Very sad. Ironically I had emailed Joe on Tuesday asking what had become of the investigation. Just terrible, such a waste. As the parent of two UGA students, I feel awful for the family and her friends.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 19:12
@King Minos: I dunno that they were actually made up or not. He keeps saying they were and I suppose if you say it long enough, someone will believe it, or those predisposed to believe him will do so. It's not something I've paid any attention to because, frankly, he had no chance. Hell, Dems would have loved to run against him. It didn't matter. The math favored Obama in 2012, at least against any of the likely candidates. A wild card (i.e., Christie) might have changed the math, but we'll never know.
Just read piece by very smart folks and their model of the 2014 House race. They predict a result "more likely to advantage Republicans than Democrats, but one that will fall far short of a wave."
It wasn't long ago the Democrats thought they might sweep into the House leadership after the shutdown hurt the GOP brand, and now the GOP thinks it'll sweep way ahead thanks to Obamacare, et al. The model suggests neither is likely.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 15:59
I could never take the Justice League seriously again after The Big Bang Theory dressed up as them. I'd giggle throughout the movie.
It's tough for DC, given what Marvel has done with The Avengers and related franchises.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 14:03
I admit I'm torn on this. Like a few faculty at the school, I find this gimmick lame and embarrassing. Like a few other faculty, I agree it's just having fun and doesn't hurt anyone.
I've said this elsewhere: Anchorman is not a parody of local TV news. It's a documentary. I'm kinda tired of Ferrell and this schtick. It wasn't that funny the first time.posted @ Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 14:00
I should add that Nunn's narrative is compelling -- at the moment. Fresh name, from a revered political family, an underdog blue in a red state. She'll continue to get good ink/pixels for a while just because she makes for a good story, and if there's any bias in journalism, it's the bias toward a good story. Right now she's a good story.
When the grind of the campaign comes along, and the mud starts flying, that's when we'll really know if she has staying power.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 20:18
@snarkydude: Nobody cares about Bill Clinton except perhaps folks who aren't likely to vote for Nunn anyway. Obama got 46 percent in Georgia, so that's not a half-bad starting place, though I agree the odds are way against her. She needs the Georgia GOP senate primary to mirror the last two presidential pools put forth by Republicans: a lot of bickering, weak or crazy coupla candidates to damage the brand, and at least one of them to truly self-destruct (like Perry or Cain at the prez level). She could pull it off, but I wouldn't bet on it. Too many things have to fall into place.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 18:01
@Used2baFreeCountry: Heh, my -3 from you. Partisan hackery comment hit too close to home?posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 11:32
Set aside the amateur partisan hackery above and let's examine this more coldly. Nunn has to appeal to enough big money to compete. In order to attract big money, she must be viewed as "electable," otherwise the dollars flow elsewhere. So in Campaigning 101, she's doing pretty well, better than most Democrats of late statewide.
This suggests -- merely suggests -- she has a shot. But what we don't have, yet, are the attempts to define her by the GOP, to get beyond the vague "Nunnishness" of her name recognition and the negative feelings attached to some of the Republican candidates. As the GOP works to define her (fairly or unfairly), her negatives will rise and her electability will be challenged.
