I am still trying to find in the US Constitution where is states that you have to speak English in order to vote. The rules on voting all states is that if you are a legal US citizen, have reached the legal age requirement and are not a convicted felon, then you have a right to vote. I am still looking for the part where it says that you need an ID to vote. It must be in very small print. I guess the Founding Fathers all had to have their picture ID's each time they went to the polls.
It's funny to me how conservatives become upset when large numbers register to vote. Who's to say that they may vote for a GOP candidate. I always thought people had the right to participate in the election process. It seems that some think that only a certain group should be the only ones who can be allowed to vote.posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 15:08
I do not believe Nunn has avoided any issues as Perdue and some of you are stating. The only thing Perdue continues to bring up about Nunn is that she would be linked to Obama. Where does he or anyone else get that from.
snarkydude you need to get all your facts together first before you post. Our economy crashed under a republican president. This happen because when George W took over in his first term, he had a majority in the House/Senate. Those subjects passed bills that caused the free fall that everyone is currently experiencing.
As far as the less feeling safe part. That's fear that you have, but lets see how that has all come around.
Was it not Reagan who supplied arms to the so called Tailban in the Afghan region to fight the Russians and to the Iraqis to fight Iran? Or have you forgotten the Iran-Contra scandal.
Did not George senior order the Gulf War due to the fact that the Iraqi leaders were killing children?
And of course George W and his two wars. How well did that go?
You now make the statement that there are not enough liberals in Georgia to change anything. Are you not the same one that stated that in the 2012 elections republicans would secure the White House as well as majorities in both Houses. How did that prediction turn out.posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 14:56
The only group that seems to have a problem with the president has only been a handful of conservatives. The same ones keep repeating the same thing over and over again in the hopes that somebody would believe it to be true. Nothing is ever base upon facts, just repeated lies.
They said Obama would be a one-term president. Not true
They stated that the economy would never improve under Obama. Not true
They stated that Obama was not a US citizen. Not true
They stated that Obama lied about his college education. Not true
They stated that Obama lied about Benghazi. Not true
Conservatives have repeated one lie after another hoping something would stick, or hope that the people would revolt against the president.
The only thing that these certain groups have done is drive more people away from their core base.
The citizens of this country may not totally agree with everything Obama does or says, but they can not side with a group who's only mission is to erase the complete memory of the president.
teewee, there is a big difference in what Obama is doing now and what George W had done. Obama is responding to actions that certain groups had already done and what they are plannng. George W use made up assumptions that Iraq had WMD's and that terrorist were using the region as a safe haven. None of that which has been proven to this day. And you know as well as anyone else, the republicans would rather sit on their hands then approve anything Obama needs. So the president is taking charge like he should.posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:02
snarkydude why don't you just let it go. You are just upset right now because Obama is able to get assistance from other countries, even those from Arab nations. Obama even has France assisting in this mission, something George W could not accomplish. No body wishes to see another long dragged out military conflict again. The only way this issue can be contain is by having other countries involved. At least the other countries put their faith in Obama as a person who can get something done, they did not believe so much in George W.posted @ Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:05
tee wee you have eyewitness testimony in the Brown case that differs from what the officer and his department states. Since neither of us were there, I find it amazing on how you can say that one incident is the truth in reference to the incident in Ferguson and the one in Salt Lake City has a number of issues.
On you knowing Reagan, what does that have to do with him being a bad president. Since you are saying Reagan was a friend of yours, its a sure bet that in your eyes he could never do wrong. So are you saying that since the ATC's were government employees, then they should have been fired? A true union person would have never done that, they would have found a way to work to a solution, not being the problem themselves.posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 15:45
tee wee at least post all the facts about the incident and not just partial facts. As stated the police were responding to the area of a report of a person waving a gun. A description was given to the officers of a possible suspect before they arrived on the scene. The officers encounter three subjects, one that match the description they were given. They ordered all three on the ground. This was confirmed by eyewitnesses on the scene. Two of the subjects complied, the third did not. That subject by officer and eyewitness accounts reached in his waist band. At that point the officer or officers fired their weapons. There has never been reported at this time by authorities if a weapon was recovered or not. The decease persons family are the only ones stating that he was unarmed.
If the citizens or family members of that area decide that they do not wish to protest or make the incident a national event, then they have that right. Or are you saying that because the officer is Black and that he killed a White male, than the officer must be guilty.
And please try not to quote anything about Reagan. he was the biggest heavy hand user of government abuse than anyone. Did you forget how he fired all the traffic controllers. How he removed various restrictions in the financial market i.e. the Savings and Loans and watched it falter.posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 11:19
grove600 you seem to keep getting angry over this and now you wish to allude to race in this matter, ok.
