There's no end to Republican hypocrisy. Where were their protests when GW cleared brush on his ranch during what seemed like every other weekend, and thereby ceding his authority to Darth Vader and Rummy, even during crises? I'm also old enough to remember Republican prez Eisenhower's frequent golfing trips. No complaints from the party faithful then, either.posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:05
I suggest that since the right wingers hate science so much we refuse to let them use this new procedure, or any other procedure that directly results from scientific discoveries. This applies especially to the Rethuglican majority on the House Science Committee, which would rather investigate space aliens than hear bona fide evidence of climate change and it's impact on the world. Not to mention the big bogey man of the far right, evilution.posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 09:02
A great Senator. Unfortunately, he helped decide the 2000 election in favor of Bush 2, who brought us a war of choice pushed by 2 war criminals. Baker would not be welcome in today's GOP, dominated by right wing fanatics. He couldn't survive a primary in TN.posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 06:40
Awwww, c'mon, we all know that beans are only 6,600 years old. Shucks, Noah fed beans to everybody on the arc. The result was enough methane to power mega boat to the newly emerged Australia, where the big guy unloaded all the kangaroos. Still more than enough gas for the next stop, Antarctica to deliver the penguins. Finally, with only his family left to produce a meager supply of gas, Noah was able to limp into port in NY. His descendant, Rush Limbaugh carries on the tradition of gas production.posted @ Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 04:25
Hah hah, that's funny. This is a joke, isn't it? Nobody can be that ridiculous. Or.....posted @ Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 14:33
Personally, 'a pox' on both of them. All the Rethugs raced to see who could be looniest to the right. The big winner was the Athens area. We are rid of Paul Broun!!!posted @ Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 10:40
Btw, Reagan couldn't get elected dog catcher in today's Republican Party.posted @ Friday, April 18, 2014 - 19:07
And the right treats Ronald Reagan like a saint! Hypocrite.posted @ Friday, April 18, 2014 - 19:04
Hey, Zally, your disgusting epithet aside, in this country it's innocent until proven guilty, not the reverse. Do you know the definition of 'allegation'? As the saying goes, 'you can look it up'. According to the article, the investigation into the allegation is ongoing. A final verdict may be months away. Until then, learn some commentary etiquette and manners, and consider a mini course in the American justice system.posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 00:02
This is an old story, and don't expect anything significant in the way of punishment. Maybe they'll miss a couple of games, usually against pushover teams. Unfortunately, we're ignoring the two ton elephant in the room, ergo the whole system of profit making sports at colleges and universities, namely football and basketball, and the rot at NCAA. It all needs to be fundamentally changed. Academically unqualified students admitted, criminal acts [in this case fraud] by 'student-athletes', academic misconduct on the part of athletic advisers and faculty, booster misconduct, etc. That's what happens when colleges and universities fall prey to the temptation of big time sports and money rather than focus on their real mission, ergo teaching, research and service. Try looking into the emerging scandal at the University of North Carolina involving fake classes, students who could only read at a lower grade school level or not at all, etc. [http://www.newsobserver.com/unc-scandal/]. For some of you old timers here, it's Jan Kemp re-visited [youngins can google it]. Big time sports is not only scandalizing higher education, it's also doing a major disservice to the athletes, faculty and the student body in general. It will be tough to change things, mainly because of millions of fans who care more about entertainment than education.posted @ Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 05:32
Amen, proftom! A rep from the student gov't is hardly representative of student expertise and opinion across campus.posted @ Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 09:54
Unfortunately, Mr. Delaplane has denied THE bedrock principle underlying all of modern biology as well as geology, cosmology, biochemistry, medicine and even entomology, namely evolution. In fact, he participated in an ill-fated effort to counter evolution on campus among students. Has he changed his mind? I hope so. How does he think the wonderful variety of bee species got here? Just a thought.posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 21:45
Since the greater Athens community is the recipient of any pollution from the present coal fired facility as well as from its replacement, why wasn't a representative from the community, e.g. from the Commission, on the the committee? I suggest you include a representative in future deliberations and decision making.posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 21:24
Don't let Ford in; send the un-talented little twit back, for good. If he's back home, deny him re-entry. Simple.posted @ Friday, January 31, 2014 - 19:40
Who else but John Stewart could get to the heart of the matter....hilarious!
Note: overly sensitive Southerners need not watch.
