Racism doesn’t kill people — vigilantes with guns often do

Most people, knowing what’s known about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, would like to see George Zimmerman charged with something — me included. But it would be a miscarriage of justice if  Zimmerman was charged with a hate crime, as some experts speculate. Racism, if Zimmerman is guilty of it, is not a crime. Pursuing an … Continue reading Racism doesn’t kill people — vigilantes with guns often do

Ga. last in ethics; pols blame the messenger

A new report measuring states on the strength of their laws on public corruption and government openness ranks Georgia last in the nation, a grade state officials dismissed as a biased hit job. The report, released today, scored states on 330 “corruption risk indicators” including open records law, campaign finance rules, and auditing and budgeting … Continue reading Ga. last in ethics; pols blame the messenger

State budget finds room for fishing ponds, football stadiums

Having already subsidized a fishing museum in former Gov. H. Dumpty’s backyard the state of Georgia is now helping fund a unnecessary new football stadium for the Falcons and its billionaire owner. This month, [Gov. Nathan] Deal included $15 million in his proposed 2012 budget for the GWCC Authority to purchase the old Herndon Homes … Continue reading State budget finds room for fishing ponds, football stadiums

Asshole state rep. strikes again

Already this year Bobby Franklin, a state representative from Marietta, has compared gays to “unrepentant drug dealers” and tried to criminalize miscarriages. Now he’s badmouthing tornado survivors. At least 340 people were killed by the historic tornado cell that passed through the South, causing property damages ranging from $2 billion to $5 billion.

What $400 mil would buy

Excellent column by the AJC’s Kyle Wingfield detailing what the money earmarked for an unnecessary football stadium could go toward instead:  For example, it could go to cutting property taxes. Atlanta takes in $18 million to $20 million in general funds for each mill of property taxes. (A mill equals a dollar of tax for … Continue reading What $400 mil would buy

Tea partiers apparently unfazed by welfare for billionaires

andishehnouraee New Falcons stadium will revitalize its n’hood. You know, just like the Ga. Dome & Turner Field did for their n’hoods. http://bit.ly/gypR9L 7 hours ago The state’s broke yet taxpayers will soon be asked to help fund an unnecessary stadium. We’ll be told that new stadiums pay for themselves, and then some, but that’s … Continue reading Tea partiers apparently unfazed by welfare for billionaires

Georgia: The new Mississippi

Atlanta’s downtown connector is about to get another coat of asphalt. Why? The resurfacing of the northbound lanes should correct the problem of water seeping through the roadway that led to patches of black ice this past winter. “Crews will cut very thin horizontal grooves in the asphalt to drain any seeping water,” DOT spokeswoman … Continue reading Georgia: The new Mississippi

Paulding County Republicans and their “San Francisco values”

To fill the seat vacated by former House Speaker Glenn Richardson, who resigned earlier this year after his ex-wife confirmed he had an affair with a lobbyist, Paulding County voters on Tuesday elected Daniel Stout, a 29-year-old banker. Stout won despite acknowledging an affair with his mother-in-law while his wife was pregnant. If John Edwards … Continue reading Paulding County Republicans and their “San Francisco values”