Fact: Who commits the most school shootings in this country. There not from the inner cities
Fact: After Spring-Break events and Mardi Gra, who causes the most damage and destruction. They may not call it a riot, but ask law enforcement officials in those areas what they think it should be call.
Fact: How many college age girls report sexual assaults after a night at a frat house.
I believe you need to get your eyes check. It seems that you are blinded on some issues. There is bad on all sides. So stop picking one and ignoring the others.posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 16:20
grove600 no one is claiming to be sitting on a high horse as much as you think that they are. By all means condemn the act or acts, but never judge unless you wish to be judge by those same standards that you have set. You say that you are judging from afar, how is that. You are receiving about the same information that everyone else is receiving. Were you there when the incident happen? Did you see the faces of the people who were causing the problems? Do you know if any of the ones who did the damage and destruction even lived in the area? Did the parents of the decease individual or community leaders tell others to go out and riot? There are so many questions still left unanswered. Are you not one of the main commenters who have said that you should post facts and not speculation?
us2b, that comment of yours was pretty funny, but shouldn't you have used a happy face? Just saying.posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 13:46
theold33, there are number of meetings and concerns citizens who bring their issues to the authorities all through the country. Its just as each of you have stated, its when the media decides who or what gets coverage. To make a statement as snarkydude is making is base upon no real facts. People have voice their opinions on the violence that has occurred, but most of the time their voices are drown out.
use2b, if you need a link to help you feel good about yourself, by all means use it. If what you are saying is a fact, that conservatives are happier than liberals, then why are you so sad. Every comment that I have seen you post is always negative about someone or something. That does not sound like a happy person to me.posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:23
grove600 how can you or anyone else pass judgement over a certain situation without having all the facts.
Did it say in the media that the decease person's parents, family members or those who were having a peaceful demostration participate in any looting?
Tell me this, why after the NHL chamiponship game this year did a number of people fight with the police, turned over vehicles and set fires? That was just a hockey game. What were their reasons?
I do not know what brings out the evil side of some, but one thing I do know I do not lump everyone into one basket. Deal with those on a individual basis and not as a group. So I think that should answer your question.posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:33
It's a shame that the only comments that each of you can make on this situation are negative ones.
use2b, you need to get all your facts straight and not just post what suits you. Yes the police did make the statement that there was a scuffle involving the officer and the now decease individual and that it possible occurred over the officers gun, but at the same time, witnesses on the scene stated a different version of the events which is different from the police statement. Since none of us were present at the time of the incident how can you and others assume one version is correct and the others are false? Lets wait until the investigation is complete.
No one here is condoning the illegal activities of a few, who took advantage of this situation. Some were going through the correct methods in to which to seek answers. Not everyone of color is a criminal, or worthless as most of you have in your minds. But then again, I don't expect anyone of you to have any thing positive to say. You are the same individuals who are holding out for hope that Obama would be impeach and/or imprison. Each one of you have been miserable since 2008 and nothing has change since.posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 09:31
The most important issue that a few here seem to ignore or have miss, is the importance of education. The report states that when our education system was at its strong point, we had a better class of workers and higher wages. I do not think anyone can dispute that.
When I attended high school, a student had three career paths that they could choose: General Studies, College Studies and Vocational Studies.
General Studies were for those who may seek only a couple of years of higher learning after high school and maintain a job during this process.
College Studies were for those who wish to seek a degree.
Vocational Studies prepare those studies who were looking to enter the workforce after high school. During those times we had auto mechanic shop, wood shop, home economics and etc.
As time went on cutbacks trimmed the various programs that schools provided to their students. Not many systems still provide those same programs due to lack of funding. Now we have a system in place which is one size fits all. We just throw everyone in and see who comes out on top.
Improve education and we may see a better improvement.
used2bafreecountry, this is the exact point that I am stating. You just avoided the issue. You seem to be all involved with Obama. Race relate issues have been around long before Obama was even born.
It seems that your hate for Obama is so great, that you can not even open your mind to anything else. It seems that you only see a Black man in the White House and that bothers you more than anything.
You are so consume with Obama. Even in past comments, if the issue had to do with sports, you found a way to bring Obama in the picture.
Get over it.
You are right, race issues are always brought up, put they are never discussed. Everyone gives their take on the matter, but no one has a solution.posted @ Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 11:15
It's funny how some of you jump on one band wagon when it appeals to you, but jump off when it does not.
When the Supreme Court ruled that the ACA or what most of you like to call it, Obamacare was the law of the land, a number of you made statements that the Court was wrong.
