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Athens Confederate monument to be reassembled next month

[quote][b]nowheregirl[/b] - I think it was shifted by our recent earthquake. I was shifted by said earthquake as well. [/quote]
Isn't it amazing what a small earthquake, miles away, can do? I thought my rather obese cat had run into my desk chair, then I realized she wasn't even in the room. Then I came to the conclusion it was a quake.

posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 18:46

Crisp: Full disclosure only option for Senate torture report

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @Logical: "No lies were proven, nor will there be"?????
"This was a spontaneous attack in response to a video" isn't a lie?
Nothing you have said has proven that Bush knew there were no WMD's in Iraq before we invaded......nothing. Instead of harping on a news outlet that you don't like (do you consider ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN as absolute truth?), you need to examine FACTS.
FACT: The top leaders of both parties had the same information before we invaded Iraq.
FACT: Both Bill and Hillary Clinton believed Saddam had WMD's.
FACT: You cannot prove that Bush knew there were no WMD's in Iraq.
In short, your hatred (as proven by your use of the term "Repug") overshadows any chance you have of seeing or believing truth and facts. If you think you can, give a verifiable timeline of Bush's supposed "lies". Tell us exactly what he said and when he said it, if it was a lie.
You need to get your head out of your butt, boy. It clouds your vision. Prove it.
They already knew, from the Germans, that there had been no meeting between Mohammed Atta and the Iraqis. The Germans had told the Americans that "Curveball" was a nutcase. It was also proven that Saddam did not get yellow cake uranium from Africa.

posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 14:39

Jones: Watching political ads can be fun

Can Jack Kingston come up with a new TV ad? I've seen the current one far too many times during the local news.

posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 13:26

UGA professors' pay ranks last among peers

[quote][b]d.alewine[/b] - Well cry me a river.
So you don't value education...big surprise there.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 21:50

Clarke Central High School earns high ranking from Washington Post

Great news. Now maybe the superintendent can focus on the school at large and not have to focus on two parents who want to ban books for the whole school.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 13:13

Sarah Palin to appear in Senate ad for Karen Handel

Wait....does Handel want to WIN this???

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 13:11

UGA professors' pay ranks last among peers

The lack of pay equity goes all the way around the university. I don't work there, but know several librarians who not only have a lower average salary than their colleagues at other institutions, but who haven't had pay raises for several years.
One has 3 master degrees that she worked for in order to do her job better, and is still at a lower pay scale than others.
UGA is a sports school, I know that, and Athens makes a lot of money off of people coming to town for sporting events, but UGA is also the flagship university of the Georgia university system. It's to a point now that they are having difficulty attracting professionals due to the salaries offered.
Dawgette, I agree with you also. Anyone doing a good day's work deserves a fair salary, and should be able to count on raises, or at least be compensated for the increase in insurance rates. It should be both.
I've heard the cries for years about how the University doesn't have the money, but when it comes to other things, somehow they find it. Salaries to keep UGA a top-rate university should be at the top of the list.

posted @ Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 13:08

Miller: Adopting shelter animals saves lives

Thank you, Erin. All of the dogs I've ever owned have been shelter dogs, and my current one, my St. Bernard is, I believe, a pure bred. You can find what you're looking for at a local shelter, or on Petfinder.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 19:25

Today's editorial cartoon

That couldn't have been a Koch that found the egg.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 19:22

Preliminary plans for downtown Athens student housing complex get review

[quote][b]zyzygy[/b] - The Georgia legislature found time in its abbreviated session to approve a state constitutional amendment which would give "student apartment" developers immunity from local property taxes. The supposed "win-win" of this boondoggle is that wealthy developers would then charge lower rents. Yeah.
The proposed amendment comes up on the ballot this fall.
How is it that some people remain unaware of the vast tax breaks authored for the rich while still getting lathered over an EBT card?
You could buy a whole lot of EBT cards (or a lot of Medicaid insurance) for the amount of lost tax revenue that will occur if this nefarious scheme goes through.
Yes, but let one welfare queen buy some filet mignon and the whole system will crumble, don't you know? Even worse, make it a welfare queen who drives a cadillac and is on drugs. Of course, that's chump change to the rich, but that's what the general public has been told is bankrupting us, not the Koch Brothers, the Walton family, or the tax breaks for the rich.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 19:20

Founders recall borrowing, cajoling to launch first UGA rodeo

Great...let's have the running of the bulls, too, so I can root for the animals in all of the events.

posted @ Friday, April 11, 2014 - 19:16

Displaced Athens public housing residents to get voting registration reminder

Many states already allow ex-felons to vote. Some even allow early voting, Sunday voting, same day registration, and a host of other measures. It's to ensure that CITIZENS have the right to vote.

