Don’t get too comfortable, Hutson.

Your head coach is being coy.

This week, however, Richt isn’t ruling out using a backup quarterback to spell Hutson Mason. He’s not ruling it in either. His comments are rather oblique.

Asked Tuesday whether there was any plan to play Brice Ramsey in Saturday’s game, Richt answered: “A plan to? I don’t know. We’re just practicing everybody as usual and we’ll figure that out Thursday night as we talk.”

A night earlier, Richt answered a fan question about a quarterback rotation by saying: “That’s been done before. And there’s always the possibility for that.”

The most notable time it was done before was when David Greene was the starter and D.J. Shockley his top backup. It was mostly a success, and not done because Greene was struggling. Greene was actually very consistently good, but Shockley was a skilled talent as well and it was a way to get him experience.

“I was used to doing it at Florida State and then when I got here we did it with Shock because that’s kind of what I was used to doing,” Richt said. “But I don’t think Mike (Bobo) felt quite as strong about it so we kind of got away from it. But it’s not a bad thing to do.”

And the guy who’s game planning against you this week doesn’t think you’re any better than the true freshman he’s been trotting out – the one who went 8-of-25 for 85 yards with three interceptions in his last start and currently sports a passer rating of 74.04.

Those are not the sounds of people who are wowed by your performance to date.

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78 responses to “Don’t get too comfortable, Hutson.

  1. If Derek Mason thinks his QB situation is like ours, then we should treat them the way we treated Troy. 66-0 should do the trick, but 48-3 should get the point across.

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  2. The other Doug

    Is Mason on a short leash this weekend?

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Man…I want some a whatever Freek has for breakfast. Does he work for political campaigns?

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      • Macallanlover

        Think deeper Scorp. politics in this country are not car crash bad, they are a full blown train wreck. Too much for even the Freek to animate.

        I am sure Coach Mason regrets his phrasing of comparing first year QBs but there is some truth in the pressure all inexperienced players face. Mason has much more to draw from but is trying to fill some very big shoes and accomplish his career goals in just a single year.

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  3. Timphd

    While I’m not calling for HM to be replaced, I do want to see the backups getting some reps. Otherwise, next year will start with someone with no game experience and that could handicap a team with lots of returning talent. Would like to see Ramsey and Bauta get in after Dawgs build a lead (please don’t let this one be close in third quarter!). Ramsey seems to have all the tools and the only way to learn to make the checks under fire is to do it live. Give them reps.

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    • Cojones

      That would be my reason to see any change at QB as well. I want Mason, pure and simple. Rotate for experience in second half only.

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  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    The GTP Intelligentsia has decided Mason’s “problems” are in his head. I hope the coaching staff takes note of the cogent analysis here and rushes Hutson to counseling.

    Kid’s 3-1…WTF????

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    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Oh…wait, there’s more. What’s “wrong” with Mason is that Kirk Herbstreit said we were gonna play for the national championship after we beat a mediocre Clemson team, then we lost to South Carolina who Herbstreit did not know had a football team.

      There has to be something wrong with the quarterback.

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    • Raleigh St. Claire

      Yeah, it’s just the people on this blog.

      Wait a minute?!?!? What’s that you say?!?! The coaches, Mason, and the receivers have acknowledged the passing game is struggling, too?!?!? My goodness!!!

      What do you mean Mason yesterday admitted to some mental struggles this year?!?!

      You can scream UGA’s record from the rooftops, but that is not a comprehensive view of the situation. Mason is in fact struggling and we have relied more heavily on the run game than we would like to get to where we are.

      The concern, of course, if we’re being objective, is what Mason’s performance to date means for the future in games against better opponents than the ones we’ve faced.

      That is a legitimate concern, and one that isn’t limited to internet fans as evidence by interview from our coaches and players.

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      • TuckerDawg

        Todd Gurley and Sony Michel deserve the credit for that record. Especially Gurley. Without him, the record is 1-3 or 2-2, and Georgia gets blown out at USC.

