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@cyou299: Try telling that to the two nurses now hospitalized with Ebola, who, as you so sarcastically put it, "tripped over that tree root."

posted @ Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 09:35

Gaudin: Conservative criticism of Obama is unfounded

Just as an aside, let me add that many of those Democrats now running from the President and his policies at breakneck speed, helped to facilitate them, and those who didn't, "trusted his judgment," and heretofore, never bothered to voice any opposition to them.

Can you say hypocrisy?

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:02

Gaudin: Conservative criticism of Obama is unfounded

Unfortunately for Mr. Gaudin, and for the President, his opinion is not shared by the majority of the American populace.

The fact that Democrats running for re-election are staying as far away from the President and his policies as possible, also diminishes this rosy picture.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:01

Obama weighs Ebola czar; Texas toughens monitoring

Another czar? Really? Typical liberal solution, add another layer of government to an already massive bureaucracy. That will solve the problem. We don't need an Ebola Czar. We need for those presently in charge to use a little common sense.

1) A travel ban from the African nations affected by this disease would have prevented the original Ebola patient, Mr. Duncan, from ever coming to the U.S. Once he did, the domino effect feared in a contagious disease began.
2) Once it was discovered that he had the disease, he should have immediately been transferred to one of the four hospitals in the country equipped to handle these cases.
3) NO ONE who came in any kind of contact with this patient should have been allowed to travel, but they were, with the approval of the CDC. We now are being told that in addition to the nurse who flew to Ohio, a Texas Presbyterian Hospital technician who handled specimens from Mr. Duncan is now aboard a cruise ship. Self monitoring? Really?
4) Privacy laws and civil liberties MUST take a back seat in an incident where potentially thousands of citizens lives could be affected.

@mpd0.59: Sorry, but blaming the Texas Governor, the city of Dallas, or the Texas Presbyterian Hospital and it's employees, doesn't cut it. They had this crisis dumped in their laps through no fault of their own, and they are now suffering mightily for it. Were mistakes made? Certainly there were, as would be the case of any hospital in any city or state that was completely unprepared, untrained, and ill equipped to handle such a health crisis. Blaming the victims, which all of the above are, is a pathetic attempt to pass the buck.

"Obama Cancels More Travel to Oversee Ebola Response, Urging ‘Aggressive’ Action".

Well whoop-dee-do. I guess there is a first time for everything. As far as urging "aggressive action", he is a day late and a dollar short. As with other crises this country has faced recently, this Administration has been re-active instead of pro-active.

Nice try by the Daily Beast to attempt to shift blame to the Governor of Texas, and the Texas Presbyterian Hospital, and it's employees. I don't, however, think that will cut it with most people.

posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:32

Grimes: Georgia senatorial contest is interesting race

@Beck: President Obama: "I am not on the ballot this fall, but make no mistake, every single one of my polices are"

Enough said. He is correct. Not one "Moderate Democrat" currently in the Senate has been able to stop his policies from being enacted, and in most cases, they have not attempted to.

Any current attempt at bipartisanship stops at Harry Reid's desk. If the Democrats and Reid, keep control of the Senate, his policies will continue unchecked. Take a good long look at the state of the nation, and if you think the President's policies have contributed to it's "well-being," then by all means vote for Nunn. If you don't, and are not willing to take the risk that the President and the Senate continues unabated, then vote for Purdue.

posted @ Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 09:58

BLOG: Here's how Tim Denson's "Ride the Bus" challenge turned out

Tim Denson should realize, that no matter what the endeavor, the old saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink" holds true, whether it involves Commissioners, County Officials, or ordinary citizens.

I am much more concerned by what our Commissioner's accomplish once they reach the Chamber, than how they get there.

posted @ Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:14

Athens OKs Sunday voting

@mpd0.59: If you are basing "freedom" on the amount of monies spent by government on all levels, we are no doubt the freest people in the history of the world.

This issue is not about freedom, it is about giving citizens the convenience of an extra day to vote, period.

All registered voters had the ability to vote prior to this ruling by the BOE. Those who were unable to cast their ballot in early voting, on a Saturday, or on election day, due to job or other constraints, had the ability to cast an absentee ballot, which is relatively easy. Endeavoring to tie this decision to freedom or the expansion of democracy, is simply disingenuous.

