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SO NICE TO KNOW THAT a deal has been reached for management of the Patch. That course brings back some fond memories. I think it should be called by its original name, “Cabbage Patch,” though. There was once a vegetable garden across from the clubhouse, hence the name. Played my very first round of golf there and shot the astounding score of 72 over par. Finally shot my age at 79. Hope they soften the greens more.

WE NEED TO CONTROL subways, flammable fluids, matches, knives, axes, hammers, vehicles and any other devices that might be used by nutcases to kill people. No, wait! Let’s rebel against the liberal Democrats and the Amer­ican Psychiatric Asso­cia­tion and lock dangerous crazy people away.

CAN YOU IMAGINE THE crass commercialization of the media making two full days of programs on the Connecticut disaster? They even said that Hollywood is supporting Connecticut. How? By making more violent movies? They knew they could command a big audience with these programs. Shameful! And shameful of the media in general.

RANT TO THE CORPS of Engineers. Why is it that Lake Russell is only down three feet when Thur­mond Lake is down 15 feet? It seems there is a little unfairness going on here.

IF THE COMMISSION wants to save some money, they need to pay the city workers half their salary for doing half a job. I go up River Watch every day and the grass looks half done. It is a shame.

WHY SPEND $300,000 on a study of traffic roundabouts when you have traffic engineers working for the county and making $100,000 plus a year? Did they get their degrees over the Internet or do they just not know how to do it?

WE ONCE HAD A Har­dee’s on Peach Or­chard Road and it did great business. We need it back.

IT IS NOT STUPID people who are ruining America; it is politicians who are ruining America.

RAVE TO THE PERSON who found the red snowman purse in the shopping cart at Home Depot on Bobby Jones Dec. 26. Thank you so very, very much. You saved an old lady from having to go through a lot of heartache and red tape from doing such a foolish thing of leaving it there.

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oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 01/09/13 - 01:05 pm
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A Har­dee’s on Peach Or­chard Road
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Yes, because Peach Orchard Rd doesn't already have enough fast food joints. OMG! That road is a fat-cholesterol-driven persons dream!

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oneofthesane 01/09/13 - 01:08 pm
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IT IS NOT STUPID people who are ruining America; it is politic..
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Im sorry, but I believe both are the same.

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oneofthesane 01/09/13 - 01:10 pm
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with hammer or axe could easily wipe out 26 people in under....
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perhaps it would have cleared things up if the ranter would have suggested banning nails, flour and other baking stuff etc that can easily be made into a bomb that could/would kill more ppl in a single second then any gun. Does that make the point a little clearer? Geezus.

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CobaltGeorge 01/09/13 - 01:18 pm
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Long

but complete...There is some parts in there that you have not been made aware of....Highlighted

Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)—author of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004—has announced that on the first day of the new Congress—January 3rd— she will introduce a bill to which her 1994 ban will pale by comparison. On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation” and “It will be carefully focused.” Indicating the depth of her research on the issue, she said on Dec. 21st that she had personally looked at pictures of guns in 1993, and again in 2012.

According to a Dec. 27th posting on Sen. Feinstein’s website and a draft of the bill obtained by NRA-ILA, the new ban would, among other things, adopt new definitions of “assault weapon” that would affect a much larger variety of firearms, require current owners of such firearms to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act, and require forfeiture of the firearms upon the deaths of their current owners. Some of the changes in Feinstein’s new bill are as follows:

Reduces, from two to one, the number of permitted external features on various firearms. The 1994 ban permitted various firearms to be manufactured only if they were assembled with no more than one feature listed in the law. Feinstein’s new bill would prohibit the manufacture of the same firearms with even one of the features.

Adopts new lists of prohibited external features. For example, whereas the 1994 ban applied to a rifle or shotgun the “pistol grip” of which “protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon,” the new bill would drastically expand the definition to include any “grip . . . or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.” Also, the new bill adds “forward grip” to the list of prohibiting features for rifles, defining it as “a grip located forward of the trigger that functions as a pistol grip.” Read literally and in conjunction with the reduction from two features to one, the new language would apply to every detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifle. At a minimum, it would, for example, ban all models of the AR-15, even those developed for compliance with California’s highly restrictive ban.

