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Wilson: Republicans not to blame for Benghazi

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

Seagraves: An Obamacare success story


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

Seagraves: An Obamacare success story

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 Of course there are many who want the bill to fail or be repealed but there are many more out there who are benefiting from it.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

5 things to know about the massive farm bill

Thank you for this article as I now feel I understand the farm bill a little better. It seems like a fair bill, each side getting some things and losing some things.

posted @ Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 14:25

After threat, NY rep. faces temperament questions

[quote][b]theold33[/b] -
Generally speaking that is true, but they're all not sweet little angels. Especially when one tells you that he is going to find out where you live and is going to burn your house down.

The way you include this, it sounds as if the reporter in this story made that remark! If he did, I certainly did not hear it and I watched the replay several times. I think you need to make it clear that you were not quoting him. The reporter looked totally stunned when this thug of a politician came back to threaten him! Grimm should be sanctioned, at the least. Disgusting behavior.

posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 16:06

Federal judge slashes jury award against Equifax

Sounds like the judge has a lot more sense than the jury! I have been on those juries where the people think that because the defendant is a business they have unlimited pockets and they can "sock it to them". While Equifax was surely at fault, I think the woman has been fairly compensated.

posted @ Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 16:00

Bergins: 'Thanks' to Broun for rifle raffle

This letter brought a smile to my face on this wintry morning. I doubt that Broun can understand satire, it does take a higher level of intelligence, after all, but the rest of us can enjoy it.

posted @ Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:09

Arizona GOP censures McCain for 'liberal' record

Oh…I am still here! (Although I don't think I have figured out how to activate my enrollment to the online of the future…) I think I have common sense. (in comparison, anyway).

I find the state of Arizona downright frightening. (along with Texas). I had a lot of admiration for McCain until he ran for president and turned so far right, and it took me awhile to start to pay any attention to him again. But lately he has made more sense than most republicans. He is actually being castigated for working on bipartisan resolutions!
It is as if trying to work together and get something done in a bipartisan way is a betrayal of the republican party. I worry about the future of our government if the crazies get too much power, they have no vision for the betterment of the country.

posted @ Monday, January 27, 2014 - 22:30

Broun holding drawing for free rifle

Broun is being totally insensitive, irresponsible and downright stupid. But then, nothing new in all of that, is there? Will be hoping for his defeat and his ride off into the sunset of oblivion.

posted @ Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 15:19

Farmer: The dangers of anecdotal evidence


I cannot argue with your premise that human greed is the basis for the problem or that it has become too politicized. As long as each of us thinks only of our own comfort and ease of living, we will not do anything. One of these days it will be too late for action or regret.
I really have little sympathy for the human race, we are doing it to ourselves. I am sad for other species who live on this planet with us and will be victims of our greed. Sad

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 17:05

Farmer: The dangers of anecdotal evidence

@Eschaton V2.0:

Hello yourself…...
Actually many people dispute that the earth is warming. You see it every time we have extra cold temps come our way! I think we are closer and closer to a consensus about CO2 as well. It has risen much more rapidly since we started burning fossil fuels. I am not a scientist but I have seen many graphs that show that rising temps and CO2 are closely linked and now CO2 is at its highest point since records have been kept.

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 17:00

Farmer: The dangers of anecdotal evidence

[quote][b]Eschaton V2.0[/b] -
Utterly false. There is no such consensus.

Actually over 95% of climatologists accept that the earth is warming.
In addition, based on data from ice core drilling in the antarctic, the C02 levels are higher than they have been in the past 800,000 years. FACTS.

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 15:51

Farmer: The dangers of anecdotal evidence

>There is a bit of a difference between "thousands" of degrees and "millions" of degrees. . .

Your are right….just like there is a big difference between Dr. Farmer's scientific credentials and knowledge and yours! He did not obtain his science information from Fox News!

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 15:36

VIDEO: 'Octomom' pleads not guilty to fraud charges

The children are not to blame but they don't have a chance if they are raised by her. I was sickened by this story when she gave birth to 8 children and I am sure the situation has just gotten worse.

