Thursday, January 26, 2006

Voter ID: Can't make a case? Just steal someone else's.

There's still no online version available, but here's what appeared on 11A of yesterday's rag:
[Sen. Preston] Smith [R-Rome] and other Republicans said the bill's purpose is to prevent voter fraud in Georgia, an issue of growing concern across the nation in light of allegations of wrongdoing stemming from the last two presidential contests.
Once again, the party of Rove is projecting; the diligent efforts by those progressives who are determined to expose the irregularities of black-box voting are being conflated with the ancient cries of "voter fraud" that have been bandied about to, among other things, suggest that John F. Kennedy didn't really beat Richard Nixon in 1960.

I should make it clear that I have no problem with the other side making a case to address any real grievance. Hell, I don't even mind if they make a case to address phony ones; what's the point? They'll make 'em anyway. But this is something else entirely.

The Republicans in Georgia have been challenged many times to come up with a justification for their accusations of "voter fraud", and to back up their bluster with documented cases. They can't. And now, instead of bothering to make that case, they simply imply that the "allegations of wrongdoing stemming from the last two presidential contests" are about the "voter fraud", and not about database hacking, nor about systematic disenfranchisement of inconvenient American citizens who petulantly refuse to vote Republican.


Saturday, January 21, 2006

"As Southern as cotton" and almost as intelligent...

Darrell Huckaby's website portrays him as the second coming of Lewis Grizzard. Luckily I never had to read the white-trashy ramblings of Mr. Grizzard prior to his untimely passing, but alas, Huckaby continues to rate a weekly column that's invariably a week late, a dollar short, and about twelve cards shy of a full deck.

Today's is no less unremarkable, ranting as it does about Hillary's "plantation" comment (there's some farm-fresh commentary for ya). And while I'd expect a guy like him to have absorbed Hillary's remark and reacted precisely as his right-wing noise machine overlords tell him to, I'd also expect anyone who considers himself to be even a half-assed observer of human nature to ask himself, golly, did anyone on the other side of the aisle ever make such an analogy?

Had he done so, he might have ventured here, or here, or to zillions of other places where allegedly "conservative" pundits and politicians have used the term "liberal plantation" to describe most any institution or group of people they dislike.


Just when you think this rag can't sink any lower...

Nothing like posting the picture on the front page of a 15-year-old kid who'd been expelled the unchurchly act of kissing another girl. Posting it just for the sake of getting yet another shot in at the heathens' child.

The stomach turning story is here, and you had to go to the jump to get the very bestest quote:

Principal J. Anthony Knight and school founder Emmaline McKinnon sent home a letter Friday informing Covenant families that the lawsuit had been withdrawn.
Knight also sent a copy of this letter to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

The letter did not explain the Bradleys’ reasons for dropping it, but it did assure parents that the school hadn’t offered to settle the case, or paid any settlement money. It described the withdrawal as a blessing from God.

Shorter Athony Knight (and, in collusion, the always-sympathetic hillbilly rag itself) "don't worry, devout fundie asshole readers--we won! We dodged another bullet! Them gawdless ACLUer types won't be suing us for behaving like baboons!"

(apologies to any real baboons who may be reading this.)


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Whiny Ass Titty Baby letter of the week

WATB Ralph Greene notes that some liberal people are well-off and he's upset.
Bill Gates, liberal inventor and reputedly the world’s richest man, has been buying a lot of Berkshire Hathaway stock lately. Berkshire Hathaway is run by even more liberal Warren Buffett, the second-richest American. Both of these characters admit to voting for Bill Clinton, and Buffett was a big fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s Senate run. Seldom is any of this stuff mentioned in the press. Funny, isn’t it? The Republicans are the ones portrayed as the hated “rich” in the lamestream media.
"Lamestream media." Golly, hang out at Free Republic much, Ralphie?


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

"If the country of Liberia can use it, why can' we?"

Who says Georgia Republicans have no vision?

The House Governmental Affairs panel focused on a controversial voter bill that would require photo identification at the polls.

The law actually passed last year, with Everson’s special election last summer becoming the first where photo IDs were required. But the law was suspended in October by a federal judge.

