I assume the incident report did not name the false accuser, otherwise it should say the paper is withholding the name of the kid so crazed "fans" don't go looking for revenge. He may face charges. Depends on more facts than we have here. My hunch is Gurley will let it go. I'm not sure it's the kind of thing the student judiciary will take up, but it's possible.posted @ Monday, September 29, 2014 - 20:36
UGA probably needs to build a bit of this into its summer orientation.posted @ Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 09:54
@mpd0.59: That's just it, we don't know the actual words, and it also depends on the age of the kids. Are we talking 7-year-old players, or 12 years old? I'm surprised this happened in Oconee, which like Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. No doubt these were some "outsiders" making trouble. But I agree with someone above about an adult kicking my kid. Kicking? Really? A kid?posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 16:08
Wow. This should never happen.posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 16:01
Thanks for the free blog publicity, Jim. Need all I can get. For the truly bored out there, you can see the latest UGA frosh names piece at:
Join my tens of readers worldwide.posted @ Friday, September 26, 2014 - 09:47
I think your hed meant to say spots, not sports.posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 18:56
@grove600: Huh?posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 18:40
Congrats.posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 18:26
Did you just run a column about a guy talking to deer?posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 17:16
Oh, and Joe writes: "Police would not explain at a Friday press conference why they charged Arias with two counts of terroristic threats." I believe there were actually two Yik Yak posts -- the initial one described above, and a follow-up that was either another post by this guy or a reply to someone else's reply to his original post (yeah, I know, confusing ... it's Yik Yak after all). More info will emerge later, as the case file gets filled.posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 16:46
Exactly. It's a bond condition, not the punishment. Read the story.
As I wrote yesterday, if there's no evidence the kid actually planned to do anything, a couple of terroristic threat charges will likely get him a fine, a reduced sentence, counseling, and hopefully a lesson learned without completely destroying his life. He'll likely never be allowed to attend UGA. But, as the Internet is forever, his name will always be out there.posted @ Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 16:41
@Jaki: As someone who works across the street from the MLC and who is in there a couple of times a day, I'm well aware of the threat and definitely believe the UGA police responded appropriately. But of course it was a stupid prank, from all evidence so far. Again, if the police find other evidence to suggest it was more than a stupid post on Yik Yak (okay, most posts on Yik Yak are stupid), then send him away. But if it was just a foolish 19-year-old comment on a semi-anonymous social media site, then to me (or any reasoning person) that's a bit different.
We'll know a bit more after first appearance.posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 - 14:26
I love the people, behind their fake names, bravely suggesting all these penalties. He's a kid who screwed up in a big way. The charge itself is a $1,000 fine and/or 1-5 years in prison. If he has no priors, he'll probably be fined and sent to counseling so this doesn't sit on his record (other than, of course, the Internet, which is forever). Again, this assumes they found nothing in his past or his apartment, etc., that suggests more. Otherwise, as a stupid prank, it should not ruin his life.posted @ Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:54
Welcome back.posted @ Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:03
Confirmation from Yik Yak to a Grady Newsource reporter:posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 16:55
@Allie Jackson: Which, as the R&B has stressed, is not a copy of the original message. Yik Yak messages disappear quickly and you can't readily scroll back to old ones. But given the language, it certainly suggests this was the source of the threat.
I have Yik Yak on my phone, rarely look at it, but it's my job to know something about all these various forms of social media. Much of the content is infantile.posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 14:55
Williamson, during his press conference moments ago, wouldn't identify the "social media outlet" where the threat originated. Very likely (thanks to the R&B coverage and a screen shot of a reply to the original message) it was the one posted on Yik Yak, an anonymous social media popular with these wacky kids today.
Coincidentally, Yik Yak stopped local posts for about a half-hour today during the MLC search.
Anonymous social media, some stupid kid is about to discover, are not really all that anonymous once cops start asking for info.posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 14:39
@prophet: Tech has a world-class program and UGA poses no threat to it anytime soon. I suspect there are some students at UGA who didn't get into Tech, or didn't want to deal with the cutthroat nature of Tech's program. I'd also predict many also preferred the atmosphere of UGA and Athens to that of Tech and Atlanta. No doubt the engineering school surveys its students to understand why they're at UGA and who else they applied to. I know I would.posted @ Friday, September 19, 2014 - 11:03
This and a med program are absolutely necessary if UGA is to move to the next level and, for example, be invited to the Association of American Universities -- presently made up of the 62 best research universities. Only three SEC schools belong (A&M, Vandy, and UF). Yes, Tech (and Emory) are also members.posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 22:06
Olive Garden, never cared for, but I get why some folks like it. Red Lobster? True story. My kids had always wanted to eat there. We never took them. Finally we went. Understand that my wife is Cajun, my kids have grown up eating what she cooks or when visiting family in south Louisiana twice a year. The kids were dumfounded that anyone spent money on seafood so bland and rubbery. Fresh thawed badness. Which is okay -- if you don't like seafood.posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:18
Limbaugh is no surprise. His schtick requires him to say absolutely stupid things to stay relevant or at least to get attention. You kinda expect more from the folks on Fox & Friends, unless of course you actually watch them and and realize that, wow, these guys really can be idiots. Partisan hackery, that's one thing. But stupid as well?posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:50
Boiling pasta without salt? What is this, Shoney's?posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:45
@mpd0.59: Yes, but in fairness primaries are notorously difficult to predict. Still, the firm does not have a great track record, largely due to how it relies so heavily on cheap landline robo-calls.posted @ Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 07:58
Given past accuracy, I'd put more weight on the SurveyUSA numbers, but even so the two polls agree the Republicans are ahead. The best poll aggregators and models out there generally agree. One, for example, lists the Georgia U.S. Senate race as "competitive" but puts it at 79 percent likelihood of a GOP win.
In the gubernatorial race, it seems the ethics stuff isn't hurting Deal quite enough for Carter to pull even or ahead. That may change. Deal is not a particularly strong candidate, so there's wiggle room there.posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 15:59
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