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RANT FOR commissioners going out of town and spending $8,000. You need to stay here and take care of business and stop going on these junkets because they are doing nothing to improve the quality of life in Augusta. It is a waste of time and money.

AUGUSTA AND Harlem, before you spank your kids, get the alcohol, drugs and violence out of your house. Don’t punish your kids for what you do.

ALL YOU movie-makers, leave the old movies alone. When you remake those movies, you destroy them.

SOMETHING SHOULD be done about setting Scott Dean free. It is wrong to keep him in jail because of the tales this girl told.

TWO WEEKS AGO I left my purse in a cart at Wal-Mart. When I returned to the store, this gracious lady had turned it in. I am so grateful there are honest people in this city. Thank you very much.

ALL PEOPLE ON food stamps, please read the letter from Bobby Ross in The Chronicle. All you women and men on food stamps need to get to work and get off food stamps. Those who have worked all our lives are just helping you have extra children. Go to work.

WHEN WILL WE realize that Azziz was sent here to destroy Augusta? When will you wake up and get rid of him.

I WAS REAL surprised about the people left in Cherry Tree. One woman said she never intended it to be permanent, but she had been there 11 years. I don’t know what she considers permanent. Wherever they go, you can bet they will have the same problems wherever they go.

FOLLOWING THE example of Europe, one by one, countries in the Americas outlawed slavery in the second half of the 19th century, most without a war. Why does the South have to shoulder worldwide blame for having slaves when South and Central America and the Caribbean Islands also had slavery and discrimination?

A NEWS ARTICLE stated, “The city leaders of Augusta are going out of town ...” The terms “city leaders” and “Augusta” should not be used in the same document!

SO WHAT IF GM doesn’t like the terms of its stock deal with the government? The Treasury should not be selling GM stock at a loss! This is another sweetheart deal that Obama made with his cronies that is costing us, the taxpayers.

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Riverman1 12/08/13 - 11:31 am
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Woody Hayes

Woody Hayes was a living legend in Ohio. He had coached the Buckeyes to national championships in his 20 years there. He was colorful and opinionated and the state loved him. When he punched the Clemson player the OSU fans could be heard gasping. They knew Woody was gone. The next day he was fired.

By the way, the Clemson player he hit was named Charlie Bauman. He said after the game that nobody hit him in a classy attempt to cover for Woody. Charlie lives in Ohio today ironically.

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CobaltGeorge 12/08/13 - 11:42 am
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How In Total Hell Could This So Called American make "Colonel"

"Colonel Who Vowed to Disarm Americans Works With Homeland Security"

Oath-violating Bateman also made veiled death threats against blogger

(Info Wars) – Lt. Col. Robert Bateman, the second amendment-hating Army Officer who caused controversy after vowing to “pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers,” works closely with the Department of Homeland Security.

Earlier this week, Bateman, an active military commander, penned a piece for Esquire magazine in which he promised to push for a total ban on all firearms besides muskets, shotguns and rifles, and shut down all gun manufacturers except for those who produced weapons for the federal government and the armed forces (you will be disarmed, the state will have a monopoly on firepower).

Bateman is president and founder of Alliance Defense Marketing Associates LLC, a “global premier risk management” firm that does work for the DHS.

According to the company’s website, part of the services offered by the firm include, “Homeland Security operational initiatives.”

According to Bateman’s official LinkedIn page, he also personally specializes in “Defense/Homeland Security/Law Enforcement operational initiatives.”

That’s ironic given that while Bateman is lecturing the American people about their gun rights, the DHS is simultaneously buying assault rifles and acquiring billions of rounds of ammunition.

Critics contend that Bateman’s revulsion for the second amendment (which he woefully misinterprets) “proves he knows nothing about the Constitution he swore an oath to defend.”

Bateman’s promise to “pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers” was an inflammatory reference to his advocacy for making it illegal for guns on his imaginary blacklist to be inherited. “I am willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes,” wrote Bateman.

Later in the article, Bateman says disarming the American people is all about encouraging “less violence and death,” although such sentiments weren’t evident when he became embroiled in an argument with a blogger which ended up with the Colonel making a thinly veiled death threat.

The argument concerned a former senior female Human Terrain Team (HTT) member who was allegedly subjected to a death threat by an active duty lieutenant at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

After Bateman engaged in “ad hominem attacks” against Maximilian Forte, the blogger who posted the story, and was subsequently banned, he resorted to a veiled death threat of his own.

