Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Couple of things

- It's the upsets of upsets as Paul Broun edged Jim Whitehead by the narrowest of margins thanks to increased turnout and support in Northeast Georgia. I take a little look at what all of this means for us.

- Some thoughts around the blogosphere include ... Peach Pundit, Drifting Through The Grift, Tondee's Tavern and Blog for Democracy

- But, still, congratulations Congressman-elect Broun. And don't let the door hit you ex-State Senator Whitehead.

- I'd like some additional information on this development because, from what I can gather, the developer has been pretty open throughout the process and his most recent plan actually preserves a large part of the area in question. Am I wrong on that? Anyone out there got anything?

- Adrian's talking about overpass signage ... stop the presses! :)

- As Hillary noted earlier, Flicker is actually closed, which is quite sad. Where will Ben and I meet for a drink now?

- Anyone who can somehow tie 'staying the course in Iraq' into support for the National Intelligence Estimate's report on terrorism is approaching this all wrong, particularly when the report reveals that hostility in that country - and the whole region - is further inflaming the situation and aiding recruitment for Islamic extremist groups.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it over yet? IF there really are 2 percent yet to be counted, and if they are--as appears to be the case--in Columbia Co, could it not yet swing back to Team Whitehead?

8:10 AM  
Blogger Jmac said...

From what everyone can gather, the existing two percent is tied up in overseas absentees and don't figure to swing it toward Whitehead. It isn't really 'two percent' actually, but a few outstanding overseas ballots that, even if they all went for Whitehead, might only give him a slim margin.

That doesn't appear likely.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Jmac said...

The updated story from The Augusta Chronicle says that 321 of 322 precincts are reporting, and Broun has a 396-vote lead. Whitehead even conceded in the article that with a good showing in the absentees, he'd still be at least 100 votes short.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Oconee Democrat said...

Jmac, there is a local professor named Bill Paul who has spearheaded the fight against the development. I had plenty on him - basically everything he had ever written on it - and he asked me to take it off my blog.

Today's biggest losers besides Whitehead: Bob Smith, Brian Kemp, Jay Hanley and the entire Ga. GOP establishment

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

today's big winners: Athens Press Club!

10:09 AM  
Blogger Mike-El said...

I just want to geek out about that 5,122-601 A-CC tally one last time. The idea that 5,700 people wander in off the street and 5,100 of them agree on an important political matter still just blows my mind.

Great day to be a political junkie.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Stopthe BS said...

Am I wrong on that? Anyone out there got anything?

I'm reasonably familiar with the tract. Personally, I'd like to see anything along the river kept pristine, but economically that is not feasible.

Realistically, the development is pretty benign. I'm no expert but I'm hard pressed to believe that less than 200 homes will result in more than 4000 trips a day.

Barnett Shoals is much more able to handle some additional traffic than Gaines School/Whitehall Road, where there seems to be unlimited development. BTW, there are two Barnett Shoals Roads, and not all those residents will be using the Clarke County one. Remember all those school trips will be on the Oconee County one.

In addition to the town at this site, there was another town at the Barnett Shoals dam that is completely gone.

I'm not really sure how you prevent a person from developing his land because there may be some Indian history there.

I find it curious that the ACC elites devotion to preservation is strongly attenuated by how close the proposed development is to their house. The now collapsed Puritan Mill has been advocated as the oldest industrial facility in the state, and Puritan Village would be contemporaneous with the town on the subject site.

Whitehall Village is still reasonably extant and ancient, but is totally off the radar of the preservationists.

Not being too glib, but if it is so important to "preserve" this piece of land that no one has seen fit to preserve before, then the "preservationists" should marshal their resources, buy it, and preserve the heck out of it.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't really understand why I am so happy that we have just elected to Congress a guy that would be considered too conservative for most of the Axis of Evil (if he shared their religion) but, I think I'm just happy that Whitehead lost because there was something very "Dick Cheney-ish" about that guy.

Well, we were going to elect one or the other of 2 guys that never should be allowed to serve at a Wal-Mart; never mind the Congress of the United States.

I hopw we picked the guy most easily defeated in the next election cycle.

1:28 PM  

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