@King Minos: Your majesty, could this be the next bubble that you are anticipating? http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/09/easy-lending-to-risky-borrowers-m...posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 17:21
He was just trying to shorten the travel time to Rock Hill. Can't believe that his sports agent couldn't spring for a better ride than a Chrysler 300. The old alumni usually passed out Escalades and free parking over at Whitney hotel that doubled as the athletic dorm. Just another example of the idolatry and greed that is college football in the 21st Century.posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 07:30
Looks like the poster child for the neoliberal myths has come to it's senses. Unfortunately, this came after their economic suicide!posted @ Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 07:13
This concept of an inherent "right" that authorizes jury nullification is simply a dangerous myth! Individuals do not possess any Constitutional power to veto the collective will of the people as expressed through their legislative bodies. If there are issues with that legislation then the only limits are imposed by the higher will of the people as set out in their Constitutional law and the right to review legislation and set it aside resides in courts as the sole possessors of that authority. That is the difference between mob rule and the rule of law.
The flawed reasoning of those special interests that would impose anarchy in our society is paraded out periodically to preach such nonsense, but there is no basis in law or logic for such a principle.
The jury's duty is to determine the facts as established by the credible evidence presented and then to apply those facts to the appropriate law. They are not free to create there own facts.
The Latin verdictu, from which the word verdict is derived, means to determine the truth and that about sums it up. Determining the truth does not involve ignoring it. The whole system is designed to throw out potential prejudices and unreliable evidence in a coordinated fashion to help reach that truth. To allow jurors to impose their personal prejudices regardless of the facts would eviscerate the whole process and potentially lead to a reign of terror.
The absurd notion that allowing this somehow can protect minority rights is almost laughable. "Jury nullification" was essentially what white juries were practicing in the South in the 1960s when Klansmen or other white supremacists killed civil rights workers with virtual impunity and frequently escaped punishment under state laws through "hung juries" or out right acquittals in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary
It took three trials and nearly thirty years to successfully prosecute Lionel De Le Beckwith for the murder of Medgar Evers.
"You will know the truth and it will set you free!" Nullification is simply a rationale for people that are sore losers who prefer to live with lies!posted @ Friday, December 6, 2013 - 14:47
I'm on your side when it comes to having a well armed citizenry. Is there a risk involved in permitting such an occurrence and will folks be killed by fanatics? Absolutely! I just fear the alternatives even more.
As I said, high explosives were indicated. Uneducated folks can't make those in the kitchen. Somebody supplies them with the artillery shells or mortar rounds.
Technically fuel oil and ammonium nitrate are not "high" explosives, but if you put enough of it together you can get a Texas City type explosion. You do need a high explosive to effectively detonate it with some certainty and timing. The "det cord" used to set it off in OKC was probably stolen by some EOD specialist from a range while training. Were either McVeigh or Nichols trained in explosives techniques?
These IED & suicide bomb builders in Afghanistan are not quite rank amateurs. Many receive excellent training in the necessary basics and logistical support as well from facilities in Waziristan (Pakistan) where those elements of the Pakistani government that I referenced earlier provide both expertise and sanctuary for their former allies the Taliban.
They share military supplies and intelligence under the table with our adversary in Afghanistan while taking billions of American dollars in financial aid to ostensibly oppose "terrorism" and permit us to use their ports and logistical bases for resupply.
The Pakistanis fully intend to use the elements of the Taliban to retake control of Afghanistan --- at least as much as any government can. The ethnically dissimilar tribes in the North will resist, but the ethnically similar Pakistanis will further their national interests by installing and supporting financially and militarily their Taliban's efforts. This is "realist" foreign policy theory at it's best.
These realities in the Afghan theater are being hidden from the American public. It means that our chances of establishing Karzai as a puppet central government, supported by a foreign power preaching a Western culture, are essentially non existent. Still,we continue to operate under our delusional plan.
Read the Col. Daniel Davis report and enlighten yourself as to the Pentagon's and administration's outright lies and distortions all fabricated to prolong our stay. American soldiers will die in vain and hundreds of billions of dollars will be wasted as well! Why?posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 15:42
He is a Jesuit and they have a tradition of political intrigue with a great fondness for the poor. They are frequently outspoken and as indicated they occasionally have paid a heavy price for adhering to their principles and their faith. Usually however, they are quite astute in maneuvering through those political minefields that typically accompany such endeavors.
