Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Programming note(s) — Updated

I’ll be blogging and tweeting about the results tonight, so please join me here (or, on Twitter, here).

In between, I’ll be analyzing the results on Georgia public television’s Super Tuesday special, off and on from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., so please join me there as well. (Well, on the television, not at the studio. Well, not on the actual television … OK, you get what I mean …)

Oops. Miscommunication: We’re at the TV studios but doing radio … so tune into WABE (the local NPR affiliate) to hear me. And as a bonus: You won’t have to look at me!

– By Kyle Wingfield

Continue reading Programming note(s) — Updated »

Programming notes

A couple of quick notes:

  • I’ll be covering the Rick Santorum rally at Peachtree-DeKalb airport in about an hour. Depending on how long it runs, I might put out a quick blog post immediately afterward — or it might have to wait, because …
  • At 12:40 p.m., I’ll be on CNN talking about the GOP race as we approach Super Tuesday. Unlike my last couple of appearances at O’dark-Thirty, this one is in the middle of the day. So, no excuses for not watching!

– By Kyle Wingfield

Continue reading Programming notes »

Forget ‘distracted driving.’ How do we address crappy driving?

A couple of months ago, there was a hubbub about a federal agency’s proposal to ban all use of cell phones by motorists, even the use of hands-free devices. Although the chances that such a ban would be enacted appear to be low, I’ve thought about that story every time I saw people driving recklessly near me since then. The conclusion I’ve reached — based on my admittedly limited and anecdotal evidence — is that the danger of distracted driving pales in comparison to the danger of plain-old bad driving.

Two such incidents from just this morning:

  • A man ran a red light right in front of me at maybe 35 mph on Peachtree near the intersection with Piedmont. The light had been red — not just yellow, but full-on red — for at least five seconds, long enough for the car in front of me to have already made a right turn into his path. If I hadn’t noticed him coming — if, say, I’d been looking to my right to make sure there were no pedestrians crossing or cars stopped in the lane into …

Continue reading Forget ‘distracted driving.’ How do we address crappy driving? »

The moment you’ve all been waiting for …

Thanks to everyone for their well-wishes (and patience waiting for a moderator to post them in my absence) — as well as all the name suggestions! We didn’t wait this long to name the boy, but I’ve been trying to stay away from the computer and pay attention to him, his mom and/or his big brother.

But without further ado, I’m pleased to announce that his name is …

Owen

Owen

Like it? Think he’s cute? I’m glad to hear it.

Don’t? I trust you’ll understand that I’d just as soon not know about that.

I’ll have a new, now-where-were-we post on another topic up momentarily. Oh, and commenting is out of moderation and back to normal.

– By Kyle Wingfield

Find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter

Continue reading The moment you’ve all been waiting for … »

Gone parentin’

I’ll be off-line for the next week or so: My wife and I welcomed our second child into the world this morning! It’s another boy — name still TBD — and he and his mama are resting well this afternoon. Life truly is miraculous, and I’m a thankful, proud papa today.

– By Kyle Wingfield

Continue reading Gone parentin’ »

Programming note

I’ll be on CNN’s Saturday morning show around 6:30 should you want to hear what I — and DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May — have to say about the GOP race in Nevada and elsewhere, the unemployment numbers and the Obama administration’s decision not to grant religious-based employers an exemption on Obamacare coverage mandates.

– By Kyle Wingfield

Find me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter

Continue reading Programming note »

Gone fishin’

I’ll be away this week and returning Monday, Sept. 19. Have a great week.

– By Kyle Wingfield

Continue reading Gone fishin’ »

ICYMI: Steve Jobs’ legacy, Biden in China, Echols as Oxendine and Super Marco (Rubio)

Catching you up on what you might have missed during the past week:

  • Steve Jobs’ resignation as chief executive Apple provoked a host of reactions. Here are two: the ways he and Apple have changed the way we live, and why he “failed better than anyone else in Silicon Valley,  maybe better than anyone in corporate America.”
  • Only Joe Biden would describe China’s one-child policy as “repugnant” to him by saying he “fully understand[s]“ it.
  • Speaking of China, a long but interesting piece about the “Sinosphere.”
  • Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, a look back — and explanation of why today’s Russia isn’t as democratic as hoped.
  • With all the talk about Rick Perry’s grades, this score from his time as governor will have much more to do with the way he’s judged.
  • All the details about Georgia’s new legislative maps.
  • Put a blue light and siren atop the car he uses to check limousine registrations, and Tim Echols’ transformation into John Oxendine will be complete.
  • Why the …

Continue reading ICYMI: Steve Jobs’ legacy, Biden in China, Echols as Oxendine and Super Marco (Rubio) »

ICYMI: What we got right and wrong after 9/11, a big blow to Obamacare, real Texas growth and fake public spending

Catching you up on what you might have missed during the past week:

  • The 9/11 tenth anniversary is approaching, with reflections and remembrances coming more and more frequently. Here are two very good ones on very different topics: First, what we got right in the war on terror; and second, why art — novels, movies, musicians — failed us after the attacks.
  • An explanation for why the 11th Circuit’s carefully researched and thoroughly argued ruling last week, striking down the individual mandate in Obamacare but leaving the rest of the law intact, makes this case the most important of those which could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • A pair of pieces explaining why Richard Nixon’s wage and price controls, introduced 40 years ago this week, were bad policy that still echo today.
  • A review of a book that argues there’s little scientific basis for “the damaging cult of pristine wilderness and the false ideology of the balance of nature.”
  • Two pieces taking on common criticisms of the …

Continue reading ICYMI: What we got right and wrong after 9/11, a big blow to Obamacare, real Texas growth and fake public spending »

ICYMI: Obama’s second thoughts, China’s economic danger, best man-on-street quote ever, and Gore for president?

Your weekly list of good reads and information not to be missed:

  • A new meme emerging on the left and on the right: President Obama’s problem is that he hasn’t been willing to consider whether he’s been wrong about some things. Well, except perhaps for his belief that we should be more civil in our political discourse.
  • Al Gore for what??? Also, this (language warning with the second link).
  • While London burns (and the authorities mostly watch), some big American cities are dealing with a new kind of flash mob (the Atlanta dateline in this story seems to be incidental).
  • Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign may have fizzled, but expect him to keep up efforts like this one to engage the public on big conservative ideas.
  • I wrote earlier this week that Standard & Poor’s used faulty reasoning and played politics in explaining its downgrade of the U.S. government’s credit rating. Here’s a strong dissenting view.
  • From economist Greg Mankiw, a graph displaying almost four decades of …

Continue reading ICYMI: Obama’s second thoughts, China’s economic danger, best man-on-street quote ever, and Gore for president? »