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Athens Banner-Herald introduces All-Access Membership

It was always my perhaps mistaken understanding, that most newspapers/magazines mad their money on ads, not subscriptions. Ad rates were based on subscriptions, thus many newspapers/mags offer their media cheap or free to the public to drive up user numbers.

Seems like this will likely drive a fair number of folks out of the market, which is counter intuitive to the above business model.

So we do get a limited freebie access? Guess that is what it is, but I too cannot see $10 a month.

posted @ Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 15:21

A&E reverses decision on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch

Su-prise, su-prise, sprise! As old Gomer would say.

posted @ Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 09:34

Ga. sheriff cuts ties with A&E over Robertson flap

One may do or say anything they choose, as long as they are willing to accept the consequences. The jails are full of free choice advocates.

Phil's issue is not about free speech, but of consequences. As will any A&E backlash, though I believe each will survive just fine.

posted @ Monday, December 23, 2013 - 11:19

Sentence in Texas fatal DWI wreck stirs ire

If your upbringing can be used to essentially excuse this, how can one not accept the same circumstances from the other end of society?

Very bad decision, but then again, what is new.

posted @ Friday, December 13, 2013 - 09:19

UGA defense answers call in key moments against Georgia Tech

Great way to finish the regular season, now on to the bowl game. Great first start for Mason!

posted @ Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 08:15

Georgia man shoots, kills roving Alzheimer's patient

Just from a survival standpoint, never leave a protected defensible position to needlessly expose yourself to hostile fire (real or potential). This was not combat, walking dead, or other apocalyptic breakdown of society. Like a fire drill, you have to think about scenarios and have a plan. This was not a good plan.

A whole different story if Hendrix had stayed put and waited it out.

posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 09:40

In Georgia, cheers for their shutdown congressman

Look-
I believe everyone knows we need to cut spending. But, there are limited sources to do this. Entitlements (Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, etc. at 41%), defense (19%) , and the general fund (20%). The safety net and debt service are at 12% and 6% respectively.

Most of the general fund programs are so small in comparison, wiping out one or more of them saves little.

Entitlements are something that will have to be addressed, but slowly. Like raising retirement ages, tweaks for new folks entering the system, etc. This is like a hot stove to politicians due to our aging population and the backlash a major cut will cause. Have not seen any politicians ready to cut this one.

That leaves defense. While popular, it is an area where major cuts can be made with little effect on the actual program. We have tanks being built the generals do not want. They sit in the desert in wrappers. We are building a new fighter where we already have the best planes in the sky. No nation spends like us and is not likely to catch up anytime soon. However, please research the military/industrial complex for a more in depth review.

Think about it. China does not want a war with us, it would cost them too much in trade, and we would say, "Well, we are cancelling our debt to you." Russia is no longer a threat (they poke us now and then, but have no intention of getting physical). We have terrorist, but we can continue doing what we do within current budgets. Iran wants a bomb? Give them one of ours with the understanding that if they use it, we turn them into glass. Same message for N, Korea, but I suspect the Chinese know they must control the situation there. I suggest we stop being the world's policeman, but that is just me.

So, where are you going to cut to make any difference?

This shows the federal budget break down.
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=1258

posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 09:06

Man arrested in Clarkesville gas station fire (with video)

She was fine until he pulled the hose out to save the truck. She got sprayed up the back like a flame thrower.

What an idiot!

posted @ Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 08:28

Roadkill permits? There will be an app for that

Though I did not hit the animal, I have personally eaten road kill twice. One, a pheasant, was a little gritty. The other, a deer, was excellent.

Go for it!

posted @ Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:02

Slumping Falcons fall to Jets on final play

OK.
Yes, they are hurt in both sides of the ball. But, the front office took an almost Superbowl team and let key starters on both O and D go in the off season without equal or upgraded replacements. Particularly the O line. I mean, let Tyson Clabo go?

I like the running back upgrade, but we have not seen much of him.

So, play it out and try to get it together next year. Maybe try to beat NO here and Carolina both times and it will be the best you can do.

Tough one for Tony.

posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 07:07

Boehner to Obama: No debt hike without concessions

[quote][b]friendlyfire[/b] - @Shrike: There you go, blaming Bush again. How long will you liberals keep harping about that whenever you are confronted with real questions that need to be resolved? Obama's spending has nearly doubled our National Debt and that's a fact. Obamacare is clearly going to be a drag on our economy and not as affordable as Obama predicted. It's like his "shovel ready" jobs that were going to get our economy going again. Just didn't happen. Obama needs to stop his childish behavior and act like a leader even though it is a stretch of his imagination to do so.
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Hey, Friendly. The fact is Bush squandered the Clinton surplus and put us in a hole with I and A. If you cannot live with the facts, that is on you.

