I watch Hannity occasionally, but not regularly.
Fun fact that has nuthin' to do with nuthin': Jill Hannity, Sean's wife, used to work at CL.
"Crime has been dramatically reduced and there are more officers on our streets than ever before," Pennington wrote. "Since 1990 the number of violent crimes in Atlanta has decreased from 75,793 in that one year to 43,828 currently."
How stupid does Pennington think we are?
His boast consists of picking an arbitrary year (1990) when crime was extraordinarily high and comparing it to today.
The fact is, after historic declines, crime in Atlanta has risen sharply in recent years.
In 2007, crime declined nationally, but jumped double digits in Atlanta.
There were 89 murders in Atlanta in 2005, but 129 murders in 2007.
As of Oct 2008, overall crime in Atlanta was up 6% from the previous year.
Atlanta had fewer murder in '08 than '07, but it's still up from '05.
And property crime in Atlanta continues to soar.
Burglary and larceny, the crimes that most often effect regular people, were both up more than 10% from the previous year as of Oct 2008.
http://atlantapd.org/ucr/2008/Oct2008.pdf (see page 23)
Fighting crime involves a lot more than policing, but when the Mayor and Police Chief refuse to acknowledge reality, they're essentially telling city residents that they don't care.
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A note about the recent comment from reader bmarly: with a handful of exceptions, Georgians do in fact need a Georgia Firearms License to carry in public. Furthermore, the license makes no distinction between concealed and open carry.
Gun laws vary widely by state and municipality, so consult as many reliable sources as you can before you carry a gun.
Here's one I've found to be useful:
A response to commenter DudleyDoRight:
I made several calls to several members of APD -- including the Chief's office and the public affairs office.
After several attempts, Public Affairs got me in touch with Whitmire. If the department had/has more to say about this incident, I absolutely want to hear it. I spent two weeks trying to get APD to talk about this on the record.
Only Lt. Whitmire was willing and he doesn't dispute much of Trend's story.
The only thing he said that flat-out contradicts Trend's story is about whether the responding officer was given Ms. Smith's name.
Newone -- How do you access the Internet? Through a VPN or a proxy server? Either of those configurations will get you to this page. However, neither is available to most Chinese.
The figure on the iPod is the Dalai Lama.
Noel -- The family moved the cemetery last year.
As Lynda Martin described it to me, the Goodwin House's busy-ness made it an awful location for a cemetery. Trafficky, noisy and dirty. Also, pedestrians used the stone markers to toss garbage and relieve themselves.
The family remains and markers that were at Goodwin House are now part of the cemetery at a nearby Baptist church.
Thanks for writing.
I was referring to the assassination of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt in DC in 1976 by Chilean agents.
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