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Ever wondered what people really think of your state?
Google can tell you: Just type in, “Why is (state name here) so…” and let autocomplete fill in the rest; that’ll show you what others have been searching. Blogger Renee DiResta tried it for all 50 states, and released an interactive map showing the top hits.
Turns out Wisconsin is “stupid,” Georgia “racist,” Ohio “boring,” and California “expensive.” New York is “great,” but, alas, also “expensive.”
Click HERE to see the full map and what people think of your state.
When a 14-year-old girl in Georgia discovered a phony Facebook page created in her name, she went to her school, the police, and even Facebook itself without much luck. The page stayed up, and its creators went unpunished. As a result, Alex Boston is now suing two classmates for libel, reports AP, which thinks the suit could trigger similar ones around the country.
Alex and her parents are pushing for Georgia to strengthen its cyberbullying laws, and the lawsuit seeks a jury trial to generate attention, along with unspecified damages.
The offending page came down about the time the lawsuit got filed last week. “At first blush, you wouldn’t think it’s a big deal,” says her attorney. “Once you actually see the stuff that’s on there, it’s shocking.”
Among other things, it claimed she spoke a made-up language called “Retardish” and was set up to look like Alex had posted a racist video.
After a thorough investigation of corruption in state politics, the Center for Public Integrity has made up report cards for each state—and the results are depressing.
Not one state managed anything in the A-range, while eight—Michigan, the Dakotas, South Carolina, Maine, Virginia, Georgia, and Wyoming—scored Fs.
Coming in on top with a B-plus: New Jersey. Perhaps that’s surprising, given the state’s political reputation. But that reputation has prompted some tough anti-corruption laws; ditto for other possibly counterintuitive states in the top 15, like Illinois and Louisiana.
The investigation was conducted using 330 “Integrity Indicators,” that fall into 14 categories, including internal auditing and ethics enforcement. In many cases, laws to prevent corruption are on the books—but not followed or enforced. A sampling of the depressing stories uncovered:
- More than 650 Georgia government workers took gifts from vendors conducting business with the state in 2007 and 2008.
- Tennessee hasn’t issued one ethics penalty since it created a commission tasked with doing just that six years ago.
- A Maine senator didn’t disclose millions in state contracts to an organization he helped run; a legal loophole made that a-OK.
Georgia state Rep. Yasmin Neal introduced a bill that would ban all vasectomies in the state, except when medically necessary.
“It is patently unfair that men avoid the rewards of unwanted fatherhood by presuming that their judgment over such matters is more valid than the judgment of the General Assembly,” the bill reads. The bill comes as Georgia’s legislature is considering banning abortions for women after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
“It is the purpose of the General Assembly to assert an invasive state interest in the reproductive habits of men,” Neal’s bill asserts.
The bill cribs some language directly from the abortion bill. “If we legislate women’s bodies, it’s only fair that we legislate men’s,” she reasons.
Some parents leave emotional scares but in this case, a permanent mark Chuntera Napier gave her 10-year-old son, Gaquan, has cause alarmed.
Napier told reporters he wanted a tattoo to remember is 12-year-old brother who passed away. She explained, “My son came to me and said, ‘Mom, I want to get a tattoo withMalik on it, rest in peace. It made me feel good to know that he wanted his brother on him.
“What do I say to a child who wants to remember his brother? It’s not like he was asking me, ‘Can I get Sponge Bob? He asked me [for] something that’s in remembrance of his brother. How can I say no?”
Napier herself has a memorial tattoo of her son on her arm.
Napier was arrested on Tuesday and charged with misdemeanor cruelty and being a party to a crime.
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Out of Georgia, an example of cross-curricular lesson-planning gone horribly wrong: Parents were furious when their third-graders came home with math homework asking about slavery and beatings.
Read one problem, “Each tree had 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?”
And another: “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?”
District officials say in the future, the Beaver Ridge Elementary School principal will work directly with teachers to develop more appropriate questions. Still, “I’m having to explain to my 8-year-old why slavery or slaves or beatings are in a math problem,” fumes one parent. “That hurts.”
