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Statue of white supremacist gone from Georgia Capitol

[quote][b]BorisBadEnuff[/b] - the true face of democrats past and present. Not a mention of his true party affiliation in a feeble attempt to revise history.[/quote]

Pretty clear which is the party that absorbs the rednecks, racists and anti-foreigners now, but you seem to have missed this...

posted @ Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 09:34

Georgia man shoots, kills roving Alzheimer's patient

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - Just before we all start let's remember one thing. None of us were there.
And it is sad for everyone and for the families of both of these men.
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And so that apparently makes it different for you from the Travon/Zimmerman case?

posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 07:05

Tapes possibly altered on Kennedy flight from Dallas

It's also true that many pieces of forensic evidence were destroyed in Parkland, and later in DC at the autopsy...well, actually, everyone finished evaluating all the mess, having seen everything that seemed important, and then washed the equipment.

It also doesn't seem too likely that a secret force in government, spread out across the White House,the Secret Service, and the Air Force maintenance crew, would have debated the big secret plans about what there next moves would be on a radio frequency accessible to anyone...but this kind of logic is no where near compelling enough to keep someone from publishing a book or article and making a few thou waving around conspiracy theories

posted @ Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 09:45

Estrich: Senate no longer a functioning institution

@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: There is something really fundamental to debate in that statement:

we live in a political system that defines voting membership at multiple levels:

we elect our preferences (or get outnumbered) at the municipal/county level
we elect our preferences (or get outnumbered) at the state level
our president gets elected by our specific presidential electors that we count the votes for at the state level

So, I frankly don't care what the founding fathers intended when the news of a national election took multiple weeks to arrive in a saddle bag on a tired horse's back: we are very far removed from that world. I believe that state's rights is the same POC that it was in the Civil War: an excuse to ignore national minorityhood whenever local majorityhood is more to our liking. For me, any way of 'compartmentalizing' the votes that isn't specifically laid out independent of any particular issue is just manipulation of the system. So, what ya think, SLC?

posted @ Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 14:35

Estrich: Senate no longer a functioning institution

The political slideshow is just a distraction: neither party is working for you as a citizen. In our present system of electioneering, only huge amounts of money can buy the TV time to sway the inattentive electorate, but only heavily vested interests have that kind of money. Therefore, policy is set for the vested interests, while dialog is set for the reactionary voters. Until we change this, the system will continue.

As for the nature of the political dialog: it's there because it DOES reflect us! If we as a citizenship acted like our principles are vital, but stalemate is a worse result than compromise, then that's what they'd choose to show us on the news...but, it's not

posted @ Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 09:46

VIDEO: New allegation made against Zimmerman in court

Allright, the poor guy can't get a job because of all the bad media: funny thing, neither could Trayvon, but of course, that's different because of uh because you know well it's not like race is a factor...except in everyone's mind...

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 20:14

Tales (and horror stories) from pet-friendly inns

La Quinta is pet-friendly, which I learned in September on a camping trip to NC that got rained out for the first day: always bring mine on outdoors events like that, ended up reacting to a predicted 30% chance of rain that ended up being 1.2 inches in 12 hours.

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 03:24

Tybee Island to install license plate scanners

Just for the record: I am definitely alarmed by the erosion of privacy that is rampant in both the public and the private sector...but I do NOT agree that there is an unwarranted threat by law enforcement simply using technology to reduce their costs (== increase their effectiveness) at things they could be doing without the technology. Certainly, an LEO, standing on the bridge and checking every license plate that goes by against a list of known stolen or owner-under-warrant tag numbers is not any kind of invasion of freedom, although the rate of return is probably too low to make it worthwhile. But a camera system doing the same thing could be a benefit.

The rub comes when the material is used in ways that do NOT correspond to a legitimate action. For example, if the same system were to be used to share information between police and private activities, then a number of scary legal demons begin to appear. Likewise, the collection by the cops of patterns of activity by law-abiding citizens violates our expectations about reasonable suspicion, probable cause, etc.

posted @ Monday, November 18, 2013 - 09:01

Texas man gets death for killing baby sitter

Oh, so he killed her out of revenge and hatred, not to obstruct another investigation....that probably carried a lot of weight (not)

posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 09:13

Shoreline search finds no trace of NY-based military drone

Sure $10,000,000 for a tech-toy to play with: it's the Amercian way, spend a huge point of our tax dollars on very high tech killing equipment and you can then adventure out all over the world meddling in other countries business without much hue and cry because few of our folks are getting killed and those who make the mistake of showing all the victims of our death stars get censored, called names, and generally ignored by us, the people voting and paying. War was more carefully considered when it hurt worse.

posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 07:44

Utility scam targeting customers in Athens area

[quote][b]Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass[/b] - Probably out of their mailbox.[/quote]

Or their trash can

posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 07:30

Jenkins: Arming TSA isn't answer for airport security

First off, as the current story in the Philippines illustrates, the number one ingredient for a huge tragedy is LOTS OF PEOPLE. One, Two, Five, 20 centuries ago, it would have been hard to expose a million people to a single danger, as those folks didn't hang out together so much.

