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Longtime local activist Melissa Link wins Athens-Clarke Commission seat

@TMKvetch:

Hint:

Always copy someone's idiotic statements, so they can't go back and edit them out. That way when they try to do so, it makes them look doubly dumb.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:11 by: The Oracle of t...

Longtime local activist Melissa Link wins Athens-Clarke Commission seat

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - This is going to make Council Meetings so interesting. Guess we will be able to now read about them in the comics section.
[/quote]

Or the police blotter.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:09 by: The Oracle of t...

Longtime local activist Melissa Link wins Athens-Clarke Commission seat

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - This is going to make Council Meetings so interesting. Guess we will be able to now read about them in the comics section.
[/quote]

Or the police blotter.

posted @ Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:09 by: The Oracle of t...

Longtime local activist Melissa Link wins Athens-Clarke Commission seat

She's not my commissioner.

Yee Hah!!! Let the good times roll. District 3 just shot itself in the foot. Commission meetings will assume look like Monty Python skits.

Going to be 4 fun years for the peanut gallery.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 22:42 by: The Oracle of t...

Trial for admitted cop killer Jamie Hood to be held in Athens

[quote][b]rcbljc[/b] - Too bad they can't charge admission to help defray the huge costs of the trial!
[/quote]

Jamie will be wearing a shock belt, similar to what you use to train dogs with.

I've already suggested (and still think it's a good idea) that the county auction off to the citizens 1 hour blocks of holding the controller.

I hang out in Elberton and Bowman a good bit and when Hood has one of his episodes in court, it's going to scare the bejesus out of those folks.

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 14:55 by: The Oracle of t...

Trial for admitted cop killer Jamie Hood to be held in Athens

@barryhollander:

You think Nancy Grace will show up?

The Casey Anthony trial was probably lower key in its initial stages, and look at what happened to it.

posted @ Monday, July 21, 2014 - 14:52 by: The Oracle of t...

Oconee County blotter

On the first story, let me put this out there. You see the same story every week in all the blotters.

Is there any phone service that doesn't allow you to block a number?

I don't know the technical term, but it's hard to see some situations as having a "victim."

posted @ Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 10:38 by: The Oracle of t...

Georgia city to dissolve its police department

@retiredandhappy:

Yep. One of the many unfilled promises of consolidation (apparently one of the verboten topics at the ABH) was more effective policing. Supposedly we were going to eliminate several layers of middle management due to duplication, and that was going to translate into more cops on the street.

Instead we have free fire zones like Bethel Homes and Firewood Street, and the police dept. has more majors, generals, aide-de-camps, and Kentucky Colonels than at any time in history.

You just had to be here when ACC created the police department -- name calling and lawsuits galore. For the historically minded, former State Court judge Kent Lawrence was county police chief for a while.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 21:16 by: The Oracle of t...

Georgia lawmakers seek to craft new language for alcohol laws

Y'all pretty well have hit the nail on the head. As a group, the liquor wholesalers are probably the most powerful group in Georgia politics. Because they are all closely held, their efforts to buy legislative votes goes on behind closed doors, unlike the other power brokers, the utilities and the banks.

I've work with restaurateurs, retailer, wine producers, and wine importers and the wholesalers have a stranglehold on the liquor business, and MPD50's point is well taken -- no "free competition" Republican is going to kill the golden goose in the name of free enterprise.

There are all sorts of liquor rules that benefit the wholesalers, all of which are supposed to be for "public safety." Retailers cannot sell booze below cost, so that's why all the crappy cheap beer is the same price. Retailers have to pay cash (or check) for their deliveries, that's supposed to somehow keep the public from buying liquor they can't pay for. A restaurant can't go next door to a retail store and buy a bottle of booze or a wine that his wholesaler doesn't carry, (probably the most violated law on the books). A maker (distiller or vineyard) has to designate a wholesaler for a particular brand. Bill Gates couldn't open a Budweiser wholesaler in Athens (or anywhere else in the state for that matter). So our free enterprise Republicans are all in favor of government supported monopolies, de facto price control and government pricing of consumer goods, and barriers to small businessmen entering the marketplace.

Here's how it worked for one wine importer. She was small, and was going to import German wines from her home district in Germany. She got all the federal and state licenses to do so. State law required that she HAD TO HAVE a wholesaler, trouble is her projected sales were too small for a wholesaler/distributor to handle. But she designated one.

She kept her product in the free trade zone in Atlanta. She had to do all the sales work. When she sold some wine to a restaurant, she had to get the order, take her truck to the free trade zone, pay the tariff and fees to get it out of the free trade zone, take the wine to the distributor, who would load it on it's truck, and deliver the wine and get paid at a price the distributor set. Then, if she was lucky, the distributor would eventually pay her for her wine. Of course she was responsible for any breakage or charge back for quality issues.

The biggest difference between liquor distributors and the mafia is that the distributors have different accents and usually don't wear dark suits.

posted @ Friday, July 18, 2014 - 21:08 by: The Oracle of t...

Buick stolen on College Avenue

Pretty standard drug transaction.

Drug dealer "rents" a "clean" car in exchange for drugs. Dealer can drive around, pick up a stash, without attracting the attention of the po-po.

Who suspects that a drug dealer is driving a around in a 14 year old Buick. Obama sticker might be a give away.

Car will probably turn up in a couple of days.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:17 by: The Oracle of t...

