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Oconee County's Patrick McArdle commits to Valparaiso University

Great news for a kid who came a long, long way, and for his terrific parents. Congratulations!

posted @ Friday, January 17, 2014 - 08:08

Attorney claims illegal searches, tactics by Athens police in Emily Bowman hit-and-run

@2dollar: You're just wrong. Nothing about Perotta's representation of a criminal defendant is in any way out of line. Nothing about the motion Perotta filed is in any way out of line. He might win with it, he might not -- but that has to be a matter of law, not emotion. Based on everything we think we know about the case, the boy who hit Emily is a dirtbag, and his parents did absolutely the wrong thing in trying to cover up the crime. But, I assure you, you do not want to live under a system where the law protects only those who get favorable treatment from newpaper editors (or, even worse, anonymous online commenters like us).

posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 09:09

Jordan to join Ga. ethics commission

This is actually a very good pick. Jordan is plugged in, certainly, but he's not in the governor's pocket. He has a solid reputation for integrity, and he wouldn't risk that for Deal and his bunch.

posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 08:59

Garvin: 'War on Halloween' crosses political divide

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. It's a great excuse to buy Viking helmets, vampire teeth, Reese's Cups -- all the stuff you want to have around the house anyway. Anybody who blasts Halloween probably lived in a neighborhood where moms gave out little bags of popcorn.

(That said -- Daphne? Seriously?)

posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 - 08:08

Attorney claims illegal searches, tactics by Athens police in Emily Bowman hit-and-run

This is the way the system is supposed to work. Before the State can put a man in prison, the State has to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, and the State can only use evidence obtained legally. Perotta is doing his job, and -- believe it or not -- the system is better for it.

posted @ Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 14:21

Nuci's Space acquires R.E.M. steeple, hopes to protect the landmark

@grove600: Here's one for you: If Nuci's Space hosts a fundraiser for the purpose of renovating the "historical landmark," and they have bartenders making the cocktails, will it still count as "counseling"?

posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 14:07

Nuci's Space acquires R.E.M. steeple, hopes to protect the landmark

@mpd0.59: I resemble that remark.

posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 12:46

Charred remains of 'Duck Dynasty' scarecrow found

Unhappy, unhappy, unhappy.

posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 08:37

Nuci's Space acquires R.E.M. steeple, hopes to protect the landmark

Knock it down before it falls down. Sell the rubble to pilgrims. Finance Nuci's Space for the next five years.

posted @ Monday, October 21, 2013 - 12:31

Thomas: Problem isn't Washington, it's us

@jtsim: Tell it, brother.

posted @ Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 07:02

Athens-Ben Epps Airport control tower faces Oct. 31 shutdown if federal impasse continues

"Never mind." E. Litella

posted @ Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 06:58

Sheldon boasts of concealed carry vote after Newtown massacre

@Save our Republic: Those two campaigns are excellent examples; thanks.

This should help with your research:

http://www.house.ga.gov/Documents/Biographies/sheldonDonna.pdf

posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 10:49

Sheldon boasts of concealed carry vote after Newtown massacre

Friends, I don't know whether this lady would make a good congressional representative, or not. But neither does anyone else, if all they have to go on is the speech reported above. It's pandering, pure and simple -- absolutely no substance. Falling for that kind of crap (from the left and the right) helped get us in the mess we're in. She is pushing buttons to get a reaction, and that's the most cynical form of persuasion possible. It's not leadership, it's manipulation. Look into her record in the General Assembly -- nothing there. Zippo.

You should demand a lot more from the people who want you to anoint them with money and power. If you don't -- well, shame on you.

posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 10:15

Sheldon boasts of concealed carry vote after Newtown massacre

@TeeWee: Apparently, you don't teach reading comprehension: I never suggested she lacks common sense, or any other attribute.

(And it's "indicator".)

posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 09:56

Sheldon boasts of concealed carry vote after Newtown massacre

@grove600: Then you should call her, the next time you have trouble with kidney stones.

posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 09:33

Sheldon boasts of concealed carry vote after Newtown massacre

It's always a good idea to read the list of ingredients, in addition to the brightly colored label ("I hate taxes!!! I love guns!!!") In this case, her biography tells us she topped out with an Associates degree in "Science," from Gainesville College -- not that there's anything wrong with that, but she might not be smashing atoms, and it's something to be considered. Also, she seems to have been moderately tight with Gov. Perdue and Speaker Ralston, which could also be a red flag.

posted @ Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 07:50

Lowry continues questioning legality of Solid Waste activity fund

@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: I was going for "polite benefit of the doubt," as opposed to "wishy-washy," but I apologize if you found it unsatisfactory. I'll rephrase:

