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Harrop: Democrats should look kindly on South

I have problems with some of the core philosophy of the Dem party, but this region and state really need a good two party (or more) system.
One party rule is never good, just ask Russia or China how that went.

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 07:39

UGA students robbed in separate weekend incidents, nine suspects arrested

Will see more of this as more student housing built downtown. Sort of like the clashes of human civilization and 'nature' as development expands cities and suburbs.

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 07:18

UGA RB Gurley falsely accused of assault in downtown Athens bar

One would hope that ACC would have shared this information with UGA.
A 20 year old "good ol' boy" wastes time and money of ACC and Gurley to investigate this, then get confrontational. Has to be some repercussions here either legally for filing false report (likely not to happen) or at least within UGA system.

Would be nice to see if ABH would follow up on this.

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 06:58

Parker: America must recapture its virtue

"It is my sense that more Americans are beginning to wake up and are beginning to appreciate that we can’t separate our fiscal and economic problems from our moral problems and that if we want to recapture our freedom and prosperity, we must recapture our virtue. "


posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 12:05

Blackmon: Don't whitewash American history in schools

Well said Myra. I think your closing statement sums it up.
"We want our children to grow up to be good critical thinkers. Let’s make sure they have the truth, the tools and background to make sense of our world and be prepared to make good decisions to preserve our democracy. I can’t imagine any other way."

Many of the very bright students I see at UGA seem to be lacking the critical thinking skill, at least when they come in as freshmen.

"scarborj" may not think there is a trend in some places to whitewash our history, but it appears to be so.

posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:59

Nunn hits back at Perdue on terrorism ad

The Washington Post Fact Checker gave the Perdue ad four Pinochios (the highest rating for what it terms to be whoppers). Link below.
Surprising that David Perdue doubled down on the ad and what it says after being called on to remove it.

posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 11:47

Ambrose: Further work needed on global warming issue

@AbidingDude: No these are no where near the same models as 30 (more like 40) years ago. The computer or calculator you might use now is nowhere the same either; neither are weather forecasting, etc.

We might be 'nothing' but we certainly are messing up the world around us.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 23:27

Ambrose: Further work needed on global warming issue

"...but am myself mainly worried about the shouts of those who are dogmatically convinced of their apocalyptic visions and the tricks, travesties, honest misconceptions and unintended consequences of so much political contrivance."

Ambrose brings some good points, but falls into the honest misconception trap himself when he states that there have been no warming since 1998. That is a statement that the global denial crowd uses, and is one the surface true but really just a cherry picking of data.
Taking a look at the recent global average historical record in the link below, 1998 was a peak or near peak year. However, one could also 'pick another cherry' from this data and just as correctly state that between 2000 and 2011 the global average temperature increase 0.2 degrees C. So, which is it?

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 07:09

Stanford: Hold politicians to same standard as football players

Although I don't like the partisan tone (could have easily picked some Dems for examples here as well), he has a good point.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 06:51

UGA to replace its coal boiler with an electric option

"UGA will save half a million dollars or more annually with the new boiler, said David Spradley, director of Energy Services in UGA’s Facilities Management Division."

Would be nice to see maybe that savings reinvested in overall energy efficiency improvements on campus.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 06:44

UGA to replace its coal boiler with an electric option

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald:

Or how about "UGA President Jere said pollution wasn’t part of UGA’s equation ...". I did not know the UGA president dropped his last name.

posted @ Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 06:42

Pitts: People have responsibility to rein in government excess

Pres. Obama is really taking what might seem to be the best of bad options for now, and I like the time limited approval from Congress.

There also should be a heavy diplomatic effort to cut off aid coming from within the Arab world (such as Qatar). If we can find out for sure where this funding and support is coming from, then we should publicly call out those countries and individuals.

posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:29

March on global warming expected to draw thousands

Another article on global climate and predictably another posting from TeeWee rating on. "The large international corporations who make up the Environmental/Industrial complex are scared. " Sounds like a person who would be posting from a Koch Bros. sponsored anti-climate change action committee.

Yes, wind and solar do have issues, but they were not really "replaced". The current technologies are not your grandfathers windmills.

posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 - 08:19

Tant: 'Boots on the ground' must put 'feet in the streets'

[quote][b]kayron4[/b] - What is the answer if it's not blowing them to smithereens?[/quote]

What's missing from this is the lack of participation from other states in this region. I have seen or heard stories rumors of the funding coming from sources like Qatar, etc. The U.S. should put strong pressure on these countries to stop this flow of support. There might be some pain due to these being oil producing states, but i say that is the only real way to stop these groups.

posted @ Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 12:00

Today's teachers more inexperienced, more likely to leave, researcher says

I wonder if there is a difference in expectations of a new teacher today compared to their parents coming of age era in 1987-88?
Differences such as salary expectations needed for the early years of a career, some of which might be justified based on student debt loads now versus then.

posted @ Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 11:47

What Others Say: Nothing archaic about Constitution (The Augusta Chronicle)

[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - Our editorials are just as good only when they present a liberal point of view. Maybe the AC doesn't want to print "our" garbage in "their" paper.[/quote]

Actually this editorial from Augusta was a good one, despite the cartoon that portrays Obama threatening to tear up the Constitution.

