You really think you have more accurate information than Dr. Farmer, an expert in this field? Sorry, but your kind of "head in the sand" mentality is on the way out. More and more scientific research shows that the climate is warming and we are already seeing the affects of that. You should have attended the lecture, you might have learned some facts.
As for extinction of species, I much prefer to act now to hang on to the species we have, such as the polar bear, penguin, puffin than sit around waiting for a new species to evolve. By that time, if we do nothing, we too will be gone. The sad thing is, we will deserve to go extinct because of our greed, but the other animals and plants that are on this planet, and many of them have been here before humans , have done nothing to deserve to be destroyed.
Unfortunately for us and those that come after us, we humans are motivated by money and comfort. Are we willing to give up cars or at least have limits on gasoline? Are we willing to pay high taxes on all fossil fuels? As long as climate change remains politicized there is no hope for this planet.
Your statement is true that the earth has been hotter and colder but it has never changed at the rate it is doing so now. If we can slow it down by using less fossil fuel then that is what we should do.
You are getting negs but what you write is very realistic. The dogs should have been neutered and spayed. The Athens Area Humane Society, at their Spay-Neuter center on Mars Hill Road offers low cost neutering and spaying. Hopefully this family will take advantage of the service for their female dog.
I am very sorry that this happened, sorry for Jeremy and his family and also sorry for the dog that was killed. This did not need to occur. I hope before the family elects to get another dog to scare away possible threats, they think long and hard about it.posted @ Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 12:18
Okay, no snarkiness from me either.
My memory is not great for going back several years to search for times the president has included ideas from the GOP so I will stick to recent events. Obamacare, for one. If President Obama had his way (and we liberals had our way) the health care plan would have been very different. It would have been a single payer plan, insurance companies would not have been so involved, and there were other options that liberals and the president wanted. But, if it had a chance of passing, it had to be a compromise and it is. Obamacare began as a republican plan but as soon as it was taken up by the president and the democrats it became a socialist plan to do away with our health system. So now we have a plan that helps the uninsured, especially those with preexisting conditions, and that is very good, I think, but it is not the plan that I would have liked. I don't want to debate the merits of the ACA, I am just using it as an example of compromise.
Another is the stimulus package. The president wanted a much larger stimulus but congress would not pass it so we got a smaller one. Later, economists said that with more money, recovery would have been quicker.
And just lately the bill passed to provide money for the border but it had to include more border patrols and the national guard that Texas wanted. Those provisions were compromises, as far as I can tell.
At the moment the republicans refuse to bring up the appointment of a Russian ambassador for a vote even though at this point in time we could probably use one. Why is that? When I think of the republican behavior, especially in the house, I just see them trying to obstruct everything President Obama has tried to do. They have even stated that their main job was to defeat the president. I think that was McConnell.
The coming to grips of the democrats after the Gore/Bush affair is not the same. President Obama won by a clear margin, Bush really was given the presidency by the Supreme Court. That is harder to accept. If I recall correctly, when the votes were finally counted, I think Gore actually had the most. As for racism, I am sorry. You won't convince me it is not there in how people feel about the president. Granted it is not the obvious racism that you are talking about. No one would say "the president cannot drink at the white only fountain" or that he has to "sit at the back of the bus", but it is a racism on a much deeper, gut level. At some level there are people in this country who just don't think a black man should be president. When President Obama was running the first time, I was working for him and I was sickened to receive emails that were ugly and very racist. I read blogs where he was called all sorts of racial slurs. I got an email from a "friend" in which a photo of Michelle Obama was compared to a photo of a monkey…and my friend denied it was racist. Sick. Those things, those words, still happen today. I know that when Bush was president those things went on as well, ugly bloggers saying he was stupid, etc. but when the comments are racial, there is a difference.
