Morning Reads for Thursday, February 9, 2012 the 5:30 Rule edition

As a longtime sufferer of chronic insomnia, I developed the 5:30 rule, which states that if I’m awake for any reason at 5:30 AM, it’s time to get up. So if you see me at the Capitol today, you can’t say you weren’t warned.

In celebration of Georgia Day 2012, from 9 AM to 3 PM today in the Georgia Capitol, Secretary of State Brian Kemp will display Georgia’s copy of the Declaration of Independence and Georgia’s royal charter dating from 1733. Today is Georgia Day.

On January 18, 1777, the Continental Congress met in Baltimore, Maryland and ordered that copies of the Declaration of Independence be printed and sent to each of the 13 states. The states were directed to make the Declaration a part of their official records. Georgia’s copy was officially entered into the records on March 2, 1777.

“Some states entered the Declaration into their official records by pasting the printed copy in their record books. Other states, including Georgia, created an official record by hand-copying the Declaration into the state’s record book,” said David Carmicheal, Director of the Georgia Archives.

Today, the Declaration is protected with Georgia’s other “birth documents”: the Royal Charter that created the colony in 1733, and Georgia’s 1788 ratification of the U.S. Constitution, the document that made Georgia a state. All are kept in a high security vault where a constant temperature and humidity are maintained to ensure their long-term survival.

Rep. Mark Hatfield (R-Sideshow) will be holding a press conference to challenge the alleged “birth document.”

Our friends at Atlanta Unfiltered are raising questions about what the hell CloudFlare is and why it hates Georgia blogs. They’re raising other questions, but we can’t link there for now because of that CloudFlare garbage. Check back occasionally.

Gwinnett County School Board Chair Louise Radloff was thankful that the State House failed to pass a Constitutional Amendment on state charter schools yesterday. “I’m not sure where it will go, but I’m very thankful for the legislators who voted against it,” Radloff said. “I’m for public education, and that means public schools.” State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Fixin’ to whip Hatfield) wrote his constituents that “The charter school movement is predominantly isolated in the Atlanta metro area with some bipartisan support. Many of the rural school systems in Georgia could wither on the vine if this amendment passes.”

State Reps Ed Setzler, (R-Cobb), Rich Golick (R-Cobb) and Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) have sponsored legislation to postpone this year’s TSPLOST vote in order to pass a Constitutional Amendment said to be necessary to allow the TSPLOST vote. The measure would also allow counties to join together to fund regional transportation needs through a multi-county SPLOST or opt-in to proposed regional SPLOST measures.

Senator Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton) has introduced legislation to lengthen the time allowed for the prosecution of sex crimes against minors. The State House passed a measure to create a study commission on sex trafficking. Congratulations to Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Hates Runoff Elections) for co-sponsoring this in the House and Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) for sponsoring it in the Senate.

Propeller Airports has submitted the only bid to privatize Gwinnett County’s Briscoe Field.

Yesterday I received an email that State Rep. David Casas (R-Gwinnett) was holding a conference call to switch his endorsement from Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney, questioning “Speaker Gingrich’s Unreliable Leadership.” No word on whether Gingrich questioned Casas’s unreliable endorsement.

GDOT’s sucker Lexus toll lane in Gwinnett County set a record high toll of $4.70 yesterday.

Yesterday, two former Atlanta Falcons players testified in support of the Return to Play Act, legislation to enact standards for youth athletes thought to be suffering from concussions. Also testifying was a former high school cheerleader made ditzier by a cheerleading accident.

“There’s one thing to be able to play with a sprained ankle or some type of injury, but concussions is a whole ‘nother ball game,” said [former Falcons Defensive Tackle Buddy] Curry, speaking before the legislative committee.

Piedmont Hospital Neurologist Dr. Robert Gilbert said the dangers of head injuries, especially for teenagers with still-developing bodies, cannot be understated.

“We often see patients who may have had repeated injuries early in life when we didn’t have any criteria, and they’re beginning to have earlier memory and processing problems as an adult,” said Gilbert.

The Bank of America tower in midtown Atlanta was sold on the steps of the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday. #Occupy Atlanta did not show up to stop the foreclosure auction.

Mitt Romney appeared in Atlanta yesterday. Newt Gingrich will visit Carrollton later this month.

Atlanta hippies held a drum circle to protest Southern Company’s construction of two new reactors at Plant Vogtle, claiming that the company failed to “look at the lessons learned from a plant that melted down and caused several reactors next to it to meltdown.” Having toured Vogtle’s new construction, I can assure you that Georgia Power has indeed learned all the right lessons from all the nuclear incidents of the last 30 years.