“And I apologize for the future. Not really my fault. But I am sorry nonetheless,” wrote Bateman.

“You apologize for the future. It was worth approving your message just so that others can see the veiled threat,” responded Forte.

Bateman repeated the threat in a subsequent post when he remarked, “And again, Max, truly, I am sorry for your future.”

Bateman’s thinly veiled death threats reveal him to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, someone who claims to be all about reducing violence yet resorts to barely disguised rhetorical threats of violence against his ideological adversaries.

It seems abundantly clear that it is Bateman who has a problem with violence and is most likely a danger to himself and those around him. It is therefore Bateman, and not the American people, who should be disarmed.

Feel free to politely email Col. Bateman and let him know what you think about his views on the second amendment.

http://www.infowars.com/colonel-who-vowed-to-disarm-americans-works-with...

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CobaltGeorge 12/08/13 - 11:47 am
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I Apoligize

to have butt into the going sport debate. Sorry.

Continue what you are debating, I will vanish quietly.

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justthefacts 12/08/13 - 11:53 am
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CG

Don't think we were debating anything. Just killing a rainy cold Sunday morning until something else comes along.

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jimmymac 12/08/13 - 12:13 pm
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SLAVERY
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Yes slavery was a vile chapter in American history. It's a shame that it was done by tribal leaders in Africa on people they conquered. They sold slaves to European traders for sale in America and other places. It's still going on ironically in countries around the world. American Indians would subjugate slaves after conquering them in battle. So did the Romans, Greeks, Egypt and every other power through out history. With so much history of slavery why is the African slave so special?

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harley_52 12/08/13 - 12:14 pm
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CG...

The guy appears to be a nutcase. Clearly not representative of the mainstream thought in the military. I keep seeing that he's an "Army Commander," but I can't find any evidence he's on active duty.

Probably some crackpot who likes seeing his name in print and doesn't care how he gets it there.

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Riverman1 12/08/13 - 12:22 pm
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Now...

CG, I like your comments. You're the best keeping us conservatives on track with these news items. Now back to sports...ha.

OSU coach Urban Meyer announced a Clemson game that year he took off. He told a story during the game of when he was coaching Florida. He asked assistant Charlie Strong why they were losing big recruits to Clemson. Charlie replied, "Coach, have you ever been to Clemson?" Meyer said he hadn't.

As an announcer he said he now knew why. He said Clemson was an amazing place and he couldn't understand why they hadn't been to the BCS more often. Thanks, Urban. Now we're going to beat the snot out of you.

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justthefacts 12/08/13 - 12:42 pm
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Best discription of Clemson

Lewis Grizzard described Clemson as nice. Kinda Auburn with a lake.

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t3bledsoe 12/08/13 - 12:50 pm
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Harley_52 @ 10:16

"Would you please define "EXTREME hatred" and contrast it to just plain old, garden variety "hatred?" Is there such a thing as "mild hatred?""

You know me well enough by now. Our country must remember the abomination that was slavery and The Civil War that brought it to an end!! The terrible thing about all of this is HOW MANY lives were lost in order to free hundreds of thousands OF HUMAN BEINGS who should have never been captive even by their waring tribes in Africa!! The taking of people as a result of PRISONERS OF WAR was bad enough, BUT THEN the white man multiplied this abomination by many fold!! Do I believe in reperations, "NO I DO NOT!!" Do I believe in being OK with millions of people on food stamps and welfare, "NO I DO NOT!!" I am just talking negatively about what happened in our country during a period of close to 200 years that had to end in the bloodiest Civil War that could have possibly taken place!!!!

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Riverman1 12/08/13 - 01:06 pm
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Going to Rock Notre Dame Buses Again

The year Notre Dame came to Clemson was something. The entire town turned out on the streets and shouted epithets at the Notre Dame buses as they drove through town. The police had been alerting the crowd to ND's route. When a stoplight was manipulated to get them, the crowd began rocking the buses. ND's administration said they would never play Clemson again because the team had feared for their lives. They lied. 2015 AT Clemson. We're going to rock the buses again.

