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WHERE IS OBAMA in getting back our Marine being held in Mexico!?! He needs to get off his fund-raising tour and start acting like a real commander-in-chief … at least this once anyway.

RANT TO OUR ELECTED county commissioners for adding a charge of $155 to our property taxes for solid waste pick up for vacant parcels of land. What a rip-off for a service that I do use nor need. Time to clean house at the Marble Palace.

MR. MAYOR IN BLYTHE and Mr. Chairman in Hephzibah you helped the SPLOST fail due to your little personal dreams and desires instead of real needs. Hope you’re both happy, hope you both bite the dust in your next elections.

TWENTY TURNCOAT Democrats and Republicans sold us out! Your member of Congress, Rep. John Barrow, sold you out to AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. Shame on you for selling us out to AT&T, Comcast and Verizon by signing your name to an industry- backed letter urging the FCC to kill Net Neutrality.

THE FAMILY OF Charles C. Biddle, Jr. wishes to give raves to the VA Medical Center in Augusta for their care and support during Mr. Biddle’s long illness. We will always be grateful for the kindness shown and the quality of care given by those on 1D, 6D and Hospice Care, especially Fred, Jack, Clara, Keith, Laura, Amy and Tawana. Thank you for giving your best to our military veterans.

COLUMBIA COUNTY needs a charter school about as much as we need another Allen in public office.

WE NEED TO DEFEND our students! Attitude reflects leadership and from the news our teachers are having horrible attitudes. Our students are required to sign a code of conduct and policy regarding bullying but the teachers are not. It’s time we require that these adults who are to be examples to our students abide by these very same rules. The unprofessional conduct of the bad apples (teachers) that live among here in the CSRA is being ignored and overlooked even to the point of being defended.

JOHN KERRY NEEDS to tell the Mexicans he is not leaving without our Marine (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi). If he leaves Mexico without Andrew, Kerry needs find some place other than the USA to land his plane.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/24/14 - 07:38 pm
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Ranter #3 - You are FLAT WRONG

Over the last several months MANY have read or written a lot comments opposing the S7. If my memory serves me, I only remember maybe 2 or 3 comments about these locations out of close to a 500+++ comments. Given the low comment rate these 2 locations NEVER were problem.

In my opinion the S7 failed because. It addressed DOWNTOWN POLITICS & SPECIAL INTERESTS over the needs to the County. An it was so full of Pork it rotted waiting for a vote, to the point that enough could smell it was bad before voting on it.

IF the whole s7 package met their same standards of used by these 2 towns, S7 would have past with a good margin.

HERE ARE SOME FACTS
Chew on them a little....

Q: What’s in the tax package for Hephzibah?
A: Richmond County’s second largest-municipality, Hephzibah’s population of 4,021 residents will benefit from $8.375 million in sales-tax-funded improvements inside city limits if voters approve the tax May 20.

Those additions include a $4.45 million multi-use recreation center included among a small set of projects to be funded upfront by a bond issue, with the remaining projects to be built as collections permit.

Other projects, according to documents approved by the Au­gus­ta Commission, include $1.8 million for an agricultural center and arena, $220,000 for an automated water meter reading system, $200,000 for bike lanes, $100,000 for the beautification of Windsor Spring Road, $145,000 for water department equipment, $125,000 for public safety equipment, $385,000 for fire and emergency medical services equipment and $950,000 for new fire department facilities.

What’s in the sales tax referendum for Blythe?
A: Richmond County’s southernmost, smallest municipality will benefit from about $1.975 million in sales-tax-funded projects if voters approve the $194 million tax package. City leaders have said they hope to beef up infrastructure in the city of 721 residents and capitalize on nearby development at Plant Vogtle and Fort Gordon.

Included in the package for Blythe are $350,000 for water system upgrades; $400,000 for paving and other unspecified road work; $125,000 for police vehicles and equipment; $900,000 for a “community building/library/park”; $100,000 to install wireless Internet and complete other information technology upgrades; and $100,000 for vehicles and equipment unrelated to public safety.

So how did this screw up the S7 Passing?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/25/14 - 05:43 am
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Depends Who Sent The Rant

"COLUMBIA COUNTY needs a charter school about as much as we need another Allen in public office."

