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Insurers to pay $11 million in Georgia rebates

let's face it: the evidence has proven that republican officials who have lock-step opposed obamacare, and have refused to expand medicaid, are the enemies of the people. all people. they elevate power and ideology above their duty to serve.

in fact, republican opposition to medicaid expansion in georgia should be the number one issue in november's election: that opposition has cost thousands of people, including children, health care coverage (and even in some instances, most likely, their lives), and is bankrupting rural hospitals.

i await with interest georgia press coverage of this issue during the coming months. will it be "fair and balanced"? or propaganda for those in office?

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 13:12

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

i still don't understand how christians can support or follow the hate mongers. the only explanation i have is that they really don't read or understand or believe the sermon on the mount.

those who make (lots of) money by promoting hate and division and advancing policies designed to injure many americans and damage the country are despicable. they're certainly not christian, in any meaningful sense of the term.

this editorial is spot-on. the taliban apparently treated bergdahl better than our right wing fanatics have.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:15

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

both candidates would make good commissioners. i hope the winner doesn't become a "go along to get along" commissioner or one too fearful to ask relevant questions.

with respect to the sniping at former commissioner carl jordan, jordan was one of the hardest working commissioners we've had. too bad he's not still on the commission. i think it's pretty funny when the most opinionated among us don't like it when others voice their opinions--if they conflict with ours.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:02

UGA fundraising sets record at $126 million

so, someone should inquire how much money the board of regents, who selected michael adams and continued him in office after the critical forensic audit, has cost uga.

we have to stop this "going along to get along" and refusal to ask questions among those in responsible positions.

virtually everyone predicted that donations to uga would pick up under jerre.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 16:25

Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

i wonder how many republicans understand that the official republican line is against providing contraceptives. yes, think about it: that's how extreme the republican party is in intruding into personal lives: your corporate employer can choose to prevent your health insurance from paying for contraceptives.

libertarians--are you sure you really want to vote republican?

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 14:06

What Others Say: Senate Democrats' interest in campaign finance reform merely political ploy (The Augusta Chronicle)

so, yesterday "what others say" was from the savannah republican rag--filled with falsehoods, as usual--and today you give us the blathering of the augusta republican rag.

if abh were a person, it would be ashamed of itself for these associations.

do you really endorse a goal of rendering newspaper readers completely ignorant? sure, rush and sean and red state and drudge make lots of money doing this, but i doubt newspapers can.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 13:59

Christina's world? Maine. Wyeth world? Chadds Ford

"christina's world" is popular--that's its "sin" from the point of view of a lot of contemporary art critics and curators--who lavish praise on things the vast majority of us wouldn't allow in the house.

wyeth's work is mostly very good, very evocative, and certainly worth seeing.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:42

What Others Say: Special counsel needed for IRS probe (Savannah Morning News)

this editorial is flaming rubbish, filled with falsehoods. abh should be ashamed to be associated with the savannah morning news. it's about keeping your readers ignorant and hoping they remain loyal republican voters.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:37

Libertarians Swafford, Hunt qualify for Georgia ballot

no true libertarian (i was one when much younger) could possibly support today's republican party (my parents were republican and raised me to "like ike" and even support richard nixon--this was before i became a libertarian).

that's why, for example, rand paul tends to scare many orthodox republicans, who have incorporated authoritarian social views into the republican platform. so anyone who claims to sympathize with libertarian views and nevertheless votes for an establishment republican today--just hasn't been listening objectively.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:31

Today's editorial cartoon

the ignorance and hypocrisy of these repubs can't be overstated. why would anyone believe them? heck, why does the press report their views? going into iraq based on lies, resulting in deaths, loss, chaos, etc., shouldn't that be regarded, even by repub voters, as disqualifying?

posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 15:12

Group challenges Ohio ban on campaign lies

the constitutionality of a "false speech law"? this group wants the right to "speak falsely"?

actually, i'd like to read the law in question. if the law purports to give courts the ability to enjoin false speech before it occurs (ie, issue a prior restraint), then there really is an interesting constitutional question: can a prior restraint prevent in advance speech known to be false?

but if the law instead seeks to punish, or provide damages for, false speech after it occurs, then there should be no issue. in fact, i'd like to see laws like that all over the place, making it easier to sue people for lying factually and materially about candidates for public office.

posted @ Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 16:56

Athens-Clarke Commissioners OK Steve Martin for county auditor

"grandstanding"? what a grotesque remark from someone who has a representative job to do. please stop this "go along to get along" attitude and seek real solutions to our community's problems.

