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The placement of a political operative in charge of this crisis tells you that the Obama administration is more concerned about managing political fallout than they are about protecting American lives. Of course, this has been true of most anything they have done since 2008. The reason Obama won't take a stand on anything is because he doesn't want the possibility of being attached to a failure. Ironically, the only policy that his name IS attached to, is a colossal failure (Obamacare).

Liberal policies do not work. Liberalism is based in fantasy. It's based on a utopian world, instead of dealing with reality. They also have to confiscate money from others in order to try to achieve their goals, because people will not voluntarily contribute without force. Nobody says "I think I'll give some more money to the welfare program, so people can go out and get tattoos and buy junk food." A rational person would attach conditions to that money, or provide the food for someone. LIberalism is based on fantasy.

About every twenty years or so, we get a generation of voters who either haven't read history or are gullible enough to buy into the fantasy of liberalism. We try it for a few years, and after it is proven to be a dismal failure (again), we return to the conservative/middle of the road approach that stresses individual responsibility and personal achievement.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 18:05

On campaign trail, Obama says GOP is peddling fear

@W.B. is correct. The government under the Reagan administration largely ignored AIDS until they just couldn't any more. What could/should they have done? Would the public have stood for total isolation of AIDS patients? After 30-plus years, we STILL don't have a cure for AIDS. The treatments are better, but are horribly expensive, but after billions spent, still no cure.......so what could Reagan have done that would have a different outcome now? Let's be honest, and realistic if you answer.

We have FOUR Ebola cases in this country. Emory is treating another patient as I write this. No one has been told who they are, where they are from, or where the contracted the disease. WSB-TV said this morning that there are two patients at Emory. Anyone else want to know what's going on here?

The problem with the Obama adminstration is that there response to any problem, question or crisis is always first and foremost political. How can they manage to (1) keep blame away from Obama, and (2) maximize any possible political gain or minimize any potential political fallout.

Their approach to domestic economic policy has been to richly reward their friends and cronies in the banking and brokerage houses, yet they want to claim that Republicans are the friends of "big business" and "the rich". Other than a stock market bouyed by the free-interest policies of the Federal Reserve, the rest of the economy has been virtually flat. The administration has had to resort to changing the way unemployment is calculated in order to avoid criticism. The GDP and other numbers are less easily manipulated. After six years, we have more people on public assistance that at any time in our history, and our labor force is shrinking. Many people have just given up looking for jobs.

Any time there has been a racial incident in this country, Obama and his administration have stepped right in the middle of it, instead of letting the rule of law be followed. When has another president in our history made personal statements about the guilt or innocence of any given defendant? Instead of improving race relations, he has polarized both sides even more.

We have lost credibility on the world stage, mostly due to weak, waffling, and often confusing statements from all parties in the administration:

We "pressed the reset button" with Russia, only to see Putin stick it in our eye, and annex Crimea. He'll have the Ukraine back in the Russian fold before long. Iran laughs at us, as we ease sanctions, thinking they won't use the time and money to help build their bomb.

We just sent Hamas a bunch of money, thinking we're going to help rebuild Gaza. What do you think they'll really use that money to do? Obama supported the Arab Spring, along with Hillary Clinton. Now, we're fighting those very people with ISIS. The administration continues to stonewall about Benghazi, instead of admitting that it was a colossal failure of policy and procedure, and holding people accountable.

His administration promised to be the "most transparent in history:, yet we have an unprecedented NSA spying scandal, a Justice Dept. that refuses to provide records on a government program which funneled guns to Mexican drug lords, an IRS which plainly targeted groups that didn't agree with the administration politically, even to the point of destroying emails before they could be subpeonaed.

With every turn, we have had intentional missteps and unintentional blunders, one after another. No one takes responsibility, and it seems that no one is in charge. Blaming someone else is the order of the day, even if that extends to their own people, as they did with the intelligence community over the ISIS surge.

