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Athens officials to consider wildflowers to combat Atlanta Highway woes

[quote][b]WestsideAthens[/b] - talk with the business that have left or planning on leaving to see [/quote]

There is an growing and increasingly active group of property owners and business operators meeting regularly to discuss the issues and the solutions for Atlanta Highway. The group is independent of the government, but commissioners attend the meetings to listen and to communicate.

Addressing the connectivity issue and beautification of the highway are among their priorities. This first initiative is a first step. There is a lot more prioritizing, planning and work to do.

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 - 10:09

Backyard chickens not the health threat once feared

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - Just how much money did our government spend researching this??[/quote]

I did not see anything in this article that indicated that its content is from anything but discussions with Douglas Anderson, veterinary director of the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network.

I have yard birds, so I do know where you are coming from, OC.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 23:17

Stephenson: Obama adminstration failing American people

"I would like to point out that 352 bills are sitting on Reid’s desk, awaiting action. "

Not quite that simple:

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 08:26

Man indicted for vehicular homicide in fatal Athens collision with pedestrian

At the request of Commissioner Wright, GDOT put a barrier up to block pedestrians from crossing there. It is Loop 10 is GDOT's jurisdiction, so ACC may not put up such a barrier.

posted @ Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 23:37

Jensen: President has lost people's trust

Jan Hooks, gifted comedy actress on ‘SNL,’ dies at 57

posted @ Friday, October 10, 2014 - 08:10

Tant: Protests are integral part of American fabric

[quote][b]maxcat07[/b] - “In summary, the American slave was treated like property, which is to say, pretty well.”[/quote]


posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 - 10:37

Tant: Protests are integral part of American fabric

I was taught Civics in the Alabama public school system during Jim Crow. We were taught from text books that said the the slaves were happy and well-treated . I was too young to believe otherwise, and those lies delayed my understanding the truth for several years. In the end, what those text books accomplished for me was distrust in what I read in state-approved school books.

posted @ Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 21:38

UAE demands 'clarification' of Biden's comments

Who is to say that what the VP said was not true? Perhaps it was not PC, but even the apology has a hole in it:
""The vice president apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL or other violent extremists in Syria," the White House said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group."

posted @ Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 21:24

Tant: Protests are integral part of American fabric

The idea of crafting American history courses to teach the "benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights, while avoiding lessons that condoned civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law'"
smacks of a move of corporate interests and influence into the classroom.

I ask: Is this an indication that many believe that law and order, the free enterprise system and corporate personhood are more sacred than human rights, teaching facts, learning critical thinking and freedom of speech (by people)? I certainly hope not.

posted @ Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 14:28

Hare: Redistricting may have less effect than commonly thought

So Mr. Hare compares "random" district lines versus gerrymandered lines. I wonder if there one would expect a different result if districts represent "communities of interest", where the shared interest is not simply political leanings, but such as political boundaries (county lines), shared economies, shared industries, etc. Just wondering.

posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 09:36

Proposed Dougherty Street student apartments voted down

[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] - How can they build without complying with the existing regulations.[/quote]

The developer was asking for exceptions to the existing regulations.

posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 09:17

Reagan: 'Homeland' isn't right word for United States

I am agreeing with Michael Reagan.

posted @ Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:38

Solid Waste Director Jim Corley to retire in December

In my brief time as ACC Commissioner, I have spent some time in Jim Corely's department and been involved in discussions about Jim's departmental initiatives and budget requests. I have always come away impressed by his leadership, attention to detail and the quality of his staff. Jim will be missed but will leave behind a well-functioning organization and a great legacy.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 21:17

Stewart will not face charges in deadly crash

[quote][b]retiredandhappy[/b] - Probably just coincidental that Stewart was the one that spun him out.[/quote]

Also a coincident Ward was targeting his anger toward the one who spun him out.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 08:41

UPDATE: Body found partially submerged in North Oconee River at Athens-Clarke County's Ben Burton Park

[quote][b]grove600[/b] - Isn't that right there where the other day, those "non-gang" members had a little game of tussle with their fellow "non-gang" members? [/quote]

No. It is not.

This death is, apparently, a suicide by a missing woman. Fully clothed, empty pill bottle in her handbag. No foul play suspected, I am told.

posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 20:26

What Others Say: Congress must support renewal of space program

The idea that the US would rely on Russian payload mission capabilities to maintain US presence on the space station is alarming. The fact that it is a reality means that our presence there is subject to the whims of Putin.

I doubt that the American public really understands this fact, otherwise Congress would be clamoring to correct this error caused by poor planning and/or no commitment over the last 20 years.

On the other hand, establishing a commercially operated space shuttle service will be quite an accomplishment for our nation. (But what if it goes broke. Then what?)

posted @ Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:29

Two dogs killed in westside Athens arson fire


posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 22:30

UGA statistics professor receives national award

This award is statistically significant.
Congratulations, Christine!

posted @ Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 08:04

Hiltzik: Despite business grousing, Obama good on economy

"Good news for the millions of Americans seeking good jobs: The job market hasn’t grown this fast since the Clinton administration. The economy has gained more than 9 million jobs since the recession’s lowest point almost five years ago. When the new jobs report is released on Friday, it’s likely to show that the U.S. private sector added 200,000-plus jobs in August."

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 06:02

Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

"Turkey is reluctant to take a stronger role in the coalition against ISIL militants in fear of aggravating a hostage situation.

"ISIL militants have held hostage 49 Turkish nationals, including diplomats and children, since June. They were abducted from the Turkish consulate in Mosul.

"'Our hands and arms are tied because of the hostages,' the official noted."

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 05:35

Puckett: More coverage of videographer's arrest needed

Officer cleared:

The video from Burt's Farm: (Tisdale's removal begins at 14 minutes)

posted @ Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 07:06

Historic riverfront mansion gutted by fire

Zandi: U.S. corporate tax code to blame for inversions

[quote][b]Kwijibo Junior[/b] - and by your definition, it is speech - what is your solution?[/quote]

Do you contend that corporations (property) have "certain inalienable rights"? If so, then free speech is one of them.

I contend that corporations (property) do not have these inalienable rights, and, so, do not have the right to freedom of speech.

But what you seem to affirm is the law of the land, so you win, until either we amend the constitution to clarify this (as Jefferson first intended) or the Supreme Court changes its mind, which isn't likely.

" this opens with a vast accession of strength from their younger recruits, who having nothing in them of the feelings or principles of ’76 now look to a single and splendid government of an Aristocracy, founded on banking institutions and monied in corporations under the guise and cloak of their favored branches of manufactures commerce and navigation, riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry.”

–Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Logan, November 12, 1816

posted @ Friday, September 5, 2014 - 16:48

Zandi: U.S. corporate tax code to blame for inversions

Zandi writes "Companies that have considered so-called tax inversions to avoid all this have been labeled unpatriotic."

But if people denounce their US citizenship to avoid taxes, are they still patriots? Wasn't it decided that corporations have "personhood"?

The he states "Corporations don’t pay taxes, people do."

But I thought the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons.

Zandi goes on to say "Indeed, we tax owners of corporations twice:"

"Owners of corporations"? That makes corporations "property", not persons. But if corporations are persons and property seems that corporations have it both ways, having the rights of persons and the persons that own them have the rights of property owners, including buying and selling corporations as property.

By the way, corporations can live forever and feel no pain. They cannot be incarcerated nor can they be executed.They have the rights of US citizens without being US citizens. That's super-personhood with all of the free speech that money can buy.

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 23:18

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