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      • Cojones

        Mason’s done what was asked of him in games. The O line hasn’t given him what’s needed for a passing game. I’m stunned that no one is mentioning that part of our O and how that influences Mason’s game.

        The O line hasn’t measured up, not Mason.

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        • H. Boots

          That’s friggin horseshit dude. The OL has been consistently stellar. Mason has had plenty of protection.

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          • Hackerdog

            Look at Brinson’s analysis of every play where Mason dropped back to pass in the UT game. Several of the plays didn’t succeed because of protection breakdowns. Run blocking and pass blocking are quite different. And, while the run blocking has been pretty good, Gurley also turns lemons into lemonade pretty frequently as regards blocking breakdowns.

            So, while Mason isn’t doing as much as he should be, his line and his receivers aren’t doing as much as they should be, either.

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        • Joe Schmoe

          The oline has been better so far this year than it was the past two years for Murray. Perfect? No. But improved. Mason seems scared to stand in and take a hit. That’s one him.

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        • H. Boots

          Where the hell are you even getting that from? The same OL that is opening up huge holes for the tailbacks even with 9 men in the box who don’t respect Mason’s ability to pass and you think the OL hasn’t measured up?

          You’ve got to be an idiot to put Masons struggles on the OL.

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        • Raleigh St. Claire

          This is just simply inaccurate and an effort to put off the blame on anyone or anything other than Hutson.

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      • Good post, Raleigh. This is a very big game for Mason. I hope he lights it up, and then takes a seat in the middle of the 3rd quarter.
        ~~~

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    • Biggus Rickus

      John Lastinger was 22-2-1 as a starter. How much credit do you think he deserved for that record?

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      • PatinDC

        Oh. Boy. I remember that one. If you think Mason’s passes are slow…
        Lastinger’s WR’s all were expert at catching the ball off their shoetops b/c he always threat at their feet. At least Mason gets some air under it. 😉

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      • greeneggboy

        +1, Biggus

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    • AvlDawg

      Scorpio, have you actually watched any of our games? Mason can’t throw the ball. Call it lack of confidence or whatever, but without our running game this season would be over already. Against SC he under threw mckenzie so bad he was completely turned around and backpedaling. The indecisions and floaters in the UT game were hard to watch. We don’t owe mason anything and letting him play out his final season because he couldn’t beat out Murray 4 years in a row is not an excuse. Shockley shared time with Greene because he was that good. If mason struggles against vandy there should be no hesitation

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      • Avl, I’d definitely argue with that. I highlighted multiple instances where Mason had some really good throws vs. Tennessee –
        http://bulldawgillustrated.com/2014/10/01/coachs-corner-analyzing-every-pass-run-hutson-mason-vs-tennessee/ – Did he have a great game? No… but, the idea that the passing game woes are on his shoulders alone is asinine.

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        • greeneggboy

          +1 for the subtle blog plug

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          • Oh, it wasn’t subtle, it was blatant. However, blanket statements like “Mason can’t throw” is ridiculous. The facts are right there if you take the time to understand them.

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            • Cojones

              Besides, if anyone is interested, his passing % says he’s fine.

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              • TuckerDawg

                His completion percentage is great, but he’s averaging just over 10 yards/completion which is not. If we only looked at the latter statistic to support an argument I might reach the conclusion that HM is the 113th best QB in college football. Is that fair?

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            • Yes it is a little hard for me to understand your “facts” on mason’s “really good throws”. Wow! You found “multiple instances” where he threw some really good throws. He is a 5th year senior and high school record holder. He should have some good throws. Jeez you bulldawg illustrated folks luuuuuuv to sugar coat our dawgs. 150 passing yards a game against 4 sub par secondaries/defenses… Also, I never said the passing game is on his shoulders alone. So go ahead and find some more sugar coated “facts” on your blawg(real original) to make us all feel warm and fuzzy

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              • Yes, I know… it is definitely hard to understand when facts are contrary to your opinion. There’s no sugar coating. Mason had a rough outing – definitely worst of his career, however, again, the facts remain the same that protection, separation, and scheme are all factors as to why we have not produced. Blanket statements like “Mason can’t throw” – your words – are opinions based on emotions, not facts and analysis.

