He was here illegally, killed a police officer and somehow we violated his counselor rights? He had even served time in a California prison.
Just unbelievably stupid, stupid, stupid. Justice was served.
This decision is long overdue. The government has no business collecting the metadata from ordinary US citizens. I can understand foreign calls and non-citizens, but not the average citizen. There is also no reason for the secrecy surrounding the reasons for collecting supported by law. Secrecy suggests something illegal.posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 16:25
@dzogchen: Unfortunately the computer models used to "predict" the outcomes of global warming have been loaded with false information and have not been reliable in making any kind of projections other than dire. Reality hasn't produced the projections. Just like the recent trip to Antarctica by the global warming scientists.. They were going to show the loss of shelf ice that had occurred since the expedition that was made in the first decades of the 20th century. Low and behold, they got stuck in more ice miles out from their desitination and were not even able to replicate the journey that occurred nearly 100 years earlier.posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 12:29
@cornish531: A little friendly admonition...you really should not make any further comments on this subject. Not only do your rants lack relevance and connectivity, they glare with an immense degree of shallowness
I'm sorry that the truth about your fearless leader hurts but his signature legislation is part of the problem. Before ACA, group policies did not have to cover everything and premiums could be negotiated more easily. Now all policies have to look alike as far as what they cover. I have my health care supplemental coverage through SHBP. Before my wife was covered by Medicare, I had my Medicare coverage and spousal coverage and supplemental coverage with United Health Care. Once my wife became eligible for Medicare, our insurance premiums went up nearly $100 per month. Two Medicare premiums at $104.90 and one United Healthcare policy for $178.00. When the SHBP switched to only a single provider I became concerned because BCBS has a reputation of paying less for doctor's visits and so on. Now Clarke county is not one of the in-network counties for retirees. I had to call each of my doctors individually to see if they accepted BCBS--some didn't previously accept United Healthcare--or if they served Medicare patients so out-of-network services could be provided. Fortunately, all of our doctors except one accepts BCBS. Athens Regional and St. Mary's are also out-of-network and similar calls will have to be made before we use their services..
As far as rates going up, if you had been paying attention, you could have seen the increases teachers are going to have to pay for their insurance coverage coming. School districts in Illinois were dropping coverage for paraprofessionals and bus drivers and cutting their hours because of ACA. It isn't an unfair request for employers to ask more contributions from their employees. Single employees didn't have to pay anything for coverage and married employees were charged for family coverage even if they had no children. The State and Federal governments do not have an endless well of money to pay for healthcare. If they are going to be in the healthcare business, they should treat everyone the same. Obama and the ACA does not do that. He has made over a dozen exemptions or exceptions to the plan by presidential fiat, something he has no power to do, and has a provision in the law to pick up the insurance company losses from $45,000 to $250,000 on individual plans in return for their cooperation in getting his legislation passed on a strictly partisan vote.. One of the consequences you get when you don't read something or investigate something is Obamacare. Therefore, my comments are relevant and connected to the topic of discussion. Read them again.
@Gavalues: It is hard to understand how Deal went from bankrupt to a multimillionaire in just 3 short years as Governor but can't manage the state's insurance problems.
That shouldn't be so tough. After all, Obama came from being a community organizer to President in about the same amount of time. He doesn't have a clue about what to do as leader of the greatest country on Earth. His policies are retarding our influence as the political leader of the free world.posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 13:25
@hardrocker: The real problem we are dealing with now is the total lack of creditable information, especially on the internet and fox news... Over all though the widening gap between the haves and the have nots is going to cause us the most problems.
You also neglected to mention the White House and Obama when you talk of the lack of credible information. Obama is doing his best to fan the fires on the widening gap between the haves and the have nots.posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 13:11
@mpd0.59: Publix is open everyday, Mon-Fri from 9 AM-9 PM, Sat. 9 AM-7 PM, and Sun. 12:00 PM-6:00 PM. They do close most National Holidays like Christmas, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day , July 4th, and Labor Day. Otherwise there is someone there to fill your order. I use them all the time and have never seen them close for lunch.posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 17:20
@mpd0.59: Then I would go to Publix or Kroger or Rite Aide or CVS where they are open all the time.posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:15
@dahreese: Then let's get the government out of the subsidy business. It seems like that won't happen, however, as the ACA offers one of the biggest government subsidies about to happen. I'd be in favor of a free market. After all, economic freedom in the US economy has gone from 6th to 12th in the world under Obama.posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:13
@bubster: You know the answer to that one, the taxpayer. Government employees do not need unions. Benefits from government agencies tend to be more generous and costly because elected officials who have nothing invested in the operation make the decisions. They happily go along with increases so they can get re-elected.posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:09
@dahreese: I always go out to Winterville for my postal service needs. The people there are friendly and willing to help. I grew up in a small Iowa town and my dad was a rural letter carrier. I used to ride with him some days on his route. He delivered mail to every stop on his route even when the weather(snow) was so deep that not all of the roads were open. We had a jeep and some shovels so my dad ran his route sometimes just to check on people living out in the sticks. He carried mail for forty years and enjoyed his job more than anything. It was relaxing for him and gave him a break from his grocery store, Ford dealership, and family farms. He and my mom raised six of us and had as many as three in college at one time. He wasn't a union man, he didn't come from money (his dad died when he was four), and he managed to succeed without any assistance. He would put many of today's postal "workers" to shame.posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 12:04
@mpd0.59: Who's libel if the Staples employee steals my high value package?