Paradoxically, I've seen a few of them branded as "Marxists", but that bizarre characterization just betrays the uneducated ignorance of their tormentors. I may form a political party, the Christian Marxists, just to confuse the electorate and those political commentators even further.
Leaving the secular realm for a moment lets talk theology! Know that materialism is a siren's song that lures potential Christians into some stormy seas. The number one issue that leads to marital discord and counseling is disputes over money. Not exactly yielding good fruit.
King I know that you love Paul's admonition to the Christians to "Avoid getting into debt!" He never envisioned consumer debt on cars, electronics, and appliances, or credit card debt, student loan debt, and mortgage debt. Paul's advice is clearly rejected, the exact opposite of what our current culture demands.
The moneychangers have even figured out how to circumvent the Populist/Progressive reforms that attempted to cap the practice of usury. Jesus warned us that there will be no usurers in the Kingdom of Heaven, so the neoliberal bandwagon has put a "title pawn" or "payday lender" on every street corner so that those that can't afford credit can get it anyway at those sinful rates. That practice of course is so that the poor people can play that materialism game as well. Same with those "Rent to Own" stores. Those credit card default rates are equally outrageous.
Jesus told us that "Where your treasure lies, there lies your heart also!" I read every day about the break ins and all the stolen electronics and that scripture about "Store up your treasures in Heaven where thieves do not break in." comes to mind.
"No man can serve two masters...., you will either serve God or you will serve Mammon!" Which master do those worshiping at the neoliberal temple serve? Do they blindly put their faith in profits to govern their lives?
Looking at the lies, theft, murder, abortion, divorce, greed, usury, militarism, materialism, idolatry, and corruption in government to assist in the exploitation of the poor and the financial aggrandizement of the rich, you wonder if maybe Khomeini was right --- we are the Great Satan. Also looks like the Pope is leaning towards that same conclusion.
Remember those words of Jesus, "You will know them by their fruits." What an indictment!posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 14:53
Far too many Southerners are totally inflexible ideologues and perpetually itching for a fight. Compromise is unmanly! It is the prevailing culture.
Remember the immortal line from Truman's Vice President, "Texas Jack" Garner, who responded to a reporter's inquiry by proclaiming that "There ain't nothing in the middle of the road in Texas, but yellow stripes and dead armadillos!" The more things change, the more they remain the same.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 13:38
Folks, that is not the result of a drano bomb! Definitely high explosives provided most likely by certain military/intelligence service elements within Pakistan that support certain elements of the Taliban operating within Pakistan and Afghanistan.
As Morgenthau said about imposing a government with foreign support in Vietnam, we are attempting a mission impossible. Our leaders never learn. You and I foot the bill --- in dollars and in blood!posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 13:19
@catman: Guess I'm on the "no fly" list now --- sort of like that poor German journalist that was critical of what he perceived as an emerging American police state and urged Merkel not to cooperate with this slide into darkness.posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 13:06
This man has "been there and done that" as he spent a good portion of his life trying to minister to the people of Argentina in a militarily imposed laboratory for neoliberal economic theory. A place where every function of government was subject to "privatization" so that corporate cronies could squeeze out some profits from the already poverty stricken citizenry. Any criticisms of this exploitation resulted in the critics getting "disappeared" and that included several priests. In fact his holiness was criticized for not speaking up at times about many of those issues. That however that would have only resulted in his own personal disappearance.
Francis knows the score and he must believe that his position now gives him some immunity from corporate political retribution. That may be a little naïve on his part. If he continues to use his bully pulpit to speak out he may yet experience another form of "disappearance". How far can he go before the economic screws are applied to the Catholic Church?posted @ Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 12:58
Tom Watson remains somewhat of a mystery.
In the late 19th Century he was the Populist organizer and speaker that championed the cause of the small farmers and tenant farmers entangled in the credit trap that was comprised of the crop liens and those seed and fertilizer notes. A man who rallied resistance to the corrupt political system that perpetuated this exploitation of the poor masses by the railroads, banks, furnishing merchants, and landlords. A liberal reformer selling progressive programs decades ahead of the times who promoted mass education and toleration and even unity between the African Americans of that era who shared a common economic interest with the poor white farmers of the day.
