What a BIG surprise, even for Athens.posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:38
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
@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
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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?
@barryhollander: Don't forget the War on Women, which knows no season.posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:30
Darwin rules !posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:26
“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.
It's a tourism gun range...
The dusty outdoor range calls itself the Bullets and Burgers Adventure and touts its "Desert Storm atmosphere."posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:00
[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:
@snarkydude: That would apply to drivers in general.posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 06:47
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.
posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:47
The parkings spaces were ALL filled at mid-morning.posted @ Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:34
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
Move over, Walmart.posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 17:38
It pleases me to no end to hear these cowards got caught. WSB has a better write up of this story.
posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:01
Kyhrie Harris, Juan Peterson, and Michael Ellis
Here's the truth about special prosecutor Michael McCrum:posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 06:56
[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.
Better headline: Woman arrested for using pot inside Krogerposted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:23
Tragic story, but it's pretty much irrelvant news to NE Georgia.posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:18
Nobody buys beer. You only rent it.posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:38
I've visited their store in Augusta on Washington Rd, and it was pretty cool.posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 09:34
“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
Summary: I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. I'm not saying it's lonely to be a movie critic, but we often find ourselves seated alone in an empty theatre when we're watching new stuff. I know people who say they won't go see anything unless they have at least one other person to go with, but I've always enjoyed having the place to myself. read more
As you might imagine, the vast majority of the editorial cartoons available these days for publication through the syndicate which supplies cartoons to the Athens Banner-Herald/OnlineAthens are addressing the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white police officer has touched off a number of demonstrations -- some peaceful, but many not at all peaceful, with tear gas fired by police officers and gunshots fired by some protester. read more