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AP Exclusive: Many sex offenders killed in California prison

Prison should not be a place where we send people to be murdered. Yeah, it's impossible to work up any sympathy, and to be honest I dunno what can be done about it, but it's both morally lacking and intellectually lazy to just cheer on prisoners murdering other prisoners.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 15:12

ARMC: No recent cases of bacterial meningitis treated at hospital

So will all the folks on social media spreading gossip about this now apologize? No, I didn't think so.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 14:35

UGA student accused in fraternity shooting incident surrenders

Sigh. Frat boys with guns. I assume, like the kid who posted the threat on Yik Yak, this student will likely be suspended from UGA until the legal side plays itself out.

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 13:17

Comic book world's attempts at inclusion fall short

Actually studying comic books is a long academic tradition, just like looking at the social commentary of television shows, from "Buffy..." to "Simpsons." It provides another window into what creators think is important and what audiences respond to. Yeah, I know, PhDweeby, but our popular culture tells us a lot about ourselves, whether you like it or not.

posted @ Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 15:28

Yarbrough: Police officers are amazing people doing tough work

Being a police officer is a difficult, dangerous, often thankless job. My every interaction with local cops has been excellent. I get it that other people have very different stories, especially those younger than me, of a somewhat darker shade, but all of my experiences have been positive.

posted @ Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:15

Bernstein: Romney decision shows strength of GOP presidential field

@dawgette: Walker, to me, looks stronger and stronger. Bush is the favorite, but if the right wing of the party can organize around someone like Walker, and he has success with fundraising, he could be an interesting candidate. I can't see Christie going far, though he'd be a lot more entertaining than the others. Today Christie kinda shot himself in the foot on vaccinations, but other than the chattering class no one really cares.

posted @ Monday, February 2, 2015 - 16:42

Bernstein: Romney decision shows strength of GOP presidential field

I agree it's a deeper bench than we saw in 2012 and 2008. Jeb Bush looks like a strong candidate, as does Scott Walker and Chris Christie. Some of the others will appeal to certain wings of the party (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, etc.) and may be able to cobble together a strong run. It's important the GOP not get distracted by such kooks as Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. With luck and no Herman Cain-esque flavor-of-the-month candidates, the GOP may be able to coalesce around a strong opponent to take on Hillary Clinton.

If I had to bet, I'd say it's a Bush-Clinton general election, but so much can change between now and then. My hunch is, if it is Bush v Clinton, there will be enough name fatigue that we'll see dampened turnout. Low turnout elections tend to favor Republican candidates, so enough name fatigue could work in Bush's favor.

posted @ Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 18:44

Editorial cartoon for Jan. 23

@swimdawg68: First off, get their names right. It's Maddow. It's Megyn Kelly. Then again, if you don't like facts, Fox is the network for you. I don't speak from an ideological standpoint, I speak as a journalism professional who is trained to analyze news content. Fox is a lightweight when it comes to covering news, but it's a heavyweight when it comes to talking about the news. If you rely on Fox, you're seriously uninformed and misinformed -- hence their one and only major retraction for often getting things if not wrong, then seriously skewed. And there's even some pretty good research that supports that notion.

Don't get me wrong. I really enjoy O'Reilly and Kelly. And I'll never watch Sharpton on MSNBC. Of the three, only CNN really tries to report the news in any kind of straight manner -- setting aside their own hosts, of course.

posted @ Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 13:12

Editorial cartoon for Jan. 23

Fox is infamous for not apologizing or correcting for mistakes, but this BS was so over the top and continuous (and mocked in Europe) that the network felt forced to break its tradition of never admitting error.

That said, Fox is brilliant at what does -- skilled, attractive anchors who dress up opinion as news. MSNBC tries to do the same but it's not in Fox's league.

As so Fox's leading the audience. Keep in mind the audience for cable television news is relatively small. Bill O'Reilly, the top Fox, gets about 2.5 million viewers. About 22 million combined watch the three broadcast network news shows.

posted @ Friday, January 23, 2015 - 15:30

Ponnuru: Republicans don't need to 'show they can govern'

@Kwijibo Junior: Actually moderates do vote. They made up, according to exit polls, 40 percent of the 2014 voters. Conservatives made up 36 percent, liberals 23 percent.

What it means to describe yourself as a "moderate" is an interesting and difficult-to-parse question. Twenty-nine percent described themselves as "independents" versus the other two parties, so moderate appears to be a somewhat more acceptable term.

posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 18:28

UGA student charged with murder in drug-related shooting death of fellow student

@Oistrakh: It's possible the police aren't sure they have the whole story yet. And it's likely they will try to get one of these three to roll on the others, especially the shooter. I'm impressed by the quick arrests in this case.

posted @ Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:49

Pouch introduces internationally inspired savory pies to Athens

I love Cornish pasty, so definitely gotta give this a try.

posted @ Monday, January 19, 2015 - 11:54

Can GOP shatter 'Obama coalition' in 2016?

With the right nominee (assuming Hillary Clinton for the Dems) the Republicans can shave off enough votes here and there to, if not shatter the "Obama coalition" then make it less a factor. The Republican nomination process will be fascinating. Actually it's fascinating now, the "invisible" primaries that often settle the eventual nominee -- which basically happened with Romney. Early official primaries favor more conservative candidates like Huckabee, but a more mainstream candidate like Romney can outlast them if he or she hangs in there with serious money until GOP primaries in traditional blue states occur, where loads of delegates await and that candidate overwhelms the winner of Iowa, South Carolina, etc.

