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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 - 13:23

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 - 23:58

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 - 13:00

Deal, Carter, Hunt clash in debate

carter was one of the brightest, hardest working, most open-minded students i had in teaching for 30 years at uga law school. deal is ethically challenged.

deal has pursued republican economic orthodoxy that is demonstrably wrong, and is a primary cause of georgia's terrible unemployment rate, compared to other states. his refusal to accept the expansion of medicaid has harmed rural hospitals and related small businesses (as well as individuals who would have benefited).

for anyone familiar with the backgrounds of the candidates, this election choice should be a "no-brainer", even for open-minded republicans.

posted @ Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:51

George Dean's store in downtown Athens to close after 48 years

i (and my son) wish wayne dean the best! he was very helpful in the making of "the spectacular now".

posted @ Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 16:54

Bushes figure prominently in Georgia Senate race

"distortions"? come on, say the word: "lies". republican strategy is to lie, lie again, and lie more loudly, hoping voters are listening to talk radio.

so repub candidate perdue thinks george bush's volunteer organization funnels funds to "terrorists", right? neil bush thinks perdue is a lying a___hole.

do georgia voters care? good grief, i hope so.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:43

Georgia's jobless rate rises to 8.1 percent

how can deal and his people claim with a straight face that deal's pro-wealthy policies, making the "job-creators" happy, has been good for georgia?

and, regarding the senate race, the thing is, although perdue in the senate wouldn't have as direct an effect of georgia's employment problem, his policies are the same as deal's. in his prior life as a corporate ceo, he didn't exactly make his employees happy. he'd be just another lock-step republican, placing ideology above common sense.

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:37

Four finalists for dean of UGA School of Law to visit campus

very good candidates! so, the question is: go outside or stay inside? i'll be curious to see what jere wants to do. i hope the school will move away from adams' regime's top-down leadership and any suggestion of "cronyism".

posted @ Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 14:33

The Editor's Desk: Take deeper look at Georgia's business rankings

what do the ratings mean? they mean that businessmen like a "plantation" economy: low taxes on the wealthy, subsidized by higher taxes on the workers. and low wages for workers means higher profits for the owners.

but businessmen can't like georgia's "climate" too much--our unemployment rate is still higher than the national average.

actually, more businesses have become alarmed by the fact that republican controlled states are in fact controlled by the tea party, and few businessmen are ideologues. north carolina and kansas are prime examples.

posted @ Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 16:34

Clarke school board adopts resolution critical of teacher evaluation plan

good news! i hope the board communicates with other school boards around the state, who may lack the spine to speak out on this important issue. the more the voices, the better. and i commend phil lanoue for renewing the discussion.

our legislature seems to be going out of its way, whenever we turn around, to destroy public education and make taxpayers pay for it (with transfer payments to private testing companies and others). they really do need to start over with a clean slate.

i hope phil lanoue and our uga school of education will begin to address more helpful alternatives to using standardized test scores as a way to compare schools and school systems. what happened in atlanta--which has become a national news feature--should be recognized as a cautionary tale.

posted @ Friday, September 12, 2014 - 15:24

Longer Rice video features obscenities, spitting

i haven't seen the a.p. video, but if it's as described we now have another reason not to jump too quickly to conclusions (or to rely exclusively on outlets like tmz).

as described, rice and palmer are shouting obscenities at each other when palmer lunges at rice and spits in his face. is that true? if so, then i assume rice's response was an instantaneous unthinking one. not defensible but understandable. people (especially if one or both has been drinking) often behave in very unfortunate ways when provoked).

and another good reason (if we need one) why the open carry laws need to be re-thought: what if he'd had a pistol in his pocket? or if she did?

the fact is that many people act instantaneously in irrational, stupid ways in the spur of the moment. ask yourself, what would you have done when you were young, in a bar, say (and having had something to drink), if someone lunges at you and spits in your face? would you have reacted in a way you'd like to take back later?

that's why i think it was appropriate for both rice and palmer to have apologized for their behavior. from their perspective, it's a "good" thing that all they've lost is money (and their reputations).

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 15:15

Go back to drawing board on grading teachers, Lanoue tells lawmakers

quick said she based her vote for this awful state law "on data". what bunk!!

if quick is true to her libertarian leanings she will admit that the vote was a lockstep "pro-testing" vote that placed state bureaucrats and politicians even more in the business of education--which should be left to our school principals and teachers.

and the cost to taxpayers!!! regina, seriously, how can you support this wealth transfer from georgia taxpayers to private testing companies, that damages teachers, students, and everyone else (except the private testing industry)? stand up and start asking intelligent questions. lanoue is telling you the truth: the "data" you were presented is hokum.

posted @ Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 14:54

Georgia ethics commission fires director

i don't think we've heard the end of this story. do you trust our attorney general's office? should we?

how about the "senior officials" in deal's office?

why did the ethics commission determine so quickly to get rid of leberge?

bottom line, legerge's attorney claims leberge is a "whistle-blower". i think she'll be blowing that whistle again, and maybe this time our news media will listen more closely. ie: ethics allegations against deal?

will voters march lock step to re-elect our "challenged" governor?

posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 - 14:42

Georgia system to grade teachers 'paralyzing,' Lanoue says

i salute phil lanoue's bringing this sad and serious situation to the public's attention.

