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OBAMA IS OFF on a tear to address climate change, but apparently he failed to mention the negative effects on employment. You cannot shut down all of the coal power plants without affecting both energy prices and employment. Of course there is a “spend” part in his plan; he wants provide up to $8 billion for efficiency projects like Solyndra! His cronies are waiting in the wings for that money.

AM I NAIVE OR WHAT to expect that the school test scores of Richmond County and Columbia County should be on par? I sure hope that the long-term plan of Frank Roberson has that in mind. Being from Richmond County, it’s rather embarrassing to see the disparity right now!

THIS IS A HUGE RAVE to all the employees at University Hospital who have not had a raise in three years, who had their 403(b)’s reduced and the health insurance rates raised. Thanks for taking it all in stride while your company continues to buy properties in Aiken County and McDuffie County. Hang in there. Maybe it will get better in 2014. The physicians continue to make their millions and get their bonuses. Maybe someday they’ll appreciate you for what you do, but until then just know I am truly grateful for all that you guys do.

SO, APPARENTLY Au­gusta Commissioner Mar­ion Williams is trying to plan a huge facelift of downtown Augusta that would cost around $3 million … and yet just last week they were saying they couldn’t afford $100,000 to cut down trees and install cameras to make downtown safer. How about we spend the money to make downtown safer for people to enjoy and then talk about a “veranda”?

MR. WILLIAMS, BEFORE you build an atrium on top of a parking deck, why don’t you consider spending the $3 million on crime downtown? Common sense has left the building.

A RAVE FOR LEE, the nice gentleman who held the umbrella and helped me put my groceries in the car when it was pouring rain at Ingles in Wrens.

TO THE PERSON WHO left the chocolate Chi­hua­hua puppy behind ARC about one year ago: This wonderful, loving dog just died from Addison’s disease. We now know why you left her. Thank you for 13 wonderful months with Sophie. She was a doll baby.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/04/13 - 06:57 pm
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To those still interested why certain commissioners

are not being investigated for illegal and unreported "GIFTs"
in conflict OCGA and a certain College President has not been brought up on charges for wasting $45,000.

It seems the ball isn't in the Local DA's court.

If what I was told is correct?
It seems a person has to file a complain with Ethics Commission to get it started.

Which brings up the question.
Why can't, won't or haven't any of the local bureaucrats done so?

I am digging for the address now and will post it later.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/04/13 - 08:29 pm
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Why no complaint?

Because the local bureaucrats and the college president are on the same team. You don't snitch on your bedfellow.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/04/13 - 09:48 pm
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To the 300,000+ in GA that used Real Fireworks tonight Safely

or at least without serious injury.

Happy 4th of July.

But to the Media searching high and low for a Fireworks accident story to grab a headline. Please keep in mind likely over 300,000+ in GA had a great time without any incident. So the incident rate when compared 1 to 1 with other forms of outside extreme entertainment is about the same or even safer. eg. Mountain biking is more dangerous, than normal backyard family fireworks.

So if you are a reporter and required to write the standard obligatory fireworks mayhem story please put it in perspective. We don't need a bunch of whiny politicians getting their panties in a bind and doing a 1963 ban again. When so many use fireworks without incident and without any training nor have the ability to read the included micro print Chinese instructions.

The results were not bad for a amateur EOD personnel.

BTW:
Too the few that were injured tonight, I hope you heal and get a
chance to do it again, but without incident in the future.

CG go sink a boat tonight.☺

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/04/13 - 09:55 pm
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Unemployment

From a story in the Wire section of the Chronicle:

JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Unemployment under President Barack Obama has remained high for the longest period since the Great Depression. Despite a slowly improving job market, the millions of Americans without jobs underscore weakness in the recovery, drag down consumer spending and still roil the nation's politics. On Friday, the government will release its monthly jobs report, and economists predict that U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in June. That's fewer than in May and far short of the number of new jobs needed to push the unemployment rate down significantly from its current perch at 7.6 percent.

Unemployment has dropped from a high of 10 percent in October 2009. But the jobless rate has remained at or above 7.5 percent for 53 months, a period that has left an unusually large number of people out of the work force for so long that some of them will likely never work again. Nearly 12 million people are searching for work and millions more are underemployed in involuntary part-time jobs. The rate will take time to bring down, adding pressure on the economy and creating political problems for Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress. Moreover, experts say the rate could plateau at a higher level than the 4.7 percent unemployment in place before the recession hit in 2008.

The Federal Reserve last month issued an optimistic forecast that the jobless rate would drop to between 6.5 and 6.8 percent by the fourth quarter of next year. But the Fed has been overly optimistic before; in 2009 it projected unemployment would hit between 6.7 and 7.5 at the end of 2011. Instead, it remained at 9 percent for most of the year before dropping to 8.5 percent. It has also had to revise other subsequent projections upward.