That one was pretty funny as long as it wasn't Mike Sleeper sending in the rant-rave. He would like nothing better than to be paid six figures until he is seventy something for doing nothing.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/24/14 - 10:23 pm
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Tragedy strikes another GUN FREE ZONE campus Area again

How could this happen, California has some of the toughest
GUN CONTROL, AMMO CONTROL AND OUTRIGHT BAN LAWS IN THE USA.

Seriously ask 74 years 4+ face jobs later, Nancy Pelosi, the question.
How is it possible given California already has some of the nation's strictest gun and ammunition laws for this to happen?

Let me answer it for her, since she'll side step the question.

Criminals DON'T OBEY LAWS.

Only dead innocent sheep and honest citizens due.

Like we have said many time before, the door sign or the knowledge that an area is a Gun Free Zone just mean its a open hunting ground for a Nut Jobs looking for a maximum kill ratio.

I pose this question for response
Shouldn't Citizens be allowed to defend themselves to the same level congress people?

After all they get bodyguards to cover they tails while they mouth off about how safe it is because of their new GUN CONTROL LAWS.
While we lock ourselves in our cars and homes.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/24/14 - 10:40 pm
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As usual finding MORE FACTS reading UK & German Papers

One thing for sure the police had ample opportunity to
stop him weeks ago.
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The Shooter is believed to be the son of Movie The Hunger Games, assistant director Peter Rodger. Which would explained the out of the blue Anti-NRA RANT at the Press Conf.

Circled are him and his dad
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/05/24/article-2638049-1E2E4A42000005...

The Shooter 's family contacted police last week out of concern over disturbing videos he posted

Officers interviewed him and found him to be a 'perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2638049/7-dead-drive-shooting-ne...

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corgimom 05/25/14 - 01:36 am
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noc noc, severely mentally

noc noc, severely mentally ill people don't care if other people are armed or not. They know they are going to die, they don't care if they die, it's all about their desire for "notoriety" and to be "famous" and to "have people know their name."

The police didn't have any grounds to stop him. The police do not have the power to arrest somebody based on what they "think" he may do.

However, the family had the right to go before the court in CA and ask for an involuntary commitment order, but didn't do it. Because it's a very tough thing to do, to commit somebody to a mental facility, and people don't like to do it. They don't like to face that their loved one is severely mentally ill.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/14 - 01:39 am
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But noc noc, these people

But noc noc, these people that go on these sprees- they don't pick places where people don't have guns, they pick places that have personal meaning to them. Like this sick creep, he went to the sorority house, because they wouldn't pay attention to him. It wasn't about unarmed people, it was about killing women, because they wouldn't pay attention to him and he wanted a girlfriend. No wonder he never had a girlfriend, he was batshoot crazy and then some.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/14 - 01:45 am
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I don't believe for one

I don't believe for one minute that Tahmooressi went into Mexico by accident. If he was that disorientated, what in the HELL was he doing driving around, and what in the HELL was he doing with not one, not two, but THREE guns?

Mexico is very, very strict about bringing guns into Mexico, and yes, they will imprison people for it. That is very well-known.

There is absolutely no way that anybody could think that they were in the US when they are in Mexico. The change is sudden and dramatic and I believe he deliberately went there, and deliberately took a back road, because he wanted to go to Mexico and take his guns with him.

Just because he is a Marine doesn't make any difference in any of this.

This isn't anybody else's fault but HIS.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/25/14 - 06:19 am
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Charter School

It is not a matter of need. It is a matter of desire. Several parents in Columbia County desire a school that includes a focus on fine arts. They want their children to be able to attend classes in arts (visual, music, dance, and theater) on a daily basis instead of once a week at best.

Let 'em try it. You never know what might come of it.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/25/14 - 06:28 am
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Famous Gun Free Zones in the last 6 years

Of the 14 mass shootings under OBAMA'S GUN CONTROL WATCH since 2008.

ALL were GUN FREE NO CARRY ZONES.

however it would be unfair not mention the exceptions several of these location had 1 deep Preventive/Protective ARMED SECURITY, that was quick dispatched, which FAILED to stop the attacking person before he did greater harm.

History has repeatedly demonstrated.
When Free societies have too much gun control, more criminals have guns readily available for use than honest citizens, due to restrictive carry laws.

