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What Others Say: America is better than terrorists (The Augusta Chronicle)

good grief! more ignorance from augusta. i suppose our "augusta friends" support the republican party taking on the mantle of the "pro-torture" party--despite the fact that torture violates u.s. and international law, among other things.

ronald reagan and dwight eishenhower must be howling in their graves.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:32

Shearer: Top 10 films of 2014

i agree with your selections of "ida" and "dawn of the planet of the apes." "birdman" is right on the edge of the top ten for me. i've only seen one other of your top ten--"under the skin"--and don't agree with your admiration for it.

on the other hand, there are quite a few other films, several now playing, that deserve to be in a "top ten", i think.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:26

Column: Finally time for UGA to pay Bobo what he’s worth

the premise of this article--that bobo has been treated "unfairly" because of his loyalty--would apply to the majority of employees, including faculty members, who stay at one job rather than move around for more pay.

bobo is a decent coach. i hope he finds the right head coaching job. but i don't support paying him more. the other assistant coaches the article mentions are simply paid too much money.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 13:17

Today's editorial cartoon

this is supposed to be funny? i guess to the torture party . . .

posted @ Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 13:55

J.J. Green transferring from Georgia to Georgia Tech

green is going to do very well at tech. he may torch uga. this is another case of coaches failing to use talented players correctly.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 23:40

Another Georgia defensive back on the way out

green is going to be a star running back somewhere else. i thought he was very good last year, but he was "too small" (and quick) to fit the georgia stereotype. but he was tough.

one of georgia's problems has been its coaches' occasional inability to properly identify and use the truly talented--often because they don't "fit" within uga's pre-determined ideas of what kind of offense they want to run.

as an example, what do alabama, florida state, miss. state, and oregon have in common? answer: each team has a quarterback who can run and pass, who is a complete athlete. i'd wager that none of those four quarterbacks would get a starting opportunity at georgia.

i'd really like to see qb faton bauta get an opportunity to play qb. he fits the mold of the qb's at those (previous) top four schools.

posted @ Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 11:02

Second guessing the squib: Richt says he made the wrong call

richt is correct. squibb kicking to an opponent within a field goal is a cardinal sin. the question is: why the call? fear? lack of trust? panic? i wonder if any other coach suggested a time out when they heard the call for the squibb kick.

but i agree that there were so many great plays and so much tremendous effort by the players that it's better to focus on the positive and hope for a decent bowl in a warm location. and learn for the future.

posted @ Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 23:38

Column: Brutal week for Georgia ends with loss to rival Yellow Jackets

i give uga players all the credit in the world for playing hard to keep the game so close in the second half (note the ga. tech advantage in yardage and time of possession).

the last second fourth down pass by mason to give uga the game (er, the lead) was executed perfectly (and the play call on fourth down, moving the pocket and flooding the zone to the right was a great call--raising the question why the play wasn't called more often, especially during overtime); and the blocked extra point by drew that could have won the game demonstrated maximum effort. drew played great!

of course, ultimately, this was, unfortunately, a "coaches" game. the squib kick to a team within a field goal of tying was a cardinal "sin", far worse than the failure to "down" the ball in the alabama game, which fans will never forget. i found myself shouting "don't pooch the kick" seconds before the georgia kicker did just that--just like i remember shouting "down the ball" against alabama, to allow for a few more plays.

oh well--there will be a decent bowl game--hopefully in florida, and the team played well most of the time and had an above average season. the pain from today will wear away. no player has anything to be ashamed of. there will be calls, as there frequently are, in many cases, to modify the predictable, throwback offensive scheme, and to recruit more top defenders. so it goes.

posted @ Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 23:33

UGA law school names new dean

congratulations to prof. rutledge and the law school. i've heard great things about him!

all four finalists for the job were well qualified. i congratulate pres. morehead for this "next step" in his re-building task.

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 13:34

Auburn’s No. 1 rushing offense poses a challenge for a recently exposed UGA defense

there is no way uga can stop auburn's rushing attack. period.

but, by taking a few risks, the uga defense can create some "big plays"--takeaways, etc., to balance the relentless auburn offense.

more important, the uga offense can help the defense by attempting much more of a "ball control" game than bobo or richt seem to like: use multiple backs, including gurley/chubb/michel in the backfield together even, in more creative rushing plays, and more short/high percentage completion passes to the backs.

if the uga offense doesn't control the ball more, auburn will score in the 40's, at least. of course, uga could, as well.

