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Watkinsville woman arrested for excessive speed

[quote][b]iluvfestivals[/b] - Speeding should not be an offense for arrest. Georgia needs to change its laws. Put points on the license and then suspend or revoke the license if necessary.

She was arrested for Reckless Driving!

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 06:03

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

[quote][b]Joe Johnson[/b] -
I'm not a Starbucks customer but I understand people every day pay like $3 for a latte. If you were to buy one latte each day for a year, that translates to $1,095. Yes, that's one thousand and ninety five dollars! People enjoy drinking lattes, so that gives it value and at such a huge annual cost. People might enjoy reading onlineathens for various reasons -- perhaps only the obituaries, police blotter, school lunch menus and even commenting on news stories -- so 30 cents a day is not much to spend for whatever value you take from our product.
As I stated in a previous post, using the $118 figure is a bit misleading, especially when folks can sign up to be automatically billed monthly for slightly less than $10.

Did you see the part where @melmarino: explained that the WASHINGTON POST is wanting her business for less than $5.00 a month?
Do you think that perhaps your price points are a little high for what is actually offered?
Folks that drink $1,095 in lattes find sufficient value in that particular commodity.


posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 04:45

East Athens neighborhood avoids potential wildfire disaster

[quote][b]TheChick[/b] - Does anyone know what caused the fire?[/quote]

a little bitty flame! Big smile

posted @ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 03:29

BLOG: Athens mayoral candidate Tim Denson releases campaign platform

[quote][b]CUnknown[/b] - So we -do- have the ability to control the police that we directly pay for on a city level, certainly. It's up to us what laws they enforce, and what laws they don't[/quote]

Actually, No, you don't. Police Officers are state mandated to enforce all state laws.A local governing body is not permitted to usurp those duties, nor are they allowed to deconstruct state law with the use of ordinances.
That doesn't even begin to cover Deputies with the Sheriff's Office!
As the highest elected position in the county, The Clarke County Sheriff has the pleasure and duty to operate completely outside the scope of the unified government, council, or commission.

posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 06:13

Woman refuses to leave Athens motel

[quote][b]The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald[/b] - Is it just me, or does that security latch not seem so secure now, especially as the paper has published how to defeat it with a common tool.

Nah. Slows intruders just enough to get a bead on them....I'm sure ther's nothing quiet about it either!

posted @ Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 05:30

Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership


posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 21:29

Consumers who opt not to enroll in health insurance plans to face growing penalties

Just pay the fine! It's still cheaper than Obummercare!

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 01:15

Schools at a breaking point after years of cuts?

Let me be absolutely clear. I have no problem with schools, kids, or certain taxes. However, the devil is in the details. The system we have is not working. I see private sector schools that ARE!
If the State and Federal government would get their noses out of local our Founder's intended...then each, and every district could come up with their own solutions. Whether it be Charter, Locally funded Government, Completely Private, or outsourced schooling programs.
Homeschool incentives, or tax breaks for those that offer fiscal or support to local schools.
Solutions are possible, but not under this current, monstrous bureaucracy!

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 22:25

Schools at a breaking point after years of cuts?

[quote][b]historydawg[/b] - Our founding fathers, who made public education, would beg to differ with your solution. Education is NOT a business![/quote]

You mean, like Jefferson? He believed that education should be absolutely local.
The current government education system is anything but what he said was the idea. Education to him was to be local. Under the system proposed by the Founders. There would NEVER be a State or Federal Department of Education.
His words go to show that the PARENTS, Not the community at large, as well as those who CHOOSE to assist, should bear the burden of paying for the services (Sounds kinda private to me)

Jefferson argued for the founding of "each school at once under the care of those most interested in its conduct." Each elementary school was to be supervised by local parents and peers who were passionate to ensure children's education, which included the selection and oversight of teachers (tutors), as well as their salaries. And those who couldn't afford their children's tuitions would be covered, at least in part, by those who could assist them.

Regarding the most basic, or elementary, education, Jefferson proposed that "every person in it entitled to send their children three years gratis, and as much longer as they please, paying for it." And from there, parents would continue to pay for advanced education, too. (Jefferson's basic parental fiscal philosophy was: If you bring them into the world, you pay for them until they are responsible enough to pay for themselves.)

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 22:16

Ford introduces new F-150 made almost entirely out of aluminum

[quote][b]AthensRunner[/b] - @Save our Republic: Ford actually does quite well. The Bronco was dropped nearly 20years ago and the Crown Vic was a fat hungry pig. Neither of which are that sorely missed. I'd still like a 66-77 Bronco, tho. Ford bested Toyota to sell the greatest number of vehicles in America in 2013. Taurus knockoff?! I owned two Ford Taurus, 89 and 93, nothing interesting or redeeming in either one. The new Taurus is pretty nice. I'd really be happy with any vehicle in the Ford lineup even though I'd prefer a manual transmission in a truck

The Bronco was ended in '96, to the chagrin of a very huge following of domestic IFS four wheeling supporters, Many who gave up and went to the Land Rover family
As far as the Vic, I have worked in the CV, and in the new Tauras knock off.
The Taurus is highly inefficient for service. The CV was THE tool for Law Enforcement. It had ample room, both in cab, and in the boot, as well as the ability have pretty much 360 degree visibility.
The Taurus has non of these qualities.

