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In GOP South, pushback against Obama climate rules

As a sense of practicality, this issue is one of weighing costs to address the issues associated with carbon emissions. The trade-off is one of comparing current cost of energy, especially here in the southeast with lots of cheap electricity generated by 'dirty' coal plants, with the costs associated with carbon emissions.

Ignoring the issue of climate change, I personally think that the case against carbon pollution can be won simply by looking at ocean acidification. This is a documented science (see link below). TeeWee is wrong in stating that the carbon rules will not clean the air. While the U.S. alone cannot fully address this, this is an area we can show good leadership in.

http://oceanacidification.noaa.gov/Home/WhatisOceanAcidification.aspx

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 08:20

Margulies: U.S. 'black sites' operations became black hole

The creation of these sites and Guantanamo was in response to the full fledged fear that (possibly rightfully) came out of 9/11. Instead of going it alone on the world stage in a 'war on terrorism', as was done in Iraq, I would hope that by now we might realize a second path. More can be gained by garnering world support against terrorists than by going it alone. Case in point is one current 'terrorist' in the like of Putin and Russia.

The U.S. temporarily had the moral high ground and world support right after 9/11. But we quickly lost all that with the war in Iraq, Abu Ghraib, etc.

We need to find a way to close down Guantanamo. The GOP fights this and perhaps just as a political calculation to keep the hard core base fired up(?).

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 08:07

Haas: As congressional candidate, Hice knows what he believes

I get tired of some who continually call the Democratic party the party of segregation and racism. The core parts of what was those who led the era of segregation and racism all 'converted' to the GOP during the past couple of decades. They were Democrats only because Lincoln was a Republican. To ignore this or talk about it the way that Mr. Haas did bending the truth beyond a breaking point.

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 07:54

Haas: As congressional candidate, Hice knows what he believes

@cyou299: Exactly. While I agree with much of the basic tenants pushed forth by those on the religious right, they tend to be selective in what they interpret. Sort of using the ideological tinted glasses to read the Bible, while seemingly forgetting the core parts such as expressed in Matthew 25.

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 07:50

Haas: As congressional candidate, Hice knows what he believes

On the surface Mr. Haas has made a good point of wanting to have men and women of integrity representing us in Congress. He makes a good point when saying "Electing congressional representatives who are not beholden to the party political machines is exactly what “we the people” must do.". But then he quickly falls into the partisan line.

What irks me about the political right nowdays and why I became a centrist independent over the past decade is represented by many of Mr. Haas's statements. The thinking that only people who have a conservative point of view are people of integrity and who understand that they are a servant of the people who elected them. To Haas and what seems to be the majority of the hard-core right (and particularly from the religious right) only those who share their points of view are people of integrity and those "radical progressive liberal no-counts" are all bad.

Haas violates one of his key points he tries to make, when he stated "Destructive tactics aimed at people’s character, beliefs, hopelessness and core values do not compete in the arena of ideas. These tactics aim to destroy a person so others can gleefully rejoice over it. These tactics are a scorched-earth policy used against the character of individuals in order to bring joy to the radically destructive people who use them.". This seems to be the approach of many on both political sides, but has become for many on the right the normal course of operation. I am not sure if i ever have listened to Hice on the radio, but political radio talk show hosts are often prime examples of the scorched earth, destructive tactics that Mr. Haas mentioned (Rush being the most famous example of that).

posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 07:45

Grimes: Trading Broun for Hice in Congress would be trading thorns for scorpions

@Logical: Perhaps if we can find a way to have the new "Silent Majority" have their say it is possible. Recall the old term silent majority from the early 70's but translated to today. Nowadays we have two groups of hard core ideologues on the right and left who think finding common ground compromise solutions is the end of life of earth. Nationwide polls show these are about 20% on right and left each, meaning 60% who are capable of working through the problems without being tied to ideology.
Really the way forward for us to find solutions to the big issues we face is through compromise and orderly discussion. This is not a weakness as some of the right wing ideologues think but rather a sign of maturity and putting country ahead of party or ideology.

posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 23:12

Blackmon: Charter system option will foster sense of community

Overall I agree.
Keep working on this Myra

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 23:30

Barreca: Can education truly be measured?

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posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 23:27

Barreca: Can education truly be measured?

Simple answer is no.
The education process of teaching to take bubble tests is a farce.
Students now in the US are not taught to think but rather to memorize factoids for a test
The students I see now don't like to be asked concept questions but rather prefer to do simplistic "plug and chug" questions like they see on bubble tests.
This mindset upon our next generation is caused by those who think simple standardized testing is the end all to education. Not to get political here, but there are some who have pushed our education process to be focused on testing. Some do so from ideology and others just to profit from the testing process or as an excuse to find someone or some group to blame it on.