I fully expect a Jeb Bush vs Clinton race in 2016 -- which is kinda like a bad late-night TV rerun.

posted @ Friday, December 26, 2014 - 14:00

Towery: GOP shouldn't laugh at Trump presidential bid

Trump is a clown. He has no constituency, no base, and if he's nominated the Democrats could run nearly anyone and keep the White House. I can only guess Towery wrote this to get a rise out of people because, jeez, it's just plain dumb.

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 15:12

Georgia's Bobo is Colorado State's new head coach

Bobo will be missed. He was a helluva coach, despite what the ankle-biters say. That said, it was time he took a stab at a head coaching job. I have no idea who is out there and poachable for offensive coordinator, especially someone whose scheme fits UGA's more pro style approach.

posted @ Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 15:08

Lanoue named finalist for National Superintendent of the Year

As someone who recently had two kids graduate from the system, I can speak with (at best) modest authority, plus I've chatted with him a couple of times over the years. Give him credit for the technology updates and trying to find creative ways to help a struggling system, but also note he's very unpopular among teachers. I'm not sure exactly what the criteria are for superintendent of the year, but given he won the state and is a finalist for national, I suppose he's doing the kinds of things they look for in such an award.

If you don't like him, hope he wins. That'll make him an attractive candidate elsewhere. If you do like him, congratulate him and be happy for the publicity he brings to ACC. If you're indifferent ... well, then I wonder why you're even reading this.

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 17:40

Ambrose: More conservatives needed on college campuses

"The words strike me as more nearly a rant meant to indoctrinate."

The author has clearly not spent much time in a college classroom. The last thing a rant will do is indoctrinate anyone, especially not a roomful of 20 year olds who already think they know everything.

posted @ Friday, December 12, 2014 - 14:30

CBS sets Letterman's last show for May 20

While I'm rarely up to watch the late-night shows, or at least likely to have the TV on, it'll be interesting to see whether Colbert is successful not playing the blow-hard fake Colbert but instead is just himself. He's so funny, it seems likely it'll work, at least with the Letterman audience.

posted @ Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 17:28

Georgia man told to remove NRA hat at polling place sues

It reads like a weak case for election officials. Yes, NRA gives money to candidates and campaigns, but so do banks, and I'm certain I could wear a SunTrust hat into a polling place without a hassle. That said, NRA is overtly political and keep in mind there are few, if any, First Amendment rights within a polling place. That's why you can't campaign inside one, and that's why politicians or sign-holders have to stay a certain distance away. I'm no First Amendment scholar, so my guess is as good or bad as anyone else's (okay, it's perhaps somewhat better informed than some of the scholars here) but I suspect in the long run this will quietly be dropped as an instance of "passive campaigning." The ACLU in other states has fought this on First Amendment grounds in other places.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 16:19

UGA student arrested for DUI hit-and-run, drug and firearm charges

@OconeeJoe: Looks like 10 charges, total of $12,500 bond.

posted @ Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 13:40

Clarke Schools Superintendent Phil Lanoue named Georgia Superintendent of the Year

Very nice. Congrats.

posted @ Friday, December 5, 2014 - 15:04

Lady Bulldogs remain undefeated, beat Coppin State 49-29

I believe in basketball Coppin State is in the same division as UGA and pretty much everyone else. It's men's team is often in March Madness, usually as the sacrificial lamb to Duke or someone like that. But if it helps, Landers' SEC record (if that's "D-1" enough) is .666 (267 wins, 134 losses) and (I think) about 17 or so "Sweet 16" or better finishes in the NCAA tourney.

And they did beat THE Ohio State on their court a few days ago. The Michigan State game will be interesting in a few days too.

posted @ Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 17:04

Stanford: To boost turnout, make election day a national holiday

I sympathize with the idea, but as far as I know there's no data to suggest it would help. Instead, just make voting mandatory, like Australia.

In reality, low-turnout elections tend to help the Republican candidate while high-turnout elections tend to help the Democratic candidate, so I'm fairly certain the GOP is not going to go out of its way to support anything like this. Lip service, of course, but it'd be against the party's best interest to support more people actually voting.

posted @ Friday, November 21, 2014 - 16:24

5 questions, answers on 'net neutrality'

@TeeWee: This is what happens when you let partisan hackery take over your brain. It's a complicated subject, but essentially do you want cable/internet companies to take over complete control and set rates for streaming services or not? Odds are, if we see a "fast lane" surcharge this will decrease innovation. It'll be hard for startups to be treated equally on the Internet, in terms of speed of delivery. Plus we'll spend a hell of a lot more for Netflix and related services, if net neutrality goes away, and in the U.S. we already pay far more than other countries in terms of Internet access.

In fairness to Verizon, AT&T, Time-Warner, Charter, etc., they do see Netflix taking up a huge portion of the bandwidth. But if ya love your cable/Internet/phone companies, by all means side with them against the net neutrality folks who want all content treated the same.

Smarter political folks than me suggest Obama made a mistake by speaking out. Lots of people will take their partisan cues from this (if Obama is fer it, I'm agin it). Case in point, Sen. Ted Cruz who, in an amazing example of apples-oranges comparison, called it Obamacare for the Internet. I'm not sure Cruz even knows what the Internet is.

posted @ Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 17:57

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

@ponsoldt: Yeah, one analyst I read today figured this for a scorefest and predicted UGA would have one or two more big plays that resulted in a win. UGA is only a 2.5-point favorite, so maybe it'll be 65-62.5.

posted @ Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 18:16

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