Welcome to Morning Reads for Friday, February 24th

– Great stories and not a dog among them –

Here in the great state of Georgia . . .
WABE’s Dennis O’Hayer conducts an interview of interest with Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed
The Macon Water Authority’s pension plan was washed up, but the state legislature passed a bill allowing the body to end it for new hires
Floyd County Tornado results in one death and five school closures
Intentionally set fire damages Methodist church
Amazingly, the FBI says a sheriff not from Dodge County took bribes. The information emerged in a trial resulting in the sentencing of Talbot County Sheriff’s deputies to federal prison on corruption charges.
And there is a dog story, after all: Georgia Representative Penny Houston (R-Nashville) has proposed a bill making owners of vicious dogs felons under certain circumstances.
Georgia school systems must allow students in grades K-12 access to online courses and beginning in 2014 9th-graders must take at least one on-line course in order to graduate. The bill was proposed by State Senator Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock).
Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has declared the ongoing tri-state water war and voting rights laws his top priorities.

National stories of interest . . .
More chicks digging sweater vests! Santorum’s support increases among women.
Apparently President Obama has an energy policy, because he’s defending it. Who knew?
For a ‘Green’ company, Solyndra has left behind a nightmare of waste that needs to be removed
The so-called ‘Honeymoon Killer’ is not a murderer an Alabama judge has ruled

Some stories I like . . .
On Saturday in Columbus, you can check out the 2012 Valley Interfaith Promise Bed Race
Researchers seek ultimate marketing tool: ‘Going viral’.
Savannah’s River Street through the years in pictures.
Reporters are fleeing Syria. Perhaps they will emigrate to Washington and find out who approved ‘Operation Fast and Furious’.


    • Ken says:

      The wiley Todd is trying to lure me into an ‘of course I like puppies – – with hot sauce’ kind of statement, I think. And I ain’t biting those hot dogs.

    • Ken says:

      Thanks very much!

      I am a fan of any newspaper that is the home to the great Ed Grisamore and well-written news stories. 🙂

  1. saltycracker says:

    HB635 putting a 401k type retirement program in place for public worker new hires is a step in the right direction.

    Employees would have a funded plan they own and can keep.
    Taxpayers would not be bound to the risks of future financial markets or inadequate fundings.

    Every agency should examine this bill as it is the direction public pensions must go.

    • Ken says:

      Hi grift!

      Find me the one that identifies the person who approved Fast and Furious and I’ll buy you a beer. Someone approved it and that someone is still working for the DoJ and getting paid with our tax dollars.

      • griftdrift says:

        “On Oct. 26, 2009, the directors of the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and ATF and the top federal prosecutors in the Southwestern border states met with the deputy attorney general at the Justice Department to plot strategy for combating Mexican cartels. ”

        “At the meeting in Washington, a new strategy was proposed. Instead of emphasizing the seizure of weapons in individual cases, the strategy focused on identifying and eliminating the pipelines that moved the weapons. The goal was to bring down the trafficking network, not just the people on the lowest rung.”

        “The task of implementation had gone to Bill Newell, the head of ATF’s Phoenix office, and his senior managers. ”

        “The plan they developed was permitted under ATF rules, had the legal backing of U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke in Phoenix, and had been approved and funded by a task force at the Justice Department, ATF’s parent agency.”

        Washington Post, July 25th, 2011: http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/us-anti-gunrunning-effort-turns-fatally-wrong/2011/07/14/gIQAH5d6YI_story.html

        I like Budweiser

        • Ken says:


          I’ll buy you a Bud just for the conversation. I’m curious though, do you believe the Deputy US Attorney General approved this. knowing there was no way to track the weapons inside Mexico?

          Anyway, I owe you a Bud, which I will gladly deliver at the next Peach Pundit RS or some time when we can catch up in Atlanta.


  2. saltycracker says:

    Roger’s SB289 on a virtual educational class is a very interesting and needed move in education.
    It will be opposed by employee oriented organizations disguised as local control advocates.

    Many experts believe that a major change needed to focus on children vs. educator jobs is to embrace technology. Example: interactive teleconferencing could allow a top educator in Savannah to teach a class in Rome.

  3. Joshua Morris says:

    Why force students to take an online course to graduate? The digital era is happening on its own. I actually agree with Fort on this one. I don’t get the reasoning behind mandating online learning by force of law. The unintended consequences seem inevitable when some technicality arises for some poor student in a non-typical situation.

    The state legislature should stick to making laws that solve problems and to repealing unnecessary and outdated ones.

    • saltycracker says:

      This might be a problem solving law (& we know I am a skeptic on bills).

      I’ll try & find the business magazine article of a few months ago that explains why the teacher’s unions (in other states of course) and their minions or supporters will strongly oppose these types of approaches to education.

      A piece of it had to with tearing down walls and empires of expanding “educational” employees.

      • Todd Rehm says:

        My concern is not with the teacher’s unions. It’s with the half-million Georgians who do not have access to wireline broadband internet and the attitude that broadband is available to everyone, when it clearly isn’t.

        Stay tuned for more this afternoon.

        • Calypso says:

          My son teaches in Widespot-in-the-road, GA in the central part of the state and they barely have dial-up.

          I think they have to go through Sarah at the central switchboard to connect.

          • saltycracker says:


            Somewhere in widespot county that has chosen to stay public service poor so a few thousand souls can retain their identity, there is a public building (the courthouse ?) or business with wired or wi-fi connectivity. For one class they can work out a schedule to bus the kids there. Problem solved unless the parents think it invites the devil in.

        • saltycracker says:

          The subject is schools & school kids. How did y’all get to thinking the kids need A.C. in the schools and that doesn’t teach them a thing. The bill provides $250 for @.

          But then again we should not allow the poor or disadvantaged (of all incomes) to compete on our money or maybe take college space ?

          Answers ? Hire mor’ tachers lookin’ to retir’ rite fast an’ reduce class size an’ keep them outsiders away whilst we care for those that have been taught to stay ignorant, disrupt classes, get free stuff, need a babysitter, have illegal or enabling parents and in serious need of counseling.

          My local internist communicates with his staff & patients via a web portal nowa days.

          But the BIG picture is not computer literacy but a better way to teach. Get top rate teachers in front of and interacting with the most rural of children.

          Even a far right winger like me can see value in ed’cation.
          But then there are reasons GA is where it is.

      • Joshua Morris says:

        What problem does it solve? And why ‘mandate’ it rather than just making it available? Scratching my head here.

    • saltycracker says:

      When you flunk the easiest of responsible gun ownership tests, don’t go packing to your Delta flight…..John Wayne has an opinion….life is tough and……..

      It is too bad the Tea Party did not stay on track with their original clear mission statement and turned into a trillion points of light. Mission aborted.

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