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t3bledsoe 12/08/13 - 01:16 pm
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Football

Since we all seem to be talking about football, in my opinion, Alabama must be invited to a bowl game that will give them a chance at the national title!! Alabama played some VERY difficult teams and ONLY LOST one game in The SEC conference! Even though the special field goal team members failed to tackel the Auburn player, I personally believe that player stepped out of bounds!! Even if The Auburn player didn't step out of bounds, again, Alabama must be in the mix to compete and be considered for the national title!! This ONLY makes sence!

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t3bledsoe 12/08/13 - 01:36 pm
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SeenitB4 @ 8:13 on 12 7 2013

"90% of my Christmas gifts will be American made/stores...I think it DOES help to keep the $$$ in the local economy"

My wife read your comment above. She wants to ask you, "Where do you find so many products that are made in America??" We would really appreciate your feed back!

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Riverman1 12/08/13 - 01:52 pm
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T3, either FSU or Auburn will

T3, either FSU or Auburn will be the national champs since they are playing in the championship game. I do agree with you that Bama is the best team in the nation, but....

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Little Lamb 12/08/13 - 02:10 pm
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BCS Tournament

Yeah, apparently T3 doesn't know that there's only one championship game in this year's BCS.

Now if they'd take LL's advice and have only a 5-game regular season then start the BCS tournament in October with 128 teams, we could have a legitimate national champion. But they'd be tuckered out and banged up.

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Little Lamb 12/08/13 - 02:10 pm
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Buy American

SeenItB4 posted:

"90% of my Christmas gifts will be American made/stores..."

T3's wife asked:

"Where do you find so many products that are made in America?"

Yep, it's getting harder to find American-made products. Why, the last bag of charcoal I bought for the grill was made in Argentina!

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harley_52 12/08/13 - 02:29 pm
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"Why, the last bag of charcoal I bought for the grill....

....was made in Argentina!"

Not to worry, LL, chances are very good the grill was made overseas as well.

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seenitB4 12/08/13 - 02:31 pm
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Because yall asked nicely :)

I know it isn't easy to buy local but this is what I do..

For the friends in this area we buy Teds Montana Grill gift certs...great food & we have a restaurant at the Mall of Ga..

For kin & friends in Augusta area we do this..
French Market Grill--Bonefish & home Depot & Bass Pro certs...some females like a massage so we get local certs for that...
you can get local flower certs...barber shops...movies (we do this for the young ones)
We know it is impossible to buy everything locally but every little bit helps......Starbucks coffee would be a good one too......
In my opinion it makes a difference & keeping America in jobs is very important.....

I'm feeling under the weather today...soo will see yall later..♥

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harley_52 12/08/13 - 02:44 pm
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The Demise Of The U.S. Steel Industry...

is an interesting case study for anyone interested in the decline of U.S. Manufacturing.

It actually became cheaper for U.S. Companies to buy Japanese steel than U.S. produced steel to manufacture automobiles and other products here in the U.S.

This was in spite of the fact that Japan paid to ship iron ore from the upper mid-west U.S. all the way to Japan, produce the steel in Japan, and then ship the steel all the way back to the upper mid-west U. S.. As a result, the upper mid-west became known as the "rust belt" because all those manufacturing plants closed down and went out of business. Today you can still see many of the old plants, sitting there rusting away with the windows broken out. A testament to the legacy of Labor Unions.

If you buy a car here today (let's say a Chevrolet) you can rest assured many/most of the components are manufactured abroad and shipped here for assembly.

There's a reason for all of that. And it really doesn't have much to do with Patriotism.

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t3bledsoe 12/08/13 - 02:45 pm
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Harley_52 @ 10:12 AM

I like SeenitB4, especially her wit and funny poetry!! I do agree with Harley_52 on this business of getting offended when we give our beliefs on any subject being debated! I read SeenitB4's comment, and maybe I am wrong and forgive me if I am, BUT I don't believe SeenitB4 was being offended. In my opinion, I quite frequently make comments opposing Humble Angela's views, BUT we seem to get along OK! As a matter of fact, my constant use of multipul exclaimation marks is enough to make anyone feel offended!! I believe HA knows how much I enjoy our debates AND I am very glad she seems to NEVER TAKE OFFENCE!!

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rebellious 12/08/13 - 02:56 pm
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Harley

I don't know how debating an issue or opinion is construed as being offended. If you want to offend me, you will have to try harder. I believe a healthy back and forth benefits both parties and onlookers. Now if I side with someone else who may have been offended, that doesn't mean you have offended me, nor that we have conspired to oppose your opinion. No, not offended here! Not dissuaded by your points either.