Columbus, Georgia will begin breaching several dams to restore whitewater through downtown. This will be the world’s longest urban whitewater run and the southernmost major rapids in the United States. Senator Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) doesn’t know it yet, but will be hosting a Peach Pundit road trip to Columbus for the opening of the run. Also included in the trip will be a screening of Trading Places, one of McKoon’s favorite films. No word on whether Jamie Lee Curtis is McKoon’s favorite actress.

Alabama is considering lowering legislative pay from the current level of $49,500 per year.

Savannah and Charleston have each been awarded $2.5 million in federal funds toward port development. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will veto the state legislature’s psychotic rage measure to revoke the permit granted for deepening the Savannah River to allow better access to the Port of Savannah.

Electric car con men manufacturer Fisker Automotive are laying off 66 workers after the blocking of drawdowns against the remaining $336 million of the original $528.7 million in federal funding.

McDonald’s will be selling the Shamrock Shake nationwide this year, perhaps prompted to expand the green lucious goodness by Jack in the Box breaking the bacon barrier with it’s new bacon milkshake.

Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Historic Brookhaven) has introduced legislation to rename the Buckhead area of Atlanta to “Simpson” in recognition of the greater historical claim to the name held by the Town of Buckhead in Morgan County. No word on his constituents’ reactions.


  1. Max Power says:

    Boy a lot going on this morning, so in order:

    T-Splost: Postponing it will kill it which I kind of think is the plan at this point.

    Briscoe Field: I still think it’s a stupid idea and commercial service is a no go until they have ILS both ways.

    Hippies simply don’t understand reality. Nuclear power is as clean as you’re going to get power generation at large scale.

    Columbus Whitewater: I can’t wait to see this.

    Alabama: I’m sure they’ll get the government they deserve.

    Savannah: I never thought I would say thank god for Nikki Haley, but thank God for Nikki Haley. BTW: if we don’t use that 2.5 million to immediately start work on dredging we should have our head examined.

  2. benevolus says:

    “Nuclear power is as clean as you’re going to get power generation at large scale. ”

    Our children can figure out how to deal with/pay for the waste.

    • Max Power says:

      Our children can figure out how to deal with/pay for the waste.

      The science of dealing with the waste is easy. The politics is hard.

    • saltycracker says:

      The amount of waste & how to deal with it have come a long way.

      This makes Southern/GP look pretty smart getting some of their building investment collected via increased rates with the anti-nuke crowd & delaying regulators… probably isn’t enough……

    • Charlie says:

      Who says Democrats are all out of fresh ideas?

      I believe I predicted in another thread that if it can be kept quiet the MS Rep is a Democrat, Phil Kent will make him a “Winner of the Week”.

      • Charlie says:


        SB 31 wasn’t about building the reactors. It was about 1) Making residential and small business customers pay for them, and more importantly 2) front end loading Southern Company with over $1 Billion in profit before anything was constructed.

          • Charlie says:

            The rate increase started in 2010. If you’re already a GA Power customer, you’ve been paying for this for 2 years already. Unless you’re a large commercial customer of Georgia Power, at which point you should just say “thank you” and send another check to your favorite lobbyist.

            • Cassandra says:

              We can disagree on this because when everyone, including me, was calling SB31 bad business, a lot of the discussion revolved around IF the reactors would ever get built, sans prior approval. That is now vindicated, with approval.

              As to cost-shifting, that point is correct, BUT:

              Large users are not most responsible for future power needs. Projections for continued residential usage increases account for the need for new generation capacity.

              Southern Company did what Atlanta Gas already did, shifted cost to residential users from large users. Is it fair? Is it right? I am not opening that can of worms.

              • Charlie says:

                If you still think SB 31 was awesome, scoot over to the Solar Energy thread of today and take a good look at the same BS sockpuppetry coming from Southern Company that we had on SB 31 in opposition to SB 401.

                They got their upfront billion, they already plan on raising rates because they’re shutting down extra plants, but they want to make damn sure you don’t put a solar panel on your roof that would be big enough to actually make an environmental (and to them, and economic) impact.

                • Cassandra says:

                  Oh Charlie!!!

                  You’re awesome,
                  PP is awesome,

                  SB31 not so much.

                  These ‘shut-out’ efforts are typical among utilities, BTW. In many States it is illegal to capture and use rainwater, in lieu of treated water. Some of the supporting rationale is economic, some is technical and life-safety related.

                  SB31 should reduce the finance charge, to all ratepayors, for new plant construction; it’s primary function. Those plants are approved to be built, and that slender fact vindicates that funds collected should help offset the financing cost of a $6.1B CAPEX investment.

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