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