Archive for April, 2013

You say goodbye, and I say hello (the blog is moving)

This blog is on the move.

As almost all the other AJC blogs have already done, my blog is relocating to a different piece of online real estate. I’m not moving far, and if the only way you read my blog is by clicking a link from the home page, you won’t notice any difference until you arrive.

But if you have my blog bookmarked or new posts delivered through an RSS feed — and I highly recommend doing one or both, for the sake of your convenience and my page views — you will need to adjust your settings. Starting Thursday, April 4, the new coordinates will be:



Don’t bother clicking those links before Thursday morning. There won’t be any there there.

Once there is, and you arrive to see it, you will find a new registration requirement before you can comment. If you are active on the sports blogs, or entertainment blogs, or Political Insider, or just about any blog …

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Obama administration: This recovery is slow, so let’s repeat the mistakes of the Great Recession!

Forget about banks being Too Big to Fail — or, per Attorney General Eric Holder, Too Big to Jail. As the Obama administration tries to restart some of the same bad decision-making that created the last housing crisis, any banks coerced into re-inflating a housing bubble may be able to say the system was Too Rigged for Them to Fail/Be Jailed. From the Washington Post:

The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place.

President Obama’s economic advisers and outside experts say the nation’s much-celebrated housing rebound is leaving too many people behind, including young people looking to buy their first homes and individuals with credit records weakened by the recession.

In response, administration officials say they are working to …

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Time to worry North Korea might be crazy enough to act on its crazy talk?

Americans have heard dramatic, bellicose pronouncements from North Korea so many times before that, if you’re like me, you tend to dismiss them as part our natural background noise. It’d almost be more noteworthy not to hear them.

That said, the recent saber-rattling by Kim Jong Un, the young ruler who assumed the throne from his late father about 15 months ago, is even more shrill than usual. While the war between North K0rea and South Korea has technically continued for the past 60 years, as hostilities were only halted by an armistice rather than ended by a peace treaty, North Korea’s state-run media late last week carried this warning:

Any issues regarding North and South will be treated in accordance to the state of war. … The condition, which was neither war nor peace, has ended.

Is it time to worry this time is different?

I’ve read of no analysts who believe North Korea has the wherewithal — yet — to carry out its threats against U.S. soil, whether that means Guam, …

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Fightin’ words from them water-hoarders up north

As Georgia prepares to battle for our rightful access to more water, it seems Tennessee is preparing to defend itself. Apparently, the state’s leaders have even enlisted Andrew Exum, a veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and native Tennessean who blogs about “small wars and insurgencies” at Abu Muqawama, to design its strategy.

Exum begins by outlining what he believes to be our natural line of attack, and his plan for defending against it:

The first course of action in the face of Georgian aggression is a static defense. The main avenue of approach for any Georgian invasion force would be I-75. About a mile past the state line, the highway splits into I-24 heading west into Chattanooga and I-75 northbound heading toward Knoxville.

There’s a bend in the highway where all northbound cars must slow down as they turn west toward Chattanooga. It’s a natural place to construct an L-shaped ambush. I’d place .50-caliber machine guns on the north side of the split, in the …

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APS indictments: What more proof do Georgia’s lawmakers need that school choice must expand?

The cheating scandal at Atlanta Public Schools led Friday to the place many of us believed it would and should: indictments for 35 administrators and teachers implicated in the scandal. If this seems too harsh a step, take some time to re-familiarize yourself with the details of the case. The answer-changing parties at which teachers made sure their students made the grade; the spy-novel-worthy actions certain APS employees took to make sure they evaded test-security measures; administrators’ ignoring and covering up complaints about potential cheating — the story is astoundingly shameful.

But don’t forget that a similar pattern of cheating was found hundreds of miles away in Dougherty County, while incompetent school boards in Clayton and DeKalb counties have brought their systems to the brink of losing accreditation. (Atlanta’s own board nearly did the same in the wake of the cheating scandal.) Meanwhile, across the state, many schools and school systems commit the more …

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