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NOBODY TOLD ME that Austin Rhodes and Don Imus were pen pals.

THE CHRONICLE recently wrote of a "nor'easter," a storm from the southwest that hit New York and New England. This storm was a sou'wester.

COLUMBIA COUNTY IS studying the idea of a study, i.e. it will pay a fee to study fees. The latest study cost a fee and will study two types of fees. Does that mean the county will learn twice as much or that it will leave twice as many questions unanswered?

JOHN EDWARDS pays $400 for one haircut. If he wastes his own money like that, imagine how he'll waste other people's tax money.

IF YOU WANT TO BE TREATED like a first-class citizen, contact any of the staff at the GreenJackets office about tickets or go to a game and meet the staff.

PLEASE STOP with the gloom-and-doom and report on the unselfish acts going on in Ware County, Ga., to contain the wildfires.

DON'T WORRY about terrorists destroying America; we're doing it for them.

HARRY REID should be tried as a traitor in time of war. With people such as him as our leaders, you can bet other countries now see us as the Land of the Weak and Home of the Cowards.

NOW THE U.S. wants to build expensive 12-foot-high walls separating Baghdad neighborhoods. That will stop the bad guys - until they find some 10-foot ladders.

WE DO NOT HAVE a justice system in this country anymore. We have a legal system with fine print and loopholes - all from laws designed with lots of political double-talk and overly complicated wording.

A COUNTRY'S LEADER who completely ignores his citizens' wishes and well-being is called a dictator. Sound familiar?

SPORTS HEADLINE: "For die-hard fan, draft is can't-miss spectacle." How far have we fallen when the business of overpaying bone-headed athletes is more "spectacular" than the game itself?

HERE'S A SUGGESTION for the Augusta Housing Authority: Why not put your proposed housing project on the site of Regency Mall? It has great access to public transportation and isn't next door to any neighborhoods.

WGAC STANDS FOR "We've Got Another Commercial." Way too much yap. Now, that's something legitimate for those folks to protest over there on Belair Road.

IF YOUR CAR BREAKS DOWN in the middle of the road, get out, put it in neutral and push! Quit crying with your hazards on.

If you have an opinion you want to share, you may call the Rants & Raves line at (706) 823-3397, fax your opinion to (706) 722-7403 or e-mail newsroom@augustachronicle.com.

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brinehart7
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brinehart7 05/02/07 - 08:16 am
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We can build walls in Iraq

We can build walls in Iraq But we can't build one on our southern border?

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 05/02/07 - 08:19 am
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Nor can we help the people of

Nor can we help the people of New Orleans.......

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what 05/02/07 - 08:19 am
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UMMM, you want us to PUSH our

UMMM, you want us to PUSH our cars!! Have you lost your ever-loving mind!! Do you even realize how dangerous that is? If there were ANY good samaritans out there to help, that would be different. But no individual should have to do that alone.

jack234
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jack234 05/02/07 - 08:21 am
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I guess we should feel

I guess we should feel blessed that the Native Americans didn't build a wall around North America.

jack234
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jack234 05/02/07 - 08:24 am
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important warning: Don't buy

important warning: Don't buy gas may 19th. This is a national campaign. help spread the word via e-mail. we did this in april 1997 and gas dropped $.30 overnight. we need your help to get the word out.

AGR354
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AGR354 05/02/07 - 08:32 am
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Jack do you have your date

Jack do you have your date right, is it the 15th or the 19th? These campains work

alias1
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alias1 05/02/07 - 08:35 am
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George Bush is meeting with

George Bush is meeting with Democrats in Congress to discuss funding for the war??? Why cant dum dum Bush use some of the money he makes on us at the gas pumps EVERYDAY???? I m sick and tired of this man, innocent people getting killed everyday, so he can say look what i did daddy!!!! what a wimp.

cones
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cones 05/02/07 - 08:41 am
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How does Bush make money at

How does Bush make money at the pumps you fool?

sweetcaroline1971
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sweetcaroline1971 05/02/07 - 08:49 am
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jACK-- In hinesight, maybe

jACK-- In hinesight, maybe the Native americans should have built that wall.... ha ha ha

noctur55
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noctur55 05/02/07 - 08:50 am
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Maybe I'm wrong, and I know I

Maybe I'm wrong, and I know I will be corrected if so, but doesnt Bush have a line item veto available? Couldnt he just veto portions of the bill, such as the Pork that he was talking about, or the timetables? Just wondering.

