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Blog Topic: Say What

  • In the Loop: Athens Rep. Jody Hice Wants to Carry a Gun Everywhere

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    Photo Credit: screencap via YouTube

    "I said, don't touch my truck."

    If U.S. Rep. Jody Hice ever does hold a town-hall meeting in Athens, you might want to think twice about asking him any pointed questions.

    Or, you might find Hice has something of his own to point—a gun.

    On Wednesday, Hice announced that, in the wake of the shooting at the annual congressional baseball game last week, he's introduced the Congressional Personal Safety Act, which would allow congressmen to carry a firearm anywhere in the country, except the U.S. Capitol. (Some of those hearings can get a little testy, I guess.)

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  • In the Loop: Turkish President's Bodyguards Attack Peaceful Protesters in D.C.

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    Photo Credit: Baltimore Bloc

    Shortly after Donald Trump tweeted, “It was a great honor to welcome the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to the @WhiteHouse today!” members of Erdoğan’s security staff, many of whom appear to have been armed, attacked a peaceful protest across from the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C.

    “We were only 13 people [plus two children] but we were Iranian, Kurdish, Armenian, Ezidi, American, man and woman, and we were basically there to protest Erdoğan and the Turkish state’s fascist policies,” said Pooyan Bahar, one of the protesters who describes himself as a human rights advocate. “And we were attacked by Erdoğan’s security guards who basically outnumbered us five to one and they brutally attacked us.”

    Erdoğan’s government has been engaged in a violent suppression of the press and a purge of universities, the military, police, civil service and political parties of opponents since a failed coup last July. But Turkey's campaign against the minority of Kurds, some of which has been engaged in long separatist struggle with the Turkish state, has been particularly intense, drawing comparisons with some of the worst atrocities in Syria. 

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  • In the Loop: The Varsity Files for Demolition Permits for Surrounding Properties

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    Photo Credit: Athens-Clarke County Planning Department

    853 Reese Street.

    The owners of The Varsity have applied for permits to demolish a half-dozen structures on the same block, potentially allowing them to raze several historic houses to make way for a mega-development.

    The permits are for 1076, 1086 and 1092 West Broad (the Dairy Queen that closed last year, a mechanic's shop and a house) and 835, 853 and 863 Reese Street.

    The applications were filed Tuesday. Commissioner Melissa Link, who represents the area, said she has already exercised her power under county law to put a hold on those permits for 90 days.

    "I have activated the 90-day delay, and I have every intention of seeking a long-term moratorium," she said.

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  • In the Loop: Rep. Jody Hice Town Hall Draws 100 People and a Chicken, but No Hice

     

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    Photo Credit: Stacey-Marie Piotrowski

    ACC Commissioner Melissa Link with our congressman's feathered avatar.

    On one of the busiest spring Saturdays in Athens, 100 people attended a town hall for District 10 congressman Jody Hice. The one notable absence was Hice himself.

    Michael Goltzer of Athens was one of several people who addressed a photo of Rep. Hice (R-Social Circle) propped up in a chair on the stage of the Athens Regional Library on Apr. 22. He pointed out that the town hall was the most basic form of democratic conversation and lamented Hice’s refusal to engage with his constituents.

    “Just tell us what we have to do to get you to meet with us,” he said.

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  • In the Loop: Allen West at UGA: U.S. Is Facing 'Civilization Jihad'

     

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    Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

    Allen West speaks at CPAC in 2013.

    Former Florida congressman, tea party star and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel Allen West was at the University of Georgia on Tuesday to talk about “the war on radical Islam,” embracing President Trump’s travel ban from certain Muslim nations while criticizing U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East dating back to the 1970s.

    West began by reading 1786 letter written by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson about the Barbary Pirates off North Africa to describe a long, contentious relationship between America and Islam.

    This was part of a highly-rehearsed presentation, noted one student who said he has seen West speak before. West was “painting a picture of ‘us versus them’” by tracing the history of an entire religion back to terrorist group, the student said, and criticized him for seeming to lump all Muslims into the “extremist category.”

    West disagreed—it’s they who paint this picture, he said. “I’m not making any of this up. We’ve been dealing with this since 1786.”

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  • In the Loop: Athens Man Attacked Downtown for Being Gay

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    Photo Credit: Clarke County Sheriff's Office

    Chad Andrew Weaver.

    Athens-Clarke County police arrested a Gainesville man downtown early Saturday morning and charged him with beating up an Athens man who was dressed in women's clothing.

    Chad Andrew Weaver, 24, saw the victim on Clayton Street near Georgia Bar and called him a "faggot," according to a police report. After exchanging more words with the victim, Weaver punched him in the face. At one point, the 6' 5", 210-pound Weaver had the 5' 6" victim on the ground and was pulled off by a bystander, police said.

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  • In the Loop: 500 Gather in Greensboro to Tell Off Trump to GOP Congressional Staffers

     

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    Photo Credit: John Buckley

    GREENSBORO — A large crowd of energized and vocal opponents of the new administration’s policies attended Friday’s constituent service meeting in Greensboro, hosted by representatives of Rep. Jody Hice, a Republican who represents Athens, and the state’s two senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue. 

    Some were wearing the pink “pussy hats” worn during the recent wave of demonstrations in Washington and in cities across the country, and many held up hand-lettered signs. The room was packed, and most of the crowd—estimated by Greene County Sheriff Donnie Harrison at more than 500—was standing in the back and along the sides of the room.   

    After the staff members introduced themselves to the crowd, Josh Findlay, a Hice staffer, said that it was “the largest crowd we’ve ever had” at this kind of meeting. He then announced that due to the crowd size, meetings would be held individually in nearby private rooms. At this point people, in the crowd began booing loudly and howling that they wanted to be heard by the legislators’ surrogates, and sustained chants of “Hear our voice!” “Cowards!” and “This is what democracy looks like!” rang out.

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  • In the Loop: UGA African Studies Institute Vandalized

     

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    Photo Credit: Tifara Brown/Facebook

    University of Georgia police were contacted Sunday afternoon after visitors on UGA’s North Campus noticed that an exterior glass door had been shattered at the African Studies Institute in the Holmes-Hunter Academic Building, named for the two black students who integrated the university in 1961.

    According to a statement released by UGA police, “the door was found to have damage to the lower half, consistent with being kicked.” The reporting officer contacted UGA Facilities Management Department to secure the door and clean up the glass. There was no other damage to the building.

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  • In the Loop: Watch a Llama Run Free in Oconee County

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    Photo Credit: Oconee County Sheriff's Office via Facebook

    The offending llama with Capt. David Hale, the Oconee County Sheriff's Office's "llama whisperer."

    Llama, llama ... Oconee Count-ah?

    The Peruvian pack animal caused a stir this afternoon when it was spotted running free through the rugged peaks of Epps Bridge Parkway.

    According to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 4 p.m. that a "baby camel" was running loose around the busy commercial strip.

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