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Organized shoplifting is a problem during holidays, authorities say

Clarke Country and Oconee County are in the same judicial circuit, are they not? Both are the Western Circuit of the 10th Judicial District? Seems to me anyone upset about jail time (or the lack thereof--which is a real problem I agree) should include Oconee in these complaints. Just sayin...

posted @ Monday, December 22, 2014 - 16:41

Protesters: 'It's not the time' for more Cuba ties

Sort of strange we've let a small group of wealthy exiles living in Florida run our foreign policy on Cuba for the last half century. Actually, now that I think about it that seems to be the way American politics works these days.

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 15:25

2 New York City cops ambushed, fatally shot in car; gunman kills himself

What people don't realize is that every time you escalate the rhetoric, you increase the chances of some idiot doing something like this. 'Leadership' isn't screaming about whatever it is you're feeling strongly about, but quietly and pragmatically solving the problem. Every protestor who dehumanized the police played a part in this tragedy. Feel horrible for the officers' families--this close to Christmas too. Sad

posted @ Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 15:20

VIDEO: Sony defends shelving 'Interview' after Obama criticism

@snarkydude: He certainly has flaws, no doubt about that, but I think Osama Bin Laden would disagree with you about his 'wishy-washiness'. Also, I'll bet the North Koreans love American citizens like you, who put your political party above national security.

posted @ Friday, December 19, 2014 - 18:35

Homeless sex offender turned away from shelters, helped by Athens police

Always nice when the surrounding counties dump their problem children on us.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 16:11

Doctor who died of Ebola hailed as hero

I've always been bemused that we shower attention and glory on useless people like athletes, actors, and musicians and don't on real heroes like this. Rest in peace Dr. Salia--you were truly a credit to humanity.

posted @ Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 13:01

Official: Gunmen kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan

Maybe we should infect these militants with polio--see how they like it.

posted @ Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 11:44

UGA geography prof John Knox named state's top professor

Great news--I've attended a few seminars Dr. Knox has given around campus and he's a great, engaged speaker and researcher. Definitely not someone that's resting on their laurels after getting tenure!

posted @ Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 18:24

The South: Solid once again -- for Republicans

Nothing changes in these elections save the rhetoric--neither party is worth a pile of cold moose manure. Is anyone charging those shysters that caused the last recession? Nope--neither the Dem's nor the Repub's have done that, because they know where their true interests lie and it's not with the citizenry. Never fails to amuse when people start throwing these party labels around as if anything is going to change from election to election. Don't you realize that the oligarchs who run this country want you to do that? Their biggest nightmare is if the citizenry stops fighting each other over party affiliation, or race, or gender, or whatever and starts paying attention to who is running the country! We need a viable third party to sort this out--one that comes from us, not Washington or some corporate headquarters in freakin China or Paris.

posted @ Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 18:27

Obama vows to 'get the job done' with Republicans

I'm always amused when people think just because the Republicans or Democrats are now in charge that things are going to change. They're both part of the same corrupt, ineffective system so all that changes from election to election is the rhetoric. And this will continue to happen until we get a viable third party in the mix, which neither of the current parties will allow. I'd think after the past couple decades you folks would realize this.

posted @ Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 13:34

GOP surge: Republicans seize control of Senate

I don't care for either party at this point. Democrats and Republicans--the only thing different about them is what they scream about and neither one of them does a damn thing. Seems pointless to cheer either one, really.

posted @ Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 22:28

GOP surge: Republicans seize control of Senate

Do any of you really think this Congress is somehow different from the last one? You might want to hold off gloating until you see what they actually accomplish.

posted @ Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 09:39

UGA will soon name new VP, two new deans as administrative faces change under Morehead

@random_name: As a UGA employee, I'm going to give you a hell yea! All you need to do is sit everyone down for 10 minutes and have them explain what their job is. If you hear anything about 'paradigm shifting' or 'synergizing with stakeholders' or any other Adminispherian crap, give them the boot. Probably save millions just by doing that.

posted @ Monday, October 27, 2014 - 21:28

Man who phoned in Walmart bomb threat wanted $2,500

Not the sharpest knife in the drawer by a long shot methinks.

