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Gunshots fired while police at scene of large Athens Gardens disturbance

I used to live at the apartment complex across the street (Brighton Park) and there was another massive brawl over at Athens Gardens a couple of years ago--the place was swarming with UGA and ACC police vehicles. Never seen anything like it. This is why I moved away from the eastside. Too many run down former student apartments that are so desperate for tenants that they rent to these lowlifes. The few places that aren't plagued with gang fights are just feet away from those that are.

posted @ Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 17:53

Athens teacher arrested for growing marijuana says it was for medicinal reasons

@snarkydude: It's funny that you call those who disagree with your viewpoint "sheep," yet passively accepting a law that is unfair and unjust is the definition of being a sheep.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 13:10

Athens teacher arrested for growing marijuana says it was for medicinal reasons

Additionally, it should be noted that he was using medical marijuana because he didn't want a dependence on pharmaceuticals. The pain medication he was using was potentially a far more addictive and dangerous drug. And completely legal and prescribed by a doctor! We should have the right to obtain and use safer, natural medicine. Comparing marijuana to opium, moonshine, etc. doesn't really make sense, as those drugs don't have the medical benefits that marijuana has been proven to have.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 13:07

Athens teacher arrested for growing marijuana says it was for medicinal reasons

@snarkydude: If people who disagreed with a law just passively accepted it on the hopes that it would be changed through the usual methods, we wouldn't be an independent nation and we wouldn't have the civil rights that we have today.

No, the legalization of marijuana NOT an issue like independence or civil rights for most of us (for some it is: http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2014/04/11/medical-marijuana-hal...), but it is a law that should be changed, and a little civil disobedience to raise awareness of how wrong the law is is what it may take.

You can go out, get drunk in public and act like an idiot, and your career will be fine if no one important notices, but growing a plant in your home apparently kills your career. It's wrong, and there are far more dangerous drugs (just named one) that are completely legal. It's an unjust and antiquated law that needs to be changed.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 12:55

Schools at a breaking point after years of cuts?

Colorado expects $67 million in additional tax revenue this year. Need I say more?

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 14:08

Watkinsville woman arrested for excessive speed

Please...ABH identifies people as "of Athens" all the time in the blotter. There's no hidden meaning or implication. See the article just a few links down identifying a teacher as "Athens teacher."

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 17:26

Woman caught shoplifting at Athens grocery store

One of the first times I went to this Kroger after moving to Athens, a panhandler knocked on my window after I had just closed my car door to ask for money and/or a ride. I mean, panhandling is one thing, but you definitely cross a line when you come up to my car like that. No big deal, but it was unsettling and she was really persistent. Obviously it could happen anywhere, but that incident plus the parking frustrations I usually experience at this Kroger has led me to avoid it if I can help it.

posted @ Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 17:24

Park and Ride limps along, but Athens transit chief still hopeful

The only way that lot would ever be at capacity would be if they were to run a shuttle between the lot and downtown from 8pm-3am on Fridays and Saturdays. Yes it would be waste on waste, but it'd be packed, guaranteed. But there's just no hope for having it packed during the day...off-campus students who want to take the bus already do so using the stops in front of virtually every student apartment complex.

posted @ Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 12:46

Cine launches Kickstarter campaign to fund digital conversion

A link to the Kickstarter would be helpful...

posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 10:53

Judge rules incriminating statements can be used in Jamie Hood case

No wonder there's murderers when it takes this long to kill someone the legal way.

posted @ Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 11:40

Ga. GOP leaders vote to withdraw from Common Core

I agree that this debate should've happened in 2010--but the GOP didn't raise an issue then. Their fault. So now they want to spend more tax dollars than we've already spent to implement CCGPS to revert the changes that have already taken place. Given that the standards were developed locally to begin with, how different would a new set of local standards actually look? For a party that hates government waste, the GOP is proposing a lot of it here.

posted @ Monday, June 24, 2013 - 10:45

Atlanta's Cyclorama to close for repairs

Repair work eh? Titus Andronicus must've done some damage when they came through.

posted @ Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 14:02

Christian college expels lesbian, charges tuition

They ban prolonged hugs and monitor TV viewing habits? What college aged kid would even want to attend this school? Sounds more like a religious cult than a college. I guess they can do whatever they want since they're a private Christian college, but at this rate you can bet that they won't even exist in 50 years. Wrong side of history.

posted @ Saturday, June 15, 2013 - 11:40

Multiple arrests made after authorities raid J&J Flea Market

[quote][b]Realist[/b] -

I don't "pirate" movies or CD's, but I stopped feeling sorry for the movie industry when they put commercials on the DVD's I rent. I also don't like NOT being able to fast forward through the FBI warning.......the popcorn is gone before the movie starts.[/quote]

Minor inconvenience but I definitely agree. Makes me feel like a criminal for doing the right thing and obtaining the movie legitimately.

posted @ Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 23:33

Multiple arrests made after authorities raid J&J Flea Market

C'mon...you know you're buying fake stuff when you're buying it. The overwhelming majority of people who buy pirated goods had no intention of ever buying the real thing. I download a lot of music, and I buy the stuff I really like. In fact, "piracy" has turned me on to a lot of bands/artists I wouldn't otherwise have known about or patronized in the form of concert tickets and merchandise (and again, I buy their album if I like it). Arresting people over piracy is an overreaction. Just fine the people who own the booths or something.

