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Nunn, Perdue square off in first Senate debate

None of which, above, has anything at all to do with the debate. Troll.

posted @ Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 16:41

Following journalist's beheading, another American hostage at risk by Islamic State

Negatives placed on my post above from swimdaw68, OCCountry, and mike59. Defenders of the wingnuts, hiding behind fake names.

posted @ Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 08:12

US trying to verify video of American's killing

Very sad. One group estimates as many as 20 journalists may still be held in Syria. An AP journalist was killed in Gaza last week, a NYT journalist hurt in Iraq. If I ever meet Rush Limbaugh and his "drive-by" media BS, ot Sarah Palin and her "lamestream media" crap, I'll punch 'me out.

posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 20:40

What Others Say: Militarization of police is worrisome (The Orange County Register)

For fun I cranked some Georgia-specific data on military hardware passed on to local law enforcement based on the excellent NYT work. See:

posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 13:31

Defiant Gov. Perry rejects 'outrageous' indictment

Wow. I finally got around to watching the arrest video of the DA. Yes, she's an embarrassment, but she's also an elected official, so it's largely up to the voters to get rid of her.

As to Perry's presidential chances ... too early to say. He had his moment in 2012 when he was one of the Republican flavors of the month (Cain, etc.) and then famously fizzled in a debate. Chris Christie seems to keep hanging around as a viable candidate, though he's hardly going to appeal to the more conservative GOP voters who tend to participate in early primaries. He'll have to hang in there until after Iowa, N.H., and South Carolina. Jeb Bush is a more likely candidate, at least if Republicans want to recapture the White House. Nominate someone like Ted Cruz and Hillary can start measuring the drapes.

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 17:36

UGA starts off school year quietly on Monday

Not quietly if you're the kid who apparently got hit on Baldwin where the driver of a pickup failed to yield to a pedestrian ( My only complaint about the new records system is there's no way to download a class roll, something I'm told will be corrected in a month or two.

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 16:18

UGA student found passed out on park bench downtown

@LaMareaRoja: Yeah, I miswrote. Meant "not unusual," which fits the context of the rest of my post.

posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:50

UGA student found passed out on park bench downtown

@WestsideAthens: Given he couldn't even give his name or other identifying info, it's not usual for officers to summon EM'S if they believe health may be endangered. Don't confuse intoxication with the condition of the suspect you're completely unable to judge from a few grafs in a news story.

posted @ Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 19:42

Estrich: Blind loyalty won't help Hillary win presidency

What makes you discount the column above? The end: "...she managed the presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis in 1988." A famously bad campaign, although the scummy Willie Horton ad left a bad taste in most people's mouths. All that aside, Hillary Clinton -- assuming she's the Democratic nominee -- has the electoral math in her favor against most of the likely GOP nominees.

posted @ Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 16:59

UGA student found passed out on park bench downtown

The lack of a name may have to do with him being hospitalized and will be charged later. And for fun, you can tell the students have returned. Go to the UGA police log and read the second table of, yes, public urination, arrests. Sigh.

posted @ Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:12

Defiant Gov. Perry rejects 'outrageous' indictment

I'm no Perry fan, but I think he has a point. Lame indictment, clearly political payback. Then again, it's Texas and bare-knuckled politics is how ya do it there. He knows that.

And I will say Perry looks quite smart in his new hipster glasses.

posted @ Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:07

Despite hackers, Mo. police chief won't ID cop in shooting

Police are obligated under Missouri's open records law to release the name, but they can put it off for a few days if there is evidence the release will endanger him or public safety. A few vague phone calls or emails won't trump eventual release. I expect it late on a Friday afternoon.

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 09:01

Harrop: Don't underestimate 'ignorance vote'

Not all conservatives have a problem with science -- just the kooky ones. Yes, this includes Ted Cruz. The problem with science? It's true, wackos, whether you believe it or not.

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 07:51

An animal lover and a UGA vet school trailblazer

Dr. Maxwell was a terrific vet. Not easy to get along with, I agree, and not a hands-holding-wishy-washy-kumbaya vet either. Still, I clearly remember as we both cried as we put down our golden retriever of many years, one Dr. Maxwell had treated since she was a pup and a dog who actually eagerly looked forward to trips to the vet.

As an aside, too many typos above (nursed them to help?). Still, I appreciate the story.

posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 07:43

UGA lands Peach State's No. 1 recruit — what does it mean?

It's a huge "get" for the defense. And at least athletes get arrested in Athens. In Baton Rouge, Athens, or Tuscaloosa, they get sent home with a stern look and a move to the first team.

posted @ Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 09:45

Hood, prosecution asks judge to reconsider using Elbert County jury in Athens murder trial

@The Oracle of the Athens Banner Herald: Good point, demographically, though of course Baldwin County is about twice the distance from Athens that is Elbert County. Not that it matters if they're putting the jurors in a hotel during the trial. Baldwin also has a somewhat higher African-American population than does Elbert.

There also may be some relationship across judicial districts that plays a role here. Just a guess.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 17:33

Hood, prosecution asks judge to reconsider using Elbert County jury in Athens murder trial

@retiredandhappy: I hacked out a comparison of various demographics:

I didn't include Hall in the original post, but it's only 8.1 percent black. A jury pool from there would be a sound basis of an appeal.

posted @ Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 12:36

UGA first-year students set academic criteria records

@Korn Cob Pipe: Most appear smarter than the brainiacs who post here.

posted @ Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 12:20

Expert at UGA answers questions about Ebola

@LaMareaRoja: I think his point is fruit bats in Africa play a role. Ebola is not in the wild in this hemisphere.

posted @ Friday, August 8, 2014 - 09:20

Auburn football star Lutzenkirchen registered .377 BAL at time of fatal wreck

@jwwcoach: Yes, prominence is among the key criteria for what makes something news, thus his blood alcohol score leading the story. Plus it's so very high, making it a bit unusual as well. Journalism 101.

posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 15:29

BLOG: Planning Commission to consider application for student housing project tonight

@retiredandhappy: If I read the story right, the planners can't stop an apartment going in, they can just negotiate the density and other requirements.

posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 14:49

Gandelman: Some programming ideas for Sarah Palin Channel

Making fun of Palin is going after low-hanging fruit. Too easy, and every time she speaks she provides more material. Still, the column is kinda funny.

posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:11

Athens police ask motorists to use caution near new traffic light

Such warnings are fairly typical when a new light goes in.

posted @ Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 12:08

Charter adding SEC Network

Dish will have it. Unless, of course, it rains. Then not.

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 15:50

Exposed woman arrested in Athens park

The always-entertaining Athens-Clarke police beat. And the UGA students aren't even here yet...

posted @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:11

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