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Georgia still chasing flawed economic model

Last month, CNBC ranked Georgia as the best state in the country in which to do business, a fact that Gov. Nathan Deal naturally seized upon in his re-election bid. “It is the fulfillment of the goal that I had when I was first elected,” the governor said. But let’s ...

Have a great, safe Fourth, everyone

There's nothing going on that can't -- and shouldn't -- wait for Monday. With luck, there won't be. Have a great, patriotic Fourth everyone.

Nat'l economy continues to strengthen, latest data report

Fresh data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains were widespread, led by employment growth in professional and business services, retail trade, food services ...

Ga. at 'the intersection of Open Carry Road and Stand Your Ground Place'

Earlier this month, Jon Stewart noted that thanks to changes in gun laws in Georgia and other states, we now stand at a very dangerous place that he called "the intersection of Open Carry Road and Stand Your Ground Place." "According to the NRA's basic principles, you have a right ...

'Hobby Lobby' more about contraception than religion

In her Hobby Lobby dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg establishes the high stakes in the case by citing an important 1992 Supreme Court ruling on abortion. In that decision, Casey v. Planned Parenthood, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and colleagues put it quite plainly: “The ability of women to participate equally ...

Is wealth inequality destined to end with 'pitchforks"?

Nick Hanauer is a rich man. A very, very rich man. And writing in Politico, he has a message for his fellow plutocrats: "The pitchforks are coming." ".... the rest of the country—the 99.99 percent—is lagging far behind. The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really ...

Ga. veterans fear Iraq sacrifice was for naught

The AJC's Jeremy Redmon has a painful piece in today's paper about Georgia veterans watching events in Iraq from afar and worried that their sacrifice and service are coming to naught. Joe Johnson lost a son, Justin, one of 142 Georgians to be killed in Iraq, and he himself later ...

Boehner on immigration: It's Obama's fault

Surprise, surprise surprise: Speaker John Boehner has now admitted that despite personal assurances to the contrary, the House of Representatives won't even vote on, let alone pass, immigration reform this year. And like everything else, it's Obama's fault. It's Obama's fault that House Republicans were shaken to their core by ...

Supreme Court: Companies can have religious faith

10:21: If corporations are people, as the Supreme Court has just ruled in a 5-4 decision, then I guess it follows that corporations can have religious beliefs that government must accommodate. That's the implication of the Hobby Lobby case just announced. (more to come). ----------------------- The majority apparently attempts to ...

An acoustic sendoff for the weekend

In comments earlier today, Down in Albany mentioned that he was headed northward to the ATL to hear Tommy Emmanuel play at the Variety. I had not heard of Tommy Emmanuel, so being the musically curious sort, I delved into YouTube and what did I find? This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPkQn5nDTZs As you ...

From Pew, a granular look at what divides us

I've been reading through the results of an in-depth survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, which polled more than 10,000 Americans earlier this year on a wide variety of topics.  It's fascinating stuff, at least to those of us who are fascinated by such stuff. For the baseball fans ...

If your goal is to make gov't fail, you can do that

Republicans don't want to hear it, but it's the truth nonetheless: The problems at the IRS are the direct and inevitable result of significant financial cutbacks that Republicans themselves have imposed on the agency. Those cutbacks have created an organization that is struggling to keep its head above water, that ...

Courts finally defending fundamental liberty

Once the FBI places you on its "no-fly" list, you're basically screwed. You can't fly, anywhere. The list is also honored in many other countries, and is even provided to captains of passenger ships, so travel by sea is also difficult. You can't find out why you can't fly, because ...

Thad Cochran broke rules that needed breaking

Chris McDaniel was angry, and he was bitter. Until the votes were counted last night, the arch-conservative Republican from Mississippi thought he had won yesterday's runoff for the GOP's Senate nomination. Among the state's traditional Republican electorate, he no doubt did win.  But in a brilliant gamble born of desperation, ...

Parents in the Syrian city of Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, grieve for their child killed by sarin gas in August 2013. As many as 1,800 people were killed in the attack, most of them civilian noncombatants. (AP)

Syria surrenders last of its known chem-weapons stock

Given the state of the Middle East, we should welcome good news when we get it. This is good news: "(CNN) -- The final stockpile of Syria's chemical weapons has been shipped out of the country, according to the OPCW, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Ahmet Uzumcu, ...

GOP chairmen elbow for right to be lead clown

Are House Republicans honestly trying to get to the truth about the IRS and its handling of applications for tax-exempt status, or are they merely elbowing for headlines, publicity and face time on Fox? Let's explore: 1.) Last week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp announced that IRS ...

Within the GOP, Chamber reaps a bitter harvest

Earlier this month, the Big Business donors who finance the Republican Party lost an important ally when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated in a primary challenge. Tonight, they're expected to lose another in U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, again to a primary challenge. It's not any better ...

Is the First Amendment only for Christians?

Jody Hice, a Baptist minister and talk-radio host, is running for Congress in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District as a stern defender of the First Amendment and religious freedom. But that freedom does not apply to those of the Muslim faith. “Although Islam has a religious component, it is much more ...

Paul Ryan and the GOP's operatic play-acting

If you've watched much of the World Cup coverage, you've seen it happen: A player goes down, clutching a knee, an ankle, his head, howling in pain and anger and beseeching the referee for justice against the perpetrator of the perfidious assault. Yet when the play is reviewed on instant ...

An ode to summer, from Ms. Nina

At 6:51 tomorrow morning, summer officially begins. To kick off the season, here's the fabulous Nina Simone singing about a new dawn and a new day, about dragonflies and butterflies having fun, and about feeling good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Y11hwjMNs I just love that voice. She could sing the phone book and make ...

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