@matt1141a: Again....demonstrating your ignorance. The family violence act does compel officers to make an arrest where there is probable cause to do so and where a primary aggressor has been identified. It does not, however, force officers to make an arrest simply because a family violence complaint is made. The incident must be reported and investigated.posted @ Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 21:56
The truth of the matter is, as much as we hate to admit it, UGA will never....EVER....be able to have a seat at the table with such public universities as UNC, UVA, Michigan, Berkeley, Texas, etc. And it sure is a shame....it seems that all the pieces are here to make a respectable flagship institution. However, when you operate under a state government run by people who don't mind one bit gutting public education to pander to small minorities of vocal idiots -- you get what you get. It's a wonder Georgia Tech is in this state. I guess all the hippy liberals in Atlanta have kept Tech afloat with their looney commitment to actual science and well-funded research and development.posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 18:18
Weeeeee......the bottom of the top of the list.posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 18:06
Boring.posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 21:21
[quote][b]Captain Athens[/b] - @1inthestink: A citizen who doesn't waste the rights extended too them by not committing energy, time, and money to the social underpinnings of our community. A veteran has given to this nation and all others comprizing "The People."
That's in a different class than public art projects or buying local at bars, resturants, and the corner illict drug vendors.
Interesting perspective. I think. I just wonder why we automatically assume that when someone enlists in the military they are major contributors to the nation's well being. I know plenty of people who have never been in the military and who are major assets to their communities and to the nation. There are also some in the military who are horrible people and an embarrassment to the country. Let's not pretend that both categories don't exist. You can be a veteran and a scumbag at the same time.posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 21:06
@JackP32: Your rant is exactly what makes right wingers so boring. Sebelius and HHS did not DENY anyone a lung transplant. There were guidelines in place regarding transplants that were not compatible with the girl's particular situation.
I'm starting to understand now why Republicans hate education so much. The minute you bother to learn the truth all your bullish*t collapses around you. It must be delightful to live in a fog of ridiculousness....of your own making.posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 17:27
@Ben-Shockley: Your post seemed interesting but it's tough to read with all the spelling and grammar problems.posted @ Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 17:35
I think Sgt. Young's actions were honorable. My only question is, who or what do you have to be to NOT deserve similar help in your time of need?posted @ Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 17:33
I guess we'll do this race security craze until we get tired of this routine and then it will be back to business as usual.posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 00:58
Let the games begin!posted @ Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 00:55
@Realist: Great post. Sorry I'm just getting around to reading it. I take issue with you on at least two points. First, Rushing people like Jamie Hood down to the lethal injection chamber because we are 100% sure of his guilt tends to create the unintended consequence of graying the line between being 100% sure and only 99% sure. 98% sure. 97% sure. To have the effect you want, I would argue, we would need to arrest Jamie Hood, interrogate him briefly, and walk him out onto the steps of the courthouse where a firing squad is waiting. That's the kinda thing they do in places we consider far less civilized. But it works....great.
Second, our justice system is designed to let people abuse it. I mean that to say that we would rather "let 1000 guilty men go free before we convict 1 innocent man." And we do! Feels like a slap in the face to people like you and me when the guilty men play that system to their advantage. However, it also means that you and I are very, VERY unlikely to be convicted of crimes we didn't commit. Unless of course we happen to be black, male, poor, uneducated, etc. But that's this whole other conversation.posted @ Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 17:54
Thank you for that.posted @ Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 17:37
1. Having a wife and keeping her somewhere else for 70% of the time is the key to a long and successful marriage. Well played, sir.
2. The law, at least in this state, is very specific about where you need to be licensed. I don't have it in front of me but it first says that if you are here for more than 30 days you need a GA license. It calls you a resident if you live here and, with the exception, of brief absences occasionally, you plan to keep living here. If you move back and forth between states every 31st day, it seems that you would need to keep swapping licenses in order to comply with the law.
3. In reality, you only have one primary residence, as far as I can tell. You can own as many houses in an as many places are you like. However, you only claim homestead in one of them. You only file income taxes to one state revenue authority, etc.
4. I guess there are some odd situations. But for the most part, the people who illegally cling to licenses from other states are not juggling wives and homes like you are.posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 16:43
[quote][b]Realist[/b] - @1inthestink: Capital punishment WOULD be a deterrent IF it were exercised swiftly. It is not effective now because no example is made for others to learn from. Other countries that have stricter laws and harsher punishment which IS a major deterrent to the population.