If the GBI is hiding something, yes -- that would be bad. But I have no reason to believe that is the case, and you/Mr. Lowry haven't given anybody enough to go on, to change opinions. Who, specifically, did the GBI interview without noting it in the report? When you imply they left out significant details, do you take into account the possibility the GBI didn't consider them significant, at all? (And not talking to you/Mr. Lowry doesn't count as a major flaw in the investigation, unless you/Mr. Lowry are an eyewitness, as opposed to a gadfly, elected or otherwise, with a theory and an axe to grind.) If the powers-that-be are so determined to hide the truth, but you/Mr. Lowry are in a position to save us -- by all means, do so. With specifics. Quickly. Because that would be important to the community. Otherwise, the whole thing just looks like a playground spat, and that adversely impacts everybody's confidence in their local government..

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 13:48

Lowry continues questioning legality of Solid Waste activity fund

@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: Maybe; maybe not. But that's exactly the sort of thing you/Mr. Lowry could raise at a work session. Observers could determine (1) if it's true, and (2) if so, whether it mattered or not.

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:42

Lowry continues questioning legality of Solid Waste activity fund

@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: Typically, investigators do that because they didn't consider those details significant. It's a report, not a transcript.

You may be absolutely right -- this may be the most far-reaching conspiracy since Watergate. But how likely is that, really? I just can't see the GBI giving a rip about protecting Alan Reddish, let alone Jim Corley. It's not clear why Ken Mauldin would care one way or the other. And I think Nancy Denson would gain by exposing rampant corruption, if it indeed existed.

We all know there is a difference between "illegal" and "criminal." An accounting practice might run afoul of customary practices, or even ethics laws, and not rise to the level of a criminal offense. In this case, the responsible authorities have determined that there is not enough evidence to support a criminal prosecution. It just ain't gonna happen.

That being the case, Mr. Lowry may very well have identified activity that will outrage the public, to the extent that a change becomes necessary. If he has the facts on his side, he really needs to lay them all out, and let the voters decide who needs a spanking. Of course, that comes with the risk that voters may decide it's him. If he's confident enough to take that chance, he deserves to be heard. If he's not, he should change the subject.

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 12:19

Lowry continues questioning legality of Solid Waste activity fund

@Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass: And we employ a DA to filter out the trash, so the Grand Jury can do more productive things. Which Mr. Mauldin did. After the GBI (which does not have a dog in the fight) found no criminal wrongdoing.

There will be no criminal prosecution, because the evidence isn't there to suport it. So say the cops and the prosecutor. If it's not a criminal case, it's a political issue. If transparency is Mr. Lowry's concern, let him air his complaints in an open political forum. If he's right, he's right -- let the public decide. But find a way to get to the bottom of it, one way or the other, as soon as possible, because dragging the argument out helps no one. In the words of the prophet, "Shoot up here amongst us -- one of us has got to have some relief!"

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:55

Lowry continues questioning legality of Solid Waste activity fund

The GBI looked at the case, and found bad bookkeeping, but no crimes. The DA concurred. Unless there's reason to believe the GBI was bamboozled or somehow coerced by criminal masterminds at City/County Hall (and, let's face it, Nancy and Co. ain't exactly the Illuminati), this matter has been thoroughly vetted.

If Mr. Lowry feels strongly enough about the issue, he should ask for a special work session, for the exclusive purpose of considering every aspect of the matter. He can tell the world everything he knows on the subject, and the mayor and commissioners can ask Mr. Reddish and Mr. Corley any questions that remain. All constituencies can watch and decide who, if anyone, is not being a good steward of the public fisc.

If that's worth doing, schedule it as soon as possible. If it's not worth doing, shut the hell up and find something productive to do.

posted @ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 09:51

GBI report: Solid waste investigation stemmed from commissioner's vendetta, disgruntled employees

All right, that's it. I've had all of this I can take.

Jim, Doug and Alan -- you're all grounded. And no X-Box or cell phones for one week. That means texting, too. If I hear one more word about it, I'll make it a month.

Regina, don't think you're getting off Scot-free, young lady. You can just forget about that Justin Bieber concert in Gwinnett. And I plan to speak to David's parents, as well. Surely you two have better things to do than pass notes and spread gossip. Frankly, I'm not sure it's good for either of you to see each other so much.

posted @ Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 09:32

Georgia-based agent arrested in NC agents probe

Time to toss the whole system into the ocean, and start all over.

posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 14:57

Ex-ethics commission employees says docs altered

Curiouser and curiouser....

posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 11:41

Repairs continue on hole in freeway near Atlanta

Came by there about 40 minutes ago -- they're still working. The two left lanes will be completely shut until they get the backhoes out of there.

posted @ Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 06:51

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