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Carey Pollett: Tough EMS veteran with a tender heart

@skydog: So did I, and double ditto.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 07:35

2nd American aid worker with Ebola arrives in Georgia

@TeeWee: While I agree with the general point, I must say (with many years as a member of and also spouse of health care professional) that there is some logic to the phenomenon...and it's not for a good reason. The US was (thing are changing) the capital magnet and was very supportive of technology research, So big dollars have stimulated lots of technology gains (although we are also a bit ethnocentric and just kind of assume that everything new started here (www: no, radar: no computers: no nuclear science: no). But there's a distinct flip side: if you are the Shah of Iran with a rare cancer, head for the US. If you are an ordinary person having a baby, US is about 35th on the list...profiteering has come to dominate the health care industry just as much as most others. Expensive technologies command a lot of power with the insurance companies, they cut great deals, but the cost (and effectiveness) of everyday/manpower oriented medicine has dropped off

posted @ Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 19:40

Kingston is best choice for Senate

@cyou299: I don't find many successful businessmen turned political leader, and for me it's because the management prerogatives are practically diametrically opposed: in business, the idea is to turn a profit, even if it means switching to a totally different product: when dial-up modems went away, many of those companies made the transition to something rather different, in some cases rather successfully. In government, by contrast, the needs of the population being served dictate what has to be provided: it would never be possible to say "we just lose money stopping murderers. let's put all effort into tax evasion"

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 12:02

Candidate scraps shotgun-blast ad against Congress

Well, I certainly agree that the ad crosses the line, and that my fellow liberals would probably have chastised a Republican who did the same thing. So, I guess here's to the right of all Americans to be stupid and still run for office. I am more uncomfortable with the fact that a person can be this lame in their thinking and still have a gun, but I guess the line would have to go somewhere, and if only people that never ever did anything stupid was the law, the gun companies really would go out of business.

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 08:06

Security Council urges Gaza truce; no sign of lull

Wonder why the media has consistently made no reports at all about the level of damage from the "nearly 700 rockets and mortars" fired from Gaza into Israel. I can't imagine that the information hasn't been collected locally.

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 07:52

Game wardens trying to ID shooter of deer in Oconee County pasture

bad guy with a gun? Who knew???

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 15:05

Kitten thrown off Georgia bridge, swims to shore

Well, certainly sounds horrific...on the other hand, literature is filled with kittens being drowned in the well: the alternatives for their future evidently seemed worse to our cultural stock.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 13:48

Wendel: This year's World Cup truly captured Americans' attention

[quote][b]proftom[/b] - Even here in the football passion filled Southeast 'soccer' is taking root.[/quote]

FWIW,Region III, which spans the southeast, as far as Texas, has been prominent in the US soccer team: Clint Dempsey, Eddy Johnson are just some from this year (although Eddy was left off the final squad, kinds a surprise and disappointment to me: he played here in Athens at our Invitational back in the day). but Ricardo Clark and Clint Mathis are just some of the Georgia based players to have featured prominently. Athens own Jonathan Leathers played on our Olympic team, I was thinking, although I couldn't find that googling

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:23

No 'stand down' order in Benghazi

We are in dangerous times, when divided into groups that simply see, or choose to see, different particular, because there only IS one reality and it's never entirely sure even when we open our most dispassionate eyes.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:02

Republican candidates deny validity of Nunn's call against outside funding

Candidates funding is, with certain special interest engineered exceptions, public record. For an example, just see who funded our own Paul Broun as he worked his way into a repeated US Congressional seat...then you'd know why practically the only legislation he authored was about allowing insurance companies to practice with extra liberties relative to state lines

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 21:12

Push continues for convention of states to amend U.S. Constitution

This is more of the blather from right-wing nincompoops: I don't say that because I disagree with their goals (although, often I do), I say it because they haven't an iceberg's chance in hail of doing anything, like most of the other junk to come from the tea-party right. Guys: I want to get together with you and achieve something, but not on these misguided issues. The US political system has been usurped completely by special interests and for a very simple reason:

media saturation of a relatively inattentive electorate has made the biggest spender have a huge advantage...since you or I or even you and many I's can't compete, then we are left we the results dictated by a war of the financial colossi : medical issue resolution is mandated by the doctor's lobby vs the lawyer's lobby, military spending by the big 26, of which we can know about only 4. THAT's the problem that we all squirm around uselessly, venting our peeves in forums like these. Until we revert to a world of one man, one vote, candidates who have to face each voter's issues, we are screwdged

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 21:08

Push continues for convention of states to amend U.S. Constitution

@Used2baFreeCountry: you ever come up with a strategy that doesn't involve putting words in someone else's mouth and calling them a fool for saying it?

