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The entire stimulus thing is a giant con job by government. Apparently, minority firms got only 1.7 percent of $46 billion. That's a lousy percentage, but it's still over $780 million - hardly chicken feed. Don't all those recipients realize that by taking government money they just get themselves trapped more and more by Big Brother? You take a handout and soon government owns you.

Vice President Joe Biden is in the Middle East trying to make peace. The Muslims will never make an honest peace; check their record. If the U.S. does not want peace, it sent the right guy.

Headline: "Schools absorb lunch costs for now." The only money schools have is taxpayer money, thus the "schools" absorb zip, nada, not a nickel. Richmond County schools, in January alone, handed out 249,450 free or discount breakfasts. And that's just breakfasts, certainly a meal parents should furnish.

I am amazed that 75 percent of school attendees in Richmond County are entitled to free school meals. How many of the middle school and high school students have a cell phone? I also would like to know how many of the parents consume alcoholic beverages, smoke and consume meals at restaurants but cannot afford to purchase bread, sandwich spreads or sliced lunch meats so these unfed can brown bag to school. Remember there is no state or federal free giveaway programs; you the taxpayer pay for these handouts.

Story about the Oscars raves about dresses that will save the environment. How? They're made of "sustainable material." They're made of "peace silk." Laughable politically correct.

Well, I am really excited that dirt bike riders have "35 miles of trails" at one park and the prospect of 27 more at another. Just wondered when the road bike riders will have such a system? We bought a house in Martinez eight years ago, and the real estate agent told us that the bike path on Evans to Locks Road was going to be extended to the public library, but so far that has not happened. Hope it does before I am too old to ride.

It's obvious that the ignorant anti-Obama basher was too desperate to have something in print against Obama when he can't think of anything truthfully negative. Too bad this paper was so desperate as well. Well, Bush and his wealthy cronies started all this mess years ago, and they still shoulder the blame.

Georgia politicians, stop playing games; cut government, cut spending, cut taxes. It's as simple as that. If a few voters are too stupid to see what's sensible, they'll vote against you. Fine! You don't own your precious seats and fame.

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Adi Nayik
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Adi Nayik 03/11/10 - 03:58 am
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This response is for the

This response is for the information of the person who submitted the second comment above. The current peace initiatives are not simply a "Muslim", or religious, issue. There are many Palestinian Christians, Lebanese Christians, Egyptian Copts and Israeli Muslims who have a stake in this process as well. These negotiations are about human rights, sovereignty, adherence to UN resolutions and basic respect for all. Please do not paint with the broad anti-Muslim brush.

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Trouble 03/11/10 - 04:39 am
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morning all....you too sean

morning all....you too sean

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CarlosC 03/11/10 - 05:20 am
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Happy Birthday rememberances

Happy Birthday rememberances for author Douglas Adams ("Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") 1952-2001.

"It is a well-known fact that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."

"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."

"I don't believe it. Prove it to me and I still won't believe it."

-- Douglas Adams

This time hack is in his honor. w00t!

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NEone 03/11/10 - 06:07 am
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Those getting free food at

Those getting free food at schools don't make enough to pay taxes either, so it is free to them. It's the rest of us who are paying.

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/11/10 - 06:58 am
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NEone, you are almost

NEone, you are almost correct, those who don't make enough "over the table" don't pay taxes.

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johnston.cliff 03/11/10 - 07:05 am
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"What is the ultimate answer

"What is the ultimate answer to question of life, the universe, everything?" "42" "What?" "You must not know the question"

--Douglas Adams

irrelevance is so important to some.

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johnston.cliff 03/11/10 - 07:07 am
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As long as we have Bush, the

As long as we have Bush, the messiah's worshipers will never hold him accountable.

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Goaliemom1987 03/11/10 - 07:43 am
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Nothing in life is free! The

Nothing in life is free! The parents that receive FREE meals for their kids are sponging off all of us tax payers! I for one am sick of it! Get a job and support your family!

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texred 03/11/10 - 07:58 am
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Morning wide eyed world

Morning wide eyed world around Augusta, hope it don't rain on your parade to much today.....

Adi Nayik
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Adi Nayik 03/11/10 - 08:48 am
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I hope it doesn't rain two

I hope it doesn't rain two much either.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/11/10 - 09:14 am
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Good mornin folks. I'll spare

Good mornin folks. I'll spare you my take on the printed RNR's, somehow I think it'll be covered by others admirably and completely. I'll just enjoy the chat room, right he who must not be named???

willienelson
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willienelson 03/11/10 - 08:54 am
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75% of the folks in RC scools

75% of the folks in RC scools qualify for free meals. How can this be???? How is it possible that just by moving to RC one becomes impoverished? This doesn't pass the smell test

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CobaltGeorge 03/11/10 - 08:56 am
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A Splesh Splash morning to U

A Splesh Splash morning to U all. Can anyone enlighten me as to why over an hour of last nights R&R (9:37 - 10:31) no longer is available? Did I miss something.