And, of course, if you disagree with any part of this debacle, you're a racist. I never thought we'd see an administration as inept as the Carter administration, or more corrupt than the Nixon or Clinton administrations, but I believe we have achieved just that.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 17:22

Deal, Carter, Hunt clash in debate

@ponsoldt: Being "bright" does not equate to being a good leader. Barack Obama is "bright", but he has no leadership skills whatsoever.

You have been around for a while and so have I. Let's take the partisanship out of the equation for a minute, and be honest. Georgia's unemployment rate has more to do with the over-all condition of the economy than anything Nathan Deal has done. Keep in mind, I'm not a Deal fan, but he has been successful in bringing several companies to Georgia with good-paying jobs.

When you talk about "Republican economic orthodoxy", how do you explain states like Texas, who have gained jobs, and been much less affected by the recession than others? Texas has a Republican governor and legislature. "Democratic economic orthodoxy" has been in place since 2008. How well has that worked for the country? The stock market has done well, due to Fed monetary policy, and that rise has helped increase the wealth gap between the rich and poor. The rest of the economy has been stagnant, even with $800 billion in stimulus funds which were spent with almost no discernable results. Democratic economic orthodoxy has given us cities like Detroit, which is in bankruptcy. How do you explain that?

Rural hospitals have been in trouble for the last 30 years. Medicaid reimbursement rates have gone down, while the cost of treatment has gone up. Adding more people to the Medicaid rolls will send more people for treatment. If I remember correctly, the federal government was only going to pick up the extra cost for something like three years. After that, how do you propose to fund the cost of treating these extra people? How will treating more people at a greater cost, with shrinking reimbursements help rural hospitals? Grady in Atlanta is struggling to stay open, due to the demographics of its patients. Treatment costs haven't gone down there, either. They can barely stay open with what they have, and they are also supported by the taxpayers of Fulton and Dekalb counties. What's your answer to that problem?

Deal has ethics problems. He appoints his friends and cronies to important positions. Do you really think, given the nature of state politics, that Carter will not do the same, and appoint longtime Democratic cronies to important positions? Moreover, what will Carter be able to do with a Republican legislature? When we had Tom Murphy as Speaker, and Hugh Gillis as DOT commissioner, you couldn't get more ethically challenged than that, Both were Democrats.

Looking at the total picture, and taking out your personal dislike of Republicans in general and Deal in particular, give me specifics on how you think Carter will help this state.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:51

Deal, Carter, Hunt clash in debate

@Beck: It's important to remember that Carter has no experience in running anything. It's also important to remember that the Democratic party in Georgia decided some years ago that they were only going to represent the extreme left, and black metro Atlanta. You'll find that most people outside I-285 spit when they say the word "Democrat".

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 13:31

GBI investigating death of man in Athens-Clarke County police custody

I have known John Marsden for years. He was a fine man, and my heart goes out to his family.

Police officers have no way of knowing when someone is having a health issue when they stop someone. I have suffered from low blood sugar issues in the past, before I became diabetic. I've been stopped before, and the symptoms mimic drunkenness. I knew what was wrong, and I was finally able to tell the officer through garbled speech that I needed orange juice or something similar, and needed it quickly before I passed out. I'm sure this was a health issue, knowing John as I did.

Again, my heart goes out to his family. I will miss his advice.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:14

Sources: Hunter Biden leaves Navy after drug test

Now, where are all those people who love to say snotty things about Sarah Palin and her family? There's a BIG difference between being in high school and making a dumb choice, and being 44 years old and making the same dumb choice twice.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 15:02

Carter, Poythress, Cleland blast Deal's National Guard appointees

@Beck: Uhhh.....I hate to break it to you, but Deal will get a second term. Outside of metro Atlanta, and few little enclaves like Athens, or Savannah, this state is solidly Republican. There aren't enough minority voters to change that, unless they all vote twice.

I'm also not surprised at Democrats ganging up to criticize something a Republican does in an election year. The ONLY voice of credibility in the whole bunch (and yes, that includes Max Cleland) is David Poythress. If he ran for governor again, I'd vote for him.

Listen up, folks. Appointing cronies is what political officials do. Nathan Deal has a long history of appointing his buddies to important positions, because he trusts them. He's no different than any other politician, regardless of party affiliation.