Carries hyperbole further than the 1994 ban. Feinstein’s 1994 ban listed “grenade launcher” as one of the prohibiting features for rifles. Her 2013 bill carries goes even further into the ridiculous, by also listing “rocket launcher.” Such devices are restricted under the National Firearms Act and, obviously, are not standard components of the firearms Feinstein wants to ban. Perhaps a subsequent Feinstein bill will add “nuclear bomb,” “particle beam weapon,” or something else equally far-fetched to the features list.

Expands the definition of “assault weapon” by including:

Three very popular rifles: The M1 Carbine (introduced in 1944 and for many years sold by the federal government to individuals involved in marksmanship competition), a model of the Ruger Mini-14, and most or all models of the SKS.

Any “semiautomatic, centerfire, or rimfire rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds,” except for tubular-magazine .22s.

Any “semiautomatic, centerfire, or rimfire rifle that has an overall length of less than 30 inches,” any “semiautomatic handgun with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds,” and any semi-automatic handgun that has a threaded barrel.

Requires owners of existing “assault weapons” to register them with the federal government under the National Firearms Act (NFA). The NFA imposes a $200 tax per firearm, and requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE), to inform the BATFE of the address where the firearm will be kept, and to obtain the BATFE’s permission to transport the firearm across state lines.

Prohibits the transfer of “assault weapons.” Owners of other firearms, including those covered by the NFA, are permitted to sell them or pass them to heirs. However, under Feinstein’s new bill, “assault weapons” would remain with their current owners until their deaths, at which point they would be forfeited to the government.

Prohibits the domestic manufacture and the importation of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The 1994 ban allowed the importation of such magazines that were manufactured before the ban took effect. Whereas the 1994 ban protected gun owners from errant prosecution by making the government prove when a magazine was made, the new ban includes no such protection. The new ban also requires firearm dealers to certify the date of manufacture of any >10-round magazine sold, a virtually impossible task, given that virtually no magazines are stamped with their date of manufacture.

Targets handguns in defiance of the Supreme Court. The Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects the right to have handguns for self-defense, in large part on the basis of the fact handguns are the type of firearm “overwhelmingly chosen by American society for that lawful purpose.” Semi-automatic pistols, which are the most popular handguns today, are designed to use detachable magazines, and the magazines “overwhelmingly chosen” by Americans for self-defense are those that hold more than 10 rounds. Additionally, Feinstein’s list of nearly 1,000 firearms exempted by name (see next paragraph) contains not a single handgun. Sen. Feinstein advocated banning handguns before being elected to the Senate, though she carried a handgun for her own personal protection.

Contains a larger piece of window dressing than the 1994 ban. Whereas the 1994 ban included a list of approximately 600 rifles and shotguns exempted from the ban by name, the new bill’s list is increased to nearly 1,000 rifles and shotguns. Other than for the 11 detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles and one other semi-automatic rifle included in the list, however, the list appears to be pointless, because a separate provision of the bill exempts “any firearm that is manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action.”

The Department of Justice study. On her website, Feinstein claims that a study for the DOJ found that the 1994 ban resulted in a 6.7 percent decrease in murders. To the contrary, this is what the study said: “At best, the assault weapons ban can have only a limited effect on total gun murders, because the banned weapons and magazines were never involved in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders. Our best estimate is that the ban contributed to a 6.7 percent decrease in total gun murders between 1994 and 1995. . . . However, with only one year of post-ban data, we cannot rule out the possibility that this decrease reflects chance year-to-year variation rather than a true effect of the ban. Nor can we rule out effects of other features of the 1994 Crime Act or a host of state and local initiatives that took place simultaneously.”

“Assault weapon” numbers and murder trends. From the imposition of Feinstein’s “assault weapon” ban (Sept. 13, 1994) through the present, the number of “assault weapons” has risen dramatically. For example, the most common firearm that Feinstein considers an “assault weapon” is the AR-15 rifle, the manufacturing numbers of which can be gleaned from the BATFE’s firearm manufacturer reports, available here. From 1995 through 2011, the number of AR-15s—all models of which Feinstein’s new bill defines as “assault weapons”—rose by over 2.5 million. During the same period, the nation’s murder rate fell 48 percent, to a 48-year low. According to the FBI, 8.5 times as many people are murdered with knives, blunt objects and bare hands, as with rifles of any type.