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:47

Dallas nurse receives thanks, hug from Obama

Holy crap man, give it a rest. Not everything is about your hatred of Obama. Be happy this heroic nurse is better--it's a freaking piece of good news for a change. Sheesh.

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:44

Cruise ship with monitored health worker returns

Closing borders actually doesn't work, but neither does 'self monitoring' or the other crap we're doing now. I don't understand why we can't have 21 day quarantines before people can enter the US from the hot zones (there's really nothing so urgent that you can't wait a few weeks, right?). I also don't understand why someone thinks it's a good idea to go on a cruise or any other trip after you've potentially been exposed to this virus. Wait 3 weeks! Sheesh folks, it's not complicated...

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 14:32

Food deliveries in Sierra Leone to fight Ebola

Always heartening to see at least some people are effectively combating this disease with commonsensical programs. Unlike the folks injecting politics or religion into it.

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:00

Obama weighs Ebola czar; Texas toughens monitoring

Again, EBOLA DOESN'T VOTE! Infusing our response to it with politics is counterproductive. Look at the virus and how it spreads rationally and scientifically, and create policies to counter it based on that information not political affiliation, or who is feeling victimized today, or whatever. Crap like this is why we haven't gotten a handle on this outbreak yet.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 08:50

Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

Viruses don't vote and the only 'morality' they recognize is the need to reproduce so injecting politics or ethics into a our attempts to control an outbreak is counterproductive to say the least. The sooner we humans realize this the better. History seems to show that we *never* realize this, however. There are days when I think we're the stupidest species on the planet...

posted @ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 09:37

Second person tied to Gurley investigation lawyers up

Having a hard time caring about this. Start paying the players (it's a free market, right?) and move on.

posted @ Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 21:38

1st Ebola patient diagnosed in US dead

@OCCountry: I largely agree with you, but would like to point out that he was actually from Liberia and came here to (allegedly--it's also possible he came here to get access to better medical care in case he got sick) visit his girlfriend. Also, he apparently got infected when he rushed to help a pregnant woman who collapsed--she turned out to have Ebola, unfortunately. He definitely shouldn't have travelled though, and we should have caught this much earlier than we did.

Anyway, the fact that this case got mishandled so badly doesn't help me rest easy on this, I can tell you that!

posted @ Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 16:22

Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

@butterflyink21: Soldiers are trained to do a wide variety of things--I know because I was one (11B, 11M). The ones being sent over will, by and large, be building field hospitals and such so the locals have the tools they need to combat the disease themselves (you're right on that--the ultimate defense here is education but that only goes so far when the only place a sick person can go for treatment is back home, where they have a high chance of infecting the rest of their family). This is very much our problem--as I said, Ebola doesn't respect borders or politics so the best approach to combating it is one that ignores them too.

posted @ Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 16:14

Athens health officials say EHR 'flaw' in Texas Ebola case more human error than tech

@BHbanter: totally unexpected?! You realize several thousand people have died (and are dying) of this disease, which has a fatality rate of 50% or thereabouts, right? You also realize there's no cure (although there are a few possibilities)? This is *exactly* the thing medical professionals should be looking for, especially if the patient is coming from one of the Ebola hotspots! If they missed it, they either weren't doing their jobs or are incompetent. Neither one bodes well for us.

posted @ Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 12:40

Seriously, what can't Todd Gurley do for the Bulldogs?

Doesn't it bug anyone that he doesn't get paid for his hard work? People are making millions off of him and his teammates, and he's getting pennies on the dollar. Seems anti-capitalistic.

posted @ Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 12:37

Dallas hospital confirms first Ebola case in US

@butterflyink21: Going over there to stop this disease at it's source is the smart thing to do, mainly because Ebola is an RNA virus. That means it mutates very easily, and every time it infects a new host there's a possibility that it could become even more lethal (do we really want it to become an airborne disease?). It's a small possibility, granted, but the more people that contract the disease the greater the likelihood that this outbreak will become even more catastrophic. Are you willing to take that chance? Viruses don't care about political affiliation, so I'd suggest you do the same in this case--plenty of other things to yell at Obama about but this isn't one of them.

posted @ Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 08:22

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