An open thread with an open wound

This weekend, I join my fellow Georgia fans in mourning the loss, for now, of Todd Gurley in the red and black. I have my opinions about his case, and similar cases of other players at other schools, but I will withhold them until we have more facts. Until then, in case we don’t get to see him wearing those silver britches again, I give you this:

And this:

I’m not old enough to remember watching Lars Tate, Rodney Hampton, Tm Worley or Herschel when they played in Athens. But of all the Georgia running backs I’ve seen, Gurley is the best. I really hope I don’t have to change that to “was the best” before the season’s even over.

If you don’t want to talk about Todd Gurley, don’t worry … because this is your Columbus Day weekend open thread …

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JackClemens
JackClemens

I saw all the ones you mentioned and Herschel was the best, though Gurley was quickly becoming 1A this season. I did not subscribe to the gloom and doom and believed in Chubb and Douglas. Maybe everyone else does now, too.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

What is the issue with changing avatars? You at the ajc, look at my picture here and then go look at the one at my account page. Not the same thing, is it? Maybe if you weren't trying to worm your way into my operating system, there wouldn't be so many lingering account credentials lying around. It shouldn't matter anyway, when I hit save, that should be it. 

MHSmith
MHSmith

Best figure out a way to bring back or re-create a huge number of middle income jobs? 

No structure or economic structure, can stand without a strong middle to support it: Neither can our consumer driven economy. 



straker
straker

I Whine  "income inequality worse under Obama"


That's because the Republican controlled House has stonewalled Obama every chance they've gotten.


But, don't worry!!


Republicans will gain the Senate and then, they'll have to produce. When they fail miserably, and they will, they will naturally blame Obama.  But, that dog will NOT hunt anymore.

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

@straker


The so called "income inequality gap" that Saez wrote about in the link rose during 2009-2010 according to the article. Those were the first 2 years when Obama and the Dems controlled the Senate and the House. So what was that you were saying about the Republican House stonewalling?- especially seeing as how the Dems controlled everything those first 2 years???

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@straker Obama or the Dems have not produced any legislation to grow the economy, that the GOP could be accused of "stonewalling".  The Dems/Obama have just been focused on redividing the shrinking pie for 6 years.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@ThulsaDoom @straker Wasting your time Thulsa, these folks have been played by the Dems for generations, they aren't going to wise up anytime soon.  It must be some sort of Stockholm Syndrome, they surely can't think their support is getting them anywhere, but they identify with their mental captors.  

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

The Ds had 60 votes in the Senate and held the House for 2 years under Obama? Really?

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@ThulsaDoom @straker Yeah, Ronnie Rayguns' trickle down pixie dust and Fratboy George's Great Recession had nothing to do with it. Funny how for you cons recorded history began on 1/20/09.

Lil_Barry_Bailout
Lil_Barry_Bailout

@straker

Unemployment is down 4 points since Real Americans put Republicans in charge of the House.

You're welcome.

straker
straker

Rafe   "yet poor folks keep voting for the Dems"


That's because they will gain little voting for the Republicans, who are the party of the rich.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@straker The rich aren't complaining about the current regime, they are doing pretty well.  Where do you think ole Barry hangs out, at fundraisers with rich celebrities. Haven't seen Barry socializing with any po folks lately have you?  Gwenth Paltrow can't keep her eyes off him, I think she might want to have his baby, no telling how much money she has funneled him.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Got proof?"........Lil Barry 14 hours ago

PROOF?

TAKE A LOOK IN THE MIRROR.

YOU ARE THE PROOF...............

Captain–Obvious
Captain–Obvious

Why do you hate Hillary so? She's a smart, successful, highly accomplished woman, a beacon of light, hope and inspiration to woman of all colors, creeds and political persuasions. Well, unless you're a self hating woman, I guess. Then you'd despise her.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@D_Lucy

You assume facts not in evidence. I do know an opportunist when I see one.

I, for one, am tired of dynastic rule. It's time for new blood with new ideas.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 VERO BEACH, Fla. — There were no U.S. air marshals watching the newly clean-shaven passenger on the transatlantic­ flight, no FBI agents waiting for him as he landed in Newark in May 2013 after returning from Syria’s civil war.


As the 22-year-old Florida native made his way through a U.S. border inspection, Moner Mohammad Abusalha was waved through without any further scrutiny or perceived need to notify the FBI that he was back in the United States.


Earlier this year, after returning to Syria, Abusalha became the first American to carry out a suicide attack in that country, blowing up a restaurant frequented by Syrian soldiers on behalf of an al-Qaeda affiliate. His death May 25 was accompanied by the release of a menacing video. “You think you are safe where you are in America,” he said, threatening his own country and a half-dozen others. “You are not safe.”


http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/american-suicide-bombers-travels-in-us-middle-east-went-unmonitored/2014/10/11/38a3228e-4fe8-11e4-aa5e-7153e466a02d_story.html


If he was an old lady the would have at least felt him up.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

So, in a nutshell,  the liberals are demonizing profits?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@FIGMO2 As George Will said, Obama is just another in the long line of trickle down Presidents.  The artificially low interest rates mean average folks have nowhere to place their savings and expect to get a return, but Wall Street.  So, if they don't trust Wall Street they squander their "savings" on things that depreciate, like a new I phone 6 and scream about an increase in the minimum wage.  


