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Lions rally to beat Falcons 22-21 in London

Bah. The real football game over there this weekend was ManU vs Chelsea. And even better, ManU came back to tie it against a much stronger Chelsea.

posted @ Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 17:13

Athens officials to consider fines for bad downtown parking

I've long wondered about the brainiacs who couldn't read "compact" on those parking spaces and forced us into the next lane to get by, sometimes dangerously so. Glad to see something is going to be done. Any I've never had a problem parking downtown. There are decks everywhere. I get that some folks are baffled by the idea of a deck. Or electricity. Otherwise, not a problem.

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 13:34

AT&T U-Verse TV customers report receiving emergency message from White House

Followed by black helicopters?

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:55

Poll: Nunn ahead in Senate race, governor’s race tied

If it's a statistical tie, the hed shouldn't say Nunn is ahead. This is a robo-poll, so consume at your own risk. Nate Silver, the guru of this stuff, gave InsiderAdvantage a "D" for its efforts: http://fivethirtyeight.com/interactives/pollster-ratings/

A "gold standard" poll will be released late Thursday or Friday by the AJC, one in which humans call survey respondents both on landline and cell phones. That'll tell us more about the races.

posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:50

Knox: Athens traffic light photo-enforcement flawed

I think, John, the ACC is instead trying to bring back disco dancing at that intersection.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 14:48

Michelle Nunn visits Athens, says Perdue trying to “change the subject”

Actually, while Nunn is gettling lots of money, including outside-the-state money, Perdue is getting more "secret" money that can't be identified. But that's not really important. A new poll this week had Nunn ahead three percentage points and the same poll, using the same skewed methodology, had Perdue ahead one percentage point earlier in the month. Whether that's real movement or a statistical blip, I'd go with the latter. Both results are within the margin of error and movement in a robo-poll from one time to another doesn't mean all that much.

Still, it's an interesting race and depending on turnout, could keep us up election night to see the result -- which may be a runoff.

posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:59

The Editor's Desk: Getting into the weeds on Nov. 4 election

Endorsements don't mean all that much. Just ask Kingston, who lined up endorsements from just about every previously elected Republican on the planet. And he still lost the GOP runoff to Perdue. Given almost no one takes Broun seriously in the first place, I can't imagine him helping much and his support might even toss a coat of kook paint on whoever he endorses.

Deal looks to be a solid win against Carter, but Perdue-Nunn will be a reason to stay up election night and watch (well, that and some other interesting states). I'd bet straight up on Perdue, but give me good odds, or points, and I'd take Nunn.

posted @ Friday, October 10, 2014 - 09:25

The Editor's Desk: How election season could ruin the holidays in Georgia

Ruin? Bah. Nothing says the holidays like more electioneering. Oddly, there's a Nunn political ad just below this box (for me, at this moment). Cha-ching cha-ching.

posted @ Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 09:04

Supreme Court denies gay marriage appeals

@mpd0.59: If I were a Democrat I'd be a bit disappointed I can't use this in the elections to hammer the GOP. If I were a Republican I'd be relieved to focus on Obama, etc. Palin, et al., will continue to play to the base and keep it energized with the usual stuff, as well as trying to correctly recall the address of The White House.

(funny ... she said 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue in a speech, her usual mangling of facts, but give her credit for a funny tweet later that essentially said, "So that's why my Christmas cards keep coming back." Clever)

posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 - 17:13

Georgia ranked in Top 5 for charitable giving

Yes, these numbers are heavily skewed by church giving. It'd be interesting to see them excluding religious donations, but the IRS forms don't break it out that way.

posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 - 16:13

Supreme Court denies gay marriage appeals

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: God, like SCOTUS, will probably pass. But yeah, I can see a few corners need to be tucked in, like attorney fees. I tried to read the decision in a hurry between gigs, got quickly lost, put it on my list of things to read. I suspect someone at the ABH is reading it, making phone calls, pulling together a story -- all while working on something already assigned.

posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 - 15:15

Supreme Court denies gay marriage appeals

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: For those who love to read legal decisions, you can find the conclusion of the Five points parking saga here: http://bit.ly/1xhQ2cK

As to the U.S. Supreme Court non-decision, this really helps Republicans as it kinda takes off the table for this election cycle gay marriage -- an issue that was hurting the GOP among, especially, young voters.

posted @ Monday, October 6, 2014 - 13:16

Officials: About 80 being monitored in Texas for Ebola

@theold33: I didn't call anyone a wingnut, I just said I hoped the wingnuts who gave us the misinformation of the 1980s about AIDS don't do the same about Ebola. But you do make a good point about what's the opposite of wingnut. Moonbat. Yeah, that works for me.

posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 16:42

Officials: About 80 being monitored in Texas for Ebola

Heh, my comment above on wingnuts managed to attract a negative vote. I assume from .... a wingnut.

posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 15:37

UGA's Grady journalism school kicks off centennial with concert

The concert is today, 7 p.m. A few free tix still available at the Civic Center door, I'm told.

posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 15:36

Officials: About 80 being monitored in Texas for Ebola

Or to put Ebola in a different perspective:

posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:53

Officials: About 80 being monitored in Texas for Ebola

Hopefully the wingnuts won't treat this like they did AIDS in the 1980s, full of misinformation and fear. A nice, brief list of the six biggest myths about Ebola is here: http://bit.ly/1ugdVBM

Or, even better, here's a simpler test for you (if it works):

posted @ Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 13:22

Dallas hospital confirms first Ebola case in US

@FanaticalModerate: Stop it. You're being logical and reasonable. You'll confuse people.

posted @ Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 18:31

Dallas hospital confirms first Ebola case in US

@butterflyink21: As it's only contracted through the exchange of bodily fluids, the soldiers -- mostly administrative and engineers -- should be fine. Let's not return to the AIDS nonsense of the 1980s, when kooks had it being contracted in all kinds of ways, like sitting on toilet seats.

posted @ Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 08:15

Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

Or as someone computed elsewhere, you have a better chance of dying on Batman, the Ride than you do catching and dying of Ebola. But this is scary nonetheless.

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 17:17

UGA RB Gurley falsely accused of assault in downtown Athens bar

Thanks, Joe. Good policy, not naming unless charged. Plus his name would just attract crazies on social media or, worse, real life.

posted @ Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 09:07

UGA RB Gurley falsely accused of assault in downtown Athens bar

I assume the incident report did not name the false accuser, otherwise it should say the paper is withholding the name of the kid so crazed "fans" don't go looking for revenge. He may face charges. Depends on more facts than we have here. My hunch is Gurley will let it go. I'm not sure it's the kind of thing the student judiciary will take up, but it's possible.

posted @ Monday, September 29, 2014 - 20:36

UGA police remind drivers and pedestrians alike to be careful when getting around campus

UGA probably needs to build a bit of this into its summer orientation.

posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 09:54

HBO mention brings windfall to Athens-based women's scholarship fund

@crackerjack: Absolutely. He not only nailed it on the pageant (http://bit.ly/1sr6bhz) but had a really funny one just before the Scottish independence vote (http://bit.ly/1m8kAfH).

posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 09:52

Parents complain about swearing at Oconee youth soccer games

@mpd0.59: That's just it, we don't know the actual words, and it also depends on the age of the kids. Are we talking 7-year-old players, or 12 years old? I'm surprised this happened in Oconee, which like Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. No doubt these were some "outsiders" making trouble. But I agree with someone above about an adult kicking my kid. Kicking? Really? A kid?

posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 16:08

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