Someone is waving the white flag today

And it’s me.

As I alluded earlier this week on one of the comment threads, for a few days now I’ve been fighting a cold that has pretty well nailed my whole household. So I’m going to take today to get some extra rest before the week-and-a-half sprint to Election Day.

With that, we’ll get an early start to this week’s Open Thread …

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Trefusis
Trefusis

You know very well that we need you One Hundred Percent in these remaining days, given this rum ballot.  And half of us know that you're flagrantly goldbrickin' in some Sandals resort, sniffling over the phone whilst pretending to lack WiFi coverage.  Frankly I never trusted you financial reporters because you know too much.  This just proves it.


Joshing aside, get perfect soon.  Even the antagonists are going to need you.  I personally want to see how your extraordinary knack for objective writing applies to such a lamentable campaign as this.  And simply because we're looking at a run-off in one of the crucial races please do not play Possum straight through to January.


It's fun, teasing you.  God's Blessings.  Rest. 

poegoe
poegoe

Know what you mean Kyle. This highly contageous rhino virus that is going around now stinks. I've had it for 4 days and still feel like crap. Guess you got to look at the bright side, at least it ain't EBOLA.

straker
straker

I Greatly Whine  "43 other presidents combined could not manage to accomplish what barak obama did in just a few short years"


And exactly WHAT is that?


And, WHO told you that?

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

43 other presidents combined could manage to accomplish what barak obama did in just a few short years, so he is worthy of it.

InTheMiddle2
InTheMiddle2

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat  You are 100% correct. In his entire term to date, he has managed to completely avoid being the president and has spent the last 6 years as victim in chief.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

It could be a big billboard with neon lights, the first image would be a big pile of cash and then a big flame would come and then nothing but ashes would be left  with a Chinese dude standing in the background with a scowl. Put it in a truck stop somewhere. 

straker
straker

I Whine Greatly


I think you paying more attention to your home school studies and posting here less would be appropriate.

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

I think an obama Debt Monument would be appropriate. 

dbm1
dbm1

To find these blogs in the new format, click on news, then click on politics.

JamesLee
JamesLee

Hate the new format--can't find anything

SouthGeorgiareader
SouthGeorgiareader

I don't like the new online format of the AJC.  Must be for cost-saving because it's certainly not for easier viewing and reading.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

Down Goes Mississippi!!   Down Goes Mississippi!!     Down Goes Mississippi!!  


Thank you LSU!!!!

VRSR
VRSR

I had hoped that the AJC would come to its senses (but I guess it has none) regarding the new format that scared me the other night.  Ii have sent e-mails about the new format but have gotten no reply.  This is a newspaper site not an entertainment site. Or maybe I am mistaken.  The new site as I saw it late one night is awful.  Mostly pictures very few words.  Blog links didn't work.  I guess I will be changing news sites but Kevin Riley and the AJC don't care.  Sorry to see the format change.  I actually have a subscription but am regretting it now.


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Democrats were angered when Mr. Obama said in an Oct. 2 speech in Illinois that his economic policies were on the ballot, and they were stunned last week when he said on Al Sharpton’s radio show that Democratic candidates who have done so much to distance themselves from him “are all folks who vote with me.”

Paul Begala, a Democratic strategist, said he was puzzled over how a president who so appreciates the power of words could have been so careless.

“This is Politics 101: Always make it about the voters, not about yourself,” Mr. Begala said. “I don’t understand it. It was an unforced error at a time we can ill afford them.” 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/us/politics/on-campaign-road-uneasy-democrats-show-obama-their-tail-lights.html?_r=0

Begala is puzzled by Obama's words? Can't understand why Obama does the things he does?

Somebody needs to remind Begala how he and others championed the power of Obama's words. How they put him on a pedestal above all others. They made him what he is. Now Begala wonders why Obama won't get out of their way or his own?

The Democratic Party created a narcissist.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

Mississippi is playing LSU tonight -- I'm hoping MS loses:


University of Mississippi Students ‘Riot’ over Obama Reelection

Mark Hanrahan, Huffington Post, November 7, 2012

A disturbance broke out on the University of Mississippi’s campus early Wednesday, after students angry at the reelection of president Barack Obama took to the streets to vent their displeasure.

WMCTV reports that students interacted initially on social media, which resulted in 300-400 young people participating in the disturbance.  Pictures posted on Twitter showed people burning Obama campaign signs. The Clarion Ledger reports that some students were heard shouting racial epithets about Obama and African Americans in general.


