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Oconee teen falls prey to check scheme

" the check bounced and the bank wants its money back."

This has to be an incorrect statement. A bank will take a check and give cash before it clears?? Only if you had enough cash in your account to cover it, right?

If true, then not only are the people scammed a few fries light of the happy meal, but the banks are holding only the empty bag. Which bank? Hope to heaven its not the one i use.

posted @ Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 23:51

For GOP, runoffs could complicate key Senate races

I just feel fortunate that Georgia is in such good economic shape that it can afford to pay for both the republican and democratic primaries, even with runoffs. It would be cruel and unfair if the parties had to pay their own way in picking who they choose to run for office (total sarcasm here)

in reality, although the taxpayers pay for the primaries, the parties themselves get to set the rules (like loyalty oaths for republicans etc) and for presidential primaries the national parties can void the primary if the date it is held does not suit them.

Can the banner heralds research team tell the cost to taxpayers for the primaries?

posted @ Friday, May 2, 2014 - 07:38

Cellphone mistaken for gun on Kennesaw State University campus

"The campus was put on lockdown while police searched for him."

I think the use of the word "lockdown" is interesting. Merriam-Webster defines lockdown

" - the confinement of prisoners to their cells for all or most of the day as a temporary security measure."

i guess that is how the government sees us, as prisoners?

posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 - 21:10

Gov. Deal signs bill moving up Georgia primary date

By the way, does anyone know what it cost the state in the last presidential primary to help the democrats decide who their candidate would be? that one was hard to guess. excellent use of taxpayer money that one governor,

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 20:12

Gov. Deal signs bill moving up Georgia primary date

"best move for voters' time and taxpayers' money."

The best move for the taxpayers would be to have the two parties pay for their own candidate selection process. No one is elected to office in these primaries, each party not the state controls the majority of rules. for example you are required to take an oath “I do hereby swear or affirm my allegiance to the Georgia Republican Party.” to appear on the republican primary ballot. how about allegiance to all the people of the state of Georgia?

If a state holds its primary not in accordance with the national party's wishes the state can lose its delegates to the party's national convention, making the taxpayer paid for primary meaningless. (see florida in 2008).

These primaries are nothing but the taxpayers paying for a media event to promote the two major parties.

Lets have true "free and fair" elections and have ALL candidates have to follow the same requirements to appear on the ballot, all candidates having to have 51,000 registered voter signatures to appear on the ballot for governor for example, not just independents and third party candidates.

These primaries are nothing but REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS using state funds to make sure only REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS get elected.

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 20:00

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

@Chris White:
I know you folks work full days all ready so with "guide to the week, a crime and public safety section, a revamped events page, a new outdoors page, regular special sections, more investigative work, a weekly kids page, travel pages and moree kids page, more " how many new hires are expected? glad you are creating more jobs.

posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:09

Bill would exempt Georgia charities from mortgage licensing

good idea in theory, the devil is in the details.

"licensing safeguards aren’t necessary for the people getting mortgages from nonprofits, he said, because the interest rates are so low"

So have a cap of 1% on the interest rate?

posted @ Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 08:32

Seagraves: No more claptrap, please

@Jim Thompson: Jim, your statement does have some validity but is on the wrong track i believe, i too admire people who sign their names to their comments, and feel personal attacks are a waste of type.

But increasingly most issues sink to personal attacks on who said them, not on what is said.

Not picking on you personally Jim, but have you ever considered what the ABH does to the level of comments when "points" are rewarded not for the value of what is said but for the volume?

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 18:17

Seagraves: No more claptrap, please

Again and again with the "its the republicans" or the "its the democrats" craptrap. Its the democrats AND republicans!!!

one of the major claimed causes of the financial crisis was the repeal of Glass-Steagall, lead by pres. B. Clinton (a dem). it boosted gains in the short term (making the economy rise during the Clinton admin.) before crashing.

So it is not just the republicans. or just the democrats, it is both of them.

posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:35

Brown: Democrats moving America toward 'Hunger Games'

As long as they can keep the discussion about which is worse, the democrats or the republicans, we will continue to decline. the problem is the DEMOCRATS AND THE REPUBLICANS,

posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 08:56

Athens bus fares to rise, but transfer fee dies

"unified government will hire a consultant"?? and this will cost???

posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 08:26

Georgia senator says DNA bill will help solve crimes

if you are considered innocent until proven guilty, and you have no problem taking DNA samples from people only arrested(i.e. still innocent at that point), why not take DNA samples from the most innocent of all, new born babies? take DNA with filing a birth certificate?

where to draw the line on government is always a tough question. think what surveillance cameras in every home would do to reduce domestic violence. breathalyser controlled ignition on every car could almost eliminate drunk driving.

innocent men and women should be free until proven guilty. and freedom includes privacy.

posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 08:05

Hiltzik: McCutcheon case could be worse that Citizens United

As much as I am opposed to taxes, taxing political donations might be a good idea.

placing limits on how much a citizen can donate does infringe on his right to free speech,the answer is to limit how much a candidate can accept. candidates for office have no constitutional right to unlimited funds. but none of the elected hacks would ever put the people's and country's interests above their own.

posted @ Monday, October 14, 2013 - 06:05

US Rep. Jack Kingston 'leaning no' on Syria strike

Consider;
Assad has tanks, fighter jets and an army against rebels with limited arms.