Wall Street is making a killing, and the 1% are putting more space between them and the average Joe Sixpack.  Yet, the poor folks keep voting for the Dems, like that is going to make a difference in their economic lives.  Income inequality has grown more under this President.  

MarkVV
MarkVV

@RafeHollister @FIGMO2 


So the low interest rates, essential for business expansion and largely responsible for the faster recovery in the US than in Europe, is now the cause of the problem for the middles class people, because they “squander their savings?" rather than invest.? That is too precious for words


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@RafeHollister

I think it'll take a personal confession from Obama before our liberals will believe what we're "putting down".

I just read an article about Fannie & Freddie. It appears as though the feds are using it as their personal slush fund, allowing them to claim the deficit isn't as bad as it actually is.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

Looks like the Dems have overplayed their "war on women" gimmick.  From Commentarymagizine.com.


The reliably pro-Democrat Denver Post shocked their readers and the state political establishment on Friday when it endorsed Gardner. The paper not only praised Gardner as a source of “fresh leadership, energy and ideas” but also denounced the Democratic campaign against him:


Rather than run on his record, Udall’s campaign has devoted a shocking amount of energy and money trying to convince voters that Gardner seeks to outlaw birth control despite the congressman’s call for over-the-counter sales of contraceptives. Udall is trying to frighten voters rather than inspire them with a hopeful vision. His obnoxious one-issue campaign is an insult to those he seeks to convince.


The Post rightly thinks their state will be better served by having an influential and bright Republican in the Senate rather than a Democratic dead weight like Udall. It also believes that if the GOP controls both Houses of Congress there will be a better chance of getting things done than the current stalemate with Democrats in control of the upper body, an optimistic evaluation that probably overrates President Obama’s willingness to work with Republicans under any circumstances. 

straker
straker

Rafe - "the government is the master of the short term"


Actually, the Republicans are the ones who imitate their Big Business masters by concentrating on short-term gains and ignoring changing demographics which will hurt them in the future.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@straker They are both guilty straker, why is every bill dead in the Senate.  Why do the Dems not want to discuss entitlement reform?  I'll tell you, it is because tax increases have the deficit going down in the short term, which looks good for Obama and the Dems.  Look at the deficit in three to five years without entitlement reform, it explodes, and that is interest rates stay low.  Interest rates are being artificially kept low to hold down the deficit and make the Dems look good.   (low interest rates are killing the middle class, no where to store their money and make a return)  There is no way the rates can stay this low, which means the interest on the national debt is going to double or triple, making it one of the largest causes of our ever increasing deficit.


Both parties neglect whats good for America, in order to further their chances in the next election.

straker
straker

MHSMITH


Many businesses are locked into a short-term gains mentality and don't give a flying fig about the long run. Their moguls are only interested in enriching their personal estates and, if that happens over a relatively short amount of time, then all is well with them and to hell with the business and the country.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@straker The government is the master of the short term, just make it past the next election is their only focus.



MHSmith
MHSmith

@straker 

Gosh, all that sounds like someone taking a wiz in their own coffee cup and being too dumb to realize they'll have to drink from it later.

One of these days Lil and these others are going to realize the difference between the Laissez-faire economics they embrace and the Conservative economics they shun. 

Oh and Lil, have you or Kyle ever read some of Socialistic things that  "invisible hand" FREE MARKETEER Adam Smith wrote? 

I'm sure you would have a Ralph Hudgens moment. ;)

 

MHSmith
MHSmith

What the RINO Libertarians in the Republican Party don't get. 

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 "Businesses should be taking the stagnation of living standards of the average American as the canary in their coal mine. Companies will not survive for the long run if their communities are stagnant."


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Beyond the Economic Rebound

 We are now five years into the economic rebound from the recession of 2007-2009, but jubilation is premature. So says a new report from Harvard University’s U.S. Competitiveness Project titled An Economy Doing Half Its Job. The report’s co-authors are Professors Jan Rivkin and Michael Porter, experts in business strategy and economic competitiveness. According to the study, which surveys the views of almost 2,000 Harvard Business School alumni in a range of occupations, U.S. corporations are now well-positioned to compete internationally. But American workers have fallen behind in ways that will ultimately cripple multinational corporations. Wages and incomes are stagnant, depressing the vital consumer spending the economy needs to thrive. The median household income is still 4.6% lower than it was in 2007 when the recession began.

 If the Harvard Study is correct, things are going to get worse. Four-out-of-ten survey respondents said wages and benefits for U.S. workers will drop even more over the next three years. Almost half said more businesses will outsource work to contractors instead of hiring new employees. The short-term result will be a two-tiered economy in which corporations and shareholders prosper while the middle class continues to decline.

 And that, say the study’s co-authors, Professors Jan Rivkin and Michael Porter, is unsustainable in the long-run. 

Quote: Businesses should be taking the stagnation of living standards of the average American as the canary in their coal mine. Companies will not survive for the long run if their communities are stagnant.

 http://www.mclaughlin.com/bb/Beyond_the_Economic_Rebound

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

@MHSmith What the RINO Libertarians in the Republican Party don't get. 


a) Cheap low wage immigrant labor.


b) Confiscatory tax rates.


c) Big government spending programs.


d) All of the above.



MarkVV
MarkVV

I would like to hope that Kyle will notice the recent posts by LilBarryBailout, and take some action in view of such a flagrant violation of his rules.Unfortunately, he seems to be more outraged by posts criticizing within the rules his statements than by this kind of open loutishness.