I assume that if it is high value, you will insure it just like you would if you sent it from the post office. The UPS stores which do some postal services as well, staff their stores with their employees, not postal service employees. Increasing the number of drop off points will only be more convenient for the postal patron. How many times have you had to wait in long lines at the post office here in Athens and there is only one or two people working the windows? If it's 11:00 AM and the employee is scheduled for a break, they go. Hang the number of people who have been waiting in line.posted @ Monday, January 20, 2014 - 09:27
@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: However, I've witnessed first hand the failure of SSI, and I despair that there is the political will to impose such a requirement
I had several students completing their high school diploma in evening school who would not take a fulltime job because they would make too much money and lose their SSI checks. They were so afraid of the uncertainty of having to rely upon themselves for income that they wouldn't take a chance. A government check makes you dependent upon the government and takes away your self confidence. It's the old "bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 18:25
@dahreese: So does nearly half of every dollar an employed person makes. The difference is one person is creating the dollar (or half dollar for himself) for the one getting the whole dollar free from the government.posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 18:17
@cyou299: The argument that follows is rather ludicrous, once again suggesting that companies hire based upon their profits rather than demand for their products. He only hopes that the reader is too intellectually lazy to think about that too hard.
Your argument that increased demand creates jobs isn't exactly true. Increased demands don't always equate to increased profits. For example, a company that relies on a BOGO coupon for increased sales, may have more products move out the door but have them doing so at half price. That increased volume will place demands on service that may or may not be satisfactory. Those in for the bargain only aren't worth keeping as customers because they will only come in when there is a coupon. Customers who are drawn into a business for the first time with a coupon, are most likely to not return if they receive poor service. It's the repeat customer that builds a business and creates profits that the businesses can use to hire more people.
By placing a time limit on unemployment insurance, there is a sense of urgency on the part of the recipient to seek a job and not just rely on the government. Even if the job is not a career step, it is still a job and give the individual a better sense of worth. Years ago when unemployment insurance was started, many individuals who held management positions were reluctant to apply for the insurance. It was somehow degrading to accept it because it was an admittance of personal failure. Now, there are people out there who take a job, work for a few weeks, get fired or quit and file for unemployment because the benefits are better. A twenty-six week limit is long enough for an active job seeker to find a job.posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 18:10
Bottom line on Obama's big speech, we spy, get used to it.posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 17:38
Scare 'em with bankruptcy. Most of those who can't afford ACA are probably near bankruptcy anyway. Remember, it's the people who get free stuff (Medicaid) who frequent the emergency room to the tune of roughly 40% of all visits instead of going to the doctor's office. They are the ones who are really driving up hospital emergency room rates.posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 17:36
Credit the ACA and Obama's economic policies for the creation of all the part time jobs in our economy.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 19:34
@Pfunk: One of the things that the agencies need to do is share information that they have with each other. It's this turf protection mentality and a prior executive order from Bill Clinton that has kept he departments from sharing. Look at the Benghazi report. The Army was unaware that the CIA had operatives in the area and the State Department didn't bother to send the proper security agents to the post. Why would they allow the
ambassador to decide he didn't need coverage? We are in the Middle
East for heaven's sake. An area that is totally unstable politically.
Why didn't Hillary demand that security forces be stationed there in the first place? It seems that would have been the prudent thing to do.
@TeeWee: I just talked to a friend of mine in Canada today. He said the pipeline is a big topic of discussion there. They want the US to act on it so they don't have to sell it to China and India and other Southeast Asian nations. In light of the recent train derailments, the pipeline is a far safer way to transport crude oil. I don't see what Obama's holdup on approval is other than a desire to curtail jobs in the oil industry.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 18:56
Contrary to your misinformation, late last year Rush and his EIB network signed a new five year deal that includes more stations, not fewer. The so-called boycott by the "offended" feminists didn't amount to squat. His Middle School aged book has been on the New York times best selling list since it came out, and number one for 11 consecutive weeks. Also contrary to your misinformation, right wing groups do not follow the lead of L. Ron Hubbard and the Scientology crowd of buying books to support sales. Rush and Hannity and Beck and Krauthammer and Palin have all topped the best seller list in the top ten consistently much to the dismay of liberal authors who hardly make a dent. In fact, Glen Beck was there so often that the New York Times reclassified his books as How -to. I am also certain that another conservative author, Michael Savage, has been there as well. I am pretty certain that these half dozen conservative and libertarian authors have sold more books than all the current liberal authors combined.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 18:41
@rzimdars: You imply such in your final line of your letter.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 18:29
By the way, "Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims" by Rush Limbaugh was number one on the New York Times best seller list at the same time. So I guess 62nd isn't so bad.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:45
@avenger: Why is that? Bach was a musician and the other two political commentators. How is there a legitimate comparison? That's sort of like saying that beef is a more popular food than train travel is a mode of transportation. Just another case of a liberal pundit changing topics, ignoring the facts, and name calling.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:31
It's nice to know that even country hicks don't believe in global warming. Thanks for your support. The UN should just pack up and go home. If they want to live in third world environments, they can go ahead. I would prefer to live in the 21st century and not have to resort to composting toilets, foot transportation or cave dwelling to maintain a constant temperature. Let's move forward with oil exploration, the oil pipeline from Canada, and less government spending. More jobs will produce more wealth and in turn more technological advances in alternative energy.posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:22
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peacef