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            • blanket statements like “Mason can’t throw” is ridiculous. The facts are right there if you take the time to understand them.

              +1. Doesn’t mean he hasn’t made too many bad throws to this point. But some have been very good.

              IMO, Mason has the ability to get the ball downfield. If his arm is healthy, he can make the throws we need him to make. Maybe not some of the intermediate and deep throws Murray and Stafford made that require the ball the get there quickly. But enough of those and some deeper balls to stretch the field.

              Maybe we can’t run wide open like we did with Murray, because of arm limitations. But we can probably run 80-85% of it if Mason just consistently does what we’ve seen him do in practice and games.

              Not sure he has that quick strike ability to take us the length of the field in a minute or less. But having a healthy Gurley balances that out a little bit. A healthy Gurley, and 85% of our offense functioning, is plenty to win every remaining game on our schedule, IMO, and perhaps then some.
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        • Hackerdog

          Nice analysis. Thanks for taking the time.

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  5. MUDawgfan

    If we drop another game, he needs to be treated like JoeT – benched to make room for the Freshman.
    Take your lumps (like we did with Stafford’s first year) and then move on for next near.

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    • If we drop another game,and Mason continues to struggle, he needs to be treated like JoeT – benched to make room for the Freshman.
      Take your lumps (like we did with Stafford’s first year) and then move on for next near.

      ..there, fixed that for you

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      • Ben

        The difference here is that Joe T wasn’t a highly-recruited QB coming out of HS. He got his chance in a year when we weren’t going to be world-beaters anyway. He played his guts out, and he loved the Dawgs. Hell, he scored the only touchdown we had against UF in 2005 on a really fun play to watch unfold. Joe T didn’t have Mason’s skill set, and it’s a different situation. A better analogy, I think, would be Joe Cox, another talented player who had just been out of the game for too long. It doesn’t make him bad; it just makes him rusty, I think. Practice reps aren’t game reps, and the poor guy just wants to leave a legacy. It doesn’t help, I don’t think, that he’s not nearly as charming or warm as Murray was. He’s got a higher intensity, and I’m ready to see him show the skill and potential promised when we signed up.

        I’m pulling for him because he’s paid his dues, and I don’t like the idea of burning a season for the sake of next year.

        As for Derek Mason, I hope we beat them 48-3. Don’t poor-mouth another team until you’ve won some games. Spurrier’s earned that; you haven’t yet.

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        • Juan

          It’s doubtful Mason could’ve transferred to a legit D-I program. Also, “highly recruited”???

          Check out who his other offers were from and get back to us.

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          • Ben

            Was he not? I remember a big deal being made about him at the time; maybe it’s just because he was one of the top QBs in the state? I’ve been wrong before on the internet, so it’s possible I’m wrong now. 🙂

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            • NOTE: I look at recruiting rankings not for the number of stars, but for who else has been recruiting that kid. Mason had offers from UGA, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, FSU, Indiana, Mississippi State, UAB, Virginia and Western Michigan. Brice Ramsey had offers from UGA, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, FSU, and Ohio State. h/t Corbindawg

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        • TuckerDawg

          Joe T was a walk-on, Hutson was committed to Central Michigan before he got a last minute offer from Georgia, Joe Cox had offers from some D-I schools, but nothing that would qualify him as heavily recruited. Not that it matters much. Johnny Football wasn’t heavily recruited either.

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  6. Skeptic Dawg

    This QB situation has increased all Dawg fan’s interest in the Vandy game. Will the coaches let Mason air it out? If so, is Mason actually capable of airing it out? Will we see a backup QB play meaningful snaps? I hope that the answer to all of the above is YES. I do agree with MUDawgfan above, another loss = time for a new QB to prepare for next season. But I know that the coaches will never make that move. So here’s hoping that Mason has righted his wrongs and looks like a real QB Saturday.