“The only remotely valid argument against this is cost-related, but what other things should take that funding?” Athens activist Tim Denson said while addressing the board Tuesday.

I would imagine there are Departments throughout the ACC Government, as well as citizens, who could name some worthy projects to take that funding.

This is, however, a done deal. Time to move on, and hope voter participation is increased by this step. Perhaps we will know for sure when the percentage of voter turn out for the up-coming elections is revealed.

posted @ Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 10:24

Athens-Clarke County could be next to OK Sunday voting

@maxcat07: "Sounds as if some here are very much against increasing enfranchising the voting populace. Why am I not one bit surprised? It might enable some of the "others" to be able to vote, and we can't have that."

I am not against "enfranchising" the voting populace. We've done that, as I stated above, with Saturday voting, early voting, absentee voting, and 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. voting. My only question is when is enough enough. What's next, if this doesn't satisfy those complaining? You haven't answered that.

Who exactly are the "others", you refer to, and why are they unable to vote as it stands? Are you suggesting that Sunday voting is being proposed to satisfy only a certain segment of the voting populace? Surely not. Don't spew out innuendos, in an attempt to put words into people's mouths. Spell out what you mean, or join the "wusses crowd".

As to those private citizens who are willing to help the Government cover the costs of additional voting times, that's great news. I would love to see the ABH print their names, so that they can be recognized for their generosity. Let's be honest, however, while they may be generous in their efforts, they are not furthering the cause of "citizen democracy", they are furthering the cause of convenience.

"Many nations have national holidays on voting day".
Nothing wrong with that. I would love to see that here, as it would eliminate what many see as existing problems with voting. Want to bet however, some would still not be satisfied?

posted @ Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 13:08

Athens-Clarke County could be next to OK Sunday voting

“Having early voting on Sundays is one way that Athens-Clarke County can make voting convenient and accessible,” Denson wrote in his release. “The introduction of Saturday voting has been a step in the right direction, but we must do more.”

The question is, how much more convenient? Voting by phone, or the internet. House to house canvassing my poll workers? Is it really that hard for those pushing this to get their supporters to the polls? But hey, what's a thousand dollars here and there, and the additional burden to poll workers, if it makes voting EASY?

Anyone ever hear of the absentee ballot? It's for those folks who can't make it to their polling place on regular election days due to numerous constraints, including the inability to leave their jobs. It's easy, they will mail you your ballot, you mark it, and mail it back.

We now have Saturday voting, and early voting, on top of regular election day voting, when polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. is allowed to vote, no matter how long it takes.

Waiting in line? Oh the horror! Ever wonder how many of those pushing for this "convenience" would stand in line for hours, or even camp out overnight for the latest electronic gadget, toy, or concert ticket?

When was the last time you saw anyone camped out overnight at a polling place?

Voting is a right, but also a privilege. one that is denied many in this world, who would be more than happy to have just one opportunity to have their voices heard.

Ever wonder what those who fought so hard for the right to vote would think of all the whining and complaining we hear today over "convenience" We have become a nation of wusses.

posted @ Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 11:45

Athens police determine woman not shoplifting when newborn dropped on head

@dahreese: I have no intention of getting into a back and forth with you on this, so I will say only once more that I did not comment, nor did I plus or minus any comments on this article, period. If your "research" indicates that I did, something is amiss. Had I done so, I would never have made mention of it, as responding to your posts, is something I am loathe to do, no matter how ridiculous they may be.

In closing, let me just say, that if you took the time to investigate who posted on the original article, and who gave pluses or minuses, all in an attempt to inject and make charges of racism into an issue, where none existed, you really need to get a life.

posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 11:01

Athens police determine woman not shoplifting when newborn dropped on head

@dahreese: You would be wrong. Nice try.

posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:26

Athens police determine woman not shoplifting when newborn dropped on head

@dahreese: I don't know where you got the idea that I commented in any way on this article, as I did not. You had best do some checking before you anoint yourself judge and jury over other people's actions.

