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Train collides with high school teacher's SUV

Sounds like she needs to assign herself some homework on Newton's First Law of Motion.

posted @ Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 08:48 by: The Oracle of t...

More details emerge on DUI arrest of UGA LB Davin Bellamy

[quote][b]Youmustbekidding[/b] - 35 mph speed limit on College Station Road is crazy. Designed to be a money maker I assume. The speed traps of Arcade have come to town.
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You got that right.

ACC changed the speed limit from the loop to in front of EPA (lowered it) and ACCPD and UGA have been working overtime right at the bridge. They are sitting up under the trees under the new power line, or in the driveway of the building across the street from EPA. Motorcycle cops have been sitting in the drive of what used to be Rivers Crossing.

I'm not sure it's legal to use radar on College Station there at the bridge (due to the degree of slope) but technicalities like that don't seem to bother ACCPD, and they sure don't bother UGAPD.

posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 15:26 by: The Oracle of t...

More details emerge on DUI arrest of UGA LB Davin Bellamy

Inquiring minds want to know why he wasn't charged with under age possession, which is routine for ACCPD.

posted @ Monday, July 28, 2014 - 15:22 by: The Oracle of t...

Bobby Cox inducted into BB Hall of Fame

@LaMareaRoja:

You got that right.

30 teams, 26 of them have won squat in the last 50 years, 0 world series, Cubs haven't won a championship in 104 years and are proud of it, Bobby Cox won 1 world series, two dozen or so league championship, has a winning record over the other two managers inducted today. Boo Hoo, he sucks. 100 years from now, Bobbie Cox will be included in the same discussion with Connie Mack and Casey Stengel.

Any one who slams Bobby's World Series record is just sorry they didn't have a coach who was consistent through the DECADES.

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 22:42 by: The Oracle of t...

Civil War re-enactors honor role of black soldiers

Geeeez, I can't believe that anyone is still arguing whether blacks voluntarily fought for the South. The fact that they did has been extensively and thoroughly documented.

Not the least evidence is that several blacks were granted pensions by the former Confederate states after the war, which pensions required a minimum of one year's service in the CSA forces.

We can debate the reason any one fought in the Civil War, but it doesn't change the fact that they did. My ancestors were dirt poor farmers in S. GA. on one side, and Mississippi on the other, never owned a slave (or much else), and yet signed up and marched off to northern Va. Never have understood why, but they did.

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 15:33 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens police investigating armed carjacking

P.S. I think it's hilarious that the ABH which usually ties itself into knots using "alleged" describing various crimes, doesn't do so here in this highly dubious set of alleged" facts.

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 15:23 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens police investigating armed carjacking

O.K., so I am going to totally divorce myself from reality, and believe that someone innocently decided at 11:30 at night, in downtown Athens, to go wash their car.

And that they had no other reason to meet at said car wash with two otherwise un-described gentlemen , who turned out to be armed robbers.

Pure serendipity and bad luck all around, I say.

posted @ Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 15:21 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens man pulling wagon arrested for prowling, drug offense

You know, you just can't help sorry.

I've got a garden and this time of year, I don't know anyone who wouldn't share a vegetable or two just for the asking. Maybe he could offer 15 minutes of serious weeding. Offer to shell peas on halves. Just do something.

You can't convince me some folks just steal for the sake of stealing.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 23:00 by: The Oracle of t...

Athens teen arrested for robbery 2 months after release from prison

[quote][b]grove600[/b] - Naaaa. It'll cost us a police officer's life before they get serious with this guy, and that'll be several years from now, tens of thousands of dollars in theft losses and property damages later, more on medical care to mend up his victims.
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Grove:

Sadly you are correct. Until he finally kills someone, he will be in and out of prison for a year at the time.

I'll be a Coca-Cola that when they get around to the revocation (of probation) hearing, the numb nut judge will only revoke a portion of the sentence. What's the point of sentencing someone if you aren't going to enforce it. It's all for show so the judge can look tough on crime. Probation is supposed to be an opportunity for people that want to turn their lives around to do so -- you don't want to do so, fine, cool your heels.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:59 by: The Oracle of t...

The Editor's Desk: And now, it's time to govern

[quote][b]Jerry NeSmith[/b] - I look forward to serving with Melissa.
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I'll bet you do.

Now when some one says "You know, the space cadet commissioner" they'll be talking about someone else.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:53 by: The Oracle of t...

11-year-old tries to fight Athens officers

[quote][b]OCCountry[/b] - @thelastresort: Worked well when we grew up. Actually Sheriff Sanders would have held us while our parents applied the proper leather correction.
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Not me, but my brother (1960 ish) once heard the phrase "It's o.k. officer, you don't need to be bothered with this."

You can still make him twitch by saying that around him. It's a phrase that most people should only hear once in their life.

posted @ Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 10:39 by: The Oracle of t...

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.
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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!
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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...

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