I agree with you 100%. Your claim is based solidly in psychological principles. The closer the punishment is to the offense, the more effective it is. However, the way to get that to work is to administer the punishment right after the guy kills someone - not two-plus years later when the case is ever tried in court. Capital cases cost millions of dollars and take so much time because we want to be absolutely sure we are doing the right thing. Honorable if you ask me. However, everyone knows that innocent people are on death row and innocent people have been killed. So not even our multimillion dollar investment in procedure and due process is having the effect we want it to have.
P.S. Psychology does suggest that quick correction is the best method. But really, whose behavior is modified when the guy you taught the lesson to is dead? I'll have to research whether or not the learning can be transferred to other people by proxy.posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 16:30
One man's careful consideration of his actions and their consequences proves nothing about the broader, observable patterns of criminal behavior with respect to murders. In most cases, people are killed in the heat of the moment or in carefully plotted murders. In the case of the former, emotions are too high to consider what statutes happen to be on the books. The latter, people expect to get away with the crime. In most cases they don't. However, if you are convinced that you will never be caught, then it doesn't matter what the penalty is.posted @ Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 16:22
[quote][b]grove600[/b] - @retiredandhappy:
Maybe the law should say "residing" instead of living. Students residence is generally that of their parents. They don't reside here, pay non-resident tuition (we hope), and so their other state license, if otherwise valid, would be valid here. [/quote]
How one can claim to "reside" somewhere else and have an apartment, job, and school in Georgia is beyond me. "I am in Georgia for 9-12 months a year but I 'reside' in some other state." Ridiculous.posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 - 19:08
[quote][b]ppensyl[/b] - Too many privledges to prisoners. When you give a murderer a life sentence, what has he got to lose in there? TV's, weight rooms, all the things prisoners shouldn't have but get because it's apparently cruel and unusual. Our Military lives in worse conditions than many inmates.
"Justice" system my behind. Justice works two ways, both the criminal and the victim deserve it, in our system only the criminal gets' "justice", they don't worry about the victims.
Too many spelling and grammar rules to follow to get out a decent comment.posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 - 19:00
Every time some heinous murder is committed, people run right to the death penalty as an answer. I'm all for the death penalty for what it is - punishment and revenge. But PLEASE stop fooling yourself into thinking the death penalty makes anyone safe or prevents ANY murders. It makes that one guy unavailable to kill anyone else.
There have been studies since at least the 70s that show how the death penalty does nothing to reduce violent crime. In the states (and Canada) where there is no death penalty, the murder rates are much MUCH lower.
In states like Georgia and Florida, we desperately need the death penalty because we fail our children (especially poor ones) so much more. It's our last attempt to pretend that we have solved the problem.posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 - 18:50
[quote][b]shrapnel[/b] - REST IN PEACE, BUDDY. I know that you are watching over us.
You know the deal.
Creepy.posted @ Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 11:16
[quote][b]Realist[/b] - RIP Buddy. Bad luck for you that day.
There are much better pictures for the slide show that could have been used. The motorcycle motorcade, the people lining the street, those are powerful photos.
Lame comment. Hands down.posted @ Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 11:15
[quote][b]Watchman[/b] - @ Karah L Hancock:
If you are going to write an article honoring this good man, at least get the facts straight! He was not responding to an officer being shot. He was sitting in his car writing a report when the events unfolded and Jamie Hood shot two officers and then ran past his car and shot him through the window. Buddy was no threat to Hood. He was victim of being in Hood's path as he fled after shooting two officers.
Incorrect articles can alter the outcomes of future trials, so get it straight.
Buddy Christian was a good man and a friend to everyone who met him. Let's at least get that accurate.
Yea....umm....that's actually not what happened. Buddy's car was in the middle of Sycamore Drive when he was killed. No police officer stops in the middle of the roadway to "write a report." Further, Jamie Hood didn't shoot two officers and then go kill Buddy. Buddy was the second officer who was shot.
How bout you get your incorrect details straight before you tell someone else about their incorrect details. Your whole comment is a waste.posted @ Saturday, March 23, 2013 - 10:28
Talking on a cell phone while you are driving is illogical, not illegal.
And I like how the judge transitioned from "a little sore" to "a lot sore" in a split second's time. One wouldn't want statements in the newspaper to diminish the value of the coming settlement check.posted @ Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 17:00
I demand that Sheriff Berry personally give all press releases regarding his office's investigation of child molestation and child pornography.posted @ Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 23:33
Yikes! He probably shouldn't have prepared and filed those motions in court if he was planning to claim incompetency.posted @ Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 21:37
This is a HUGE relief. Cuz what this world needs is more people birthed in Arkansas.posted @ Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 16:17
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