You've just put yourself in the same category as those you are criticizing, with your accusatory list of "assuming she was shoplifting" critics, in which race played no part. Pathetic. Pot meet Kettle.

posted @ Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 08:22

Today's editorial cartoon

@marshalld: I don't see the Republicans in Congress attempting to stop the President's actions in Iraq and Syria. Though most see it as too little too late, he has the support of both Republican leaders in the House and Senate.

posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:04

Today's editorial cartoon

@cyou299: " according to repubiclans...if there is a war...you really should support your president. That's what was screamed 24/7 so many years ago."

According to polls, the majority of Republicans support the President's recent action in Iraq and Syria, Democrats, not so much.

As far as I am aware, the Intelligence Communities of the U.S. the British, and the Germans, never denied providing intelligence to the Bush Administration and Congress indicating that Iraq possessed WMD's.

Our present Intelligence Community IS denying Obama's assertion that they "underestimated the danger that ISIS presented". According to Intelligence officials, Obama was warned long ago of the danger to the region and the U.S. from this group. He ignored their warnings, along with those of his former Defense Secretaries. Therein lies the difference, and that, and nothing more, makes his excuse bogus.

As for consistency, you are to be admired for yours, but you must forgive those who feel that it is misplaced. As for those you call "fools", I suppose it depends on your definition of the word.

posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 11:59

Up to 100 people being watched in connection with Texas Ebola case

So it has gone from a handful, to "up to 100 people" who are now being monitored for the Ebola Virus?

I think our government would be wise to be prudent here, and begin limiting travel from affected African countries to the U.S., until this virus is brought under control in those countries. An ounce of prevention.....?

The message being sent by our government to the American people is "Trust us, we have this under control". There was a time I would believe this, but personally, after witnessing government incompetence after incompetence from Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, the V.A., the rise of ISIS, and the latest Secret Service debacle, my trust has eroded to nil.

One can't help but wonder if the upper respiratory virus that is now infecting hundreds of young people, was brought into this country by some entering illegally from Mexico. One more reason to seal the borders.

It is long past due for our Government to put the safety and well being of it's citizens above political correctness.

posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 09:43

Thomas: Obama spreads the blame for missing ISIS rise

I too, wish you had the time and interest to "refute EVERY one of those badly repeated meaningless comments". It would be interesting, if not comical, to see you attempt to do so.

Unfortunately for you, and more so for the rest of the country, Cal Thomas' commentary is spot on. Those "blank baseless memes" you accuse him of making, have been backed up by the President's own intelligence community, and by both former Defense Secretaries.

It is obvious that the President is way below his pay grade in decision making that affects this country and it's citizen's safety and well being. If the President, has, and is, refusing to take the advice of those in the know, and the results are as damaging as we are now witnessing, the very least he should do is take responsibility. I'm not holding my breath.

posted @ Friday, October 3, 2014 - 09:20

School administrators show preference for Carter

"School administrators show preference for Carter".

Well duh! With the promise of more money in their coffers, why not?

".....but the audience of administrators seemed more interested in the spending than the concern of higher taxes." Enough said.

Until these "administrators" begin to show better results deriving from the spending already in place, any increases should be met with a resounding NO.

After decades of increased spending on education, the only results we see are lower graduation rates, lower test scores, and those who do manage to graduate high school, not being able to enter college without remedial courses, or obtain a decent job, because many cannot manage to string two sentences together coherently.

Our public schools are failing, there is no doubt about that. However, it isn't because of a shortage of funding. It's because of a shortage of motivated students who sincerely wish to learn, and a shortage of parents who are involved and care about their children's education. That's something no amount of money can buy.

posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 09:31

Hiltzik: Despite business grousing, Obama good on economy

@Jerry NeSmith: "The job market hasn’t grown this fast since the Clinton administration."

This is somewhat of an oxymoron, considering that as late as August 22nd, Janet Yellen stated that "the labor market has not fully recovered", using that as reasoning for the Fed not reversing it's current policies. If the job market is indeed growing faster than it has in decades, the question is, just what constitutes a full recovery?

