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Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

I understand there is a quandary here as far as bombing in Syria is concerned. Do we want to go after the enemy of our enemy? That's a valid question.

The problem is, they are our enemy also.. That has become clear from their threatening rhetoric, and the brutal beheading of an innocent American citizen, and the threats to do the same to others held captive by them.

Is waiting until they "poke their heads into Jordan or Turkey", both American allies, before we "play B-52 whack-a-mole", a good strategy? The longer they are allowed to move unfettered, the stronger they become. If the bombing strategy in Iraq worked well, and "sent them running like kicked dogs", doesn't that tell you something?

I honestly wish I could believe that President Obama has a strategy for dealing with ISIL, but I have my doubts. Watching them grow stronger through recruiting and financing over this last year, and witnessing the President's waffling over how to deal with the growing threat, doesn't give me much hope.

"Terrorism is going to happen. We have seen and will continue to see that taking the fight to them does not slow them down."

The only response I have to this statement is this: It's a good thing President Roosevelt didn't take the advice of those who felt this same way, and were opposed to the U. S. entering the European theater, in World War II. Otherwise, we all might be speaking German now.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:53

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

@TMKvetch: " Let's see what he thinks when ISIL is knocking on the door of his palace."

What worries me, is what happens when ISIL is knocking on the door of our palace, which they have vowed to do.

I'll readily admit I'm no expert on the chaos that is the Middle East, but it seems President Obama has no strategy for anything, any where in the world. Experts tell us, it isn't a matter of if they attack in the U.S., but when. Waiting until after the snake strikes, rather than killing it before, doesn't seem to be much of a strategy.

I will agree with you on your assessment of the UN and NATO. They are a joke. If all that is going on in the world today hasn't forced them to "do their jobs", then it is evident that they aren't going to. The question then becomes who will?

The U.S. is the largest contributor to both these agencies. Perhaps stopping our incessant funding of these do nothing entities, would help to extend our own forces and finances.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:30

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

“we don’t have a strategy yet”

I'm not sure which is worse, the fact that he doesn't have a strategy to stop these terrorists, or that he is openly telegraphing that fact to them. Nice going Mr.President.

"While some officials have indicated the process would be fast-moving, the president suggested a longer timeline Thursday."

I can't imagine how frustrating it is for those officials who know the immediate danger ISIS presents to the U.S., having to stand by and watch while he completely disregards their advice.

posted @ Friday, August 29, 2014 - 09:47

Gandelman: President's golfing is no big deal

@Kwijibo Junior: You misunderstood. My comment was not directed at you, but at "marshalld", in reference to his post: "Remember, after the murder of over 3,000 Americans we were told to " go to the mall".

Sorry for any confusion.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:25

Gandelman: President's golfing is no big deal

@marshalld: Indeed he did, and taking it out of context, as you have done, makes it sounds callous. It was, however, part of President Bush's broader message that we should go about our daily lives, vigilant, but without fear, and that hovering in our homes would only send a message to those responsible for 911, that they had won. Taken in context, it wasn't such a bad message.

Getting back to the topic at hand, which is the President's passion for playing golf, under any and all circumstances, I say why not?

We all tend to want to do the things we are best at. He is best at playing golf and campaigning. Not so much at being the leader of the free world. He is just as disengaged in the oval office as he is on the golf course. To paraphrase Hillary Clinton, "What difference, at this point, does it make?", other than we are paying the price for his disengagement.

The main thing that bothers me, is his almost "in your face" attitude toward those Americans, of both political persuasions. that find his behavior a little unseemly, and his disengagement a lot frightening. I remember well his admonition to Republicans during a meeting over his proposed "stimulus plan". "Elections have consequences, and I won" This has been his attitude throughout his presidency. For one holding so much power, such an attitude can be dangerous.

