Higher electrical rates will be a bargain in the long run if we can avoid future $3 trillion dollar oil wars.posted @ Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 17:08
Coach Bauerle has no priors that I'm aware of, and is well respected as a person. He made a horrible mistake and moral blunder. I'd suspend him without pay for next year, and then let him return-with immediate termination if he ever speaks with any instructor/professor about his swimmers again.posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:23
[quote][b]Athens Trojan[/b] - Especially when it made no difference.[/quote]
I'd give her a medal and a raise for having integrity.
"Especially when it made no difference." Please explain. If a program is not following the rules, it makes a difference to the competition. It makes a difference to the other students who aren't given extra benefits.
"Good luck working within the department in the future." Yep, that will be a problem for her; think she wasn't aware of that--it's called integrity.
Of course, no doubt, this kind of stuff happens all the time. The bigger fraud is bogus majors-recreational studies, etc.-to keep many athletes eligible.posted @ Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:18
You have got it backwards.
It is the democrat party that cynically fosters racial divisions as a means of increasing its political power.
Yes, the Republican Party is a beacon of racial tolerance and sensitivity.
As LBJ stated after signing the Civil Rights Bill: "We've lost the South for a generation."
The Party of Lincoln became the Party of rednecks with Nixon's Southern Strategy. Read what the architect of the Strategy, Kevin Phillips, now says about it.
As the saying goes, not all Republicans/conservatives are racists, but when you hear someone making a racist/bigoted remark, it's almost always one of them!
The main reason minorities vote Democratic isn't because of the Democratic message, it's because of the coded Republican message. Of course, about 70 percent of welfare recipients are white. Poor folks, black and white, don't vote much.posted @ Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 09:33
@Used2baFreeCountry: Such a predictable response! If it wasn't for the blue oasis of Athens, I'd be on the way.
Most blue States are only blue due to an extra 10 % of the population being progressive in thought. I've long ago discovered that a significant portion of the Northern population is just as racist as many Southerners-actually louder about it. (Without race, the current Republican Party would barely exist).
As a native Georgian, with 50+ years here,, I'll stay in Georgia with the knowledge that in 4-6 years demographics are going to change enough to make us moderately blue; particularly in Presidential elections. Nationally, the current voting patterns of the under 30 voter are highly promising. Wait until they start voting in higher percentages!posted @ Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 21:17
I agree with the article, however there's currently no training required to obtain a carry permit so there's no change there from the current law.
But, let's keep our image up Georgians; is there any stupid redneck legislation our Legislature and Governor won't support?.posted @ Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 17:35
[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - @D.Dublis:
A RAND study indicates that fewer than 900,000 previously uninsured have paid and are now insured under Obamacare.
Of course, you believe Obama.
Oh, well. . .
Oh well-here's a LA Times quoting the Rand study-which, I suspect, didn't factor recent sign-ups, and those to come over the next two weeks. You left out a good bit of the analysis, didn't you:
"As the law's initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage. Some have done so through marketplaces created by the law, some through other private insurance and others through Medicaid, which has expanded under the law in about half the states.
The tally draws from a review of state and federal enrollment reports, surveys and interviews with insurance executives and government officials nationwide.
The Affordable Care Act still faces major challenges, particularly the risk of premium hikes next year that could drive away newly insured customers. But the increased coverage so far amounts to substantial progress toward one of the law's principal goals and is the most significant expansion since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965.
The millions of newly insured also create a politically important constituency that may complicate any future Republican repeal efforts.
Precise figures on national health coverage will not be available for months. But available data indicate:
• At least 6 million people have signed up for health coverage on the new marketplaces, about one-third of whom were previously uninsured.
• A February survey by consulting firm McKinsey & Co. found 27% of new enrollees were previously uninsured, but newer survey data from the nonprofit Rand Corp. and reports from marketplace officials in several states suggest that share increased in March.
• At least 4.5 million previously uninsured adults have signed up for state Medicaid programs, according to Rand's unpublished survey data, which were shared with The Times. That tracks with estimates from Avalere Health, a consulting firm that is closely following the law's implementation.
• An additional 3 million young adults have gained coverage in recent years through a provision of the law that enables dependent children to remain on their parents' health plans until they turn 26, according to national health insurance surveys from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• About 9 million people have bought health plans directly from insurers, instead of using the marketplaces, Rand found. The vast majority of these people were previously insured.
• Fewer than a million people who had health plans in 2013 are now uninsured because their plans were canceled for not meeting new standards set by the law, the Rand survey indicates.
Republican critics of the law have suggested that the cancellations last fall have led to a net reduction in coverage.
That is not supported by survey data or insurance companies, many of which report they have retained the vast majority of their 2013 customers by renewing old policies, which is permitted in about half the states, or by moving customers to new plans.
