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A RANT AND A RAVE to the Supreme Court for upholding our right to bear arms. Our right to protect ourselves is a Constitutional right given by our forefathers. Too bad it was such a close vote (5 to 4). Only five judges think we have the right to protect ourselves and family? Tsk, tsk.

THE SUPREME COURT has ruled in a 5-4 decision that Americans have the right to keep guns in their homes for self-defense. I wonder how many of the justices are aware of the statistic showing that if a gun is kept in a home and it kills somebody, there is only a 1-in-20 chance that the person killed is an intruder?

WHERE DID STUPID mortgage borrowers live before they gambled on an unaffordable house? In apartments, with mom, somewhere. They didn't just appear out of thin air. Now that they gambled and lost, let 'em go back to mom, and work harder to provide for themselves. It's not up to taxpayers to support them.

RAVE TO MR. TROUTMAN and the Augusta Lynx for the free hockey jersey for the season ticket holders. I love it and will wear it to every game. It's a very nice gift and lets me know that you appreciate the fans just as much as the fans appreciate all the hard work you are doing to keep the team in Augusta. See you in October. Let's Go Lynx!

WEATHER PEOPLE -- we do not want to hear you chat with the other newscasters. We want to see the radar and hear the forecast.

A HEADLINE READS: "Area gets involved in awareness." Now! There's a story that can be about any old subject. (Except unawareness.)

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DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 07/16/08 - 05:10 am
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WHERE DID STUPID mortgage

WHERE DID STUPID mortgage borrowers live before they gambled on an unaffordable house? As if it were their fault alone. Those who did a property assessment and crooked mortgage brokers lied to them. A lot of people are in serious trouble for the fact that they are barely making ends meet and tapping into the only other known source of money they have. Think about it, can you keep your job? Many didn't cause factories closed, people got laid off at a most alarming rate (some without a heads up), and you criticize? Even the most strongest of mortgage companies are failing now cause the money is NOT there! The government is having to force all taxpayers to foot the bill now, and all the while, more spending and pork barrels are in full swing. Inflation is inevitable, and it will go higher as God said. Soon, it would reach as high as a day's wage and you can bet it is not going to be a blame game after that.

sliique
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sliique 07/16/08 - 05:15 am
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So, DeborahElliott2.....We

So, DeborahElliott2.....We taxpayers are the panacea, again, for these crooks?

rbk
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rbk 07/16/08 - 05:23 am
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Well, the r & r has some

Well, the r & r has some things worthy of comment today. I agree with the first rant & rave, we should be allowed to protect ourselves with guns if we feel the need. Wonder where the second ranter got his statistics. I find it hard to believe that only 1 in 20 killed is an intruder. On the other hand maybe it isn't so far fetched, we seem to have a shooting in the ghettos of Augusta almost every day. I'm sure that statistic doesn't account for how many robberies were thwarted and lives saved when the robber surrendered or ran away after seeing the gun in the hands of the original victim.

Reality
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Reality 07/16/08 - 05:41 am
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I read it as the morons

I read it as the morons buying a $250,000 house on a $20,000 a year salary....We are in a catch 22 position, if we let all of the mortgage business' go under, the economy will crumble. The people responsible for this should have their assets given to the government (taxpayers), not continue to reward them with huge severance packages.....

PTHS2
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PTHS2 07/16/08 - 05:42 am
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DE2 - Please let me know the

DE2 - Please let me know the day when there are no "Help Wanted" ads in the paper or on the internet. In the meantime, how about another cup of coffee? How do ya like it fixed? G'mornin to the rest.

rbk
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rbk 07/16/08 - 05:42 am
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Right on, DE, while I believe

Right on, DE, while I believe some of the borrowers should have known better, the bulk of the blame should be on the lenders. The same is true of credit card holders that over extend themselves. The department stores offer all kinds of incentives to get the buyer to open a credit account, and the credit card companies send unsolicited cards in the mail to people that can't handle it. The more credit debt a person accumulates, the more cards they send, just begging the person to use them and get further in debt. I don't feel sorry for the credit card companies when someone goes bankrupt, the company brought it on themselves by making it too easy to get the credit.

PTHS2
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PTHS2 07/16/08 - 05:46 am
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Reality - It's the same

Reality - It's the same mentality as living in the hood with peeling paint and plywood where your windows should be and driving a $50,000 SUV with $6,000 rims while talking on a new Iphone G3. Yes. the lenders share a portion of the blame for being stupid too, but I don't think that is the core problem.

rbk
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rbk 07/16/08 - 05:51 am
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I am glad to see my favorite

I am glad to see my favorite candidates, Paul Broun and Lee Anderson got 70% of the vote. Now I hope they can do as well in the General Election. Well, must get off here and go to work. Have a house payment to make and am laid off again next week, hard to make ends meet!

PTHS2
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PTHS2 07/16/08 - 05:51 am
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rbk - Many folks who are

rbk - Many folks who are given the chance to rebuild or establish credit and buy a home take advantage of the opportunity regardless of income level. Those that choose to make the right sacrifices in discretionary spending (see above) should be given the chance. The bums that mess it up hurt everybody. How can you tell if somebody just fell on some hard times and is determined to buckle down to make it, or if they merely intend to enjoy their new house for 6 months just like they enjoy their new vehicles for 3 months? It's a tough call.

Reality
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Reality 07/16/08 - 05:53 am
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With no visible means of

With no visible means of support..........

pofwe
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pofwe 07/16/08 - 05:54 am
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Greed, greed, greed, the

Greed, greed, greed, the mortage brokers, real estate agents, buyers who knew their payments were more than they could afford, ... everyone that participated in the mortgage scam is "out for self," Taxpayer dollars should not be spent to rescue this greedy bunch. Let the financial chips fall where they may. Make-way for a "national tent city," and put these greedy white collar executives in charge of tent site fees!