I'd be embarrassed if i were a black baller at UMiss......as a matter of fact, I would've tried to transfer after that ^^^  I would've never played for a team that could call me out of my name like that.


And the worst part is,  now those same people are CHEERING for all the black people that they were cursing out just  less than 2 years ago....


I guess now that those "N" words are helping them win, they can get a "bye".

JamVet
JamVet

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat 

Idiots quoting idiots; Lord that is funny...

September 2014 is now the hottest month recorded since 1880.

In a statement released Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that last month broke the global heat record by clocking in at an average of 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit.

This announcement comes after NASA, which uses different measurements, also crowned September as a record-breaking month.

Last May, June, and August all broke the global heat record as well, and 2014 is now on track to become the warmest year since record keeping began 135 years ago.

http://www.weather.com/news/september-hottest-global-record-20141020

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

 Barkley said that young black men who do well in school are accused of “acting white” by their peers. “One of the reasons we’re never going to be successful as a whole, because of other black people. And for some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough. If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person. And it’s a dirty, dark secret.”


http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/25/charles-barkley-unintelligent-blacks-brainwashed-to-keep-successful-black-men-down-video/


Why don't you in the media stop ginning up the hate?

IReportYouWhine
IReportYouWhine

@RantNRave @IReportYouWhineTheGreat rant - The Malformed Content nag isn't out to get you and neither is whitey.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@RantNRave

The NYDaily news link goes nowhere.

TMZ is a gossip site.

Nowhere in your links was there a police report corroborating the officer's claim. In other words, there's no way of knowing whether Barkley made such a statement.

He was, however, arrested for DUI.

That part you got right.

RantNRave
RantNRave

@IReportYouWhineTheGreat


IS THIS ACTING WHITE ???


IS THIS BEING SUCCESSFUL??


IS THIS BEING A THUG OR AN IDIOT??


IS THIS BEING INTELLIGENT?


"Charles Barkley: DUI Caused By Oral Sex?"

"Charles Barkley was popped for DUI early Wednesday morning in Arizona.

According to TMZ, he told cops he ran a stop sign because he was in a hurry to get some oral sex."


http://nydailynews.com/.../charles-barkley-admitted-sex-dui-a


CHARLES BARKLEY IS A WANNABE IDIOT..........................

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@RantNRave     ---   "CHARLES BARKLEY IS A WANNABE IDIOT.........................."


Wannabe?  HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Pentagon Dispatches From West Africa Paint Stark Portrait of Ebola Epicenterhttp://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/pentagon-dispatches-west-africa-paint-stark-portrait-ebola-epicenter-n233621

While the reports indicate progress is being made in the effort to check Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, they repeatedly state that distrust of national governments among villagers in affected areas is hindering the effort. Aid workers and members of the news media are regularly intimidated, and, in at least one case, a group of health-care workers and reporters were killed in Guinea, according to a Sept. 19 report.

"The group was stoned and found hidden in the village’s septic tank," according to the dispatch, which did not say how many people died in the incident. "The reason for the killings is unknown. It is likely the villagers murdered the group fearing they would be diagnosed with Ebola and removed to quarantine. Press reports (indicate) many locals have the rationale that a diagnosis will result in certain death or being taken away from their families. The onset of civil unrest is sure to increase as fear spreads and the international community endures roadblocks in bringing awareness to the population."

Last thing our military needs over there is civil unrest.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

So when a feminist group uses six-year old girls to curse online for the feminist cause, that's not exploitation of young, VERY YOUNG females?

Interesting!

I'll not share it here. The foul language was pretty intense.

Way to get your point across "ladies".

NOT! 

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@FIGMO2 --  Didn't these girls' PARENT's okay this?  If so, then your angst should be against them.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@DebbieDoRight

The idea originated with the feminist organization. The parents were enablers.

Both were guilty.

The little girls? Innocent.


FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Was Guilfoyle right about too many women voters? Once, again, it would appear so.

Following their pat response of "Washington doesn't get me", they reveal their own shortcomings.

Washington (CNN) -- When two focus groups met earlier this week -- conducted using "Walmart moms" or women ages 29-54 who've shopped at the big-box retailer recently, they revealed the secret behind how this crucial demographic decides whom they vote for this year: Google.

"You Google it," said participants from North Carolina when asked about their voting decision process. "Probably the night before," said another North Carolina woman, on when she looks up information on candidates.

