There are millions of men, women and children throughout the world who face persecution and starvation daily. Should we take them all, or only those who can conveniently break our laws and cross our southern border at will? If we only choose the latter, then those who daily lament "compassion" are hypocrites.
"nowheregirl" is correct. There is only so much one nation can do. Our schools are overcrowded, public housing, food stamps, and medical care for legal citizens have become stretched to the limit. Many of our elderly are being forced out of their homes due to increased property taxes, and some forced to choose between eating, or paying for ever increasing life sustaining drug costs. Right here in Clarke County, our schools provide meals to local children twelve months out of the year.
This nation has nothing to apologize for. Throughout our history, we have given our blood and treasure to advance freedom throughout the world. We have, for decade after decade, been the first to step up in natural disasters, and have provided military and humanitarian relief to threatened countries everywhere. Our Churches and Charities to this day, continue to send their members on missions to build schools, housing, and help educate and feed many wherever needed.
We have, for generations, opened our doors to those in the world seeking to come here legally. No other nation in the world can come close to matching our generosity.
How many of the "compassionate liberals" who daily lament that we should "turn no one away" are willing to take any of these illegals into their own homes, feed, clothe, and educate them? They want compassion as long as someone else pays for it. Talk is cheap, especially when it is others, many themselves struggling, they are asking to foot the bill.
Lay off the guilt trip, it isn't working. There is a limit to what we can afford to do. Trillions of dollars in debt, with no end in sight, when does actual reality set in?posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 11:11
@Duke Briscoe: "Always nice to have some hard data to think about. National leader in low birth weight babies - that sounds like it really needs some attention"
Indeed it does, by the women carrying these babies. Until these women put the health and welfare of their unborn children above their own personal bad habits, nothing will change.
All women, including those living below the poverty level, have access to healthy foods, vitamins, and good prenatal care. They also have access, through their local Health Dept., to birth control. If a woman does not wish to take personal responsibility for the health of her unborn child, she should avail herself of them.
It begins with the Mother, There is just so much a state can do to improve these statistics.posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:48
How many who now pay to subscribe to the on line edition of the ABH think that it has improved? Obviously, I can't speak for all of it's publications, but in this case, when you can increase your revenues without having to better your product, your bottom line is bound to increase.
I am glad, for the sake of it's employees, that Morris Communications has improved it's financial bottom line. However, considering that many businesses and individuals still find themselves struggling, perhaps Mr. Morris should speak for himself regarding his rosy outlook.
“The Great Recession touched us all, but I think the worst of it is behind us.”
As nice as this sounds, it isn't reality for everyone.posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 08:33
"Hate" There's that word again. When all else fails.posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 08:24
"What it boils down to is “Open Season on Obama.”
Poor President Obama. His low approval ratings have nothing to do with what he has done, or not done, as the case may be, but solely because of those evil Republicans.
Nothing out of the ordinary in this Op-Ed. The same theme runs through all that are penned lately by Obama supporters" It's always the fault of others.
His low approval ratings couldn't possibly be because "the smartest guy in the room", doesn't appear to be quite so smart.posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 08:23
@marshalld: "Only in Georgia."
Well, not exactly. Check the article, and the attached map.
"Georgia is among 36 states whose insurance exchanges are federally run."
Not to worry, the subsidies will continue unabated. Even those for the "fake applicants" who were approved in a recent federal undercover investigation by the Government Accountability Office.posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 08:07
"To those who can’t admit President Obama is, in reality, a moderate Republican...." LOL! You need to read no further than this statement to garner the gist of this op-ed.
Bowe Bergdahl was at best AWOL, and at worst a deserter. There should be no surprise that the trading of five of the best and brightest of known Terrorists for his release would result in outrage. The President and his Administration handled the aftermath of his release very poorly with his Rose Garden appearance, and the ridiculous statements by Susan Rice that Bergdahl had been captured on the battlefield, and had served with distinction. By doing so, they only managed to exasperate the outrage.
