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Some people will risk anything for fresh maple syrup.

posted @ Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 17:32

"You have been posting on Facebook for 16 hours. We suggest you take a break from Facebooking."

Yeah, this is third party stuff for the ABH, but c'mon - how long does it take to proofread a 6 paragraph article (even if one 'paragraph' is a sentence)? Tsk tsk, Morris. Quit stripping our local newspaper.

Anyway, shame on this fellow for (allegedly!) treating another human being this way, regardless of what was posted on a social media website. Look; trees and sky are outside and stuff.

posted @ Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 21:00

That's so Kiz- ah nevermind.

posted @ Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 20:31

While my sympathy goes out to the family, you just can't beat copy like this:

"...and his 15-year-old stepson, Daniel Clark Head, 15..."

posted @ Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 20:30


posted @ Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 21:28

Of all the things this scoundrel is facing, giving up that '03 Saturn is going to be the hardest.

posted @ Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 09:25

Whew - jokes aside, this is a longer police piece than most. Usually it's just, "Suspect was suspected of slander. John Q. Public, of Athens..."

What darling 14 year olds to both be on probation for different offenses - I think I was deep into Super Nintendo at that age? Tho that's a different problem...

posted @ Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 20:33

Good link, eja300. One wonders why the AA has to be a "private, nonprofit corporation... [and] is governed by a board of directors, whose chairman always is the UGA president."

Why isn't the AA directly under the helm of the USG? Why this separate entity, partially tied to the University, instead of one with a more direct, overseeing authority?

Someone's cookin' the books, and it ain't in the statistics department. Good to learn that students pay less than at other USG schools to attend events for which they paid, by purchasing a ticket to said event.

posted @ Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 21:23

Yeah, gotta go with Save our Republic's sentiment - let's let the LEOs and prosecutors go after the small timers, but as Uncle Parker said, "With great power comes great responsibility." They are accused of some serious crimes, not just adjusting test scores. These folks did the dirty, and RICO is perhaps the best bet of getting 'em.

Somewhere, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano is gritting his teeth.

posted @ Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 20:50


I don't recall exact numbers, but the Athletic Association takes in some tens of millions every year, and gives a token sum of about 500k annually to the University. The same University that had to lay off a bunch of part-timers recently. I'm not certain about the details of the Association paying tuition for its players; that would be a fair compromise, however.

My argument is that the AA should exist to support the University, and not itself. Sports should be a small, yet integral part of an institution devoted to academics. While its true that sports have played a large role in academic institutions for over a century, the baby shouldn't be thrown out with the bath water... perhaps instead of shiny new Nike uniforms, the Dawgs could keep their current threads, and a few more professors and staff could be hired to teach algebra 'n' stuff.

There are thousands of devoted students who graduate each year who have little to do with sports other than being fans, yet they are eclipsed by a marketing and merchandising machine which manipulates matriculation for malicious motives. Alliteration!!!

Don't get me wrong, though - I call for a 13-0 season this fall, with SEC and National Championships. 'Tis only fitting, eh?

posted @ Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 18:12

Let's not forget the state's massive budget crunch, the University System of Georgia's decade-long cost cutting measures, and annual tuition increases.

Hey, new sports related thing - oh snap!

posted @ Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 15:17


This article may shed some light on the situation:

posted @ Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 17:31

The "bikes on the road" law is another outdated section of our code which has resulted in dozens of mishaps over the years.

For the safety of our cycling community, cyclists should petition the Gold Dome to change this law so bikes can be where they belong: off of the road. From a hatchback four cylinder all the way up to a Ford Expedition, if a vehicle hits a bicycle, it's bad news. All of our hubris-filled human laws will never trump the laws of physics, eh?

One more example, then I will refrain from further comments on this article.

Rock climbing: Viewed as a dangerous, yet legitimate sport when all safety measures are taken. Accidents happen.

Hang gliding and sky diving: Viewed as dangerous, yet legitimate sports; accidents will happen even with all safety measures in place.

Bicycling on a roadway paid for by motorist taxes and designed for motor vehicle traffic: "We have a right to show off our tushes in our tight Spandex riding outfits and 20-speed bikes, and Lance Armstrong was FRAMED! Get that gas guzzler out of the way of my flimsy vehicle, you plebian."