They don't know my struggles...blah...blah...blah

[snip]

What was most striking in the group, however, was how distant the Senate races in each state felt to the women.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, in Louisiana's Senate race, between Democrat Mary Landrieu, Republican Bill Cassidy and independent Rob Maness, almost $40 million has been spent. Upwards of $80 million has been spent in the race between Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan in North Carolina.

All that money, though, has bought very little with these women.

They don't understand me...blah...blah...blah

[snip]

In North Carolina, most of the mothers recalled very little about Hagan or Tillis. Hagan, they said, was trying to portray Tillis as unstable, while Tillis was trying to cast Hagan as another vote for Obama, the women said. But other than that, not much stuck.

In Louisiana, where there was slightly more definition, the women struggled to name all three candidates. The women could remember Landrieu's positive ad -- including a "cute" one with her father -- and recalled attacks that "she doesn't even live here any more."

They don't get me...blah...blah...blah

Lawd help us!

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@FIGMO2 ---  You are the white, female equivalent of an "Uncle Tom".  Sad Figmo, real sad.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@NorthAtlanta    ---  Why thank you.  I'd rather be called Al Sharpton than Uncle Tom.  Thanks for the compliment!

straker
straker

Rafe


And yet, you admit that, even if the Republicans gain control of the Senate, Obamacare will not be repealed.


And this dead horse just keeps getting beaten.

notagain
notagain

 @straker

 to repeal would be an insult to Romney.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

This Obamacare thing just keeps revealing new surprises and ways to fleece the taxpayers. The people who wrote this thing really did a good job of hiding their little unpleasant surprises.  Heard Nathan Deal talking about this program that he said is costing the state a great deal of money, but had never heard of it.  Here is a link you can read up on it, it is called presumptive eligibility for medicaid.  Apparently anyone can go to the ER and after treatment claim they have no money or ability to pay.  The hospital is allowed for two weeks or so to continue to treat this person under this program, of presumptive eligibility.  So, bills are submitted to medicaid for payment and viola, the individual is not eligible, because they make too much money.  Guess who gets stuck, the State or actually the taxpayers.   More money for trips to the ER, which Obamacare was supposed to eliminate. 


http://dch.georgia.gov/presumptive-eligibility-medicaid


And Deal claims that even though he has not expanded medicaid, Obamacare has expanded it by 30% in Georgia.  He said previously people, who didn't know they were eligible, have gone to healthcare.gov, to enroll for insurance and found themselves medicaid eligible.  30% more, if he is telling the truth, which you can never count on, with a politician.  So, he says we are already at a loss with how to pay for those 30% more, plus if we expand it we will be out another 2.5B bucks.  The medicaid expansion may be a good thing for Georgians, but someone needs to explain how we pay for it, before we do it.


I learned a lot listening to ole Shady.  There is always two sides to every story, and the expand medicaid its free money folks, have been dominating the discussion. 




FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@ChipShirley

I know you're a avid Michelle Nunn fan.

Is it possible you're projecting your shame onto Perdue?

I've seen nothing to indicate he shares in your fantasies.

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

The new format is more just dumbing down America, more pretty pictures trying to catch the eye of the illiterate.  I'm afraid that illiterate folks aren't that interested in news, politics, and opinion anyway, so after adding the pretty pictures, they will have to change the content, (more pop culture, music, and sports reporting) and reduce the reading level to about 4th grade.  The whole country seems to be changing our efforts at communication from verbal to pictures, videos, and cartoons anyway.


They stopped teaching cursive writing several years ago, next thing you know, writing classes will be limited to only enough writing skills to be able to text.



MHSmith
MHSmith

Cut out the tracking AJC, it is slowing things down and I am a "digital subscriber". 

Thank You

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

DayUM!

Just as I began driving your new model, somebody hijacked it.

Was it a loaner from the AJC's IT department? 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Well, all I gotta say about the new home page is...

size obviously does matter?

Ees BIG!

Were I a paid subscriber, I could complain, but I'm not so....

I'm bucklin' up to drive the AJC's new hybrid model. Where's the GPS on this thing?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@FIGMO2 Like a kids book!  They use big fonts, which I never did figure how that helped you read, since kids have good eyes.  


SEE SPOT RUN.  


SEE JANE PLAY.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@RafeHollister

Perhaps the larger font is to benefit subscribers on their mobile devices.