Friday, June 01, 2007

Couple of things

- Lest you ever doubt me, there's always a connection between the state of Georgia and some sort of weird news story.

- Nothing terribly exciting coming from 10th Congressional District Debate in Banks County, though I would like to know why James Marlow decided not to show. Still, Nate Pulliam completely misreads the conflict in the Middle East, Erik Underwood endorses Joe Biden's plan for dividing Iraq into three provinces and Jim Whitehead sends a surrogate.

- Speaking of the 10th Congressional District, I received a copy of the police report from the Eric Spohn/Brandon Phillips incident. The four witness statements that were collected paint the Bill Greene camp as the instigators of this situation. Mary Keith says in her statement that as Phillips was placing at a nearby intersection, Greene pulled up and began yelling at him. Phillips returned to his truck, parked in Keith's driveway, with Greene on his tail as he continued to berate the younger volunteer. Keith's husband asked Greene to leave, to which the latter was 'rude' to him. The reports all have Greene instructing the Minutemen to come outside, with Keith interpreting that as a hostile threat while Greene, at this blog and elsewhere, said it was merely to remove the signs.

- While I don't wish to pay more at the pump, isn't a combination of rising prices and a higher tax a good way to force everyone involved to consider more efficient transportation? With biodiesel now running 20 to 30 cents cheaper, one would think we'd see some concerted effort on the part of the state to bring automobiles which can use that type of fuel more easily into the marketplace. Peach Pundit is talking about it too.

- I think Dan makes a good point, and the one he forgets is the one that Oconee County conveniently forgets to discuss ... that a better comprehensive land use plan that can better manage its exploding growth can limit these establishments from rushing in. Right now you've got a subdivision here and one over there, with the closest grocery store 20 minutes away. Oconee County can control its own destiny if it wants to, even if permits pour-by-the-drink sales.

- Blake talks about the Flagpole piece on Carl Jordan, and plugs my blog as well.

- I think the headline for this story, and possibly its lede, is misleading. You have to consider that in both Great Britain and Germany, the president has some loose allies. However, his 'bold' plan isn't even a plan. He wants to get together a talk in about a year, as if he thought of this brilliant idea to start dialogue. That's actually been going on for several years now, and the Bush Administration has refused to sit at the table. Furthermore, the minimal details of his 'plan' reveal they are almost the complete opposite of what the rest of the G-8 countries favor. This story is a more accurate depiction of the situation methinks.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was Whitehead there? I read on another blog that Whitehead wasnt going to show so maybe Marlow decided he had better lay low too. I dont know, just speculation. If my speculation is correct, then this is yet more proof that our system is completely broken. The two money-appointed frontrunners dont even bother to show up.

If the Libertarian in the race weren't a pro-war idiot I might vote for him.


9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't know why marlow wasn't there, but whitehead has made a habit of skipping debates. he pointedly will NOT be at the athens press club debate next week; his campaign says it's because he doesn't like the way the papers here have treated him.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"his campaign says it's because he doesn't like the way the papers here have treated him"

What a big baby Whitehead is. If he can't take what the Athens papers are saying can you imagine how crappy a Representative he'd be?

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Chuck? said...

"he pointedly will NOT be at the athens press club debate next week; his campaign says it's because he doesn't like the way the papers here have treated him. "

Athens newspapers treating a Republican unfairly? I'll be damned!

8:39 PM  
Blogger hillary said...

Chuck, you do remember who owns the Banner-Herald and whom they endorsed for president in the last two elections, right?

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the Banks County Debate was sponsored by the Banks County Republican party, and you know Republicans' heads would explode if they dared listened to any new ideas from Democrats

8:45 AM  
Anonymous chuck? said...

Hill - yes. Not too sure what that has to do with anything under discussion, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Chuck, what I assume Hillary is saying is that your snide comment about the Athens papers not giving Rep candidates a fair shot is simply ridiculous, when you consider that the ABH is owned by Morris Communications, which is one of the most conservative outfits in the country, and has consistently endorsed Republicans for Pres, Senate, House of Reps etc.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Radio said...

Of course that's what she's saying. (Why she didn't actually say it is beyond me, but far be it from me to criticize someone's style.)

My point was about the people who actually write the drivel, not the owners. And I can only go by my own experiences rather than hearsay and inference.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous chuck said...

Sorry, that was me.

1:52 PM  

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