Thursday, May 31, 2007

Couple of things

- The Athens-Clarke County Comprehensive Plan is going through its process of being updated, and the citizen input portion is still alive and well. This Saturday, at the UGA School of Environment & Design Broad Street Studios from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m a group of consultants with the Jaeger Company will lead a discussion on the outlying corridors of our community that shift from a rural area to a single-family residential one as they move into town. It's something I'd like to go to, but The Wife tells me we have to go see her family.

- Also this Saturday, the State Democratic Party of Georgia will hold a mass canvas to encourage voters in the 10th Congressional District to get out and vote ... one would presume for one of the three Democrats on the ballot in James Marlow, Denise Freeman (now with corrected spelling) or Evita Paschell. If you want to volunteer, email

- Southern Republicans are doing cartwheels because Fred Thompson has all but decided to run for president (and we know how they love below-average actors transforming into celebrity politicians since, apparently, witty one-liners are better than, you know, actual policy). Still, Matthew Yglesias is among the many who aren't sold. Ezra Klein also questions this whole thing.

- We all kinda saw this coming, and it is a good thing methinks, but the LRA and the University of Georgia have agreed in principle regarding the Naval Supply School land. UGA, as it stands now, will get all of the property (it would seem to help ensure no future expansion into the Normaltown neighborhood), with a contingency plan for a private developer to assist in case the proposed medical school falls through. The area non-profits will get $7.9 million to assist with acquiring building space along North Avenue.

- Speaking of non-profits, we've launched a new fundraising program at IHN of Athens. It's a simple premise - if we can get everyone in our member congregations (and beyond) to give $30 a year, we can almost cover our entire budget for the fiscal year. We've also got levels of giving that include tickets to different events throughout the year, which you can see here. If you'd like to make a donation, it would be much appreciated. You can read up on IHN of Athens at our web site.

- Hillary makes a good point regarding the Athens Banner-Herald editorial, particularly since I, like her, like most of what it says. Also talking about the UGA child care issue is Nicki.

- Kickoff is set for Oklahoma State and South Carolina, though The Wife reminds me that I'll probably be busy come late August and early September. Something about my firstborn.


Anonymous chuck said...

Fred Dalton Thompson SHOULD run for President. Who else is there for the Republicans? There's Ron bin Paul, John "Free Speech" McCain, and Rudy "Pay For Six Abortions Before Breakfast" Guiliani.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Jmac said...

Chuck, I would have taken you for a Sam Brownback man.

7:46 PM  
Blogger Xon said...

Why do you call him "Ron bin Paul," Chuck? It can't be just because he believes that it is possible that we in some sense encourage terrorists to do what they do.

"NO! They just hate us b/c we're free!" Such explanations satisfy only children.

The world is full of monsters, right? Well then, what is so wrong of Paul to point out that when we pursue a foreign policy (which used to be advocated by progressives) which involves us getting involved in conflicts all over the world, and essentially hitting some of the monsters in the nose, that we might be "inviting" the monster to respond. He's not saying that the monster is just a good person at heart, or that it's "all our fault." He's just saying that when a country decides to act like an empire, other people are going to throw rocks. That's just the way it is.

Xon the Conservative

3:25 PM  

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