THE ONLY THING that will change if Carter gets elected, is that there will be a different set of fingers in the cash drawer, and someone else's brother in law will get state contracts....that, and businesses will have a "wait and see" attitude before making the decision to come to Georgia.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 14:47

UGA student clad only in jockstrap treated for injuries suffered at west Athens apartment complex

Gosh....I don't know why this happened. Everything on the internet is true. By the way, I'm a French model.....

Bon jour!

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:51

Obama names Ebola 'czar' as precautions expand

Great! Put a party hack in charge, so that the response will toe the party line and spout the same message. I guess putting someone with a medical background in charge just didn't occur to people who only think in terms of what political benefit they can reap off any given crisis. Another fail by Obama.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:45

Woman reports ‘slave labor’ on Arnoldsville farm

[quote][b]helligater69[/b] - @snarkydude: Now, Snarky, you know full well that no dyed in the wool democrat would ever be caught actually working for a living, much less, doing physical labor on a farm!
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You're absolutely right. A dyed in the wool Democrat would be collecting a welfare check, sitting in their air conditioned subsidized apartment, watching their rented flat screen TV, smoking cigarettes and drinking booze purchased with money obtained fraudulently off an EBT card.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 18:09

Michelle Nunn visits Athens, says Perdue trying to “change the subject”

@helligater69: Again....the policies that set the state for this recession began under the Carter administration and were ramped up during the Clinton administration. I think the GOP should have done more to reign in the excesses of the welfare state/

Obama has increased the deficit twice the amount it was when he took office. The Republicans spent too much money, but Obama put it on steroids. I believe that history will prove GWB right on Iraq, and he took the fight to the terrorists in Afghanistan. Had Obama pressed harder to keep troops in Iraq, we would not have the chaos brought on by ISIS now. Even your little Clinton darling, Panetta, said so.

George Bush tried to reform Social Security, and was rebuffed. The Republicans did put in a limited work requirement for welfare recipients during the Clinton administration. Clinton had to sign it in order to stay in office and keep getting free poon-tang. Obama eliminated those requirements.

Eliminating the Depts. of Energy and Education have long been pet projects of conservatives. I'm sorry it hasn't been done. You don't get all you ask for.

Obama did get Bin Laden. I still don't believe it was his idea. I think it was Panetta and Clinton not wanting to have that hanging around their necks when she ran. Obama has also killed some terrorists with drones, however, he released five of the worst of them for a deserter, without the approval of Congress. He also supported the Muslim Brotherhood at every step of the way, and has given support to the people who are now part of ISIS in Syria and Libya. He has indeed made the world less safe for Americans. Now, he can't even bring himself to do what's necessary and protect Americans from Ebola. He is a weak man and a failed president. It's your fault. You elected him.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 18:05

Michelle Nunn visits Athens, says Perdue trying to “change the subject”

@hjfedrick:" The only thing Perdue continues to bring up about Nunn is that she would be linked to Obama. Where does he or anyone else get that from."

Uhhhh......she's a Democrat. State specifically where she says she will oppose the agenda of the Obama administration.

" I do not believe Nunn has avoided any issues as Perdue and some of you are stating."

State specifically her position on any issue, if you can. I have not heard her make any definitive statements, other than that she is very fond of her grandmother.

The policies that set the stage for the financial crash began under the Carter administration and were ramped up during the Clinton presidency. GWB warned Congress no less than five times that Fannie and Freddie were unstable, and his attempts to reign them in were blocked by Democrats Chris Dodd and Barney Frank. It would be helpful if you got YOUR facts straight. Which president repealed the Glass-Stegall act, which allowed banks back into the investment business? That was a law that had been put in place after the Great Depression by FDR. Who? Your idol Bill Clinton.

Yes, Reagan helped the Afghans against the Russians, and helped Iraq fight Iran. It was considered good policy at the time. GHWB initiated the Gulf War because Saddam Hussein had invaded Kuwait.