One local agency, (Watkinsville Police) had a Taurus interceptor for about 2 days before they sent it back as "unfit for service"
Many, if not a very prominent majority of agencies are not even considering them.
The ending of the CV line was, and is a huge mistake by Ford.
The Bronco line may be old news, but it is relevant to Ford's history of ending popular lines and losing money because of it.
I'm glad you like your Taurus. Alot of folks do. Quite a bit more money was in the Crown Victoria line!

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 21:55

Schools at a breaking point after years of cuts?

Hmm...So the government schools say they can't afford it anymore?
Cool! Get government out of the education business, and turn it over to those that understand fiscal responsibility.
The private sector!

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 21:18

Phil Robertson for President

@EG Huttonstuff:

I'll see your short haired and shaven Robertson's and raise you:

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 20:54

Lone Survivor

[quote][b]catman[/b] - @RightWingExtremist: What military service do YOU have?

I have almost 20 years and multiple upon multiple combat tours in this all volunteer Army.
I stand behind and support what @RightWingExtremist: stated,
Being drafted doesn't make you a Patriot.
Standing up and saying "This We'll Defend" ....and MEANING it, does!

And honestly, the pay is not that great at all. Your housing conditions suck..even stateside, and your healthcare is even worse.
You are there because you are called to it.

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 20:35

Lone Survivor

[quote][b]keepitsimple[/b] - @BulldogBully: Not a big fan of paying out the rear to watch a movie either. I'm with you on this one...gonna be worth it to see it on the big screen witha big greasy tub of popcorn.
You are cordially invited to the SOR soon as the Blu Ray comes out!

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 20:24

Ford introduces new F-150 made almost entirely out of aluminum

Why Ford continues to shoot itself in the foot is beyond me.
Starting years ago when they dumped the very popular Bronco line, then last year when they ended the hugely popular Crown Victoria line, and the attempt to replace it with a substandard Taurus knock off....

Glad I no longer have that stock!

posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 - 20:08

Madison County kidnapping suspect found in possession of pipe bombs

Big things happening in little bitty ole Comer!

posted @ Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 08:00

Georgia juvenile justice changes to take effect

Are you serious? As if it isn't hard enough already to detain these miscreants?

posted @ Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 15:31

Phil Robertson for President

I wonder if ZZ Top would play his Inauguration party?

posted @ Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 15:28

Phil Robertson for President

And his Secret Service detail would consist of rough, bearded men!

I can honestly say this from the tongue in cheek suggestion..

Phil is above the politics...He could never be elected as he is too good of a man to sink into politics.
Sad though, because his business experience would make him 100 times the President that our current executive is......

posted @ Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 15:27

'Duck Dynasty' fans react to Robertson's hiatus

[quote] - "There's too much money at stake," said Bragman, vice president of "Although he plays kind of a hick on TV, I don't think he's dumb. I think he gets what's at stake here. And I hope people on his team, the network and his producers get the message that what he did was wrong. "[/quote]

Wrong? Say who? The man stands by his convictions. You think a few dollars is going to matter? He is who he is, and the TV show knew that when they came to him asking to make a show about him.
He earned his keep building his business long before this TV show came along.

Phil was right on in voicing his beliefs, and at the end of this, I seriously doubt he has anything to apologize for!
You may live in a world of "Political Correctness", Mr Bragman, but many of us will call it like we see it, and your "sensitivities" are your problem!

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:45

US Rep. Kingston says poor students should sweep floors for lunch

I don't see a thing wrong with this premise. I really don't!
30 years ago, I had a DAILY chores list that consisted of cleaning my room, helping in the kitchen, making my own sack lunches for school (and my sisters when they were too young), cleaning out our 6 chicken houses with my brother, various chores for the beef cattle and goats, chopping wood, and washing and vacuuming my Dad's work car EVERY DAY after he got off!
At school, we were occasionally asked to help clean blackboards, mop the gym floors, and clean out the school buses. We survived quite well, and with a sense of accomplishment!
A little dirt on the hands is good for kids, and they would certainly appreciate the lunches more if they had to earn them!

posted @ Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 10:38

Doctor injured in knife attack at west Athens medical office

[quote][b]matt1141a[/b] - People who carry knives should have to get a permit.

In the State of Georgia, they DO have to have a permit to carry most knives!
Fudge lotta good that law serves for those that don't abide by it, eh? But then, I think stabbing your Doctor is pretty high on the "Don't do it" list too!

posted @ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 12:51

Trial of Georgia state Sen. Don Balfour continues

[quote][b]DanMatthews[/b] - Corruption is inherent to those in power


posted @ Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:02

Republican nightmare begins: Obamacare is 'a godsend' for people getting coverage

Prisoner escapes from Athens work detail, steals van

[quote][b]CharlotteLadyGardner[/b] -
Where is Clarke County Correctional facility? Is it part of the jail near the police station or is it another building? [/quote]

It is near there, but a different building!

posted @ Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 06:36

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