donors in the banks and brokerage houses. The rest of us have had to deal with trickle-up poverty.

If you want to know where all the anti-American, anti-capitalist, elitist-socialist people went after they were too old to demonstrate against the Vietnam war, you don't have to look to hard to find them. Just look at the leadership of today's Democratic party.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 17:51

Crisp: Torture is stain on American honor

@marshalld: You said it better than I ever could.

Radical Islam is this century's Nazism. Their stated goal is to convert, enslave or kill non-believers. You cannot negotiate with these madmen. We will....at some point.....have to mount an all out offensive to defeat them on all fronts. I don't know where or when, but I do not see any other way of ridding the world of this cancer.

As for @dahreese and others who continually apologize and try to justify the behavior of these ghouls, you can't make a case strong enough to justify what these bloodthirsty people do. Don't even try.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 17:37

Athens man charged in high-speed chase in Crawford hits two vehicles head-on

@mpd0.59: It's also the segment that doesn't think laws apply to them, and that goes for parents who try to cover it up, instead of making their child take responsibility for his actions. I don't see a lot of difference here. You might.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 16:42

Today's editorial cartoon

@ponsoldt: It's supposed to be a sarcastic portrayal of this administration's willingness to sell out America in order to make political points with their base. It's also supposed to be a sarcastic knock at a man who was elected to support America, but has done everything but that.

The post-JFK Democratic party has done almost everything humanly possible to aid America's detractors and enemies. Ever since LBJ was elected, I've wondered where these people came from, and whose side they were on. Lenin himself couldn't have picked a more acceptable candidate to America's foes than Barack Obama.

We scared people. We made them stay awake. They were uncomfortable for a short period of time. Yet, except in rare cases, every one of these people still have their heads attached to their torso. None have been fed through a limb chipper, feet first. None have been shot and dumped in mass graves. None of them were made to walk naked into a gas chamber, unaware of what was to take place. They got scared. Worst case scenario, they may have soiled themselves.

The Senate Democrats, by releasing this report, have put themselves right up there with Tokyo Rose and Axis Sally, in terms of aiding the enemy. They should be ashamed to call themselves Americans.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 16:40

Camille Cosby's statement on assault accusations

Bill Clinton was accused of sexual assault and misconduct on many occasions, by many women, and they didn't wait 30 years to do it. Not only did the mainstream media fail to report and investigate these claims, the Clinton propaganda machine did everything possible to intimidate and discredit these women, with the assistance of the same media outlets who are making Cosby the story of the week.

Some years ago, Bill Cosby made statements critical of many in the black community, and their failure to take advantage of opportunities afforded to them, which angered many on the left. It wouldn't be possible that much of this is revenge for those statements, would it?

Nah....the left would NEVER do that.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 16:27

Security adequate at Clarke Central-Cedar Shoals athletic events, officials say

Discipline went out the window when schools were desegregated in the late 60's and early 1970's. Anyone who went to Athens High/Clarke Central in the years 1970 to 1973 can remember the riots where students barricaded themselves in classrooms for their own safety, as gangs of thugs roamed the halls, attacking people at will.

Teachers and administrators were reluctant to discipline black students for fear of inciting a racial incident, and fearful of doing the same to whites because the students' parents and top officials wouldn't back them up. (Think that failure to maintain discipline might have something to do with the current inability of many of today's young people to obey any sort of rules or authority?)

Much of our student population in the CCSD comes from the low-income community, and with that population comes a different mindset about what is acceptable behavior and what is not. There aren't any real consequences for bad behavior, since the court system routinely hands out probation time and again, and many of these students don't care if they learn anything anyway. Why bother? Someone else will take care of them for the rest of their lives anyway. You don't need an education and a skill when you can get a check for doing nothing.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 16:14

Atlanta-area man sucker-punched at UGA Arch

Description of the attackers?

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 16:02

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

@Glenu: you can agree with me or not. That isn't my concern. Lest we forget, the terror attacks against the United States began under the administration of Jimmy Carter, with the seizing of Americans by the Ayatollah. Those attacks continued and increased in severity under Democratic presidents, because no forceful response was given by ANY Democratic president.

I would like to see the exact quote of "there will be no casualties" if you can produce it. "Taking a stand" has nothing to do with "arrogance", as Dr. Park callls it.