History has also repeatedly demonstrated.
When Governments step in to impose ever increasing gun controls and eventually demand GUN's be surrendered by the citizens, the Government will steadily grow more and more authoritative in its actions and exercise of greater controls with its unrestricted powers.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/25/14 - 06:22 am
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Ever driven around the border

There are many places along the border that if you miss a turn the next place you see is the border. Miss the sign and you are dealing with Mexican authorities. So yes, it is highly possible he made a wrong turn.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/25/14 - 07:05 am
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Inequality

I missed yesterday's discussion of Rev. Jerry Ragan's LTE about income inequality (i.e., wealth envy). Here are a couple of sentences from the letter that didn't receive much comment:

I do think the Holy Father would welcome an honest discussion of the reality of imbalances created by present economic structures. . . . Should we be looking beyond our own selfish desires for a comfortable retirement to focus on those issues that are related to the common good?

What, indeed, is this “common good” phrase often bandied about? No one can pinpoint it. No one can capture it and provide a good definition. That is because there is no such thing as a common good. Each individual must seek what he believes to be good. As long as what each individual seeks is peaceful and moral, then a common good is achieved. But we live in a world of envy. We live in a world where some individuals seek after theft, fraud, graft, corruption and violence against the peaceful. They seek to take by force what others have earned through honest work and legal commerce.

The worst offenders in plundering wealth earned peacefully are governments. Through taxation, they suck the lifeblood, the vitality of the peaceful by force. Now taxation to maintain public safety and to maintain a court system to detect and punish fraud and violent crimes is justifiable (it is making individual self-defense communal). But when government takes tax money from one individual and then transfers it to other individuals, that action is immoral. It is plunder. The recipient is guilty of theft by receiving.

Oh, and I think Rev. Ragan misses the mark when he characterizes a desire for a comfortable retirement as selfish. Have you looked at the retirement packages for retired priests, bishops, cardinals and popes lately? They're pretty generous, if you ask me.

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myfather15 05/25/14 - 07:15 am
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They showed the his exact

They showed the his exact route and he didn't take a side road. He took a wrong turn way before the border; when he came to the border he was looking for a place to turn around and missed the sign which indicated the last turn around location. They even showed the VERY small sign that was posted there, which would have been easy to miss.

What kills me is that Mexico wants to inprison our citizen for barely crossing the border with 3 guns in his vehicle, when THEIR ENTIRE COUNTRY is being ran by cartels with millions of guns!! What this marine did is like spitting on the sidewalk, compared to what the cartels do every single day and go completely unpunished!! Mexico, how about cleaing up the MOUNDS of trash in your Country, before talking about picking up one cigarette butt off the sidewalk!!

But, I will say this; this case is a little different, but I'm finding it hard to feel any sympathy for ANYONE who travels to Mexico!! Yes, it's a beautiful Country and the beaches are awesome. But it's also rampant with crime and ran by the cartels!! If you know that and still go there, you're on your own in my opinion.

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Riverman1 05/25/14 - 07:22 am
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Anyone Remember This?

The mayor's election reminded me of something and I don't want to put it up on the story about Hardie Davis and spoil the good feelings. But does anyone remember the billboards Ed McIntyre had erected at the entrances to Augusta after he was elected? They had his picture, his name, said welcome to Augusta and sadly stayed up long after he was arrested.

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CobaltGeorge 05/25/14 - 08:16 am
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Good Morning "corgimom" America

One comment. Your 01:45 am is one bad unreasonable Guilty and unacceptable comment about what this American Marine did or didn't do. Period.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/25/14 - 08:45 am
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RoadkiII 05/25/14 - 08:45 am
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corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/14 - 09:10 am
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RK, he had been to Tiajuana

RK, he had been to Tiajuana before. He had a girlfriend that lived there. I've been to the place where he crossed the border, there is absolutely no way that he could've done it by accident.

Myfather, have you been there? I have, many times. This is somebody who was familiar with the area, familiar with the gun laws, who knew what he was doing. This was intentional, and then people want to make out like he was just a good guy caught in a bad situation. Nope, not buying it.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/14 - 09:14 am
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And CG, you are free to

And CG, you are free to disagree with me. But Mexico isn't the US, Americans don't have the civil rights in Mexico that they do in the US, and he did this to himself, and now everybody wants to act like Mexico is the bad guys. They aren't.