"We are talking about a very small fraction of the country" who lost coverage, said Katherine Carman, a Rand economist who is overseeing the survey.
Rand has been polling 3,300 Americans monthly about their insurance choices since last fall. Researchers found that the share of adults ages 18 to 64 without health insurance has declined from 20.9% last fall to 16.6% as of March 22.
The decrease parallels a similar drop recorded by Gallup, which found in its national polling that the uninsured rate among adults had declined from 18% in the final quarter of last year to 15.9% through the first two months of 2014. Gallup's overall uninsured rate is lower than Rand's because it includes seniors on Medicare.
[quote][b]marshalld[/b] - What if this scheme actually works? I do think Obamacare was far too over reaching in fixing healthcare in the U.S. Our delivery was not the best, but I don't believe the fix had to be this drastic. Having said that...what if, with a lot of tweaking this actually works? We did have a healthcare crisis but the crisis affected the poor most of all. It did need to be fixed. Today, Rush accused Obama of "cooking the books" to get 7 million but in return he offered no proof at all on his claims. It seems there is a lot of speculation of how this is going to play out.
Good points. I wonder if Rush has ever offered any proof of any claims. It says it all that millions of dummies cherish the opinions of this college drop-out who's never had a job other than DJ and trash radio entertainer.posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:24
[quote][b]Lets Get It Together[/b] - 9 million people lost their insurance due to Obamacare. Only 7.1 million have signed up via the website. That means we have more people uninsured now than we did 2 years ago. Not to mention that Obamacare became law in 2010. In over 4 years, only 7.1 million signups. Pretty pathetic.
Total bunk. You fail to mention that of those who "lost" their insurance, and not 9 million as you allege, most were able to purchase a better policy.
Your last sentence is equally silly and ignorant. The exchanges only started running under the law, in 2013.. Only in your Fox "News" fantasy World are there more uninsured now than in 2010. You also fail to mention the several million who are now insured under expanded Medicaid, and that several million folks under age 26 gained coverage through their parents' policy.,posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:20
You are so correct....... What a [filtered word] leading our country !!!!
1. How many of the 7.1 mil have actually paid a dime ?
2. How many people lost their insurance due to Obama care becoming law ?
3. The truth has not come out yet on just the Obamacare insurance is going to pay the Doctors.
4. Just how many good Doctors are going to leave the profession ?
Another thing, it was just disgusting to see Biden standing behind Odummer with that [filtered word] eating grin on his face !!!!!
The truth will be painful for you. What a bunch of redneck trash (unfiltered) in Georgia that are fighting so hard to keep the uninsured uninsured largely due to hate of that black guy with the funny name. All for reform that was basically Bob Doles in the late 80's, and over health exchanges that were originally a Republican idea.
As to those paying, I believe 80 percent or so have paid for coverage. Of those who "lost" their insurance, the vast majority regained their coverage with a better policy. The number of good or bad drs. leaving due to Obamacare; I'd bet it's zero. Obamacare gave them millions of new customers. I suspect that's why the AMA and most other physician groups and hospital groups supported Obamacare.posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:14
[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - Just now heard a few minutes of Obama on TV talking about Obamacare.
It was difficult to stomach, especially the part where he said that he does not understand why critics do not want people to have health insurance.
Obama the Deceiver, twists and distorts the truth. . .
Like most Obamacare haters, the criticism is all rhetoric and no facts. I suspect all the good news is making a lot of Obama critics feeling a little sickly.
It is bad that healthcare inflation is going down?posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:07
[quote][b]random_name[/b] - The uniqueness of downtown Athens continues to die. The future is nothing but student bars surrounded by thousands of student condos. Yessirree! That's surely unique. Probably wont find that in any other college town in America. No way. Reflecting the leadership and vision of our dynamic city manager (how many days till I retire?) and the crack group of city leaders behind the rail (it's not in 5-points is it?).
Yea, downtown Athens is terrible and doomed? Actually, we have the best downtown of any Georgia city by far.posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:01
[quote][b]zallybonk[/b] - One group said if Walmart was kept out of downtown, retailers would stop closing and downtown retail would make a comeback. Another group said Walmart might be downtown retailers last hope to attract shoppers and without it, retailers would continue closing. Now Athens largest retailer is joining so many other dowtown retailers...going under and out of business. Looks like we were wrong and should have tried the Walmart.
"One group said if Walmart was kept out of downtown, retailers would stop closing and downtown retail would make a comeback." I don't recall anyone saying that. Since there was no Walmart, why would this stop retailers from closing???
I'm sure a trashy Walmart down the road would have brought many shoppers to Junkman's Daughter.
The owner says he's closing as he wishes to do other things; doesn't say business is so bad he's closing. Someone enlighten us on all the retailers closing.
