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WARS, RUMORS OF WARS, earthquakes, heart failures, massive storms, drought, pestilence, plagues ... hum looks like something really big is about to happen. Get ready.

THIS IS A RAVE to our Richmond County commissioners. I'm looking at the population results here and 10 years we have gained 815 new people in Richmond County. Keep up the good work, commissioners. You're making this county so attractive.

HAVE YOU EVER noticed when the local politicians start getting old and worn out, they always appoint them to a state board? Think about it.

WISCONSIN HAS FOUND a man with guts. I pray there are more like him.

IN RESPONSE to the ranter who wants someone to explain what Dayton Sherrouse does to earn his salary with Augusta Canal Authority, does the ranter think the Canal's Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill, the Petersburg tour boats, the multi-use canal trail, the pedestrian bridge and stairs to the river at Savannah Rapids Park, the restored lock and headgate buildings just happened by magic? Or what about the Canal Authority's purchase of Sibley Mill and King Mill?

THIS IS A RANT to the Augusta Traffic and Engineering. Maybe we would be able to conserve our almost $4 per gallon gasoline if the stop lights in Augusta were synced! The new section of St. Sebastian Way is the worst! In a not even one mile span you get stopped at every red light, one turns green, the very next one you get to turns red! Ridiculous!

IT'S GOOD TO SEE kids being taught how to count. Alas, counting on your fingers puts you in deep trouble once you get to the number eleven. We old folks were taught to count and warned to never count on our fingers.

NEWT GINGRICH ended his chances to become president by claiming that his "passionate hard work for his country" made him run around on his second wife. Does your hard work make you sin? But he doesn't call it sin. He calls sins "things ... that were not appropriate." Right now, he's a "former Lutheran and Baptist." Will he be a "former" something else next year?

"THE U.S. DEPARTMENT of Energy's scramble to spend SRS's $1.6 billion ... passed the $1 billion mark ..." The federal government, i.e., American taxpayers, are broke; so the federal government is "SCRAMBLING" to SPEND MORE! It's hard to tell your own D.C. reps. and senators they're nuts, but somebody's gotta tell 'em. The inmates really have taken over the insane asylum.

RAVE TO OBAMA and the energy czar for not drilling for domestic oil. Abundant oil would mean low gas prices, which means that we would not try to find alternate means of energy. When it really hurts at the pump, we'll get serious about going green.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/13/11 - 05:44 am
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I can't sleep....thinking

I can't sleep....thinking about the people in Japan..what else do they need right now..almost everything has been thrown their way----but I have noticed they aren't looting-stealing & etc,
The ring of fire is really earning the name---Iceland-- Chile-Haiti-New Zealand--Japan--will California take a hit too...

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seenitB4 03/13/11 - 05:52 am
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sweeper 03/13/11 - 06:24 am
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Just found out that our

Just found out that our Augusta Commission and Fire Chief are going to spend extra money to put time clocks in the Fire Stations. Thousands of Dollars a month to lease. Use that money to save jobs.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/13/11 - 06:59 am
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http://blog.tysonwilliams.com

http://blog.tysonwilliams.com/2011/03/07/video-dog-called-norman-loves-t...

Dog riding a scooter--with all the sad news a little fun news might help.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/13/11 - 07:08 am
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AC why not check the

AC why not check the comments you are holding---they are HARMLESS!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/13/11 - 07:10 am
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I just heard the earth's axis

I just heard the earth's axis was changed with this earthquake......Japan was relocated a few feet over...geeez

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to tell the truth1 03/13/11 - 07:20 am
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Time clocks, maybe

Time clocks, maybe surveillance cameras, I heard that the firemens are not the only ones sleeping over night...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/13/11 - 07:25 am
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The Brain Bank It seems there

The Brain Bank

It seems there was a woman who received some bad news. Her husband had been in an automobile accident and was brain dead. The doctor told her some good news, though. They had perfected their brain transplant technique and that she was lucky there were three fresh brains in the brain bank from which to choose.
A large explosion had killed a firefighter, a captain and a chief. Having insurance, she requested the cost for each of the brains. The firefighter's brain was $10,000, the captain's brain was $50,000 and the chief was a MILLION DOLLARS! Curious, she asked why the chief's brain was so much more expensive.
The reply.... you see the chief's brain has never been used!

truth....you know there are plenty of jokes about firemen...lol

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/13/11 - 07:34 am
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The Volunteers
One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical plant. Before long it exploded into flames and an alarm went out to fire departments from miles around.
After fighting the fire for over an hour, the chemical company president approached the fire chief and said, "All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved! I will give $50,000 to the engine company that brings them out safely!"

As soon as the chief heard this, he ordered the firemen to strengthen their attack on the blaze. After two more hours of attacking the fire, the president of the company offered $100,000 to the engine company that could bring out the company's secret files.

From the distance a long siren was heard and another fire truck came into sight. It was a local volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over 65. To everyone's amazement the little fire engine raced through the Chemical plant gates and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. In the distance the other firemen watched as the old timers hopped off of their rig and began to fight the fire with an effort that they had never seen before.

