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Former Virginia governor, wife indicted for corruption

Couldn't have happened to a better guy. Maybe Governor Vaginal Probe and his spendthrift wife will get their comeuppance.

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 08:22

UPDATE: Tornado watch issued for Athens, area roads flooded


posted @ Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 14:17

UGA secondary coach Lakatos resigns

Georgia's defensive problem go much deeper than the secondary. Grantham has had his D in place for 4 years, and it just doesn't appear to be improving at all. Of course, we are told over and over "how young" our defense is. Funny thing, Auburn had a laughing stock of a D last year and played a ton of "young" froshs and sophs, yet they were able to improve significantly this year AND play for the title to boot!

I love Georgia and UGA football, and have been going to games and supporting them for 35 years, but damn I'm getting tired of the yearly stream of excuses... "wait till next year."

Since Mark Richt has been coach at UGA, LSU has won 2 championships (played for 3), Florida 2, Bama 3, Auburn 1 (played for 2), and his alma mater, Fl. State, won a championship in 1999, and is now back on top with Jimbo Fisher at the helm for only 3 years... kind of makes you wonder what the difference between us and them is, doesn't it? I think most of us know.

posted @ Friday, January 10, 2014 - 09:06

Manziel leaving Texas A&M for NFL draft

Big shocker... this is news?

posted @ Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 09:29

Occupy Athens slams election fee requirements

[quote][b]Dirtmaster[/b] - Bill Clinton didn't have a pot to pee in or a window to throw out of when he ran for President.[/quote]

So the Arkansas governor's mansion doesn't have indoor plumbing or windows?

posted @ Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 09:14

'Polar vortex' pushes subzero temps into Midwest

Ga. sheriff cuts ties with A&E over Robertson flap

Wow! Was that a record for fewest posts before getting banished... what did the prideful little duck say that was so egregious? Sorry I missed it, but I had a feeling ducky was looking for a bit more rope to work with!

posted @ Monday, December 23, 2013 - 18:17

Ga. sheriff cuts ties with A&E over Robertson flap

[quote][b]duckpride[/b] - You know where I'd like to put my shoe don't you?[/quote]

Hmmmm, let me guess... inside a rubber ducky boot?

posted @ Monday, December 23, 2013 - 12:39

Ga. sheriff cuts ties with A&E over Robertson flap

mook: (noun) 1: A male adolescent or young adult exhibiting an unpleasant, self-centered attitude, formed during a sheltered upbringing. 2: One who revels in their own ignorance.

Phil's not exactly young, but as far as the sheltered upbringing and reveling in his own ignorance... well, I'd say Mel pretty much pegged it. You know, dp, If the shoe fits, wear it!

[quote][b]duckpride[/b] - melmarino - @mpd0.59: Except she isn't a TV star and doesn't have a large forum like this mook. That she got busted was an accident oft the Twitterverse.
Personally I don't care about either of them.
What gives you the right to call anyone a "mook"?[/quote]

posted @ Monday, December 23, 2013 - 11:11

Boehner hits tea party as budget vote moves closer

[quote][b]gman129[/b] - The real detriment to our government is spending money we don't have and increasing the interest on money we must borrow to keep the socialist programs in force[/quote]

What about the increased spending on socialist military programs?

[quote][b]gman129[/b] - It is so easy for politicians to say "yes" to massive wasteful spending.[/quote]

Can you define "massive wasteful spending?" Just curious, do you consider social security an entitlement? Is Medicare wasteful?

[quote][b]gman129[/b] - It takes a statesman who cares about their country and its future to say "no".[/quote]

The players in the far right of the GOTP are anything but "statesmen." They are obstructionists to a functioning government, and little more.

[quote][b]gman129[/b] - When did it become ignorant to pay bills we owe?[/quote]

It's not, but it is ignorant to have your primary goal as a politician to thwart and obstruct government. The T-Potty doesn't believe in government, most were elected on an anti-government platform... they are essentially anarchists. Their modus operandi has been "if Obama is for it, we're against it- even if it is a conservative idea (e.g. like mandated participation in health insurance).