“Clearly, they did not do as good of a job as they should have done” with incorporating history lessons into math, a district spokeswoman says. “It was just a poorly written question.”
Parents brought the homework to the attention of officials, and a vice principal is shredding the assignments to make sure they aren’t passed out again,WSBTV reports. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that minorities make up the majority of students at the school, and adds that some parents are calling for diversity training for staff.
Watch out Georgia. Michael Moore thinks you’re a loser — and so do I. WAIT?!?!?!? Who said that?
Following the execution of Troy Davis, a man convicted for the murder of a police officer despite the overwhelming amount of disagreement from American citizens, Michael Moore has thought it best to boycott the state of Georgia.
Troy even begged for a lie detector test to save his life, but it wasn’t given.
Michael Moore is boycotting the state, urging: ”I encourage everyone I know to never travel to Georgia, never buy anything made in Georgia, to never do business in Georgia. I will ask my publisher to pull my book from every Georgia bookstore. And if they won’t do that, I will donate every dime of every royalty my book makes in Georgia to help defeat the racists and killers who run that state. I ask all Americans with a conscience to shun anything and everything to do with the murderous state of Georgia.”
Take that Georgia!
Georgia is about to embark on a bold experiment in privatization. Starting next year, officials in the state—mayors, county commissioners, and even business license clerks—could face $5,000 fines from a panel of citizen volunteers empowered by the state to investigate complaints about lax enforcement of immigration laws. The body will also have the authority to strip funding from local governments.
The first-of-its-kind Immigration Enforcement Review Board is part of Georgia’s new immigration statute, one of the toughest in the country. The law, which took effect on July 1, has already provoked a federal lawsuit and a court injunction—and led to a shortage of fruit and vegetable pickers during the harvest season. There were 425,000 illegal immigrants in Georgia in 2009, making up 4.3 percent of the state’s population, according to the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center.
Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican, says the board’s seven unpaid members will be named in the next few months and he expects the panel to begin its work in January. The law doesn’t offer any guidelines on who may be eligible to sit on the board.
D.A. King, a Georgia activist who helped shape the new law, is pleased with the results. “It is a significant step in that we have expanded Georgia law to intentionally make life very, very difficult and insecure for people who hire illegal immigrants, the illegals themselves, and the anti-enforcement politicians.”
Charles Kuck, a lawyer who is part of a team challenging the law, says the review panel will increase paperwork and waste money without any effect on illegal immigration. “It’s like a mini-McCarthy panel,” he says, referring to the Wisconsin Senator’s investigations of supposed Communists in the 1950s.
More than 10,000 protesters marched on the state capital on the day the law took effect. Just days before that, a federal court in Atlanta blocked some key provisions of the statute. One would allow police in the state to check the immigration status of people detained for even minor infractions such as disorderly conduct or running a red light. The court acted in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and several others groups.
The ACLU case did not challenge the legality of the Immigration Review Board. A Georgia law from 2006 already requires state officials to use national immigration databases to determine the legal status of non-citizens applying for state and municipal jobs, business licenses, or other types of benefits. The panel will be responsible for complaints submitted by registered voters in the state and determining whether public officials are complying with that law.
Many of them probably aren’t. In the past year just five jurisdictions in the state have reported receiving a business license application from someone whose legal status was unverifiable. Nan Riegle, the part-time city clerk and sole government official of Parrott, Ga., a 156-person hamlet three hours south of Atlanta, reported “an Indian guy” who wanted to renew a license for a convenience store. Riegle tried to look him up in the national database but “couldn’t get the system to work,” she recalls. “It is horrible. These little towns, we have so many mandates coming out of Atlanta, our workload has doubled.”
Riegle calls the enforcement board a “crappy” idea but says she’ll do her best to comply, if only to avoid the consequences. “I can’t afford to get my little town fined.”
The bottom line: Georgia has raised the immigration debate to a new level by empowering citizens to police enforcement of the state’s tough new law.