But, on that super-sensitive topic of guns in our number one world wide shoot'em society:

maybe the compromise we need is to actively arm private good guys:

--many of our brothers and sisters in onlineathens and elsewhere love the freedom to carry and really believe it's their right and its to their advantage
--maybe a role of government is to actively support recruiting, training, and equipping such volunteers, with coordinated legal provisions that assure that they really may be in the park/school/airport/office/stadium/church/restaurant ready to draw down on those pesky bad guys

So, the real point is: the NRA (and at least some of their supporters) say the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun...but, much of the political energy from that direction keep saying that the government is too incompetent to manage insurance or anything else...the difference between a good guy and a bad guy seems more complex to me than the difference between a high-risk alcoholic and a low-risk daily walker, so they want the government to take that question on???

Another catch-phrase coming form that side is 'enforce the laws we already have'. OK: I am totally behind that. So, what does it actually mean? Are the cops regularly ignoring the discovery of felons with a gun in their possession? Do transactions that arm bad guys get ignored by a distracted police system? I think that the existing laws allow the existing frequency of 'bad' shootings because they don't really fund or allow the kinds of activities that would actually reduce the number of bad guys with guns, or increase good guys with guns. Everytime somebody comes up with an idea for trying that, a certain quarter says the constitution doesn't allow it, and here we are with a number one world ranking...

posted @ Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 07:28

UGA papers reveal senator's doubts about JFK assassination

This article reveals a lot...about the media and why print journalism is so important. Like with broadcast, and mixed-media formats, the article starts with a punch: 'senator' == somebody big, 'doubts' == you might have been lied to and now we fix it, 'kennedy assassination' == really powerful hook/story

But unlike those more insipid media formats, the written word leaves YOU in charge of your reaction. By having the complete freedom to slow down, scroll back, pause and go look up something else, then you can put together your own assessment of what import is carried by the article. For me, for example, it really goes back into a pretty undramatic form:

--the only specific messages from Sen Russell quoted in the article are from his original notes upon getting briefed by the commission chair as the commission is formed, a few weeks after the assassination...so while it might vaguely imply some conspiracy theory bent on Russell's part, in fact:

-two weeks after the assassination, tons of stuff had been checked out by the innumerable law enforcement agencies on some aspect of the case, and at local, state, and federal levels...and vast amounts of that evidence are unchallenged and absolutely consistent with the Oswald a kook ex-marine middle-grade marksman who took his mail-order rifle to his workplace on the published parade route, shot the victims and bolted from the building. It hardly seems unlikely to me that in those two weeks, the single perpetrator theory had picked up a mighty convincing story from the facts of the case, and saw no reason to imagine that the Russians, the mob, or the KKK would possibly have designed an utterly diabolical, sophisticated scheme using as their principal instrument a loopy dingbat who happened to have gotten the job in the building on the parade route months before the visit by the president was even planned...so maybe Russell had a process to go through synthesizing the facts, but everyone already on it was getting pretty clear

--the mentions of later notes and documents are really only mentioning the single-bullet theory, which does sound sort of whacky...at least until you cycle through the frames of the zapruder film and actually see Connolly rotating and leaning in the front seat when the second shot goes through Kennedy's lower neck

posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 07:12

Military son surprises folks with return from Middle East during Georgia game

OK: I'll be the neg champion for the year but:

If a great big country wanted to distract people from their expense, losses, and moral blight of sending massively armed killers into other countries all around the world, then wouldn't it just make great sense to:

spend a bunch more for publicity campaigns to spout how these are heroes, fighting for our freedoms...given all the crap we hear here about every policy we have in the dangerous theaters, clearly, when the song isn't playing, we smile and nod and say their work is just great

build all the heart-warming family reunions stories we can into the budget...they keep us from questioning the tax dollars we feed this machine, questions that come up whenever we notice the graves and the amputees, and should be, the whacked out vets shooting up workplaces

No, if you really feel for those folks, then stop paying to send them all over the world in harm's way, harming others.

posted @ Monday, November 11, 2013 - 21:31

US businesses boost hiring despite the shutdown

And another point taking from the right wing play book:

clearly, economic forecasts are unreliable, therefore we should stop letting all that speculation inform policy!!!

posted @ Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 06:58

US businesses boost hiring despite the shutdown

[quote][b]Farmer GA[/b] - Well, look at that. The government gets out of the way for a couple of weeks and we get the best job numbers this year. I thought the Great Leader said that the slowdown would hurt job growth and mean less than 125000 added jobs for October. I guess the lies know no bounds in this administration.
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Sorry Farmer: I ordinarily attend and respect your opinions, although we do not routinely agree...but this one is just down at the level of the foxnewsusefulidiot. Do you actually suppose that businesses making strategic plans actually expected any outcome except the one that happened? Clearly, it was always and only about how long the tea party was going to hold its breath, before they accepted that they don't have the power to raise the house to the level of single-branch government.

posted @ Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 06:55

CBS admits error in Benghazi '60 Minutes' story

@thelastresort: I wouldn't expect anyone who engages in wilful self-deception to quit, either in the face of facts, or when others point out how stupid it is. At least, that's been my experience with these types..

posted @ Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 06:13

Hiltzik: What to pay for pursuit of happiness?