He is, however, right about elections having consequences. As we continue to witness the daily consequences of his, and his fellow Democrat's policies and positions, I hope voters will take his words to heart when they go to the polls in November and in 2016.

posted @ Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:48

Nackerud: Nothing to fear in refugee resettlement

"As well, it is important to note that political refugees tend to do well in progressive environments like Athens."

Progressive being the key word here. I think the above sentence answers the question of why ACC was chosen in spite of the fact that it is among the poorest counties in the state, with one of the worst performing school systems in the state, and whose social services agencies are stretched to the max. How much more "progressive" can we afford to get?

"I believe Shea Post, executive director of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, got it right. “This is something we can handle,” Post remarked confidently."

Does this mean that the approximately 150 refugees will be housed in the Athens Area Homeless Shelter? If not, where will they be housed? I hope she is as confident when the temps here this winter fall below freezing.

I agree with "observer1948". Fear is not the issue here. We probably have less to fear from these people, than we do those already living here. However, what happens long term? What happens when the touted "supports" from the Federal Government and the IRC run out, which if previous reporting is true, will happen in about six months? What then?

I also agree with "Kwijibo Junior". "If they can tend bar, they'll be fully employed"

Where are the jobs for these people? If we are going to continue to be the magnet for those non, or low skilled, can we at least attempt to bring some sort of industry and manufacturing jobs here that would provide decent jobs that these people can be trained for?

Professor Nackerud and others are welcome to call my opinion disappointing, cynical, unchristian, etc., if they so choose. I call it reality. This county has gone above and beyond doing it's part as far as social awareness is concerned. The real question here is when is enough, enough.

posted @ Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 09:19

Refugee group hopeful despite opposition in Athens

“The State Department has seen this type of community reaction before,” McCrary said. “This is nothing new for them. They understand the difference between elected officials and community hospitality. They’ll see that Athens is supportive of refugees.”

Translation: This is a done deal folks, get ready for it. The State Department has spoken.

I have always been under the impression that it is the elected officials that make the decisions for the community based on what is best for it's citizens overall. I can't remember a time when "community hospitality" played any part in dealings with the Federal Government on any level.

It doesn't matter to the IRC or the State Department what ACC Government officials, or the citizens it represents, want, or believe they can afford to absorb. 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.

I don't know what criteria the IRC uses when picking a community in which to relocate migrant people, but I would be willing to guess that it's communities which have a number of social service agencies already in place, ready to step up when that "six month" period of federal assistance runs out. Clarke County fits that description perfectly.

"If you build it, they will come".

posted @ Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 13:44

Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

@marshalld: "But I forget, this is Georgia, where those with power and influence get what they want and others, like Clarke County, will be used to provide services they cannot afford."

Could you possibly clarify this statement for me?

Are you saying that Clarke County has no voice in what social services it provides? If other counties can say NO, is there any reason why we can't do the same, or is it more the case that those who hold "power and influence" within our own county, have allowed us to be used?

I recall a recent article in the ABH recounting Gov. Deal sending a letter to the President expressing his outrage over the Federal Government sending illegals into the state without his knowledge. Is this the case with the IRC, or does it coordinate with the State on where these people will be sent?
Do we not have the legal ability to refuse to accept these dependent migrants from other countries?

This is an important issue, affecting all citizens of this county, that have a lot of unanswered questions attached to it. It would be nice to see an in-depth article by the ABH attempting to answer some of them.

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:44

UPDATE: Athens-Clarke mayor, others oppose current plan to bring refugees to Athens

“From a social services perspective, we are struggling to meet the needs of our community,” Broyard said. “But we want to welcome new members.”

How much sense does this statement make?

Clarke County is among the poorest counties in the state. Our schools are among the poorest performing in the state. Do we seriously wish to add to that? We have become a mecca for those seeking social services, begging the question of just how much poverty one county should be expected to absorb.

"..... all the support they need in the short term is provided by the IRC and the federal government, including language and literacy education, she said."

The emphasis in this statement being "in the short term". What about long term? What about the effect on jobs, schools, public safety, the economy and the citizenry as a whole?

