Go Lady Dawgs!posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:52
So far they haven't missed the deserter. Congratulations Georgia!posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:50
@jlscott: http://www.freewebs.com/quacksilver/posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:40
@GroversMill: You have every right to fear your extinction.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:37
I guess with any new gadget there will always be some resistance.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:22
On the surface, it seems the commissioner over reacted.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 14:08
@jlscott: Fairydump's vision of sainthood is beyond your grasp.
Name calling is the last refuge of the desperate. Name calling is the last refuge of the out-argued. Name calling is the last refuge of those who cannot logically disprove an opposing point of view. And finally, name calling is the final refuge.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 13:56
@jlscott: You haven't proven anything but that you quack too much. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoR3qnpyu38posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 13:46
@GroversMill: Perhaps you ought to work to change Athens Police protocol on approaching motorists who refused to follow police commands to pull over and stop? Or does the police state scare you too much?posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 13:39
@jlscott: Quack, quack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwNdDHEhm2gposted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 13:32
@youdawgyou: Please show me evidence that Obama had ANYTHING to do with the IRS targeting conservative groups. I'll await your post.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 13:19
@jlscott: Methinks the monkey does not understand the difference between KriminalPolizei, SchutzPolizei, and GeheimStaatsPolizei.
I find it interesting that conservatives are bashing the police on this thread, just because a liberal is defending them. Reminiscent of conservatives bashing Obama even when he agrees with them. How enlightening. The duck quacks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PWy2qIeqA4posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 13:11
@GroversMill: This country isn't the country it was twenty, thirty, fifty years ago. When guns are prolific in our society and criminals are armed to the teeth, officers are smart and alive by following proper protocol when stopping motorists who have not followed police commands to stop and pull over. I've see many close calls when motorists drive too close to officers at a traffic stop. Many officers have been struck and killed by careless motorists. It's so easy for you, the public, to criticize the actions of a cop that produced good results.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:27
@GroversMill: Liberals are always the ones defending police states.
Now that is the funniest thing I've heard today. But there is plenty of time to top it.
Have you noticed how many Police Chiefs and Sheriffs have come out vocally against gun control?
Maybe it's because they find themselves on the other side of a criminal with a gun?posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 11:30
@GroversMill: And there are many cases where police officers were killed because they didn't think an incident called for a drawn weapon. Motorists inside a car can conceal a weapon very easily and cops may have no time to draw his weapon to defend himself before he is shot. Bet the officer followed proper police protocol.
You are talking hypothetical while the actual reality showed that the incident was handled safely and correctly and the motorist was given the help he needed. It's so easy to second guess incidents that had a happy ending but not so easy if the officer was run over or shot.
Wow, I'd bet many conservatives here would be surprised I'd be defending the police.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 11:16
I guess it's better for the GOP to obsess over made-up scandals than to actually govern and pass legislation that will help our nation. If they'd worked hard to make opportunities for more and better jobs, the unemployment would have been reduced to pre-recession levels a long time ago. They just aren't serious about governing, only in obstructing and opposing Obama.
And what about the GOP obsession with the deficit? It's actually going down under Obama's administration. But the GOP is still calling for more austerity. It's just their way to destroy the social net that many Americans have paid into and might not be able to benefit from when their time comes. Much like private businesses reneging on their pension plans for their workers. This class war on workers must stop.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 10:44
@GroversMill: Hindsight is 20/20, but this was not a typical evasive action, so the brain cells should've been firing instead of standard protocol. Motorists in the northbound lane were in far greater jeopardy from this driver than the officer ever was, but they wouldn't have been justified in whipping out a pistol.
The cop had no way of knowing whether or not the motorist was dangerous. It is always better to be prepared for the worst than not to be prepared. It's HIS life on the line, not yours.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 10:01
There are a number of ways to use the iPhone's built-in GPS to track a stolen iPhone. Apple's free Find My iPhone service (the link above takes you to more information about it) and many third-party apps from the App Store will help you locate the phone geographically. Getting this data can be crucial for recovering the phone. Some of these apps, including Find My iPhone, also allow you to remotely change security settings
A Global Positioning System (GPS) device in your car is a popular target for thieves. It's ironic that the system that can log your every move can't be tracked when it's stolen. Well, some people have figured out a way to reverse that irony. There is a Web site created to track stolen electronics. You can register with the service and download software￼ to track your device on your own. Even if you happen to find it, you will still have to contact the police in order to retrieve it. It's best to contact local police as soon as your GPS device is stolen. They may be able to track it down themselves.
Read more: How to Track a Stolen GPS | eHow http://www.ehow.com/how_5749103_track-stolen-gps.html#ixzz2TYeQsfxG
Using GPS tracking to retrieve a stolen cell phone is old news, as is using the built in GPS tracking system in your vehicle to get it back after it’s been stolen. Using GPS tracking to retrieve a hi-definition television set, on the other hand, or your computer, or prized antique furniture, is still a relatively new idea to the average person.
This is where consumer-grade anti-theft GPS devices like the DeWalt DS500, the Live Trac PT-10 and the RTV5 come in.