After an hour of intense fighting the volunteer company had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas. Joyous, the chemical company president announced that he would double the reward to $200,000 and walked over to personally thank each of the volunteers. After thanking each of the old men individually, the president asked the group what they intended to do with the reward money.

The fire truck driver looked him right in the eye and said, "The first thing we're going to do is fix the dang brakes on that truck!"

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daphne3520 03/13/11 - 09:53 am
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Rave # 4: SMELL the coffee
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Rave # 4: SMELL the coffee and WAKE UP!!!!!

# 6: That takes a sembalance of intelligence, does NOT exist in the Engineering & Traffic offices.

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dichotomy 03/13/11 - 10:09 am
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"When it really hurts at the

"When it really hurts at the pump, we'll get serious about going green."

And there is the difference between a wild eyed greenie weenie Democrat and someone who lives in reality. They are willing to purposely punish you and your family to carry out their crazy environmental agenda and they don't care how bad it hurts you and your family's standard of living. Go green with what? There is nothing out there that can possibly replace oil in the near future. And if the high price of oil crashes the economy today there will be little or no research money to develop anything. You can put up windmills and solar panels until you block the sky and kill all of the birds and you will not put a dent in our requirement for electricity. And whatever electricity you do produce will cost even more than that produced by oil, nuclear, or hydroelectric. Not to mention that the greenie weenies have not produced ANY environmental studies of the impact of huge solar panel arrays and windmill complexes. You can put all the batteries you want into a car and you still will need oil to get to grandma's if it's more than about a 40 mile round trip. And there is nothing in the pipeline that will power an 18 wheeler, long haul passenger bus, passenger airplane, or cargo ships. "Alternative energy" is nothing but a buzzword right now and for at least the next few decades. I don't care how many times they say it, they cannot defy the laws of physics. Tell this terribly misguided president and your congressional representatives to drill and drill NOW before they needlessly crash our economy (again) and lower our standard of living dramatically. The greenie weenies can come see me when they have a working, economically feasible alternative but right now, TODAY, NEXT YEAR, NEXT 10 YEARS, THEY DON'T HAVE ONE. Their position on economic feasibility is that "alternative energy" MIGHT be economically feasible IF we ARTIFICIALLY and NEEDLESSLY push gasoline prices toward $10 or $15 a gallon. My answer to that is DRILL BABY DRILL.

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Frankie-B 03/13/11 - 10:28 am
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Dichotomy, we'll tell them at

Dichotomy, we'll tell them at the polls in '12....

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corgimom 03/13/11 - 10:29 am
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"THIS IS A RAVE to our

"THIS IS A RAVE to our Richmond County commissioners. I'm looking at the population results here and 10 years we have gained 815 new people in Richmond County. Keep up the good work, commissioners. You're making this county so attractive."

You just can't hide a boom town, can you?

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countyman 03/13/11 - 11:45 am
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Rant #2... How can you blame

Rant #2... How can you blame the current commissioners for the past ten years lol?? You obviously don't realize the year each commissioner was elected to office? Matt Aitken wasn't elected until December of 2009.. I'm not a big fan of Jerry Brigham or JR Hatney but I'm being realistic...

The official 2010 census hasn't even been released yet... The population the Chronicle quoted in the article are the estimates as of April 2010... The Chronicle didn't quote the estimates as of July 2010... The 2000 census was 199,775, the April 2010 estimate was 200,590 and the July 2010 estimate is 201,379 which equals a gain of 1,604....

Let's look deeper into the Census results shall we... Compare the population gain from July 2006 to July 2010... Richmond: 196,155 to 201,379...

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countyman 03/13/11 - 11:53 am
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Augusta must be doing

Augusta must be doing something right to keep attracting new businesses and companies regularly... Rural Sourcing opened in the Enteprise Mill downtown and will bring a total of 100 high paying IT jobs... Alot of cities would kill to have new IT jobs locate downtown instead of going to the suburban area(West Augusta for example).. Augusta ranked 4th in the nation in private sector growth from September 2009 to September 2010... Augusta lead the state of GA in job growth last year and is predicted to do the same in 2011...

Apple, Sephora, Tutti Frutti, Costco, Carmax, Pandora, Carolina Ale House, PF Changs, Jared Galleria of Jewlery, Buy Buy Baby, and Williams Sonoma don't have any locations in Georgia except for the cities of Atlanta and Augusta.. Gotta love Augusta! No wonder Brookings Institute ranked Augusta in the top 20 metros for sixth straight quarters...

WW1949
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WW1949 03/13/11 - 12:17 pm
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Countryman, some are just

Countryman, some are just negative thinkers. Having worked all over Augusta for 41 years I can see that it is growing. One of our problems is that we just have too too many of the government freeloaders living here that make things look bad because you see them walking the streets all hours of the day and night. I like it that we have all those stores and wish that we had more. I like it that we have jobs moving here and new subdivisions popping up all over Richmond and Columbia counties. Just look at the boom in Grovetown and out on the Gordon Highway in the Crown communities just before Grovetown and the parkway leading into Fort Gordon. Just GREAT FOR THE AREA.