The Editor's Desk: Loss of passenger air service in Athens need not be huge worry

I suppose that Jim is correct, you want your head man in charge of boosterism to be a booster, but realistically, commercial service in Athens is a pipe dream. There just isn't enough traffic to justify it.

I say that having used the former Charlotte connection regularly, which offered a speed and cost advantage over flying out of Atlanta.

The whole Essential Air Service subsidy is basically a federal funded vote buying scheme where the congressman de jour can use federal money to fulfill the fantasies of local chambers of commerce. You haven't heard either of our "I'm more conservative than you" senatorial candidates going around the state campaigning against this incredibly wasteful subsidy.

Speaking of the extension, you hardly ever hear anyone talk about when Kenny Rogers wanted to do the extension for free, and the then current crop of anti-growth commissioners turned him down.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:10 by: The Oracle of t...

Macon commissioners concerned over Georgia gun law

The new rules about carrying guns into public buildings by permit holders (that always seems to get dropped from the discussion) are not at all vague to someone with more than a 4th grade education.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:54 by: The Oracle of t...

UGA student loses money in job scam

She HAS to be a legacy, no one that stupid could get into UGA on her own merit.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 21:45 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens attorney argues that immigration detainers are unconstitutional

@buchholzml:

Kind of begs the question of how you release someone on "their own recognizance" when that person has no legal I.D.

Note that this article is written by bleeding heart, Gallant, not the usual police reporter. Curiously, Ms. Moran-Vasquez offenses are not listed. Want to bet one of them was driving with no license?

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:46 by: The Oracle of t...

St. Mary's Greensboro hospital to open new cafeteria

And after a hearty lunch of pork bar-b-que and fresh hot buttered rolls, you're invited to come on over and tour the cardio unit.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 11:39 by: The Oracle of t...

All day, every day, Athens-Clarke Library computers keep patrons connected

@mpd0.59:

I'm not sure what your point is? That you have to be an IT master to watch porn at the library?

I'm friends with three members of the library board, and three of the senior librarians, and they all complain about the amount of computer time used by the urban outdoorsmen to the exclusion of other patrons, mostly looking at pornography. They (the library people) are all adults, so it's not the content, as much as the mass presence of a cadre of hygiene challenged "patrons" being offputting to the other patrons, many of tender years.

Plus the occasional chicken getting choked makes for a less than pleasant work environment.

Ol' Budge wouldn't have known what a proxy server is if it had had a sign on it.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:37 by: The Oracle of t...

All day, every day, Athens-Clarke Library computers keep patrons connected

[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - The library uses commercial internet filtering software to block access to objectionable websites, and all filtering software is imperfect. [/quote]

I'd say the software is a little more than imperfect.

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-06-04/athens-man-sentenced-feder...

Ol' Budge would still be with us if the filtering software worked.

posted @ Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 09:40 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens man chases intruder

I catch you breaking into my house, you better be able to run faster than 1100 feet per second.

posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 18:15 by: The Oracle of t...

UPDATE: Former UGA basketball player professes innocence to marijuana charge

[quote][b]retiredandhappy[/b] - Will there be a problem with the seizure since the MJ was in a closed bag and the kid told him he did not give permission to search? Could the officer have secured the bag and got a search warrant?
[/quote]

Retired:

Use this as a good example of why your shouldn't run your mouth to the newspaper before you have a long sit down with your attorney.

By claiming that the bag and the goods are not his, he loses all standing to challenge the search. He cannot assert that his buddy's Fourth Amendment rights were violated.

If in fact the bookbag was his buddy's, Moses couldn't give or deny permission to search, one way of the other.

He's a little late getting that good lawyer.

posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 12:01 by: The Oracle of t...

Editorial: Kingston is best choice for Senate

Hey, you're good with me, Jim.

Along the way, I was pretty much undecided, until I read in another commentator's remarks that Purdue (who lives in Kinston's district) has never voted in Georgia until the primary.

Can't say that I can go along with someone who doesn't care enough to vote, but wants to jump in and start running the nation.

posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 13:37 by: The Oracle of t...

Banks County men end up in jail after foot chase along Epps Bridge Parkway in Oconee

Well, it was 90+ degrees, I'd have just let them run around the woods a little bit more. I've got a part pit that would have given spring to their steps.

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 14:17 by: The Oracle of t...

Taking their business elsewhere: Best Buy latest to leave Clarke for Oconee

P.S. Also, Jerry Nesmith and the other polyannas that are only concerned with what happens within a mile of 4 Points might want to come out here to the far east side ahd survey some folks.

Probably 90% of our shopping is in Oconee County, and maybe 75% of our dining out is there too (this from a couple that eats out probably 10 times a week when you include all three meals). This whole "SPLOST is payed for by out of town shoppers" should be Oconee's motto, not Clarke's.

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 14:15 by: The Oracle of t...

Taking their business elsewhere: Best Buy latest to leave Clarke for Oconee

@snarkydude:

Well said. Couldn't have said it better myself.

I've worked with dozens of small business owners over the years, and I could fill pages with the problems they have just operating a business in ACC. Not even Atlanta has as much bureaucracy.

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 14:08 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens police to host another session of its Citizen Police Academy

So can I take my pistol under the new law?

posted @ Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 14:05 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens man accosted with gun

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - Lot of questions to ask on this one. Who would someone walk up point a gun and then run away.
[/quote]

Because you recognized that the dude you are about to hold up is your drug dealer's brother.

posted @ Friday, July 11, 2014 - 11:11 by: The Oracle of t...

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