The negative ratings may commence now....

Oh, and by the way, I was told the other day by someone posting here today that not everyone who posts is racist. I wish that commenter would stop as well.

posted @ Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 19:09

New research finds that many Internet trolls are 'everyday sadists'

[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - @maxcat07:
Oh, I get it.
Everybody is a racist.
Give me a break. . .

Did I say everyone? Methinks you doth protest too much...

posted @ Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 20:07

Today's editorial cartoon

Matt Taibi had a good description of our form of current government. Many have called it a corporatocracy. He calls it a kleptocracy. I think that's even better.

posted @ Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 20:02

New research finds that many Internet trolls are 'everyday sadists'

One thing I've noticed, reading the ABH daily, is that if there's a story about an African-American allegedly committing a crime, the comment section is full, generally with negative comments, skirting around direct racism. If there is a similar story about a Caucasian being arrested, the comments are fewer, and are generally of the "cut him a break" sort, especially if he goes to UGA. My example of that? The ID forgery case.

posted @ Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 19:58

Thomas: Much ado about 'Noah'

[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - I cringe when the screenwriters insert into the characters' dialogue the words "G** D***" or "J**** C*****", and sometimes even "J**** F****** C*****."
I think the Hollywood screenwriters do it to "stick it in the eye" of middle America. . .

Except that I hear it every day, here in the heart of "middle America", and it's not from college students. It's from auto mechanics, plumbers, tradespeople, and the like. Who are you trying to kid?

posted @ Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 16:11

The Editor's Desk: 'Party' raises issues of Athens' image

I don't think that the Mayor needs to set standards for what is and isn't filmed here. Athens is known, and has been known for a long time, as a party town, and I doubt one season of a dumb show will make that better or worse. Athens also continues to make the top ten in food towns, places to retire, etc., so I wouldn't worry too much.

posted @ Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 15:42

Yarbrough: Apathy can suck life out of democracy

Being a "leftist loon" I say go ahead. I don't use the term wingnut, but if you choose to use labels, I suppose that's as good as any.

Mr. Yarbrough, I'm in full agreement. We are the government, at least until we ceded it to the corporations. If enough of us engaged, we could take it back.

posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 13:31

The Editor's Desk: Kudos to Deal; Flagged on the flag; Cartoonist call; Running on

Kudos to the Boy Scout!!

posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 13:27

Today's editorial cartoon

[quote][b]As I See It[/b] - There is a vaccine for the mumps? [/quote]
I believe there is now a combination mumps, measles and chicken pox vaccine.
Having had both mumps and measles in the 50's (and giving measles to my father, who got VERY ill), I can't see why people don't vaccinate their children. It wasn't around when I was little, but I have had the adult vaccine, as I only had mumps on one side, which means I can get it again (!) and never have had chicken pox. I had a friend who went through shingles as a result of chicken pox as a child, and she said the pain was horrific.

posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 13:25

Junkman's Daughter's Brother to close, owner says

Sorry to hear about this. Junkman's was known outside of Georgia, and it was one of the first places I shopped once I moved to Athens 13 years ago, and I've continued to shop there for unique gifts for people out of state or out of country. I hope the "pop up" store does come to fruition - it would make for great Christmas shopping.

posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 13:18

Hunter-Gault recalls Mandela's forgiveness, reconciliation

[quote][b]Meet_Joey_Black[/b] - Sorry. Old news. No one's interested anymore.
Interesting, I expected the first comment to be negative.

posted @ Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 13:11

Is Georgia's US Senate race a coal mine canary for GOP?

[quote][b]proftom[/b] - Broun insisted: “I’m not extreme at all. I’m an original constitutionalist.”
So, I guess an "original constitutionalist" would not worry about running against a female candidate since from that perspective women would not have the right to vote.
Nor would African-Americans. He might do well, then.

posted @ Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 18:24

Husband and wife indicted for Athens Waffle House heist

They look like a fun couple. The look on his face would have precluded a need for a gun.

posted @ Friday, March 28, 2014 - 14:23

Teen drives SUV into Oconee County cemetery

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] -
There's a difference between being in possession of an intoxicating substance and being under its influence, regardless of its legality. For example, having a container of liquor on you (over 20 y.o.) doesn't automatically make you a threat to the public. Operating a vehicle or machinery while intoxicated is a clear and present danger to the public and is thus more serious. I also noticed you chose not to comment on the drunk driving, property damaging teen in OC but to attack ACC instead.

Didn't you know that all the delinquents live in ACC? Oconee County is the haven of the good and righteous!

posted @ Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 12:57

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