[quote][b]avenger[/b] - @jtsim: What type of proof would you suggest? Wait until you are physically injured first then try to defend yourself? I have no doubt that this has been used as a defense and someone did get away with murder but I had rather live in a state where a law abiding person has the right to defend themselves from someone wishing to do them harm than a state that thinks I should not have the right to defend myself and my family.
Let's see. Police is aware and are on their way. The person that was such a threat made no attempt to break into the home. The home owner was armed and inside his house. I see no real threat that would justify the homeowner confronting the stranger with a gun and shooting him without determining what he wanted. A coward with a gun is what I see.
We already have self-defense laws that would have justified shooting someone breaking into your home or attacking you on your property. This was neither.
The "stand your ground" law is responsible for the death of that old alzheimer's patient, just as the guy that shot him.
The ambiguity in the "stand your ground" law allows people to kill others on just their word that they felt threatened. How threatened did the home owner feel when he shot a woman in the back of her head as she was leaving his porch? The home owner was a coward with a gun, too, who killed a woman who had car trouble and was looking for help.
The "stand your ground" law needs to be repealed, we already have self-defense laws that are quite adequate and still works. [/quote]
Repeating the words that are key here: "COWARD WITH A GUN"!!!
Because that is exactly what stand your ground laws are. Cowardly, violent, stupid laws passed by Republicans and stupid conservative Democrats in the conservatives' silly arm themselves to the teeth mode that occurred after President Obama's election.posted @ Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 10:55
@jtsim: They seem to be doing quite well in Texas...I have enough to do here at home.
I agree with you...Only Texans could pull off such a rapid revolt among their fellows. Only Texans could mess with Texas the way it's being revolutionized right now.
Betcha Wendy Davis is the next Governor of Texas...She'll be Texas' Obama, she will.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 22:38
Once she's had..er, um...crack...hubby better not go back...posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 16:08
Wow. Progressives doing so much good for America that even Republicans are jumping aboard...Now THAT'S Progressive....
Yo, you Texass Republicans...y'all gonna have a hot summah...But that's OK...all the rest of the Republicans across America are, too.
It is so exciting...being a American Progressive right now. It really is.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 15:34
This article illustrates the stark differences between right wing and left wing law enforcement.
Right wing LEOs, like in Oconee, are blustering, belligerent, militaristic rights violating opportunists. They see the Constitution as a wall to push up against as much as possible.
Left wing LEOs, like in ACC, minimize violating people as much as they can, and see the Constitution as a wall to keep their activities in check. Left wing LE organizations do have their share of violating right wing brutes...Hunsinger comes to mind...but these brutes are largely kept thankfully muzzled.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 14:39
[quote][b]theold33[/b] - Good thing they don't give physical test in Oglethorpe Co.
Or Oconee, either...posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 13:55
[quote][b]dawg23[/b] - Rampant drug use in both Athens high schools is well known, but when we ask school administration about having the schools checked with dogs the answer we are given is "there are no local agencies with dogs and we have to get on a waiting list with an Atlanta-area department to utilize their resources." Oconee and Jefferson are pretty close by. But I guess you first have to admit to having a drug problem. Kinda like Chief Lumpkin not wanting to admit to gang activity in
Well, no, ACC cops, unlike their right wing repressive counterparts in Oconee, do not want to use Nazi dog search tactics in schools.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 13:50
Police dogs are a sick, dirty abuse of dogs.
These dogs are trained to alert on subtle cues from their owners. They can't smell drugs any better then they can a burger.
Cops that use these dogs to search for anything but people are just wiping their butts with our rights. Because they enjoy that stuff.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:30
This article only shows that Confucian values make good automatons.
Functioning free people? Not so much...
This is why China uses America as its yardstick...not meter stick...of success.
Because we Americans have education right. We produce independent thinking citizens for our democratic republic, while China produces automatons for its dictatorship.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:20
[quote][b]BulldogBully[/b] - Shelby County jail records show 28-year-old Adrian Laroze Briskey of Birmingham is out on $75,000 bond.
Briskey is charged with murder in the killing of 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd
I don't understand how she gets out on a $75,000 bond for a murder charge.
Because Alabama authorities have to determine, in our brave new stand your ground world, whether blowing away someone over a game is justified...posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 16:24
If a couple is going to use artificial fertility methods, then they should have no problem artificially determining how many fetuses to carry to term.
To approach this otherwise is silly. What if 15 eggs fertilize?posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 15:17
@King Minos: No, Sir, I don't think it matters one damn bit in terms of media coverage whether this damn silly gun totin' mullethead yahoo blew away a black or a white or an oriental 72-year-old Alzheimer's patient.