I am not totally in favor of all President Obama does and says. Mostly I would have him stand up to the opposition and do more. I thought he would be a real friend of the environment but he has been very cautious. I don't think he has fought hard enough against the republicans in congress. He is a very smart man and I don't see him as a fighter when sometimes it takes a fighter. I think he prefers to intellectualize about everything when I would rather see him get mad and get tough. You are right in that he has not been entirely upfront but when things like Bengazi get so blown out of reality, I cannot really blame him for avoiding blame. And truthfully, for the most part, I don't know what is factual and what is not much of the time. Frankly, I don't think other people do either. I do think he is a good man and a family man. It makes me mad when even the most simple thing, like Michelle's trying to improve school lunches (and heavens knows they need it, we have a nation of obese kids and adults) hits opposition. At some point I just think it is all very, very personal.
Thank you for your comments, they did make me think. I am truly sad about our country, I want it to move forward and not be so mired in dissent. But, I just don't see that happening anytime in the future. I will be voting for Hillary (or maybe Elizabeth or Joe) in 2016 but even if a republican wins, I don't see things getting any better. I think discord is so ingrained in our politics that it will be many years before anything changes. I hope I am wrong!posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 16:39
I could never convince you that President Obama has made many attempts to work with republicans, going way back to when he first became president in 2009. I truly don't think the republicans could never come to grips with the fact that he was elected over John McCain and then over Mitt Romney. So, I am not going to waste time trying.
However, you are right about the IQ remark. It is a snotty attitude and I apologize. I have a very difficult time accepting that people will vote for those who deny science or who want to make their political decisions based on religious views, those attitudes I equate with a lower IQ but that is not fair, I agree.
I have been absent from Online Athens for awhile and now, unless I can figure out how to get back on (and I do have a print subscription) you may not have to put up with me in the future! Hope I can figure it out….I have missed all of you!posted @ Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 13:15
The republican party has totally lost my support because they have refused to cooperate with President Obama from day one. That has been their ONLY objective and they have done the country a horrible disservice and made sure nothing was accomplished. I am not a real "left wing democrat" but I surely have become anti-conservative the past few years.
As for the fall elections, don't count your chickens too soon….you may be surprised. That is my consolation.
I find it difficult to believe that people actually voted for Hice and the fact that they did makes me question the IQ level of people in this district. I did not think it possible to find a candidate that would be worse than Broun but we managed it! My only consolation is that like Broun, Hice will be totally ineffectual and accomplish nothing. And he will provide some laughs for the rest of the country, at the expense of Georgia.
The worst part is that he will just waste his time in congress, like Broun did, and try to be "against" everything that comes up. We really need someone in the office, republican or democrat, who is willing to compromise to get something done to move the country ahead. We cannot afford any more "grand standers" who only want to say "look at me, I am saying no to everything!"
I will be voting for the democrat but without much hope.
Well, good luck Sarah. She has every right to do this and I am sure there are those who will actually pay to listen to her ridiculous ideas (such as the recent rant that God would prefer to have Obama impeached). I won't be one of them, however. I won't even watch her when she appears on my TV free of charge.
I do find it a bit frightening that people would pay to listen to her because it means there are people out there who actually take what she says seriously. And, they vote!!
As democrats, my husband and I only had one race to vote in but we made the effort and went to the polls. Everyone should realize what a wonderful thing it is that we have open and free elections and take advantage of that!posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 21:24
So the insurance for the family of this spoiled child will pay money to the severely injured child's family. Big whoopee. What does that teach the drunken fool? Carry enough insurance. I hope he is truly punished at some point, a term in prison would seem fair. I assume the insurance company will also have to pay the other injured persons as well. The insurance company will probably be looking to drop this family ASAP!posted @ Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 13:43
You cannot fix stupid. Let the idiot stand by his comments, hopefully he will be voted out at the next election.posted @ Monday, May 5, 2014 - 21:40
You cannot fix stupid. Let the idiot stand by his comments, hopefully he will be voted out at the next election.posted @ Monday, May 5, 2014 - 21:40
Pigs are actually more intelligent than many other animals.(including some humans I could name). They rank with dolphins, I think. I would not eat one and found this story disturbing.posted @ Monday, May 5, 2014 - 21:37
Unfortunately, it is frequently pit bull owners who neglect or refuse to get their dogs neutered or spayed. I know that the pit bull can be "sweet" but I try to avoid it whenever possible.posted @ Monday, May 5, 2014 - 21:35
This mentality just puzzles and appalls me! Give away a gun in a church service? Has this pastor (I use the title lightly, I doubt he set foot in a seminary) even read the gospels? Where did Jesus say that weapons should be raffled? I hope that sensible Baptists rise up and put a stop to this nonsense! This behavior just adds on to the bad name that Christianity is getting in this country.