let's have a few more people on the commission who are willing to ask pertinent questions.

the only reason to support what could be called "cronyism" is that it's only for a short period (i hope), but that short period will include an audit of leisure services, which should have been done by now.

posted @ Friday, June 20, 2014 - 14:14

UGA student arrested for driving away while his Jaguar was being booted

i hope commenters here understand that this is the kind of person for whom our republican party is trying its best to carry the bags. people with a sense of entitlement who want government to help them but who also want to pay less in taxes. people who will vote to re-elect nathan deal and elect jack kingston. just speculating, of course, but the hundreds of dollars in unpaid parking tickets is a perfect metaphor for republican policy.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 13:06

Negative ads air again in Georgia Senate race

these guys are fools, but let their negative ads flow. we need another "nunn" in the senate representing our interests.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:57

Deal calls Carter opportunist on education budget

our ethically challenged governor has no credibility.

his decision to refuse medicaid expansion in georgia is "governmental malpractice", which will damage thousands of georgians, many local hospitals, and taxpayers throughout the state, while taxes we georgians have paid are siphoned to other states.

a "true" governor would have ignored the screeching from his lock-step colleagues, consumed by hatred of all things obama (even when they are actually republican initiated policies), and dismissed the talk radio chorus of entertainers as shills for the ultra wealthy.

posted @ Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 12:54

Egan: Jekyll Island should be affordable

as always, "follow the money". jekyl island developers and republican pols.

i agree with the above comments: jekyl island should be kept affordable to most georgians.

posted @ Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 13:42

Jones: Many economists support state income tax cap

the "economists" you refer to are radical right wingers who carry bags for the ultra rich.

if we reduce taxes on the wealthy, who do you think will pick up the slack? georgia's income tax already is absurdly regressive--my daughter earns less than half what we do but pays more in state taxes because of the various exemptions already on the books.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 13:19

Obama longs to break out of White House bubble

reagan? such short memory. you mean you want to arm the iranians? or help saddam gas his people?

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 13:15

Lawsuit filed against credit reporting giant Experian

my only question: where have other states, including georgia, been in challenging the practices of and harms caused by credit reporting agencies? a pro-business bias should not prevent our state agencies from protecting our citizens.

posted @ Monday, June 16, 2014 - 13:11

Athens police conduct traffic sting

Humbucker bob: i agree! although it's fairly expensive, i think the only solution, and it wouldn't be a "perfect" solution, is to do exactly that: put traffic lights at selected crosswalks. the message hopefully would be: this is not a 50 mph zone, it's at best a 30 mph zone (on inner prince). of course, as i've written, i also would three-lane inner prince.

posted @ Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 16:49

Man shot to death inside Waffle House

ho hum. just another NRA assisted shooting. grove 500: it is the gun that allows the killing to occur, along with many other accidental killings. without the gun, anger would dissipate. no one would die. it's hard to believe gun apologists haven't picked up on that obvious fact, especially lately.

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 - 13:30

Georgia settles with 3 ex-ethics commission employees

that's just another cost to taxpayers of having a republican governor. of course, the main cost will come from the refusal to expand medicaid. no, it's not just "other people's money".

posted @ Friday, June 13, 2014 - 13:26

Basu: All angles on mass shooting motives should be considered

from now on i think we need to phrase the "events" as "NRA-assisted mass shootings". and i think we need to start pointing fingers at individuals who profit from support of the gun lobby.

did i read correctly that candidate jason carter pulled a barrow by saying he supports georgia's recently enacted guns everywhere law? sorry to hear that.

if true, i think i'll take a pass on that race. there are a few issues that are important enough that i check candidate's expressed views on those issues first: reasonable gun owner legislation and expanding medicaid are the top two.

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 13:43

Collins, Hice speak at GOP meeting

@AbidingDude: no, increasing corporate taxes won't "bring jobs back" from overseas, but it might prevent firing more teachers, nurses, etc., prevent hospitals and other providers of public services from closing, and allow for repairing bridges, roads and other infrastructure that will put people to work. it might even allow the lowering of taxes paid by middle class and working class taxpayers.

posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:39

Waffle House CEO says lawyers tried to extort him

i'd like to know the facts for this one. does joe rogers admit he had sex with his housekeeper? did she willingly consent? what does the "illegal video" show, if anything?

tough lawyers frequently make demands for damages that sound like "extortion". the question is: is there a legitimate claim against the "victim" of extortion? in this case involving two people of obviously unequal "power", the lawyers might be providing an "equalizing" force.

on the other hand, if the lawyers' demands are just "to keep quiet" . . .

posted @ Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 12:29

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