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Country superstar Kenny Chesney performs tonight at Georgia Theatre

What a BIG surprise, even for Athens.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:38

Boutique hotel to open in former Foundry Park Inn

Some of you guys always seem to be looking for a scandal.

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:04

Isakson says U.S. has an interest in stopping ISIS

@snarkydude: This article is about Isakson. I wanted to point out that he voted for the very bill which authorized the automatic sequester cuts to the military, while Saxby voted against it.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 09:33

Isakson says U.S. has an interest in stopping ISIS

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - @mpd0.59: President Obama insisted on the sequester to be added to the budget deal. [/quote]
Once again you glossed over significant contextual details. You failed to mention the debt ceiling, which was why these events happened in the first place. The Dems wanted a "clean" vote on raising the debt limit, but the Repubs insisted on tying it to substantial spending cuts. In order to avoid another partial gubbermint shutdown, The President and the Congressional leaders agreed to the Budget Control Act to raise the debt limit on the condition that a bi-partisan budget supercommittee would be established to define $1.2 trillion in spending cuts. As part of the BCA, the sequester was a draconian fallback measure meant to cajole the supercommittee into reaching an agreement. The supercommittee failed, and the sequester cuts automatically went into effect. That's how it really happened. Curious you never mentioned the bi-partisan supercommittee.
[quote] I didn't gloss over anything. I didn't even bring it up because it's a moot point.[/quote]
At first you said "The Republicans called the President out on this one and voted for the budget". In actuality about one-third of House Republicans and 40% of Senate Republicans, including Saxby Chambliss, voted against the BCA. Not exactly the ground swell of Republican support you glossed over.
[quote] The President signed the budget deal with his sequester.[/quote]
Congress including the Republican controlled House had to pass the BCA in order to get it to the President's desk, but we'll gloss over that inconvenient truth in the interest of Obama bashing.
[quote] The country needed a budget very badly, even a bad one. [/quote]
The country's most pressing need at the time was to raise the debt ceiling on spending already authorized by Congress in order to prevent another shutdown.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 09:11

Isakson says U.S. has an interest in stopping ISIS

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - @mpd0.59: The Republicans called the President out on this one ... [/quote]
You glossed over the fact that nineteen Republican Senators voted against the bill, including Saxby Chambliss. Too bad Isakson didn't have the same insight.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 17:17

Isakson says U.S. has an interest in stopping ISIS

[quote][b]snarkydude[/b] - @mpd0.59: The President signed that law. Do you suppose he has any responsibility here?[/quote]
Isakson voted for the bill. Do you suppose he has any responsibility here? Oh...I forgot...to you Repubs, everything is Barack Obama's fault.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 17:06

Largest Kroger in Georgia opened Wednesday in north Athens

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - I need bananas, milk, and shampoo...[/quote]
They place necessities around the periphery of store to make you walk through the discretionary and impulse items.
[quote] ...that's over a 1/3 mile minimum.[/quote]
Isn't there a walk-in clinic in the store?

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:37

Poll: Parents uncomfortable with youth football

@barryhollander: Don't forget the War on Women, which knows no season.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:30

Man arrested after friend's Russian roulette death

Darwin rules !

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:26

Isakson says U.S. has an interest in stopping ISIS

“We’re teetering on stripping our force down below effectiveness levels,” he [Isakson] said.

Well, Johnny, do you suppose it might have something to do with the sequestration cuts Congress passed in 2011, which you failed to mention? Recall, you voted FOR, while Saxby voted AGAINST, it.

Service Chiefs Detail 2014 Sequestration Effects
By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19, 2013 – One after another yesterday in a hearing before a House panel, the nation’s service chiefs described how severe budget cuts required by law in fiscal year 2014 would slash their forces, capabilities and readiness and raise security risks to the American people.
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Sequestration is the name for a decade-long series of severe budget cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 that amount to $470 billion taken from defense spending in addition to an equivalent cut that already was planned.

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=120825

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:09

Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

It's a tourism gun range...

