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Random News: July 2, 2011

Stuff you might have missed that might be interesting…

Population control with incentives!? A drought stricken region of India is offering prizes for people who submit to sterilization. The government is worried that the country’s population will surpass China in less than 20 years. A car in exchange for future children? Is it worth it?

Outraged, anyone? Apparently the statute of limitations on felonies for Nike endorsements has passed. Nike and Michael Vick signed an endorsement deal. Please let me know if this really surprises anyone…

Bob Frith, the nicest guy you’ll meet. Bob Frith is a man of many talents. I worked with him in the Western Circuit DA’s office. Check him out Monday at 10 playing at Watkinsville’s Eagle Tavern. He’s treat.

Dope and cell phones in jail? You betcha! Apparently the enticements were too much or the hiring policy at Fulton Co. is so lax or perhaps the economy is so bad…one Fulton County Deputy and three jailers were arrested by the FBI after YEAR LONG investigation. Nothing can excuse the behavior. Perhaps now jail can return to being punishment again.

The NY Strauss-Kahn Drama continues. Our second day of trial practice focuses on witness credibility. A recorded phone call unraveled the entire case, maybe.  In particular, the alleged victim says on the recorded call “She says words to the effect of, ‘Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing,’ ” the official said. Gold digging is not what jurors want to hear. End of lesson.

And media criticism begins…Some pundit wonders what Vance’s odds of keeping his job are...He highlights some other failures by Vance’s office. But the Strauss-Kahn matter is a great leap quite frankly. Prosecutors using their discretion appropriately. The stigma of an arrest for a sex crime will always provide a splashy headline and the dismissal of such charge yields a scandal.

Hi-tech shoplifting. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Just read it. Necessity is the mother of invention. Ingenuity provides creative solutions…

Don’t believe the hotdog labels…Why do we keep the FDA? Apparently, the “no nitrite” hotdogs still have nitrites and no one’s telling us this. Seriously, what’s the point of all the labeling B.S. if the label can’t be trusted? Really.

The dog poop investigator, really?!? She’s a woman on a mission, a mission to hold dog owners responsible for their dog poop with canine DNA. Really? Apparently, peer pressure is no longer enough. DNA is necessary. Geez!

Spate of new laws take effect July 1. Here’s a survey of laws now in effect around the country.

“Laziness promotes Invention” Sounds like as good a justification for goofing off as any. Somebody’s study indicates that Americans are lazier than 4 years ago. Go figure!

E.coli from seeds. The world market food chain is highlighted following the investigation of the German E.coli outbreak. Egyptian seeds sold in 2009 and 2010 are believed to have caused the E.coli outbreak.

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Fan Letter to Tom Glavine

Dear Tom Glavine:

The changes in the Atlanta Braves over the last few years make me less likely to follow the games. Your summary firing last week was tactless. But Please! Please stopping whining. Please place a muzzle on your agent. 

If you choose to file a complaint with Major League Baseball, then you should do it; just stop talking about it. No one wants to hear your whining. If the standard of proof is that you can still pitch successfully in the majors, go get a job somewhere else. Prove them wrong. You complaining to every open microphone is unseemly. The Braves management does not care what the public thinks (see John Smoltz.)

While I have a great deal of empathy for your plight, your whining campaign only shows your weakness. The campaign has no impact on the decision makers.

Your fan,

Salmon and Grits

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Common Sense Underlies Gun Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court this summer ruled in favor of the right of Americans to bear arms. This proclamation however never mentioned common sense with respect to fire arms. Simply because one may carry a gun does not mean that one SHOULD carry a gun.

Take for example Plaxico Burress, NY Giants football player, who this weekend managed to shoot himself in the leg in public. How completely embarrassing! According to a NY Times report, Burress managed to pass through the metal detectors at the club which became a potential crime scene with the firearm. 

I am curious to know why a person would carry a pistol (I assume the firearm was a pistol) in such a dangerous way. How do we know it was dangerous? He shot himself. Properly maintained and carried a firearm will not hurt anyone unless a person pulls the trigger.  Unfortunately, people like Burress who treat guns like toys and care not for their personal safety or the safety of others provide fodder for the left who would ban all guns.