Traces: Feinstein makes several claims, premised on firearm traces, hoping to convince people that her 1994 ban reduced the (relatively infrequent) use of “assault weapons” in crime. However, traces do not indicate how often any type of gun is used in crime. As the Congressional Research Service and the BATFE have explained, not all firearms that are traced have been used in crime, and not all firearms used in crime are traced. Whether a trace occurs depends on whether a law enforcement agency requests that a trace be conducted. Given that existing “assault weapons” were exempted from the 1994 ban and new “assault weapons” continued to be made while the ban was in effect, any reduction in the percentage of traces accounted for by “assault weapons” during the ban, would be attributable to law enforcement agencies losing interest in tracing the firearms, or law enforcement agencies increasing their requests for traces on other types of firearms, as urged by the BATFE for more than a decade.

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harley_52 01/09/13 - 01:27 pm
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This Is Worth Watching...

...and should be mandatory viewing by members of Congress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ooa98FHuaU0

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/09/13 - 01:57 pm
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Good One Harley

Good One Harley

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/09/13 - 03:36 pm
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Excellent video Harley_52 And

Excellent video Harley_52

And CG.....DiFi is running blind with her nostrils flaired and frothing at the mouth. She is not about to let things like facts get in her way of using the event at Newtown as a guilt hammer to drive a nail in the coffin of gun ownership.

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CobaltGeorge 01/09/13 - 03:47 pm
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Just Heard

The Hammer & Sickle Man may use an Executive Order on the Gun ban and pass the actions of our Congress. You call this man a president or a Dictator?

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countyman 01/09/13 - 03:48 pm
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GRU unveiled their new

GRU unveiled their new bus(GRU-Augusta logo) today which runs between Summerville and the Medical District.

The Greenway and city/GRU bus expansion would create the perfect storm.

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CobaltGeorge 01/09/13 - 03:51 pm
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Can You See Me

paying over $20,000.00 to register my guns...yea like......

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Little Lamb 01/09/13 - 04:17 pm
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Where?

Where is the Augusta Greenway, countyman? I must have missed it when I go to the CBD.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/09/13 - 04:38 pm
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" You call this man a president or a Dictator?"

I hope those aren't the only two choices.

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Bantana 01/09/13 - 04:54 pm
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RANT TO THE CORPS

"RANT TO THE CORPS of Engineers. Why is it that Lake Russell is only down three feet when Thur­mond Lake is down 15 feet? It seems there is a little unfairness going on here."

The primary reason for the difference is that Lake Russell at 26,600 acres is nearly 1/3 the size of Lake Strom Thurmond at 71,100 acres.
If the same amount of rain fell in each basin, it would be natural that Thurmond would be lower. No conspiracy there.

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harley_52 01/09/13 - 05:05 pm
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"No conspiracy there."

I'm not going to call it a "conspiracy," but there's a lot more to it than size.

The input to, and the output from, both lakes are controlled by the Corps. They can (and do) adjust the pool levels in both lakes as they see fit. If Clarks Hill is much, much farther below full pool than is Russell it's not simply a matter of size, or rainfall, or any other individual factor. The Corps controls the levels with the dams.

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Bantana 01/09/13 - 08:33 pm
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well, they could shut the dam

well, they could shut the dam off completely and then augusta could go without water, or some folks do without electricity, or shutting down the reactors at the nuke plant in waynesboro for lack of cooling water, while the corps waited for it to rain enough to bring the lake level up enough to satisfy lake homeowners and several hundred fishermen, but that would be ridiculous. yes it's all the corps fault.

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harley_52 01/09/13 - 08:43 pm
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"yes it's all the corps fault."

Who said that? Not me. I said the Corps can control levels with the dams. Does rainfall have an effect? Yep. Does size of the lakes have an effect? Sure. Can the Corps use the dams to control levels? Yes, they can. My point was that it's not as simple as saying one lake is bigger than the other, that's all.

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