The politicians in that late 19th Century were the "redeemers" or "Bourbons" who had gradually seized control of Southern political institutions beginning shortly before and then after the "Hayes Compromise" in 1876 had essentially ended the Reconstruction period. These clever Democrats had used racial hatred to divide the poorer classes along racial lines and to destroy the Republican Party in the South. The legacy of the "lost cause" and the successful linking of the former slaves with the "Northern Oppression" obscured the financial evisceration and exploitation of the poor whites by this Southern elite and paradoxically rallied them to the cause of their oppressors.
Watson saw this class warfare and took up his cross to resist and rectify this bizarre injustice. During his crusade as a Populist leader he supposedly interrupted and stopped several lynchings of small black farmers who were to be killed simply because of their Populist affiliations. The Democratic party battled his efforts at every turn and actually "stole" several elections through multiple innovative methods of election fraud. Watson himself was denied a Congressional seat as a Populist Party candidate when his election was lost due to a technique which was later enshrined as the "Richmond County Method". The man may not have accepted the concept of intellectual equality of the races, but he was a crusader that battled the ignorance and racial division that helped preserve the economic injustices that he perceived.
After the virtual execution of the Populist Party with the "Fusion" with the Democrats in the Bryan/McKinley election of 1896, Watson's influence faded briefly. He apparently decided to accept that old adage that " If you can't beat them, then join them!" He became one of those Democrats that he hated so much and he played that same "race card" with all the same hatred, ignorance, and intolerance in order to mold a new constituency of the angry poor whites. This 180 degree philosophical transformation vaulted him to his political zenith which was the US Senate.
The "Nativist Movement" had gained steam in the early 20th Century as a reaction to a massive influx of immigrants that were from the "other Europe". This ultimately provided the impetus for a resurgent "Klan" that included intolerance for Jews, Catholics, and immigrants in general. Watson, like a Joseph McCarthy, seized upon this undercurrent of anger, hatred, and resentment to further his political career as a Democrat. He became the consummate racist and promoter of white, protestant, superiority.
If you are really interested in learning about this famous Georgian then get a copy of C Vann Woodward's doctoral dissertation that ultimately became "Tom Watson: Agrarian Rebel". This was the book that launched the historian's distinguished career as one of the preeminent authorities on Southern History.
Like Darth Vader, the white knight Watson abandoned his visions as a crusader for equality and justice and joined the forces of darkness. His betrayal of the poor masses and his subsequent efforts for the Southern elites is what made him a Senator and eventually got him a statute in the Capitol with all the other "good ole boys"!posted @ Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 10:57
Against our OTs, Jabba the Hutt is a rushing threat!
I don't blame our OTs mind you. Theus and Gates have worked hard and given it their best efforts, but if you don't have the quick feet and reaction times against these speed rushers in today's game then you are going to have problems. The slightest lack of attention or focus and you will get embarrassed and that is true even for those OTs that are more physically gifted with those traits.
We lost out on our OT recruiting targets --- Tunsil (OLE MISS), Juan James (TENN), Avery Young(AUB) and we have had to work around it. Sometimes it gets ugly! Blame it on recruiting failures! You have to have 2 a year because half of them never develop or actually get slower with the weight gain. Hormones can end your career.posted @ Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 10:48
The DL play is really quite simple. We have to be quicker and more explosive with our first steps and punches off the snap than the TECH OLs. I'd expect that from guys like Garrison Smith or Toby Johnson have that first step quickness. Mayes and Taylor will have to work to get quicker. We also have to use DL alignments and slants to get quick penetration. Also, intermittently bring the ILBs up into the gaps --- all to disrupt the timing and take away that dive handoff and also to get into the QB and dive back's head.
Keep the safeties up tight to the LOS as well to offer quick outside run support, outnumber blockers at the offensive points of attack on occasion when stunting, or in the alternative to latch onto receivers in tight pass coverage.
You essentially will have to play an 8 man front with the LBs and safety very shallow. This forces the DBs to frequently play a lot of "man" coverage. The main focus out of this scheme will have to emphasize attacking and aggressive play by the DL and LBs that is quicker than the OL and lead blockers. If you wait for the offense to come to you and do not beat them off that snap and penetrate then you will get shredded.