And, isn't it funny that deficits didn't matter at all under Dubya, but as soon as President Obama (the BLACK, communist, socialist, fascist, Kenyan nationalist) was elected, deficits were all the rage. Almost all countries run deficits, and, yes, ours are currently pretty extreme, but I don't think that our situation is so severe that a COMPROMISE between the two parties to (eventually) employ a combination of reduced entitlement and military spending combined with a rejection of the failed policies of "trickle up" economic tax policy (i.e. less tax cuts for the 1% and an end to corporate welfare) won't eventually solve the problem.

posted @ Saturday, December 14, 2013 - 00:37

Boehner hits tea party as budget vote moves closer

Well, well, looks like Boehner has finally pointed out what rational adults already knew- the T-Potty is being misled by wingnut fringe groups to the detriment of our government and our nation. Doubtful, however, that this fact will have any impact on their continued wallowing in ignorance and obstructionism.

posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 - 09:44

Madison biker arrested on drugs, gun charges

Good riddance. A break from his mindless, bigoted blather will be nice, at least until he resurrects himself with another handle.

[quote][b]nowheregirl[/b] - The ban hammer is up early this morning. I guess Boris was bad enough today. Santa [/quote]

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 09:14

Girlfriend wants charges dropped against Zimmerman

[quote][b]gman129[/b] - Mr. Zimmerman should drop her like a hot horseshoe. She has issues with which I wouldn't want to deal with.[/quote]

I'd say Mr. Zimmerman is the one with the issues, like pointing and shooting guns inappropriately.

posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 08:43

Town's eBay sale of Palin mayoral SUV causes stir

I think it's great that they sold a 14 y.o., pos Expedition for well over its value (obviously to someone with more money than sense) and that the proceeds will go to fund the city's vehicle fund. It makes perfect sense!

What I'd really like to know is what kind of industrial strength cleanser was used to get the smell of bat guano crazy out of the upholstery.

posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 20:57

Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board

Can't we just let Texas secede? The country would be much better off without their outlandish politics.

posted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 - 09:20

UGA student killed in Athens motorcycle crash

Very, very sad. In an age of distracted drivers chatting and texting away on their cellphones, riding a motorcycle in urban areas is becoming more and more of a dicey issue- we're easily enough "out of view" as it is. The extra vigilance required by a rider to ride safely in town takes away a lot of the enjoyment, at least for me.

I also noticed they said his helmet came off, no doubt leading to his death. That would either mean a hell of an impact, or it wasn't strapped on properly. Unfortunately, too often I see a lot of kids on sport bikes with the strap either very loose or not fastened at all, which of course completely negates the safety of the helmet.

posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 20:46

New allegation made against Zimmerman in court

Maybe all the Zimmerman apologists can set up a new fund to post his bond and hire a high dollar attorney. Given that he's a paragon of self-control and non-violent behavior, I'm sure he is completely innocent of all charges.

Little man with an attitude and gun... Hey, what could go wrong?

posted @ Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 15:19

30K sign petition demanding UGA stop training Obamacare navigators

Another waste of time and effort. Like the almost weekly votes in the House to repeal the ACA, this petition means nothing and will accomplish nothing. There is virtually no interest on the right to make healthcare either accessible or affordable, only a burning desire to impede and obstruct anything that Obama advocates. And, really, no need for a petition at all- the Georgia legislature will readily acquiesce to and embrace any type of angry, monkey-feces throwing statement initiated by teabaggers.

