Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 6th

“Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end.” – Lord John Acton

Here in Georgia …
– Ongoing Bibb-Monroe county line dispute leads to a restraining order. Good piece by Mike Stucka.
– The battered body of a missing seven year-old Canton girl has been found.
– Former managing attorney of personal injury law firm pleads guilty to taking $145,000 from firm.
– Former Peach County Assistant School Superintendent and son accused of selling a school bus for scrap metal.
A bank for celebrities has announced an Atlanta branch. Insert your own joke.
Atlanta gears up for snow and ice this winter. Mayor Reed states $1 million of equipment a good investment.

National stories of interest …
TSA defends private screenings of two women over 80 years old; blames back braces and colostomy bags.
– Just as his new book premiers, Donald Trump blasts MSNBC host; suggests he tell the truth. All 71 viewers were amazed.
US commits to another 12 years of financial aid to Afghanistan after Afghan Crime Lord President Karzai says country might again fall into Taliban hands.
Nancy Pelosi checks her broom and finds 13 year-old dirt on Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
– Conservative former Governor and US Senator George Allen and Virginia Tea Party at odds.

A few that I like …
Oldest living Negro Baseball League player discusses baseball and life: “We are blood brothers in God. Our tears are mixed together.”
– UGA Freshman Isaiah Crowell named SEC Freshman on the Year.
New, Earth-like planet best candidate for life-bearing world.
– Russ, the underdog mascot for an underdog team, is a damned good dog. Here is his Cinderella story.
Thousands of Russians protest Vladimir Putin as European election monitors declare voting was unfair and ballot boxes stuffed.


  1. Andre says:

    One of the morning news reads linked to above points to the continued humiliation of air travelers by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

    With every story published that recounts a tale of overzealous TSA agents searching passengers with significant medical ailments, it becomes clear that GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is right when calling for the abolition of the TSA.

    The fact is that the American people were sold a false bill of goods when they were told that federalizing airport security would prevent another 9/11-type attack.

    September 11th did not happen due to lax airport security procedures.

    The nineteen hijackers legally bought tickets on each of the four flights. The nineteen hijackers did not have any contraband on them as they proceeded through the airport security September 11th. Before 9/11, it was completely legal to carry a box cutter on a plane so long as the blade was no more than 4 inches in length. The nineteen September 11th hijackers did not break the law up until the point that they stormed the cockpits and forcibly took control of the four planes.

    But we were told that federalized airport security workers would prevent another 9/11.

    The TSA has not prevented another terrorist attack. Listed among the TSA’s most dubious accomplishments is: A.) Increasing the size of government; B.) Increasing the amount of government spending; and C.) Humiliating passengers with significant medical ailments.

    Congressman Paul Broun (R – Georgia) said, “Americans have spent nearly 60 billion dollars funding TSA, and they are no safer than they were before 9/11.”

    I agree.

  2. Cassandra says:

    From Ms. Kristi Swartz AJC article on GA Power:

    “Georgia Power said it will have to start buying wholesale power from other places to maintain a stable grid if new environmental rules force it to close several coal and oil-fired units. Georgia Power said it will close two coal-fired units at Plant Branch and an oil-fired one at Plant Mitchell to meet some environmental rules. The company said it may have to close more coal and oil-fired units to meet additional federal regulations, which are expected Dec. 16.”

    Article discusses GA Power fee charged to buy power as a result of the aforementioned plant closings.

    Elections have consequences:

    WE want cleaner air and YOU are going to have to pay for it.

    • benevolus says:

      30,000 deaths a year from coal plants and you are worried about the money?
      You can’t compare what we are paying now to what we will pay when they aren’t killing as many people. You should be comparing it to what it would cost if we had never let them kill all those people in the first place.

      • Cassandra says:

        Really? 30,ooo deaths attributed to coal plants? Wow, if so, that is a horrible consequence of the public need for coal derived electricy. By your logic, will cars that plug into the wall be complicit in coal-related deaths?

        My point is that objective science ought (ethical construct, apolitical) to guide public policy on environmental rules. Instead, public policy is guided on one side by the huge financial considerations of utilities and the public need for electricity and on the other side, the rightful safety concerns you mention. Perhaps coal scrubbers should be subsidized, plants should be made cleaner, and regulations relaxed.

        In any case, once again science is being accused of political manipulation, as this article discusses:

        Climategate 2.0

        “…Last week, 5,000 files of private email correspondence among several of the world’s top climate scientists were anonymously leaked onto the Internet. Like the first “climategate” leak of 2009, the latest release shows top scientists in the field fudging data, conspiring to bully and silence opponents, and displaying far less certainty about the reliability of anthropogenic global warming theory in private than they ever admit in public. …”

          • Cassandra says:

            My point is that science is being used as a pawn in the fight.

            There is no doubt, unequivocally, that climate change is real. The DoD is studying it, calling climate change a huge threat to US security. The argument over whether climate change is anthropogenic may still be in contention. Either way, we have got a problem.

            Here are some interesting “Clean coal” facts and fiction:

            So, assuming that ‘clean coal’ might achieve widespread use as early as 2025 or as late as 2050, what alternatives make sense?

            Nuclear power seemed promising, again, or right up to the recent horror in Japan.

            Cheap energy is the lifeblood of our economy, the staple f industry and commerce. We just “all have to get along’ somehow….

      • Engineer says:

        Yes, as I recall, the EPA put out a study in 2009 where they claimed “38,200 nonfatal heart attacks” were related to pollution from coal plants, but the only connection was that the people lived downwind of the power plant. Sorry but your comment is just too straw man for my taste and their study doesn’t provide any solid proof.

        But since you brought up that number, I’m curious how many people were saved in that same year thanks to the power generated at coal plants (ex: Hospitals, home medical equipment, safety equipment, etc.).

        • benevolus says:

          Your probably right. Nothing to worry about at all. In fact, it’s probably good for us. It’s the government and the scientists who want to harm us by not letting us breathe that stuff.

          • Engineer says:

            I think you misunderstand me, if you want to cite mining deaths for coal and coal mining related activities from black lung, mine collapse, etc. (hundreds die around the world in mining accidents every year), then do so, but don’t give me these strawman numbers of people that may or may not be affected just because they live near a coal plant.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Earth-like planet – the probability is that there is intelligent life out there and they might have already studied us and concluded…..avoid direct contact…….

  4. saltycracker says:

    Postal service moving ahead with plans to close Ga. centers

    The Georgia facilities in danger of closing are in Acworth, Albany, Athens, Augusta, Cartersville, Columbus, Douglasville, Marietta, Savannah, Swainsboro, Valdosta and Waycross.

    Guess the post office figured these areas wouldn’t mind slowing things down a bit –
    For most it only hurts Netflix deliveries…..

    (next move will be online banking trying to figure out a fee)

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