Everson said he supports the Republican initiative, which caused blacks to walk out of the Legislature during debates last year. There were no problems reported during the special election.
“If the country of Liberia can use it, why can’t we?” Everson said.
Dare to dream--of Liberia! If Ralph Reed continues to get slimed in the wake of the Abramoff scandal, I guess they can always draft this guy to run in his place:


Hot coot-on-coot oral action!

If your idea of a good time is Cal Thomas fellating the noted French racist Jean-Marie LePew, the Hillbilly Rag is more than happy to provide XXX-rated access.

If you like it extra-kinky, make sure to catch Bible literalist Cal mustering concern over a potential loss of "French culture, possibly French secularism and liberty" if those evuhl Mooslims wind up outnumbering the, um, you know, um...

Well, he's too chickenshit to come right out and say it, but we all know what he means here.


Monday, January 09, 2006

Careful, for a moment there

a Hillbilly Rag reporter actually intimated that an opposition party exists.

House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, accused GOP leaders of pushing the issue now to cover up what they tried to do last year.
“These people intended to take property rights away,” he said. “What they’re doing now is a smokescreen.”

Don't worry, though--the rest of the story is pure GOPee, including a bit about how those good ol' boys are gonna polish that Voter ID turd so that it gleams real purty.


Friday, January 06, 2006

How this blog works

As is the case with so many Gwinnettians, I get a daily newspaper I never asked for. It is supposed to be a free subscription with the monthly cable bill, although I know of neighbors who aren't hooked up to cable who also get it and they aren't paying for it, so who knows.

I could post a sign saying "No right-wing rags, please" but I doubt that the delivery person would catch on.

So it's here in all its printed glory virtually every day. I've tried to ignore it--sometimes for months on end I'd succeed--but most of the time I am tempted to peek inside and see what it's trying to say.

Some ask: "why don't you just write letters to the editor if you dislike this rag so?"

But I have, you see. Several times. Polite, carefully composed, not-too-long missives, taking respectful issue with various editorial positions, over the past couple of years. They have been ignored. There appears to be exactly one (1) regular letter-writer who is allowed to be to the left of Rush Limbaugh, who gets an airing every couple of weeks. He is regularly savaged by other LTE authors, of course. (he will remain nameless, since I'm sure he gets enough grief from these yahoos as it is.)

The only reason I'm writing this now, several weeks after I started this blog, is because once again the paper's website is down and I can't link to anything I saw this morning. Kinda hard to work up a good head of steam of righteous indignation if there's nothing to back it up. So this'll have to do.


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Carnage on da Streets!

Omigosh we had about as many total fatalities in 2005 as we had the previous year in Gwinnett County!

More great journamalism--i.e., not a word about miles driven in the county, a comparison of population from one year to the next, actual death rates per thousand. . . Nope.

In short, nothing to make the raw numbers relevant to anyone's life in any way. Which is good enough for the hillbilly rag's front page.

Anyone want to pitch in and help me buy these goobs a few pass-around-the-office copies of Innumeracy? Anyone?


Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Say it in broken English

Along with such delightful anachronisms as "Orientals", "Coloreds" and "Injuns", I thought I'd never again read in a daily newspaper the term "Broken English" to describe how those folks for whom English isn't a first language might communicate. Not in a front-page news story anyway.

Generally, in such cases, a journalist will either

a) attempt to transcribe such a person's comments in such a way as to convey the feelings without editorializing about the person's linguistic skills; or

b) find a translator.

Item b) is a toughie sometimes when the language is as exotic to these parts as is Spanish, but some do manage.

But at the Gwinnett Daily Post, where we are still, apparently, living in the first term of the Eisenhower Administration, no such standards exist. And so the boyfriend of a stabbing victim's heartfelt expressions of grief are, in 2006, described as having been uttered in "broken english." Just loverly.

I won't hold my breath waiting for the Post to describe, say, Education Ruler-For-Life Alvin Wilbanks' utterances (wherein he describes the first year of elementary education as "kindygarten") as "Hillbilly English." But wouldn't it be loverly, too, if that were to happen?