Some of these devices go beyond simply tracking. The DeWalt DS500 Mobile Lock, for instance, will contact up to three people via phone and email if the item it’s attached to is moved. This allows you to contact the police immediately. The G5 and PT-10 are live trackers, meaning that you’ll be able to see exactly where your property is from second to second.
It’s often said that if stolen property isn’t retrieved within a few hours of being stolen, the odds of it ever being retrieved are slim to none. Well, with this kind of response, the chances of a thief making it through those first few hours without being caught are slim to none. The last thing a car thief or a burglar wants is for the very theft of the property to automatically alert the owner. The owner having the ability to not only know their car or television has been stolen, but then show the police exactly where the thief is hiding, is beyond the average criminal’s farthest imagination. http://www.liveviewgps.com/blog/using-gps-to-recover-stolen-property/
Even if you report the theft to the police, you may not get good results. GPS software helps locate stolen device, but sometimes officers don't respond in 'real time'.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 09:58
@GroversMill: Even when motorists complies with an officer's commands, traffic stops can be deadly. But when someone fails to comply with an officer's command, police protocol should be followed to ensure the officer's and by-stander's safety.
When the light turned green the truck began traveling east on Prince Avenue, with the driver ignoring the patrol car’s siren and the officer’s commands to stop, over a public address system, according to police.
The pickup drove through two red lights at Prince Avenue and Chase Street and Dougherty at North Lumpkin streets, police said. After it briefly stopped for traffic, the truck moved forward and lightly struck a car from behind.
Everything turned out okay this time but things can always get out of hand.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 09:41
Bet there will be a spike in alcohol related incidences.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 09:15
@GroversMill: You're old enough to know better than to argue with a rabid gorilla.
Especially when that rabid gorilla has access to the internet and can source his answers.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 09:03
@Farmer GA: But it is illegal for a criminal to buy a gun. Background check or no background check, it is still illegal.
Nope. A judge in Louisiana recently ruled that felons have the right to purchase and own firearms: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/22/judge-rejects-louisiana-law-b...
Plus: Under federal law, those convicted of a felony are forbidden from purchasing or possessing firearms and explosives. Yet as the result of a 1965 amendment to the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, convicted felons were allowed to apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for "relief" from the "disability" of not being able to buy and possess guns. The "relief from disability" program was established as a favor to firearms manufacturer Winchester, then a division of Olin Mathieson Corporation. In 1962 Olin Mathieson pleaded guilty to felony counts stemming from a kickback scheme involving Vietnamese and Cambodian pharmaceutical importers. Under the law as it existed at the time, Winchester could no longer be licensed as a firearm manufacturer. The "relief from disability" program allowed Winchester to stay in business.
Although created to benefit one corporation, the program quickly became a mechanism by which thousands of individuals with felony convictions had their gun privileges restored. In the 10-year period from1982 until 1992, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms processed more than 22,000 applications. Between 1985 and 1990 ATF granted "relief" in approximately one third of those cases. (ATF estimated that approximately one third of those not granted "relief" chose to drop out of the process, while the remaining one third were denied "relief.")
The crimes committed by those individuals granted "relief" were not limited to non-violent, "white collar" crimes like those committed by Olin. Through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the Violence Policy Center obtained 100 randomly selected files of felons granted "relief." Among those 100 cases were: five convictions for felony sexual assault; 11 burglary convictions; 13 convictions for distribution of narcotics; and, four homicide convictions. In fact, of the 100 sample cases, one third involved either violent crimes (16 percent) or drug-related crimes (17 percent).
All of this is brought to you by the NRA lobbying efforts.
Many of your comments are knee-jerk responses without credible sources that back up your contentions. Mine are sourced.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:59
@jtsim: I rather send it to your brother-in-law.
So, you don't trust me. That's okay because I don't believe you'd send it to him anyways. Talk is cheap and we both are examples of that.
By the way, my brother-in-law and I get along very well as long as we don't talk about religion or politics.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:44
@E.J.: I would like to hear or read a thoughtful assessment from corners other than Bookman (and I will) but I sure won't seek opposing views in youdawgyou's commentary. I don't even read them anymore.
The problem with many of these conservative commenters is that they basically regurgitate right wing talking points and seldom bother to back up their claims with credible sources. You and others may disagree with Bookman's take on issue but he at least deals with reality and credible sources. The same can not always be said of youdawgyou and others.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:41
@jlscott: Nope. Fairydump's vision of sainthood is beyond your grasp.
Awww...I can do better.posted @ Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:36
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Rep. Regina Quick, R-Athens, was one of two local delegates to score less than an "A+" in the Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative score card. She and I played phone tag Monday when I was reporting the story and I wasn't able to get her comments in a timely fashion. Instead, she sent over this statement Wednesday morning and she did not mince her words. (Links and italicized portions are my own; otherwise, it's as she wrote it.) Dear Friends: read more
The committee opted Tuesday night to put off deciding on the ordinance until, at the earliest, its next meeting. Of note: The Athens-Clarke County attorney highlighted that the proposed times are, in essence, placeholders for the commission to change or keep as it pleases. Full text of the Use of Public Right-of-Ways ordinance draft is below. read more