Yes, O increased the debt in a heroic effort to keep not only our, but the world economy from collapse. You can research the root causes of the impending collapse for yourself. He used a Keynsean approach to addressing the issue. Similar to what was done, and almost too late, in the Depression of '36. Now some wanted to let the market sort itself out. But, lessons from the Depression and the advice of folks that actually understand economics pulled us to the approach taken. Whether it will work long term remains to be seen, but we were on the brink of the abyss.

As to O's actions, the Congress (both sides) loaded up on the stimulus monies to fatten up their districts. It was not well managed, but what did you expect when the folks on the Hill smell money?

And by the way, I do not think O has played this particularly well, but the rogue Republicans have been even worse.

posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 13:52

Boehner to Obama: No debt hike without concessions

[quote][b]gman129[/b] - Arrest the ones responsible for the wild spending which put us into debt, not the ones who asked that the wild spending be stopped.[/quote]

Then we would have to start with the fools that got us into Iraq and Afghanistan on the credit card.

posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 09:02

Boehner to Obama: No debt hike without concessions

Arrest and impeach everyone of them if this nation defaults. Start with the Tea babies and work your way up until it is resolved.

posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 - 08:06

Americans anxious, irritated as gov't shuts down

If you could stand back and look at the whole issue objectively, you would see that they are trying to save our country.
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"We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 09:10

Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

Love-

The Parks system, National Wildlife Refuges, Coast Guard, Air Traffic Control, Interstate Highways, Public Health, Safe Drinking Water, etc come to mind, but they are not perfect.

Depends on how you define "effectively and efficiently'? No system run by human beings is perfect. I do believe we can do better overall, but ideology holds us back. We do spend too much, but both sides on the Hill are too busy paying back the debts to the effective and efficient corporate donors to think of the greater good.

Without government of some sort, you have anarchy. I do not want to live in a Mad Max world. One does not have to look far to see what happens in an unregulated corporate scenario (or even a regulated one like the BP/Gulf Oil Spill). So my answer is we need checks and balances and without government, you do not have it.

posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 08:58

Shutdown orders issued as Congress misses deadline

Dear Love USA-

Business is so efficient because they outsource American jobs offshore. They were so efficient they almost plunged us into a world depression with the banking/wallstreet partnership. They were so efficient when they created hundreds of Superfund dumping sites around the country. They are so efficient they take the whole top of a mountain off and dump it into green valleys and streams to get at the coal. They are so efficient that hundreds fail and go under every year. They are so efficient that government is forced to pass laws to keep them from forming monopolies and devouring everything in sight.

No thanks.

posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 08:11

Who'll blink? Dems, GOP in shutdown stare down

The Tea Party folks are harming this country during time of war. They want a revolution so bad, try them for treason.

posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 - 08:24

Falcons drop to 1-3 with loss to Patriots

Can't get TDs in the Red Zone and a shaky defense. They are hurt, but that kind of sums it up.

No ring for Tony, but he is a legend anyway.

posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 - 08:20

Teens caught urinating behind bushes in downtown Athens

[quote][b]Humbucker bob[/b] - Let he who has not pee'd behind a bush cast the first stone! [/quote]

Well, yes, but not in somebody's downtown!

posted @ Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 07:26

Obama: To honor victims, we 'have to change'

There is no such thing as 100% safe. You would never get 100% of firearms off the streets, and those you did get would be from folks who would never commit a crime. As others have said, we have a society problem, not a gun problem.

This is a political football for the idiots on the hill to pander to their bases with full knowledge nothing will be done. No more gun control, no more mental health treatment. And privacy prevents more information sharing on people with potentially dangerous mental health issues.

Chalk it up to the price of a free society.

posted @ Monday, September 23, 2013 - 10:25

DeLay thanks God for acquittal of money laundering

Texas Appeals Court overturns a jury. If you do not smell a rat.... If they had said, retrial, ok, but free to go? RAT

posted @ Friday, September 20, 2013 - 08:11

Republicans face off in Athens for 10th Congressional seat

A couple of these folks seem to be a major upgrade from Broun and the rest just different colors of crazy. Guess a sane voice is too much to hope for.

If you want the environment, parks, and any hope for worker safety to go down the tube, promote Sol-mo. The states lack even a hope for the resources or the political will to address those issues. Remember the blue creek spill and Ga only had like one emergency responder for the whole state? Multiply by 50.

posted @ Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 08:08

New wife charged with pushing husband off cliff

Nothing says "it's over" like a face-first push over a cliff. Sad story, that could have ended in a simple divorce/annulment. Sheesh!

posted @ Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 07:51

Bobo on UGA's o-line: 'Our fundamentals got poor'

I guess Bobo never heard of play action/QB run options at the goal line or roll out plays to wear out a rush.

posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 13:10

Dragon Con could see largest-ever crowd in Atlanta

Miss Kligon Universe (I forget the year) worked for me at one time. I can assure you she did not meet Creek Wolf's description!

posted @ Friday, August 30, 2013 - 15:49

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