Thursday, August 30, 2007

Couple of things

- Well alright ... we're back to perpetuating the myth that downtown Athens-Clarke County is something as lawless as the Old West frontier. First we have Marvin Westfall, the pastor of Athens Christian Church, who makes an argument that is so far-fetched and removed from the reality of the situation it's difficult to process. That argument? That the Athens-Clarke County Commission is in bed with the downtown bar owners. Somewhere, Damon Krebs is choking on his Milwaukee's Best. Really? Aside from the fact that the wavering over the background checks on the doormen is a good thing, namely because there's the real potential it would be adding an additional layer of regulation that wouldn't actually accomplish anything except burden local businesses, there's also the fact that comparisons of this to rental registration are far-fetched because this commission is made up of different personnel than the one that initially supported it a couple of years back. Hillary agrees with me.

- Continuing our ridiculous argument trend we have Brad Snelling who takes one isolated incident and translate that to mean that downtown is under siege by dangerous, marauding thugs.

- There's a ton of unintentional comedic value in the Oglethorpe County flagpole story. Says Sam Hurst on his attempts to raise $1.5 million to build the flagpole and park: "It's just been a lot harder to raise the money than we thought." Really? You don't say? People weren't gung-ho to write you checks to build an absurdly large flagpole that would blot out the sun in their back-yard? You only got $6,800? I mean, goodness, what other possible things could people have been giving money to?

- I think Rep. John Lunsford makes a shallow argument for the Glenn Tax.

- Related to that, J.T. and the boys say to the Georgia General Assembly 'quit screwing around and focus on real issues.'

- "The Surge" you say? Only five out of 18 goals have been met so far.

- Peach Pundit plays a juvenille race card of its own and doesn't like this column - even though it ultimately supports the same end - but Cynthia Tucker is dead-on with regard to the Grady Hospital fiasco. I don't understand why people don't get that an overwhelming African-American population that is largely poor is wary of Southern white conservatives wanting to take over this hospital. Perhaps such fear isn't warrented and perhaps it's wrong, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, and David Shafer talking tough isn't constructive at all.

- I'm honestly I don't care at all about this Rep. Larry Craig thing, but I am a bit befuddled by some gay activists being upset by Craig's denial of being a homosexual. I mean, could it be that he really isn't gay? I understand the rationale of the 'hypocrisy' argument, but criticizing him over his denial is, well, kinda dumb isn't it?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Only" 5 of 18.

Deadbeats. Slackers.

Let's quit. Let al Qaeda have Iraq. After all, Iran says they're prepared to fill the void. We should let them.

They seem to have reasonable leadership.

Kum ba yah, my Lord, kum ba yah...

7:55 AM  
Blogger hillary said...

Maybe _you_ agree with _me_, buddy.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Jmac said...


Not only is that ridiculous logic - meeting 25 percent of your stated goals surely is reason to continue a policy - but also reveals a lack of understanding of the situation on the ground.

U.S. intelligence estimates show that al-Qaida would have a difficult time gaining a foothold in Iraq because both Shia and Sunni factions would oppose them, and drive them out. That's at least one thing they can apparently agree on.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Stop!theBS said...

U.S. intelligence estimates show that al-Qaida would have a difficult time gaining a foothold in Iraq because both Shia and Sunni factions would oppose them, and drive them out

I supported the war. I was all for putting a major ass whooping on Mr. Hussein. Having done that, I've never understood why we didn't declare a victory, let Bush give as rousing speech as he could about letting that be a lesson to tyrants around the world, and then turn everyone around and march home, flags flying.

The United States military is not designed for garrison duty or "nation building". Thanks in large part to Schwartzkoff, and the lessons of the Viet Nam war, it is designed to bring massive amounts of lethal force against an enemy in a very short time, and it does that very well.

The Sunni and Shia are fighting a war against each other that they have been fighting for more than 1300 years, trying to determine the successor to Mohamed the prophet. Unless we can come up with the answer to that question (that's a JOKE folks), they will continue to fight over that for the next 1300 years no matter what we do, or how many American soldiers die.

I'm comfortable giving Iraq to Iran, maybe then with those problems in their backyard, they'd leave us alone.

Or how about giving it to our good buddies the Saudi's, who continue to be the major funding source for al Qaeda.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm all for giving Iraq to Iran..."

As Churchill (do liberals never read Churchill?) put it: "Feeding the crococile in the hopes that he'll eat you last."

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Stop!theBS said...

Aside from the fact that the wavering over the background checks on the doormen is a good thing, namely because there's the real potential it would be adding an additional layer of regulation that wouldn't actually accomplish anything

I agree with you too. The BOC seems to just blow by some obvious questions, such as exactly how is all this folderol supposed to reduce underage drinking by any significant amount?

I get the impression that some of the BOC believe that when doormen are required to be licensed, only elders of the local churches will apply for the job, and underage drinkers will be so intimidated they will just give up their evil ways.

No one has articulated a A produces B, at C cost scenario.

11:48 AM  
Blogger griftdrift said...

history never repeats itself. It only looks like that to people who don't know the details. ~Fareed Zakaria

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Stop!!theBS said...

"I'm all for giving Iraq to Iran..."

I don't know if it's me that you are inaccurately quoting, but I'm not all for giving Iran anything other than maybe some bunker busters.

I do know that there are some cesspools that you just can't pump out.

I feel comfortable in asserting that Churchill would find no comparison between the threat of Nazi Germany and whoever is supposed to be the threat in the middle east (Iran?, Iraq?, al-Qaeda?). My comfort level is bolstered by the fact that British created a lot of the current mess, and they had the good sense to cut it loose.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous james garland said...

A couple of things:

I, too, have serious doubts about the utility of the proposed changes to the alcohol ordinances. As an aside, I have accused the Commission of a host of shortcomings - but being in bed with bar owners. is not one of them.

For some insight (so to speak) into the goings on in Iraq, see the latest post on Kagan's "Finding the Target" over at TOA; I read and enjoyed Zakaria's "The Future of Freedom."

2:41 PM  
Blogger Jmac said...

Jihadism is a mosquito bite compared to communism. Anybody who talks about terrorism this way is like a witch doctor.
- Retired Lieut. General William Odom was director of the National Security Agency under Ronald Reagan from 1985 to 1988.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Regarding the Glenn Tax: when something looks wacky, chances are your frame of reference is incorrect. So, I've been thinking about what the heck this is about, and several possibilities crop up:

1) preparing for a weak dollar, and resulting inflation.
2) implicit tax breaks for industrial/commercial projects, as opposed to 'pitched' exceptions.
3) preparation for legalized gambling, which would dwarf the property tax base anyway.
4) scarecrow for removing/reducing automobile ad valorem taxes.
5) blatant freeloadery: since the yuppies are already paying $4+sales tax for coffee, they may as well pay another sales tax (forwarded) on the whole supply chain.

Oh, by the way, is the grocery exemption still in place, and will it also get axed?

4:00 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

I'm sure President Bush will continue his honest and forthright policies concerning Iraq.

Also, Its good that Larry Craig is a leader in the fight against gay people entering legal commitments to stable, healthy relationships.


5:12 AM  

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