The difference is that the ABH tries to play a middle ground by printing columns and articles from different points of view. I would expect this from a paper in a college town which has a lot of people with various viewpoints and that tend to think more.
The AC is more interested in pushing their own agenda.

One man's garbage is another man's treasure. Just because one does not agree with a particular viewpoint does not qualify that as garbage.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 07:28

Bushes figure prominently in Georgia Senate race

I realize that politics always has been a contact sport and in the current version party line trumps truth all the time, but now that Perdue and the national GOP organization have milked the maximum political benefit from this what appears to be dubious link it is time to back down from it.

Otherwise to this independent and undecided voter, Perdue will look like just more political scum.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 06:54

Georgia superintendent candidates draw contrasts at education forum

"Woods said he opposed Georgia adopting the standards because they were not specific to students here."

Isn't the idea of a "Common Core" having a set of educational criteria that would reflect the set of knowledge needed to succeed common across states and districts? For example, a student can transfer more readily when moving to another state.

Having local control is one thing, but thinking that the core educational needs varies from state to state I think takes that too far.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 07:30

Income inequality complicates Georgia consumption tax

[quote][b]cyou299[/b] - wait - these individuals have seen their incomes get higher and higher and higher...just when exactly is this hiring going to happen? They've been giving that ridiculous con job for decades. [/quote]

Oops, you pulled back the curtain from the great Oz.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 21:57

What Others Say: Don't let U.S. military assets deterioriate

One of the bigger problems we have is all the political pull to protect weapons programs or bases in the districts or states that Congress (House and Senate) represent, at the expense of what the Pentagon says it needs.

The world is changing but much of the defense budget still goes to programs fighting the 1980's Cold War.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:52

Polman: Abuse of women should get serious attention

Much of the Fox News and Rush viewer / listenership is older males, so they were just catering to that crowd. The Fox and Friends gang were just getting laughs from this group that really can't relate, doesn't understand and maybe doesn't care.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:50

Pitts: Two questions on economics and politics

Actually I would have worded the question less partisan (growth during Dem or GOP presidents, or red versus blue states) and stated it simply this.

"The changing tax policies started in the 1980's were supposed to bring prosperity, but it seems their effects are short term. How do we structure the tax programs to help real job creators (the small business owner who's actual income is likely $250K or less) without artificially benefiting the extreme upper income (C-suite types) and add to the burden of the working poor that rely on minimum wage type jobs."

I found this article to be full of good statistical analysis that outlines the trends in income inequality.
Good reading for all.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:48

Income inequality complicates Georgia consumption tax

The term "Fair Tax" is a classic example of great marketing, and the concept is simplistic enough to get some to go along. You just use the same sales tax rate across the board, sounds simple right?
What this report points out is the opposite. What the "Fair Tax" does is continue the trend started in the 1980's to transfer tax share from upper incomes to lower.

Some have pointed out that the share of taxes paid by upper incomes has increased or is still the large majority, and I am sure there will be postings here claiming so. When checking out those reports or data, it would be good to do so from organizations that don't have an agenda, or those that focus only on income taxes. There are likely many and complicated reasons for the growth in income inequality, but I don't think it was a coincidence that the trend really started in the 1980's.

It was good to get a report like this out there before the legislature silly season starts again. It was also good to see this from not some bastion of liberal leftist philosophy organization but rather Standard and Poor's.

posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:27

Galis: 'Values candidates' subvert principles of free society

Both parties have attempted to impose their own values propositions on the country of late.
The Dems have been adamant in forcing religious organizations to provide or pay for (directly or indirectly) items that go against their beliefs (such as contraceptive services that can be available for low or no cost elsewhere anyway).
The GOP has its own narrow definition of family values that focuses on some areas (such as marriage) very strongly but sometimes turns a blind eye in other factors when they conflict with the part line.

posted @ Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 16:56

Hill: Changing young people's eating habits worth the effort for disease prevention

well, they have realized that people will pay for typical food such as doughnuts, etc. In these cases people don't care what then health benefits or concerns are. But then wonder why they are 40 pounds above the 'normal' weight.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 23:39

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