Oh, get a life already. ACA is the law of the land and won't be overturned. More than 3M people have already signed up and within a year that number will zoom. The GOP will never kill health insurance for so many people, despite all their hot air. It would be political suicide. If a Georgian can't sign up blame the guv and legislature for refusing to participate for strictly political reasons. And recent studies show that the story about carriers dropping people is way overblown and misleading. So why not concentrate on how to improve health coverage even more like offering incentives for physicians to not drop Medicare patients and improving reimbursements.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 13:48
Deal and the ATL mayor must have been sleeping in Tues. morning. Both the NWS and TWC changed the forecast very early that morning, well in advance of the first flakes and in plenty of time to activate emergency plans, had they had any. This was not a rare event! It's happened quite a few times over the years. The solution: stop electing incompetent nincompoops.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 13:36
P.S. I'll give the guv and ATL mayor some slack. Maybe they were SLEEPING IN Tuesday morning and didn't catch the revised early morning forecast.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:11
I notice the governor is trying to blame the National Weather Service for misleading information, ergo that the snow was supposed to go south of us. That forecast was given the day before. Actually, both NWS and The Weather Channel had updated its forecast by very early morning Tuesday. A winter storm warning was in effect for the entire area, including 1-3 in. of snow. No excuse, Deal. Both the state and the city of Atlanta blew it. Besides, they should have had plans in place in case there actually was a surprise storm, like ordering release of people in a staggered fashion and immediately pre-positioning resources. Release kids from schools first, then businesses, then non-essential public employees. Obviously our officials have learned nada from previous storms, including the one in '11. This has all happened before, quite a few times. So now, stop the bureaucratese and blame shifting and let's hear about the state and municipalities coming up with a workable plan for the next snow event which could happen as early as next week according to the TWC long range forecast. The word of the week is INCOMPETENT.posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 11:08
This was NOT a rare storm. It has happened often over the years, as recently as two years ago. You would think people and public officials would have learned by now how to handle the situation. Early yesterday morning snow was a SURE thing. A certainty. So knowing the relative paucity of resources to deal with snow and ice, and the way people panic at the S-word, tell them to just stay home. Close the schools preemptively. Businesses stay closed. All non-emergency public workers stay home. Get the equipment in place ahead of time. When it starts to snow have a plan ready to get people on the roads in a staggered manner, not all at once. Schools first, two hours later businesses. This is not rocket science. Good grief. Ok, northerners handle snow better, but we don't, so take necessary precautions and have workable plans in place! And elect smart people.posted @ Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 10:43
Read this about Bieber then send a letter to Homeland Security asking them to rush the little twerp on a one way ticket back to Canada for good.posted @ Friday, January 24, 2014 - 12:55
Agree and disagree. TWC provides top notch forecasting. Anybody who thinks they don't 'actually show the weather now' is strangely misguided or just not paying attention. During severe weather they totally pre-empt other programming. BUT, they have also increasingly taken up air time with what I can only politely describe as crap. Ice road truckers, babes mining for baubles, wreckers clearing roads. The only really valuable reality program they show is about the Coast Guard. I like to see that my tax dollars are actually helping people. Lately their website, weather.com, also contains irrelevant and even awful stuff. 200 year old intestines? Prosthetic limbs? Mystical islands? Cheap bacon? And worse! So yes, it's less weather, less science, more bottom line. It all began to change when NBC bought TWC. The suits took over.posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 08:53
Re the CDC, the report was woefully INADEQUATE, not really wrong. Why? Because in 1996, Congress removed funding from the CDC to do the necessary comprehensive research. Here's a quote from a recent report on the subject:
' The CDC conducted gun violence research in the 1980s and 1990s, but it abruptly ended in 1996 when the National Rifle Association lobbied Congress to cut the CDC's budget the exact amount it had allocated to gun violence research.'
Yes, deniers, scientists just have to be wrong when they go against your predilections and ideology. Science is ok as long as it agrees with your biases and doesn't threaten your world view. To hell with reality, you prefer fantasy land. Find any excuse to deny what's happening. As far as your wallet is concerned, I repeat something I said recently. We created the problem with help from billions of dollars in tax breaks to energy corporations who hardly need the help. All that mattered was more cars and cheap fuel. Now it's time for us to pony up to fix the problem. I remember when we used to be a society that had community values. Can you imagine what the response would be during WWII if somebody said, Hitler shmiter, keep your hands out of my wallet? Is climate change equivalent to a world war? Of course not; the devastating effects will be much more subtle [though increasingly more stark] and last much longer, and therefore much harder to see and believe. Actually, everybody pitched in during WWII, even with their dollars. Rationing? People didn't like it but they agreed it was necessary for the common good. Now it's me me me; no sense of responsibility to the wider community which will greatly suffer when the you know what hits the fan. It all comes down to greed. What's mine is mine and what's yours should be mine. Sad.
What I find sadly amusing is the practice at the beginning of televised NFL games of showing the starting lineups. The players identify themselves and state where they attended college. I said attended, because I can't help but wonder how many of them actually graduated and have a degree. I suspect the stats would be sobering.posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 08:02
Oops, that's 4 days, not 6.posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 10:44
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more