Not to mention that this has been going on at J&J for years and they're only now doing something about it? Overreaction...

posted @ Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 18:30

YouTube says the battle with TV is already over

YouTube is great for clips, but I've rarely ever used it to watch a full TV episode or movie...mainly because the copyright holders make them yank those down pretty quickly. Hulu and Netflix are better, and more likely than YouTube to overtake cable, but neither of them offer everything, nor the option to view live programs. Cable is expensive, but there's still no better option imo.

posted @ Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 12:09

Georgia charter school sponsor now leads lobbying foundation

I support school choice and charter schooling, but an education lobbyist making three times as much as the average teacher exhibits one of the major reasons why our educational system is as flawed as it is. The same can be said of those in lofty BOE positions in public school districts. The individuals who really work to make a difference are having their pay cut lower and lower every year--or being let go.

This is shameful. You can't make $10,000/month in this economic climate and claim that your best interest is improving education. Your motivation is a fat bank account, plain and simple.

posted @ Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 14:00

State regulators debate charging the poor for phones

[quote][b]fightback2[/b] -

@tapedeck: The government doesn't pay for LUXURY phones, smart phones. Just the simplest that can be used for emergencies. But under the conservative theory of life: it is OK to subsidize oil corporations but the poor? die already you taker, even if you are 75 years old. Very very Christian of you.

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...Where did I say or imply anything about my religious or political affiliation? For the record, I don't consider myself religious and I voted for Obama in 2008.

My point was that technology that very few even had access to 20 years ago should be considered a luxury. Including the simplest cell phone. It's not a living necessity, and you should have to pay the same as everyone else if you want it. Smartphones are VERY much a luxury, but somehow I still see "poor" folks with them all the time.

I don't know where your rant about the oil companies came from, nor do I know where you got the idea that I'd somehow be okay with oil subsidies. I don't really know how to respond to your incoherent assumptions.

posted @ Monday, April 8, 2013 - 18:03

State regulators debate charging the poor for phones

As ubiquitous as they are, I still consider cell phones a luxury, especially smartphones. I lived for 20 years without a cell phone. My dad still doesn't have a cell phone, and he doesn't want one, either. If you can't afford $5/month, you shouldn't have cell phone service.

It's interesting to consider how many luxury services that didn't even exist less than a century ago (cell phones, TV, internet) are now treated like basic needs. If your expenses go beyond water, food, and shelter, you're better off than a lot of people in the world.

posted @ Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 14:51

Case of admitted Athens cop killer again stalled by incompetency claim

They should've done it when they had the chance:

posted @ Friday, March 8, 2013 - 21:25

Elderly Athens woman found living in squalor

Wow...that's disgusting. Obviously there's no way to know what actually qualifies as a legitimate business expense just by looking at credit card bills, but there are just too many suspect charges. Many upscale hotels, way too many entertainment-related expenses, frequent catering, and iTunes? How could a purchase on iTunes possibly be business-related? Anyone have an answer for that? Must be a fun job.

posted @ Monday, March 4, 2013 - 20:34

Watkinsville woman finds glass in burger

I had a roach fall on my table the minute I opened my breakfast sandwich one morning at this McDonalds...or at least I hope it fell on my table and not crawled out of the sandwich. I haven't been back since.

posted @ Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 06:25

Sheriff: McCready shot dog before killing herself

[quote][b]kaleidoscope.junkie[/b] -

Animals grieve the loss of an owner and I think it was quite humane for her to not leave the dog in that state. People can reason with loss. Pets just grieve. Sometimes until they die.

[/quote]

Sorry, not an excuse to murder an innocent animal.

I'd never heard of this woman until now, and with this information, I have zero sympathy. Suicide is one thing; murder is another. She should be remembered like any other murderer.

posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 06:31

UGA permit parking now on sale for Jason Aldean concert

I've never heard of this guy in my life, aside from the daily updates in ABH about how UGA is preparing for the masses of people who are coming to see him in eight whole months. Good weekend to go out of town...

posted @ Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 06:21

Gainesville women claim drug dealer threatened to shoot them at Rolling Ridge

"They were unfamiliar with the Athens area"

First mistake.

posted @ Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 07:02

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