Soooooo shocking that 30K anti-ACA signatures could be had in Georgia. I mean, is this really news? When will they petition for a vote on secession and to make Dixie our state song, "Old times they are not forgotten," thus emulating the more enlightened policies of the 19th century? And what about Benghazi?

posted @ Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 10:11

Obama to allow sale of canceled health care plans

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - Well, I believe amendments were offered and they were rejected. Remember, the bill was drafted behind closed and locked doors. We did not allow R's to enter the room nor make suggestions. [/quote]

Well, those are some pretty well-worn GOTP talking points, but unfortunately for you, they are not at all factual. Republicans submitted hundreds of amendments to the ACA of which 160 passed. Many were technical, but a number were substantive. There are definitely Republican fingerprints on the ACA:

And while the folks on the right have been dancing with glee at the abysmal roll out of the ACA website (it has been... no excuses), we now have a daily shedding of crocodile tears by the right-wing media for those who have been kicked off of their insurance polices (kind of like insurance companies have been doing for decades, yet no one except Dems seemed to really give a crap then).

Maybe someone can tell me what the Teapublican plan was/is to mitigate the impending healthcare disaster that was the impetus for the ACA. What's that? Tort reform? Insurance sales over state lines? Medical savings accounts? Or, now, crickets! The GOTP has never been interested in advancing health care reform that would mean real affordability for our populace, and particularly not for helping the poor who have been swamping our emergency rooms and driving up everyone's heath care costs! No, sitting on the sidelines and throwing spitballs has been the MO of the GOTP.

So yea, great, right now the roll out is f'd up, but at least Obama made an effort to rectify a problem that our nation, in large part, elected him TWICE to try and solve. Better to have tried and fallen short than to do nothing but act like a bunch of a-holes and obstructionists. Obama also gave up on his primary preference (single payer) for something he had previously opposed- the conservative "mandate' model developed by the Heritage Foundation as an alternative to Clinton's healthcare initiative, and wholly embraced by your last, failed presidential nominee, Romney.

Were we unfortunate enough to have had either McCain or Romney elected President, and had they put forward a similar, conservative mandate plan, I have no doubt that the reception by the right would have been much, much different. Hmmmm, I just can't imagine why, though...

posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 23:43

County leader predicts unanimous vote on Braves stadium

[quote][b]matt1141a[/b] - hahaha, who cares! This is a huge boom to the local economy, bars, resturants, hotels, etc.!!!!![/quote]

The studies that have been done on the topic consistently disagree with that. To quote one of the most recent
"There is little evidence of large increases in income or employment associated with the introduction of professional sports or the construction of new stadiums."

Here' a little light reading that shows just how bogus the "stadium benefit" argument is:

What I find particularly interesting is that Cobb County, home of some of the most anti-gubermint, rabid Teapublicans in the state, will likely embrace the handing over ~ $300 million of hard-earned, taxpayer dollars to a $26 billion dollar corporation (Liberty Media) that could easily finance and build the damn stadium itself, and it should! Hypocrisy at it's finest! It's okay to spend tax dollars on corporate welfare, but public health, infrastructure, education... not so much! Of course, we've come to expect that from GOTP politicians at all levels of government.

Oh, and good luck with that traffic in Cobb. Sheesh!

posted @ Friday, November 15, 2013 - 22:00

Obama pays tribute to 107-year-old WWII veteran

[quote][b]Emperor1972[/b] - ...never knowing the extent to which they've embarrassed themselves, or what a laughingstock they are...[/quote]

Self-reflection is a wonderful thing. So glad you've embraced it!

posted @ Monday, November 11, 2013 - 21:01

Business, GOP establishment: Tea party is over

To the Teapubs, a Republican who is willing to take a moderate stance on ANY social, economic, or foreign policy issue, who doesn't believe wholeheartedly in the Benghazi/IRS/NSA/pick one conspiracy theories, and who doesn't relish their ignorance on a host of topics, especially the Constitution, is a RINO.