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CarlosC 03/11/10 - 08:58 am
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CG - It was probably

CG - It was probably interesting and entertaining. That is no longer permitted.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/11/10 - 09:00 am
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No George.... dead zone...

No George.... dead zone... nothing happened.... no one posted....

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CobaltGeorge 03/11/10 - 09:00 am
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I hate it when a party gets

I hate it when a party gets wild and I am not around. Story of my life.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/11/10 - 09:01 am
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You left, the party ended.

You left, the party ended. You party killer you =:-O

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gnumbgnuts 03/11/10 - 09:04 am
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What really doesn't pass the

What really doesn't pass the smell test is why can they afford to feed their kids during the summer?

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/11/10 - 09:11 am
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If ever there is a reality

If ever there is a reality show called "Sucking the Government Dry" I'm sure they'll film it in Augusta/Richmond County GA.

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dstewartsr 03/11/10 - 09:12 am
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I can well believe the 75%

I can well believe the 75% figure for free meals; in my own experience in Columbia County, I observed the schools pushing the 'free' meals; forms were sent home with the kids; the information is not verified --along the lines of the "liar loans" that were so instrumental in the financial collapse-- and are often sent back to be 'corrected,' if the application does not meet the 'free' meal cutoff. One has to ask, precisely how do impoverished families live in the Greenbrier school district?

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/11/10 - 09:13 am
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One has to ask, precisely how

One has to ask, precisely how do impoverished families live in the Greenbrier school district?
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Apparently very,very well.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/11/10 - 09:15 am
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If you look at the last

If you look at the last census(2000) the median income per household was $38,000, the median income per family was $58,894. In 2000 there were just under 74,000 households and 1/3 of those had children under the age of 18 who attended RC schools. Something ain't right.

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CobaltGeorge 03/11/10 - 09:17 am
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As a Vietnam Veteran, I

As a Vietnam Veteran, I strongly feel that many citizens today are not aware of these statistics. I just can't help posting this informative and accurate information. It is long and Sean may use his eraser on me but here goes:

Some Important Data and Statistics:
In the event you have busy getting along with your life these past few decades since you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following are some statistics of interest...

"Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam; less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam veteran's age approximated to be 54 years old."

Only 1/3 of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam are still alive. This is the kind of information we are used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets. So for the last 14 years we have been dying too fast and, perhaps, only a few will survive by 2015...if any. If this is true, 390 Vietnam Vets die every day, on average. So in 2190 days from today, you're lucky to be a living Vietnam Veteran.....

The following statistics were taken from a variety of sources, including The VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the Forward Observer

STATISTICS FOR INDIVIDUALS IN UNIFORM AND IN COUNTRY VIETNAM VETERANS:

* 9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam Era (August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975).

* 8,744,000 GIs were on active duty during the war (Aug 5, 1964-March 28,1973).

* 2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam, this number represents 9.7% of their generation.

* 3,403,100 (Including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader Southeast Asia Theater (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand and sailors in adjacent South China Sea waters).

* 2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam (Jan. 1,1965 - March 28, 1973). Another 50,000 men served in Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.

* Of the 2.6 million, between 1- and 1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in combat, provided close support or were at least fairly regularly exposed to enemy attack.

* 7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam .

* Peak troop strength in Vietnam : 543,482 (April 30, 1968).

CASUALTIES:

The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with the 509th Radio Research Station. Davis Station in Saigon was named for him.

Hostile deaths: 47,378

Non-hostile deaths: 10,800

Total: 58,202 (Includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez casualties). Men who have subsequently died of wounds account for the changing total.

8 nurses died -- 1 was KIA..

61% of the men killed were 21 or younger..

11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.

Of those killed, 17,539 were married.

Average age of men killed: 23.1 years

Enlisted: 50,274 22.37 years

Officers: 6,598 28.43 years

Warrants: 1,276 24.73 years

E1: 525 20.34 years

11B MOS(Infantry) : 18,465 22.55 years

Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.

The oldest man killed was 62 years old.

Highest state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1% (national average 58.9% for every 100,000 males in 1970).

Wounded: 303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring no hospital care.

Severely disabled: 75,000, -- 23,214: 100% disabled; 5,283 lost limbs; 1,081 sustained multiple amputations.

Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300% higher than in WWII and 70% higher than Korea .

Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.

Missing in Action: 2,338

POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity)

As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

DRAFTEES VS. VOLUNTEERS:

25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of U.S. Armed forces members were drafted during WWII).

Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam .

Reservists killed: 5,977

National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.

Total draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.