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Yeah, the Obama regime's Labor Department has been busy gathering statistics and cooking the books, but their laser has yet to become focused. The president is campaigning, even though he cannot run again. He certainly is not governing. How can he help the unemployed in America while he hob-nobs with leaders in Africa?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/04/13 - 10:03 pm
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Obama Economy

From the same Associated Press story:

The public is divided on whether his [i.e. Obama regime - - LL] policies have improved economic conditions, with 35 percent saying they made things better, 35 percent worse and 27 percent saying they've had no effect on the economy. "All this leads people to hold two opinions simultaneously: `It looks like things are getting a little better, but it still sucks for me,'" said Wes Anderson, a Republican pollster who has advised the House and Senate wings of the Republican Party. "Obama owns the economy," Anderson said. "He owns it; he wears it."

You'll never get Obama to admit he owns the economy. If there's good news, he's all over it; but when there's bad news (and there's lots of bad news), it's all somebody else's fault. George Bush will serve as the scapegoat when needed.

If the Egyptian people can get an elected president thrown out of office after one year for not fixing the economy, why can't America?

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itsanotherday1 07/05/13 - 12:41 am
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Amen nocnoc.

Fireworks laws are about nanny government protecting people from their own ignorance. If you are stupid enough to hold an M80 and light it, you deserve to get a couple of fingers blown off. If one shoots someone else with a Roman candle, there are laws to deal with assault. Same with setting someone else's property on fire. We don't need laws banning consumer grade fireworks.

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Riverman1 07/05/13 - 04:51 am
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The Jobs Report

LL, I have to think this lingering, aching economy will lead to Republican victories in the 2014 congressional elections. The unemployment rate is a pitiful relative with a broken down car way behind on his house payments. The economy is screaming for attention from capitalist professionals, better known as Republicans. Somebody turn the defibrillator up high and shock this moribund, frail, anemic and over regulated business climate.

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corgimom 07/05/13 - 06:22 am
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People, it doesn't matter

People, it doesn't matter who's in office or what party they are. There are too many people, too little jobs.

The jobs started leaving in the 70's, this was inevitable. Nobody complained until it got bad. First it was steel. Then it was garments. Then textiles, and it just went on from there.

Between all of the jobs moving out of the country and the explosion of computers, this was going to happen. And it's not going to be fixed anytime soon.

And then the illegal immigrants just keep pouring in and in and in, and we can't wait to grant them citizenship- so that they can be added to our unemployment rolls.

And that is insanity.

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CobaltGeorge 07/05/13 - 07:11 am
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corgimon, I Agree

100% with you on that comment.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/05/13 - 07:16 am
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Oh Forgot, Good Morning "Wet" America

Old mother nature prevented in no Bang injuries and sinking of any boats last night. Just a little Independence and conversation get together.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/05/13 - 07:28 am
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Just Curious

Is it just me or do the boundries for the CBD/Downtown areas move to insure no crimes occur in those areas?

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/05/13 - 07:28 am
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OOPS

Wrong thread. Sorry Sean

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/05/13 - 08:46 am
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The web results of the Central Business District, Augusta, GA

search

The Map pictures are clear.
What is not is how the crime data is recorded.
I have noted searching areas, certain crimes pop in one area that the street address clearly shows happen in another . A name of these use the RCSO area as the area.

http://www.google.com/search?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-beta&q=Central+Busi...

http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Central_Business_District-Augusta/2699...

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/05/13 - 08:51 am
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Need Some Help

I am going to NC to see my mom. I want to take a pistol and rifle with me and burn some gunpowder while on the farm. Trip involves 3 states. If the guns are locked in a tool box in the bed of my pickmeup, that would be legal transport? Correct?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 08:56 am
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I agree corgi

With this..
People, it doesn't matter who's in office or what party they are. There are too many people, too little jobs.

SOOO why don't we secure the borders??????

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 07/05/13 - 09:00 am
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Border

Our borders are as secure as we can make them. Just ask the Emperor. That is what he said.

Funny how Mexico's southern border has a fence but it is totally against America having a fence on our southern border.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/05/13 - 09:02 am
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Fearmongering

I'm on a cell phone this morning and I can't tell whether the AP story about the Nat. Guard is available for comment. Anyway - the article tries to enrage the public by saying Nat. Guard personnel are about to take a 20% pay cut. People will rail to their senators how cruel that is. But buried in article is the factoid that the cuts are for only three months. That calculates to a 5% pay cut - which is humane and reasonable.

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corgimom 07/05/13 - 09:17 am
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Roadkill, that is absolutely

Roadkill, that is absolutely true. The border is just too long.

