Thursday, September 03, 2015

Church’s old home attracts attention, but no investors - Oconee Enterprise: News

Church’s old home attracts attention, but no investors - Oconee Enterprise: News

ACTS operating at bare bones - Oconee Enterprise: News

ACTS operating at bare bones - Oconee Enterprise: News

Front closed; life goes on - Oconee Enterprise: News

Front closed; life goes on - Oconee Enterprise: News

Former commissioner speaks against Mars Hill Road change - Oconee Enterprise: News

Former commissioner speaks against Mars Hill Road change - Oconee Enterprise: News

Bishop church renovates old school house - Oconee Enterprise: News

Bishop church renovates old school house - Oconee Enterprise: News

Exploring "The Jungle"



Subject: [oconee] Exploring "The Jungle"

 
Next up for the community book group sponsored by the Oconee Democrats is Upton Sinclair's classic "The Jungle," a book on most best-of lists pertaining to 20th-century fiction.

We'll meet Wednesday, September 30th, upstairs at Chops and Hops in Watkinsville, with the discussion beginning at 7. (Join us around 6:30, though, to order dinner and get to know others in our area who are interested in politics, history and literature.)

This excellent article from The Guardian about the book's legacy is very interesting:

Here's an excerpt:
Before the year was out the Meat Inspection Act was passed, authorising the secretary of agriculture to inspect meat and condemn any found unfit for human consumption. On the same day, the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed, which prohibited the manufacture, sale or transport of adulterated food products or poisonous patent medicines. The latter paved the way for the Food and Drug Administration that still exists today, regulating everything from cosmetics to blood products.

It is difficult to think of a book, let alone a novel, that has forced the state to respond in such a comprehensive manner. And yet, while Sinclair was delighted with both sales and fame, it was not quite the response that he intended. He had dedicated the book to the "Workingmen of America" and had set out to make an emotional appeal to the nation over the plight of the working poor and the prospects of a socialist alternative. Instead he had generated a public panic about food quality. "I aimed for the public's heart," he wrote in his autobiography, "and by accident I hit it in the stomach."

Hope to see you to talk about this important book — and what's going on today, too!

Pat Priest





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How one couple is able to live their life off the grid

How one couple is able to live their life off the grid

Experts to talk on terrorism-social media link at UGA

Experts to talk on terrorism-social media link at UGA

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Diggin' Up Bones - Georgia Trend

Diggin' Up Bones - Georgia Trend

Fundraiser



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From: Oconee County Animal Control <oconeecountyfosters@gmail.com>
Subject: Fwd: Fundraiser
Date: September 1, 2015 at 10:00:41 AM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;

Hi All:
Wanted to pass this along just in case you are hungry for Pizza tonight!!  It's for a good cause and if you are an active foster please bring your dog and have them wear their vest.
Thanks
Kim Keegan
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From: Saskia Thompson <saskiathompson@me.com>
Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 7:17 AM
Subject: Fundraiser
To: "oconeecountyfosters@gmail.com" <oconeecountyfosters@gmail.com>








Thx!
Saskia Thompson
Sweaty Paw Project, Inc.
www.sweatypawproject.org
706-340-5000
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New search underway for body of Justin Gaines, teen missing 8...

New search underway for body of Justin Gaines, teen missing 8...

Monday, August 31, 2015

Thanks, McKoon. You’ve been a big help.



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From: "Bryan Long, Better Georgia" <bryan@bettergeorgia.com>
Subject: Thanks, McKoon. You've been a big help.
Date: August 31, 2015 at 7:46:17 AM EDT
To: "Dan Matthews" <danjmatt@bellsouth.net>


Better Georgia 

State Sen. Josh McKoon hasn't changed any of his harsh views on gays and lesbians but he has dramatically changed his rhetoric.

And for that, we can only say "Thank You!!"

He's changed so much, in fact, that he is now known nationally as the Republican who lifted the curtain on the true purpose of "religious freedom" bills.

Slate Magazine: The Georgia GOP Is in a Civil War Over Anti-Gay "Religious Liberty" Bill

Like most conservatives, McKoon initially peddled the laughable line that his bill wasn't intended to undercut LGBT rights. But when a moderate Republican called his bluff, proposing a simple amendment to clarify that the bill did not legalize discrimination, McKoon let the fa├žade drop. "That amendment," he fumed, "would completely undercut the purpose of the bill." With those words, McKoon finally admitted what so many would not: The whole point of "religious liberty" bills is to nullify LGBT nondiscrimination measures.

Text StopH8

Just last week Sen. McKoon was caught on video blasting Delta Air Lines, Home Depot and other Georgia companies because, as "outsiders," they don't share his values. These companies are outrageous enough to conduct business fairly with everyone, without discrimination.

This is how Slate describes Sen. McKoon's newest argument:

McKoon should be commended for his honesty. Sure, he's cribbing the tactics of Southern white supremacist groups in the civil rights era, who regularly complained that groups like the NAACP were just outside agitators who didn't share or understand Southern values. But in doing so, he has abandoned the pretense that his bill is about anything other than legally disadvantaging LGBT people.

Sen. McKoon's bill has failed twice.

And with your support, it will fail for the third time in the next session.

Georgia's legislators must decide whether to stand with clergy of many faiths and beliefs to oppose the bill or with Sen. McKoon and his small band of evangelical pastors.

They must decide whether to stand with Georgia businesses or with Sen. McKoon's talk radio instigators.

They must decide whether to stand with their own constituents who oppose writing any form of discrimination into Georgia law or with Sen. McKoon and his antagonistic rhetoric.

Everyday, Sen. McKoon makes the decision easier. And for that, we can say nothing else but "Thank You!"

Sincerely,
Bryan Long
Executive Director
Better Georgia

P.S.  We know this will be a tough fight and that legislators are most swayed when they hear from you -- a real, live voter in their district. Text STOPH8 to 30644 to join the fight against discrimination in Georgia. We'll tell you when Sen. McKoon is up to new tricks and action is needed.

 
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