Burress lacked common sense in the carrying of and management of this firearm. He is an example of those who fail to respect to power and danger associated with guns. A display of common sense and respect would have spared Burress the embarrassment and potential legal troubles.

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Fuel, Irony

As I returned from a short car trip, I began watching the NASCAR race today. As I read news stories and facebook postings by friends about the lack of gasoline in North Georgia, the car race rolls on at intense speeds with quick refueling and tire changes. Realize though that NASCAR uses a different type of gasoline than regular cars but the longer I consider the situation the sillier it becomes.

People have no gas to travel to work (or so they say) but advertisers and sponsors continue to promote and major t.v. networks display the massive waste of petroleum products. Did I mention all the people who traveled to Kansas for the race? How much gas was wasted to get there?

Practicality aside, I attended the Blackout last night, although unfortunately I was fully conscious of the events. 90,000 people attended and many of those people live in Athens, like me. How many traveled from Atlanta, South Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina? As a friend noted on facebook, they stole our gas upon leaving town today and last night. And they did. Is the local economic boost provided by these travelers worth the sacrifice of the black gold for those who live here?

How long will we as citizens, car owners, employees and consumers continue to have skewed priorities? When will understand that we must plan ahead and be practical about necessities? Seems like, not right now.

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Is this REALLY News?

The AJC is reporting today that Matt Ryan, rookie draft pick of the Falcons, will take over for Mike Vick on AirTran billboards. Is this really news? Why is it a headline that a football player will be an advertising icon for a company?

Isn’t that just free advertising for the company? Wow! That must be how you don’t sell news papers and go out of business.

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Skip Caray

Yesterday, Skip Carey the ascerbic  voice of the Atlanta Braves passed away. Carey provided not only wonderful commentary on the games but took the time to point out the flaws in government and failed logic of others in news. I grew up listening to Carey and learned much (some of which I didn’t understand at 10 years old) about the world. Now these many years later, I appreciate the changes he undertook in his life and that his personality didn’t change.

Skip Carey will be missed. He was a unique voice and refused to fit anyone’s mold. Thank God.

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#1 as Double Edged Sword

Apparently, the University of Georgia Football players aspire to another #1 ranking: most arrests in one year, most suspensions and discharges from the team. They’ve made a good start. Friday night/Saturday morning began the newest round of aspiring mug shot possessors. 

Less than 24 hours after being declared the #1 football team in the coach’s poll, the football team of my alma mater decided to lose more players. How many arrests does it take for people to learn that they should stay away from alcohol. Alcohol makes people stupid. The young men have a reputation to repair, nevermind upholding some utopian standard.

Someone should order them, as a condition of their scholarships to stay away from parties, bars, and masses of drunk people (except at games where the drunk people are held at bay). By and large alcohol plays a leading role in ALL of the suspensions, discharges and arrests for these guys. 

They have their education paid for, at least most of them do, and they are expected to uphold a higher standard. They’re failing. I’m not sure how to fix this. Perhaps someone should explain to these bright guys what happened to Odell Thurman or the Florida State Criminoles who managed to get themselves arrested and moved out of first place.

The bad apples, because many players are staying out of trouble, are embarrassing the rest of the University and the alumni, NOT JUST THEMSELVES. GROW UP. Nothing good happens after 11 p.m. Go home, go to bed, study your play book, read a book, heaven forbid-study.


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The Case for Dismissing Humphrey

The University of Georgia’s Mens Basketball Team dismissed Billy Humphrey one of the stars of UGA’s cinderella SEC championship this season. Early Tuesday morning Humphrey earned a DUI charge. But this is not Humphrey’s first encounter with law enforcement. This arrest is his third in 18 months. Dennis Felton mastermind of the miraculous cinderella championship announced Humphrey’s dismissal today. 

According the ajc.com, Humphrey reportedly said “Please. Please. Please. I am begging you not do this. You’ll ruin my career.” Funny, Mr. Humphrey is the one who is under 21, drinking alcohol, driving and carrying an open container alcohol in his backpack. The POLICE did nothing wrong. The Police didn’t do this to Humphrey.

Humphrey did this to himself. Unfortunately Humphrey is a classic example of the problem with some athletes today. He takes no personal responsibility for his acts. Given criminal probation (according to ajc.com) by the courts in November, 2007, Humphrey was again arrested February on alcohol related charges. 