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WW1949 03/13/11 - 12:24 pm
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Daphne, what coffee do you

Daphne, what coffee do you want to smell. All the Governers of ALL the states need to cut this insane spending along with the Federal Government. But I do not think much of that will take place under President Obama. He has always been on the dole with his community organizing. All entitlement spending needs to be trimmed and I am one that is just getting ready to start Social Security to which I have paid into since my first job at 13 working in a drug store cleaning floors, working at the soda fountain and anything they wanted me to do. Only made $1.15 per hour but paid in then and have been for 49 years and I am willing to cut mine as long as everyone helps including the GODLDEN PLANS for the President, senators, congress people and all state government workers outside of the entitlement plans for the general public. I also believe that if you have not paid in you should not receive.

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dani 03/13/11 - 01:07 pm
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I'm not sure the last post

I'm not sure the last post should be a rave. A recent report said Obama had taken 'green jobs' out of the budget, that it is no longer on his agenda.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/13/11 - 01:12 pm
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This is a rave for the guy

This is a rave for the guy floating on the roof of his house for 2days---military shipoutside of Japan picked him up! :)

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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 01:19 pm
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countyman, Augusta IS doing

countyman, Augusta IS doing something right, and WW1949, people that vent about the problems here are not negative thinkers, we are still here which is a positive and hopeful thing in itself. But you can not make things better if people don't face reality. Complacency and apathy do not lead to improvement.

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sunny1 03/13/11 - 01:48 pm
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WW1949 - "Government

WW1949 - "Government Freeloaders"? Serious?

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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 02:04 pm
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Just to update countyman for

Just to update countyman for his records, this correction just ran: "Because of an editor's error, the percentage of change of Richmond County's population from 2000-10 was listed incorrectly in Friday's editions. The population grew 0.41 percent during the period.
The Chronicle regrets the error."

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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 02:34 pm
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I can't find any current

I can't find any current stories on Japan on here or in media. Has something even more devastating just happened? I've been worried about that nuclear reactor in Northeast Japan that they've been trying to keep from having a meltdown....

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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 02:38 pm
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http://abcnews.go.com/ I'm

http://abcnews.go.com/ I'm checking here for updates right now, since I couldn't find much on local media, I'm hoping they are just pulling stories for updates at this time (2:38pm Sunday 3/13/2011) just don't see a time on the article on abcnews about nuclear problems spreading, so not sure when it was posted. Would like to find articles with the time posted...

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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 02:40 pm
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At least this one has today's

At least this one has today's date: http://abcnews.go.com/International/japan-earthquake-nuclear-emergency-d... I'll keep checking here on the Augusta Chronicle for updates, too, of course.

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ZenoElia 03/13/11 - 05:24 pm
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Dichotomy, perhaps we should

Dichotomy, perhaps we should abandon all reason and live within our means and not always strive for the more more more...to maintain our standard of living as you called it we would certainly drive our economy into the pits...
We need to learn to live w/o credit cards, to price things at their actual value and pay a man for a man's work...not alwyas trying to even things out between the ones who do little and the ones who do the most...perhaps if loyalty existed among companies as they once did we would have American jobs and not contract them out to foreigners at a cheaper rate..why are they able to get the contracts? simply put, because their standard of living is below ours...DOH!
So maybe you might want to re-think your position about haves and have-nots, as we all shall soon fall into the latter category if we persist on chasing the almighty dollar and accumulating things as if these toys of ours would make us more than the men we call ourselves.
Perhaps the playing ground should be leveled and we should all be in the exact same boat and when we stop paying so much in blood for the freedoms of others we might come to our senses and realize the lie we have been spoon fed by the media moguls for the last half century...namely that the possessions we own are what we live for, and not life itself.
Sound dramatic? Not so really. We should as a nation be willing to get to work doing whatever we can, but we depend too much on everyone else to provide our safety net when we fail in business or fail in life..instead of making each of us pull our own weight in a society we should long to make good...instead we are led by the nose to the slaughter not knowing the things we pursue will be the things that bring us to our economic knees...tell me, do we really ALL need our own vehicle? Can we not learn from more compacted regions where cycling is a way to work and not a hobby? Where we carpool or use public transport to convey ourselves from home to place of employment? There are alternatives and they don't have to be in the forms of another energy, they can easily be done by people choosing to do their own part in helping conserve what we use...
I think your argument to drill baby drill is limited as we don't have enough sustainable energy resources to keep us going for too many years...so it is at best a quick fix and will only backlash when we find the costs too high to explore and produce the base petroleum products from the geo-zones...there is another geo energy from hydrothermic vents we should explore, and there is plenty of volcanic lava underneath the middle of this country producing energy potential for use making electricity...your argument is far too narrow and short sighted in scope. It sounds more like the agenda politicized by the media pundits over and again brainwashing the sheeple.

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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 08:27 pm
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Here's link for the Japan

Here's link for the Japan update right here in the AC : http://ap.augustachronicle.com/pstories/

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/13/11 - 08:28 pm
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Thank you happychimer for the

Thank you happychimer for the link...

happychimer
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happychimer 03/13/11 - 08:52 pm
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you're welcome

you're welcome

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