[Hint: you don't have to answer, I think everyone knows]

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 20:58

Athens man says dog left in hot car in Oconee was accident

@AbidingDude: yeah, I bridle up at all the casual use of gasoline engines for stuff like that. In New Jersey, where my work has taken me recently, they post signs about a state statute outlawing idling a car over three minutes.

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 20:54

Athens man says dog left in hot car in Oconee was accident

@barryhollander: Good question, although as the reigning expert on journalism, I would normally look to YOU for an answer Wink I suspect the guy said so, or some asked where his wife was, somebody wrote it down...then maybe at some point along the proofing/copy process, somebody thought 'dang, my wife woulda wrung me out for that'

posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 20:52

Today's editorial cartoon

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - We learned in the early days of the Pilgrims when they experimented with a form of Communism that the capitalistic system was better. Socialism has been an economic failure (expect possibly France) as well as Communism.[/quote]

I believe you missed my main point: capitalism, as practiced in the days of the pilgrims, the westward expansion years, and even (corporations specifically) as the indispensable ingredient of society's development of huge systems of transportation and communications, which underlie our whole modern economy, was the fundamental enabler. But now that those things are in place, with expensive equipment basically doing most of the work, it is equally obvious that it would, and has, make those who control the means of production far more powerful, relative to the easily replaceable workers, than ever before, save perhaps the days of feudalism. So, a fundamental NEED of those of us who inherit the republic envisioned by Jefferson and Adams and Washington, is that, in terms of our governance, the magnate and the yeoman are equal politically. Can you actually claim that you think they ARE?

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - Socialism has been an economic failure (expect possibly France) as well as Communism.[/quote]

While there are many differences, besides the political system, perhaps you should visit Sweden, Norway, Canada, England, Denmark, etc: they are definitely not failing and they definitely practice many governmental instruments that I think would be called socialist here.

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - Compare the China when Nixon first visited there and the China of today.[/quote]

Yes, they are vastly productive, extraordinarily polluted. and very repressive societies that are beginning to use their spare wealth to try their hand at military empire building (which we are way ahead in; perhaps you can make an argument about how that's NOT a corporate achievement)

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 10:16

Today's editorial cartoon

[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - When liberals disparage corporations, what they are really attacking is capitalism.[/quote]

Yes, I agree. Capitalism is what says that the little textile mill that used to sit on the banks of the Oconee downstream of downtown is really the property of some Chinese guys that have financial advisors from Bridgeport telling them that all of their category H holdings will cost them less in taxes if they continue to declare their losses until their X years have passed and, most of our legal system developed at a time when land was aplenty, and economic processes could be built up around a work ethic, some imagination, and a limited amount of transportation and communications to get that loom engine freighted in from Anniston. Now, labor saving devices have made capital, not workers nor imagination, be the fulcrum which drives everything. Those chinese guys switch their capital to a shoe factory in Malaysia without ever leaving their chairs, or an iota of awareness of which human lives took a turn for the good, and which were left spinning in an environment that no longer has a place for them.

Yes, the real point of the cartoon is that the concentration of wealth has really usurped our governing processes: no candidate, left or right, can compete in a millions-a-day media campaign against the individuals who actually win, funded by the corporate world.

[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - Collectivists consider the masses to be comprised of fungible units without souls. That is evil.[/quote]

Yes, combinations 'too powerful to suppress' that are without souls are evil...but which side are you speaking for?

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 09:06

Senate Q&A: Perdue, Kingston on same side when it comes to immigration

@TMKvetch: It is absolutely correct, as you point out, that the US has allowed illegal immigration to an exceptional degree, and for a really long time. However, that for me is exactly why amnesty is a huge part of any attempt to fix this problem: round up and deport every one who cannot produce a record of legal entry, insist that that applies to a person's forbears, and pretty soon you have a gaping wound in our national community. A better approach would seem to be to determine an economically sound guest worker framework, with strict criteria for advancement to citizenship, and to retrofit that to existing illegal residents.