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 13:30

Midterm election survey shows Americans sharply divided on health care, other issues

voters want to repeal "obamacare", not the affordable care act.

he survey instead should ask specific questions about health care coverage incorporated into "obamacare". political ads have succeeded in making people angry about obama and "obamacare", even though many don't don't what the benefits and components are. maybe the press should call it "federal romneycare", or "republican heritage foundation policy health care".

posted @ Monday, November 10, 2014 - 14:17

Guess who's back: Gurley, N. Marshall return to Sanford Stadium

@Athens Trojan: absolutely right! a two back set would help uga with ball control (instead of quick strikes)--that would in turn help the defense. without uga controlling possession somewhat, we could see a total score in the 80's.

i'm sure uga has creative, decent rushing plays in its playbook. somewhere. i just doubt bobo has looked at them. i'd even use a third back at a wingback position on occasion, to facilitate short high percentage passes to backs

posted @ Monday, November 10, 2014 - 14:11

Judge in test-cheating trial bars a story

i hope judge baxter is not a uga law school graduate.

posted @ Monday, November 10, 2014 - 14:04

Solid U.S. hiring numbers likely, but Americans anxious

come on--why the disconnect between popular perception of the economy and other issues (including health care), on one hand, and hard "evidence", on the other? people have been punked.

political ads (for quite some time), talk radio, obstructionist behavior, and tv journalists have pursued a "strategy" of promoting an atmosphere of fear, anger and ignorance. it's worked, in the same way commercial advertisers who pump money into advertising sell more soap, etc.

especially affected have been older (over age 45) white people, who tend to vote in higher percentages.

will this change? we'll see. if a repub wins the white house in 2016, the punking will disappear, regardless of the economy. but, on the other hand, if the percentage of voters in 2016 who are not older white people increases, it's unlikely a repub will become pres.

posted @ Friday, November 7, 2014 - 13:49

NCAA doesn't reduce Gurley suspension on Georgia appeal

gurley "took more than $3000" for his signature? no, he was paid that amount in an open transaction--just like coach richt is paid to promote ford trucks in tv ads, and just as uga is paid a licensing fee for selling uga (and uga player) merchandise.

i don't think much of the ncaa. never have, ever since i helped successfully sue the organization for federal antitrust violations. if they have a "rule" on the books, they should make every effort to investigate and enforce it--based upon strong circumstantial evidence of other player violations. obviously they don't.

but what about uga administrators? their primary role has not been to help players; it has been c.y.a. uga, like all colleges, is a member of the ncaa and in combination with other colleges is responsible for the rule in question. it was uga that suspended gurley in the first instance, rather than challenging the rule.

sooner or later, as the amount of money involved in college athletics grows, and salaries paid to coaches grow, the "rules" protecting "amateurism" will look more and more hypocritical (and anti-competitive). look at how uga fights to protect its trademark (and the use of its players' names, etc.). for money.

i think it's time for the government to step in and file another lawsuit against the ncaa (and implicitly its members, who are part of the combination).

posted @ Friday, October 31, 2014 - 10:43

NCAA says Gurley must sit two more games

i missed the story regarding gurley's suspension by the ncaa. i thought it was uga that suspended him (presumably based upon ncaa's rules--in which uga is a participant).

the big question many people have: are the ncaa's rules prohibiting athletes from receiving compensation for their signatures in violation of federal law (antitrust law, among other things)?

as long as coaches can sell products (coach richt promoting ford on tv ads, for example), ncaa institutional members can profit from selling jerseys and player likenesses, and all students can be compensated for their ideas, likenesses, etc., this question is not just one of "right and wrong", but also one of legality.

of course, assuming that it still is uga which is suspending gurley, any litigation to clarify the matter would name uga, along with the ncaa, as a defendant. the publicity of a trial would at least disclose information that until now has been kept confidential.

without transparency, few people really trust the ncaa--and therefore their institutional members. too much money is involved today.

posted @ Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 12:19

UGA will soon name new VP, two new deans as administrative faces change under Morehead

jere has taken his time doing a fairly broad "house cleaning", but i hope his tenure really will be different from his predecessor's. so far, so good.

i'm especially curious to see who he picks as the new dean of the law school.

uga needs to move away from "top down, circle the wagons, c.y.a. no questions asked 'leadership'". administrators who engage in cover-ups and other forms of damaging behavior should be fired quickly, especially when they target students or faculty with whom they disagree.

posted @ Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:24

Georgia a heavy favorite, but wary of hungry Gators

i think (and hope) uga will win by about three points. florida is proud and angry and will be playing hard to save their coach's job. this will not be a blowout. florida has very good athletes.

posted @ Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 11:18

Chamber of Commerce staying away from Georgia race

why won't the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE support david perdue for georgia senator? because, as they say, they pursue the interests of their business members, who can't support a candidate who walked out on them, "crying like a little baby".

if not even georgia businessmen will support david perdue, why should anyone?

