Tuesday, May 21, 2013
It does matter that DOJ is collecting information, without authority on media phone calls.
Does it make a difference that the Department of Justice in Washington has collected private phone information from some members of the media? Recently, in a conversation with someone, they asked me several questions concerning all the events we are hearing about that is coming out of the Obama administration. “Why should I care that DOJ is listening to a phone conversation of media people?” was another question I was asked. While trying to think how I could respond without overreacting to the questions, I realized many people could be like the person asking me these questions. They could be uninformed. They could be thinking that what happens in or from Washington has no effect on them. There are people who seldom keep up with the events …
Although last week was a tough one for the Obama administration, the president's popularity doesn’t seem to have been affected.
After scandals plagued the White House last week, this week began with yet another one. However, according to the Huffington Post, President Barack Obama appears to have weathered the storms relatively unscathed – at least according to a recent poll. The Huffington Post reported that the poll, from CNN and ORC International, found that 53 percent of Americans approve of the job the president is doing while 45 percent disapprove. This is the same as he was doing in the polls before the scandals hit. This recent poll was taken on May 17 and 18, and has a 3 percent margin of error, the Huffington Post reports. The scandals began when the White House faced continued scrutiny on Benghazi then expanded to news of the IRS unfairly targeting …
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Monday, May 20, 2013
A general lack of trust is found in all levels of our culture.
With the news coming out of Washington, there is a mood of distrust that has found its way into every corner of life. General frustration with the people serving in elective office at every level of government is spilling over into business. A general attitude of lack of trust is found in all levels of our culture. It is hard to explain what is happening in our nation. In areas of business, customers do not trust products they buy. We also know there is a distrust seen between employers and employees in our current societal mistrust of anything and anybody. Striking off on an attempt to bring understanding to what is happening in our current culture can be dangerous but I will attempt, at least, to speak to one element of what is taking …
The federal government is proposing a drop to a .05 percent blood-alcohol level.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants to reduce deaths caused by drunken drivers, and one of its ideas is to change how states measure drunkenness. The board has proposed reducing the blood-alochol limit to .05 percent, down from the .08 percent states enforce now, according to Fox News. That limit could mean one drink for a lot of women, and two drinks for a lot of men. "Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable," NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said in the Fox story. Among those who oppose the idea: Groups that sell alcohol. "Moving from 0.08 to 0.05 would criminalize perfectly responsible behavior," American Beverage Institute Managing Director Sarah Longwell said in a statement quoted …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Saturday, May 18, 2013
One critic says the film eclipses its 2009 predecessor, while another calls the plot "clunky."
"Star Trek Into Darkness" is playing at Gateway Cinemas 12 in the BigD Experience. Showtimes are 12:45, 4:15, 7:20 and 10:15 on Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18. Regular showings are at 12:30, 4:00, 7:05, 10:00 and midnight. The premise, courtesy of the film's official website: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, …
Friday, May 17, 2013
It was for a man recently arrested in a Loganville Walmart.
You're out shopping -- wearing some new jeans you bought at another store and forgot to remove the tag from. A store employee gets suspicious, and police ask you to step into the loss-prevention office so they can check out your pants to make sure you're not shoplifting them. You're not shoplifting, so you say no, you can't check out my pants. And out come the handcuffs. The charge for not cooperating, you're warned, is disorderly conduct. What do you do? A Loganville man recently opted for the disorderly conduct charge rather than agree to take his tag-on jeans to the loss-prevention office. A review of security tapes showed he hadn't been shoplifting the pants, but the disorderly conduct charge stuck. Did he commit a crime? Share your …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday's $350 million jackpot went unclaimed, so the prize jumps to $475 million for the Saturday, May 18, drawing.
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Some legislators acknowledge the freebies can look bad, but they say the state's new ethics law will make it harder to mingle with constituents.
Georgia legislators who want to sit in the president's suite above the hedges at Sanford Stadium next year will have to pay their own way, thanks to ethics legislation signed by Gov. Nathan Deal last week. The law forbids elected officials from receiving gifts or event tickets exceeding $75. University System of Georgia lobbyists gave state and local lawmakers more than $14,000 in football tickets in 2012, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. The paper quotes state Sen. Bill Cowsert, whose district includes Athens, saying the football games have been a good way for him to mingle with his constitutents. “I think it’s really going to change things," Cowsert is quoted saying of the new ethics law. "I think it’s going to make it tougher for the …