Sunday, November 19, 2006

Golly, for a minute there...

I thought the Hillbilly Rag might've grown a pair.

A front page story about the little ol'
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) Insider blog, which has of late been driving the tyrannical J. Alvin Wilbanks regime bonkers by publishing documents that more or less prove to passers-by beyond the shadow of a doubt what we've known all along, that the GCPS is run by theocratic, old-boy-networking numbskulls.

But as you dig in, you realize, it's just another fair-and-balanced example of ass kissing. Heather's gone and made sure to publish the couple of feeble "b-but you guys are JUST AS BAD by, um, complaining about the corruption!" posts that the blog's drawn.

And where's the url? Not in the lede, not on the front page. It's there, though--on, literally, the last line of the story, after the jump.

Never fear. The sun will rise in the East, water will still be wet, and the Hillbilly Rag is still cowardly and terrified of upsetting the evil regime that lords over a billion-dollar budget.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Bill Shipp's cheap, correct shot

Speaking of shots, it'd be like shooting fish in a barrel to take Mark Taylor to task for running such a wanktackular Goobernatorial campaign, but Bill's on the case.

And why not; the Big Guy had it coming, as do the delusional head cases mismanaging what's left of Georgia's Democratic party. Problem with the piece is, it's kinda all over the place, and at this relatively late date it might've behooved Bill to have focused somewhere and run with it. There's a kernel of a great idea in the last line of this graf (emphasis mine):

The Taylor bunch also fixated late in the campaign on Perdue’s questionable but complicated real estate deals and never pinned down the incumbent on his specific plans for the state. Party discipline also disappeared, if it ever existed. After her defeat in the Democratic primary, Cathy Cox seemed to take orders from Republican strategists. Former Gov. Zell Miller, still flying the Democratic banner, ran all over Georgia and Pennsylvania campaigning for Perdue and Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. Santorum lost. No Democrat in Georgia bothered to call out the renegade Miller.
That's worth a new column, Bill.


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Voted early, not often

Hopefully it will count. Not that it matters much in Georgia, circa 2006. We need a far higher percentage of

a) enfranchised/encouraged African-Americans and Hispanics;

b) rational people of the ethnic groups not traditionally disenfranchised (them wot did the disenfranchising.)

And it'll happen, slowly but surely. Main thing to remember about Georgia is, it's never been about Democrat vs. Republican, but rather White Supremacist Creep vs. Decent Folk.

The Georgia WSCs have held sway more or less since this country's founding, but in fits and starts the DFs have had some say, and they will have more as there are more and more residents Not From Around Here.

Not that all folks who move from blue states vote blue, but they're more likely to than the WSCs.


Friday, November 03, 2006

AJC and the Hillbilly Rag – Separated at birth?

There’ve been times when I’ve pondered aloud to Mrs. Ragger as to whether or not it continues to make sense to pay good hard earned cash to subscribe to the local metropolitan daily newspaper, in this case, the Atlanta Journal Constitution. It’s not as if there’s a whole lot in their print version that isn’t available online anyway that I’m able to read in the 20 or so minutes I spend with it during breakfast prior to heading off to put food on my family.

And it was in that spirit, some weeks back, that we let the subscription lapse, and allowed the Hillbilly Rag to provide us with all of our print journamalism needs. It was an interesting month, but in the end, it was just too much to do without a “real” daily newspaper. So we re-upped, and a coupla days ago we received our first AJC after the hiatus.

And as a kind of reminder that no good deed ever goes unpunished was this endorsement from our so-called liberal media for the warmongering, Chimp-fellating, anti-choice, flat-taxing John Linder, which contained these chilling words:

In the 7th District in northern Georgia, incumbent Republican John Linder has made a name for himself with his advocacy of the so-called Fair Tax, which proposes to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. He is opposed by Democrat Allan Burns, another first-time candidate who is well-informed on the issues, but who hasn't been able to get much traction in this conservative district. Linder is the better fit.

Let that sink in for just a minute. “Linder is the better fit” because—why? Because Gwinnettians deserve a suck-ass Representative? Because we’re too stupid, unlike the true-blue intowners who apparently composed this drek, to comprehend the complexity of a sane, rational individual like Allan Burns? Because dumb-shit crackers deserve to be given the mushroom treatment--kept in a dark place covered in shit?

I don’t see any other way to scan this particular endorsement. Linder is a “better fit” because, well, we deserve this bastard, just as this bastard feels he deserves another two years in Congress even though he’d promised to voluntarily term-limit himself and not seek this term.

I guess I shouldn’t take this quite so personally. I guess when an AJC-ish editorial staff gets together to pick its endorsements, it makes decisions about which demographics it’s going to please and which ones it doesn’t mind pissing off, and after all, how many Gwinnettians even bothered to vote for John Kerry in 2004?

Hell, it was only 90,000 or so, give or take a few. Screw ‘em.

Yeah, I love you back, AJC.