The labeling of anyone who disagrees with liberals on this, or any other issue of the day, as racists, bigots, and haters, has become the mantra of the Democratic party. When all else fails....
If Greg Benson or anyone else fails to find examples of histrionic outrage and humorless hate among those of the liberal persuasion, they obviously are not looking very far.posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:12
@snarkydude: Bravo!!posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 12:53
@proftom: I am not here to defend the Bush Administration, as they had their share of mistakes.
However, as to the unnecessary war you mention, what most seem to conveniently forget, is that decision was one of the few bi-partisan decisions made over the last two administrations. Failing to admit it doesn't make it true.
I will agree that the gridlock we have in Congress is due to both sides of the aisle failing to address problems we face. We the people ARE ultimately responsible. The sad reality is that Congress is divided, because we the people are divided. Our Representatives are doing the biding of their constituents, who all believe it's only "others" who are the ideologues.
What, if anything, will bring us together on issues of day, is anyone's guess. No one seems to be able to stay in the middle of the road anymore. It's come down to "I want", We want", and to hell with what everybody else wants, and what is ultimately best for the country as a whole.posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:25
@rzimdars: It isn't the vote margin of victory that impresses me. It's how a President leads once elected. Considering President Obama's lack of leadership, and his declining popularity even among many who voted for him, I would imagine there is more squirming going on than you imagine.
None of us, including yourself, know how the 2016 election will play out. However, Hillary Clinton has been doing a bit a squirming herself of late.
I am not familiar with the Ray Milland movie "Squirm". However there was his enduring film "Lost Weekend". I'd say in the case of President Obama's tenure, a more appropriate description would be "Lost Decade".posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 09:32
Whether it's either:
1) Harry Reid's recent statement that "The border is secure".
2) Nancy Pelosi's recent statement that "We should all be afraid of this Court, that five guys are determining which contraceptives are legal or not".
3) Press Secretary Josh Earnest's recent statement that President Obama is "bringing tranquility to the globe".
All are examples of complete and utter lies, that continue unabated from this Administration, and it's supporting Democratic minions. Take your pick which makes the best cartoon, or who makes the best cartoon character. They all fit nicely.
What is not funny, is that they actually believe that the American people are naive enough to believe their lies. Insulting? I'd say yes, but unfortunately, there are many who continue to defend them, lies and all.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:42
"Does it not concern you that your exhaustive investigation did not uncover the fact that you were missing emails, and you had to be read about it in the press?"
Excellent question that leads to another question: Just how exhaustive can the Justice Department's year long investigation be, if they have to read about such an explosive development in the newspaper?
Whether it is President Obama becoming aware of the VA scandal by way of the newspaper, or the Justice Dept. becoming aware of the missing E-Mails the same way, only one conclusion can be reached. We best hope that the White House and the Justice Department don't let their newspaper subscriptions lapse.posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:10
"Jones continued to make more threats and warned, “I’ll be back in a year.”
Unfortunately for the citizens of this county, this thug's remark is true, and he and all his fellow thugs know it.
Our Judicial system is a revolving door. I can only imagine how discouraging it is for our public safety personnel who risk their lives daily apprehending this trash, to see them back on the streets in a matter of months.posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 09:00
“Five men on the Supreme Court rolled back the clock on women in America,” said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash."
Well, at least she didn't refer to them as "five white men", as Harry Reid recently did. LOL. As has been pointed out by many lately, Ms. Murray and others seem to conveniently forget that it was men who originally passed Roe vs Wade in the first place.
How exactly has the "clock been rolled back on women in America"? All forms of birth control that were originally available to them, are still available, period. The actual ruling that companies with religious objections to abortion inducing drugs, can opt out of paying for those drugs, has been twisted, and blatantly lied about time and again by those who know better, solely to seek political advantage. News flash ladies. It isn't your health they are concerned about, it is your vote.