Hence, in their eyes, a sometimes flame-throwing, right-winger like Rep. Peter King (NY) or a moderate like Sen. John McCain (AZ) are not "true" conservatives. Their litmus test, which effectively dictates that all Republicans embrace extremism, combined with their complete inability to govern will, hopefully, relegate them to Whig Party status. It can't come soon enough!

posted @ Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 08:50

Missouri loss boosts Bulldogs' SEC hopes

I'd say the Cocks are sitting in the catbird seat right now, our Dogs, not so much.

posted @ Monday, October 28, 2013 - 20:28

NAACP president attacks voter-suppression laws

[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - Ok...granted, the Acorn people were paid for each voter registration and they provided fraudulent voter registrations. Some Acorn people were indicted. But now, you have all these fraudulent registrations floating around out there,[/quote]

First of all, in spite of the hyperbole surrounding Acorn, it was not an active group in the 2012 election; although, many right-wing blogs ginned up the narrative that Acorn won the election for Obama 2012. Second, if you think that a few dumb ass Acorn volunteers who were putting down bogus names to generate more income for themselves is a real threat to the integrity of the vote, how so? Who knew what names they used? Do you really think that poll workers would not be suspicious of a voter named Micky Mouse? Who is going to show up and try to vote with a fake name and corresponding non-photo ID? Of course, some form of ID is ALWAYS required, so, yes, in states w/o photo ID requirements, if one could show up with a power bill or phone bill with the registered address of record on the voting rolls for someone named TeeWee or NXS, then they could vote. Quite a bit of trouble to commit in-person fraud, huh? I wonder what address and what acceptable form of ID or a voting card would have Mickey Mouse on it, as in the case of the Acorn registration fraud? Clearly, something we should fret about!

More pernicious than Acorn is the Republican operative in Virginia who was caught throwing away voter registrations that belonged to registrants who identified themselves as Democrats:

It makes the Acorn case look like rank amateurs, but I'm sure Hannity and Rush swept it under the rug.

So, you had a political operative tossing valid registrations of a particular party affiliation, versus political operatives in Acorn making up names and addresses (which, of course, could not be verified even with a non-photo ID) to make some money. Were any of those fake Acorn registrations used in 2008? I don't know, but I doubt it. Pretty sure we'd have heard about it on Fixed Noise. Did any of those legitimate Dem registrants, who thought they were registered only to have their forms thrown in a dumpster, prevented from voting for lack of being registered? Again, I don't know, but that sure seems like a more plausible scenario!

As I mentioned earlier, if this just about "securing the vote," then why have states like Florida, Ohio, and NC, and now several other Red states, limited early voting, reduced the hours of voting, and specifically tried to eliminate voting dates known to be frequented by the black vote, i.e. the Sunday before voting Tuesday? Why? How can anyone possibly defend that as being anything other than rank partisanship and voter suppression?

There is a 2012 study (and associated database) on voter fraud in the US, and the results show that it is virtually non-existent, particularly in-person voter fraud- the rarest of all:

Maybe Republicans are pushing so hard to "secure the vote" because they themselves are pretty damn good at making it insecure:

More likely, the breathless, overblown claims of voter fraud by Republicans are a ploy to help them win elections.

The whole thing is a red herring, and a very transparent attempt by Republicans to claim there is a fire to put out, when all evidence shows there's hardly even any smoke, and when there is, it is rarely due to voter impersonation, which said ID laws supposedly protect us from. Strict voter ID laws suppress the vote of minorities and the poor- groups that tend to vote Democratic.

Voter fraud is FAR more likely to occur via absentee ballot, yet surprisingly (not!) none of these "protect the vote" adherents in Republican controlled states, whose "altruistic" passion for protecting the ballot box is eclipsed only by their disdain for BO, have passed ANY laws that either reign in or ensure that absentee ballot voting incurs similar regulation and scrutiny as do in-person voting requirements. Why is that? What possible, logical reason, could there be that laws requiring verification of absentee ballot voting would be excluded for the plethora of voter ID laws passed in Republican controlled states?

We all know the answer- it has absolutely nothing to do with the integrity of our vote, and everything to do with voter suppression.

posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 22:02

NAACP president attacks voter-suppression laws

One last thing. Why is that, to my knowledge, none of the states who are restricting voting are going after the one method where voter fraud is most likely to occur, i.e. absentee ballot voting. You don't think that it's because it's commonly used by white, Republican voters, do you? Nahhhhh, that vote is already "secure" and beyond reproach.

posted @ Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 09:37

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