The dusty outdoor range calls itself the Bullets and Burgers Adventure and touts its "Desert Storm atmosphere."

http://news.msn.com/us/gun-tourism-grows-in-popularity-in-recent-years

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:00

Largest Kroger in Georgia opened Wednesday in north Athens

[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] -
I shall follow up with some other apothecaries and report back. [/quote]
Just a couple of comments:
1. It sounds trite but still applies: "It pays to shop around." Not available around here but Costco has some of the lowest drug prices around and you don't have to be a member.
2. I don't know how much it helps but there's a county discount drug program card available at no cost to residents:

http://athensclarkecounty.com/1217/Prescription-Drug-Discount-Program

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 07:00

Paroled felon leads Athens police, GSP on chase

@snarkydude: That would apply to drivers in general.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 06:47

Girl, 9, accidentally kills gun instructor with Uzi

The girl fired the weapon at the outdoor range that caters to heavy tourism traffic along U.S. Highway 93 between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Highway signage and Internet advertising beckons visitors to stop in, fire a machine gun and enjoy a meal at the Bullets and Burgers enterprise at the Last Stop, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/shooting-instructor-dies-after-...

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:47

Largest Kroger in Georgia opened Wednesday in north Athens

The parkings spaces were ALL filled at mid-morning.

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:34

10 things to know about corporate inversions

Since the company becomes a foreign corporation after inversion, does that mean it is no longer a corporate person under U.S law and therefore can't make unlimited political donations to superpacs or have the same rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution?

posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:36

New Kroger Marketplace opens Wednesday in Athens

Move over, Walmart.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 17:38

4 jailed after rocks tossed from freeway overpass

It pleases me to no end to hear these cowards got caught. WSB has a better write up of this story.


Kyhrie Harris, Juan Peterson, and Michael Ellis

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/police-arrest-2-after-boulder-throw...

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:01

Lawyers for Texas' Perry ask judge for dismissal

Here's the truth about special prosecutor Michael McCrum:

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/18/mccrum-story/

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 06:56

Refugee group hopeful despite opposition in Athens

[quote][b]nancy30683[/b] - It would seem, from the gist of the above article, they have made up their minds, and it's simply a matter of when, not if. Apparently you can't say no. [/quote]
Evidently not. It reminds me of when State Rep Doug McKillip's submitted a redistricting map of ACC without any input from the Mayor or County Commissoners.

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-04-22/commissioners-urge-feds-re...

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:51

Woman barred from Athens Kroger after she’s seen urinating in pot

Better headline: Woman arrested for using pot inside Kroger

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:23

Convenience store clerk shot to death in Atlanta

Tragic story, but it's pretty much irrelvant news to NE Georgia.

posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:18

Georgia beer packaged in almost completely recycled can

Nobody buys beer. You only rent it.

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:38

2nd & Charles opens Thursday in Athens

I've visited their store in Augusta on Washington Rd, and it was pretty cool.

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:34

Refugee group hopeful despite opposition in Athens

“There was nothing in the email that made it seem like it was something I needed to be concerned about,” Denson said Thursday.

It sounds like our mayor was asleep at the wheel or disengaged at best. Where was her leadership when she was first contacted. She should have at least touched base with the person, regardless of whether she thought it could actually happen or made any sense. ACC has one of the highest poverty rates in Georgia, and this county can ill afford to take on refugees, who would be low income earners at best, if they could find jobs. They would be competing against longtime locals and college students for the same low paying jobs. Besides putting additional strain on our infrastructure and tax base, it would cause rents to rise for residents living in non-student housing. It makes more sense to relocate them to a major metro area like Savannah, Macon, or Augusta, where their degree of impact on local services would be less, and there would be more opportunities of employment. Our mayor really needs to play some serious catch up ball here.

McCrary said 90 percent of refugees helped by the International Rescue Committee are self-sufficient within six months. In that time, he said, refugees rely on federal assistance and receive no monetary help from state or local governments.

Whether you take money out of the front pocket or the back pocket, it's still money out of the pocket.

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 08:59

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