People sometimes decry how much effort it would take to actually validate that a potential employee is legal, and use that to exonerate employers from that responsibility. But some of those same people have no trouble insisting just what documentation is required to vote, which is a way less immediate motivator. As the economic downturn of 2008 clearly demonstrated, really cut off the income for illegals and they leave. In order for this to succeed, however, the system can't be too draconian, as it depends substantially on the involvement of 'witnesses' who themselves are not legal. Make it a witch hunt, and nobody knows anything.

posted @ Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 08:15

Senate Q&A: Perdue, Kingston on same side when it comes to immigration

[quote][b]prophet[/b] - Someone needs to secure the borders!

I agree with those who recognize that illegal immigration reduces the number of citizens with jobs and that illegal immigrants depress wages. Securing the borders, however, if just another harsh, big-government (yeah, deploy a lot of people that are a part of federal money ultimately paying businesses) approach to a problem that has a much easier solution: make it illegal to hire an illegal, and make the penalties on the employer contribute significantly to the costs of cleaning up the mess. In my view the whole reason that the GOP has had both houses and the white house and marched in place on immigration is that their core supporters profit from the cheap labor, so it just works to mouth off about it and get the righteous indignation vote, which is not very discriminating.

posted @ Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 18:58

Suspected drunk driver blames turtle, cat, squirrel, tree in wreck

A problem with DUI laws is that many more of the violators are 'promising' citizens, compared to other crimes: this, I believe, is why we have way the highest rate of incarceration in the world, but lots of college kids who really only lost their folks money and ran up their insurance by seriously breaking the law in ways that are statistically correlated with death and destruction.
Along with penalties for being caught with a dangerous BA level, any damage that results should be considered a deliberate act: ie, murder in the first degree.

posted @ Friday, July 4, 2014 - 07:58

5 things to know about the 1964 Civil Rights Act

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - With this also brought a legalised form of discrimination called Affirmative Action. Members of protected class sex and race were given preference in hiring and promotion.[/quote]

That's so true...of course. the deprivations wreaked on males and whites are ridiculously trivial compared to those that were institutionalized in our land of 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' prior to this law

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 16:22

Target asks customers to leave firearms at home

So: I concede that a firearm in the hands of a responsible citizen could save the lives of innocent people and that mass shooters have not, so far, drawn down on innocents in places well-populated by armed and skilled professionals or even well-armed gatherings of private citizens.

But I find it impossible to deny that a firearm in the hands of anyone (responsible citizen, whacko, blind man with a tremor) could cost the lives of innocent people.

So, based on that, I am wondering why anyone would seriously consider or propose policy without a deep, dispassionate look at the statistics about guns and both crimes and accidents.

posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 14:34

District 3 commission contest is lone Athens-based race on runoff ballots

[quote][b]chockfullaquestions[/b] - She has shown a history of castigating those who seek compromise on difficult issues, she often takes strong adversarial positions without ever taking time to meet and personally question those she stridently opposes, she's shown herself capable of playing loose with information as factual when it's often not factual in order to push her agenda,[/quote]

Sounds like she's ready to run for National office

posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:21

Stossel: Time to chill on global warming

Actually, I think he makes some good points:

carbon-reduction technologies (other pollutions too) are expensive luxuries and have limited impact given the problem of chinese and other economies that are growing very rapidly and cutting those beneficial approaches...while maybe every little bit helps, its kind of frat in the wind while huge populations are playing economic catch-up

And, properly, he cites various improvements in pollution management as being of real benefit, for example in the rivers around New York...somehow he leaves out how difficult it was to pass these successes against the resistance of the very funding sources/network/party he works for.

However, all those idiots out there depending on the Fox news carefully politicized redaction of the ICC report, with its 17 year gap baloney, need to come to grips with the size of this problem. And, Mr Stossel, you might start with Typhoon Haiyan.

posted @ Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 09:16

Judge spikes photo ID requirement for Pa. voters

Certainly seems to me that a politician wanting to address a real problem with voting fraud, but still committed to the fundamental American principal of inclusive access to the political process, would:

a. provide convincing evidence of an actual problem
b. validate that the size of that problem justifies a proactive effort on the part of the state to assure that every qualified person can, and every unqualified person can NOT, vote

But the actual evidence, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, is that absentee balloting has a much higher rate of fraud and that the new laws have only one actual result: shifting voting patterns in favor of the sponsoring party (you know, the one that is always talking about family values while promoting corporate interests).

posted @ Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 05:59

Company files for bankruptcy after W.Va. spill

[quote][b]monkey_of_shame[/b] - It must be all big government's fault, corporations can do no wrong. Every con says so. [/quote]

I agree that one of the goofiest of right-wing platitudes is harping on government...however no one can miss the obvious challenge to your opening salvo: none have done so here this morning

posted @ Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 05:39

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