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
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
Guns on college campuses and polling places? No problem. Brought to you by the buffoons in Georgia’s General Assembly.
A copy of the Ten Commandments could be posted in all Georgia government buildings and schools under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by House lawmakers. Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, is seeking to expand a 2006 law that already permits the passage from the Old Testament to be displayed in judicial buildings and courthouses when accompanied … Continue reading Thou shalt not waste time w/ symbolic legislation
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
Let’s say 10 years from now — long after the Georgia General Assembly approves public funding for a new Falcons stadium (shouldn’t that be put to a statewide referendum?) — NFL owners preside over another lockout. A prolonged work stoppage ensues. Who will reimburse the taxpayers who funded the stadium, the ones misled to believe … Continue reading No refunds for the subsidisers
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.
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
Forbes lists Arthur Blank’s net worth at $1.3 billion. Taxpayers are being asked to provide $400 million toward a new stadium (to replace one barely two decades old) for Blank’s Falcons. Glad to see Georgia’s General Assembly taking care of one of the state’s five billionaires. The rest of their constitutents can suck it. “Economists … Continue reading Man cannot live on $900 million alone
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
The Sunday sales bill is dead. But there’s still time to save the American light bulb The new GOP priority? SB 61 would defend Georgia’s right – under the Tenth Amendment, Ninth Amendment and the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution — to produce light bulbs in whatever fashion it so chooses, no matter what … Continue reading The Ga. General Assembly is a joke
Our last governor was a crook. His replacement has, at the very least, been cordial with impropriety. The new speaker of the house might as well be fornicating with lobbyists. And now, thanks to pressure from Christian conservatives who should have better things to worry about than the drinking habits of their fellow Georgians, legislation … Continue reading Looks like the Baptists win again
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
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”
This may come as a surprise to some, but your Republican-controlled state Senate – usually known for catering to the concerns of conservative Christians – last week issued a sincere commendation to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps. SR 998 passed the chamber on Feb. 8. The sponsors were three Democrats: Donzella James of College Park, … Continue reading Georgia praises Scientology