Let's also remember that Dr. Park was born to Korean parents in a province now controlled by the People's Republic of China. Had it not been for American "arrogance", the entire Korean peninsula would be under the iron fist of the Communists, instead of South Korea having a bustling capitalist economy. Contrast that with the North, whose people are starving while that little gargoyle struts around trying to find a reason to detonate a nuclear weapon.

It also gripes my red royal behind that someone like Dr. Park, who has taken full advantage of the opportunities offered by the USA, has the unmitigated gall to call us "arrogant". Looking at the open records report of salaries for UGA, Dr. Park earns a hefty salary (I won't list it....look for yourself) and also claimed a sizeable amount for travel reimbursement. Here's the link:

http://open.georgia.gov/sta/search.aud

Instead of calling Americans "arrogant", he should be thanking and praising the country that has given him the opportunity to earn such a gracious living. Don't take my tax dollars, and then call me "arrogant". Doing so is the height of arrogance itself.

"Methodical deliberation" is one thing. Lacking the courage and ability to stand up, be proud of and protect our country is something else. I'm very tired of people who disagree with the decision to go to war thinking that there was no forethought or deliberation put forth before we did. Are you really that blinded by partisan politics?

Tell you what......you go out and walk the streets of some inner city neighborhood in one of our major cities, or go to an area of the world where they hold Americans hostage. When you need help, call Dr. Park. Don't bother calling one of those "arrogant Americans".

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:59

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

@dahreese: PROVE that the attack on Iraq was for oil and nothing else....if you can.

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:33

Athens man charged in high-speed chase in Crawford hits two vehicles head-on

Again....failing to obey the commands of a law enforcement officer. What is it with this segment of society that leads them to believe they don't have to obey the same laws as the rest of us?

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:29

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

One....more.....thing.......

George W. Bush, to his credit, took a stand for America after we were attacked by members of a belief system that isn't worth the powder it would take to blow 'em to hell.

If Jimmy Carter would have taken a stand, or if Bill Clinton would have taken a stand....any stand.....or if George H. W. Bush would have finished the job on Saddam Hussein when we had the chance, chances are we wouldn't have had the 9/11 attacks. Obama won't take a stand. He draws red lines, then backs down and draws more red lines. He, Hillary and John Kerry are the running laughingstock when it comes to foreign policy. The only presidents we have had that have stood up for America are constantly vilified by the left, yet when the left gets threatened, they call for action and want protection.

We've elected Democratic cowards three times now. The left rails against Reagan and Bush, but when those two men said something, they meant it, and the world took notice and backed down. Name a Democratic president since JFK who has stood firm and backed up what he said with action.

Yeah....I couldn't either.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 18:07

Park: Domestic turmoil reflects arrogance of American foreign policy

I guess that the fact that both Brown and Garner were breaking the law, or had broken the law when confronted by the police, and then escalated the situation by in one case, refusing to obey commands given by a law enforcement officer, and in another case, attacking a police officer.... means nothing to Dr. Park, and of course, everything in the world is always George Bush's fault.

Through government handouts, and the relaxation of standards by liberals in politics, education and other areas, we have created a segment of society that thinks that no rules apply to them, and that not only do we owe them a living, we owe them a lifestyle. Personal rights and the property of others have no meaning to these people. If they don't get what they want, they stomp, bully, and burn down the town. Rational conversation is shouted down by their leaders. Dr. Park mentions nothing of this.

I keep hearing about the "arrogance of Americans". That's almost as much bull as "white privilege". When a global tragedy occurs, who helps? "Arrogant" Americans. Who saved the world from Adolf Hitler and Hirohito? Who kept Britain from falling to the Germans? Who is called on each and every time there is a crisis anywhere in the world? Who, at great cost in lives, has stopped aggression again and again across the globe, for the last 114 years or so? "Arrogant" Americans. Who has helped other nations rebuild after wars, and stands as the economic beacon for the world? Want to guess? It ain't the
Russians, the Chinese, or any of the namby-pamby European nations that pee on themselves whenever they're threatened.