If Humphrey is old enough to plan his career, he’s old enough to take responsibility for his actions. Finally, the NCAA and universities are holding the athletes accountable. Given two second chances and opportunities to change, Humphrey hit his third strike. The problem is Humphrey could already see his name in headlines and lights. He does not understand the responsibility that follows the fame.

Humphrey and his fellow mugshot athletes cast a negative light on the masses of law abiding, excellent college athletes who becomes successful and never have their name listed as “suspect” in a police report.

Thank you, Coach Felton.


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Actual Work to Do?

Does Congress have any real work to do? Apparently, Senator Arlen Specter thinks there should be more work. Despite the mandates of Article 2, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which clearly define the tasks to which Congress should address itself, Senator Specter threatened the NFL with a Congressional Investigation if NFL Commission Roger Goodell fails to launch a George Mitchell-esque investigation into the Sign Stealing New England Patriots.

In the age of cameras smaller than a credit card and the information superhighway, Senator Specter wishes to waste taxpayer money investigating a private for profit business. Next, some one will suggest that Pony League Baseball be investigated for runners on second stealing signs from the catcher.

Is he serious? The NFL is a cut throat profit hungry beast. If you do not believe that, then ask yourself why the price of a 30 second Super Bowl ad just increased to $3 million? The Patriots did what any struggling team would do-pushed their luck to get ahead. Fortunately, the NY Giants won the Super Bowl.

Why don’t we just ban video recording equipment from football all together? Wouldn’t that be better-no chance of recording signs or stealing recipes? Criminy!

Senator Specter-solve the problems we already have poverty, over population of undocumented illegal immigrants, launch a Congressional Investigation of what’s causing 1 in 10 Americans to be in prison, gas prices, drilling for oil in Alaska, I could go on. Just do not WASTE my hard earned money investigating a kid’s game where adults steal signs to get ahead in the game. Really.


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A communist BCS playoff payout system?

See his letter to the editor of the Athens-Banner Herald, today.


Guess what, Rep. Abercrombie, it’s none of Congress’s concern. No, it is not an illegal restraint of trade. This bill is simply your means to pressure the NCAA and BCS to have a playoff system so Hawaii does not get crushed and embarrassed by UGA in the Sugar Bowl. Perhaps I’m gloating.

This bill is simply your means of distracting U.S. voters and wasting tax money on an investigation to have more money invested in your college’s athletics program. That’s what you wrote. I’m so glad that Congress can not only earmark money for special projects that taxpayers will pay for to benefit each Congressional district (and get folks like Abercrombie re-elected) but I am also happy to know that Congress and the Justice Department have resolved all the really burning issue facing this Country today. Apparently, all the really time consuming matters like illegal immigration, funding over worked/underfunded medical facilities (utilized by people with no insurance), fixing public school systems, oh, and don’t forget the crime rate, and providing for the common defense, have been resolved so Congress can focus on what’s really important-College Football.

Rep. Abercrombie, I would love to watch playoffs, more college football is always better. But, Congress should deal with the matters vested in it by Article I of the United States Constitution. Then, when Congress completes those tasks, each member should go home and GET A REAL JOB with real benefits and SEE what’s really going on with this country.

If the primary and high schools continue to fail on your watch, colleges will return to the status of an elite benefit. At that point, perhaps college football players would be able to earn a salary as it would be a joke for many to actually attend class as they are unprepared for college. Please note: if a college football team can’t find a way to support itself, perhaps it should consider soccer as an alternative.

Why don’t you worry about the people who aren’t being educated, the people who suffer due to the illegal immigration, the increased rate of incarceration of Americans? Why? Because NO ONE IS INTERESTED in those topics! College football is a great desensitizer for the American public. I bet complaints to Congress go down during football season. All those fans distracted by the Circus. The Circus funded, not by Congress, but by corporations and the fans themselves. An investigation of NCAA and BCS would be a modern day spin-off of the Circus.

What a boon for Congress! Caesar doesn’t have to pay for the original BREAD or the CIRCUS, we do it ourselves. So, what’s a few million dollars investment to investigate BCS if it keeps voters happy and distracted from the actual problems in this country.


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