Although, come to think of it, this man is not Christian so it should not reflect on true Christians!
I will admit to not understanding the law on this one. I really thought, when I read this that it would be impossible to find someone guilty of murder if they were sitting in the car and not involved in the shooting. I am assuming that this is not true and he could have been found guilty.
My sympathy goes out to the family who have been suffering over this for a long time. Hopefully the judge will give this man a long sentence based on what he was found to be guilty of even if he cannot sentence him for murder. He should get the maximum allowed.
She deserves every minute. One reason some people are so against programs like medicaid is because of the fraudulent behavior of people like this scum.posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 16:35
Enjoyed this game and all the previous home games. These young women can be proud of the work they did this year. Want to wish Khaalidah the best of luck in whatever she does after graduation. She will succeed in life!posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 - 14:11
This is sad. Sympathy to all who knew and loved Ranger.posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 - 14:07
I am all for this. I try to watch how much sugar is in products and would like to know which products have added sugar. Also, I have thought for a long time that the serving size listed was unrealistic. As someone who does read most labels, I applaud this.
Will those people who really need to watch calories pay any attention? We can hope. You only have to look around you to realize that far too many of Americans are oversized.
I am puzzled about this. I have a family member teaching in Oconee county and she is expected to make up 40 hours, I think. She can do this by documenting time after school that she uses to work on things that will help the students. She already works 2 or more hours every day after school lets out, trying to keep up with the work load, so this won't be difficult for her. But, my question is, do other government workers have to make up time lost? What about UGA faculty and staff? What about city hall workers? Why is it that the teachers and school employees must make it up? Do those working in the school system's central office have to make up time? Is this being handled fairly or is it once again a case of calling on the teachers to go above and beyond what others are asked to do?posted @ Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 10:20
I think this makes the state of Georgia look like it is made up of a bunch of backward looking jerks. It has been shown over and over again that the confederate flag has become a symbol of racism and discord. This may be unfair and unfortunate but it is a fact. Therefore, why should the state want to display this symbol on its license plate?
And also, unfair or not, if I see this plate on a car, I will immediately think "redneck"…not "honorable descendent of a confederate veteran." It is a pity that a design has become that negative to much of the country, but it has.
Well said! I find it entirely comfortable to believe in God and to accept science. They are not mutually exclusive.
It is so amazing to me that people still believe that the Bible is the literal word of God or was ever intended to be the REAL explanation of creation in 2014. This is despite the knowledge that we now have to who wrote the Bible and who chose what would be included in it. I know that a lot of people are home schooling their children with religious answers to scientific questions and I am sad for the children who will eventually face the reality of science and not know what to do with it.
Anyway, thanks for your very artful reply.
Started to read this with interest but when I saw the source of information was Fox news, I immediately changed my mind about the validity of what was said. No one will ever impress me by stating anything they learned came from Fox.posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 14:39
What you say is absolutely true, but it would apply to any kind of health insurance so is not limited to the ACA. At least with the ACA those who could not get insurance due to previous illnesses or conditions can now obtain it. Paying for it in the face of adversity will be no different than paying for it with any insurance.posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 14:35
Thank you Nancy for posting this example of how the ACA is working for those with pre-existing conditions. Of course there are many who want the bill to fail or be repealed but there are many more out there who are benefiting from it.posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 14:32
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