Sorry if I'm a little bitter this morn, the coffee hasn't worked its way to my brain yet Smile

posted @ Friday, March 22, 2013 - 07:01

Play with fire and you're gonna get burned. Ride safely; ride sidewalk.

posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 22:06

I don't have any kids, but those who do might find solace in knowing that Timothy Rd. Elementary opens its doors to the public to those who really, really need to go.

posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 12:43

Remember, help save trees - use both sides of your toilet paper.

posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 07:32

I wasn't aware that this was a crime... oh, the box cutter. Nod.

posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 - 20:16

Yep, this employee crossed the thin blue line fo' sho'.

posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 - 19:51

Gasp - not - TEH MARIHUANAS!

Clearly both of these gentlemen deserve life sentences for daring to distribute dried plant matter. Or maybe they can just be extricated to Washington or Colorado, where this is now quasi-legal?

It was once legal to own another human being as property, and illegal to teach said human to read. Thankfully, our society has the ability to change laws, once they become outdated.

posted @ Monday, March 18, 2013 - 07:18

Lady Chas: Good point on your post timestamped 11:34:09; that was a guess on my part.

While I feel saddened that Mr. Smith will now spend years behind bars for drug offenses, I take great amusement in online commenters getting upset because someone dares disagree with their opinion.

It's a nice day, and I'm going outside now. Smile

posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 12:14

@CharlotteLadyGardner: More vocational training, the prospect of a good job with a decent wage, and more support, from family all the way to school staff, to 'do the right thing.'

Anyway, I used the word 'may.' Probably more grammatically correct to have said, 'might,' but I digress. How many actors, athletes, and musicians have earned more than most of us will see in our lifetimes, only to turn to criminal acts? There should be more resources available for people to better themselves, and not sponge off of the system, but we're all responsible for our own actions.

I certainly agree that Mr. Smith made his own bed, and now he should lay in it. Lie? D'oh.

posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 11:37

Looking back over the comments again, I seem to have missed Walter Becker's point, which is what I was trying to say.

If there had been a better outlook, both from a cultural and economic standpoint, maybe Mr. Smith wouldn't have chosen a 'quick buck.' The sad thing is that there is money to be made in illicit trades, and the consequences don't always match up to the perceived severity of the crime.

This article doesn't mention if Mr. Smith had any violent offenses; indeed, by choosing to deliver his wares, he was looking out for his family, protecting them from, "...rival drug dealers who might have a propensity to commit a drug-related home invasion." And yes, avoiding detection by law enforcement.

I do not condone Mr. Smith's actions, but I stand firmly behind my opinion that if there were more opportunities besides illicit trades, this fellow may not have chosen a life of crime.

@Joe: Good article, mate. I really wish you were allowed access to more pertinent details instead of being spoon fed short blurbs; but keep up the good work!

posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 11:04

The divisive issue here seems to be whether we should chide this person for not accepting responsibility for himself, or chide the systems of education and justice for not stepping in and helping him find a better path.

The article seems to imply that the schools and courts threw up their hands in frustration, and allowed Mr. Smith to continue his criminal path due to lack of intervention and rehabilitation. What were his interests? Possible career paths? Were those in authority more interested in applying blanket rules, or really trying to help him?

90 minutes of jail time? Yeah, considering time served... unfortunately, this kid will now have 20 years to consider his actions. Instead of a story about someone turning their life around and contributing to society, society practically pushed him into a prison cell. Instead of Mackee Smith inventing a better light bulb or becoming a talented artist, our society has determined that he has a better purpose as a prisoner.

posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 08:31

The same university which keeps laying off part-timers somehow finds money for new buildings, and $5 million golden parachutes for (admittedly competent) administrators. Pray, tell; who will staff these gorgeous new buildings?

I really like that the architect's name is Danny Sniff.

posted @ Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 08:21

Been listening to this fellow since he was just a "Featuring:" artist alongside his Cash Money alumni. Speedy recovery, Wayne!

This may shed some light on the situation:

posted @ Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 07:32

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