Category: Politics

Al Gore talks about “The Future” at the Savannah Book Festival — commentary and photos

I especially appreciated Gore’s invocation of this passage from Lincoln’s December 1862 message to Congress: “The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise — with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.”

The 2013 State of the Union in a word cloud

A word cloud of tonight’s policy-heavy State of the Union address by President Obama.

Full text of the 2013 State of the Union address by President Obama

Above all, America must remain a beacon to all who seek freedom during this period of historic change. I saw the power of hope last year in Rangoon – when Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed an American President into the home where she had been imprisoned for years; when thousands of Burmese lined the streets, waving American flags, including a man who said, “There is justice and law in the United States. I want our country to be like that.”

Possible rail line from Savannah to Atlanta might get a tiny nudge forward

When talking about HSR, we’re usually focusing on moving people, not cargo. While there are express deliveries that might take advantage of HSR, most cargo can move on the slower lines just fine. HSR is largely about connecting people, ideas, and human capital, while minimizing time wasted on highway travel.

CNN broadcasting about immigration reform from Armstrong Atlantic State University

Like many other universities, Armstrong has a significant and growing Hispanic population. Unlike many of those universities, Armstrong is dealing with that growth and a panoply of related issues in a forward-thinking, proactive way through a variety of initiatives, including HOLA (Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong) and Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund.

Ga. Senator Saxby Chambliss retiring in 2014, will not seek third term

Chambliss’ decision leaves a wide open race, with Jack Kingston among those who might try to replace him.

Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem: “One Today” (full text)

Richard Blanco may be the least known of the poets ever accorded the honor of delivering an inaugural poem.

President Obama’s second inaugural address in a Wordle word cloud

I previously posted the full text. Here’s a Wordle word cloud of that text.

The full text of President Obama’s second inaugural address

“This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention.”

USA Today and its readers are the clear winners as newspaper splits with Gallup

It seems like Gallup’s leadership has not learned from its weak work in the 2012 election. Let’s hope USA Today will be more responsible in its election coverage from now on.

AP covers investigation of Savannah coroner’s office

There’s obviously a broader question here for Chatham County officials: Shouldn’t periodic audits be conducted of every department?

Nancy Pelosi should take down altered photo of Democratic women in the House

Even if the primary interest is PR, political leaders creating images for the historical record should follow the same ethical guidelines that news publishers do (or are supposed to). And that means no deception like this — no adding or deleting of people, no fundamental changes to the images in ways that compromise their integrity.

Georgia Senator Isakson, other key Republicans want “fiscal cliff” deal

“The president’s statement is right,” Mr. Isakson said Sunday on the ABC program “This Week.” “No one wants taxes to go up on the middle class. I don’t want them to go up on anybody, but I’m not in the majority in the United States Senate, and he’s the president of the United States.”

Mark Thoma on fiscal policy during a recession: did we learn anything?

“If both sides agree that taxes and spending can be used to offset recessions, then why can’t we use fiscal policy more effectively?”