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rebellious 12/08/13 - 03:05 pm
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When I was younger

My dad was adamant about not spending a dollar on Sunday. He believed he would be contributing to the demand, therefore requiring someone to have to work on Sunday and go against one of the ten commandments. To his dying day he held this practice,even though I am sure he knew it had no real impact. But he held strong to a principle, one he believed with great conviction. "To thine own self, be true". I think Americans throw in the towel at the first sign that our efforts may be in vain, when adherence to a core value (in this case patriotism or national identity) is more important than the results. You've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything!!!!!!!!! (The exclamation points aren't meant to offend)

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rebellious 12/08/13 - 03:08 pm
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harley_52 12/08/13 - 03:12 pm
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"If you want to offend me, you will have to try harder."

Well, I'm not trying at all. I'm simply responding to what you type and it seems to me what you type is often aimed at me personally, rather than the points I'm trying to make.

"No, not offended here! Not dissuaded by your points either."

Dissuaded? From what? My contention is that the "buy American" notion is hooey. It's an essentially meaningless exercise supported mainly by labor unions and their democrat apologists.

I've provided a number of examples and reasons. I've suggested that not even the federal government "buy(s) American." I've described why I think that might be. It's okay if you disagree. I'd love to hear your side of the argument.

I'm all ears....

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harley_52 12/08/13 - 03:22 pm
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"You've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything!

I've heard that statement before and I think I might understand the point of it, but I'm not sure how it relates to this discussion.

Your motivation for supporting the "buy American" notion is patriotic and noble? Is that your contention? I think in an earlier comment you compared it to Rosie the Riveter, didn't you? Do you honestly think it's an issue of patriotism to be coerced into spending more money on inferior, more expensive products because of some sort of Advertising campaign?

How does it benefit America to bolster inefficient companies? How is that noble and patriotic?

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harley_52 12/08/13 - 03:37 pm
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There Are Several Reasons U.S. Companies....

...have difficulty competing with foreign companies for sales in the U.S.. Few, if any, of them really relate to nobility and patriotism.

The U.S. is hostile to businesses. Our corporate tax rates are the highest in the world. We have things like labor unions and minimum wage laws. If we raise the "living wage" to $15/hr, what do you think that will do to the cost of products produced in America? we have the EPA flooding the market with all manner of prohibitive regulations making it more and more difficult and more and more expensive to do business here in the U.S.. We don't use taxes and tariffs effectively to "level the playing field." Our government is weak in dealing with foreign misbehavior in international markets.

There are lots of issues that SHOULD be addressed by the U.S. Government, but attempting to make the citizenry feel guilty for not "Buy(ing) American" is....well, it's hooey in my opinion. It's just another aspect of a government that says one thing and does something entirely different.

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harley_52 12/08/13 - 03:43 pm
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When I Was Younger....

...my dad taught me to think carefully before you take a position. He taught me to "do what's right." He taught me to "stick to your guns" until you are proven wrong and to never be afraid to change your position on an issue when presented compelling evidence you're wrong, and to do so with respect and good humor.

I've always found that to be good advice and I try hard to live by it.

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harley_52 12/08/13 - 04:10 pm
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One More Thing....

I don't want my comments about the "buy American" campaign to be confused with paying a little more to support the business of a friend, or some neighbor in the community. That's something we all do and yes, I do it too.....all the time.

That's not the same as being made to feel guilty by some TV commercial that makes the case you should buy only American products or else you aren't a good citizen. That's Hooey.

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Little Lamb 12/08/13 - 05:57 pm
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Thumbs Up . . .

Thanks for the story about your dad's decision not to shop on Sunday. I salute that stance of his. I'm not perfect about it, but I do try to avoid shopping on Sunday. However, sometimes, I do eat at a restaurant on Sunday (if coffee and doughnut at Krispy Kreme on the way to church in the morning counts as a restaurant).

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Riverman1 12/08/13 - 08:28 pm
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It was very common when I was

It was very common when I was growing up in South Carolina for people to avoid hunting and fishing on Sunday. Drinking alcohol, too, of course.

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rebellious 12/08/13 - 10:09 pm
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I Give

Like wrestling an Octupus. Just not up to the task.

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