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S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

[quote][b]Ben Had[/b] - Betcha she took advantage of the child care tax credits.[/quote]

EITC is relatively new to the tax/welfare model. It didn't take much to disqualify one self from EITC. Still doesn't.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:33

S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

[quote][b]Ben Had[/b] - Because the threat of the gov't setting price limits terrifies those that [/quote]

Artificial price setting leads to some not so funny outcomes. What happens is that everyone sets that price and quality and innovation declines.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:27

S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - It's not an AP report...it's a Standards and Poor report.[/quote]

It's an AP report, slanted as it may be, on a S&P report, slanted as it may be.

Two slants don't make it straight.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:23

Comments turned off on story about unfounded rape allegation against "Down South" crew member?

@yeti: Picking up the torch I see. Whose job is it to monitor the 5 of us? Whose job is it, if anyone's, to try to grow this little corner of the site? If not Chris, then who? If not anyone, then that explains a lot.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 11:24

Oconee woman's wallet stolen while shopping for school supplies

Only rich people carry $245 in cash.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 11:18

Downtown businesses flood as broken water main turns College Avenue into a river

They were working the other corner of that block just a week or so ago.

As an aside, the infrastructure, water, sewer, roads, bridges. etc systems on this country are deteriorating. Many haven't been replaced over the years. See the story about the water main break in the ATL last month. We're due for an expensive repair bill on all this.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 09:08

Comments turned off on story about unfounded rape allegation against "Down South" crew member?

I thought the yawn was because it took Chris 4 days to respond. Glad nothing evil happened in the interim.

Catch y'all later. That's if this site is still here later.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:22

Athens girl, 9, reports attack by 10-year-old

Thug in training. He'll be in more than out of juvie the rest of his youthful indiscretionate years, and then we'll all be shocked - shocked I say - when he kills someone as an "adult".

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 16:12

Exposed woman arrested in Athens park

The "spotted" guy wasn't on site, otherwise, yeah, he'd take pictures and post them.

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 16:06

Comments turned off on story about unfounded rape allegation against "Down South" crew member?

It's up to you. I'll be in and out as, as long as, as they like to say over at Motel 6, as long as they leave the lights on.

Unless they need the AT platform to run comments on the ABH site, it's a waste of money. Of course, they'll tell advertisers how their impressions are reaching "billions and billions" of people, but not here they ain't.

Days between comments, a year between blog posts. It's not like anyone maintains this joint. Joel is gone. No one else gives a damn. The fab five of us are asea.

80 new comments today, most on the ABH site I'm sure. 5 an hour. Sad, really. There are some high school kids that, if all they got were 5 texts, tweets or phone calls per hour, they'd kill themselves from the embarrassment.

Write it up. Catch you in the after life.

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 16:00

Comments turned off on story about unfounded rape allegation against "Down South" crew member?

Oh, and a big shout out to Andrew Shearer for posting a brand spanking new blog. I guess that means he's still employed by the ABH?

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 15:21

Comments turned off on story about unfounded rape allegation against "Down South" crew member?

But I did see some "S'Mores" in the store. Can you imagine the horrors of store bought "made in New York City" S'Mores? That's blasphemy to camp fire cooks everywhere.

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 15:19

Comments turned off on story about unfounded rape allegation against "Down South" crew member?

How about "Chase M Away".

"If you chase them away, they will leave." - Someone Important

I dunno. Maybe less is more, and we're just not seeing the "more".

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 14:51

The Editor's Desk: Some thoughts on alternative transportation

communities get precisely the things for which they plan

Well said. Now for the hard part. Quit planning for the things you don't want.

Now for the bike part. I'm not going to load my bike onto my car and drive to the park -n- bike ride lot. It's just not going to happen, not for me, not for lots of people (that's why it's empty). How many families have to take the kids to school or day care? Can't do that easily on a 12 speed Schwinn. Haven't shopped for them, but haven't seen a handicapped accessible bicycle (tricycle?) suitable for gramps and his Jazzy scooter in tow. Taking my baby out on a date, and I won't be late, unless the chain derails.

So, plan for old folks means planning for lots more handicapped spots everywhere. Planning for families means planning for parking spaces for minivans. The planning that's taken place has already brought changes, so plan for more parking spaces for the commuters that won't be riding bikes to work from the surrounding counties. And every single college kid - will - have a car, so plan accordingly. Rack them or stack them. They'll have bikes too, maybe. They look cool in the corner of their apartment.