My nephew is a Border Patrol officer, the stories he tells are just amazing.

And you can put up all the fences you want, in Tiajuana/San Diego they dig tunnels. Literally.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2010/nov/03/drug-tunnel-discovered-mariju...

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=tunnels+Tiajuana+San+Diego&qpvt=tunn...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 09:18 am
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YOU are dreaming my friend...

AM I NAIVE OR WHAT to expect that the school test scores of Richmond County and Columbia County should be on par?

Here is the problem....They should worry MORE about failing grades & blacks shooting each other INSTEAD of what P Deen has said or will say...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 09:22 am
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The border is just too long.

Even though that is true corgi....MORE could be done & we haven't done enough through the years.....I blame that on both sides of the political fence...some wanted cheap labor.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/05/13 - 09:23 am
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RK, I think if I were you,

RK, I think if I were you, I'd contact the SC highway patrol and the NC highway patrol rather than rely on people on a blog.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/05/13 - 09:28 am
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seenit, the politicians- even

seenit, the politicians- even when they say they don't want it, really do

Because of the businesses that support their campaigns

They aren't the ones that are being bled dry by taxes to provide Servicios del Sociales

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 09:30 am
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Yes corgi

I'm not blinded by the REps either....what is amazing is how they change their tune once they hit Washington DC .......you would think there is some kind of mind machine they walk through that scrambles their brains. heh

corgimom
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corgimom 07/05/13 - 09:31 am
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LL, they are being

LL, they are being furloughed, just like the civilian workers at the military bases

corgimom
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corgimom 07/05/13 - 09:41 am
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Do you ever wonder how much

Do you ever wonder how much money you'd save if the government stopped handing out grants to cities?

They don't grant anything, they give away my tax dollars that my husband and myself have earned, and Augusta is one of the worst of the bunch for a city that wants grants for everything

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 09:51 am
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P Deen is dropping agent

Heh heh...It seems the axe is falling in the other direction now....she has dropped long time New York agent Barry Weiner....don't blame her one bit.....time to regroup & plow ahead with her own business partners...:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 09:53 am
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corgi ...you do realize

That some believe grants & freebies fall from the sky.....not tax payers ....hello out there....hello....can you hear me now......nahhh don't think they can hear ya corgi.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/05/13 - 10:00 am
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You are permited to transport your weapons cross state line

In all 50 states if the gun is locked in the vehicle truck and not accessible to you it is ok.

Some state allow the transportation in the vehicle passenger area, some but some do not.

Assuming GA, SC, NC as your route

GA
Basically, to carry a long gun you do not have to have a license to carry as long as you are not prohibited from owning a firearm. To carry a handgun openly or concealed in the state of Georgia (other than on your property or inside your home, car, or your place of business), you must have a Georgia Weapons Carry License (or the older Georgia Firearm License) issued under code 16-11-129.

SC
http://www.sled.sc.gov/SCStateGunLaws1.aspx
SECTION 16-23-20. Unlawful carrying of handgun; exceptions.
See parts (8) (9) 15)
If you do not have a recognized permit for South Carolina, your firearm may be transported (loaded or unloaded) in a closed glove compartment, console box or trunk. If you’re riding a motorcycle, the firearm should be secured in a closed saddlebag or other similar accessory container. While transporting your firearm on foot, the gun must be unloaded and secured in a closed case. One exception would be if you’ve already paid for your hotel stay (including any tax), you can carry a loaded handgun into your room. Remember, while it is a good idea to also inform the officer of your firearm’s location, do NOT reach for it – that’s a good way to get yourself shot.

NC LAWS
http://www.ncdoj.com/files/about-doj/law-enforcement-liaison/2007-nc-fir...

SEE Page 20

dwb619
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dwb619 07/05/13 - 10:21 am
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1947

Maybe someone can enlighten me. Wasn't a federal law passed in 1947 mandating prison sentences for those that were caught employing illegals.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/05/13 - 10:28 am
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Have we had enough yet??

I have to be honest about something....sometimes I think we do need a rebellion right here in the USA......when I read about the muggins----thugs---breakins & etc....the nightly news in Atla makes me think some areas are a war zone....doesn't matter where you are either....in your OWN yard...in your OWN home....what is safe anymore.....Augusta is not the only place with run away crime....even the Mayor in Atla has spoken out against the outburst....

Some say go in groups...well that doesn't work either.....only go to safe parks....nooo that doesn't work anymore......stay in lighted areas...nooo doesn't work.....& then we read about verandas costing 3 million....& trollys in Atla costing many millions......is there any wonder that we have lost our way...

We have to ditch the pc ......& do what Paula just did...FIRE THEM!

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