Now that they ruled on this one case, you know say that they are right. Which one is it? Are they right, or are they wrong?
For some here to make the comments that they are making today and say that race never factors in their thought process are just lying to themselves.
We all have made comments and/or decisions base upon race, religion, gender and etc. Its just who we are as a person.
As long as these issues can be discuss in a manner where it does not turn into hate or ridicule, then maybe peacefuly solutions can evolved from the talks.
The reason race related issues remain a top topic is because no one wishes to talk about them.
Those who bring up the issue are labelled as race baiters.
Those who bring their points of view in are called racist.
As long as we fight each other over this issue, we will never see a difference.
The last I looked, the majority of Georgians have stated that they want our elective officials to concentrate on education, healthcare and jobs. They do not want them to spend time on issues about allowing people to carry guns on campus.
If that is the case, then we might as well allow a third grader to carry a .25 cal to his elementary school.
If any of you have noticed, the various school shootings that have occurred over a period of time are not commited by people who are thugs as you wish to think.
Thinking that if you have people other than train law enforcement personnel to be allowed to carry firearms on campus will make it safer miss the most important point. What if the other person decides to carry explosives on school grounds. How many guns do you think will be able stop them before that person sets off the device, especially if they do not know they have such a device.posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 11:19
farmer ga explain to us on how this is tyranny?
1. Do you have coverage without using the exchange?
2. Have you been cancelled by any healthcare provider?
3. How you been denied care by any doctor or health facility?
If you do not fit in the above three areas, then what is the problem?
If you can walk in and pay cash for your healthcare needs each time, then you should not have a problem.
I am quite sure you are one of the few who have not read through the healthcare law. I have read portions of it, but I know it would take some time to read all of it, as well as fully understand the meaning. If you have not read the law, then how can you say it would not work?
You have even stated that the people are not going to be in a state where they see how their rates are climbing and their neighboring states lowered. To me that sounds like a good plan and not a bad one.
As time goes on, we are now seeing more and more people joining the exchange now that they worked out some of the problems. If it was so bad as you say that it is, then no one would have joined. Many would have defied the federal government.
Having a free market is good thing as long as there are checks and balances. Allowing free markets to do what they want put us in the situation we are currently end.posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 17:31
farmer ga you still fail to answer the question that has been posed to you. What program would you have in place of the ACA?
Your reasoning of allowing the states to do it, just shows how you miss the big picture.
No. 1 the states don't want to address the issue.
No. 2 we have had a free market for decades and still do.
So tell us how are you going to get insurance companies to stop raising their rates and get everyone insured as well without government intervention?
Just saying that the ACA is just a bunch of crap is not a good answer. Its just your opinion.
Saying to allow the states to do their own program is not a good answer either.
If you do not have an answer, then just say that.
And where does it say that you have to be a part of the exchange?
If you already have coverage, then you are fine. No one is forcing you to do anything.
You keep harping on this thing about allowing states to address this issue. What if certain states do and certain ones don't?
Do those states that don't address the issue discriminate against their citizens who do want a healthcare exchange?
Do you really believe that if rates continue to go up in states that choose not to lower healthcare rates, that people would continue to live in that state even though they see their neighbors in other states with greater lower rates? I believe you know the answer to that.
tee wee can you shows us any evidence that you are speaking on that the ACA was base upon lies and deceit?
farmer ga you did not answer the question that was pose to you. What would you put in place of the healthcare law?
Making the statement that this should be left up to the states is moot. The majority of the states over the years never wanted to address the issues of rising healthcare cost.
You have some states that are controlled by a republican governor who do not even wish to participate in the exchange and it has nothing to do with the law itself. They just do not wish to offend their core base.
Right here in the state of Georgia, the previous and current Insurance commissioners gave insurance companies approval to raise their rates. This has happen for the last six years and even before the healthcare law took effect. Why is that?
You would think that since republicans who are always stating how fiscial conservative they are with the people's money, that they would not allow insurance companies to continue to raise their rights every year.
And tell us this, why are insurance companies at this time telling the republicans to back down from this issue? You would think that they would be making the republicans continue to fight the ACA.
I guess its because the insurance companies are in a win-win situation. With the healthcare law they can make more money with more people signing up, or if the law is repeal by some chance, they can get the ones who fought to change the law the approval to raise their rates again.posted @ Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 14:15
simple man there are a number of students who pay a small reduce fee for their meals while in school, due in part of where their family income rest at on the scale. So that is what occurs even today. So what is your point?
We have people who work for the state of Georgia and they current salaries are less than 20 thousand a year. You can go straight to the state's website and see the various salaries for proof.