The world has basically agreed to stay out of the conflict, UNLESS he uses chemical weapons.

So he is going to go ahead and use chemical weapons and bring the U.S. into the conflict??

more likely the rebels used chemicals to bring the US into the fight.

also consider that Raytheon stock is up about 50% from its year low now that action is threatened. Raytheon makes the tomahawk missile.

if Assad is overthrown who steps into power in Syria? Al-Quida is among Assad's opposition,

a strong national defense is essential for America, but Assad and the Syrian government present no threat the United States, but an excellent opportunity for the military industrial complex.

posted @ Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 06:15

Army tightens grip as Egypt awaits final move

the U.S. started sending more F-16 fighter planes to Egypt as a gift (yes taxpayer funded) just 6 months ago. And now Egypt experiences a military coup. who could have seen that coming?

Got to love those geniuses in Washington. adding deficit to the american budget, increasing instability in the middle east, but making Lockhead Martin money.

posted @ Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 16:09

Rubin: Odd bedfellows for Snowden

"who “struggles for freedom of information,"it’s hard not to gag. Any Russian who did similarly would wind up in the gulag or worse."

I agree with that statement. the question is what separates our country's actions from Russians? Would the US lock someone who released classified info naked in a cell for 24 hours a day and keep him in isolation?

There is a real need for government secrecy at times. Troop positions, military technology and other things need to remain classified. But the right of the citizens to know what a government is doing also needs protection. A free man is not constantly monitored.

posted @ Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 06:31

Senate passes bill letting states tax online sales

it appears this legislation defines the point of sale as where the consumer is rather than where the business is located. seems backassward to me.

sales tax help pay for the fire/police/roads etc that primarily are provided for the business, what with the road leading from the store, the fire department protecting the inventory, etc. , so the amount of the sales tax should be what the sales tax is where the business is located. (property taxes provide for the protection of the things i own).

it may be different for vehicles, but if I drive to SC to buy a tv I pay SC sales tax. when i order over the phone i pay tax according to where it is from, not where i placed the call.

taxing according to where the business is located would serve to keep taxes in check to avoid business from relocating, as well as make collecting easier as it would all be instate. allowing california to have any control whatsoever on a business located in GA simply because the purchaser is a resident of CA seems out of line.

posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 03:37

Closing of Athens airport tower would raise safety, economic concerns

And save even more, get rid of the Seaport subsidized flights. That is $1.5 million a year, surely close to the cost of 6 air traffic controllers?

posted @ Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 07:59

Athens Mayor and Commission push Buena Vista historic designation

“There are people in that district that are antsy because they are unsure about their property,” said Commissioner George Maxwell.

It is "their" property for the "county" to decide what can be done with it.

posted @ Friday, January 18, 2013 - 06:23

Hitting the debt limit: What bills would be paid?

I was worried what would happen if the government runs out of money- who would be paid? Soldiers would not, most government employees would not, government contractors would not.
But fortunately congressmen and senators and the president would, due to their interpretation of the 27th amendment.

see http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2011/04/why-soldiers-wont-paid-o... among many others.

posted @ Monday, January 14, 2013 - 09:00

Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

"Obama’s inaugural planners have put an emphasis on reflecting diversity in the festivities"

someone needs a dictionary when they think diversity means all people thinking politically correct.

posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 - 07:09

Farmer: Sheriff's boycott troubling

The second amendment has nothing to do with hunting.

consider what a democrat had to say about it:

"Certainly one of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government, no matter how popular and respected, is the right of citizens to keep and bear arms. This is not to say that firearms should not be very carefully used, and that definite safety rules of precaution should not be taught and enforced. But the right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible."
-- Hubert Humphrey, "Know Your Lawmakers" - Guns Magazine - Feb 1960

posted @ Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 07:41

Israeli offensive in Gaza was years in the making

"There's no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders," said Barack Obama right before authorizing drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen

posted @ Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 07:56

Haas: Truth about rights must be recognized

If we are going to allow the Bible to guide our politics and government what about

Luke 3:11 - He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

1 Timothy 6:18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

If as you say "God ... has dominion over our lives, our liberty and our property" shouldn't we be following His word and increasing the social safety net and the wealth redistribution?

posted @ Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:05

Annual chili cook-off to be held Monday at Classic Center

Better help them sell a lot of chili, annual compensation for Brian Gallagher, President/CEO United Way Worldwide $813,338. in fairness, united way uses about 85% of its revenue for charity and only 15% for management and fund raising.

(according to Forbes magazine)

posted @ Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 08:24

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