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sweetcaroline1971 05/02/07 - 08:54 am
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30 cents???? Prices jump up

30 cents???? Prices jump up and down daily and even if they do go down temporarily, they'll be right back up. In 2 days one station on Fury's Ferry Road went from $2.69 to $2.85. There is so much gas "in reserve tanks" that the oil industry just laughs at this stuff.

alias1
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alias1 05/02/07 - 08:56 am
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canukjay- you fool he OWNS

canukjay- you fool he OWNS part haliburton that would be an oil refinery thats where gasoline comes from.

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 05/02/07 - 08:59 am
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Yes, Caroline, I agree. This

Yes, Caroline, I agree. This does no good. Maybe it makes us feel better but doesn't do anything for gas prices. I've heard by the end of this year we'll thank our lucky stars for $2.85 a gallon gasoline...if we can find it. SC doesn't charge a Gas Tax the way GA does so their gas is cheaper. That's where I buy mine unless I'm desperatly low. The best price I've found is Gregg's Gas Plus at the corner of Buena Vista Ave and Georgia Ave (across the 13th St Bridge). It's close to downtown Augusta and I drive over once a week to fill up.

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charles yonce 05/02/07 - 09:24 am
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you're right and wrong

you're right and wrong alias1, bush doesn't have anything to with halliburton,that's cheney's baby.they got the no bids contracts via him.halliburton specializes in oil and gas period! they are in iraq behind the facade of taking care of the troops(food,laundry,mail)they are there actually stealing iraqs oil and the dummies here believe that they're now in the domestication business.ain't no money in domestication but there sure is in oil.not one jackleg in the gov't or private sector will answer my one question.where are the revenues from the 2 million barrels of oil being pumped out of iraq daily going to?weren't they supposed to be used to finance this fiasco we're in?then why is bush begging for more money?where are the pallets of us currency sent over there 2 years ago at?we're missing billions,and you idiots still believe this [filtered word]crook.to yesterdays poster yes bush 41 was in ny on 911 meeting with some of binladens people,they were at the time partners in the carlyle group,a big defense contracting corp,and yes they left,when no one else could fly.they were business partners folks.binladen had nothing to with 911.this explains why they haven't captured him and never will

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NotyourDadsBuick 05/02/07 - 09:26 am
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The line-item veto was ruled

The line-item veto was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court during Clinton's presidency. I can't say it would help Mr. Bush much because he's been very, very reluctant to veto any bills during his presidency (only two so far), which is one reason why federal spending has skyrocketed during his two terms in office. (The fact that the war in Iraq is approaching $500 billion in costs has a lot to do with that, too.) Maybe a line-item would have curtailed some of the spending, but the same party held both Congress and the White House, making it unlikely that Bush would have vetoed what a Republican-led Congress sent to him. That's always a danger when a single party controls the machinations of government -- regardless of the party in control. They spend and spend and spend -- after all, it's not their money!

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nash63 05/02/07 - 09:27 am
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If you want to learn more

If you want to learn more about what a nor'easter is go to this site: http://science.howstuffworks.com/question595.htm. It doesn't matter that it forms in a southwestern location. It's how it is formed and what it does. To quote part of the information there, "A Nor'easter is named for the winds that blow in from the northeast and drive the storm up the east coast along the Gulf Stream, a band of warm water that lies off the Atlantic coast."

alias1
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alias1 05/02/07 - 09:52 am
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thanks for setting it

thanks for setting it straight popkorn. i still dont believe anything that GWBush has to say, i think he did several drugs in his time, listen to how he talks uuummmmm, uuummmm, uummmmm. thats not president material to me. i am GLAD this is his last term but we have to put up with it for another year. it will take the next president, hopefully a democrat, 2 full terms to get GWB's mess cleaned up.

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Painter 05/02/07 - 09:57 am
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First of all a nor-easter

First of all a nor-easter does not account for the direction the storm comes from but for the direction that the highest winds come from, which would have come from the North East. Second, a countrys leader who does not bow to popular demand but looks to God for his guidance is called a great president. And then, there is no helping New Orleans. All the money that goes to that state goes to line the pockets of greedy politics.