I applaud Mayor Denson's opposition to this resettlement plan. My only hope is that her opposition to it, as well as others who agree with her, isn't just short term, but long term and permanent. Enough is enough.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 14:22

Protesters demand new prosecutor for Ferguson case

@crankyyankee: Excellent point.

Those who have attempted to brand this community as racist, based on discrepancies in black civic or police representation, should do some research. So serious an accusation should not be made lightly, but backed up with facts and figures.

If there have been qualified black applicants for police positions who have been rejected for no valid reason, or if black candidates have been prevented from qualifying and running for public office, then the accusers have a valid point. If not, their accusations ring hollow.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:04

Following journalist's beheading, another American hostage at risk by Islamic State

@barryhollander: I don't go along with name calling by anyone. However, the capture of Fox News correspondent Steve Centanni, and cameraman Olaf Wig, in Gaza in 2006, who were held in captivity for two weeks before being released, has not stopped those who continue to refer to this news outlet as "Faux News".

While you are perfectly free to show your outrage, at least don't do it selectively.

posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 09:14

Yarbrough: Nothing wrong with a Southern accent, y'all

@nowheregirl: Bless your heart, could it have been ya Mama and em? LOL

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:12

Yarbrough: Nothing wrong with a Southern accent, y'all

I'm reminded of the story where two ladies are seated next to each other on an airliner. One is from the South, the other from the North.

The Southern lady, in an attempt to make conversation, asks the other, "Where y'all from"? The Northern lady smugly responds, "I'm from where we don't end a sentence with a preposition." The Southern lady sweetly replies, "Oh, pardon me, where y'all from Enough said!!

posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 10:07

Galis: Media wrong on Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision

Unfortunately, it wasn't just the press that pushed misinformation on this Supreme Court ruling.

Politicians opposed to it, deliberately and continuously have misled the public on the scope and meaning of the ruling, in order to gain political points.

Knowing better, their pandering has been shameful.

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:38

Athens-Clarke County Finance Director John Culpepper announces retirement

@Jerry NeSmith: Agreed. He will be a hard one to replace. Thank you John, for your years of dedicated service to the ACC Government and the citizens it serves. Enjoy your retirement, you've earned it!

posted @ Monday, August 11, 2014 - 10:30

Stossel: Thin space between citizens and government

@proftom: "This is a big issue, but Stossel should know better as he is party to the network that insists on the problem being not enforcing the borders enough and blaming that on Obama alone."

And yet this is the same network that gives him his own forum to express his libertarian views. How dare they!

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 - 12:35

Stossel: Thin space between citizens and government

While I sympathize with Stossel's point of view, I think it is important to remember that our Border Patrol Agent's jobs do not stop at the border.

Many, if not most, of illegals who cross our borders, manage to make it far inland unabated. That they do, does not lessen the fact that they are still illegal, and should be apprehended.

The only way to stop the harassment of citizens going about their daily lives, is to secure our borders amply, and permanently. At this, we continue to fail miserably.

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:31

Athens-Clarke commissioners approve energy sustainability funding

And in other news, a century old water main breaks, flooding streets and businesses, costing them lost revenue, and possibly leaving ACC taxpayers responsible for cleanup via a lawsuit.

It's anyone's guess how many other of these relics exist among our infrastructure. Priorities people, priorities.

posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 08:20

S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

@Ben Had: "Accusing me of class warfare kind of ruffled my feathers."

I'd say it did more than that. It's amazing how sometimes in the heat of argument, one's true self emerges.

How many times have I heard liberals such as yourself, opine that the Republican Party is only made up of old, rich, white men, who only look down on those with less? Could it be that that description fits nicely in the Democratic Party? Pot meet Kettle.