You also have to know that planning for more bike riders means less tolls - er, fines for parking on the street (meters) or in the decks. yes, you get what you plan for. And some times you get things you didn't plan for.

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:58

2nd American aid worker with Ebola arrives in US

We have to have a "crisis" to fix, even if we have to make one first.

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:39

Comments turned off on story about unfounded rape allegation against "Down South" crew member?

The five of us don't know who any of them are.

I hear ya @nowheregirl: boring.

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 12:35

Comments turned off on story about unfounded rape allegation against "Down South" crew member?

Who you calling "Those of us"? Huh? You talking to me? Big smile And I'm not mature by any means, nor do I have culture, although there is this growth ..... Sick

Since there's no one left to chatter with, why bother commenting at all. It's much more rewarding to go out and comment to a tree or a wall...... a pay wall.

Even ChuckB has bailed.

Till next time.

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 08:26

The Editor's Desk: Accommodating cyclists might be good economic development move

Well, like any other "economic" development" initiative, there needs to be a balance between the money spent on accommodating bicycles (and to not discriminate, uni-cycles and tri-cycles, for those who ride that way), anyway, a balance between the money spent and the money received. In other words, what is the return on the investment of taxpayer funds? And please, be realistic with the expectations, no flights of fancy, pie-in-the-sky talk. Real numbers that should result in real dollars to the economy. And then, is it worth that expenditure, or should it go to education, health services, or to fill other needs in the existing set of community services.

posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 14:55

Blackmon: Charter system option will foster sense of community

Like a lot of things "government run" the school "system" is too top heavy. Buy that I mean there are too many federal and state folks deciding how, what, when and where your kids learn, if they learn at all complying with the directives from above. What schools need to be is bottom heavy, with lots and lots of parents, teachers and the local school admin making the decisions on educating your own child. How can anyone in DC or Atlanta know what the children need in Clarke, Madison or Oconee? They don't. They build a generic box and cram all the kids into it. Period. Get rid of the top level for starters. I doubt anyone can come up with one good thing the federal school dictators have thunk up in recent years.

posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:16

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

There goes the dollar menu. Expect $3 (or higher) menu.

Econ 101. I know you didn't listen in that class, but you'll learn the basics soon enough. Someone will always try to beat you. Someone will fill the demand for a good meal at a reasonable price. Same for the worker. Someone will always be there to take your $15 an hour job away from you for $14. And someone willing to take away their $14 an hour job for $13, and so on and so forth till we're down to the current minimum wage which is artificially higher than what the market for wages accepted will go to without regulation.

Now, you can't help the product, that's on your employer. But you can improve the level of service. And as has been mentioned, improve your level of service, and you'll have people begging you to come work for them, and it might even be your current employer.

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 22:53

Worst of recession over, outlook bright, Morris CEO says

"Things are looking up" ..... except for the people and businesses you reneged on when you filed bankruptcy. Do the right thing and go back and repay every one of them for the goods and services you used and agreed to pay for. No, you don't have to, but it IS the right thing to do ..... since you know, things aare looking up and all.

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 21:31

Varying health premium subsidies worry consumers

And so it goes.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 14:59

11-year-old tries to fight Athens officers

This is a oft too frequent view of "the system" at work, creating future hoodlums, criminals, murderers and the like. The system won't allow the type of remedy that most of us have endured as children, the very same types of remedies that we levied against our children, and they against our grandchildren. The system doesn't care, maybe even revels in the thought of future troublemakers that keep the system necessary, or so we're told. The parent, far too often just the one, doesn't care and most likely doesn't know how to implement the levels of correction necessary to allow a child to "see the light", to amend their ways, to know what's wrong and what's right. Nope. We'll read about this kid off and on for a decade or more, then wonder how the system went so wrong when the story turns violent, felonious, or fatal. GASP!!!! Someone should have done something. Well, we're not allowed to spank someone elses unruly child, even if they so desperately need it.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:45

Athens teen arrested for robbery 2 months after release from prison

Naaaa. It'll cost us a police officer's life before they get serious with this guy, and that'll be several years from now, tens of thousands of dollars in theft losses and property damages later, more on medical care to mend up his victims.

Nope, he's a HOOD in the making.

But hey! Can't discriminate or violate this hoodlum's rights, even as he violates the rights of everyone in society.

I suspect he'll get a double dose of probation. That'll learn him.

The system breeds these types. All hail to the system.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:32

Athens cops filmed for CMT reality show responding to report of dancing naked man

This is reality TV where the biggest a-hole gets to be famous, if only for a second. They don't need no stink'n permit to be a-holes.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 14:06

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