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    • TuckerDawg

      Can’t disagree with any of that. After Troy, though, i’m doubtful we will see a lot of passing. It’s still a conference game, so, you know, Gurley.

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    • PTC DAWG

      I still think the SECE winner could easily have two losses, no need to tank the season if the back ups are not ready.

      Especially if that loss of ours is NOT to Missouri.

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  7. Moe Pritchett

    “He’s no different than [Hutson] Mason at Georgia right now.”
    Sounds more like an indictment to me.

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  8. paul

    Wow, the discussion sure has evolved in just a few days. On Sunday those who were asking what’s wrong with Mason and the passing game weren’t necessarily being treated too kindly. Now the coaches, players and even Mason himself are falling all over themselves to tell us something is wrong with Mason and the passing game. But, no worries, we’ve already fixed it. Somehow I don’t really feel better. Not yet, anyway. I can’t remember being this disappointed after beating Tennessee nor this nervous heading into a game with Vanderbilt.

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    • BrightOwl

      I was here Sunday. I never got jumped for saying bad things about Mason. It was saying good things about Richt that drew a response.

      Right now, I’m hoping HM14 comes out the next few games and proves everybody wrong.

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  9. Hilarious in light of things some folks have said.

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  10. garageflowers

    I’ve felt all season that it would be nice to get Faton into the game for a series or two because he is a threat to run and pass. Take what the defense is giving. This has nothing to do with Mason’s performance. But, I’m not one of the coaches that works with them everyday. Maybe Faton can get the reps that Sony was getting in the Wilddawg.

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  11. This isn’t golf. Mason is not concentrating on his short game. 2013-He came in off the bench for an injured Murray and quietly threw for 200 yards. Lined up behind center against Tech and stared up at the score board and saw that they were 20 points in the hole. Went to Nebraska with Gurley running on a patched up wheel, in the rain, with a dismal 98 total yards rushing,(lowest of the season) and threw for 300+ yards on 37 passes. Yep! Must be in his head. He has never been in the pressure cooker before. We lost McGowan, Wooten, and Lynch off last seasons receiving corp. We miss Lynch’s blocking. That’s why there was a tackle that swapped jerseys and played TE against uT.

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    • Cojones

      Rome? He ain’t chopped liver in blocking and receiving. Thanks for the stats, but negative clowns don’t acknowledge them. They just give nebulous “He’s no good” or “not a good QB” without ever looking at any part of his body of work. Their “expertise” lacks the preciseness or accuracy of statement (s).

      I like that post.

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  12. 69Dawg

    Coach Mason is a defensive coach from the Pac12, I’m sure given the Offenses he has faced out there he is not exactly shaking in his shoes over the UGA passing attack. We know or should know that each and every defense we play this season will try every thing to stop the run. If teams have a good defensive backfield and can cover man to man then it is all on the Oline and RB’s. From the analysis I’ve seen the biggest problem is that nobody we have played has been scared of the passing game. That is not solely the fault of HM our WR’s are not getting open and in a lot of instances they are either dropping the ball or being striped of it by the DB’s. If with the speed receivers returning we are still seeing the same problem then we are in big trouble at Mizzou and Arky. If we see HM missing or underthrowing open receivers, I don’t think our offense can score enough to overcome our defense’s problems.