There will always be a dominant super power in the arena of world affairs. I, for one, am glad that that dominant power is the "arrogant" America. I'd hate like hell to see what would happen if that dominant power had been allowed to be Nazi Germany, or the Stalin's Soviet Union. Folks like Dr. Park may have well been hauled off to a concentration camp or a gulag, never to have been seen again. Dr. Park, you, and everybody else had better thank your lucky stars for those you call "arrogant". I damn sure do.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 17:48

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

@dahreese: "We" have free public education. You know what that is, don't you? Didn't you show up there for a paycheck for a few years?

"We" already provide opportunities for people to "pick themselves up by their own bootstraps". It's a helluva lot better than standing in a bucket and trying to pick the bucket up, which is how Churchill, I think, described socialism.

The opportunities are there for people who want to take advantage of them. I'm all for making it possible for people to get the skills that will give them access to good jobs. I've said that plenty of times. I've also said that I don't feel sorry for people who don't take advantage of those opportunities, and I think we make it very easy not to do so.

There's a very different kind of poverty now than when my parents were young and poor. There wasn't a social safety net during the Great Depression. People who grew up during those times understood that getting an education was key to a good job and a better life. New Deal programs required effort from the participant in order to receive the benefit. Today's programs require nothing. Just sign up, and get a check.

If you expect to change the cycle of destructive, dependent behavior, we are going to have to make major reforms in our entitlement system, We are going to have to find some way of making young people finish school, more so than we do now. We are going to have to find some way of changing the culture that encourages young women to have children at a young age, and continue to have mutliple children they can't afford to support. We're going to have to find a way to make those fathers responsible not only for the support of their children, but for the nurturing of their children......yet any time someone proposes to do just that, the left comes screaming down with cries of "racism".

We have an illegal immigration problem, because jobs are there that our citizens will not do. We make it too easy to sit at home and draw a check. Working for what you have gives people a sense of accomplishment that receiving a handout does not provide. We need to require work from every person who is not aged or physically or mentally disabled in order to receive help from the government. We need to return to "help", not provide a lifestyle.

There is a huge cultural problem with a segment of our society, and it isn't just confined to one race of people or ethnicity. I don't believe that the left in general, and the Democrats in particular, are interested in making people self-sufficient. We make it very simple for people to slip into poverty and never do any better. America offers the most opportunity for people who are poor to improve their lives, yet so many of our people fail to take advantage of those opportunities.

I'd like to see your list of reasons why people can't be self-sufficient. That would be interesting.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 13:01

Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours

Think this incident isn't fueled by radical Islamic beliefs? Think again. Just how long do you think it will be before these slimeballs decide to try something big here?

Of course, with Obama afraid he'll offend some Muslim somewhere, Hillary saying we should try to see things from their perspective, and John Kerry being the King of Wishy-Washy, it's no wonder that the rogue nations of the world see us as weak. They know that the Democratic party doesn't have the backbone to stand up to anybody.

We either fight them there, or we fight them here.

posted @ Monday, December 15, 2014 - 12:36

What Others Say: Health care reform is working (San Jose Mercury News)

Okay....this article appeared in the San Jose, California newspaper. That right there should tell you something. Now that I have finished reading this piece of fantasy, I'm going to go and feed my unicorns.

Here is the "reality" of the ACA. I can keep my "grandfathered" policy, if I'm willing to pay the $850 monthly premium (for just me, with a $10,000 deductible), or I can choose a policy that requires me to purchase pregnancy benefits, with a slightly lower deductible, for an almost equal premium. One of my doctors is on the list. The other is not.

Presently, I have a $1000 pharmacy deductible I must meet every year. With the new policy, I would have to satisfy a $3500 deductible for Tier 3 and tier 4 medications (of which I take two), and then I would pay a 30% co-pay for medications costing several hundred dollars each.

So......to sum up, either I pay the $850, and be able to buy my medications and see the doctors I've gone to for the last fifteen years, or I pay approximately $775 per month, have to find another doctor for skin cancer treatments, and my bill for medications equals my monthly premium for healthcare.

We need to quit kidding ourselves. Liberal policies do.....not......work. None of them do, they never have, and never will. EVERYTIME we elect a bunch of air-headed liberals, they screw things up. Can we PLEASE elect a conservative with a little business sense, and the appreciation of where a dollar comes from?

posted @ Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 13:27

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