All those constantly saying downtown is nothing but bars maybe actually should go downtown for once and count the number of non-bars. There's a whole bunch! And, check out the number of restaurants. Downtown Athens is quite unusual. Most cities would kill for it. Go live in Macon, Augusta, Dalton, Columbus, Albany.posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 21:59
[quote][b]observer1948[/b] - We have spent too much time and money on this man. Isn't it bad enough that we will have to fund his living for the rest of his life? No telling what all this will cost the taxpayer in the name of protecting his so called rights.
Just like that "so called" First Amendment; that so called Second Amendment . . . . .posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:53
[quote][b]BAMA Dawg[/b] - Sheer genius! Jamie Hood and his defense team know he's going to be convicted and get the Death Penalty. But if this happens while he acts as his own attorney this will certainly guarantee a new trial after an appeal because he did not have a competent attorney. I cannot believe the Judge allowed this and agreed. The Judge should ensure that Jamie Hood has the best legal representation available and it is not HIM – We need a competent Judge.
The judge was competent; he followed the law-his job. Hood has a legal right to represent himself.posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 09:49
[quote][b]marshalld[/b] - Good luck to the owners! Where is the brewery?
In the old Snow Tire Bld. across the street from Cine and the National.posted @ Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:45
[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - @D.Dublis: You and I both know that most of the people opposed to birth control are Baptist and not Catholic. Just look at Jim Bob Duggar who I think has 19 kids. Have a friend locally that has a dozen.
Can't disagree with that. A lack of birth control does eliminate some of that sinful sex. Most probably want it for themselves, just not the teeming masses.posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 - 15:12
@TeeWee: The U.S. Supreme Court has never found any constitutional right to be absolute. Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom to make terroristic threats, for example. The 2nd Amendment doesn't apply to felons; not aware of any NRA folks who claim it does. "Religious freedom" would have no limits with your apparent interpretation. If any war violates my religious tenets, should I be able to exclude from paying the portion of my income taxes going to the military? (Kinda like not having to pay premiums for coverage for some medical procedure against my religious beliefs???)
No one wants to answer my question, and I know why. Again, should an employer have the right not to provide health insurance that covers blood transfusions because their religion is against it?
Let's call a crock a crock, legal issues aside. The birth control issue is a crock, and is simply being used to fight Obamacare. Doubt one could find 10 folks in the whole U.S. who are opposed to birth control. Surveys I've seen of Catholics in the U.S. show that Catholics use birth control slightly more than the U.S. population as a whole.posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 - 13:59
He's 18 years-old and did something stupid. Earth shattering. Sure this never happens to the non-athletes at UGA. I understand why it's reported, but does it really warrant such a prominent space on this site?posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 - 13:41
@OCCountry: I don't think there is case law that supports Hobby Lobby. Certainly the U.S. Supremes have given latitude for certain religious beliefs-allowing American Indians to smoke otherwise illegal paote (sic) for example. I don't agree with the decision as no one's religious beliefs should allow them to have more rights than I do.
The U.S.. Supremes disagree with you that there is not a constitutional right to birth control and abortion. For birth control-see Griswall v. Ct. Of course, that doesn't mean gov't or a private entity is forced to pay for it.
Do you believe that employers opposed to blood transfusions should be able to exclude such coverage???
Pretty soon, there would be no valid laws mandating what must be covered. As to your pregnancy coverage, I don't think your lawsuit is going to get you very far. Various state laws have long mandated certain coverages. Testicular cancer, for example, rarely, if ever, occurs after a certain age. Yet, every health policy, in effect, requires part of the premium to go for this coverage. Is this wrong.posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:13
@OCCountry: There are some religions that are opposed to blood transfusions. Should they have the religious "freedom" not to have to offer health insurance coverage covering blood transfusions. Of course, not. And, being opposed to birth control is just as crazy as opposing blood transfusions. Any company could use some nutty religious belief to avoid the law.posted @ Monday, March 24, 2014 - 09:54
Third place in the SEC is not a terrible season. I was getting down on Coach Fox, but now realize he is turning things around. And, who are we going to get instead?posted @ Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 10:14
Early in the season I was losing faith in Coach Fox. He proved many of us wrong. Sign him up for more years! Next year could really be interesting.posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:31
[quote][b]StarDragon59[/b] - that's less than 50% in ten years? might be time for a change [/quote]
200 wins-116 losses. That's less than a 50% winning percentage?? Maybe a little math challenged? (50% winning percentage for those 316 games would be 158 wins and 158 losses).
Of course, his SEC winning percentage isn't that good.posted @ Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 12:02
I personally like red heads, it's those blue ones of which you must be wary. Read the Constitution, and don't try to read anything into it that's not there. Bless your little heart.
The Equal Protection Clause is "there." I guess that's a little too complex for your simplistic, segregationist World view. Bless your little mind.posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 17:39
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