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  13. Will Trane

    Thanks Derek Mason. Sitting on the sidelines with a headset on for 4 seasons makes you a starter. Grad program at UGA. Plus makes the Dawg QB a “Frosh starter” just like Masons. Amazing how even Miles switched up in the blow out they had. You can only watch a game for so long and get the picture of who your QB is.
    CMR could do a lot of things at FSU he could not do at UGA. First he had a savvy head coach and a defense coordinator who had the players to shut down most teams. You had to score on Mickey Andrews’ defense to beat FSU, and most teams could not.
    Mason is gone after this season along with Gurley. Why not play Ramsey. Why does CMR not trust his players and their ability in games. Ramsey came out of Camden with an arm even though they were a running team. Ramsey not only has an arm, heck he can kick. He has more skills than Mason. How many plays did Ramsey have against Troy. Or Mason. What gives with throwing the ball at UGA. Take some more hits at RB position and see where you are if you are just going to run [and run TG 25-30 plays over a SEC schedule] the ball.
    Mason has 4 years of headsets [Derek Mason] and 6 games. Ramsey has 1+ years with headsets, but more skills. UT and USC had every route we run down and covered. It gets down to skill and to execution.
    How long did it take Miles to see what Harris could do. Every time he came in the LSU moved the ball, and he could play. Hell, even Marshall is a 2 year starter at Auburn as the QB. Moved Green from RB to secondary. Marshall was always ticketed for secondary. Just trying to figure out what Richt and Bobo do with QBs. Murray was it for 3 years, was very good, but no SEC title.
    Is there a stellar QB in Dawgs future, you know one that can get you a SEC title. And Pruitt, he come in with hardly any secondary players to scheme with. Roster management under CMR is hard to understand…even comments he makes during the 5th week of the schedule re his QBs. Why is this discussion even happening when they should have had some ideas from spring thru summer til now. Maybe they should run some 7 on 7 like at the high school level during the summer months.

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  14. People really are in denial about Mason… even with the head coach saying what he has about backups.

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    • It’s as silly(and quite honestly scary) as, say, justifying not giving the ball to your best player because “he might not get in”. Or even going so far as to claim that the success of your best player isn’t directly related to the success of the team. Some old timer is even throwing out meaningless stats and then making snide remarks about some Xbox generation. You just can’t make this up. Mason is a great Dawg but I have NO idea why folks are in such denial that they make these silly statements. Great Dawg or not he isn’t above getting benched. He’s already had two big opportunities this year and failed.

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  15. FtWorthDawg

    I think Bauta is the quarterback with the best possibility for a change of styles. Ramsey is talented but basically fits the same mold that Murray and Mason are cut from, essentially giving the opposition the same look they have already prepared for. Inserting a few packages for Bauta could be a huge change in scheme that teams may not be prepared for, or at least give upcoming opponents something different to spend practice time prepping for. Any thoughts?

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  16. Dog in Fla

    @ Macallanlover /October 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM
    “politics in this country are not car crash bad, they are a full blown train wreck”

    And as long as you’re well-dressed and well-nourished, there’s nothing better than topping off a snack at the scene of the wreckage with an RC Cola

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      Tie is all wrong and who picked out that belt? Lucky for me my bride is a fashion conquistadora. I’m always the best dressed!

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    • The only political train wreck we have in Washington is Barack Hussein Obama, who is doing his best Jimmy Carter v2.0 impression. Obummer is the poster child for incompetence!

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      • Plus, he’s a communist Mooslim usurper.

        Also, you left out he’s Kenyan.

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        • Senator Blutarsky –

          I realize you’re a Low Information Type who swills from the progressive propaganda trough, but I think I’ll let Obama’s dismal domestic and foreign policy record speak for itself.

          P.S. – A memo is coming out in time for the 2014 Mid-Term election from elitist academia to all liberals outlining how one can explain their sudden shift in support away Obama, without looking like a “racist” or a fool for buying into “Hope & Change”. The title of the memo is “Current and future support for Obama is an affront to logic and reason.” Paul Krugman has given it his seal of approval, so you’re good to go.

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          • I realize you’re a Low Information Type who swills from the progressive propaganda trough…

            Boy, you’ve got me pegged.

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            • I know you’re not use to the truth or realism, but there’s hope for you. I have faith in the “Change We Can Believe In” sheeple… with a little anti PC re-education, miracles do occur.

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              • Dude, I live in the South. I hear your version of truth/realism all the time.

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                • “Dude”, I have no version of the truth – it is what it is.

