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Re: “First Slice 6/7/16: Even Garrison Keilor's clowning the Braves move to Cobb

Wow, we can't even say Hillary Clinton's name?

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Posted by lazermike on 06/07/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Tracy Nicole Clothing wins Belk Southern Designer Showcase

I've been thinking the same thing as Tizzy over the past few months. I like profiles of local artists and others, but these always read like promotional pieces instead of real articles. They read like press releases, there is never a second source quoted, and the quotes from the subject are clearly (at least to me) written and not spoken in the context of an interview. The one about the model starting the vintage pop-up shop at PoP was especially egregious.

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Posted by lazermike on 06/01/2016 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Everything you wanted to know about Georgia's 'religious freedom' bills but were afraid to ask

I read the list of examples, and now I am even more opposed to RFRA. These instances of "discrimination" are nothing of the sort: zoning squabbles over churches, restrictions on prosthelytizing on public property, and denying state funds to support clubs that don't allow non-Christians to join. These are the kinds of things its backers claim they need protection from?

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Posted by lazermike on 03/03/2016 at 1:09 PM

Re: “R.I.P., MARTA expansion bill — for this legislative session, at least (UPDATE)

Thanks to Doug3762 and Wes for giving us an especially pedantic comment thread.

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Posted by lazermike on 03/01/2016 at 11:23 AM

Re: “First Slice 2/23/16: Film industry says 'bye Felicia' to Gold Dome's same-sex marriage pushback

But Oy, couldn't that describe any number of social welfare programs? The state pays for early childhood education to give children a better start, which will result in higher educational attainment (and incomes to tax) later. Or the state pays for preventative health services to avoid the higher costs of treatment later. Or any number of things. Either way, the state is providing an economic benefit to someone with the hope and expectation it will (a) result in greater savings/higher collections later and (b) make this city and state a better place to live.
I know the analogy isn't perfect, but in either case it's both a handout and an investment.
Frankly, I think if we viewed more government programs this way instead of worrying about if the wrong person is getting something for nothing, we'd all be better off.

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Posted by lazermike on 02/26/2016 at 9:53 AM

Re: “First Slice 9/29/15: Pardons and paroles board to review case of only woman on Georgia's death row

nohyphens, she was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death by a Gwinnett County jury in 1998. My recollection from the time (which may be incorrect) is that she contended Owen acted on his own initiative and she was not involved until after Doug Gissendaner was dead.

There are a dozen aggravating factors that, if a jury finds occurred, allow for the imposition of the death penalty in Georgia. One of them is "The defendant caused or directed another to commit murder, or the defendant procured the commission of the offense by payment, promise of payment, or anything of pecuniary value."

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Posted by lazermike on 09/29/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “First Slice 9/29/15: Pardons and paroles board to review case of only woman on Georgia's death row

nohyphens, I don't remember all the details of the case -- and, for the record, I'm against the death penalty in general -- but I am pretty sure Gissendaner didn't confess. She was convicted at trial while her, Gregory Owen, cut a deal and testified against her.

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Posted by lazermike on 09/29/2015 at 1:14 PM

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