Morning Reads 12-12-2011 Smoked Pork Chops Edition

[UPDATED] Yesterday’s Comment of the Day:Instant runoff voting is communism.”

Georgia is now the 37th healthiest state in the nation, up from 43d in 2009. Facts helpfully highlighted by the AJC:

  • Almost 2.2 million adults in Georgia are obese, 894,000 more adults than 10 years ago.
  • In the past ten years, diabetes increased from 6.8 percent to 9.7 percent of the adult population, increasing the number of adults with diabetes in the state to 698,000.
  • In Georgia, obesity is more prevalent among non-Hispanic blacks at 38.1 percent than non-Hispanic whites at 25.6 percent. Diabetes also varies by race and ethnicity in the state; 12.8 percent of non-Hispanic blacks have diabetes compared to 8.4 percent of non-Hispanic whites.

The American Lung Association ranked us Dead F-ing Last in stopping smoking.

A former state employee who was fired after informing their supervisor of an impending gender change operation won her sex discrimination lawsuit last week when the 11th Circuit upheld a lower court ruling. Her former employer? The Georgia General Assembly.

The City of Sign Fascists Sandy Springs is acting less Grinch-like this year and will suspend part of its city code regulating holiday decorations. Said City Council Member Gabriel Sterling “I don’t think it’s our role to say what’s tacky and what’s not tacky. What one person finds tacky, others find fun and festive.” If only your signtroopers had been reined in about five years earlier.

In Gwinnett County, Laurie McClain will run for the District 1 Board of Commissioners seat currently held by Shirley Lasseter. Suwanee City Council member Jace Brooks previously announced he would seek election for District 1.

Also in Gwinnett, Mike Korom will challenge District 3 County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau. Former Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer has also been mentioned as a potential candidates.

Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise has announced his reelection campaign theme will be “Promises Made, Promises Kept.” Apparently one of those promises he made was that his web development team was going to design like it’s 1999.

Worried about natural disasters? GEMA says, “There’s an app for that.

Speaker Ralston is disinclined to “tinker with” HB 87.

At Fort Stewart, Wreaths for Warriors has placed wreaths at the bases of 439 Eastern Redbud trees that memorialize Georgia soldiers who have died while deployed with the 3d Infantry Division in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. Click here for a moving photo gallery.

State Senator Josh McKoon is asking his friends and supporters to donate $12 today, 12-12-2011, for his reelection campaign next year. Josh is a good guy and if you’re considering donating to him, doing it today will make him happier.

Adopt a Golden Atlanta has rescued 387 of the fuzzy yellow dogs this year and needs your help. They’re the second-largest Golden rescue in the country, and like many other charities are having donation shortfalls this year. On top of that, it appears that foreclosures are causing much higher numbers of owner surrenders, which is placing a strain on animal control agencies and rescue groups nationwide. Please help.

Porsche cars more awesome than others

For the second year in a row, Porsche automobiles have had the fewest problems identified in inspections by the German automotive safety agency. The 911, Boxster and Cayman took top honors in 5 of 10 rankings across all age groups. This is germane because Porsche Cars North America is headquartered in Metro Atlanta. Porsche also has announced a 19 percent increase in year-to-date sales over last year.

24 comments

  1. Calypso says:

    “This is germane because Porsche Cars North America is headquartered in Metro Atlanta.”

    You spelled Germany wrong.

  2. saltycracker says:

    The health report puts a bad light on Georgia’s fat, food stamp, uneducated, uninsured, pollution breathing kids with non-working parents.

    • In the past ten years, the percentage of children in poverty
    increased from 16.4 percent to 24.7 percent of persons under
    age 18.

    Helping or enabling is a fine line and it takes time and money to absorb the world’s disenfranchised.

  3. saltycracker says:

    The health report puts a bad light on Georgia’s fat, food stamp, uneducated, uninsured, pollution breathing kids with non-working parents.

    • In the past ten years, the percentage of children in poverty
    increased from 16.4 percent to 24.7 percent of persons under
    age 18.

    Helping or enabling is a fine line and it takes time and money to absorb the world’s disenfranchised.

  4. Max Power says:

    Porsche are indeed fine cars and the 911 and 928 are especially fine. But until the remove from the line up the Panamera, which is so ugly it produces a distortion field that makes any car parked next to it look better, and the Cayenne which as a vehicle is matched only in stupidity by the BMW X series, I will not buy one.

  5. Todd Rehm says:

    I’ve made my Peace with the Cayenne as it spores to have been what it took to improve Porsche’s balance sheet and because it gives up the V8 block for some of those awesome Daytona Prototypes.

    And while I agree the Panamera’s styling is somewhat awkward, I’d drive the wheels off one. Hoping they’ll add a hatchback or wagon to the Panamera line.

    • Max Power says:

      You’re too generous, calling the Panamera’s styling somewhat awkward is akin to saying Newt Gingrich is somewhat self-confident. Here’s the way I look at it. The base Panamera is 80K, for that price I have a different used 911 for each day of the work week. To me that’s a no brainer.

  6. saltycracker says:

    Hearing again & again on the news that horrible Newt said poor kids should be janitors……so checking a few sites. he gave an example opportunity for poor kids to develop work habits & get some cash:

    Newt:
    “It is tragic what we do in the poorest neighborhoods, entrapping children in, first of all, child laws, which are truly stupid,” he went on to say.

    “Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school,” Gingrich ultimately suggested. “The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.”

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