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:40

Debate over compromise shapes Georgia Senate race

snarkydude, what utter nonsense. republicans, with perdue's support, shut down the government rather than seek compromise.

they oppose REPUBLICAN POLICIES when obama proposes them (like obamacare). perdue is from the ted cruz corner of extremist politics.

perdue is PROUD of exporting jobs overseas if it helps him make an extra buck.

perdue supports economic policies that have made georgia's unemployment rate THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY.

obama's worst "sin" has been continuing to compromise with republicans, even while their only objective was to prevent obama from winning re-election--and their strategy was to damage the economy.

non-millionaires who vote republican have been blinded by echo chamber propaganda.

posted @ Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 11:35

What Others Say: Consent of governed is key in America

jim, did you read this "editorial" carefully? especially the last sentence? ("it's time we as citizens decided whether this government, indeed, has our consent--and act accordingly.")?

what wing-nut extremist at your sister paper wrote this? and why in the world did you publish it? please ask that person to explain what he/she means by "act accordingly"? is this a call for sedition? or a call for readers to become better educated by changing information sources?

i guess the point is that right wing media talk to their "constituents" and themselves, plying them with utter nonsense, and then note that many readers/listeners believe that nonsense. what, exactly, have the people not consented to? the worse unemployment rate in the coutry? a failure to provide adequate medical care by expanding medicaid? giving greater tax breaks to our wealthiest "job creators"?

please don't lower abh standards to the augusta level, even if your owners reside there.

posted @ Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:19

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

"deal's tax and jobs platform" is a stronger pull for those over 65.

jobs? georgia again has the nation's worst unemployment rate. tax? georgia's tax gifts to millionaire and billionaire "job creators" means average taxpayers pay more, or necessary public spending to pull us out of a jobless recovery can't happen.

do "those over 65" read the news? i'm over 65, and the recent article in flagpole magazine detailing deal's "ethics problems" (what an understatement) should be mandatory reading for all voters. even if deal is "on your team," do you really want to support someone who behaves like deal has behaved while in public office?

what a lesson to your children and grandchildren: see, i voted for this person because . . . despite . . .

posted @ Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 15:45

Dupuy: Let's politicize Ebola

dupuy once again has written a perceptive and important editorial. my interpretation is that the democrats spinelessly fail to communicate aggressively about the need for public spending and the harm that it's failure has done to us.

the surgeon general appointment--long blocked by the republicans even before their yammering about the appointment of an "ebola czar"--is a good example. why didn't democrats explain to the public what the republicans had done and what its possible effect has been? spinelessness.

every now and then, a dem with spine speaks out (most of the time it's elizabeth warren). the press thoughtlessly refers to her as "liberal"--actually, she's got common sense and righteous indignation that we all should feel.

lesson number one: if a political party demands "austerity" during a down economy, even while the deficit is falling anyway--meaning a reduction in public spending so that billionaires won't have to pay as much in taxes--and then we are harmed by the reduced budgets that result, the press and the dems should start pointing fingers and naming names. loudly.

posted @ Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:23

Deal, Carter, Hunt clash in TV debate

"my personal dislike of republicans"--since i was raised republican and most of my family is republican, "dislike" is the wrong word. i think current day republicans suffer from self-induced ignorance, through the help of fox news, talk radio, and billionaire supplied advertising. i do dislike republican "strategy" to attack, lie, promote anger and hatred, and reduce voters' access to the ballot.

this ignorance--for example regarding economic policies, like the refusal to accept medicaid expansion, the refusal to support an increase in the minimum wage, the refusal to invest public money in job-creating projects, to name a few--is extremely damaging. cardinal mistake no. 1: "austerity" in the time of a down economy makes the economy worse. period. georgia needs more job-creating public spending right now.

almost no one i know, republican or democrat, trusts nathan deal, who went from a bankrupt to a millionaire while in office. that distrust hurts the whole state. what can an intelligent, honest governor, like jason carter do? the first thing he can do is educate the public regarding their "misunderstandings" by talking directly to them with facts--for example, about the attempted destruction of public schools for both ideological reasons and to make wealthy donors wealthier.

in other words, he can use his office as a bully pulpit on the obvious issues--like medicaid expansion and the minimum wage, along with tax preferences for the wealthy (why, exactly, do my wife and i pay far lower georgia taxes than our daughter, who earns about a third of what we do?)--so that voters increasingly question their republican representatives.

to be honest, no well-informed objective voter (who is not a millionaire) should rationally vote for nathan deal: he's helped damage public education, made our unemployment rate the worst in the country, made the wealthy wealthier through crony deals. i could go on for a long time. jason carter's intelligence and objectivity would go a long way toward identifying and communicating our problems with proposed solutions.

to my knowledge, jason's only "cronies" are public school teachers and children.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 22:58

Georgia's offense finding its way as Mason's play improves

i give uga and coach bobo credit for its first half play-calling--but not for what i saw in the second half. getting "cautious" with a huge lead is fine, but a team can still "cautiously" design plays which the other team doesn't anticipate.

and the second and third running backs are very talented. they should have played a bit in the first half, and more in the second half. i don't care how resilient chubb is, he had to wear down by the second half. and runs by the fullback? passes to the tight end? more use of malcolm mitchell? the uga defense would have benefitted greatly if uga in the second half had been able to control the ball--but that would have required more thoughtful play-calling.

i hope uga doesn't assume that, because florida has looked ineffective lately, it's a pushover (especially on defense).

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:00

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