She'll need to inoculate herself from the usual amateurish political blather (Reid's crony, Jane Fonda BS), in order to survive such non-issue character definitions while getting some momentum in generating campaign dollars. Given the GOP candidates will be fighting with each other, she has a nice window of opportunity here to be the grown-up in the room. She has a chance to win if Republicans nominate a Broun, less so if they go with someone more sane.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:48
I'm told Catching Fire is good. I read and enjoyed the books. They're nothing original -- SF writers have covered this ground before -- but it's got attractive teens killing attractive teens. The first movie was okay, but I'll probably wait for Netflix before seeing the second. Same with Thor. I did go see Ender's Game because I'd read the original short story in the 1970s, the novel a decade later, and wanted to see how they pulled it off. Was pretty good.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 09:52
Given the Gators lost (in a very good game, I watched most of it) maybe they should have stayed at home.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 09:46
The defense will be a year older and, hopefully, better at rushing the passer and taking pressure off the secondary. UGA's defense seemed to have a solid push up the middle but lacked speed around the edge. Opponent QBs had too much time.posted @ Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 19:10
Heck, my kids are fitter than I was at their age, but as a whole I can believe the study findings. And while some may say it's researching the obvious -- it's not. You may think you know the answer, but until it's tested against actual data it's mere opinion and not worth a hell of a lot.posted @ Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 14:20
I'd forgotten about this guy. He hated Hoover (who didn't?), shot at Roosevelt, was mad at "capitalists" and told them to "push the button" at his execution. He was a nut case. Puts him right in line with the extremes of both parties, though I don't see him as Tea Party material. Again, interesting. If he had been successful, it would certainly have likely changed the course of history. The VP would not have pursued the same plans as FDR. And probably would have screwed up WWII as well.posted @ Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 20:39
I love Bama losing. I hate the idea of that poser, Ohio State (this season's Notre Dame), landing in a national championship game. C'mon Michigan State next week.posted @ Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 20:25
President Peanut isn't funny. Not because I'm a fan of Jimmy Carter, it's just not funny. Or clever. It's easy, it's lame, it's first-level writing -- that initial thought that any good writer immediately tosses and works hard to find something fresh. In other words, you're writing-challenged. Take a class.posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 18:54
So far, the knockout game seems more myth than reality (not unlike various other conspiracy theories loved by one particular partisan side). Doesn't mean it isn't happening, just means the cops are not yet convinced from the evidence they've collected. I suspect some version is happening, but we just don't know enough yet. And I'm not sure why we're talking about this instead of the points Pitts made.posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 - 17:02
These students always amaze me. One of them is from Ga. Tech: http://bit.ly/1jC8qEE
Scary smart to accomplish so much so young, unlike most of the rest of us ...posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 - 13:00
In fairness to Tech fans, the posts of a few nutcases are hardly representative of everyone. Extreme fans are -- well -- to fit the word, fanatical. So by definition, zealous and extremist. To continue to play with a torn ACL is gutsy. Murray deserves better.
And yeah, I rarely want UGA to pummel someone. I'd rather see a good game. This Saturday, however, can be the exception.posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 - 08:35
Tech fans respond in a class-challenged manner: http://bit.ly/1iIfrGtposted @ Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 18:57
Murray is a helluva kid. It's easy to be Capt. Hindsight here and wonder if the coaches left him in too long, but this was his last night in Sanford, so let him play. Sucks to have ended this way, but with luck he'll be back for a bowl game.posted @ Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 10:08
Everyone knows the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor. All great truths come from Animal House.posted @ Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 11:43
Usually we thank God for Mississippi. Thank you Texas for making us look better.posted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:46
@mpd0.59: I think WUOG, if that's the student radio station, is in Memorial Hall.posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 18:41
(and no, I'm not sucking up.)
Wow, what a sad way to end a semester, two young lives ended. Terrible.posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 16:56
Winder-Barrow's Micah Weathers finished fourth in the freshman race at the Foot Locker South Regionals. Weathers' time of 18:50 was the 14th fastest of Georgia participants across eight girls divisions.
Summary: When I went on an assignment to do a story about a K-9 training class in Oconee County on Tuesday, I never thought I?d experience a dog attack. When I went on an assignment to do a story about a K-9 training class in Oconee County on Tuesday, I never thought I?d experience a dog attack. But after some prodding by a couple of deputies, I put on the ?bite suit? dog handlers use to protect their bodies while training their K-9 partners. Actually, I was helped into the thick, stiff garment. At best, my attempts at walking seemed like the stiff movements of a robot from a 1950s movie. Our photographer, A.J. Reynolds, donned one as well and he actually seemed upbeat for the opportunity to face one of the dogs. read more