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 23:27

Republican Jody Hice overtakes Mike Collins for 10th Congressional District nomination

@Logical: I would not go that far or harsh to describe him. He actually probably does know what is in the Constitution, or at least can pick the parts out he likes and ignore the ones he doesn't like.
That said, he does seem to be like a Paul Broun Jr. Jr.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 08:10

Allen: Problem at southern border too complex for slogans

This is indeed a complex problem. Like most of the complex issues we have, most Americans resort to simplistic opinions based on their own political beliefs.

posted @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 08:10

Blackmon: Charter option makes sense for Clarke schools

Thanks Myra for looking into this in more detail. My gut feel was the same as your and this helps confirm it.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:45

Westneat: Pledges make Congress dysfunctional

The pledges are designed to feed the ideological few who dominate the primary process of this nation. This exists on both sides, but seems to be dominated by the ideologues on on the right.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:43

FBI issues warning about air conditioner coolant

@Used2baFreeCountry: you really need to get out more or at least get better information sources.
This whole issue of R-22 was not the doing of the EPA but rather from the Montreal protocol from the late 1980's based on real science about the affect of chloro-fluorocarbons on the ozone layer.
Since you do seem to have a tendency to post links on this board, perhaps take the time to look this up and see that this is/was a real issue and not some ideological fight.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:39

Democrat Carter again asks for investigation

@maxcat07: May not happen here. Recall the special tax break given to our former illustrious Gov. Perdue. That slid off life water from a ducks back and he got elected again.

One way to help fight this is to hope that eventually we end up with a two party (or more) system again in the state.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 22:32

Zimdars: Questions about Hice endorsement

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - I'd say in the case of President Obama's tenure, a more appropriate description would be "Lost Decade".[/quote]

We are indeed part of a lost decade (actually decade plus now), but it was not only the lack of leadership from Obama that contributed to this. It was started with the poorly led Bush Jr. administration that dragged the nation into an unnecessary war and has been continued by the partisan gridlock we have with ideologues on both side of the aisle that fails to address the problems we have.

Many people are both parties are responsible, but of course no one responsible will own up to it. We the people are ultimately responsible for electing the ideologues.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:54

Ga. considers exemptions to school food standards

Allowing exceptions for fund raisers seems to be an obvious case for exceptions allowed.

Some complain about federal overreach on setting nutritional based guidelines, but it does appear that Michelle Obama's campaign is having some impact as the percentage of overweight kids has decreased slightly since 2010.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:47

NeSmith: If you snooze, you lose track of the celebrities

I prefer to take the attitude about most of these 'celebrities' that was expressed long ago in the Crocodile Dundee movie of the 80's...
"Doesn't know, doesn't care".

Far too many people know more about who's who on American Idol but could not even recall the name of the Congressional representative or point out the location of Ukraine on a map. A sad representation of our society.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:43

Today's editorial cartoon

@TeeWee: Allow an interpretation. The little kid with the 'play toy' rocket launcher represents the Russian supported and trained separatist rebels in the Ukraine.

I really hope that there can be a good independent investigation into this, and if Russia were found to be complacent (such as providing the sophisticated anti-aircraft missile system) then I would hope that the world community would be able to find appropriate punitive measures. Beyond those of just targeting individuals in Russia.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:39

Zimdars: Questions about Hice endorsement

We don't really need another person causing embarrassment to this region. Whatever your beliefs regarding faith and religion, people might want to consider that. I am afraid that Mr. Hice is likely to be like another Paul Broun Jr..

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:05

Democrat Carter again asks for investigation

@marshalld: True, but the odds of the state AG actually following through with an investigation like this in an election year are: Slim and/or none.

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 08:40

Gilmore: Supreme Court's recent term 'devastating'

[quote][b]prophet[/b] - This article is pure, left-leaning, so-called "progressive" ideology. This writer is out of touch!
[/quote]

Ideologues on both sides tend to seem out of touch when viewed from the other side or from a centrist position. Out of touch is a subjective viewpoint, usually only used to describe someone who has a position that differs from one's own.

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 12:52

Taking their business elsewhere: Best Buy latest to leave Clarke for Oconee

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - This is a leason to Clarke County. Companies will not pay higher takes just to be on Atlanta Hwy. At some point traffic becomes a liability and not an asset. The poor planning during the growth of the late 1980-1990's is now coming back to haunt the county.
[/quote]

Living near that "Gwinnett County wannabe" area of Oconee myself, the traffic is certainly becoming an issue there as well.

I agree that navigating the Atlanta Highway area around the former Best Buy is a mess if you are trying to turn left on there. If the state paid for Oconee to put in that road, which I am sure cost a good bit, surely they could consider whatever comes out of the planning for around Georgia Square Mall.

Taxes may be lower, but I suspect the lease rates are higher for those new facilities (at least maybe after any initial teaser rates go away).

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 12:34

Wendel: This year's World Cup truly captured Americans' attention

Great to see the worlds game take hold even more in the USA.
I love both versions of "football", but given the choice would take Futbol/soccer.

Even here in the football passion filled Southeast 'soccer' is taking root.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 22:58

Zimdars: A sensible Republican voice on health care

Reading through the AAPS website, they sound like a group of physicians that have certain ideological beliefs close to Paul Broun. Nothing wrong with that and within their 1st amendment rights except if their support is touted as representing all physicians, which is what Broun tried to do.

posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:42

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