There aren't enough liberals in Georgia to turn the state Democratic. In 2012, I said that I hoped that the GOP would win the White House, and that I hoped we would take control of the Senate. The GOP already had a majority in the House. I was disappointed, but I've been disappointed before.

I will tell you which prediction I nailed spot on, though....I predicted that Obama's presidency would be as bad as Carter's. I predicted that his inexperience would put our country in jeopardy, and I predicted that rogue nations and groups would try to push America around with Obama as president. I was right on all three.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 17:54

Michelle Nunn visits Athens, says Perdue trying to “change the subject”

@sgdog1: I'm really glad you made that statement. Now, it's your turn.....

The GOP assumed control of the governorship and the legislature in 2002 with the election of Sonny Perdue. Keep in mind that I am not a Perdue fan, nor did I support Nathan Deal, BUT......

........the Democratic party dominated Georgia politics for 138 years prior to 2002. Please tell me in which categories we were ahead of where are now. Go ahead.....was our graduation rate any better? The economy may have been a little better in 2002, but we did have a recession after 9/11, and that has nothing to do with the policies of either party.

So, smart guy.....where and how were we better off prior to 2002? Just EXACTLY what proposal of Jason Carter's will improve the lives of the average Georgian? Will "spending more money on education" help? In Clarke County, we spent somewhere around or about $11,000 per pupil, which is one of the highest expenditures in the state, yet we still get lackluster results. Do you think there's any connection between the lack of a trained workforce, and Clarke County losing out on some big industries in the past? Just HOW do you propose to train and educate a population that doesn't value education? More money won't do it.

I think Deal has more than likely had some ethics problems in the past. He was not my choice for governor, but he seems to have run the state relatively smoothly, and businesses seem to like what they see. Tell me how Carter could do any better. Just what experience does Carter bring to the table? What do you think he has done, that would give him the background and ability to run the state any better than Deal? Come on.....we're waiting......

The fact of the matter is that the only difference you would see if the Democrats took over, is that there would be a different set of fingers in the cash drawer. Someone else's brother in law would be getting the state contracts, and the lobbyists would be crossing a different set of palms with money.

Tell me where I'm wrong....if you can.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 16:50

Knox: Athens traffic light photo-enforcement flawed

It's supposed to raise revenue, not catch violators. One friend of mine got a ticket, after stopping to make a right on red. The notice said he was going 53 miles per hour around the corner. If that's true, he could out-drive Tony Stewart.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 13:09

Dems hope for strong get-out-the-vote success

People, if the BEST your party can offer is a disbarred lawyer who lied to the people of the United States on national TV, and who has a history of sexual misconduct, you have a pretty weak party.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 13:03

Woman reports ‘slave labor’ on Arnoldsville farm

Sounds like a dissatisfied Democrat to me. (I just couldn't resist.)

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 13:00

US steps up domestic response to Ebola crisis

@OCCountry: Not a snowball's chance in hell. President Limpwrist must be trying to show how concerned he is, by cancelling two fundraising/campaign trips.

1. Require anyone coming in from an infected area to be quarantined for 21 days BEFORE they are permitted to come to the US.
2. Require any patient diagnosed with Ebola symptoms to be treated at one of the four medical centers that have the proper equipment for isolation and sterilization.
3. Immediately quarantine anyone with close contact with a Ebola patient for 21 days.

The administration doesn't have the guts to do those things, just like they don't have the guts to handle the other hard choices that must be made in world affairs.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:55

Michelle Nunn visits Athens, says Perdue trying to “change the subject”

I don't know who these people are polling, but I believe they are totally outo of touch with the average Georgia voter. There aren't enough liberals in Georgia to elect a Democrat.

Simply put, a vote for Nunn is a vote to continue the failed programs of the Obama administration. She is offering nothing new, just a continuation of the same tired old liberal programs that have produced the steaming pile of doo-doo we're in right now.