                  The truth for anyone with an I.Q. above 4 is that we have a president who was never qualified to hold his current position. Obama’s domestic agenda has failed miserable (massive stimulus? – hello!)… the only thing propping up the stagnant economy is quantitative easing (cheap money supply). Wages are down and real unemployment calculated by U-6 measurements is more like 11.5%+. Healthcare for everyone… what a joke. The really damaging Obamacare provisions have been delayed until after the elections – pure liberal politics.

                  I could go on and on pointing out Obama’s failures and lies, but none of the FACTS will change the mind of an ideologue. Have a nice day.

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                • Macallanlover

                  DawgByte, I feel your pain but your last paragraph is the explanation. You can tell from this blog, in all areas but politics, it isn’t a lack of intelligence for the liberals here, it is their complete adherence to a mission to drive this country into a place where we are brought down from within. There is nothing “progressive” about it, they know the facts, they are just committed to a socialist agenda and are following the blueprint laid out by radicals like Saul Alinsky (Hilary’s idol).

                  Carter was just incompetent, this administration is evil. It is the most racist, polarizing, least transparent, and ineffective administration in my lifetime. America’s allies have to feel deserted in our abrupt about turn and I cannot think of one single place where we are better off in our international relations. The moves to replace the US dollar as the world’s currency are beginning to take place and that will bring about a financial crisis like none of us have ever experienced. Facts like Benghazi, the background of the czars (see Culture of Corruption for details), border security, debt ceiling issues, etc., are too obvious to ignore unless that is your intent. As you say, ideologues aren’t interested in the facts, they specialize in misdirection to further their agenda. Kruschev said America would be over taken without firing a shot, that may not be true for you and I but the majority of Americans are sheep being led to the slaughter by the masters who are in control of the media and education system, just as Alinsky said do it.

                  You won’t convince them, they are committed, and it is a deliberate choice. And frankly, this forum isn’t the right one for the arguments but some just cannot resist the opportunity to further the cause with cheap shots while ignoring the underlying problems. Note Komrade DIF’s swerve into politics above in a discussion of UGA’s QB. Sigh, back to football where at least the majority have a clue.

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                • As you say, ideologues aren’t interested in the facts…

                  Ain’t that the truth.

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                • Macallanlover –

                  I agree with your points, not just because they align with my own thinking, but as an astute observer of political theatre, you see things for what they are, not through the prism of a meaningless two word bumper sticker.

                  I realize Blutarsky neither has the intellectual curiosity or mental capacity to comprehend the following Op Ed from Jonah Goldberg, but I suspect you’ll find worthy of your time.

                  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/388860/days-future-past-jonah-goldberg

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                • Macallanlover

                  I disagree with your assessment of the Senator, he is well read enough and has the capacity to comprehend, he is just on the wrong side of the future. Not sure what caused him to wander in that ill-fated direction but usually it is a group venture which feeds on itself rather than checking their GPS position relative to the truth. In this country it is allowed without penalty so I focus on what I can do about my own family’s situation and try to help those who have been innocently misled by the trickery and twisting of facts.

                  Thanks for the link, the mention of Putin in the same paragraph with Barry brought a shudder as it reminded me of the 2008 Bama and 2012 SC game where the bad guys trounced us in mismatches. Embarrassing how he has made a fool of the US recently, although Bush also underestimated him.

                  The question of history versus the future brought to mind a book that jolted me awake in the 90s: Generations, the History of America’s Future. Written from neither a right or left perspective by historians it makes the case how one generation, and their life experiences influence the next generation’s attitude and how that leads to societal changes which then influences the next, and so on. Pretty dry book to read but the fascinating insight is how it leads back to the beginning point and this is the key: every four generations we have a catastrophic event to reset things. (American Revolution, Civil War, Great Depression, and now…….?) Buckle your helmet lad, things will get nasty in the very near future, protect your self and your family. I am far from being a prepper at all, but taking care of your family’s security should be our highest priority as individuals. Go Dawgs!!

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      • TMC DAWG

        well said DawgByte

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