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Watkinsville moviegoer splashed with soft drink; suspect remains unidentified

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

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 18:59

Athens police offer precinct lobbies for completing online transactions

This is a great idea--thanks!

posted @ Friday, January 30, 2015 - 18:54

Oconee County police blotter

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 - 13:04

Obama seeking tax increases on wealthy to help middle class

@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 - 10:45

Students turning away from teaching profession, enrollment figures show

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 - 10:42

Obama seeking tax increases on wealthy to help middle class

@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 - 17:50

The heat is on; NOAA, NASA say 2014 warmest year on record

@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 - 09:27

Obama seeking tax increases on wealthy to help middle class

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 - 09:21

The heat is on; NOAA, NASA say 2014 warmest year on record

@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 - 10:11

Two Athens men charged with murder of UGA student

@Oistrakh: That sounds about right (unfortunately).

posted @ Friday, January 16, 2015 - 22:47

Authorities searching for 2 teens, 18 and 13, suspected in crime spree

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

posted @ Friday, January 16, 2015 - 14:31

Two Athens men charged with murder of UGA student

@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 - 11:45

New Charlie Hebdo reaches global audience, dismays Muslims

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 - 13:13

Muslim man hailed for life-saving courage during Paris siege

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

posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 23:18

Burglars loot apartment clubhouse

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

posted @ Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 13:16

French security forces kill gunmen, end terror rampage

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 - 10:12

Events in Paris shouldn't be indictment of Islam, local Muslims say

@snarkydude: Well said. It's not the religion itself that's the problem (religion just provides the excuse for doing what they wanted to anyway), but the radicalism that these idiot fanatics embrace that causes the issue. Fanatics of any stripe, be they Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu--whatever are all similar in that they're morons who think killing innocent people will somehow solve whatever problems they perceive themselves as having. Only the rhetoric changes between fanatics--otherwise they're all the same.

posted @ Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:07

Downtown ruckus results in one arrest

As long as he wasn't drinking, I agree. Anyway, no harm no foul in this case thank goodness.

posted @ Monday, December 29, 2014 - 18:42

Downtown ruckus results in one arrest

Don't pull or show a gun unless there is reason to use it. It escalates the situation, often needlessly. We're lucky no one got shot here.

posted @ Monday, December 29, 2014 - 11:24

Thief of Rudolph statue caught red-handed

Why would anyone steal Christmas decorations? It's dumb enough robbing people to pay for a drug habit or whatever, but what sort of idiot steals a wooden reindeer just so they can mount it on top of their trailer?!

posted @ Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 12:19

VIDEO: Officer in Missouri shot, killed man who pulled gun

If they're *peaceful, law abiding* protestors, I don't have a problem with them (being able to *peacefully* protest without being shot is part of what makes this country great). Thugs looking for excuses to tangle with the police (or kill them) deserve what they get.

posted @ Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 09:40

Israel strikes Gaza after Palestinian sniper fire

Dealing with a terrorist isn't really that hard--you kill them like we did to Osama bin Laden. It's dealing with their networks that's tricky, because not only do you have to take out the hardliners but you also have to ensure the 'field' where they're getting recruited dries up. The only way to get rid of Islamic extremism is to make sure their economies can support jobs for their young men, give them enough political power in their own countries that they don't feel like their voice isn't being heard, and get rid of the damn madrassa system which is great at producing young men who have memorized the Koran but not much else. And since most of the political entities in the Middle East don't want to do that, I don't think we'll be seeing the end of Islamic extremism any time soon. And that includes in Israel.

posted @ Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 09:36

Defense: Ex-gov should volunteer, not go to prison

Plenty of volunteering opportunities in prison. I don't see any reason why he should get a reduced sentence when the rest of us, if we were corrupt enough to do something like this, would end up in the Big House.

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 21:41

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

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