And let the politico backpedaling begin.posted @ Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 13:40
@grove600: "So, crime is Ok, as long as no one gets dead? It's not ok to rob someone."
Didn't say that, didn't even suggest that, so keep the partisan hackery to yourself.posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 15:42
@Athens Trojan: You're confusing local and state laws, and apples and oranges. As to the beer, I look forward to trying the rye.posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:14
@grove600: At least with a potato no one died.posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:44
I dunno. It's hard to judge between a guy who runs the Council on Foreign Relations and anonymous posters to a small town newspaper discussion board.posted @ Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:41
@Lets Get It Together: Actually, Al-Jazeera provides some of the more balanced, high quality network news coverage out there.posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 15:41
Never bring a potato to a baseball bat fight.posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 15:39
You had to look on a map to find Ukraine? Here's a suggestion -- if ya can't find it on a map, don't write about it.posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 15:11
@TMKvetch: If she truly seemed at times combative (or testy, or subdued), that's perfectly allowable in a news story. I wasn't there, so I can't judge.posted @ Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 11:59
Of course racism plays a role in how Obama is viewed. Anyone arguing otherwise simply doesn't want to admit it plays a role. Hell, this story today (not about Obama at all, but about race) shows just how subtle and how obvious the effect can be. http://bit.ly/1nDa5NRposted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 - 16:08
The anecdotal evidence supports the idea race plays a role, but I'm not a big fan of "uppity" anecdotes as evidence. Unfortunately, careful and systematic studies of hard data also support a racism explanation. I know rhat's not what some folks want to hear or believe, but even my own analysis of various sets of national survey data finds the same thing. Go out, do your own data analysis, and prove me wrong.posted @ Monday, April 21, 2014 - 07:00
Okay, if they're going to "separate themselves," do they start with the arms and legs? For one of them -- our local guy -- the head is already separated.posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 19:10
Whoever thinks this is due to "political correctness" probably needs some time looking up the phrase because, sorry, you don't get it, instead you just paste it randomly on stuff and hope it sticks. This is a case of being foolishly trusting or maybe just not clear exactly what to do and how to handle it.
As to the creepy guy, I don't see he actually broke a law -- though his fitting the description of an area burglar is more than enough to warrant police checking him out.posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 16:19
I suppose that's a little worse than "Winter is coming," but c'mon.posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 08:12
Even Karl Rove could call this race correctly.posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:15
Handel has been running her Palin TV ads, giving her a boost. Broun is running in place. His best shot is a small GOP nomination turnout dominated by the faithful. And even then, it's not much of a shot.
Nate Silver, the uber-predictor of political campaigns, puts Carter at 44 percent likely to win the general election, or, in other words, Deal at 56 percent likely to win.posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:10
You skip a debate when you have nothing to gain, or a lot to lose, by being on the stage with other candidates. For Deal, given recent news, it's both. I fully expect him to debate in the general election.posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 17:10
Most disconcerting is there are two stories out of Valdosta today -- onions, and rains causing sewage overflow. In other words, I'll skip the early onions, thank you very much.posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:33
I'm not a lawyer, but the defense is reaching here. A vague description of something under seal is usually allowed, especially at this phase of proceedings. In a trial, that'd get ya in trouble.posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:23
I don't have strong feelings on this issue, but the idea of why Prince when there are other issues? is just lazy thinking. By that logic we'd never address any problem because there are other problems, or deal with traffic on any street because there are other streets, and so on. Plus it's a major thoroughfare into town that's also, to some degree, a neighborhood street -- certainly more so than any other highway entrance.
As an aside, the worst spot on Prince (to me) is at the McDonald's with people coming out of the joint, or turning off that sidestreet, or turning into McDona'd's from Prince via either direction. What a mess. Otherwise I drive it enough to know to slow down and pay special attention at those crosswalks.
The only people who hate crosswalks are those who, thanks to being behind a 2-ton vehicle, believe with certainty it's all about them.posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 16:19
In a completely and shamelessly biased fashion, I pulled for the third-place team.posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 10:25
@cyou299: Hey, I still have (somewhere) an 8-track player. I always figured the kids could take it to show-and-tell, but it never happened.posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 09:02
Oh, and also congrats to Grady grad Todd South, a Pulitzer finalist for local reporting.posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 18:50
And often there's an invisible campaign that goes on via AM radio that many miss, caught up as they are in the local TV ads we can't seem to avoid. By local, this often includes local slots on national programming, even cable news. I'd expect to see a lot of GOP candidates vying for that local slot on Fox News, hoping to reach the faithful.
I'm not sure an off-year election is tougher to forecast. No evidence is presented to support that claim. The site 538 did pretty darn well in the 2010 off-year forecasts of 49 states.posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 17:21
And congrats to an old reporting friend of mine, Dan Fagin, who won the Pulitzer for non-fiction book for his brilliant Toms River. http://amzn.to/1gWZOGHposted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 16:59
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