A matter of state security

Those of you who are sickened by the thought of reading another post about the Open Records law can assume I’m just screwing with you and skip what follows to avoid upsetting your delicate sensibilities even further, but the rest of you might find this comparison either amusing or obnoxious, depending on your level of cynicism.

And that’s exactly why the proposed Georgia law is so egregious. It may be intended to hide recruiting activities, which, okay, sounds pretty bad already, but the practical effect is that it could kill legitimate reporting on serious or even criminal issues within an athletic program in the name of keeping up with the competition. Even better, it gives the athletic departments of Georgia universities more time to respond to information requests than the National Security Agency generally requires.

Yessir.  If you accept Rep. Earhart’s insistence about the bill’s purpose (“The pure and only intention on this is… so people don’t have access to find out who our schools are recruiting”) at face value, I guess you could say the Georgia General Assembly takes the threat of Nick Saban’s recruiting more seriously than national security.

And to think some people have the nerve to question Southerners’ perspective about college football.  Sheesh.

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28 responses to “A matter of state security

  1. Red Cup

    Senator, you are just trying to prevent UGA from being great again.

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  2. Debby Balcer

    But it is going to make us win and Kirby is for it so it has to be a Smart idea. 😉

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  3. old dog

    HA! you’re correct…the topic that will not die…I’ll click on all your posts for the next hundred years if you will just let this one die… 😉

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  4. Hardcoredawg 93

    This is outrageous! Either McGarity or Kirby MUST be charged with moral turpitude!!

    Oh, bring me back the good ‘ol days and the status quo!
    😏

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  5. Fetch

    Well, not to get too political, but it could be said that lots of things are taken more seriously than this administration takes national security.

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    • Derek

      You mean like getting a presidential daily brief on 8/6/01 entitled “bin laden determined to strike with the US” and doing jack shit for the next 5 weeks prior to 9/11? Or do you mean invading a country without any good reason to do so leading to the deaths of 4500 American soldiers and destabilizing it and leading to a new international terror group? Or do you mean placing American soldiers in harms way in Lebanon in 1983 leading to the deaths of 241 Anerican soldiers? Or do you mean selling missiles to Iran in exchange for hostages and siphoning the profits to the contras in violation of US law?

      Or is your post not so much about facts but about you being “too political” to care about facts while you’re burping out nonsense you heard on Fox News and talk radio?

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    • Don in Mar-a-Lago

      I could have taken him out quicker than these guys did. Sad!

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  6. AusDawg85

    Distressing and hurtful that you will not seek prior approval of the subject matter of your posts with us prior to publishing. Henceforth, please submit all material in advance for review. We’ll get back to you within 90 days. Now where’s my safe place to huddle in so I’m no longer a victim of your insensitivity?

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  7. bad byron

    Did you ever notice how many of the Senator’s posts die with Derek making the last comment?

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    • doiknowu

      Maybe that means that the poster he responded to is having to wait for Fox News or Limbaugh to provide his response. I don’t always agree with Derek’s opinions, but facts are facts, like them or not. And his above post was chock full.

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  8. TimberRidgeDawg

    Mark Richt has lost control of the NSA

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  9. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Well, see, the phrase “… kill legitimate reporting on serious or even criminal issues within an athletic program in the name of keeping up with the competition…” is just complete BS. What it will do is require legitimate reporting like we used to have before open records laws, and not about criminal activity (because police records are still available via open record laws) but only those things that are just click bait for ‘journalists’.

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  10. reipar

    Welcome to the process. Hang on as things are just getting started.

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  11. Dog in Fla

    Greg kickstarts donation campaign to rebuild Butts-Mehre Defense Complex into a fully armored NSA HQ with less transparency.

    First twenty big-time customers whose donations clear win free ride in Kirby’s non-attack chopper for free tour of battle zone

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  12. 92 grad

    The conspiracy theory meter is off the charts. The assumption is that illegal criminal activity will engulf the athletic department, since they don’t have to reveal anything for 90 days now? I get the big picture and all that but do we have to presume that all hell is going to break loose now?

    The money flowing through college football programs has been well documented. Just what the hell do y’all expect to happen? The bubble will burst eventually. This is just another manifestation of “too much money and power for college ball to remain that which we all love so dearly”

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  13. blands

    This is fine by me. You’ve gotta control the narrative around your team. I firmly believe that part of Richt leaving was due to perception. Richt was one of our best ever coaches, if not the best. It’s a shame, but part of it was, in my mind, the negative perception of UGA that’d been built up by the media and magnified the team’s mistakes.

    I think this is an effective control. UGA has up to 90 days right? So essentially the program can decide when a certain story hits the public. You can mull things over: how does releasing this information benefit us? Can a story about this topic end up distracting the team and the coaches? Maybe we hold off then. Plus, you can ask ‘if we release this information quickly to this particular journalist, how will it effect his job, his career’? Maybe this is kinda far fetched, but UGA has the opportunity to reward and punish journalists now.

    I like that UGA can possibly decide parts of the news, especially during the season. We always ask players to do the impossible and ‘block out the noise’. But now, the program can ease the burden on the kids. I think it’s smart management.

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  14. Who told you I had delicate sensibilities?

    (Am I the only one who saw ‘The Departed’?) 🙂

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