But thanks for asking...posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 13:36
[quote][b]Digdug[/b] - Oh good gravy!! I can't believe he's not closing again.
Thanks, Dig. That reminds me of another thing Weaver needs to do:
Be less stingy with the gravy! I mean, literally, be liberal with the gravy, dude.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 13:29
As long as this restaurant lightens the wallet by $20 for the same food one can get at Plantation Buffet for $9, this restaurant is inevitably going to close.
A suggested way to stay open: Sell $9 worth of food for...$9.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:31
Hopefully, the media will take this story to the minds of every Georgia voter to make them understand that we have yet some more Conservative idiocy that needs to be removed from our civilization.
Conservatives are just plain zealously stupid about guns.
Conservatives are stupid about reproduction and money also.
Conservatives have to be politically beaten silly. Period.
Thank God Progressives are finally realizing this across America, and whipping Conservative political ass fittingly.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:27
[quote][b]Ben Had[/b] - Employees organizing themselves to stand together and demand a decent wage is about as American as it gets. If not, there wouldn't have ever been a Middle Class in this country, and we wouldn't look any different socioeconomically speaking than most 3rd world countries do today.
The Rich are buying the loyalty of the commoners in this country, and they're getting them on the cheap.
Our unions get crushed, our jobs get exported, but we can carry a gun and stand our ground...'Murca!!posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 16:25
Chalk up another one for stand your ground laws.
Chalk up enough of these, and we'll see those laws Federally quashed.posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 16:20
If the minimum wage had kept up with either the income percentage increase for the 1%, or the increase in productivity, it would be $22 per hour.
That's how the rich get rich. By screwing the workers. Payback time.posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 14:47
[quote][b]melmarino[/b] - Please. Golf is not an elite sport in the US, where a round can cost as little as $20 in some places. That's not what makes Obama elitist.
This just needed to be repeated. If I was President, I'd play lots of golf, too.
Because...where does the President get to play golf?
Any damn where he or she wants to...posted @ Monday, December 2, 2013 - 09:02
[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - Jane Fonda shows her support for Michelle Nunn!
And Michelle Nunn accepts it.
Please don't let the mainstream media fool you into believing that Michelle Nunn is a moderate centrist like her father.
It's good that she is not. The last thing we need is another centrist.
As for the GOP corporate carpetbagger lackeys shown above, Jane Fonda is more of a patriot than any of them can ever be.
We were stupid idiots for Vietnam, and fittingly got our butts kicked for it.
That's right. The armed forces of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam beat the crap out of the armed forces of the United States. We need to take our Vietnam ass whoopin' and shut up.
After all, Canada beat the hell out of us in 1813, also.
And the GOP needs to shut up and learn how to work with Progressives. Or continue to accept political butt whoopin'.posted @ Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:54
[quote][b]melmarino[/b] - @The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: No, it's these lovely people.
However, they will fit in with the douchey little counterfeit hipsters that hang out downtown.
I think their inventory is too damn gauche for anyone but skinny Goth kids who drink lots of Robitussin...Perhaps my comment is redundant...Perhaps we speak of the same damn kids...posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 09:30
[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - This sounds like the kind of place that caters to those who have never had their SUV in 4WD or cleaned mud and cow poop of their boots.
Or had any damn decent taste, either...posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 09:23
[quote][b]keepitsimple[/b] - An international chain in downtown Athens? Any word when the People for a Better hippie community will start rioting?
Well, since this development will not create gridlock on a 74 year old cement bridge, and not violate the Intermodal Transportation Plan by some dumb ass developer trying to leave out a throughfare...probably no riot.posted @ Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 09:22
I wish her all the electoral success that you and Dan have enjoyed so far.
And we'll be sure to lend our support to you in your run for Burgermeister of Sausenheimer Honigsack...
O Thrower Of Stones Across The Big Pond...posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 15:14
[quote][b]minorityrules[/b] - @Anonymous Dude: yes, I agree that does sound like good leadership. my concern is that, in my opinion, in order to be effective and get difficult problems solved, you have to be able to communicate well with folks you don't agree with. perhaps at some point your ideals won't line up exactly with Melissa's. when they don't you are more likely to be bullied than heard.
The group that kept the WalMonstrosity out of ATown was a diverse group whose ideals were quite in disagreement.
Melissa was instrumental in uniting this dysfunctionally disunited group into an effective activist force.
Her diplomacy is stellar.posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 13:27
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more