@Watching you: Actually, the good ones remain just as reliable and often more reliable than the older ones. The best polls, for example, had Obama-Romney within a percentage point or two.
Without getting too nerdy about it, this is an online poll and those are tricky for a lot of methodological reasons and the site nor this story answer some very basic questions about the poll. I suspect -- but can't tell -- it skews a bit young, which would help Carter or any Democrat. Robo-polls, those computer things to your landline phone, tend to skew older and more Republican. Online polls in 2012 did a pretty good job, the best one within an average (over 11 polls) of 1.6 percentage points of the actual vote.
The worst polling firm in the 2012 election? Gallup, of all people.posted @ Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 20:15
If Broun ends up in a runoff with a sane Republican, you'd think he would lose, but only hardcore party members tend to vote in such primaries and especially runoffs. That bodes well for Broun and for Dems who, of course, would love to run against him versus some of the other Republican candidates.
Of course this could all be an evil plot by Better Georgia and PPP to nominate Broun. These robo-polls tend to skew older and more conservative, so this may be inflating Broun's support some.posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 16:16
Seems fair. We don't let anyone else use Vidalia onions. Champagne, for example,is sparkling wine grown only in the Champagne region of France. I believe I read something about Scotland coming down on folks who label their whisky Scotch from outside Scotland.
(important nerdy Associate Press style note -- whisky for Scotch, whiskey in all other cases)
Now, to be really annoying, it can only be Cheddar if it comes from Cheddar Gorge (which I hiked once on a hot summer day, definitely not one for cheese making).posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 14:24
I've been impressed by what Fox and the players did in the SEC this season. Other than UF, they're the hottest team in the conference. If that carries over into the tourney they may very well play themselves into an NCAA birth. Gonna be tough, given the slow start, but it is possible.posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:48
Clearly this is a dastardly plot by PPP to bolster the chances of Broun in the GOP primary and thus giving the Democrats the opportunity to run against a far-right-to-the-point-of-kooky candidate and (maybe, it's Georgia after all) win the senate seat.posted @ Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:03
Very cool. The AP Physics C stuff is in a whole different category of difficult. I thought the school already had AP Calc as my kids took it only a few years ago.posted @ Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 12:58
I love a print paper but I pretty much now read mine on the iPad, which has the advantage of always having the news up to date. But I agree, you miss the serendipity of a print paper, even when it's so well reproduced as some apps do on a tablet.posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 16:53
This is why you have a pro on your staff who knows what you can and cannot do -- or at least how to do what you can't do and still get away with it.posted @ Monday, March 10, 2014 - 16:50
It's Obama's fault. Or Hollywood's fault. Or, just maybe, it's the seasonal swing in gas prices? No, must be Obama's fault.posted @ Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 20:19
@Joe Johnson: Ah, that explains it. Thanks Joe.posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 19:11
The key here seems to be this line:
Baughns had been charged with malice murder for Davidson’s death, but a conviction was not expected.
I'm not sure who didn't expect it. My guess is Joe's referring to the DA and how the facts of this case fit the way the law is written, and how the judge is obligated to charge the jury. The family's anger is understandable, and having sat through many a murder trial (versus people who watch TV crime sitcoms and think themselves experts) it can be tricky when you get to this level. Joe, can you explain the expectation thing?posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 16:52
Tough game noon today. Sadly, I have a meeting at the same time. Happily, I have an iPad and can follow the score via Twitter. Sadly, I have a meeting. Did I mention how sad meetings are?posted @ Friday, March 7, 2014 - 10:41
@snarkydude: Actually ... not so much, not when people were considering college. It's only recently, as this study suggests, that we're seeing decisions made often as much on the cost as the quality of the school. A lot of kids -- or more likely their parents -- are pushing them to good public schools (i.e., UGA) versus an expensive private or really good, out-of-state public.
For the "public ivy" schools, like UGA but especially UNC and the like, this means more good students and higher SAT scores as those schools see a number of kids who might have gone Ivy or Duke or Vandy or somewhere like that.posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 13:36
@Lets Get It Together: While administrators often have rules banning phones being out, teachers are more realistic and you'll see lots of phones out during the day. What I don't understand is the redacting of the school name. That seems a bit above and beyond what's allowed in Georgia's open records law.posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 12:37
This topic erupted on Reddit a week or so ago, complete with colorful language.posted @ Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 10:54
I've skimmed the 94-page report. Thankfully there's an executive summary, otherwise I'd be sound asleep by now. Lee does a nice job above summarizing what it says. I posted a copy on my server for some folks to see, but I'm hesitant to put the link here and generate a lot of traffic on my old box that's near the end of its days. The ABH should make a habit of uploading and posting links to such files, when they have them, so people can see for themselves.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 15:55
While I knew the numbers and details in the story above -- and sit on a couple of committees looking at that space and Grady's curriculum -- I've not seen the actual report. Interesting.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:03
A good, tense game. If I were a Tech fan (thank God, no) I'd be angry about the no-call on interference that set up the winning run. After seeing it on replays, I think it was probably interference but, ya know, sometimes the calls go your way and sometimes they don't.posted @ Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 11:34
Wow, you can't know that little about what makes a good movie versus a popular movie. Iron Man 3 was a popular movie, the top grosser, but no way was it Oscar material. You have to get to #8 (Gravity) before you come across one what deserves Oscar mention. I suspect it came in second and easily could have won. That's like saying the Harry Potter novels, as much as I enjoyed them, deserved a Pulitzer for fiction. Nope. No, the link above pretty much sums up how some people reacted to this movie wining best picture. In other words, not well or, to be honest, with much sanity.posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:19
This sums it up nicely.posted @ Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:34
Wow, 44-15 at the half. Hope this bodes well for the SEC tourney though, historically, UGA under performs there and then does well in the NCAA tournament.posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 - 16:28
Anyone who utters the tired cliche of "hate the sin, love the sinner" should, I dunno, burn in good writing hell.posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 - 16:26
Crimea is turning out to be a mess. I was there about 10 years ago but I claim no special knowledge about the people or the place. There's no good way to handle this. It used to be part of Russia and the Ukrainian military is not strong enough to move the Russians out. What's funny is all the suggestions from chicken hawks on how to handle this, none of them good or viable or even common sense given the geography and the geopolitical circumstances. Lucky for us Sarah Palin says she predicted this long ago.posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 - 16:23
@theold33: Jealous, much?posted @ Monday, March 3, 2014 - 15:34
Rush Limbaugh told us the polar vortex was something just made up. Never mind scientists have been talking about it for several decades. Really, you science-challenged brainiacs, just stop making yourself look stupid.posted @ Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 15:30
Summary: Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. Fun facts: The first-ever Oscar ceremony, held in 1929, ran a brisk 15 minutes. By contrast, the longest was in 2002, clocking in at a monstrous 4 hours and change. As usual, there are things I loved about it and things I didn't. Rather than be snarky or complain, I'll offer a few suggestions on how the organizers might bring the show into the 21st century. First, a few thoughts on the winners: read more
Athens-Clarke County police officers responded to Pinewood Estates North on a 911 call concerning a heated domestic dispute. it reportedly was an argument over the lack of heat and food in a family's trailer and a woman was threatening to stab anyone who tried to take away her 7-month-old child. State patrol responded also, from their post nearby on U.S. Highway 29 North. The situation apparently was resolved. An officer reported he was driving the woman and infant to another home in Athens. read more