Maybe people should be asking themselves why he had 3 guns in the car, and what he was planning to do with them.

When you are down by the border, it is very obvious where you are at, either the US or Mexico. There is no way that you can "accidentally" cross the border, the difference between Tiajuana and the US is so striking, it cannot be confused in any way.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 05/25/14 - 09:47 am
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NEWSFLASH

There is more than one road that goes from southern California into Mexico. In fact there are many.

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dichotomy 05/25/14 - 09:52 am
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Corgimom...."I don't believe

Corgimom...."I don't believe for one minute that Tahmooressi went into Mexico by accident."

I guess you didn't see the FOX news report where they actually drove that approach with the cameras running. At least two of the exit signs on the approach basically saying "To USA" were painted over or partially painted over with graffiti and the left lane, last chance, U-Turn sign had been taken down due to road construction, and set on the ground leaning up against a building.

VERY VERY POSSIBLE for someone in an unfamiliar area in heavy multi-lane traffic to accidentally hit the border crossing.

So corgimom, is your absolute, no question in your mind, belief that this man was on some criminal mission because he is a Marine or because he had legally owned guns in the trunk of his car? I mean he volunteered to the Mexican border guards that he had guns in the car and just wanted to turn around. It wasn't like he was trying to hide them. So on what basis do you form this opinion that this could not possibly have been a simple case of being lost and missing the exit?

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harley_52 05/25/14 - 01:29 pm
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"They're pretty generous, if you ask me."

Indeed.

From what I see, many/most priests, bishops, cardinals, and popes live the lives of pampered princes and the catholic church really should avoid throwing darts at those who seek wealth and property. A little introspection is in order, I think, before complaining so much about others.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/14 - 08:50 pm
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Roadkill, not in San Ysidro.

Roadkill, not in San Ysidro. There are only a few roads that you can enter into Mexico by car. We are not talking about Southern California, we are talking about San Ysidro.

Dichotomy, it is impossible not to know that you are entering Mexico. I know you've never been there; but the contrast between the two places is unimaginable unless you've been there. It is like two different worlds, and it is impossible not to know that you've crossed the border. There is never any doubt about when you're in the US and when you are in Mexico. The condition of the road alone tells you.

The slums start as soon as you cross the border. The shanties, the slums, the vendors, the beggars, the prostitutes, the pimps, the derelict taxis- there is absolutely no way of not knowing that you've crossed the border.

As for his side of the story *snort*, you are hearing his "story" from his mother, not from him, and is suspect, to say the least.

Dichotomy, I don't have to see any news reports, I've seen it with my own eyes, and have crossed the border both at San Ysidro and at Otay Mesa. I am telling you from personal knowledge, it wouldn't matter if there were signs or no signs, it is obvious even to the most casual observer when the border is crossed.

He messed up badly, and now he is stuck in a Mexican prison.

As for why he had guns, many people try to take guns into Mexico, because it is so dangerous- and then they are caught, and then they are imprisoned.

The fact that he is a Marine means nothing. If anything, it's worse, because he KNEW BETTER and did this anyway.

I personally think he went down there to see his girlfriend and/or her family.

And did all of you know that, like an idiot, he tried to escape from the first jail and got sent to a prison in Tecate?

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/14 - 08:54 pm
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Dichotomy, it wasn't

Dichotomy, it wasn't unfamiliar territory. When you go down to San Ysidro, whether by I-805 or I-5 (in fact, I was less than 5 miles from the border just 3 weeks ago, I know what I am talking about) there are huge signs with blinking lights on them, with a picture of a man, woman, and child running, to alert people that illegal aliens may be running across the freeway. That alone tells people that they are very near to the border.

Did you see that on your FOX News clip?

corgimom
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corgimom 05/25/14 - 08:58 pm
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Dichotomy, I don't think he

Dichotomy, I don't think he was on a "mission", I think he was going there for a visit, and he got caught with the guns.

I've known other people that have taken guns into Mexico, because they were afraid of being shot. They took a terrible chance.

Mexico isn't like America, and they don't play. They are very, very serious about guns being brought across the border, and they don't care what the circumstances are.

And then, of course, there's the matter of his escape attempt. What do people want to blame that on? That there was no sign that said "Do not try to escape"?

He is lucky that he is still alive, and that's what people don't get.

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