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@barryhollander: It's not gossip--it was a genuine health concern. But rather than bickering, I'd like to say that the death of this young person is a tragedy, and my heart goes out to her family. Sounds like she had a bright future ahead of her.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 15:02

@OCCountry: Stupid is calling your ex at 2 AM when you're drunk. Pointing a gun at someone and then firing it into the air is epic idiocy. He should be thanking whatever higher power he believes in that he didn't actually hit anyone.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 15:00

@ElevatorLady: Could be as simple as a lazy and/or inept employee. If that's the case, they should be fired (probably won't, but should be).

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 11:23

I'm rather ambivalent about the whole 'gay marriage' issue, not because I'm against same-sex unions or whatever (not my business what two consenting adults do) but because the government shouldn't be in the marriage business at all. They should let two consenting adults choose who to leave their assets to and all that and leave marriage to the churches. In other words, marriage is a cultural event and the government shouldn't force churches that have a moral objection to it for whatever silly reason to accept it. This seems like a clear separation of church and state issue to me, but unfortunately the whole debate has been framed in a way to sell papers rather than resolve it pragmatically.

As far as this Alabama Chief Justice Moore, someone should send him back to law school so he can remind himself what the law is. Hint: it doesn't involve him doing whatever he wants in defiance of the district courts. He strikes me as an idiot blowhard.

posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 13:07

We really need a more nuanced response to the homeless here in Athens (and nationally too I guess). On the one hand, if someone is having a run of bad luck and is genuinely trying to get work (or is already working), I think we should do as much as we can to get them back on their feet. But they *have to be trying!* That's the key. Also, if they're mentally ill we should get them treatment and off the streets. On the other hand, if you've got morons like these or people who choose to be homeless we should make it as uncomfortable as possible for them to live here--no services, anti-panhandling ordinances so they can't leech off of the rest of us, etc. etc. What people don't realize is that aggressive panhandlers can pretty much kill a business district if not controlled because people will simply stop going downtown if they're constantly harassed by these lazy idiots, and that hurts the entire town.

posted @ Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 12:59

Lies, damn lies, and statistics. It's amazing how administrator-types think they can create reality with pie charts.

posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 17:14

Don't think that's appropriate in this situation, do you?

posted @ Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 17:13

@TeeWee: Although I don't agree with some of what you wrote (the idea we can never raise taxes, particularly on the wealthiest 1% and inheritance babies), I do agree with your ideas on reducing waste. We can start by asking every government employee what, specificially their job is and then firing anyone that can't prove they're actually earning their paycheck.

posted @ Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 14:59

At this rate there won't be a country in the world that these morons haven't managed to [filtered word] off.

posted @ Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 14:55

Wait...there are monsters in the Hobbit?! Spoiler alert people...

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 19:59

This is a great idea--thanks!

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 19:54

Half, maybe more? The fact that OC has to station deputies there might reduce protection in other parts of the county, leaving open space for meth labs and other nefariousness. Or raise taxes to get more deputies I guess. Either way, this is the cost of getting the sales tax from businesses moving there.

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 14:04

@GaltMeister: There isn't a 'left' or 'right' in this issue--just us working folks against the government bureaucracy and the rich oligarchs they work for.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 11:45

Get the administrators and parents out of the classroom, get rid of the NCLB testing nonsense, and pay them what they deserve. Problem solved.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 11:42

@TeeWee: Most of it goes to the military--if you don't want to raise taxes we'd have to reduce our armed forces. Not saying that's a bad idea (or a good one, given all the hot spots in the world right now), just a simple statement of fact. I agree we also need to make our tax dollars more efficient and minimize the idiocy that only a government bureaucrat can manage.

posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 18:50

@TeeWee: Which is why most people advocating for sustainable energy talk about wind AND solar or whatever rather than simply relying on one power source. There are breakthroughs in both as far as power generating efficiency which means (if we fund the research) they could be viable alternatives to coal/oil. Battery efficiency is another area of research which we need to pursue, and several scientists are. These will yield results much sooner than fusion or anti-matter research.

We simply cannot keep sending our hard-earned dollars to the Middle East--it's not in our national best interest.

posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 10:27

I'm all for letting people keep the money they've earned, so I have mixed feelings on raising the capital gains tax but on the other hand we need a strong, economically viable middle class so if we have to pay for tax cuts for them by raising the taxes on the wealthiest 1% I guess I can see that. I'm 100% for eliminating the estate loophole though--if you didn't earn that money, I have no problem at all with the government taking a big cut. Of course getting the government to spend that money efficiently is another problem entirely.

posted @ Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 10:21

@TeeWee: You know, I'm not even going to argue with you about this. Instead, please consider this: wouldn't the US be better off if we weren't paying the Saudi's all that money for their oil? They seem to spend most of it either being lazy or supporting ISIS or whatnot. And wouldn't we be more secure if our economy didn't rely on a finite resource like oil to power it? If we have a sustainable power source that we don't need to trade with other countries for we're more secure and we can use our oil resources for more high value things like powering our armed forces. You can believe whatever you want about global warming, but at least consider what the Saudis and the other Wahhabi's are doing with all the money we send them. That in and of itself is a great reason to go solar.

posted @ Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 11:11

@Oistrakh: That sounds about right (unfortunately).

posted @ Friday, January 16, 2015 - 23:47

And now they're armed. That ain't good.

posted @ Friday, January 16, 2015 - 15:31

@JackP32: Unfortunately you are incorrect--this sort of thing happens throughout the judicial system regardless of area (apparently asking DA's to actually work is crazy talk). And, as I've noted before, Oconee County is part of the same judicial circuit as ACC so this isn't a problem localized here. Blame the system (and Mauldin), not Athens.

posted @ Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:45

If making an image of Muhammad is against your religion, then don't do it. The problem here is that not everyone is a Muslim, so it's not against *our* religious beliefs to do it. The reason most people aren't mature enough for religion is that they try to force others to follow their creed (not convince--force), which leads to all sorts of atrocities. And that goes for Christians, Jews, Hindus, militant atheists, etc. etc. as well as Muslims. Tolerance is a two-way street.

posted @ Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 14:13

Courage and decency aren't the sole characteristics of any demographic group. It's good to be reminded of that on occasion.

posted @ Monday, January 12, 2015 - 00:18

@OCCountry: Either that or some drunk got the munchies.

posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 14:16

Three less morons on the planet. Unfortunately they took 20 regular people with them. Sad

We really need to get the damn Saudis to stop funding those Wahabi madrassas--they're the primary means of disseminating this nonsense.

posted @ Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 11:12

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