It would seem that much of what economic recovery we have seen the last six years, has been based on the billions of printed dollars the Feds have released into the economy. I can only assume they are scared to death of what will happen when that ceases. They are not alone.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 10:32

The Editor's Desk: Sept. 11 isn't day for political manuevering

Sorry, I just don't see it that way.

Everyone, whether politician or ordinary citizen, should be able to openly reflect their feelings regarding the events of 9-11. I saw nothing in the words of any of those mentioned in the op-ed, that screamed "elect me".

Their statements reflected many of those I saw posted by friends and family on Facebook. Despite the passage of thirteen years, the wounds inflicted that day are still raw, leading many to openly express their emotions. I sincerely hope that the continued passage of time will not suffer to silence us all.

Silence does speak volumes, however, of all days, I believe this day should not be one where we keep quiet, especially knowing that there are those in the world who would love to see the atrocities of 9-11 repeated. Never let them believe that we have forgotten.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:54

Hiltzik: Despite business grousing, Obama good on economy

". . . . it’s only proper to ask why this president, in particular, isn’t getting credit for a substantial bull run."

Perhaps it's because it isn't his policies that have led to a bull market, but the policies of the Fed over the last years, pumping money into the economy, and keeping interest rates artificially low. It will be interesting to see what happens, if, or when, they stop these practices.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:26

Janay Rice breaks her silence, describes situation as ‘horrible nightmare’

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,”

Is this woman serious? This was a nightmare of their own creating. As the old saying goes, "When you lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas".

Sadly, this isn't unusual in domestic violence cases. Most victims refuse to prosecute, and continue with the cycle of violence until one or the other ends up dead. As for the children involved, unfortunately, in many cases, the cycle of violence is passed on. Sad.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 14:06

Longer Rice video features obscenities, spitting

@barryhollander: I agree that domestic violence is not something to be joked about or taken lightly.

In that same vein, lets hope that Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the head of the Democratic party, who recently accused Gov. Scott Walker of "giving women the back of his hand" and "dragging them around by the hair", has watched this video, and now knows what her vile description actually looks like.

Considering that black men and women suffer the highest rate of domestic violence, perhaps she should begin chiding those in her own back yard, who are among the biggest Democratic supporters.

Using domestic violence as a metaphor in an attempt to score political points, should also be reason for an apology on air, I suspect. "Except, sadly probably not".

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:55

US job growth drops to 142K, slowest in 8 months

@Duke Briscoe: Nice Try. However, think back to when the Democrats had control of the White House and both houses of Congress.

They passed a billion dollar "stimulus bill" that stimulated nothing. That revenue was supposed to create jobs by providing revenue for "shovel ready" infrastructure projects. When that didn't happen, the President joked that "shovel ready projects were not as shovel ready as we expected" Not funny.

The truth is, much of that revenue went to solar energy companies who later went bankrupt. Other projects were hamstrung by elaborate government regulations, and millions of dollars of that revenue went for projects totally unrelated to job creation. Do we, to this day, know exactly where all this money went, and how many jobs were created from it?

The best thing "government", no matter which party controls it, can do to further job creation, is to get it's foot off the necks of those in the private sector, who are the real job creators.

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 09:44

Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

@nowheregirl: Agreed! I miss a lot of the old posters, even ones I disagreed with. . I can understand their absence, however. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it. Wish I had your ability to "keep it simple". With all the pent up frustration over events of the day, I just keep rambling on. You have a great day also!

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:04

Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

@dzogchen: "nowheregirl" is correct. President Obama's approval, or disapproval ratings, are a direct result of his actions or in-actions, whether domestic or foreign. If you have been paying attention, today's critics of the President's policies cross political lines.

"Anyone else here old enough to remember when even Republicans agreed that politics should end at the nation's border?"

I've been around a while, so I think I can effectively challenge that statement. Whether it was WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, The Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, the breaching of our borders by illegals, or any other conflict the U.S. has been involved in, there has always been political discourse, angst, and criticisms leveled, and used against, whatever President was in power at the time. Foreign policy, whether during peace or wartime, has always been a huge political issue to all Americans.

You either have a very short memory, or you have deliberately chosen not to remember.

posted @ Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 10:19

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