This is not just a "triple option" attack like the old wishbone or veer attacks where you get that triple option 90% of the time. The wingbacks and spread WRs in the no TE "twins" formations provide a "four vertical" pass threat that limits the 8 man front utilization and it allows blocking adjustments by the offense to counter defensive "assignment" football. Defensively you have to get 8 up near that LOS, but you must be able to adapt to cover that four vertical threat and change up assignments in order to keep Paul Johnson guessing. Your defense has to be aggressive and unpredictable!
The bottom line is that this offense is going to isolate GEORGIA's defenders and require them to execute in a fundamentally sound manner with limited potential for support. Any poor fundamentals will be exploited and unfortunately, exaggerated. Our inconsistent and indecisive defensive play up to this point in the season by the non DLs carries the potential for a defensive calamity in this game.
We simply have to be aggressive and extremely quick off the snap with the DLs and also quick to react and attack with our LBs. Also swarm to the ball and play "downhill". That is the first priority. Our safeties and DBs have to improve and be much more consistent in tackling. Quick to close in space with no bad angles and very solid hits with a "wrap up" on the ball carrier. In other words become fundamentally sound!
We have had 11 football games this season to grow and mature with no noticeable great improvements in our glaring lack of consistent execution of solid fundamentals by the non DLs, so it seems unlikely that this final week of practice is going to yield any great improvements. The same flaws and mistakes persisted all season.
Hopefully we will all be pleasantly surprised.posted @ Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 10:31
[quote][b]jtsim[/b] - right from wrong.[/quote]
We have raised a generation with an inordinate number of sociopaths. (Now termed "antisocial personality disorder" ) Our shift to the hedonistic "greed is good", self centered culture in the 80s, along with a lack of a stable and nurturing family environments in so many homes may have played a role in this. A fertile area for some research.
About 15 years ago a psychiatrist told me that probably 75% of the inmates at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville (The state's worst offenders) would be diagnosed as having antisocial personalities. These people simply fail to internalize the societal taboos or mores that limit others behaviors. In the extreme cases they feel totally justified in taking or doing whatever they desire whenever they desire, regardless of the consequences to others and they do it without most of the emotions that others experience. In those cases they have no guilt, no remorse, and usually very little fear! Just a totally defective personality. An individual who simply cannot function effectively in a society of rules.
What do you do with these individuals? You warehouse them and then ultimately treat a large number of their prison guards for PTSD after they try to ride herd on them for 10 or 15 years. That is just how stupid we are.
I hate it for the family, but it sounds like the whole bunch has some similar issues --- they want what they want and it doesn't matter about the consequences to the rest of society.posted @ Friday, November 29, 2013 - 08:40
[quote][b]davidxto[/b] - Supreme Leader who still lives in the twelfth century.[/quote]
Much of their revolutionary leadership never got out of the 7th Century, at least in terms of their theology and cultural evolution, but with the Pakistani Khan in their corner they are now prepared to make a quantum leap technologically into the 21st Century.
The ultimate goal, whether a product of national interests and realist foreign policy principles or religious zeal and jihad, is Iranian regional hegemony.
Is the motivation that important? An emphatic yes! This is because "realists" would not pursue the "mutually assured destruction" scenario. There however is a little more uncertainty mapping probabilities with suicide prone fanatics who welcome martyrdom.
Can't afford to get it wrong.posted @ Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 17:57
Richt is clueless if he believes that our defensive deficiencies are due only to our youth or inexperience.
We have problems with our scheme and game planning against the spreads. Our defensive personnel for our defensive scheme don't matchup against the spreads --- too big and too slow.
We also have problems with poor fundamentals in coverage, pursuit, and in open space tackling with our DBs. Our DLs don't get off the snap quick enough. Our OLBs in the run game consistently fail to set the edge or maintain containment. Our DBs don't get "in phase" and stay "in phase" consistently and in zone coverages they are extremely slow to read and react. "Pattern reading" appears to be a mystery. Shaq Wiggins is the only DB that routinely recognizes,reacts and "jumps" routes and he is a freshman!. Langley has vanished. So has Dawson, who like Swann, has regressed and is playing more like an uncomfortable freshman than Wiggins.
The ILBs still struggle to react quickly to their reads and have trouble getting off blocks too frequently.