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 22:08

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

I am already a print subscriber but I am dismayed to learn that the rates for the print newspaper are going up. I have not received any postcard about this. I already have hesitated to pay the yearly subscription fee (which is slightly over $180 a year, if I remember correctly). I don't find the ABH to contain much news unless one is interested in sports of all kinds but it has been nice to read some of the columnists and to recognize some of the names of people who write letters to the editor. With rates going up, I will seriously have to consider buying a different paper at the grocery store a couple of times a week. I have been a newspaper reader (with my morning coffee) for over 45 years but the time may be approaching when that is a luxury I can no longer afford.

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 22:00

Man fatally shot at Florida theater over texting

Why should this man have brought his gun into a movie theater? Because it was legal for him to do so? Without the gun, they could have had a popcorn battle, or a shouting match. They might have been removed from the theater but no one would have died. The shooter was not "threatened" although it seems that may be his excuse and in Florida it might work. Just because we have crazy laws that say you can carry a gun almost anywhere does not mean you need to do so. This country is headed in the wrong direction in many areas and all this nonsense about the "all holy second amendment" is one of our biggest downfalls. Common sense has left the building!

posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 14:33

Global climate change brings big public health challenges, CDC scientist says

How nice it is to see that those who can appreciate science and who actually use their heads to think are out today, giving appropriate - and + to people. Maybe our numbers are growing and we will be in the majority eventually…although probably never in Georgia. Scientists are almost entirely in agreement on this issue but the public does not want to believe it. I understand that, it is scary!

posted @ Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 19:32

UGA vet college, humane society partnering on spay/neuter surgeries

I donated, but not quite $50. Love of animals knows no politics! Smile

posted @ Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 18:37

Barbara Bush hospitalized in Houston

[quote][b]1DIVA4U2B[/b] - WHO CARES?

I care! The country cares. Barbara Bush was our first lady and even though she is not of my political persuasion, she is a lovely woman. I cannot imagine being so callous as to ask "who cares?" when someone is hospitalized, no matter who it is.

posted @ Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 16:40

Augusta VA won't let carolers sing religious songs

@As I See It:

Gosh, you really are on a soap box. Don't you have anything better to do on Christmas Eve? Tongue

posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 15:29

Augusta VA won't let carolers sing religious songs

@As I See It:

You are right, I have never been there. However, given how grim a picture you paint of it, I think I would enjoy listening to music if I were sitting there. It could be Christmas carols or Jewish music or country western…would be a nice diversion no matter what.

posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 12:35

dePeterse: 'Come and see the beautiful light'

Thank you, Eddie. This brought tears to my eyes. We all have our Christmas stories. Mine are not as wonderful as yours but this is definitely a time when most of us reflect on days gone by, on family members who have left us, on the faith and wonder we had as children. Loved it.

posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 12:01

Augusta VA won't let carolers sing religious songs

A agree with Curiouscat. Give the veterans a choice of whether or not to attend, being forewarned that there will be "Christian religious music". This seems to carry political correctness too far, to totally ban that music which has meant Christmas for centuries. I am usually for separation of the religious and the state, but there is a point where it starts to become ridiculous.

posted @ Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 11:57

Gay marriage catches conservative Utah off guard

Eventually all states will be forced to allow same sex marriage. Anything else is unconstitutional. Will be watching Utah and hoping that the ruling will stand.

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 19:06

Johnson: Faith, politics and 'War on Christmas'

I agree with this article and with most of your posts. The war on Christmas begins with opening stores for shopping early on Thanksgiving day! It begins with the sappy music that bombards us from all the stores, beginning around Thanksgiving as well. Black Friday becomes more important to the season than the birth of Christ. That is the war and the true meaning of Christmas is being lost in the battle. Is Jesus black or white? Actually, probably neither, does it matter? His message is for all mankind. Do people say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays (which comes from Holy Days, I assume)….who cares? Like Maxcat07 says so well, they are wishing me joy and peace…that is what matters. When I was young we had manger scenes in school but I lived in a very homogeneous town. Now there is so much diversity that not all children in school are Christian and not all celebrate Christmas. Does that matter? If you want the religious Christmas then you will find it in church, where it belongs. There is so much anger and division in this country as it is, seems really sad and ironic that Christmas should bring out even more.

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 18:52

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