Let's go back over the last 50 years or so, and take a look:
1. Have the anti-poverty programs worked? No, they have just created a class of people dependent on government handouts.
2. Has the Dept. of Education improved the ability level of students who graduate from school? Have graduation rates drastically improved? No, on both counts.
3. Carter's Dept. of Energy was supposed to end our dependence on foreign oil. Not only has it not done so, we have been paying almost twice as much for gasoline as we did at the end of GWB's term.
4. Has the foreign policy of the last four Democrats who occupied the White House made the world more stable? Have those policies enhanced American influence around the world? No, the opposite has happened.
5. When the United States is threatened, do Democrats respond forcefully to protect Americans at home or abroad? Nope. They dither because they don't want to offend anyone, or as Obama said, "be perceived as taking sides".

Let's face it. Liberal policies are failures, led by a view of the issues skewed by political correctness. When those policies fail, it takes a conservative to step in and clean up the mess.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 12:39

Purcell: Criticism of Obama isn't too little, it's too late

@Duke Briscoe: Did the Wall Street journal also report that we have the highest number of food stamp recipients ever? I'm not talking about whether or not people should apply and receive food stamps, or whether or not there is fraud or not, though we know that there is fraud. My point is that this president, during his term, has seen the largest increase in food stamp recipients of any administration in history. We had such a program as you describe prior to the Great Society monetary giveaways. Each county had a commodity food warehouse, and eligible recipients were given an allotment of healthy foods each month. That program didn't buy enough votes.

The Federal Reserve policy was SUPPOSED to make money available to businesses for loans and expansion, but the banks haven't been lending it out. I never said that Republicans didn't favor Wall Street, but the fact of the matter is that the Democrats have been the recipients of just as much of Wall St/Big Business/Big Bank largess as have the Republicans. Campaign finance reform won't change the practice of pay-to-play. My point here is that the Democrats had a chance to change this, and did not.

Also, you mention the lack of spending on infrastructure. What was that $800 billion stimulus package supposed to be spent on? I distinctly remember hearing about "shovel ready jobs". What results did we get for our $800 billion? There wasn't a "lack of spending", we just didn't get any results for what we spent.

The lower rates from the Fed have spurred an increase in home buying, but new construction is still struggling. Our mortgage lenders are also starting to make those tricky loans again, and most of the growth in auto sales for GM and Chrysler have been due to subprime lending. Someone didn't learn their lesson the last time.

Business startups and expansions are still weak, despite the lower rates. As for the stock market, if you don't think the artificially-high Dow figures are a bubble, I'd like to know what you think a bubble is.

Unemployment numbers went down because we quit counting those who just quit looking for work, and because the labor pool is shrinking. I find it highly suspect that the same people who were shrieking their heads off about the "unacceptably high" unemployment numbers during the Bush term of 5.5% and 6% are now telling us that 7% is the new wonderful.

"Middle class income hasn't increased, but the income of the wealthy is going up." Think that has anything to do with the favorable Fed policies and the big donors in the banks and brokerage houses? Oh, yeah...I forgot...they only help those evil Republicans.

The last figure I remember reading about unpaid premiums was around 30%. I guess if 70% pay, that makes it acceptable? I didn't even bring up the 2 to 3 million people who either lied about their citizenship or income to get subsidies. Honor system.....riiiight.

The ACA has resulted in massive premium increases. The young people that the model depended on haven't signed up in enough numbers to offset those with pre-existing conditions and those who are older, whose costs are higher. I haven't talked to many people whose premiums have actually gone down. We can wait until the headlines break after January, 2015, to debate how high premiums will go.

Those "loopholes" you speak of.....explain to me why I need to pay for maternity coverage, or any other coverage I do not need, and how that constitutes a "loophole" that would require my policy not to be renewed. Shop around for a better deal? Of the three policies I qualified for under the ACA, the only one which was less than my 63% increase was only a few dollars less, and it didn't provide access to my doctor, nor did it cover my prescriptions on it's approved medication list. The other two? $100 more per month than I currently pay. The deductibles were a little less than my $10,000 deductible, but the co-pays were higher. What a deal, right?