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SuperG151 05/02/07 - 10:00 am
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This is just a rave for the

This is just a rave for the awesome Papa Roach/Hinder concert last night at the Aiken Convocation Center. It rocked!!!!

jack234
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jack234 05/02/07 - 10:14 am
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agr315: i doublechecked my

agr315: i doublechecked my e-mail and the date was the 15th. hey, we could hit them with a double wam-o and do it both days. and if you want to really impact - do it for a week. i haven't had to go anywhere for five years. i just sit home. watch cnn and drink prune juice.
the fact of the matter is, i gotta go now!

sweetcaroline1971
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sweetcaroline1971 05/02/07 - 10:14 am
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Some people are good public

Some people are good public speakers (Bill Clinton) and some are not (Geo Bush). It doesn't really have any impact on how good a leader he is or isn't, other than being able to communicate information to the public.

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_kpc_ 05/02/07 - 10:14 am
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Helpus....what else should we

Helpus....what else should we do for New-Orleans if they won't help themseves? popkorn, the profits from the Iraqi oil is going to .....guess who.....IRAQ. Unlike what the way left wants you to believe, we did not go there to steal oil. It still belongs to Iraq, so the sale of it does not put money in our pockets. MyrtleBeach....just curious. If having one party control both houses and the presidency is so bad (and I'm not disagreeing by the way) does that mean you are bound to vote republican in 2008 for president?

AGR354
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AGR354 05/02/07 - 10:36 am
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Jack what was the price of

Jack what was the price of Gas in 1997? 90 Cents a gallon

Augusta Mom
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Augusta Mom 05/02/07 - 10:38 am
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Some of the people in New

Some of the people in New Orleans lived in lower income neighborhoods and are not able to "help themselves". It's just amazing to me that after almost 2 years in the richest country in the world those damaged homes are still for the most part sitting exactly how the storm and flood damage left them. I'm sure that everyone who could afford to had fled New Orleans for other locations, but some just don't have the means.It may well be that all the finances are going into the pockets of local politicians as I don't have any love for Mayor Nagan, but I do believe it's America's responsibility to "take care of their own family" before dishing out all of our income tax money to other countries that deeply hate us. After all this time some people have just received their temp FEMA trailers....and many have still not. Those trailers are just sitting in lots, rusting, rather than being delivered to people who need them. It's gross mismanagement of funds and resources and someone needs to investigate!

NotyourDadsBuick
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NotyourDadsBuick 05/02/07 - 10:45 am
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kpc, it's not always bad, but

kpc, it's not always bad, but it hasn't worked very well the last few years. Somehow during the last six years the conversative movement lost its way, and while they remained tax cutters they also became big spenders. Definitely seemed like they were on a serious power trip. I don't vote for president based on party affiliation, I try to vote based on who gives the best impression of competence. We need someone as president who has the intestinal fortitude to veto bills, even if they are from his own party. (And who's to say the Republicans won't take back lost seats in '08?) Maybe the era of truly representative government is over. I watched CNBC last night and on Kudlow & Co. he had two investment managers talking about how much money major corporations give to political parties and lobbying groups in order to "get a seat at the table" and affect public policy. How is the average U.S. citizen supposed to compete against that?

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illini 05/02/07 - 10:46 am
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kpc, thank you for setting

kpc, thank you for setting Helpus straight on New Orleans. They need to get off their sorry butts and help themselves. I guess when you collect handouts your entire life, you just keep expecting more.

noctur55
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noctur55 05/02/07 - 10:49 am
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It was bad when the

It was bad when the republicans controlled everything, bad enough it may require a pendulum swing in the opposite direction to start to even things out again. I voted a straight democrat ticket to get things right again.

AGR354
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AGR354 05/02/07 - 10:55 am
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Whn you vote straight ticket

Whn you vote straight ticket you vote with your eyes closed. if you vote straight ticket can you name the people you vote for?

jack234
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jack234 05/02/07 - 10:57 am
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agr354: The average price of

agr354: The average price of gas for regular unleaded in 1997
was 1.27. That was the year that the rise in gas prices started.
I thought the Iraq war was suppose to lower gas prices......."the best laid plans of mice and men"

noctur55
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noctur55 05/02/07 - 11:11 am
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Just not happy with the state

Just not happy with the state of the government. In my opinion it was time for a change, any change would be better. Tired of being called unpatriotic for questioning the government. I have served my country for the last 8 years, and am about to reenlist for another 6. I love my country, but not the way its being run. Something needs to change, and quickly.

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