If I read this article correctly, the Democrats are banking that women in America are so shallow, that they will base their upcoming votes solely on this Supreme Court ruling.
They seem to believe that women are not interested in the many other vital issues that face this country, themselves, and their families. The economy, the chaos on the border, Obamacare, upheaval throughout the world, the serious issues at the IRS, VA, and other government agencies, to name a few.
Democrats are running from these issues like a cat with a dog on it's tail. If pandering to women is all they have, they should at least get their facts straight.posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:52
@mpd0.59: Indeed. As stated above, it was passed and signed into law by President Bush to "give protection to sex trafficking victims."
Do you honestly think that the tens of thousands of illegals recently pouring across the border are fleeing sex traffickers? The President does not hesitate to use his "pen and phone" to bypass laws that don't suit his purpose. I am assuming this one does.
Just as an aside, the very mentioning of the Dept. of Homeland Security in conjunction with the tens of thousands of illegal border crossings is somewhat of an oxymoron. What Homeland Security?posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 08:09
I think before invoking the names of Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, or Dwight Eisenhower, Mr. Bernard and others should ask themselves what these former President's reactions would be if they could see the state of our country today.
Massive debt, a weakened national defense, those who have served, being denied life saving treatment, while others have more and more of their basic needs subsidized by the government.
Millions upon millions of illegals streaming across our unprotected borders, stretching our resources to the limit. Millions of dollars given in bonuses to government employees for NOT doing their jobs effectively. Billions of dollars spent on a decades long war on poverty resulting in just as many, if not more, living in poverty than ever before.
I don't know about you, but I don't think they would like what they would see, and I don't think they would believe continuing to increase feeding the insatiable monster our government has become, solely solves the problem.
Wars you say? Sure, we can do away with all of them, become isolationists, and take our chances. I'm not sure what Roosevelt and Eisenhower, who were scorned by many who considered the European theater of war "not our problem", would say about that, but who knows?
I have no problem increasing taxes for services vital to ALL Americans. What Mr. Bernard fails to realize, is that it is not so much about increasing revenues, as it is about how present revenues are being spent, that irks so many.
Priorities Mr. Bernard, priorities. We all have to have them in our everyday lives, and should expect none the less from our government.
Do us, and the Board of Elections a favor. Rather than write in a former President, which puts you on par with those who in protest, write in Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, just stay at home, and save them the bother.posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:25
@mpd0.59: Don't disagree. However as Clarke County expends over $11,000 per pupil, and provides a number of mentoring and social programs, I would say the "village" is doing it's part.posted @ Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 08:33
@Mr Charlie Told Me So: Local County Health Departments, and/or Planned Parenthood, throughout this country, have been dispensing birth control for free in most instances, and based on a sliding income scale in others, for years. Again, nice try.posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 13:54
@franklingrady: Oh please. what is hilarious is your belief that those politicians, who continue to rail falsely regarding this issue, give a hoot about those women working at Hobby Lobby or anywhere else. They are attempting to gin up hysteria among women, plain and simple in order to win votes. I maintain women are not that stupid.posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 13:48
@franklingrady: You are twisting my words, but nice try.
You are correct in that it is every woman's individual decision regarding abortion. That has not changed. It's legal and it remains legal. However, what you keep skirting here, is the issue of who is forced to fund it, in any form. That was the case the Supreme Court ruled on.
Yours, and others, continued assertions that Hobby Lobby or anyone else, is interfering with the personal decisions of women is patently false. Whatever form of birth control was available to them before this decision was handed down, is still available to them, period. I have no doubt the Government will fund them at no cost, as they have been for years in cases where there is no insurance coverage.
The only thing chilling here, is your attempt to minimize the rights of ALL involved, and to characterize this issue as something it is not.posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 13:33
@mpd0.59: "In nature, 50 percent of all fertilized eggs are lost before a woman’s missed menses."