You obviously read things that fit in with what you want to believe. Conspiracy? I think there's a movement within the current Democratic party to turn us into a nation of dependents on government handouts, and to penalize those who are productive for the benefit of those who choose not to be. That is a fact, not a conspiracy theory. Highly partisan? Yeah, I guess so. I'm tired of hearing people try to justify the actions of this administration. You can't make chicken salad out of chicken crap, no matter how hard you try.

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 17:44

Purcell: Criticism of Obama isn't too little, it's too late

We also need to remember: Panetta was sent out to do a hatchet job on Obama to pave the way for a Hillary Clinton candidacy. She couldn't come out and say how bad he is, because she has been part and parcel of the problem, so she is sending Panetta to do the job. First and foremost, Panetta is a Clinton loyalist, and that takes precedence over being a Democrat. I'll guarantee you Panetta is wrangling for a position in the Clinton White House. Clinton people always do as they're told. Notice there was no mention of any role played by Hillary in any of Panetta's criticisms.

No experience, no ability, no background, and handed every position they ever received. Yes, I'm talking about Obama, but that same description fits Hillary Clinton to a "T".

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 14:17

Purcell: Criticism of Obama isn't too little, it's too late

@Duke Briscoe: Follow the money: who were the biggest donors to the Democratic campaigns? Who got the money? I don't think you can lay the blame for the Fed policies on the Republicans.

Name ONE "real improvement in the economy" except the stock market bubble fed by the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve? Have wages increased? Has real unemployment decreased...and I'm not talking about the doctored figures we get which leave out many who have just stopped looking for work. Have the number of food stamp recipients increased or decreased?

Health insurance coverage? How many new signups didn't pay their premiums? How many people are faced with double-digit premium increases? How many people were kicked off their policies? My own premium went up 63%. When people DO buy coverage, even with the subsidies, they are faced with high co-pays and deductibles, so they're still virtually uninsured, except in the face of a catastrophic illness. Wait until the premium rates increase in 2015, based on the prior claims experience of having to insure so many people with pre-existing conditions. That doesn't even count the number of jobs eliminated or downgraded to part-time positions due to the overbearing requirements of the ACA,.

I think you need to read something more than a hippie magazine, hoss.

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 14:07

Purcell: Criticism of Obama isn't too little, it's too late

@cyou299: John McCain was a decorated military officer, who spent five years in captivity in North Vietnam, refusing to come home early since his father was an admiral. He spent many years in the Senate and was a powerful voice for campaign reform. Mitt Romney was an accomplished leader who had successfully turned around several businesses and also salvaged the Olympics. List the accomplishments of Obama before he was elected. (For that matter, list any positive accomplishments SINCE he was elected.)

With regards to Palin, do you think Joe Biden has been any prize? The Vice President Who Can't Keep His Mouth Shut? Really?

As far as "we will not ever work with this guy".....what attempts did Obama make to work with anyone outside of his inner circle? Leadership starts at the top. If Obama had wanted to work with the GOP, he would have made more of an effort other than saying "my way or the highway", or "we won, get over it".

Just how do you breathe with your head that far in the sand?

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 13:58

Athens police charge teen with lying about downtown assault and robbery

Mom and Dad are SO proud.

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 13:48

2nd Texas nurse to contract Ebola to be transported to Atlanta for treatment

@marshalld: Exactly. The first Ebola patient should have been flown to Emory, and we most likely would not have #2 and #3. No one from any affected area of Africa should be allowed to enter the United States without first having been quarantined for 21 days.

In addition, we need to seal our borders, particularly the border with Mexico. I'm not so sure that this rhino virus that has killed two children wasn't transported across the border. We have no idea who is coming across, and we have no idea what diseases they may carry. The whole point is....we have no idea, and the President doesn't care. All he sees are potential Democratic voters.

Can you imagine the cluster-party we would have if we had nationalized healthcare and a crisis like this came up?

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 13:46

Defense argues FAMU hazing death was 'contest'

It doesn't matter what you call it when someone dies. Did you play a part in the accidental or intentional death of another human being? Yes or no? You can call it hop-scotch, but if someone dies, somebody will be taking responsibility.

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 13:02

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