Doling out just enough to those below poverty level to keep them dependent, while ensuring their continued votes, is hardly "representative" of their plight. Why they can't see it is beyond me.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:35

The Editor's Desk: More ideas on improving alternative transportation infrastructure

Considering the lead story above, referencing flooding along College Avenue, from an almost century old water main break, perhaps we should turn our attention to replacing our dated infrastructure, before we turn to "additional investments in alternative transportation"

I would guess that the "kind of place that is more attractive to economic development" would be one that doesn't produce flooded businesses.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:28

S&P: Wealth gap is slowing US economic growth

@Ben Had: " I'm in the top 3% of wage earners." If I made 27k a year, I would kill myself!!!
Too funny.

It sounds to me like "scarborj", has a great deal more to be proud of than you do.

Raising two productive children on less than $30,000, doing so without public assistance, and being politically conservative is more typical than you might think. It's just that you don't hear about them as much. I wonder why?

Your response to her, and those like her, is not funny, it's pathetic.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 08:13

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

@mpd0.59: Can't disagree that the House Republicans are in disarray over this issue. As I stated above, they need to get off their duffs and pass something. That is what we are paying them to do.

I will disagree, however, that this is the major point here. The major point is that nothing is being accomplished in either the Senate or the House, and chaos continues to reign on our Southern border.

By the way, what's the difference in not being able to bring a bill to the floor for an up/down vote, and not allowing a bill to come to the floor for an up/ down vote, as continues unabated in the Senate. Seems like disarray is a two way street.

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:50

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

@snarkydude: Bingo!!

Had we been enforcing the current immigration laws now on the books, or had the President acted preemptively when first given notice of the coming crisis, there would be no need for a debate on how many millions or billions of dollars should be appropriated in a bill needed to feed, house, and provide medical care for the tens of thousands of illegals now on our southern border. Talk about closing the barn door.

As for the sex trafficking law passed by George Bush, how easy is that to amend?

Has anyone noticed that it wasn't in the years following the enactment of this law, that we witnessed a mass influx of children, teens and adults across our border at one time, but only after the enactment of the "Dream Act" created by the President with his pen and phone. It's not rocket science.

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:19

Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

I agree the Republicans should get off their duffs, and pass an immigration bill. The chaos a handful of them are causing is not productive. Having said that, there is this from the article above:

"So even if the House did succeed in passing a bill Friday, there was no prospect for reaching a deal to send a bill to Obama's desk."

It's clear that one of three things would have happened had the House agreed upon, and sent to the Senate an immigration bill.
1) Harry Reid would have refused to let it come to vote, as he has countless other bills that have come from the House.
2) Had it come to a vote, it would have been defeated by the Democratic Majority.
3) If by some miracle it had passed a Senate vote, President Obama would have vetoed it. He isn't going to settle for less than what he wants.

Either way, we are right back where we started from.

"TeeWee" is correct with his assessment put forth in his last paragraph above. I am convinced President Obama isn't interested in any Congressional legislation, period.

He wants to unilaterally address this situation with his phone and pen, to achieve the goal he himself has set for immigration reform. He has all but said so publicly.

He may regret any such action, however, as he has pushed the envelope on executive action. Many constitutional experts, who are hardly raging liberals, have testified that he is over reaching his executive powers.

He has already been chided by the Supreme Court when it comes to his recess appointments. Agree or not, he currently faces a lawsuit over his actions. Any unilateral action he might choose to take on the vital issue of immigration, which will affect Americans for decades to come, would, I believe, result in a decision against him, by the Supreme Court.

Also, from the article above: "The American people expect us to do our jobs," "Overall, we all agree we should stay until we get a vote," I agree with both statements!!

posted @ Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:54

EPA says cutting coal use might save lives

@TeeWee: "This will negatively impact the lives of all of us. We must say No to the radical EPA."

Indeed. Many of our grandparents could remember the time when electricity was a luxury, and not a necessity. Looks like we are headed that way again. Bend over folks.

The sad reality is, no matter what we do, unless other countries follow suit, carbon emissions will not be lessened, and we are only shooting ourselves, and our economy, in the foot.

posted @ Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:50

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