In spite of your interesting biology lesson, you miss one point. What about the other 50 percent? These "morning after pills" are designed to destroy any fertilized egg, period. If left alone, a fertilized egg that is not lost, will proceed to grow over a period of nine months or less, into a viable human being.
Look up the word abort, which the term abortion is derived from. It means simply that a process which has already begun, is stopped from proceeding any further. Hence, it is aborted, which makes your assumed assertion that deliberately destroying already fertilized eggs is not abortion, simply not true.
As to your question of whether "personhood" (?) begins at conception, biology teaches us that without conception, their can be no life. I believe that God and nature are intertwined, and nature gives us balance.
A better question than yours may be, why do so many merciful human beings cause the death of so many babies, in many cases where the baby is viable outside the womb, when other options are available? I believe a merciful God would like an answer to that question.
Again, the core question here is not the right of a woman to use abortion inducing drugs. That right is still afforded to those who make that choice. The question here, is whether those who oppose abortion in any form should be made to pay for it.posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:59
"......forcing companies to pay for methods of women’s contraception to which they object violates the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He said the ruling is limited and there are ways for the administration to ensure women get the birth control they want."
This written opinion says all that needs to be said. One person's demands does not trump another person's constitutional rights. In spite of all the ridiculous hyperbole coming from some, no one is attempting to control women's reproductive rights. They still have the right to birth control and abortion, if they so choose, and can still obtain them free through various avenues.
Wake up women! As a class, we are more independent, stronger, and have more choices than ever before. Stop letting yourselves be used as political pawns by politicians who attempt to pander, and go so far as to compare you to women of other countries who have no rights, reproductive or otherwise, to garner your vote.posted @ Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 09:41
This lawsuit and others that have been, or will be filed, is a direct result of "Passing a bill, so that, you know, you can find out what is in it".
President Obama repeatedly promised that Obamacare would not fund abortions. The four out of sixteen birth control pills that Hobby Lobby objected to, did just that, they aborted an already fertilized egg.
The right of women to have access to such pills is not the point here. That right still exists. Being forced to pay for them, when you have objections to abortion in any form, based on personal beliefs, is.
We may now add his repeated promise of Obamacare not funding abortions, to the other promises of "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor", "If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance", etc.
Bottom line: Don't perpetrate a ruse upon the American people, and not expect them to object.posted @ Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 09:44
@cyou299: " let's see...all these unproven allegations that just keep coming, with never real facts...a surging stock market, housing up, no war, health insurance, unemployment dropping, dropping..."
Add to your facts that the economy actually shrunk by 2.9% last quarter, gas prices are soaring, food prices continue to rise, and more people are on some type of federal subsidy than ever before. Everything's wonderful in la la land.
As to the Stock Market, it was interesting that even with the bad economic news of last quarter, it continued to soar. Nothing seems to faze it, does it? Could it be because the Feds keep pumping billions of dollars into the economy? Wall Street loves it, Main Street not so much. Will be interesting to see what happens if the Feds ever kill the golden goose.posted @ Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 08:48
@snarkydude: Valid points all.
Could it also be that those in leadership positions in Congress and elsewhere, supported the invasion based not only on U.S. intelligence, but also on German and British intelligence. Was this the biggest intelligence failure in history, or were the weapons destroyed or moved in the interim?
Did anyone ever wonder why Saddam continuously refused to let the U.N. Inspectors in to validate the existence or non-existence of WMD's. Could this whole thing been avoided had he done so?
The honest truth is, no matter where your opinion falls, that the majority of Democrats, Republicans and the American people themselves, supported the invasion, and the toppling of Saddam, and only turned against it when the insurgency began, and things began to go terribly bad.
My words are not meant to be an apology for the Bush Administration, as there can be no doubt that huge mistakes were made regarding this war. However, it does irk me that there is a deliberate attempt by many to re-write history in regard to who supported the invasion. It is what it is, and if there is blame to be placed for it, there's plenty to go around.posted @ Friday, June 27, 2014 - 11:45
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more