So if someone is making a very low salary in today's market, do you really think that they will have enough to cover all expenses.
Now we are on this thing about punishing the parents of the children who receive a free lunch during school hours. Sounds like a good ideal, punish people who are poor, throw them into debtor's prison and put their children to work. No money for the work, only give the children one meal a day. And everyone will be happy.posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 12:14
farmer ga its's actually spell lemonade and not lemonaid. I thought I would bring that out since you are one of the ones that seems to be quick to point out someone's spelling and sentence structure. Just playing with you, so don't take it to heart.
But on the subject at hand. I hope that you and some of the others realize that there are federal and state child labor laws that are in place.
We all know that there are a number of people who are untruthful and make false statements in reference to obtaining free/reduce lunches. No one disputes that. But that number is very low. Deal with those individuals in the proper manner.
Its easy for some of us here to make the comments that we are making especially when we know where and when our next meal will be. Kingston is making these comments and yet if it is true, than he himself is receiving a free lunch on the government. That he is on welfare, due to the fact that he receives a government check. And please don't tell me that he works everyday for his check. Judging from the low ratings that congress has gotten from the public as well as not passing a budget for the last five years. From some of your own standards, it seems that they need to be the ones who ought to be sweeping the floors.posted @ Friday, December 20, 2013 - 10:28
athens rottweiller you and kingston just don't seem to get it. So are you saying that a child that is in the pre-k program and who receives a free lunch from the school, should mop and sweep floors? And we wonder why Georgia is at the bottom when it comes to education. Its not the children who have the problem here, its the adults. Just look at the thought process here.
We think that if a grade school child who is unable to pay for their meal( at school, should be made to work in order to eat. So tell me smart people, if they are spending their time cleaning the school, then when do they do any class work?
And what message do we send out here. Do we tell the other kids that as long as you can pay for your meals you are superior to the ones who can not pay.
I am still trying to figure out on how some of you got this ideal that the poor do not have any good work ethics. Do any of you really believe that just because someone who does not make a lot of money does not work hard?
Do you think that only people with money have a better work ethic?
Some of your lazies people are the ones who have money already made for them. They never had to work for it, It was just passed down to them.
As the old saying goes "don't judge a book by its cover". Open the book up and get its true meaning before passing judgement.posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 18:01
Just because a child receives a free or reduce meal at school, does not mean that they do not come from a good home. A number of children who are part of the school lunch program come from homes that have two parents, but may be struggling financially for reasons no one here may know.
Some of you here seem to be upset about a child receiving a meal at school and why is that? Have we as a society become this heartless?
It cost on a average between two to three dollars for a child to have at least one meal at school. Most of us spend more than that when we go to a vending machine.
We got kids receiving the Hope scholarship, even when their parents make a lot more (some making six figure salaries) than what the scholarship was intended for. And at the same time, they do not even play the lottery. Should those kids be made to sweep floors as well?
I do not know why some wish to continue to pick on certain groups. I hope that none of you think that this makes you feel superior over others. It really shows how little you know.
I wish Kingston had made his comments directly to the people he was targeting instead of at a location he felt safe making the comments.posted @ Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 16:30
farmer ga once again it seems that you miss the entire points of the article. Your assumption to this piece is that government should stay out. That's far from the truth. Government needs to stay on top of private companies. If we allowed private companies to do their own thing, then a number of companies would only pay what they want to their employees and not what the employee is truly worth. Companies would go back to making people work more than 16-18 hour days, but only pay them for 4-8 hours. If government had not stepped in, then maybe we would not have child labor laws, safer work conditions and other items that corporations would not had done if not for the government.
Many corporations have gone overseas to purchase their items from country's that do not have laws that favor an employee. Do you think those companies even care? Do you even think that those same companies even care if those employees receive a far salary?
Government needs to stay on top and work along side of the private sector, but not in the manner you think it should be.
grove600 the above statement that you are making is base upon assumptions and you know this how?
You know that many employees who work in fast-foods are part-time, which means that they do not get paid for 40 hours.
You also know that many of these same employees do not get health, dental or any retirement from these businesses. Which means that these same businesses are not on the hook for those expenses.
So tell us again on how these businesses are losing out?
These same companies have been raising their prices for years, but employee benefits have not risen with those prices.
These businesses have reported record profits each year even when the economy went south. And we see how they continue to open new stores.
Are you saying that these employees are receiving fair earnings?
As I have said many times before, if you think it is so great, then you work for that pay and in those conditions and come back and tell us how wonderful it is. And please don't tell me about what you and others did when you were younger, if it was ok then, than why did you leave?
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