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Mayor says Prince Avenue study has become 'political football'

@DanMatthews: But nobody with a brain actually takes anyone associated with the Flagpole seriously so that's probably not the best example to use.

posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:38

Athens middle school teacher busted for indoor marijuana farming

A simple straight up criminal. He has no place anywhere near students, and as far as I'm concerned no place in a law abiding society except behind bars The one pity I see is how weak our punishments for this sort of behavior usually are. That this gets sympathy rather than scorn is another sad sign of what a depraved & valueless society we live in.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 13:01

Towery: The seedy truth about politics, politicians and pundits

[quote][b]dahreese[/b] We can't have the American people knowing too damned much now, can we? [/quote]

The American people have proven themselves too stupid to be trusted with very much in the way of important information or decisions.

Look who they put in the WH last time around.

posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:46

Pot possession a hot topic at Athens-Clarke mayoral candidates debate

After the info in the lead of this story I'm pretty sure hell would have to freeze over before I'd ever vote for either one of them, be that for mayor or dogcatcher. It's a horrible incumbent vs an utterly clueless (about virtually anything) comic relief candidate .... which pretty much sums up the state of political affairs in faux Berkeley.

posted @ Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 03:04

Panel discussion puts spotlight on divide between Athens' hip hop, indie rock scenes

@kconner: Yes, but since those are largely (not exclusively, but it's fair to say largely) white audiences no one cares.

The music scene in Athens is instead somewhere between tragic & comic.

posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 13:10

Protecting local music: Streaming services undercompensating musicians, say experts

@Humbucker bob: Because they're not radio stations. They're also saddled with performance rights fees (to the artists) which traditional radio is not. Remove those, THEN there's a discussion that could at least begin about adjusting the songwriter royalty rates to something that is more in-line (rationally adjusted for actual impressions per play) with radio.

posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 14:57

Protecting local music: Streaming services undercompensating musicians, say experts

Oh dear, the same tired whining from the same extremely tired (and tiresome) crowd. Don't like it, don't sign away your rights. You made your money, you took your chances and now that you've become largely irrelevant to anything meaningful you decide it's time to cry. Here's a tissue.

Lowery's "music" was bad enough but his whining has grown interminable. Might very well be the single most tiresome non-politician Athens has ever has the misfortune of being burdened with.

Go away already, please, for the love of all that's Holy ... just GO AWAY !

posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 14:55

Jefferson's Stephanie Lamm, North Oconee's Jessie Denney sign with Emmanuel College

@Yellow Dog: My best guess was soccer, followed by swimming. Those are the two sports that I primarily think of as having "club teams".

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 21:41

Jefferson's Stephanie Lamm, North Oconee's Jessie Denney sign with Emmanuel College

Is it just me or does this article fail to mention even once what sport Lamm & Denney play?

posted @ Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 00:19

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

@Joe Johnson: Careful not to (entirely) confuse begrudging a charge with disagreement about what constitutes a reasonable charge. The .99 trial at least had my wife considering a monthly on-line subscription. Upon seeing what the long-term plan costs were, well, the laughter still hasn't stopped. I believe there's about an exponential gap in what you see as the value versus what the vast majority of your customers/potential customers will see as the value.

I don't believe "begrudge" is the correct word to describe that, I understand the motivation. As Reuters financial commentator Felix Salmon noted last year "In a dying industry, the sensible thing to do is to maximize your revenues before you die. Paywalls might well make money for newspapers. But that doesn’t mean that newspapers aren’t dying."

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 14:23

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

You gotta do what you gotta do ... enjoy the complete shutdown that follows within 12-18 months. It was fun while it lasted.

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 14:09

Travis Tritt to play in Athens on Valentine's Day

The trend of artists with comic ticket pricing continues unabated. I like Travis just fine & all but $35 is absurd for at this stage of his career (what's left of it).

posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 00:07

Grande Expectations: Chef Whitney Otawka opens highly anticipated Cinco y Diez next week

"highly anticipated" ... by whom exactly? The few dozen pretentious foodies that infect the area?

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 17:58

Edmonds on Wilkins hire: 'He is what we were looking for'

Good coach, even better person. Nothing but good wishes for him going forward.

posted @ Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 00:11

Weaver D's not closing after all, says Dexter

I suspect this will continue as long as suckers keep falling for it.

posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:38

UGA to consider shedding itself of WUGA

A predictable end to one of the worst ideas to hit Athens in many years.

posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 03:14

North Oconee, Jefferson to join new classifications next year

@hardrocker: You do realize that Buford moved up to AAAA along with North Oconee, right?

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 01:09

Reclassification looms for Athens-area schools

The other school that may find themselves right on the cusp of changing classes could be Commerce. At a strict 22%, they would be the 2nd largest school remaining in Class A. Depending upon where the cutoffs are finally drawn, they could find themselves on the move up (or could even potentially ask to play up)

posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 18:33

Athens police respond to school fight, knife and gun threats in single day

@big.john6654: Naturally, it works sooooo well after all

posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 21:13

Prince Avenue, Athens Christian, Commerce advance to state playoffs

Probably worth reminding fans that, as a region champion, PACS will be seeded higher than the #8 power rating. Barring unexpected changes on appeals, they'll be the 5th seed in the private bracket.

posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 21:05

Last stand against Classic Center ice rink falls flat

BTW, that Willie Nelson tour sure is a tough get.

Stops in the next month include Wheeling, WV, Live Oak, FL, Newberry, SC and Tuscaloosa, AL.

posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 10:53

Last stand against Classic Center ice rink falls flat

"she worried about the Classic Center being able to pay back the cost of a failed project and the community being saddled with the resulting debt. “Our government has to back this cost,” she said."

Didn't want the community to be saddled with the resulting debt? Umm ... exactly who does this (expletive deleted) think provides the government with its funds? Santa Claus?

So help me, Congress looks sane next to the ACC Mayor & Commission.

posted @ Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 09:53

'Breaking Bad' logs record 10.3 million viewers

@mkultra27: Netflix ftw.

posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 - 20:24

Park and Ride limps along, but Athens transit chief still hopeful

Nothing like a bit of good old government boondoggle.

posted @ Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 22:30

Athens Academy searches for identity after mixed early results

"A win this week could mean a swing in momentum in the Titans’ favor."

And would be extremely impressive considering North Oconee isn't involved in this game at all.

Proofreading, a dead art. Hopefully there's at least someone with enough dignity left at the ABH to be embarrassed about this sort of thing, especially when it happens so frequently that it could be turned into a drinking game.

posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 - 01:24

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