Actually served in Vietnam : 38% Marine Corps Draft: 42,633.

Last man drafted: June 30, 1973.

RACE AND ETHNIC BACKGROUND:

88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6% (275,000) were black; 1% belonged to other races.

86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes Hispanics);

12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2% belonged to other races.

170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam ; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.

70% of enlisted men killed were of Northwest European descent.

86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black; 1.1% belonged to other races.

14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.

34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.

Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5% of the total population.

Religion of Dead: Protestant -- 64.4%; Catholic -- 28.9%; other/none -- 6.7% SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS:

Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet age groups.

Vietnam veterans' personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age group by more than 18 percent.

76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.

Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were from middle income backgrounds.

Some 23% of Vietnam Vets had fathers with professional, managerial or technical occupations.

79% of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school education or better when they entered the military service. 63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high school upon separation.

Deaths by region per 100,000 of population: South -- 31%, West --29.9%; Midwest -- 28.4%; Northeast -- 23.5%.

DRUG USAGE & CRIME:

There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and non-Vietnam Veterans of the same age group. (Source: Veterans Administration Study)

Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison - only one-half of one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.

85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian life.

WINNING & LOSING:

82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the war was lost because of lack of political will.

Nearly 75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political will, not of arms.

HONORABLE SERVICE:

97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged.

91% of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy combat are proud to have served their country.

74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.

87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem...

INTERESTING CENSUS STATISTICS & THOSE TO CLAIM TO HAVE "Been There":

1,713,823 of those who served in Vietnam were still alive as of August,1995 (census figures).

During that same Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country was: 9,492,958.

As of the current Census taken during August, 2000, the surviving U.S. Vietnam Veteran population estimate is: 1,002,511..losing nearly 711,000 between '95 and '00. That's 390 per day.

During this Census count, the number of Americans falsely claiming to have served in-country is: 13,853,027. By this census, FOUR OUT OF FIVE WHO CLAIM TO BE Vietnam vets are not.

The Department of Defense Vietnam War Service Index officially provided by The War Library originally reported with errors that 2,709,918 U.S. military personnel as having served in-country. Corrections and confirmations to this erred index resulted in the addition of 358 U.S. military personnel confirmed to have served in Vietnam but not originally listed by the Department of Defense. (All names are currently on file and accessible 24/7/365).

Isolated atrocities committed by American Soldiers produced torrents of outrage from anti-war critics and the news media while Communist atrocities were so common that they received hardly any media mention at all. The United States sought to minimize and prevent attacks on civilians while North Vietnam made attacks on civilians a centerpiece of its strategy. Americans who deliberately killed civilians received prison sentences while Communists who did so received commendations.

From 1957 to 1973, the National Liberation Front assassinated 36,725 Vietnamese and abducted another 58,499. The death squads focused on leaders at the village level and on anyone who improved the lives of the peasants such as medical personnel, social workers, and school teachers. -
Nixon Presidential Papers.

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: NONE

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/11/10 - 09:17 am
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WillieNelson™~ While you're

WillieNelson™~ While you're looking at the Census stats, take a peek at the percentage of Richmond County residents (no not that Richmond County Resident) who receive government assistance.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/11/10 - 09:18 am
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This reeks of govt fraud on a

This reeks of govt fraud on a massive scale. Why doesn't someone take a couple of days to expose this????

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 03/11/10 - 09:22 am
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WillieNelson™~ Cut off those

WillieNelson™~ Cut off those sponges and what happened at Cherry Tree will occur county wide.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 03/11/10 - 09:22 am
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Nothing to do w today's

Nothing to do w today's discussions but we tallked about this yesterday...media influence etc via differing sources. Here's a link to add to that discussion thread. http://www.pbs.org/idealab/2010/03/clifford-stoll-was-wrong-but-internet...

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/11/10 - 09:27 am
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As for the free meal issue,

As for the free meal issue, This PC minded society that we live in is the true root of this unnecessary freebie. If tomorrow it cease to become available, I wonder who would die first, the parents or the children? There would be a lot of TV and Rims available in the yard sales and flee markets.

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 03/11/10 - 10:05 am
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CGeo, Long but very

CGeo, Long but very informative...even for a guy like me. I respect your endeavor to bring honor to vets of that era. I came very close to being one, but my youth screw ups and timing kept me out. I've known some fine folks from those days and sorry to see so many disappearing in alarming rates. Thanks for sharing. I really mean that. Now to the current discussion about free meals....WHAT!? 75%...OMG! That too is alarming data. Now how to do something about reducing that cost to RC taxpayers...I'm listening.

willienelson
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willienelson 03/11/10 - 09:54 am
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Why is OMFG acceptable in a

Why is OMFG acceptable in a forum like this? I encourage my kids and grandkids to read this. Don't be a dirt bag.

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