Richt must still be on his pain meds if he doesn't see these glaring issues with our defensive play.
A choice of Muschamp over Grantham isn't even close.posted @ Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 12:38
@davidxto: Your first misstep --- this endeavor has nothing to do with "good government" You can preach such rhetorical nonsense to your constituents, but never use such language in your inner circle of confidants --- leads to misinterpretations.
The "silver dollar" has a certain nostalgic appeal, however from an efficiency standpoint I would prefer a printing press and bills of large denominations. If you are intent on graft you need to think BIG --- at least that is what Rubin, Summers, Bernanke, Geitner and the aforementioned Greenspan always said. Greenspan was always more of an ideologue and crusader rather than a thief although he was paid handsomely for all that mumbling.
Andrew Huszar suggested a program of FED purchasing of municipal bonds. If we give the underwriting to Goldman Sachs I think we can get the FED to buy in and put in another $1.25 trillion.Sort of a quantitative easing for our overstretched municipalities to assist with all those promises for votes that were passed out to gain or retain office. You've read that Volker report to the Council On Foreign Relations --- but remember, we astutely call them "unfunded liabilities" when discussing them in public.
Sounds like you have a platform we can sell.posted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 - 12:00
@davidxto: Man, you are rockin! You are also a quick study --- grasping that relationship between power and promises. Don't overlook the fact that you're gonna need some council members in your corner. A political star is born!
Of course if politics doesn't work out then there is always entertainment. If you can just incorporate a little more anger in your sarcasm you could be the next Lewis Black or maybe Jon Stewart.posted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 - 09:45
@nowheregirl: The "Peter Principle" has no gender bias.
The King's beef seems to be that we have corrupted the good professor's premise by linking promotions to extraneous traits unrelated to merit or competency. Everyone's MBA is now obsolete!posted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 - 09:32
@Cedar2GSU: The DUKE transplant crew refers to them as "donor cycles". There is almost invariably "severe head trauma" with a lot of kidneys, lungs, and hearts ready for harvest.
All too often, and this appears to be one of those cases, the poor operator is without fault. Sad! You be careful!posted @ Friday, November 22, 2013 - 09:15
Separate and apart from the issue of drug testing for Congressional candidates, there is the opinion of Lewis Black that this country was actually run better when all the Congressmen were alcoholics. Wilbur Mills was a powerful and effective legislator when he wasn't skinny dipping in the tidal basin. Enjoy Lewis comments. They are at the end of the segment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0VfwLr1qxcposted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 14:34
This song seemed appropriate. Live from Paris 1985. Guess that's about all we can export. Reminds me of my youth and has a profound message for both the academics and the politicians who think they control business decision making. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrYBtLgBviw
Of course "headin South" would now entail crossing the border to Mexico. Just read a report on Nissan Motor Company's expansion of auto manufacturing in the Northern part of that nation. Estimated labor costs including all benefits is approximately $10/hr. Wonder where the "Lewis turning point" is in Mexico?posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 13:46
Listen to your wife! If you don't then you will never get any of #33s "shugga". I believe he is referencing a type that diabetics can consume without blood chemistry issues.
When you are experiencing an altered reality a little Geodon with an Abilify kicker can sometimes help. If that doesn't work then it looks like a 1013 is in your future and then we can find an effective regimen to correct your psychobabble.posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 13:10
@davidxto: As to your "abacus" remark I though "Nonsense" was an appropriate response, but this tirade warrants a full fledged "meshugga"!posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 10:43
@davidxto: Nonsense!posted @ Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 15:01
Summary: Madison County had six players named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-State teams last week. Madison County had six players named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-State teams last week. Georgia State signees Randee Bettis and Ivie Drake were named to the first team, along with Dani Lukas. Columbus State signee Bri Carr made the second team with Alexis Damron and Haley Gordon.Bettis and Drake will play in the North-South All-Star game in Rome, Ga. in June.
Summary: Athens Academy's Anna Buchanan earned the Sportsmanship award at the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour's Tournament of Champions, which finished on Sunday. Athens Academy's Anna Buchanan earned the Sportsmanship award at the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour's Tournament of Champions, which finished on Sunday. Buchanan was the Banner-Herald's Girls Golfer of the Year in 2012.