Month: January 2012

Full text of the State of the Union and a few highlighted sentences

You’re undoubtedly going to see all sorts of coverage of this, but I thought I’d just try to bold a very small number of things that stand out to me in tonight’s SOTU: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of…

With HOPE scholarships facing long-term funding problems, Georgia Democrats once again propose means testing and other measures

Last spring I wrote about Georgia democrats’ hopes to change HOPE. Now democrats in the state legislature are filing a variety of bills that would guarantee larger scholarships for lower-income Georgians and seem to shore up HOPE’s very shaky long-term…

A few thoughts on the ongoing debate over Paula Deen, diabetes, and Southern cooking

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About a week and a half ago, I started a post about Savannah celebrity chef Paula Deen’s admission that she has type 2 diabetes (I did not realize at the time that she has had it for 3 years) and…

One of the biggest stories not being widely reported: Americans driving less

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I’ve written on this subject before, and I plan to keep doing monthly updates when the U.S. Dept. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration releases data. From the info released today: Travel on all roads and streets changed by -0.9% (-2.1…

IMF director wants more aggressive European policies to stem debt crisis, raises fears of depression

The opening lines from the Bloomberg piece Lagarde Urges Larger European Rescue Fund, Recommends Eurobonds pretty much say it all: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde urged European policy makers to increase their bailout fund and share fiscal risks,…

National recognition in The Chronicle of Higher Education for Armstrong’s Hispanic outreach efforts

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I can’t link to the whole article because The Chronicle of Higher Education requires paid subscriptions, but here’s the beginning of “Swimming Against the Political Tide, a Public University in Georgia Reaches Out to Hispanics” in the current issue: Nestled…

Listen to all of Leonard Cohen’s upcoming album “Old Ideas”

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Click here to go to the NPR story and then launch the media player, now streaming the entire album Old Ideas, which is being released on January 31. Or scroll down if you want to listen to individual tracks. A…

Really, really classy video from Gabrielle Giffords, who is stepping down from Congress this week to focus on her recovery

Exit polling reveals depth of weakness in support of Republican candidates

As I wait for that big blog of plasma from the sun to come near Earth, I’ve been looking at the exit polls from South Carolina. Let me begin by saying that I’m shocked by the weakness of the Republican…

All 5 banks based in Henry County, Ga. closed since 2008

I already wrote about the Friday failure of The First State Bank in Henry County, Ga., and I’ve written a lot about the Georgia banking crisis generally. Some interesting info in this excellent reporting from the AJC: Henry has been…

Psychotronic Film Festival returns with weeklong lineup of offbeat, indie, quirky movies (trailers embedded)

The 9th annual Psychotronic Film Festival runs from Sunday, Jan. 22 to Saturday, Jan. 28 at Muse Arts Warehouse here in Savannah. Click here for information on the schedule, location, tickets, and all the other particulars on the Psychotronic Film…

Big blob of plasma from sun will come near Earth tomorrow, could disrupt magnetic field (video embedded)

“A huge sunspot unleashed a blob of charged plasma Thursday that space weather watchers predict will blast past the Earth on Sunday. Satellite operators and power companies are keeping a close eye on the incoming cloud, which could distort the Earth’s magnetic field and disrupt radio communications, especially at higher latitudes.”



SeeSAW — See Savannah Art Walls — closes in on $5,000 Kickstarter goal


Washington Post picks Beaufort County, just across Savannah River, as most important to watch in today’s S.C. vote

The Washington Post on the importance of watching the vote in Beaufort County in today’s Republican presidential primary: 1. Beaufort County This was Romney’s best county – by far – in 2008, when he took 26 percent of the vote…