[quote][b]Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass[/b] - My criticism of those less able to cogitate than me makes me deliriously giddy.[/quote]

You know some?

Just kidding: you do OK. But there is a whiff of self-enshrinement in there...

posted @ Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 16:45

Reinstatement of abortion law leaves few options

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"I just can't afford to have another one," she said, crying. But the money to travel north for an abortion isn't there either.
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Seems like if the anti-abortion crowd was specifically focused on that goal, and not feeble in their thinking, they would be eagerly supporting activities which provide contraceptives...

posted @ Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 11:48

Georgia QB positioned for rare feat against Florida

I don't remember this Beule guy, but Buck Belue is a Georgia legend

posted @ Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 03:22

Sanders: Federal budget must be moral, economically sensible

Modern communications, transportation, and automation technology have enabled "combinations too powerful to be suppressed" to arise and dominate our lives: coporations. The sham that is today's right decries government as an overreaching force, which it may be, but they seem to ignore the simple fact that corporations and business generally could not possibly do what they now do without effective government. A century ago, a seamstress right here in Athens could make a living stitching locally produced cotton fabrics into stylish clothes, and faced little competition in selling them. Nowadays, though, investors in Connecticut can pressure magnates in China into squeezing the same (OK, much different, mechanized) labors by teens in Malaysia on fabrics from Egypt into 100s of times the clothing output, wrapping it in plastic with cardboard boxes, and getting it to store shelves here in Athens for purchase at about one fifth the wage equivalent that our local seamstress got from her buyers.
But here's the thing: that vastly complex economic engine that brings those cheap clothes here depends on tens of thousands of people enabled by roads built by government, the safety and security of products and workers in the process ensured by government legal systems, and ultimately rights of property not maintained by serfs with staves, but by lawyers with precedents.

So there is a vital new role for government: these economic 'combinations too powerful to be suppressed' are utterly without conscience and have very little accountability unless we band together and assure that they cannot use their vast powers to monopolize our existences: that banding together is government, who we CAN vote in or out according to our needs.

posted @ Friday, November 1, 2013 - 06:27

Clarke Central teacher reports laptop theft

Who are we talking about here? DR?

posted @ Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 21:49

Schwarz: America fooling itself with outdated poverty line

I believe that both 'sides' have it wrong: the right pretends that modernization hasn't made labor into a global commodity, where workers are competing at disadvantage with third-world counterparts. They pretend that if a worker can't get a decent job its because they aren't trying. But the left has failed to support accountability: the system has failed to present people with clear choices that make it readily apparent that effort and discipline pay off.

On the one hand, the pity-me attitude of those quoting statistics about there being more people on the dole than working (however valid or cooked) or ignoring a bigger truth: you ARE NOT A VICTIM of this economic reality: if so, how do explain the fact that you live in vastly more secure, stable, and wealthy conditions than any antecedent generation. How fancy was your home/car/TV/vacation when you were a kid? Your parents? Your grandparents? Take your sense of victimhood and slap yourself with it until you get some perspective about the lives of others, poor here, people in the rest of the world, humans throughout history.

On the other hand, by demanding little of our own lower-class, we have turned them into practically despised aliens, since the one side blames them for societies ills and the other pretends that they can keep voting against anti-social programs politicians and they are giving enough.

posted @ Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 06:40

McManus: Could the middle class disappear?

[quote][b]bostonsam[/b] - Your last sentence is a bit offensive.[/quote]

so, you have another alternative? I wasn't trying to offend anyone, just pointing out what the system seems to be headed for

posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 09:51

McManus: Could the middle class disappear?

[quote][b]Eastville[/b] - Then Federal interventionism shuttered those careers.[/quote]

Interesting theory. I think we all agree that those jobs went overseas because labor costs were so much lower that transportation costs were outweighed by the difference. So the question then becomes:

as a society, are we better off ensuring that basic rote workers have enough to live on from the terms of their employment or we allow business owners to pay them LESS than that, and we make up the difference in taxation.

I guess the alternative is to encourage baby-making, pay them less until they die, and count on natural lust (in abundance, no doubt) to cover the loss

posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 08:33

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