and i encourage him, vernon payne, and the school board to solicit support from others in the state to begin to design litigation to force the state to come to its senses--and get the state for the most part out of our classrooms and leave education to principals and classroom teachers.

one of the problems is that the "education testing" industry has become too powerful, and too much money (ultimately taxpayer money) is at stake. deferring to the private sector will tend to have that kind of a result--to allow "money to talk" to the detriment of our kids' education.

we all have a role in asking every candidate for public office what his/her position on increased standardized testing is. the talk about "accountability" has the wrong focus--it should be on our politicians for their messing around with classroom education.

posted @ Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 13:49

Insurers to pay $11 million in Georgia rebates

let's face it: the evidence has proven that republican officials who have lock-step opposed obamacare, and have refused to expand medicaid, are the enemies of the people. all people. they elevate power and ideology above their duty to serve.

in fact, republican opposition to medicaid expansion in georgia should be the number one issue in november's election: that opposition has cost thousands of people, including children, health care coverage (and even in some instances, most likely, their lives), and is bankrupting rural hospitals.

i await with interest georgia press coverage of this issue during the coming months. will it be "fair and balanced"? or propaganda for those in office?

posted @ Friday, July 25, 2014 - 13:12

Dupuy: Bergdahl is latest GOP target for 'Two Minutes Hate'

i still don't understand how christians can support or follow the hate mongers. the only explanation i have is that they really don't read or understand or believe the sermon on the mount.

those who make (lots of) money by promoting hate and division and advancing policies designed to injure many americans and damage the country are despicable. they're certainly not christian, in any meaningful sense of the term.

this editorial is spot-on. the taliban apparently treated bergdahl better than our right wing fanatics have.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:15

Candidates Rachel Watkins and Melissa Link talk lessons learned on campaign trail, vision for commission

both candidates would make good commissioners. i hope the winner doesn't become a "go along to get along" commissioner or one too fearful to ask relevant questions.

with respect to the sniping at former commissioner carl jordan, jordan was one of the hardest working commissioners we've had. too bad he's not still on the commission. i think it's pretty funny when the most opinionated among us don't like it when others voice their opinions--if they conflict with ours.

posted @ Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:02

UGA fundraising sets record at $126 million

so, someone should inquire how much money the board of regents, who selected michael adams and continued him in office after the critical forensic audit, has cost uga.

we have to stop this "going along to get along" and refusal to ask questions among those in responsible positions.

virtually everyone predicted that donations to uga would pick up under jerre.

posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 16:25

Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

i wonder how many republicans understand that the official republican line is against providing contraceptives. yes, think about it: that's how extreme the republican party is in intruding into personal lives: your corporate employer can choose to prevent your health insurance from paying for contraceptives.

libertarians--are you sure you really want to vote republican?

posted @ Monday, June 30, 2014 - 14:06

What Others Say: Senate Democrats' interest in campaign finance reform merely political ploy (The Augusta Chronicle)

so, yesterday "what others say" was from the savannah republican rag--filled with falsehoods, as usual--and today you give us the blathering of the augusta republican rag.

if abh were a person, it would be ashamed of itself for these associations.

do you really endorse a goal of rendering newspaper readers completely ignorant? sure, rush and sean and red state and drudge make lots of money doing this, but i doubt newspapers can.

posted @ Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 13:59

Christina's world? Maine. Wyeth world? Chadds Ford

"christina's world" is popular--that's its "sin" from the point of view of a lot of contemporary art critics and curators--who lavish praise on things the vast majority of us wouldn't allow in the house.

wyeth's work is mostly very good, very evocative, and certainly worth seeing.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:42

What Others Say: Special counsel needed for IRS probe (Savannah Morning News)

this editorial is flaming rubbish, filled with falsehoods. abh should be ashamed to be associated with the savannah morning news. it's about keeping your readers ignorant and hoping they remain loyal republican voters.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:37

Libertarians Swafford, Hunt qualify for Georgia ballot

no true libertarian (i was one when much younger) could possibly support today's republican party (my parents were republican and raised me to "like ike" and even support richard nixon--this was before i became a libertarian).

that's why, for example, rand paul tends to scare many orthodox republicans, who have incorporated authoritarian social views into the republican platform. so anyone who claims to sympathize with libertarian views and nevertheless votes for an establishment republican today--just hasn't been listening objectively.

posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 13:31

Today's editorial cartoon

the ignorance and hypocrisy of these repubs can't be overstated. why would anyone believe them? heck, why does the press report their views? going into iraq based on lies, resulting in deaths, loss, chaos, etc., shouldn't that be regarded, even by repub voters, as disqualifying?

posted @ Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 15:12

Group challenges Ohio ban on campaign lies

the constitutionality of a "false speech law"? this group wants the right to "speak falsely"?

actually, i'd like to read the law in question. if the law purports to give courts the ability to enjoin false speech before it occurs (ie, issue a prior restraint), then there really is an interesting constitutional question: can a prior restraint prevent in advance speech known to be false?

but if the law instead seeks to punish, or provide damages for, false speech after it occurs, then there should be no issue. in fact, i'd like to see laws like that all over the place, making it easier to sue people for lying factually and materially about candidates for public office.

posted @ Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 16:56

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