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Trouble 07/16/08 - 05:54 am
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Morning all

Morning all

pofwe
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pofwe 07/16/08 - 05:55 am
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Yes Reality, "With no visible

Yes Reality, "With no visible means of support..........", get it?

Reality
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Reality 07/16/08 - 05:55 am
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rbk, I don't feel sorry for

rbk, I don't feel sorry for the oil companies, but I will still pay for my gas, not steal it.

Trouble
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Trouble 07/16/08 - 06:02 am
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These people that bought the

These people that bought the houses that they could not afford are just as responsible for the situation (if not more so) as the mortgage companies, they knew how much money they make and they knew how much the mortgages would cost (or should have) some of them were just looking for a free place to live until the house got repossessed, the tax payers should not have to bail these people out. They made their bed, now let them deal with it.

Trouble
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Trouble 07/16/08 - 06:07 am
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A large part of the problem

A large part of the problem with todays society is that actions no longer have consequences "do what you want and the government will bail you out when you screw up" suddenly the gov ernment takes over the roll of the mommy.

Reality
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Reality 07/16/08 - 06:10 am
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This is the new way to get

This is the new way to get section 8 housing, get a mortgage you have no intention on paying and the government will pay for it. These comments are not meant to take in the people that really have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.

jpaulgetty
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jpaulgetty 07/16/08 - 06:14 am
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whoo hoo! they didn't delete

whoo hoo! they didn't delete my posts yesterday,the gestapo mgr must have been over at the adult bookstore taking care of his or her business.the only person i really attack on here ksl is that pos $6.00 man (being polite)jr aka squeakypete or the 72 hr man since he has to have a legitimate email address and keeps using others to stay on here.i come as a poodle or a crocodile, i don't bite my lip for anyone.if you can't take the smell stay out of the morgue,darling.be back when i feel like it because i can do that.

jpaulgetty
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jpaulgetty 07/16/08 - 06:21 am
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i forgot your silly post

i forgot your silly post trouble.you're wrong.you cannot purchase a 200,000 house making 20,000 legally.this means that the mortgage co,appraiser,and others were in collusion the buyer just got caught in the middle.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:21 am
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The action of the unsecured

The action of the unsecured borrowers was stupid because of their ignorance. Somehow they felt that if they took out loans they were barely able to repay, any change in the ever changing economy wouldn't affect them. One of the numerous unintended consequences of lowering the education standards in this country. And why would the lenders make unsecured loans? This isn't a new situation. Why would the lenders, all of a sudden, loan money they knew from experience would not get paid back? It's not greed if your experience shows you're about to lose your investment. Why would the lenders take this almost sure loss risk? Could it have been because of another redistribution of wealth move by the federal government?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:24 am
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The Supreme Court has ruled

The Supreme Court has ruled the constitution is constitutional. The right to bear arms, established in the 2nd amendment, means the right to bear arms. A necessary step as a result of suffering through years of a liberal, activist court.

rbk
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rbk 07/16/08 - 06:28 am
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One more post before I go to

One more post before I go to work. I saw elsewhere in this paper that the Alternative Tax on Stupid People (Lottery) made record profits. Sure you can say it contributed a lot of money to education, but a lot of it is also spent on administrative costs. This is no better than the credit industry that takes advantage of the weak. It is a state sponsored gambling operation that exploits the weak. I just feel sorry for the children whose parents spent their last food and clothing dollars gambling on striking it rich in the lottery.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/08 - 06:32 am
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Not the Alternative Tax on

Not the Alternative Tax on Stupid People, the Voluntary Tax on Stupid People. Just like the tobacco tax and the alcohol tax. The individual get to decide if they wish to contribute to the state coffers. The individual gets to decide if it's more important to pay these taxes then it is to feed their family. For many, this is the only tax they pay, usually with redistributed funds.

PTHS2
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PTHS2 07/16/08 - 06:53 am
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PT - The Lottery is a tax on

PT - The Lottery is a tax on folks who couldn't pass the math CRCT. It's the fault of the schools for not teaching probability and statistics. ;-)

White_Trash1
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White_Trash1 07/16/08 - 06:57 am
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When I bought my house I was

When I bought my house I was relatively debt free at the time. I was told that I qualified for an $1100 per month payment. How many othere would have taken a loan for that, not considering a car won't last forever. Purchased a house with $550 payment. Making it just fine. Many purchasers bought all they could, not considering what other purchases the would have to make in the future. Good morning everyboy. Sliique and Zz, notice this is also a comment

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/16/08 - 06:58 am
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I know of people who bought

I know of people who bought houses 3 to 4 years ago with the income to cover their payments and all expenses. Now that Gasoline has doubled in cost, utilities have increased by 50% or more, food has increased by 50% or more in some areas, these same people are struggling. Those will be the next failures in the system. Wages are way behind inflation. What can they do?
Declare Bankruptcy?

Fire n Ice
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Fire n Ice 07/16/08 - 07:17 am
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Bon Jour Angie!

Bon Jour Angie!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/16/08 - 07:45 am
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I guess Burke County is not

I guess Burke County is not part of the AC coverage area. There is no mention of the races there!

PTHS2
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PTHS2 07/16/08 - 07:57 am
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CBBP - Go down to the coffee

CBBP - Go down to the coffee shop and ask the other 8 residents who they voted for and tabulate it on a napkin. ;-)

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/16/08 - 07:59 am
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Heck Naw, that would be too

Heck Naw, that would be too easy

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